Thursday, September 2, 2010
America's Pastime Edition
In honor of my favorite-thing-to-have-on-in-the-background-while-I-read-or-play-Words-With-Friends, I here present the All-Baseball Edition blog post.
First up, I've just started a fabulous biography called Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye. As if all the tall tales Satchel Paige loved to tell about himself weren't enough, his real story is even better. Imagine going from the slums of Mobile, one of twelve children born to a feckless father and hardworking mother, all the way to Negro Leagues superstar and then, at age 42, helping pitch the Cleveland Indians into the World Series! Amazing--and a window into growing up poor and black in the Jim Crow South.
And finally, we all know the Texas Rangers have a 6-7 record versus the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays this season, which doesn't bode well for the playoffs. That, and Cliff Lee (*sniff!*) is complaining of back pain, but--hey--they still have Josh Hamilton. Thanks to Kyle for pointing out a great website on folks giving their testimonies about the real You-Know-Who. Josh reduced me to tears. Check it out! http://www.iamsecond.com/#/seconds/Josh_Hamilton/. My takeaway: real manly men aren't afraid to get in bed with grandma.