How desperate is the Baseball media for genuine news this cold-stove season? Robinson Cano’s alleged unhappiness – believe it or not – is under straight-faced discussion. On MLB-TV’s morning show, best Daily News scout Anthony McCarron said speculation about Cano possibly returning to the Yankees was a “non-story.” (Yet on the afternoon show, MLB Now, the talk was of the Yanks perhaps taking Cano back on a discount basis). McCarron was worth listening to, to wit: “(Team Principal Owner) Hal Steinbrenner is not like his father George. He’s not interested in being on the back pages. He runs the team like a business; that’s why the Yankees are going with young talent and staying away from contracts like the ones for A-Rod, (Mark) Teixeira and (Carlos) Beltran.”
The mainstream media is on a holiday similar to their sporting teammates. Except they can do minimal digging as they cover a single story – terrorism and its consequences – to the virtual exclusion of whatever else is happening. The terrorism story, you may have noticed, includes breathless bits of military build-up as well as anti-immigrant talk. Whether more fear-producing than enlightening, the ratcheting-up subject matter seems to be – there it is again – good for business.
Advice from an Honoree: “We naturally have a tendency in this country to turn to the gun first because the American military is so impressive, so dominant. And the military’s part of any equation is hugely important, but it’s not sufficient. And so we have to look at the diplomatic and… economic aspects of the problem and not let our focus on the military dominate to the point that we do not use the other tools of American power.” – Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton on NPR last Tuesday after being awarded – with Willie Mays and Yogi Berra – a Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Nostalgia on a Quiet, Cold-Stove Weekend
“Each day was a pair of heavy canvas gloves hoisting garbage cans… but each night was the feeling of a bat coming alive in your hands, it was lining the first good pitch for a sharp single. That summer I learned to steal second base by getting the jump on right-handed pitchers and then sliding head-first into the bag. I learned to drive my father’s stick shift and to park with my girlfriend at the beach,…”
American Summer, Edward Hirsch, from “On Love.”(Alfred A. Kopf)
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