Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Mo Vaughn #42 former Red Sox 1B greets fans before Yankee-Red Sox game
Photos from Boston, Sabathia, Ortiz, Granderson, Girardi, Rothschild
- Above during benches clearing after Cervelli was hit by Lackey in top of the 7th, 8/30/11, Sabathia with jacket, photo NY Post
- Above, Sabathia and others come off the bench in the 7th after Cervelli was hit by Lackey, 8/30/11, getty
- Sabathia looking at Lackey, 8/30/11, photo Boston Globe, C. Finn column
- Above Ortiz and Sabathia after CC struck out Saltalamacchia w/ runners on 2 and 3, Ortiz having been on 3rd, in 5th inning, 8/30/11, AP
- Above Sabathia congratulated by team mates after 6th in Boston, 8/30/11, reuters
- Above Curtis Granderson slides safely in the 4th v Boston, 8/30/11, ap
- Above, Granderson greeted at dugout after scoring in the 4th v Boston, 8/30/11, getty
- Above Joe Girardi defends Larry Rothschild after the latter was ejected in the 7th inning in Boston, 8/30/11, getty
Monday, August 29, 2011
Chazz Palminteri throws first pitch in Baltimore v Yankees
George Bush and Nolan Ryan watch game v Angels
Pat Gillick first Hall of Famer who is also an Eagle Scout
- a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout."
Saturday, August 27, 2011
NJ Gov. Chris Christie, Friday, 4pm, I see people are still sitting on the beach in Asbury Park. Get the hell off the beach. Your tan is maxed out.
Joe Christensen said no to Jeter for 2006 MVP because he's on 'team of rich guys getting it done,' later says is demeaning to suggest he'd be biased
Tues., Sept. 19, 2006, Baseball Beat with Charley Steiner on XM 175, Charley talks with Minneapolis Star-Tribune writer, Joe Christensen about the upcoming AL MVP Awards.
Two members of the Twins are in the running and some have mentioned Derek Jeter as a possibility.
Along the conversation, Charley says to him, "Well, I offer you Derek Jeter," and gives a few reasons why.
- But, Christensen says,
- No to Jeter, because he's on a "team of rich guys getting it done."
- He says to Charley,
- Christensen a minute ago was ready to put Rivera on a back burner, turns around and uses the guy's presence on the team
- as a reason not to vote for Jeter.
- 11/23/2006, "Writer's Block? Bias, Stats May Have Hurt Jeter," NY Daily News, John Harper
- Mr. Harper selects Joe Christensen as an example of an awards voter who deserves credit for being honest, free of bias, and in this case, one whose vote would not be influenced by the perception that Jeter mainly gets attention because of the high profile team he plays on. Harper says Christensen finds it "demeaning" and a "fallacy" for anyone to suggest baseball writers would be biased:
"Joe Christensen, who covers the Twins for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and voted for winner Justin Morneau over Jeter, offers a more reasonable take on the subject. He admits that talk of Jeter being overrated is practically a fact of life in the Midwest,
yet says it's demeaning
to think that baseball writers can't see past such talk.
"I'd be lying to say there's not an anti-Jeter sentiment in the Midwest," Christenson said yesterday. "It's there.
But the fallacy here is that the writers would allow
that type of feeling
among fans get in the way of their voting for the MVP.""
Later in the same article Harper seems to back track, says in fact Jeter may have been hurt because he played in a 'star studded lineup' (which Christensen did say 9 weeks earlier is the reason he wouldn't vote for Jeter, but now says it's "demeaning" to suggest he would allow prejudice against a big market team to affect his vote). Harper mentions Jeter picked up the slack when "Matsui, Sheffield and Cano were out with injuries" and Arod was without a big hit for an extended period.
Christensen acknowledges the injuries but says there was still 'a ton of talent on that team.'
Harper: "What also hurts Jeter may not be a New York backlash as much as
"You know he's valuable," Christensen said of Jeter, "but even with the injuries the Yankees had,
there was still a ton of talent on that team."" (2/3 down page)
- "In baseball, the press is traditionally seen as the guardians of the game."...Tim Marchman
- Other people would either not know enough or would be "too closely tied to teams" to cast an ethical vote. (per Kurkjian, 1/13/06)
- 9/4/11, "Sunday Insider: Verlander makes pitch for MVP," Joe Christensen, Star Tribune
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ESPN social media policy selectively enforced, can't make bland joke about Obama but OK to threaten to crash into car of Palin supporter
- 8/26/11, "ESPN Moves to Silence Golf Analyst Who Criticized Obama *UPDATED: ESPN Ignores Political Tweets of Other Personalities *UPDATE: More Cherry-Picking", Big Journalism, Dana Loesch
ESPN is coming down on Paul Azinger for mocking President Obama on Twitter. The golf analyst tweeted Thursday the commander in chief plays more golf than he does - and that Azinger has created more jobs this month than Obama has.
On Friday ESPN 'reminded" Azinger his venture into political punditry violates the company's updated social network policy for on-air talent and reporters.
"Paul's tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field," spokesman Andy Hall told Game On! in a statement.
ESPN's Hall would not comment on whether Azinger, who won the 1993 PGA Championship, will be fired, suspended or punished in some way. "We handle that internally," he said.
After being publicly chastised, Azinger declined an interview request. Hall said he just wants to "move on."
Kenny Mayne, an anchor for "Sportscenter," their signature news program, actually delved into hate speech against Sarah Palin when he tweeted:"....Followed by Mayne tweets about congress, debt negotiations and the lingo of "revenues:"
("Revenue" is the new word for 'taxes.' ed.)
"These Tweets from yet another ESPN staffer that apparently went unchecked" criticizing debt negotiations in congress. Following that a tweet on how impressive Obama is:
"So Disney bankrolls Obama’s campaign, also owns ESPN, allows glowing commentary of Obama from its contributors and on-air talent and censures Obama dissent from their talent. No, no bias here at all."
"Disney execs and employees contributed nearly $250,000 to Obama's campaign ijn 2008. So asking them to apply a policy against political commentary in a consistent manner is probably futile."
- Commenter to American Thinker:
- THREATENING to do bodily harm to Palin is ok. [or to those who support her]
- These people are INSANE!!!!!"
- 8/26/11, "ESPN 'reminds' Azinger to lay off Obama," Michael McCarthy, USA Today
Phillies fans celibrate Wilson Valdez home run
Friday, August 26, 2011
Mike Flanagan remembered at Camden Yards
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Curtis Granderson hits a "Grander-slam," per John Sterling
Blogs such as Daily Kos hire people from its comment section-CJR
- "On some blogs, taking the comment section seriously can mean hiring people from it."
"When a site takes its comment section seriously, treating it as an integral part of the site rather than a nuisance, a site can stand to gain a lot—and not just in traffic numbers. Some sites regularly find contributors from the comment section, hiring them and even promoting them. A well written and informative comment can serve as proof of a person’s interest in a site and its content—a sort of audition, allowing a person to try out their ideas on other people. And for employers, particularly ones in a blog setting, mining the comments for possible hires is a way to find someone
- whose writing voice matches that of the site.
- via Poynter.org/Romenesko
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Fake Hoffman 'record' promoted by NY Times, says Yankee fans should feel joy, Mariano Rivera post game media event exploited for fake Hoffman 'stat'
- The entire Hoffman campaign consists of ungraciously and pathetically trying to link him to Rivera and the Yankees with whom he has nothing in common.
- NY Times: "On a normal day, a late tie-breaking grand slam by Robinson Cano, another big home run from Curtis Granderson and a record-tying save by Mariano Rivera
- would leave Yankees fans with feelings of joy and satisfaction....
- tying Trevor Hoffman with 14 consecutive seasons of at least 30 saves..."...
- The Times itself listened closely to Rivera's reaction:
- "The record...felt hollow to him."....
- but the record and even the save
- felt hollow to him....
- By framing of the article as the Times did, it encourages readers to believe the 'regular season total save stat' is what defines 'closers,' or is their great equalizer.
- "In some ways, Hoffman benefited from comparisons to Rivera, his almost exact contemporary, as he was widely regarded as the National League's answer to the Yankees icon. However, now that Hoffman has retired, that league distinction is largely irrelevant and the comparison becomes unflattering."...
- "Of all the positions in all of professional team sports, there is no greater gap than the best closer of all time to the second-best. He is that good."...(written after ALCS game 5, 10/22/09, speaks of Rivera and his work in this game's 8th inning)
- "Rivera...a world removed from the 3-outs-and-hit-the-food-spread fraternity" ...
- This article analyzes regular season only.
- Another article attempting to link 2 pitchers whose only real similarity is that they were contemporaries. Everyone knows Hoffman will get into the Hall, but I guess Bud wants to make sure. Article highlights a quote from Bud Selig: "Trevor Hoffman is a Hall of Famer in my opinion. So is Mariano Rivera....So where in my mind do you think Trevor Hoffman figures? Relief pitchers are critical."
- "Of all the positions in all of professional team sports,
- there is no greater gap than the best closer of all time
- to the second-best.
- He is that good....
- his two-thirds of an inning in the eighth of Game 5 (10/22/09)
- underscored his greatness as a pitcher."...
- 10/29/09, "Girardi wins battle of managerial wits," ESPN, Jerry Crasnick
Sunday, July 24, 2011. "Mariano Rivera saves Yankees' 7-5 win over Athletics and sets record along the way," The Star-Ledger, Conor Orr
- "Today was another milestone for Rivera: the extension of his own mammoth record, accumulating 25 saves in a season for the 15th consecutive time....
“Well, definitely, it means you gotta be first of all able to pitch for that many seasons,” Rivera said of his milestone streak, taking long pauses between each sentence. “I’m a guy that I play for the team. All I care about is try to do my job … and all those other things will come up.”...
- A durability stat not often published, 2 saves in one day
- From Sherman's 2006 book, "Birth of a Dynasty" about the 1996 Yankees:
- a powerful push by central baseball
- to convince fans
- that the disparity between the financial "haves" and "have-nots" was destroying the competitive balance of the sport. The Yankees came to embody the big-market superpowers. They were demonized for buying championships.
- They were cast as villains by a Commissioner's Office that
- saw the advantages of
- portraying them as
- a prop in a strategy
- to win salary concessions from the players in collective bargaining,
- Thus the Yankees of this era do not receive near the amount of credit they deserve for what they accomplished."...
- Also from Joel Sherman's book about the 1996 Yankees, a note about Rivera's regular season:
- page 208 from Joel Sherman's book, "Birth of a Dynasty," published in 2006 by Rodale---------
- 8/23/11, "Mariano Rivera or Trevor Hoffman?" YES Network, Ethan Hammerman*
- *Ethan Hammerman is a member of the YES Network "Editorial Staff." He is also Sports Director of WBRU-FM in Providence, Rhode Island. There are thousands of likely candidates in the NY area to report on Yankees and other local sports for the YES Network. Instead, the YES Network brings in someone employed full time in New England who serves up cute, predictable propaganda. ed.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
World's richest man increases stake in NY Times to 7.3% as Times share price drops 36% in 2011
Through the fund Inmobiliaria Carso S A, Slim bought 553,000 Class A shares of New York Times on August 18 at prices ranging from $6.83 to $7.09 per share, according a regulatory filing.
The purchases increased Slim's stake in the company, which publishes its namesake newspaper as well as the Boston Globe, to 7.3 percent from 6.9 percent....
Slim, with a fortune estimated at about $74 billion, was named the world's richest man by Forbes magazine in March for the second year running....
New York Times repaid a $250 million loan to Slim on August 15, about five months earlier than expected.
Slim still holds warrants to buy 15.9 million Class A common shares of New York Times. The warrants expire on January 15, 2015.
Shares of New York Times are down nearly 36 percent this year."...
8/23/11, "Carlos Slim boosts stakes in New York Times and Saks," Reuters
from NPR On the Media Transcript with Andres Martinez, former editorial page editor of the NY Times and LA Times, 1/30/09:
- via poynter.org/romenesko
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Sunday, August 21, 2011
Damon's walk-off in St. Pete
'Dweeb of the Week, Joe Torre,' just another politician-Raissman
"For not holding Dana DeMuth accountable. When the dust settled following the controversy over Billy Butler's home run Wednesday night in K.C. one fact was clear: The ump didn't know the ground rules. That's kind of important, right? Instead of sending a message, Torre sent excuses. He said DeMuth felt bad about the mistake, and this all was about a "misunderstanding" of the rule. Torre did absolutely nothing for fans who lack confidence in the current crop of umpires. Until further notice Torre's decision to not even issue a slap on the wrist means the VP of baseball operations office deals
- in baseball politics rather than baseball justice."
8/20/11, "David Cone's work on the Yankees' network gives viewers a reason to keep the sound on," NY Daily News, Bob RaissmanTweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Two shot in 49ers parking lot after Oakland Raiders-49ers game, one with life-threatening injuries
- Another knocked unconscious in men's room during the game. One suspect retrieved from Raiders 'party bus'
The violence occurred after the 49ers' 17-3 victory Saturday night over the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
A 24-year-old man was treated at San Francisco General Hospital for life-threatening injuries, and a 20-year-old man was hospitalized with less serious wounds, Andraychack told The Associated Press. Their names were not released.
Police Sgt. Frank Harrell that the 24-year-old man, who was wearing a T-shirt referring to the 49ers with an obscenity, was shot two to four times in the stomach, according to reports in the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. He drove his truck to a gate and stumbled to security, Harrell said.
The other man was shot before that in the parking lot and had superficial face injuries, Harrell said.
"We are treating it as separate shootings, but we believe they are related," Harrell told reporters outside the stadium.
Harrell said police took a man in a Raiders jersey off a party bus before it left the stadium
- and were calling him a suspect.
The suspect and the two victims had all attended the game, Harrell told the newspapers.
The 49ers issued a statement acknowledging the shootings and the investigation, but offering no further details.
In violence during the game, the Oakland Tribune reported that a 26-year-old San Rafael man was assaulted and knocked unconscious in a men's restroom. Police said he was hospitalized and a suspect was arrested. There was no immediate indication that it was connected to the postgame shootings.
The violence was not the first involving a San Francisco sports team's game this year.
In March, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium after the teams' season opener. He remains in San Francisco hospital with in serious condition with brain injuries. Two suspects have been charged in the case."
- via Free Republic
Fan on field in Atlanta apprehended in 8th inning v Diamondbacks
Friday, August 19, 2011
MLB nixes Nats wearing special game cap for Seal tribute unless all teams are doing so
- 8/19/11, "MLB Nixes Nationals' Plan to Wear Military Tribute Hats During Game to Honor Navy SEALs," Fox News
- didn't pass muster with league officials.
“We reserve hats for national tributes, where every club is wearing them on the same day,” league spokesman Pat Courtney told the Washington Post. “But we’re happy to work with clubs on alternatives.”
The league is more open to teams paying tribute through uniform patches, the Post reported, or by special attire during batting practice rather than games.
Indeed, the Nationals took batting practice Tuesday afternoon wearing ball caps of the different military branches, and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families were also treated to a pregame dinner, MyFoxDC.com reported.
"Sometimes being back here, you kind of forget that you're in a war," Detwiler told MyFoxDC.com. "You kind of go back to your day-to-day life and then you see something like (the helicopter shot down). It's a terrible reminder that there are people losing their lives for our freedom."
More than 6,000 U.S. servicemen and women have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The helicopter crash on Aug. 6 was the
- single-deadliest incident for the U.S. military in the ten-year war in Afghanistan." via Hot Air
A-rod signs for young Twins fans
Swisher demonstrating he thought a home run was foul
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Glanville: Most explosive and amazing pitch I ever saw was Mariano Rivera's fastball
- 8/12/11, "Facing Mariano's still far from easy," Doug Glanville, ESPN.com
Granted, I faced him only one time, but that was enough to let you know about it. I remember that I fouled a pitch straight back. Despite Joe Girardi complimenting me on my effort, I couldn't recall how I actually did it. I just kept thinking that at one point, the ball was in place X, and then, unnaturally, it teleported to place Z. What happened to Y?
Well, there is no Y with Rivera. The ball is an optical illusion; it seems to accelerate and "hop" to the plate almost like he has a joystick in his hand while laughing as he hits the turbo button. Eventually I did put one ball in play -- I topped it feebly back to the mound for an easy out.
Up until that point, I couldn't remember an at-bat in which so much doubt entered my mind after one pitch, not to mention a pitch I actually put a decent swing on. It was almost like one pitch from Rivera would decide the result. If you swing and miss, you get three strikes.
Then I played with Rivera for one spring training and I realized hitters walk into the box to face Rivera as if they already have two strikes on them. From the second they dig in, they are battling, fighting for their life. They know that if they mistime their swing, they shatter their bat; if they miss, they will question their eyesight;
- and if they get a hit, they are immortalized.
And that's even while knowing that he has only one pitch.
Sure, as an analyst, I have studied Rivera from every angle. I know almost all the movement on his fastball happens beyond the point where it is physically possible to "see it and hit it." I know he is nearly machine-like in his ability to repeat his release point. I know that when you look at the heat map of where he locates his pitches in an inhuman way for his precision, he never throws anything in the middle of the plate.
But no matter how you slice it, when you absorb the magnitude of the fact that a pitcher can not only dominate a major league hitter in one at-bat with one pitch, but can dominate the best hitters in the world consistently for decades with that same pitch,
- that puts him in a class by himself. Period.
Every major league hitter knows what is coming against Rivera; they even know where it is going. And the hardest thing to deal with in a big league batter's box is trying to anticipate the pitcher's plan. What he might throw, where and when. It is circling in our heads constantly. It is supposed to be a relief when you face a pitcher who tells you where it is going, how hard he is throwing it and that it will be repeated. If you told me I was about to face a pitcher who telegraphed what he was going to do, I would fight my way to grab a bat, even now, retired and 40 years old. But with Rivera, it is almost embarrassing that despite the fact that you know what he is going to do, you still feel almost helpless. Keep in mind that when I faced him, I was hitting better than .320.
This past week, Rivera got knocked around a bit. The Red Sox and the Angels put some dents in his armor, but this has happened before. Sure, his cutter was a little flat and his location was a little off. But before we sit back and say Rivera is over the hill, let's remember that part of what makes the major leagues so amazing is that the best in the world are competing and everyone is good. Really good, even the 25th man on the roster who's hitting .185.
What we learn from Rivera is that you can be plain vanilla ice cream and be great; you can throw the same pitch over and over again and dominate if you locate and have great movement. But we also learn that Rivera has one of the best pitches in the history of the game, because to mow through major league hitters like he has with one pitch, it is the only way that is possible.
We have been lulled by Rivera over the years, in that he has made the game look easy for him, and somehow we believe that someone could be so automatic. We wonder whether these hitters are legit for a split-second even after they took CC Sabathia deep back in the third inning. Then we look at this past week and are reminded that the amazing talent that plays at the major league level will pounce on even the great Mariano when he is just a little off. This tells us how fragile any player's time in the big leagues can be. If you slip by a matter of inches and the competition doesn't just catch up but blows you out of the water, you can end up scrambling to find that release point again.
Rivera will find it again, and when he does, we might just forget once again that even his greatness is always on the brink of mediocrity. It is a testimony to his consistency that he rarely crosses over into the land of average, which is probably his most impressive attribute. Even more than his fastball.""Doug Glanville, who earned a degree in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, played nine major league seasons with the Cubs, Phillies and Rangers. He serves on the board of Athletes Against Drugs and on the board of the MLB Players Alumni Association. His book, "The Game from Where I Stand," was released in May 2010."
- 1/12/2011, "Where Hoffman ranks among baseball's best closers ever," SI.com, C. Corcoran. SI.com website headline, "Trevor Hoffman was no Mariano Rivera but he was a great closer"
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Harry Kalas statue unveiled Tuesday at Phillies game
New ruling may cost NY Mets $300 million said to be money they withdrew in excess of what they invested-Bloomberg
- 8/16/11, "Madoff Trustee Wins Appeals Court Ruling on Calculating Investors’ Losses," Bloomberg, Bob Van Voris and Linda Sandler
The federal appeals court in New York said today that trustee Irving Picard can calculate losses by subtracting the amount withdrawn from an investor’s account from the total placed with Madoff, the so-called net investment method....
Madoff investors who removed more from their accounts than they invested, including the owners of the New York Mets baseball team, stand to lose from today’s ruling. Picard has claimed $300 million in fictitious profits from a group of defendants tied to Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz. He is also seeking $700 million in principal from Wilpon and Katz, claiming
- they should have known Madoff was running a fraud.
The Mets owners are seeking to have Picard’s suit dismissed.
Karen Wagner, a lawyer for Wilpon and Katz, didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment on the ruling....
8/16/11, "Madoff Decision Is Significant Setback for Owners of Mets," NY Times, Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson
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Monday, August 15, 2011
42nd Anniversary of Woodstock, album couple still together
- Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock August 1969
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Charlie Sheen at Arizona Diamondbacks game with Diamondbacks executive Luis Gonzalez
- Above, Charlie Sheen in Arizona Diamondbacks suite with Diamondbacks executive Luis Gonzalez, 8/14/11 v Mets. getty
Posada, Newsday back cover, 'Back with a bang', also NY Post and NYDN back pages
- Above, Posada on NY Daily News back cover, 8/14/11
- Above, Posada part of NY Daily News front page, Sun. 8/14/11
- Above, Posada, NY Post back cover, 8/14/11
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Team mates present steel sculpture to Jeter at 3000 hits ceremony
- Derek Jeter at 3000 hits ceremony, receives steel sculpture from team mates, 8/13/2011, both photos reuters.
On behalf of the team, Jorge Posada -- before stealing the headlines with a six-RBI day -- and CC Sabathia presented Jeter a stainless steel sculpture with the inscription "To our captain, leader and friend. Congratulations on a great achievement, from your teammates'' emblazoned on the bottom.
"That statue, to get that from your teammates, that really stands out,'' Jeter said.
- Posada said Jeter asked where he would put the 225-pound structure, to which Posada had an answer at the ready, referencing the sprawling mansion his close friend recently built.''...