Wednesday June 20th 2018

‘Going Through the Change’ Archives

Catching heat: “who’s the sweaty guy in the mask?”

Catching heat: “who’s the sweaty guy in the mask?”

Playing catcher on a hot day is perhaps the greatest weight loss programme yet to be discovered, writes Rob Jones. Well, it's yet to be featured by the Sunday supplements as a craze to go alongside eating pureed kale while sniffing bath salts. It's yet to be promoted as [Read More]

Stop Coming Up Short

Stop Coming Up Short

I have been playing mostly shortstop for some years now, writes Rob Jones. A little bit of third when we needed it, second base, and even first - as well as a chunk of catching, which I enjoy but my legs don't so much. But what you find as a Single-A shortstop is that, [Read More]

Down and dirty: Herts Spring League 2018

Down and dirty: Herts Spring League 2018

My first at-bat of 2018 ended with a flourish, writes Rob Jones. No, not a majestic home run, but an impressive flailing swing at a curve ball which was so far off the plate on the outside it was probably in a different post code. It was a Herts Spring League game [Read More]

Why cleats beat other treats

Why cleats beat other treats

This blog is rarely preoccupied with shoes, or hats. Normally you would have to look at Vogue if you wanted that. But 2017 was not like other baseball years for your correspondent, writes Rob Jones. Shoes were central to this year's experience. Or, more specifically, [Read More]

Watch and Learn, Herts baseball

Watch and Learn, Herts baseball

When my father was a young man, he could sometimes listen to crackly radio commentary of Major League baseball games which would leak from the stations broadcasting on US air bases in Cambridgeshire, writes Rob Jones. When I was a student, I could watch one televised [Read More]

The best of times, the worst of times

The best of times, the worst of times

A walk-off victory feels sweet no matter how badly you might have played in the game, writes Rob Jones. A walk-off defeat feels galling, no matter how well you might have played to take the game to the wire. The last moment is the one that affects you the most, and lives [Read More]

Back in the game

Back in the game

There was frost on the grass when I got up for the Raptors season opener on Sunday. Not usually a good sign, writes Rob Jones. But the sun was shining by the end of the day -- in more ways than one. Scheduling had meant this day was a long time coming. The first of May [Read More]

A last goodbye…

A last goodbye…

We all love the game of baseball, writes Rob Jones. But like most sports, perhaps its greatest value is to bring us to like-minded individuals who also love the game of baseball. And then, by sharing it with them, our experience is enriched ten-fold. That is where we [Read More]

Broken laces, and a surviving dream

Broken laces, and a surviving dream

Here's a moment which sums up how the Brighton game went for me. In the fourth inning, as I jogged in to score easily after a fellow Raptor had smacked an RBI into the outfield, I helpfully scooped up his bat on my way, writes Rob Jones. In doing so, I performed a quick [Read More]

The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native

It's hard to express how much my legs hurt on Monday morning.  A body this old and ill-prepared struggles with 6 hours of baseball on a Sunday. But there was a smile in my heart, writes Rob Jones, with aching fingers. And maybe that sums up the feelings which this game [Read More]

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Catching heat: “who’s the sweaty guy in the mask?”

Catching heat: “who’s the sweaty guy in the mask?”

Playing catcher on a hot day is perhaps the greatest weight loss programme yet to be discovered, writes Rob [Read More]

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