Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, February 22, 2013

Ernest Hemingway: The Spring Training Stories

No one has explained what the knuckleballer was seeking at that altitude.

He was an old manager for team in a city near Canada, and he had gone one hundred and nineteen days since winning a pennant. On the first day the pitcher had been with him but the pitcher had been sandoval which is the worst form of unlucky and the season had ended and the old man had gone home to wait the nothing months out until spring and the start again.

“There’s a hell of a lot to be done,” Kevin Towers said. “I’m thinking of trading Paul Goldschmidt for Marco Scutaro. And I don’t like the way Ian Kennedy looks when he pitches. He says it is mechanics, but I think he’s just trying to look pretty. That isn’t the Diamondbacks way.”

“Stop it,” Brandon McCarthy said.

“Did we tell you we got Cliff Pennington?” Kirk Gibson said. “For Chris Young. The A’s were eager to take him. I am not sure why.”

“Stop it. Stop it. Stop it,” Brandon McCarthy cried.

It was very late and everyone had left the restaurant except a well-tanned man who sat in the shadow. The two waiters knew the old man was a little drunk and they knew that if he was more drunk he would put on a fake moustache and try to leave without paying.

“Last year he was fired from his job.”

“For what reason?”

“Because his team drastically underperformed expectations. Also: there were some interpersonal concerns.”

The well-tanned man tapped his glass. “Another Sapporo.”

The younger waiter went over to him. “Why did you question the motivations of Youkilis? He is a Yankee now and it is your fault. You drove him away.”

The well-tanned man nodded.

The District Attorney Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: spring training

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Dock Ellis Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM (#4374046)
I enjoyed this. It helps if you are a Hemingway fan. It's possible I may have enjoyed this less if Bill James wrote it.
   2. dr. scott Posted: February 22, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4374136)
The brandon Mac piece is fun.

Im assuming that is not the Giants Broadcaster Dave Flemming... if so, John Miller must be really rubbing off on him.
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4374142)
this link in TFA is amusing, also
   4. BDC Posted: February 22, 2013 at 02:52 PM (#4374168)
Makes me nostalgic for the Death of Derek Jeter thread.
   5. Steve Treder Posted: February 22, 2013 at 04:05 PM (#4374229)
Im assuming that is not the Giants Broadcaster Dave Flemming

No, the broadcaster Dave Flemming's name, as you demonstrate, is spelled with two m's.

This Dave Fleming lives in New Zealand. I'm suddenly suspicious that perhaps Dave Fleming is Walt Davis ...

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Tuque
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMets agree to two-year deal with Anthony Swarzak
(15 - 1:32am, Dec 15)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogJack Morris, Alan Trammell elected to Hall | MLB.com
(236 - 1:30am, Dec 15)
Last: DanG

NewsblogOTP 11 December, 2017 - GOP strategist: Moore would have 'date with a baseball bat' if he tried dating teens where I grew up
(1924 - 1:14am, Dec 15)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogIf Kyle Schwarber goes anywhere could it be back to Cubs leadoff spot? – Chicago Sun-Times
(30 - 12:58am, Dec 15)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

Newsblog2017 MLB Rule 5 Draft results | MLB.com
(28 - 12:02am, Dec 15)
Last: Der-K: downgraded to lurker

NewsblogDerek Jeter Was Once the Captain. But Now He’s the Apprentice. - The New York Times
(64 - 11:49pm, Dec 14)
Last: An Athletic in Powderhorn™

NewsblogESPN: Bob Costas wins Hall of Fame's Frick Award for broadcasting
(14 - 11:25pm, Dec 14)
Last: QLE

NewsblogCardinals trade for Marcell Ozuna of Marlins
(56 - 10:33pm, Dec 14)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(2007 - 10:21pm, Dec 14)
Last: PJ Martinez

NewsblogYou should be very skeptical of claims the Royals lost over $60 million the last two years - Royals Review
(13 - 9:53pm, Dec 14)
Last: Hank G.

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!
(437 - 9:48pm, Dec 14)
Last: reech

NewsblogAlex Anthopoulos bringing high-level analytics approach to Braves
(1 - 8:37pm, Dec 14)
Last: bfan

NewsblogAngels trade for Tigers' Ian Kinsler
(26 - 8:29pm, Dec 14)
Last: QLE

Hall of Merit2018 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(389 - 7:19pm, Dec 14)
Last: Howie Menckel

Gonfalon CubsLooking to next year
(344 - 5:17pm, Dec 14)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

Page rendered in 0.1250 seconds
47 querie(s) executed