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The Man Who Brought Ted Williams Back to Life

Ted Williams is alive and well and Bruce Spitzer is the one we need to thank. Extra Innings, a novel written by Spitzer where the great Ted Williams is brought back to life through the science of cryonics.  He recovers from the operation that grafts his head onto the body of a young man and once again learns how to hit, throw, run and simply survive in strange yet familiar surroundings.

Extra Innings is Field of Dreams in reverse.  Reanimated in the future and once again playing for the Red Sox, Williams finds himself trapped in a world he hardly recognizes:  the corruption of the game he loves with ├╝ber-juiced batters and robot pitchers; difficult love affairs clashing with his old habits; and a military conflict of the future in which he must harness his old fighter pilot skills.

Married three times in his former life, Williams has to learn how to treat women in a new way.  Dr. Elizabeth Miles is the cryonicist who brings him back to life, initiating a dramatic sequence of medical …

Defending Theo Epstein

Theo Epstein has left Boston and the bashing has begun. It seems every article and every talk show host list every single bad move Theo ever made as GM of the Red Sox.

Revisionist history suggests that 2004 team was really built by Dan Duquette and the 2007 team was built in the weeks in which Theo had walked out in the gorilla suit. The sentiment by way too many people is that Theo's time in Boston was overrated that he really was The Boy Blunder. It is time to defend Theo and it really isn't a hard defense.

Before we get to the facts, I will admit that I am biased when it comes to Theo. I was a fan from the day the Red Sox hired him as the GM back in 2002. Here was a guy who was just a year older than me and grew up living and dying with the Red Sox. I saw myself in him. When Theo was hired he talked about being 12 years old and how devastated he was watching game six of the 1986 World Series. I blogged about my experiences on that awful night and they were eerily similar t…

Bill Lee: Baseball's White Rabbit

I never saw Bill Lee pitch but he has always been pretty interesting to listen to and read about. He was great in the baseball documentary by Ken Burns and during his playing days was at the heart of Red Sox/Yankees rivalry in the 70's. Paul Flannery does an incredible job of going even deeper into the man they call The Spaceman.

Here is an excerpt from his story on Bill Lee:


Bill Lee is late. There are sixteen kids, their parents, and a man named Miro who is running for mayor waiting for him on a Little League baseball field in Burlington, Vermont. The weather is unusually cold for October, and now it’s starting to rain. Lee’s baseball life is equal parts inspiration and cautionary tale. During his fourteen-year run in the big leagues, he survived with little more than guile and a sinking fastball, and then proceeded to blow up his career for a principle. Exiled from professional baseball READ MORE