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

They Were Collaborators #436

The New York Mets of 1962


Vanwall said...

Yo la Tengo!

Tom Sutpen said...

I think the '62 Mets were an experiment to see how well a ball club would fare with zero guidance from its manager.

Stengel was great in his day, and certainly entertaining (to the press at least), but his negligence was almost criminal.

Vanwall said...

It must've been the language problem - few really spoke or correctly translated Stengelese, and maybe not even Casey himself. ;-)

Tommy O'C said...

"His negligence was almost criminal"?

That's why the Mets kept Stengel on as manager for four straight years (during which they easily finished dead last every year) and a fifth, during which Stengel retired due to a broken hip.

As Stengel himself had occasion to say, many times, "Can't anybody play this here game?" Not on those Mets during those years. "Come see my Amazin' Mets," said Stengel. "I've been in this game a hundred years but I see new ways to lose I never knew existed before."

If it weren't for Stengel, the Mets' franchise arguably would not have survived those first few years.