October 2010

One of the three or four deals that got John Schuerholz run out of Kansas City just a step or two ahead of the tar-and-feather brigade was his trade of David Cone — a stunningly talented minor league pitcher (and a Kansas City kid to boot) who would go on to hurl a perfect game, finish […]

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While Season Four of Mad Men was clearly the Season of Who is Don Draper?, it was also, in a very meaningful way, the Season of the Woman.  Because once again creator Matthew Weiner provided an historical backdrop to his narrative that was nearly as compelling as the narrative itself. In Season Three, Mad Men’s […]

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Bobby Cox’s Legacy, Part II: The Man with the Plan

by M.C. Antil on October 26, 2010

(The following is Part II of a two-part analysis of Bobby Cox’s tenure as Braves manager and general manager.  Part I examined Cox’s muddled legacy as a field manager whose post-season reputation belied his regular season brilliance.  Part II looks at his long-forgotten and mostly unrecognized role as the front office guy who set into motion Atlanta’s […]

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Song of the Day — October 27, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. Most anyone with any semblance of musical history knows about Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” — that signature production technique that employed dozens of musicians to produce dense layers of sound and melody that could instill in […]

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You don’t have to work very hard to make a case that artistically the relatively calm and uneventful 1950’s stack up against any decade of the past century; certainly against the lionized ten year period that followed.  Because while many artifacts of Sixties pop culture have failed miserably the exacting test of time, the comparable pop […]

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Remember in the 90’s when tribute albums were all the rage?  When different (and often diametrically opposed) artists would go into the studio and pay their musical respects to a specific icon, songwriter or theme by laying down a single track, which would then be combined with other such tracks by other such artists to […]

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I lived in Northern Virginia for a few years and it occurred to me recently that there must be something in that Potomac River water.  How else do you explain all the incredible guitarists who were either born in the Washington, DC area, or called it home at some point early in life? Consider this just […]

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Bobby Cox’s Managerial Legacy a Mixed Bag

by M.C. Antil on October 18, 2010

(The following is Part I of a two-part analysis of Bobby Cox’s legacy as manager and general manager of the Atlanta Braves.  This part focuses on his role as the Braves’ manager.  Part II, an analysis of Cox’s role as the architect and master builder of the Braves’ historic run of division titles, can be found here.) […]

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M.C. Antil’s Song of the Day — October 8, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. On his classic 1972 album, Harvest, Neil Young included what some thought to be a throwaway song at the end of Side B.  Given the overall theme, sound and feel of Harvest, many believed Are You Ready […]

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The Bavasi Legacy Lives On

by M.C. Antil on October 7, 2010

What do Rafael Soriano, Omar Vizquel, Shin Soo Choo, Alex Rodriguez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Derek Lowe, Matt Thornton, Jason Varitek, Yuniesky Betancourt, Carlos Guillen, Freddy Garcia, Raul Ibanez and even Mike Hampton all have in common?  They were all at one point or another farmhands of the Seattle Mariners, the team that ended the 2010 season […]

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