Only A Game
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
1d ago
Several years ago, I had an idea to put together a baseball anthology and have it published. I placed an ad in several publications and online, hoping for a great response. Well, the response was minimal. However, one letter I did receive touched me and made me realize how grounded I am and mymorals and ethics I’ve established in my personal life. The letter went like this: Dear Mr. Boesch, Thank you for the two books and my poem. I really want to read them. I really liked your poem American Pastime. You mentioned me in your poem as being tomorrow’s ball player. I really love baseball. Your f ..read more
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Baseball, Cards & Spring
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
3d ago
Baseball now will take center stage. The time has come for baseball to resurface, to bring the “Boys of Summer” back. This is the time to say goodbye to Winter, even though the Northeast is getting hammered with cold temperatures, and ring in Spring. The crack of the bat, the pounding of the mitt, the yelling of “playball” is what the game of baseball is about. Baseball shapes America and families that make up America. Baseball shapes the Summer, where more and more families go to the game to cheer on their favorite team. This is the game of all games. Push aside football, basketball and, oh ..read more
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Wait and See
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
1w ago
With Clayton Kershaw resigning with the Dodgers, the top four free agents are still available. Teams seem to be cautious and not signing players to large contracts so fast, otherwise they would have been signed already. Here’s are the top four still unsigned: Cody Bellinger Blake Snell Jordan Montgomery Matt Chapman It seems to be a wait and see approach with one-year deals more of the norm not the large extended deals players seek. Until then, see ya at Spring Training! — Joe Boesch ..read more
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Waiting for the Day
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
1w ago
The thing about baseball is that it never stops like the world. From the smell of the fresh cut grass in April to the roar of the crowd in October, it’s continuous music to a National Pastime lover. As we get ready for daylight savings time, many are waiting for Spring Training to begin. Many are waiting to get the grill going and listening to the game on the radio (well “Alexa” in today’s time) sitting in the back yard. This is the time for baseball. Each day now when the sun rises the days will start to get longer and warmer. The great Rogers Hornsby said it best: “People ask me what I do i ..read more
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Snow Day
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
2w ago
Just when we thought the snow has ended for the year in New York, here we go again. With the Super Bowl over and Spring Training soon to be underway, old man winter is at it again. In years, this is the first significant snow fall in New York City and cold temperatures that are more likely in Buffalo. With snow coming down just enough to cause a headache, we dream more than ever about baseball and pray for spring. Spring Training here we come. Or as they say Viva (Las Vegas) Florida. Until then, see ya at Spring Training! — Joe Boesch ..read more
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The Top Five
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
3w ago
Now that the Hot Stove League is over and Spring Training is on the horizon, there are some viable free agents still unsigned. Here’s are the top five still unsigned: Cody Bellinger Blake Snell Clayton Kershaw Jordan Montgomery Matt Chapman So, this is it. With Spring Training soon underway, teams should take notice. — Joe Boesch ..read more
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Sunday Morning Quote
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
1M ago
“A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” — Humphrey Bogart — Joe Boesch ..read more
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The Stadium Series
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
1M ago
With it being so cold living in the Metro New York area, even though I want to think about baseball, I find myself thinking a lot about hockey. Living not too far from where the New York Islanders play, I’m excited for the NHL Stadium Series which will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ where the NFL Jets and Giants play. The following games will be played on Feb. 17, with the Philadelphia Flyers playing the New Jersey Devils and on Feb. 18, the New York Islanders will match up against the New York Rangers. As they say in hockey: Game On. Until then, see ya at the rink! — Joe B ..read more
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Looking Ahead
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
1M ago
Now that the Holiday Season is over, it’s time to look to the ‘24 baseball season and a reset to start fresh. From Spring Training to new baseball cards coming out, here’s to the new year. I think author W. P. Kinsella said it best: “The crack of the bat, the sound of baseballs thumping into gloves, the infield chatter are like birdsong to the baseball starved.” Until then see ya at the park! — Joe Boesch ..read more
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Game On
Dugout Diary by Joe Boesch
by Joe Boesch
2M ago
(*Note: Rewind 2018 NHL Winter Classic from CitiField.) Here is 2024 and before we know it, the baseball season will be right around the corner. That means the first sign of Spring. Every season I enjoy what the NHL does with their Winter Classic. Maybe it is because they play it in baseball/sports stadiums? Maybe it is because my career in writing started in hockey and the New York Islanders magazine? But, I like the play of the Winter Classic. So, as they say in hockey: Game On! Until then, see ya at the Winter Classic. — Joe Boesch ..read more
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