Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Fast Start at Fenway...

and a boring column in the Globe Sports section. Dan didn't have much to work with considering the game was uneventful. The column ended up reading more like a weather report interspersed with bad jokes and odd references.

There were at least seven separate references to the cold weather. Anyone who has lived through more than two New England springs would have guessed it was going to be cold, and anyone who was near Boston yesterday realized it was cold. But we have Dan to remind us.

Bad Joke

Regarding the temporary seating on the right field roof, Dan wrote "and ticket-holders reportedly each get a personal Sherpa guide. There is, however, no truth to the rumor that the Sox may post a Fuji Film sign on the back of the new section and invite fans to ‘‘climb Mt. Fuji.’’ Sad thing is Dan probably was working on that joke for a week.

Odd References

"Manny got the usual Lindbergh treatment"

I consider myself pretty literate with a good knowledge of history and I cannot make sense of this reference.

"[B]ut yesterday [Weaver] threw 47 pitches in a dreadful first as the Sox batted around. Crisp hit a two-run double in the interminable frame."

That is some clunky writing for a top columnist.


Jim said...

Can this guy write a sentence that is NOT a fragment? It's like he is writing bad advertising copy.

michael said...

Manny's son was kidnapped?

Jonny Jaha said...

Did Manny just fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic

Paul said...

The Lindburg reference was extremely esoteric. I, too, fancy myself a student of history but I had no clue what he was implying. Is Manny selling the Spirit of St. Louis on ebay? Did Lindburg hit a homerun at Fenway? Who knows?

It's almost like Shank's devolving. First we get Clive Rush (circa 1969). Now we get Charles Lindburg (circa 1927). Next I guess we can get some great Honus Wagner and Abner Doubleday references.

Dave M said...

Re: Lindbergh treatment

When in doubt, google away.

Found this

"The story of Charles Lindberg, the valiant pilot who flew the Atlantic, is well known. Lindberg, opposed the war, and in the course of one of his speeches delivered in Des Moines, Iowa, he pronounced the word "Jew" in a not very flattering tone of voice.

Such an intense campaign immediately started for his moral destruction that even today in circles of the Anti-Defamation League, the mention of "Lindbergh-treatment" conveys the assassination of a person's character, career and social position. These circles knew very well that the elimination of Lindberg from public life was the work of Jewry. Martin Dies was silenced also by methods similar to the Lindberg-treatment, because he was the first to try to drag Communists before the Senate and so into the spotlight of publicity. There were attempts to kidnap his son and his wife was constantly threatened. "

I am not sure why Dan would use this in reference to Manny since Dan himself would seem to be the main perpetrator.

dbvader said...

Here is another take from a synopsis of the movie "It's Tough to be Famous."

Fairbanks plays a naval hero who suffers from the Lindbergh treatment, becoming one of the best known men in America and constantly in the glare of the spotlight of a huge publicity machine.

From the "Films of Alfred Green."

The only other source I could find was a USA Today article about Lance Armstrong that stated he he's never gotten the Jerry Lewis or Charles Lindbergh treatment in Paris

"Lance Finds Will and Away He Goes"

dbvader said...

A google search for "Linfbergh treatment" returns 10 unique hits, three of which refer back to Dan's column, a few are in Spanish, a couple refer to a game system, and the rest are what have been posted. At least by google's standards, it is not a often used reference. A Lexis/Nexis search would be more revealing, but I do not have access.

redsock said...

I think all that CHB means is that he was cheered wildly. As Lindbergh was after his flight.

It's beyond my ken why he would go back that far to reference someone getting applause.