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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mariano had the single best pitch I've ever faced-David Ortiz, The Players' Tribune, 9/27/16

9/27/16, "Thanks for the Memories, New York," David Ortiz, The Players' Tribune

"But that’s why I’m gonna miss this rivalry so much. Because we were perfect opposites. Everything we had in Boston, New York had an answer for it. 

Manny was the best power hitter I’ve ever seen, but Mariano had the single best pitch I’ve ever faced. Trying to hit for power against Rivera’s cutter was impossible. He broke so many bats that Louisville Slugger should be paying for his pool. Against Mariano, all you were gonna get was a bloop. He was on another level....

When I came to this country and I was trying to make it to the big leagues, I looked at guys like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and I was almost in awe. When I got to play against the Yankees my first few years, I would watch some of the things Jeter would do in the field like I was just a fan.

I learned a lot from watching DJ. I never got to tell him that when he was playing, but I did. The way he handled his business, and how much respect he had for this game, it made me want to be a better player. 

For real, I looked forward to hitting doubles against the Yankees so I could get to second base and say what’s up to DJ. 

He never said too much. If I wasn’t hitting good, he might say something like, “How you doing? Haven’t seen you in a while.”"...
 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Curt Schilling sitting in for Howie Carr today on WRKO radio, Sept. 23, 2016

Howie Carr Show, WRKO radio, 3-7pm. 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Won't this make Muslim terrorists even more angry at the US? Londonistan Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan throws first pitch at NY Mets game Sunday 9/18/16













Above, Sunday, 9/18/16, The London mayor and "Labour politician is in North America to convince investors that London is still open for business," UK Sun, "PITCHING FOR LONDON," "Sadiq Khan throws first ball at Mets baseball game during the London mayor’s whirlwind visit to New York. Labour politician also makes bid to follow NFL lead and bring baseball games to the capital." image PA press. Final Mets 3, Twins 2

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Comment: Deeply globalist MLB as usual contributes to its own extinction with actions it believes are socially and morally superior.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Billy Butler and his daughter in April 2013 before double header in Kansas City


















4/28/2013, In Kansas City, "Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler gets a kiss from one of his daughters before the first of two baseball games against the Cleveland Indians." Game one, 9-0 Kansas City, game two, 10-3 Cleveland. image by ap (link from 2013 no longer active). I first posted this in April 2013. Billy Butler debuts as a Yankee, 9/15/16, Yankees at Red Sox.




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Monday, September 12, 2016

September 11, 2001 remembered at Yankee Stadium, September 11, 2016

 














Above, 9/11/2016, "An American flag is unfurled on the field during a September 11th memorial ceremony that also included the New York City Pipes and Drums at Yankee Stadium before the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)" final, Rays 4, Yankees 2

















Above, 9/11/2016, "New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances, left and manager Joe Girardi carry a wreath to the September 11th memorial in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium before the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)"
















Above, 9/11/2016, "The New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums march onto the field at Yankees Stadium during a September 11th memorial ceremony held before the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)" 
















Above, 9/11/16, "New York City Fire Department members carry a giant American flag onto the Yankee Stadium field to be unfurled during a 9/11 ceremony before the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)"

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

World Trade Center Jumpers, September 11, 2001



Above, Jumpers, 9/11/2001, Reuters photo

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Above, "The Falling Man," 9/11/2001, ap photo by Richard Drew, via Esquire
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9/10/2011, "The 9/11 victims America wants to forget: The 200 jumpers who flung themselves from the Twin Towers who have been 'airbrushed from history'," UK Daily Mail, Tom Leonard
  • "Almost all of them jumped alone, although eyewitnesses talked of a couple who held hands as they fell."...
9/10/2011, "Children of 9/11: Life with a parent missing," Newsday, Carol Polsky
9/9/2011, "WaPo's Dionne: 'Time to Leave 9/11 Behind' as 'A Simple Day of Remembrance'," NewsBusters
A witness saw people jump to their death from the World Trade Center: "Then the crowd let out a collective gasp, I looked to see the first of many people falling through the sky. The television stations and the newspapers downplayed this aspect of a day already filled with enough shock and terror, but I place great importance on it because it immediately human-ised the situation for both myself and those around me. This wasn’t just a burning building; it was suddenly full of people, friends, and family. For me, it is the most haunting memory of the day. When I focussed on what the crowd had noticed, I too let out a cry so involuntary and so primeval that I barely recognised it as my own. It was not a piece of building falling to the ground, but a man, recognisable by his flapping tie and flailing arms and legs as he fell through the air. The situation was surreal no longer; my body shook with shock, my knees buckled and a light-headedness overwhelmed me with such severity that I thought I was either going to throw-up or fall down.
I sat down and looked up only to see more people jumping. I thought for a moment that they might have fallen, but there were too many people, their arms windmilling as they subconsciously tried to fight gravity and avoid the inevitable. Haunted by these visions numerous times since the incident, I have tormented myself by trying to imagine the extreme conditions that those people must have faced that they should choose certain death by leaping from the building over clinging to any hope of rescue. What were they thinking when they jumped; what did they think on the way down?...But my fear is that to forget is to fail the lesson and lose the opportunity. That’s why this raw wound will never completely heal and that things can never go back to ‘normal’. Because even as a simple bystander I have a responsibility to incite change for the rest of my life or I watched all those people die in vain."
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New York City Mayor finally admits massive increase in homeless on the street--our native refugees, before the Syrians, you might say--and found a solution. Taxpayers. He simply moves the bodies to pricey motels. Homeless in NYC now use 4,000 rooms in 46 motels per night, up from 'only' 1,000 rooms in Jan. 2015, for a tab of $50 million in 2016 alone. Many homeless have addictions or mental health issues that aren't solved by a room-NY Post, Goodwin

8/30/16, De Blasio has somehow made the homeless problem worse," NY Post, Michael Goodwin

"If you build it or lease it or own it, they will come — and keep coming and keep coming, until you have no place to put them all. That’s the decades-old lesson of New York’s homeless problem, but Mayor de Blasio came into office with a determination to reinvent the wheel.

And so he has, with his backward policies creating even more homeless people and forcing the city to spend ever more on failing programs. As he is proving by gutting school discipline and standards and much else, he is the mayor who refuses to learn from the past.

Early in de Blasio’s stint, the rise in public vagrancy was a flashpoint, with many residents and visitors complaining about being harassed and attacked. Asked why they slept in the streets or parks instead of going to shelters, street people usually answered that the shelters were crowded and dangerous.

They were right, and so the mayor, after initially denying there was an increase in the street population or that the shelters were a mess, did an about-face and pledged a major fix.
Naturally, he made everything worse.

It turns out that de Blasio’s “fix” involved renting out thousands of pricey rooms in motels and hotels and turning them into shelters. How pricey?

Try an average of $161 dollars a room per night, for a total tab of $50 million this year alone.
And, as The Post recently reported, an Upper West Side hotel, The Excelsior on West 81st, is charging the city up to $300 a night each for a batch of rooms.

The homeless are now using 4,000 rooms in 46 motels each night, up from 1,000 rooms in eight motels in January 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal.

And it’s not as if the 600 or so shelters have been improved or eliminated. About 59,300 people used them one night last week, up more than 6,000 since de Blasio took office.

The total picture, then, is of a homeless population still expanding far faster than the city can keep up. Yet to hear officials talk, they’re doing everything they can as best they can and besides, it’s not their fault. Nothing ever is.

“It’s a citywide problem that has built up over many years,” Steven Banks, the top homeless official, insisted to a Journal reporter. “We have a legal obligation and a moral obligation to not have people on the streets.”

Notice he doesn’t say the city has an obligation to do it better and less expensively.

In truth, Banks is a big part of the problem. He spent 30 years suing the city to force it to provide shelter on demand. And when de Blasio foolishly gave him the keys to the kingdom, Banks immediately set about removing the few barriers previous mayors had established to discourage people from coming into the shelters in the first place.

His “no questions asked” approach recalls the come-and-get-it welfare mentality of the John Lindsay era. That, too, ended in disaster, both for taxpayers and for welfare recipients who lost any reason to support themselves. The government check would always arrive on time, even if it afforded only a subsistence existence.

The problem was compounded until welfare reform was passed at the federal level, an epic advance that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. All the talk of doom and gloom was wrong, with millions of Americans moving from welfare to work because they had to. That was an example of tough love that helped downtrodden, dependent people build better lives for themselves.

A similar change is needed in policies governing homelessness. There is no true compassion in a system that offers seedy temporary housing for adults and children — no matter how long they need it. Surely, America and New York can do better.

Especially because many of those in the shelters aren’t there because of a real housing-affordability problem. They have addictions or serious mental issues that are aggravated on the streets or in shelters.

That the numbers keep growing even in the face of low unemployment should be a wake-up call at City Hall. Don’t count on it. When hard work, tough love and political courage are needed, bet on de Blasio to roll over and hit the snooze button."




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Sunday, August 28, 2016

US Mid-Atlantic team becomes 2016 Little League World Series champs, defeats Asia Pacific 2-1




8/28/16, Final out of Little League World Series, ESPN Baseball Tonight

US Mid-Atlantic Team becomes Little League World Series champs, defeats Asia Pacific 2-1

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Gary Sanchez autographed rookie card sells for $5200 on eBay, a record for a Sanchez card-Darren Rovell


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Catching up with the Core-The Players' Tribune












"Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera Retired/New York Yankees"

8/23/16, "Catching Up With The Core," The Players' Tribune

Was it Applebee’s or TGI Fridays?

Mariano Rivera
No, it was Bennigan’s.

Derek
You’re right, it was Bennigan’s. Mo and I both got sent down to the minors on the same day in 1995. After it happened, we went across the street from our hotel to a Bennigan’s. We were both sitting in a booth just crying. I was 20 and Mo, I think you were… what, 33 or 34?

Mo
I was 25.
It was terrible, man. We were crushed. It hurt. It hurt so bad. Now I know how Jorge must have felt the entire year in ’96 because he got sent up and down like a yo-yo.
Up and down, up and down.

Jorge Posada

If anyone got injured, I was the first one they called up. Then when they got healthy, I would get sent back down. It was tough.

Mo
During spring training in ’96? Shoot, I was just trying to make the team. That was all I cared about. And I was really excited to get to Tampa to start camp because I thought we had hired a new manager with the last name Torres. So I’m thinking, This is great! This man speaks Spanish!

Jorge
Hahaha, yeah, Joe Torres.

Mo
So I go up to Joe — first time we ever met — and I immediately start speaking Spanish. He just kind of looks at me all funny. He’s like, “No habla.”"...Image above from The Players' Tribune


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

NY City cab drivers no longer required to speak English

8/20/16, "NYC Cab Drivers no longer required to speak English," yellowcabnyctaxi.com

"New York City taxi drivers will no longer have to pass an English test under new rules designed to make it easier for immigrants to get behind the wheel of a yellow cab.

Under regulations that went into effect Friday, the test for a taxi license will be available in several languages.

The change was approved by the City Council in April and signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The New York Times reports that city officials sought parity with app-based ride services such as Uber, which don’t require an English test.

The city’s taxi drivers have been overwhelmingly foreign-born for decades.

According to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, just 4 percent of current drivers were born in the United States."













image from yellowcabnyctaxi.com

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Core Four at Yankee Stadium for Mariano Rivera Monument Park plaque presentation, Aug. 14, 2016


















Aug. 14, 2016, Among those present at Yankee Stadium ceremony for presentation of Mariano Rivera's Monument Park plaque along with Mo were the rest of the Core Four, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte. Bernie Williams, below, was also present making it the Fab Five.















Aug. 14, 2016, Bernie, Posada, Andy, Jeter, and Mo, "Rivera monument unveiling," "The Yankees pay tribute to former pitcher Mariano Rivera by unveiling his plaque that will be placed in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium." YES Network. Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Arod signs for fans at Fenway Park before his last game in Boston as a Yankee, 8/11/16










8/11/16, Arod signs for fans at Fenway Park before his last game in Boston as a Yankee, Enrique Rojas twitter. Final 4-2 Yankees over Red Sox, Arod with an RBI

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Arod takes bp at Fenway Park, 8/9/16













Above, 8/9/16, Arod takes BP in Fenway Park, video by Marly Rivera, ESPN. Arod not in lineup tonight

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman greeted with high fives at the dugout after his first outing as a Cub, 1.1 innings
















"Chicago Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman is greeted at the dugout with high-fives after the Cubs' won 3-1 over the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Chicago. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)" Final, Cubs win 3-1 over White Sox. Chapman 1.1 innings

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

MLB All Star Game in San Diego, opening ceremonies and flyover, 7/12/16


















7/12/16, MLB All Star game opening ceremonies in San Diego, ESPN photo, Jackson Alexander, ESPN editor, final 4-2, American League over National League






















Above, 7/12/16, MLB All Star game flyover, San Diego, Ca., Darren Rovell twitter





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Friday, July 08, 2016

Brooks Robinson, 1970 World Series MVP, throws first pitch in Baltimore


















7/8/16, "The crowd goes wild for Mr. Oriole, Brooks Robinson. Baltimore Orioles twitter. Angels at Orioles

Brooks Robinson, MVP of 1970 World Series, Reds v Orioles


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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NY Yankees and Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium have moment of silence for victims of Istanbul terror attack
























6/29/16, "The Yankees and Rangers had a moment of silence for the victims of the Istanbul terror attacks during pregame." ESPN Baseball Tonight twitter. Final, 9-7 NY Yankees over Texas Rangers, Yankees have 6 run 9th inning


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

First Cardinals-Mariners game in Seattle since 2002 is filled with St. Louis fans, 6/24/16

















6/24/16, "First Cardinals-Mariners game in Seattle since 2002 is filled with St. Louis fans." Jim Caple, ESPN. Final 4-3 Mariners, Adam Lind 3 run home run in 9th

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

First night baseball game in NY City at Ebbets Field, 6/15/1938





















6/15/16, "On this date in 1938, Johnny Vander Meer pitched a no-hitter in the first night game ever played in New York City." Baseball Tonight twitter. Final score 6-0, Reds over Brooklyn Dodgers

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Three straight days of soccer fan violence in Marseille, France-AP














Above image caption: "Fans clashed with one another and the police in Marseille on Saturday. By the Associated Press on Publish Date June 11, 2016. Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo/European Pressphoto Agency." 
 
6/11/16, "Russia and England Fans Clash Repeatedly at European Championships," AP via NY Times

"Fights broke out Saturday before and soon after Russia earned a 1-1 draw against England with a stoppage-time goal in a Group B match at the European Championships in Marseille, France.

Fans of the two teams rioted before the game in Marseille’s Old Port district and briefly outside the nearby Stade Vélodrome in a third straight day of violence in the city. The police fired tear gas and water cannons at the fighting fans.

















Above image caption: "Russia backers, left, fighting with an England fan. Credit Peter Powell/European Pressphoto Agency"
 
The clashes started again moments after the final whistle when a large group of Russia fans in a stand behind one of the goals advanced on England supporters in a neighboring area, throwing objects and breaking through a line of stewards. England fans ran for the exits in panic.

UEFA, the governing body overseeing European soccer, will open disciplinary proceedings over the violence in Marseille, with Russia facing a stronger punishment after the events inside the stadium.

Vasily Berezutsky scored Russia’s equalizer with a looping header in the second minute of injury time, canceling out an Eric Dier goal from a free kick in the 73rd.

“It’s disappointing because we were so close to an important and big win in our first game,” said Dier, a defensive midfielder.

England failed to finish any of a flurry of chances in a dominant first-half performance and faded until Dier put it ahead.

However, what happened during the match was overshadowed by the fan violence. The police tried, largely unsuccessfully, to rein in the violence, which the authorities said had left at least five people injured. Some fans walked through the city bare-chested and with blood dripping from head wounds.

About two hours before the game, the police used water cannons on some fans at the Old Port. About an hour later, the police fired tear gas at a group of about 200 people heading from the Old Port area to Stade Vélodrome.

The trouble had largely died down by the time the match started, but it reignited just as the game finished. Shortly before the final whistle, Russian fans appeared to have seized a power cable running around the front of a stand before a group attacked nearby English supporters.

As England fans fled, Russia fans gave chase, snatching English flags that had been on display. Large numbers of stewards struggled to restore order.

In other games at the European Championships, Wales beat Slovakia, 2-1, in a Group B match in Bordeaux, France, and Switzerland defeated 10-man Albania, 1-0, in a Group A match in Lens, France.

Gareth Bale, who about two weeks ago won the Champions League with Real Madrid for the second time in three seasons, played a pivotal role as Wales made a triumphant return to a major competition after a 58-year absence. He put Wales ahead in the 10th minute with a curling free kick and was the driving force behind much of his team’s attack.

Still, although Bale was the focus of much of Slovakia’s planning, it was a substitute — Hal Robson-Kanu — who secured Wales’s victory. A Robson-Kanu shot in the 81st minute restored Wales’s lead after another substitute, Ondrej Duda, had equalized for Slovakia in the 61st.

Switzerland earned its win behind an early goal by defender Fabian Schär. Although it dominated for most of the game, Switzerland failed to increase its lead after Lorik Cana, the Albania captain, was sent off in the 37th minute following a second yellow card.

CONSOLATION FOR COSTA RICA Costa Rica benefited from an own goal by Colombia in a 3-2 upset victory in Houston that wrapped up Group A play in the Copa América.

Colombia had already advanced, having earned a berth in the quarterfinals with a win over Paraguay on Tuesday, and Costa Rica was eliminated from contention with the United States’ 1-0 victory over Paraguay earlier Saturday.

Still, this result made Colombia’s path in the tournament more difficult: The team will now probably have to face Brazil. Colombia could have drawn Ecuador or Peru with a win.

Playing in front of a crowd that overwhelmingly favored Colombia, Costa Rica took a 1-0 lead in the second minute with a 20-yard strike from Johan Venegas. The goal was the team’s first in Copa América play since it beat Bolivia, 2-0, in 2011."




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Monday, June 06, 2016

Rainbow in Detroit behind Comerica Park, 6/6/16

















 
Above, 6/6/2016, "Rainbow behind Comerica Park," ESPN, Katy Strang. Final, 11-0, Detroit over Toronto
http://espn.go.com/mlb/scoreboard/_/date/20160606

















Above, 4/21/2015, Rainbow in Detroit, ap

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Ali and Cosell, 1960s power couple-NY Times, Sandomir

6/4/16, "Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell: Foils and Friends Bound by Mutual Respect," NY Times, Richard Sandomir

1966, NY Times
"They were a 1960s power couple, two hypertalkative showmen: Muhammad Ali, the African-American boxer born with a slave name, and Howard Cosell, the Jewish Brooklyn lawyer who found his calling in sportscasting.

Ali, who died Friday at 74, recited doggerel, danced in the ring, taunted his opponents and converted to Islam. And, as he told us, he was pretty.

Cosell was homely, with an adenoidal voice and a collection of toupees. But at his best, he could call a boxing match with dramatic brio, articulate complex issues, narrate football highlights with astonishing skill and little preparation, and, as he often said, “tell it like it is.”

ABC Sports, Cosell’s employer, carried a lot of Ali’s fights, so Cosell was at ringside, inside the ring interviewing Ali and his opponents after fights, or in the network’s studio interviewing Ali. Their camaraderie produced an entertaining union of spirited opposites and a well-suited black-white pairing for the times.

One man, Ali, understood racism; the other, Cosell, experienced anti-Semitism. And neither could stop talking.

Ali spoke to many other journalists, but he and Cosell seemed inseparable: teasing and challenging each other, and mock-sparring in suits and ties. Ali often threatened to strip off Cosell’s toupee du jour, and in their jokey back-and-forth, each man said the other would have been nothing without him.

Every time you open your mouth, you should be arrested for air pollution,” Ali once told Cosell, who responded, “You would still be in impoverished anonymity in this country if I hadn’t made you.”

Beneath the stagecraft of their relationship was Cosell’s support of Ali, whether by no longer calling him Cassius Clay when others, like his opponent Ernie Terrell, persisted, or by excoriating the New York State Athletic Commission for stripping him of his heavyweight title in 1967 after he refused induction into the Army.

They were so tied in the public mind that the columnist Dave Kindred wrote a dual biography of the men, “Sound and Fury,” in 2006.

“Had they been practitioners of traditional humility, their extraordinary talents alone would have demanded that attention be paid,” Kindred wrote. “But there was nothing traditional about Ali and Cosell. A thimble would have contained their humility with room left over for an elephant.”

One day in January 1974, shortly before Ali and Joe Frazier’s rematch of their epic bout three years earlier, they joined Cosell at the ABC Sports studio to review film of the first fight. Dennis Lewin, a longtime producer at the network, recalled: “Normally when we had two people for Howard to interview with contrasting views, we sat Howard between them, but I wanted the two of them together to have the byplay better. I didn’t realize it would lead to a fight.”

Indeed, when Ali brought up Frazier’s hospitalization after their first bout, Frazier grew enraged, rose to his feet and asked Ali why he called him ignorant.

Sit down, Joe,” Ali said, but Ali got to his feet and they began wrestling on the studio floor, as stagehands and the fighters’ entourages tried to restore order.

Cosell never got out of his chair, narrating the set-to as if it were a prizefight and trying to determine who was clowning and who was serious.

“It’s a bad and ugly scene,” he said, “and it’s unfortunate that it happened as we showed this extraordinary fight.”

Frazier left angrily, leaving Ali alone with Cosell.

Ali was petulant afterward and tried to rationalize why he had called Frazier ignorant. Cosell kept prodding Ali back to analyzing the first epic bout. Cosell sounded annoyed, yet paternal, as he tried to bring Ali back to the day’s goal.

“I’m going to represent Joe, as a devil’s advocate,” Cosell said.

“You have to be a devil to represent Joe,” Ali said.

Lewin witnessed many Ali-Cosell encounters and saw in them two “gifted and highly intelligent performers” who could “play off each other on any level.”

They had genuine respect for their mutual talents and what they could do for each other,” he said. “Clearly, they both enabled each other’s careers.”

Both men’s health declined, Ali from Parkinson’s disease, Cosell from multiple problems. In 1992, when Ali celebrated his 50th birthday on a television special, the ailing Cosell offered his greetings in a prerecorded segment that showed his emotional side, without bombast or gibes.

“Fifty years old,” he said, “I never thought that could happen, not to you. But it has, and you know something? You are exactly who you said you are. You never wavered. You are free to be who you want to be.”

Cosell paused, choking up, and added, “I love you.”"

Image caption: "In 1966, Muhammad Ali demonstrated to Howard Cosell how he had used the Ali Shuffle in his fight against Cleveland Williams. Credit Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times"



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Friday, May 27, 2016

Bobby Ojeda from 1986 Mets World Series team on WFAN with Mike Francesa, Fri., May 27, 2016

Fri., May 27, 2016, Bobby Ojeda on WFAN with Mike Francesa talks about this weekend's celebration of the 1986 Mets and his views on the 2016 team. Bobby Ojeda. On the topic of Matt Harvey, Ojeda says he's a fan of Harvey, but that if Harvey can't straighten himself out in his next game, he should be sent to Las Vegas. Referring to Harvey's 2015 post season, Ojeda says it was wrong of Harvey in WS game 5, 9th inning, score 2-0 Mets, to beg his manager in the dugout to leave him in the game. Harvey went back out, jumped on the pitching rubber, and hasn't been the same since. He began by walking the next batter. The Mets finally lost in 12 innings.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Alex Rodriguez had two singles for Trenton Thunder v New Hampshire Fisher Cats
















Above, "TRENTON - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Fans wait for an autograph opportunity which never came." Trenton Times
















Above, "TRENTON - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez throws a foul tip to fans while he was on deck." Trenton Times
















Above, "TRENTON - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. (Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com )" Trenton Times
















Above, "TRENTON - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez fouls out his first time at bat. (Michael Mancuso)" Trenton Times
















Above, "Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NY Yankees' designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returns from a disabled list stint (hamstring) suiting up for the Double-A Trenton Thunder vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Pre-game press conference. (Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com" Trenton Times


















Trenton Thunder website, game tied 2-2 in 11th

5/24/16, "Alex Rodriguez with two singles for Thunder," Trenton Times, Sean Miller

"When a New York Yankees player comes to Trenton, there is usually some fanfare surrounding the contest. Tuesday night was no different, as Alex Rodriguez made the trip from the Bronx to suit up for the Thunder, as they took on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

A-Rod was in the lineup for Trenton, batting third in the DH slot, as the Thunder looked to win the first two games of a four-game set with the Fisher Cats. He came up big for the hosts in the third inning, with an RBI single up the middle off of John Anderson, to give Trenton a 1-0 lead. His single with one out in the bottom of the seventh loaded the bases for Tyler Austin, who walked to force home Cito Culver.

The DH ended the Thunder fifth inning with a fielders choice ground-out to third base. Rodriguez may be here for two nights, as Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the player on Monday that he would be heading down to the Thunder.

"I have no idea (how long it'll last)," said Rodriguez. "I'm an employee."

"I'm not going to tell you exactly the details, but it was very positive conversation," A-Rod said. "Look, I have tons of respect and trust for Joe, so when he makes a request, I put a lot of value into that. He thought it would be a good idea for me to get some at-bats, and that's great."

With a near sell-out crowd of 6,217 fans, for what should be two straight nights with Rodriguez in town, the Thunder looked to build some more momentum at home. They have been red-hot at ARM and HAMMER Park, going 17-7 heading into Tuesday night. Trenton has not lost a series at home this season.

It is a stark contrast to the Thunder's play on the road, where they are 6-12. Trenton has won just one series, at Erie, to end the month of April. With 14 of their next 20 games, and 20 of 32, on the road following Thursday's 10:30 a.m. series finale with the Fisher Cats, the Thunder will look to get a boost from this four game set.

Reigning Eastern League Player of the Month Dietrich Enns will get the ball Wednesday night, after a stint in Scranton Wilkes-Barre."

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Arod is in Trenton, NJ for Tuesday night rehab game, New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Trenton Thunder. Arod will face New Hampshire left hander John Anderson
















5/24/16, "Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives in Trenton; What you need to know," Trenton Times, Randy Miller

"The presence of Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez was at Waterford Park before he even stepped on the field to play a minor-league rehab game for the Trenton Thunder on Tuesday night.

Outside the ballpark Rodriguez's picture is on the team's video billboard outside the ballpark and there's a life-size cutup of him in a Yankee uniform inside the ticket booth.

Alex has arrived," Thunder media relations manager John Mozes told early press box arrives at 3:45 p.m.  "He's in the weight room and will be taking BP at 4 p.m."

Rodriguez will hit third and DH for the Thunder, which is the Yankees' Class AA Eastern League affiliate, in a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

This will be A-Rod's first game since he strained his right hamstring during a game in Baltimore on May 4. He went on the 15-day disabled list the next day and was hopeful of returning when first eligible last Thursday, but he didn't quite feel ready when running last week before Yankees games in Phoenix and Oakland.

The Yankees announced the rehab game for A-Rod on Monday after saying for days that he wouldn't need one. He's expected to return Wednesday for a second game, as well, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in New York.

A-Rod will be hitting on Tuesday against New Hampshire left-hander John Anderson, who is 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA in eight starts this season.

Anderson, 27, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 28th round of the 2008 draft out of Chabot College. The Pleasanton, Calif., native is 21-27 with a 4.49ERA in 135 career minor-league games, 67 as a starter."

Above image caption: "The Trenton Thunder is letting fans know that Alex Rodriguez will be playing for them Tuesday night in a video billboard outside Waterford Park in Trenton." from Trenton Times

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Field in progress for Fort Bragg MLB game
















5/19/16, "The field for the game is coming along nicely!" Atlanta Braves twitter

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Some Yankee shirts in the stands in Arizona, Wed., May 17, 2016


















"Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Brandon Drury watches a two-run homer by New York Yankees' Brett Gardner fly into the bleachers in the 1st inning in Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday, May 18, 2016." photo AZCentral Sports. Final 4-2 Yankees over Diamondbacks

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Aroldis Chapman brings life to sleepy Yankee Stadium
















5/12/16, "Aroldis Chapman warming up on Thursday. He did not enter that game but has been a captivating presence on the Yankees, who are trying to crawl out of last place. Credit Alex Goodlett for The New York Times." Chapman is a free agent after this season.

5/14/16, "Aroldis Chapman, Yankees’ New Fireballer, Is Kindling Fans’ Excitement," NY Times, Billy Witz

"The seats had mostly emptied late Tuesday, but some fans could not bring themselves to leave Yankee Stadium. Their mad dash to the subway had come to a halt, and they congregated four and five deep along the field-level concourse.
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What kept them anchored was the man standing on the pitcher’s mound: Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman, the newest Yankee, who became eligible Monday after serving a 30-game domestic violence suspension, has brought a buzz to the late innings at the often somnolent stadium with a fastball that rides steadily at 100 miles an hour.

When Chapman enters through the bullpen gate, he is accompanied by a beat-thumping music medley and a montage of flaming scoreboard graphics, which awaken the crowd as would one of his fastballs under the chin.

Even though Yankee Stadium is empty, it’s like there’s life back in it,” Elan Wilkenfeld said Tuesday as he stood in the right-field corner with his friend Ross Rubin, watching Chapman work the final inning of a 10-7 Yankees victory.

For a team that has been competitive but not dynamic — and devoid of much personality — in recent seasons, Chapman may be the Yankees’ most captivating presence as they try to crawl out of last place in the American League East.

But because he is a closer — used almost exclusively when the Yankees have a lead but not too large a lead — it is uncertain each night if Chapman will appear.

On Thursday night, Gregg Fein, who was seated in the right-field bleachers, peered down into the bullpen with his two young sons to watch Chapman warm up while the Yankees extended their lead with two late runs on the way to a 7-3 victory.

“I’m kind of torn,” Fein said. “If we score a bunch of runs here, Chapman won’t come into the game.”

Indeed, with a comfortable margin, the Yankees saved him for another day."...
 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NY City's three major airports inform TSA they can no longer tolerate its incompetence, will find private firm for passenger screening if improvements not made-ABC News

5/10/16, "NYC Airports: We Can No Longer Tolerate TSA's 'Inadequacy'," ABC News, David Kerley, Jeffrey Cook

"Management of the New York City area’s three major airports is fed up with long lines at security check points, and they have given the Transportation Security Administration an ultimatum: Either shorten the lines or we’ll find someone else to do it. 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, tasked with running John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, is threatening to privatize the process of screening passengers before boarding their flight, according to a document sent from the Port Authority to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. 

“We can no longer tolerate the continuing inadequacy of the TSA passenger services,” the letter obtained by ABC News reads. 

According to the Port Authority, the March 15 to April 15 period at JFK saw 253 reported occurrences of 20-plus-minute waits. In 2015, only 10 instances were reported over the same time period. 

“The patience of the flying public has reached a breaking point,” the letter reads. Passenger wait times have "risen dramatically in recent months, prompting angry complaints from passengers, terminal operators, and airlines alike citing inconvenience, delayed flights, and missed flight connections." 

While the Port Authority says it understands the challenges facing TSA, it says it “is exploring the merits” of participating in private screening “to enhance flexibility in the assignments and operating hours of front line screening staff.” 

They wouldn’t be the first. The busiest airport in the country, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, made a similar threat in February. 


San Francisco International Airport and Kansas City International Airport both have private firms handling a significant amount of passengers. These firms must meet the same standards and protocols as TSA and pay officers at least what TSA pays. The airports and firms also must go through a process to get approved.

A TSA spokesperson said the agency is addressing the growing volume of travelers, but that “TSA’s primary focus is the current threat environment, as the American transportation system remains a high value target for terrorists." 

TSA said it will respond to the Port Authority directly. The agency said there is no noticeable difference in wait times between federalized and non-federalized screening points. The agency encourages travelers to sign up for TSA Pre or other trusted traveler programs like Global Entry and to arrive at airports at least two hours before a domestic flight."

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