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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

It’s been a while since I did a sports post, but man, am I excited for Opening Day! I think we can all agree it’s been a long, cruel winter, and for me it felt that much longer thanks to the dead time between the NFL playoffs and the start of baseball. I did tune in when Melo joined the Knicks, and it took all of ten minutes to remember how boring basketball is. And as much as I dig hockey, the Rangers’ stubborn commitment to mediocrity has made them pretty painful to watch this winter.

But starting Thursday, it’s a whole new ballgame! And it certainly promises to be an interesting season here in New York. Of course I’m rooting for my Yankees, but with only two starting pitchers coming off winning records in 2010, it could be a bumpy ride. And I’m really curious to see how it works out with Jorge at DH—the track record for catchers making the switch ain’t great, plus it shakes up the whole leadership structure. And as much as it pains me to say it, Boston looks tough…

Oh, wait a second, this is a book blog. Well… baseball is the most literary of sports—anyone got a baseball book recommendation to ring in the 2011 season? One pick for the younger set: The Unforgettable Season by Phil Bildner, illustrated by S.D. Schindler. Believe it or not, it’s a book both Yankees and Red Sox fans can love!

6 Responses to Take Me Out to the Ballgame

  1. Eric Christopherson says:

    How about a link to John Updike’s Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: http://bit.ly/eL7ZNG

    Go Sox!

  2. What about a book that Yanks/Sox/O’s fans can all love? Now that would be an accomplishment! One of these years, Baltimore will look tough, too…

  3. All I have to say is that I’m glad Melo left Denver–I finally allowed my son to go to a Nuggets game last week! Oh, and go Rockies. :)

  4. Go Yankees! And Moose is throwing out the first pitch! I’m in heaven!

  5. Ha! I had no idea Phil Bildner was a writer… I worked with him in New Orleans for a short time (a week?), great guy– but I honestly didn’t know he wrote. Had to google the name to see if it was the same Phil and sure enough… small world!

  6. Joelle says:

    My favourite is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s memoir WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR. And even though she’s referring to the Brooklyn Dodgers (and then the Red Sox), I can totally identify…being a Cubs fan. Go Cubs! First pitch in half an hour…oh, yeah, I’m supposed to be working on that synopsis/proposal…well, if I work really hard for the next half hour….

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