Other Writing: Articles

Setting the Record Straight in a 1950 Brooklyn Homicide Case

I never met my grandfather, James McGough, as he died 20 years before I was born. But as much as an ancestor I’ve never met could be, he has been an influence on me, and lately, on my writing. He spent the majority of his career as a homicide prosecutor in Kings County, better known as Brooklyn, NY.

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The Boss, My First One

A personal remembrance of George Steinbrenner, to whom I owe a great deal. Originally published the day after he passed away. RIP Boss.

Say It Ain’t So, Jose

A short essay for Slate.com about two classic baseball films released in 1988 — ‘Bull Durham’ and ‘Eight Men Out’ — and their remarkable pertinence twenty years after they were released.

The Art of Sport

An essay for The Boston Globe about the relationship between sports and aesthetics. Are some classic sports moments more aesthetically moving than others? What is it that we feel when watching a “beautiful” play unfold?

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What I learned about steroids during my time with the Yankees

An Op-Ed piece for The Los Angeles Times reflecting on Opening Day and baseball’s perpetual Chicken Little complex.