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...Emily Dickinson once said that she liked the look of agony because she knew it was true. She wrote these words back in the 19th century but they can easily be used to describe the 2023 edition of the New York Yankees. The Yankees proved that their collapse during the second half of 2022 was no fluke because once Aaron Judge got hurt in the beginning of June nothing was the same. Last year they showed they could fall apart with Judge in the lineup as he raced towards a home run record. This year they showed they could do the same thing with him being injured.


Spring training is for hope, autumn is for reality: Every year Yankee fans fall for this and I used to be just as bad. Remember the off season when they signed Gerrit Cole? They said that was all that they needed and they predicted a trip to the World Series before spring training even started. That worked out well. The New York tabloids are all about generating interest so people can read their columnists. They over hype everything and fans believe it all while the faults of each player are glossed over except when you read that “so-and-so” plans on having a bounce back year and has really been hitting the ball well. Expect to read that over and over about Stanton when February rolls around. As soon as the season starts you begin to see that the optimism and expectation that you saw in Florida fades away quickly and the real world starts to settle in and with that the sensibility about who and what this team really is.


What happened to this team? What happened to a Yankee team that would take pitches and work the count and actually make the opposing pitcher labor out there? These guys go up there with one intent and that’s to hit the ball out of the park so their launch angle and home run distance get attention. How did the Yankees become so right-handed and so slow and unathletic? It happened right before our eyes and here is what we have. I’ve been part of the group of fans that want to see Cashman and Boone gone and never to return but I don’t expect that to take place.


It’s going to take awhile to fix this mess. I’m talking about a few years. Baltimore and Tampa Bay are way ahead of them in every aspect of the game. They know how to play winning baseball and it shows. You may joke that winning baseball did not help them in the playoffs but when you win 101 games like Baltimore did and 99 like the Rays you can go into spring training with real optimism and not some that is generated by the New York Post and Daily News.


...A Phillies fan was denied entry into Citizens Bank Park not long ago when he attempted to get in with an emotional support alligator. The man tried to tell the Phils that the reptile has helped him in his battle with depression. For example when he goes grocery shopping all the aisles miraculously clear when he walks down them and when he is ready to check out a register opens up just to take care of him. He does admit though that it is hard for him to have a pizza delivered to his home because the alligator has become partial to pepperoni. The Phillies had a few reasons not to allow the alligator in beginning with common sense and secondly the game was a sellout that night so where was he going to sit? If this was in Tampa they could have given him a half section on the first base side and no one would have got near him but the Phillies were playing good ball and even if they weren’t there is the common sense thing again. Now they were tempted to have him sit in a fenced off section down the right field line and in case a call went against the Phillies the guy could have let the alligator loose on the umpires.


...Only the Yankees could have a pitcher throw a perfect game and then get thrown off the team before the season is over. The story was that Domingo German was so intoxicated that he caused a disturbance in the clubhouse. After that he was gone faster than a Giancarlo Stanton at-bat. You know, three pitches and back to the dugout. I understand that drinking too much is a serious issue but after watching almost every Yankees game this season I was considering hitting the bottle too.

...Hold your Bets, Dept: On September 1st through the 3rd the Yankees traveled to Houston for a three game set with the Astros and as a shock to everyone (including themselves) they won all three games. New York was going nowhere and in dead last in the American League Eastern division but you could have fooled anyone that watched those games because they played like anything but a last-place team.


Houston must have been really upset when they landed in Dallas to play the Rangers to play Texas on September 4th through the 6th because all they did in those three games besides making all of them a one-sided affair was to score a total of thirty-nine runs and pound an incredible sixteen home runs. The sweep put them back in first place when they left town. With the way they were playing they wanted to stay right there. After beating the Padres two out of three when they returned home to Houston they had to play the last place Oakland Athletics next on September 11th through the 13th. The Athletics were well on their way to losing over one hundred games in 2023 but that didn’t prevent them from beating Houston in two out of the three games they played them.


This one example from one team from just a thirteen-game span in their schedule is all the reasoning why I never bet on baseball. I don’t bet on other sports but since baseball is the one sport I am most involved in daily I see how betting places like Fan Duel, Draft Kings and Bet365 are always advertising and making it so easy to bet on baseball every night. You can just guess how much money those bookies won when the Athletics beat the Astros two games in a row because they knew that everyone who bet had their money on Houston. They cleaned up so much those two games they never had to use a broom. They made money on the Yankees too because who expected to see a sweep? But no where near as compared to Oakland. Well, they won their money and all the amateur Jimmy the Greeks out there are poorer. What are the odds of me betting next year? If you put your money on 0% you’re a winner.


...I was going to write about my contempt for analytics in baseball but I did not know how to start it until the Toronto Blue Jays provided me with the perfect example that I am sure everyone saw because it happened during a post-season playoff game. To me analytics is something that makes managers have to keep changing pitchers until they find one to lose the game. Blue Jay fans will agree and for Yankee fans this is old news after watching Aaron Boone do this as he continually managed the Yankees to a loss instead of a victory.


But the Yankees are dead and gone for 2023 so this really is not focused on them. They’re part of the problem but not the whole problem. Toronto was playing in an elimination game after losing the first game to Minnesota and the score was 0-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Forget that pickoff play that nabbed Guerrero because it had not happened yet. This right here is what really cost the game and the season for Toronto. Toronto starter Jose Berrios was pitching well but he walked Royce Lewis to open the fourth. After Lewis two left-handed hitters were coming up and Jays manager John Schneider compared that emergency to hearing his car alarm go off at 3:00 in the morning. Out of the dugout he came and with the wave of an arm Berrios was taken out of the game and lefthander Yusei Kikuchi came trotting in. Berrios was pitching very well as he struck out five hitters in his three plus innings of work, walked none and only gave up three hits. In other words he was on his game. The Twins took advantage of this huge break and scored two runs in the inning as Berrios was the losing pitcher while he was sitting in the dugout wondering what just happened. Guerrero falling asleep at second base in the fifth didn’t lose the game for Toronto. Not having Berrios on the mound did.


This move only made sense to Toronto’s analytics team because the way they look at baseball is if A happens then you must only do B and never C or D. How many times have you watched a game where everything did not fall in line perfectly from the first inning to the ninth? Never? That’s right and the Steve Urkels of every teams analytics department have been trying to show that it can be done if you just listen to them. This game is played by people and there are so many factors that determine a team winning or losing a game and a spreadsheet is not going to help you except to give you a reason to lift Berrios in the fourth inning.


I may not be much of a fan of today’s game but I do have some faith in baseball and one thing I know is that baseball is and always has been a copy cat sport. Tony Larussa and his pitching coach came up with this pitch count religion and now everyone does it. Now everyone it seems gets Tommy John surgery whereas before many years back in the 70’s and 80’s pitch counts were not used and pitchers were healthier. Another one is the Rays using an “opener.” Do you notice that everyone does it now? I am waiting for a team with the insight to return to real baseball where the manager manages instead of following pre-game instructions. When one does it it’s going to catch on and the computer heads will go back in their basement to play Dungeons and Dragons.


In closing I will give you one example of a manager using his instincts to win a game. This occurred many years before we were born but it is to me a perfect illustration of managing with your head. It was the seventh game of the 1952 World Series and the Yankees were holding on to a slim 4 - 2 lead. The game was played in Ebbets Field and the Dodgers were a very tough team to beat there and left handed pitchers especially had a hard time there because of all the right handed power the Dodgers had. Brooklyn loaded the bases with one out in the seventh and Casey Stengel brought in southpaw pitcher Bob Kuzava. Kuzava got Duke Snider and then Jackie Robinson to pop out to end the inning. He pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth and the Yankees won the game and the series. Immediately after the game reporters ran to Stengel asking him why he kept Kuzava in to face Robinson in the seventh. Stengel explained that the reason why he kept him in was that Robinson had not seen hard throwing left handed pitchers much and he therefore could have trouble with the break of a left hander’s hard curve. And that is exactly what happened. A manager managing on his experience and instincts. It still can be done today.


...Moved, no forwarding address provided, Dept: If the percentage of women in the state of South Carolina goes down substantially in the coming years it is because of one thing. Some South Carolina Republicans are now considering abortion an offense that should be punishable by death. They’ve even gone and made it sound nice and official by calling it the “South Carolina Prenatal Equal Protection Act of 2023.” In a nutshell the term “person” would now include a fertilized egg at conception and if a woman who goes through with an abortion in that state would legally be eligible for the death penalty. Now if that doesn’t make young, single women and young couples from across the country to pack up and move to South Carolina nothing will. These legislators that propose these kind of bills always like to project how pro-life they are and how hard they work to be like that and how precious life is unless of course if you are a woman.


...Kelly Clarkson, who these days looks like she lives next door to a bakery, recently sang a profanity laced song about how she felt about her recent divorce from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock during a recent concert in Las Vegas. You see, she is still smarting after being forced to pay him a $1.3 million lump payment. Besides that, what really got her going was she has to pay him $45,601 per month in child and $115,000 in spousal support until January 31, 2024 despite the fact that she was given primary custody and her husband would only get the kids one weekend a month. No matter how you look at it that’s quite a lot of money and the good part about it is that he doesn’t have to live with her anymore and also does not have to restock the refrigerator every forty-eight hours. One day her kids are going to see this video clip on Youtube and they’re going to see her putting down their father and you’d be right in wondering what would be going through their minds after viewing it. If a male singer would get on stage and rant about this and use a slew of four-letter words about his ex-wife it would be considered toxic. For females it's considered empowering.


...A thirty-one-year-old Cleveland woman has been charged with murder after leaving her sixteen-month-old baby daughter home alone for ten days as she went on vacation. Read that again because I can’t make this stuff up. The baby was found unresponsive with no signs of trauma. Police investigators stated that “the child had been left alone and unattended for approximately ten days and had subsequently died.” The woman, Kristel Candelario, traveled to Puerto Rico and Detroit on vacation. Never in my life have I ever heard of anyone going to Detroit on vacation. She told police that when she arrived home she found her daughter to be extremely dehydrated. Really? You try not drinking for ten days and see how it’s like. She is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on a $1 million bond. It looks like she’ll be going on another vacation soon and this one will be much, much long than ten days.


...Over the summer there was a remake of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, the 2003 film starring Eddie Murphy. I didn’t know much about it except for the movie previews I saw on TV and Youtube but after reading what the director of the movie said about it I’m glad I didn’t part with my eight dollars. Director Justin Simien said that he wanted to make the movie “as black as possible.” I’m sure this is news to many of you in here because it certainly was to me when I came across the article. It was news because the whiners and complainers on Twitter (or whatever it’s called now) never said a word. What Simien said was fine with them. Now imagine if someone said that they wanted to make a movie "as white as possible" there would be a uproar and you would have damned well heard about it on every news channel and program in the country. The guy would have been immediately fired and then he would have been forced to say he was sorry over and over again on TV except of course on FOX. They’d consider him a hero. In the Eddie Murphy Haunted Mansion movie race was never mentioned in the casting. Now it is all about race with Disney, and when a director blatantly says that he wanted it "as black as possible" then it is no longer about the movie. It becomes the director’s pushed political agenda so he can make a statement and when he does that he is setting the movie up to fail. Well, in that way he was successful because the reviews as well as attendance were not good. I blame Disney for letting this happen and for looking the other way when he made this comment. They have spent $965 million on four of its most high-profile streaming and film flops this year but to be fair this movie was not one of them. But you have to consider if you lose almost one billion dollars you’d stop and look around and try to find out why.


...Now if any of you think I went to go and see that Barbie movie you all are out of your mind! 😄


...You can count me in on the number of people who are not even casually interested in the relationship between Kansas City’s Travis Kelce and singer Taylor Swift. From what I can gather it is two people getting to know each other and that’s it. If there is anything else about it then I am clearly not seeing it. Maybe it’s because I am not a fan of either one of them. Kelce plays for the Chiefs and when you are a Raider fan no other explanation is necessary. And I do not see the attraction with Swift. The woman looks like a scarecrow with teeth.


...It takes courageous African-American women such as Letitia James and Fani Willis to take on a tyrant and a twenty-seven year old former aide who was brave enough to testify at the public hearings concerning the January 6th, 2021 Capitol attack to show that you can stand up to a person like that and not worry about being called names. It’s called backbone and we all have it although the senators of the GOP check theirs at the door since they have not used them in years.


...I would definitely want to spend an intimate weekend with Paige Spiranac. But getting her to agree to it is the part I haven't figured out yet.

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Updated to 11-19


...I haven’t spent any time thinking about who the Yankees are going after in free agency or who they might get in a trade because I’ll be honest with you guys I don’t care anymore. The way I see it they are an embarrassment on and off the field with Brian Cashman bringing down the team recently with his recent comments about the team itself when he said that they were “pretty f–king good.” That comment alone should have had him fitted for a straight jacket. Also his comments about Giancarlo Stanton, while being 100% true, was not something a team executive would or should say about a player currently on the roster. Sure Stanton is going to get hurt next year and probably sometime during the first ten games but to publicly show him up is not the way to go about doing things.


...The World Series last month between Texas and Arizona did not get good ratings despite it being an exciting and well-played one. That’s too bad because people missed out on a good series between two teams who deserved to be in there. Just because a series that does not have the big east coast cities or Los Angeles or Chicago does not mean that it’s to worth watching. I may not like all the rule changes this sport has made over the past couple of years but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want them to succeed. Selfishly I would have liked to have seen the Yankees in it but that won’t be happening for a few years now because they have more problems then you can shake a stick at but these two teams showed that you don’t have to come from a major market to put on a good World Series. Now only baseball needs to do is to figure out a way to make people tune in to find out.


...I was watching parts of the N.L.C.S. between Arizona and Philadelphia and I had to laugh at Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh. This guy looks like he hasn’t washed his hair since spring training and as far as shaving it looks like it’s been a few years for him. But I had to laugh because if the Yankees got him in a trade (he is a left-handed hitter and that is what they need) he would be looking at least a ninety-minute haircut and shave due to the length of the hair and beard and the possibility of not knowing what they’d find in there.




...The average time of a nine-inning game decreased from three hours and four minutes to two hours and forty minutes during the 2023 season. Yeah, well ok. But I can recall when a baseball game was completed in shorter times and that included things like unlimited throwing to first base and catcher visits to the mound. Games will not get shorter until they tell people like FOX that they are not the reason why people tune in and that they should take a back seat to what’s going on.


...In a very unfortunate situation an Ivy League student with a heart condition died after she drank Panera Bread’s Charged Lemonade, a large cup of which contains more caffeine than cans of Red Bull and Monster energy drinks combined, according to the lawsuit filed by her grieving parents. The twenty-one-year-old student had a heart condition called long QT syndrome type 1 and avoided energy drinks at the recommendation of her doctors so it is unclear as to why she drank this Charged Lemonade when there is a notice in front of the different flavors of this drink that informed her and everyone else about how much caffeine was in the drink. What I am wondering is if she was told by her doctors to avoid energy drinks, then why did she order one? I'm sad for her and her family but Panera isn't at fault here and it is clear to me at least that the parents are trying to get something out of Panera in the way of a settlement because they don’t want this to go to trial due to the fact that they will probably lose. I think it boils down to this. At one point, even Ivy League college students who are supposed to know everything need to figure out how to be responsible and understand what we're consuming. When you see a drink that is “charged” it should tell you that it is no ordinary drink and when the signs informed the patrons that the caffeine included in said drink was very strong should've been enough for this girl to avoid it, but she didn’t. She made as much sense as someone ordering a hot coffee from a drive-thru and acting surprised when their leg is burned if they accidentally spill it on themselves while driving.


...That answers that, Dept: Megan Rapinoe went down in the sixth minute with an injury she suffered in the final match of her career last week. The injury, a possible Achilles injury prevented her from returning to the match and after the game she replied that because she got hurt that there was no existence of God because as she explained that if there was a God, this (meaning her injury) was proof that there wasn’t. Well, that’s that. The question asked for thousands of years has been answered by probably the most selfish and disliked female soccer player ever and with her getting hurt I think that it proved that God may not have been that impressed with her behavior because as my mother always used to say to me when I did something wrong "The Lord punished you" and if anyone in women's soccer deserves punishment it is Megan Rapinoe with the way she conducted herself here and her insulting comments about our country. Her future may lie in providing commentary to women's soccer from now on but since no one watches we don’t have to worry about seeing her again.


...A Florida man (where else?) was arrested after bashed a woman's head into a tree stump because she woke him up on her way to the bathroom. And I bet some of you were thinking he had to have a reason. The couple were at the Silver Springs State Park campsite which is located in Northern Florida. The two people had been drinking before they retired to their marital sleeping bag and everything was just fine until the woman felt nature calling her and when she got up to take care of her concerns she tripped and fell over her big lug of a husband because it’s hard to find where to go when it is pitch black outside and you don’t have the luxury of turning on a light. So, proving the old adage that alcohol and logs do not go well together her husband got up and hit her with the log whereas if they were home and she did this to him he’d of just thrown the alarm clock at her.


...I found this out recently even though it happened a few months ago. The Colosseum in Rome may be over two thousand years old but it didn’t stand a chance between three idiots ranging from twenty-seven years of age to seventeen as they used the building to carve their names in. The first guy who did it, a twenty-seven year-old British man explained after he was caught via his lawyer that he did not know the “antiquity of the monument” when he was busy carving his name in it. At the same time I am sure he does not know the antiquity of Buckingham Palace or what that means to every British citizen. Not to be outdone a a seventeen-year-old girl from Switzerland was spotted carving her initials into a wall of the building by a tourist guide and the very next day, a seventeen-year-old student from Germany did the same thing although not in the same area. For the act on the Colosseum both teenagers risk a fine of up to $16,850 and up to five years in jail. If any of these three people are interested in becoming U.S. citizens one day they are well on their way to doing so and based on their behavior they will not have any trouble passing the test.


...I've been taking a break from social media because my heart breaks to see all of the horror, hate, and terror that's going on in the world. People being tortured and killed or any act of hate towards any one group is horrific. We need to protect ALL people, especially children and stop the violence for good. I’m sorry if my words will never be enough for everyone or a hashtag. I just can’t stand by innocent people getting hurt. That’s what makes me sick. I wish I could change the world. But a post won’t.


                                         -Selena Gomez


  Selena Gomez said these words not long after the start of the Isreali - Gaza war and for some reason people are giving her a hard time for it. Before I wrote this out to be included in here I read it over a few times and I can not figure out what she said to make people so upset with her. I still can’t. Besides that the world is full of people that are just looking for something to be upset about is still not a good enough reason come down on someone who doesn’t want people on both sides of this war to be hurt because this is all she has done here. The only thing I can think of is that she didn’t say what fans want to hear, so she got criticized. If a celebrity doesn’t take a side they also tend to get criticized and if they don’t say anything at all the same thing happens. Fans were complaining that they wanted her to take a position but her position is the very voice of reason the whole conflict is missing.


...Why do kids run around Walmart like it is one giant playground?


...Ever since the night that Will Smith walked up the stage and slapped Chris Rock I stopped being a fan of his and I even went as far as not watching any of his movies or reruns of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He’ll be paying for what he did for the rest of his life because I believe some people in Hollywood will never forgive him. I haven’t thought about him that much since that happened but this week I have because his wife Jada Pinkett Smith (or whatever she is) is coming out with her memoir entitled “Worthy” and from, what I have read about it so far she is anything but worthy. In it she writes that Tupac Shakur was her “soulmate. ” This was unnecessary and for no other purpose except to degrade her husband. She also went on to say that she and Smith have been separated since 2016 despite appearing as husband and wife in public. I tried to put myself in Will Smith’s shoes for a minute and I did not like it one bit. I am beginning to see what he did to Rock that night was a way to seek approval from a woman that had no intention of giving it. He deserves a better life than this because his entire legacy has been tarnished in less than two years thanks to her. Distancing himself from this woman will get his self respect back and he will find that Hollywood can be forgiving. Other actors have made huge comebacks after some far worse behavior. Robert Downey, Jr comes to mind. If Will Smith eventually does distance himself from her she is going to find that no one is going to want to be associated with her any more as soon as book sales and the talk show circuits wind down.


...If you look hard enough to be offended by something you are guaranteed to find it. I have always said this in the day and age of people on twitter giving their opinion on anything and everything. These are the same people that before twitter came about no one cared what they had to say but now that they have found a voice they are making up for lost time. The latest insulting and God-wrenching problem is from a fifty-year-old Thanksgiving cartoon special called A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. In it, to sum it up in as few words as possible, Charlie Brown’s friends kind of invite themselves over for the holiday and he isn’t prepared to have anyone over since he is going to his grandmother’s house. But they come anyway and he makes them feel as comfortable he could. Complaints were made that there wasn’t any turkey or stuffing and in substitution Charlie Brown served up toast, jelly beans and popcorn.


The problem is for the twitter people is the scene where they are having their “dinner.” (See screenshot.) One of the kids, a black child named Franklin is sitting alone on one side of the table and the others are on the other side. The issue -if you want to call it that- is that the black child is being kept separate from the rest of the kids and is being racially profiled. One could say that kid has the best seat at the table. I mean look at all the elbow room he has there! And this my friends is what some people spend their time doing online. What really bothers me is that I am continuously surprised by this. I remember when we were in school we talked about this cartoon the next day and we all thought it was funny because they had popcorn for Thanksgiving. The people that come up with these things deserve scorn and ridicule instead of being taken seriously.




...Finally I want to wish all of you located in the States a very happy Thanksgiving. For the rest of you it will be a typical Thursday without all the fuss but if you want to join in and cook a turkey go right ahead. As usual we have three NFL games on again along with one game being aired the day after. The Packers go to Detroit to take on the Lions at 12:30 p.m. on FOX followed by the Redskins visiting Dallas at 4:30 p.m. on CBS. I’ve grown to look forward to the Cowboys playing in the second game year after year because I can always put that game on and fall asleep. At 8:20 p.m. the 49ers travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks. That one will be on NBC. I won’t be watching that game at all. On Friday the 24th the Miami Dolphins will be playing the Jets in New York and that one starts at 3:00 p.m. You need to have Amazon Prime to see that one. I’m sure the NFL would even schedule a game for Saturday but they don’t want to get the college teams upset. So even if you watch one game or all four or none at all I want to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.



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