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Friday, July 15, 2016

Lenny Dykstra Crawls from a Hole He Joyfully Dug for Himself

“House of Nails” is a story of exceptional excess that finds our memoirist playing the sensible adult in his friendship with Charlie Sheen; buying Wayne Gretzky’s house for $17.5 million; and paying detectives $500,000 to dig up dirt on umpires so that he could suborn their objectivity by telling them embarrassing things about their private lives while at bat. Believable or not, the stories fit a distinctive mold: Shock readers with his astonishing hubris and brass you-know-whats.

Zach Posted: July 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, literature, mets

Monday, April 25, 2016

Walt Whitman, Baseball Reporter

America’s poet expounded on America’s game in this little-known June 18, 1858 ed­itorial from the Brooklyn Daily Times. But these were not Whitman’s only published words on the national pas­time: in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass appears the line “Upon the race-course, or enjoying picnics or a good game of base-ball”; and in the Brooklyn Eagle of July 23, 1846 (only one month after the Knickerbockers’ purported first match game), he wrote: “In our sun-down perambulations, of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing ‘base,’ a certain game of ball.” By the way, in the box score you’ll note a heading “H.L.”—this signifies “Hands Lost,” or outs made at bat or on the base paths; you’ll also note Pierce at shortstop for the Atlantics—this is the celebrated Dickey Pearce. Here’s Walt, before he became our Good Gray Poet, in his only known reportage of a baseball game.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: April 25, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 3 comment(s)
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