Monthly Archives: January 2016

Blue Jays 2015: Ryan Goins

Goins was one of the surprises of 2015. When forced into service because of Devon Travis’s injury, at first he was his usual non-hitting self, but then he made an adjustment and started taking more walks. In fact, he took … Continue reading

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Early 1970s Songs #2: “Which Way You Goin’ Billy” by The Poppy Family

This one’s cheating a bit, because it’s actually from 1969, but I remember listening to it when I first started listening to the radio in the early 1970s, so I think it counts. Besides, it’s great. This is a lot … Continue reading

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Early 1970s Songs #1: “Sweet Mary” by Wadsworth Mansion

For some reason, I felt an irresistible urge to listen to this song today: This song is such fun. The vocal intro is unstoppable: “Wop ba doo ba doo wop wop wop wa-aa wop”. And then they repeat it with … Continue reading

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Blue Jays 2015: Jose Bautista

With Jose Bautista, the Jays have a problem they have seldom had to face in all of their history: what to do with an aging star whose contract is about to expire? They haven’t had to deal with this because … Continue reading

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Lots of Wild Horses

While looking up random songs on the Internet, I noticed that there were several versions of “Wild Horses” out there, so I thought I would listen to as many of them as I could. First, the Rolling Stones original, released … Continue reading

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Walker Evans photos in the public domain!

Walker Evans was one of the great photographers of the 20th century, best known for his street photography and for providing photos for James Agee’s book on the Great Depression, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Thanks to the wonderful … Continue reading

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Blue Jays 2015: Cliff Pennington

Okay, admit it. You don’t want to know about what Pennington did in the field (play various infield positions acceptably) or what he did at the plate (bat .160). You want to know about when he pitched in the ALCS, becoming the first … Continue reading

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