As a “reward” for having my submission on an episode of Deadwood accepted into the Extra Hot Great canon (you can go ahead and skip to about the 37-minute mark), I got to choose a topic for an “EHG mini.” Shouldn’t surprise anyone that I found a way to combine my two favorite pastimes — sports […]
As you might have noticed from my weekly posting about baseball best-sellers, I’m not overly happy that Lenny Dykstra’s new memoir, House of Nails, is doing well. It came in at No. 11 on the most recent New York Times best-seller list for non-fiction. This isn’t a case of schadenfreude. It’s that people are more […]
Funny, just the other day I received a copy of Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History. I suggest the authors immediately revise the book to include this… Those of you who have been reading this blog or the Baseball Bookshelf know I hate hyperbole. The use of word’s like “greatest” or […]
Yesterday on Jeopardy: Then I sat down to do the Times‘ crossword: Crazy, man. One of my Facebook friends suggested there should be a version of Jeopardy devoted solely to the national pastime. Baseball in Jeopardy? You’re welcome.
I am a Jeopardy nut. I try to never miss an episode, much to the occasional annoyance of my family. Naturally, I’m always stoked when there’s a baseball question. At the risk of sounding judgmental, I rarely expect the brainy contestants to have sports trivia as part of their knowledge base. And when there’s an […]
There’s a scene in the excellent baseball film Bull Durham in which Nuke LaLoosh, the prodigy pitcher, played by Tim Robbins, exults as he comes into the dugout after a strong inning of work. As he does so, his catcher, veteran baseball lifer Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner, chews him out for all the […]
Make’s it official then. Abbot and Costello’s seminal “Who’s on First” routine was selected by Vulture as among the “The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.” The jokes are listed in chronological order, not by funniest. In fact the title of the piece makes no promise along those lines. From the Vulture commentary: No single […]
The Baseball Hall of Fame will shortly announce who, if any, of the gents on the current ballot will be measured for a new plaque. Forget the animus towards the players — I have never witnessed the bad feelings that have been expressed recently between the writers. Most of the latest comes towards Murray Chass, […]
Got me them Sidebar Update Blues, Them Sidebar Update Blues. Just ain’t got time to pick and choose, replace the old things with stuff that’s new. Some of those links, they’re dead and gone. Sometimes I get tired of carrying on. One of these days I know I’ll come around, but for now… I got […]
Earlier this year I posted an entry about the relative intelligence of baseball fans when it comes to proper use of grammar, based on a report by Grammarly.com. According to the piece, Mets fans were the worst, with an average of 13.9 mistakes per 100 words; those who called the Cleveland Indians their own were […]
One of my new favorite TV shows is Manhattan, based (loosely, I assume) on the men and women who worked on the atomic bomb. The episode “Overlord” highlights the continuing problems caused by Robert Oppenheimer’s frequent absences from project business as he cavorts with his mistress. One of the main characters, Charlie Isaacs, himself a […]
Don’t you find it amazing the chutzpah teams have to have to be ready to don championship shirts and hats immediately following the clinching game? Strikes me as inviting trouble. Of course, when you think about it, half the time it doesn’t work out.
I have mixed feelings about the outcome of the World Series. Maybe it’s a product of getting older, but I found myself not caring who won the extra inning affairs; I just wanted them to be over so I could go to sleep. Naturally, I would have preferred the Mets to beat the KC Royals, […]
Spent the weekend packing up dozens of boxes of baseball books from the attic and basement. The majority went to Gregg K., who drove up from Pennsylvania yesterday morning with his very understanding wife, Brina. Good thing their pickup truck had a back seat. Another five boxes — mostly of Yankees books — went to […]
A few months back I made a major decision: it’s time to cull the herd of baseball books. Majorly. I used to keep track on Library Thing. You can browse my collection via a link on the sidebar —–>. But I haven’t kept it up over the past two or three years. There was just […]
I gotta get back to Weight Watchers. Between injuries and ennui, my exercise habits have fallen to crap while my food intake has increased (depressed eating I believe is the popular term). I found I did pretty well when I had to keep track of what I was consuming via that support system. So, kids, […]