This week, we here at The Barnstormer are moved to consider the passage of time. Seasons change. Summer has become fall, baseball’s regular season has given way to playoffs, the NFL is one quarter through its campaign, basketball looms on the horizon, and still nobody’s playing hockey, at least not where they’re supposed to. And just like the seasons, the years repeat themselves: a man has won baseball’s Triple Crown, a slippery Republican who wants to erase half a century of social advancement is vying for the White House, and the Leafs haven’t yet lost a single game. It might as well be 1967.
Time now for your weekly roundup of links and tomfoolery.
- PLAY OF THE WEEK
Adam Greenberg strikes out. Greenberg was a Cubs’ rookie in 2005 when, in his first big league at bat, he was struck in the head by the first pitch he saw, from Marlins reliever Valerio de los Santos. Greenberg still suffers the effects of the concussion he suffered, and though he has toiled away in the minors and independent ball since, he has yet to bet back to the majors. A fans’ petition resulted in the Marlins signing Greenberg to a one day contract for the purpose of having his one at bat. He got it, in the sixth inning against the Mets. R.A. Dickey struck him out on three pitches.
- DOES HE KNOW THEY’RE IN THE PLAYOFFS?
A’s prospect leaves baseball for the priesthood. [Yahoo! Sports]
- YUNEL, YUNEL
Cuban-Canadian author Jose Latour places Escobar’s gaffe in a cultural context. [The Globe and Mail]
- SO, MIGUEL CABRERA DID THIS THING
The Triple Crown: kind of a big deal. [Grantland]
- MAYBE NEXT YEAR x 20
Diana Moskovitz on twenty years of losing in Pittsburgh. [The Classical]
- TOP 5 BEST SEARCH TERMS FROM LAST WEEK USED TO FIND THE BARNSTORMER
1. “women who like to wrestle”
2. “men shame women wrestlers”
3. “seneca rocks pooh corner”
4. “who is the nhl player on barnstormer”
5. “secretarys fucking each other”
- SONG OF THE WEEK