Bud Selig’s Legacy in Pictures

We can add last night’s fracas to MLB commissioner Bud Selig’s inexorable legacy. Why MLB waited so long to suspend last night’s game is beyond comprehension, or is it?

With the Phils up 2-1, had the game been called after the 5th inning MLB rules automatically award the game to the Phils, game, set, World Series. Phils win their first title since 1980. Personally, I’m rooting for the small-market Rays but that’s beside the point.

Given the rash of black eyes the sport has received (steroids, etc.) it’s easy to understand that the league can’t afford to have its championship decided by the weather.

But isn’t it easier to understand that, despite the atrocious ratings of this Series, Bud wouldn’t mind another $hot at extending the Fall Classic beyond 5 game$?

Mr. Selig must have the opposite of whatever touch King Midas was endowed with. Even the “league-saving” Summer of ’98 turned out be a house whose slab was poured forth from syringes.

I’m not sure what legacy posterity will bestow upon Selig but I believe that up to this point, his legacy can be illustrated with the following shots:

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Cheeky Heron Channels Ozzie Guillen

Pfft! Please… — Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen

If the heron in the following picture could talk it would undoubtedly drop a line very similar to Ozzie’s,

Ran across this wader’s story over at London paper, The Daily Mail. This tabloid-like publication is a em, daily online stop for yours truly for a variety of reasons, odd stories like the one above being one.  Another reason is to get my daily celeb fix, yeah it’s a guilty pleasure…

Speaking of the Daily Mail, despite listening to the Beatles’ Paperback Writer numerous times, it wasn’t until this morning on my way to work that I realized that Lennon/McCartney managed to work in a shout out to the Daily Mail,

It’s the dirty story of a dirty man
And his clinging wife doesn’t understand.

His son is working for the Daily Mail,
It’s a steady job but he wants to be a paperback writer,
Paperback writer.

According to that most reputable and credible of sources, Wikipedia,

The Daily Mail was Lennon’s regular newspaper and was often in the studio when The Beatles were writing songs.

Who knew?

New York Mets: Boom… Outta Here

I know Phillies hurler Brett Myers (right) has become somewhat of a punching bag on Rome’s show (or an all-out legend depending on who you ask) on the strength of his tirade against a local beat writer. I’d say he’s a bit of both.

The piece de resistance of the outburst is the line, “Boom… Outta here”. Instant classic! In fact, it’s become part of my vernacular.

Leaving work? Boom… Outta here

Done with the lawn? Boom…Outta here

You get the picture. Well Mr. Myers has gotten his groove back. Earlier this season he was struggling and was sent to the minors but according to this recap, Myers is

6-1 in nine outings since coming back from the minors July 20. He is 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA in his past four starts spanning 31 innings – holding the opponent scoreless three times.

Tonight, Myers shut down the division-leading New York Mets and by all accounts, he is, in the words of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, “born again hard”.

By the way, former Astros closer Brad Lidge recorded his 34th save (in 34 opportunities) in the victory.  Yeah, that smarts…

Where’s Admiral Ackbar?

Yeah I might be overdoing the Star Wars posts, but couldn’t help but point out this miscarriage of justice:
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I only say that because Billy the Marlin’s closest relative from that ancient and distant galaxy, Admiral Ackbar (below), was not invited to this shindig.

Coach Biggio

Craig Biggio, perhaps the greatest Astros player, has taken the baseball coach position at St. Thomas High School (his son is on the team). See story below,

Biggio goes pro at St. Thomas

Perhaps the best part of this story is this,

Biggio said he doesn’t plan to take any money from the school. All the money that he would receive as part of his stipend will go back to the rest of the coaching staff. He hasn’t had a chance to sit down with his staff, but said he doesn’t anticipate making major changes.

Craig Biggio. Houston Sports Icon.

2007 Quotes of the Year

According to one Fred R. Shapiro of the Yale Book of quotations as cited in this story, here are the top 10 quotes of 2007,

1. “Don’t tase me, bro.” — Andrew Meyer, a senior at the University of Florida, while being hauled away by campus police during a speech by Sen. John Kerry. [I wonder if reaction would have differed had this happened during a John Cornyn speech…]

2. “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and [the] Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us.” — Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton (below, yes the one on the right).

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The quote was Caitlin’s response during the Miss Teen America contest, after she was asked why one-fifth of Americans cannot find the U.S on a map. [I believe Ms. Upton might have written a book about her experience, see below]

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3. “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking at Columbia University in New York. [And in Saudi Arabia I understand they don’t have thieves]

4. “That’s some nappy-headed hos there.” — radio personality Don Imus, referring to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. [Had Imus been a rapper and dropped this line in a “song” this would have been a non-story]

5. “I don’t recall.” — former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ repeated response to congressional questions about the firing of U.S. attorneys. [Perhaps Roger Clemens should dump Rusty Hardin and hire Gonzalez]

6. “There’s only three things he (Rudolph Giuliani) mentions in a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11.” — Sen. Joseph Biden, speaking during a debate for Democratic presidential candidates. [Wait on it…]

7. “I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, referring to Vice President Dick Cheney. [I wonder what Harry thinks of Congress’ current approval ratings?]

8. “(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom.” — Sen. Larry Craig, explaining why his foot touched the foot of an undercover police officer in an airport men’s room. [I had a friend who shared with us that he also had a wide stance yet he never had the Senator’s problem]

9. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” — Sen. Joseph Biden referring to rival Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. [Biden is my “Person of the Year” for making it on the list twice, wonder if Sharpton would have ignored such a comment from a Republican?]

10. “I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.” — Former President Jimmy Carter, referring to the Bush administration. [Is the man who handed Iran to Khomeini really going to critique other Presidents?]

Andy Pettitte: Another Christian Hypocrite

As a member of the Christian Hypocrite Hall of Fame (you see I became a member the very same day I was baptized), I want to extend my congratulations to Andy Pettitte for living a hypocrisy-free life until the age of 35.

I am convinced that the folks who pay no mind to “religion” because of the hypocrisy of “religious people” merely throw such sop to salve their unbelief, and thus aiding in the unrighteous suppression of the truth evident to us all.

I’ve heard these types of folks before vehemently decry disgraced ministers, it’s somewhat more striking to hear such unrighteous indignation in Spanish (“Haber, pos no que no muy Cristiano?”).

Andy Pettitte (a devout Christian) was cited in the Mitchell Report as having used human growth hormone and recently owned up to using the banned substance (though at the time he used it hadn’t been banned yet by MLB). HGH is illegal unless prescribed by a doctor.

Should he have used it? Of course not, for it gave him an unfair advantage in his recovery from injury. Whatever spiritual retribution Mr. Pettitte may or may not deserve I believe, is God’s business and not ours, He is after all the Only One capable of judging.

As for legal consequences, can we not trust the earthly authorities?

The backlash against Pettitte started shortly after the report came out, for examples click here and here.

Strangely enough such reactions are the strongest when a Christian gives in to some temptation, imagine that. It must be because Christians are the only ones who are guilty of hypocrisy on a daily basis.

Of course, these arbiters of public justice conveniently forget the fact that the sin they take Pettitte to task for (hypocrisy) they also commit, but you see it’s OK in their case because they’re not Christians or perhaps don’t believe in sin.

Hypocrisy indeed…