The First Baseball

I spent a couple hours this weekend first compiling and then keeping an eye on my fantasy baseball draft. I’m in a league with six of my colleagues and seven of our students. It’s the first year I’ve played, but I grew up watching the Red Sox (my Dad was born and raised in south [Read More...]

Art and Sports and Money

I love sports, and I love art. Both are relatively “useless” things – in an instrumental sense – that still, I think, are important to our lives together. So I was interested in this article published at the Wall Street Journal after the controversy around the $142.4 Francis Bacon triptych sold at Christie’s last week. As [Read More...]

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

I grew up in New England and live in New York City, and more than any other sport, we Northeasterners love baseball. And the season has just begun. So I was delighted to see a review essay by Michael Stevens in Books & Culture on two new books on baseball: Several new biographies and autobiographies have recently [Read More...]

Baseball, Beards, and Spitting! Yikes!

One of the most impressive beards in baseball belongs to Brian Wilson, relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. Most of the beards in the World Series were nicely trimmed. If Wilson wants to help his team into the series, he should get a beard trimmer.

In the last couple of days, I watched more baseball than I have in a couple of years. In the end, it was not much fun for someone from Texas, though I’ve got to give tons of credit to the St. Louis Cardinals. They proved to have great fortitude in addition to great talent. But [Read More...]


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