November 2011

Song of the Day — Nick Drake’s Northern Sky

by M.C. Antil on November 25, 2011

He was born Nicholas Rodney Drake in 1948 in Rangoon, the formerly named capitol of the former British colony formerly known as Burma.  And by the time he and his family had returned to their native England, most of his friends had taken to calling him simply, “Nick.” When Nick Drake was growing up a […]


Quotable — Bill James

by M.C. Antil on November 19, 2011

This is not a post about noted baseball historian and stat-geek extraordinaire Bill James, as much as it is a quick tribute to Stan Musial. For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about Musial lately.  Maybe it’s just my growing impatience with so many of the pampered, coddled, limo-riding, entourage-wielding and mind-numbingly overpaid ballplayers we now have running […]


It’s not often that swapping an MVP player just over a year removed from winning his award makes good baseball sense, but every once in a blue moon it does.  In fact, the time may indeed be ripe for the Cincinnati Reds to trade their best player, Joey Votto, to get not only max value for him, […]


Just a few days ago, the Atlanta Braves outrighted Stephen Marek off their 40-man roster, a career minor-league pitcher coming off career-threatening Tommy John surgery.  In and of itself, an absolutely non-newsworthy and entirely unremarkable roster move.  But closer examination reveals that by removing Marek from their 40-man roster the Braves have now, at long last, finally closed […]