Bizarre Love Triangle – Baseball Edition*

*This piece was originally published on September 3, 2012.  In honor of Ralph Kiner's passing and his voice, here is an edited version of that post.I was born in May 1969.  The New York Mets went on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series that year.  Coincidence?  I think NOT.  My dad took me to many games at Shea Stadium.  Rain delays and extra innings meant extra time at the ballpark.   I spent hours watching Mets games on TV, eating potato chips out of a bowl my dad propped on … [Read more...]

A Jewish Kid in Catholic School? Nothing But Nachas.*

My son Nicky loves baseball. He’s really, really good at it.Despite the looooong list of Jews who made it big in baseball, we were shocked to learn our town was not overflowing with Jewish schools that have viable baseball programs. My husband’s old Catholic school, however, (“The Hall”) has a very well-respected baseball program. So does another Catholic school nearer to us (“The Mount”). Mark Teixeira is a hometown boy who went to The Mount. We forgive his playing for the Yankees.Nicky … [Read more...]

Is That a Birdseed Milkshake?

I don't know if you've heard, but there's a presidential election coming up soon.  In this country.  America.  Last Wednesday evening, the two presidential candidates (one of whom is already President) squared off to talk about domestic policy.  I was prepared for a good show,  but it was boooooooooooring.  I mean, generally, no one can know whose proclamations and views are accurate until they read Politifact the next day, anyhow.    Usually, though, there's at least something I can follow, or a … [Read more...]

Bizarre Love Triangle – Baseball Edition

Sure, I could be writing about "Eastwooding" and Akin's thoughts on my magical voodoo vagina.  I could be writing about Crazy Uncle Joe Biden's ridiculous metaphor that cast Republicans as 21st-century slave owners.   I could be writing about Lance Armstrong's doping and Prince Harry's antics, or the coup de grace: a member of the United States Congress skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee.  (Don't ask me why that last is just coming out now...it happened a year ago.)   Others, though, have tak … [Read more...]


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