McDaniel: What is supposed to happen at the Winter Meetings?

From SABR member Rachael McDaniel at The Hardball Times on December 13, 2019:

On the first day of the new century — January 1, 1900 — not much actually happened. Perhaps because of the solemnity of the first new century that most people then alive had lived to see, a look into what happened on that historic milepost turns up little. This surprised me, though upon further consideration, maybe it shouldn’t have. I’ve found that the first day of the new year often ends up being something of a comedown — a contemplative, fatigued chaser to the delirious rush of New Year’s Eve.

Still, one would expect something more to mark the beginning of the next 100 years of human history than a few newspaper headlines documenting the most notable celebrations of the night before. But that was what constitutes most of the news items one can find sifting through online archives: salutations and well-wishes, illustrations featuring trumpets sounding, injunctions to go out with the old and in with the new.

Amid all of these good-natured, mild-mannered new year’s greetings, though, one can find a rather more contentious headline. On the pages of the Buffalo Express, bold text proclaimed, “DECLARE WAR!”

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Originally published: December 20, 2019. Last Updated: December 20, 2019.