The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Great Moments in Moxie #5

Ted Williams goes to bat for his favourite soft drink (until they came up with Ted's Root Beer, that is).


Vanwall said...

You could still buy Moxie in Teddy Ballgame's hometown back then. Ted had natural moxie, that's a fact.


swac said...

I've heard there are places in Boston where you can buy it. I mean, I've found it in New Hampshire, I don't know why someone wouldn't have it in Boston. Maybe at a specialty or health food store...

Vanwall said...

Actually, Stephen, I was referring to Ted's birthplace of San Diego back in the day. I imagine it was still possible then to get real Moxie, but it dried up in the Southwestern US long ago - until just recently. I had some as very small boy in Arizona, but it was over 40 years later that you get in a local store out here in SoCal.

Have you ever heard of the pine-tar exhibition Ted put on at spring training in Scottsdale in the 1970's for SI? He put some pine tar on the bat's sweet spot so the ball was marked where the bat met it. He could still see the rotation on the ball, and could tell you where on the ball he actually hit! Freakish! On a side note, as Ted's mother was of Hispanic descent from Mexico, how much of a latino player does that make him? ;-)