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Category Archives: On Playing the Game

On my experiences playing baseball. I played as a reserve (non-roster) player in the New England Women’s Baseball League in 2001, then joined the Pawtucket Slaterettes in 2003. I played with the Slaterettes five seasons from 2003 through 2007. Currently I have no plans to play in 2008, because my eyesight is going.

Women’s Baseball Player Diary Part 6

Originally appeared on October 14, 2003. Okay folks, get ready for a really personal one this time. This entry isn’t about how the Yankees have executed three strike-em-out-throw-em-out double plays, or how they had four men reach base by base on balls and scored none, whereas they gave up only one walk and that was […]

Women’s Baseball Player Diary Part 5

Originally posted on August 16, 2003. July 26 2003 I had to miss Wednesday’s game because of the writing class I’m teaching, but I heard we won. That made the team’s record 6-2 (with two rainouts and one game cancelled for lack of umpires) before today’s game. The only two losses were both to the […]

Women’s Baseball Player Diary, Part 4

Originally posted on July 24, 2003. July 1 2003 Narragansett Electric (that’s my team) beat ISL tonight. The final score was 9-4, I think, though it could have been 9-6. I know we were leading 6-4 in the fourth, having scored all six runs in the first inning when the ISL pitcher/coach, Darry, just didn’t […]

2003 Women’s Baseball Diary Part 3

Baseball Player Diary 2003, Part 3 Originally posted on June 30, 2003. June 5 Tonight I volunteered at the ABCD Field of Dreams tournament at Fenway Park. ABCD is Action for Boston Community Development, and the Field of Dreams is a tournament where large corporations who donate a heap o’ money get to play in […]

2003 Women’s Baseball Diary, Part 2

Originally posted on June 7 2003: Baseball Diary 2003, Part 2. May 15 My arm hurt all weekend. Then again, so did my back, my knee, my neck… it has gotten cold and damp again, if you can believe that, and every part of me that has any nagging injury is aching. And the Yankees […]

May 7 2003 : Out Standing In The Field

Cecilia’s Baseball Diary 2003 May 7 2003 : Out Standing In The Field Here I am again, trying to play baseball. For those who are new to my endeavors, here’s a quick recap. March 23, 2000 — While surfing the Internet, I discover the existence of “organized” women’s baseball in the US. While there’s no […]

October 29, 2008: Fading Days

The World Series is not yet over, but snow fell in parts of Pennsylvania yesterday, and I woke up this morning with my skin feeling dry. So dry that several calluses on my left hand were peeling.

I stared at them for a while after I got out of the shower, trying to figure out what they were from. What could I have been doing that built up a callus there, on my left hand, on the pads between the second and third knuckle of my grip?

I think these are my batting calluses, finally wearing off, nearly 14 months after I played my final game of hardball. (Click title above to read full post.)

April 1, 2008: Being There

I cried a lot yesterday. There are a lot of reasons why, and they all come back to baseball.

I drove to New York City Sunday night, had a lovely dinner with my good friend Lori in the Bronx, who shares the same birthday with me. We have a tradition of going to Opening Day at Yankee Stadium together, since the home opener often falls on or next to our birthday, and then having dinner at a steakhouse in Yonkers that we like…

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July 2, 2007: Mechanical Failure (My throwing arm)

“The other day in a game against the Yankees, Shannon Stewart of the Oakland A’s made a weak throw from left field, allowing a run to score and a runner on second base to move to third. The game’s broadcasters mentioned that Stewart’s shoulder is injured, and has been “for years.” How, one might think, could a guy still be playing with such a weakness and why hasn’t he done anything about it? Well, I don’t know about Stewart’s arm, but I know about mine…”

June 28, 2007: Out Standing In a Field (again)

“Oh, I ache everywhere, but especially in my forty-year-old legs. Slaterettes Baseball season has begun and I feel like I put the “senior” in the “Senior Division.” I played right field two days in a row. (Who the heck put two games in a row on the schedule? Oh, my aching muscles…)”

May 27 2006: Now I Remember

“Just in time for Memorial Day, summer is here with a vengeance. We had huge thunderstorms yesterday, the humidity went through the roof, and today it hit eighty degrees.

Just in time for my first baseball practice. I had forgotten what it was like to stand in the outfield, with not a hint of a breeze, the noon sun beating down, sweat sticking my hair to the back of my neck. Don’t get me wrong; I liked it. But I have a New Rule: do not drink Belle de Brillet brandy and Cointreau the night before baseball…”

August 29 2005: Season’s End (Slaterettes Baseball)

My league’s season is over now, as kids go back to school and the evenings get shorter. The final two games of the season bookended my vacation, so corwin and I drove together down to Rhode Island for one game, left right from there for New York, made stops at Yankee Stadium and Citizen’s Bank […]

August 16, 2005: Touching Base (My baseball travels in August)

My baseball travels have been extensive of late — so extensive that I have not had time to pause and write about all the things I’ve seen and done. Here are some snapshots from the past month in my baseball life. August 1 I went to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame inductions, which was […]

July 13 2005: Hit or Miss (More on playing baseball)

I’m batting .400 on the season. Granted, the season hasn’t been going on very long, but it’s a nice number to have, ain’t it? It probably doesn’t look as good if you see that every out I’ve made, though, has been a strike out. Yes, folks, I feel Mark Bellhorn’s pain. Like Bellhorn, I tend […]

June 18 2005: Brand New Shoes (Buying spikes)

I splurged today on a new pair of spikes. Sorry to break your heart, Jeter dear, but I am leaving your sponsor Nike behind, and jumping ship to Adidas. My actual preferred brand would be Reebok. My every day sneakers are Reeboks, after all, and have been since–gulp–1983 or so. Yes, I’ve been wearing the […]

August 18 2004: Sweet Swings

It has been a hectic summer for this baseball-loving geek, with far too much going on and not enough time to write about it all. There was the SABR convention in Cincinnati. There was Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium. There was running into Byung-Hyun Kim in a restaurant by chance, the same weekend we […]

24 Hour Game Diary Pt 8

Monday, October 20, 2003 12:48 pm Arizona time (Pacific) Well, my flight leaves in about an hour, and here I am sitting in the Tucson airport with sore legs, but happy. The Red-Eyed Nites mounted a comeback in the morning hours, cutting the lead of the African Gray Birds, which had been around 40 runs […]

24 Hour Game Diary Pt 7

Sunday, October 19, 2003 4:20 am Arizona time (Pacific) Since I last wrote I’ve had the best catch of my life. I don’t mean a caught ball in the outfield, I mean best game of catch. Chiba, one of the Japanese players, and I went down to the batting tunnel after we woke up from […]

24 Hour Game Diary Pt 6

Saturday, October 18, 2003 11:08 pm Arizona time (Pacific) I have just had my first major league shower. And damn it felt good. It is patently clear that this is the locker room of the team with the tallest player in the majors, because the showerheads are set so high it’s hard to reach them […]

24 Hour Game Diary Pt 5

Saturday, October 18, 2003 8:30 am Arizona time (Pacific) Ow. Ow. Ow. Well, if I thought I might be less tired and less sore today… I was wrong. If I felt yesterday like I had been hit by a car, today I feel like I was run over by a monster truck. Repeatedly. My feet […]