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Saturday, March 01, 2014

George Will: Baseball’s opening day shouldn’t be a holiday

George Will: Slacker.

Political pundit George Will says baseball’s opening day shouldn’t be a federal holiday because it would take the fun out of the age-old tradition of cutting class or skipping work to go to the ballpark’s first game of the season.

“Part of the fun of Opening Day is skipping work,” Will said in an interview with The Hill. “If they make it a national holiday, there will be no work to skip.”

Will’s comments were echoed by a handful of baseball-loving lawmakers, who said they would not support a White House petition that has garnered signatures from thousands of fans to turn opening day into a holiday.

“Baseball is too big and grand to be enhanced by anything Congress can do,” Will said.

Growing up, Will recalled that sometimes his parents would let him cut class to attend Opening Day. “I’m not sure I ever went to school on Opening Day,” he said.

...Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) couldn’t agree more.

“I am a huge baseball fan, but I am an even bigger fan of work,” said Gowdy, who roots for the Cincinnati Reds, the first professional baseball team. “Do we really need another day off?”

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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 01, 2014 at 10:59 AM (#4664434)
I won't click the link, but is there a clamor to make opening day a federal holiday? Man of straw?
   2. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4664436)
Not sure if this qualifies as a clamor, but I suspect that's what Will was responding to.
   3. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:29 AM (#4664441)
Tell Gowdy that it's a swap-out for MLK Day and he'll be on board.
   4. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4664443)
Opening Day shouldn't be a holiday because it's really goddamned stupid to have a special holiday for a professional sports league.
   5. Anonymous Observer Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:57 AM (#4664449)
“Baseball is too big and grand to be enhanced by anything Congress can do,” Will said.


Unless PEDs are involved.
   6. Guapo Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4664450)
If it's a holiday, it means my kids don't go to school and I have to stay home and watch them instead of going to the game.
   7. cardsfanboy Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4664452)
I like the awareness that this is doing, but I don't think anyone is fully serious about making it a national holiday (I'm probably wrong of course on this) I think it would be silly for this to be a national holiday, yet I would sign a petition to make it so. (same thing with May 4th as a Star Wars holiday)

I always thought there was some type of rule limiting the number of holidays, but I can't find that rule on Wikipedia like I thought I had. (they could have as many "holidays" as they want, but only a limit on the number that can be designated as "day off" holidays)
   8. madvillain Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4664461)
“I am a huge baseball fan, but I am an even bigger fan of work,” said Gowdy, who roots for the Cincinnati Reds, the first professional baseball team. “Do we really need another day off?”


Does this guy have a newsletter?
   9. Guapo Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:41 PM (#4664463)
“Part of the fun of Opening Day is skipping work,” Will said in an interview with The Hill. “If they make it a national holiday, there will be no work to skip.”


Ah, to live in George Will's world where anyone can skip work for frivolous reasons without fear of being fired.
   10. spike Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4664466)
George Will must not hear what he says in his own voice, or he'd never speak.
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4664468)
I'll bet it's been at least 40 years since George Will had job that required him to make even a token appearance at the office on Opening Day.

Next up: Bill Gates on why baseball tickets aren't overpriced.
   12. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4664479)
I can't imagine having an opinion on this matter, but seriously, George Will is a ####.
   13. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4664481)
Seriously? I can't say ####? What if I wanted to talk about #### fighting? About the #### crowing in the morning? About sucking ####### ####?
   14. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:28 PM (#4664483)
Whatever people might think about George Will's politics (obviously I'm a fan), I don't really understand how people can attack his truly heartfelt love of baseball. Why do liberals reflexively feel the need to chime in about how much they dislike him? Ugh. (Also, what is there to dislike? Unless we're talking about purely unthinking, brutish tribalism where anyone who disagrees with you politically or is designated The Other must be insulted and attacked, I can hardly think of a reason to hate on Will, given his articulateness, wit, and polite demeanor. He's not Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck or Mark Levin, for cryin' out loud.)

I'll also point out that Will was an early booster of Bill James and sabermetric approaches. I remember Will citing James approvingly in Men At Work (1990) and incorporating his insights throughout the book. So although he's a political conservative (actually, he's pointedly trended more libertarian since the Bush years), he's certainly not hidebound when it comes to evaluating the game statistically.
   15. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4664487)
Finally, Will here is musing playfully about the joy of playing hooky on Opening Day -- something which obviously relates to his childhood and does to my dad's as well -- and people are whipping out angry class arguments to blast him? Dear lord are some of the people around here miserably humorless.
   16. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4664493)
“I am a huge baseball fan, but I am an even bigger fan of work,” said Gowdy, who roots for the Cincinnati Reds, the first professional baseball team. “Do we really need another day off?”


Where can I line up to punch this guy in the face? What the hell!
   17. The District Attorney Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:48 PM (#4664496)
Yeah, guys, don't be humorless scolds... be more like Esoteric!
   18. BDC Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4664497)
Seriously? I can't say ####? What if I wanted to talk about #### fighting? About the #### crowing in the morning?

You have to say "faucet" instead.

"Cock-of-the-walk," for a ballplayer like Bryce Harper, say, is fine.
   19. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:53 PM (#4664501)
Whatever people might think about George Will's politics (obviously I'm a fan), I don't really understand how people can attack his truly heartfelt love of baseball. Why do liberals reflexively feel the need to chime in about how much they dislike him?

That was answered in posts 9 and 11. Those posts explain why he's called a penis.
   20. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:56 PM (#4664505)
15...so, if I'm not able to get Opening Day off for whatever reason, and then I call in sick and go to the game, and one of the bosses sees me there and tells my immediate supervisor, I won't get fired? Good to know.
   21. Publius Publicola Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4664506)
Can Will really claim to "skip work."? I'm not sure "making #### up for the benefit of a political party" can really be classified as gainful employment.
   22. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4664507)
Why do liberals reflexively feel the need to chime in about how much they dislike him?


I dunno, why does he has to be a ####### ####### about everything?
   23. Publius Publicola Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4664511)
ESP, read some of Wills columns on global warming or collective bargains. Then you might understand the hate.
   24. Joey B. Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:23 PM (#4664516)
Esoteric, you've been around here for almost seven years now; surely you can't still be surprised by these guys.
   25. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:23 PM (#4664518)
Will is such a sophist dip.
   26. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:33 PM (#4664523)
ESP, read some of Wills columns on global warming or collective bargains. Then you might understand the hate.
1.) I agree with him on those matters, so I wouldn't share in the hate.

2.) I utterly REJECT the idea that "hate" is the proper response to merely being presented with the opinion of someone who disagrees with you on a political matter. How about "I disagree with this, but can relate to you about that?" I seriously have trouble comprehending why this is such a radical perspective for other people. I've spent my entire life (from childhood to adulthood, from DC to Baltimore to Chicago to Madison to New York to Minneapolis and back to Chicago) around people who hold differing political opinions -- my response isn't to loathe and denigrate them, it's to state my disagreements and also remember that life experience isn't something that should be completely politicized...and that to do so is to drain the enjoyment out of living.
   27. Monty Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4664530)
I like George Will, but I acknowledge that it's mostly because he said really nice things about Tony Gwynn in Men at Work.
   28. Greg K Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:59 PM (#4664536)
Whatever people might think about George Will's politics (obviously I'm a fan), I don't really understand how people can attack his truly heartfelt love of baseball. Why do liberals reflexively feel the need to chime in about how much they dislike him?

I really only know George Will from Men at Work and the Ken Burns movie, oh yes and that he is an attractive, though not particularly bright, man. I'm sure his politics, whatever they happen to be, are reprehensible, but he seems to love baseball which is a-ok in my books.
   29. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 01, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4664537)
I utterly REJECT the idea that "hate" is the proper response to merely being presented with the opinion of someone who disagrees with you on a political matter.


Then with all due respect, perhaps you should be having this conversation with the people who AGREE with you on most political matters, vis-a-vis their reflexive responses to the mere mention of the names of the sitting President, two former Presidents who happen to be Democrats, the former Secretary of State and junior Senator from New York, not to mention anyone who dares to post an arguably liberal thought on numerous internet message boards (including this one on occasion).

As for Mr. Will, I rarely agree with him, but I do (at least sometimes) enjoy his writing and do not harbor any ill will towards him. At any rate, ISTM that the people around here who "hate" him do so primarily because he can be exceedingly pompous, rather than because they disagree with his politics.
   30. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 03:38 PM (#4664554)
I really only know George Will from Men at Work and the Ken Burns movie, oh yes and that he is an attractive, though not particularly bright, man.


People of the Canadian persuasion are even ####### weirder than I suspected.
   31. BDC Posted: March 01, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4664557)
Men at Work was a good book, though I can't say I'm dying to re-read it.
   32. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 03:49 PM (#4664558)
Men at Work was a good book


Also a better band. And a worse movie.
   33. Red Menace Posted: March 01, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4664559)
Throw the ball, George!
   34. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 01, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4664563)
the people around here who "hate" him do so primarily because he can be exceedingly pompous,


Indeed. We're talking about a man who, in 2009, devoted an entire syndicated column to the "infantilism" of America because adults wear jeans. See for yourself. The same column contained this gem: "Seventy-five percent of American "gamers" -- people who play video games -- are older than 18 and nevertheless are allowed to vote."
   35. Kurt Posted: March 01, 2014 at 04:08 PM (#4664567)
The same column contained this gem: "Seventy-five percent of American "gamers" -- people who play video games -- are older than 18 and nevertheless are allowed to vote."


THAT'S NOT FUNNY
   36. jingoist Posted: March 01, 2014 at 04:08 PM (#4664568)
Yaz in #25:
Excellent description of Mr. Wills approach to putting forth am argument.

I often find him to be a pedant who hardly ever acknowledges another's point whether it is of value or not.
I remember a not to distant screed about the horrors of raising the minimum wage; always an insightful perspective from someone who hasn't labored under such a burden for most if not all his years.
   37. Baldrick Posted: March 01, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4664602)
If it were someone a little more self-aware I would think that jeans column is deliberate self-satire. I mean:
This is not complicated. For men, sartorial good taste can be reduced to one rule: If Fred Astaire would not have worn it, don't wear it. For women, substitute Grace Kelly.

Edmund Burke -- what he would have thought of the denimization of America can be inferred from his lament that the French Revolution assaulted "the decent drapery of life"; it is a straight line from the fall of the Bastille to the rise of denim -- said: "To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely."
   38. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4664606)
And you know George paid good money for those pity quotes.
   39. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: March 01, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4664615)
If it were someone a little more self-aware I would think that jeans column is deliberate self-satire.
Dude, I've met George Will, and ASKED him about that column: of course it was intended with a touch of self-satire.

What amazing ungenerosity of spirit we extend to our political opponents, to think them always incapable of self-deprecation or humor.
   40. Sunday silence Posted: March 01, 2014 at 05:29 PM (#4664616)
I always thought there was some type of rule limiting the number of holidays



Actually CFB there is. The number is 365
   41. Sunday silence Posted: March 01, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4664617)

Opening Day shouldn't be a holiday because it's really goddamned stupid to have a special holiday for a professional sports league.


Superbowl SUnday says "hello."
   42. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 05:41 PM (#4664623)
The same column contained this gem: "Seventy-five percent of American "gamers" -- people who play video games -- are older than 18 and nevertheless are allowed to vote."


Blind hogs & acorns.
   43. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: March 01, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4664628)
the "infantilism" of America because adults wear jeans.


Bill Griffith, never to be confused with George Will, once drew a strip that spoke of the same thing, citing grown men wearing shorts and baseball caps.
   44. cardsfanboy Posted: March 01, 2014 at 05:56 PM (#4664632)

Actually CFB there is. The number is 365


Lol...

But seriously I thought that Arizona argued that they weren't celebrating MLK day because they wanted to keep Columbus day or some other holiday and were limited by some rules.

[Dude, I've met George Will, and ASKED him about that column: of course it was intended with a touch of self-satire.

What amazing ungenerosity of spirit we extend to our political opponents, to think them always incapable of self-deprecation or humor.


I prefer George Will on the opposite side of my political spectrum than a lot of the clowns that keep seeming to pop up. (see Lawrence Lockman) I prefer it when the opposition is actually competent, then I feel things could get done.
   45. PreservedFish Posted: March 01, 2014 at 06:23 PM (#4664643)
The denim op-ed is hilarious.
   46. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 01, 2014 at 06:47 PM (#4664651)
If it were someone a little more self-aware I would think that jeans column is deliberate self-satire.


Dude, I've met George Will, and ASKED him about that column: of course it was intended with a touch of self-satire.

I'll take your word for it, but if that's a self-parody, it may be the subtlest example of its type that I've ever read.

What amazing ungenerosity of spirit we extend to our political opponents, to think them always incapable of self-deprecation or humor.

George Will is certainly capable of a certain level of deadpan wit, but in 40 years of reading him I've seen very few examples of it. Not that this makes him all that different from every other op-ed columnist since Russell Baker hung it up.**

And if you're limiting the field to conservative wits, George Will ain't no William F. Buckley or P.J. O'Rourke, although Will's former quote boy Timothy Dickinson is one of the funniest people on Earth.

**If the link doesn't work, I'll copy and paste it. It may be the best column Baker ever wrote, though you'd have to have seen that famous Reagan-Mondale debate to fully appreciate it.
   47. boteman Posted: March 01, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4664652)
I submit that had George Will written that screed against denim jeans as a Facebook post his Like button would have broken from overuse. Write it in an ancient, antiquated mainstream publication and it's oh so droll.

Remember when blogs came on shiny paper???
   48. Hank G. Posted: March 01, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4664657)
I'll bet it's been at least 40 years since George Will had job that required him to make even a token appearance at the office on Opening Day.


Exactly the thought I wanted to express, but I could not have expressed it as well.

Next up: Bill Gates on why baseball tickets aren't overpriced.


Based on the secondary market (StubHub), some of the tickets are overpriced (usually the not so good seats), but some are underpriced. While I’d personally like tickets to be cheaper, the franchises seem to be pricing them to maximize their profits. Of course, I seldom go to games because it’s not worth it to me to pay the going rate.
   49. Hank G. Posted: March 01, 2014 at 07:04 PM (#4664659)
I always thought there was some type of rule limiting the number of holidays


Actually CFB there is. The number is 365


I think February 29th should be a holiday.
   50. PreservedFish Posted: March 01, 2014 at 07:21 PM (#4664663)
So, I read the jeans column, and then I read the original column on jeans that Will's column references. For one thing, Will's column more or less just rephrases the entirety of the original column, it's really lazy work. But there are a few differences. The original column is very clearly tongue in cheek (it advocates a tax on denim). Basically George Will rewrote the same piece, but he removed the humor and he added in all of the stuff about how childish denim is.

I would imagine that the original writer, Daniel Akst, got a kick out of Will's reworking, because it's kind of an embarrassing piece.

tl;dr Will copied a column, didn't get the joke, asked entire nation to get off his lawn.
   51. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: March 01, 2014 at 07:26 PM (#4664664)
What was the date of the original piece?
   52. PreservedFish Posted: March 01, 2014 at 07:37 PM (#4664666)
About a month previous to Will's: Down with Denim - Wall Street Journal
   53. BDC Posted: March 01, 2014 at 07:41 PM (#4664668)
If Fred Astaire would not have worn it, don't wear it

####, that limits me to top hat, white tie, and tails.
   54. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 01, 2014 at 07:43 PM (#4664670)
What was the date of the original piece?

Less than four weeks before Will's. (EDIT: coke to PF)

OTOH even if you take Will's rant as totally serious, it's not as bad as the time when Charles Reich argued in dead solemnity that bell bottomed jeans were symbols of a glorious New America that was just about to blossom.

And since Reich wrote that in 1970, maybe SugarBear is right when he insists that in 1970 our National Arc of Progress still had 9 more years to go.
   55. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: March 01, 2014 at 07:44 PM (#4664672)
The Zippy strip I mentioned had to be from the '90's.
   56. BDC Posted: March 01, 2014 at 07:48 PM (#4664674)
in 1970 our National Arc of Progress still had 9 more years to go

Well, hell, as I've noted in other threads, between 1970 and 1979 I watched my first R-rated film, first drank liquor, first smoked weed, read Ulysses, lost my virginity, and saw the Phillies win the NL East for the first time … after that it was definitely all freaking downhill.
   57. TerpNats Posted: March 01, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4664717)
I really only know George Will from Men at Work and the Ken Burns movie, oh yes and that he is an attractive, though not particularly bright, man.
To #30: #28 was a "Seinfeld" in-joke (Kramer said something to that effect about Will on one episode).

Frankly, there's an obvious, overlooked answer to this question: Start the baseball season on Sunday.
   58. Publius Publicola Posted: March 01, 2014 at 10:12 PM (#4664726)
Eso, you agree with Will that global warming is a fallacy? You realize that makes you just as nutty as he is, don't you?

   59. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 01, 2014 at 10:32 PM (#4664731)

What amazing ungenerosity of spirit we extend to our political opponents, to think them always incapable of self-deprecation or humor.


George Will is one of the most prominent alumni of my high school. I thoroughly enjoyed Men at Work and would like nothing more than to give him the benefit of the doubt. I would love to think the column at issue was entirely satirical. But let's face it, it wasn't.
   60. Sunday silence Posted: March 01, 2014 at 10:55 PM (#4664736)
I often wonder if they repackaged Stephen COlbert's show and ran it on FOX if most of those blue haired people watching would agree with him.
   61. Sunday silence Posted: March 01, 2014 at 10:56 PM (#4664737)
“Baseball is too big and grand to be enhanced by anything Congress can do,” Will said.


The anti trust exemption says "Hello."
   62. Publius Publicola Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4664739)
I often wonder if they repackaged Stephen COlbert's show and ran it on FOX if most of those blue haired people watching would agree with him.


They would just assume the show was standard programming.
   63. AndrewJ Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:58 PM (#4664746)
“Part of the fun of Opening Day is skipping work,” Will said in an interview with The Hill. “If they make it a national holiday, there will be no work to skip.”

Piffle. Most definitely piffle.
   64. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 02, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4664776)
Superbowl SUnday says "hello."


Dude. It's a SUNDAY. People call in sick the day after.
   65. Answer Guy Posted: March 02, 2014 at 11:47 AM (#4664805)
“I am a huge baseball fan, but I am an even bigger fan of work,” said Gowdy, who roots for the Cincinnati Reds, the first professional baseball team. “Do we really need another day off?”


That's rich coming from a guy who works three days a week most of the time, at a workplace that doesn't even do anything with those three days.
   66. Traderdave Posted: March 02, 2014 at 12:20 PM (#4664820)
I tried reading "Men At Work" a few years ago on a plane. I only made a few chapters & put it down. The level of detail that went into was impressive & I usually love reading baseball work that is written that way, but his tone was so self-aggrandizingly pompous that I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. Either that or it was a very clever satire of WF Buckley, so brilliantly subtle that I missed it.
   67. Sunday silence Posted: March 02, 2014 at 12:27 PM (#4664824)

Dude. It's a SUNDAY. People call in sick the day after.


Yeah but it still a holiday, remember when like Xmas falls on a sunday? That was always kinda neat, or like a monday cause then you could get an extra day off from school.

BUt not a freakin saturday that would blow cause my dad would make us go to church on sat. and sun. cause you know Xmas is a holy day of obligation and it doesnt count for sunday.

"But we go to sat. evening mass all the time and that counts for sunday church."
"Yeah, but X mas is a separate holy day of obligation you have to go twice."
"When we go on sat. it carries over to sun, why can't going to Xmas mass on sat. carry over the same way?"
"It doesnt work that way, even if our bodies can carry this over, the transubstantiation of Christ can't carry over into the next day."
"It still seems odd."
"I know, don't forget we have the Epiphany on the 6th."
" Epiphany, what the fq! We've just been to church 4 times in the last freakin 8 days, can't we just give it a rest?"
"No, then you'd be committing a mortal sin. Those dont go away."
"Is Epiphany the one where we have to kneel down and stand up like a hundred times then we go home? THat always seems so stoopid."
"No that's the Solemnity of St. Joseph, it comes up in March."
"And what the hell was that thing we went to last month?"
"That was for the Immaculate Reception."
"Oh, yeah that one."
"You don't think Franco makes that catch without devine intervention, do you?"
"NO, you're right."
   68. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 02, 2014 at 12:38 PM (#4664831)
Either that or it was a very clever satire of WF Buckley, so brilliantly subtle that I missed it.

Will grew up reading National Review and worked for Buckley for several years, so some of it might have rubbed off, but Buckley was infinitely funnier and didn't know a baseball from a buoy.
   69. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 02, 2014 at 12:50 PM (#4664836)
"It doesnt work that way, even if our bodies can carry this over, the transubstantiation of Christ can't carry over into the next day."


Then what the hell is the tabernacle for?

And the Solemnity of St. Joseph is a national holiday... in Malta.
   70. Brian Posted: March 02, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4665085)
Yeah but it still a holiday


Are you actually under the impression Super Bowl Sunday is a holiday?
   71. Brian Posted: March 02, 2014 at 09:09 PM (#4665088)
you agree with Will that global warming is a fallacy? You realize that makes you just as nutty as he is, don't you?


Publicus Publicola, You agree that global warming is settled science? You realize that ... aw, forget it, you ######## are beyond hope.
   72. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: March 03, 2014 at 10:56 PM (#4665812)
We hate the other side because the other side hates us. (Plus they're ugly and their mommas dress them funny.)
   73. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: March 03, 2014 at 11:57 PM (#4665826)
The two sides in politics are in unanimous agreement on one thing: that there are only two legitimate sides in politics.
   74. dlf Posted: March 04, 2014 at 07:55 AM (#4665894)
About twenty-five years ago, George Will was one of the guest lecturers in a seminar I took in college. Each time a speaker came, it was tradition that a subset of the class would take him or her to dinner for an informal discussion; I was one of those taking Will out. I was walking a few feet in front of Will as we went towards the restaurant and, paying no attention to the others in the class, was talking with a friend about the Calvin Griffith / Rod Carew fued from the prior decade. Will almost jogged forward to listen and then participate in the conversation. Will ended up sitting between the two of us and spent most of the dinner talking about baseball from Miner Brown through Orel Hersheiser.

I rarely read op-ed columns -- I have my own opinions, please just give me facts. But I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for George Will following that evening.

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