by Mack Williams
27 October 2015
I. The Fall Classic
This is a passport photo of my father, taken prior to a time when the words “Mets” and “World Series” had ever shared the same sentence. He had been a Brooklyn Dodgers fan – as were many African-Americans once Jackie Robinson was signed – but upon the west coast relocation of the Dodgers and the New York Giants, he was left without a local National League team to follow. So come 1962, he became a Met fan. Were he still alive I know he’d be happy. Let’s go Mets.
Fast forward to 2015, when his son and grandson attended a Met game.
I doubt either of us thought the sight of the Mets leaving the field after a victory would happen more than half the time, and I’m certain neither of us expected the Mets to be where they will be today without tickets. I’m absolutely certain no one on earth expected a Met playoff series run to be fueled in large part by a six-game consecutive home run streak by Daniel Murphy, who has never hit more than 14 in an entire six-month season. A free-agent to be, Murphy’s timing couldn’t have been better…but that said, Murphy plays a position – second base – where it can be argued that defense is more of a priority than one’s offense, unless you’re a Joe Morgan, consecutive-MVP type, which Murphy is not. So I totally understand management’s thought to let him walk if a better defensive second baseman is in the pipeline…but Murphy is certainly making the decision a lot more difficult.
II. Donnie Baseball
Perhaps I would feel differently were I living in Los Angeles, but it sure does seem to me that winning three straight NL West division titles should have gotten Dodger manager Don Mattingly a better reward than a pink slip. (Sorry, Magic.)
III. No Fun League
Shout out to Doc Benson, the writer/director/producer of “Seven Deadly Words,” a great film I saw at the inaugural Churches Making Movies film festival in New Jersey in 2013. As the story progresses, the viewer learns that these seven words are “we’ve never done it that way before.”
Come on, MLB…don’t become the new No Fun League. Even in the conservative original No Fun League, NFL players spike balls after touchdowns, dunk the ball over the crossbar, and leap into loving Lambeau Field end zone fans. Regarding bat flips and other expressions of joy, I understand “we’ve never done it that way before,” but this is a new era, with new players who have a different way of showing their enthusiasm. Get over it.
IV. Say It Ain’t So
Kinda sorry Joe Biden isn’t getting in the presidential race. The Republican race is turning out to be major comedy relief, especially at the top, but anyone rooting for the D party would hope that their process will lead to the strongest candidate emerging. I’m sorry because there’s a possibility that that strongest candidate may be Biden.
This is not to diss Mrs. Clinton, for if the truth be told, she will be difficult to defeat. With her on the ballot, a bunch of button-wearing, card-carrying Republican women will close the curtain and vote Democratic.
V. The Nightly Show
Saw a taping of The Nightly Show with Larry Willmore. If you haven’t checked it out yet, do so real soon!
VI. Can’t Touch This
There are articles all over, from the Washington Post to various internet sites, about how Terri Upshaw, the widow of NFL legend Gene Upshaw, was disowned by her San Francisco family when she told them of their relationship because Upshaw was an African-American. Their family owns a classic San Francisco restaurant, Tadich Grill, but I’m guessing that as word gets out about this, they will soon learn that Oakland Raider great Upshaw and Raider Nation in general is more beloved in the Bay Area than Tadich Grill.
VII. By Comparison
If Paul Ryan is thought of as the sensible choice to unite the Republican House members, that party is way out there.