November Events Recap

by Steven Sanchez

We had a lot to be thankful for during the month of November because of the variety of events offered. People rushed to them as if they were a Black Friday sale. They ranged from Fresno State football, to holiday themed concerts, to a jersey retirement ceremony. With the holiday season approaching, these events were great gifts for all those that attended.

The Fresno Grizzlies 2023 Season Is Here!

by Steven Sanchez

The wait is over! The Fresno Grizzlies 2023 season has arrived. The season will mark the team?s 21st year in Downtown Fresno and 25th baseball season since their inception in 1998. Last year they had 83 wins and 49 losses in the league’s North Division. They led the league with 911 runs, including 162 home runs. The team clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season, winning both the first and second halves. It was the first time in the team’s history that they made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. They are the affiliate of the Major League Baseball team the Colorado Rockies.

Mental Health Awareness Month Spotlight: Former MLB Legend & Minister, Darryl Strawberry

by Steven Sanchez

Former Major League Baseball legend and World Series champion of the New York Mets and New York Yankees, Darryl Strawberry, has a new position he plays now and that’s being an ordained minister. He came to CrossCity Church in Fresno on April 23 and 24 to do a service for those in attendance with the message of how God turned his mess into a message.

Old #32: Mystery Short Story

by Gary Hoffman

I got my job as a batboy with the Pine City Pinkies not because my old man was somebody important, but because I didn't have one. Most batboys are hired because their old man knows someone or is an important person in the community. Mine left me and my mom when I was two years old. May 13, 1950, was the date he bailed out for "parts unknown to seek his fortune.” Mom still gets dumpy when that date rolls around every year.

Sayonara Slam By Naomi Hirahara: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

In 2009, Dodger Stadium is hosting the World Baseball Classic between Japan and their arch-rival South Korea. With his son-in-law Lloyd the newly promoted Head Groundskeeper, Mas Arai has the privilege of being on the field to witness this match between teams that fully embrace this distinctly American sport. When an aggressively combative reporter from Japan collapses on the field, questions arise whether his death was instigated by his present-day investigations or originated from long-held, never forgotten national aggression.

Baseball And Cracker Jacks

by Margaret Mendel

It’s that time of year again. When the smell of spring is in the air I get all excited waiting to hear those first cracks of the major league baseball bats. The weather might still be a bit unpredictable but rain or shine the baseball season starts the first week in April. There are maybe a dozen major league players that I like to watch, and I cheer the demise of a few teams I consider rivals to my hometown boys, but there’s only one yummy treat I think about when it comes to baseball. Cracker Jacks.