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Ya Don’t Stop

Posted By Alex Belth On September 2, 2009 @ 10:34 pm In Actors,Arts and Culture,Bronx Banter,Childhood,Life in New York,Memoir,Million Dollar Movie | Comments Disabled

Dancin'playbill

There is an old Yiddish routine between a man and woman that my dad and his sister used to do. That’s where my twin sister Sam and I learned to do it.

It goes like this:

“You Dancin?”

“You askin’?”

“I’m askin’ if you’re dancin’.”

“I’m dancin’ if you’re askin.’”

“So I’m askin.’”

“So I’m dancin.’”

I had dancing* on the brain tonight after watching Robinson Cano turn an elegant double play in the seventh inning. With a man on first and one out, Cano fielded a ground ball to his right, took a few steps to the bag and falling away, flipped the ball to first. Cano is one of the few players in the league that can “flip” a ball across the field with such ease and still put a good amount of mustered on the throw. It was a remarkably quick and agile play, over in an eye-blink, but smooth like butter.

And that wasn’t the only thing that was smooth on another smooth night for the Yankees. CC Sabathia was a load. Again. The Big Fella went seven innings and allowed one run on seven hits and a walk. He struck out nine. And Alex Rodriguez was more money than money, breaking up a 1-1 game in the seventh with a two run single, and then adding to a 3-2 lead with another two-run base hit in the ninth, giving him 75 RBI on the year. His first hit a few innings earlier was the 2,500 of his career. 

Rodriguez’s RBI in the ninth was just the start. The Yanks scored seven runs in all, good enough for a 10-2  [1] win, and another series sweep. The Yanks have won ten straight against the Orioles. They are a big inning waiting to happen. Tonight, the Bombers had 17 hits in all, 4 by Johnny Damon, 2 each by Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera.

So what’s not to like?

 devil and max d

*One of the all-time jips of my childhood came when my mother and grandmother took my sister  to see Bob Fosse’s “Dancin’” on Broadway in a theater while my father and grandfather rolled my brother and me a few blocks away  to Loew’s 83rd Street to see Elliott Gould and Bill Cosby in The Devil and Max Devlin [2].

I had my handful of disappointing movie theater experiences as a kid–Chariots of Fire [3], Swing Shift [4], Author! Author!, [5] Carbon Copy [6]–but that one took the cake. Like losing Fred McGriff in the Davey Collins dump for Dale Murray.

I didn’t even like musicals but that “Dancin’” poster was everywhere in Manhattan for a few years. As a kid, I thought it was so adult and provocative. I think of it side-by-side in my mind’s eye with the Oh! Calcutta! [7] poster.


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URLs in this post:

[1] 10-2 : http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=290902101

[2] The Devil and Max Devlin: http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Max-Devlin-Elliott-Gould/dp/6305840059

[3] Chariots of Fire: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082158/

[4] Swing Shift: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088213/

[5] Author! Author!,: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083598/

[6] Carbon Copy: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082138/

[7] Oh! Calcutta!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh!_Calcutta!

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