• Ron Santo at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1969: ‘Nuff said.

I tend to shy away from the more visceral elements of sports: the great yearning for your team to win, the heated rivalry. It’s never been my bag as a sportswriter.

Of course, there’s one exception that proves the rule: I can’t stand the Mets, and I love it when the Cubs beat them in New York, as they did Friday night.