Today’s selection: Authors, animals, and artifice.
Reggie Jackson faces his italicized self, Billy Hamilton his antiquated self, and Matt ranks Metallica moments.
Mary delivers the rallying speech of an All-Star hopeful, while Patrick writes a pastiche about a rain delay.
David writes a story of the junk wax era of a man, and Patrick dissects a typical Short Relief article so you can see how the sausage is made.
Four stories of how a baseball game started, and to stories about how they ended for Ryan Howard and Jeremy Guthrie.
Three tales of relative woe: on failed ballpark proposals, the artless inspiration of Aaron Judge, and the cluttered soul.
Joe Nuxhall approaches the biggest game of his year, and the Oakland Athletics dabble in the forbidden arts to win a championship.
Sometimes all of us are subject to the fantasy of fandom.