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December 11, 2013

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Thank you, DL and SH and DR. My own favorite baseball writer of all time, and by all accounts, though I never met him, one of the classiest people at an historically classy publication. RA sanctioned one's own personal best baseball moments, such as when, in the 1975 WS, Johnny Bench, a dead pull hitter, reached across the plate and drove a hit to the opposite field because his team was desperate for that, not a home run swing that ended up as a grounder to short; and such as when the much-loved Tony Perez returned to Cincinnati after being traded and hit a trademark 15-foot high line drive that thunked off the 404 sign in center field. I've heard that "thunk" ever since, and it's a continuing pleasure in my life. RA would understand.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark
                   

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