Peter Gammons: Carl Yastrzemski is the toughest player I’ve ever covered

Yaz is 78 this Tuesday, August 22. I covered him the night Dick Williams was fired in 1969, a kid in his first year at the Boston Globe, right through to that final game in 1983, when Indians pitcher Dan Spillner tried to lay in a BP fastball, missed thrice, Yaz popped it up and later bid adieu by […]

Peter Gammons: Dee Gordon, Beltre, and more spring notes

SURPRISE, Ar.—It was a year ago in Jupiter, Fla. that Dee Gordon outlined his spring training plan. “My game has to be leadoff,” Gordon said. “Now, I realize why people want me to take a lot of pitches and walk more. But what pitcher even thinks about walking me? That’s giving me my game. The […]

Peter Gammons: The Moncada Phenomenon and its Roots

Your browser does not support iframes.(Start video at 4:30 for Moncada discussion). It was easy to be engaged to the historic love affair between Cubans and baseball in the dozen days leading up to the Orioles visit to Havana in 1999. The playoff games between Las Isla and Industriales, with dancing girls on the dugouts […]

Peter Gammons: The Postseason Bullpen Virus

Joba Chamberlain’s pitch hit Adam Jones in the hand and, be honest, you thought it, we all thought it. Brad Ausmus can’t admit to it, and either can Jeff Jones or Dave Dombrowski or Al Avila, but everyone began thinking “how far off, I sit and wonder.” Then a couple of singles for a bases […]