Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails

You may remember The Baseball Project, which was a supergroup of sorts (R.E.M.’s Peter Buck being the biggest name) that put out an album of baseball-related songs last year called “Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails.” I had it in my “must acquire and listen to” file but lost track of it. MooseinOhio had his ears […]

Phillies trying to end World Series drought

Ya gotta believe: The last time the Philadelphia Phillies brought a World Series title back to the City of Brotherly Love, the nation’s financial sector was in complete ruin, the cost of a gallon of milk was only $2.74, fans watched the Fall Classic while huddled around their slightly-less-streamlined high-definition television sets, and Philadelphia slugger […]

22 milliseconds = $850K

A big products liability award for the family of a dead American Legion pitcher and against the maker of an aluminum bat company: Attorneys for Hillerich & Bradsby Co. argued any other bat would not have hit the ball differently; in fact, they said, most bats on the market at the time would have struck […]

My Morning in Exile

Columbus, Ohio has the highly annoying habit of scheduling trick-or-treating on nights other than Halloween. They call it “beggar’s night” and after 18 years in this town, I’ve still never heard an adequate explanation for why kids can’t go door-to-door on the 31st. Some have suggested non-interference with high school or college football, but they […]

Now that’s a game story

Those of you who recall an era when game strories weren’t mere regurgitations of the box score will enjoy Josh Levin’s game story over at Slate: On this night, the slim Phillie’s casual brilliance outshines the grunting effort of his hefty ex-Indians teammate CC Sabathia. Despite a recurrent inability to spot his pitches, the Yankees […]

And That Happened: World Series

Phillies 6, Yankees 1: Cliff Lee looked like Neo on top of the building at the end of the Matrix. Like the game slowed down just for him and he could see everything in ten different ways while the Yankees were stuck in their little three dimension world. With the exception of a couple of […]