Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Knowing that, and knowing about other passions in my life, you can understand my excitement when I heard about this.
I need to get my hands on this book! Assuming I'm able to find a copy, look for more on this subject in the near future.
Almost all his life Jack Kerouac had a hobby that even close friends and fellow Beats like Allen Ginsburgh and William S. Burroughs never knew about. He obsessively played a fantasy baseball game of his own invention, charting the exploits of made-up players like Wino Love, Warby Pepper, Heinie Twiett, Phegus Cody and Zagg Parker, who toiled on imaginary teams named either for cars (the Pittsburgh Plymouths and New York Chevvies, for example) or for colors (the Boston Grays and Cincinnati Blacks).He collected their stats, analyzed their performances and, as a teenager, when he played most ardently, wrote about them in homemade newsletters and broadsides. He even covered financial news and imaginary contract disputes. ...
All these “publications,” some typed, some handwritten and often pasted into old-fashioned composition notebooks, are now part of the Jack Kerouac Archive at the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. The curator, Isaac Gewirtz, has just written a 75-page book about them, “Kerouac at Bat: Fantasy Sports and the King of the Beats,” to be published next week by the library and available, at least for now, only in its gift shop.
Friday, May 15, 2009
- Halladay vs. Burnett in game one of the Jays' first series against the Yanks this year.
- The coveted Number One spot in the Sports Illustrated Rankings for this week! Woot!
- Games 2 and 3 of the series against the Yanks, especially Game 2. However, the Jays have been remarkably good at not letting one or two losses affect them over the long term. I'll hope to see more of that consistency this weekend against the White Sox.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
From Alex Ovechkin after the Capitals Game 5 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday: "Next game is going to be different. It's not over yet. If somebody thinks it's over, it's not over. We're going to come back here again. Game 7."
While this is not as overt a guarantee as some, it still motivated me to post on the subject.
Don't guarantee wins. Just don't. Not only does a guarantee cause all kinds of media fuss that distracts you and your teammates from the task at hand, but way WAY more often than not, you end up looking like a doofus. Yes, once in a while, your guarantee turns out to be correct and the whole thing becomes an awesome story of grit and determination (see Messier, Mark), but you're much more likely to end up looking like a tool.
So just don't do it, 'k?
Friday, May 8, 2009
- Sad to hear that Dom DiMaggio died this morning at the great age of 92.
- The Manny Ramirez saga that kicked off yesterday was surprising to me, and for some reason and despite my weariness with big stars using PEDs, I believe Manny's prescription story. That doesn't change the fact that he's a cheater-cheater-pumpkin-eater, but until I hear any further evidence of greater intention, I'm calling this situation disappointing, but not fatal. Serve the suspension, come back, play ball.
- And by the way, how are all athletes not hyper-vigilant about checking with the league when doctors prescribe things for them?
- The Washington-Pittsburgh series in the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs is unbelievable. Both Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin had hat tricks in the second game of the series. Through the first three games, the two of them have 9 goals combined. NINE! I can't wait to see how this series ends.
- Players Championship this weekend... I love this tournament and am firmly in the "This Should be a Major" camp. Someday, I'll ask my husband to guest post why he thinks the PGA should drop the Masters from the list of Majors and add the Players. It's never gonna happen that way, obviously, but I love the argument, which boils down roughly to teaching Augusta that the tour is no longer going to stand for the things that Augusta stands for, and is no longer going to support a tournament that intentionally restricts fan access, and replace it with a tournament on a great course with wall-to-wall coverage, three great finishing holes and the potential for loads of drama.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Major worries continue to focus on injuries to the pitching staff. The series in Kansas, I think, exposed what those injuries have done to the staff with a couple of really bad outings for Purcey and Burres. On the other hand, Scott Richmond has been a pleasant surprise, and despite losing in Kansas, Tallet has been more than capable.
The offence continues to be a force for good, with Vernon Wells doing what he gets paid those big bucks to do, and Aaron Hill showing MVP-like form. (That's right, I said it.) And we've seen major improvement in Alex Rios in the last few games, including a big home-run last night against the O's in a tight game.
Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated thinks that the good times in Toronto won't last and that the Jays will be a victim of the AL East. What do you think?