Claude Raymond is ready for love

English rock-and-or-roll supergroup Bad Company, who combined with Foreigner to encourage sex in hallways and public spaces all across Christendom, once queried: “Are you ready for love?” The aria is a tale — a necessary tale — of the everyman who is rendered urgent, turgid, and veiny for want of immediate and driving coitus. As it turns out, “Ready for Love” was inspired by right-hander Claude Raymond, who pitched to middling effect in the major leagues from 1959-1971. Bear nubile witness: As implied by his 1966 and 1967 baseball cards, Mr. Raymond walked around for two full years in a … Continue reading Claude Raymond is ready for love

How Busytown stole the Tampa Bay Rays: A glossy magazine story that has never and will never appear in a glossy magazine

BUSYTOWN, U.S.A. — When Mayor Fox of Busytown was merely Young Fox, he frequented the old-line immigrant swim clubs in the Busy Hill section of the since-industrialized Northeast Side. The story, still told in taverns with the whiff of the … Continue reading How Busytown stole the Tampa Bay Rays: A glossy magazine story that has never and will never appear in a glossy magazine