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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Angell: Yanks Get Even

C. C. will become a free agent this year, and it’s not a certainty that the Yankees will come through with an expensive new contract. He’s a different pitcher these days from what he was when he arrived, in 2009, as a high-strikeout star from the Brewers, and now thrives on angles and corners and a commanding elder presence. He went 14–5 in the regular season, but, like others, I most want to hold onto the look of him out there: the tent-like uni top, the billowing pajama pants. His cap sits askew on his bald head, just above his oddly folded ears. Most of all, at six-six and three hundred pounds, he is enormous, but this Monadnock, set in motion, becomes curved and flowing, and the departing and instantly arriving pitch completes the line and the portrait. His eyes gleam with appreciation as well as attention: he is sharing our fun.

Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: October 18, 2017 at 05:44 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alcs, cc sabathia, houston astros, new york yankees, roger angell

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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: October 18, 2017 at 09:46 PM (#5557523)
damn that is good.
   2. Voodoo Posted: October 18, 2017 at 09:52 PM (#5557536)
This has been said, in some fashion, after every Angell article posted here for the last 15 years, but ... I can't believe this guy is still alive, let alone working, let alone doing it so so so so perfectly.
   3. asinwreck Posted: October 18, 2017 at 10:43 PM (#5557625)
Longer career involving baseball, and better with words, than Scully. That sentence applies to no one but Roger Angell.
   4. esseff Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:35 PM (#5557726)
c'mon. He's only 97.
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:47 PM (#5557764)
In the entire 92 year history of The New Yorker, only Liebling was Angell's match.
   6. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: October 19, 2017 at 07:13 AM (#5557900)
I most want to hold onto the look of him out there

Racist. Fat-shamer. (Probably a Trump supporter, too.)
   7. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 19, 2017 at 08:40 AM (#5557907)
I'm never going to be able to hike Monadnock again without thinking of CC.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: October 19, 2017 at 08:45 AM (#5557909)
I googled Monadnock assuming that it was a Norse god or such that had slipped my memory.
   9. The Good Face Posted: October 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM (#5557947)
I like watching old CC. He reminds me a bit of late career Andy Pettitte; 90ish fastball, lots of cutters and sliders, changing speeds and locations effectively. He's become a crafty lefty in his dotage and it's fun to watch.
   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 19, 2017 at 10:43 AM (#5557990)
Absolutely, though it's still kind of hard to believe that he's actually completed the transition successfully after what seemed like a dozen false starts.
   11. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 19, 2017 at 11:12 AM (#5558024)
I truly believe Angell will still turn out brilliant prose three days after he's dead and buried.
   12. dlf Posted: October 19, 2017 at 12:26 PM (#5558100)
The only reason to hope the Yankees make the Series is to continue to read more pieces from Angell this Fall.


(Probably a Trump supporter, too.)

Not to go all OTP here, but nope: Angell: "My Vote"

Mr. Trump has other drawbacks I haven’t mentioned: his weird fondness for Vladimir Putin; his destruction of the lives and hopes of small investors and contractors unlucky enough to have been involved in his business dealings; his bonkers five-year “birther” campaign, now withdrawn, though without accountability—but never mind all this, for now.

Mr. Trump is endlessly on record as someone who will not back down, who cannot appear to pause or lose. He is a man who must win, stay on the attack, and who thinks, first and last, “How will I look?” This is central, and what comes after it, for me, at times, is concern for what it must be like for anyone who, facing an imperative as dark and unforgiving as this, finds only the narcissist’s mirror for reassurance.

If Donald Trump wins this election, his nights in the White House will very soon resemble those of President Obama. After he bids an early goodnight to his family, he sits alone while he receives and tries to take in floods of information from almost innumerable national and international sources, much of it classified or top secret. His surroundings are stately, but the room is shadowed and silent. There are bits of promising news here and there, but always more bloodshed, sudden alarms, and unexpected lurking dangers. The import of the news is often veiled or contradictory, or simply impenetrable. The night wears on, and may contain brief hours of sleep. There’s time to tweet. A new day is arriving, and with it the latest rush of bad news—another police shooting out West, another suicide bomber in Yemen, and other urgent briefings from a world already caught up in the morning’s difficult events. He needs to respond, but the beginning of this President’s response is always reliably at hand: How will I look?

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