Happy Friday, readers! This is the time of year that I always let myself get excited about the upcoming baseball season. My excitement tends to peak early in the season, because my Twins (and adopted Rockies) are more likely than not to blow it in dramatic fashion.
I grew up in Canada. We had these "Heritage Minutes" on television. Here is a link to clip of the one about James Naismith, who we were taught was the Canadian who invented basketball.
(Apparently, there is some controversy over whether he may have 'borrowed" some of the basics of the game from someone else.)
Great newsletter. One of your better ones. Balanced and about something worthwhile.
Might not be a unique pick but Michael Chabon's "Summerland" has always been my go-to baseball novel. It really shows how mythical the sport can seem.
Jeremy, I'm interested in your thoughts on the new pitch clock. I was disappointed that they were attempting to increase the pace of the game -- something I've always enjoyed right where it was. Nothing beats spending a slow evening on the back deck at home watching the Padres play.
I love baseball books-—THE YEAR THE YANKEES LOST THE PENNANT was my first. I’ll be on the lookout for these. Thank you, Jeremy.