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"Zim sitting is the way he comes back to mind, for me. Like a few other old coaches, he had converted clubhouse silence and immobility—elbows on knees, hands folded, head aimed forward and downward, lips zipped—into something like a regional religious practice."
“Pine tar may improve a pitcher’s accuracy, thus cutting down on dangerous wild pitches, but it can also make his curveballs and sliders markedly better. There is some romance in the notion of a crafty pitcher using handed-down secrets of the trade to gain a slight advantage on the mound.”
"I came to realize that professional baseball players are masochists: hitters stand sixty feet and six inches from the mound, waiting to get hit by a pitcher’s bullets; fielders get sucker punched in the face by bad hops, and then ask for a hundred more. We all fail far more than we succeed, humiliating ourselves in front of tens of thousands of fans, trying to attain the unattainable: batting a thousand, pitching without ever losing, secretly seeking the immortality of the record books."
— Adrian Cárdenas reflects on why he quit Major League Baseball to study creative writing: http://nyr.kr/17XTQSo
“Where are the Red Sox wives or sweetie pies in all this? Have none of them spoken up—privately or in the Globe or in a thousand tweets—to protest this office fad? How does it feel to wake up, night after night, in immediate proximity to a crazed Pomeranian or a Malamute or an Old English sheepdog stubbornly adhering to the once caressable jaw of the guy on the nearest pillow?”