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Mets-Dodgers Game 5 NLDS 10-15-15

    Game 5. NLDS. Dodger Stadium from our vantage point. Mets 3, Dodgers 2 F.

October 17, 2015   No Comments

Thieves In The Temple?

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    According to a joint statement from DraftKings and FanDuel: “Nothing is more important” than the “integrity of the games we offer.”
    Right, right.
    N.Y. Times

October 6, 2015   No Comments

Yogi Berra: 1925-2015

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    The legendary former player and manager, who led both the New York Yankees and Mets to the World Series, died Tuesday. He was 90.
    N.Y. Times

September 23, 2015   No Comments

White Caps

April 23, 2015   No Comments

Fight’s Over, Dude

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    Time for Alex Rodriguez to go.
    Time for him to take his bat, ball, glove and syringes and be gone.
    Just leave. You are no longer wanted around these parts.
    We will see you in a year if you are still healthy.
    Goodbye and good luck.
    Rodriguez won’t leave, of course.
    Having been sent to his room by Major League Baseball, Rodriguez refuses to go. Or at least go quietly.
    Instead, he is going kicking and screaming.
    Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s decision over the weekend was to reduce Rodriguez’s suspension from baseball to the upcoming year.
    But A-Rod vows we haven’t heard the last of him.
    He doesn’t get it. He fought the system and the system won.
    Time to move on. Rodriguez owes that to baseball.
    He owes it to the fans who have supported him, to the game he claims to love so much and made him so rich.
    He owes it to all of us who are tired of him and he might even owe it to himself.
    Sure it is hard to give up $25 million, but he has plenty of toys in his room to play with.
    Horowitz’s decision should bring the final curtain down on this sad saga A-Rod has brought upon himself.
    Once the best player in the game, he has become a clown in the performance-enhancing drug circus.
    He has lied, cheated and now is threatening to steal back the spotlight from the game itself.
    Time for him to go.
    This should not be the end of Rodriguez. He could still come back. American loves comeback stories.
    But 1st you have to be gone, and he just won’t leave.
    What he should do is go play baseball for fun. Show us how much he loves the game.
    Go become a volunteer high school coach back home. Get back to your roots.
    Teach the kids not only how to hit, but give them an education in what can be lost if you don’t play the game right.
    He could turn around his legacy just as quickly as he soured it.
    Then, in a year, try to get back into baseball.
    Come clean about what you have done and ask for forgiveness. Tell the Yankees you want to be part of their team again and then show them how hard you have worked to get back into shape.
    If they say no, check and see if anybody else would like you.
    You might even want to give back some of that money to a charity or two. That never looks bad.
    Earn the public’s respect before you try to play the game again.
    And those who think baseball came out clean, don’t. League officials are just as messy even after victory.
    They had to get in bed with Anthony Bosch, the founder of the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic who told “60 Minutes” Sunday he injected Rodriguez with PED’s.
    That’s like showering in sewage.
    Baseball paid off Bosch’s legal bills to get him to “come clean” on what he provided to players, including Rodriguez.
    The incident shows Major League Baseball is really trying to clean the game up. The league has been doing this for some time.
    However, that has come years after the game’s officials turned their heads as players abused steroids and other PEDs to set records and turn themselves into body builders more than baseball players.
    All the time, Baseball officials were cashing in on the game’s growing popularity.
    Rodriguez might be telling the truth when he takes shots at Baseball’s brass, but he’s still wrong to keep up a losing fight.
    A-Rod might be right, Baseball was after him as if it were on a witch hunt. Problem is, they caught a witch.
    Jim Gazzolo is managing sports editor at American Press in Lake Charles, La. He is a frequent contributor.

January 13, 2014   No Comments

Jerry Coleman: 1924-2014

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    The legendary Padres’ broadcaster, former major leaguer, war hero and wonderful person passed Sunday at age 89. Having covered the Padres last season and having the pleasure of occasionally interacting with Coleman, he was as sharp as a tack and had a sense of humor to boot. I was definitely saddened by the news.
    I frequently use the term “Oh doctor!” It’s a Coleman original (and now a tribute), one in which he would use after great plays.
    The official statement from the Padres: “The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news today of the passing of Jerry Coleman. We send our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Coleman family, including his wife, Maggie, his children and grandchildren. On behalf of Padres’ fans everywhere, we mourn the loss of a Marine who was truly an American hero as well as a great man, a great friend and a great Padre.”
    RIP Jerry. My life has been enhanced immensely having crossed your great path.

January 6, 2014   No Comments

Signs Of The Times

Red Sox fans celebrated in the streets Wednesday night after Boston wrapped up the World Series with a 6-1 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. David Ortiz (was there any doubt?) was named MVP after a sizzling hitting exhibition.

October 31, 2013   No Comments

The Write Stuff

    When AP reporter Steve Wilstein wrote about a little bottle in Mark McGwire’s locker 15 years ago, he had no idea the can of worms he opened. But Wilstein’s piece opened the curtain to PED use among Major League Baseball players.
    BuzzFeed

August 5, 2013   No Comments

Walk In The Park For Padres

      I can’t recall ever being around a circus like followed the Yankees Friday before they opened a 3-game series in San Diego. More than 200 media members (1 estimate said at least 300) followed them, particularly Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, before they suffered a 7-2 blowout by the Padres.
      Sports Xchange

August 2, 2013   No Comments

Crying Game

    We wondered how long it would take for the cesspool that breeds scumbag sports agents would start bubbling over with envy and hate after Jay-Z entered the game. Didn’t take long at all.
    We’ll withhold judgement until we see and read evidence he and his firm might have broken rules, but some of the things being written about Kimberly Miale, Jay Z’s new partner in crime, reeks with sexist overtones.
    Paranoid?
    “And if the NFLPA doesn’t look at the Jay-Z/(Geno) Smith relationship closely, what’s to stop (Drew) Rosenhaus from partnering with, say, Miami rapper Rick Ross?” Ben Volin writes.
    Who’s to say Rosenhaus hasn’t? Granted, many African American male athletes are drawn to rappers and hip-hop personalities but since when has anyone cared how the sleezy Rosenhaus preys on some of the misguided athletes? For every Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco there are more educated athletes who have passed on Rosenhaus’ tired act.
    Plenty of black athletes prefer taking a page out of the playbook of say a Kevin Durant, Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, Derek Jeter, Torii Hunter or Larry Fitzgerald, just to name a few. We just don’t always hear more about them because they don’t generate the tabloid fodder clowns like Owens and Ochocinco frequently do.
    We just find all the whining, and timing of it, about Jay-Z curious, particularly after he added the lovely Skylar Diggins and Jets QB Geno Smith after his initial signing of Yankees star Robinson Cano.
    Never heard writers and other agents jumping up to defend agents like Eugene Parker and the Goodwin brothers when Rosenhaus was slandering them years ago (and still could be for all we know) with blatant stereotypes and other nonsense. But it just doesn’t work that way, huh?

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May 27, 2013   No Comments