Tag Archives: baseball

Weekend arts: Mixed reviews for ‘Million Dollar Arm’

TweetAs a cinematically formed entity, the newly released “Million Dollar Arm” might be going the way of far too many sports-related movies. Based on the true tale of a struggling sports agent searching for an Indian cricket star to crack American baseball, “Million Dollar Arm” has far too many milquetoast contrivances for Grant Bisbee of […]

The pastime and memory, from a distant shore

Tweet“Despite the perennial warnings of baseball Cassandras, time has yet to pass baseball by. What remains to be seen is not whether the game will survive, but how Americans in a rapidly changing world will again reinterpret and reinvent their national pastime.” The conclusion to Jules Tygiel’s elegant meditation, “Past Time: Baseball as History,” isn’t […]

When hot stoves boil over

TweetJeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was first with the news on Monday night that the Texas Rangers won the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish. The defending American League champions bid a record $51.7 million and have 30 days to sign Darvish. If they don’t Darvish stays with the Nippon Ham Fighters […]

The sham trial by the Bay, now and forever

TweetBravo to Sally Jenkins a couple of weeks ago for calling the farcical prosecution of Barry Bonds for what it was while it was going on. And double bravo to Roger Cossack and Art Spander post-factum for saying the same thing on “Outside the Lines” on Thursday. Even George Dorhmann argues that the jury, after […]

Broadway visits a locker room

TweetNo, this has nothing to do with Ines Sainz, but rather “Ball Four: The Musical,” which has Jim Bouton at work 40 years after the publication of the groundbreaking book. Please, please keep Andrew Lloyd Webber away from this one. I beg you, Jim. Lest it turn out something like this hideousness:

A month of rereadings: ‘Pafko at the Wall’

Tweet• As soon as I Tweeted today about Bobby Thomson’s famous homerun, a friend messaged me about one of the famous stories that stemmed from that 1951 playoff game and one of the greatest moments in American sports history. Had I read it? He was referring to the opening of Don DeLillo’s novel “Underworld.” Initially this […]