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Plan B, C and Beyond

9 Jun

New York Times sportswriter Tyler Kepner regularly muses on aspects of baseball beyond the line score.  In today’s column, he talks about what the Mets need–namely a little New York Yankees boldness.  Here is his well-written lead: Part of baseball’s allure is that so little works out as planned. 

The-e-e-e- Yankees Suck!

11 Apr

After a crushing loss to the Boston Red Sox that revealed major fault lines in the NYY lineup–batters, bullpen and botched balls–it’s hard to be enthusiastic about a team that looks lost.  Marc Carig, who covers the Yankees for The Athletic, captured it well: At various points, the crowd at at a frigid Fenway Park […]

His Words Never Fail

23 Oct

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has a thoughtful, engaging style in his sportswriting.  In his profile of Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts whose famous running play doomed the New York Yankees’ playoff dreams years ago, he sets the tone with this opening paragraph: He could have lived a legend’s life. Dave Roberts knew this. When […]

The Yankees Win!

12 Oct

After a crushing mistake by NYY manager, Joe Girardi, almost doomed the pinstripes, they rallied and rebounded to take the ALDS from heavily-favored Cleveland.  New York Times sportswriter Tyler Kepner had a nice synopsis of the series today in which he wrote: The Yankees have under-promised and overdelivered. They are a pinstriped underdog in the year […]

Nats So Fast

8 Oct

A stirring comeback by Mr. Hair Toss (Bryce Harper) and a wall-scraping HR by original Nats member Ryan Zimmerman put the Washington team on the board with a win against the Cubs.  Washington Post baseball writer Thomas Boswell, one of the best at his craft, talked about how the crowd came alive and cheered as […]

Long In the Tooth

19 Aug

The St. Louis Cardinals have mounted a furious challenge in the NL Central, but now have lost both starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and closer Trevor Rosenthal to elbow injuries.  The Redbirds managed to score 11 runs in yesterday’s game against Pittsburgh.  But the Bucs almost came back to win. St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball beat writer […]

The Judge-ernaut Lands Near LaGuardia

17 Aug

Aaron Judge launched a blast into the third deck at Citi Field across from La Guardia Airport which left onlookers in awe.  New York Times sportswriter Tyler Kepner had this lovely lede for his story on the game between the Yankees and the Mets: The perfect connection, the pop of ball striking bat in just […]

You Can’t Take the A Train

16 Aug

Great story on about newbies on the New York Yankees and their adventures on the New York subways en route to Yankee Stadium. One player took a train to 155th Street in Manhattan thinking the Stadium (on 161st Street, but in the Bronx) was close by. Another found himself somewhere else in the Bronx […]

Baylor Made

8 Aug

In a finely written obituary in today’s New York Times, sportswriter Richard Sandomir relates a wonderful story about Don Baylor and his propensity to get HBP.  Once he was hit by fireballer Nolan Ryan on the hand.  The trainer came out with that famous numbing spray that used to be used to “freeze” the injury, […]

Rockies’ Road Rage

27 Jul

The Colorado Rockies have lost 16 of their last 19 road games, which won’t win them any playoff spot.  Here’s how beat writer Patrick Saunders described it in his story in today’s Denver Post: The Rockies have gone from road warriors to road kill.