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Friday, October 20, 2017

Angell: Bringing the Yankees Home?

Wednesday’s game, at the Stadium, allowed me to continue work on my monograph about Keuchel’s whiskers. Mr. Weirdbeard shows a dense mid-chest curtain of hair depending from spaghetti-strap sideburns that might actually hook over his ears. Further observations offer a different possibility. His long, pale neck is smooth-shaven and stretches up to a high haircut trim close to his cap. The effect, seen from a slight angle astern, suggests a silken Dolce & Gabbana evening bag or, more likely, a black chemise or bit of underwear hanging on the far side of your closet door.

The box score shows that the Yankees struck out thirteen times in Game Five, contributing to their forty-nine strikeouts in the games to date. Shifting to the other league and the other side of the ledger, we come upon the Cubs’ 3–2 win in Game Four, at Wrigley Field, in which all five runs came on solo homers. Amazingly, these were also half of the hits in the game. Totals like this should no longer startle us. Baseball has irremediably altered, accumulating homers and strikeouts in ever-ascending numbers. Aaron Judge’s new rookie record of fifty-two home runs comes along with his record two hundred and eight whiffs. Major-league players hit more home runs this season than ever before, and more of them struck out as well. It’s all about size. At six feet seven and a tautly proportioned two hundred and eighty pounds, Judge is the avatar for this new generation of towering sluggers, while the pitchers, in their leaner and longer fashion, are also stronger than ever before. Launching has replaced hitting, and the batters walk away unflustered when they swing and miss at another hundred-mile-an-hour heater. This altered game is here to stay, and may even suit the distractible, phone-attached modern audience. Almost no one keeps score nowadays, and folks in the seats rise in numbers, shouting for the coming K or wowing for the departing dinger. I’m not a yearner for the past by nature, but maintain a secret fondness for a different baseball moment—a hard single up the right-field side with a man aboard, the baserunner and the relayed white ball now converging on third, and the fractional moment in which we await the call.

Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: October 20, 2017 at 06:34 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alcs, beards, dallas keuchel, houston astros, new york yankees, roger angell

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   1. Meatwad Posted: October 21, 2017 at 02:06 AM (#5559478)
Is it too much to ask that he lives forever writing about baseball?
   2. Bote Man Posted: October 21, 2017 at 02:13 AM (#5559479)
I’m not a yearner for the past by nature, but maintain a secret fondness for a different baseball moment—a hard single up the right-field side with a man aboard, the baserunner and the relayed white ball now converging on third, and the fractional moment in which we await the call.

And yet more moments during which we await the ruling from the replay official in NYC.
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 21, 2017 at 02:52 AM (#5559484)
57/4ths is also a fraction.
   4. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: October 21, 2017 at 07:11 PM (#5559649)
In the year Roger Angell was born, George McBride played his last major league season. McBride was the last active member of the 1901 Milwaukee Brewers.
   5. dlf Posted: October 22, 2017 at 07:09 AM (#5560047)
The nearly throw away line at the end of having attended Reggie's 3 homer game in '77, and the Dodger's sweep of the Yanks in '63, and Marv Owens dropped third strike in '41 ...

I said it in the last Angell thread, but the only reason that I had the slightest desire to see the Yankees keep playing is to have him, Once More Around the Park.
   6. asinwreck Posted: October 22, 2017 at 01:00 PM (#5560125)
57/4ths is also a fraction.

And a King Crimson time signature c. Bruford era.
   7. esseff Posted: October 22, 2017 at 01:05 PM (#5560126)
The nearly throw away line at the end of having attended Reggie's 3 homer game in '77, and the Dodger's sweep of the Yanks in '63, and Marv Owens dropped third strike in '41 ...


I was alarmed seeing this to think that Angell had confused Mickey Owen and Marv Owens. I then was relieved to find that he didn't.
   8. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 22, 2017 at 01:23 PM (#5560128)
Fred Lieb started watching the World Series in 1903 and died in June of 1980, meaning that he saw 76 of them. Angell first listened to the World Series in 1933, which means he passed Lieb when his Giants beat the Rangers in 2010. The Astros-Dodgers will be his 84th.
   9. esseff Posted: October 22, 2017 at 01:46 PM (#5560134)
Fred Lieb started watching the World Series in 1903 and died in June of 1980, meaning that he saw 76 of them. Angell first listened to the World Series in 1933, which means he passed Lieb when his Giants beat the Rangers in 2010. The Astros-Dodgers will be his 84th.


Another member of this group would be Shirley Povich, who wrote for the Washington Post about Walter Johnson's World Series in 1924 and Mark McGwire's pursuit of the season home run record in 1998.
   10. dlf Posted: October 22, 2017 at 01:56 PM (#5560138)
I was alarmed seeing this to think that Angell had confused Mickey Owen and Marv Owens. I then was relieved to find that he didn't.


Oh damn.

Hint: don't post while drinking Irish coffee on a drizzly cool Fall morning.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 22, 2017 at 02:31 PM (#5560143)
Fred Lieb started watching the World Series in 1903 and died in June of 1980, meaning that he saw 76 of them. Angell first listened to the World Series in 1933, which means he passed Lieb when his Giants beat the Rangers in 2010. The Astros-Dodgers will be his 84th.

Another member of this group would be Shirley Povich, who wrote for the Washington Post about Walter Johnson's World Series in 1924 and Mark McGwire's pursuit of the season home run record in 1998.


And as someone who read Povich's writings over his last 45 years, I should have remembered to mention that, even if unlike Lieb and Angell, Povich didn't concentrate much on baseball during the time I was reading him, and also unlike Lieb and Angell, he never published his baseball writings in book form for future generations to see.
   12. AndrewJ Posted: October 22, 2017 at 07:52 PM (#5560204)
Shirley Povich was covering major league baseball before Lou Gehrig began his 2,130-game streak. And he was at Camden Yards covering Cal Ripken's 2,131st straight game.
   13. Khrushin it bro Posted: October 22, 2017 at 08:29 PM (#5560210)
That's amazing, and don't call me surely
   14. Swoboda is freedom Posted: October 22, 2017 at 08:31 PM (#5560212)
The nearly throw away line at the end of having attended Reggie's 3 homer game in '77,

My dad got us tickets for that game, but was traveling for work. I just went to a game at Yankee Stadium with an old friend who reminded me that my dad gave the tickets to him.

We got to see game 2, which was terrible game. Burt Hooten shut down the Yanks. Of course we has tickets to the 7th game, but never happened.
   15. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 22, 2017 at 11:11 PM (#5560233)
Shirley Povich was covering major league baseball before Lou Gehrig began his 2,130-game streak. And he was at Camden Yards covering Cal Ripken's 2,131st straight game.

That's amazing, and don't call me surely

And stop reminding him that he once was included in the first edition of Who's Who In American Women. When the story broke in the papers, Walter Cronkite send Povich a telegram with a marriage proposal.
   16. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 22, 2017 at 11:21 PM (#5560234)

We got to see game 2, which was terrible game. Burt Hooten shut down the Yanks.

That 6-1 cold cocking wasn't much worse than the 3rd game the year before, when my GF and I got face value tickets from a scalper outside the Stadium, and then froze our butts off watching the Yankees get put to sleep by ####### Pat Zachary on their way to getting swept by the Reds. That was the only postseason game I ever went to in Yankee Stadium, and it was a complete clinker.

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