Each week I share three things I like – It could be a book, a movie, a podcast, an album, a photo, an article, a restaurant, a food item, a beverage, or anything else I simply enjoy and think you might too. You can find a whole pile of things, especially books, I like and recommend HERE.
1) The Athletic
As someone who has written a lot of words and gotten paid to write a small portion of them I have learned the value of excellently written content. As someone who lives in America where many news outlets have sold their ethics and accuracy for clicks I have learned the value of good reporting. As a sports fan I love it when the two are combined. The Athletic is just such a place. It is the best collection of sports journalists and is affordable too. It’s everything ESPN.com or SI.com should be – no bells and whistles and videos and personal interest stories, just sports writing. Pay the money. Read the articles. Support their model and the writers doing the work.
2) The Soul of Baseball by Joe Posnanski
Buck O’Neil is largely forgotten by baseball fans. That is, if you can forget someone you never heard of. Most people have never heard of him because Buck was a star before black players were allowed in MLB. He played in the Negro Leagues, and did so with skill and aplomb. And he did so with a vibrant and victorious spirit. In the midst of crushing racism, bigotry, inequality, and segregation O’Neil continued to shine. In this book Joe Posnanski skillfully lets Buck reveal himself to the reader through stories, quotes, and descriptions. Any baseball fan or fan of being uplifted this book is wonderful. A true hero’s tale.
3) MLB Does Sandlot
The Milwaukee Brewers meant nothing to me until this, a fantastic rendition of a great scene from the best sports movie.