Rooting for Laundry

On November 30, 2010, the Dodgers signed free agent Juan Uribe. Two days later, they declined to offer a contract to Russell Martin, making him a free agent. This was hard for me, as Martin was one of my favorite players and Uribe was my least favorite. Jerry Seinfeld famously talked about what we’re really… Read More »

Goodbye Dee Gordon

Well, for about a minute, the Dodgers had the only (I think) all African-American middle infield in baseball, in Jimmy Rollins and Dee Gordon. But now Gordon is gone, off to the Miami Marlins. I wouldn’t say I am conflicted on this, because I definitely know what to feel. But my feelings are on opposite… Read More »

Jimmy the Dodger

As of right now, we don’t have any official word on who the Dodgers will be sending to the Phillies, but it appears to be a done deal that Jimmy Rollins is coming to LA. Obviously, any real analysis will be done after all the parameters are known (and by people smarter than me), but… Read More »

Baseball, kids, and role models

“Baseball.” You know how when someone says your name, it tickles that little part of your brain with a “hey, that’s me!” sensation? For me, there are a few other words that have that same effect on me. One of those is “baseball.” A love of baseball is literally a part of my internal identity.… Read More »

A New Chapter in Life

Nearly ten years ago, I was the second employee hired at DigiCert by founders Ken Bretschneider and Chuck West. Over the next eight years, we (along with others, most notably Paul Tiemann, who was involved before me as a contractor and came on full time a couple years after me, and Flavio Martins, my best… Read More »

We Just Disagree

I am a straight white male with a pretty good job that pays a pretty good salary. I’m also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon) with relatively conservative views. (I am not “a conservative,” because I don’t believe in identifying myself by my political views.) Current conventional wisdom… Read More »

The Many Interpretations of Frozen

Note: This is written in response to a very LDS-focused article, and I myself am a devoted, practicing Mormon, so this is written from that perspective. It’s not necessarily accessible only to people who share my faith, but it is unapologetically LDS in nature. There’s a lot of hubbub the last couple days about this… Read More »

Vetting Myself

I’m going to start blogging more often, specifically about baseball. To get in the mood, I’ve been reading through some of my oldest posts on this site. A couple things have become painfully clear: I used to be super obnoxious. (I said USED TO!!!) I’ve made a lot of over-confident predictions. On #1, I’m hoping… Read More »

Name that player…

Who is this player? Had a HUGE power surge in the early-to-mid-90s. Went from a skinny kid to a big, muscular power hitter over that same time period. Starting having major injury problems right around the time MLB started cracking down on steroids. Never had a great season after the current, stricter drug policy was… Read More »

Is 90 feet “a pick from heaven”?

I’ve started watching Ken Burns’ “Baseball” series while I exercise, and this morning I saw something interesting. In the first episode, Charles McDowell says this about the decision to put the bases 90 feet apart: That’s so interesting that that would come out 90 feet. That somebody sat down, Mr. Cartwright or whoever said, “Hey… Read More »