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Lighten Up, Francis

Posted By Alex Belth On March 23, 2011 @ 10:45 am In Baseball,Games We Play,Links: Sportswriting,Magazine Writers,Sportswriting | Comments Disabled

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A trip to the SI Vault brings us this gem on David Cone by my man John Ed Bradley [2]. From the 1993 Baseball Preview issue:

In Kansas City they make a top-notch steak and some fine barbecue. And first-rate music if you go for jazz. And maybe a decent sportswriter or two—they make that. Or used to. Wasn’t it Hemingway who had a start there, long, long time ago? But hot young baseball talent…they just don’t make much. And, no sir, they never have.

When David Cone was a kid living in a blue-collar neighborhood on the northeast side of Kansas City, he never imagined he would grow up to be the best-paid pitcher the game has ever known. He told people he wanted to be a scribe, like Oscar Madison, the irascible slob in The Odd Couple. Have a beat and lots of dizzy dames. Have an apartment and keep it ear-deep in filth. Have a drink and a smoke before getting out of bed in the morning. Have whatever, since Oscar Madison didn’t seem to give a hoot.

Have a ball, in other words.

Love the nutzo picture of Coney on the cover. Man, it’ll be refreshing to have him back in the YES booth this season, huh?


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[2] A trip to the SI Vault brings us this gem on David Cone by my man John Ed Bradley: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1138740/1/index.htm

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