Thomas Chianelli

Thomas Chianelli


Being an avid baseball fan, I have been following the game as far back as I can remember. Everything about the game intrigues me, from the statistical aspect to its history as part of the fabric of this great country. Being in an accounting and finance background, I understand numbers and their relation to the overall picture of what they represent. The strategy of managing a baseball game, playing the percentages, is what draws me to the game. There is no finer battle in sports than the battle between a pitcher and a hitter, one who knows what he is doing and another who anticipates.

As my daily commute takes me through Hoboken, NJ, I marvel at the fact that baseball was first played here, at the Elysian Fields. Baseball has played such a significant role through some of the country’s hardest times like World War II, the Great Depression, and even the tough modern economic times we face today. It has been one of this country’s true constants for over 100 years.

To think about the players who have had a significant influence on this country makes me proud to live in the United States. To put that into perspective, one only has to think of Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson. They forever changed the diversity in the sport and allow me to now enjoy watching players like Albert Pujols, Carlos Gonzalez and hopefully in the near future, Manuel Banuelos.

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that the modern game of baseball can be traced through the roots of the Atlanta Braves. I was aware of the Cincinnati Red Stockings and what that franchise meant as ambassadors to the modern game when they were created back in 1866. What I was not aware of, until recently, was their progression to Boston and how they eventually became the modern day Atlanta Braves. That team has more roots to the creation of baseball than any franchise in the sport.

Following all the players in the major and minor leagues, I think the minor league game is baseball in its purest form. It is full of players that work every day and play the game with the attitude that it could mean their shot at the majors. Every pitch of every at bat means something to them. That makes up the essence of the great sports battle.

I am also a musician and songwriter so I have a passion for writing. I believe that this passion has to be something that is instilled in a person, and not learned, and passion is instilled in me.

My background may not be writing, but my passion certainly is. When it comes down to it, the first thing that a reader identifies with in a piece is passion. If the passion is not there, the writing will always suffer.

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  • Roy Levine posted 2516 days ago

    Roy Levine

    Thomas, Joel Sherman (NY POst) article on Bart Colon mentions that the Yankess like Adam Warren in their system. Maybe it is worth taking a look at him as an addendum to your series. - Roy