Beauty and Baseball

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Vin Scully

When I was a kid growing in Los Angeles we were die-hard Dodger Baseball fans. The announcer for the games had a lot to do with that since we listened to most of the games on the radio.  His name is Vin Scully and he started broadcasting for the Dodgers when they were still located in Brooklyn, New York. That was before I was born.  He came with them to LA and announced their games until last year, 2016. That was 67 YEARS of broadcasting. I mean really, that is a ridiculously long time. That is 3 broadcasting careers, not one.

Why do I mention him? Because his magic was in never being cliché. Yes, he might repeat himself in describing a play on the field, but over the course of a game or a season he would pull out of his original mind a connection, or a word, or an analogy he hadn’t used before and give it to us in telling the story of the games. It really was incredible. I loved him as a kid, as a young adult and as an older man.  He truly was an artist with words. Always unique and compelling.

Political and PR Speak

This happens all the time in politics. Politicians are pointedly bad at saying something original since they are constantly trying to make sure they don’t offend anyone or misstate something. They end up spewing clichés that no one is really listening to. That is why Trump garnered so much attention, because he didn’t say clichés. He spewed disgusting stuff in my opinion, and still does, but he can never be accused of being cliché.

The same thing holds true in corporations and their communications. The PR and Legal teams go over pronouncements with a fine tooth comb to make sure nothing will make them liable or unlikable in the marketplace. The end result is cliché patter that is not listened to and means nothing.  It is the exception to the rule when a company leader steps out and actually says something real and original.

The clichés in life blind a person from seeing the beauty in life.  That is why being you is more important that trying to be someone else. Be you or you won’t be seen. And that would be very sad.

Drawing and commentary © Marty Coleman |

“Beauty is a brief gasp between one cliché and another.” – Ezra Pound



Beauty is a Brief Gasp – updated 2017

Day 4 at the beauty trough. I am not looking any better but I think
the drawings are. Should a drawing about beauty be beautiful?

So why then, if this statement is true, are so many cliche people and images
thought to be beautiful. Mediocre knock-offs of designs seen a million times
with no originality or spark are hugely popular. The women who spend
money on them think they are beautiful. The millions of beach babes who
work so hard to look like Pamela Anderson are showered with compliments
to their beauty. And if there isn’t a response, the guy goes on to the next
look-alike and showers her with the same compliments. The men doing the
showering think they are beautiful.


  • Aren’t there then cliches that are beautiful?
  • What type of beauty is the author talking about here?
  • How is the beauty between the cliches different?
  • How do you find it?
  • How do you discern beauty from cliche?
  • Do you have any choice in what you consider beautiful?

“Beauty is a brief gasp between one cliche and another.” – Ezra Pound, 1885 – 1972, ex-patriot American poet

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