Want to get a literary start on the baseball season? Slate sports columnist Josh Levin highlights four great reads appropriate for opening day, including outspoken Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's blog 38 Pitches, where his output hasn't slowed despite the shoulder injury keeping him off the field. Other recommendations:
- Rany on the Royals, where long-suffering Royals fan Rany Jazayerli holds forth
- a profile of former Met and Phillie star Lenny Dykstra in the March 24 edition of the New Yorker
- Tom Friend's article on Tony Gwynn Jr. and Trevor Hoffman from a recent ESPN: The Magazine, which gives the backstory on the rally last season started by the Brewers' Gwynn, which knocked Hoffman and the Padres out the playoffs.