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Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Carry On, Cubs

Heard that song on the radio, and it embodies the spirit of you, Chicago Cubs. As my friend from Seattle said tonight, you are my National League team. My twin sister from the north side. My team in 2016. I was all-in with you tonight, and you, unlike my fucking sorry ass Detroit Tigers DID […]

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Always on My Mind

I almost can’t believe it, but a year has passed since I sadly said goodbye to my West Michigan Whitecaps when they exited the Midwest League playoffs. HERE I AM – making my return! To see this first year pass on the river has been truly unreal. We moved in late last season, so I […]

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Despicable Detroit

The clock had just struck midnight in West Michigan. September had arrived – as did my younger brother, whose car door could be heard at 11:59. It was supposed to be lucky: since we were kids and Nickelodeon told us to begin each month by saying, “rabbit, rabbit,” we strove for it, even getting it […]

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Must Stop Repeating the Past

Detroit cannot keep repeating the same juvenile habits that have crippled us in seasons past. I’m LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU, BRAD AUSMUS. DO YOUR GODDAMN JOB. Stop depending on spread sheets, matchups, and absurd statistics to make every basic decision for you. You’ve had enough time to acclimate to being manager, and you must find […]

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Cubs Championship Parade Pictures

Cubs Championship Parade Pictures

What a nice, sunny day in Chicago for the first parade in 108 years! Here are some nice printscreens I took while watching them wind through the streets, ending with a center stage production: The atmosphere was overwhelming, with people pouring out to support the team they’ve loved forever. The excitement was palpable, bringing everyone […]

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GO CUBS GO!

How can you not feel good watching the Chicago Cubs? I found myself transfixed on the TV in game five, realizing these guys couldn’t leave Wrigley without a win. It’s been tricky with Cleveland getting undeserved home field advantage. And even though I wanted them out of the remaining teams to win the AL, that […]

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Dare to Dream of a World Series

SO: it’s happened. Cleveland and the Cubs will vie for the top spot in baseball, the World Series crown that has alluded both cities since the 1940’s – Chicago hadn’t even made the World Series before tonight since 1945, and the Indians’ last title came in 1948. It’s been 108 years since the north side […]

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Bull Shiii-iiiit

This is going to kill us if it continues, Detroit. There is nothing more painful than nearly reaching your goal – not sucking entirely, not being bounced in the first round. No, the worst possible thing is to know your good enough and fall just shy of even competing in the postseason. Let it sting. […]

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Vindication in the Rain

Sports have a funny way of making you question everything about your life, as if every decision you’ve recently made will be doubted in loss or secured in triumph. Maybe it’s especially me, since I care so much about the outcome. As rain poured inning by inning it built up inside how badly I wanted […]

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STAND UP, WEST MICHIGAN

STAND UP, WEST MICHIGAN

We are hosting the only game in West Michigan of the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs, and it is Wednesday night. These are the defending league champions. Since 1994, Bob Wells and the Whitecaps have captured our hearts with every single game, win or lose, because of the electric family atmosphere they provide. […]

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Baseball

So, my dad and I just finished attending Harry Potter night at the old ballpark in West Michigan. And let me tell you, after watching the Whitecaps four times in August, seeing the Tigers go on multiple winning streaks, and viewing the stadium from my backyard – there is most definitely some magic to this […]

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Let’s Get It, Tigers

$narf is back. The hiatus is gone. Let’s win this division, take the AL Pennant, and claim the World Series. Look, I’ve had enough. Oldschool and I are done: we let y’all do your thing, and once we stopped watching because we moved in to our new home and cable wasn’t hooked up, the Detroit […]

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