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"I wrote 63 songs this year. They're all about Jeter." Just kidding. The game we love, the players we hate, and more.

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From Norman Mailer to Wendy Pepper — everything on film, TV, books, music, and snacks (shut up, raisins), plus the Girls' Bike Club.

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Stories, True and Otherwise

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The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

Elsewhere in the Tomatoverse: Brooklyn Girls and tennis boys
June 6, 2012 · No Comment
Elsewhere in the Tomatoverse: Brooklyn <I>Girls</I> and tennis boys

In case you missed 'em, 1) Couch Baron, Joe R, and I ranked the French Open's Round of 16ers over at the baronial blog. A triumph for Tipsarevic, backhand-orgasm face, and not one but TWO …

The Vine: June 6, 2012
June 6, 2012 · 40 Comments
The Vine: June 6, 2012

It's another one of those "what do I do with him" letters with probably way too much back story.
I've been with my boyfriend for almost 5 years. We started dating a year after I divorced. …

Out With The Crowd: "Even Giants fans felt bad for us"
June 5, 2012 · 10 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "Even Giants fans felt bad for us"

With the Dodgers still in the lead at the beginning of June, it seemed like a good time to talk to a Bums fan about Kemp's DL stint, the end of the McCourt era, and …

Red Ops FAQ
June 3, 2012 · No Comment
Red Ops FAQ

Your questions about the Tomato Nation/DonorsChoose.org Spring 2012 Contest, answered. (I hope.) Updated June 3, 1:30 PM.
WHATCHA DOIN'?
Welcome to the Tomato Nation/Donors Choose Spring Contest 2012: Red Ops. Want to donate right now? Click right …

The Vine: June 1, 2012
June 1, 2012 · 17 Comments
The Vine: June 1, 2012

I've written this email and erased it a handful of times for reasons I can't completely explain. Maybe I really don't want to know the answer to the question, or that this show scarred me …

Red Ops Day 10: West Virginia Panhandle
June 1, 2012 · 7 Comments
Red Ops Day 10: West Virginia Panhandle

12:01 AM, Day 11
Another fine performance, friends (echoed by Johan Santana's no-no earlier this evening). About four and a half thousand on the day, which is fantastic, and I know our WV targets appreciate it.
I …

Red Ops Day 9: Northridge/Dayton, OH
May 31, 2012 · 4 Comments
Red Ops Day 9: Northridge/Dayton, OH

11 AM
Yay! We're already up to nearly a thousand thanks to some matching madness out of MN. Thanks, M. Giant, M. Edium, and Trash. And M. Edium's generosity is not yet exhausted! Scroll down for …

Red Ops Day 8: Joplin, MO
May 30, 2012 · 12 Comments
Red Ops Day 8: Joplin, MO

5 PM
All righty, Nation. Donations have been a liiiiiiittle casual so far today; we haven't broken a thousand bucks and we still have 7 full projects to complete if we want to get that 1K …

Red Ops Day 7: Detroit, MI
May 29, 2012 · 9 Comments
Red Ops Day 7: Detroit, MI

7:15 PM
Great work, Nation! The 2K match has come in — huge thanks to our anonymous donor today! — and that brings us to 14 projects completed and nearly 6K on the day. Amazing job.
Still …

Out With The Crowd: "I bet Pudge would come back in a heartbeat"
May 28, 2012 · 10 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "I bet Pudge would come back in a heartbeat"

Is it all coming together at last for the Washington Nationals in 2012? It looks that way — if catchers stop dropping like Spinal Tap drummers, at least. Photographer and Nats loyalist Cheryl Nichols talked …