In 2018 I read an old book of miscellaneous addresses and essays by my favorite Canadian curmudgeon Robertson Davies called The Merry Heart (1998 [amazon]), and in previous years enjoyed similar compilations of material from Neil Gaiman (The View from the Cheap Seats, 2016 [amazon]); and Neal Stephenson (Some Remarks, 2012 [amazon]).
This year’s delight is certainly going to be Scalia Speaks (2017 [amazon]), a compilation of speeches by the late justice known for his staggering erudition, his biting wit, and his personal warmth. One of his sons (Christopher J. Scalia) and one of his former law clerks (Edward Whelen) have chosen and introduced a number of addresses given on many occasions. They are marvelous! Scalia’s good friend and fellow justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Notorious RBG herself) wrote the forward.
Here are a few tidbits:
Continue reading The Delightful Scalia
Sevy was amped last night, but kept himself under control for the most part. Good to get a dangerous Oakland team out of the way at home. A .pdf of the scorecard:
20181003 Wild card scorecard Yankees
20181003 Wild card scorecard Athletics
The reward is to now play the best team in baseball. Should be fun.
Here’s a blank scorecard for the ALDS: Scorecard 2018 ALDS
For the Yankees, it has been a long season to get back to October. Despite the injuries, it has been fun with a fresh crop of rookies (Gleyber, Miguel, and Luke).
We will see how it goes.
We need twelve wins.
Here is your AL wildcard scorecard pdf: Scorecard 2018 wildcard
I read this about 10 days ago. I continue to think about it. Eric Dorman, “Of Cubs and Humans and Good Thieves,” Mockingbird (July 30, 2018) [link].
It reminds me of “If you’re automatically sure that you know what reality is, and you are operating on your default setting, then you, like me, probably won’t consider possibilities that aren’t annoying and miserable.” David Foster Wallace, “This is Water,” available many places on the Web, including [link] and [audio link].
Even with the modern emphasis on statistics (“sabermetrics”), attempts to speed up the game, and scientific measurements, baseball is one of the most pastoral of sports.* It is also one of the most traditional.
“Keeping score” is a core baseball tradition — a way of taking notes during the game. Like taking notes in class, the main purpose is to help you slow down and concentrate on the event. It pushes you to process the event and condense it into a few marks of lead or ink. It may later serve as an aid to memory, but that is not the sole purpose.
Here’s a primer on keeping score, though I am going to give you an alternative blank scorecard that I designed and that I think works better than the traditional format:
Here’s a full size .pdf you can download: [Scorecard 2018 full]
Continue reading Keeping Score
From @Yankees (because Stanton and Judge are going to get enough attention as it is)
A sad statistical truth. A wonderful season. 112 days to go until Spring Training.
It seems that those preseason predictions mean there is no pressure now, and the Yankees are outperforming all expectations:
4th in the AL East per bleacher report [link]
5th in the AL East per CBS [link]
4th in the AL East per SB Nation [link]
4th in the AL East per 538 [link]
4th in the AL East per USA Today [link]
4th in the AL East per Sports Illustrated [link]
3rd (tie) in the AL East per Fangraphs [link]
And “The Yankees’ rotation will flounder: And being both unable and unwilling to land a top-flight starter via trade, the prodigious Yankees offense is wasted as New York hangs around .500 all year. (As do the Oakland A’s, which tells you everything you need to know about the Yanks’ campaign.)” per FOX Sports [link]