Joe Posnanski, who is one of the best writers about baseball I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a ton), serialized a countdown of his 100 greatest baseball players in The Athletic this past spring. I’ve been meaning to share here the great Phil Niekro story he tells about Niekro’s 300th victory but boiling it down to a reasonable length was a challenge I wasn’t up for.
Here is the whole thing in one book, released yesterday. The publisher describes it as “Longer than Moby-Dick and nearly as ambitious.” Of course I preordered it. The only hesitation was whether I wanted the physical book (I did) or would settle for the ebook for practical reasons (I did; practicality won out this time, which is an odd thing for me to say about myself).
Notes to come. I especially encourage you to wait for #83. Phil Niekro. 🙂
There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither one of them works. — Charlie Lau
The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then to pick it up. — Bob Uecker
I’m just trying to look at something without blinking, to see what it is like, or it could have been like, and how that had something to do with the way we live now. Novels are always inquiries for me.
It’s not an old movie if you haven’t seen it.
We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds. ‘Cause there are so many sleeping people.
During the Panthers-Falcons game this week (which I kind of enjoyed — I thought both teams played a decent game), it popped into my head that I can’t think of a dominating, Hall-of-Fame linebacker in the league right now. Which got me thinking of the other positions.
Continue reading “NFL: Today’s Hall of Famers”
Notes on this history of IG by Sarah Frier.
I purchased this a month before its release and am only getting to it now because until yesterday, I hadn’t done any reading since we were all sent home from work in mid-March.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (2012) by Susan Cain
I read this book shortly after its publication, in order to write a review of it for my side gig. I have to admit I didn’t take my time, and not much of it really stuck, although I was impressed by how scholarly and accessible it is.
Since then, of course, the book has become something of a conversation-starter all over the country, especially in workplaces, and Cain has become a champion for an interesting cause. Also since then, I’ve grown to admire other writers who call her a friend and colleague (most notably Adam Grant). I haven’t seen her TED Talk yet, because mostly I don’t care for TED Talks, but I think I’ll give it a look when I get through this re-read.
2020 is my year of finishing unfinished books (2019 was my year of re-reading long-loved titles from my past), so I’m starting with Quiet, a book I technically finished but didn’t actually finish since I read it so quickly. Here will be some notes for posterity.
Humorous, touching, outrageous, or whatever. If we can’t watch sports, we can at least remember watching sports!
Here’s a link to last year’s in case you need to reference something.