Tuesday April 24th 2018

‘Going Through the Change’ Archives

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]

Catching a break

Catching a break

After a lifetime of clear vision, it's a shock to see life from behind bars. But don't worry, I haven't finally been jailed for crimes against the English language. I have instead made my debut as a catcher, writes Rob Jones. Let's be honest, it's hard to see from behind [Read More]

How to make the most of a mis-hit

How to make the most of a mis-hit

Let's not beat around the bush here, my batting so far this season has sucked, writes Rob Jones. It has sucked to high heaven. It has sucked so hard that it could probably suck a golf ball through a hose pipe. From six games, I think I have probably hit three balls [Read More]

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Hawks start strong; struggles for Falcons, Raptors

Hawks start strong; struggles for Falcons, Raptors

The first BBF league action at Grovehill ballpark in 2018 saw the Herts Hawks facing the London Marauders in the AA [Read More]

ALERT: Herts Falcons vs Birmingham Bandits Opening Day game postponed due to weather

ALERT: Herts Falcons vs Birmingham Bandits Opening Day game postponed due to weather

. The Opening Day National Baseball League game between the Herts Falcons and the Birmingham Bandits has been [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 [Read More]

Arrows, Mets, Hawks and Musketeers win the 2018 HSL titles

Arrows, Mets, Hawks and Musketeers win the 2018 HSL titles

  In the NBL Division the Essex Arrows and Birmingham Bandits were the favourites going into the final [Read More]

Herts teams announce preliminary 2018 rosters for the HSL

Herts teams announce preliminary 2018 rosters for the HSL

The managers of the Herts teams which will be playing in the 2018 Herts Spring League over the next 3 weeks have [Read More]