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It’s OK to have a difference of opinions. (And yes, we can still be friends.)

Baseball Hall of Fame committee whiffs with Baines

Baseball Hall of Fame committee whiffs with Baines

Harold Baines is forever tied to the National Baseball Hall of Fame — but not because he now is a member. Actually, yes — because he now is a member. Harold Baines, hall of famer; some things just sound … wrong.

You are not alone

You are not alone

No parent is ready to lose a child. What the hell are you supposed to say? “Like” a social media post. “Love” another photo. “Thoughts and prayers” sounds hollow when I cannot fathom the pain.

2018 MLB Hot Stove

Braves add McCann, Donaldson Atlanta fans will get their #chopon with the announcement of Brian McCann returning to the fold. But what will turn up the "We gonna win it all!" chatter is news that third baseman Josh Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, has signed...

2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

  During a 19-year career, Mariano Rivera's regular-season WHIP was 1.00 (1283.2 IP). In 141.0 postseason innings: 0.759. Please, BBWAA: No mo' scrubs November's best arguments aren't during Thanksgiving dinner. No, it's the annual wringing of hands...

OK, so here’s what happened …

OK, so here’s what happened …

I went here, tried this, wandered over there, tried that — basically, took a walkabout to see if I still believed in me.

‘It was basically do or die’

‘It was basically do or die’

Jan. 31, 2014, I left Northside Hospital with a new lease on life. Before I returned to work, I wrote a note that was never mailed it. This is my closure moment — the end of a life chapter that changed me forever.

An epic failure in humanity

Ken Kratz, the prosecutor in the now-infamous Steven Avery murder trial, contends pertinent evidence from the trial is not included in the documentary “Making a Murderer.” Here’s why it wasn’t …

DUANE CROSS
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My affinity for words dates to reading the newspaper at the breakfast table growing up in the 1970s in Aberdeen, Mississippi. Newspapers took me to exotic locales — New York, Chicago, Los Angeles — and opened my eyes to the world beyond the cotton fields, cornrows, and soybean patches of Northeast Mississippi. I’ve been fortunate to stand on the beaches of the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, as well as peer into Canada and Mexico.

I was born in Tennessee, raised in Mississippi, educated in Alabama, worked in Louisiana and Georgia. (And among other places, I’ve been to Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas; I’ve got the SEC covered.) A wanderlust for the open highway, I got that from my Granny Cunningham, who loved road trips. My parents are Kennedy Democrats. I’m more of a “good government” guy — but a lone nut didn’t shatter the America that could have been, so I question whether there is a good government.

I’m a son, brother, husband, and father. I follow the news. I love like watch sports. I’m an entertainment junkie. And yes, Holden Caulfield wishes he was me …

Politics make me laugh; politicians make me want to cry. I have opinions on a lot of things, but if you’re looking for something specific, it’s not here. I will not be defined. Instead, enjoy a collection of stories, links, photos, and videos that will make you think, that may surprise you, that will always give you more insight into something.

I have a tight circle of friends, and we laugh at inappropriate times and appropriate things — like political correctness. I love my wife, which is old-fashioned, I know. My kids make me laugh, and I try to embarrass them when opportunity knocks.

I believe faith > religion. I probably like a lot of the same things you do, especially if they include good times, a chilled Jack Daniel’s in hand, with a fire pit crackling as the sun goes down — or comes up; I’m not judgmental.

Journalism is vastly different than five years ago, much less the past 25, 50 years. Business (read: beancounters’ analytics-only approach) has put a stranglehold on editors and writers in the name of “corporate synergy” and “partnerships.” The separation of church and state idiom has been tossed into a corner, sharing space with a tattered AP Stylebook and a battered Underwood typewriter. (However, content is still king whether or not pencil-pushers want to believe.)

Within this corner of the World Wide Web, I share unfiltered, often not-so-rose-colored opinions — on journalism, things that interest me, and the pursuit of … well, life. Some days it may be pretty. Every day it will be the brutal honesty that I seek from family and friends. Present the facts and let people make their decision.

We will not agree on everything. We may not agree on most things. I can respect that. You be you. I will be me.

  The Pivot Questionnaire (Inside the Actor’s Studio questions)

  • What is your favorite word? Daddy.
  • What is your least favorite word? No.
  • What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Intelligence from worldly experiences.
  • What turns you off? Ignorance — facts are readily available for those who want to know the truth.
  • What is your favorite curse word? F*ck-me-running.
  • What sound or noise do you love? Laughing.
  • What sound or noise do you hate? Crying.
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? GM of the New York Yankees.
  • What profession would you not like to do? Surgeon; a patient dying on the table would be the worst.
  • If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Well done, son.