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day 49: satchel

Today is 49 days, which is seven weeks of the omer: malchut she’b’malchut. Y’all, we’re here: After 49 days, revelation beckons. I can’t begin to express how much this project and your support have meant to me over the past seven weeks. I’ll be writing a reflection — and sharing details for my plan to continue this project in a different form — in the … Continue reading day 49: satchel

day 48: spiderman

Today is 48 days, which is six days and six weeks of the omer: yesod she’b’malchut. A few days ago Daniel and I were texting about malchut (#whatrabbisdo), and I asked him which Biblical figure the sefirah is associated with. King David, he said. Ah, I joked. I guess this might be the week for me to include some of my players behaving badly. I know that’s not … Continue reading day 48: spiderman

day 47: goch

Today is 47 days, which is five days and six weeks of the omer: hod she’b’malchut. Today, cosi reviya. I have not one, not two, but three guest posts. These three authors separately asked me to write and each chose Day 47. I figured it could be really instructive for the day’s sefirot. So, first check out posts by Jason Epstein, Eric Feld, and Jenna Shaw. And then, as always, … Continue reading day 47: goch

guest post for day 47: the glue

Full Count is thrilled to share this guest post for Day 47 by Jenna Shaw. Today is 47 days, which is five days and six weeks of the omer: hod she’b’malchut. On August 4, 2008, the Chicago Cubs designated left–handed relief pitcher Scott Eyre for assignment to make room for Kerry Wood on the roster who was returning from the Disabled List. I think I … Continue reading guest post for day 47: the glue

guest post for day 47: jack

Full Count is thrilled to share this guest post for Day 47 by Dr. Jason Epstein. This is in honor of my son, Ami’s 14th birthday today. Please give him a shoutout here as it’s his very first birthday without baseball. I first recognized that he was a serious baseball fan when he passed the litmus test I use for deep baseball fandom. Somewhere around … Continue reading guest post for day 47: jack

guest post for day 47: peanut

Full Count is thrilled to share this guest post for Day 47 by Eric Feld. Today is 47 days, which is five days and six weeks of the omer: hod she’b’malchut. Growing up, one of my go-to movies was always A League of Their Own. It was the movie that really sparked my love for baseball history. I felt a special pride knowing that the movie was … Continue reading guest post for day 47: peanut

day 46: andy

Today is 46 days, which is four days and six weeks of the omer: netzach she’b’malchut. I’ve been planning to write about Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte since Day 7, when I first talked about performance-enhancing drugs. I’ve instituted a kind of morality clause for this project, trying not to include troublemakers, or at least to talk honestly about their misdeeds (ahem, Day 2/Alex Bregman) if they … Continue reading day 46: andy

day 45: ichiro

Today is 45 days, which is three days and six weeks of the omer: tiferet she’b’malchut. As we get close to Sinai and I reflect on the entirety of this project, I realized that I hadn’t included any Japanese players, many great ones of whom have come to North America to play professionally. To say baseball is an intensely popular sport in Japan is an … Continue reading day 45: ichiro

day 44: hammerin’ hank

Today is 44 days, which is two days and six weeks of the omer: gevruah she’b’malchut. Like many black players of his generation (such as those featured in this project, Ernie Banks, Roy Campanella, Cool Papa Bell, and Jackie Robinson) right fielder Henry Aaron started his career in the Negro Leagues in 1952, with the unfortunately named Indianapolis Clowns. (The team apparently played exhibition games through the 1980s! … Continue reading day 44: hammerin’ hank

day 43: “bernie”

Today is 43 days, which is one day and six weeks of the omer: hesed she’b’malchut. First, go read the guest post for today by Rabbi Justin David. It moved me to tears. (And then come back!) Here we are at the final week of the Omer, the week of malchut. When I started this project, Daniel and I spoke with Rabbi Or Rose about the sefirot, … Continue reading day 43: “bernie”

guest post for day 43: ra

Full Count is thrilled to share this guest post for Day 43 by Rabbi Justin David. For all the beauty of baseball, most players express themselves as if they studied at the Crash Davis School of Boring Cliches: “I don’t know about that, I’m just going to focus on my job…” “I’m just here to help the ballclub…” “I’m just gonna take it one day … Continue reading guest post for day 43: ra

day 42: hendu

Today is 42 days, which is six weeks of the omer: malchut she’b’yesod. First: I already wrote about Robinson here. Granted, I probably should have gone next to Mo. But this week was getting a little too East Cost heavy. And yes, while centerfielder Dave Henderson was responsible for one of the most memorable moments in postseason history as a member of the 1986 Red Sox team, this … Continue reading day 42: hendu

day 41: the convert

Today is 41 days, which is six days and five weeks of the omer: yesod she’b’yesod. The credit for today’s pick goes to Rabbi Justin David, whom you’ll get to hear from as a guest writer in a couple of days on Day 43 in an incredibly moving post. Stay tuned! I was at a loss for the title of this post, because third baseman/outfielder Elliott Maddox … Continue reading day 41: the convert

day 40: don

Today is 40 days, which is five days and five weeks of the omer: hod she’b’yesod. The Astros have retired nine numbers in the club’s history, and most of the players I’d either actually watched or had heard a ton about — except for numbers 32 and 40. Both men died young, and neither regularly appears in the trivia on the AT&T SportsNet game broadcasts … Continue reading day 40: don

day 39: campy

Today is 39 days, which is four days and five weeks of the omer: netzach she’b’yesod. Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella accomplished a ton during his nine years in the major leagues: eight-time All Star, three-time NL MVP, one-time NL RBI leader, and one-time WS champion, all as one of the star players on the famed “Boys of Summer” team that won five NL pennants between 1949 and … Continue reading day 39: campy

day 38: billy buck

Today is 38 days, which is three days and five weeks of the omer: tiferet she’b’yesod. What’s that you say? First baseman Bill Buckner didn’t wear #38? In fact he did, in 1969, his first year with the Dodgers. And since Buckner wore five different numbers over his 22 year career; and since for a good while no one was interested in his #6 Boston jersey; … Continue reading day 38: billy buck

day 37: the old perfessor

Today is 37 days, which is two days and five weeks of the omer: gevurah she’b’yesod. I’ve included player position in my quest for diversity in this project, so today I’m excited to highlight my first manager. Casey Stengel did play right field, but he is best known as (and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1966 on his strength as) a manager. As he joked … Continue reading day 37: the old perfessor

day 36: sarge

Today is 36 days, which is one day and five weeks of the omer: hesed she’b’yesod. Thus begins the week of yesod, which means we’re going to be talking about tzaddikim, the righteous ones. Let’s see where it takes us. If the picks for Days 27, 30, and 35 had to deal with Oakland’s Charlie O, left fielder Gary Matthews was victim to Atlanta’s Ted Turner. The difference was … Continue reading day 36: sarge

day 35: man of steal

Today is 35 days, which is five weeks of the omer: malchut she’b’hod. In 2009 Oakland retired number 24 in honor of left fielder Rickey Henderson, but since Bill James said, “If you split Rickey Henderson in two, you get two Hall-of-Famers,” a good case can be made that the As should have also retired the number 35 in which he began and ended his career, donning … Continue reading day 35: man of steal

day 34: big papi

Today is 34 days, which is six days and four weeks of the omer: yesod she’b’hod. Today is the third Red Sox player I’ve highlighted (which I don’t love because I really do want to get to every team and baseball already skews too much towards the big money/market franchises). I chose the first was because he was Ted Williams and the sefirot were gevurah … Continue reading day 34: big papi

day 33: steady eddie

Today is 33 days, which is five days and four weeks of the omer: hod she’b’hod. Today is known as Lag Ba’Omer, an acronym of the Hebrew letters that add up to 33, lamed and gimmel (לַ״ג). The day has a couple of associations relevant to this project. The first is that it is understood as the yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the purported (though not) author … Continue reading day 33: steady eddie

day 32: the left hand of gd

Today is 32 days, which is four days and four weeks of the omer: netzach she’b’hod. Daniel pointed out that if I didn’t do Koufax today, I’d have to write a whole other post about why not (and I’m behind on my posts!), so today’s pick is . . . Dodgers southpaw Sanford Koufax: seven-time All Star, four-time WS champion (and two-time WS MVP), three-time Cy Young … Continue reading day 32: the left hand of gd

day 31: mike

Today is 31 days, which is three days and four weeks of the omer: tiferet she’b’hod. For some reason catcher Mike Piazza was one of the first players whom I knew I wanted to talk about. I’m so grateful I got to see him play at Shea Stadium during his last year as a Met. He didn’t play his whole career with that franchise, but when … Continue reading day 31: mike

day 30: regular jew

Today is 30 days, which is two days and four weeks of the omer: gevruah she’b’hod. Thumbing through potentials today was brutal. I had thought to choose Hall of Famer Tim Raines, but there was that whole Pittsburgh drug trials thing. And then I considered Orlando Cepeda, but he was arrested for smuggling marijuana. (Look, pot should be legal, but agreeing to carry five pounds of … Continue reading day 30: regular jew

day 29: el koja

Today is 29 days, which is one day and four weeks of the omer: hesed she’b’hod. Intra-state rivalries are real in Texas: UT vs. A&M, Rockets vs. Spurs, Texans vs. Cowboys (actually not sure about that last). But even now that the Astros are in the AL, I just don’t care about the Rangers. Never have. Even though the Express decamped to Texas from Houston. Maybe … Continue reading day 29: el koja

day 28: wilbah

Today is 28 days, which is four weeks of the omer: malchut she’b’netzach. It’s not an accident that, after only one in the first 20 days, four of the seven players in this week of netzach are pitchers. The position is a bit of a contradiction. On the one hand, pitchers are in the game relatively infrequently. In the modern era, starters usually only pitch once every … Continue reading day 28: wilbah

day 27: catfish

Today is 27 days, which is three weeks and six days of the omer: yesod she’b’netzach. Besides loyalty to team and small ball (y’all are really getting to know my baseball preferences), there’s nothing I love more than a good nickname. Even better if that nickname comes from literally nowhere. And that’s what you get when you enter the major leagues at age 19 and get … Continue reading day 27: catfish

day 26: the man

Today is 26 days, which is three weeks and five days of the omer: hod she’b’netzach. After those years of second baseman Chase Utley torturing the NL Astros as part of the Phillies club, I was not sorry to see him go 0-6 in the World-Series-that-Shall-Not-Be-Named as part of the Dodgers against the AL Astros. But that performance was not at all indicative of Utley’s career, in which … Continue reading day 26: the man

day 25: the pride of peoria

Today is 25 days, which is three weeks and four days of the omer: netzach she’b’netzach. Though perhaps not technically an essential part of of this project, I am trying to make sure there is variety in my picks — in team, league, position, race, era, etc. There are certain players (i.e., Astros and their traditional big rivals, formally the Cards and Braves, now the As … Continue reading day 25: the pride of peoria

day 24: sham

Today is 24 days, which is three weeks and three days of the omer: tiferet she’b’netzach. You better believe that a Jewish baseball player in New York City is always a BFD, almost no matter how he plays. And when that player was a member of the 1969 “Miracle Mets,” madness must ensue. Indeed, outfielder Art Shamsky says, “There isn’t a day that goes by that someone … Continue reading day 24: sham