Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mariano had the single best pitch I've ever faced-David Ortiz, The Players' Tribune, 9/27/16

9/27/16, "Thanks for the Memories, New York," David Ortiz, The Players' Tribune

"But that’s why I’m gonna miss this rivalry so much. Because we were perfect opposites. Everything we had in Boston, New York had an answer for it. 

Manny was the best power hitter I’ve ever seen, but Mariano had the single best pitch I’ve ever faced. Trying to hit for power against Rivera’s cutter was impossible. He broke so many bats that Louisville Slugger should be paying for his pool. Against Mariano, all you were gonna get was a bloop. He was on another level....

When I came to this country and I was trying to make it to the big leagues, I looked at guys like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and I was almost in awe. When I got to play against the Yankees my first few years, I would watch some of the things Jeter would do in the field like I was just a fan.

I learned a lot from watching DJ. I never got to tell him that when he was playing, but I did. The way he handled his business, and how much respect he had for this game, it made me want to be a better player. 

For real, I looked forward to hitting doubles against the Yankees so I could get to second base and say what’s up to DJ. 

He never said too much. If I wasn’t hitting good, he might say something like, “How you doing? Haven’t seen you in a while.”"...

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Curt Schilling sitting in for Howie Carr today on WRKO radio, Sept. 23, 2016

Howie Carr Show, WRKO radio, 3-7pm. 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Won't this make Muslim terrorists even more angry at the US? Londonistan Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan throws first pitch at NY Mets game Sunday 9/18/16

Above, Sunday, 9/18/16, The London mayor and "Labour politician is in North America to convince investors that London is still open for business," UK Sun, "PITCHING FOR LONDON," "Sadiq Khan throws first ball at Mets baseball game during the London mayor’s whirlwind visit to New York. Labour politician also makes bid to follow NFL lead and bring baseball games to the capital." image PA press. Final Mets 3, Twins 2


Comment: Deeply globalist MLB as usual contributes to its own extinction with actions it believes are socially and morally superior.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Billy Butler and his daughter in April 2013 before double header in Kansas City

4/28/2013, In Kansas City, "Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler gets a kiss from one of his daughters before the first of two baseball games against the Cleveland Indians." Game one, 9-0 Kansas City, game two, 10-3 Cleveland. image by ap (link from 2013 no longer active). I first posted this in April 2013. Billy Butler debuts as a Yankee, 9/15/16, Yankees at Red Sox.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

September 11, 2001 remembered at Yankee Stadium, September 11, 2016


Above, 9/11/2016, "An American flag is unfurled on the field during a September 11th memorial ceremony that also included the New York City Pipes and Drums at Yankee Stadium before the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)" final, Rays 4, Yankees 2

Above, 9/11/2016, "New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances, left and manager Joe Girardi carry a wreath to the September 11th memorial in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium before the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)"

Above, 9/11/2016, "The New York City Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums march onto the field at Yankees Stadium during a September 11th memorial ceremony held before the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)" 

Above, 9/11/16, "New York City Fire Department members carry a giant American flag onto the Yankee Stadium field to be unfurled during a 9/11 ceremony before the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)"

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

World Trade Center Jumpers, September 11, 2001

Above, Jumpers, 9/11/2001, Reuters photo

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Above, "The Falling Man," 9/11/2001, ap photo by Richard Drew, via Esquire
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9/10/2011, "The 9/11 victims America wants to forget: The 200 jumpers who flung themselves from the Twin Towers who have been 'airbrushed from history'," UK Daily Mail, Tom Leonard
  • "Almost all of them jumped alone, although eyewitnesses talked of a couple who held hands as they fell."...
9/10/2011, "Children of 9/11: Life with a parent missing," Newsday, Carol Polsky
9/9/2011, "WaPo's Dionne: 'Time to Leave 9/11 Behind' as 'A Simple Day of Remembrance'," NewsBusters
A witness saw people jump to their death from the World Trade Center: "Then the crowd let out a collective gasp, I looked to see the first of many people falling through the sky. The television stations and the newspapers downplayed this aspect of a day already filled with enough shock and terror, but I place great importance on it because it immediately human-ised the situation for both myself and those around me. This wasn’t just a burning building; it was suddenly full of people, friends, and family. For me, it is the most haunting memory of the day. When I focussed on what the crowd had noticed, I too let out a cry so involuntary and so primeval that I barely recognised it as my own. It was not a piece of building falling to the ground, but a man, recognisable by his flapping tie and flailing arms and legs as he fell through the air. The situation was surreal no longer; my body shook with shock, my knees buckled and a light-headedness overwhelmed me with such severity that I thought I was either going to throw-up or fall down.
I sat down and looked up only to see more people jumping. I thought for a moment that they might have fallen, but there were too many people, their arms windmilling as they subconsciously tried to fight gravity and avoid the inevitable. Haunted by these visions numerous times since the incident, I have tormented myself by trying to imagine the extreme conditions that those people must have faced that they should choose certain death by leaping from the building over clinging to any hope of rescue. What were they thinking when they jumped; what did they think on the way down?...But my fear is that to forget is to fail the lesson and lose the opportunity. That’s why this raw wound will never completely heal and that things can never go back to ‘normal’. Because even as a simple bystander I have a responsibility to incite change for the rest of my life or I watched all those people die in vain."
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