Saturday, July 9, 2011

The art of fiction is dead-Again

Derek Jeter got his 3000th hit today, only the 28th player to do so. It was a HR, at home, on what looked like a beautiful afternoon in NY, 84 degrees according to Yahoo Sports. He also went 5-for-5, the first player ever to do so in the game he got his 3000th hit (according to Then he drove in the go-ahead and what proved to be winning run in the 8th inning. And it was against one of the other contenders in the AL East, the Tampa Rays.

Here is what the great sports writer Red Smith said about Bobby Thomson's pennant winning HR in 1951:
"Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again"
See Red Smith on Baseball at the excellent Baseball Almanac site.

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