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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Montreal Gazette: Riding with the Spaceman

Wadda ride with Bill Lee! More fun than a mesced-up Mint 400 off-road motorbike race!

As Bill Lee often says, it’s about the journey, not the destination. And the crowning achievement of the former Expos pitcher’s rather eventful journey may very well be a planned feature film about his life.

Have Glove, will Travel is scheduled to start shooting next year. Filmmaker Brett Rapkin has already written the script, adapted from two Lee biographies.

This week, Rapkin and Lee, along with Lee’s wife Diana, daughter Anna, and two attach├ęs from the City of Montreal’s film and television office, toured the city scouting film locations.

...9: 30 a.m.: Gibbys Restaurant, Old Montreal

“Unbelievable place. Could be a great place (in the movie) where I break up with my wife. When she gives me the boot. She took all three kids. But she left me with my shotguns and the Volkswagen camper. And the Salvador Dali paintings.”

...1: 05 p.m.: Brasserie 77 (now the “99”).

...“I had four beers. After the game got close, and I knew they needed a left-handed reliever because they had used (Woodie) Fryman, I came back to the ballpark. I only had four beers. I wasn’t lit, I was perfect. That’s the way I played.

“Hell, I beat Catfish Hunter after having seven beers.”

Repoz Posted: July 30, 2011 at 10:52 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: expos, history, media, red sox

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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 30, 2011 at 04:50 PM (#3889019)
Bill Lee...in Montreal...in the late 70s/early 80s...a perfect combination.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: July 30, 2011 at 05:14 PM (#3889034)
Bill James, from The Politics of Glory:
For thirty years I have seen Liz Taylor make the front page for doing absolutely nothing, when frankly I am utterly unable to understand why anyone would care if Liz Taylor were to cavort naked down Lexington Avenue. I'm sure she was a beautiful woman once, but I wasn't there.
For thirty years I have been hearing about Bill Lee for absolutely no reason. He apparently has two biographies. Why? Why this guy? Because he put marijuana on his pancakes one time? I dunno. I guess I wasn't there.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 30, 2011 at 06:18 PM (#3889054)
It's weird how certain people continue getting press despite never doing anything. It's like they have a cult following, and the cult is the media itself. Kinky Friedman is another one. I think Kinky Friedman is a guy who recorded a couple albums of parody country songs 35 years ago and since then has made a living off journalists buying him meals. And then there's Ron Silver. I frankly don't know who Ron Silver is except that he's a Hollywood actor or producer or writer or something who is constantly being interviewed as the representative of Hollywood's marginalized political conservatives.

Edit: To be clear, these are people who go out maniacally searching for interviews. Liz Taylor is possibly someone who wanted to be left alone but the media fixated on her anyway.
   4. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 30, 2011 at 06:32 PM (#3889060)
For thirty years I have been hearing about Bill Lee for absolutely no reason. He apparently has two biographies. Why? Why this guy? Because he put marijuana on his pancakes one time? I dunno. I guess I wasn't there.


I was there, and I have the same questions. I always found him rather tiresome.

And then there's Ron Silver. I frankly don't know who Ron Silver is except that he's a Hollywood actor or producer or writer or something who is constantly being interviewed as the representative of Hollywood's marginalized political conservatives.


And, he had serious misgivings about becoming part of Poster 2's extended family.
   5. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: July 30, 2011 at 09:50 PM (#3889123)
And then there's Ron Silver. I frankly don't know who Ron Silver is except that he's a Hollywood actor or producer or writer or something who is constantly being interviewed as the representative of Hollywood's marginalized political conservatives.

Not so constantly these days, since he died in 2009.

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