Here is the opening to my Monday column on an unusual topic in a sports section:
PHOENIX — Down here the talk is all baseball. The other day, I was chatting with A’s batting coach Chili Davis and we discussed hitting to the opposite field and the position of the top hand, stuff like that. But after a while, the vocabulary changed.
I introduced a new subject, introduced it while Davis and I sat in the home dugout at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Pretty soon, we were using words like “terroir” and “nose” and “vintage.”
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