Do the Right Thing

Before game one of the 2015 World Series, Daniel Volquez, father of Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, passed away. Edinson’ s wife, Roandry, did not want to break the news to her husband until after his first World Series start, and Kansas City’s management staff complied with the family’s wishes. Volquez threw six strong innings and exited the game in the sixth inning with a one run deficit….

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America’s Pastime?

Since the steroid era baseball’s viewership has been in decline. The Royals World Series championship has given our writers some time think about the issues America’s pastime is facing. This week we’ll address race and gender, the ethics of baseball coverage, the decline of baseball butts and the shrinking belief that baseball is the national pastime. Delving into these issues can bring to light the problems baseball is facing and,…

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America’s Past Pastime

Since its humble beginnings in the urban neighborhoods of America, baseball has been synonymous with our country’s favorite sport or ‘America’s pastime’. The lax athleticism required to play this game made baseball a sport for anyone to play, children and adults alike. Watching professional baseball was a leisurely social experience for fans yearning for a sense of community. Over the past 30 years, however, Americans seem to have lost their…

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Baseball Pants: The Butt Ugly Truth

As the NFL and NBA dominate the American sports media market, baseball has been steadily decreasing in viewership and popularity. Even though baseball is still considered to be our national pastime, its decline is puzzling. Truth be told, baseball just doesn’t stand up to other more aggressive, spectacle driven games like football. The sport used to be revered for its beauty and leisurely quality. Who didn’t look forward to spending…

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Mo’ne Davis: The Role Model Amateur Athletes Need

During the 2014 Little League World Series held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a team from South Philadelphia (the Taney Dragons) made history.  It was the Dragons’ first year making it to the tournament, after being chartered only two years before in 2012. Not only that, but a 13-year-old girl named Mo’ne Davis became the first female to pitch a winning LLWS game: a first round shut out against Nashville. In…

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The ends of baseball

  In the latest issue of Slate’s sports podcast “Hang Up and Listen,” co-host Josh Levin ironically commented on what he saw as the tendency of pundits to confuse the Kansas City Royals’ aggressive base-running  and ability to put balls in play–the “actual” skills helped them defeat the New York Mets and win the World Series in 5 games–with clichéd “intangibles” like “heart” and “hustle.”

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Profiles

As contributors to a sports-centered website, the writers of Skyboxjocks.net know that media coverage plays a large role in crafting the identities of teams and players alike. This week we’ve decided to step away from our focus on football coverage and tackle athletic profiles that deal with how various teams, players, and sports are viewed in the public eye.

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