Sunday, October 14, 2012

Classic Insignia

The playoffs are down to four teams.  The most intriguing part for me -- aside from the fact that my lifelong team, the Giants, are still alive -- is the historic nature of the LCS.  All four teams have been part of professional baseball for over a century (the Giants having been in New York City until 1958) and still use a classic insignia on their uniforms.  The Yankees, of course, are the most successful franchise in nearly any sport, and their NY is recognized on hats around the world.  Detroit may have the most unique initial, the high-English D, of any major league team.  The Cardinal uniform is a classic, particularly the version with the cardinal balancing on a bat.

It would be nice to see at least one game in each series be played with retro uniforms.  The flannel would be warmer this time of year!

Go Giants.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

museum of americana

A new online journal, museum of americana, just posted their inaugural issue.  Started by poet and writer Justin Hamm, it focuses on the intersection of art and American historical culture.  They selected one of my poems, American Legion, 1964, for the first publication.  You can check it out, along with other prose, poems, and photographs, here.  It also includes a wonderful poem by Karen Weyant, a poet Pam and I met at the Chautauqua Institute over the past few years.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

End of the Season, 2012

So much for my baseball analysis skills.  I assumed Valentine had control over player decisions on the field, would have a say in what type of player he wanted, and told the front office to get rid of the dead weight.  Wrong.  Apparently the situation was truly chaotic, and Valentine had control over very little. He was fired less than 24 hours after the season ended.

Meanwhile, the second season has begun.  My Giants face the Reds, which will be a tall order in Cincinnati’s home bandbox, which favors their power hitters.

I’m rooting for and orange and black World Series:  San Francisco against Baltimore.