Monday April 23 7:40 PM
Is a picture still worth a thousand words? I don't have an iPod but I'd listen to this one:
Soon to be 66 year old Bob Dylan is playing the Montreal Jazz Festival July 4 at Place Des Arts.. The last time Dylan played the venue he was 25:
(He used to look like that...now he looks like this...)
Still with music, legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale offers aspiring musicians (with talent) some sound advice (Thanks to Dave Kaufman):
Sunday Night's Red Sox-Yankees game was the most emotionally involved I've been to an MLB game since the Sox magical world series win in 2004. It's still difficult to watch baseball (but not difficult to see the Nationals flounder) at this time of the year. But sunday's game had a bit of everything. Dice- K starting against the Yankees for the first time... hitting 97 on the radar gun but also A-Rod and Jeter... the four consecutive home runs. (I figured the Sox would get to rookie lefty Chase Wright his second time through the order, but four straight bombs without a brushback? No wonder Joe Torre looked disgusted.)...Andy Petitte out of the bullpen for nine pitches (starters used to do this all the time, another case of over-protecting arms that will, in many cases, break down anyway)...One of my favorite players, Mike Lowell, hitting two home runs including a game winning three run shot...Josh Phelps, way too good a hitter to be in Triple A, getting robbed in a pinch hit appearance, then forced to catch for the first time in six years...Jonathan Papelbon, best closer stuff-wise since John Wetteland circa 1993, getting A-Rod to ground out to end game....Sox completing first sweep of Yanks at Fenway since first days of Reagan Presidency...
Just found out horrible news...acclaimed author and historian David Halberstam has been killed in a car accident in San Fransisco. Halberstam wrote one of the earliest in depth critical accounts of the U.S. involvement in Viet Nam, "The Best And the Brightest". It won a Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote, among many other important works, "The Powers That Be", a history of the media in the U.S.; an absolute must for anybody interested in, or for that matter, working in journalism. Like many great reporters, Halberstam was a big sports fan. Thankfully he parlayed that passion into several outstanding sports books including The Breaks of the Game (Halberstam hung out with the 1979 Portland Trail Blazers), Summer of '49 (Yankees-Red Sox; DiMaggio-Williams), October 1964 (pivotal moment in sports in the 60's as the mostly white establishment, the NY Yankees and American League, were outpaced by the younger, more integrated "Junior" circuit, St. Louis Cardinals and National League) ,The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship (Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio travel to Florida to say goodbye to Ted Williams), and most recently, Bill Belichik: The Education of a Coach. I had the opportunity to interview Halberstam following the publication of The Teammates. We'll air that conversation tomorrow.