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  1. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Yankee News For Yankee Fans   

    Cashman’s spot-on prediction of Didi Gregorius’ evolution

    Didi Gregorius
    Two months into replacing Derek Jeter, it wouldn’t have shocked many if the Yankees sent Didi Gregorius to Triple-A.
    Two games into August, the 25-year-old shortstop has developed into a slick fielding shortstop who is providing production from the bottom of the order.
    “When we got him I spoke about his ability but that he was not a finished product,” GM Brian Cashman said of Gregorius, who played 57 Triple-A games last year and 80 with the Diamondbacks. “There were going to be growing pains, and we were forced to be patient. You hope your patience pays dividends. We are seeing that.’’
    At the end of May, Gregorius was batting .222, had six errors and lacked crisp baseball instincts.
    When the Yankees open a three-game series against the Red Sox Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, Gregorius is hitting .260, has committed three errors — one since June 7 — and lately has turned into a clutch hitter.
    He is 4-for-9 with 10 RBIs in the past nine games with runners in scoring position. Overall, he finished the recent 10-game road trip 14-for-32 (.438) with 10 RBIs. Sunday, he turned a sure single by Adam LaRoche into an out with a sprawling stop and strong throw.
    “He has settled in nicely. It’s a credit to himself, [infield coach] Joe Espada, the hitting coaches [Jeff Pentland and Alan Cockrell] and the players in our clubhouse who have helped,’’ Cashman said.
    It’s not a secret the Yankees have muscled their way to the top of the AL East hitting home runs and on the arms of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.
    Lately, a very large contribution is coming from the seventh-, eighth- and ninth-place hitters.
    In the past 11 games, the lower third of the Yankees’ lineup is batting .414 (53-for-128) with three homers and 33 RBIs.
    The production comes at a time when Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner, the first two hitters in the lineup, have taken a dip.
    Since July 23, Ellsbury is batting . 205 (8-for-39) and Gardner is at .184 (7-for-38).

    Ivan Nova
    Prior to Sunday’s 12-3 win over the White Sox in Chicago, Joe Girardi was talking about how important it was for his starters to pitch deeper in games than they have been.
    “We could really use it,’’ Girardi said of Ivan Nova providing length. “Our bullpen is fried right now.’’
    Nova, who was pitching for the first time since experiencing arm fatigue in his previous outing, gave Girardi six innings and cruised to the victory.
    However, in the past 15 games, Yankees starters are averaging fewer than six innings per start. And that could be the reason important bullpen pieces Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve recently have dipped a bit.
    In his last six outings, Wilson has worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits. Shreve has allowed five runs [three homers] and eight hits in 8 1/3 innings across his last nine outings.
    While the Yankees are introducing top pitching prospect Luis Severino into the AL East pennant race by starting him Wednesday night against the going-nowhere Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, the visitors will do the same with Henry Owens, their best pitching prospect.
    Owens, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound lefty, was 3-8 with a 3.16 ERA in 21 games for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, when he whiffed 103 and walked 56 in 122 1/3 innings. The Red Sox’s first pick in the 2011 draft went 17-5 with a 2.94 ERA in 2014, when he was with Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.
  2. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Length of threads   

    I agree. The problem is when you quote and include the pictures in your quote. Just take them out.
  3. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Yankee News For Yankee Fans   

    Yanks look to phenom after whiffing on Price, Cueto, Hamels

    Luis Severino
    CHICAGO — Debuting in the big leagues is enough to deal with, yet when Luis Severino starts Wednesday against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, the pressure will be more than the usual attached to a young pitcher in his first game.
    Severino has been considered the Yankees’ top pitching prospect for two years and reached untouchable status this season when the Yankees refused to trade him for David Price, Johnny Cueto and Cole Hamels.
    So without an upgrade to the rotation, it will be Severino who the Yankees will look to bolster the unit in the middle of a pennant race.
    “I don’t think he will get intimidated, it’s just a matter of location pitches and sometimes that takes time,’’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild said of Severino, who went a combined 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA for Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 19 starts.
    “He has done everything at Triple-A to get here,’’ Rothschild said of Severino, who went 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 11 SWB starts.
    With 99¹/₃ innings this season, Severino is 3²/₃ innings away from matching his career high of 113 in 2014.
    Since length from the starters has been a problem lately and put the bullpen in jeopardy of being over-used, it’s not reasonable to expect Severino to go real deep into the game. However, he won’t be limited to five and fly status.
    “He has had three seven-inning starts,’’ Rothschild said. “Obviously we will monitor pitches to a certain extent.’’
    Joe Girardi said he understands the commotion Severino’s promotion has created and the manager is among those looking forward to seeing him in a Yankees uniform.
    “I am excited to see Severino, there has been a lot of talk about him,’’ Girardi said. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on. I am not going to make too much of one start, two starts or three starts. I know the kid is talented and at some point he is really going to help us. I think we are all interested to see how he manages it. He rose through the ranks pretty quickly, he is fairly young so people are pretty excited.’’
  4. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Yankee News For Yankee Fans   


    Stephen Drew goes 3-for-5 with four RBIs as he leads a Yankees hit parade against the White Sox on Sunday.

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    I am seeing it but I still don't believe it. Mark Teixeira on fire.
     
  5. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Random Thoughts On A Sunday Morning Updated To 8-2   

    Updated to 8-2
    ...Positively shocking. That was my reaction to what the Yankees did last week during trade time. I realize that these guys are linked to every player that's on the market every year but for them not to bite and get a starting pitcher? Ivan Nova's got a tired arm or some kind of crap going on with him, Michael Pineda's on the fifteen-day disabled list but that doesn't seem to be serious and C.C. Sabathia is still going out there every fifth day and making the opposing teams very happy by doing so. I expected the Yankees to get a pitcher but I was glad that they didn't. Texas gave Philadelphia a bag of balls for Cole Hamels but if the Yankees had been able to pry him away from the Phillies they would have had to give up some real players. It would have been interesting to see David Price in a Yankee uniform and now all I can hope for is that the players that Detroit got from Toronto never pan out and it takes them twenty years to play .500 baseball again. Johnny Cueto and Adrolis Chapman were too rich for the Yankees but then the Reds managed to turn a blind eye when the Royals inquired about Cueto. But they could not go the entire week without making some kind of deal and that's probably why they acquired Dustin Ackley from Seattle. The guy's never done anything in the past so there is every reason to believe he will continue doing the same thing. I'm happy for what Brian Cashman did last week because when other teams come to trade with the Yankees they demand more than what they ask for from anyone else in baseball. We've got some pretty good prospects down in the minors. I'd rather see them play in New York than someplace else.
    ...I was just thinking the other day, whatever happened to that speed-up-the-game talk that they were talking about over spring training? Has anyone watched David Ortiz at the plate lately? He steps out so much and for so long that he has time to go make a sandwich between pitches. 
    ...Last week an alligator was discovered by grounds crew workers and players in the visitor's dugout of the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs, the class A Advanced team of the Tampa Bay Rays. They had no idea how long the ten-foot gator got into the stadium or into the dugout. It was probably hungry and was waiting for the concession stands to open. Now here's the funny part to me. The team called someone from the county to get the alligator out of the dugout and members of the grounds crew drove it to the pond behind the parking lot and let it go. You don't think he's going to find his way back in the stadium at some point? Maybe next time you won't spot him although if they had let it stay right where it was there would be a brand new meaning to home field advantage.
    ...The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple unveiled a bronze Baphomet sculpture at an industrial building near the Detroit River last week before hundreds of supporters last week. The nine-foot-tall monument weighing one ton was hidden away until the last moment because of fears that pesky Christians would find out where the ceremony was going to be held at and ruin their fun. These people picked the right city for revealing this statue because Detroit has already gone to hell anyway. 
    It kind of makes me wonder what else they could do to involve themselves in the Detroit community even more after this...
           1. The Satanic Temple could sponsor Little League teams and supply all red uniforms with the devil looking terrifying and breathing fire.
           2. Scholarships will be given out to the kid who commits the most heinous crime during the school year.
           3. They could rent ad space at all the major sports venues in Detroit telling everyone to come on down and have a look around and bring a friend.
           4. To make some extra cash they could rent out their venue to the Muslims because that's the only religion that gets what Satanism is all about.
           5. They could hire Iron Maiden to make a special recording of Shout at the Devil and have them rename it Shout at a Christian.
    ...I can see one of these atrocities being erected in Boston. Talk about being made for each other.
    ...Speaking of Boston, they were  the United States' selection in the bidding process for the 2014 Summer Olympics but Boston mayor Marty Walsh withdrew their bid because he expressed concerns about a provision which requires the host city to cover any cost overruns and if that happened it could be  financially burdensome to Boston for years to come. And he has a hell of a point. Beijing, China had to fork over forty-three billion in 2008 and in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Games it cost them a cool fifty-one billion last year. So while Mr. Walsh may not be mayor in nine years he did everyone there and whomever the mayor is in 2024 a huge favor.
    ...It took five weeks for him to mull over it but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the four-game suspension that Tom Brady received for his part in deflating the footballs against the Colts in the AFC Championship game back in January. The thing that Goodell could not get past or even remotely understand is why Brady had to destroy his cell phone as soon as he found out that the investigator on this case wanted to see it. That made him look just as guilty as someone who runs to the bathroom and starts flushing stuff down the toilet because they saw D.E.A. people running up his driveway preparing to knock the front door in. So because of that four games he was given and four games he is going to get. The only people who are going to believe him from now on will be the people living in the greater Boston area and to say that those people are a terrible judge of character would be an understatement.
    ...If a ballplayer could get an Emmy I'd give one to Shane Victorino, formally of the Red Sox and now of the Angels. He cried at just the right moments and said just the right things as he was heading west out of Boston last week. Thanking those fans who have been on his case since the 2014 season? And he said it so sincerely too. Straight to Hollywood as soon as his career is done. This guy's got potential.
    ...Who wants to bet that the patients from that Minnesota dentist that shot that lion are going to go elsewhere from now on?
    ...A man in Milwaukee shot and injured a pit bull last Thursday because he mistook it for a lion that people have reported seeing lately around the city. I can understand his concerns because I wouldn't want to see any lion if it wasn't in its cage but how the hell could you not tell the difference between a dog and a lion? This is what happens when idiots own guns.
    ...What the hell was it with the lions last week?
    ...Although I have not seen it around here yet funeral parlors across America are branching out to host weddings, receptions, community banquets and even proms during the times when their main business slows down a bit. Part of the reason for that is the cost of a funeral has been skyrocketing and more people are choosing to be cremated instead of buried. I can see why they are trying to expand their business a little but I don't know if I would have been comfortable getting married in a funeral home although after you get married you are dead anyways so you may as well do it in the right place.
    ...I guarantee you no woman will like that joke.
    ...After watching that video about the Florida gun owner who declared his gun supply shop a "Muslim-free zone" I take back a lot of the things that I have said about Florida in the past. Or maybe the guy is not even from Florida which is probably the case. The guy decided to do this because of what happened in Chattanooga and predictably there are complaints about this especially from an organization called CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) who are complaining that Muslims are being targeted here because of who they are. No kidding? The guy's going straight to the source. And it's about time. 
    ...There was a theft of twenty-eight thousand pounds of packaged nuts recently in suburban Detroit and while they steal everything there this one was kind of odd. The police even had a little fun with it as they posted a mug shot of a squirrel on their Facebook page as a possible culprit. Maybe so, but my money is on Miley Cyrus. With the set of choppers she has I wouldn't put this past her.
    ...There is a Michigan AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball team named the Motor City Muslims. No kidding. Not even I could come up with something like that. It's a team made up of all young Muslim players and while they may not have a lot of what it takes to be a successful basketball team, height, ball control, defense, etc. other teams are wary to play against them because they don't know what will happen to them after the game if they win. Each cheerleader for the Motor City Muslims wields her own machete and the fans are armed with rocks to shoot at the opponents at a moments notice. With support like that they'll never lose a game.
    ...I have an even better reason not to shell out money to get HBO now because the network just signed Bill Simmons to do a weekly talk show beginning in October. It's supposed to feature stories and guests from across the world of sports but the way this guy is it means the sports world from one end of Boston to the other. If it's not the four major teams from that city then he won't have anything to do with it. The next time I want to hear about this guy is when HBO sends him packing.
    ...It seems that the people who are in the Jurassic Park movies never seem to learn because they keep on making new dinosaurs and then act surprised when one of them turns around and steps on them or eats them whole because in 2018 a sequel to Jurassic World is coming out and all I can say about that is thank God for that. Because if they are dumb enough to keep on making a Tyrannosaurus Rex and believe they can control it like it was a dog, then I'll be glad to watch them run around and scream.
    ...Have you heard about what San Francisco has done? They have a problem with public urination in some places so now they have nine public walls covered with a repellant paint that makes pee spray back on the person's shoes and pants. I hope this doesn't catch on to other cities though. Can you imagine if Boston did this? More than half of the city would be walking around smelling like a dirty restroom.
    ...Taking it a step farther how did they know when that paint was ready to be used? What the hell did they do, get some volunteers and ask them to go over there and piss on the wall and see what happens?
    ...What a shock it was to find out that Roddy Piper died last Friday in his sleep from a heart attack. He was from the era when I actually watched wrestling every week when the USA Network used to air WWF news and matches on Monday nights. Piper was hilarious as the bad guy and I did my best never to miss a segment of Piper's Pit. The best one was when he smashed a coconut over the head of crybaby Jimmy Snuka and smeared a banana in his face. Sounds like fun? I got the video link for you. Piper was a wrestling genius. And he's gone too soon. R.I.P.
       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKXpSyjfIik
                 
    God dammit the video does not show up. WHAT THE HELL???
  6. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Yankee News For Yankee Fans   

    Yankees taking huge risk by relying on farm system
    The first-place Yankees need a starting pitcher and they had the trade chips to acquire David Price. Or Cole Hamels. That they didn’t cash those chips tells you how much times have changed in the Bronx.
    Bad call? It all depends where this team goes from here, but certainly it’s the riskier call.
    Yes, whether the direction was dictated by Hal Steinbrenner’s desire to lower the payroll or GM Brian Cashman’s firm belief in his top prospects, Yankee brass is taking a huge gamble by turning to its farm system rather than proven All-Stars for help.
    Cashman knows it, too. Over the phone after Friday’s trade deadline passed, he laughed and said he was sure that when “everybody does their ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ lists, I’ll be on all the ‘losers’ lists. But that’s OK.
    “I think I did the right thing. There’s risk, but I’ve got guys knocking on the door, performing at a very high level. We would have loved to have done business, but I wasn’t willing to give up certain guys. And those are the guys that everybody wanted.”

    The unproven Luis Severino, not David Price or Cole Hamels, will be called on to help the Yankees down the stretch.
    Primarily he was talking about pitcher Luis Severino, who is being called up from Triple-A to take Michael Pineda’s place in the rotation, and outfielder Aaron Judge.
    Though Cashman wouldn’t comment on specific trade targets, he indicated that he would have had to give up one or both of those prospects to deal for Price, Hamels, reliever Craig Kimbrel or even Reds starter Mike Leake.
    I was skeptical of that regarding Leake, who seemingly would have been an ideal middle-of-the-rotation starter for the Yankees, but an NL scout agreed, saying the Giants gave up a bundle in pitching prospect Keury Mella and power-hitting minor-leaguer Adam Duvall.
    “Mella was their No. 1 prospect,’’ the scout said. “They gave up a lot.’’
    Likewise, Cashman noted that many teams were in more of a buy mode than usual at the deadline, willing to give up their best prospects in trying to win now.
    “It was like shopping at Neiman Marcus,” Cashman said.
    Usually the Yankees are the most willing spenders, but the GM wasn’t apologizing for holding on tightly to his prospects, especially after years of having a mostly dormant farm system.
    “We’ve told our fan base what we’re trying to do,” Cashman said. “We committed to a plan and we’re sticking to it. We’ve been very vocal about getting younger and getting our payroll down, and some of our young guys are right on the verge.”
    With Severino, Judge, Greg Bird, Class A shortstop Jorge Mateo and perhaps even second baseman Rob Refsnyder, the Yankees believe they have the makings of another Core Four-type of nucleus around which to build for the future, as the big contracts of CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran come off the books over the next couple of years.
    On the other hand, it’s fair to argue that even Cashman probably didn’t expect his team to be holding a commanding lead in the AL East, and with a need for better starting pitching, adding Hamels or Price would have practically assured the Yankees of holding off the newly fortified Blue Jays — and then increased their chances of going deep in October.
    “I’d rather go this route, with the kids,” Cashman said. “Severino has earned the opportunity, and now we’ll see if he and some of the others can help us.”
    Times have changed, all right. And it’s what at least a sizeable segment of Yankees fans has been screaming for in recent years, the homegrown element that made Derek Jeter & Co. so popular.
    Of course, winning championships is what ultimately made them beloved, and that will always be the standard in the Bronx, starting with this year.
    Rather unexpectedly, the Yankees are playing well enough to be considered championship contenders, but they’ll almost certainly need pitching help to get over the top. On Friday, Cashman bet heavily that the likes of Severino, Bryan Mitchell and possibly Adam Warren will provide it.
    If he’s wrong, he’ll be on those “losers” lists come October as well.
     
  7. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Had to post this score!   

    I would just love to see them back in the series.
  8. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Lost a Player   

    What do you care? You the forum police now? 
  9. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Had to post this score!   

    Check the standings. 
  10. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Random Thoughts On A Sunday Morning Updated To 8-2   

    But you should not be penalized for what you say in private and especially when you do not know you are being recorded. Even though we all can say yeah, that wasn't the smartest thing to say or even the right thing to say it was said behind closed doors. That guy that owned the Clippers was in the same situation with that gold digger he was seeing. 
    I've said worse about those killers and will continue to. I have no respect for people who cut off their prisoners heads or set people on fire.
  11. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Lost a Player   

    He's on vacation.
  12. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic The Bigs Concept Art *Warning* Large Images   

    Look good though.
  13. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Had to post this score!   

    The next time you score 47 runs do it against the Red Sox.
  14. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Random Thoughts On A Sunday Morning Updated To 8-2   

    I never considered that one simply because I never heard of it. If I get a chance I will watch it.
    Yes, this will be hard for him to come back from. No doubt.
    The thing is we don't know how he really feels. You want to know how someone really feels about things you get to know them. People now are easily offended and quick to jump on anyone.
    Let's speculate here for a minute, shall we? Pretend that someone has a device that can access all the conversations you have had in let's say the past ten years. These would be private ones in your home, over friends and families houses and in public. Sounds crazy but let's just say for the sake of argument that it can be done. Would you be 100% secure in the knowledge that you've never said anything that would make the PC people frown down at you? You couldn't, I couldn't and no one can. Hell, I write in this thread every week and my goal is to try to keep things interesting so people read each week. What if I were a public figure? The things I say about Muslims would get a lot of fingers wagging at me.
    Hogan said all that stuff. It wasn't meant for anyone to hear. He should not be penalized like he is.
    You my friend got lucky. I am glad you had a good time there. It really is a wonderful place to visit.
  15. Yankee4Life added a post in a topic Random Thoughts On A Sunday Morning Updated To 8-2   

    Updated to 7-26
    ...With all due respect to the drama and excitement we see each year with October baseball, this upcoming week will be just as tense and nerve-wracking. The trade deadline expires this Friday at 4:00 p.m. eastern time and that gives each team a lot of time to get rid of some big contracts to try and improve their team or dismantle it so they can begin again. I don't care what their reasons are I can't stand this week and I never have. Brian Cashman has already gone on record saying that there is a good chance that the Yankees will stand pat as July 31st approaches but I hold as much faith in that as I do in someone who tells you that the check is in the mail.
    ...Barry Bonds had a hell of a week. The U.S. Department of Justice decided to drop what was left of its criminal case against him. It took them over a decade to decide this and after they spent six million dollars on his initial trial. And that does not count the cost of what the appeal process involved. There's no way of knowing what the actual dollar and cents amount of this was unless the government decides to release that figure and I don't see them doing that any time soon. One thing I never understood was why they got involved with this in the first place. Why did they care if an athlete did or did not do PED's? Bonds may be off the hook here but his Hall of Fame chances seem as closed as this case now is. Thank God for that.
    ...Trump again. This guy keeps on saying the most outrageous and insulting things about people but the funny thing is that as many people who are upset at what he has been saying there is just as many people who are supporting him. I'm no fan of John McCain and I would not have voted for him for president back in 2008 even if someone on his campaign staff would have quietly written me a check. Trump said he wasn't a fan of McCain's because he spent five and a half years in a North Vietnamese prison and he says he's only a war hero because he was captured and that he liked people who weren't captured. Um, come again? That comment wasn't just below the belt it was below the ankles. And yet there were people who nodded their heads and agreed with him. I respect what McCain did during his time in Vietnam because that's something I know I wouldn't be able to do. Five and one half years? I wouldn't be able to stay captive for the length of a movie. I read that he has a net worth of about ten billion dollars. When you are that rich it is hard to keep track of the exact dollar amount because calculators don't go up that high. But whatever it may be, ten, eleven or twelve billion he has more than enough to buy a presidency. That right there should worry us all unless you are one of those who think McCain was a slacker.
    ...Just checking, Dept: There is a pub over in Scotland that is known for its traditional atmosphere and because of that the male employees who work there wear kilts as part of the pub's theme. At least they used to. Because of repeated harassment from female patrons who lift their kilts just to check if they are "true Scotsmen" the employees now are abandoning the kilts and will be wearing pants from now on. Oh yeah, I mean sure, I can see the harassment right there. Right.
    ...Mark, wherever you are I'd love your opinion on this.
    ...A woman in Tennessee was arrested last week for trying to pass counterfeit money at a gas station and when the police arrested her for it she told them not to worry about it because President Obama said it was legal. Since he's been in office I have seen him be blamed for everything but this one has to be at the top of the list. The five dollar bill that she gave to the clerk was printed out on a home printer with the two sides of the bill glued together. In her purse the police found a fake one hundred dollar bill that was printed in black and white and the back of the bill was upside down. Frank Bourassa she is not.
    ...I am all for eating and drinking more responsibly and being aware of what you are eating too. I have been trying to do that for long time now and I feel a lot better for it. But when Oreo introduces a thin version of their cookie that's when things are going too far.
    ...I'm sorry but Amy Schumer is just not funny.
    ...In what could be the best radio interview that I have ever heard, a twenty-two-year-old woman went on an Atlanta radio show to complain about her terrible luck in meeting her senior year college tuition. Her grandparents created a college fund for her worth $90,000 and she managed to blow through it with no way to cover her remaining $20,000 tuition balance for her final year. According to her it wasn't her fault that she got herself in this mess. It was her parents fault because they didn't teach her to budget. She used a lot of the money for school clothes and college break money. This airhead didn't go to Florida like a lot of college kids do. She went to Europe and she tried to justify that as something that was "part of her education." She's mad at her parents because they said there was nothing they could do for her and she thinks they are lying to her when they said they didn't have any money because she knows they have a retirement account. She was serious. She has no idea how fortunate she was to have that much money to attend college but God has a way of watching over idiots like this so it wouldn't surprise me in the least to find out she lands on her feet here. Welcome to the selfish generation. Entitled, ungrateful, and wasteful.
    ...Nice try, Dept: A woman was arrested in Bogota, Columbia last week after it was discovered that she was carrying 1.5 kg (or 3.3 lbs) of liquid cocaine in her breast implants. She was attempting to travel to Spain but security officials noticed that she was getting very nervous while waiting in line so they stopped her and questioned her. When they had her step in the X-Ray machine they discovered that there was recent surgery done on her breasts and that's when she confessed they were filled with cocaine. Damn, if she was carrying around more than three pounds worth she must have been worth a bundle. I'm sure that they had to pat her down two or three times for "safety measures." I know one thing, this incident gives a bust a whole new meaning.
    ...Today is induction day down in Cooperstown, New York and although it is a reasonable four hour drive from my house it may as well only be a forty minute drive because I know from personal experience that even though this is the biggest weekend of the year for that wonderful little village it is also the same weekend to make plans to do something else. Try to picture fitting twenty thousand people together on a baseball infield without having them bump into each other. It's not going to happen. I found that out in 2000 when my wife and I took an unplanned trip to Cooperstown only to discover that thousands of people had the same idea and beat us there and took all the parking spaces too. It may be a small town but they know how to price gouge with the best of them especially with all those people around. On one hand it was nice to walk around and get a glimpse of some of the Hall of Famers. I can still recall seeing Willie Stargell sitting behind a table on the sidewalk signing autographs for people and some of the real women ballplayers who played baseball during World War II were signing too not too far away from him. That's the good part of induction weekend. But if you are traveling a longer distance to get there you're going to want to be able to walk around and see what Cooperstown has to offer. And as for getting into the actual museum? Forget it. There's a line longer than home plate to second base of people wanting to get in and that line always looked like it was stuck because it wasn't going anywhere. The only time you moved forward was when someone ahead of you got out of line because they didn't want to wait anymore. So I hope it is a good day for all the inductees except for Pedro Martinez but I'll be watching this on TV.
    ...Even though there are signs all over the place at Yellowstone National Park warning visitors that it is dangerous to approach the wildlife a female guest last week thought that sign was for everyone else but her. The woman from Mississippi, which probably explains a lot, went up to a bison and tried to snap a selfie photo next to the park's most famous inhabitants. Unfortunately she did not know that bisons are extremely camera shy and while she was preparing to take the picture he ran up behind her, gored her and tossed her in the air. Luckily for her she only had minor injuries. If this is what it takes for all these people from taking endless selfies, so be it.
    ...I am not sure if I am going to go and see that new Southpaw movie. It's hard to watch a boxing movie without Sylvester Stallone in it.
    ...If you know of any country-music fans you may want to check on them because a lot of those people are really taking it hard with the news of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton's divorce. Most of them weren't even invited to their wedding but they're still crying anyway. Half of the people are saying it is Shelton's fault because he drank to much and the other half are saying Shelton couldn't take listening to his wife's voice anymore, singing or talking.
    ...Similar to what he has done to many of his opponents in the ring, Hulk Hogan was taken down fast and hard last Friday with no chance to get up and no chance to recover all because of an unauthorized recording of something he said about his daughter eight years ago. I have not heard the tape and I am not interested in listening to it either. The media has conveniently posted the key transcripts of it to make Hogan look as bad as possible.
    Hogan was caught talking about the dating life of his daughter, Brooke and was worried that she may have went to bed with a black man. Naturally the famous "N" word was brought up and if you don't know what word I mean just listen to the first rap song you come across. They'll say it at least sixty times a minute.
    That's all it took for the WWE to remove all content about Hogan from their website including his place in their Hall of Fame. In other words they are pretending that he never existed like a group of children giving the cold shoulder to another kid. "Hey," the WWE is saying "we know he's been with us for over thirty years but that means nothing."
    I am not defending or supporting what Hogan said. All I am saying is why does this guy have to pay the price for something he said in private eight years ago? The statutes of limitations for many crimes don't even last that long. And if this sounds like I am a big Hulk Hogan fan and was into all that Hulkamania nonsense then you're wrong. My favorites were Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff before he turned into a good guy. What I do not like is this guy or anyone for that matter forced to pay for something like this because of what other people may think. How many times have we all said something in private that we would rather not have a lot of people know about? Was it yesterday? Last week? Last month? Last year? Doesn't matter. What if there is a recording of you on someone else's phone with you saying something that will come back and bite you hard? That's what is happening with Hogan right now. The guy gets his privacy invaded, an unauthorized tape of him is made and because people have this sick pleasure of tearing down celebrities and ruining their lives.
    I don't give a damn what this guy says in private. And it shouldn't be anyone's business either.