Author Bio & Stories

  • Baseball beat writers as crusty indie snobs, Glenn Braggs as hitting exemplar, Mickey Hatcher as Master Trickster, the Minnesota Twins as failed name-generation experiment, and other observations that contain trace amounts of baseball-related information.

  • ESPN's 30 For 30 is great. But that's no reason not to make up ridiculous and patently un-makeable 30 For 30 episodes for dorky yuks.

  • Thinking about sports is fun enough, of course. But wouldn't you like to get out there and be a part of it? Wouldn't you like to get ripped the way the bloggers do?

  • David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist and America's Most Reasonable Unreasonable Person™, is much better at making up names for different types of people than he is at anything else, which probably explains how he came up with "ESPN Man" as a way to describe President Obama. But the problem of bad sports metaphors in political writing is bigger than just one doofus.

  • Adam Yauch grew up in public as an artist and a person. He also grew into a pretty good filmmaker, and leaves behind a legitimately fascinating basketball documentary—and basketball document—alongside all those classic Beasties records.

  • Junior Seau, who was like no other football player, is now like a great many ex-players who were, in varying ways and to various degrees, destroyed by the game they played. More importantly, though, his death is a reminder that he is like all of us.

  • With all due respect to Topps and them, Amelie Mancini makes the world's most interesting baseball cards. The French-born artist's hand-printed cards—dedicated to baseball's victims of weird injuries and ill-advised facial hair—are unlike any other. On the occasion of the debut of her new set, "Marvelous Mustaches," we talked baseball, and baseball cards.

  • Albert Pujols takes a psychedelic journey, asks to wear Jerry Reuss's shirt for a little while. Brett Lawrie tapes 40-ounces of Mickey's to his hands, posts pictures of it online. These are actually reasonable responses to a world in which the Baltimore Orioles are playing very good baseball.

  • It's May Day everywhere, which means that the weather's fairly nice, and that some people are in the streets making themselves heard, while others are running around and breaking things. In Seattle, this proved to be bad news for Niketown.

  • The new Brooklyn Nets logo is reportedly the work of minority owner and businessman/business, man Jay-Z himself. It also kind of looks like something the guy who recorded "Hola Hovito" might have designed. Because David is too biased (and ignorant) to grade it, we asked artist buddies Joseph Applegate and David Rappoccio to help out.