I’ve missed a couple of Thursday mornings in a row now. Let’s try not to let that happen again. On to the links!
I played about four years of adult league baseball in Kailua, Hawaii, for a team called the Oahu Ravens. In fact, I played with the very guy on the mound in this picture, Paul Kopp. When I left the island two years ago, Kopp was still throwing a knuckler, still getting batters out. I have great appreciation for the mystical powers of the knuckleball.
If, like me, you find the knuckleball fascinating and lovely, this piece from the New Yorker, circa 2004 on the pitch in general and Tim Wakefield in particular will right in your wheelhouse.
In the ESPN Magazine a couple of weeks ago there was an interesting article on how the Angels recruited CJ Wilson and Albert Pujols over this off-season. I would link to the article, but it’s “Insider only” and I HATE ESPNs “Insider” program, ask me to tell you why sometime. But I digress.
In the article, it’s suggested that part of the allure for Wilson was that the proximity to Hollywood fit in with his desire to become a screenwriter. In addition to his screenwriting skills, apparently CJ Wilson is also a photographer. His Tumblr, rezoom, is on the internet for all to see.
Speaking of American athletes-who-are-also-aspiring-artists, Brek Shea of FC Dallas in MLS, also has a blog showcasing his art. It’s called Left Foot Studios.
I discovered this following a tweet from Jason Davis of The Best Soccer Show. If you are a fan of American soccer at all (including the USMNT, USWNT, and Americans playing abroad, like Clint Dempsey or Carlos Bocanegra) then you absolutely have to listen to this podcast.
Also worth a click:
Agate Type bills itself as “adventures in baseball archeology: the negro leagues, latin american baseball, j-ball, the minors, the 19th century, and other hidden, overlooked, or unknown corners of baseball history…with occasional forays into other sports.” Some great stuff here.
Bad Spring Training Pics is “A tribute to all those beat writers capturing horrible, blurry images of some of the most mundane shit imaginable.” And it’s brilliant.
My favorite blogger, my favorite animated family, my favorite sport, my favorite television episode of all time: Baseball Prospectus’ Wezen-Ball blog takes on The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant All-Stars
Lastly, and I’m planning on beating this drum for awhile, I have the tremendous honor of getting to co-manage the 1958 Phillies (I doubt anyone has ever uttered that sentence before – and believe me, managing the ’58 Phils is a sentence! Ba-dum-dum. I’ll be here all week, folks. Don’t forget to tip you waitress and try the veal.) in a Strat-o-Matic replay by Jeff Polman called “Mysteryball ’58.”
Jeff’s replays are more than just replays, they are stories that unfold throughout the course of the season. His “1924, and You Are There!” blog – based on his Strat replay of the same name – was recently published as a novel. I invite you to follow the replay and enjoy!