& This, from the pages of the New York Times — which recently reported on one baseball player’s practice of naming his bats — has lately been making the Internet rounds as “The Nerdiest Correction of All Time.” Which it may well be:
Correction: May 8, 2011
An item in the Extra Bases baseball notebook last Sunday misidentified, in some editions, the origin of the name Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver, which Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey gave one of his bats. Orcrist was not, as Dickey had said, the name of the sword used by Bilbo Baggins in the Misty Mountains in The Hobbit ; Orcrist was the sword used by the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in the book. (Bilbo Baggins’s sword was called Sting.)
& Knowing, finally, that those who have mastery of the curve ball may not have the same of the finer points of fantasy literature, I’m outta here.