May 25, 2012

If you enjoy a baseball cliche even half as much as I do, then you’ll nod knowingly when I point out it’s a long season.  The key is to not get too high during the good times or too low during the bad.  I bring this up because I’m in something of a slump right now, despairing of ever finding the Mets’ “yo la tengo” moment, while trying to remind myself that the season’s not even one quarter over.  As you know, we’re focusing on games in which the anecdote’s above-the-title stars—Richie Ashburn, Elio Chacon and Frank Thomas—appear in the starting lineup.  May 25, 1962 barely qualifies.  Chacon plays just the first three innings of the Mets’ wild 17-8 loss to the Dodgers.  So let’s forget about baseball, and salute Midnight Cowboy, on the 43rd anniversary of its Best Picture award.