August 1, 2007


The House of Foyle (OTTO PENZLER, August 1, 2007, NY Sun)

The Yankees tanked the first half of the baseball season for the sole purpose, I believe, of leveling the playing field as they prepare to overtake the Boston Red Sox. I fanatically watch just about every game, apart from which I don't see a lot of television. That this has deprived me of an enthralling experience was recently evident when I watched several episodes of "Foyle's War," perhaps the best pure detective program since the early years of "Columbo."

A monster hit in England, "Foyle's War" then came to these shores on Masterpiece Theatre, which is telecast on PBS. If you missed it, several episodes are available on DVD. I recommend the boxed set of the first four episodes, each about 100 minutes long, released by Acorn Media at $59.95.

Christopher Foyle (played by the low key but masterful Michael Kitchen) is a Detective Chief Superintendent (irritatingly, the polite British constantly address him with all nine syllables of his title) in the south of England during the early years of World War II. Inevitably, the politics of the era come into play as Foyle goes about his job.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 1, 2007 4:19 PM

I haven't watched the final episode off the dvr yet, but I'm guessing that Foyle passed his most hated rival as if said rival was standing still in August and went on to win a world championship on the arms of a couple of heralded rookie detectives?

Cause that's what's happening in baseball.

This year's Sawx collapse is going to be even sweeter than last year's. Man, it was funny to watch the Sawx so desperate yesterday to acquire a bullpen arm and a power bat to try and hold off the Yanks.

Was trading the young lefty starter, the heralded outfield bat, etc for an aging reliever with a bum shoulder part of Theo's youth movement?

Speaking of which, the Sawx could really use Dinardo about now. Way to evauluate talent Theo!

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 1, 2007 5:33 PM

There's no room for soft-tossing junkballers like DiNardo and Gabbard. Indeed, there's barely room for Lester. When you can swap your third best AAA outfielder and a spot starter for a premiere closer you know your farm system is stocked.

Meanwhile, even a Sox fan has to feel sad about what the Yankees are about to do, turning over their two best young arms to the ministrations of Joe Torre so he can Narron/Hargrove them.

Posted by: oj at August 1, 2007 6:33 PM

Let's wait to see how the Sawx do in Seattle this weekend before we gloat too much. If they don't sweep the Mariners (a mediocre team with whom they've had trouble all year), then let's all enjoy their fans' reactions as the collapse begins.

For example, the DamnYankees, currently in third place, have the best chance of being wildcard mostly because they get to face all that Eastern Division pitching, including the Sawx, the next couple of months. (see

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 1, 2007 7:05 PM

Starting August 10th they play the three division winners: Sox, Tigers, Angels.

Posted by: oj at August 1, 2007 10:09 PM

You can't be serious, right? A couple of "B" (and "C") level guys for a proven arm. Meanwhile, the chaps in the Bronx tossed away a guy who can give them innings for a couple of lottery tickets and some bloke who will warm the bench for them. Once the Motown Nine massacre the Yankees, it will be interesting to see the fear and loathing in the NY papers.

Posted by: DW at August 1, 2007 10:18 PM

Actually, the Betemit deal would be a good one if they had sense enough to start him at ss, 2b or 1b.

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2007 7:02 AM

Yanks are now two games back in the wild card. Their run diff is the best in the league at +137. They'll probably win the pennant.

Posted by: Casey Abell at August 2, 2007 7:09 AM

They had a similar run differential against the Pirates. Who won?

Posted by: oj at August 2, 2007 12:22 PM