Thursday, August 30, 2012

NY Times Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal says Romney's wife "slipped the knife into Obama's back" during her speech

The most powerful newspaper in the world describes Mrs. Romney with violent, deranged hate speech. The Times believes the only way its views can prevail is to silence legitimate political expression of others: "In a nasty piece of work this morning, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal painted an ugly picture of Ann Romney. Using the most violent of metaphors, Rosenthal saw a woman who, of all things, Rosenthal also managed to refer to mother-of-five Mrs. Romney as a "diva." Imagine the Times's outrage if a conservative ever dared to refer to First Lady Obama in such terms. Here's Rosenthal's reprehensible line:
  • "The genius of Mrs. Romney’s diva performance was the way she smiled so warmly as she delicately slipped the knife into President Obama."
Not only was Rosenthal's depiction vile and violent, it was so clearly at odds with the reality that those of us in the hall or watching at home saw and heard. Despicable."
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Ed. note: The NY Times has a serious problem with opinions that differ from its own, perhaps so serious that medical attention is needed. Didn't they hear Obama call for 'civility' in political rhetoric during a prime time tv speech about a year and a half ago? Hopefully NY Times employees are aware that ugly and violent reactions lie close to the surface of their Editorial Page Editor.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

'The normal procedure after a closer messes up'

"The normal procedure after a closer messes up...is you wait by your locker and talk to the media." "Unsolicited, Rafael Soriano wanted to make it clear that he didn't duck the media after blowing Monday's save. He said that he waited for Yankees PR director Jason Zillo to come retrieve him from the Yankees player lounge. "He knows where he can find me," Soriano said. "After the game, I wait like 10 minutes in my seat. I did not see him come to me. Maybe the time that he goes there, maybe he was late. Every time when you guys want to talk to me, he asks me." The normal procedure after a closer messes up, like Soriano did with his three-run homer to Colby Rasmus on Monday, is you wait by your locker and talk to the media. The PR director is not normally involved. Besides the rather large paycheck, being the closer can be a thankless job, but Mariano Rivera never failed to talk when he didn't do it well. When a closer has a 1-2-3 ninth, it is usually not news. "Maybe you guys want to talk, maybe not," Soriano said. "I wait for [Zillo] and he did not come to me." "...
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Per Suzyn on Yankee radio post-game, Mariano Rivera was at the stadium on Tuesday and spoke with Soriano.

"After blowing a save chance on Monday night, Rafael Soriano redeemed himself with a 1-2-3 ninth inning tonight to record his 34th save in 37 tries. Soriano admitted to taking the mound with a little bit of hot blood as he was anxious to atone. He also got some words of advice pre-game from Mariano Rivera.

“He told me I was throwing too many sliders,” Soriano said. “(Monday night), I think I threw five sliders in a row. Mariano said, ‘Right now, your fastball is your best pitch.’ So I listened to him and tonight was the best I’ve thrown this year.”

In 11 total pitches last night, Soriano threw eight fastballs and three sliders."...

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"Soriano blamed PR director Jason Zillo for the no-show, which wasn't exactly taking responsibility for his own actions. Rivera emphasized to Soriano that he has to speak in good times and especially bad. "Hey, 'What did I tell you last year?'" Soriano said Rivera told him. "You have to talk to these guys. Sometimes you don't have to talk to them because nobody wants to know. So when that thing happened like that, 'Wait and see, because they are going to want to talk to you.' I said, 'Alright, bro, I know you told me last year.'

  • I make a mistake because Jason make a mistake."

Girardi, as is his custom, defended his closer for his imperfect all-around performance Monday. "Every once in awhile, they are not going to have that perfect day," Girardi said."...

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cleveland has some Yankee fans

Nick Swisher signs for fans in Cleveland before 8/25/12 game, final 3-1 Cleveland, getty

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NY Times world view shared across paper's many departments, says departing public editor

8/25/12, "New York Times public editor: Progressive worldview 'bleeds through' the Times," Politico, Dylan Byers

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Bartolo Colon exploding hat size not new, Phil Hughes a gentleman no matter what-Mushnick

8/24/12, NY Post, Phil Mushnick, "For what it’s worth, Phil Hughes media accessibility and gentlemanly comportment remains constant, after wins and losses, good games and bad. And that should be worth something....

Colon cops: Just use his head!

For those who can apply common sense to common physiology, they’d know that it’s almost impossible to conclude Bartolo Colon began juicing just this season.

After all, as noted here last season when he pitched for the Yankees, whose head grows (and grows and grows) well after entering adulthood? Not yours, not mine.

One comparative, neck-up look at Colon photos from early in his career was all it took to reasonably conclude something was up, that his head was becoming the size of a medicine ball.

Also makes you wonder why a valued pitcher such as Colon is annually so expendable, having played for eight teams in the last 10 years while going 106-81. Did teams figure it was just a matter of time before what was impossible to ignore showed up in a test?"

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rhode Island deal with Schilling's 38 Studios focused mostly on hoped for job creation in state with 2nd highest unemployment

Rhode Island "has the country's second-highest unemployment rate."... "The government deal that guaranteed a $75 million loan for former baseball star Curt Schilling's video game company focused almost exclusively on how quickly the firm would bring jobs to Rhode Island and overlooked requirements for attracting outside investment or other steps that could have helped protect the public's money.

The state's agreement with 38 Studios in 2010 demanded job creation -- and virtually nothing else -- at a pace described as aggressive by both former employees and those familiar with the video game industry. And Schilling's firm hired even more quickly than the state required, draining its resources faster than if it had grown at a pace more typical of start-ups.

While Rhode Island was by far the company's biggest investor, officials did not demand a seat on its board or require that 38 Studios raise outside capital according to any timetable, although the firm's success hinged on its ability to bring in the tens of millions of dollars needed to finish its game....

"I think it's kind of stupid for anybody who isn't familiar with the industry to invest in it," said gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter, of the firm Wedbush Securities. "...Obviously they thought they were buying jobs."

Schilling's firm laid off its nearly 300 employees in Rhode Island in May and filed for bankruptcy protection in June. The state, which has the country's second-highest unemployment rate, is likely on the hook for more than $100 million, including the $75 million in bonds it floated as part of the deal, plus interest....

Known for his grit and gusto, Schilling became a Boston Red Sox hero in 2004, pitching on an injured ankle that stained his sock with blood in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. The team went on to win the World Series.

He founded 38 Studios -- initially Green Monster Games -- in Massachusetts two years later, naming it for his jersey number. He reportedly met Rhode Island's governor at the time, Donald Carcieri, during a film fundraiser at Schilling's home in March 2010, and the loan guarantee deal that lured him to Rhode Island took shape quickly over the next few months....

The EDC built into the deal a $7,500 per-job penalty if 38 Studios fell short of its hiring requirements. The company brought on workers even faster than estimated, according to the EDC, and some at 38 Studios worried the growth was too fast for the company's good -- and ultimately not sustainable, given its difficulty attracting investment....

The firm got nearly $13 million from the state when the loan guarantee agreement was finalized in November 2010 and $9.4 million more in December when it announced a move date, according to the EDC.

It received $17.2 million in April 2011 after creating at least 80 jobs with a salary of at least $67,500. It was estimated the firm would hire another 45 employees by November 2011, but it reached that mark in April as well, the EDC said, allowing it to access $4.2 million more.

The company then got $1.6 million at the start of November 2011 for creating at least an additional 125 jobs. That mark had been expected at the end of January this year....

By the end of 2011, the firm had spent all the money due it under the agreement -- nearly $50 million, an audit conducted for the state by Braver PC found. The rest of the money was kept in reserve accounts....

Barry Gilbert, of Boston-based Strategy Analytics, prepared a report for the EDC in 2010 assessing the video game market and the potential benefits and risks of the deal. It noted that 38 Studios' focus on a single game, code-named "Copernicus," left "little wiggle room" and was analogous to an "all-in" hand.

Gilbert said he was surprised to learn the loan guarantee program had no caps.

That seemed to stem, Gilbert said, from desperation for economic development, paired with excitement over Schilling's involvement and a belief that "38 Studios was the guy that was going to carry the torch and bring them to the top of the mount.""

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fans scramble to catch Konerko home run in the 4th v Yankees

Fans in Chicago try to catch Konerko home run in the 4th v Yankees, 8/21/12, final 7-3, White Sox, LF Andruw Jones observes, ap

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Joe Girardi and Jerry Reinsdorf chat before the game

Joe Girardi chats with Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf before game v Yankees in Chicago, 8/20/12, final 9-6 White Sox, ap

"One owner called it the Great Lakes Gang, the people who run baseball. With Selig of Milwaukee and Reinsdorf of Chicago considered the men at the top of the structure, the designation is apt.

There are the supporting members of the structure, too: Two other Chicago residents, Stanton Cook, chairman of the Cubs, and William Bartholomay, chairman of the Atlanta Braves, and others in relative geographical proximity, Carl Pohlad of Minnesota and Douglas Danforth of Pittsburgh, and by extension to the other end of Pennsylvania, Giles, in Philadelphia.

Wayne Huizenga of the Florida Marlins, Jerry McMorris of the Colorado Rockies, Drayton McLane of Houston and Peter Magowan of San Francisco don't operate anywhere near those bodies of water. Mike Ilitch of Detroit is closer, but he attends so few owners' meetings some of his colleagues might not recognize him.

"Bud operates with an executive council that's a flat laydown," said one owner, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "He wants people on that council who feel the same way. When you put two new people on the council, you get Giles and Reinsdorf. Do you get McLane, Huizenga, Ilitch? No way. The new owners are upset with the process."

Referring to the rapid return of Giles and Reinsdorf to the council, the owner said, "This is a shifting mass of consensus that keeps going all the time.""...

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Youkilis waits for fans to catch foul ball in Chicago v Yankees

Youkilis supervises as fans try to catch foul ball in White Sox game v Yankees, 8/20/12, final, 9-6 White Sox, reuters

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Ichiro hits 2 home runs v Red Sox, makes Newsday back page

Ichiro makes Newsday back page, Mon., Aug. 20, 2012
  • In Suzyn Waldman's post game report she said this is only the second time Ichiro has been in a national ESPN game, incredible considering how long he has played. Ichiro appeared in post season one year, 2001.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ozzie Guillen a guest speaker at Rocky Mountain SABR luncheon

8/19/12, MLB.com, "Ozzie introduces himself at SABR luncheon: Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was a guest Saturday at a lunch meeting of Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), which was held at a restaurant close to Coors Field.

"I'm glad I did it," Guillen said. "It was fun. I think mostly they wanted to know who Ozzie is."

The manager said he spoke to the gathering about his background and his experience in the game for over an hour, and he took questions that were sometimes tough, he said. The answers were honest.

"I like when people in this age like to talk about baseball," Guillen said. "We let the people who love baseball get the chance to know us better, and I think that's great. Great opportunity for both. A lot of people out there, they don't know who I am.""

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US Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Yankee Stadium

"Yankee captain Derek Jeter watches as US Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation over Yankee Stadium as the National Anthem is played before" game v Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, Sat., Aug. 18, 2012, final 4-1 Red Sox, Reuters

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Ortiz and Cano chat before the game

David Ortiz and Robbie Cano chat before Red Sox- Yankees game, 8/18/12, final 4-1 Red Sox, ap

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

MLB players are beaned or leave after 3 innings on hot days because fans drive to the stadium, use light bulbs? No. UCS denies science & US CO2 drop

Union of Concerned Scientists' Elliott Negin writes a long article suggesting MLB and its players are in climate danger though the exact opposite is true. Negin denies climate science that US CO2 emissions have dropped steadily since at least 2006 and are going lower.. At the end of the article he includes a pitch from NRDC's Hershkowitz hoping for "federal" action on climate. Granted, the trillion dollar climate industry's investment bankers, unregulated commodity trading market, and various European monarchs will make more money if CO2 alarmism is believed in the US but that's not our problem--if it ever was. The US has needed only its existing federal laws, no international treaties, and no EU style cap and trade. MLB, UCS, and NRDC are left with one option: if US temperatures go up for a day, a month or 6 months, US human-caused CO2 is not, can't possibly be the reason. retaliations for baseball beaning and resulting head injuries are more likely. Alleged CO2 activity by fans also leads to removal of star pitchers after only 3 innings because they can't take the heat, see Stephen Strasburg. So the end of baseball may be in sight due to CO2. UCS and MLB should be aware that science doesn't support Negin's view.

from insufficient attention to his theory that these things are caused by catastrophic human caused excess CO2 and global warming in the US:

8/16/12, "Major League Baseball Copes With Climate Change," Huffington Post, Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • "For years, climate scientists have been warning that dangerous heat waves -- as well as prolonged droughts -- are likely to become more common, especially if we don't dramatically reduce carbon pollution. According to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), it's beginning to look like the future is now....
"Temperatures approaching 120 degrees on the field in Atlanta on June 30 sent Washington Nationals power pitcher Stephen Strasburg to the showers after only three innings.... "All businesses -- not to mention the federal government -- should step up to the plate and follow baseball's lead."
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Here are links citing CO2 drop in the US and that the subject of CO2 in the US is now moot. It may or may not be an issue in other countries, but it's not in the US-- if it ever was. Also included are links about CO2 offsets or "carbon" offsets:
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"What the government has not mandated, the economy is doing on its own: emissions of global warming gases in the United States are down.

According to the Energy Department, carbon dioxide emissions peaked in this country in 2005 and will not reach that level again until the early 2020s."...

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  • US CO2 has dropped and is going lower:
6/26/12, "The Incredible Shrinking Carbon Pollution Forecast - Part 2," switchboard.NRDC.org, Dan Lashof


"In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere.

Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, said the shift away from coal is reason for "cautious optimism" about potential ways to deal with climate change."...

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6/29/12, "US Carbon Output Forecasts Shrink Again," American Interest, Walter Russell Mead
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"Not only that, but as my top chart shows, US CO2 emissions are falling even faster than what President Obama pledged in the global Copenhagen Accord."...

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"Even factoring in a stronger economy, forecasters see greenhouse gas emissions continuing to fall....Others take the U.S. success in reducing its energy sector emissions as a sign that its fragmented, state-based, regulatory approach has worked better than Europe's market-based cap-and-trade approach."

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"As we note below in a new article for Yale360, a funny thing happened: U.S. emissions started going down in 2005 and are expected to decline further over the next decade."

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4/20/10, "Buying Carbon offsets may ease eco-guilt but not global warming," by Doug Struck, CS Monitor

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"SWISS banking giant UBS says the European Union's emissions trading scheme has cost the continent's consumers $287 billion for "almost zero impact" on cutting carbon emissions."...EU CO2 trading provided "windfall profits" to participants paid for by "electricity customers.""
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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

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7/16/10, "Carbon Trading Used as Money-Laundering Front," Jakarta Globe
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10/8/10, "Murder on the Carbon Express: Interpol Takes On Emissions Fraud," Mother Jones, M. Schapiro
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A 2011 report noted EIA results through 2009, US CO2 emissions dropped steadily since 1999. If, hypothetically, US temperatures have been on the increase, such couldn't possibly be due to US carbon dioxide emissions: "In 2009, greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. experienced their biggest drop since the U.S. Energy Information Administration began tracking them during the 1990-2009 time frame."
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1/25/2009, "Global warming industry becomes too big to fail," Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner
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"The Small Business Administration estimates that compliance with such regulations costs the U.S. economy more than $1.75 trillion per year — about 12%-14% of GDP, and half of the $3.456 trillion Washington is currently spending. The Competitive Enterprise Institute believes the annual cost is closer to $1.8 trillion when an estimated $55.4 billion regulatory administration and policing budget is included."...

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A few examples of climate cash sought in 2011:

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"Organized crime may be responsible for theft of European Union emission allowances this month, and national authorities are working with Europol...a top EU climate official said." Sweden admits it has Austria's stolen 'carbon credits' but says it might just be 'a coincidence.'


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"The Obama administration has requested $770 million in federal funds to combat the effects of global warming in developing countries, a new congressional report details, continuing its policy of using foreign aid to combat the effects of global warming in the developing world.

The figure, from a recent report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), shows that despite another year of $1 trillion deficits, the Obama administration continues to pursue its policy of using foreign aid funds for anti-global warming measures – known as the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI).

According to CRS, the government has spent a total of $2.5 billion on GCCI since 2010 on overseas anti-global warming efforts in Latin America, Asia, and Africa."...

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"Only 12% (of net US petroleum imports) came from Saudi Arabia last year, down from nearly 19% in 1993."...

"The U.S. exported more oil-based fuels than it imported in the first nine months of this year, making it likely that 2011 will be the first time since 1949 that the nation is a net exporter of such goods, primarily diesel....

"It's dramatic. It's transformative," Edward Morse, a former senior U.S. energy official who now directs global commodities research at Citigroup, says of the historic shifts. He says the U.S. is importing a smaller share — 49% in 2010, down from 60% in 2005 — of the oil it uses, adding: "We're moving toward energy independence.""...

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A combination of booming demand from emerging markets and faltering domestic activity means the U.S. is exporting more fuel than it imports,

  • upending the historical norm.

According to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Tuesday, the U.S. sent abroad 753.4 million barrels of everything from gasoline to jet fuel in the first nine months of this year, while it imported 689.4 million barrels."...

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7/28/10, "The secrets 10 states and Wall Street don't want you to know," by Mark Lagerkvist, NJ Watchdog

  • mandatory cap-and-trade system.
Under the RGGI scheme, the smell of profiteering is powerful. New Jersey and nine other Northeast states have sold The bidders at RGGI auctions include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase and other Wall Street heavyweights."...
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Global Warming "action" was institutionalized in US government in 1990 by George Bush the 1st. 13 federal agencies are tasked with climate "action," $68 billion has been spent on 'climate' just in the past 4 yrs.

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CO2 alarmist 'glory days' are over in the US. Congratulations to the greens, you won, best of luck in your future endeavors:

"But there is one group (other than the Russians and the Gulf Arabs and the Iranians) that isn’t sharing in the general joy: the greens. For them, the spectacle of a looming world energy crisis was good news. It justified huge subsidies for solar and wind power (and thereby guaranteed huge fortunes for clever green-oriented investors). ...But those glory days are over now, and the smarter environmentalists are bowing to the inevitable."...

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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 impressionable children. At best they're promoting

  • an obsolete business venture.
Classroom visited by Houston Astros for "Play Green" classroom contest, photo from Astros website promoting 2012 contest. (undated) Above, Chris Johnson of the Houston Astros visits area school children as part of Astros "Play Green" classroom contest, from Astros website, "Chris Johnson made his second greenest classroom visit of the season" ... (undated)
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The financial survival of the UK monarchy is dependent on the world believing in catastrophic man made global warming. Much of the monarchy's income will derive from lease payments for offshore wind turbines:
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10/24/10, "'It is wholly inappropriate that the Palace should have such a direct interest in a subject like windfarms, given Prince Charles's obsession with renewable energy. It raises the question as to whether he is seeking to increase his own

each time he makes a favourable reference to wind power.'"

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1/30/2012, "Americans on pace to have driven 40 billion fewer miles in 2011 vs. 2010," GasBuddy (Fed. Hwy. Admin. data)
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7/5/2008, "30 billion fewer miles driven, and counting," McClatchy via Seattle Times

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MLB NRDC Greening page

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Huffington Post article via Tom Nelson

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Brooklyn deli clerk slashed with knife for refusing to sell beer for food stamps, slasher at large

8/17/12, "Brooklyn Deli Clerk's Face Slashed Open For Refusing To Sell Beer For Food Stamps," Zero Hedge photo via Zero Hedge

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Fans in right watch Granderson single rebound in the 6th

Red Sox right fielder Scott Podsednik tries to catch the rebound off the wall hit in the 6th by Curtis Granderson for a single, 8/17/12, final 6-4 Yankees, reuters

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Bobby Valentine signs for fans at Yankee Stadium

Bobby Valentine signs balls for fans at Yankee Stadium before game v Red Sox, Fri., 8/17/12, ap

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Ichiro settles on apartment in same building as Curtis Granderson

8/16/12, NY Post, "After an exhaustive apartment hunt, new Yankees star Ichiro Suzuki — with his wife, Yumiko Fukushima, and their dog, a Shiba Inu named Ikkyu — moved into a high-floor residence at the Laurel on East 67th Street over the weekend. The four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom corner unit was listed for $40,000 per month and came fully furnished.

Fellow Yankee Curtis Granderson is also in the building, as Gimme Shelter exclusively reported.

The LEED-certified, 31-story building boasts 12,000 square feet of amenities, including a bi-level fitness and triathlon-training center. Spies have already spotted Fukushima, a former Japanese sports reporter, in the gym."

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Out of market MLB games sometimes heard in NY area on 1130AM via Compass Media

Some out of market MLB games can be heard on NY radio, mainly 1130AM "Compass got permission to air a selection of Angels games nationally using their own announcers - similar to the Compass deal with the Dallas Cowboys. WFAN immediately signed on to be the flagship, presumably to prevent ESPN-NY from being the flagship. However, Chernoff said he would only air the games when the Mets game were off. He wasnt going to cut off Mets postgame talk show for the Angels game. SO believe it or not, last night was the first of I only think 3 games. Note: 1130AM is airing the rest of the package. I have no problem with this. The 10pm slot does not matter as far as a ratings book goes; and quite frankly at 11pm do I want to hear Richard Neer and callers or a live game. I choose game and so did Chernoff. Somers was on from 6:30-9:45 as usual."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Umbrellas and rain delay in the Bronx v Texas

Above umbrellas during rain delay in the Bronx v Texas, 8/15/12, ap Above, tarp on the field for rain delay in the Bronx v Texas, 8/15/12, ap

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Johnny Pesky remembered at Yankee Stadium

Johnny Pesky memorial on Yankee Stadium scoreboard, 8/13/12, getty

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Arod's Miami Beach house for sale for $38 million

8/13/12, "Alex Rodriguez's Miami Beach House For Sale For $38 Million (PHOTOS, VIDEO)," Huffington Post

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Carrie Underwood throws first pitch for Yankees-Blue Jays game

"U.S. country singer Carrie Underwood signs a baseball under the watchful eye of Toronto Blue Jays mascot Ace after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch" of the Yankee-Blue Jays game in Toronto, 8/12/12, final 10-7, Blue Jays, reuters

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Best San Francisco Bay Area sports commentators

  • "Listen to how bad other teams' announcers are. We are so lucky as Giants fans."
8/2/12, "Radio Waves," from Ben Fong-Torres: "Good sports: The (San Francisco) Chronicle's Peter Hartlaub conducted a poll on SFGate.com for the best Bay Area sports commentators. The big winner: Jon Miller, followed by Duane Kuiper, Greg Papa, Ted Robinson, Dave Flemming, Mike Krukow, Drew Remenda and Ken Korach.

Hartlaub chose Flemming as his own fave and admitted that many readers considered the pick "anything from premature to a horrific insult to the baseball gods." Still, he reasoned, "Flemming beat Mike Krukow, the most polarizing figure in Bay Area broadcasting, based on the comments."

I like Krukow, and all the Giants' voices, although Kruk should find a way to say a reliever is warming up besides "getting greased up." So gross. But the poll reminded me that, between los Gigantes and the A's, we have some of the most knowledgeable, entertaining and evenhanded sportscasters in the country. Not a single rabid "homer" in the bunch. (Just listen to the White Sox's "Hawk" Harrelson sometime.) As one reader commented, "The best thing people can do is get a trial subscription to MLB.com or satellite radio. Listen to how bad other teams' announcers are. We are so lucky as Giants fans." {sbox}"

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Sid Rosenberg back on South Florida radio Monday, August 13

"WMEN 640 gives host fighting addictions a shot.""WMEN is counting on Rosenberg's fans — and his haters — to boost ratings, general manager Steve Lapa said.

Lapa said WMEN, which airs New York Yankees baseball and sometimes Giants and Jets football, is a better fit for Rosenberg. Rosenberg's show has a herd of loyal advertisers, so almost 95 percent of the morning airtime has sold, Lapa said.

That's if Rosenberg can stay out of trouble." via NY Radio Message Board

WMEN 640AM daytime coverage, Radio Locator

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Nix walks on air

Jayson Nix makes put out at second of Yunel Escobar of the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth, 8/11/12, final 5-2, Yankees, getty

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Girardi makes Newsday back page after Detroit drama

Joe Girardi, Newsday back page, Fri. 8/10/12. Girardi was ejected in the 5th. "Teixeira, Chavez HRs help Yankees top Tigers 4-3," ap. boxscore "New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi reacts to the crowd as he heads for the dug-out after being ejected from the game during the fifth inning," Yankees at Detroit, 8/9/12, final 4-3 Yankees, reuters

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Teixeira and Chavez hit back to back home runs in the 8th v Detroit

Eric Chavez is congratulated by teammate Mark Teixeira in the 8th after his solo home run v Detroit. Teixeira had hit a home run one pitch earlier prompting John Sterling to proclaim as he customarily does in these situations that Teixeira and Chavez hit home runs "back to back and belly to belly." final 4-3 Yankees. getty
Arod cheers in dugout after Teixeira's home run in the 8th v Detroit, 8/9/12, getty. final 4-3 Yankees

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mariano Rivera greets soccer players from AC Milan and Real Madrid at Yankee Stadium

"Mariano Rivera greets Massimo Ambrosini #23 of A.C. Milan and Iker Casillas #1 of Real Madrid after the coin toss before their match at Yankee Stadium on August 8, 2012," getty
  • Rivera said he always thought soccer was his number 1 game, baseball #2:
11/22/11, "Rivera was in town on Monday evening to speak at the Ridgefield Friends of Best Buddies fundraising event....
The highlight of the evening was the light-hearted question-and-answer period between Rivera and the kids in the audience.

...Here are a few of the questions and Rivera's responses:

What is your second-best sport?

"Baseball," Rivera said with a laugh. "My best? Soccer. I always thought soccer was my main sport, and baseball came second.""

11/22/11, "Yankees' Rivera a big hit at Ridgefield charity event," NewsTimes.com, Richard Gregory, photos GreenwichTime.com

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Earlier, Rivera greets soccer players on day before their 7/22/12 match at Yankee Stadium

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Ichiro fan sign in Detroit

"Baseball fan Kyoko Yokoyama holds up a sign for New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki to see before the start" of the Yankee-Tigers game in Detroit, 8/8/12, reuters

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'I'm willing to just say the Tigers own us,' commenter

"The sky is falling again. I'm willing to just say that the Tigers own us. The Yankees should want no part of them in playoffs. Should want no part of Angels, A's or anyone else for that matter playing like this. Nova and Hughes back to looking like #5 starters at best. The bats have stunk since Oakland."

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch, composer, Yankee fan, visitor to Yankee radio booth, hit a single off Whitey Ford at Yankees Fantasy Camp

Update, 8/14/12, Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling, both friends of Marvin Hamlisch, dedicated tonight's game to the memory of Mr. Hamlisch who was also a great Yankee fan and visitor to the Yankee radio booth. Suzyn and John remembered the composer during their post-game show re-cap, tonight's game 3-0 Yankees over Texas. Suzyn mentioned the memorial service for Hamlisch that took place in Manhattan today. It sounded like both she and John attended the service. 11/18/2001, Gainesville Sun, "Hamlisch: he's a diehard Yankee fan" 8/7/12, "Pittsburghers remember Marvin Hamlisch," post-gazette.com
  • ""I loved the fact that he was a regular guy -- here's a man who won every award that he could in his profession and he wanted to know the score of the Yankees games while we were working."...

10/6/11, "Legendary Hamlisch to take the stage for MCHE," Kansas City Jewish Chronicle

  • "When he’s not on the road, Hamlisch loves spending time with his wife of 23 years, Terre Blair, and watching baseball. He’s an avid New York Yankees fan.
  • I still have the first Yankees shirt I got at age 6,” he said. “I’ve been a fan for 40 years.”"

8/7/12, "A Past Interview With Marvin Hamlisch, Who Died Monday At Age 68," courant.com

  • "Q: Incidentally, are you a Yankee fan?
  • A: Absolutely.
  • Q: Are you still loyal?
  • A: You bet.
  • Q: You once went to a Yankees fantasy camp and even stroked a single off the immortal Whitey Ford. Would you have traded your fame as a composer to have been, say, a star center fielder for the Yankees?
  • A: There you go. Oh, yeah. Are you kidding? That would have been it for me. That's the thing I love most. It's funny about me and sports. I don't like every sport, but baseball I do love and just love watching it."...

Ed. note: Marvin Hamlisch joined Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling in the Yankee radio booth during a spring training game a few years ago. UPDATE: During tonight's Yankee radio broadcast v Detroit, Suzyn and John noted the untimely passing of Marvin Hamlisch. Suzyn said he was a good friend of both John and herself, had been in the Yankee radio booth numerous times over the years, was a great Yankee fan, and a great musical talent. Suzyn said she knew Marvin from both her careers, having been in musical theater before her Yankee career.

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Yankee Stadium prepares for soccer match between Real Madrid and AC Milan on Aug. 8

8/6/12, Yankee Stadium prepares for soccer match between Real Madrid and A.C. Milan on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. photo provided by NYY via Reuters

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Fans try to help catch the ball

Mariner "Eric Thames and the bleacher creatures follow Raul Ibanez's 5th inning homerun find the seats," 8/5/12, Pokress, Newsday, final 6-2 Yankees

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Dusty Baker quotes Yogi on importance of a bullpen

8/5/12, "Reds take show on road with opener in Milwaukee," MLB.com, Andrew Simon

"Manager Dusty Baker quoted a Hall of Fame catcher on Saturday to explain Cincinnati's recent acquisition of veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton.

"If you don't have a good bullpen, like Yogi Berra said, you don't got nothing," Baker said. "Those are your best friends."...

"Everybody wants that. There's not a team in baseball that doesn't want that," Baker said. "Most of my best teams have had strength in the back end of the bullpen. It kind of reminds you of the days when the Yankees had Goose Gossage and Ron Davis and they had John Wetteland and Mariano Rivera. It's pretty nice to have, especially to go along with the stuff we already have."

Broxton has pitched in three games for the Reds since they got him from the Royals on July 31, and the burly right-hander has not surrendered a run.

"As a bullpen, you never can have too many arms," he said. "It helps out the starters. The starters only have to worry about going six, maybe seven innings, and we just keep running out there and doing our job. It really makes the game shorter.""...

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