ESPN Classic: A Thing Of The Past

by Kevin Burton    ESPN will discontinue the ESPN Classic channel at the end of this year according to published reports.    You know what this means? I will have to come up with a new joke to explain the futility of my Cincinnati Reds. I have been saying I still love to watch them, …

Here’s To Leo Foster And Old-school Ball

by Kevin Burton    Gonna tell you everything I know about Leo Foster, then I’ll tell you why.    Foster was a utility infielder who played parts of five seasons for the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets between 1971 and 1976.  He hit .198 in 262 at bats. He had two home runs and …

Canadian Border Opens For US Tourists

by Kevin Burton    My Canada vacation dreams are on the table again, but for how long?    On Monday Canada lifted its restriction of non-essential travel by US citizens for the first time since the pandemic hit in March 2020.  That made for immediate celebrations for border dwellers who have relatives, friends and property …

A Victory For Family, Canada, The Expos

by Kevin Burton    Game one of the sibling rivalry baseball series went to yours truly last week.  It was the moves I didn’t make that saved me.    Life is like that sometimes.    I mentioned earlier on Page 7 that my brother Steve and I are playing a best-of-five baseball series using a …

Taking The Helm Of Expos Baseball

by Kevin Burton     Growing up, if you had a sibling, you had a sibling rivalry.     There are a lot of variables here, closeness of ages, gender, talents, interests.  But even if it was just competition for the attention/approval of mom and dad, chances are you had a little something simmering at all times, …

I Can Spell Ambidextrous But I Am Not

by Kevin Burton    Though I have no background in statistical analysis, I fancy myself a talent scout for the Cincinnati Reds.    For you non baseball fans, that was a slap at the people who use analytics to determine a baseball player’s potential rather than say watching how well he plays.    Anyway, I …

Perez Was Vital Part Of Big Red Machine

By Kevin Burton    “How good are the Reds” was the question Sports illustrated famously asked on the cover of its 1976 World Series wrap-up edition.    Two more questions: how vital was Tony Perez to that team and how misguided was the trade that sent him to Montreal?    It’s Perez’s birthday today. He …

Baseball Glory In April Could Easily Fade

by Kevin Burton    So I woke up Monday morning and all my teams were in first place, Reds, Royals, Mariners. All three.     Just wanted to say that while I can. None were tied for first either. All had very slim leads. All were still in front Tuesday.    Now it’s Wednesday, top of …

With Baseball, Here Comes The Sun

by Kevin Burton    Baseball is back!  In a virus-sick world where we can use some good news, I say this qualifies.    Did you know birds that sing in the spring, sing about baseball?  Spend time proving me wrong if you wish, but why? Instead, why not busy yourself wiping joy from your cheeks, …

Favorite Songs With Red In The Title

by Kevin Burton     Red is a color of many emotions, from seeing red (anger) to painting the town red (celebration).  A red light means stop, a red-letter day is a great and special day.     Red is all over the place. But if I could just level with you here, if you write a …