I recently wrote an essay for Dry Ink Magazine on what has made baseball so enduringly successful. Baseball, you see, is like a chick flick.

When Harry Met Sally

9 Responses to “Why baseball is like a good chick flick”

  1. I don’t care if he’s wearing an Orioles jersey now. “Rockin'” Leo Mazzone has caused me nothing but pain.

    But it getting to the point where it’s becoming impossible to acknowledge the existence of the “Mazzone Factor”. Even the anti-superstition sabremetric community has embraced it. JC Bradbury does a really interesting look on this in his new book: http://www.sabernomics.com/sabernomics/index.php/2006/07/the-baseball-economist/

  2. Whoops, I meant “not acknowledge”… But you people are smart, you figured it out, right?

  3. Nice work, and very true. I linked it up over at the Loss Column.

    Why can’t the rest of Red Sox nation roll like you guys roll? Or am I wong in assuming you’re actually part of said nation?

  4. Coley Ward says:

    Sarah and Nick are part of the nation. I’m part of the Phillies nation (which I can hardly bring myself to type), Alejandro is a White Sox fan and Paul is a Mets fan.

  5. Being a Phillies fan has to be almost as hard as being an Orioles fan. I feel for you.

    All of you do nice work here. Keep it up.

  6. Zvee Geffen says:

    As a Braves fan, it pained me to see Leo leave the ATL after the 2005 season.

    I offer just a few of the most damning examples of “The Mazzone Factor”:

    Mike Remlinger, Chris Hammond, Jaret Wright, Russ Ortiz, John Rocker…the list goes on and on.

    While in Atlanta, ALL of these guys were shutdown studs…elsewhere, well, let’s just say they’ve struggled.

  7. Alejandro says:

    I think Nick is more Dodger nation than Red Sox nation…

    And I’m definitely White Sox nation…

  8. Dammit, Coley. You have completely emasculated us. I mean, sure, I consider “When Harry Met Sally” among my favorite movies of all time. And yeah, I own DVDs of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Amelie”, “Say Anything”, and “Footloose”…

    I am not helping my case here.

  9. Sarah Green says:

    See. Coley just “gets” women. He also “gets” why I love tennis.

    He was also the one who forced me to watch “When Harry Met Sally” for the first time.

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