Monday, May 12, 2008

Il Gattopardo

We were the leopards, the lions. Those who take our place will be jackals, sheep. And the whole lot of us—leopards, lions, jackals and sheep—will continue to think ourselves the salt of the earth.

Tonight those words, spoken by Burt Lancaster's Prince Don Fabrizio Salina as the aristocracy erodes around him in Luchino Visconti's The Leopard, were echoed by whom?

A) Julian Tavarez to Mike Timlin as he packed his belongings and left the Metrodome in a scene very much reminiscent of the day Nomar was traded. Except this time Manny was sad.

B) Suzyn Waldman to John Sterling after the Rays scored four runs in the fourth en route to a 7-1 defeat of the Yankees.

C) Omar Vizquel to Rich Aurilla, Ray Durham and Dave Roberts(!) as they waited in line to visit with the trainer before tonight's 7-3 loss to the Astros.

D) Wily Mo Peña to Rob Mackowiak while the two shagged fly balls prior to tonight's 10-4 win over the Mets.

E) All of the above.

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