Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, July 4, 2023 -- "Independence"

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"No, Ohtani’s greatness cries out for broader comparisons. Maybe he’s Michael Jordan, at his peak a devastating one-on-one scorer and a lockdown defender. Maybe he’s Stevie Wonder, winning three straight Album of the Year Awards from 1974 to 1977 while making music at a level few have ever reached. Maybe the comp is Al Pacino banging out 'The Godfather,' 'Serpico,' 'The Godfather II,' and 'Dog Day Afternoon' in four years in the early 1970s. The Beatles with every song in the top five in the spring of ’64. You’d no more use WAR to describe Ohtani than you’d use beats per minute to describe 'Can’t Buy Me Love.'"