Now that’s a game story

Those of you who recall an era when game strories weren’t mere regurgitations of the box score will enjoy Josh Levin’s game story over at Slate:

On this night, the slim Phillie’s casual brilliance outshines the grunting effort of his hefty ex-Indians teammate CC Sabathia. Despite a recurrent inability to spot his pitches, the Yankees starter kept every Phillie off the scoreboard excepting the brilliant, lefty-hitting second baseman Chase Utley. Down to his last strike in each of his first three plate appearances, Utley coaxed a walk and yanked two solo home runs. Utley’s first shot comes with his left hand off the bat, a looping parabola that drops over Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch. The second, which extends the Phillies’ lead to 2-0, gets half as high off the ground and travels seemingly twice as far to deep right-center, leaving grunts and gasps in its wake.


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YankeesfanLen
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YankeesfanLen

Since this is grammar day at ShysterBall, he shouldn’t have used variations of “brilliant” and “grunt” twice, maybe not grunt at all.  No thesaurus available at NYS?

John_Michael
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John_Michael

Sentence 1: night vs. outshines & slim vs. hefty
Sentence 3: coaxed vs. yanked & last vs. first & walk vs. runs
Sentence 4: left hand vs. right field
Sentence 5: half as high vs. twice as far

Overplaying the dualaties? One can’t be sure.

John_Michael
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John_Michael

edit dualities

Rob²
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Rob²

Not to be picky, but those are edits for style, not grammar.

Aaron Moreno
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Aaron Moreno

Seems to recalling The Mick with the one-handed bomb.

Stuart
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Stuart

What, he couldn’t work in “gonfalon”?

Jay
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Jay

This is the first baseball-related article I’ve come across that uses the word “grunt” twice with nary a reference to David Eckstein OR Darin Erstad.

Hojo
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Hojo

Somewhere, in whatever plane of existence that exists beyond the mortal realm, Grantland Rice just smiled.

umpty
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umpty

dan daniel, fred leib, and damon runyon raise a schooner of ruppert’s brew to young mr levin.

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