THE BIG HIT | Dodgers Win the Offseason

by Ken Napzok Have you ever heard that ole’ proverb about the two bulls standing on a hill? You know the one. The two bulls are staring down into a pretty green pasture full of beautiful cows. So, like, the young bull says to the old bull… what does he say… oh yeah… I want to run down this hill and f**k one of them … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | Dodgers Win the Offseason

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THE BIG HIT | The Legacy of Cheating

by Ken Napzok Baseball. Cheating. The timeless game and the eternal sin. Since the dawn of the game, no matter how rudimentary of a state the sport was in, cheating has been present. In fact, it just might be fair to say that baseball and cheating have one of the longest, most functional relationships in history. Love gurus and relationship therapists should whip out their … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | The Legacy of Cheating

THE BIG HIT | It’s Award Season

By Ken Napzok THE BIG HIT It’s the baseball award season! So gather ‘round, friends, and let’s get ready to crown the legends of 2019 and lock them away forever. All votes are in (and have been since the regular season ended), so let’s start looking at the players currently clearing space on the shelves of their dens.  By the time this column falls into … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | It’s Award Season

THE BIG HIT | The Greatest Baseball Moment of the 2019 Season

by Ken Napzok The greatest moment of the 2019 baseball season did not take place on a Major League field. There wasn’t a multi-million dollar stadium full of fans watching and it was not broadcast on a major network with Joe Buck’s voice taking us through it. It was not in the World Series or down the stretch run days of September. There was no … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | The Greatest Baseball Moment of the 2019 Season

THE BIG HIT | The Story Has Been Told

By Ken Napzok When I was a kid obsessed with the game, rooting for my heroes, and dreaming about taking the field myself, the Sporting News put out a couple of books called The Series: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Postseason Showcase. The first one I procured was after the 1990 World Series and they updated it each year for a few seasons. (So go … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | The Story Has Been Told

THE BIG HIT | The 5 things the Astros and Nationals need to do to win the World Series

by Ken Napzok Though I am very well-studied in baseball history (I think I’ve watched the third inning of Ken Burns baseball 42 times alone) and there is nothing more historic than the World Series. Every at-bat is history in the making. It’s a living document that connects the present day all the way back to the first series in 1903. And though I am … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | The 5 things the Astros and Nationals need to do to win the World Series

5 Things the 2019 Division Series Round Taught Us (that we can pretend we always knew)

by Ken Napzok “I love playoff baseball!” is a sentence — correction proclamation — we’ve all heard a lot this past week. Since the Wild Card games on October 1st, the baseball world has been treated to some absolutely thrilling postseason play. Throw all those fancy words best saved for a Roger Kahn baseball book at the wall because all of them will stick. This … Continue reading 5 Things the 2019 Division Series Round Taught Us (that we can pretend we always knew)

THE BIG HIT | High Stakes, Going Home, and the Magic Recipe of the Postseason

by Ken Napzok What a season the first week of the playoffs was.  Big time pitching, clutch hitting, and the cream looking like it’s rising to the top. The 2019 postseason has already been a buffet of greatness for even the most discerning baseball aficionado. This is what your childhood baseball dreams are made of. But what really makes a great postseason? What is the … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | High Stakes, Going Home, and the Magic Recipe of the Postseason

THE BIG HIT | The Agony of Baseball

by Ken Napzok Oh, the agony of the baseball.  These players work so hard and play for so long and then — boom — a fastball catches the meat of a bat and it all comes crashing down. The cheers turn to jeers and hope fades long before the opposing player rounds third.  That’s baseball. The wonderful agony of baseball. What happened this weekend in … Continue reading THE BIG HIT | The Agony of Baseball