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Black and Blue

The New York Times June 13, 2009 By Doug Glanville When I first started playing professional baseball, I was told by my head coach in single-A, Bill Hayes, that I was being too formal in how I addressed the officials of the game. I called...

Baseball Family Secrets

The New York Times June 6, 2009 By Doug Glanville I haven’t spent a lot of time watching “MTV Cribs,” but I know the host likes to check the featured homeowner’s DVD collection for a copy of “Scarface.” Apparently, owning this movie is...

Show Me Up, Show You Up

The New York Times May 22, 2009 By Doug Glanville Under no circumstances should you show up a baseball player. We hold grudges forever and we will... Sure, it seems petty, but it’s what makes this game go ‘round. Beat me with your...

No Tipping, Please

The New York Times May 5, 2009 By Doug Glanville Alex Rodriguez is in a horrible spot. Where do you go when, having focused your life on that one thing you can be the best at, you realize that because of choices you made things will...

The World In One Game

The New York Times April 17, 2009 Doug Glanville When people ask me what I miss the most about playing professional baseball, ……. Only 60 years ago, Jackie Robinson broke through a glass ceiling for African-American ballplayers, but...

A Devastating Quiet

The New York Times April 16, 2009 By Doug Glanville The silence that covered the city of Philadelphia seemed out of place, given how passionate these citizens usually are. But the broadcasting voice of Phillies baseball (and NFL Films)...

Loss Beyond the Score

The New York Times April 10, 2009 By Doug Glanville After hearing about the tragic death of the 22-year-old pitcher Nick Adenhart, my heart skipped a beat. Although I never met him, I still feel close to the baseball family and his loss...

Bling Training

The new York Times March 4, 2009 By Doug Glanville Spring training has begun. It might be step one of a multiple-step program ... Dreams start here. They also can end here. But there is a beauty in the path to major league baseball...

Ballplayers, the Press and the Truth

The New York Times February 20, 2009 By Doug Glanville I had messed up. Steve Finley, of the opposing Arizona Diamondbacks, had just tagged up from second base, and not only advanced to third but was able to score on the same play —...

Understanding A-Rod

The New York Times Feb 9, 2009 By Doug Glanville For most of my life I wore a number on... But there was one clear moment when I wanted to be treated like a number. It wasn’t when I was opening up a new bank account, or looking to...

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