Author: Craig Calcaterra

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Baseball in Uganda? Yes, baseball in Uganda.


There’s a neat story in the Wall Street Journal today about a man named George Mukhobe, a Ugandan who was taught baseball when he was a boy. Now he teaches baseball to Ugandans and is a key part of Uganda actually fielding a competitive Little League World Series squad.

WSJ reporter Jonathan Miller paid Mukhobe a visit and watched as he taught the game to young children who had probably first seen a baseball five minutes prior. It’s a good read. Go check it out.

Padres season ticket sales have spiked in the wake of their offseason spending spree


The Padres made a lot of moves in a very short period of time last week. This week those moves are paying off at the box office:

Fans had lined up at the box office before it opened Friday morning, pushing ticket interest to new levels in the midst of an already record-breaking month, Wayne Partello, the Padres’ chief marketing officer, said this week.

Although the Padres declined to reveal specific numbers regarding an uptick in sales this month, business on their six-game holiday packages this weekend alone trumped sales totals from the previous two weeks, Partello said.

Ticket sales often go up after a team wins something. But even before that happens, giving your fans hope after years of teaching them to temper expectations can be a boon at the box office as well.

Curt Schilling goes after Obama, says Ronald Reagan would watch “The Interview”


I hate it when people on Twitter tell me to “stick to baseball!” So I’d never tell anyone else to stick to baseball. Tweet about whatever you want! Especially you, Curt Schilling, because you’ve been endlessly entertaining lately.

Take last night for example when, for whatever reason, Schilling decided that it was irksome that President Obama would not commit to screening the movie “The Interview.” Schilling further decided that such a thing is the litmus test for a good president and let his followers know it:

Hmm. Sure about that, Schill? Because here’s what the White House museum website says:

Ronald Reagan watched very few films at the White House. He and Nancy watched most of their movies on their weekends at Camp David, preferring Jimmy Stewart movies, High Noon (the president’s favorite), and, on special occasions such as the president’s birthday, his own films.

“High Noon” and most Jimmy Stewart movies are really, really good. “The Interview,” despite the fact that it accidentally became a political cause in the past couple of weeks, is likely pretty bad. I feel like Reagan would give it a miss and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” again. And he would be very, very right to do so.

Reagan watching some James Franco movie. As if. Really, Schilling, know your heroes better.

What baseball team did people from Bedford Falls root for?



It’s Christmas Eve and news has ground to a halt, of course. So I’ve just mixed myself a Manhattan and sat down in front of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” as I am wont to do on Christmas Eve.

I always have a lot of thoughts when I watch this movie. Things like “why didn’t I marry the 1946 version of Donna Reed?” and “how can George and Billy avoid jail for stealing Building and Loan funds simply because their friends covered the losses?” Obviously they didn’t break the law, but at the time it was presumed that they did, and you’re not absolved of embezzlement simply because you replaced the funds later.

Those are just passing thoughts, of course. I love this movie more than most movies. It’s probably a top-five for me, all-time. If for no other reason than the speech George gives Mr. Potter before the big board vote. Which, it’s worth noting, is more relevant today than it was for most of the 68 years since the movie came out. And because I dream of re-creating Pottersville someplace someday. Pottersville looked to be a lot more fun than Bedford Falls. After all, they serve hard drinks there for men who want to get drunk fast, and they don’t need any characters around to give the joint “atmosphere.” Is that clear, or do they have to slip you their left for a convincer?

But even though I have seen this movie at least 30 times — and that may be a conservative estimate — I still have new questions each time I see it. This year’s new one: what baseball team do people from Bedford Falls root for?

It’s generally assumed that Bedford Falls is modeled on Seneca Falls, New York (at least it’s assumed that by people in Seneca Falls). I have no idea who they root for there now — probably the Yankees — but it may have been different in 1946. They had a choice of three teams then: the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers.

Bedford Falls is generally described as a town stuck in the past. The forward-thinking George generally hates the place, and it’s probably safe to assume that the town’s heyday was in the early part of the 20th century. The Giants owned the first few decades of the 20th century more than the Yankees did, really. The adults in Bedford Falls were already grown up when the Yankees started to really kick butt. I’m going to guess it’s a Giants town, but if you have any other ideas, please share.

Anyway: Merry Christmas, ya wonderful old Building and Loan. And happy new year to you. IN JAIL!!! Go on home, they’re waiting for you!