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

Adventures in the National Pastime #15

Leo Durocher, then-bench-coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers of Los Angeles, gives a tryout to an aspiring power hitter (Herman the Rookie, original broadcast April 8, 1965).


Bellotoot said...

Durocher on Herman's hitting: "I don't know whether to sign him with the Dodgers or send him to Vietnam!"

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Durocher on baseball: Baseball is like church. Many attend; few understand.

MadHatter said...

You bet your arse there was no asterisk next to any baseball records ole Herman set!