Weekend HaloLinks: American Jesus Edition

Stan Musial and JFK, 1962 ASG, V.P. LBJ 2nd suit from left. House Speaker McCormack 1st suit on the left - - Michael Beschloss, via HBT

Only precious few can garner the prosperity...It makes us walk with renewed confidence...We've got a place to go when we die...And the architect resides right here!

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We worship our heroes. Many of them, for this audience, are baseball players. By now you have all fully absorbed the losses of Stan Musial and Earl Weaver. You may have missed that in the past week we also lost legendary college baseball coach Ron Fraser; Red Sox infielder and pride of Mobile, Alabama Milt Bolling; and also Enzo Hernandez and Fred Talbot. Not everyone who departs our soil is a household name, but each and every one of them diminishes the cosmos of baseball and deserves a moment of respect.

An awful lot of the greats of modern baseball are approaching the limits of their mortality, and we should brace ourselves for the inevitable. The list of stars and superstars who enjoyed their heydays in the late 50's through early 70's include some players for which we have become too accustomed to always having around. Willie Mays is on that list. So are Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Jimmy Wynn, Bob Gibson, Billy Williams, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Bill Mazeroski, and more.

Over the next decade, we may suffer a large number of emotional earthquakes as our heroes fall to Father Time. Stan Musial is merely a prelude of things to come. Remember, though, that Musial could not play alone. Others took the field with him and against him, and the fabric of baseball weaves interesting stories among many of the not-so-great just like it does among the great. Those stories are what make our National Pastime so rich, and we should take the time to peek into the careers of those unfamiliar. You might be surprised what you will find.

In the off-beat case of Enzo Hernandez, for example, old-time San Diego Padres fans should recall his customary PA announcement with every at-bat, "numberelevenEnzo............HERNAAAAAAANDEZ!" That should be enough to bring a smile to those who were there. With all due respect to magnificence of a Stan Musial, being a part of a memory that extends beyond ones days and makes your fellow humans smile is really all it takes to become immortal.

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So WiHalo thinks that the four of us who congregate here on weekends have nothing to talk about, since come Fridays "Baseball websites are abandoned in favor of moviephone.com, startrekonline.com, and/or world of warcraft." Sounds like we got ourselves a linkage challenge right there, no?

  • Adam Kennedy ramps up his local instructional facility, here in Anaheim. Don Aase used to have a similar facility tucked between Anaheim ills and Yorba Linda, and it worked wonders on my youngest son's pitching ability (HaloVet). If you have a youngster, and are in need or want of some outside instruction on fundamentals, I would recommend checking out Kennedy's facility.
  • Mark Trumbo is tweeting that his offseason workout regime as him the fastest and strongest he has been, ever. Apparently Adam Kennedy's new facility is having immediate benefits for the 2013 season!
  • Daily Mike Trout Porn: Baseball Prospectus Podcast - Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh get down on the pressing BABIP question as to whether or not Mike Trout was lucky? (About half way through the podcast.)

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This Date In Baseball History, with a decidedly New York State Of Mind: 1934 - NY Giants manager Bill Terry mocks the Brooklyn Dodgers, asking "Is Brooklyn still in the league?" during an interview. Brooklyn will turn around and bounce the Giants from the pennant race 8 months later..........1945 - The Yankees are sold to Dan Topping, Del Webb and Larry MacPhail. MacPhail will later get bought out, and Topping and Webb will eventually sell to CBS after the 1964 season. It is CBS from whom which George Steinbrenner will buy the franchise..........1966 - Tony Kubek is diagnosed with three crushed vertebrae since childhood, and announces his retirement. He will become a national broadcast voice of baseball to baby boomers everywhere..........1980 - After their recent sale, the NY Mets introduce their new ownership of Nelson Doubleday as CEO and Fred Wilpon as CEO and President. Wilpon will buy out Doubleday in 2002 and get entangled in the Bernie Madoff scam, actually making ~$300 million via Madoff's Ponzi practice.........1999 - The deck chairs are shuffled in New York City, with the Mets abandoning their birth partner WOR channel 9 and moving to WPIX channel 11. The Yankees had dropped their 50 year partner WPIX to jump to the FOX station, channel 5, opening up the opportunity for the Mets..........2007 - Ex-player, ex-manager of the Yankees Will Randolph signs with the Mets to pilot the team on a two year deal, doubling his previous salary...........2012 - Jorge Posada (finally!) retires.

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Barry Bonds selling his Beverly Hills mansion. Looks like it comes with its own trampoline!!..........Justin Sellers poppin’ wheelies..........Nolan Ryan goes looking for the new biggest weenie for his ballpark, and selects himself..........Hall Of Fame fix it reading. Worth linking to just for the phrase: "Joe Morgan Super Friends Committee", but pay special attention to the point they are making with the example of Gil Hodges..........King Felix may be getting, uh, "Kingier". Al Capone and Babe Ruth signed a baseball? Kind of the antithesis to hero worship, no?

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And now, being the full service weekend linkage institution that we are, here is the obligatory moment we take out of each Friday for beer:

Friday: Head to Long Beach and get your stink on, my friends! Beachwood BBQ & Brewing is at Part 3 of their food/beer tasting series, focusing on Wild Ales, and cheese (this is Friday AND Saturday). Meanwhile, the Congregation Ale House is hosting a Cheese festival all week long (including Saturday & Sunday, too).

Saturday: Beer Belly LA in Los Angeles proper surrenders to a tap takeover and showcases Smog City Brewing's latest line of Barrel-Aged OE. Make sure to spy out the rare beers on the list!

Sunday:Living quite refined up in Davis, Monticello Seasonal Cuisine will be the location for a Beer Dinner with Dr. Charles Bamforth. As we have noted before, Dr. Bamforth is professor of malting and brewing science at UC Davis. That's got to be one of the best gigs on the planet...sigh.

Stay safe, everyone!

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