The Sox, Joan Vennochi’s column and the ‘Ideas’ section etc.:
Reader No. 1 returns after a long hiatus. From Reader No. 1:
“Wade and the Sox
: I won't refer to "Reader #1" in the 3rd person, too Wade Boggsian. And as a telling anecdote about official scorers and teamwork makes clear (in one of Monday's many Globe minor sidestories), he deserves a place in the hall of fame for self-absorption.
“Incidentally, no matter what happens tonight or tomorrow, Roger's recent would-be-300th is a milestone game in Boston baseball history (as Dennis and Callahan suggested on WEEI ), or as team architect Theo said tonight on the pregame show, 'one to break down on film for the entire organization' to watch and learn from. Just when you feared the worst -- example, 6th inning, two on, two out, two strikes -- Todd Walker lines a single JUST IN FRONT of the non-sliding Raul Mondesi, scoring two and puncturing Clemens' balloon for good that day... a fabulous at-bat, great example of the discipline and toughness of this year's team. It should be a great summer.
“The Globe’s Ideas section
-- Not to wax Boggsian again, but could the Globe Ideas section be taking a cue from Hubblog in their continuing, and mostly very good, series on obscure but important contemporary political intellectuals? The Victor Davis Hanson article
, unlike prior ones on Strauss and Wohlstetter, did not end with a clumsy backhand swipe offered by someone other than the subject. ... I also note that the Globe let the Sunday letters section lead with a down-the-line articulate defense of Bush tax policy before turning it over to the usual denunciations. Kudos, Marty, kudos -- maybe that NY Times seat is closer than we all think. And kudos to Hubblog and all bloggers for always crediting their stringers!
“Joan’s column and MCAS
-- Hubblog makes a couple of reasonable points
about MCAS not often heard, in particular, that compromise might have made for a different outcome. ... The problem is that many MCAS opponents are not interested in compromise because they do not acknowledge the validity of testing for skills, or that students should possess a core body of knowledge. There are many and often conflicting reasons for these beliefs, some obvious and some not. Boggsian Reader No. 1 has turned the Vennochi column over to his #1 for further comment. More later...”