Yay, Comma, Football Is Back, Period

by Kevin Burton     Remember the interjection song from Schoolhouse Rock?    The song says interjections are “generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point, or by a comma when the feeling’s not as strong.”    Well I was feeling pretty sheepish about this, but I said the sentence “Yay! Football is back” …

Baseball And Radio, A Perfect Pairing

by Kevin Burton    The greatest marriage of all time marks its 101st anniversary today. May death never part the two.    The two I speak of, baseball and radio. Baseball on the radio has been a comfort to millions of Americans all their lives.  Baseball was the national pastime, radio a sort of national …

NFL Football In June Is Just A Fantasy

by Kevin Burton    I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing with you. Have you ever told that lie?    Also, what happens when your so-called “seasonal obsession” shows up out of season? Can a true obsession ever be limited to one season?    Spoiler alert, I do not have definitive answers to these questions.  …

Of Past Glory, Duds And Small Things

by Kevin Burton    The first time I heard the word “dud” was in the context of fireworks.     Something you paid good money for didn’t work.  The promise of boom-boom, the reality of silence, or maybe a little hissing.    No bang for the buck.    Of course the term applies to many other …

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 …

Fantasyland: When You’re Hot You’re Hot

by Kevin Burton    In Mexico, when I was there, they called it “buen camino.”    In English that means good road, or good path.  It’s what you talk about when things are going well.     “Tu vas por buen camino,” roughly translated means you’ve got it going on.   Singer Jerry Reed might translate …

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, …

Recalling The 70s Through Baseball

by Kevin Burton    The Cincinnati teams of the 70s, particularly in the mid-70s are regarded as the best National League teams ever assembled.   The Royals built on what they did in the 70s and came of age in the 80s with two World Series appearances and one championship in 1985.       If I ever …

Do Or Die For Kansas City In Game 5

by Kevin Burton    The signs carried by Royals fans said “we believe” as well they should. The Royals themselves believed.    The vaunted Big Red Machine had been contained in Cincinnati where the teams split two games, but had exploded for seven runs in each of the two games at Royals Stadium.    The …