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My Blowback to the L.A. Times Editorial on Chas Freeman

03/13/2009 01:36 PM  |  Comment (1)

"But we never smoked weed during the games" ... except for that one time: Leon "Daddy Wags" Wagner, original Angel, talks about his days with the late-'50s Giants and the early-'60s Angels:

Cepeda was playing bongo music all the time, smoking a little weed -- it was strong, then. But we never smoked weed during the games. You can't play drugged up. Every now and then we'd smoke weed after the game, or in the off-season. But you could not play drugged up, with all those people in the stands, playing for money, man. That was out. And we never smoked a lot of weed then. You couldn't drink a lot of whiskey then, either, and I was never a boozer. But, as I said, it was strong stuff, then -- two puffs [laughs].

I did try smoking weed, though, one time before playing in Boston. I took two puffs and I hadn't come down, and I'm out in left field and Yastrzemski hits a line drive to left. And I've got my hands on my knees and I watch that line drive sail over my head, with my hands still on my knees. I didn't feel like moving [laughs]. So I just trotted over real easy and retrieved it, and hummed itinto second base. And then I went back to my position, hands on knees, and relaxed. Rigney didn't say a word to me when I went back to the dugout. He didn't know. I was so glad to get that game over. I don't ever want to play that relaxed.

From Steve Bitker's very interesting 1998 book, The Original San Francisco Giants: The Giants of '58. Tragically, and shamefully for the Angels organization (this is self-acknowledged), Wagner died a homeless addict in 2004.

03/12/2009 06:55 PM  |  Comment (1)

Me & Matthew Yglesias on Bloggingheads: This one's more interesting than usual, I think. Particularly if you think, like I think, that the whole Chas Freeman debate has been revealingly retarded.

UPDATE: If you get your news from L.A. Times editorials, the only issue on the table in the entire Freeman discussion was gradations of support for Israel. Jesus Christ.

Also, for what it's worth, and to the extent anyone should care, Andrew Sullivan's guesswork as to my "motivation" is wrong.

03/11/2009 08:11 PM  | 

Reason a Four-Time Finalist for the Maggie Awards

03/09/2009 02:21 PM  |  Comment (1)

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