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Ben and Sam talk to Charlie Wilmoth about his new book about the Pirates and the psychology of Pirates fans.

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September 26, 2012 5:00 am

Sobsequy: The Orthodoxy of Winning


Adam Sobsey

When it comes to fandom, can it really be true that it's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game?

I was surprised to find the Orioles-Rays game still on when I came home. It had stretched into the 13th inning, though, nearing four hours. I didn’t have much time—I had to go back out again in a few minutes—but Chris Archer, who as a Durham Bull I have watched, interviewed, and written about often over the last year or so, was pitching a third inning of long, late relief. This was just his fourth career appearance in the major leagues. So of course I wanted to tune in.

Archer issued a leadoff walk to Endy Chavez, then made a poor throw on Manny Machado’s sacrifice bunt attempt for an error. That put two men on. Mark Reynolds followed by hitting a tantalizing corkscrew fly ball into shallow right-center field that retreating second baseman Elliot Johnson couldn’t quite catch. It ticked off his glove—oh, poor Elliot—for a single, loading the bases with no outs in the 13th inning of a game fraught with post-season implications for both teams

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A hardcore baseball fan falls out of love with the game, then tries to dig up his old affection.

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Ben Cohen is a freelance reporter and writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at @bzcohen and email him at bzcohen@gmail.com.

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Ron Washington's pitching matchups highlighted a disasterful eighth inning in Arlington.

From the front seat of the car, you can see how the moonlight captures the texture of the empty rows of fall fields of Ohio, and despite that wan candle's glare, the Milky Way's easily traced with the naked eye. In the car's dark cabin, the hiss of AM radio, and... why hello, it's Suzyn Waldman.

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January 23, 2009 4:49 pm

Transaction Analysis: AL West Moves


Christina Kahrl

Giambi lands in the bay, the Angels find a replacement closer, and other minor quakes.

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