What’s New And Strange?


1. Mike Lupica was the first sports columnist I remember reading regularly, in the pages of the New York Daily News. I found out later he’d only begun covering the Yankees in 1977, the youngest columnist ever at a New York paper. He couldn’t have jumped into a hotter soup pot.

2. Dent’s home run earned him the nickname ‘Bucky Fucking Dent’ among the Boston faithful. Not quite a sobriquet, not quite a witticism, but certainly more colorful than his given name, Russell Earl O’Dey. The world hates a city of poor losers, but then, Boston did get shot down by a guy who hit a home run every 112 at-bats.