One for the ages
Revisiting Game 7 of the 2016 World Series
It’s an unseasonably warm November night in Cleveland, Ohio. Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, is into its second calendar day. The Indians and Cubs are the two most cursed franchises in baseball: the winner of this game sheds their curse forever; the loser adds another painful chapter. This game earned its place in history before the first pitch was even thrown, not only because of the teams involved and their baggage but because the way the Series had unfolded so far.
Of movies and music, v2.0
My top ten favorite movie scores
Back in 2015, I wrote a piece called “Of movies and music: My top ten favorite movie scores of all time”. As the title promised, I listed my favorite movie scores, but more than that I tried to share why I like movie scores so much. For me it started way back in 2002. I was watching the special features on one of the Back to the Future DVDs. Back to the Future was one of the movies my sister Katie and I could agree on to watch, so by that time I had seen the movie more than twenty times.
The Manhattan Project
As the summer of 2016 began, I started work on a project I ambitiously codenamed The Manhattan Project. A tongue-in-cheek nod to the real Manhattan Project of World War II, I felt like my project was similarly ambitious, despite the stakes for mine being far lower. After a few months, my Manhattan Project got its real name: Section 411. It’s pronounced “section four eleven” – as opposed to “section four one one”, for a reason I’ll explain below – and it’s where I’ll be doing my writing for the foreseeable future.
Running the Towpath
I woke up at 5 AM on October 9, and hit snooze once before realizing there was no way I was falling back asleep. I’d counted on some nerves. But as my parents, sister and I drove from my childhood home in Perry to the starting line in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, I was able to stay calm and collected, telling myself I had a job to do but that I knew how to do it.
Ten days in Bhutan
In December 2014 I had the opportunity to visit the kingdom of Bhutan: a Himalayan nation that is remote, rugged and wonderful.
A life fully lived
Last August, the world was stunned and horrified when it learned that actor and comedian Robin Williams had committed suicide. Any death is sad, and any celebrity death brings some amount of news coverage, but this one seemed to bring even more than usual because of the suddenness and shocking nature of his death. Regular programming was interrupted for breaking news and wall-to-wall coverage stretched into the next morning.
Photo credit: NBA.com On this day four years ago, I wrote a post in the aftermath of The Decision. I recalled how bizarre the whole experience was, and how unfun it was to see your team and your city excoriated on national TV. I wrote that I liked Dan Gilbert’s letter, even if it was a little childish, because the people of Cleveland needed someone speaking for them that night.
The 600 club
Last night, Jim Thome clubbed his 600th career home run into the bullpen at Comerica Park. As he rounded first base, the man who has almost 100 more home runs with the Indians than any other Indian, the man who is tied for the all-time lead in walk off home runs, the owner of the 17th- and 34th-best career OPS and OBP, respectively, and the man with the eighth most home runs in baseball history, Jim Thome simply pumped his fist in the air and ran around the bases.