Just came back from a road trip with Jack. We went to Vestal to see my Dad, visited the Baseball Hall of Fame, Buffalo to see my friend the Chief, then two days in Toronto for Yankees vs Blue Jays. Spectacular. That also meant 20+ hours in the car together. And Shani’s first question is … Continue reading So, what did you talk about?
MLB Season: 2021
I was up at 6:00, got Jack up at 6:45, and we were on the road by 7:10 with Jack’s “Everything Mega” mix blasting out The Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, and in what felt like minutes we’d bounded across Pennsylvania and were pulling into the lot in Pittsburgh, and then a block later we were … Continue reading MLB Season: 2021
Vengeance and Loss in New York City
A little baseball set up... The Houston Astros cheated. In 2017, the Astros and the Yankees faced off in the American League Championship. It was a best-of-seven series and the winner would go on to the World Series. And after an epic battle that went back and forth, the Astros won. They then went on … Continue reading Vengeance and Loss in New York City
It breaks your heart
“It breaks your heart. It was designed to break your heart.” That’s the opening of Bart Giamatti’s “The Green Fields of the Mind.” It’s an essay about the end of the season that talks about how baseball promises to suspend time, and how every year you believe it can, only to have it betray you. … Continue reading It breaks your heart
Language Lessons and Teen Boys
Jack’s big Christmas present was a trip to a Yankees/Red Sox game, and this Wednesday was the big day. We left at 2:00 and headed to New York City with plenty of time to do our thing. We parked in Washington Heights and rode the subway into the Bronx to get there. Jack has a … Continue reading Language Lessons and Teen Boys
Lessons learned: Tips for Spring Training
If you are planning to head to spring training in Florida (which I highly recommend), here are the following things to take into account: 1) Get your tickets early These games sell out. It’s not like minor league games where you can assume tickets are available at the window. Get your tickets a few days … Continue reading Lessons learned: Tips for Spring Training
Spring Training road trip in 27 photos.
Footnotes included at the end. Footnotes Things we talked about in the car: Popularity, my mom, suicide (tragically relevant), relationship with his brother, baseball (lots and lots), future road trips, how I met Shani, times I had my heart broken, more baseball, Family Guy, hardest we'd laughed with our friends, play-by-play of my trip around … Continue reading Spring Training road trip in 27 photos.
I am here
If you're wondering where I am, see the photo below. I'm at LECOM Park, the Pirates spring training park and I'm with my son and I'm sitting here fighting back tears. How on Earth did I ever deserve a life anything close to this?
Official Stadium Rankings
New rankings! It has been a banner year for the NuckolBall staff. We hit Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Coors Field in Denver, and took Shani's parents to Camden Yards in Baltimore to celebrate their 50th anniversary. This brings us to 14 out of 30 stadiums. So I gathered the entire staff: Editor in Chief, … Continue reading Official Stadium Rankings
When I needed it most
Game 7 of the World Series - Cubs defeat the Indians 8-7 in extra innings. They are calling it the best game in baseball history. I watched it on the couch with Jack. We stayed up all the way through the last out at 1:05 AM (on a school night). And from here...I'm going to … Continue reading When I needed it most
X-Rated Post from SF
To quote Alex: “Dad was cursing. A LOT!” We just came home from a fantastic 2-week road trip vacation in California. And towards the end we hit AT&T Park in San Francisco, which is #2 on my park list. We got there 2 hours early for batting practice…which turned out to be the source … Continue reading X-Rated Post from SF
Tampa Rays Blues
We begin…with stress. At work, we were launching a new product and the big launch meeting was in Orlando this week. Our client was a flaming ball of stress heading up to the meeting, which led to some seriously uncomfortable phone calls over the weekend where she used the word "disappointed" a lot. But the … Continue reading Tampa Rays Blues