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reviewed Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption .... December 31, 2013
Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption and Baseball's Longest Game
On the Saturday and Sunday of Easter 1981 the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings played the longest professional baseball game ever.  Thirty years later Dan Barry retells the story of …
posted a Quick Tip about Boston Red Sox. October 29, 2013
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Although they have not been hitting a lick (save for David Ortiz) this Red Sox team finds a way to win. They now have a chance to win their first World Championship at Fenway since 1918. Go Red Sox!!
reviewed Who's on Worst?. September 08, 2013
Who's on Worst?
Baseball invites books like this with its long history and cross-generation comparable  data. Sports columnist Bondy looks at the players, managers, and owners from the bottom up, sometimes using …
reviewed Who's on Worst?. August 22, 2013
Who's on Worst?
I know I'm merely reiterating a sentiment that's been recorded a million billion times in the past, but there isn't much of a better way to start a review of a book like this: Part of the big reason people …
reviewed A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez. June 19, 2013
A-ROD The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez
A-Rod, by Selena Roberts, doesn't take long to cut to the heart of what it really is. You can tell what it is easily by looking to the top of the cover, where it mentions that Roberts is the Sports Illustrated …
reviewed Miami Marlins. December 14, 2012
Miami Marlins
Taking a first look at the Miami Marlins, you can't help but get the feeling that this is a team which never paid its dues. They've won the World Series twice, after all, and will be entering their 20th …
reviewed Chicago Cubs. November 01, 2012
Chicago Cubs
The eternal story of professional sports has one particular constant: The winners will always be perpetual winners, no matter how bad they get, and the losers will always be perpetual losers, no matter …
reviewed Pinstripe Empire. October 05, 2012
Pinstripe Empire
A great baseball team had better have a lot of truly great stories in its history, and with the New York Yankees, there are just tons. With the new book Pinstripe Empire, Marty Appel makes a concentrated, …
reviewed 'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Cli.... September 24, 2012
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'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Clint Eastwood
Star Rating:         While harmless and well intentioned, Trouble with the Curve tells a story that isn’t worthy of the talent involved – star/producer Clint …
reviewed 'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Cli.... September 21, 2012
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'Trouble With The Curve' Starring Clint Eastwood
By Joan Alperin Schwartz   'Trouble With The Curve' is...a)corny...b)nothing you haven't seen before and c) totally entertaining.      Clint Eastwood …
reviewed Cincinnati Reds: Vintage World Series. September 20, 2012
Cincinnati Reds: Vintage World Series
No review for this. Not a proper one, anyway. Having not fulfilled my writing obligation last month and being in danger of not fulfilling it this month, I recently ordered a set of vintage World Series …
reviewed The Last Real Season. July 10, 2012
The Last Real Season
I can honestly say I've taken a real shine to Mike Shropshire's work. Or at least his baseball work. I've never read his football work, which is the majority of the books he's written, but his work revolving …
reviewed The Last Boy. May 21, 2012
The Last Boy
I tend to dismiss most baseball books that have the word "last" in the title, unless it's a reference to a last-place team. "Last" in the context of the passage of time is usually a look through the nostalgia …
reviewed Calico Joe. May 19, 2012
Calico Joe
**Review Contains What Could Be Considered Spoilers**      Calico Joe is a fantastic novel.      When Joe Castle comes up to the big leagues he has an unbelievable …
reviewed Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark,.... April 11, 2012
Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a
As Red Sox fans and the city of Boston prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park a number of books have been published to commemorate the occasion. When I happened upon a copy of Glenn …
reviewed Three Nights in August. April 11, 2012
Three Nights in August
I've been a stalwart champion of the Billy Beane school of statistics ever since I first read Moneyball. I've defended the idea that, in spite of never winning a Pennant, Beane's new method of collecting …
posted a Quick Tip about Harry Caray. February 04, 2012
posted in Windy City Secrets
Harry Caray
I really don't get it. What was so special about this guy? He was instrumental in turning the Cubs, the team he's most closely associated with, into a fluffball team. He sang terrible off-key renditions …
reviewed Major League II. January 28, 2012
Major League II
The funny thing about Major League II is that it appears to have a specific team being used as the primary antagonist. The Cleveland Indians spend so much time playing against and worrying about the Chicago …
reviewed Moneyball. January 21, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Moneyball
Baseball is a game of spitting, crotch scratching and often interminably long innings. Moneyball is a movie that deconstructs the myths of America’s home-style game and shows how it becomes an exemplar …
reviewed Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and L.... January 09, 2012
Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and Lows from New York's Most Agonizingly Amazin' Team
Being a huge baseball fan and following the Mets since the mid-1960's I was glad to get an advance copy of this book. It is not the normal fare in that the first 24 pages has a summary of the Mets' …
reviewed Moneyball. December 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Moneyball
   Moneyball was one of my most anticipated movies of this year. The simple combination between Miller, Sorkin, Pitt, Hoffman, and Pfister projected the prospect of a bomb movie. The clock was …
reviewed STL Cardinals Official 2011 World Ser.... December 17, 2011
STL Cardinals Official 2011 World Series Championship Film
I have purchased every WS video since 1996 and am rarely disappointed. The 2011 World Series ranks up with the most exciting I ever saw and Game 6 was the most exciting game I have ever watched in all …
reviewed Moneyball. October 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Moneyball
Is it more surprising that a movie was made of Moneyball, Michael Lewis's great account of how Billy Beane made the A's a winning baseball team by finding undervalued players, or that it took …
posted a Quick Tip about Moneyball. October 08, 2011
Moneyball
Brad Pitt leaves his pretty boy roles behind and plays up his acting chops. Overall good story and strong acting by everyone, especially Philip Seymour Hoffman. It has Oscar written all over it as a movie …
posted a Quick Tip about Field of Dreams. October 03, 2011
Field of Dreams
If you want to really learn the spirit of the movie, visit the ballfield in Dyersville, Iowa. I have been there twice, once when there was a cornfield on the edge of the outfield. When someone walks out …
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