In our weekly excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, noted author and occasional NFL roundtabler Stefan Fatsis wants to quibble with those writers who took last week's two-hour-long orgasm that ended the baseball regular season, and turned it into some kind of metaphor for life. In particular, he takes issue with modern-day baseball saint Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated.

Says Fatsis, "Joe Posnanski is the most capable writer/reporter/fan of our times, I would argue. ... To speak ill of Joe Posnanski is to speak ill of nuzzling kittens or sleeping newborns." But he embarks on his quest anyway. Oh, the temerity!

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UPDATE! Posnanski speaks (erm, well, tweets:) "Just listened to Stefan Fatsis take me out on Slate podcast. He did it so nicely, I like him even more."

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