Bits and pieces

November 7, 2012

♦  I’m including this piece just because I find it amusing. I hope the Brits don’t get all their baseball info like this.

♦  Who says fiction about the national pastime has to be confined to literature? Here’s a case of fictitious baseball merchandise.

♦  Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s, compiled this piece for Rolling Stone in which “we ask our esteemed panel of rock & roll seamheads to look back at this season and tell us about their coolest baseball-related memory of 2012.”

♦   Speaking about baseball and music (sort of) , these two fellas at The Classical chat about “Songs Bronson Arroyo Taught Me.”

♦  Rabbi Nota Schiller opines on “The Metaphysics of Baseball” in this audio; apologies in that the sound begins immediately upon accessing the page.

♦  Speaking of baseball metaphysics (sort of): thoughtful writers about the game frequently refer to the game’s infinite geography, with foul lines that stretch ever-wider, on and on. Pop Chart Lab came up with a poster based on that idea, which you can examine in detail here. At the risk of losing them some business, rolling over the graphic allows you to zoom in on details. The outfit also has some fascinating graphic representations of, in their words,  “A comprehensive taxonomy of 482 professional baseball team names, spanning over 150 years and covering teams from the bigs to the minor and independent leagues, as well as the Negro Leagues, the Nippon Professional Baseball league, and more. Styled like an old school baseball card, this is the definitive guide to the nation’s pastime,” as well as this chart of historic events at Yankee Stadium. (Yo, Pop Chart Lab guys: If you appreciate the shout out, I wouldn’t turn down a gratis poster of the team names. Just sayin’.)

♦  Remember that brouhaha about the infield fly run in the NL playoff game between the Braves and Cards? Howard Wasserman, a professor of law at Florida International University and editor of the Sports Law Blog, deconstructed the “law of the land” for The Atlantic awhile back.



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