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Game 69 // Seventh Inning, Los Angeles // A Silent Gift, for Vin Scully

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


TOP OF THE SEVENTH: DODGERS 3 – (0) 7 D-BACKS

 

Beachballs in the bleachers at Dodger Stadium. Popcorn-eaters in the front row. Palm trees. Hollywood. Vin Scully alone in a broadcast booth, talking by himself, talking to us. Assuring the world that all’s well in Dodgeralia. Calm. Composed. At home, in a park he’ll depart at season’s end. Handpicking his words, off endless branches, branches’ branches, in a deep memory he builds, maintains over many years, keeps polished like a jewel. He seems, and I quote from Ogawa Yoko’s “Transit” here, to speak words into the palms of his hands, and then present them to me one by one. Continue reading “Game 69 // Seventh Inning, Los Angeles // A Silent Gift, for Vin Scully”

Game 43 // Fifth Inning, Pittsburgh // Home of the Freese

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH: PIRATES 5 (1) – 4 DIAMONDBACKS

 

Roses are red, Pirates are yellow, what the hell color are the Diamondbacks wearing?

They’ve got black lettering, charcoal gray fabric, and a black snakeskin pattern around the ankles that blends with black cleats as if they’ve been Continue reading “Game 43 // Fifth Inning, Pittsburgh // Home of the Freese”

Game 39 // Eighth Inning, St. Louis // Quadruple to Hazelbaker

TOP OF THE EIGHTH: DIAMONDBACKS 9 (4) – 2 CARDINALS

 

I check the MLB Gameday feed and see this in the 8th inning: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. Below that: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. Again: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. And for the coup de grâce, the quadruple-stacked burger of cardinal meat, there’s a fourth update: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.

Has this happened before? It must be approaching some kind of Continue reading “Game 39 // Eighth Inning, St. Louis // Quadruple to Hazelbaker”

Game 21 // Sixth Inning, Phoenix // Wainwright Rights the Ship

TOP OF THE SIXTH: CARDINALS 7 2 – 3 D-BACKS

 

Patrick Corbin is on the mound tonight for Arizona, wearing all-white shoes in the vein of the Pee-Wee Herman biker bar dance scene of Great Adventure, as he delivers a strike to Yadier Molina and proudly mutters to himself under his breath, “Tequila!!”  Continue reading “Game 21 // Sixth Inning, Phoenix // Wainwright Rights the Ship”

Game 18 // Twelfth Inning, Phoenix // Un-tie, Re-tie, Repeat

TOP OF THE TWELFTH: PIRATES 10 88 10 D-BACKS

 

We start tonight with Tyler Clippard on the mound for Arizona, wearing about the 50th jersey outfit this team’s rolled out this season, his ankles giving off the bloodied-sock look made… fashionable? by Curt Schilling in 2004. This must have deeper meaning: maybe that…the Diamondbacks will… stomp gorily over their competition? Stab themselves in their own Achilles’ heel? Spill grape juice on Continue reading “Game 18 // Twelfth Inning, Phoenix // Un-tie, Re-tie, Repeat”

Game 13 // Eleventh Inning, San Francisco // Late-Night Seagull Mania

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH: D-BACKS 9 7 – 7 GIANTS

It was a back-and-forth extra-innings duel at AT&T Park, the Giants hosting the Diamondbacks in a late, 12th-inning comeback.

And it was an unregistered third team vying for inclusion in the standings, attention from the fanbase, circling above the diamond, squawking, flapping, flocking, scarfing down leftover concessions. Continue reading “Game 13 // Eleventh Inning, San Francisco // Late-Night Seagull Mania”

Game 2 // Third Inning, Phoenix // Greinke’s Shaky Debut

TOP OF THE THIRD: 1-0 Diamondbacks

It’s Zack Greinke’s first start as a Diamondback, the crown jewel of the offseason’s top free agent sweepstakes, where he shows off the team’s newest revelation in design—uniforms that look more like team Globo Gym from “Dodgeball” than those of a proper major league club. And his golden locks are gone! Bad omen for Zack Samson Greinke.

Brief intermission from the Continue reading “Game 2 // Third Inning, Phoenix // Greinke’s Shaky Debut”