Craig Calcaterra returns to discuss “the newsletter lifestyle,” review the 2020 “season,” and explain the banality of meh. Plus: Tales of Casey Stengel shopping, Connie Mack building fences, and a Cubs shortstop provokes a theory of depression and elation.

Casey Stengel Buys a Tie*Ballparks Go Condo and the Shibe Park Spite Fence*Broadway Bill (Absolutely Bill’s Mood)*Craig Calcaterra: The Newsletter Lifestyle*People Won’t Hate-Pay*Cat Content in the Newsletter and Groin Pulls*The Blogosphere Without the Bad Parts*Getty Images A La Carte*Role to Resist/Saving Throw*The 2020 MLB “Episode” in Retrospect*The San Diego Padres and Real Estate Porn*Wall to Wall Cussin’*Trading Fernando Tatis Due to a Downturn in the Rental Market*Mike Ferrin’s Rule of Perception*The Banality of Meh*The 1000 Deaths of the Pittsburgh Pirates*You Won’t Know When Things Go Bad*Goodbyes.

The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

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