October 02, 2003

Non-Sportswriters Who Write...

Non-Sportswriters Who Write Great About Sports: If I wuz king of some magazine, I'd fill my sports desk with freakers like Colby Cosh:

It might have been one of the hundred or so greatest games, too. It would be a shame if we forgot about Erubiel Durazo's nerve-wracking eleven-pitch battle with the game's greatest active hurler in Oakland's half of the 7th. A flagging Pedro was clinging to a one-run lead, and had two out with runners on first and second. Pedro got up 1-2 on Durazo, who until recently was The Boy Nobody Wanted; the aging, punchless Mark Grace had, like a heretical bishop, usurped Durazo's rightful place at first base for the Diamondbacks, and the slugger was forced to wait it out in the desert la St. Athanasius until his liberation at the hands of Billy Beane's A's (and the saving doctrine of the DH). In fighting back against Pedro, Durazo displayed the adamantine character adversity creates, plucking out the strikes from the balls ever so carefully like an Italian grandmother shopping for tomatoes. Foul, foul, ball two; foul, foul, ball three; foul, ball four. Durazo had filled the bases and run Pedro's pitch count into four digits, and it was no less amazing for having come to naught. (And it was a categorical refutation of the boors who assert that walk-heavy baseball can't be full of tension.)

Posted by at October 2, 2003 10:50 PM
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Good catch, Matt.

Posted by: Howard Owens at October 2, 2003 11:39 PM

The funny thing is, I feel incredibly uncomfortable writing about sports: usually when I post something sporty it's just because it got so long that I couldn't bear not to. I'm not super well-informed about any sport, but maybe the common run of sportswriting is just so god-awful that it's easy to improve on it.

Anyway, the true heartbreak of my account of the A's game is that I missed the fact that Hernandez was actually playing the Tom Berenger role in the big finale of Major League. This gives us a noun for the surprise bunt by a mud-slow backstop: Henceforth It Shall Be A "Berenger". (The guys over at Baseball Primer picked up on the connection.)

Posted by: Colby Cosh at October 3, 2003 12:30 AM

That's nice. Thanx for info!

Posted by: Jeniffer at October 3, 2003 05:45 AM

Hey, Matt, after I read your comment yesterday about Colby's post-game summary, I went to his blog to read it, since I didn't see the ending of the game. I gotta say: after that, I felt no need to visit ESPN, Sportsline, etc. It was absolutely fantastic.

Colby, I wanted to drop you a note, but since you don't have a comment section and I'm a lazy emailer, I just thought I'd leave it here: awesome writing, man!

Posted by: Robert Tagorda at October 3, 2003 07:24 AM

A pitch count into four digits? Holy fucking shit! That Pedro is something.

Posted by: YL at October 3, 2003 09:42 AM

Boston left the bases loaded 3 times and never should have lost the game. In the Baltimore series BK Kim hit 2 batters in the 9th and they brought in Embree who got Jay Gibbons. Since Embree doesn't throw any breaking balls and has a straight fastball they don't get any matchup advantage out of him but that was the Grady Little 'Strategy of the Week'. Durazo had a very good at bat against Martinez and probably drove him out of the game then he got the hit off Embree. Durazo also refused to play the outfield in the playoffs for Arizona when Luis Gonzalez separated his shoulder on the last weekend of the season in 2002. For a guy who seems to have a lot of talent he's strangely managed to fail to do much both in Arizona and Oakland. Boston's up 4-2 going into the 7th in game 5.

Posted by: Jack Tanner at October 6, 2003 07:06 PM

I've noticed this, too. But may be a good approach.

Posted by: Web at October 9, 2003 03:03 AM
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//www.mattwelch.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-comments.cgi?__mode=red&id=6364">Colby Cosh at October 3, 2003 12:30 AM

That's nice. Thanx for info!

Posted by: Jeniffer at October 3, 2003 05:45 AM

Hey, Matt, after I read your comment yesterday about Colby's post-game summary, I went to his blog to read it, since I didn't see the ending of the game. I gotta say: after that, I felt no need to visit ESPN, Sportsline, etc. It was absolutely fantastic.

Colby, I wanted to drop you a note, but since you don't have a comment section and I'm a lazy emailer, I just thought I'd leave it here: awesome writing, man!

Posted by: Robert Tagorda at October 3, 2003 07:24 AM

A pitch count into four digits? Holy fucking shit! That Pedro is something.

Posted by: YL at October 3, 2003 09:42 AM

Boston left the bases loaded 3 times and never should have lost the game. In the Baltimore series BK Kim hit 2 batters in the 9th and they brought in Embree who got Jay Gibbons. Since Embree doesn't throw any breaking balls and has a straight fastball they don't get any matchup advantage out of him but that was the Grady Little 'Strategy of the Week'. Durazo had a very good at bat against Martinez and probably drove him out of the game then he got the hit off Embree. Durazo also refused to play the outfield in the playoffs for Arizona when Luis Gonzalez separated his shoulder on the last weekend of the season in 2002. For a guy who seems to have a lot of talent he's strangely managed to fail to do much both in Arizona and Oakland. Boston's up 4-2 going into the 7th in game 5.

Posted by: Posted by: Jack Tanner at October 6, 2003 07:06 PM

I've noticed this, too. But may be a good approach.

Posted by: Web at October 9, 2003 03:03 AM
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