Idiots abound 

IMG_4097In the wake of Jonathan Papelbon choking Bryce Harper (see the LINK) some have said Papelbon should never play again, he has been suspended so he won’t be playing again this season, hopefully. Others have sided with Papelbon, saying he was right, as a veteran player such as the person who tweeted this tweet.

There are two problems with that. One is Bryce Harper is the best player on the Nationals, he leads the NL in batting average (.336), runs (117) and OPS (1.125), and is tied for the home run lead (41). You don’t get those numbers by being a ‘lazy shit’. He’s a candidate for National League Most Valuable Player Award, on a better team he would be heading to the post season, possibly the World Series. Papelbon has played 22 games for the Nationals, he has pitched a grand total of 23.2 innings, and a has proven himself a bit of a jerk. Of course I have a history of dislike for Puppybone.

The second thing is Puppybone didn’t stand up or call Harper out for being lazy, he attacked him, he tried to choke him. If it had happened anyplace else Puppybone could be facing criminal charges. But it didn’t and people are defending him. It proves the title of this post.

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Opening day a national holiday?

For a while now, since about February, there has been a petition to make opening a day a national holiday. An article on it says in part:

“Many Americans celebrate their favorite holiday at the beginning of spring — and it isn’t Easter.

Opening Day, the kick-off of Major League Baseball’s new season, is taking place today and fans are heading to ballparks around the country.

But some of the truly die-hard are arguing that the umpire’s inaugural shout to “Play ball!” should be a bona fide U.S. holiday — and they have the signatures to prove it.

The White House has shot it down and I can’t say I’m upset about it. As a diehard baseball fan, I love opening day and I was at the bar 2 hours before the game began last night. I bought my ticket for the home opener the first day they went on sale but I have a problem with making opening day a national holiday. What day would you pick for opening day?

This year, there were two games played in Australia which apparently are being considered part of the regular season. They are included in the regular season stats for the teams that played. Then on Sunday, March 30 the Padres had their opener, on Monday, March 31, 13 teams played, then on Tuesday, April 1 there were 4 more teams having their opener, my team’s opener was Tuesday. So which day would you pick? Someone said, the first day, my team didn’t play the first opening day, I wouldn’t want to celebrate ‘opening day’ on a day my team isn’t playing. I’m sure many baseball fans would agree with me. Someone else said, they would all have to start the same day. That’s feasible I suppose, but not very practical. So yes, I’m glad the White House said No.

Thoughts

Whenever I see a Yankee hat I wonder “Are they really a Yankee fan or are they just wearing the hat for a fashion statement?” It is the best known brand symbol in the world and maybe some people think, since they are in NY they should identify themselves as Yankee fans, even if they are not. After all, the hats can be found pretty cheap if you know where to look.

Before you think I am an arrogant Yankee fan, I asked some friends of mine who live in London, as in, they have lived in the UK all their life, why most people from England are either Yankee fans or Red Sox fans, and he told me, Those are the only two teams I know. Sort of proves my point about how well known the Yankee logo is known.

Red vs Red

The World Series starts tomorrow and it is the Cardinals versus the Red Sox. Both red teams. Someone asked me who I was rooting for, I told them I was rooting for the asteroid. That big piece of rock that is coming down from the sky and landing on top of Lackey, taking out both dugouts and Fenway park. Of course that is not going to happen, I don’t have that kind of power.

This is one of those situations where I couldn’t care less. On the Red Sox side is the intense rivalry between New York sports and New England sports. On the Cardinals side is the fact that they are dirty red birds and I don’t like birds, you see my dilemma.

So what is a girl to do? In my case I have The New York Yankees Fall Classic Collector’s Edition 1996-2001. It has 5 complete WS games and 2 bonus DVDs. That’s seven DVDs in total which will take me all the way through the series. Especially since the Cards are going to sweep the Red Sox.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Way Back Wednesday

BlueJaysVsYankeesSept2012Way Back Wednesday is a feature FanCred does, I’ve mentioned them here before, click the tag to see the post. The theme for today is “Your favorite sports moment at your favorite sports venue”. This picture only partially fits, O.K., not at all since these are from the old Yankee Stadium and I go to the new Stadium. I never liked the old Stadium and yes I know Yankee fans see that as heresy. Deal with it.

These are tickets from last year, the game was rained out and I couldn’t go to the make-up game. I traded them in for this Saturday’s game, Sylvia will be there and it looks to be a fun time. I was smart this time and scanned them before I traded them in.

Elston Howard was the first African American player on the Yankees. He made his debut on April 14, 1955 and played most of his career for the Yankees. In his last year he was traded to the Red Sox but then came back to the Yankees as a coach. His number (32) was retired in 1984. He won the MVP award in 1963, the Babe Ruth award in 1958, has two gold gloves, World Series Champion 4 times and played in 12 All-star games. No I never saw him play, how old do you think I am? I did watch a Yankeeography about him.

November 1, 2001 Scott Brosius hit a home run to tie game 5 of the World Series. It was a great moment, unfortunately the Yankees lost that World Series to the Diamondbacks, making them one of the teams that was able to take advantage of a human moment by Mariano Rivera. I didn’t see Scott Brosius play either, that was during my non-baseball years. I don’t know if there is a Yankeeography about him.

That’s it for my way-back Wednesday.

Marc Anthony sings God Bless America and people are dumb

At the All-Star game Marc Anthony sang “God Bless America”. Probably during the 7th inning stretch, I don’t know since I was watching at a bar with friends and wasn’t really paying attention to anything but the game. I didn’t know he sang it until I read about the racist backlash on twitter. Since then I have watched the below video. I would LOVE for the Yankees to get a tape of this and play it at Yankees Stadium every 7th inning. Pretty hot ……… Where was I?

Oh yes, racist backlash on twitter, specifically people being outraged that a Mexican was singing AMERICA’S SONG at AMERICA’s PASTIME. For more WTF tweets check out Public Shaming. My only complaint is the title refers to baseball fans being super angry which could give some people the impression that all baseball fans are racist, which isn’t true.

Let me think about this, suppose Marc Anthony is Mexican (he’s not), isn’t Mexico in North America? No, it’s in Central America, isn’t that still America? So technically he would be an American if he was Mexican, except he’s not, he was born in NYC. His reply to these stupid comments was, “There’s no one more New York than me. I was honored to be asked to sing.” But he’s of Puerto Rican descent, which doesn’t change anything, even if he had been born in Puerto Rico he would still be considered a citizen of the U.S.

Did these people forget that the U.S. is a country of immigrants? “God Bless America” was written by Irving Berlin, born Israel (or Isadore) Baline who immigrated with his family to New York from Temun Russia in 1888. And America’s game? The Home Run Derby was won by Yoenis Céspedes who is from Cuba, who learned to play baseball in Cuba. The MVP of the All Star Game was Mariano Rivera, who besides being the greatest relief pitcher and closer in baseball is beloved and respected by most people. I’ve even had Red Sox fans (who hate the Yankees) tell me, “Even Red Sox fans respect Mariano”. Mariano Rivera is from Panama, he learned to play baseball in Panama. Cause guess what? Baseball is played in other countries, some close like Cuba and Panama, some far away like Taiwan and Korea.

By the way, this post was written by an American of Spanish descent.

I run for

This year I took the plunge and signed up for the 5th Annual Damon Runyon 5K at Yankees Stadium. I am even training to run it. I’ve been rather successful at fund raising. The money will be used to fund innovative research by today’s most brilliant young scientists. This research is for all types of cancer (yes I copied that from their website). If you would like to donate click on this link.

Five people have donated to my run which makes me happy, of those five, three have mentioned “in memory of” which makes me sad. Also in the e-mail Damon Runyon sent thanking me for registering to run there was a post script:

PS – Your story could inspire others to sign up, too. Please send us an email to let us know if you are a cancer survivor, plan to run in memory of a loved one or friend, or are participating in honor of someone facing the disease right now.

Not sure they want the whole list of people I know who died, and those I know who are currently battling, but here I can list them all.

There was Nathan, my sweet little boy and his cousin Jeremy who both lost their fight while they were still in their teens, and their grandmother. My aunt Jesse who died of lung cancer, yes she smoked but that is still a terrible way to die. My friend Bruce who had cancer of the bone. My friend Kiley, who I only knew through Twitter but still felt a sense of lose when she died. That is all I can remember right now.

Then there is my mom, with breast cancer but cancer free after surgery, Beth who just had her second round beating breast cancer, my friend Mike and Buffalo Bills former quarterback and Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly, who like my mom has been declared cancer free after surgery. Lastly my minister Louis, still battling.

I’m running for all of them and for the memory of the people mentioned by my friends who donated. For Cynthia who donated because she is a cancer survivor, which I didn’t know until today. Also for everyone who might benefit from better treatments and improved screening to detect cancer earlier. It’s a lot of people to run for, but I have help.

A Giant Mistake

If you are at all interested in baseball and are not living under a rock, you probably know that this year’s All-Star game is being played at Citifield, home of the NY Mets. In honor of this, there are two big apples painted like baseballs in Grand Central Terminal. In case you don’t know, there is a big apple at Citifield.

IMG_2108IMG_2107This is one of them, you see it is decorated with team logos. The interlocking NY may look like the Mets but this apple is covered with NY Giants logos and signs and the other one is dedicated to the Brooklyn Dodgers. I’m a little confused about why they would use these teams, since although they are part of the history of NY baseball, neither team played in Queens or has a connection to the Mets. Except they are all National League teams.

BDodgersBrooklynDodgersA brief history of baseball in NYC. Baseball was first played in Brooklyn by a minor league team in 1884, by 1890 the National League had come to Brooklyn in the team that eventually settled on the name Dodgers in 1933. Around the term of the century a number of Orioles’ players along with the manager came to Brooklyn when that franchise folded. Charles Ebbets bought the team and built a new ballpark – Ebbets Field – which opened in 1913. The Dodgers played there from 1913-1957. Today there is a housing complex where the ball park used to be.

NYGiantsAcross town was the NY Giants, their first game was played in May 1883 at the original Polo Grounds located near Central Park between 110th and 112th Streets. They had to move from that location when the city decided to put a street through the outfield. The next Polo Grounds were built on 8th Avenue between 155th and 157th Street. A housing complex was built on this site, like on Ebbets Field.

Both teams left NYC in 1957, the Dodgers left because Ebbets Field was small and antiquated. The owner of the Dodgers wanted to build a new bigger and better ballpark but couldn’t get city officials to cooperate with finding land for it. The Giants left because they couldn’t compete with the Yankees who played across the river from them. That left NYC without a National League team, an attorney named Bill Shea proposed creating a third major league called the Continental league with an anchor franchise in NYC. MLB agreed to award a franchise to NYC and Shea agreed to shut down the Continental League. This new franchise was the Mets, and for their first two years they played at the Polo Grounds until their ballpark, Shea Stadium, located in Flushing, Queens, was built. So I guess there is a connection to these teams and the Mets, but it is a tenuous one. There is also a big “42” at Citifield and a Dodger museum.

IMG_2106However the real reason I wrote this post was this picture that I took as I was walking around the apple. Oops. So now I am wondering if this mistake was made on the original logo or if it was made when they were painting it on the apple. Something else for me to research, unless you know and want to tell me.

Still the best

The Yankees may be in second place in the AL East but to me they are still the best. The fact that last week they were in third place and this week are in second place and the team that was in second place is now in fourth place shows you just why the saying is: “It’s a long season.” These are Yankees we are talking about not the Mets.

Right now I am waiting for the game to start at 4:00 p.m., yes it is a West coast game. The Yankees have won two of three of a four game series. Depending on what happens today they could win or split. Since Boston (first place) is winning I would really like the Yankees to WIN TODAY!

After this series the Yankees head south to play the Athletics then the Angels. I haven’t been watching the games because the Yankees were losing every time I watched. I am willing to make this sacrifice for my team, since I can still get my baseball fix by watching college ball, for a little while.

So while we’re waiting for today’s game, some interesting things from yesterday in baseball.

First up the Yankees, Andy Pettitte got career win number 250, on the same day his son was drafted by the Yankees. The Yankees also drafted Paul O’Neill’s nephew, Michigan outfielder Michael O’Neill, in the third round.

There were three games with free baseball: Texas vs. Toronto, 3-4(Toronto) 18 innings; Miami vs. NYM, 2-1(Miami) 20 innings; Minnesota vs. Washington, 4-3(Minnesota) 11 innings (amateurs).

In other sports, Nadal Captures His Eighth French Open Title (tennis ~ YAWN), the only excitement there was a protester jumping on the court with a flare. Palace Malice a long Shot wins the 145th Belmont Stakes. The no triple crown winner drought continues.