By Dave Nordman   Chris Colabello was an Assumption College junior when the Red Sox ended their 86-year championship drought by winning the 2004 World Series. Colabello was a big fan of the team and its manager, Terry Francona. He still is.   "I've always been a Tito guy," Colabello said. "I just love the way he goes about h...

After using a derogatory term referring to Italian-Americans during an MLB Network show broadcast at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued a statement of apology through the team's website Tuesday night.   The statement was released unsolicited to the website's beat writer Tuesday night, with none of the other media out...

The Italian American Museum Cordially invites you to attend the opening reception for "Play Ball". Solo Exhibition by Vincent Scilla. Thursday, April 21, 2016. 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. 212.965.9000 info@ItalianAmericanMuseum.org   'PLAY BALL' FEATURES ACCLAIMED ARTIS...

For all lovers of baseball and Italian American culture, there is something for everyone in San Diego's Little Italy. Through a series of fundraising efforts including the sale of tickets to the upcoming Padres/Dodgers game at Petco Park on September 21st, the Convivio Center (2157 India Street in Little Italy) is the next stop for the Museo Italo...

by Jerry Crasnick   Not long after receiving a call from the Baseball Hall of Fame letting him know that he would be joining Ken Griffey Jr. in Cooperstown's class of 2016, Mike Piazza returned to his parents' home and rooted through a bunch of boxes on a combination scavenger hunt and nostalgia tour.   Two mementos stand out as sprin...

**This is the first in a three-part series on how professional scouting has changed over the years, and how it has stayed the same. Check back tomorrow for part two of the series**   It was Game 5 of the 1968 World Series. The Detroit Tigers trailed the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, in the fifth inning. Future Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who h...

The first actual Blue Jays news from the Winter Meetings in San Diego is that the team has claimed first basemen Chris Colabello off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The Italian-American grinded out seven years in independent ball after playing Division II college ball before eventually being signed by Minnesota in 2012.   He made his major...

Cubs players were busy texting and submitting votes online Monday for first baseman Anthony Rizzo, one of five National League finalists for the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Even Cubs manager Rick Renteria checked Rizzo's name.   "Hey, everybody better be voting for Rizzo," Renteria said Monday. "It'd be a gre...

They share the same dream but for each Lexington Legends player, a journey they hope ends at the Major Leagues begins far away from a big league ballpark. For Legends' shortstop Marten Gasparini, that's especially true. "I feel like I was born for it, you know?" Gasparini told WKYT. "It just sticks to me and it feels natural for me to play it."&nb...

MESA, Ariz. -- Joe Torre, manager of the USA squad in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, believes that players are bound to get a special feeling when they first put on the uniform and embrace the notion that they're representing their individual countries. Torre received firsthand evidence of that excitement recently when he called Cincinnati se...