There is so much baseball information available, sometimes my head hurts! Hopefully, this section will contribute to your baseball knowledge and not leave you in a mess of confusion and left feeling overwhelmed! One of my earliest childhood memories, and the one I am certain is my first memory related to baseball, other than swinging a bat around or having a catch with my dad, was when Bud Harrelson of the New York Mets got thrown out at the plate on would be sacrifice fly and a very bad call at the plate. I can still vividly picture Mets Manager Yogi Berra going absolutely ballistic at the call. I distinctly remember Willie Mays, who, although I had no idea at the time, was in his final days after an absolutely remarkable Hall of Fame career, on his knees near the plate and how the great Say Hey Kid also couldn’t believe the call. When I saw this, living in a household of Mets fans, I knew I was in love with baseball and also knew it would be a passion of mine for the rest of my life. Since that fateful day in 1973, when I was 6 years old, baseball has brought me a ton of joy, and just as much heartache. I played the game for years, and played it very well. I studied the game for even longer, and learned quite a bit from quite a few people. I have now coached the game for years, and still get tremendous pleasure watching our organization grow, and watching our kids mature and learn, and vastly improve. That said, I must have done something wrong along the way, because one of my kids is a Red Sox fan, one is a Nationals fan, and one is a Yankees fan.
The KBA Black Sox following a tournament championship, 2014. KBA Black Sox are one of the teams of the Kojack Baseball Academy, Chesapeake, VA
Photo Courtesy of Christine Beck, chrissybeckphotography, Chesapeake, VA
Welcome to the blog portion of this website, your site for all sorts of baseball information. Here you will find thoughts on many different aspects of the game that don’t necessarily fall under one of the main sub topics of baseball instruction, drills, tips, techniques, etc. This blog will delve into those topics that are discussed by the talking heads on many of the sports networks, such as the significance of the all-star game, the use of technology, choosing bats, choosing colleges, and anything else we could think of that’s related to baseball, either directly or in some capacity or another. Perhaps we could have discussions on fantasy baseball and related things. Is there enough interest to write about and discuss baseball cakes and cookies. I’ll bet most of you don’t know this, but there is a company who makes baseball related cookies. It is called Cooperstown Cookie Company, and they are fantastic. You may see an article or two on them, which believe me, is the type of additional baseball information that will come in handy as you plan your next party! What about baseball cards, or how to choose a glove? Baseball Camps? Come here for baseball information on those topics! The aforementioned paragraph mentions the great Hall of Fame Centerfielder of the NY/SF Giants, Willie Mays. Is he the greatest centerfielder of all time? Better than the Mick? Do Dodgers fans really believe Duke is right up there with the counterpart NYers of the 50s and 60s. Perhaps lively discussion on this topic will provide some candid inputs and thoughts.
I started this blog to share my personal baseball beliefs, some of the thoughts I’ve had, in some instances, for many years, and some of the many experiences I’ve had over 40 years of being actively involved in the game. Basically, my primary reason for adding the additional baseball information portion to this instructional website is to make it a more interactive way of allowing maximum participation and getting fans on all levels involved with some in-depth discussion on some of the more popular topics out there, as well as some of the more obscure ones. Baseball is a game made to be fun, and this blog will follow along those lines. If you have any thoughts, let me know and I will get the ball rolling.
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