Don't get hung up on the ranking aspect of it. It's going to be 60 great stories about baseball, told really well.These 60 Moments are not the most important moments in baseball history. Yes, there are some important moments in here, some that you will no doubt expect. But let me give you advance warning: There are a bunch of important moments that are not in here. You can start your rage engines now.
Instead, these are 60 Moments that, to me, best express the joy and wonder of the game. They are touching. They are silly. They are goosebumpy. They are game-changing. There are a lot of surprises, I hope. Even some of the most famous moments might have an unexpected twist or two.
Is anyone better than Poz at this shit?58: Javy Baez tagging out Nelson Cruz in the World Baseball Classic.
I loved this moment too, glad he added it.
Heck, it’s bigger than baseball. It’s a kid riding a bicycle with no hands for the first time. It’s the scene outside an ice cream truck that has just stopped in the neighborhood. It’s a child opening a big box and having a puppy jump out.
2 other non-game action moments:
Yeah, that struck me as an excuse for Joe to right about Shoeless Joe, who probably fell short of the top 100. As with the Baseball 100, this is all about the stories.#57 also takes place off the field - Shoeless Joe walking out of the cornstalks in Field of Dreams. It’s also a debunking of Jackson’s naive innocence as well as an appreciation of the man’s incredible skills as a player.
No, guess I just missed that one. Didn’t make it because of poor frequency response, article says. Also, that’s almost exactly double the resonant frequency of the earth. Get enough of them going and you could change the earth’s tilt or something.You must be too young to remember the elusive 16 2/3 rpm record
Speaking of close to home, trigger warnings may be needed around here for #55. Which I will not spoil except to say that it's a measure of Posnanski's brilliance that he can make even that grim night entertaining reading.
That was a grim, brutal, but utterly incredible night for baseball. It was insane.
I think I had, at one time a 16rpm disk .. that being said my record player had a 16rpm setting. It was great for learning fiddle tunes as it was almost the same tuning (a little flat) as a standard LP - but half the speed.No, guess I just missed that one. Didn’t make it because of poor frequency response, article says. Also, that’s almost exactly double the resonant frequency of the earth. Get enough of them going and you could change the earth’s tilt or something.
That team just ran out of pitching. We had zero chance in the playoffs anyway. I was hoping to crack open the game thread, but it doesn't appear to be in the archives.Oh man. I have such a love/hate relationship with that night. One the one hand, it sucked. On the other, it may have been the single greatest regular season day of baseball of the decade. Longoria literally made contact with his game ending home run the instant I switched over to that game from watching the Sox lose. It was awful.
The rest of it continues to be awesome, as well.But the more questions Baseball-Reference answered, the more complicated the questions became, and soon they began offering the opportunity to search individual games, then the opportunity to search individual splits, so that it now takes a second to answer who hit the most two-out homers in 2019 (Gary Sánchez with 18) or who hit the most home runs in a career when facing a pitcher for the fourth time or more in a game.*
*The answer to this question is Babe Ruth with 111. Nobody is close. I actually think this is important: One-seventh of Ruth’s home runs were hit when facing the pitcher the fourth or fifth or sixth time through the lineup. Henry Aaron had only 79 such homers. Barry Bonds had only 33 such homers. Mike Trout has 11. Different game.
View: https://twitter.com/jposnanski/status/1286374115230863360?s=21It's been a week since the last update to the list and his blog hasn't been updated since the Indians renaming story broke. Is anything happening with Joe?
Still can't believe that O'Neil didn't make it after Ken Burns' Baseball, while he was still alive.Today is about Buck O’Neil and Pos is always at his most passionate writing about Buck.
But what became clear in this piece is that this article and his recent one on Minnie Minoso is an effort to lobby for both players to get into the HoF. The Early and Golden Era committees both meet this summer, so Joe is making some cases.