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Scenes from Spring Training: The Chase

Mar 1, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

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“He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.”

— Herman Melville, Moby Dick

No reason for that quote. None at all. In other news, I’ll be reporting from Royals’ camp in Surprise, Arizona today. I’ll be sure to let you know if I happen to meet anyone interesting. In the meantime, I’ll just leave this here:

Ahab had cherished a wild vindictiveness against the whale, all the more fell for that in his frantic morbidness he at last came to identify with him, not only all his bodily woes, but all his intellectual and spiritual exasperations. The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung.


  1. Lukehart80 - Mar 1, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Well player, sir.

  2. Lukehart80 - Mar 1, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Well played, sir.

  3. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Mar 1, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    I can see reading Melville if you had to watch the Cubs, but the Royals? Shakespeare might be more fitting to them. A quote from the Scottish play is probably the best,

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    After all the Royals are loaded with poor players.

    • Old Gator - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM

      Wait a minute. That’s not Melville. That’s from The Wrath of Khan!

  4. Old Gator - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    “William Blake? William Blake!?!”

  5. gvots - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    If you happen upon him, get him to talk of “plate discipline” and the such. I haven’t seen that annual article yet.

  6. oldnumero7 - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    “This year I’m really going to work the count, see some pitches. Also, I feel I’m in the best shape of my life.”

  7. Jonny 5 - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Here’s to hoping you never become Ahab and the game become the whale. It happens.

  8. BC - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    “Naphta loathed the bourgeois state and its love of security. He found occasion to express this loathing one autumn afternoon when, as they were walking along the main street, it suddenly began to rain and, as if on command, there was an umbrella over every head. That was a symbol of cowardice and vulgar effeminacy, the end product of civilization. An incident like the sinking of the Titanic was atavistic, true, but its effect was most refreshing, it was the handwriting on the wall. Afterward, of course, came the hue and cry for more security in shipping. How pitiful, but such weak-willed humanitarianism squared very nicely with the wolfish cruelty and villainy of slaughter on the economic battlefield known as the bourgeois state. War, war ! He was all for it – the universal lust or war seemed quite honorable in comparison.”
    — Thomas Mann (The Magic Mountain)
    (Sorry, I felt compelled to reply)

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