May 2012

R.I.P. — Doc Watson

by M.C. Antil on May 31, 2012

I guess without realizing it, I grew up on country music.  As a kid, I always had country songs listed among my favorites – songs like Claude King’s Wolverton Mountain, From a Jack to a King by Ned Miller, Roger Miller’s King of the Road, and two of my all-time faves, both by Don Gibson, Oh […]


They are, arguably, the most top heavy offensive club in the big leagues, with the widest disparity between good and bad in baseball. The 2012 Atlanta Braves have five very good Major League hitters, one of whom, unfortunately (Chipper Jones), is not only riding off in to the sunset in a few short months, but […]


The Animals’ Brill Building Trifecta

by M.C. Antil on May 25, 2012

They were, in every sense of the word, musical purists. And when the Animals, a gritty R&B band from the depressed factory and coal mining town of Newcastle in the North of England – and five kids who, like so many of their generation of Brits, fell in love with the classic blues sounds of places like Chicago […]

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Statistically speaking, two things I learned this month frankly blew me away.  And they both, oddly enough, had to do with the number 8. First, for the non-baseball fans among you, an aging relic of a left-hander named Jamie Moyer won his first game of the year a few weeks back while pitching for the […]


A day or so ago I wrote about a somewhat remarkable baseball performance that occurred this past week in a Baltimore Orioles game; one that went all but unreported in the mainstream baseball media.  Today, I’ll give you the skinny on another. Most baseball fans by now know that Oriole 1B Chris Davis beat the […]


A Week to Remember in Baltimore

by M.C. Antil on May 12, 2012

I have a number of thoughts about baseball this week, and as I was sitting there this morning looking over my notes I realized four of them are Baltimore Oriole-related. This week the Birds played a game against a guy, Josh Hamilton, who hit 4 HR, then put himself into the A.L record books by also […]


The Secret of the Rays: Getting Defensive

by M.C. Antil on May 10, 2012

Why are the Rays the Rays?  In other words, how do they do it year after year, constantly contending and constantly fighting for supremacy in the utterly brutal American League East — and all the while doing it with a total payroll less than that of the New York Yankee infield?  Granted, they do it with […]

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