...still nailing the cadence on this one
Every month(?) the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox are going to the World Series!
Juuust A Bit Outside
I’ve missed a few weeks of this because it’s October and the baseball has been great. Just the other night we got the Astros hottest hitter against the Red Sox as of late cardiac inducing closer with the game on the line. “I’m going to vomit” one Red Sox fan said. But I digress I am writing to suggest if possible you listen to the remaining games rather than watch or at least enhance your experience by turning on the radio feeds.
One of my favorite baseball writers, Sam Miller, used to discuss why he liked to listen to games. A suggestion which at the time fell on deaf ears. It may be my age is showing but this year I decided I was ready and have since listened to almost every game of the Postseason on the radio. Hearing the announcers voices and local ad spots give the game a nice color you didn’t know you were missing.Depending on offense/defense team or leverage you can back and forth between home and away booths on the MLB At Bat app which adds an enthusiasm the sterile national broadcasts can not,especially if you have no real rooting interest. Best of all, I only really know this one because of the complaints on baseball twitter and a half a game's broadcast but I don’t have to listen to Joe Buck or John Smoltz. With the Red Sox punching their ticket last night and the Dodgers and Brewers squaring off for the right to face them I suggest you give the radio a shot it may surprise you with how captiving it can be, I know I was.
Also in case you were unaware the Brewers real life announcer is Robert M.F. Uecker, who if you are unaware is the announcer in the Major League movies.
Brian Phillips is a very good writer. His book Impossible Owls is a delight to read. There was a part where I was reading and stopped myself audibly commenting to myself "Wow that was beautiful". Every story is very different and so dense and poetic in a completely unique way. Route 66 and Area 51, The Iditarod and the Yukon, Tigers and Ex-Soviet animators and Sumos are among the topics that Phillips writes about and derives observations and lessons from. Truly every story reveals something about him and in turn about the reader it's honest, vulnerable writing.
I barely got this book last weekend but I've already reread a couple of the essays in it multiple times. It's only 11 bucks on Amazon and as a completely irrelevant but important detail, the physical book is the perfect size.
I sincerely love everything about this. Buy it