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Thursday, July 27, 2017

MLB Games Keep Getting Longer: 4 Fixes To Pick Up The Pace

When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself. To a person of my temperament, the MLB package on satellite TV constitutes the entertainment bargain of the century. A man can read and write only so many hours a day.

Sit down, put your feet up, turn on the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, etc. and it’s certain that He Who Shall Not Be Named, won’t be. Regardless of the follies and imbecilities on the news networks, the focus is on the never-ending narrative and deep minutiae of the game.…

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No Joy In Mudville — And Washington

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

WASHINGTON — June 14. Mark it down as the day Donald Trump’s outlandish presidency became too much to bear.

First, violence broke out against lawmakers at a rare moment of play, preparing for a pleasant bipartisan ritual.

That completely cut the heart of our company town — including the police, press and pages who work under the Capitol Dome.

At the end of the day, we heard The Washington Post’s earthshaking scoop: Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice.

But there was no joy in Mudville, or Washington, even for those who saw big trouble coming.…

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The Wussification Of Baseball Is A Good Thing

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

When the first cave dwellers began using fire, the elders in the tribe sneered and scoffed. “Who needs artificial sources of heat?” they demanded. “Who needs to cook food? What a pathetic bunch of wimps.”

I wasn’t there, but I say this with confidence, simply because every generation regards the next one as soft and weak. It’s almost a requirement of being an adult.

Those cave people had a point. Didn’t animal skins and sunshine suffice for keeping warm? If raw meat was good enough for Granddad, why wasn’t it good enough for Junior? Of course, their ancestors had gotten similar criticisms when they moved into caves, offending those who thought covered shelter was for sissies.…

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