Sunday, March 30, 2008
MLB opening website in Communist China
"“The launch of our M.L.B.-focused Web site in China will make the game more accessible, not only to multinational and Chinese advertisers, but also to the increasing number of Chinese baseball fans at the grass-roots level,” Peter Schloss, the chief executive of BroadWebAsia, said in a release.
- BroadWebAsia controls six Chinese Web sites that reach 70 million people a month. It was started by Brad Greenspan, a founder of MySpace....
The deal between BroadWebAsia and MLB Advanced Media calls for the new site to use a simplified Chinese language, and will feature online chats, fan forums and sections that will explain baseball’s rules and sell M.L.B. merchandise."
- From NY Times by Richard Sandomir, "Baseball Expands its Web Presence to China," by Richard Sandomir, 3/31/08
"ESPN LETS BUD INJECT 'ROID SPIN"--NY Post
March 30, 2008 -- "Either Bud Selig has become deep-end delusional, or he thinks we have.
Either ESPN doesn't know a stunning story when it's dropped into its lap, or its business with MLB prevents it from pointing to Selig with the cynicism and derision he has earned.
In the fourth inning
- of MLB's The Price Is Right Opening Day from Japan, Tuesday morning,
Selig entered ESPN's booth and spoke as if he recently reached down and with his firm hand, pulled baseball from the depths of degradation. He spoke as if his is not-a-minute-too-late heroism rescued big league baseball from forever being stained by a drug scandal.
Not only did Selig portray himself as a dogged crime hound, way ahead of the pack as he relentlessly pursued the scent, the uninitiated would have thought that he must be the fellow who recently replaced the Commissioner who fell asleep at the wheel.
- Selig actually congratulated himself for assigning the Mitchell Report. "You bet I'd do it again!" he proudly crowed.
Was it lost on Selig that George Mitchell concluded it was the profit-minded neglect of MLB's leadership that allowed steroids and human growth hormone to become epidemic?
- Or was Selig hoping we wouldn't know any better?
If Selig had been so resolute and so altruistic, the past dozen years,
- there wouldn't have been a need for The Mitchell Report.
"Steroids are not a baseball problem, they're a societal problem," Selig declared to Gary Thorne and Steve Phillips. "But we dealt with it."
Yeah, Selig came, he saw, he conquered!
- It was his idea to rid baseball of drugs!
Yeah, he dealt with it. He allowed the team owners to jack-up ticket prices when the anabolic sluggers hit town....
- Those Congressional sessions, grand juries and federal indictments
- are all monuments to just how well Selig dealt with it.
Steroids are a societal problem? Well, no fooling. But for a dozen years, while the society Selig was charged to protect muscled up on drugs, he did nothing but admire the cash receipts.
Yeah, Selig dealt with it so well that when Thorne brought up the issue Tuesday, he had to preface it with his regrets for having to bring it up. And then Thorne, once a practicing lawyer, no less, allowed Selig to paint himself as the sheriff who rushed in, guns blazing, to drive the outlaws out of Dodge.
"We dealt with it." For more than a dozen years everyone watched this hole form. And as it grew huge, so big that you couldn't miss it, what did the Commissioner of Baseball do about that hole? He looked into it."
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Two 1973 events led to AL dominance--Lowe, Freep
- One, the A.L. adopted the designated hitter.
- Two, as reported in the 1974 Official Baseball Guide, “. . . the New York Yankees, once the most valuable franchise in professional sports, were sold
- to a Cleveland ship builder for the bargain basement price of $10 million . . . ”"...
Jay Gibbons cut from Orioles, but Selig set precedent for amnesty in Dec. 2007--not "magical" wording by Mitchell
- Gibbons batted .189 with no homers and four RBIs in 16 games this spring training after playing in only 84 games last season. Baltimore owes him $11.9 million for the next two season as part of a $21.1 million, four-year contract he agreed to in January 2006.
- he received a shipment of the human growth hormone after January 2005, when it was banned by baseball."...
- Per the Mitchell Report, Selig chose not to discipline a few select players for behavior prior to January 13, 2005. This included such players as Glaus, Schoeneweis, and Ankiel. At that moment, all others accused of anything before that date automatically had to be excused from discipline.
- Media stories have long speculated about suspensions which is strange. If they had read the Mitchell Report, they would know all behavior noted before 1/13/05 would be exempt from discipline. If for no other reason than Selig has already set the precedent.
- This is a copy of the referenced language, AP report published on SI.com, 3/28/08: "Gibbons admitted receiving an HGH shipment in January 2005.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Jay Gibbons can't be suspended if his actions were before 1/13/05
- The commissioner has already set precedent in behavior prior to 1/13/05, and this was stated in the Mitchell Report. Certain players listed in the "alleged internet" section (such as Glaus, Schoeneweis, and Ankiel) were declared free from future discipline--as their apparent behavior occurred before 1/13/05.
Mike Francesa and Sid Rosenberg chat on Sid's radio show
- Via Neil Best's Watchdog blog.
Terms of "Amnesty" were given by Selig on 12/6/07 as reported in the Mitchell Report
- "Glaus reportedly met with officials from the Commissioner's Office in September 2007.481 On December 6, 2007, the Commissioner's Office announced that there was insufficient evidence of a violation of the joint program in effect at the time of the conduct in question to warrant discipline of Glaus." 480 Luis Fernando Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim, Glaus Received Steroids; Pipeline Pharmacy Provided Drugs to All-Star 3B, SI.com, Sept. 7, 2007."
- There was plenty of evidence. But the 'wording' here says evidence "OF A VIOLATION OF THE JOINT PROGRAM IN EFFECT AT THE TIME."
- Note, the commissioner's office made that decision, not Mitchell. Selig didn't require certain players to meet with Mitchell.
- In fact there was better documentation about players in the "alleged internet" group than many other players who were "named" via hearsay. Paul Byrd's last shipment of HGH was a week before Jan. 13, 2005, so he's technically not in violation either.
- NY Times: "Glaus and Schoeneweis met last year with Major League Baseball officials. On Dec. 6, (2007)the commissioner’s office announced that they would not be disciplined because there was insufficient evidence that either of them violated the drug-testing program in effect at the time."
- From NY Times article by Michael C. Schmidt and Duff Wilson (with Ben Shpigel), "Inquiry into Doctor May Link Players to Drugs," 3/12/08
- All that's left to wonder is:
- SI.com, AP report: "The San Francisco Chronicle reported in November that Guillen bought human growth hormone, two kinds of testosterone and the steroids from 2002-05, allegations the Kansas City outfielder wouldn't address....
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
My experience with a New York Times article, 2/24/07 to 3/19/08
- Update: Yet another meaningful change in an archived NY Times article. The original version of a 2007 Jack Curry article has been altered without explanation. Excised is reference to the Red Sox offering Andy Pettitte a $52 million contract in 2003.
- The original article's (2/25/07) purported subject expressed in its title, "Rivera, Free Agent to Be, Closes Door on Boston," was to wonder if Mariano Rivera might ever consider pitching for the Red Sox (not saying it had been offered or rumored, the article just wondered). It went on to say Rivera didn't think he could do that though he has friends on the Red Sox. In choosing to portray a story about Yankees/Red Sox the NY Times opened the article by writing of the 4 year $52 million offer the Red Sox made Andy Pettitte in 2003 which he declined. I copied this portion of the article and pasted it on my blog on 2/24/07.
- Sometime after my post of 2/24/08 the Pettitte words were removed from the Curry article. In that post I featured a picture of George Mitchell with the rest of Red Sox ownership. Below the photo, for the sake of history I noted that this group had made Andy Pettitte a $52 million offer in 2003. I happened to re-read the post on March 19, clicked on the link to the NY Times/Jack Curry story, and noticed the first paragraph had changed. No mention of Pettitte there or anywhere in the story.
- 'Per the NY Times, "When Andy Pettitte, Rivera’s friend, was a free agent in 2003, he never considered Boston’s four-year, $52 million offer and signed with the Houston Astros for three years and $31.5 million. Pettitte said he could not pitch for the Red Sox because of his alliance with the Yankees. Now, apparently, Rivera feels the same way." ...
- (Searching for fodder, a reporter asked Mariano if he could envision being on the Red Sox, says the article).
- “There’s too much between the teams,” Rivera said. “I like some of their players. They’re my friends. I just don’t think it would be possible.”
- From the NY Times article by Jack Curry, 2/25/07,"Rivera, Free Agent to be, Closes Door on Boston." You may just get their cookies page.' ***
- "Feb. 24 (2007)— Mariano Rivera, the Yankees’ closer, smiled while he was told some of the recent developments regarding the Boston Red Sox. Curt Schilling will become a free agent after the season. Manny Ramírez is not yet in camp. Daisuke Matsuzaka is a pitching machine.
- From NY Times article by Jack Curry, 2/24/07, "Rivera Free Agent to be Closes Door on Boston," 2/25/07********
- 1. Feb. 24, 2008 post which I updated March 19, titled, "Hi Andy, great to see you," about Mr. Steinbrenner greeting Andy Pettitte for the first time this season. At the top I posted a picture of George Mitchell along with the rest of Red Sox ownership with the following headline: ***Forgotten fact: In 2003, The Boston Red Sox offered Pettitte more than Houston or the Yankees, $52 million over 4 years, and Pettitte turned it down.***
- 2. Feb. 19, 2008, with an update on 3/19/08. References earlier post from 8/26/07 using this same Curry/NY Times article for a point about Pettitte. "Getting it Right About Mr. Pettitte on an 8/26/07 item." The premise of the post sought a correction from the NY Daily News regarding salary offers to Andy Pettitte in 2003- which the Daily News had stated incorrectly.
- 3. Aug. 26, 2007 post, "NY Daily News Comments About Andy Pettitte 8/26/07 Don't Check Out," the paper saying Pettitte only went to Houston because it was the most money. That was incorrect, Houston was his lowest offer, the Red Sox being highest. I linked to the 2/25/07 article by Jack Curry as substantiation for the Red Sox offer, as I had copied the part relevant to Pettitte it to my blog on 2/24/07. The fact still stands about the Red Sox offer to Pettitte in 3 other sources online (at this moment), but not in the 2/25/07 NY Times article by Jack Curry.
- 4. Feb. 24, 25, 2007 post, links to original NY Times article by Jack Curry, "Rivera, Free Agent to be, Closes Door on Boston," in my post, "Rats-I was hoping Rivera would stick it to the Yanks, but Demurs on idea of Red Sox." This was my first post linking to the Curry article. In this case, I just happened to copy the opening sentences which happened to be about Pettitte.
- ""We've always had a sense that the archive is historical," (Craig) Whitney (Standards Editor for the NY Times) said. "What's changed is now anybody can consult it from home. We haven't figured out what to do, if anything. We've had some meetings and we'll have some more to… figure out something to do that's ethically responsible, that doesn't compromise the integrity of the archives, but addresses the need for clarification, elaboration," Whitney said adding that the Times has never deleted anything from its online archives. "I doubt if we ever would. The question is, is there something else we can do that falls short of rewriting history?"...
- If editors start removing some stories or parts of stories from archives, readers will begin to wonder what else is missing, Steele said."...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Baseball Hall of Fame President, Petroskey, Resigns
- P.S. Aside from whatever finally prompted the separation, some have allowed themselves to fume over the fake idea that Petroskey preempted Tim Robbins from a Hall of Fame occasion because of Robbins' "stand on the war." Handy but ignores larger facts:
- If he apologizes for his behavior and shows over a period of years he's changed his ways, then consider inviting him to a HOF function. You don't showcase persons who are rude, disdainful and disrespectful in a place that's supposedly hallowed and special. (sm)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Dan Graziano makes key distinction
- *Mr. Graziano has the confidence to state that Mariano Rivera is a "pitcher," not just a relief pitcher nor what is narrowly described as 'a closer.' Viewing his entire performance since the 1995 post season--including all star games--it is obvious. It's just that you won't get much bread from ESPN if you follow that line of reasoning.*
- But Rivera's value goes beyond the mound and the field and right on into the clubhouse, where he has consistently been one of the team's strongest leaders. He takes the responsibility seriously, and he's not shy about putting it into practice, even if he is a little reluctant to talk about it"....
- "I think it's a cycle," Chamberlain said. "The torch is passed to Mo, and he does a great job of passing it along to other guys as they come up. So the day will come when it's over for him, when he can't pitch anymore. But his impact on the game of baseball will never go away because of the people he's touched.""
- (P.S. ESPN types and/or Minnesota whiners should complain to Mr. Graziano). sm
Papelbon defends Mariano Rivera while in Japan, shows more honesty than MLB.com & Goose Gossage
(The Boston Herald): "But it is the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera who Papelbon views as the standard bearer. Rivera inked a record deal for closers this past offseason, in which he will make $15 a year for the next three years....
- “Now that Rivera has set the tone, my goal is to go out there and bring it to the next level and keep the market going,” Papelbon explained. “The past five or six years the closers’ market was so stagnant, it didn’t move at all. It’s up to us as closers to keep that market rising, rising, and rising and not have it be stagnant for another five or six years.”
*Papelbon dismisses the notion that Rivera’s deal was somewhat of an aberration, just a product of the richest team in baseball showing loyalty to one of the lynch-pins in its success.*
- Instead, the Sox closer points to the recent contract for Rodriguez and the impending deal Nathan has coming. In Papelbon’s mind, the position has become somewhat of a brotherhood which has to stay together in order to get paid together.
“I think Mariano set the tone for the next few years by tapping out at $15 million a year. He set the tone - what it means to be a closer, how important closers are, and what they mean to a team,” he said.
- “He started the whole realization how important closers are. Hopefully guys follow in those footsteps and keep that market where it is and not deviate off of that.""
Monday, March 24, 2008
NY Times enjoys its team, the Red Sox--10/19/2003
- ""We're sitting up there looking at each other, wondering, 'What's going on?'" said Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck.
It takes a lot to surprise Mr. Buck, who since 1996 has been the voice of the Yankees' October championship runs.
- "We all looked at each other and asked, 'What in the world did we just witness?'" he said. "It was just weird."
It was also the sourest note in what was otherwise a good, clean, if bare-knuckled fight between, arguably, the only two cities that love to hate each other more than Los Angeles and New York: Boston and New York. Sure, the Red Sox have their fans here-especially disgruntled Mets fans-but in a championship series, a city stakes its reputation on its home team, and neither Boston nor New York is ready to give up its good name without a fight.
- Which is why so many New Yorkers felt like they'd gotten a 100-mile-an-hour knuckleball to the head when they read the editorial in The New York Times on Oct. 8.
Propitiating the gods of objectivity, the board weighed in with a hopeful essay pining for the defeat of the New York Yankees, so that the Boston Red Sox could advance to play the Chicago Cubs in a tearful, one-of-them- has -to-win-now Boston-Chicago World Series.
- "With all due respect to our New York readership-Yankee fans among them-to George Steinbrenner and to the Yankees themselves," the editorial read,
"we find it hard to resist the emotional tug and symmetrical possibilities of a series between teams that seem to have been put on earth to tantalize and then crush their zealous fans."
- Take it as one more sign that The Times is reaching out to a national audience.
For New Yorkers who thought of The Times ' "other" readers as vicarious consumers of New York's politics, culture and ideas, it was a rude awakening.
- New Yorkers are some of The Times ' readers; in fact, they deserve some special consideration from time to time, whether or not that extends to the economic boon and civic uplift of a World Series championship. If the Yankees don't win, it's a shame-but look at the dramatic possibilities for the national audience!
The Times ' Boston readership is also a consideration. After all
- -though The Times didn't mention it in the editorial-
There, during these playoffs, Times readers have been treated to "A Boston View" of the series, with different Globe columnists taking top billing to wax poetic or prosaic on the preceding night's events, beneath schoolmarmish headings applauding both sides for keeping their tempers cool during
Michael Holley and Dan Shaughnessy are Red Sox fans and great sportswriters-with all due respect to our Boston readership-for Boston. Writing before former Red Sox hero turned Yankees avatar Roger Clemens' last Fenway appearance, Mr. Shaughnessy (in what was incidentally a great piece of writing) asked in The Times : "Anyone in Boston remember Larry Bird's last game?" Times Sports editor Tom Jolly said he had "heard from people who really enjoy what the Boston view is. New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said he wasn't thinking about The Times ' stake in the Red Sox or the Globe when he came up with the idea of the "Boston View" and contacted Globe editor Martin Baron, on vacation in Turkey, to see if it could happen. Mr. Keller said he had been hoping to generate more sparks on the page, and was happy on Monday, Oct. 13, when Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy weighed in with the best and harshest commentary of the series, chiding both Mr. Martinez and the fans that foolishly cheered him on. "I thought there would be a little more head-banging than there's been," Mr. Keller said, "that the columnists would maybe go at each other a little bit, and I guess I thought the columns would be a little bit feistier." All of which makes this an awkward time for The Times to make its most significant public alliance with the Globe since buying the paper from the Taylor family in 1993. Until now, 43rd Street-at least in print-had treated the Globe like The Times ' cousin in Millville, Ohio: a once-every-other-summer kind of affair. Not for long.
There, during these playoffs, Times readers have been treated to "A Boston View" of the series, with different Globe columnists taking top billing to wax poetic or prosaic on the preceding night's events, beneath schoolmarmish headings applauding both sides for keeping their tempers cool during
Michael Holley and Dan Shaughnessy are Red Sox fans and great sportswriters-with all due respect to our Boston readership-for Boston. Writing before former Red Sox hero turned Yankees avatar Roger Clemens' last Fenway appearance, Mr. Shaughnessy (in what was incidentally a great piece of writing) asked in The Times : "Anyone in Boston remember Larry Bird's last game?" Times Sports editor Tom Jolly said he had "heard from people who really enjoy what the Boston view is.
New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said he wasn't thinking about The Times ' stake in the Red Sox or the Globe when he came up with the idea of the "Boston View" and contacted Globe editor Martin Baron, on vacation in Turkey, to see if it could happen.
Mr. Keller said he had been hoping to generate more sparks on the page, and was happy on Monday, Oct. 13, when Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy weighed in with the best and harshest commentary of the series, chiding both Mr. Martinez and the fans that foolishly cheered him on.
"I thought there would be a little more head-banging than there's been," Mr. Keller said, "that the columnists would maybe go at each other a little bit, and I guess I thought the columns would be a little bit feistier."
All of which makes this an awkward time for The Times to make its most significant public alliance with the Globe since buying the paper from the Taylor family in 1993. Until now, 43rd Street-at least in print-had treated the Globe like The Times ' cousin in Millville, Ohio: a once-every-other-summer kind of affair. Not for long.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Live baseball coming to dying movie theatres--NY Times
"Coming soon to movie theatres will be broadcasts of live baseball games, rock concerts, classic TV shows and..other offerings not associated with the silver screen....
The New York Mets simulcast last August at Ziegfeld Theater in New York, where a live organist and the team mascot led viewers in singalongs as though they were in the ballpark.
“Tickets to watch the game in the theater sold out so quickly that we’re in talks to do a bunch more of them this summer,” said Dave Howard, Mets exec. vp for business operations."...Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Saturday, March 22, 2008
NY Times pitches for Red Sox with Werner, Mitchell group--Dec. 2001
- In 2001 the NY Times and the Werner group including partner George Mitchell bid to buy the Boston Red Sox. From the New York Observer by Sridhar Pappu and Jason Gay, 12/9/01:
"The New York Times wants a piece of the Boston Red Sox, and talk about a strange romance. Like Caesar and Cleopatra.
- The Times Company has hitched itself to a bidding group headed by television producer Tom Werner-former owner of the San Diego Padres, co-creator of Roseanne , Katie Couric's boyfriend-because the ball club comes with a television station. That's easy to understand: The Times , for 50 years a television tortoise,
- is eager to strengthen its media grip in the region where the paper paid $1.1 billion for The Boston Globe in 1993.
- and not just the baseball business-the Boston Red Sox, of all things, the team that seems to exist as a photographic negative of the New York Yankees....
- There was also some moaning about conflicts of interest should Mr. Werner's and the Times Company's bid-
- other partners include skiing kingpin Les Otten, and "adviser"
- and former Maine Senator George Mitchell-go through.
"The more I think about things, the Red Sox are a really swell organization," Dan Shaughnessy, the Globe columnist and author of The Curse of the Bambino , the primer on Boston's tragic baseball history, wrote, jokingly, in the paper on Nov. 30. "I think I've been too harsh on the Sox over the years."
- ...Now, entered into the Red Sox race, the company may been looking to "solidify its position as the leading news and advertising media in New England," as it said in a written statement, but it's trespassing into territory far deeper and more complicated than the weird 1946 near-trade of Ted Williams for Joe DiMaggio.
- it's about the Yankees," said Bob Costas, the NBC sports broadcaster." Even though The Times doesn't represent the Yankees, it's a strange connection to the city that has dealt them so much heartache, and is the object of so much resentment."
- The Times Company, of course, carefully points out that its minority-ownership stake in Mr. Werner's group means it will not have any role in the operation of the ball club. ...
- "The integrity of our news reports and the vitality of our business depends on maintaining the independence of our journalists from commercial pressure," the written statement read. (Through a spokesperson, the Times Company declined an interview request about their involvement in the Red Sox bid and how it fits within the company's broader television mission, saying it was too early to do so.)
- Between the lines, however, the Times Company is signaling that this deal is just business. If the Red Sox accept Mr. Werner's group's bid,
the newspaper will have control of the New England Sports Network, a bland but potent MSG-type carrier that is now in 3.6 million homes. To the Times Company, NESN is purely a vessel, one that would not only carry local sports teams, but also serve as a platform for Globe -oriented programming and personalities-and more important, a lure for advertisers seeking a multi-media buy....
- Of course, nothing seems like a fantasy after having heard the names
- New York Times and Boston Red Sox mentioned as potential partners....
If Mr. Werner's group gets the team-the Red Sox have been valued at around $400 million-the Times Company will be close to establishing in New England what it has longed for at a national level. In addition to the Globe , the area's dominant media presence, the Times Company also owns the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a nearby daily. A NESN- Globe - Telegram combination is not quite the TV-radio-print headlock the Tribune Company has in Chicago with the Cubs-and it's certainly not anything like Braves games on Ted Turner's national TBS Superstation-but it's close to the kind of integrated, multi-platform distribution that Mr. Sulzberger covets.
- Of course, this is also a news organization, and the synergy pill won't go down easily. There has been grumbling at the Globe -which the Times Company purchased from the Taylor family, the longtime publishers-
- A Times spokesperson denied this allegation, saying the Globe' s reporters were given the same information....
- While few believe that a Times stake would influence day-to-day coverage of the Red Sox in either the Globe or The Times, it could become more complicated when it came to stadium projects or land-use issues,
when a newspaper's editorial page would usually be employed. "When the interests of the team intersect with public policy, then you have an interesting situation," said Bob Costas.
- "You are always open to the appearance that your company's interest in a business may have in some way affected your point of view," he said.
- Mr. Werner has also been lambasted in the press for his role in gutting the San Diego Padres roster in the early 1990's.
- Ken Burns, a Red Sox fan.
WNYC radio host Jonathan Schwartz lamented the loss of the "magic of the geography that informed my childhood … the Yankees were here, and there, in another world, almost in another country, were the heroes of my own heart."
- It's also true that the rivalry on the field isn't what it was. While the Red Sox have fielded consistently solid teams for several years, the Yankees, of course, have won three of the last four World Series. Worse, the Yankees are a far more likable team than the Reggie-era roughnecks who tormented Boston in the late 1970's during the heyday of the clash.
If anything, the attack of the Times Company could make affronted New Yorkers angrier than Bostonians.
- "I don't think it changes the rivalry at all, because there's not much to it left," said Roger Angell. "It's there, but it hasn't been much of a contest. I don't think Yankee fans care much about the Red Sox, but Boston fans probably feel differently."
Then again, the Times Company as puppet owner
- might inspire a round of conspiratorial fury in Boston akin to the Babe Ruth sale and the DiMaggio brothers, not to mention the triumphs of Sparky Lyle, Bill Monbouquette and Roger Clemens in the Bronx."
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"Bud," you didn't tell us our rooms would be bugged.
"All visitors should be aware that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public or private locations," according to the State Department site.
"All hotel rooms and offices are considered to be subject to on-site or remote technical monitoring at all times. Hotel rooms, residences and offices may be accessed at any time without the occupant's consent or knowledge," it said.
It added that many hotels and apartment buildings may be poorly built,
lack emergency exits,
carbon monoxide monitors and
basic security like locks, alarms, and personnel."...
(How can you play baseball if you're dead? Minor problem).
Friday, March 21, 2008
George Mitchell, exculpator for USOC Investigation, just read newspapers.
"George Mitchell headed a U.S. Olympic Committee inquiry, launched after the IOC and Salt Lake Organizing Committee probes (into bribery).
- It covered little new ground, placing the blame squarely on the IOC (not the USOC)...
The USOC "was looking for some way to exculpate itself from any involvement in a process that was seriously flawed and in which it had a serious part," (Dick) Pound said.
- The inquiry panel, he added, "didn't do much independent investigation. As far as I can tell, most of it was simply reading newspapers."" (USA Today, 3/31/06)
NY Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman writes of adoration for Fidel Castro--fellow pitcher
- Zuckerman: "...Both of us had been pitchers, and we both still keenly enjoyed the game."
- The interview took place about 15 years ago, and we focused intently on two subjects. One was the Cuban missile crisis; the other was Fidel's experience with the Russians and their military advisers, whom he utterly disdained.
Balls and strikes. To my surprise, as I was touring a medical research center after we finished talking, Fidel showed up and offered to serve as tour guide. We spent the rest of the day together, and the next two days after that. Each night, we sat down for dinner at about 8 or 9 p.m. and talked for seven or eight hours....
- To this day, I have one regret from that first visit.
On my last day in Havana, Fidel invited me to join him at the Cuban World Series, which was to start the next day. In our younger days, both of us had been pitchers, and we both still keenly enjoyed the game.
- I had pressing business back home, however, and decided to leave. Terrible call. What a gas it would have been to sit next to Fidel in the Havana sunshine, talking balls and strikes.
We met many times after that, each time talking deep into the night about what was going on with our respective countries and about the prospect of improved Cuban-American relations....
- Indeed, as I reflect on the 150 to 200 hours of conversations with him, I am impressed that a man who maintained such iron-fisted control over such an authoritarian regime could be possessed of such a roving, inquisitive mind....
- From US News & World Report article by Mortimer B. Zuckerman, "Letter from Havana: My Dinners with Fidel Castro," 8/06/06
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3 moguls in talks to buy Newsday--NY Times
"Three of New York’s biggest moguls are in discussions to buy Newsday, the Long Island newspaper, from the Tribune Company, people involved in the sale process said Thursday.
The three interested bidders are Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the News Corporation, owner of The New York Post; Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the real estate developer and publisher who owns The Daily News, The Post’s tabloid rival; and James L. Dolan, whose family controls Cablevision, the cable television operator, these people said."...
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12/11/02--George Mitchell resigns 9/11 Commission over "conflict of interest"
- Even a corrupt organization like the federal government wouldn't accept a verbal assurance of "impeccable integrity."
- Mitchell was not about to be denied the public and media spotlight again, even if all he did was xerox the results of others' work and collect millions for himself. The appearance of propriety (forget about the real thing) is eschewed in MLB, where Mitchell's actual conflict of interest was completely accepted by the independent nation state of aw-shucks Bud (MLB, MLB.com, etc.)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Communist China admits shooting protesters dead--hopefully no bullets hit our best pitchers.
- US Baseball does not belong in Communist China, nor in its Olympics, nor in any Olympics. Nor in any World Cup or World Baseball Classic.
- The Olympics (like MLB) is a corrupt.political institution that is allowed to behave like an independent nation-state.
- P.S. "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" has been completed with Charley Steiner. He spoke endearingly the other day of "Bud" Selig's child-like delight being part of baseball in Communist China. (Personally, I'm not a used car and therefore cannot be sold).
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MLB.com makes Hank look like horse's ass
- Yankees.com still features a re-cap of Mitchell Report interviews--after the opening titles, "2008 Season Preview." Running in a continuous loop. And has been doing so for a number of weeks. I've checked several times, and nothing else has run on Yankees.com but that.
Grand theft: Bear Stearns by the US Government--no baseball tickets for you
- Andrew Ross Sorkin, NY Times: "Somehow, in the space of about 100 hours, the value of a share of Bear Stearns, one of the nation’s most storied investment banks, skidded from about $67 to a bargain-basement $2....
- For Bear, the final nail in the coffin came not from Wall Street, but from the government....
ESPN announcer is honest, and Hank is proven right again.
Communist China says "no news of violence for you"
- The anti-Chinese protests are an extremely sensitive issue for Beijing, which is desperate to avoid bad publicity only months before the Olympic Games.
In recent days, TV broadcasts have been blacked out, websites blocked or censored by China's keyword filtering system and reporters on the ground prevented from reaching the region.
- The degree of censorship appears to be fluctuating and uneven, however....
- 'Connection reset'
- Baidu, is the search engine most used by the Chinese - but this is heavily censored."...
- (Which side do you consider crazy, silly, conspiracy theorists, marginal idiots at best? Or, would you prefer to censor your answer?)
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David Mamet's Village Voice essay on his 'revision'--Wall St. Journal
- "Hollywood does a good job of policing the public political activities and statements of its workforce. Step out of its left line, the man comes and take you away. It helps the policers that
- Playwrights, by contrast, have total control over what their scripts say.
Papelbon's father is deputy director of Ted Williams Museum
- "Jonathan Papelbon (whose father is the deputy director of the museum)"...
- ***(The item about Papelbon's father is at the end of the article. I just like to keep track of personnel and relatives at various awards facilities). sm
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Blame the 66 minute Red Sox strike on, of course, the Yankees
- When the Yankees and the Rays opened the 2004 season in Tokyo, Yomiuri guaranteed $13.5 million. This time, it guaranteed $11 million.
Because the players wanted at least as much as the players received in 2004 to play the games, something had to give. For the players to be guaranteed $40,000 each there would be no money for the coaches and others.
- It was expected, however, that the clubs would take care of the others....
- It was not clear, however, if coaches, trainers and others would receive as much as $40,000. The money will come from the two teams and the commissioner’s office....
- “There are a lot of things to do,” Mussina, their player representative, said, “and if they’re going to board the plane and do the same travel as we are, they deserve just as much as anybody who is going out on the field playing, at least in my opinion, and apparently the Red Sox felt that way, too.”"
- "But this time, the agreement between MLB and the players' association called only for payments to 30 players on each club, and left out the coaches....
- "It was a misunderstanding of what agreement was reached between MLB and the MLBPA," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said. "We said we would step up and make sure a second pool was created and would seek contributions from all parties."...
- (It's my observation that ultra-ultra rich people--billionaires--are the cheapest, meanest people in the world). sm
How informative of Pittsburgh Pirates radio
Mitchell Report still running on Yankees.com as "Season Preview"
- While Hank is giving famous quotes to reporters, the billionaires and politicians at MLB are embarrassing him.
Joe Girardi gets own show on YES Network starting Sun., 4/6
- The Joe Girardi Show will feature Girardi, a former Yankees television analyst, discussing the “state of the Yankees” and dissecting the upcoming schedule.
In addition to the weekly show, Girardi will participate in weekly chat sessions on YesNetwork.com.
- “In his stints as a YES analyst, Joe proved to be very articulate, concise and analytical -- traits that should make this a very informative and entertaining show,” YES president of production and programming
John Filippelli said in announcing the show. “As the Yankees embark on the ‘Joe Girardi Era,’ this show will give Yankees fans a better understanding of Joe’s managing style, his decision-making process and his thoughts on the team and its competition.”"...Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Unsung Hero of Virginia Tech massacre: 77 year old Mr. Librescu
(As posted on this blog 4/17/07): The man on the left is the Virginia Tech massacre's version of the "Let's Roll" passenger in the 9/11/01 World Trade Center massacre. Liviu Librescu was an engineering professor and a Holocaust survivor. Mr. Librescu used his body to block a door, yelling at a group of students in the room to get out while they could. The murderer then broke down the door and shot the 77 year old gentleman in the chest. (Pictured on the right is Mr. Librescu's son Aryeh, who was interviewed from his home and wasn't a student at the campus). Photo from Virginia Tech.
- NEGLIGENCE EQUALS DEATH--MORE DAMNING EVIDENCE AGAINST VA. TECH:
- NOW NBC ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF PACKAGE FROM KILLER IN THE 2 HOUR WINDOW IN WHICH THE VA. TECH ADMINISTRATION AND/OR POLICE HID IN FEAR AT THE COST OF 32 DEATHS, OTHERS MAIMED.
- THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN A PASSIVE SOCIETY, SO CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE WHO WANTED THAT--YOU GOT IT.
- "Nonetheless, it’s deeply damaging to portray fit fully formed adults as children who need to be protected. We should be raising them to understand that there will be moments in life when you need to protect yourself — and, in a “horrible” world, there may come moments when you have to choose between protecting yourself or others. It is a poor reflection on us that, in those first critical seconds where one has to make a decision, only an elderly Holocaust survivor,***Professor Librescu,*** understood instinctively the obligation to act.
When we say “we don’t know what we’d do under the same circumstances”, we make cowardice the default position.
I’d prefer to say that the default position is a terrible enervating passivity. Murderous misfit loners are mercifully rare.
- But this awful corrosive passivity is far more pervasive, and, unlike the psycho killer, is an existential threat to a functioning society." — Mark Steyn, a National Review columnist, is author of America Alone.""Article by Mark Steyn, 'A CULTURE OF PASSIVITY." 4/18/07. INSTEAD OF OUTRAGE YOU HAVE WEEPING AND MOURNING. IT WAS ALL PREVENTABLE, BUT LET'S NOT TELL ANYONE.
8:10PM--The tapes have been heard, NBC will now tell us what to think. I've seen no evidence I should believe a word NBC's Steve Capus says, so I prepare for him to blow smoke. (Steve's been in the news quite a bit in the past week). But this really takes the cake. The 8PM NBC radio news reports in shrill & alarming tone: the killer "compared himself to Jesus Christ." Thank heaven, they've solved the whole thing for us, gee, I'm so relieved. So Christianity is the main problem, now we know what to fix.4/17/2007 08:49:00 PM
- Being "close knit" is fine. It didn't save your lives though. Or, what you feel as "close knit" is something else. In either case, it's not what you need to stay alive. Assuming you want to stay alive...
Yankees.com still doesn't have "Season Previews" from MLB.com like normal teams.
- MLB.com's "Season Preview" video on Yankees.com has been different from other team websites I've visited. For many weeks, MLB.com has run a continuous loop of "selected" Mitchell Report highlights on Yankees.com--as a stimulating 2008 Team Preview.
- MLB.com is clearly free to shape public opinion unfettered by journalistic standards of any kind. Apparently the Yankees themselves don't even care.
- MLB.com has long since made clear its position regarding truth and integrity. It has none, but that's only part of the story. The worse part is that no one cares.
Kat O'Brien is smart. His name was Seung-Hui Cho.
- BLACKSBURG, Va. - "The Virginia Tech community was torn apart last April 16,
- Theresa Walsh from Binghamton, N.Y., was in one of the classrooms
- in which Cho committed some of the murders.
- She was shot at, but not hit, on that day."...
- It was not a tragedy such as a tornado or hurricane. Unless you think being slaughtered is no big deal these days. After all, the poor guy was "shy and sensitive."
- It was cold blooded premeditated murder and the criminal's name was Seung-Hui Cho.
NY Times gives 2 board seats to Hedge Funds
- The hedge funds have argued that the company should sell many of its assets — including, possibly, the headquarters building in Manhattan, The Boston Globe, some smaller newspapers and a minority
- and invest aggressively in Internet companies. But the funds have also been careful not to criticize management directly, and have said that once they are privy to inside information, they may have a different view of the company’s strategy."...