Author Archives: Ray Wyvill

Point-Counterpoint: Starting Pitching #Nats

Ray: Everyone loves the long ball, but Starting Pitching is what brings home the hardware.  Ten minutes of listening to the pundits on MLB Radio will invariably lead to the discussion that the Angels MUST make a dramatic addition to … Continue reading

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Baseball’s Most Unusual Opening Day

One of the joys of being a baseball fan is the anticipation of Opening Day each spring.  This assumes that there is a team playing for your region’s city.  For thirty-four years the denizens of the metropolitan Washington area were … Continue reading

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A Spring without the Rites

Spring will silently arrive tonight just before midnight.  It always comes.  Some seasons get a pass every now and then.  There was “The year without a summer” in 1816, caused by volcanic eruptions.  There have been years without a winter.  … Continue reading

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Baseball and Orion

Few things state winter more strongly than the sight of the powerful constellation Orion the Hunter situated squarely in the southern night sky after dusk.   He is the de facto lord of the long nights.  Like all rulers his time … Continue reading

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Of Dreams and Thanks; Nationals’ Baseball

There’s a sneaking suspicion that the turkey will taste better this year for Nationals’ fans.  They award a World Series Championship every year.  Washington baseball fans just had to wait out 95 of them to get the city’s second title.  … Continue reading

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Baseball; A Delicate Balance

There have easily been more than a billion photographs taken of the various aspects of baseball.  From that large supply only a scarce few  are truly indelible.  Nathaniel Fein’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo of Babe Ruth bidding farewell on June … Continue reading

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Washington and Baseball’s Original Sin

Today we celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in commemoration of breaking the color barrier in baseball on April 15, 1947.  This could have been a very different story, however.  In 1945 the Washington Senators came close to breaking the color barrier. … Continue reading

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An Opening Day Reflection

It is often said that a picture is worth 1000 words.  This one is worth 1000 more.  With a full blown smile future Hall of Famer Tris Speaker looks out onto the greenery of Griffith Stadium as a Washington Senator … Continue reading

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Baseball’s “Opener”

  During the course of the winter there was no shortage of consternation among players about a lack of free agency movement.  Fast-forward to mid-March with The Bryce/ Manny Show having inked big, fat deals and all is well.   Or … Continue reading

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“And then what?” A Bryce Perspective

It is often said that life imitates art.  Actually, it’s the other way around.  But, the idea that what we witness on a daily basis can be captured in just a few hundred pages of writing or a few hours … Continue reading

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