Thanx to long time friend Harry S., I’ve got a new sports writer to add to my favorites (Boswell & Posnanski lead that list at the moment).
Doug Glanville, a former baseball player (Cubs, Phillies, Rangers), is now writing occasional articles in the NY Times, (mostly) about baseball, the players, and how the game so often relates to real life. His articles are thought provoking and insightful, and he writes well.
Here are two that I think are worthy of your time:
This one starts off about the Chinese diver who was not told of her grandparents’ death nor her mother’s cancer until after she performed in London. He moves on to baseball, but the article’s really about what he believes is most important in life: relationships.
In Glanville’s most recent column, he wonders if baseball is immune from the slings and arrows thrown at it, largely from within.
For more Glanville articles, go to Articles by Doug Glanville.
Also, Glanville wrote The Game from Where I Stand: From Batting Practice to the Clubhouse to the Best Breakfast on the Road, an Inside View of a Ballplayer’s Life, published in 2010. I haven’t read it, but it’s now on my ‘to read’ list.
W. David Stephenson said:
Pretty sure Terry Gross interviewed him when his book came out.
The link to Terry Gross’s interview: http://m.npr.org/story/126613240
James Cooke said:
Glanville’s Penn education is impressive, that and the fact he made it to the Bigs.
I also want to direct sports fans’ attention to today’s editorial in the WashPost’s sports section from John Feinstein, advocating for keeping Strasburg in uniform this year. He makes a good case for letting Strasburg pitch into the playoffs. Read it here: