Space, Time, and DVR Mechanics, by Chuck Klosterman on Grantland. CK is easily my favorite contributor to the quite remarkable Grantland stable. Here, he explores what is, for me, a regular part of baseball writing: the DVR. For my part, I love sports on the DVR, and couldn’t get by without it (especially on the West Coast).
Eric writes about Frank McCourt, Fred Wilpon, and the obligations owners and fans have to one another at Baseball Prospectus.
David Cone is on his way to becoming the best player-turned-analyst ever. “I love Fangraphs,” and other choice quotes at New York Magazine.
A pitching duel or a slugest? Cee Angi over at Essence of Baseball chooses pitching every time, and discusses how she picks the games she wants to attend.
Josh Wilker’s new book, an appreciation of ‘The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training’ is out June 7. Until then he’s writing about players on the team, starting with ye olde Jimmy Feldman at Cardboard Gods.
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Mark Twain’s love of baseball, documented in “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” was the subject of a New York Times profile. He once lost an umbrella at a professional game and placed the following ad in his local paper:
FIVE DOLLARS REWARD
At the great base ball match on Tuesday, while I was engaged in hurrahing, a small boy walked off with an English-made brown silk UMBRELLA belonging to me, and forgot to bring it back. I will pay $5 for the return of that umbrella in good condition to my home on Farmington avenue. I do not want the boy (in an active state) but will pay two hundred dollars for his remains. SAMUEL L. CLEMENS
Roy Halladay is a hard worker, according to Philly.com’s Rich Hofmann. Is it me, or is it mostly just players who are really good that get called hard workers (David Eckstein excluded)? You could work your ass off, stink, and get no pub for it whatsoever. (Which is probably the way it should be).
It’s an old blog post from last year, but this MLBlog entry from Gordon Beckham feels less PR-filtered than a lot of the player blogs. Plus we get to go back to a time when he was a nervous rookie rather than a quickly rising star.
5. No love for the Western States either. Pitchers & Poets is a Seattle-based blog, written by an Astros fan and a Dodgers fan. As you can imagine, we find the East-Coastiness of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball lineup objectionable, deplorable, and quite disappointing. (Fanhouse).
I’m really digging this song. Especially the sample.
1. I will jump at any opportunity to promote and preach the gospel of hockey on this blog. So here’s this awesome photo tour of Fenway Park, as of today, America’s largest ice rink. If you’re gonna watch one regular season NHL game this year, make it the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 between the Boston Bruins and underachieving Philadelphia Flyers. It’s hockey at Fenway! (via Puck Daddy)
2. Meet Welby Sheldon “Buddy” Bailey, an American in Caracas, and the manager of Venezuela’s most successful professional baseball team of the last decade. (via NY Times).
Edit: Stop reading this post right now! Instead, read Ted and I’s “etherview” with FanGraphs destroyer Carson Cistulli. If you are here for the first time via said interview, then welcome, please make yourself comfortable.
In order to help you through these frozen hours before the World Series does or doesn’t end tomorrow, we bring you some rare weekday reading. And this awesome John Wayne clip from The Longest Day that I hope both managers are showing their teams. “We came here to take something. We’re gonna take it and hold it!”
Google Reader maven Tommy Bennett is taking over the reigns at Beyond the Box Score. Check out his insightful baseball analysis manifesto.
Josh Wilker is at his best this morning with a reflection covering World Series records both glorious and inglourious, Chase Utley’s hair, and the decline and fall of the triple.
Patrick Brown has put together an extended essay on baseball’s place in the sports media industrial landscape for The Millions . His ideas about baseball and the internet are both sweeping and a pleasure to read. (tip of the cap to Reeves W.)
Postseason play is heating up big-time. In the baseball season’s transition from endings to beginnings, a number of people around the game have looked back a ways in this past week:
Artist Thom Ross is on a mission of unforgetting. In this case, he’s toting his mural of the famous Willie Mays catch to the scene of its enactment: he and friends placed the installation on the exact spot that the catch was made. SI.com
Recently undiscovered home video footage of Babe Ruth at the bat confirms that he took his sweet time about it. New York Times
Fangraph’s Dave Cameron ensures surly Cards fans that Thursday’s loss wasn’t all Matt Holliday’s fault. Fangraphs
Paul DePodesta reminds us of the trials and the tears of a career in baseball’s front office. It Might Be Dangerous
Stuart Shea offers a poem to the soon-to-move-on. Bardball