Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Despite glitzy $20 million spent by Teflon Don Bud Selig, Minor League teams got advance notice from drug testers
- The glittering Grand Ballroom deception last December was just that, of course:
None of them said that they knew of any instances when players were told about the tests ahead of time.
- However, one Class A manager who said he received a call from a tester during the season, said that if he believed one of his players was "dirty”
- he would have been tempted to tell the player that a tester would be coming the next day and that he should try to flush any drugs out of his system.
- The manager said he believed there would be others who would be tempted to tip off suspect players and that the practice of advance notice had to be eliminated.
- The manager spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to be identified as being critical of the drug-testing procedures.
Major League Baseball initially indicated it was not aware of the practice."...
- Who will insist that Bud Selig resign immediately? Or that George Mitchell return the $20 million? Answer: No one. (sm)
Brian Cashman to renew for 3 years--Newsday
- ...The new contract will be for slightly more than Cashman had been making, putting it at in the ballpark of $2-million per year.
- that relationship was a huge positive for Cashman in making up his mind.
- The Yankees are expected to make an official announcement this afternoon."...
Meat rationing floated to help global warming/climate change
- For those who didn't make a killing in 'unregulated' mortgage markets, try unregulated global carbon 'credit' trading!
(Guardian.co.UK): "People will have to be rationed to four modest portions of meat and one litre of milk a week if the world is to avoid run-away climate change, a major new report warns.
- The report, by the Food Climate Research Network, based at the University of Surrey, also says total food consumption should be reduced,
- especially "low nutritional value" treats such as alcohol, sweets and chocolates."...
Joba Chamberlain still has a bad shoulder
No surprise, another sign Yankees 2009 will be no different/better than 2008-the Chamberlain situation is going from bad to worse:
- (NY Post): "For the second time inside of two months, Joba Chamberlain Joba Chamberlain experienced discomfort in his valuable right shoulder Sunday at Fenway Park.
According to several people, Chamberlain said the shoulder was tight after
- exiting the first game of the doubleheader against the Red Sox when he walked Jason Bay and gave
- up a ground-rule double to Mark Kotsay in the eighth inning."...
Imus Ranch Record tops charts in debut
(NY Daily News): "The Imus Ranch Record," which features an unlikely crew of artists singing mostly country-style songs, has become an unlikely hit.
- It debuted at No.59 on the Billboard album chart, which is impressive for a record that gets little radio promotion outside of Imus' own show, which is heard on WABC (770 AM) (in the new York market).
- Like the music on Imus' show, "The Ranch Record" stemmed
which is Willie Nelson, Little Richard, Patti Loveless, Bekka Bramlett, Delbert McClinton, Lucinda Williams and others. The record is downright refreshing and just plain good. It's nice to see that can also sell."
- via RadioDailyNews.com
Monday, September 29, 2008
British Candy maker Cadbury recalls Chinese made chocolates
- The Chinese 'market' isn't so great if you end up dead...
Four infants have died and some 54,000 have developed kidney stones or other illnesses after drinking...contaminated baby formula.
Authorities say suppliers might have added melamine, which is rich in nitrogen, to watered-down milk to deceive quality tests for protein." via MichaelSavage.com
New York Sun to cease publication after tomorrow
- "In a City saturated with news coverage and commentary, The Sun shone brightly, though too briefly. Whether you agreed or disagreed with the Sun’s writers, they were smart, thoughtful, provocative – and sometimes even courageous."...
- Certainly Tim Marchman shone brightly. And their reporting on the United Nations. (sm) via Poynter.org/Romenesko
Financial media accessories to expected Wall St. bailout winners
- (Why people go into such shady jobs--aiming to be influential via attachment to someone actually doing a particular job, then yakking about it -- is another question).
- -- well, maybe taxpayers should also get a cut of the key accessories to the crime:
- (Reminded me of baseball media being accessories to whatever scams MLB comes up with and fans left holding the bag. Noted previously on this blog and by others) sm
AL Cy Young Predictor-- 9/29/08
|Bill James/Rob Neyer 2008 Cy Young Predictor - American League|
|1||Cliff Lee, Cle||203.1||31||31||223.1||63||170||0||2||22-3||2.54||0|
|2||Francisco Rodriguez, LAA||200.2||76||0||68.1||17||77||62||0||2-3||2.24||12|
|3||Roy Halladay, Tor||177.8||34||33||246.0||76||206||0||2||20-11||2.78||0|
|4||Mariano Rivera, NYY||157.8||64||0||70.2||11||77||39||0||6-5||1.40||0|
|5||Daisuke Matsuzaka, Bos||153.6||29||29||167.2||54||154||0||0||18-3||2.90||0|
Sunday, September 28, 2008
'Mets Fans Should Embrace the Suffering'--Marchman
- Because it's not going to get any better as long as the Wilpons run the team:
- of a misguided philosophy, one that's been consistently held
- as long as the Wilpons have been involved with the team.
This philosophy holds that money can solve all ills, that a team with a few true stars doesn't need to worry overmuch about what
- happens at the margins of the roster, and that
- changes are made to punish past failures
- rather than to prevent future ones.
A team built along these principles can be good, and occasionally better than that, but it can
- never enjoy any kind of sustained dominance.
- And indeed the Mets haven't....
There's little reason to believe that the thinking...will change next year, or any time in the near future. There's thus little reason to believe that the Mets aren't going to squander the opportunity to build a perpetually dominant team around David Wright and Jose Reyes, who will likely become the two greatest everyday players in franchise history,
- or that they are going to do much more than roll out yet another edition of the
- same incomplete and half-baked bunch of mismatched and broken parts
- that's been taking the field in Queens since 2005....
- without waiting for the light to dawn on Wilpon and their capos:
- the Mets fan align himself with the natural order."...
- (This is the approach I've tried to develop as a Yankee fan since the beginning of the 2007 off season. I've had a small amount of success,
- and hope to keep building on my pessimism
- which will continue for as many years as George Steinbrenner's sons run the team). sm
Mussina wins 20th, 9/28/08 in Boston
Dustin Pedroia, AL MVP candidate, looks confused
Joe Girardi would like Andy Pettitte to return
- I'm pretty sure Joe Torre never publicly announced at the end of any season (even those in which he knew he'd be returning) to a player that he really wanted him back (it wouldn't have been the manager's call in those days),
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Luxury boxes will be tougher to sell--Newsday
- same industry most troubled by the current economic chaos.
- U.S. government bailout of AIG, taking control of 80 percent of the company's stock, observers wonder whether the government will be looking for out-clauses before the AIG-Man U. contract expires in 2010.
"It was really Beckett's hip, not his back," Didn't want to make a big deal. 4/6/08
A Newsday article cites the Red Sox as exemplary in revealing player health status. Media coverage of this topic varies depending on the team and how teams themselves deal with information rightfully viewed as confidential. 2 recent examples show the Red Sox are not necessarily forthright about player health, but they do have a unified front office in this case. I mention these for historical reference.
- From this blog, the 2 references are 4/6/08 and 3/17/08
"It was really Beckett's hip, not his back--Suzyn Waldman
- That yesterday either Beckett or someone with the team let it be known his recent malady had been
- Sterling said it's common in all sports for teams to keep their own counsel regarding player health, injuries, etc.
- They made no further comment on the subject."
- Another example of a team controlling (withholding) actual health of its players also by the Red Sox, posted here, 3/17/08, item from NY Times:
(From the NY Times): "...Red Sox players have been instructed not to complain about jet lag."...Newsday Reference: "Terry Francona routinely tells the media pre-game which of his relievers are and aren't available, and somehow the Red Sox have managed to win two World Series under Francona's watch"
- (The Beckett back/hip issue was treated kindly in Red Sox friendly media outlets ESPN and Boston.com), where it was described--after the fact--and excused. The Red Sox kept the truth hidden, used a less catastrophic excuse before the fact, and were not said to be
- This kind of coverage is more likely when a front office has somewhat of a clue). sm
ProJo Red Sox writer moving to Boston Herald/ESPN.com/WEEI
"Sources have confirmed to Shots that (Sean) McAdam has been looking for new employment after the ProJo (Providence Journal) squashed McAdam’s outside work at WEEI 850 AM and ESPN.com over the summer. At least one upper management ProJoer, Shots is told by industry sources,
- found fault in McAdam being on-air at WEEI during the afternoon drive on baseball’s trade deadline day. That person - not directly associated with the sports department - evidently had a problem with where McAdam’s allegiance lied and subsequently put the kibosh on McAdam’s outside gigs (the very same gigs that provided exposure for the buzzless, sagging Belo Corp. property).
(McAdam’s last ESPN.com column appeared in early August and that coincided with his last WEEI appearance. There has also been a dearth of McAdam at other outside media outlets in the area, although he did remain a guest at Comcast SportsNet.)
- In fact, the day after the trade deadline, an ESPN ticker item
- was giving credit to the ProJo (thanks to McAdam) for information about veteran players meeting with Sox management over the Manny situation. The amount of
- traffic that kind of mention (and others) can generate for a website is substantial. It’s the ProJo’s fault for not maximizing McAdam - not McAdam’s fault for earning
- some extra income
- the same way most of his competitors do....
Tampa Bay Rays champs of American League East
Friday, September 26, 2008
Robbie Cano plans on being in shape in 2009
Response to messages from commenter 'Mark'
Brian Cashman chooses not to support Joe Girardi, forces him to apologize for nothing
- This is yet another sign of weak or non-existent front office leadership in the organization.
- Cashman embarrassed Girardi by forcing him to apologize to reporters. For doing nothing except protecting a confidentiality requested of him by a player--which every team does. In this case, it's meaningless since the season is over.
- What a bunch of losers.
With Yankee season over, media makes story about selves
- 'a lie' or
- The biggest stories in MLB are outside locker rooms and clubhouses. (After all, Paul Byrd kept all his drugs in clubhouse refrigerators and you guys either never knew about it or kept it to yourselves).
- Further, any manager revealing medical information to media or opponents should in fact be fired. (sm)
- AP not as concerned: "Rivera is 6-5 with a 1.43 ERA and 38 saves in 39 opportunities, but his injury
- became an afterthought after the Yankees were eliminated
- from playoff contention on Tuesday night." (end of article)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Derek Jeter says: Roy Halladay is #1
- More for the record: NY Times Bats Blog by Tyler Kepner on 7/12/08 quotes Jeter saying Halladay is "probably the best starter in baseball."
Johnny Damon filling out application for 2009 World Baseball Classic!
- In 2006 Damon was to start playing for the Yankees, but he chose to begin his season at the WBC. The NY Times noted he's applying for the 2009 team as well:
10-state group meets today to force 'carbon offset' pyramid schemes
- (From The American Thinker): "Nonetheless, the (10 state) New York-based Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative launches today, striving to freeze CO2 emissions through 2014 and then gradually reduce them to 10 percent below current levels by 2018. How? By setting steadily declining annual caps on the tonnage of carbon a utility may legally exhaust into the atmosphere and
- forcing those that cannot comply to "purchase" allowances at auction from those that can. Auction proceeds will then, at least in theory, be invested in low-carbon energy solutions such as solar and wind, which would gradually replace fossil-based generators.
- Violators may also opt to pay off a portion of their carbon "debt" by purchasing
- approved offsets to mitigate their pollution, such as sequestration of carbon through afforestation or landfill methane capture and destruction.
- And even for those more fortunate, blackouts are becoming more prevalent as EU anti-pollution directives demanding one third of all electricity be generated from wind turbines and other renewables by 2020,
- corrupt carbon exchanges, and austere green taxes are destroying the country's ability to meet energy demands.
- Add to this mess the fact that an uncertain green tax future is causing companies to flee the island in droves -- according to a September 4th IHT piece, "in the past week alone, three British companies have announced plans to move their head office abroad before the end of the year" --
- and reaction to the non-crisis threatens the country's very existence.
- Evidence continues to mount that natural variations in climate dynamics -- particularly solar activity and sea surface temperatures --
- many researchers predicting another minor ice age may be looming - or already upon us....
- Theoretical mathematical computer simulations, which attempt to predict the complex interactions of unlimited climate feedback factors (cloud formation, oceans, trees, polar ice cap reflection, convection, etc) which might magnify or dampen the greenhouse gas effect on Earth's temperatures. Even were all of the physics understood, anticipating all possible interactions is currently beyond our scope, which is why General Circulation Model predictions (sea level variance, temperature anomalies, sea ice extent, etc.) have consistently failed to match physical observations.
- A disproven millennial-scale record based on improper calculations and often erroneous climate proxies (the MBH98 reconstruction aka the "hockey stick graph") which diminished the extent of the "Little Ice Age" (1500-1850) and totally omitted the Medieval Warm Period (800-1300). Heavily relied upon by
- both the IPCC and opportunists the likes of Al Gore, it continues to be cited as proof of AGW. This despite intentionally misrepresenting late 20th century warming as unprecedented and obscuring the undeniable correlation between the Maunder (Sunspot) Minimum and the Little Ice Age."...via Lucianne.com
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Chinese poison found in popular candy export--USA Today
In an extension of the broadening scandal in China over contaminated milk, testing by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority found 180 parts per million of melamine in White Rabbit Creamy Candies....
No contaminated products have been found on U.S. store shelves, she says."...Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Suspicious hot dogs detonated at Phillies stadium
- PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― "The discovery of several hot dogs in packages outside Citizens Bank Park brought the bomb squad out and forced the temporary evacuation of the stadium Wednesday evening....
- Fans inside the stadium were evacuated, but players remained on the field during the incident.
- The stadium was reopened at about 5:20 p.m."...via Drudge Report
Sorry, it was Andy's shoulder, not 'offseason distractions'
- Andy Pettitte had quietly referenced nagging physical problems for several weeks. Like other players, he's not calling up other teams to give details, but has been more honest than necessary. Today word he's shut down for the rest of the season and that he had an MRI 'earlier this month.' Sad news for perps of 'off season distractions' being the cause of too many hits allowed, etc.
- had an MRI exam on his shoulder earlier this month, revealing no major damage."...(Does this wording mean 'minor' damage is evident?)sm
- (9/10/08, NY Times): "His distracted off-season, when he found himself embroiled in the Roger Clemens steroids saga,
- be taking its toll on his stamina."
- P.S. George Mitchell's own organization, the Red Sox, made Clemens an offer of $18 million to join them in the 2007 season, reported 5/6/07 in the Boston Globe.
- Around that time (May, 2007), Clemens accepted the Yankee offer.
- with McNamee."
- P.S. 9/28/08: It's reasonable surmise that Andy did not have the same amount of time to devote to his spring workout and his current shoulder problem may be due to less than usual physical preparation. That is logical.
- It is something different to reference Roger Clemens, steroids, and distractions. I posted several times on this blog the Yankee.com site--controlled by MLB.com--ran a steroids report video through the beginning of the regular season on the Yankee site. I checked numerous other sites, and none had this treatment by MLB--all the other team site videos talked about the new season.
- The point is, due to a weak Yankee front office, this 'offseason' subject continues to be been beaten into the ground as it can possibly relate to any Yankee. It's almost never mentioned about other teams where it easily could be. I've documented this countless times in case anyone is interested.
In response to commenter "Mark"
- "I have received a comment to this post from a person who identifies himself as "Mark." In the past I've received other comments under the name of "Mark" and it's possible they are all from the same person. Initially, "Mark's" comments suggested he was a public media figure who's first name is in fact "Mark," but I haven't received a last name from him and haven't asked for one before. (At that time some months ago, I believe he responded to references I noted about him. It's unlikely a public media figure would have found this blog otherwise). I've decided to ask "Mark" to include his last name in his comments if he is in fact the same media figure who has apparently left comments here in the past. It helps to differentiate between an average non-professional using the name "Mark" and a professional media figure, this being a space where no money is involved. I use my real first and last name only because I decided at the beginning to try it this way. So I ask if you are a public media figure and choose to leave a comment here, positive or critical, please use your real first and last name. Thanks. Susan Mullen."
Police officer cleared in taser case vs Red Sox fan at Trop
ST. PETERSBURG --9/23/08-"Police officer Pat McGovern violated no rules when his Taser appeared to touch the back of
- a Red Sox fan's head during a Sept. 17 scuffle with police and security officers
Officers cannot intentionally aim or fire their Taser guns at the head, but spokesman Bill Proffitt said McGovern’s superiors decided he "unintentionally'' aimed it at Chris Sciesinski.
- Police say a drunk and disorderly Sciesinski tried to jump onto the field
A St. Petersburg Times photo of the skirmish in earned him minor infamy.
- But police said more
- photos of the incident on tampabay.com
- show how much trouble officers had arresting an unruly Sciesinski."...
Poisonous Chinese ingredient implicated in Canada coffee recall
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and importer Thai Indochine Trading Inc. Tuesday advised people not to consume the Mr. Brown 3-in-1 instant coffee products.
- The affected Mr. Brown products are Instant 3-in-1 Mandheling Blend, Blue Mountain Blend and Arabica Coffees....
This latest recall follows one that was announced by the inspection agency on Sunday of the Chinese-made Nissin Cha Cha Dessert...
- Melamine is rich in nitrogen and relatively cheap. Adding it to milk
Standard quality tests estimate protein levels by measuring nitrogen content." via Free Republic
- (Noted in the article, melamine is the ingredient said to have caused the deaths of Chinese babies).
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Shock--World Baseball Classic forces spring training a week earlier
- An estimated $100 million will be made by the WBC in 2009.
- The mandatory reporting date for non-WBC players was moved up to Feb. 22 from March 5.
- Mexico City; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tokyo; and Toronto.
- This year's tournament is projected to bring in about $100 million in revenue, an increase from
- $60 million three years ago."
Babysitting over with in 2009--Jim Leyland
- "We're under fire because of the year we've had, and that's fine and dandy. I have absolutely no problem with that. But I can assure you this:
- The best guys will be pitching, and the best guys will be playing. And I don't care what the names are."
'Media' threatens not to cover Palin! How about promising that?
- (Caucus blog): "Update | 12:17 p.m.: Word now is that a print reporter will be allowed in at the next two meetings. Stayed tuned for updates on all the handshakes and pleasantries…
- Update | 12:02 p.m.: The campaign is relenting and letting in
- the television producer, so the camera crew will be going as well.
- But print reporters are up in arms about being excluded.
Media Rebellion: Live from New York, it’s Gov. Sarah Palin’s top-secret foreign policy tutorial!
- Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, is scheduled to meet Tuesday in New York with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, and former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.
But the McCain-Palin campaign’s sharp limitations on coverage of the meetings have sparked a mini-revolt –A THREATENED BOYCOTT? How about promising that? Then it might be safe to leave the house in this country. (sm)
- (Caucus blog, NY Times): "The campaign plans to bar print reporters from the meetings, and to limit coverage to brief photo-ops for a still photographer and a television camera.
- The television stations, though, are objecting,
- noting that they have a policy of not sending cameras to cover events without
- a producer, who provided
- editorial guidance.
A stand-off has ensued, with the networks threatening not to send cameras. The newspapers are trying to get back into the act as well."
- Hooray! (sm)
(Caucus blog, NY Times): "It is not uncommon for meetings with world leaders to be pooled, but in the past the McCain campaign has at times allowed print reporters and televisions producers to look in and report any color – or exchange of pleasantries, usually banal – that occurs." via Poynter.org/Romenesko
- Pool coverage of news (including baseball news) is more than sufficient. (sm)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Baseball beat football, Last Game at Yankee Stadium--Neil Best
- The game itself averaged 10.2 percent of area homes on ESPN
- against tough competition,
- including the Cowboys-Packers game, which averaged 8.1 in New York.
- (In major markets, football whipped baseball nationally, 14.4 to 2.6.)"...
TV booth happenings at the last game-NY Times
- "Jon Miller and Joe Morgan asked softball questions of the old teammates, but they were incapable of giving the expected answers. When asked if (Whitey) Ford was the best pitcher in Yankees history,
- Berra said, “Not bad.”"...
- "ESPN generously invited Michael Kay, the YES broadcaster, to call part of the game, recalling the moribund
- tradition of home-team voices joining World Series crews.
Silent, compliant baseball media enable Bud Selig
- the 'silent, compliant' baseball media (many of whom get checks from ESPN or hope to):
- And that's the kind of compliant silence media capitulation -
- that emboldens MLB for its next TV money-first act. Of course,
- the silence of those who get a second paycheck from ESPN or ESPN Radio
- was guaranteed.
No New Yorker, over the age of 8, should have been deprived of watching the last game played and the last out made at Yankee Stadium.
- The House That Ruth Built is now the House That Greed Closed."
Next year is already over for the Yankees--NY Sun
- judged in the fair scope of things —
Willie Randolph slides safely into 2nd, last night at Yankee Stadium
Last game at Yankee Stadium, victory lap and final out
Bernie Williams to be on with Francesa in 4pm hour
These 4 Built the new house
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Bob Ryan speaks the truth
History redefined by ESPN: missing highlights of 2003 ALCS Game 7, Red Sox-Yankees
- Not 1 pitch was shown of Mariano Rivera's historic 3 scoreless innings in a tie game, 9th, 10th and 11th. (He was also the winning pitcher of the game).
- On the 2 occasions Rivera was shown to be at the stadium, once in the bullpen and once in the dugout, the camera shot was 1 second or less.
- Also erased from history by ESPN, (what actually happened after the game while Aaron Boone was saying nothing) the sight of Rivera boosted to the shoulders of his teammates, being carried across the field. Rivera was named MVP of the ALCS.
- *On 10/17/03, even MLB.com thought Rivera was the key to the win:
- If the outcome of the deciding Game 7 can be boiled down to one thing,
- it was that the Yankees succeeded in going deep into the well of
- and the Red Sox went too deep into the well of their best pitcher -- Pedro Martinez....
Yankees manager Joe Torre, meanwhile, went deeper into the well of Rivera's considerable talent as a closer than ever before, and it paid off to the tune of
- one of the most amazing non-save situations in postseason history.
- It was the shining moment for
- the very best October closer in history -- three innings of masterful work well worthy of
- his MVP status....
When the Yankees took two of three at Fenway Park with two games in Yankee Stadium, the Yankees had the Red Sox by the proverbial throat. They let the Sox slip out of the stranglehold, but once they got back to even,
- they went to the man who could put the grip on the game like no other.
- And the Yankees didn't let go, thanks to Rivera and a little magic
- from Boone at the end.
- Suggestion: If you're interested in accuracy, do not patronize ESPN advertisers. Never mind--passivity is the order and disease of the day:
- "But this awful corrosive passivity is far more pervasive, and, unlike the psycho killer,
- is an existential threat to a functioning society." (Mark Steyn, 4/18/07).
- Buck Martinez comment on Trevor Hoffman on WFAN
- "Let me say this about Trevor Hoffman.
- Hitters are more tired in October which is why Mo does better
- than Hoffman would."
- (Mike and Chris on WFAN did not question Martinez on his assertion exemplifying today's passive culture).
Overheard on Dodger radio
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Pettitte, Jeter, Rivera 'remember weeknights with fewer than 20,000 in the stands'--Hartford Courant
- was mostly about the baseball.
- Under the normal, baseball-specific philosophy, this would be a good time for the Yankees to start over, let the old players go and eschew big spending on free agents until enough young players are developed.
- The last time the Yankees were this bad, in the early 1990s,
- they were able to do that, getting by on 1.7 or 1.8 million in attendance at prices ($10.54 for the average ticket)
- and now they are packed every day."...
Radio host responds to wealthy superiors at Media Matters
"Responding to a Media Matters item, Chris Baker said: "Media Matters people can kiss my supple buttocks. What I say is what I say, and if they don't like it,
instead of hiding like a bunch of commie girls, they can challenge me if they like.""
Good news--writers to lose regal perk at new Yankee Stadium
- that will disappear next season."
- P.S. Seating chart in press room: "The (NY) Times’s seat in the press box — Row 1, Seat 1"...
- Details of media hierarchy are fascinating.
Heard on Tampa Rays radio
Sign says: 'Mo-Town'
Friday, September 19, 2008
Paul Simon, Joe DiMaggio, and Phil Rizzuto
- (NY Times): "After the ceremonies we were invited up to the Steinbrenner suite.
- I sat at a table with Phil Rizzuto, who introduced me to his wife, Cora. This was becoming a Yankee-dream-come-true afternoon. After an appropriate amount of time, I thought I ought (to) leave, but Rizzuto said:
- “You can’t leave yet. You didn’t eat any of Steinbrenner’s chicken.”
- “A vegetarian?” Rizzuto said. “A vegetarian.
Mo's high wire acts not yet old hat to Pudge
Instant Replay used in Twins-Rays game
Communist China knew about poison milk before Olympics but kept silent
- But the Government did not respond, said Ms Wu,
- "because it wanted to ensure that, in its own words, the torch came first, nothing else mattered".
"Even though Sanlu's foreign partner (New Zealand's Fonterra) also warned,
- the Olympics.""...
- via Lucianne.com
Dave Anderson today with Charley Steiner on XM
- He gave one item to back this up, saying every time he wrote the lineup card he could write down Derek Jeter.
- Dave Anderson is the long-time NY Times sports columnist. (Steiner did not take issue with his statement).
ESPN plans understated approach to Mariano Rivera's last 9th inning at Yankee Stadium
- "Said Scanlan: "We believe as we get to that ninth inning
- it's really about the Stadium and the teams on the field. We will have
- that whole ninth inning.""
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The media is the message--they said so in Time Magazine.
- (Time.com): "These days, the press can't help being a player in the presidential campaign. We're the moderator--for better or for worse."
- (Time.com): "The candidates talk to the public through the media,"
- (Time.com): "and the public talks to the candidates through our polls."
- (Time.com): "The 24/7 news cycle--cable television, the Internet, the blogosphere--has the effect of trivializing big stories
- and making big stories out of trivial ones.
- It's disingenuous to say we're just the messenger,
- via Lucianne.com
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Why it's so great to be a BBWAA member talking about late inning relievers
- There may be several so-called closers who have worked 3 scoreless innings in relief and/or were available to their team if need be. Most closers aren't like this--that is true. But why generalize about 'closers' and make a false statement? Mariano Rivera has worked 3 scoreless innings in relief numerous times, but expressly as 'a closer' twice in the past 5 years:
- 1. May 30, 2006, Yankees at Detroit, score tied 6-6, Mariano Rivera entered bottom of the 9th. Also pitched bottom of the 10th with score still tied 6-6. Also pitched bottom of the 11th, Yankees had gone ahead 11-6. Rivera, 3 scoreless innings in relief, got the Win.
- 2. October 16, 2003, Boston at New York, Game 7 ALCS, score tied 5-5. Rivera pitched the 9, 10th, and 11th inning. After his third inning of work the score was still tied. Aaron Boone got the winning run in the bottom of the 11th.
- People wondered if Rivera would have come out for a 4th inning had Boone not gotten the run.
- He got the Win--not the 'save.'
- He was also named ALCS MVP.
- It does more harm than good.
- via BTF
- James Watt, inventor of the steam engine in the 18th century."