Going to Disneyland

My family and I are leaving for the airport in about 20 minutes. We’re going to spend the week at Disneyland. My daughters are 3 1/2 and 4 11/12. I’m sure this trip is going to be great, but I am stressed out about it. We don’t have the money to be doing this. How are we going to manage 7 days away from home? Is our neighbor going to take good care of our cat while we’re gone? What if my wife or I have a breakdown on the trip? What if the kids hate it? These are stupid … Continue reading

2001 MLB Playoffs – Division Series Results

This replay has not worked out much like the real-life 2001 playoffs did, but that is a part of what makes it exciting. The Moneyball philosophy that the playoffs are “a crap shoot” may or may not be true, but Strat-o-Matic is a dice game and though the results over time will always end up as predicted by probability, any given replay will be, for lack of a better phrase, a crap shoot. Here are the results from the Division Series in each league: NLDS: Houston def. Atlanta (3-0) St Louis def. Arizona (3-1) ALDS: Oakland def. New York (3-2) … Continue reading

“Sports Phone” New York Dream Series, 1981

They market the games as “the ultimate in realism,” and, I do admit, the verisimilitude of my Strat-o-Matic replays can cause blurred lines of reality and fantasy for me sometimes. I’ll never forget the classic 1-0 duel between Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale in the first ever game of my first PUB League season. Or my disappointment of the anti-climax when the Yankees swept the Reds 4 games to 0 to conclude the 1955 replay project I’d spent nine months playing. It feels silly, sometimes, to post in earnest the results of games played with cards and dice – but … Continue reading

Baseball, Cape Cod – by Lysander Kemp

Can anyone tell me anything about this poem or about this poet? Lysander Kemp (b. 1920 – d. 1992) was a translator in the mid-20th century, known mostly for his work translating Octavio Paz and Ruben Dario. I know that he was released from the US Army in 1942 and that he then attended Harvard, where he was “class poet.” The Library of Congress has a copy of the only book published of his original works, The Northern Stranger [New York. Random House. 1946]. I don’t know anything else about the author, though I intend to find out more. I … Continue reading

Vin Sequitors

“It’s a shame you don’t remember Sydney Greenstreet, he would have been the perfect Fat Man.” – Vin Scully, after telling the story of Livan Hernandez’s dramatic defection from Cuba. – The following is a transcript of Vin Scully’s call of Andre Ethier’s at bat in the bottom of the 5th tonight (Vin was calling the television broadcast). The situation: nobody out, Matt Kemp at first, Ethier at the plate. “There goes Kemp, there goes the ball, that’s going to be a base hit, so Matt will just keep on going to third – the throw in to first and … Continue reading