I originally posted this on my blog about Jews and sports since Youkilis is one of the handful of Jewish players, but there’s enough book/movie/collectibles that I can kill two birds with one stone, so… * * * Thanks to Robert Whiting, I have been able to find a way to keep tabs on Kevin […]
42, the Jackie Robinson bio pic, wasn’t nominated for any Academy Awards this year. Too bad. Not that it was a great film by any means, but still. Baseball. We’ve been talking abut baseball predictions lately, but John Axford had a fantastic run of his own when he batted 1.000 in his Oscar picks. Next […]
Between now and opening day, every baseball writer/pundit and his or her uncle will be offering their predictions for the baseball season. Some outlets go so far as to predict individual award winners. Some enterprising IT person can probably discern the percentage of those who get everything right. It has to be miniscule, right? A […]
The Wall Street Journal ran this cute piece about several members of the NY Mets who got married during the off-season.
One of my favorite features in the old Street & Smith annuals was the list of statistical targets (The Sporting News now has that burden/honor). The contemporary players were listed along with the all-timers for major categories such as home runs, RBI, wins, strikeouts, etc. But many of those milestones don’t seem like that much […]
On the way to work this morning, I was listening to a podcast interview with Andrew Zimbalist for his appearance at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse earlier this month. As I pulled up to my office’s driveway, they were discussing fielding. Used to be the conventional wisdom was to base a players defensive prowess based on […]
With Kevin Youkilis trading places with new Yankees acquisition Masahiro Tanaka of the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan, I was curious as to how he would adjust to the new culture. Sometimes it work, as in the case of Warren Cromartie; sometimes it doesn’t, as was the case for Jake Elliot (although he did, finally, […]
While tooling around Amazon, looking to see what interesting baseball titles are on the horizon, I found this: The Best Ever Book of Diamondbacks Jokes: Lots and Lots of Jokes Specially Repurposed for You-Know-Who, by Mark Geoffrey Young. A further look at the author’s other works shows that he’s got a book like this for […]
According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Mark Gilbert, a prominent Democratic Party fundraiser from Boca Raton, may be on his way to New Zealand and Samoa” as U.S. ambassador. If Gilbert’s name seems at all familiar, you’re an older baseball uber-fan: Gilbert appeared in seven games for the Chicago White Sox in 1985, batting .273 in […]
I belong to a Baseball Books group on Facebook. Every now and then, a member will post an item heretofore unknown to me. That was the case today when this one came up: Published in 1964 by Paul Molloy, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, A Pennant for the Kremlin seems to fit in perfectly […]
You can have Barry Bonds’ estate for a (very expensive) song. And if that’s too rich for your blood, maybe one of these would do in a pinch.
ABC cancels Back in the Game Back in the Game, starring James Caan and Maggie Lawson, has effectively been cancelled, though all 13 episodes will air. However, no more will be produced, which presumably will make way for Suburgatory to return to the schedule. I might actually go back and watch the rest (after passing […]
I was listening to The Comedy Mixtape, one of my regular podcasts, and heard John Caponera doing a bit about the late and beloved Cubs broadcaster (he also does a pretty good Vin Scully). You can listen to it here, but be warned — it’s hilariously NSFW. The same day, I found this posted via […]
A dozen Frenchmen (French people?) can’t be wrong. Found this on the Facebook page for the Bookshelf: INSOLITE | Ron Kaplan, célèbre pour son ouvrage “501 livres que les vrais fan de baseball doivent lire avant de mourir” et son blog Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf, a profité d’un voyage à Paris pour venir visiter les […]
There’s always a major thing going on while I’m on vacation that I don’t hear about until I get back. In this case it was the “announcement” that Derek Jeter might enter the publishing world when he retires from his playing career. According to a piece in the Nov. 14 NY Times, “Jeter, the Yankees’ […]
Would love to hear the play-by-play on this one.
XX Because this is an ongoing concern and I can’t be bothered to remember how many of these I’ve done before. You know how many baseball “experts” picked a World Series in which the Boston Red Sox faced the St. Louis Cardinals? According to PunditTracker, zero. Where do I apply for a job in the […]
Can’t figure out the maze of links for this one. The Campaign for the American Reader posted this item posted by Marshal Zeringue on “Five top works of baseball fiction,” according to Leigh Montville, the author of two wonderful biographies on Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. The initial offering is The Brothers K by David James […]