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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
At the EMP I had a brief conversation with the wonderful Daphne Brooks in which we discussed our shared devotion to the "outlaw" Barry Bonds. Maybe the support lifted his spirits. Because Saturday and Sunday were about as classic a pair of Barry games as you'll ever see. My fondest memories of seeing him are from the game at Candlestick against the Dodgers in September, 1997, when his first-inning home run of Chan Ho Park proved the difference in a nail-biting affair, and the one at the Bob in 2003 when, after returning from a precautionary hospitalization, he singled in the ninth to help the Giants a victory. That was the second day in this journal's existence, BTW, and the occasion of my first meaningful entry in it. I love it when he is given the opportunity to hit in situations when he has a chance to be a difference-maker. If only opposing teams would continue to pitch to him, instead of returning to the walk-him-whenever-possible policy of the past few years. But the fact that he has hit two game-winning home runs in a row and is now slugging over .800 makes that increasingly unlikely.

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e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: April 23rd, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm not a sports fan, in fact, I'm more of an anti-sports fan. But, I like
Barry Bonds too.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 24th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm glad to hear it. But, if I may be so bold, why?

Nice photo of those books in your entry of today, BTW.
e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: April 24th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, I guess that statement was a bit strong -- I see the appeal in baseball, even soccer, and have been to many a baseball game in my day. I like watching basketball, but American football does nothing for me. I get pretty disgusted with big league, organized (corporate) sports. I also enjoy reading Dave Zirin's commentaries on sports, race, etc. I liked a lot of what he had to say about Bonds. And, Bonds is spectacular, at least when people actually pitch to him.

My husband watches Sports Center for hours on end, something that turns me off to anything that I might like about sports pretty quickly.

Thanks for the comments about the books -- I heard that you used to work at UPB. I probably bought things from you at least a few times!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 24th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ahh, yes. The SportsCenter problem. I must admit that, were I less sensitive to my environment and the people within it, I might well be watching it a lot myself. But I rarely watch television these days. I leave that guilty pleasure for when I'm out of town or out on the town.

Bonds is spectacular, I think, all else aside. I met him once. He was very nice to some very underprivileged children from the City. It made me think differently about him. Well, off to work. . .
From: wondrousbeauty Date: April 23rd, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hey, you're in my area! Should you head down to my neighborhood and have time to spare for a cup of coffee, let me know.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 24th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wanted to! But I was preoccupied with the conference and its aftermath until today and then screwed around wasting time until it was too late to do anything productive. Tired, I guess. I've never done two conferences in the same week before. Hung out with some U-Dub people at lunch one day at the conference. Someone in English and someone in, I think, Ethnic Studies or the equivalent. Sounds like things there, while way better than where I'm at, are still not so grand. Still, I'd take a job in Seattle in a second.
grandissimus From: grandissimus Date: April 24th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wish I could share your blithe indifference to the "juicing" Barry Bonds, but I return to the shadow cast over the career of Mark McGwire (of my beloved STL Cardinals), especially the whole race against Sammy Sosa for Roger Maris's HR record and wonder why it is that BB should be allowed to escape similar ignominy. Albert Pujols doesn't look like he juices, which makes me glad; I like my ball players "organic."
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 24th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Dude, you think Barry has escaped ignominy? You need to read the sports section more regularly! As for Pujols, well, he has nice muscle definition. Frankly, I don't think it matters much whether one juices or not. Talent will out. Look at Canseco, for goodness sakes. Or Brady "Fucking" Anderson. 52 home runs my ass.

But it's nice to hear from you. . . :-)
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