December: Ocean's Eleven

This month I got into the universe that Steven Soderbergh created as a remake of the 1960 movie Ocean's 11. The 1960 movie centered around The Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra as Danny Ocean involves a heist at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve. Last year Soderbergh made a very Ocean's style movie in Logan Lucky and this year he produced a new chapter in the Ocean's universe, Ocean's 8, directed by Gary Ross. This month's movie is Ocean's Eleven (2001) in the context of the 1960 movie, the two sequels, and the movies from the last two years. Ocean’s 11 (1960) This is the original Rat Pack movie starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford, Richard Conte, Joey Bishop and

The Outfields Part One: National League

Watching the Red Sox this past year made it hard not to notice that the outfield of Benintendi, Bradley and Betts was filled with guys that were all especially good fielders. Benintendi is now the only one of the three no to win a Gold Glove award for his work in right field although he did have only four this season and 12 outfield assists. Betts is a three time Gold Glove winner, and the winner of the Wilson Overall Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2016, logged 7 assists and one error this year for a fielding percentage of .996. Bradley is thought of as one of the best center fielders in the league, winning the Gold Glove Award this season while throwing nine runners out on the bases

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