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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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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In This Baseball Story, Adam Jones Wins And Bigotry Loses

Sometimes, the most important things that happen at the ballpark are only tangentially related to the games themselves. I speak as one who hasn’t missed a televised Boston Red Sox game this season, and may not between now and October. Win or lose, I’m in it for the stories.

To me, baseball season resembles an epic narrative—think Don Quixote or the seagoing novels of Patrick O’Brian—filled with an ever-evolving cast of characters and events. Although I’ve never lived in Boston, I’ve followed the Red Sox off and on since 1953, the year Ted Williams returned to Fenway Park after his second tour of duty as a Marine pilot.

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