Dante’s Inferno in Cleveland (the Indians’ baseball stadium)

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Contributed by Eric Goldwyn (Bowdoin, ’02)

“Alchemists Needed for Mets’ Golden Anniversary”

mets-logo “Two years ago, I quoted Dante in warning Met fans to expect nothing. (Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”) That still works in 2012. But Mets fans need to take stock of the hope and humor that course underground, like a long-forgotten creek under a municipal dump.” [. . .]    –George Vecsey, The New York Times, March 31, 2012

“For Mets, Gloom and Doom…”

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“‘Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.’ That’s what I would write if I felt like paying $395 for a commemorative brick outside the Mets’ ballpark. That sentiment from the poet Dante Alighieri’s Inferno is applicable to the new baseball season, normally a time of hope, but not in Queens, not this year and maybe not anytime soon.” [. . .]    –George Vecsey, The New York Times, April 2, 2010

“In Italy’s Dugout, Piazza Embraces a New Role”

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“Piazza is one of four American coaches on the staff with varying levels of the Italian language at their disposal. As they sat in the dugout before the game, they spoke to one another in English, with one even floating a ‘Godfather’ reference in the spring breeze. Once the game started, they showed some genuine command of the language of Dante, Calvino and Boccaccio, particularly when they made references to pitches they nicknamed il cambi (the changeup) and il slider (well, the slider).” [. . .]    –Joshua Robinson, The New York Times, February 27, 2009