Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tim McCarver just repeating CO2 catastrophe MLB has been selling for years, MLB even says Earth Day on par with Jackie Robinson Day

3/17/07, SI.com: ""Temperature affects how far objects, such as baseballs, fly through the atmosphere. Would Willie Mays have caught this ball today?"...“The seas will rise and coastal areas, including parts of South Florida, will eventually be underwater.”...Few of the article’s scary scenarios are standing the test of time. Since 2007, we have seen bad ski seasons have followed by good ones, unusually hot summers followed by mild ones - in other words, fluctuations in weather that are completely normal and nothing for the sports fans-or the rest of us-to be particularly worried about."...
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4/28/12, "Baseball's Tim McCarver: Global Warming Increasing the Number of Home Runs," NewsBusters, Noel Sheppard. (Video)

4/22/12, "Earth Day initiatives becoming commonplace," MLB.com, Mark Newman, "Stadiums throughout MLB are adopting green programs"

We all want clean air and water but that's different from saying humanity is on the brink of extinction due to light bulbs and single family detached homes, ie excess CO2. Aside from which it's scientifically and observationally inaccurate. Yet it's the 'environmental agenda' supported by MLB and its partner NRDC including buying and selling carbon offsets.

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""This is very much in line with the best thinking in corporate activity today," said John McHale Jr., MLB executive vice president, administration. "Almost everyone who's a parent hears it from their children when we go home, and it is the way, the model of living we need to embrace for the future.""
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Jeremy Guthrie sounds like a terrific person and one who cares about the environment as most of us do. It's natural for elite MLB players to want to 'give back' to the community and 'do good' with their priceless aura. Perhaps unbeknownst to them, that's not what's happening when they promote catastrophic man-caused CO2 endangerment to unformed minds of children. "In Colorado, pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is part of the Rockies Games of Green initiative, and he encourages fans to submit entries in his Guthrie Go-Green Classroom Challenge. Elementary, middle and high school classes are invited to present an environmental project they have done (or will do by the May 4 deadline) that will make a positive impact on the environment."
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"For Guthrie, 32, environmental awareness is a concept that expands far beyond today's Earth Day observances. ... So it didn't take $4-a-gallon gas to prompt Guthrie to start bicycling to work. He's been biking to the ballpark six days a week before he ever arrived in Baltimore in 2007 and trying to persuade teammates to do the same.... Luke Scott is one of several of Orioles teammates who also pedal to the park.... Like Guthrie, Scott says he does what he can to live green. "I believe in recycling and doing my part," he says. "...
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April 2009, "Wall Street realized there was money to be made in 'going green.'" Robert Redford
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MLB blared global warming message on freezing night in October at Yankee Stadium: "Last night I was at Yankee Stadium watching the Yanks exciting extra-inning playoff win. Along with 50,000 other shivering fans we had to endure a scoreboard message from Robert Redford sponsored by the National Resources Defense Council demanding that we lower our standard of living to stop global warming. The volume was turned on so loud that Redford's voice could be heard above the howling wind and freezing rain of a mid- October evening in New York City. "...
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  • Again MLB and NRDC:
9/30/11, "2011 Major League Baseball Postseason PSA Teams Up with NRDC"
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Discretionary driving includes driving to ballparks: -------------------------------------

Blond children used to sell climate fraud in Copenhagen. Denmark became the center of billions in carbon trading fraud.
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A decorated climate scientist now says he was wrong, CO2 does not 'trap heat' or cause higher temperatures. He says CO2 has gone up but global temperatures have not.

Lovelock says CO2 is up but temps remain the same. Lauded by Time Magazine in 2007, he now retracts predictions such as Florida sinking by 2040.

The entire climate industry pivots on the disproved notion that CO2 causes rising temperatures.

  • Someone profits when MLB buys "carbon offsets" but it's not the planet.

4/4/12, "The inconvenient truth of carbon offsets," Nature, Kevin Anderson

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12/4/09, "Carbon Capitalists warming to climate market using derivatives," Bloomberg

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7/18/06, A CITGO OIL COMPANY Plaque is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. MLB.com

photo from CaptainsQuarters
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4/27/12, "Correlation between rising carbon dioxide levels and temperature over the past decade," ReasonableDoubtOnClimateChange
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[SportsIllustrCovGlobalWm307.jpg] 1/11/11, "Sports Illustrated – Wrong on Auburn, Wrong on Global Warming," GlobalWarming.org, Ben Lieberman
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11/25/2009, "Global warming industry becomes too big to fail," Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner


via btf, Climate Depot

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Celebrity umpire Joe West smiles as he listens to Joe Girardi before ejecting him

Above Celebrity Umpire Joe West smiles as Girardi talks in the 7th v Detroit, 4/27/12, Jim McIsaac, Newsday. West then ejected Girardi for 'arguing balls and strikes.' Russell Martin celebrates after home run in 5th v Detroit, 4/27/12, Jim McIsaac, Newsday Above Curtis Granderson and Girardi after Granderson scores in the first v Detroit, 4/27/12, Jim McIsaac, Newsday

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Moose Skowron remembered at Yankee Stadium

All Star 1B Moose Skowron remembered at Yankee Stadium, 4/27/12, ap

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Umpire tackles fan on field in Baltimore

Above umpire Jeff Kellogg tries to tackle fan on field in Baltimore v Oakland, 4/27/12, ap. final 5-2 Oakland

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Robin Ventura and Bobby Valentine chat before game in Chicago

Chicago White Sox manager and former Met Robin Ventura, left, and Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine chat before game between the two clubs in Chicago, 4/26/12, ap

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Anti-capitalist Occupy group tries to hand out May Day fliers at Oakland A's game

Those in the "Occupy Wall Street campaign have styled their protests as a left-wing and anti-capitalist version of the Tea Party."

"When they tried drumming up attention for a May Day general strike during Wednesday's A's game at O.co Coliseum, a group from Occupy Oakland found out baseball and politics don't always go hand in hand.

The trio climbed up in the second deck of the stadium and unfurled a banner reading "Occupy Oakland: Strike out Capitalism. No work. No School," during the A's game against the Chicago White Sox. They were told to remove the banner.

Then the group started handing out leaflets advertising the May 1 General Strike plan, which includes shutting down the Golden Gate Bridge.

"Got kicked out of and A's game for passing out #BayM1GS flyers. Did a banner drop, too. Since when was a stadium private, not public, property?" a person tweeted at 2:16 p.m. using the name Leon Ghesu.

Ghesu said they were given the choice to leave or relinquish all 1,000 of their fliers.

"Four security guards escorted us out. The fliers cost more than the $2 ticket," wrote Ghesu on Thursday. "Too bad we left right when the game got good."

Dave Rinetti, the A's vice president of stadium operations, characterized the incident differently.

"They were not evicted from the stadium," Rinetti said Wednesday. "They walked out on their own."

Rinetti said fliers have been prohibited without prior approval from the A's for as long as he has worked at the Coliseum -- more than 30 years....

Outside the gate, fans can hang banners and pass out fliers, Rinetti said.

Inside is another matter. "We operate the game," he said. "You have to have a ticket to come into the gate. There is a distinction there."...

But this isn't the first time the question about free speech has come up at the municipally owned and operated Coliseum complex.

When fans ran afoul of the A's during the 2011 season for hoisting banners critical of co-owner Lew Wolff, former Oakland City Attorney John Russo protested.

He cited lawsuits against banner restrictions based on content at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., and Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The A's, in the meantime, prohibited banners that exceed 3 feet by 6 feet.

Coliseum authority Executive Director Mark Kaufman said the A's control game operations, including security.

"For this and in all cases, the buildings, property, et cetera, may be publicly owned but privately managed."" via btf

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ESPN 1050AM in NYC moving to 98.7FM Monday April 30

Michael Kay show to air 3-6pm, Lupica moves to 12n-1p "ESPN New York 1050 AM will be broadcast on 98.7 FM beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, April 30, the station announced Thursday.

"This move to the FM dial is in keeping with the industry trend of sports radio shifting and offers an even broader reach for our content," said Dave Roberts, ESPN 1050 New York vice president and general manager. "By combining the FM reach with our wide variety of digital offerings from ESPN Audio, we are uniquely positioned to provide coverage of all of New York's sports."

The all-new ESPN New York 98.7 FM will also be carried on 1050 until September, when the plan is to turn that signal into a 24-hour ESPN Deportes station, coinciding with the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).

"As part of ESPN's continual commitment to serve the U.S. Hispanic sports fan, we are thrilled to provide New York fans with a sports station that offers culturally relevant programming in Spanish," said Freddy Rolon, vice president of ESPN Deportes programming and business initiatives. "The launch of ESPN Deportes Radio will also provide advertisers and marketers a unique opportunity to reach local Hispanics sports fans in this market."...

ESPN New York's regular weekday lineup also will be slightly altered, accompanying the change of frequency. "The Mike Lupica Show" will now be heard from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, followed by a new show from 1 to 3 p.m., hosted by Stephen A. Smith along with Ryan Ruocco.

ESPN Radio national shows "Mike & Mike in the Morning" and "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" will continue to be broadcast in New York, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 10 a.m. to noon, respectively. "The Michael Kay Show" will air from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be handled by Dave Rothenberg.

Robin Lundberg will take over hosting duties for the weekend morning shows. Saturday mornings will also feature a new show from 10 a.m. to noon hosted by Patrick McEnroe, who will continue as a tennis commentator for ESPN."

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Pioneering NY rock radio DJ Pete Fornatale passes at age 66

"Fornatale worked at WNEW-FM until 1989, when he moved to WXRK." "Pete Fornatale, a New York deejay, historian and writer who for almost 50 years championed the spirit of musical freedom on the radio airwaves, died Thursday at Beth Israel Medical Center. He was 66.

He suffered a brain hemorrhage on April 15 and been in intensive care for the last week.

A native of the Bronx and a graduate of Fordham, Fornatale started his deejay career Nov. 21, 1964, hosting “Campus Caravan” on Fordham's WFUV.

He continued “Campus Caravan” until 1970, by which time he was also working at WNEW-FM as one of the pioneer free-form deejays on early FM rock radio.

“For the first time, we could play music on the radio the way we played it in our lives,” he said last year. “It wasn't just the top 40 played over and over. You could play longer tracks, you could play older tracks, you could make the music fit together.

“It was magical.”

My fondest memory of Pete,” said his long-time radio colleague Pat St. John, “was listening to him one Sunday morning when he was doing a show on different songs about life.

“A particular favorite of mine is a very little-known song by Rick Nelson simply called ‘Life.’ After about an hour, I called Pete and suggested this tune, and he told me he'd just cued it up and it’d be the next song he was going to play.

“It goes, ‘Life, what are we here for? / I want to know more.’”

Fornatale worked at WNEW-FM until 1989, when he moved to WXRK. He briefly moved back to WN-FM a few years later.

But as commercial radio moved further away from the free-form spirit, he and other free-form advocates became increasingly disenchanted.

In 2001, he returned to non-commercial WFUV, where he hosted a free-form show he had started in 1982 called “Mixed Bag.” He also hosted a weekly in-depth interview show, and he frequently tied both shows to historic or contemporary themes.

His last “Mixed Bag” show on April 14, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

“This is just the right amount of radio to be doing,” he said last year. “I have this show every week where I can say what I want, but I don't have to be scrambling to fill four hours every day. That gets harder as you get older.”

He developed close relationships with artists like Paul Simon over the years and was also active in several charity organizations.

That included World Hunger Year, which was co-founded by his friend Harry Chapin in 1975 and is now run by cofounder Bill Ayres as WhyHunger.

Fornatale raised money and hosted WHY events for many years.

He also wrote a number of books on music, including a history of Woodstock and a biography of Simon and Garfunkel. He often hosted shows on WNET and was a consultant on music projects for MTV and VH1....

He won the Armstrong Excellence in Broadcasting Award in 1983 and received AFTRA's Media and Entertainment Excellence Award in February at the Plaza.

Fornatale was born and raised in the Belmont section of the Bronx, known as Little Italy.

He was just a few years behind Dion and the Belmonts, who were one of his favorite artists, and he recalled growing up to the sound of vocal harmony groups, as well as Elvis and early rockers.

The first record he bought, he said, was Elvis’s “Hound Dog.”

He graduated from Fordham Prep before he attended Fordham, and after he graduated he spent two years as a teacher before going into radio full-time....

Fornatale is survived by his ex-wife Susan and their three sons, Peter, Mark and Steven."

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Pete Fornatale thread at NY Radio Message Board

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Man pleads guilty to attempted bombing of Wrigley Field in 2010

"A Chicago man of Lebanese descent pleaded guilty today in federal court to placing a backpack he thought contained a powerful explosive device in a trash container on a crowded street near Wrigley Field in September 2010....The investigation against Hassoun started after he told an unnamed cooperating source of his violent intentions and his hope to create “political instability” in Chicago or “paralyze” the city’s commerce."...via Atlas Shrugs

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

SiriusXM to launch 30 MLB channels online

4/23/12, "Early next month, SiriusXM will launch 30 MLB channels online, one centered on each MLB team. That will enable the service to carry both home and visiting teams’ feeds for all MLB games....The satellite radio service started live audio streaming of MLB games at the beginning of this season via its smartphone app and at siriusxm.com. The streamed games are available to both XM and Sirius subscribers, which marks a switch from traditional satellite radio, where Sirius subscribers still don’t have access to live baseball games."...


"Unless they shuffle around all of the play by play channels, I don't know where they could stick 30 consecutive channels."

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NBC Miami reporter fired for edited Zimmerman tape, follows firing of producer

"The (similarly) edited video that aired on “Today” came from NBC’s Southeastern headquarters, (not WTVJ)" "WTVJ reporter Jeff Burnside was fired Friday after being involved in editing a tape of George Zimmerman’s 911 call before he shot Trayvon Martin. Burnside, who has been with the NBC owned and operated Miami station for 13 years, still has a bio page on its website.

“As anybody in the news business knows, something that seems very clear is often very, very complicated,” Burnside said by phone this evening. “I have nothing but great things to say about the NBC team.”

The WTVJ video, though edited similarly, was not the one that aired on NBC’s “Today” show, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The video that aired on the “Today” show actually came from NBC’s Southeast headquarters, also based in south Florida.

NBC’s “Today” show aired that tape, which removed context from Zimmerman’s conversation with a 911 operator. The original call transcript said:

  • "Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
  • Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
  • Zimmerman: He looks black."

The edit changed Zimmerman’s words to: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”

NBC fired a producer for the video on April 5 and has apologized for it, but declined to say how the edit occurred; Erik Wemple called the mea culpa “skimpy” and David Carr said the edit was a “remarkable lapse in editorial process that inflamed a highly emotional issue, and it created suspicion that journalists and media outlets were picking sides.” He wondered why NBC didn’t issue an on-air correction. Jim Treacher posts a screenshot of what he says is a deleted tweet by fellow WTVJ reporter Christina Hernandez claiming the 911 call came to the station in the edited form. But two sources told us the station and NBC’s Southeast headquarters received the unedited tape directly from the Sanford police.

A phone call to WTVJ’s newsdesk was immediately patched through to a spokesman from the NBC-owned stations who said only, “As a result of our investigation an employee involved in editing the tape is no longer at the station.”

It is unclear whether anyone else at WTVJ has been disciplined in the matter.

Burnside tweeted photos from a Sanford, Fla., rally on March 26, and also mentioned he’d be on the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts that day. Martin, 17, was killed in central Florida, but he lived in Miami and attended high school there.

Burnside’s station bio says he won three awards in 2007 for his investigative reporting: an Investigative Reporters and Editors Certificate, the National Press Club Award, and the Clarion Award.

Correction: This post originally stated that the WTVJ edited video aired on the “Today” show. It did not. The edited video that aired on “Today” came from NBC’s Southeastern headquarters."

"Now that's justice for Trayvon."

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4/24/12, "If You Don’t Look Like Obama’s Son, No One Cares," John Hinderaker, Powerline blog

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Texas has some Yankee fans

Fans in Texas watch Jeter and warm-ups before Yankee-Texas Rangers game in Arlington, 4/24/12, ap

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ivan Rodriguez announces retirement in Texas

Above Ivan Rodriguez rides around Texas Rangers stadium waving to fans during his retirement ceremony, 4/23/12, ap Above Nolan Ryan speaks at Ivan Rodriguez retirement ceremony, 4/23/12, reuters Above Ivan Rodriguez and family at news conference announcing his retirement, 4/23/12, ap

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Monday, April 23, 2012

MLB's environmental agenda can only lead to empty ballparks

If one wanted America's ballparks to be empty, one would suggest the extremist 'environmental agenda' supported by MLB including carbon offsets and selling defenseless school children the catastrophic man-caused CO2 endangerment hypothesis. We all want clean air and water and to preserve the environment but that's something different from saying humanity is on the brink of extinction due to light bulbs and single family detached homes. It's natural for elite MLB players to want to 'give back' to the community and 'do good' with their priceless aura. Perhaps unbeknownst to them, that's not what's happening when they promote catastrophic man-caused CO2 endangerment to children.

"The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism—it's become an economic suicide pact. And we're here to challenge it."...

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4/22/12, "Earth Day initiatives becoming commonplace," MLB.com, Mark Newman, "Stadiums throughout MLB are adopting green programs" ----------------------------------
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Classroom visited by Houston Astros for "Play Green" classroom contest, photo from Astros website promoting 2012 contest. (undated)
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In the US adults decide policy. We do not rely on unformed minds of children to convince adults what to do as suggested by an MLB exec (citation below photo). It's imperfect but it's adults only. ""This is very much in line with the best thinking in corporate activity today," said John McHale Jr., MLB executive vice president, administration. "Almost everyone who's a parent hears it from their children when we go home, and it is the way, the model of living we need to embrace for the future.""
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"In Colorado, pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is part of the Rockies Games of Green initiative, and he encourages fans to submit entries in his Guthrie Go-Green Classroom Challenge. Elementary, middle and high school classes are invited to present an environmental project they have done (or will do by the May 4 deadline) that will make a positive impact on the environment."
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""I think it should be important for everyone to do their part and, in the grand scheme of things, do whatever you can to help in that area," said Houston outfielder Hunter Pence, an ambassador for the "Astros Play Green" campaign. "It's what provides for us. I'm very proud to be able to represent the Play Green campaign and hopefully be a role model to kids to try to do their part. Every little bit counts, and if everyone comes together, it makes a big difference.""
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4/6/12, "California Declares War on Suburbia," WSJ.com, Wendell Cox, "Planners want to herd millions into densely packed urban corridors. It won't save the planet but will make traffic even worse."
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11/28/2009, "Western lifestyle unsustainable, says climate expert Rajendra Pachauri," UK Guardian, J. Randerson
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Update: Leading decorated climate scientist now says he was wrong, CO2 does not 'trap heat' or cause higher temperatures. He says CO2 has gone up but global temperatures have not.

  • Will MLB at least stop selling CO2 endangerment disguised as 'caring for the environment' to school children?

4/23/12, "'I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change," UK Daily Mail, L. Warren

The entire climate industry pivots on the now disproved notion that CO2 causes rising temperatures. Someone profits when MLB buys "carbon offsets" but it's not the planet.

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4/4/12, "The inconvenient truth of carbon offsets," Nature, Kevin Anderson

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Scenes from the 7th and 8th inning in Boston, April 21, 2012

Top to bottom: Top, Mark Teixeira cheering from the dugout in the 8th, 4/21/12, getty. Next, Red Sox scoreboard in the 8th with outfielder Darnell McDonald, 4/21/12, reuters. Last, Yankee dugout in the 7th after Teixeira HR v Red Sox, 4/21/12, getty.

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Red Sox PA announcer Carl Beane interviewed on ESPN radio

4/22/12, Red Sox longtime PA announcer Carl Beane was interviewed on ESPN radio's overnight show with Bob Valvano. Beane has lived in New England, been a Red Sox fan all his life and loves being at Fenway Park. They spoke of the 100th Anniversary celebration then Carl spoke of how things have gone recently. He said part of the problem currently is there are people on the team who don't belong there. He named Matt Albers, Jason Repko, and Nate Spears. The host, Bob Valvano, told Carl he sounded very much like a Red Sox fan. I heard the interview between 1:15-1:23AM, Sun., April 22.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Yankee covers, Sat. April 21, 2012

  • Newsday back page, Sat. 4/21/12. Arod homered in the 5th on Fri. 4/20 in Boston

NY Daily News back page, Sat. Apr. 21, 2012

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Red Sox 100th anniversary, April 20, 2012

Above Caroline Kennedy throws 1st pitch at Red Sox 100 anniversary to Fisk, Rice, and Yastrzemski, Apr. 20, 2012, Boston Globe. Above Carl Yastrzemski and other Boston players at Red Sox 100 anniversary, 4/20/12, getty Above Red Sox 100 anniversary pre-game National Anthem, 4/20/12, ap Above flag in front of Green Monster, Red Sox 100 anniv., getty Above Yankees lineup for National Anthem at Red Sox 100 anniversary, 4/20/12, ap Above former Red Sox players, coaches, and managers leave field after 100 anniversary pre-game ceremony, 4/20/12, getty Above Red Sox take field on 100th anniversary day, 4/20/12, ap Above Red Sox fans at 100th anniversary game, 4/20/12, reuters

"It was Caroline Kennedy.

There is an historical connection to her selection.

Her great grandfather is Honey Fitz, the Boston mayor who threw out the official first pitch at Fenway on April 20, 1912.

She’s also the “Caroline” in the Fenway anthem “Sweet Caroline,” according to Neil Diamond.

Kennedy was joined by Mayor Tom Menino and the grandson of Mayor Honey Fitz in the ceremony.

They threw baseballs to Hall of Famers Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk and Carl Yastrzemski."


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Bud Selig to appear on MSNBC 'Morning Joe' broadcast from Fenway Park

"Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig is set to appear Friday on the "Morning Joe" program, which is airing a special edition live from Fenway Park from 6 to 9 a.m. ET on MSNBC.

Broadcasting from the Red Sox's historic stadium on Fenway's 100th birthday, Morning Joe is also scheduled to have on Boston mayor Thomas Menino, U.S. senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren, Mike Barnicle, Doris Kearns Goodwin and MLB.com's Peter Gammons, among others.

Morning Joe is a weekday talk show hosted by Joe Scarborough."...

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Dan Quayle and George Will watch Braves at Diamondbacks

Dan Quayle and George Will watch Braves v Diamondbacks in Arizona, 4/19/12, getty

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

JFK throws first pitch at 1962 MLB All Star game, Washington, DC

7/10/62, "President John F. Kennedy attends the 32nd All-Star Baseball Game, throws out first ball. Speaker of the House John W. McCormack, Dave Powers, Vice President Johnson, President Kennedy, Commisioner of Baseball Ford. C. Frick, Lawrence O'Brien, others (in foreground- Dennis Marcel, Frank Brown, members of the Washington Boys Club). Washington, D.C., D.C. Stadium." by Cecil W. Stoughton, from wikipedia

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Average family pays $3100 more a yr. for gas now than they did in Jan. 2009

4/18/12, "Pump prices are now more than $2 higher than they were when President Obama took office. For a middle-class family that fills up, say, two cars with 15-gallon gas tanks each week, that amounts to an extra $3,100 a year....The average retail price for one pound of 100% ground beef was $2.36 in January 2009.... As of last December, that price had risen to $2.92 — a 23.7% increase....The push to get us off our "addiction" to oil through the increased use of biofuels such as corn-based ethanol raises food prices even further by increasing demand for agricultural commodities. Substituting food for oil in our gas tanks has only compounded the problem and raised food prices even more."...
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2006 MLB All Star game Fan Fest and ethanol compatible Chevy, Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell, MLB's Tim Brosnan, Chevy official Ed Peper, (photo from GM.com in 2006, link now inactive)

4/18/12, "Pain At The Pump And Pain At The Checkout Line," IBD editorial

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The Melk-man delivers in the bottom of the 11th in SF

Above Melky congratulated by Pablo Sandoval, 4/18/12, ap, final 1-0 Above Melky congratulated by coaches, 4/18/12, ap Above SF Giants manager Bruce Bochy congratulates Melky Cabrera, 4/18/12, getty

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Four-hour remedial course for unruly fans of NFL games

"American football fans in the United States have been told they must take a four-hour online course costing $75 (£47) if they are kicked out of a game for unruly behaviour.

The rules, which apply to most NFL teams, see those who fail to take the course, or achieve the 70% pass mark, arrested for trespassing if they are found at another game.

One of the 14 topics of the course is entitled "skills for becoming less impulsive and improving judgment" and another five deal with alcohol.

Dr Ari Novick, who developed the course and also runs one for Major League Soccer, told the New York Post: "We're not trying to squash anyone's passion. We're just trying to say don't be violent."

Daniel DeLorenzi, security chief of MetLife Stadium - the shared home of the New York Giants and Jets - also demands a letter of apology before allowing re-entry.

He said: "Most of the time, they apologise for their behaviour."

Novick takes $55 (£35) for each test taken, with charities receiving the remainder.

Sample questions

Behaving badly towards other fans, such as fighting, swearing or threatening them, is OK as long as they deserve it. (Answer: False)

Every fan has a right to like any team they wish. Using abuse language towards fans who support teams you don't like will not be tolerated. (Answer: True)"

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Fans in Mariners right field seats greeted by Indians home run ball

Fans in right field in Seattle as home run from Indians Carlos Santana makes the seats in 5th inning, Indians v Mariners, 4/17/12, ap. final 9-8 Indians

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tim Tebow at Angels-Yankee game

Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, left, with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow at LA Angels game v NY Yankees, Sunday night, Apr. 15, 2012, AP "Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade sits with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (R) as they watch the New York Yankees play the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning," 4/15/12, reuters

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Yankee 2012 home opener, Jorge Sr. who escaped Cuba as a stowaway, caught first pitch from Jorge Jr.

"Jorge Sr., the man who once escaped Cuba as a stowaway, began a life in Puerto Rico and taught his son how to play ball." 4/13/12, "Jorge Posada throws first pitch to his dad," Newsday, Herrmann. "Posada's father, Jorge, Sr., who had worked as a scout for the Colorado Rockies." "Yankees: Jorge Sr. on receiving end of Jr.'s ceremonial first pitch," Times Herald-Record, W. Montgomery, 4/14/12

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