• Running A Ball Club With True Grit

    Posted by on January 4th, 2011 · Comments (7)

    This past week I took myself to the local multiplex to catch “True Grit.” Now I’m not a big filmgoer and no fan of the Coen brothers to be sure. But I had seen the John Wayne version in the theater back in 1969, enjoyed it immensely, and heard that the remake was even better. And I must say it was better. In fact, it was just about the best movie, Oater or not, that I had seen in quite some time, and both the box office and reviews are bearing that out. It’s on track to become the second highest grossing Western ever, and has an “Oscar Buzz” about it. I ate up this movie so well that I went out just yesterday, bought the book, and read it in about four hours. And I can tell you it’s the best novel I’ve read in some time as well. A real “American Classic.”

    After I put the book down last night I mulled over the character of Mattie Ross, the shrewest horsetrader and surest judge of men and ther peculiaralities in perhaps all of fiction, and I thought, “What an excellent general manager she’d make! She’d have her team in contention every year regardless of payroll.” And now that I’ve slept on it I’m even more certain on the point: Given my choices of any character in fiction to be General Manager of a major league baseball franchise I would go with Mattie Ross. There’s no Captain Ahab or Rhett Butler about it—although both were superb dramatis personae—It’s all Mattie Ross for me.

    Which leads me to the question for the day: If you could replace Brian Cashman with any character from fiction to run the Yankees, who would it be? The answer may tell you as much about your understanding of the role of a MLB GM as it does about your choices in reading material.

    Comments on Running A Ball Club With True Grit

    1. January 4th, 2011 | 9:29 am

      Haven’t seen this flick yet. But, my FIL saw it and loved it, FWIW.

      If I could replace Brian Cashman with any character from fiction to run the Yankees, who would it be? Hmmm…

      I dunno? How about Durkin Fain?

    2. Raf
      January 4th, 2011 | 9:55 am

      I’d replace Cashman with Obi Wan Kenobi. Jedi Mind Tricks would come in handy during negotiations. :D

    3. Jim TreshFan
      January 4th, 2011 | 9:55 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      LOL at that. I know I should have restricted the choices to non-Sports works of fiction. BTW, do you have any idea who Asinof based the character of Durkin Fain on?

    4. January 4th, 2011 | 10:01 am

      @ Jim TreshFan:
      No idea. Is it Rickey? – I guess, based on the cigars.

    5. Ryan81
      January 4th, 2011 | 11:29 am

      No-brainer: Michael Corleone

    6. LMJ229
      January 5th, 2011 | 12:16 am

      Ryan81 wrote:

      No-brainer: Michael Corleone

      I second that!

    7. Evan3457
      January 5th, 2011 | 12:55 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Ryan81 wrote:
      No-brainer: Michael Corleone
      I second that!

      OK, then who’s Fredo?

      Levine? Trost?

      Cashman is obviously Hagen.

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