Friday, September 19, 2014

Jeter's last September at the Stadium

"Derek Jeter has had many moments in the sun in his 19 seasons as a Yankee, including his 3,000th hit on July 9, 2011. Typical Jeter flair: No. 3,000 came on a home run. Barton Silverman/The New York Times" 

9/19/14, "Right Up to Retirement, Derek Jeter Is Still Playing the Game," NY Times, Michael Powell

"R.A. Dickey, the Toronto Blue Jay, tossed up a fat mistake of a fastball, and Jeter unleashed that compact swing. The ball soared deep into the left-field stands. Jeter trotted quickly around the bases, no preening. He’d done this 259 times before.

For a minute or so, Yankee Stadium, imposing and vast and exuding that Imperial Stormtrooper vibe, got loud and raucous. There’s a nip to the air, which means September, which means the time of Yankees domination. Except not this year and not last year, either. Save for their loving “Der-ek Je-ter!” chants, the fans passed most of the night in quiet somnolence, like old hounds no longer bothering to respond to the September whistle. The Yankees are driving around in the far suburbs of the playoff race only because several of their rivals are in a state of epic collapse. The Yankees kept a mediocre 5-5 pace in the 10 games entering Friday, and remained five games off the wild-card pace."...

NY Times Jeter slide show

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hank Aaron among dignitaries breaking ground for new Atlanta Braves stadium in Cobb County

9/16/14, "From left, Tim Lee, the Cobb County chairman; Terry McGuirk, the Braves' chairman; William Rogers, the SunTrust chief executive; Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia; and the Hall of Famer Hank Aaron on Tuesday," AP via NY Times

9/16/14, "Braves Begin Work on Stadium Outside Downtown Atlanta, to Mixed Reaction," NY Times, Mike Tierney

"Beneath a tent erected over a patch of gravel, two dozen nicely dressed dignitaries wearing Atlanta Braves batting helmets plunged custom-made shiny shovels with bat handles into a pit of dirt Tuesday.

The elaborate groundbreaking ritual, which commenced with an opera tenor belting out the national anthem to a few hundred invited guests who munched on peanuts and Cracker Jack, marked the start of construction of a stadium that has delighted some area residents and irritated others.

The Braves stunned metropolitan Atlanta last November by announcing they would pull up stakes downtown, their home since migrating from Milwaukee in 1966, and move to Cobb County.

Some city dwellers, accustomed to the convenience of all three of Atlanta’s major professional teams stationed downtown, expressed outrage that the Braves were headed elsewhere and were doing so only after secret talks with various Cobb County officials.
To those residents, the new ballpark may be only 12 miles from the city center but might as well be light-years away. And while Cobb County inhabitants generally welcome the new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017, some took offense that they were kept in the dark throughout the negotiations and that the county’s decision to issue as much as $397 million in stadium bonds was not subject to a referendum.

The Braves have said that part of the reason for the pending change of address was to gain closer proximity to the team’s heaviest ticket base, which is in the suburbs north of downtown.

Coincidentally, Tuesday’s ceremonies came as the Braves are fading out of the National League wild-card race, with a record that has fallen to .500. It also came amid the furor over the recent revelation of a 2012 email by the Atlanta Hawks’ majority owner in which he voiced concerns that his team was drawing too few white fans and separate, racially charged comments by the team’s general manager, Danny Ferry, that have led him to take an indefinite leave of absence.

The Braves, like many major league franchises, have a fairly high proportion of white fans, and the new location is closer to some predominantly white areas that are seen as baseball hotbeds.
In making the move, the Braves are also envisioning that the stadium will be part of mixed-use development that will include retail outlets, restaurants, entertainment sites and residential areas.

Turner Field, the Braves’ home for the past 18-plus seasons, failed to ignite a growth in neighborhood businesses that would induce fans to spend money before and after games.

Instead, the Braves will now fund the mixed-use project connected to the new stadium, acting in conjunction with private partners.

“It’s cutting edge,” said Rob Manfred, who will soon take over as baseball commissioner and who was in attendance Tuesday. “Everybody in baseball is watching the development closely.”

He said that a ballpark residing in an entertainment district “is much better than a stadium out there by itself.”

Ted Turner, the former owner of the Braves and the Hawks, championed the downtown area for his teams. The Hawks have remained there, and the N.F.L’s Falcons broke ground in May on a downtown dome situated a long pass from their existing haunts.

The Braves had braced themselves for less than overwhelming applause for the move.

“I don’t expect everybody to always be happy,” Terry McGuirk, the team chairman and chief executive, said. But he characterized most Braves followers as overjoyed.

The ballpark’s design emphasizes intimacy, with a significant portion of the 41,500 seats close to the field.

An independent poll of Cobb denizens conducted by the University of Florida had determined that 78 percent would have preferred a referendum on the bond commitment, while 55 percent would have voted in favor.

Citizens for Governmental Transparency, a local advocacy group hastily formed after the Braves’ stadium announcement, unsuccessfully demanded a public vote, and two individuals have lodged appeals to the state Supreme Court in a long-shot attempt to prevent the bonds from being issued without a referendum passing.

Tim Lee, the Cobb County chairman who steered negotiations with the Braves, said Tuesday a vote had been considered for the 700,000 residents of a county historically cautious about government spending. Ultimately, there was no referendum, just an agreement that the county chip in about 45 percent of the actual construction cost, with the Braves picking up the rest.

“This will be good for the region,” said Lee, who contends that the investment will pay off in increased property and sales tax revenue.

As construction crews drove earthmovers and laid massive pipe outside the tent, one nugget of news emerged from Tuesday’s festivities: The stadium will be called SunTrust Park, with the Atlanta-based banking chain signing on as a title sponsor for a quarter of a century."

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

US Navy parachute jumper with American flag over Camden Yards before Yankee-Orioles game

9/14/14, "U.S. Navy parachute jumper with American Flag in tow before tonight's game Erik Boland twitter. Final 3-2, Orioles over Yankees

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Pair of Blue Angels fly past Camden Yards during Star Spangled Spectacular event in Baltimore

9/13/14, "A pair of Blue Angels flying past Camden Yards ," Erik boland twitter. "Blue Angels have returned. Performing in the harbor, area for the Star Spangled Spectacular that is going on this weekend in Baltimore." final 3-2 Yankees

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Rockefellers picked another winner, a $1 billion a day haul based on something that doesn't exist

9/13/14, Tarp coming off field. Appx start time 1:40 ," Erik boland Twitter, final 3-2 Yankees

A lack of global warming is irrelevant to global warming profits. The Rockefellers have picked another winner.

The global warming scare is now a $1 billion a day industry.

Fossil fuel billionaire Rockefeller money backs CO2 danger activist group 350.org.
Forbes profile, David Rockefeller, Sr., net worth “$2.5 billion,” “Source of Wealth: Standard Oil, Banking”
Scientific consensus states global temperatures haven't increased in 15+ years, could remain flat for another decade, that US CO2 has plunged, is expected to go lower, that China's has skyrocketed, and will likely go higher. 30 year peer reviewed science finds CO2 doesn't cause planet warming to begin with, that CO2 lags temperatures. EPA scientists in US Federal Register say proposed rules to limit CO2 emissions from power plants "will result in negligible CO2 emissions changes." ("Costs and Benefits" subhead, Jan. 2014.) Meaning, pending rules politicians claim will improve the atmosphere will do no such thing.


8/21/14, "Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'," BBC, Matt McGrath

"Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. 

The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle in the Atlantic Ocean is behind the slowdown....

The world's overall temperatures haven't risen beyond the record set in 1998....[subhead, 'Ice age fears']


6/4/12, Climate change stunner: USA leads world in CO2 cuts since 2006,” Vancouver Observer, Saxifrage


 “Not only that, but as my top chart shows, US CO2 emissions are falling even faster than what President Obama pledged in the global Copenhagen Accord.”…Here is the biggest shocker of all: the average American’s CO2 emissions are down to levels not seen since 1964  --over half a century ago. …Coal is the number two source of CO2 for Americans. Today the average American burns an amount similar to what they did in 1955, and even less than they did in the 1940s. …It is exactly America’s historical role of biggest and dirtiest that makes their sharp decline in CO2 pollution so noteworthy and potentially game changing at the global level.”...


CO2 US v China, 2005 to 2011, energy related, US EIA (US Energy Dept.), WSJ, April 2013

4/18/13, "Rise in U.S. Gas Production Fuels Unexpected Plunge in Emissions," WSJ, Russell


6/10/13, 2012 US CO2 continues to drop. Chart from IEA report, China continues to rise. (Above chart is thru 2011) :



"Bentek says that (US) power companies plan to retire 175 coal-fired plants over the next five years [by 2017]. That could bring coal's CO2 emissions down to 1980 levels."...

8/16/12, “AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low,” AP, Kevin Begos

In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't see the drop coming in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide....

In a little-noticed technical report, the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said this month that energy related U.S. CO2 emissions for the first four months of this year fell to about 1992 levels."...


Citation for 17 year pause in global warming:

2/21/13, "'Nothing off-limits' in climate debate," The Australian, Graham Lloyd
"The UN’s climate change chief, Rajendra Pachauri, has acknowledged a 17-year pause in global temperature rises, confirmed recently by Britain’s Met Office."...



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

John Sterling call of Chris Young walk off home run, 9/11/14, 'Younger than Springtime, Forever Young'

Chris Young hit his second home run as a Yankee on Thursday 9/11/14 v the Tampa Bay Rays at the Stadium. Final 5-4 Yankees. Following is John Sterling's call:

"The pitch, swung on and hit in the air to deep left, that ball is high, it is far, it is gone! It's a game winning, walk off, 3 run home run for Chris Young....Chris Young, in the bottom of the 9th, it's a one out, 3 run, walk off home run. Chris Young, Younger than Springtime, Chris, Forever Young, he hit a 3 run, walk off, and the Yankees have their greatest win of the year! They beat Tampa Bay by the score of 5-4."

Chris Young's first Yankee home run was one day ago, 9/10/14, in the 4th inning. Mr. Sterling's tag for that was slightly different, "For those who think Young." Final 8-5 Yankees.

"Former Met Chris Young accepts congratulations from teammates Antoan Richardson (right) and Brian McCann after hitting a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth inning to lead the Yankees to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Rays Thursday night at the Stadium," ap

9/11/14, "Ex-Met Chris Young’s three-run homer in ninth saves Yankees," NY Post, Dan Martin

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Jumpers, World Trade Center, September 11, 2001

Above, Jumpers, 9/11/01, Reuters photo

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"The Falling Man," 9/11/01, ap photo by Richard Drew, via Esquire

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9/10/11, "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."...
9/10/11, "Children of 9/11: Life with a parent missing," Newsday, Carol Polsky
9/9/11, "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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Monday, September 08, 2014

Newsday front page, "Derek's Day," Monday, 9/8/14

9/8/14, Newsday front page, "Derek's Day"

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Joan Rivers, Newsday front page, Sept. 5, 2014

9/5/14, Joan Rivers, Newsday front page. "Joan attended Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, Connecticut College for Women and Barnard College. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated in 1954 with a degree in English." 9/4/14, "Joan Rivers, a Comic Stiletto Quick to Skewer, Is Dead at 81," NY Times, Robert D. McFadden

#RIP Joan Rivers

Thurs., 9/4/14, Outside Joan Rivers' East 62nd St. Manhattan home, getty  

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays roof sliding open

8/29/14, "Roof sliding open in Toronto Erik Boland twitter. final 6-3 Yankees over Blue Jays

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Derek Jeter's nephew tips his cap to Detroit Tigers crowd

8/27/14, "Derek Jeter's tiny nephew tips cap at pregame ceremony, world collectively 'awwws'," wapc.mlb.com

8/27/14, Gif of Jeter's nephew tipping cap to Detroit Tigers crowd, wapc.mlb.com. (Nephew's name is Jalen).

8/27/14, "Derek Jeter was honored Wednesday in Detroit, where he received chairs, paintings and a $5K check," getty. Final 8-4 Yankees.

Derek Jeter's nephew Jalen at 2014 All Star Game, Larry Brown Sports

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kansas City Royals and fans observe Derek Jeter's final visit to Kauffman

8/25/14, "New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (2) acknowledges the cheers from the fans after being presented a check by Kansas City Royals president Dan Glass and general manager Dayton Moore before Monday's baseball game on August 25, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.," photo Kansas City Star, J. Sleezer. final 8-1 Yankees.

8/25/14, "Fans display signs for New York Yankees' Derek Jeter
during Monday's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on August 25, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.," KansasCity Star photo, J. Sleezer, final 8-1 Yankees.

8/25/14, "New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki is greeted by manager Joe Girardi and bench coach Tony Pena after scoring on a grounder for an out by Derek Jeter in the third inning during Monday's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on August 25, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.," Kansas City Star, J. Sleezer. final 8-1 Yankees.


8/25/14, "New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (2) waves goodbye to the fans after his final at bat in the ninth inning during Monday's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on August 25, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.," Kansas City Star, J. Sleezer, final 8-1 Yankees.

8/25/14, "Photo gallery: Yankees 8, Royals 1," Kansas City Star

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chicago Little League team wins US title and advances to face South Korea in World Championship game Sunday

8/24/14, "Chicago wins U.S. title in Little League World Series," AJC.com, Matt Picht

Joshua Houston
"Chicago's Jackie Robinson West claimed the U.S. Championship title in a 7-5 victory over Las Vegas on Saturday. After falling to Las Vegas 13-2 in the second game of the tournament, Chicago clawed their way back through the loser's bracket for revenge....Both the Cubs and the White Sox have expressed their appreciation for the feats of their junior peers....Chicago faces off against Seoul Sunday at 3 p.m. in the World Championship game. They're only the second Chicago team to make it this far — their predecessors, North Roseland, fell to West Tokyo back in 1967." Image: "Chicago's Joshua Houston delivers in the first inning of a United States Championship game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014," AP

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Mechanic tells NLRB that almost a third of NYC Citi Bikes are in the shop-NY Post

8/23/14, "Citi Bike struggling to keep up with huge repair backlog," NY Post, K. Fasick, L. Mongelli, and D. Fears

"The Citi Bike repair backlog is so bad that recently one-third of the fleet was sitting in a Brooklyn warehouse waiting to be fixed by overworked mechanics, according to their supervisor.

Lead mechanic Timur Mukhodinov told the National Labor Relations Board several weeks ago that approximately 1,900 of the 6,000 cycles in the struggling bike-share program’s fleet still need to be fixed, according to documents filed by the agency on Wednesday.

NYC Bicycle Share spokesperson Dani Simons disputed the number Mukhodinov gave, saying that there are currently 1,184 bikes in their repair shop. An average of 200 cycles are patched up each day, she added.

Repairing the beat-up bikes is a Sisyphean task — as new rides need restoring every day, Mukhodinov said.

“[W]e don’t know if [the bicycles in the warehouse needing repair] will ever meet zero, because that’s something that’s fueled by the users every single day,” Mukhodinov said in the documents....

Regular riders say busted Citi Bikes are a common sight around the city — and it’s grinding their gears. Common complaints include flat tires, broken gears and cracked seats.

Chelsea resident Shelby Pollard, 30, said she rides the bikes three times a day and has used several that are in need of a trip back to the repair shop.

“About 70 percent of the time it’s all good, but the other 30 percent there are problems,” she told The Post. “I’ve had flat tires and sometimes the gears don’t shift.”

BikeshareNYC, a blog about the system, inspected docked bikes at 24 stations around the Financial District earlier this month — and found that a whopping 68 percent of them had cracked seats.

Some bikers, like 28-year-old Matt Hennessy, take repairs into their own hands.

“One time the brake guard came off, and I had to use this,” he said, lifting up the strap on the front end of his bike, “to strap it back on. I fixed it myself.”

Other riders complain it can be difficult to find an available set of wheels at certain locations.
At least three times a week I can’t get a bike,” griped Stephen Moran, 43, who works near the Citi Bike station at 49th Street and Fifth Avenue. “If I can’t rent a bike I have to hail a cab, and that costs money.”

It doesn’t help that some of the available bikes are in bad shape.

“So disappointing as of late. Two times in a row, there’s people waiting and multiple broken bikes.

Why’d I renew again?” Twitter user Lisa617 asked recently."

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Intentional walks in 2014 lowest since record keeping began-NY Times

8/23/14, "Someday Soon, There May Be No Such Thing as a Free Pass," NY Times, Benjamin Hoffman

"The statistic for intentional walks a game is down to just 0.2 per team per game this season, its lowest point since baseball started compiling it in 1955, and a full 50 percent below its peak. In the National League, where pitchers are still expected to bat, the average is 0.22, which is also the lowest figure in recorded history.

With some context, it appears the statistic was well into its decline even as Bonds broke every individual record in the category, with 120 in 2004 and 688 in his career. Most people probably neglected to notice because of the attention Bonds drew.

Several factors have contributed to the decline, which has been fairly steady since the early 1990s. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi cited the decline in overall offense, which has made the tactic less necessary. He also said he did not consider the intentional walk all that important. “It’s not something we do a lot of,” he said. “We have belief in our pitchers.”

Mark McGwire, the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who was intentionally walked 150 times in his 16-season career, thinks a strong era for pitching, especially the emergence of strikeout-heavy relief specialists, has been a major factor.

“When pitchers dominate, you don’t really have to intentionally walk,” McGwire said.

But the decline of intentional walks was already beginning as Bonds and McGwire were being sent to first so often during the offensive explosion of the late 1990s and early 2000s

In the National League, with no designated hitter, the peak for intentional walks was from 1967 to 1990, when the average was 0.4 to 0.5 a game nearly every season. This season will mark the fifth consecutive year that the average is below 0.3, with the three most recent seasons the lowest on record.

In the end, the primary reason for the decline in intentional walks may be as simple as managers realizing that putting a runner on base is a bad strategy....

As for Bonds, the fear he instilled was never better shown than when Manager Buck Showalter of the Arizona Diamondbacks intentionally walked him with the bases loaded in 1998. Showalter took criticism for the move, but it worked as the Diamondbacks retired the next hitter to end the game.

But to base any strategy off a world in which a hitter as dominant as the Bonds of that season exists is flawed. In the modern game, with what teams know about run expectancy, the intentional walk has faded into the background. And in retrospect, Bonds became the symbol of a strategy while actually being an exception to the rule."

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WFAN's Mike Francesa takes ice bucket challenge at Bar A on Jersey Shore

8/22/14, "Here's Mike Francesa taking the ice bucket challenge at Bar A Al Hughes Dukes twitter

8/22/14, "Mike Francesa does the Ice Bucket Challenge from his show at Bar A," NY Daily News, John Healy. "The WFAN radio host, sitting in a chair inside an inflatable pool, was drenched in ice cold water in front of a large crowd by a lucky fan at the end of his show."

8/22/14, "WATCH: WFAN’s Mike Francesa Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," newyork.cbslocal.com, Lake Como, NJ

"Radio Host Caps Big Day At Bar A In N.J. By Giving The People What They Want"

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Martin Prado hits walk-off single for 4-3 Yankee win

8/22/14, "Martin Prado of the Yankees celebrating after hitting walk-off single to give the Yankees 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY on Friday, August 22, 2014. Credit: Errol Anderson," Newsday. final 4-3 Yankees. Prado hit with two outs, bases loaded.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

A fine afternoon in the Bronx

8/21/14, "A fine afternoon in the Bronx ," Erik Boland twitter, Astros v Yankees, final 3-0 Yankees

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MLB upholds SF Giants protest of game v Cubs due to tarp, rain delay issues. Last game suspended at Wrigley was July 1987 due to darkness

8/20/14, "Giants win protest over rain-shortened Cubs game," USA Today, Bob Nightengale

"Major League Baseball, in a rare decision, upheld the San Francisco Giants' protest Tuesday night over their rain-shortened loss against the Chicago Cubs, and ruled that the game be resumed Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

It was the first time a protest was upheld involving a game in 28 years.

Major League Baseball ruled that the Cubs were negligent Tuesday putting a tarp in place after a 15-minute rain shower ended the game after four and a half innings, with the Cubs declared winners, 2-0, after a four-hour, 34-minute delay.

"An examination of the circumstances of last night's game has led to the determination that there was sufficient cause to believe that there was a 'malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club' within the meaning of Official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3)," MLB said in its ruling.

"Available video of the incident, and conversations with representatives of the Cubs, demonstrate that the Cubs' inability to deploy the tarp appropriately was caused by the failure to properly wrap and spool the tarp after its last use.

"As a result, the groundskeeping crew was unable to properly deploy the tarp after the rain worsened. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(3), the game should be considered a suspended game that must be completed at a future date.''

The game now will resume play at 5:05 p.m. EDT Thursday with the Cubs batting in the bottom of the fifth inning. They also have a scheduled night game at 8:05.

The Giants also asked for the Cubs' 2-0 victory in the rain-shortened game to be forfeited, which was denied.

"Major League Baseball has spoken with last night's crew chief, Hunter Wendelstedt, and has concluded that the grounds crew worked diligently in its attempt to comply with his direction and cover the field,'' MLB said. "Thus, there is no basis for the game to be forfeited by the Cubs pursuant to Rule 4.16.''

The Giants, battling with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, were livid Tuesday night that the Cubs were initially declared winners, and filed the protest.

"I hope they listen and watch how what happened there,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Tuesday night, "because in this day and time it shouldn't happen, can't happen, I think, with the importance of these games. I'm going to leave it at that. …

"It was a 15-minute rain there, and they couldn't get the tarp on in time. I just think with this day and time, something should have been done a little bit more."

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer agreed with Bochy after the game, saying: "No one wants to win a 2-0 game. They hit five times, we hit four. It doesn't seem like a real game in a pennant race, and obviously there were issues with the tarp coming out and how that went and contributed to it, and that's the organization's responsibility.

"So we tried to wait as long as we possibly could because the Giants are in a pennant race, and because we felt an obligation to do that."

Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday night that the field was unplayable, and the game could not be deemed suspended because of rules governing tarp malfunction issues.

"Had it been an automatic tarp malfunction, that would have been grounds for a suspended game," Epstein said. "The fact that it was a manual tarp, we had issues covering the field, the rules don't allow for a suspended game. We tried every way possible for the sake of fairness and equity to get to the point of a suspended game and allow the teams to play nine (Wednesday), but the rules don't provide for that.''

MLB, however, had different ideas, and the game was the first one suspended at Wrigley Field since July 10, 1987.

The game was called because of darkness between the Cubs and Dodgers and concluded the following day.

The time a team prevailed in the protest of a game was June 16, 1986, when the Pittsburgh Pirates protested that their game against the St. Louis Cardinals ended prematurely, with the Cardinals leading 4-1. The Pirates won the protest when MLB determined that home-plate umpire John Kibler didn't provided sufficient time during the rain delay when he called the game. The game resumed two days later, and the Cardinals still won, 4-2." (video at link)


8/19/14, "Cubs game delayed at Wrigley after tarp issues," Chicago Tribune, Mark Gonzales, with photos


EARLIER: Giants protest loss in Chicago

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Stephen Drew gets first Yankee home run and first John Sterling Home run call: 'Stephen Drew, How do you do!'

8/25/14, Stephen Drew just hit a home run v Royals in KC. John Sterling kept the "How do you do" tag, but tonight it sounded clearly like "Drewski" instead of "Brewski," see below.


8/20/14, Short Stop Stephen Drew hit a home run in the bottom of the 4th v Astros. Following is the full John Sterling call:

"Swung on and hit in the air to deep right center field, it is high, it is far, it is gone! Stephen Drew hits his first home run as a Yankee. Stephen Drew...how do you do! He serves a Brewski to the right field seats, and the Yankees have tied the game at one."

Final 5-2 Astros.

I wasn't sure if Sterling said "Brewski" or "Drewski" when I heard the call live. I recorded the call from the post game show and it sounds clearly like "Brewski."

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Because each individual who crosses the US Southern border is not 'wanded,' nor forced to walk through a metal detector, such screening will now take place at all Major League Baseball arenas beginning in 2015. Already in effect at Gate 2 at Yankee Stadium

"Those who choose not to go through a walk-through metal detector have the option of being manually checked with a hand-held detector, the news release said."

8/19/14, "Yankees introduce metal detectors at a gate," Newsday, Will Sammon

"Upon entering Yankee Stadium Tuesday, West Babylon resident Tom DeFonte looked at his young son and said, "Never again are we going through that gate."

DeFonte was referring to Gate 2, which is adjacent to leftfield, an entry point where two metal detectors were added for the first time. Many fans who showed up when the gate opened at 5:10 p.m. had to wait on a long line for what they said was 20 to 30 minutes longer than usual.

DeFonte and others need to get used to it.

Starting in 2015, all game-day entrances to Yankee Stadium (and every other MLB park) will use metal detectors, as mandated by MLB. The Yankees announced Friday that as part of MLB's initiative to standardize security procedures at all 30 major-league parks for the start of the 2015 season, metal detectors will be added at various entry points at Yankee Stadium starting Tuesday.

Gate 2 was the only gate at the Stadium that had the detectors and it was chosen, security guards said, because it "is a good trial run because it's one of the less trafficked gates."

At around 5:30 p.m., about 150 people waited on a slow-moving line. In comparison, the Stadium's other gates were nearly vacant at the same time.

"I come through this gate all the time and it's never like this at this time," DeFonte said. "At the same time, I don't want to get shot in the face, either."

Some said that there should be more than two metal detectors at each point.

"We need like seven or eight to make things more smooth," Phillip Rogers of East Meadow said.

After that initial rush, however, less [sic] people entered through the gate and by 6 p.m. many were touting the metal detectors as an efficient and safe process.

The Yankees are introducing metal detection before the 2015 mandate in an effort to acclimate staff and fans to the new procedure, according to a news release. Fans were asked to remove cellphones and all large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detectors. All bags will still be checked, and only MLB-compliant bags -- a maximum of 16 inches x 16 inches x 8 inches -- will be admitted.

Those who choose not to go through a walk-through metal detector have the option of being manually checked with a hand-held detector, the news release said.

"It's just the world we live in these days," Rogers said. "It's good the Yankees are doing this now. As far as safety goes, it's a must at this point.""

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Colorado Rockies retire Todd Helton's #17

8/17/14, "Retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, center, addresses the crowd during a ceremony to retire his playing number before the Rockies host the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014," ap. "Rockies pay tribute to Helton by retiring his No. 17 jersey," ap. Todd Helton

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Colorado Rockies scoreboard announces game v Reds delayed due to water main break

8/16/14, "Workers toil on the field as the outfield scoreboard displays notice that a water main break has forced the delay of a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. The game was eventually canceled and will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday," ap

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Atlanta Braves security halts streaker on the field in game v Oakland A's, August 16

8/16/14, "Time is halted as a streaker is confronted by Atlanta Braves security personnel during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Atlanta," ap. final 4-3 Braves over Oakland


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Yankee fan sign in Tampa seeks Joe Girardi autograph

8/15/14, "Subtle... Erik Boland twitter pic. Yankees at Tampa Bay, Rays lead 5-0 in the 9th

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Manchester United bans tablets and laptops at home matches due to security concerns-BBC

8/13/14, "Manchester United bans tablets and laptops at home matches," BBC

"Manchester United has banned fans from bringing tablets and laptops to football matches at its stadium. 

The club said it was reacting to "security intelligence", adding the restriction was in line with new checks on electronic equipment at airports.

It said that unlike at airports, it would be "impractical" at the stadium to check the devices were genuine by asking for them to be powered up.

Greater Manchester Police said it was not involved with the ban "in any way".

A statement on the club's site says the ban extends to large and small tablets "including iPad minis", as well as larger electronic devices.

Smartphones are still permitted as long as their dimensions are smaller than 15cm by 10cm (5.9in by 3.9in).

"The regulations at each stadium are a matter for the relevant stadium management authorities, however, the scale of Old Trafford and profile of Manchester United mean that the risk at this venue is unique," it adds.

A spokesman for the club told the BBC it had made the move after receiving "advice", but would not say from whom this had come.

He added the action was unrelated to concerns about fans using tablets to record video of matches, potentially blocking the view of others, as had been reported elsewhere.

A spokesman for the Premier League said: "This is not something we are responsible for or involved in." The Football Association was unable to provide comment at this time.

The government announced in July that passengers flying to the US or elsewhere who passed through UK airports needed to show that devices carried in their hand luggage were charged and could be powered on. The move followed a warning that US officials had become aware of a "credible" unnamed terrorist threat.

The airport restrictions cover phones, MP3 players and cameras in addition to larger kit."

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Born in the Bronx, Sept. 16, 1924, Lauren Bacall

March 2011, "To Have and Have Not," Vanity Fair, Matt Tyrnauer

"She was born Betty Joan Perske, in the Bronx, on September 16, 1924."...Image above from "To Have and Have Not," 1944 from premiumhollywood.com. Lauren Bacall

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Fan sign at Giants v Royals game: 'Will trade sister to meet Tim Lincecum'

8/10/14, "San Francisco Giants fans show their support for Giants' pitcher Tim Lincecum before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014," ap. Final 7-4, Kansas City Royals over San Francisco Giants

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/10/4063768/lincecum-struggles-again-as-giants.html#storylink=cpy

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