The Duke and the King - One More American Song
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Bobby Cox, longtime Braves manager, is retiring after this season. He will be missed. Excerpt from the Jayson Stark article:
To refresh your memory, in case you'd somehow forgotten, Cox and the Braves agreed in September 2009 that this, finally, would be it: One more season doing what he's done better than just about any manager who ever made out a lineup card.
He is 68 years old now. He has won more games than all but three managers in the history of baseball. And once he manages his first regular-season game of 2010, he'll officially become just the fifth manager ever to manage 20 consecutive seasons with the same team. (The others: Connie Mack, John McGraw, Walter Alston and Tom Lasorda.)
I'd always kind of felt like Cox, Mazzone, and Schuerholz were kind of the perfect team to run Atlanta... things haven't been the same since Mazzone left for Baltimore and Schuerholz took the team president spot. Still, there's been a comfort, even in these last few years, in having Bobby Cox in the dugout. It's going to feel weird without him. Can we start the HOF push yet? There's no doubt in my mind whatsoever that Cooperstown would be enriched by his presence.
If you're going to read a piece of sports journalism this month, make it this one. Myron Rolle is a special kind of person. I say that as a Gators fan, even.
Can I note here that it's important not to let ourselves get so blinded by partisan rivalries that we lose track of more important issues? It may sound like I'm aiming at Congress here, and I am, but it happens in sports, in music, just about anywhere you have any kind of oppositional framework set up... people get so wrapped up in whose side is better that they lose perspective. If UF fans can like Myron Rolle, eh, it's probably apropos of nothing. But it'd show some class.
I don't usually make a habit of reading Esquire (not even for the stories), but this piece on Roger Ebert is really, really good, I'd even call it essential. Read it. And there's no need for me to make a speech on partisanship here... because whether you agree with Ebert's politics or not, whether you like his reviews or not (I disagree with them as often as I agree), it's impossible not to have respect for the quality of the man's writing and the depth and breadth of his contributions to American culture.
Have a great day, y'all.