Thursday, August 14, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 08/13/14: Danny Almonte Doc, Portland Mavericks Doc, Martha Stewart in a Pot

1.  Via, today I watched a 30 for 30 Short entitled "Kid Danny".   Remember Danny Almonte?  Back in 2001, he was a dominating pitcher in the Little League World Series and played for a team from the Bronx.  It turned out he was two years older than the Little League 12 year old age limit and this movie is a documentary in which Danny Almonte tells his story.  I enjoyed watching it, but, predictably, found the adult behavior that lay behind Danny Almonte's cheating to be just awful.

2.  I was on a baseball documentary roll today and watched The Battered Bastards of Baseball, the fascinating and entertaining story of when actor Bing Russell, actor Kurt Russell's father, owned an independent Class A minor league baseball team in Portland, OR and called them the Portland Mavericks.  The movie chronicles the five year life of the Mavericks. One the one hand, it's a fun story about how these players (including Jim Bouton), rough and tumble, playing for the love of baseball and nothing else, were unaffiliated with any major league teams and created a devoted fan base in Portland; on the other hand, it also tells the story of the corporate personality and interests of Major League Baseball and its minor league farm system.  For now, you can watch it instantly on Netflix.

3.  I tried to remember the last time I cooked a Martha Stewart recipe.  I hadn't.  Tonight, I plunged into a single pot linguine meal that involved just boiling linguine, cherry tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil, red pepper, salt, and pepper into a pot and boiling it for awhile until the pasta was cooked.  It was a good thing. 

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