3 STRIKES FOR BALTIMORE & MLB: First Time in the History of MJB … No Fans in the Stands as Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles Play in Camden Yards in Baltimore
TREE FALLS IN THE WOODS MLB GAME IS PLAYED AND THERE IS NO ONE THERE TO WATCH IT, DOES IT MAKE A SOUND?
TODAY’S SCORE FROM CAMDEN YARDS: BALTIMORE 0 – RIOTERS 15.
STRIKE ONE … Thanks to the rioters, looters and those who cannot be trusted in Baltimore to protest calmly and without violence, the MLB game between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles will be played today, but there will be no fans in the stands. For the first time in the history of baseball, a game will be played with the public not allowed to be in the stadium to watch it. Way to go protesters you made history, you should be so incredibly proud of yourselves. The powers that be in baseball and the local authorities basically deemed that you could not be trusted to act accordingly.
NO FANS, just media
The game Wednesday will start at 2:05 p.m. ET.
“All of the decisions in Baltimore were driven first by the desire to insure the safety of fans, players, umpires and stadium workers,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “Only after we were comfortable that those concerns had been addressed did we consider competitive issues and the integrity of the schedule.”
An MLB spokesman told ESPN’s Outside The Lines that the league is not aware of any other time that a major league game has been played, by design, without spectators allowed in to watch.
In addition, MLB spokesman Matt Bourne said the league office would not comment as to how, if at all, it would compensate the Orioles for the lost attendance.
Great moments happen when you have great Leadership
STRIKE TWO: Major League Baseball and Barack Hussein Obama must have leaned nothing from GWB throwing out the first ball in Yankee Stadium following the terror attacks on 9-11. The decision to play today’s game at Camden Yards with no fans in the stands is BS. By doing so, you gave the violent looters and rioters their victory. If you could not protect the safety of fans in a ball park and their property, then maybe it would have been a better idea to postpones the game and play a double header at a later date in the season. Since you were willing to play a game with no fans, then you money grubbing SOB’s could have played a real double header, like in days or yore, to provide a gift to the Baltimore fans, rather than a day-night double header so you can double your profits. Hmm? Note to MLB, the optics look terrible of a game going on inside a locked stadium and fans on the outside looking in.
If you were not going to make a statement and have GWB throw out the first pitch and say, “WE ARE BALTIMORE” … then cancel the game. Obviously, Obama was too much of a ninny to show up in Baltimore as the first black president would have been booed by folks that could have been his son as he has done nothing to help blacks during his presidency. In reality, it has been liberal Democrat policies that are responsible for inner cities like Baltimore and the lack of hope as all they have to look forward to is a welfare check and a hand out.
STRIKE THREE: The City of Baltimore and liberal Democrat politics are the biggest losers and have struck out. Make no mistake about it, Baltimore, MD is not Ferguson, MO but yet the exact same thing occurred. The demographics of Baltimore is that it is 63% black and only about 31% white. The police make up in Baltimore is very diverse. However, the problem with Baltimore is the sad state of affairs of Democrat politics and the lack of hope that it provides to inner city minorities, who are in this case the majority. Baltimore County, much like the state of Maryland is a deep blue where is a Republican is ever elected it is by luck. But the problem and lack of opportunity, jobs and hope is a Democrat problem. It is the Democrat politicians that have left these folks behind where Barack Obama made comments as if he was not part of the problem. Keeping people dependent on the government generation after generation creates hopelessness and anger. It is only now that black America wants to take their wrath out on the police. But the Mayor and the police chief of Baltimore are black, so there goes that racial thing.
The problem, as he explained it, is that Americans only worry about poor neighborhoods when there’s a crisis, failing to engage with their concerns and difficulties over time.
“People have a tendency, once the fires have been put out, and the cars aren’t being tipped over, you know there’s not some immediate crisis, then folks wanna go back and focus on, you know, whatever reality TV thing is going on,” he said.
Obama complained about “dis-invested” communities where the primary economy was the drug trade, where young people were more likely to go to prison than college.
Who gave the stand down order to police that made them sitting ducks?
Just curious, after watching the mob burn down business, loot and act in such a disgraceful manner, who in the hell would ever want to invest here? Making matters worse, to get back on track with the theme of this post, the protesters managed to create an atmosphere of uncertainty where MLB had to take action for the safety of its players and fans. Not only is today’s baseball game between the Orioles and Chi-sox without fans, it is without employing people of Baltimore selling beer, food, concessions and other memorabilia. It is without restaurants and bars in the downtown Camden Yard area making money from a day game. Do you know how much money the city of Baltimore has lost because these games now have to be moved and this one was played in front of no one? Way to go rioters, you showed them.
Making matters worse for Baltimore and its people is the fact that the upcoming Oriole home-stand with the Rays is going to be played in Tampa Bay, Florida, not Baltimore. The hardworking folks who make a living from the playing of home baseball games are out of luck. Thanks rioters. Most importantly, a special thanks to the leftist mayor who obviously gave a stand down order to the police the day of the funeral of Freddie Gray. Oh yeah, remember him? Another blemish on Baltimore as the power structure, which is black, failed to put forth in a timely manner to diffuse the bomb before it blew. Baltimore exploded into riots and looked like Baltimore circa 1968, because of incompetence at the highest levels and an ideology to let protesters be protesters and let them get it out of their systems. What’s a couple, 2, 3, 20 businesses looted and burned. After all, in a PC society, we can’t make the rioters feel uncomfortable.
In the end it is Baltimore and its power structure that has much to explain. From how does Freddie Gray die in police custody, to the lack of preparation to prevent riots to the business owners you turned your backs on.The plight of the poor is on you and the fact that you refuse to create an atmosphere to help break the cycle. Instead you just want to throw more failed money after more failed money. How’s that war on Poverty going? Obviously it has failed miserably.
You have struck out.
Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco clears Barry “Balco” Bonds obstruction conviction …
Please, even if the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned your obstruction of justice conviction, before you start talking about justice being served, every one in America, even homers in San Francisco, know you did roids. Sorry Barry, but no one will ever consider you the MLB home run champion.
What, it was Flax seed oil
Barry Bonds was cleared of his only criminal conviction in a government investigation of steroids in sports Wednesday when a federal appeals court ruled that the former San Francisco Giants star’s “rambling, nonresponsive answer” in grand jury testimony did not amount to obstruction of justice.
In a 10-1 decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a jury’s felony conviction of baseball’s all-time home run leader and said there was not enough evidence to support the charge. The ruling, if it stands, means Bonds cannot be retried.
“An enormous weight has been lifted from his body and soul,” said Bonds’ lawyer Dennis Riordan. He said the prosecution “ruined (Bonds’) career.”
Bonds, 50, said in a statement, “Today’s news is something that I have long hoped for. I am humbled and truly thankful for the outcome as well as the opportunity our judicial system affords to all individuals to seek justice.”
Former Boston Red Sox Pitching Great Curt Says “HELL NO” to Critics Telling Him to Ignore Men Bullying His Daughter … “I Can and Will Find You” (Update: Ticket Taker Sean MacDonald Fired by the Yankees)
A LONG TIME AGO WE COINED THE PHRASE, “KEY BOARD COWARDS”.
ALL-STAR DAD ... Curt Schilling, Boston Red Sox, “bloody sock” baseball pitching great, is doubling down on going Dad protective of his daughter in the face of recent cyber bullying attacks. Take a look at Schilling’s blog, 38 Pitches and check out the vile attacks on his daughter and a father’s response. Folks, cyber bullying is no laughing matter. There are some true psychos out there and piling on in a form of cyber wilding hardly makes you cool. All of this occurred after Schilling tweeted a congratulatory message about his 17 year old daughter being accepted to Salve Regina University. Then the disgusting, crude and vile tweets came from the underbelly and low-lifes of the internet.
I am all for free speech, sorry, this type of speech should be a crime. The intent is to cause harm. Such cowards need to be prosecuted or better yet, be put in a room for 20 minutes with Curt Schilling and let him dish out some dad justice.
Curt Schilling goes Liam Neeson on Trolls
Ladies? If any of these guys is your boyfriend you’re in for a real rude awakening.
Lastly? Not one of these gutless clowns would even think of saying a word of ANY of this in person.
P.S. Gabby I know you’re likely embarrassed and for that I apologize. But as we have talked about, there is no situation ever in your life, where it’s ok for any ‘man’ to talk about you, or any other woman this way (and truth be told no real man would ever talk this way anyway). It truly is time this stopped. I don’t know where it started because it sure as hell didn’t happen much when we were growing up. Like any dad reading this the only thing I need you to leave this home with when you head to college is the knowledge that I love you more than life itself and there is NOTHING I would not do to protect you. And while it may sound corny, it’s nothing I’d ever be shy about saying in public, ever.
Some have told Curt to ignore the tweets and the vile and disgusting comments regarding his daughter. There is a long standing rule on the internet, actually its more of a guideline, don’t feed the trolls. However, that rule only goes so far and at some point you have to do what Curt Shilling did and say, HELL NO” … “I CAN AND WILL FIND YOU!!!”
I look at it like this. If someone walked into your house and punched your daughter square in the face, what would your reaction be? You and I probably are thinking the very same thing. How is that different than what happened to my amazing Daughter?
Those bruises on your daughters face? They’ll heal over time and go away. My daughter? She was bruised and battered every bit as bad as that punch. Her scars are there forever.
For you “men” trying to somehow side with these guys? Go for it. You don’t have far to go in life, in fact you may already be at your finish line.
Ladies? I don’t care if you’re 7 or 70. There is no time, no place, no reason in your lives ever that anyone, most especially a man, is allowed to talk to you, or treat you, this way.
I grew up in a world where women were treated with respect and dignity. When did that become out of date? Obsolete? How? Why?
The other man — the VP of Theta Xi at Montclair State — has since been identified as Sean MacDonald. MacDonald was hired by the Yankees as a part-time ticket taker at the end of January, the team confirmed, and he has since been fired.
NY Yankees’ Derek Jeter Goodbye Gatorade Commercial, ‘Made in New York’ … Class, Character and Hustle, He Did it His Way
AMAZING DEREK JETER TRIBUTE THAT WILL GIVE EVEN RED SOX FANS A CHILL … and oh by the way it was a Gatorade ad.
Let me just preface this by saying, I am and always have been a Boston Red Sox fan … For 20 years Derek Jeter has been the epitome of hard work, hustle, leadership, character and class. The captain of the New York Yankees takes a stroll though the Bronx to Yankee Stadium with the music stylings of the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra’s, “My Way” playing in the background. Following such Yankee captain immortals like Babe Ruth, Lou Gerhig, and Thurman Munson, Jeter did it right in a time and age in the MLB where so many did it wrong. Thank you for the memories Derek, even though many of them were at the cost to the Sox. Baseball and the Yankees will be hard-pressed to replace such an ambassador to the game.
Jeter’s Yankee Stadium farewell begins Thursday night against the Blue Jays, who are in town for a four-game series. It is only fitting that Derek Jeter’s final games of his career will come against the Red Sox in Fenway Park on September 26, 27 and 28th.
I am hoping that the Red Sox fans show the respect and class for Jeter that he truly deserves and serenades him with a DEREK JETER chant.
Derek Jeter’s final homestand will be met with many emotional goodbyes from fans over the next week. But before he even made it to the ballpark Thursday, a Gatorade commercial anticipating and celebrating the Yankees captain’s farewell already had made its way onto the Internet.
The black-and-white ad follows Jeter on his way to the ballpark and watches him walk the last few blocks to Yankee Stadium. He greets some kids, stops by Stan’s Sports Bar and soon gets engulfed by fans near the gates before eventually tipping his cap in uniform outside the dugout.
All of it was choreographed to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” a song Jeter says he picked out himself.
“I’ve always liked the song,” said Jeter, who said Sinatra was an easy choice. “I thought it was fitting, I thought it fit for what I’m going through. I’m happy we used it.
Gatorade told Ad Week the spot was a “true collaboration” between the company and one of its most-recognized athletes, saying all the sports drink giant did was rope off blocks around Yankee Stadium to let Jeter mingle with fans. The reactions are genuine.
In conjunction with the ad, the company will run a full-page letter, addressed to the city and written by Jeter, in Sports Illustrated and the New York Daily News on Sept. 28 and 29.
Best Thing to Happen On or Off the Field at Fenway Park All Year … Boy Gives His Baseball To Young Girl, “Somebody has made a friend”
FEEL GOOD HAPPY STORY OF THE WEEK, THERE REALLY IS HOPE FOR THE FUTURE …
CAUTION: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS … The Boston Red Sox have had an abysmal year as they currently find themselves at 62 wins, 79 losses and in last place in the AL East. In the past three years, they will have gone from worst, to first, back to worst. However, the video below shows what may be, no is the best thing that has happened all year at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Watch 12 year old Ryan give the little girl behind him, who he did not know, his baseball. And he made a new friend. What a little gentleman. Kudos to his mom, raising your son the right way. NICE!
In this day and age where we only hear about the negative, it is nice to see that kids still have manners and know to do the right thing. Way to go Ryan!
One mother was left astonished Friday night at Fenway Park when a young baseball fan immediately handed her daughter a foul ball he had just received on the third base line.
The nice gesture, which Major League Baseball referred to as a “power move” in a tweet, also grabbed the attention of the two broadcasters.
“I think that’s one of the nicest things I’ve seen at the ballpark all year,” one said.
“Somebody has made a friend,” the other echoed.
75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s ‘Luckiest Man’ Farewell Speech, “Yet Today I Consider Myself the Luckiest Man on the Face of This Earth.”
75 years later and Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech still brings chills and tears … “I may have been given a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”
It was July 4, 1939 as the New York Yankees honored Lou Gehrig between games of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators before a packed house at Yankee Stadium of 61,000. It was just two short months after the greatest first baseman in the history of baseball, Lou Gerhig, found out that ne suffered from ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, that had robbed the “Iron Horse” of his physical abilities. Gehrig was almost too choked up and emotional to speak following all the tributes; however, he did and the rest is forever history … “Yet Today I Consider Myself the Luckiest Man on the Face of This Earth.”
When the tributes were finished, the 36-year-old Gehrig nearly walked away. He had prepared remarks, but he wasn’t prepared for his own emotions. Naturally shy to begin with, he stared at the ground and wiped away tears with a handkerchief he kept in his back pocket. As fans shouted, “We want Lou!” Sid Mercer, the sportswriter who served as master of ceremonies, told the crowd that Larrupin’ Lou was too moved to speak.
But then McCarthy put his hand on Gehrig’s back and whispered in his ear, as if he were giving his first baseman some last-minute instructions before taking the field. With that, Gehrig approached the microphones, ran his right hand through his hair, took a deep breath and began to speak without notes:
Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Address:
“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
“Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.
“When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies – that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body – it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed – that’s the finest I know.
“So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.”
- Lou Gehrig
The “Iron Horse” would die two years later.
Lou Gehrig ESPN Sports Century Documentary
WOW, looks like rapper 50 Cent chose the right profession ... As Bob Eucker would say, “Just a bit outside”.
Check out the video below and watch what may be just the worst first pitch at a Major League Baseball game in history. DAMN!!! Talk about losing major street cred. Although I think he did it to make Barack Obama’s past lame first pitches look good. The NY Post quips, the Queens-born rapper, who threw out the first pitch before the Mets took on the Pirates at Citi Field on Tuesday night, would fit right into the Mets’ struggling bullpen. OUCH! In fact many Met fans probably thought it was one of their teams own pitchers warming up.
“It’s good he never had a choice between playing for the Mets or being a rapper.”
Just curious, do these celebs ever practice before they throw out a first pitch and make a fool of themselves?
HE GOT GAME …
Check out what this young Texas Ranger fan does when he gets a foul ball. Although it appears that he is doing the old hidden ball trick and is giving the girl behind him a different ball, truth be known it was the second foul ball that he received during the game. However, the funny part is that when getting this second foul ball, does hr give it to his bud next ti him? No way … he spots the cute blond girl in the second row and gives it to her. The girls reaction is priceless.
This kid is never going to have a problem in the future getting a date for prom.
A-ROD Suspended for 2014 Season: Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz Reduces Ban From 211 to 162 Games … Alex Rodriguez Plans to Sue in Federal Court
A-ROD STRIKES OUT … SUSPENDED FOR 2014 BASEBALL SEASON.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has handed down his decision and it bans the New York Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez for the entire 2014 MLB season. Horowitz’ ruling actually reduced A-Rod’s suspension from 211 games to 162; however, it is still the longest penalty ever for a drug violation. The 162 game ban plus any post-season games in 2014 of the 14-time All-Star and three-time Most Valuable Player is a 100% endorsement of Major League Baseball’s accusations that Rodriguez scored an array of PEDs from Biogenesis.
Alex Rodriguez get hit by pitch by Ryan Dempster of Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park as the crowd boos A-ROD and then cheers after he is hit … A-ROD’s a CHEATER!!!
Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who handed down a 162-game ban to the New York Yankees third baseman for his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal.
The suspension also includes all potential playoff games in 2014.
Horowitz’s ruling upholds a good portion of the original 211-game suspension levied by MLB, which banned Rodriguez in August after concluding its investigation. Rodriguez continued playing after appealing the decision.
“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.
“This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety of defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review. I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it, I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension. (more)
UPDATE I: MLB statement on A-Rod arbitration ruling.
“For more than five decades, the arbitration process under the Basic Agreement has been a fair and effective mechanism for resolving disputes and protecting player rights. While we believe the original 211-game suspension was appropriate, we respect the decision rendered by the panel and will focus on our continuing efforts on eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game.”
BOSTON RED SOX WIN WORLD SERIES … Wins Game Six over St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 and Clinch WS at Fenway for first time in 95 Years … David Ortiz Wins MVP
RED SOX WIN WORLD SERIES … THEY ARE GOING TO PARTY IN BOSTON LIKE ITS 1918!!!
The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6 to 1 in game six of the World Series. It is the first time in 95 years that the Red Sox have won a World Series clinching game in the friendly confines of Fenway Park since 1918 … 95 years!!!
Boston Red Sox proved too “BOSTON STRONG” For Cardinals.
The Cardinals were chicken tonight in walking Boston’s amazing DH and future Hall of Famer David “Big Papi” Ortiz four times, 3 intentionally. However, that did not stop some unlikely heroes to step up to the plate and deliver. Right fielder Shane Victorino did not have a hit coming into tonight’s game and then went 2 for 3 with 4 rbi’s, including a 3 run double in the 3rd inning that put the Sox ahead 3-0. Then SS Stephen Drew who had only one hit, delivered a solo home run putting the Sox up 4-0. However, the two stand outs of the 2013 World Series were DH/1st David Ortiz who batted an amazing .688 and starting pitcher John Lester who won two games and gave up only 2 runs.
The Red Sox, defeated the Cardinals 6-1 on Wednesday to win their eighth World Series title and cap a wicked good worst-to-first season that delighted a city dealing with the aftermath of the deadly bombings at its signature marathon in April.
Shane Victorino drove in four runs with a bases-loaded double in the third and an RBI single in the fourth as Boston took the Series four games to two.
Leading hitter for the Red Sox, David Ortiz, walked four times — three times intentionally — and scored two runs.
A resurgent John Lackey pitched six strong innings before fading in the seventh and leaving with the bases loaded with a 6-1 lead. But reliever Junichi Tazawa got out Allen Craig to blunt the Cardinals’ comeback attempt.
UPDATE II: DAVID “BIG PAPI” ORTIZ WINS MVP!!!
Big Papi, the man who epitomized the grit, determination and will to stay “Boston” strong for the good folks of Boston and helped them overcome the heinous terror attack at the Boston Marathon earlier this year, has been a cult hero in Boston and New England for years. The talented, joking, always smiling and now we learn, rather good 1st baseman has been a team leader for years and is the only remaining player since the Red Sox 2004 World Series victory. However, Ortiz went even beyond even that when he proudly and defiantly stood up to terrorism … “This is Our F*cking City and No One is Going to Dictate Our Freedom… Stay Strong!”