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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chicago Cubs owners not sure what to do about rooftop Cubs viewing locations v stadium improvements-Newsday

"A contract between the Cubs and the rooftop owners, which runs to 2024, guarantees the baseball team 17 percent of the gross revenues generated by the businesses."...

4/18/14, "Proposed Wrigley Field renovations could send building owners through the roof," Newsday, Steven Marcus

"Jeff Gabbard watches the Cubs in person without actually entering Wrigley Field. Fans can select his vantage point from more than a dozen rooftop businesses beyond the ivy walls.

They pay $60 to $100 to watch the Cubs from 500 feet away because "you basically have an array of food choices, wine and beer, whatever you want," said Gabbard, of Chicago. "Barbecue sandwiches, really nice bratwurst, barbecue ribs." Not to mention nicer bathrooms.

The rooftops -- former residential buildings where occupants could view games just by looking out their windows -- became a cottage industry for landlords in the 1980s but now face an uncertain future under a proposed renovation of Wrigley that could obscure or block views from the rooftops. Conversely, the rooftop businesses are standing in the way of improvements that owner Tom Ricketts wants to make to the 100-year-old ballpark.

Ricketts likened the rooftops to "your neighbor looking through your window watching your television" when he addressed a group at a Cubs convention during the winter.

A $500-million renovation of Wrigley, the team's website said, would include a "6,000-square-foot video board added in leftfield and a 1,000-square-foot sign in rightfield. Advertising is a tremendous source of revenue for all major-league teams and we remain committed to introducing signage in the ballpark that keeps with the historic traditions of Wrigley Field." Signage in Wrigley under the renovation could provide up to a reported $20 million annually for the Cubs.

The Chicago City Council has approved the renovation of the city landmark, but the Cubs reportedly are reluctant to implement it because they fear it would be delayed if the rooftop owners seek legal action.

A contract between the Cubs and the rooftop owners, which runs to 2024, guarantees the baseball team 17 percent of the gross revenues generated by the businesses. That amounts to an estimated $3 million to $4 million per season, according to Ryan McLaughlin, a spokesman for the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association." Image: 4/17/10, "Fans watch from special seats through Wrigley Rooftops overlooking the stadium and the neighborhood, too, as the Chicago Cubs take on the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois," Getty Images, Jonathan Daniel

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Yankee grounds crew uses blowers to remove ice from tarp on April 16, 2014








4/16/14, "PHOTO: It's April 16, and there's ice on the tarp at Yankee Stadium," Dayn Perry

"Grounds crew using blowers to remove ice from the tarp. That's right. Ice." Sweeny Murti, twitter pic, 4/16/14

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Comment: Obviously, this proves that trillions more must be 'transferred' from the US taxpayer to the $1 billion a day 'global warming' industry ASAP.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Yankee Yangervis Solarte gets first major league home run and first John Sterling home run call

4/17/14, Third baseman Yangervis Solarte hit his first major league home run Thursday night v Tampa Bay Rays. The two run home run in the top of the 9th gave the Yankees a 10-2 lead which was the final score. Following is John Sterling's call:

"Swung on and drilled to deep right, that ball is high, it is far, it is gone! Nevvver Nervous Yangervis! Solarrrrr-tay..... whoa whoa, Solarrrrrr--tay, whoa whoa ay oh...He drills a two run home run to right field and the Yankees take a 10-2 lead. His first major league home run."

After the call Mr. Sterling thanked David Cone for the "Never Nervous Yangervis" reference. The second portion of the call was delivered musically and references the tune, "Volare" which topped the Billboard list in 1958.


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One New Yorker may have prevented bloodshed at Bundy Ranch-BLM standoff. NY filmmaker in Nevada walks toward BLM with arms up saying, "I have no weapon...I'm from New York...May I approach?"

4/16/14, "Exclusive Video, Bundy Ranch," filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch

Action on Sat., 4/12/14 in Nevada begins about 2:00. At 5:45 Lynch walks toward BLM saying, "I do not have a weapon, I'm from New York."...



At 5:22 filmmaker Lynch walks toward BLM in Nevada saying, "I have no weapon..."

At 5:29, "Are you really going to shoot these people?" BLM keeps telling Lynch to "move back."

At 5:45 Lynch keeps walking toward BLM saying, "I do not have a weapon, I'm from New York. May I approach?"

Lynch has filmed on US Mexico border in the past. At 7:15 Lynch says BLM owns property all along the southern US border, but he never sees M16's there stopping drug dealers, terrorists, or illegal immigrants coming across. Lynch says BLM management is "selective."

4/16/14, "This incredible new footage shows how close Bundy standoff came to a massacre," WesternJournalism.com, Tom Hinchey

"The inside story of how one New Yorker may have kept the Bundy protesters from a bloody end."

"Documentary filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch was at the Bundy Ranch front line and has never seen that type of force at the border where drugs and people are routinely smuggled across." via Free Rep.

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Added: 4/17/14, "What the Networks Aren't Telling You About the Nevada Cattle Battle," NewsBusters, Rich Noyes

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gearing up for global warming Earth Day celebration across Major League Baseball, perhaps fans will be asked to stop driving to ballparks to help save the planet





4/16/14, "Adrianne Ivey and Jacob Rohlf, both of Toledo, Ohio, stay bundled up against the cold during the Detroit Tigers game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on April 16, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan, Burleson, Getty. final, 3-2 Indians












4/16/14, "A Philadelphia Phillies fan looks on from the stands under a blanket during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on April 16, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania," Garfinkel, Getty, final, 1-0 Braves






4/16/14, Baby spends first birthday at chilly Yankee Stadium, twitter pic. Doubleheader v Cubs, game one, 3-0 Yankees, game two 2-0 Yankees



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4/22/12, "Earth Day initiatives becoming commonplace," MLB.com, Mark Newman, "Stadiums throughout MLB are adopting green programs"
[SportsIllustrCovGlobalWm307.jpg] 1/11/11, "Sports Illustrated – Wrong on Auburn, Wrong on Global Warming," GlobalWarming.org, Ben Lieberman


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Rainout v Cubs in the Bronx








4/15/14, "Cubs-Yankees rained out, to play two today," Split doubleheader on Wed., MLB.com, photo AP

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Greenpeace among group of activists invited by UN IPCC to sit in on non-public meetings planning out what will be said in UN "climate" report








9/26/13, "Observer organizations during the discussions: Kaisa Kosonen, Greenpeace International (right)," "Twelfth Session of Working Group I (WGI) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Thirty-sixth Session of the IPCC," IISD.ca/climate, Stockholm, Sweden. via, 4/12/14, "The IPCC: Bar the Media, Welcome the Activists," No Frakking Consensus, Donna Laframboise

"Environmental activists were allowed to attend a four-day meeting that journalists were denied access to. This is normal IPCC procedure."...via Tom Nelson
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Added: Groups of these people have been jet setting to "climate conferences" around the world for decades to accomplish their single purpose: demonization of ordinary Americans and perpetual "transfer" of their earnings as reparations for something that doesn't exist. Given a generation, the school system, the media, Hollywood, and limitless money, you can get people to believe anything. Not that they needed it, but they have MLB too.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Brian McCann gets his first NYC back page since signing with Yankees
















Newsday back page, 'Bronx Boomer,' Brian McCann, Sunday, April 13, 2014. McCann gets his first John Sterling home run call.

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News of McCann's Yankee signing made back pages in Nov. 2013:










11/24/13, Brian McCann, Newsday back page, "Big Catch"














11/24/13, Brian McCann, NY Daily News back page, "Yes we McCann!"


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Brian McCann gets first and second John Sterling home run calls

Brian McCann hit his first and second Yankee home runs 4/12/14 v Red Sox, a solo shot in bottom of the 4th, and a 2 run shot in bottom of the 6th making the score 6-2 Yankees. Final 7-4 Yankees. This is John Sterling's call for McCann's first home run in the 4th:

"The pitch to Brian is cut on and hit in the air to deep right, that ball is high, it is far, it is gone! Second deck! Brian McCann hits his first home run as a Yankee to break the 2-2 tie. Ohhhh, McCann can, yes, McCann can, he homers to deep right and the Yankees take a 3-2 lead."

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Here's Sterling's call for the second McCann home run, 4/12/14 v Red Sox, bottom of sixth, one on:

"Now the right hander deals, swung on and drilled to deep right center field, going back is Bradley, that ball is gone! Into the Yankees bullpen! How da ya like that! Brian McCann hits his second home run of the day, a lonnnnnng home run into the Yankees bullpen. Ahhhh, McCann can, yes, McCann can. He drills a 2 run home run to right center and the Yankees take a 6-2 lead."

Final 7-4 Yankees.

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Mariano Rivera among Honorary Degree recipients at May 21, 2014 NYU Commencement ceremonies at Yankee Stadium


"Yellen to be the Speaker at 182nd Commencement at Yankee Stadium"...

"NYU President John Sexton and Board of Trustees Chairman Martin Lipton today announced the names of those to be honored at the University’s 182nd Commencement Exercises, which will be held Wednesday, May 21st, at Yankee Stadium.

Janet Yellen—the first woman to serve as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System—will address the graduates and guests at Yankee Stadium. Ms. Yellen will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science degree, honoris causa at the ceremony.

This year’s other recipients of honorary doctorates are:

Mariano Rivera—greatest relief pitcher in baseball history, 13-time All-Star, and winner of five World Series—will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
Elena Kagan—U.S. Supreme Court Justice, law school dean, and U.S. solicitor general—will receive a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa.
Aretha Franklin—“the Queen of Soul,” winner of 18 Grammy awards, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom—will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris causa.
Martin Edelman—distinguished international real estate and corporate attorney—will receive a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa.

The 2014 “Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society” will be presented to Judy and Michael Steinhardt, whose extraordinary leadership at NYU and unparalleled commitment to Jewish causes have enhanced the lives of countless men and women in New York and across the globe.

The 2014 “Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City” will be presented to Daniel L. Doctoroff, President and CEO of Bloomberg, L.P., in recognition of his superb record of service to the city as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding and his leadership in making New York the vibrant capital of creativity and culture that it is today.

Click here for commencement details.

Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the world’s foremost research universities and is a member of the selective Association of American Universities. NYU has degree-granting university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; has eleven other global academic sites, including London, Paris, Florence, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Accra; and sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Through its numerous schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, engineering, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas."
 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dean Anna gets first John Sterling home run call

4/10/14, Yankee 2B Dean Anna hit a home run in the bottom of the 5th, Red Sox at Yankees, final 4-1 Yankees. John Sterling's call:

"Swung on, driven to deep right field, it is high, it is far, it is gone! Dean Anna hits his first Major League home run, a drive into the right field seats. Anna is on the Dean's List! He hits a home run, and the Yankees take a 3 nothing lead."

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Carlos Beltran gets first John Sterling home run call-Updated with "Correazo" clarification by commenter, 'a blow with a leather strap or thong'. Updated 4/12/14, 4/13/14, with Beltran's 2nd, 3rd Yankee HR, stays with 'correazo'

4/13/14, Carlos Beltran hit a 2 run home run at the Stadium v Red Sox, Sunday night. Final, 3-2 Yankees. John Sterling's call:

"It is high, it is far, it is gone! Carlos Beltran drilled one into the left field seats, a two run home run! Un correazo by Beltran, and the Yankees take a 2-1 lead."

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4/12/14, John Sterling stayed with "correazo" for his second Beltran call, 1st inning, 2 run HR v Red Sox, final 7-4 Yankees:

"Swung on there it goes! Deep right center it is high, it is far, it is gone! Oh what a shot by Beltran to deep right center field. Un correazo by Beltran, and the Yankees take a 2 nothing lead."
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John Sterling's first call of a Carlos Beltran home run, Wed., April 9, 2014, bottom of the second, Orioles at Yankees, final 5-4 Orioles:

"Swung on and hit in the air to deep right. That ball is high, it is far, it is gone. Second deck! Carlos Beltran gets his first of the year, a long home run in the second deck. Une coriaso [Guessing at spelling] by Beltran!"

"Correazo - a blow with a leather strap or thong." Thanks to Commenter Tony Reyes

Here's link to "correazo" definition kindly provided by Tony Reyes.

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Comment: I've tried to find a Spanish translation for "une coriaso" under various spellings or even "uno" coriaso, and found nothing even close. I taped the call from the Yankee radio post game show. The new post game host Sweeny Murti didn't offer any ideas as to what it means.

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Hank Aaron compares Republicans who oppose Obama to KKK

4/9/14, "Hank Aaron Compares Republicans That Oppose Obama To KKK," atlanta.cbslocal.com, AP

GOP Spkr. and Obama, May 2011

"Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.

Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance.

Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.

Aaron continued: The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.

Aaron stated that there is still room for improvement for race relations in the U.S.

“We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country,” Aaron told USA Today Sports."...via Lucianne

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Comment: Mr. Aaron, you've fallen for spin. Republicans actually love Pres. Obama and want the same things he wants. If they sometimes pretend to oppose Mr. Obama or democrats it's just to try and fool Republican voters. Republicans can't stand voters. Republicans and Democrats are on the same side. The GOP very badly wanted Pres. Obama to be re-elected.



GOP House Speaker Boehner was desperate for Pres. Obama to be re-elected. Boehner told Republicans they "lost badly," it was time to do what Obama wanted:

11/10/12, "Boehner Tells House G.O.P. to Fall in Line," NY Times

"Their party lost, badly, Mr. Boehner said."...

12/8/12, “Once Boxed-In, Boehner May Finally Be Master Of The House,” NPR, Frank James

GIF above of GOP House Speaker crying which he does a lot.

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Democrats have no problem with GOP Speaker Boehner:

6/24/13,Dems Unlikely to Target Boehner in 2014 Messaging, Real Clear Politics, Caitlin Huey-Burns

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2/20/13, "As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned," Angelo Codevilla, Forbes, op-ed  

They "collude and demand submission as did the royal courts of old."....(subhead 'Public Safety')" 

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"So long as the Uniparty exists, mere voters will have no way of affecting what the government does."

12/15/13, "Breaking The UniParty," Angelo Codevilla
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11/8/13, “The Sabotage Republicans,” By Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

Mr. Aaron, there's only one functioning political party today. If a Republican looks like he's going to win, other Republicans sabotage him. These people have been a joke for decades.

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9/17/13, "The Obama-Boehner Project," Angelo M. Codevilla, libertylawsite.org  

"The ruling class’ foolishness and insincerity, its willingness to insult the American people’s intelligence, are no joke. But we can take comfort in its transparent ineptitude."

 

GOP Sen. McConnell congratulates Pres. Obama after State of the Union


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Added: Hank Aaron does have family interest in politics. He's the brother in law of Democrat Rep. David Scott of Georgia.  Unfortunately, in 2008, Rep. Scott was named among the 25 most corrupt members of congress by a liberal democrat watchdog group called CREW that more often blames Republicans for corruption. More on CREW: "Likewise, a Democracy Alliance [rich liberal democrat group, per Wash. Post] blessing effectively jump-started Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). It bills itself as a nonpartisan watchdog group committed to targeting "government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests." Alliance officials see CREW as a possible counterweight to conservative-leaning Judicial Watch, which filed numerous lawsuits against Clinton administration officials in the 1990s."

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Some services advising internet users to change all their passwords due to Heartbleed bug

4/9/14, "'Change every password everywhere': Heartbleed's threat to Web security," AP via Globe and Mail, M. Liedtke, A. Jesdanun, San Francisco

"Some popular sites that may have been affected: The CRA, Yahoo, Flickr, OkCupid, Eventbrite, Indiegogo, Imgur."...

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4/9/14, "A digital heart attack," economist.com, San Francisco

"The Heartbleed Bug sounds like a particularly nasty coronary complication. But it is in fact a software flaw that has left up to two-thirds of the world’s websites vulnerable to attack by hackers.

According to researchers who uncovered the bug in popular encryption software, it can be exploited by nefarious types—and prying spooks—to extract everything from user names and passwords to details of people’s bank accounts and corporate secrets.

Since the bug’s existence was publicly revealed on April 7th, companies have been scrambling to install software patches that fix the flaw or to upgrade to newer versions of the encryption software, which do not contain it. Tumblr, a blogging service owned by Yahoo, has been advising users to change their passwords for all of the secure sites that they use that hold sensitive data.

Expect many other web outfits to issue similar warnings soon.

Ironically, the weakness that has been exposed is in software that was designed to make the internet safer. Secure websites typically have web addresses that begin with HTTPS, in which the S refers to SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, a widely used technology that encrypts data before it is sent. (Users can see a little lock icon at the start of a web address when they visit a website that employs the technology.)

To protect themselves and their users, many sites have turned to OpenSSL, a popular library of open source encryption software. The snag is that one version of this software that has been on sale since March 2012 contains a serious coding error. The software has a “heartbeat” feature, which lets a computer at one end of an encrypted link send a signal to the computer at the other end of it to check that it is still online. Codenomicon, a security firm, and Neel Mehta of Google’s security team, discovered that a savvy hacker can exploit a weakness in the code and replicate this signal, using it to trick a server into spewing out data from its memory.

Savvy hackers can then use software to comb through the data to extract passwords and other sensitive information. They can also get their hands on encryption keys which can be used to decipher encrypted traffic flowing to and from the computer. To make matters worse, the researchers found that the Heartbleed Bug allows attacks to be mounted without leaving a trace in server logs, so victims may well be unaware that their systems have been compromised. This means it is impossible to tell exactly how much damage has been done because of the flaw’s existence.

Sometimes news of bugs leaks out before software patches are available to fix them. In this case, however, the researchers tipped off the relevant folk associated with OpenSSL about their findings before going public with them, which meant that by the time the news broke software fixes were to hand. Even so, some firms clearly needed more time to prepare themselves.

The revelation of the Heartbleed Bug's existence will trigger more discussion about how best to deal with security flaws that are unearthed by researchers. It will also reinforce the impression amongst the general public that cyberspace cannot be trusted. In response, the software industry should redouble its efforts to stop serious flaws being introduced into code when it is written. That will not be easy, but it is time to make a wholehearted push to see what’s possible."

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Core Four first pitch at Yankee Opening Day, 4/7/14













4/7/14, Core Four First Pitch at Yankee Opening day, YES Network video, sportsworldnews.com. Posada, Rivera, Jeter, Pettitte.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Jeter's final opening day introduction











4/7/14, "This is Jeter being introduced at Yankee Stadium," Justin Sablich twitter, NY Times


 





4/7/14, Core Four, Posada, Rivera, Jeter, Pettitte, Newsday, J. Conrad Williams

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Yankee Opening Day ceremony with American flag, April 7, 2014









4/7/14, "A chilly opening day at Yankee Stadium, photo, Tim Clayton, NY Times. "Highlights and Analysis: In Final Home Opener, Jeter Leads Yankees’ Victory," NY Times, Sablich

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Jeter fan signs on his last opening day, April 7, 2014
































4/7/14, "In his last Yankee Stadium opener, Derek Jeter gets a victory, fittingly," NY Daily News, Mark Feinsand. photos, Theodorakis, NYDN

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Old subway train on track for Yankee home opener






4/7/14, An old subway train being used for Yankees home opener, getty. "Highlights and Analysis: In Final Home Opener, Jeter Leads Yankees’ Victory," NY Times, Justin Sablich

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Opening Day in the Bronx









4/7/14, "Home opener in the Bronx," Erik Boland twitter

Orioles v Yankees at 1:05pm


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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Second straight sellout for Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, 4/5/14

4/5/14, "Second straight sellout at Rogers Centre, 45,446 here today." Erik Boland twitter. final 4-0 Blue Jays over Yankees

"Among the many reasons I like coming to Toronto: no in-stadium host screaming things at the fans in between innings." Erik Boland twitter

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Beautiful opening night ceremony at Rogers Centre in Toronto










4/4/14, "Absolute electric atmosphere inside Rogers Centre tonight. This must have been what it was like here in the early '90s." Erik Boland twitter pic. (Game notes: 27 min. opening ceremony).

Commenter joe f: "Shouldn't the Blue Jays just unfurl a giant Red Cross flag in honor of Reyes?" Final, 7-3 Yankees.


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Still no drought in Oakland, California. Mariners-A's postponed due to soggy field

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4/4/14, "Friday night's Mariners-A's matchup postponed," Alex Espinoza, special to MLB. com

"Playing surface remained wet from steady rains; no makeup date announced."

Bay Area News Group







 4/4/14, "The A's and Mariners game Friday night (in Oakland) had to be postponed because the infield was in terrible shape after overnight rain." Mercury News
 
Bay Area News Group










4/4/14, "The rain wouldn't normally have been a problem, but the infield wasn't covered by a tarp, and the result soaking couldn't be remedied between the time the tarp came off about 6 p.m. and the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start. Batting practice for both teams was canceled with the tarp covering the field, but it had not been covering the field when it really mattered."...Mercury News

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Friday, April 04, 2014

The radical left began as peace and flowers:..."If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...you're gonna meet some gentle people there"...Mozilla co-founder forced to resign by intolerant, hate-filled, radical left. And why not?

1967, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...there's a whole generation...with a new explanation." Scott McKenzie, lyrics

4/3/14, "Today’s Most Ominous News Story…," Powerline, John Hinderaker

"…is the resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla, the company that makes the Firefox browser. Eich is a superstar in the world of technology; among other things, he invented Javascript and was one of the founders of Mozilla.

Brendan Eich
But in 2008 he contributed $1,000 to support Proposition 8, the California ballot proposition that defended traditional marriage. For that, he was pilloried by left-wing activists. He lasted barely more than a week before being forced to resign from the company he helped to create. So the liberals claim another scalp.

This is something new in our history, as far as I know. Until now, private citizens could hold whatever political beliefs they wanted, and support political causes as they chose. I don’t recall an instance where a corporate officer has been driven out of a company because he holds unpopular political views. Not until now.

And, of course, there is nothing unusual, or even unpopular, about Eich’s belief that traditional marriage represents good public policy. While the tide obviously has swung in favor of gay marriage in recent years, it is still only a 50/50 proposition. The last poll I saw on the subject, at Rasmussen Reports, found 43% favoring gay marriage and 43% opposed. It is odd, to say the least, that a business executive can be deemed unfit to lead a company because he holds an opinion that is shared by half of his countrymen. By that logic, if Eich’s successor is pro-gay marriage, he should be forced out too. But, of course, that won’t happen.

What we see here is, I think, a harbinger of things to come. The Left is mobilized and on the march, and has no intention of taking any prisoners. Anyone who thinks some kind of accommodation or compromise can be reached with these people is mistaken. They are vicious bullies, and must be dealt with accordingly. 

This sort of totalitarianism is not unique to the gay marriage issue. Global warming hysterics are now arguing that those who disagree with them should be imprisoned. Seriously; even though it is the realists, not the alarmists, who win all the arguments. When you can’t win the argument, what do you do? Throw your opponent in jail, or get him fired. Liberals have no intention of living in a pluralistic society. They want to wipe you out, or at a minimum force you underground. And if you don’t fight back, they will succeed, just as they did with Brendan Eich....

It is true that the rapidly changing gay marriage landscape has caught a number of unprincipled laggards looking a bit silly, most obviously Barack Obama. But I don’t think anyone ever believed that Obama was a supporter of traditional marriage. His followers understand that he is a liar, and they take everything he says with a grain of salt. They think they know where he really stands, which is with them. Which, of course, has been a big part of the explanation of the utter failure of the Obama administration." image above via powerline. via Lucianne

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In 2003 Hillary Clinton said Americans should stand up and say they have a right to disagree: 
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In 2003, the radical left believed in Freedom of Speech. Hillary Clinton said Americans have a right to debate and disagree: "I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration." 

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Scott McKenzie passed away in 2012. He wasn't comfortable with his icon status:

8/21/2012, "Scott McKenzie dies at 73; his 'San Francisco' caught flower-power wave,'" LA Times, Dennis McLellan

"Singer Scott McKenzie worked with John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas and had a 1967 hit with 'San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).' The song is often described as a 'flower-power anthem,' but he was uncomfortable with being an icon to the movement."

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In 2011 the tolerant left defecates on an automobile in the street:



photos via UK Daily Mail
 

10/8/11, "Stinking up Wall Street: Protesters accused of living in filth as shocking pictures show one demonstrator defecating on a POLICE CAR," UK Daily Mail, Hannah Roberts

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1967, "If you're going to San Franciso, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...."
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Andy first pitch in Houston, 4/2/14







4/2/14, "It's a strike from Pettitte for tonight's ceremonial first pitch," Houston Astros twitter pic. final 3-1 Astros over Yankees















4/2/14, Andy first pitch in Houston, Erik Boland twitter

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SiriusXM radio hosts Opie and Anthony lose their health insurance due to ObamaCare

4/3/14, "Radio Hosts Opie and Anthony Call for ‘Revolution’ over Obamacare Cancellations," MediaIte, Noah Rothman

"SiriusXM Radio’s Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia, hosts of the popular Opie & Anthony Show, blew up on Thursday over the Affordable Care Act’s insurance coverage requirements which have resulted in the cancellations of both host’s plans. They wondered why the American people have not yet engaged in “revolution” over this issue."...

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4/3/14, "Opie and Anthony Explode Over Obamacare," Washington Free Beacon, Staff
"Demand ‘Revolution’" (explicit language)

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“I was fighting an imaginary person in my apartment,” exclaimed co-host Greg “Opie” Hughes when describing his frustration with filling out the voluminous paperwork that accompanied the cancellation of his previous health plan.

“Finally, after all these years, I had perfect health insurance and now I have to re-do the whole thing, it’s ridiculous!” Hughes exclaimed.

The typically apolitical radio hosts spent the majority of their opening hour expressing anger with the cancellation of their plans and taking calls from listeners who also had their health insurance policies cancelled.

A sample of the must-hear and occasionally explicit audio is embedded above." via Free Rep.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

April 2nd 16 inning Cubs v Pirates 5 hr., 55 min. game longest MLB game ever in Pittsburgh, final 4-3 Pirates


4/3/14, "Pirates win in 16th inning, 4-3, on Tony Sanchez single," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bill Brink

"Tony Sanchez’s pinch-hit single in the 16th inning gave the Pirates a 4-3 win against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

The game, which carried into Thursday morning, lasted 5 hours, 55 minutes, making the longest baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh.

Jose Tabata reached on a fielder’s choice in the 16th and went from first to third on Starling Marte’s single. Sanchez chopped a ball through the left side to score Tabata....

Despite loading the bases with no outs in the 13th, the Pirates couldn’t score. A double-play grounder into a five-man infield and a groundout ended the threat.

Anthony Rizzo’s 12th-inning home run off Jeanmar Gomez broke a 2-2 tie, but the Pirates evened the score in the inning’s bottom half....

Two Cubs runs on five hits against Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli, the usually reliable late-game tandem, forced extra innings. The inability of Pirates pitchers to retire leadoff man Emilio Bonifacio, a carry-over from Monday’s game, aided the Cubs, as did a strong night from No. 2 hitter Luis Valbuena.

After Melancon allowed a run in the eighth that cut the Pirates’ lead to 2-1, Grilli allowed another in the ninth. The top of the Cubs’ lineup played a role in both runs.

Junior Lake hit a one-out single in the ninth. Bonifacio, who had three hits already in the game, singled two batters later. Valbuena, who was 2 for 4 entering the inning, singled, scoring Lake.

The game also put the spotlight on the new rules governing managers’ challenges and video reviews. Melancon pitched himself into a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Bonifacio and Valbuena singled and advanced into scoring position on Starlin Castro’s grounder. Melancon hit Anthony Rizzo to load the bases.

Nate Schierholtz grounded to second, which appeared to start a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged the play at second because Neil Walker’s throw took Jordy Mercer off the bag. The play was reviewed and overturned, granting the Cubs a run.

“There’s some sort of a fine line there if the throw is somewhat off or the player has to stretch the coach can come out [and ask for a review],” Mercer said. “But I don’t think any of us knew that was reviewable. Caught us off guard.”

The play wasn’t challenged as a “neighborhood” play, which managers cannot challenge.

“Their manager challenged the fact that the throw, the feed, pulled him off the bag,” Hurdle said.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle used his challenge in the eighth inning to see if a pitch hit Marte, but the ruling on the field of a foul ball was upheld.

With two men on in the bottom of the 13th and no outs, Neil Walker bunted to advance the runners. Cubs pitcher Wesley Wright threw to third, but not in time to get Pedro Alvarez. Renteria challenged the play, having won a second challenge when he was successful with his first, but the play stood.
Charlie Morton’s start Wednesday represented what he hopes will be the beginning of his first full season since 2011. He missed the second half of 2012 and the first half of ’13 while he recovered from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery.

In six scoreless innings, Morton allowed four hits, walked one and struck out six. He deployed a strong curveball and had good command of his fastball.

Morton played the role of enforcer in the second inning. After Cubs starter Edwin Jackson hit Marte to lead off the bottom of the first, Morton drilled Rizzo with the first pitch of the second. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson warned Morton and both teams.

Morton didn’t walk a batter until the sixth inning when he put Rizzo on with one out. Schierholtz ripped a line drive back toward the mound that ricocheted off Morton’s glove and directly to Mercer. Mercer caught it and doubled Rizzo off first to end the inning. The impact of the ball hurt Morton’s hand – “right on the thumb,” he said – and he was forced from the game. Hurdle said X-rays revealed no fracture." image of Pittsburgh Pirates scoreboard, 16 inning game v Cubs, final 4-3 Pirates, getty

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At lunch with Jeter on Tuesday in Texas

4/3/14, "Derek Jeter's first farewell ceremony keeps it simple," USA Today, Bob Nightengale

"If nothing else, the ceremony (Wednesday) was actually a little more sedate compared to his lunch date Tuesday.

"Jeter joined former president George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara, Clemens, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and former NFL players Ray Childress and linebacker Winfred Tubbs.

They ate at the restaurant Katch 22, owned by Clemens' son, Kory, who's a chef.

"It was pretty nice,'' Jeter said." (end of article)

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Houston Astros opening day ceremony with American flag








4/1/14, Houston Astros opening day ceremony with American flag, Erik Boland twitter, final 6-2 Astros over Yankees

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No drought in Oakland, Calif. Oakland A's rainout 4/1/14 first since 5/5/1998. March 31 game played between rain storms-AP






"Workers clear water off a tarp covering the infield prior to a baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the Oakland Athletics," Tues., April 1, 2014, in Oakland, Calif., AP photo, Margot

4/1/14, "Cleveland Indians: Tribe experience rare rainout in Oakland," news-herald.com via AP

"The game between the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians scheduled for April 1 has been postponed because of rain.

The A’s said the game would be made up in a day-night doubleheader April 2. The first game is scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m. and the second game at 9 p.m.


It was the first rainout in Oakland since May 5, 1998.


Cleveland beat the A’s 2-0 in the season opener, which was played between rain storms that have hit the San Francisco Bay Area this week. The Indians have April 3 off before hosting Minnesota in its home opener April 4 in Cleveland."




 

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Nolan Ryan throws first pitch to Craig Biggio on Houston Astros opening day







4/1/14, Nolan Ryan throws first pitch to Craig Biggio at Houston Astros opening day. ErikBolandTwitter, Final 6-2 Astros over Yankees

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Houston Astros grounds crew member applies finishing touches for opening day. Andy Pettitte is guest BP pitcher









3/31/14, "Minute Maid Park grounds crew member, James Vaughn, works on painting the Opening Series logo behind home plate, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Houston. Houston Astros opening day is Tuesday," Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle. The Astros will be playing the Yankees

3/31/14, "Baseball lore suggests winning isn't everything," Houston Chronicle, Randy Harvey column

"Every sport has a day when its season begins, but only in baseball is it known as opening day." (subscrip.)

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3/31/14, Andy Pettitte "Guest batting practice pitcher today in Houston during workout," Erik Boland twitter pic


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Desperately seeking some global warming in New York City for Mets opening day















3/31/14, "Welcome to Mets SnOpening Day, CDerespina, Newsday twitter pic, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. via newsday.com

3/31/14, "Rain and snow dampen Nats-Mets opening day," Washington Post, James Wagner

"UPDATE, 11: 35 a.m.: The tarp is off the field at Citi Field and the grounds crew is preparing the field for what appears to be an on-time start. The rain and snow, which wasn’t sticking, has stopped. The forecast still isn’t calling for any further precipitation around first pitch, but it will still be cold. It is 39 degrees now and a predicted 43 by game time
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UPDATE, 9:55 a.m.: First pitch is more than three hours away, but the weather in New York is bleak this morning. The tarp is on the field while a combination of rain and snowflakes fall. The little bit of snow, however, isn’t sticking. The forecast calls for it to clear up by first pitch at 1:10 p.m. By 2 p.m., the temperatures are expected to rise to 52 degrees. Based on the weather along this morning, it doesn’t quite feel like opening day yet."...image from Washington Post

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3/31/14, "Snowpening Day: The Scourge of Winter Encroaches on the Boys of Summer," Breitbart, Daniel J. Flynn

"The Mets opened the season at Citi Field today against the Washington Nationals. Snow opened the day in New York City. Is freezing anyway to play America's pastime?

Thankfully, the only white sticking on the Queens field was the tarp protecting the infield from snow, sleet, and rain. So, the game went off, if not as planned, at least on time."...

final in 10 innings, 9-7, Washington Nationals over Mets 





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Sunday, March 30, 2014

No drought in Tampa, last Yankee spring training game cancelled due to rain





3/29/14, "Poncho-covered baseball fans wait in a light rain before the New York Yankees final spring exhibition baseball game, against the Miami Marlins, was canceled due to rain in Tampa, Fla.," AP

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Beginning MLB Opening Day, March 31, SiriusXM MLB Network Radio will simulcast Chris "Mad Dog" Russo's one hour MLB Network TV show at 12N ET

2014 MLB games, channels: www.SiriusXM.com/MLBschedule
 
3/27/14, "SiriusXM Offers Its Most Extensive Coverage Yet of 2014 MLB Season," PR Newswire via XMFan.com

"MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM offers daily in-depth baseball talk and analysis."

"SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide its most comprehensive coverage to date for the 2014 MLB season, offering subscribers the most extensive coverage available in radio. This year marks the first full season that all SiriusXM subscribers will have access to every regular season and postseason game on their satellite radios, as well as on their mobile devices and online.

MLB games are available on Sirius radios with either a Premier or All Access package and on all XM radios. Through SiriusXM's agreement with MLBAM, MLB play-by-play is also available to all subscribers on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com.

SiriusXM subscribers listening to MLB games through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online have access to a suite of 30 play-by-play channels dedicated to streaming the official radio broadcasts of every MLB team. These channels give fans access to both the home and visiting team broadcasts for every MLB game, allowing them to hear their favorite team's announcers all season long.

Listeners also get access to multiple Spanish-language broadcasts each night of the regular season from a select number of teams. For a schedule of games in English and Spanish with their channel assignments visit www.SiriusXM.com/MLBschedule

Listeners will continue to get the most in-depth radio coverage of the league 365 days a year with MLB Network Radio, SiriusXM's 24-hour baseball talk channel (XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209). The channel features the latest baseball news and daily baseball talk with a roster of expert hosts that includes former GMs Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette, former Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth, former manager Kevin Kennedy, former All-Stars Cliff Floyd, Brad Lidge, Steve Sax, Mike Stanton and Rico Petrocelli, plus Casey Stern, Mike Ferrin, Jim Memolo and others.

Starting on Opening Day, March 31, the channel will feature a [one hour] simulcast of Chris "Mad Dog" Russo's new MLB Network show, High Heat with Christopher Russo, every weekday afternoon [beginning at 12N or 1P]. Listeners also get simulcasts of additional MLB Network television programming, including the flagship studio show MLB Tonight.

On Opening Day, MLB Network Radio will broadcast live from Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles will host the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin will host their daily show live from the ballpark starting at 10:00 am ET. Then on Friday, April 4, Duquette and Ferrin will broadcast from Nationals Park in Washington DC before the Nationals open up their 2014 home schedule against the Atlanta Braves.

Web page: MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM Twitter: @MLBNetworkRadio"

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3/5/2014, ""High Heat with Christopher Russo" set for Opening Day debut on MLB Network," mlb.com

"This spring MLB Network will launch a brand new weekday studio program as Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo, one of the most accomplished sports radio voices in the country, hosts his first TV-based baseball talk show, High Heat with Christopher Russo. Starting on Opening Day, March 31 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Russo will bring his passionate opinions and energetic delivery to MLB Network for a one-hour live program every weekday with discussion on all 30 MLB clubs and interviews with players and club personnel.

Each show will begin with "The Brushback," Russo's opening monologue on the day's biggest headlines, followed by "Coast to Coast," a fast-paced look at the top news around the league with a roster of on-air contributors including MLB Network analysts Al Leiter, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds and Bill Ripken, insider Tom Verducci, and national and local beat writers and broadcasters. High Heat will also highlight the voices of the game with "Curtain Calls," where Russo will give his take on the most talked about game calls from the previous day, while viewers will have the chance to give Russo their feedback in a voicemail segment called "Man Bites Dog" to close out every show.

After Opening Day, High Heat will lead off MLB Network's live studio programming schedule at 1:00 p.m. ET unless a game telecast is scheduled at that time, in which case it will air live at 12:00 p.m. ET. High Heat will be produced by MLB Network and simulcast on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.

Russo joins MLB Network's programming lineup in addition to his roles hosting "Mad Dog Unleashed," his all-sports radio show, weekdays on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio, and serving as SiriusXM's Baseball Ambassador on MLB Network Radio. Russo joined SiriusXM in 2008 after nearly 20 years in New York hosting the popular Mike and the Mad Dog show. Russo can be followed on Twitter via @MadDogUnleashed."

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