The Black Prince of Baseball, The Babe, and The Ninth Man Out

Liotta as Jackson

One of the immortal lines from Field Of Dreams comes from Joe Jackson. It is delivered by a suddenly, very Goodfellas-sounding, Ray Liotta:

Honestly, that line planted the seed of a question that’s gnawed at me forever.

Who the hell are the other players that DID get invited to play?

Today, let’s name those ballplayers.

In order to do so, we’ll need to know our baseball history. …


And Why Mando Didn’t Get Eaten Alive By The Krayt Dragon (It Wasn’t the Armor)

You and I aren’t the only ones who fell in love with Grogu. It’s obvious Mando himself has fallen in love with The Child.

As the relationship between Mando and Grogu continues to get richer, it gets more real. And Mandalorian fans can’t wait to find out what happens next.

But before we tune in to this week’s adventure of Mando and Grogu — audiences should first realize we’re all watching a parable. In short, the parable is about modern manhood, and first time fatherhood.

image courtesy of Disney

What does that mean? Well, by definition, parables are simple stories used to illustrate moral…


I couldn’t sleep. So I went for a walk on ‘The Field’ to look for the North Star.

I didn’t even know you could rent the house from ‘Field of Dreams.’

But when my son’s baseball team entered a tournament in nearby Dubuque, Iowa, I booked it for the night.

The house sleeps eight, so I invited my Mom and Dad to stay with us too.

The house includes unlimited VIP access to ‘The Field,’ so I invited our team out for batting practice and pizza.

Ultimately, I had the surreal pleasure of walking in Ray Kinsella’s shoes for a night. It was the Covid year, I was turning 40, and I’m a lifelong White Sox fan.

If…


And I Solved the Scalability Problem With Saunas While Driving Home From Work

Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?

I was sold on saunas by Dr. Rhonda Patrick. In 2014, she made a cameo on Tim Ferriss’ blog where she asked the question, Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?

Her answer at the time was a healthy — Yes! The science was clear. As long as you didn’t mind a little sweat, the benefits of sauna could easily be yours too.

Unfortunately, during the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing measures meant most people couldn’t reap the natural performance enhancing benefits of sauna.

As we know, public saunas were closed. This inaccessibility highlighted the scalability problem with saunas.

You could…


Luke Skywalker, Willrow Hood, and Jeans Guy all stoke the roaring blaze within Star Wars fans across the Galaxy.

“There’s something with storytelling where you take the most mundane and elevate it. And if you’re taking something that’s really elevated, you bring it down to the grit of it.” — Jon Favreau Disney Gallery: Connections

When Luke Skywalker does anything, it ignites a roaring fire inside Star Wars fans in the Galaxy. But now, the same thing is true for lesser known characters like Willrow Hood!

This article looks at a counterintuitive phenomenon at the heart of Star Wars. No — not the fact that everyone on the planet literally LOVES two little green men from outer space.

Instead…


Exploring Star Wars’ Christmas connection and through Stoic Philosophy

SPOILER ALERT — Season Two of Disney+’s hit show The Mandalorian concludes with a tear-jerking exchange between Mando and The Child, Grogu.

Luke Skywalker had just arrived on the scene after receiving Grogu’s S.O.S. call through the Force. In short order, Luke saves the day by destroying a battalion of invincible evil robots.

This entire scene is a flurry of Jedi awesomeness.

Beyond that, it’s clear that Luke will train Grogu as a Jedi. And with that, Mando’s quest was completed. All is right in the galaxy.

Except it’s sad!

Because we suddenly realize that Mando has to say goodbye…


Mark Buehrle is one of the best Pitchers of all-time — And not always because of his Pitching. Here’s several of the paradoxical reasons why.

Mark Buehrle first became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2020. Immediately the debate began. Was Buehrle just a stat compiler? Or was he one of the best?

Many writers find themselves thunderstruck by the answer they get when they look at Buehrle’s career, dig into his stats, and revisit his stories.

In this article, we’ll look beyond the usual career highlights, stats and comparisons to other Hall of Famers. We’ll dig a little deeper. Because that’s what looking at Buehrle’s stats make you want to do.

In other words, you start finding Buehrle’s name at the top of…


Biden Has Quoted One Poem at the Biggest Moments Of His Career. What Does This Tell Us About The Man?

In the biggest speeches of Joe Biden’s political career — at the biggest moment of the speech — he has quoted one poem, The Cure At Troy.

I find this fascinating. Not in the least because it begs the following question — what can we learn, or already know, about a man if we study his favorite piece of poetry?

Biden accepting the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, citing Heaney. courtesy of wh.gov

The Cure At Troy, The Cure For Us All?


What do Jordan B. Peterson, Dr. Peter Attia, Body Language, Archery, and the Rhomboids have in common?

“Attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around.” — Jordan Peterson

Let’s explore the obsession that Dr. Peter Attia and Dr. Jordan Peterson don’t know they have in common. That obsession? The small muscle found between your shoulder blades called The Rhomboids.

This story investigates the following claim: Could something as simple as the rhomboid muscles be the mythical secret of success?

Admittedly, the rhomboids are not the first thing you’d guess anyone could get obsessed about — let alone two stars of podcast culture. …


The Backstory You Need For “The Field Of Dreams Game”… And the Real Reason Iowa Leans to the Southside — not Northside

The movie Field of Dreams solidified the special bond between the state of Iowa and the game of baseball. Over the years, the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, IA has become one of the Meccas of baseball. Indeed, anyone who’s been to the field will tell you it’s a magical, surreal place.

It’s only natural, that MLB would want to play a game in Iowa. Thus a game was scheduled at Field Of Dreams for August 2020.

(Edit: The Chicago White Sox were intended to play a real, live, MLB game versus the New York Yankees in a…

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