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Posts Tagged ‘Boston Red Sox


April 14, 2012

    This is April 14, the day in 1912 that the world’s biggest metaphor hit an iceberg.  On board, John Jacob Astor, the fourth by that name in the family dynasty, was heard to say: “I rang for ice, but this is ridiculous.”    The Boston Red Sox had just built a new ballpark that would […]

Kill The Umpire!

September 29, 2011

    Two teams, the Red Sox and the Braves, have suffered colossal collapses and lose playoff spots for this baseball year.     Due to career mobility, mine is a serialized fan history, from the Cardinals to the Braves and Diamondbacks, and in these latter days I root for the dearly departed Sox from Beantown. So […]

The Myth of American Sports

April 12, 2011

Let’s please get over the fairy tale that sports in America are the cleanliness that is next to godliness, and that our children are better for their existence. It is but another piece in the myth of American “exceptionalism.” But if Freud was correct that we deal with our wrongheadedness by facing rather than denying […]

Despicable Them: Baseball Strikes Out

April 4, 2011

Ah, just listen to the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd. But it’s not a game anymore, only a newly-minted circle of the super-rich whose teams are wagered on in office betting pools and imagined to be gods by children. Kids always felt that way about their hardball heroes, back to […]