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By Steve Gimbel | March 31, 2014
The dawn of the baseball season is an existential moment. For big market teams with owners willing to pay for marquee players, and general managers who build playoff-bound teams, it is a time of great anticipation. It's also a time of hope, albeit dim, for those die-hard fans of teams who are off the playoff pace by double digits year in and year out. Their cautious optimism is one that illuminates the human condition. French philosopher Albert Camus contended that life is absurd, that most of us are like the Greek tragic figure Sisyphus, who was condemned to roll a huge boulder up a mountain, only to have it roll back down as he reached the top. The essence of humanity, Camus argued, is in the moment where Sisyphus turns around to see the boulder once again at the bottom of the hill knowing he must trudge down to his toil once more, aware that this effort will again be both great and futile.
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NEWS
By Steve Gimbel | March 31, 2014
The dawn of the baseball season is an existential moment. For big market teams with owners willing to pay for marquee players, and general managers who build playoff-bound teams, it is a time of great anticipation. It's also a time of hope, albeit dim, for those die-hard fans of teams who are off the playoff pace by double digits year in and year out. Their cautious optimism is one that illuminates the human condition. French philosopher Albert Camus contended that life is absurd, that most of us are like the Greek tragic figure Sisyphus, who was condemned to roll a huge boulder up a mountain, only to have it roll back down as he reached the top. The essence of humanity, Camus argued, is in the moment where Sisyphus turns around to see the boulder once again at the bottom of the hill knowing he must trudge down to his toil once more, aware that this effort will again be both great and futile.
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SPORTS
By Ken Rosenthal | September 19, 1991
Everyone knows the Orioles' Cal Ripken is completing a fantastic season, but it's not just any old career year. No, it's one of the greatest all-around seasons by a shortstop in major-league history.Ripken was a likely Hall of Famer even before this year, thanks to his streak of 1,557 consecutive games, record-setting defense and batting prowess at a position usually reserved for little guys named Ozzie.But 1991 not only marks a thunderous end to his four-year offensive decline, it could be remembered as the year Ripken began firmly establishing himself as one of baseball's all-time greats.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | February 19, 2003
IN CASE YOU missed it -- and chances of that are pretty good -- I promised to produce answers today to the Winter Day Quiz, presented in this space Monday as a public service to snowbound readers of The Sun. Some of you might have found the quiz through Sunspot.net. (A member of the Royal Navy did but e-mailed disappointment that the questions were not "global" enough.) But I have a feeling most of you missed the whole thing, home delivery of the paper being so daunting the day after the storm of the century.
NEWS
February 14, 1992
During Black History Month, 21st Century Radio, which can be heard 7to 10 p.m. Sundays on WNAV Radio, will run a series on Negro League baseball.The league originally was formed by black baseball players who were banned from regular professional baseball until after World War II, when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.The shows are:* Feb. 16 -- 8:30 p.m. interview with Dick Clark, chairman of the Negro League Baseball Committee of the Society forAmerican Baseball Research.* Feb. 23 -- 8 p.m. interview with Negro League legend John "Buck" O'Neill (Kansas City Monarchs, 1938-1959)
SPORTS
May 19, 1996
Angels: Brad Pennington, claimed from Boston on waivers Friday, pitched a perfect sixth in his first appearance for California.Astros: Houston has been in first place or tied for first place in the NL Central for 20 of the past 22 days. After 43 games in 1994, Houston had an identical 21-22 record, but was in third place in the Central, seven games behind the Reds.Braves: Jeff Blauser has 11 of Atlanta's 34 errors this year.Cubs: Including yesterday, Mark Grace has appeared in 1,186 games at first base for the Cubs, the fifth-highest total at that position in club history behind Cap Anson (2,059)
SPORTS
September 27, 1998
Go figure013 -- Orioles who wore No. 8 before Ripken.15 -- Years Ripken played in all of his club's games, a major-league record.I;16 -- Consecutive All-Star Game appearances by Ripken.27 -- Games Ripken played at third base at the start of the streak before moving to shortstop.;-32 -- Orioles coaches during the streak.33 -- Orioles second basemen while Ripken was at shortstop. The Orioles also used 33 third basemen during that time.95 -- Consecutive errorless games at shortstop, a major-league record, from April 14 to July 27, 1990.
SPORTS
By John Steadman | February 10, 1994
It came after the fact, almost seven months late, but in no way does the record require an accompanying footnote. What the bottom line tells us is that Cal Ripken Jr. has accounted for more home runs than any shortstop who ever played the game, going back to 1839, which wasn't exactly yesterday.His totals surpass the previous high, the 277 accounted for by Ernie Banks when he was establishing Hall of Fame offensive credentials while playing the position defensively with impeccable precision.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | January 12, 1996
Snowed in again? Cabin fever getting to you? Here's a little something to help pass the time. It's the 1996 Cabin Fever Quiz. We rolled out the first model on a Friday in January 1994, during that long season of ice, and some of my weirder friends told me they spent a good part of the weekend with it. (And others told me they knocked it off faster than you can say, "Poor man's 'Jeopardy.' ")Some of these questions are riddles, some are presented in crossword-puzzle style, some are local in nature.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 22, 1991
CLEVELAND -- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Glenn Davis, who was removed from Friday night's game in the sixth inning, was out of the lineup again yesterday with a strained muscle in his upper back.Davis apparently suffered a strained left lattisimus (the muscle below the shoulder blade) when he reacted to a sharp one-hopper that caromed off his chest in the third inning."I strained it trying to come up on the ball," Davis said. "Then it really started to bother me swinging the bat."He already was playing with a variety of nagging injuries -- including a sore hamstring -- so manager John Oates gave him the day off yesterday and may sit him again today.
SPORTS
September 27, 1998
Go figure013 -- Orioles who wore No. 8 before Ripken.15 -- Years Ripken played in all of his club's games, a major-league record.I;16 -- Consecutive All-Star Game appearances by Ripken.27 -- Games Ripken played at third base at the start of the streak before moving to shortstop.;-32 -- Orioles coaches during the streak.33 -- Orioles second basemen while Ripken was at shortstop. The Orioles also used 33 third basemen during that time.95 -- Consecutive errorless games at shortstop, a major-league record, from April 14 to July 27, 1990.
SPORTS
May 19, 1996
Angels: Brad Pennington, claimed from Boston on waivers Friday, pitched a perfect sixth in his first appearance for California.Astros: Houston has been in first place or tied for first place in the NL Central for 20 of the past 22 days. After 43 games in 1994, Houston had an identical 21-22 record, but was in third place in the Central, seven games behind the Reds.Braves: Jeff Blauser has 11 of Atlanta's 34 errors this year.Cubs: Including yesterday, Mark Grace has appeared in 1,186 games at first base for the Cubs, the fifth-highest total at that position in club history behind Cap Anson (2,059)
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | January 12, 1996
Snowed in again? Cabin fever getting to you? Here's a little something to help pass the time. It's the 1996 Cabin Fever Quiz. We rolled out the first model on a Friday in January 1994, during that long season of ice, and some of my weirder friends told me they spent a good part of the weekend with it. (And others told me they knocked it off faster than you can say, "Poor man's 'Jeopardy.' ")Some of these questions are riddles, some are presented in crossword-puzzle style, some are local in nature.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | June 5, 1995
Saturday night, way past my bedtime, I counted 11 Elvis impersonators on the Channel 2 telethon for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. If ya'll missed it, I'm terribly sorry. It was goofy. It was weird. It was precious. It was thoroughly remarkable -- bloated Elvises, skinny Elvises, tall and short Elvises, Elvises with not-of-this-earth toupees, all answering phones and playing off Don O'Brien (in Elvis jumpsuit), Mary Beth Marsden and Stan Stovall (not in jumpsuits) while a colony of hairy Klingons filled in the telephone banks in the background.
SPORTS
By John Steadman | February 10, 1994
It came after the fact, almost seven months late, but in no way does the record require an accompanying footnote. What the bottom line tells us is that Cal Ripken Jr. has accounted for more home runs than any shortstop who ever played the game, going back to 1839, which wasn't exactly yesterday.His totals surpass the previous high, the 277 accounted for by Ernie Banks when he was establishing Hall of Fame offensive credentials while playing the position defensively with impeccable precision.
NEWS
By MIKE ROYKO | January 12, 1994
Mike Royko is on vacation. In his absence, we are reprinting some of his favorite columns. This column was originally published on Jan. 9, 1980.A friend of mine swears this happened.It was shortly before midnight and he heard some loud voices outside the window of his first-floor apartment in the city.He looked out and saw two men standing at the curb quarreling.One of them held a pistol in his hand and was saying: "I told you that I was going to shoot the sonofabitch, and I'm gonna do it."
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | June 5, 1995
Saturday night, way past my bedtime, I counted 11 Elvis impersonators on the Channel 2 telethon for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. If ya'll missed it, I'm terribly sorry. It was goofy. It was weird. It was precious. It was thoroughly remarkable -- bloated Elvises, skinny Elvises, tall and short Elvises, Elvises with not-of-this-earth toupees, all answering phones and playing off Don O'Brien (in Elvis jumpsuit), Mary Beth Marsden and Stan Stovall (not in jumpsuits) while a colony of hairy Klingons filled in the telephone banks in the background.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | February 19, 2003
IN CASE YOU missed it -- and chances of that are pretty good -- I promised to produce answers today to the Winter Day Quiz, presented in this space Monday as a public service to snowbound readers of The Sun. Some of you might have found the quiz through Sunspot.net. (A member of the Royal Navy did but e-mailed disappointment that the questions were not "global" enough.) But I have a feeling most of you missed the whole thing, home delivery of the paper being so daunting the day after the storm of the century.
NEWS
February 14, 1992
During Black History Month, 21st Century Radio, which can be heard 7to 10 p.m. Sundays on WNAV Radio, will run a series on Negro League baseball.The league originally was formed by black baseball players who were banned from regular professional baseball until after World War II, when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.The shows are:* Feb. 16 -- 8:30 p.m. interview with Dick Clark, chairman of the Negro League Baseball Committee of the Society forAmerican Baseball Research.* Feb. 23 -- 8 p.m. interview with Negro League legend John "Buck" O'Neill (Kansas City Monarchs, 1938-1959)
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 22, 1991
CLEVELAND -- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Glenn Davis, who was removed from Friday night's game in the sixth inning, was out of the lineup again yesterday with a strained muscle in his upper back.Davis apparently suffered a strained left lattisimus (the muscle below the shoulder blade) when he reacted to a sharp one-hopper that caromed off his chest in the third inning."I strained it trying to come up on the ball," Davis said. "Then it really started to bother me swinging the bat."He already was playing with a variety of nagging injuries -- including a sore hamstring -- so manager John Oates gave him the day off yesterday and may sit him again today.
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