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Fast Times at Crenshaw

March 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Several years ago, I read a book called “The Last Shot.” It is a basketball book, yes, but its narrative is strikingly similar to this week’s read, “The Ticket Out” by Michael Sokolove. Both books are wound in the stuff of cinema. By the climax, each story unravels into something far more raw. Read “The […]

Pete Rose: Justice Delivered, But Only Temporarily And Only In Theory

September 12, 2010 by · 17 Comments 

Twenty five years ago today one of the most hallowed records in baseball history was broken when Pete Rose singled to left field against San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show (who’s tumultuous life and death were chronicled by ESPN’s Outside the Lines) for career hit number 4,192, passing the legendary Ty Cobb. Fireworks instantly went off […]

The Sixth Tool: Measuring the Mind

May 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Of all the prospects Pittsburgh received in its 2009 fire sale, possibly the most alluring was 25-year-old right-hander Charlie Morton.    Morton came armed with a knee-buckling curve, a swooping slider, and a darting fastball that blazed past hitters at 95 miles-per-hour.   He dominated Triple-A in 2008 and 2009.   Word was he was the ideal pitcher […]