Gael Monfils was a point away from beating Roger Federer and making it to the US Open semifinals. That match didn't work out the way he -- and his cult following among fans of beautiful and extremely weird tennis -- might have wanted. But as with everything else Monfils related, it worked out in the most Monfils-ian way possible.
Hugh Alexander experienced the exploitation of baseball from both sides. His life in the game is the game's life in microcosm, for better and also for worse. An excerpt from Jack Moore's ebook Primary Sources.