Peanuts and Cracker Jack

“Put on a glove, watch a game, and the years fall away, time stands still, and the joy of baseball reminds you again of life’s eternal sweetness.” OK, it’s not the hookup culture, but for those of us too old or young to be participating in that, there’s at least this: The timeless beauty of baseball.

+ The origins of your team’s nickname.

+ Here’s how much it costs to propose at every major league stadium. (The cost to your personal dignity for not being able to come up with something more unique: Priceless.)

+ It’s better in the majors. Slate on the microscopic paychecks in the minor leagues.

+ The Giants are the 1st MLB team to construct an organic, edible garden. Only in California could those be fighting words. (Sidenote: The Dodgers Suck.)

+ In modern baseball, penmanship apparently doesn’t count. You can’t tell who signed your ball without a handwriting analyst.

+ On April 1, you will be inundated with attempted pranks. None of them will be nearly as good as George Plimpton’s 1985 Sports Illustrated piece: The Curious Case Of Sidd Finch. And here’s an outtake about that prank from an upcoming PBS doc: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself.

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