Will Strasburg's outings always be this good? Of course not. But it's obvious he is a special pitcher, with as much maturity as velocity. Washington baseball fans, a star-crossed lot (no pennants since 1933, no pennant races since 1945, heck, even 33 summers without a team), have every reason to feel that for once, fate is on their side.
With that out of the way, here's today's Carole Lombard-related item.
Normally, when I peruse Lombard items on eBay, I'll go by the category "ending soonest." But now that there are often up to 1,700 items, I decided to try a different angle today, categorizing by "highest cost." And consequently, I came up with this:
It's an 11" x 14" autographed photo, a silver gelatin matte finish print, that Carole signed for someone named "Syd." The message reads, "To Syd, Thank you for your ________ to me. Always, Carole." I think the word I can't make out is "kindness," but I'm not 100 percent sure.
The seller concedes it's not perfect -- slight creases and discolorations -- but on the whole, it's beautiful. And, as you might guess, also expensive. You can buy it for $1,425; see it at http://cgi.ebay.com/Movie-Actress-Carole-Lombard-Signed11x14-Photo-/320532618288?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa13b9c30. The item will be up through 11:39 a.m. (Eastern) Sunday, just hours before Strasburg's next scheduled start, in Cleveland.