The first edition of Complete Idiot's Guide to Bridge
by H. Anthony Medley was the fastest
selling beginning bridge book, going through more than 10 printings.
Second Edition includes some modern advanced bidding systems and
conventions, like Two over One, a system used by many modern
tournament players, Roman Key Card Blackwood, New Minor
Forcing, Reverse Drury, Forcing No Trump, and others.
Also included is a detailed Guide to
Bids and Responses, along with the most detailed, 12-page
Glossary ever published, as well as examples to make learning the game
by Tony Medley
I just saw another example
of how baseball players today just donít know how to play the game. In
the top of the 8th inning of the Red Sox-Indians game,
Boston, leading 4-1, had runners on first and second with one out.
Cleveland had a left hander, Perez, pitching. The batter laid down a
bunt down the third baseline, easily fielded by Perez. But the third
baseman had charged the bunt, even though it was clear that Perez could
field it. Perez, being left handed, had an easy play at third for the
force play. He fielded the bunt when the runner was barely halfway to
third. But since the third baseman hadnít held at the base for a throw
for a force play, Perez, who looked to third first, had to wheel around
and throw to first, which he did far too late.
When I was growing up, the
third baseman would have stayed on third and they would have had the
force play. In the 1953 World Series, Yankee catcher Yogi Berra twice in
one inning threw to third in similar situations to kill a Brooklyn
Dodgers rally because his third baseman held at the bag, key plays in
the Yankees winning a game that helped them win the Series in six games.
The result today was that
Cleveland pulled the pitcher (why not? The third baseman screwed up. Blame
the pitcher!). So the new pitcher, Mastny, threw one in the dirt,
although it was called a passed ball, but the result was a run scored
that wouldnít have been scored had the third baseman known how to play
the game. The sox went on to score two more more runs. If the third
baseman holds for the throw, the Sox have runners on first and scond
with two out, they leave Perez in and Cleveland probably gets out of the
inning unscathed. But not in todayís baseball.
Exacerbating the lousy
play, neither of Foxís TV announcers even mentioned it, and one was the
esteemed Tim McCarver.
October 18, 2007