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The Filibuster

Dontrelle Willis AND Chien-Ming Wang pitching this weekend?  Why not Mark Prior and Pedro Martinez too?

Jake
Columbia, MO
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This has been a strange week, Jake.  After six months of slugging it out in Libya, Tripoli fell within just a couple days.  Presidential candidates continue to eat corndogs apparently not realizing how that picture is going to turn out later.  Even the earth experienced a state of upheaval as the east coast barely made it through the great quake of 2011.  So why not Dontrelle Willis and Chien-Ming Wang?  Why not Prior and Wood dosey-doeing at Wrigley?  Heck, why not zombie Mark Fidrych going pitch-for-pitch with bionic Jim Bunning newly hyped up on dead baby power shakes?

I know what you’re thinking right now.  And no, I don’t have any “proof” that a zombie can get past his love of brains in order to pitch a baseball.  But I do know that a week that sees Washington DC get hit by both an earthquake and a hurricane is a week in which anything is possible.

My suggestion is that instead of focusing on zombies, baby shakes and improbable pitching returns, we turn our attention to the more important things in life.  Like, what’s up with the human-kangaroo hybrids currently drenching unsuspecting pedestrians?

-A

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We Heart Japan

i love japan.jpgSometimes it’s hard to find the right words, but these pretty much sum it up for us.

And since Japan has provided us with the talents of Hideo Nomo, Akinori Iwamura, So Taguchi, Ichiro Suzuki and many, many more, we would just like to remind them and everyone else touched by the recent disasters in the Far East that we definitely got their backs — that the power of many is stronger than the power of one.

The rebuilding process will be slow, but together we can get ‘er done.

For more information on how you can help, please visit The Huffington Post and examine its list of charitable foundations.

Peace,

Jeff & Al

Enjoy it Extra Hard

My painfully slow tour of all the MLB parks continues next month in San Francisco and it appears I’m getting there not a moment too soon.  That’s right, all signs say that the big one is about to hit CA and I for one believe it.  After all, what’s not to trust about this guy?

I’m pretty sure that’s a National Weather Service parka.  And more importantly, this video is on the internet and we all know the internet never lies.

Happy Saturday!  California, you only have several more to go so you better enjoy it extra hard.

-A

Terra Infirma

haiti_earthquake.jpgThis has been a week of upheaval in both the physical and existential sense of the word.  We continue to be bombarded by images of Haiti and even today a new quake brought new fear.  And in the US, both minor and major tremors shook us as McGwire admitted what we had always suspected and the Democrats lost what was supposed to be a sure thing.

In times of upheaval people search for solidity, for something they can cling to as their world is dashed to pieces.  For Haitians this is an ongoing search as even their government and their public services have fallen apart.  And for baseball fans, even though we knew what McGwire was up to, we go back to the basics and try to rediscover again why we love this game.

For the Democrats, they are in much the same spot as the Haitians.  I remember standing on the lawn between the capitol and the Washington Monument a year ago as President Obama gave his historic inauguration speech.  But a year later his star power has faded to the point that a virtual unknown was able to take the seat held by Ted Kennedy, the Liberal Lion, for nearly the past five decades.

The real question before all of us is what happens next?  Is it possible for Haitians to go back to living a normal existence when even the ground betrays them?  Can we trust any of our baseball heroes anymore or do we have to assume that they are all lying?  And does the promise of a universal health care system fade away for another 20 years until we once again realize how broken and rigged the current system is?

Upheaval forces us to answer difficult questions.  And whether major or minor, these answers take time.  Me, I’m a realist and always have been.  I expect people to take the easy route.  In another two weeks, Haiti will disappear from the news and we won’t hear about it again until the next time a disaster strikes.  Despite the nearly universally accepted realization that health care is broken, our leaders will shy away from making us taste the bitter medicine and unfortunate people (who, luckily for the politicians, don’t tend to vote) will continue to fall through the cracks.  And Mark McGwire, a self-confessed liar and cheater, will continue to make an exorbitant salary as a hitting coach while Pete Rose is banned from baseball.  That, my friends, is reality.

-A

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