Paws and Claws or Pause and Clause?

Former student-athletes weigh in on Hewitt, Clay rivalry I saw a post on Twitter last week that said, “Give me a horror story from your specialty in five words or less.”  I replied, “No more Hewitt vs. Clay.”  For the longest time, covering Trussville and Clay and their athletics teams was my specialty. I went … Continue reading Paws and Claws or Pause and Clause?

Sandlot Sonny

By Gary Lloyd As someone who writes stories, I am conditioned to find the theme, to dig for the hidden meaning like a dog after whatever lies a foot beneath the backyard grass. I spend more time searching for it -- in books, in interviews, in my own mind -- than actually sitting down and … Continue reading Sandlot Sonny

Field of Themes

By Gary Lloyd Before my YouTube channel included interviews with Alabama football stars, scenes from tornado-ravaged cities and city council meetings, and seldom-watched book promotions, there was a lone video. It sat alone in cyberspace for just over two years, and I was happy to keep it that way. Until now. I realized a life … Continue reading Field of Themes

Alabama student-athlete uses lessons learned to help community

DAPHNE, Ala. – Bayside Academy rising senior Sam Koby doesn’t consider himself a “superior volunteer,” but a look at his extracurricular activities calendar shows otherwise. The president of the Daphne school’s student government association plays point guard for the Admirals’ basketball team and he’s a strong safety on the football squad. Koby is a member … Continue reading Alabama student-athlete uses lessons learned to help community

Braves team reminds of days gone by

When you’re a kid in Alabama, playing Little League baseball at dusty fields, you pray that the team that selects you for the spring season will be the Braves. You want that navy blue hat with the script A. You want Braves emblazoned across your chest in cursive. You want to pull your gray pants … Continue reading Braves team reminds of days gone by

Community Heroes Week returns to Atlanta Braves in August

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves Foundation and FOX Sports South have announced the return of Community Heroes Week, the inspiring, weeklong community recognition initiative. The third annual Community Heroes Week will take place Aug. 13-17, when the Braves host the Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies. Nominations are now being accepted and can be submitted on … Continue reading Community Heroes Week returns to Atlanta Braves in August

A bond beyond baseball

The following story appears in my book Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.The baseball coach felt as if the pastor was talking directly to him. Sure, there was a congregation full of people, but the message was so pointed, so personal, that it felt like a one-on-one conversation. The sermon was about … Continue reading A bond beyond baseball

A bit about ‘Heart of the Plate’

My third book, Heart of the Plate, is one that I wrote rather quickly.Some may think that it is not of a certain quality, since I wrote it in about four months and had it published five months after the release of Deep Green. That's for others who read it to judge and not me.But I … Continue reading A bit about ‘Heart of the Plate’

Pitches and promises

The sophomore pitcher circled the mound before the first batter stepped into the box, and then he bent over behind the rubber. He extended his left hand and began to use his index finger as a pencil for the cool dirt. It was winter, and the high school baseball season was just underway. He was … Continue reading Pitches and promises