Managerial Style

Russ Smith at Splice Today, after some kind words about Tim Marchman with which I wholeheartedly agree, wonders what it might look like if managers went all Connie Mack on us, sartorially speaking: I really think it’d be swell to see managers in Sunday church threads, making their way to the mound with a tie […]

“The Lost Son of Havana”

Here’s a link to both the auido and a somewhat truncated text of an NPR story I heard yesterday concerning a new documentary about Luis Tiant called “The Lost Son of Havana.” The film tells the story of Tiant’s return to Cuba after 46 years, and it sounds pretty amazing: Tiant had been pitching for […]

Zero Charisma

Some stathead stereotypes are unfair: very few of them, I have found, live in their mothers’ basements. They’re good with computers and stuff, so they got jobs and rented apartments and bought condos. Sure, those apartments and condos are every bit as sad as their mothers’ basements would have been given the 100% absence of […]

My Morning in Exile

In 1975, the NBC Friday night lineup was “Sanford and Son” at 8, “Chico and the Man” at 8:30, “Rockford Files” at 9, and “Police Woman at 10.” That’s outrageously solid, but check out what CBS was dropping at the same time: “Big Eddie,” “M*A*S*H,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Barnaby Jones.” What did people do back […]

30 Ballparks in 30 Days

Either THT or NBC needs to let me do something like this pretty soon: Travis Greene swears there was no beer involved when he came up with this idea of driving 15,000 miles to see 30 ballparks in 30 days. Sitting yesterday afternoon in the upper deck of PNC Park with Pedro Cunillera and Joey […]

And That Happened

Giants 1, Padres 0: Barry Zito was dominant. In other news, “A Beautiful Mind” has won Best Picture, the Queen Mother has died at the age of 101, and I’m under 30, childless, and have money. Hello, and welcome to the exciting year 2002! Cardinals 5, Mets 2: To my own two eyes it appears […]