The Pinch Hitter
…and there’s much more to the game than meets the eye. Which is why Roger Angell (for my money) is the best baseball writer of all time. From his astute antidotes and intelligent insights to a grand grasp of the old ballgame and it’s place in American history. Mr. Angell’s writing turns his love of baseball into newfound understanding and a deeper appreciation of the game for his readers. And he’s been writing about baseball for over 50 years! So, I’d like to extend a heartfelt “thank you!” to Mr. Angell for all the joy his prose has brought to Mudville and beyond over the decades.
Also, congratulations to the 93-year-young New Yorker writer for receiving the sport’s highest writing honor, the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, in Cooperstown last month as part of the MLB Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Richly deserved.
… and the 14th inning to win an all-hands on deck marathon in Philly last night. Brandon Crawford’s bases-loaded double scored three runs in the 14th and the G-Men held on for what may prove to be a watershed victory in the 2014 season. All of this wouldn’t have happened if not for Buster Posey’s clutch game-tying HR in the 9th. His dinger was the first HR given up by Paplebon all season! And speaking of firsts, Timmy came in to record the 1st Save of his career in the 14th. Oh what a night, and ballgame in Philly!