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Mike Piazza – Baseball Hall of Fame Speech: “…the greatest gift a mother could give a child, the gift of my Catholic Faith.”

Famed-catholic Mike Piazza (AVG .308 HR427 RBI1335 OB% .377 Total Bases 3768 Slugging % .545) was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame today. During his understandably emotional speech he thanked his mother for… “…the greatest gift a … Continue reading

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Card. Dolan: “Where’s the Catholic Sandy Koufax?”

Because it is Spring (or close enough) and because in Spring all right-thinking souls turn their thoughts and hopes once again to that summa of sports, baseball, and because the Old English origin of the word “Lent”, lencten, means “Spring”, and … Continue reading

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SUPER COOL: Baseball player who was a spy in WWII

Do you have a friend or loved one who is a baseball fan?  A student of WWII? This book would make a great gift. A reader alerted me to this via email… one of the coolest things I have seen for a long … Continue reading

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1947: Jackie Robinson

From History.com: Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson … Continue reading

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“Knock the cover off the ball!”

I was alerted to this by a Chicagoan friend, a long-suffering Cubs fan   It shows how statistics don’t tell the whole story. From NRO: Not only did Garcia’s teammate, Jose Abreu, slug two home runs against the Indians on … Continue reading

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Murder mystery space time continuum ham baseball fire fighter movie

Last night I watched a movie I hadn’t seen in years. I had a couple of good actors and used plot devices that I am into. The movie: Frequency (2000) Starring: Denis Quaid and James Caviezel Device:  Aurora Borealis and … Continue reading

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It ain’t a day game, but HEY HEY!

By complete coincidence I think it is social media day here at The Friendly Confines! Alas the EAMUS CATULI sign didn’t show up very well. UPDATE: Full moon rising! UPDATE: Cubs imploded, right on schedule. Then off to Chinese on … Continue reading

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I just received this in my email and, almost against my will, it got me to smile: The game God loves most. And – just because – a really funny commercial. I dunno.  One of the best commercials ehvvur? (And … Continue reading

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The Honus Wagner card from “Sweet Caporal Cigarettes”

Now that the season of the sport God loves best is underway again, we turn to the really important news. From MLB comes this! The ‘Holy Grail’ of baseball cards just sold for $2.1 million in an online auction If … Continue reading

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Stan the Man – R.I.P.

I learned just now that Stan “the Man” Musial died, at the age of 92. Today it seems no one stays in one place anymore, as Joni might put it.  That holds true for baseball players and pastors of parishes. … Continue reading

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“He was going to be a major leaguer, absolutely”

The writing is a bit scrambled, but have a look at this story of a fellow who gave up a promising career in baseball (the sport God loves best) for a vocation with the Norbertines in Orange, California: SILVERADO, Calif. … Continue reading

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PERFECTO: 27 up – 27 down! 23rd Perfect Game in Major League Baseball!

From MLB: All hail the King! Felix throws perfect game By Greg Johns / MLB.com SEATTLE — General manager Jack Zduriencik hushed the crowd of reporters on the elevator headed to the Mariners’ clubhouse after the game on Wednesday afternoon, … Continue reading

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“Bob, you’ve been traded to Diocese of Black Duck.”

I have watched Moneyball a couple times. The movie offers grist for our mill. In one scene Carlos Peña is curtly traded by the A’s to the Tigers because of internal team management (vision) conflicts. Priests are mostly treated like … Continue reading

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Practice makes perfect

This can be applied in some ways to the spiritual life. The acquisition of virtues is a long, arduous process.  But once one has the habits which are virtues, they can appear to be easy. [wp_youtube]PpEeoYOB3Os[/wp_youtube]

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God loveth a cheerful giver.

Hoc autem qui parce seminat parce et metet et qui seminat in benedictionibus de benedictionibus et metet.  Unusquisque prout destinavit corde suo non ex tristitia aut ex necessitate hilarem enim datorem diligit Deus.  2 Cor 9:6-7. I saw this video … Continue reading

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