Best D-backs Roster

Here is a re-post of an article I posted to my short-lived Tumblr account back in October. I'm hoping newcomer Greinke will take the roster spot of Ian Kennedy. The D-backs finished up a sub-.500 season, though it was a bit of a turnaround from the previous year. They were, as best as I can…

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Spider Fingers

I love surprises ... I think. I haven't been the recipient of too many, but I love giving them -- planning them, all that's involved. Over the weekend I revealed a surprise to our younger daughter Jacque that I couldn't wait to give her. Actually, I did receive a gift earlier this year that totally…

Soccer Dad's Perspective

Despite having a firm grasp of the offsides rule, I'm not your typical soccer dad. I'm not too excitable on the sidelines. I don't cheer too loudly, if I can be heard at all. I don't yell out unsolicited advice, partly because I have none to offer. I feel bad when kids on the opposing…

My Three Dads

The focus at our Lent chapel gathering this week was on healing, particularly how we as followers of Jesus can help bring healing to victims living in a broken world. Not wholly innocent victims, mind you. Certainly there are those who've been victimized by others' sin -- we usually refer to this as injustice. But every…

My Summers Charting the Mud Hens

Major League Baseball is now about a month into its marathon season, and I've been enjoying watching the D-Backs on my iPad, very often with Micah. He especially likes when they're in San Francisco since he likes seeing the Coke bottle and huge mitt beyond left field. The D-Backs are still over .500. Never mind…

Enquiring Minds Want to Know

A few months ago Daron Sutton, the play-by-play announcer for the Arizona D-backs and son of Hall of Famer Don Sutton, suddenly stopped calling games. No explanation was given on the broadcast, as on TV news when the regular anchor is away and someone is filling in. No “Daron is on assignment and will be…

Serving Suggested: Thoughts on Dessert Cereal

In her book on writing, Anne Lamott recommends for all rookie writers to begin with childhood, specifically what school lunch was like. Write everything you can remember, she says, about school lunch. What you ate, what others ate, what you and they traded for. Everything. I suppose, as she recommends, I could begin here, and…

Beating Peter in a Footrace

I have a hard time watching baseball teams like the Yankees and Red Sox, not just because they are evil AL East empires with vast (and unfair) payrolls, but because I never know who the players are, since they don't imprint players' names on the backs of their jerseys. In reading John's gospel you'll discover that he never mentions himself by name.

My Brother, the Con Artist

A couple weeks ago Micah and I got some crayons and a coloring book out. He liked scribbling/coloring for a little while but found more joy in rolling the oversized crayons across the table -- sort of like table hockey. It was while we were coloring that I recalled something from childhood.

Randy Johnson's Perfect Game on Tape

What a week to be a fan of baseball. ... There have been some great games in the opening round of this year's postseason. Three of the four match-ups will be decided in five of the possible five games. My team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, looked expectedly pitiful in their first two games in Milwaukee, only to outslug the Brewers in their games at home.