I was actually waiting for an excuse to talk about Chris Perez, although it's not actually clear that I even have here that excuse. So, Chris Perez had a bathroom emergency.
Since 2010, the Oakland A’s have marketed themselves as “Green Collar Baseball." Setting aside the fact that Oakland’s jerseys don’t really have collars, and if they do, they’re not green, this slogan nails the A’s. Although the phrase “green collar” is scooting its way toward a dictionary definition, albeit a sort of dumb, imprecise journalistic one—which is not at all the same thing as “blue collar,” which the A’s also do not have, it's fair to say the late-Moneyball-era A's have a pretty good claim to working-class status.
Friend-of-Classical Dmitry Samarov has been steadily putting together new stories and images for his next book, but the thing is: It's really hard to write while you're driving a cab, what with all the traffic laws and overly refreshed 4 a.m. fares to wrangle.