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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fans try to catch Cody Ross bat in first inning














4/30/13, Fans try to catch bat of Diamondback Cody Ross that went flying in the first inning of game v San Francisco Giants, ap (photo link goes to generic cbs mlb photo site)

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Little, Brown to publish Mariano Rivera autobiography, 'The Closer,' in 2014

4/30/13, "Little, Brown Buys Rivera Memoir," Publishers Weekly

"Little, Brown has acquired world rights to Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera's memoir, The Closer. The book, which was acquired by executive editor John Parsley from the athlete's representatives at SFX Baseball and Relativity Sports, is planned for spring 2014. Simultaneous to the English edition, LB will also a release a Spanish and audio edition of the title, with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers planning a children's edition for fall 2014.

Rivera, who has announced that he intends to retire after his forthcoming season with the Yankees, is considered one of the greatest relief pitchers to have played the game. The book will cover his impoverished childhood in Panama through his signing with the Yankees and his reign on the mound. Speaking to the book, LB said Rivera will "reveal details and stories of the championship teams of which he’s been a part; the pressure of playing for a team and a city as epic as New York for his entire career—not to mention the pressure of being the closer for such a team; the rivalries...the experience of being a Latino baseball player in the United States; and what it is like to maintain deeply Christian values in professional athletics."

Parsley, who is also editing, said the book will be for all fans, not just Yankee ones and that Rivera will, in his first book, "finally open up to the world, showing how passion for the game, dogged hard work, commitment to leadership and excellence, and his faith have made him a world champion, future Hall of Famer, and Yankee legend."" via mention on Yankee Radio

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Monday, April 29, 2013

ESPN to move baseball analysts out of the booth in experiment on Wed., May 1 Washington-Atlanta game

4/28/13, "ESPN to move baseball analysts near dugout," USA Today Sports, Michael Hiestand

"A TV baseball experiment on tap Wednesday – analysts out of the booth to instead be near dugouts.

On ESPN's Washington-Atlanta game, play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough will be able to stretch out in the booth -- analysts Mark Mulder and Doug Glanville won't be there. Instead those analysts will be positioned near dugouts, likely in the camera wells beside them – to get a field-level view.

This is the first time ESPN has tried that on baseball. But, McDonough recalls a similar test on college basketball two seasons ago when he stayed courtside midcourt and analysts Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery were sent behind baskets. The only problem, McDonough tells USA TODAY Sports, is it's "much more difficult to keep from talking over each other. You can use body language about who's talking next." Still, McDonough liked it."...

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Billy Butler and daughter before double header in Kansas City v Cleveland Indians










4/28/13, "Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler gets a kiss from one of his daughters before the first of two baseball games against the Cleveland Indians," finals, 9-0 Kansas City game one, 10-3 Cleveland game two. ap

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Scramble for Russell Martin home run in St. Louis













4/28/13, "St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Shane Robinson scales the center field wall after a home run by Pittsburgh Pirates' Russell Martin in the second inning" in St. Louis, final 9-0 Pirates, ap

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Overbay flips chasing foul in the first












4/28/13, "Lyle Overbay #55 of the New York Yankees keeps himeself from falling into the photo well trying to catch a foul ball in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium," final 3-2 Yankees, getty

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Bloomberg: 'You're never going to know where all our cameras are.' Mr. Bloomberg, they're not your cameras. In six months a new mayor will be elected, and even if you spend another $300 million it isn't going to be you.

4/26/13, "Bloomberg: New Yorkers will 'never know where our cameras are'," rt.com

"New York City police officials intend to expand the already extensive use of surveillance cameras throughout town. The plan, unveiled Thursday, comes as part of a drive for increased security around the US following the Boston Marathon attack....

You’re never going to know where all of our cameras are,” Bloomberg told reporters gathered outside City Hall....

New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly announced the plan during a press conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in which the two announced that the suspected Boston Marathon bombers were planning to attack New York next. The pair said they hope to discourage criminals by using so-called “smart cameras” that will aggregate data from 911 alerts, arrest records, mapped crime patterns, surveillance cameras and radiation detectors, among other tools, according to The Verge."...

3/22/13, "Bloomberg warned that drones would be able to peep into private residences - but that Peeping Tom legislation could help maintain some privacy."...

3/22/13, "We're going to have more visibility and less privacy': Mayor Bloomberg admits soon NYPD surveillance cameras will be on nearly every corner and in the air," NY Daily News, Tina Moore. image below a creation of a Free Republic commenter. White patch below courtesy of my hackers who don't like free speech.














7-11 Big Gulps were a loophole in Bloomberg's soda ban.

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Diamondbacks in 10














4/27/13, "Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock, front right, who scored the game-winning run, joins other teammates as they run out to teammate Cody Ross, who hits the sacrifice fly to knock Pollock in, as Colorado Rockies' Wilin Rosario, left, looks on in the 10th inning," in Phoenix. final in 10, 3-2 Diamondbacks, ap

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

'Natitude' sign in Washington Nationals ballpark








4/27/13, "Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span makes a catch on a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto during the first inning," final 6-3 Nationals, ap

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'In mid-career, Gaylord Perry confessed to throwing the spitball, and MLB did nothing,' Hutchison

4/27/13, "Eject Gaylord Perry," by Harold Hutchison, NRO

"In mid-career, he confessed to throwing the spitball, and MLB did nothing." 

"Gaylord Perry admitted, in his 1974 autobiography, to throwing the spitball in violation of multiple provisions of Rule 8.02(a) since 1964. He ultimately won 314 games and posted 3,564 strikeouts over a 22-year career, totals that got him elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991, his third year of eligibility.

In Me and the Spitter: An Autobiographical Confession, Perry not only detailed how he doctored the ball but also named his teammate Bob Shaw as a spitball pitcher who became his mentor in cheating. The spitball had been banned in 1920, with pitchers currently using it being grandfathered in. The last legal spitballer, Burleigh Grimes, retired after the 1934 season....
 

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Brett Gardner's 8th inning home run and John Sterling call












4/26/13, "New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, right, rounds the bases after hitting a home run off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Darren Oliver, left, during the eighth inning," final 6-4 v Blue Jays.

John Sterling said: "Brett Gardner puts a muscle in that"..."Gardner plants one in the right center field seats. Gardie goes yardie and the Yankees take a 6-4 lead."

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Major League Baseball clubs might further limit size of bags fans are allowed to carry as a result of Boston bombings, impeding the innocent since 9/11/01-AP








"In this photo taken April 23, 2013, a New York City police officer watches as fans stop to have their bags checked by security before entering Citi Field for a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers in New York. Major League Baseball's previously scheduled security meeting in New York took on added importance in the aftermath of the marathon bombs. Each team sets its own security standards, although clubs might consider cutting the size of the general major league limitation on bags from 16x16x8 inches to something less." ap

Impeding the innocent since 9/11/01

"At home, the American people are less free, less prosperous...and much less hopeful...because a decade of the War on Terror brought a government ever bigger and more burdensome, as well as “security” measures that impede the innocent rather than focusing on wrongdoers. Our ruling class justified its ever-larger role in America’s domestic life by redefining war as a never-ending struggle against unspecified enemies for abstract objectives, and by asserting expertise far above that of ordinary Americans....September 11's planners could hardly have imagined that their attacks might seriously undermine what Americans had built over two centuries, what millions of immigrants from the world over had come to join and maintain. In fact, our decline happened because the War on Terror—albeit microscopic in size and destructiveness as wars go—forced upon us, as wars do, the most important questions that any society ever faces:

Who are we, and who are our enemies? What kind of peace do we want? What does it take to get it? Are we able and willing to do what it takes to secure our preferred way of life, to deserve living the way we prefer? Our bipartisan ruling class's dysfunctional responses to such questions inflicted the deepest wounds....

America's current ruling class, the people who lost the War on Terror, monopolizes the upper reaches of American public life, the ranks of those who make foreign and domestic policy, including the leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties. It is more or less homogeneous socially and intellectually. In foreign affairs, the change from the Bush to the Obama Administrations was barely noticeable. In domestic matters, the differences are more quantitative than qualitative. Dissent from the ruling class is rife among the American people, but occurs mostly on the sidelines of our politics....

But U.S. policy has made things worse because the liberal internationalists, realists, and neoconservatives who make up America's foreign policy Establishment have all assumed that Americans should undertake the impossible task of changing such basic facts, rather than confining themselves to the difficult but vital work of guarding U.S. interests against them. For the Establishment, 9/11 meant opportunities to press for doing more of what they had always tried to do....

After 9/11, far from deliberating on the best course to take, our rulers stayed on autopilot and hit the throttles....And indeed, ever since the 1970s U.S. policy had responded to acts of war and terrorism from the Muslim world by absolving the regimes for their subjects’ actions. For example, when Yasser Arafat’s PLO murdered U.S. ambassador Cleo Noel, our government continued building friendly relations with Arafat, and romancing the Saudi regime that was financing him....That message indicts America, among other things, for being weak."...10/20/11, "The lost decade," Angelo M. Codevilla, Claremont Institute




 

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Unofficial guide for a family of four to see a Yankee game for under $100-Crudele

4/24/13, "Yankee game on the cheap: an unofficial guide," John Crudele, NY Post

"The Yankees’ battle with StubHub is thankfully over. Neither side will give details, but the team claims the deal will benefit its fans. If the Yanks really want to help fans, then the team should require them to read this column....

I’m now going to tell you how a family of four can see a Yankees game for less than $100; not the $337 that a professional survey organization recently gave as the cost.

The team can put this column on its website if it really is thinking about fans, although I really don’t expect that to happen.

1. Buy a seat on StubHub for a weekday or other non-premium game. Tell the kids they can take the next day off from school and they won’t care that the opponent is Kansas City.
I recently got upper-deck seats for $4 each, plus a $3 StubHub fee. Tickets for tonight’s game are selling for as little as $8 online.
Total price for four: $28.

2. Grab sodas and waters from vendors outside the stadium for $1 apiece. Go ahead, splurge. Let everyone buy two.
The Yankees will let you bring plastic bottles into the stadium if the cap hasn’t been opened. Better yet, buy drinks at the supermarket for less.
Total: $8 or less.

3. The team is also inexplicably generous by allowing fans to bring their own food into the stadium. And that’s good because hot dogs inside cost at least $6.
Convince the kids that six-inch heroes from Subway are the way to go. There’s a Subway store right down the block from the Yankee Stadium; McDonald’s is even closer.
Total price for four sandwiches: $24.

4. There’s also a dollar store where you can get cheap junk food right under the subway trestle across from the stadium. Give the kids five bucks each and they’ll get sicker on snacks than they could ever dream of.
Junk food at the stadium will cost you at least five times as much.
Total for three kids: $15.

5. Skip the souvenirs. They are expensive inside and outside the stadium. Tell the kids they will probably catch a foul ball and that’ll be their souvenir.

They won’t catch a ball, of course. They’ll have a better chance of snagging an asteroid where you’ll be sitting. When the kids don’t have a ball by the ninth inning, they will be too tired to complain.

If they still insist, get yourself some new kids.

That adds up to $75. Transportation will set you back about $20, around the same for parking (if you look carefully) as taking the train. That should leave you almost enough to get a beer, which can’t be brought from outside the stadium and is $9.75 inside.

Don’t worry that you are slightly over budget.

You’ll deserve that beer just for taking the kids to the game."

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Miami Marlins fans in outfield seats











4/25/13, Miami Marlins fans in outfield seats v Cubs, final 4-3 Cubs, ap

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Jeter in the dugout for first time in 2013











4/25/13, "(L-R) Jayson Nix #17, Derek Jeter #2, Vernon Wells #12, Kevin Youkilis #36 and hitting coach Kevin Long of the New York Yankees look on from the dugout in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium...Jeter, wearing a walking boot, is making his first appearance with the Yankees this season," final, 5-3 Yankees, getty

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mets 2013 All Star Game Parade doubly special because 2013 is Bloomberg's last official year as NYC parasite









4/24/13, "NY Mets Legends and Club Ambassadors, from left, Edgardo Alfonzo, Mookie Wilson, and John Franco, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Tim Brosnan, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and Mets third baseman David Wright, pose with a Mets jersey." ap

4/24/13, "Parade of stars through midtown will usher in MLB All-Star Game," NY Post, David Seifman

"Major League Baseball, city and Mets officials, in announcing All-Star Game festivities, said the parade will stretch west-to-east along 42nd Street on July 16....

The 2013 All-Stars and their families are scheduled to begin their parade at Bryant Park on 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, headed east on an 80,000-square-foot red carpet.

The 1 p.m. parade is set to go past Grand Central Station and end on 42nd between Second and Third Avenues. Parade participants are set to travel in top-down Chevys.

It’ll be a different route than in 2008, when the Mid-Summer Classic was played at Yankee Stadium. That celebration went up Sixth Avenue....

In addition to the game and parade, the All-Star Game FanFest is set for July 12-16 at the Javits Center.

The baseball festival is set to run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all days, except game day on July 16 when it’ll wrap up at 6 p.m....

Other All-Star Game events, leading up to July 16 game, include a celebrity softball game on July 14; the All-Star Futures game featuring up-and-coming minor leaguers on July 14; and the All-Star Game workout and Home Run Derby on July 15."

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

San Francisco Giants fans reach for 9th inning Crawford home run











4/24/13, "Fans reach for a home run ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford off of Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez during the ninth inning" in San Francisco, final 3-2 Arizona in 10. ap

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'Francesa is better when not talking sports,' NY Radio Message Board thread

4/18/13, "Francesa is better when not talking sports," NY Radio Message Board

"Posted by Jeff M. on April 18, 2013 at 13:07:19:"

"Am I the only one who finds Mike Francesa much more compelling when covering breaking news? I first found out about the Boston bombing when Mike went to the story, and he was great transmitting and discussing the latest information. I was similarly impressed by the programs he's done regarding other non-sports topics, such as the storm power outages. By contrast, I often find him to be repetitive and arrogant when actually talking sports. And sadly, many of today's "news" anchors (though mostly on TV, since there are so few news anchors left on radio) seem flatfooted and clumsy in comparison. Mike provides a valuable service: bringing people together at a time of crisis, disseminating timely information while providing a forum for people to share and vent. It's compelling radio, and it's almost a shame that his bread & butter is sports - but it's a good thing that he has enough clout at FAN to be able to switch gears when appropriate."

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Environmentally caring Californians leave 10,000 pounds of garbage on Earth Day Eve in Golden Gate Park following annual pot party, elites also left taxpayers with $10,000 clean up bill

4/21/13, "Golden Gate Park pot party a major mess," SF. Chronicle, Colliver

"San Francisco park workers and volunteers spent much of Sunday picking up and hauling away 10,000 pounds of garbage strewn all over the eastern part of Golden Gate Park known as Hippie Hill, the remnants of Saturday's annual yet unofficial pot-smoking bacchanalia.

But this year's annual celebration - which falls each year on April 20...drew a larger-than-average crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000 revelers on the warm weekend day. They proceeded to smoke, drink, eat and rack up more than $10,000 in costs for city crews to clean up the mess, ironically just before Earth Day.

Even by early Sunday afternoon, mounds of empty bags of chips, candy wrappers, snack containers, plastic cups, bottles and other debris still remained to be picked up...."It's almost completely unmanageable. There are no officials you can contact to deal with things so that's a frustration for us," said Lt. Simon Silverman of the San Francisco Police Department's Park Station, located near Hippie Hill. "The people paying for all of this are going to be the taxpayers, so it's not without cost.""...

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Ed. note: The bright white background behind part of this post is vandalism by hackers.


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Doubleheader in Colorado begins in 23 degree weather, April 23, 2013









4/23/13, "Colorado Rockies' Eric Young Jr., center, and others try to keep warm in below-freezing weather before the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves," in Denver. Braves won 4-3. ap. Braves also won 2nd game, 10-2. "Game details, weather, 23 degrees, cloudy" item at end of page. Second game of doubleheader lists weather as 30 degrees, cloudy.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cuban-born Florida Marlins pitcher in Minnesota excited at chance to see falling snow for first time

4/22/13, "Snow/rain mix leads to Marlins-Twins postponement," Orlando Sun-Sentinel, Juan C. Rodriguez

"Cuban-born Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez was excited at the notion of seeing falling snow for the first time." Jose Fernandez, Baseball Reference

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Chris Stewart's 4/21/13 home run "Christens the second deck in left," per John Sterling

Yankee catcher Chris Stewart hit his first home run of 2012 on Sunday, 4/21/13 in the top of the third inning in Toronto. John Sterling's call:

"It is high, it is far, it is gone! Chris Stewart! Stewart Christens the second deck in left!" final, 8-4 Blue Jays.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Snow in Denver postpones Braves-Rockies game, Monday, 4/22/13












4/22/13, "Snow coats the empty seats as the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies was postponed due to snow at Coors Field," Denver, Colorado, getty



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Darrelle Revis throws first pitch in Tampa Bay Rays game v Yankees, Mon., 4/22/13













"New Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees," Mon., 4/22/13, in St.Petersburg, Fla." ap

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

David Ortiz, Red Sox fans, pay tribute to victims and first responders to Boston slaughters










David Ortiz speaks before first Red Sox home game after bombing of Boston Marathon, 4/20/13, Boston Globe





David Ortiz speaks to crowd before game in Boston, first home game since terror bombings, Sat., 4/20/13, ap, final 4-3 Red Sox over KC



Red Sox fans hold American flags during tribute to victims and first responders to Islamic terror bombings at Boston Marathon, murder of Boston policeman at MIT, Sat. 4/20/13, ap. final 4-3 Red Sox over Kansas City

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Small child is scanned for metal objects before entering San Francisco Giants game, 4/19/13. Impeding the innocent since 9/11/01


4/19/13, "A child waits to be electronically scanned for metal  objects before entering AT &T Park for San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants game in San Francisco," ap, final 3-2 Giants

"At home, the American people are less free, less prosperous...and much less hopeful...because a decade of the War on Terror brought a government ever bigger and more burdensome, as well as “security” measures that impede the innocent rather than focusing on wrongdoers. Our ruling class justified its ever-larger role in America’s domestic life by redefining war as a never-ending struggle against unspecified enemies for abstract objectives, and by asserting expertise far above that of ordinary Americans....September 11's planners could hardly have imagined that their attacks might seriously undermine what Americans had built over two centuries, what millions of immigrants from the world over had come to join and maintain. In fact, our decline happened because the War on Terror—albeit microscopic in size and destructiveness as wars go—forced upon us, as wars do, the most important questions that any society ever faces:

Who are we, and who are our enemies? What kind of peace do we want? What does it take to get it? Are we able and willing to do what it takes to secure our preferred way of life, to deserve living the way we prefer? Our bipartisan ruling class's dysfunctional responses to such questions inflicted the deepest wounds....

America's current ruling class, the people who lost the War on Terror, monopolizes the upper reaches of American public life, the ranks of those who make foreign and domestic policy, including the leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties. It is more or less homogeneous socially and intellectually. In foreign affairs, the change from the Bush to the Obama Administrations was barely noticeable. In domestic matters, the differences are more quantitative than qualitative. Dissent from the ruling class is rife among the American people, but occurs mostly on the sidelines of our politics....

But U.S. policy has made things worse because the liberal internationalists, realists, and neoconservatives who make up America's foreign policy Establishment have all assumed that Americans should undertake the impossible task of changing such basic facts, rather than confining themselves to the difficult but vital work of guarding U.S. interests against them. For the Establishment, 9/11 meant opportunities to press for doing more of what they had always tried to do....

After 9/11, far from deliberating on the best course to take, our rulers stayed on autopilot and hit the throttles....And indeed, ever since the 1970s U.S. policy had responded to acts of war and terrorism from the Muslim world by absolving the regimes for their subjects’ actions. For example, when Yasser Arafat’s PLO murdered U.S. ambassador Cleo Noel, our government continued building friendly relations with Arafat, and romancing the Saudi regime that was financing him....That message indicts America, among other things, for being weak."...10/20/11, "The lost decade," Angelo M. Codevilla, Claremont Institute

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UK Daily Mail has many wonderful pictures.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Francisco Cervelli's home run call from John Sterling, 'The Cisco Kid rides again!'

John Sterling's call for Francisco Cervelli's home run Thursday, April 18, 2013 v Arizona in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 2:

"The Cisco Kid rides again!"

Arizona won in 12 innings, 6-2

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Boston bomb suspects are brothers, last name Tsarnaev, have been in US about a year, have military experience. Shot MIT cop in the head, robbed 7-11, carjacked a Mercedes SUV, threw explosives out window as they drove, one strapped IED to his chest

4/19/13, "One Boston Marathon suspect killed; second suspect, his brother, on loose after firefight," usnews.nbcnews.com, by Pete Williams, Richard Esposito, Michael Isikoff and Erin McClam

"With a bomb strapped to his chest, one of the Boston Marathon suspects was killed early Friday after he and his accomplice robbed a 7-Eleven, shot a police officer to death, carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives out the window in an extraordinary firefight with law enforcement, authorities told NBC News.

The second suspect — the one in the white hat in photos released by the FBI — was on the loose."...

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One suspect dead in Watertown, Mass., man in white cap still at large

UK Daily Mail has the best pictures.
 
4/19/13, "Boston bombings: one suspect killed, one on the loose – live updates," UK Guardian, Murray, Weaver, Owen

Boston's chief police commissioner Edward Davis sums up the main points so far:...










"The FBI have released this picture of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing taken as they were walking near the marathon finish line. Photograph: FBI via Getty Images."

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First it was 'Manny Ortiz,' now it's 'Sweet Adeline'

4/18/13, "Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" is an iconic part of Boston Red Sox tradition. The song is played and sung at Fenway Park during the eighth inning of every Red Sox game. Secretary of State John Kerry, who served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013, could not properly name the song. Instead Kerry called the song "Sweet Adeline" while thanking the New York Yankees fans rendition as a tribute to the victims of the Boston bombing."

 "John Kerry Makes Gaffe On Boston Red Sox Tradition," Breitbart

1/30/13, "John Kerry and the Red Sox: A love story," Politico, P. Gavin

"Manny Ortiz.” — An answer given in 2004 by Kerry when asked to name his favorite Red Sox player. (There was never a Sox player named Manny Ortiz. Kerry likely amalgamated David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez)."...

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Matt Wieters hits grand slam in the 10th, fans happy










4/18/13, "Baltimore Orioles' Matt Wieters tosses his bat after hitting a grand slam in the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 10-6 in ten innings," ap

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fans in bleachers try to catch Hafner's 8th inning home run at the Stadium













"Fans in the bleachers reach for New York Yankees' Travis Hafner's eighth-inning, solo home run ball in their 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York," Wed., 4/17/13, ap. final 4-3 Yankees.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Salon.com writer hopes Boston bomber is a white American, fears setback for panoply of left wing causes if otherwise

4/16/13, "Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American," Salon.com, David Sirota

"If recent history is any guide, if the bomber ends up being a white anti-government extremist, white privilege will likely mean the attack is portrayed as just an isolated incident — one that has no bearing on any larger policy debates. Put another way, white privilege will work to not only insulate whites from collective blame, but also to insulate the political debate from any fallout from the attack.

It will probably be much different if the bomber ends up being a Muslim and/or a foreigner from the developing world. As we know from our own history, when those kind of individuals break laws in such a high-profile way, America often cites them as both proof that entire demographic groups must be targeted, and that therefore a more systemic response is warranted. At that point, it’s easy to imagine conservatives citing Boston as a reason to block immigration reform, defense spending cuts and the Afghan War withdrawal and to further expand surveillance and other encroachments on civil liberties."...via Drudge

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'One for Boston,' Yankees scoreboard honors Boston, NY Daily News back cover



















NY Daily News back cover, Wed. 4/17/13

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'Yankees fans love Boston,' fan sign at the Stadium










4/17/13, "A Yankee fan shows his support for Boston. The crowd sang the unofficial Red Sox anthem, “Sweet Caroline,” to honor the city and the victims of the tragedy, ny daily news photo

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'We are all Bostonians' sign in Oakland A's stadium











4/16/13, "Electronic sign at O.co Coliseum proclaims "We are all Bostonians" during the seventh inning stretch of the Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics baseball game Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Oakland, Calif.," ap. final v Houston, 4-3 Oakland

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fans sing 'Sweet Caroline' at Miami Marlins game in tribute to victims of Boston Marathon terrorist massacre








4/16/13, "The crowd sings along to "Sweet Caroline" as a tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before the bottom of the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami. The song by Neil Diamond has been a longtime fixture as a fan sing-along during the bottom of the eighth inning of Boston Red Sox games. Marlins won 8-2," ap

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'United we stand, Yankees Boston' sign on Yankee Stadium, April 16, 2013


















"A sign that reads "United We Stand" between logos for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox appears at the top of Yankee Stadium before a baseball game in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The message was displayed in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions," ap




"New York Yankees players observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York," Tues., 4/16/13









"A gate attendant checks a person as fans enter Yankee Stadium for a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013," ap





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Mets improve pitch counts, 3.99 per plate appearance 2013 to date

4/16/13, "The Mets have seen an average of 156.91 pitches through 11 games this season, up from 145.82 last year, when hitting coach Dave Hudgens says players shunned the organizational philosophy of showing patience at the plate, particularly in the second half of the season....

The team goal, according to Hudgens, is to see 150 pitches per game....But Alderson downplayed the 3.99 pitches per plate appearance the Mets have seen — the National League average this season is 3.84 — and said hitters have simply been more disciplined at the plate."...

4/16/13, "Opponents’ pitch counts way up as Sandy’s mandate ‘takes’ root," NY Post, Mike Puma

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NYC covers, Boston Marathon terrorist massacre





































NY Daily News front cover top, back cover bottom, Tues., April 16, 2013
















Left, NY Post front page, 4/16/13















Left, Newsday front page, 4/16/13














Left, Newsday back page, Apr.16, 2013

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Sporting events and teams impacted by violent attacks 1972-2013

4/15/13, "A look at teams and sporting events impacted by attacks," AP

"A glance at some sporting events and teams that have been affected by attacks and threats:
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Sept. 5-6, 1972 — Palestinians going by the name of "Black September" kill 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
April 21, 1987 — A car bomb kills more than 100 people at a bus station in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The blast came during a tour of the country by the New Zealand cricket team. The three-Test tour was cut to one.
Feb. 11, 1996 — Cricket teams from Australia and the West Indies refuse to play preliminary World Cup matches in Sri Lanka a week after a huge bomb blast in Colombo killed 80 people and injures 1,200.
July 27, 1996 — Centennial Park bombing at Atlanta Olympics. The attack took place during a nighttime music concert at the Centennial Olympic Park. The explosion killed one person and injured over 100 others.
April 5, 1997 — The Grand National, the most famous horse race in England, was abandoned after two coded bomb threats were reportedly received from the IRA. Sixty-thousand spectators (including Princess Anne), jockeys, race personnel and local residents were evacuated, and the course was secured by police. The race was run two days later.
May 1, 2002 — Hours before the Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Barcelona, a car bomb was detonated near Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. Seventeen people were injured. UEFA made security checks before going ahead with the match.
May 8, 2002 — A suicide bomber killed 14 people outside the hotel where the New Zealand cricket team was staying in Karachi, Pakistan. Fourteen people died in the attack and the New Zealand team returned home.
2006 — Iraqi sportsmen and women were targeted three times. On May 17, 15 athletes and officials of the Iraqi taekwondo team were kidnapped as they headed to Jordan for a training camp. None of the athletes were seen alive again. On May 26, gunmen shot and killed the Iraqi tennis coach and two of his players. The final attack on July 16 involved 50 gunmen who attacked a sports conference in Baghdad. They kidnapped 30 athletes and officials, including the head of Iraq's Olympic Committee, Ahmed al-Hadjiya.
April 9, 2008 — A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber detonated a device at the start of a marathon celebrating the start of Sri Lanka's new year. Highways minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, former Olympic marathon runner KA Karunaratne and the national athletics coach, Lakshman de Alwis, were among the dozen people killed.
Jan. 4, 2008 — The Dakar Rally was canceled for the first time in its 30-year history. The threat of an attack from al Qaeda made the race too risky for the organizers.
March 3, 2009 — The Sri Lankan cricket team bus was attacked by masked gunmen as they traveled in their team bus outside a stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. Seven people were killed in the attack and six of the Sri Lankan cricket players were wounded.
Jan. 8, 2010 — Assistant coach Abalo Amelete and communications director Stanislas Ocloo of the Togo soccer team were killed when gunmen fired on the team's bus in Angola, site of the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament. The Angolan driver was also killed and nine members of Togo's party were wounded including Togo's reserve goalkeeper.
April 15, 2013 — Two bombs exploded in the crowded street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing two people and injuring more than 130 others. The explosions occurred about four hours into the race and about three hours after the men's winner crossed the line. By that point, more than 17,000 of the runners had finished the race, but thousands of others were farther back along the course." via Breitbart

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Boston Massacre pictures describe the mental illness of political correctness










4/15/13, "A person who was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon is taken away from the scene in a wheelchair," getty
 



4/15/13, "A man is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured by one of two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square," getty

Little boy injured in wheelchair

4/15/13, "Boston police officer wheels in injured boy down Boylston Street ," ap

 

4/15/13, "Boston police examine the damage following the massive twin detonations today at the Boston marathon," getty


4/15/13, below, "Medical workers aid an injured man at the 2013 Boston Marathon who screams out in pain,"ap
 
4/15/13, "Boy aged EIGHT and 'woman in her twenties' among three dead in Boston Marathon bombings that have left another 144 injured with 17 critical: FBI and bomb squad surround apartment after following erratic driver as he sped past state police barracks," UK Daily Mail

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Harrison Ford throws first pitch at Padres-Dodgers game in LA






Harrison Ford throws first pitch at Padres v Dodgers game, 4/15/13, ap







"Harrison Ford, left, walks with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly after throwing the ceremonial first pitch," in LA, Monday, 4/15/13, ap

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Mets pitcher on snow covered Coors Field in Denver














4/15/13, NY Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins practices on snow-covered Coors Field in Denver, ap

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That didn't take long: media blames the right

4/15/13, "CNN Analyst Peter Bergen: Bombings in Boston Were 'Likely Right-Wingers'," punditpress

4/15/13, "NY Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Points Finger At Senate GOP In Wake Of Boston Explosions, Takes It Back," MediaIte, Andrew Kirell

"Explosion in Boston is a reminder that the ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking the appointment."...(NY Times, N. Kristof)

4/15/13, "Holy Mother Of God," Esquire.com, by Charles Pierce, 3:22pm

"Obviously, nobody knows anything yet, but I would caution folks jumping to conclusions about foreign terrorism to remember that this is the official Patriots Day holiday in Massachusetts, celebrating the Battles at Lexington and Concord, and that the actual date (April 19) was of some significance to, among other people, Tim McVeigh, because he fancied himself a waterer of the tree of liberty and the like."


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Red Sox line up for Jackie Robinson Day










4/15/13, "Boston Red Sox players line up for the National Anthem all wearing number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day before a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston Monday," 4/15/13, ap. final 3-2 Boston over Tampa Bay

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Brett Gardner 'plants one' with his home run says John Sterling, updated through 4/26/13

4/26/13, John Sterling said: "Brett Gardner puts a muscle in that"..."Gardner plants one in the right center field seats. Gardie goes yardie and the Yankees take a 6-4 lead."

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4/14/13, Brett Gardner hit a 2 run home run in the bottom of the 5th v Baltimore at the Stadium. John Sterling's call included past form:

"Gardie goes Yardie! He plants one off the foul pole in deep right"...final 3-0 Yankees.

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4/23/11, "Brett plants one." Top of the 9th inning v Baltimore.






4/14/13, Brett Gardner hits home run in 5th, Matt Wieters is Orioles catcher. final 3-0 Yankees

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Jackie Bradley, Jr. makes catch in left field as fans stand ready to help












"Jackie Bradley Jr. #44 of the Boston Red Sox makes a catch in left field in the seventh inning one ball hit by Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays for the final out of the inning at Fenway Park," 4/14/13, getty. final 5-0 Boston

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Washington Nationals allow fans to bring dogs to park on 'Pups in the Park' day April 14











"Andrew Portare, of Manassas, Va., plays with his dog Trigger during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Washington. The Nationals held a "Pups in the Park" day and allowed fans to bring their dogs," ap. final 9-0 Braves

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Six year old Padres fan seeks autographs










"Six-year-old Topher Payne, of San Diego, yells to players for autographs before the San Diego Padres play the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game on Sunday," 4/14/13, ap Rockies lead 2-0 in 9th

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