9 innings, 20 years - Page 2

Our longtime Cheap Eats correspondent makes the switch -- here's L.E. Leone's first Guardian sports column


Jen Ralston (a.k.a. Hedgehog, a.k.a. my Hedgehog), who at 42 is playing the first baseball of her life, lined a two-strike curve into shallow center: her first hit ever. I asked for the ball.

Eventually she came around to score, and commented later, over fish, that the bases had been softer than she'd expected.

"Are they always like that?" she said.

I said that they were.


Congratulations to L.E. Leone on switching from restaurant reviews to sports reporting. I wouldn't mind columns which talk about a particular game's aftermath in a favorite new restaurant, though (Big Hint, Big Hint).

One thing that worries me, though, is whether this switch to sports reporting means the friends and family who've shown up in Cheap Eats will no longer be present. I know Coach and L.E.'s other flag football team members will probably pop in and out. But what of Earl Butter and Mountain Mike, or Crawdad and the little de la Cooters? Will we readers still hear new stories about them?

Finally, this inquiring reader wants to know how L.E.'s Jen got dubbed Hedgehog. The current theory is that it comes from her having a short and spiky hairdo.

Posted by Peter on Mar. 13, 2013 @ 10:02 am

I don't know if it was 92 or 93. I didn't start coming until spring of 94. Some of the happiest memories of my life!

Posted by Guest on Mar. 13, 2013 @ 10:11 am


smooth transition. this is an amazing piece....looking forward to many more.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 14, 2013 @ 10:48 am

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