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Remembering

Tue, 29 May 2012 17:56:02 +0000

Three years ago, my church started a non-profit called Coldwater to provide free food and clothes to friends in need in the community.  One of my friends works in the clothes closet—sorting, folding, and organizing bags and boxes of clothes onto hangers and racks.  This friend found a Royals shirt that was my size and […]

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Saying Good-bye

Thu, 17 May 2012 17:11:44 +0000

My wife and I flew from Dallas, Texas to Kansas City, Missouri with a newborn baby for a job interview.  I was finishing up my Master’s degree and looking for a place where we could spend the rest of our lives.  A young church in Lee’s Summit flew us in for final interviews and offered […]

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Baseball in a 4G World

Fri, 11 May 2012 13:56:45 +0000

This story might be about as useful as Polk points.*  Consider yourself warned. *For those of you who don’t know what Polk points are, consider yourself blessed, but if you’re curious, click here.    In this day and culture where technology makes everything possible, I’m ridiculously way behind the times.  I don’t have a smart […]

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The Changing of the Guard

Fri, 04 May 2012 18:30:48 +0000

  For many years now, whenever the east coast teams have come to town, I have diligently and faithfully attended at least one of the games between the Royals and the “Team Who Must Not Be Named.”  I have seen the line-ups that money can buy and goaded those who dared to enter the K […]

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Superstitions, Slump-Busters, and Story

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:05:06 +0000

Baseball players are a superstitious lot.  There are some superstitions that almost everyone follows, and there are some that are bizarrely unique.  For those of us who watched Tuesday’s game on TV, we witnessed Alcides Escobar wearing Yuniesky Betancourt’s shoes.  Escobar did have a hit in the game, keeping his average above .300, but the […]

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Just Another Night at the K

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:45:15 +0000

  I wasn’t supposed to go to the game.  I had many words to write to meet my deadline and had planned on writing a couple thousand words while toggling back and forth watching the game on Gameday—a free but torturously slow way to watch any game.  However, my friend, Mark, burned up the battery […]

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Let the Stories Begin!

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:14:50 +0000

  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE   I have spent the last year writing a book on the intersection of baseball and faith following the Royals.  With a little luck, the book will be a tangible piece of American baseball culture within the next month.  Part of the book-making process is enduring the tedium of […]

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Twas the Night Before Opening Day

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:45:12 +0000

Twas the night before Opening Day, when all through the house Every creature wore powder blue, even my computer mouse. My stockings were pulled high, all the way to my knees In honor of players from the last century. My children were nestled all snug in their beds, While condiments for hot dogs raced through […]

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Foul Ball Follies

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:19:02 +0000

The foul ball is the sacred relic of any major league baseball game. According to the Stub Hub commercial on the radio, as a knowledgeable Royals’ fan, I know exactly where to sit in order to catch a foul ball.  But to this day, despite the numerous games I have attended with the very hopes […]

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Spring Training Highlights

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:45:24 +0000

My friend Mark surprised and spoiled me, taking me for a two-day vacation to Surprise,Arizona.  From our first take-off to our final landing, the entire trip was phenomenal.  For the first time in my life, I wasn’t strip-searched, poked, or prodded passing through security in the airport.  Both of our flights actually arrived early.  The […]

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Elliott’s Spring Training

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:45:18 +0000

Spring Training baseball is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. My friend Mark and I traveled to Surprise,Arizona in hopes of watching a couple of games and maybe getting a couple of autographs.  We were completely unprepared for the amazing experience that awaited us. For two days, we watched batting practice, situational drills, and throwing games.  […]

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The Boys in Blue

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 16:30:48 +0000

A couple of years ago a friend told me that I, as a musician, really needed to watch Walk the Line.  I watched the movie and was thoroughly impressed by the music and the story.  Less than a week after watching the movie I received an email from Jerry inviting me to sing for the […]

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Wasting Our Time?

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:00:56 +0000

    Some people take a little bit longer to understand things than others.  Maybe they are like the people who disrupt the baseball game by walking through the field because they can’t see the players.  Maybe they’ve never chased a crazy dream or thought in their life.  Or maybe they just aren’t sports fans.  […]

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Opening Day Miracles

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:37:49 +0000

  For me, the New Year does not start on January 1, it starts with Opening Day. Opening Day is the physical embodiment of hope and new life. Instead of soon-to-be-forgotten resolutions, I make predictions about who will finally break Steve Balboni’s homerun record (Alex Gordon) and which pitcher will win 20 games (Luke Hochevar) […]

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Lessons From Leibrandt

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:00:09 +0000

When I was 11, Dad took me to the nearby baseball field to practice pitching, fielding ground balls, and catching pop-ups.  While we were there, a couple of other kids walked up wielding gloves and bats, wanting to play with us.  Dad invited them to take batting practice off of me. There was no need […]

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A Letter to Joe Posnanski

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 16:00:57 +0000

Dear Joe, You beat me to Kansas City by a few years; I didn’t make it back here until August of 2001. One morning, while eating Cheerios at the kitchen table, I discovered your column. Royals’ All-Star Mike Sweeney got into a fight with then-Tigers’ pitcher Jeff Weaver and you shared the inside scoop with […]

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Sharing Stories

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:11:00 +0000

I am a storyteller. I write songs, shape sentences, and rake in the big bucks as millions of readers ponder over my musings. Or something like that. I don’t remember this story first hand, but that doesn’t dismiss its importance. I know this story because I’ve heard Mom and Dad tell it on multiple occasions. […]

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