Long before there was punk there was cool. Real cool, not what was to follow much later. For me Charlie Parker and Coltrane were cool. The Braves are cool. 1963, I was in my early teens, Coltrane cut a new album, all in the same day, 7 tracks, all new. Nobody knew, it got lost. They just found it, here’s one track.

Why are there three images? Because i can’t work out how to delete the other two! click on him and after a while the track will play alongside the NYT article. Never a dull moment!




Saturday night blends into Sunday morning and all is well with the world of your correspondent, delighted to find himself enjoying a real game of baseball again when stern opposition was rendered to the home team, an early homer conceded but then supplanted as we put the screws down, took charge of the contest, were never behind again and finished them off in the ninth. Capacity crowd jostling to get away by then, loverley as Julie A would trill.

Let’s break it down by groups. Starting with the pitching we got the most important thing of all, a good start. Annibal had it going, he looked like this was his game and it was. 5.1 IP 3H. 2W. 5K. Please let’s have no more ageism directed at this guy, he is a fixture in our rotation and here’s why. A year or more ago he admitted to himself, and his manager, he’d lost his old pace and was no longer going to throw hard but adjust to his new reality qnd pitch accordingly. Which is precisely what McCarthy has failed to do. 3 hits against this lineup, wow.

The bullpen had a quite eventful evening for all our superiority. Moylan got Kemp and was gone. Minter threw an inning plus with good velocity and no walks but shot himself and us in the foot giving back a hard earned third run of our late lead with an awful wild pitch. Never mind now, he was better. Winkler got all he could handle in the eighth despite only one hit, no walks and 2 strike outs. Why? 24 pitches, 15 strikes! Does he have a curve – everything looked hard? Viz has his first pitch smoked up the middle by the irrepressible Puig who continues to have our number. But then a double play and they were done.

Defense. Dansby and Ozzie were terrific all night, Dansby in particular, glove and arm both. Easy to write but they made a vital contribution.

Offense, We had 14 hits on the night, LA just 6.  Dansby again, 2 for 5 with 3 runs scored. Freddie 3 for 5,  Nick 2 for 5 with an RBI. Flowers, 2 for 4 with 3 RBI played the leading role in building up our lead in the middle innings. The amazing Charlie C, 3 more hits and an RBI, Bourjos a late triple off the wall.

That’ll all do very nicely thank you.