About the blog – blog zócalo

I’m Bryan. I live upstate. This is my baseball (mostly) blog.

I wanted a separate blog to focus mostly on baseball, often the Mets and the Yankees, and occasionally other sports and sportswriting. This is it.

Everything you see here prior to April 23, 2010, initially appeared on my other blog. I still wanted to showcase some of that writing, at least the posts that dealt with baseball and some other topics, so I imported them over to here. I’m in the process of footnoting these posts here, to indicate that they were originally published elsewhere. The original posts still exist at my other blog. Except for the post explaining my current rooting philosophy, I did not bring the comments along.

As I stated on my other blog, Pete Hamill describes a zócalo as a kind of town plaza in Mexico where citizens gather each evening to discuss politics, sport, and life in a rude democratic ideal amidst a sense of civic belonging. It is a place to learn, to share, and to understand. Hamill adds that he believes newspapers are a psychological zócalo for Americans.

I like to think of blogs, at least the good ones, as the Web’s zócalo, a place to talk, to learn, to understand, to share, and to enjoy. I hope this blog can fall into that category.

As a former sportswriter, and just someone who loves writing and history, the name of this blog is taken from a ‘graf in Steve Rushin’s 1999 book Road Swing, which was excepted in Sports Illustrated, and is worth quoting:

“Pasted in various corridors are sports pages from the 1930s and ’40s with headlines such as BLAME CUB SLUMP ON SLIM SLAB CORPS. (Say it aloud. It’s poetry.) The stories themselves are filled with pitchers who ‘hurled cypher jobs,’ batters who ‘collected clutch bingles,’ base runners who ‘expired at the cash register’ and visiting pitchers who — I swear to God — ‘toed the alien humpback.’ There was a scribe in Pennsylvania who, describing the turning point of any contest, invariably wrote, ‘That’s when Mr. Mo Mentum changed uniforms.’ This language is ridiculous and incomprehensible, of course, and I must say I love each and every word of it.”

—Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated, October 19, 1998

Me too.


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