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Nailbiters vs. Bedwetters


The Mets called up Ike Davis this afternoon. This may be the first time a New York baseball player has shared the same name with a Woody Allen character.

Rounding out the starting nine of the A.S. Konigsberg All Stars: 

c:  Boris Grushenko

2b:  Virgil Starkwell

ss:  Allan Felix

3b: Sandy Bates

lf : Alvy Singer

cf: Miles Monroe

rf: Mickey Sachs

bench: Leonard Zelig

p:  Fielding Mellish

rp: Howard Prince

manager: Broadway Danny Rose

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1 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 19, 2010 3:57 pm

Props to my cousin Jonah for bringing this matter to my attention.

2 RagingTartabull   ~  Apr 19, 2010 4:21 pm

Jerry and Omar should meet some stupid people once in a while, they might learn something.

3 johnredrum   ~  Apr 19, 2010 4:39 pm

Im pretty sure Zelig can play any position.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 19, 2010 4:50 pm

I was wondering where to pencil him in...LOL

5 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2010 7:48 pm

Hah ah ah ah aha hah ah hah ah!!!
Brilliant, Alex!

6 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2010 7:49 pm

[3] Heh heh. Nice.

7 NYYfan22   ~  Apr 19, 2010 8:49 pm

dang. never saw a Woody Allen flick.

8 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Apr 19, 2010 9:06 pm

[7] Bananas, Sleeper, Broadway Danny Rose, Annie Hall, Crimes & Misdimeanors, Radio Days, The Sweet Lowdown. Start with those.

Don't watch anything recent!!! :)

9 NYYfan22   ~  Apr 19, 2010 9:33 pm

Hell, I got turned onto Robert Altman via the banter -- I'll give a few of those a go, Mr OK. Thanks!

10 Emma Span   ~  Apr 19, 2010 11:06 pm

Leave it to you to point this out, Alex! (I'm kicking myself for not noticing).

11 edoubletrouble   ~  Apr 19, 2010 11:12 pm

Mr. OK You don't have to to scoff at Match Point or Vicky Christina Barcelona.

I'm glad Sweet and Lowdown made it to your short list regardless of its 1999 debut. (I recommend watching it three times in order to truly get it.)

Lastly, Purple Rose of Cairo ... HELLO?!? ... If S & L is Woody's Tempest than Purple Rose is his Romeo and Juliet or is it Hamlet?

NYYfan I've got three double-features for you:

start with Manhattan with Annie Hall
then Sleeper with Zelig
then Purple Rose with Sweet and Lowdown

if you can't get enough go for
Bullets Over Broadway with Broadway Danny Rose

you can have more ... Deconstructing Harry with Crimes and Misdemeanors

then if you want more

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*
(*But Were Afraid to Ask)
with Bananas

then if you really want to ruin the marriage go here

Husbands and Wives with Hannah and her Sisters

12 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Apr 19, 2010 11:33 pm

[11] Actually, I haven's seen VCB (Scarlett Johanssen AND Penelope Cruz? not sure my blood pressure can take that..)

Forgot Purple Rose! Husbands & Wives is awesome but Hannah a bit over-rated..Dianne Weist doing coke and taking Woody to a punk band in 1986 was just absurd..

13 thelarmis   ~  Apr 20, 2010 12:09 am

i've never seen a woody allen flick in my life, either. but what struck me about this post is Ike Davis's dad. i learned today that his father was Ron Davis. i remember his 1981 Yankees card like i got it in a pack this afternoon. i loved that Topps set and, of course, i LOVED the Yankees. i'll never forget his glasses, for some reason. i guess most players did not wear glasses on the field, so that stuck out to me (like Reggie, but he stood out for oh so many other reasons). i also had later Ron Davis cards, with the Twins, but this is the one that left an indelible mark upon me...

http://tinyurl.com/y3szqjw (ebay link)

14 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Apr 20, 2010 1:23 am

[13] thelarmis my friend, how are ya? I remember the Ron Davis card too!

Man, I can NOT believe you are a (non-orthodox) jewish new yorker who has never seen a Woody Allen film! I guess there had to be someone who hadn't but it's still surprising! You'd enjoy a lot of his work, and the jazzy soudntracks as well.

Herbie Hancock's 70th b-day last week, can you believe that? 50+ years in the jazz world and still at it. What a legend!

15 thelarmis   ~  Apr 20, 2010 1:45 am

[14] yeah man, i'm not much of a movie guy, so... who knows, maybe i have seen one of his films but didn't know it? neh, doubt it. oh well, whatever...

anyway, i just saw the ike davis highlight and they mentioned ron davis. those '81 cards were pretty cool. i liked the hats in the corner. man, i can't even remember all the different way i used to flip 'em and trade games and stuff.

whoa, i didn't know herbie turned 70!

16 NYYfan22   ~  Apr 20, 2010 2:12 am

[14] he ain't just whistlin dixie.. I watched Bananas tonight (on youtube in 11-parts while at work). It's funny as shite, and yes, the soundtrack is awesome. The ending bit with Howard Cosell calling the play by play is great -- when he goes in and interviews them.

17 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Apr 20, 2010 2:15 am

[15: Chek out "The Sweet Lowdown" first, great gypsy-jazz guitar soundtrack in there and a good Sean Penn performance.

Herbie still looks really young, I saw him a few years back with Wayne Shorter, duo gig.

18 Keith   ~  Apr 20, 2010 7:48 am

Postgame spread includes pastrami, mayo, and white bread.

19 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 20, 2010 8:30 am

Actually, while it wasn't a great movie, I kinda liked 'Scoop'. Woody Allen, Hugh Jackman, Ian McShane and most important of all, an AMAZING Scarlett Johansson. One reason I liked it was there was not too much Woody Allen schtick (sp?), which at his age, is really getting old.

It was certainly not a classic, but cute...... and Scarlett Johansson...... mmmmm donuts!

20 williamnyy23   ~  Apr 20, 2010 8:42 am

[13] Thinking about the card was inspiration for a blog post on Davis. I was very disappointed to see that Ike didn’t have shaggy hair and glasses!

21 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 20, 2010 2:00 pm

I LOVE Purple Rose of Cairo. One of Woody's best.

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