Ken Griffey, Jr., Greatness, and the Way Things Were

If you wanted to affirm a belief in heaven, Griffey’s swing was all the evidence you needed. The effortless motion’s provenance was clear. It was archetypal, a natural marriage of grace and power, something rare and intoxicating. We all just wanted to watch him hit.

“Ken Griffey, Jr., Greatness, and the Way Things Were,” for The Cauldron

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Why I Said Goodbye to the NFL

…the game was on and “Rooster” was playing real loud and everybody was laughing and backslapping and, by God, who were we but fellow football fans? Steadfast friendships are formed from lesser stuff, at least it seemed to me that night.

— from “Why I Said Goodbye To the NFL” (originally published to Medium as “My Life Without You”) which has been picked up by The Cauldron, tastefully trimmed, and given a new name