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

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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

The Big Hit | The Coming Battle of the Titans

by Ken Napzok If you look to the horizon you can see the Major League Baseball post-season rolling into town like a traveling circus ready to dazzle and delight us. The audience favorites are preparing to enter the three-ring circus and add to the history books of this great game. In a season of astounding offense, second-generation future stars, and the general baseball audience learning … Continue reading The Big Hit | The Coming Battle of the Titans

The Big Hit | Of Homers and No-N0’s…

by Ken Napzok September baseball is here. The air is getting crisp and sharp. Playoff runs are picking up or dying on the vine. The last of the 40-man roster call ups are making their dreams come true. And the long journey of a baseball season is about to reward those that have been on the adventure from the start.  It all comes into focus.  … Continue reading The Big Hit | Of Homers and No-N0’s…