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Seinfeld Was Wrong About Keith Hernandez's Spit-Shot, Possibly

It seems the entire Phillies team were just the patsies in Seinfeld's Magic Loogie episode. Let me demonstrate.

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Like Its Titular Character, 'The Phenom' Is an Uneven Film, But Holds Promise

The Phenom is at once remarkable for both its transfixing cinematography and Johnny Simmons's tightly coiled performance, but it's mired by its over reliance on exposition.

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Defining Spiritual Sequel in 'Everybody Wants Some!!'

The powerful timing of Richard Linklater’s take on '80s competitiveness in Everybody Wants Some!!

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The Baseball Project: 3rd

The Baseball Project goes deep into the lore, heritage and shadows of the great American pastime -- and comes up with an awesome record.

Sports

In Defense of Totally Being Over the Winter Olympics

An institution once associated with athletic superiority and, of course, proud patriotism, has been deduced to yet another pawn in the ongoing game of international passive-aggression.

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Music Is Vital to the Sports Fan Experience, But Which Traditions Are Worth Keeping Around?

There’s a lot of noise at the average sporting event. Study this list to learn when to break out the earplugs.

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First Trailer Released for '42', the Biopic of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson

Here's a new one to look forward to come spring... '42' will feature the story of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in baseball's major leagues. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodger’s GM Branch Rickey. 42 opens 12 April 2013. Gotta love the Jay-Z track on the trailer as well.

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When Hair, Fashion, Drugs, Disco and Baseball Collide: 'Big Hair and Plastic Grass'

Baseball remained largely insulated against the tumult of the previous decade, but the shadow of the '60s loomed large over the early '70s.

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The Bad News Statisticians: 'Moneyball'

There’s an ugly and unromantic truth behind Bennett Miller’s baseball stats semi-comedy Moneyball that it acknowledges and then dances away from.

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Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu

The Library of America Outdoes Itself with New Release of a Classic Updike Baseball Essay

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Sugar

Melancholic and pragmatic, Sugar is not a rousing Saturday night sports movie, but rather an intelligent and stirring representation of real life.

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Major League Baseball 2K8

MLB 2K8 has gone the innovation route, overhauling many standards of the baseball sim, making it an interesting experiment in what baseball games can be.

Jason Cook
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Scoring from Second by Philip F. Deaver [Editor]

Even the very best baseball players convert only three or four of every ten at bats into base hits. Perhaps Deaver can find some sort of poetic consolation in that statistic.

Neal Hayes
Sports

Carrying Jackie's Torch: The Players Who Integrated Baseball -- and America

No matter how great their RBI or batting average, neither Jackie Robinson nor the other black players could escape the racism, insult or injustice of the times.

Steve Jacobson
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