Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Willie Mays and Barbara Mikulski were among those who received the nation's highest civilian honor.
These are the kinds of stories that can only be told from the perspective of somebody, like Leonoudakis, who loves baseball and spends more time thinking about it than is probably recommended by most spouses and mental health professionals.
Before we get too upset at not winning the World Series, let us ask: Was there a Mets fan anywhere when the season began -- or in late July -- who wouldn't have been ecstatic with the team winning National League championship?
A Day in the Bleachers is a baseball book but also a book about American culture at mid-century. We not only learn what occurred on the field but also about the observations and comments of the bleacher bums.
Barry Bonds and Willy Mays have always had a good relationship, but did Bonds go a little overboard with this selfie?
On Wednesday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m., the Birmingham Barons, currently 21-24 in the Southern League (AA-level minors), will host the last-place Jacksonville Suns. In and of itself, no, it's not the Game of the Year. Still, if you can see just one game in 2015, this is it. Because it's the only game of the year at Rickwood Field.
The San Francisco Giants are once again in the World Series. I've been watching the games on TV, but I'm not rooting for them. As a kid, I was shattered when my team, the New York Giants, moved to the Bay Area in 1958. I felt betrayed. It must have been similar to what children feel when their parents divorce.