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Fowles: Last Night Was Awful

“Every time you go extra innings and you lose—but to go 19 innings…” -Marco Estrada If you designed a regular season game of baseball with the purpose of provoking maximum suffering in the hearts of a team’s fans, what elements would it include? Would it look something like what we, the last place team in…

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Fowles: The Bright Side of Letting Go

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the last handful of baseball seasons, it’s that it’s so much easier to talk (and write) about your team when they’re doing well. When they’re on top, small talk and conversations with strangers unfold in this gleeful way. There’s a certain sense of exuberance and enthusiasm, a feeling of…

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Fowles: Great Moments in Recent Baseball/Adorable Animal History

If there are two things I really, truly, deeply love, it’s the game of baseball and adorable animals. Both have the ability to distract and to soothe, to offer joy and incredible comfort, and to make us feel better during difficult times. As you can imagine, I’m a total sucker for whenever the two come…

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Fowles: Seven Great Moments in a Not Always Great Season

“Season’s not over yet. There’s still a lot of things that can happen from now until then. I like the make-up of our club as we sit here right now. Eight games out? I wouldn’t count ourselves out. So we’ll see what happens.” –Jose Bautista As I write this, your beloved Toronto Blue Jays have…

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Fowles: Ghosts of Ballplayers Past

Yesterday it was announced that 33-year-old Christopher Adrian Colabello was again back in the warm embrace of baseball, signing a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers after being released by Cleveland on July 8th. You may remember Colabello for his incredible 2015 season ascension with the postseason bound Toronto Blue Jays, but it’s more…

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Fowles: A Goodbye To, And Gratitude For Jason Grilli

“OK, I’ll do what I’ve always done. I’ll ride the wave where it takes me. I got knocked off the horse, but I’m gonna dust myself off and keep doing what I do best.” -Jason Grilli, Player’s Tribune I don’t think it’s any secret that some players, regardless of how they’re performing, can be harder to lose than…

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Fowles: Every Day Should Be Mark Buehrle Day

“Yeah, they are supposed to hit your mistakes. That’s what baseball is. Let it go. You are holding too much aggression. Let it go. Focus on the glove, hit the glove, make this game easier for you. Why are you trying to make it harder?” –Mark Buehrle to Marco Estrada This Saturday, during a special pregame…

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Fowles: Alison Gordon Should Be On the Level of Excellence

“I had laughter and good times on the beat and others that brought me to tears, but it was seldom dull. How could it be with a game every day? The road was often bumpy, but it was an unforgettable trip.”—Alison Gordon, Foul Balls: Five Years in the American League, 1984 If you’ve attended games at…

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Fowles: If This Was All A Movie

“Baseball is not about perfection. It is about wishing a thing were possible and discovering something flawed and still beautiful along the way.” -Chris Turner On Wednesday, when news broke of Anthony Alford’s sudden, unexpected, and emotionally unjust trip to the DL after a fractured wrist, a lot of us wailed “how?” and “why?” I…