When Smokeless Tobacco Bans Don’t Make Sense

I wrote a column for Fox Sports on initiatives around the country to ban MLB players from using smokeless tobacco in Major League ballparks. I had a personal story I wanted to add to the column but there really wasn’t a place for it.

During the 2015 baseball season I was traveling to Atlanta to call a game and was seated next to an Iraq War veteran. He was a friendly guy, really nice, and we had a pleasant conversation.

He shared the story of how he lost his left arm and leg to an IED attack while serving. He has prosthetic limbs in their place now but he wasn’t doing any complaining. Like so many of our veterans there was a rough patch when he returned home but by the grace of God and the inspiration of his children life has gotten much better for this vet. Continue reading

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People, we are getting worse.

I’m growing tired of people. I’m trying, I really am, but they’re making it tough. I’m not perfect, far from it, and I don’t think I know it all, so tell me if I’m wrong here.

I made a quick stop at the grocery store tonight to pick up some some drinks for dinner. Just one line was open at my local Publix as we went to check out. The pair in front of me, a man in his early 50’s and his pre-teen son, were in the middle of checking out. TheirIMG_2149 items were going through the scanner, one by one. They were dressed in their pajamas, it was 8PM, I have no idea why.

They were nearly finished but for some reason their shopping cart was not making it through the line with them. It remained in its spot, completely ignored. They were leaving it behind, at the end of the conveyor belt, completely blocking me and the people behind me, from accessing the belt. My 7 year old and I continued to hold our things. Sure, we could have moved the cart and set our things down but I could see where this was headed, I wasn’t giving in. Continue reading

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Baseball is better with Pete Rose

Like most, I was not surprised by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to not reinstate Pete Rose into baseball, but I was disappointed. No Pete Rose is a loss for the game.

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Me and Pete Rose on FS1.

The first time I met and interviewed Pete in Cooperstown in 2013 I  was immediately blown away by his love and knowledge for the current game. A lot of players don’t keep up with baseball after they hang up the spikes. Some are bitter, some miss it too much, whatever the reason, many ex-players leave the game behind after the game has left them.

Not Pete Rose. He still loves to watch it and he still loves to talk about it, and he does it well.  Continue reading

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The best social media decisions I made in 2015

Social media consumes a lot of my time, probably too much. I use Twitter more than any other platform. It is a great resource for me to both receive and send out information, but it can also be the place I find the most frustration.

facebook-icon-logo-vectorIn 2015 I made some social media adjustments that have alleviated much of the annoyance I have found online. Most of them were about eliminating waste, getting more organized and trying to be a better person. You may find some of these useful to you as a way to enhance your social media life.  Continue reading

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The next necessary step, criticizing women in sports media

The Herd with Colin Cowherd had FS1’s Katie Nolan on his show and Katie brought up something that I have heard and observed before in the industry but has never be said publicly. Katie is well lauded by sports media critics and Colin asked if “that made her happy”?

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Katie Nolan and Colin Cowherd.

The easy answer there is “yes”, who doesn’t liked to be told they are good at what they do? But Katie took it in a different direction. She made an interesting point, and because of the incredibly intolerant politically correct world in which we live, one that could only be made by a woman. Continue reading

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JABO is Dead (Long Live JABO)

That was the subject line of an email I received from Rob Neyer on Wednesday. I instantly felt a pit in my stomach.

16 months after our ambitious launch, JustABitOutside.com is no longer. Fighting for views in this crowded field is a battle. JABO OPENThere is a lot of great talent out there. A lot of great writers, a lot of great companies behind them. We thought we had something unique, we thought we found a niche. We thought we had something that would feel fresh, something that would make some noise. We made some, but just not enough.  Continue reading

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You can always go back home

I have been meaning for some time now to update, redesign and start utilizing this space again. CJBaseball.com has been around since 1997, back when I was called a nerd for traveling with a laptop during the season. That same year former teammate Mitch Meluskey asked me, “Would you rather have one year in the majors and a World Series ring or ten years free internet?” Everyone laughed at the nerd.

I’ll continue writing about baseball at FoxSports.com. This space will for everything else, life in broadcasting, life as a parent and whatever else strikes a chord with me.

The graphic below is what this site used to look like in 2007. My Space? Yikes.

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A Most Inspirational Father

October 4th, 2011

I’ve been asking for it. Anyone who drives a 16 year old automobile is asking for it…car trouble. I caught a 6AM flight to Atlanta today and when I returned to long term parking my car started right up, just like it always does. Sitting idle for 5 days didn’t bother old reliable, she did it again, or so I thought.

As I pulled out of my parking spot and made my way to the exit my car made an extremely inconvenient decision, it wasn’t going to go any faster than 10 MPH. I thought maybe it needed more time to warm up, but that didn’t help. Continue reading

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