Thursday, September 30, 2010
Crowd thanks Cito Gaston in Toronto
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Bob DuPuy, National Baseball Hall of Fame Board member, quits post at MLB
- DuPuy was Selig’s outside lawyer when he became executive vice president for administration in 1998. He was promoted to president in March 2002 and replaced Paul Beeston....
DuPuy first attracted attention in baseball when he negotiated the $280 million collusion settlement with the union in 1989 after arbitrators found
- owners violated their labor contract by acting in concert to not sign free agents after the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons....
He was Selig’s primary lawyer from 1992-98 after the Brewers owner helped lead a revolt that led to commissioner Fay Vincent’s resignation."...
- From AP, "Bob DuPuy quits as baseball's chief operating officer" by Ronald Blum
- July 28, 2008, Bob DuPuy was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
El Diario journalists now wear bullet proof vests, cartel owns politicians, only 3% of drug-related murders ever get to court in Mexico
- Reference: "Line between Mexican drug cartels and the government increasingly blurred," J. Benoit, 9/29/10, BigJournalism
BROOKE GLADSTONE: And I'm Brooke Gladstone. Mexico’s ongoing drug war has taken 28,000 lives since Mexican President Felipe Calderon began a militarized campaign against the cartels in 2006. Among the casualties are
- at least 30 journalists killed or disappeared.
Last Sunday, after the murderer of staff photographer Luis Carlos Santiago, the newspaper El Diario of Ciudad Juarez printed an editorial on its front page titled What do You Want from Us?, a query both angry and plaintive directed at the cartels.
On Wednesday, Calderon announced a plan to help protect journalists, but that’s likely to be of limited solace because
- there’s no trustworthy authority in Juarez.
Gerardo Rodriguez is an editor for El Diario. Welcome to the show.
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: Thank you.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: So can you tell me exactly what your editorial said?
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: It’s asking the leaders of the Plaza, and this is the territories that are run by island cartels, that in this war between them and the government we are in the middle, under fire, and we're not getting a clear message why are they killing our journalists.
- Armando Rodriguez was a police reporter who got killed less than two years ago in front of his house, killed in front of his daughter.
His crime has not been solved, even though we have promises from the presidency. And then Luis, last week.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: The photographer.
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: Yes. He was shot in the middle of the day in a mall. And then the killer ran and, and chased his companion, which he’s also a graphic reporter for our newspaper. Both were wearing their IDs for the newspaper. The other photographer is, is alive, but he’s in a secret location.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: Is it true that in Juarez
- only about 2 percent of these drug-related murders are actually solved?
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: Yes, it is.
- Only 3 percent get ever to courts, and less than those are solved.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: So the paper’s editorial read, quote, “It is impossible for us to do our job under these conditions. Tell us, then, what do you expect from us as a newspaper?” You didn't really expect the cartels to respond with a bill of particulars, did you?
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: Well, of course, we are not expecting a direct message. This is written in an ironic manner. It used to be that they would call the TV stations and the newsrooms, and they would threaten. But now, without any notice or without us knowing why, they are killing our reporters. And we just don't think a story is worth life.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: You say that there was a certain ironic intent in your editorial, but it reads like a real cry of the heart.
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: Yes.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: What was your actual intention?
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: To send a message, you know, that we,
- we recognize that they are the authority in town, because the authorities are nonexistent.
- The cartels are not just criminal. You know,
- sometimes they're politicians.
We're recognizing this fact, which everybody talks about in Mexico
- but is not published very often.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: So who do you think the principal target for El Diario’s message was? Was it the cartels, the Mexican authorities, the American authorities?
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: They just gave asylum for the first time to a Mexican reporter here in the United States, and he’s from Juarez. And so, it seems that
- the United States authorities are recognizing this now. We've been waiting for that for a long time.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: You've said that you hope that this story will get a lot of play in the American media. What do you think they can do to help?
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: Well, not just in American media. We've received calls from everywhere, and London, Canada, Latin America, from people who tell us that we are very courageous to publish the feeling of the people of Juarez. We're very angry, very sad.
- We don't know who to go to. We're just frustrated.
Also, let me tell you, yesterday a lot of
- people just got fed up with the authorities, that they're not doing anything,
so they killed two criminals with their own hands, you know, just cut them in a vigilante style. They just took their law into their own hands.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: What would be the ideal response to your editorial?
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: Well, I hope that the people understand that this war is being fought over our city, a place where a lot of things go from south to north and from north to the south, and that’s not going to stop. The use of drugs are increasing in the United States. We're all responsible for what’s going in Juarez. The criminal cartels are worldwide, and there is not a unilateral solution for this. It’s not a Mexican problem. It’s an international problem.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: Do you see a future for reporters in Mexico reporting on the drug trade, or do you think that there’s simply nowhere to go from here?
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: Our reporters are very courageous.
- They're using bulletproof vests now,
- and we just bought life insurance for some of the reporters.
And they're very courageous. The people in Mexico are very courageous.
Mexican society is getting fed up with this violence, and even though right now I'm hopeless, I think that things are changing.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: Gerardo, thank you very much.
GERARDO RODRIGUEZ: You’re welcome.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: Gerardo Rodriguez is an editor for El Diario in Ciudad Juarez."
via Poynter.org/Romenesko, "On the Media, Transcript of "Mexico's El Diario Pleads with Drug Cartels," 9/24/10Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
NOAA fisheries enforcement corruption finally gets attention, millions in graft diverted for NOAA personnel personal use, travel, 'rewards'
- cases of excessive fines and prosecutions that all but mandated costly settlements.
"The problems identified by the inspector general are unacceptable, were allowed to persist for too long and will end on my watch," Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Thursday in announcing a series of measures to end the abuses.
For Kremin, whose business partner committed suicide and
- who lost his grandfather's business, Joseph H. Carter Co., at Fulton Fish Market, the revelations were only the start of making things right.
His case was settled for $150,000 but he wants a new trial and restitution. "I would like to see justice prevail," he said.
Last month, at a meeting arranged by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the Shinnecock Commercial Dock in Hampton Bays, Kremin detailed his story to Jane Lubchenco, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Friday, Schumer sent a letter demanding that Kremin's case be reviewed by a special master appointed by Locke to review allegations of past abuse.
- The inspector general's findings follow two previous explosive reports by the office showing that fisheries enforcement officers overzealously prosecuted fishermen,
- abused a fund of fishery fines to buy cars, boats and travel for personal use, and hit fishermen with inordinate fines.
In the new report, one fisherman explained the alleged tactics of an unnamed fisheries attorney pushing a settlement.
"[He] said that if you don't pay $27,000 right now, if you want to go in front of one of my judges, you'll be paying $120,000 to $140,000.
- I settled for 25,000 bucks. I was scared to death.
- They wouldn't give me the boat back."
Bonnie Bradie, executive director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, which supports the local industry, said it was about time federal regulators listened to fishermen's complaints."We've been screaming for years the enforcement is unfair and prejudicial," she said.
- The National Weather Service Employees Organization, which represents the federal workers, (NOAA, ed) called the report "flawed and politically motivated" and the workers "scapegoats."
"The attorneys did their jobs. They enforced the laws, assessed penalties according to NOAA's guidelines
- and received awards and recognition for their work," said Dan Sobien, the employees organization president.
- (italics, bold, ed., That is the point, you received millions in luxury travel and other perks from illegal or unethical funds twisted out of fishermen. Even Senator Schumer agrees on this point and that it's been going on for many years. ed.)
*continuing, Newsday): "But locals attest to the findings. Mark Phillips, a Greenport fisherman, says he was hit with a $100,000 fine 20 years ago for fishing over the Canadian border, a charge he easily refuted with satellite records.
- Still, it cost him $5,000 for a lawyer to fight the charges, which were dropped.
"The $100,000 fine would have put me out of business," he said Tom Kokell, a Northport fisherman hit with a $120,000 fine and a license suspension for overfishing fluke in 2007, ultimately settled for a $65,000 fine
- but near insolvency forced him to stop making payments.
"If regulators don't listen to congressmen and senators, who are we kidding," Kokell said.
- "Nothing's going to change. You just get so disgusted."
- comment to Newsday article
""connorsmom -- The feds are doing this because they can --
- the fishermen do not have a strong lobby and can't afford corporate attorneys to ...""
- Through NOAA,
- Fishermen can no longer earn a living to the point that Senator Kerry proposed a bailout for them (8/5/10)....
- U.S. Commerce Department's own Inspector General’s office to have subjected the fleet to
- vindictive treatment and excessive fines used by the agents and lawyers to finance
- foreign travel and daily operating expenses.
The longtime federal fisheries police chief, Dale Jones was put on paid administrative leave in April following the first report by Inspector General Todd Zinser,
- but Jones remains on the NOAA payroll to the tune of $150,000 a year.
"We will be lining up to protest law enforcement abuse of funds, the blatant arrogance and abuse of Dr. Lubchenco and her ENGO (environment non-government organization) driven agenda, the continued employment of Dale Jones and every other abuse our regulators have punished our industry with over 33 years of corruption and egregious behavior,"
- the organizers said of the protest in a prepared statement."...
- 7/13, "Lawyer cites ethics issues with NOAA Counsel funds," Gloucester Times, Richard Gaines
- (In a recent investigation of NOAA, the US Inspector General was met by a lack of cooperation from NOAA counsel Lois Schiffer, a Lubchenco hire).
- AT, "Dr. Lubchenco did not attend the meeting with Secretary Locke.
(Commerce) Secretary Locke may be a lame duck. If so, where does that leave his commitments?"
- "IG report fingers NOAA law enforcement abuses," by Mike Johnson 9/27
- Newsday, "Abuses at Fisheries," article reprinted on 1 page
- American fishermen. And plenty of people think this is fine and view themselves as the 'compassionate' ones. ed.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Josh Bertaccini wins Mad Dog Radio Host contest
9/24, "On-air personality Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, who headlines Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio sports talk channel, has selected West Orange native Josh Bertaccini as the winner of his "So You Think You Can Talk Sports?" contest.
- Bertaccini, who lives in Aberdeen, S.D., will headline his own national Mad Dog Radio program, hosting eight three-hour shows on the channel this fall.
Debuting Saturday, Bertaccini's show will air each Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. and each Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Listeners nationwide can tune in to hear him on Mad Dog Radio, Sirius channel 123 and XM channel 144.
"Growing up, sports radio was always my dream career," said Bertaccini. "I've always wondered what it would be like if I ever got to do it nationally, and I finally get that chance. I truthfully couldn't be any more excited about the opportunity."
- Recently, I was able to grab five minutes with the budding national celebrity, Bertaccini, to ask him a few questions, Jersey boy to Jersey boy.
Q. Why did you enter the contest?
- I've always loved Mad Dog and I figured it might be a chance to finally get to meet him.
Q. You have a sports talk show in South Dakota. What kind of sports do they talk about out there? Caribou wrestling? Cow tipping?
- People in Dakota love everything people love on the East and West Coast … basketball, football, baseball. Hockey's a little bigger here but not huge. I've still yet to tip a cow.
Q. Any metropolitan influences on your radio path or career, besides Mad Dog?
- Ian Eagle and Joe Benigno, for sure. I used to listen to those guys every day growing up in West Orange. I don't know who else, maybe Thomas Edison or Bruce Springsteen?
Q. How did a kid from New Jersey get to South Dakota anyway?
- My wife is from North Dakota and broadcasting is a crazy ride.
Q. Speaking of the Garden State, can we expect any New Jersey attitude on your 24 hours of airtime on Sirius?
- I would certainly hope so, otherwise … fuhgeddaboudit!!!""
- via RadioDailyNews
Predicting the Yankees will reach the post season in 2010 vs predicting the Red Sox would lose in 2004
- I heard a pundit on Yankee radio during Saturday's game say,
- "I guarantee the Yankees will go to the playoffs."
- "I'll reserve comment on that subject for internal discusion.
- It's a bitter pill for Red Sox Nation and the Red Sox organization.""...
- 10/17/04, "Red Sox on brink of elimination as Yanks pound them 19-8," Boston Globe by Dan Shaughnessy
- Las Vegas made Boston a favorite in the American League Championship Series.
But the Red Sox have been beaten senseless by those damn Yankees again, and the psychological toll threatens to shake the faith of a long-suffering Nation. How much more can New Englanders take?
The Yankees stripped the Red Sox of all dignity last night, pummeling six Boston pitchers en route to a hideous, 19-8 victory, which gives them a 3-0 lead.
So there. For the 86th consecutive autumn,
Sox manager Terry Francona said, ''I can't bail. I won't bail on these guys. It was disappointing for everybody, but we're not done. I expect us to come out there tomorrow and play our [butts] off."
The first Fenway game of this much-hyped series could not have been more disastrous for Boston. The Sox embarrassed themselves with poor base running, inept pitching, and dubious managerial decisions. By any measure, it was an ignominious defeat as the locals succumbed without much trace of competition or honor. At least the 2003 team, the Grady Bunch, took the Yankees to the limit. That the Sox could play this poorly after the yearlong competition (on and off the field) between the century-old rivals, staggers the New England mind
Asked to comment on the level of disappointment, Lucchino said, "I'll reserve comment on that subject for internal discusion. It's a bitter pill for Red Sox Nation and the Red Sox organization."
Remember, this was really supposed to be the year. From the highest levels of management, a decision was made to fire all the guns at once. The Sox went out and got Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke, fired and hired a manager, waived Manny Ramirez, tried to trade for Alex Rodrigurez (who scored five runs for the Yankees last night), and traded the beloved Nomar Garciaparra. They beat the Yankees 11 times in 19 meetings and felt it was time to dethrone their New York nemeses.
It was all good in August, September, and into mid-October when the champagne flowed on the streets around Fenway after the sweep of the Angels in the Division Series. Sox fans had a lot of fun looking at that photo of Jason Varitek stuffing his catcher's mitt into the face of A-Rod in the July 24 brawl at Fenway.
Last night, Varitek stood helplessly while A-Rod kept crossing the plate. He also watched
- Hideki Matsui hit two homers, two doubles and a single in the rout. Oh, and the game was played on the one-year anniversary of the Game 7 defeat in New York last year in the ALCS.
At least the Sox competed last year. In three games this series, they have led for only one inning -- 4-3 at the end of the second last night. Ever the models of professionalism, the Yankees have pummeled the ragtag Red Sox in every manner possible.
The Yankees struck 22 hits, including eight doubles, breaking all kinds of playoff records. Meanwhile, the Franconamen ran themselves out of a couple of innings, threw to the wrong base, got doubled off first base unnecessarily, dropped a popup, and sent a soft parade of pathetic pitchers to the mound. Fenway fans were booing the hometown team by the fifth inning and mock cheers rained down on the Sox in the late innings. The majority of the 35,126 had gone home by the time Bill Mueller flied to Bernie Williams in center to end it at 12:25 this morning. The game lasted 4 hours 20 minutes, the longest nine-inning postseason contest in big league history....
The Cowsills, chart-toppers from the 1960s, were reunited for the national anthem, a "Mighty Wind" moment in this ALCS. After "The Star-Spangled Banner," the Rhode Island natives broke into their 1969 hit, "Hair," an obvious tribute to Johnny Damon, Pedro Martinez, Ramirez, Bronson Arroyo, and all the other members of Boston's Hair Club for Men. When the singing stopped, Sox legends Dominic DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky made ceremonial first pitches. The teammates delivered letter-high strikes.
- DiMaggio, Doerr, and Pesky should have stayed on the mound for the Red Sox. The 80-something men certainly would have been as effective as the six pitchers who went to the hill. Sam Malone would have been another alternative.
Arroyo's first 30 pitches produced only one out and that was a 410-foot liner to center. A-Rod doubled home Derek Jeter for the game's first run, then
- Matsui (the emerging series MVP) made it 3-0 with a two-run homer to right.
Ramirez ran the Sox out of a rally in the first, but Trot Nixon's two-run homer kick-started a four-run inning in the second. Damon broke his 0-for-9 series slump with an RBI single to make it 3-3, then the Sox took their only lead of the series when Damon scored on an error by Jeter.
Staked to the 4-3 lead, Arroyo immediately coughed it up, yielding a prodigious homer to A-Rod to start the third. After another walk and another double, Arroyo was yanked and replaced by Ramiro Mendoza, the Jose Offerman of hurlers. Mendoza has been entrusted with nothing but mopup in his Boston tenure. It showed. He gave up an RBI single, then balked home a run. The Yankees led, 6-4.
- Making the second relief appearance of his career, Javier Vazquez replaced Brown to start the third (George Steinbrenner paid those two $25 million this year). Orlando Cabrera's bases-loaded double tied the game at 6-6.
The Yankees answered with five in the fourth. Mendoza took the air out of the ballpark by hitting No. 9 batter Miguel Cairo to start the inning.
- That was all for the embedded reliever.
Curtis Leskanic was next. With two on and one out, fans chanted, "Who's your dealer?" as Sheffield walked to the plate. He hit a 1-and-0 pitch over the wall and it was 9-6. Boos rained down on the Red Sox. Yet another Matsui double brought Francona out of the dugout and Tim Wakefield -- today's scheduled starter -- was summoned.
More bleeding. Wakefield surrendered a two-run triple to Ruben Sierra (after a curious intentional walk to hitless Jorge Posada) and it was 11-6 in the fourth. A couple of more doubles by the relentless A-Rod and Sheffield made it 13-6 after five.
Then it got embarrassing. The Yanks poured it on with two in the fifth and four in the seventh and two more in the ninth.The final score was 19-8. Might as well have been 19-18."
- Someone else on radio is frequently ridiculed for saying, "there's no predicting baseball," and of course he's right. ed.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
- increases with rumors of DuPuy's departure:
- DuPuy had been seen by some within baseball as a
- possible successor to Selig....
Selig's contract is set to expire in two years, and although Selig has indicated he intends to retire at that time,
- some team executives believe he may continue serving as commissioner
- beyond his current contract."
- Selig's endless grip will work out well for umpires, baseball writers, the existing baseball awards structure, and at least one possible future award recipient for whom Selig has already started to campaign. Awards are very important to him. ed.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Mexico building wall on border with Guatemala, 500,000 immigrants affected. Who will boycott Mexico?
- "It could also prevent the free passage of illegal immigrants," admitted the Mexican official.
- thousands of Central and South Americans cross the river in their attempts to reach the United States in search of opportunity -- and without the required documents.
- "We are watching the Mexican government's initiative with concern because the migrants are in a situation of highest vulnerability, as demonstrated by the massacre in Tamaulipas, where five Guatemalans died," Erick Maldonado, executive secretary of Guatemala's National Council on Migrants, told IPS.
- In addition, a total of 9,758 kidnappings of migrants were reported in Mexico from September 2008 to February 2009, according to the CNDH.
- (This is not correct. A request for ID can only be made if the person has been stopped for another reason:
- in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town or this state
- Rhode Island already has a stricter law in place than Arizona.) ed.
- construction of the wall on the Mexico-Guatemala border.
- Nevertheless, Maldonado expressed his concern this week to Mexico's migration representative in Guatemala, Alejandro Martínez.
- The Chiapas state's intention to build a wall in some ways echoes the United States' controversial construction of the 1,126-kilometre wall along its southern border river -- known as Río Grande in the U.S.; Río Bravo in Mexico -- to prevent entry of undocumented immigrants....
- state of Chiapas has already begun construction of the barrier, which he said "looks like a wall to prevent the Suchiate River from flooding."
- "Another wall blocks route to US," IPS News, by D. Valladeres, 9/15
New 1050AM ESPN NY program director comes from WMVP ESPN 1000 Chicago
"Justin brings 20 years of experience and a proven track record to ESPN New York. [His] creativity and leadership helped ESPN 1000 place No. 1 in the key male 25-54 demographic several times in the Chicago market," Dave Roberts, 1050 GM, said in a statement.Craig's resume extends to ESPN Radio where he was a producer of Mike and Mike in the Morning, and one of the program directors for overnights and weekend programming."
- via RadioDailyNews
Donald Trump and Amare Stoudemire at Yankee game 9/23
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Lance Berkman gets first Yankee home run and John Sterling call
- Berkman hit what an umpire first ruled a home run, but on review it was called foul. When it was first ruled fair, John Sterling on radio did give exactly the same call as he did for Berkman's first Yankee home run, described below.
- "Sir Lancelot rides to the rescue!"
- "C'est lui! C'est lui!"
Tarp on the field in the Bronx v Rays
Joe Mauer doused in AL Central celebration
Peter Gammons with Mike Francesa 9/21
Commenter notes TV viewership not stadium attendance key to future of NFL
- A commenter to Field of Schemes notes the solution to decreased stadium attendance is to look at the sport as primarily a television event:
- they make the most from television, internet and media
- not the actual stadium ticket sales.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Fans watch video tribute to Mr. Steinbrenner on evening his monument is dedicated at the Stadium
- Fans watch tribute, Yankee team walks toward monument ceremony,
Monday, September 20, 2010
Girardi not playing to win the division, says home field advantage is secondary to team health
- Nearly four hours later, he was managing as frantically as if it were the seventh game of the World Series.
Sometime between noon, when he posted a lineup card that was more like a surrender flag --
when Ty Wigginton's liner into the right center-field gap brought a merciful end to a game that had become torture for Yankees fans, the Win At All Costs alarm went off in Girardi's overactive mind.
- What had earlier looked like a throwaway game became one the New York Yankees' skipper absolutely had to have.
Before you knew what was going on, Rodriguez, who had been given the day off as part of Girardi's "Keep Alex Fresh" campaign, was at the plate
- and Teixeira, who was held out for the second straight day due to lingering pain from hand and foot injuries, found himself not only pinch-hitting, but playing the field.
- compromising his team in the field
(Thames wound up playing left in the crucial bottom of the 11th).-- and despite having rookie Ivan Nova scheduled to open a truly important series with the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night at Yankee Stadium, depleting his bullpen in a futile effort.
- In the final analysis, just about every one of those moves misfired.
A-Rod and Teixeira walked. Thames, deprived of one key strike, struck out, and
- more damagingly, may have allowed Luke Scott to get to second base on a hit that
- Brett Gardner, the man he replaced, might have limited to a single.
- Were all of those machinations and maneuvers really necessary?
In fairness to Girardi, he never could have predicted that Mariano Rivera, entrusted with a 3-2 lead against a team he had not blown a save against in his 16 previous chances, would surrender a game-tying home run to Scott leading off the ninth....
His (Pettitte's) six innings of three-hit, one-run ball were the best part of a terribly unsatisfying day in which the Yankees not only ended a nine-game road trip on a down note, but more importantly,
- squandered a chance to put another crucial game between themselves and Tampa Bay, which comes to the Bronx still a mere half-game back....
The day was actually more puzzling than troubling, considering Girardi's mantra for the past couple of days, which has been that getting his guys healthy for the postseason -- especially Teixeira, Rodriguez and Nick Swisher --
- is more important than just about anything else,
- including finishing atop the AL East.
"I've said all along you can't risk the health of your players just for home-field advantage, it doesn't make a lot of sense,'' Girardi said on Friday. "We're still playing to win every game, but I don't think you change your principles. I think if you could have one or the other,
- I think the health of your team is
- better than home-field advantage.''
So why, then, did he decide to abandon that certainly reasonable philosophy for a goal as modest as winning a game against the last-place Baltimore Orioles? To borrow the man's own line, it doesn't make a lot of sense.
A-Rod, of course, was barely in the game and still technically had his day of rest. But how can you say at noon that Teixeira will benefit greatly from yet another day off -- and then yank that day off out from under him four hours later? By Tex's own admission, he has been playing in a great deal of pain from both his broken right pinkie toe and the deep bone bruise on his right thumb. What was the point of negating the effect of his respite,
when it was obvious Buck Showalter, at the very least Girardi's equal as a strategist,
- was going to walk Teixeira anyway,
- and that you were going to have to send him out into the field for who could predict
- how many innings?...
- Showalter got exactly what he wanted when Berkman bounced into a rally-killing double play....
The one who fell the hardest was the Yankees' manager, who in trying too hard to win this one, may have made it that much harder for his team to win the next four.
GAME NOTES: After being groomed first as the next Rivera, later as a starter and most recently, as the eighth-inning set-up man, Joba Chamberlain was yesterday reduced to a one-batter specialist. He did his job, coming on to strike out Jones in the seventh before giving way to Boone Logan. ... Kerry Wood had a rare bad outing, allowing the Orioles to pull within a run in the eighth by allowing two hits, including Felix Pie's pinch-hit RBI single. The run was charged to Logan, who was pulled after allowing a bunt single to Corey Patterson leading off the inning. ...
- Swisher, who proclaimed himself at full speed after getting two hits Saturday night, was quiet after Sunday's game, in which he went 0-for-5 including three strikeouts." ...
"Skipper ruins Andy Pettitte's return," Wallace Matthews, ESPNNewYork.com, 9/20
- "They replayed Gary Thorne's call in the ballpark. 'Goodbye baseball and Mariano Rivera has blown the save!' Ouch." via Camden Chat.
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TBS promos MLB post season in midtown NYC subways
Current review of labor market shows journalism a dying industry
- After a review of labor-market data, the state deemed journalism
- a dying industry
- unfit for public funds,
- via RadioDailyNews
Sunday, September 19, 2010
South Africa considers jailing journalists for inaccurate statements-BBC
- They criticised plans to introduce a "protection of information" bill and a new media tribunal, to
- punish journalists who step out of line.
Helen Zille, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, said the proposals are worse than apartheid-era measures.
- The protest came days before the ruling ANC holds its national conference....
The protection of information bill would allow the government to classify material that is
- currently not secret.
The media tribunal, which would be answerable to parliament, would have the power
- to jail or fine journalists for inaccurate reporting.
Ms Zille - once herself a prominent journalist - has described the tribunal as a
- tool to mask corruption....
The ANC says new legislation is needed to make journalists legally accountable for inaccurate reporting. Its policy conference next week is
- expected to focus heavily on policies to regulate the media.
- 4/9/10, ANC partied away taxpayer money per media reports
Ground Zero mosque developer in dispute with NYC over value of site, withholding property taxes
- the issue merely about religion.
- All this time continuing through today,
- $224,000 behind on its property taxes this summer.
The city's finance department confirmed Friday that El-Gamal had begun resolving that debt Wednesday, turning over a check for a little more than
- $35,000 and signing on to an eight-installment payment plan to pay the rest.
El-Gamal said in a statement that the failure to pay was due to a dispute with the city over the assessed value of the property —
- an appeal that is still pending."
- Reference: 8/6/10, "Mayor Bloomberg says Ground Zero Mosque opponents should be 'ashamed of themselves,'" NY Post, by D. Seifman
- 9/18/10, "Muslim summit planned over NYC Islamic Center," AP