Friday, October 27, 2006

We remember Nathan Aguirre (1984-2006)

Army SPC Nathaniel Aguirre
We remember Nathan Aguirre, the young man from our church killed in Iraq

This is from the obituary:   
Nathan was born December 11, 1984, in San Antonio, Texas. His family later moved to Carrollton, where Nathan met his best friend, Joseph Posenecker, at a church gathering. Joseph described Nathan as a leader and a responsible person. “Always keeping us in line,” Joseph said of his friend, “He was very outgoing and wanted to be the best at everything.” Nathan’s family remembers his always adventurous spirit. 
He enjoyed rock climbing so much so that he volunteered at his local climbing gym in order to climb for free. He later became a rock climbing instructor at the gym. Nathan was also passionate about being a Boy Scout, said his mother, Mary. He even designated the Boy Scouts as one of his life insurance beneficiaries. “Boy Scouts presented him with structured adventures and learning along with teaching him leadership skills, responsibility, integrity and loyalty that he embraced with such happiness,” his mother said.
Nathan always longed to serve his country. He joined the Army Reserves while still in high school, putting off plans to attend Texas A&M University to study architecture. 
“He didn’t want to wait four years to go into the service,” Nathan’s father, Louis, said about his son. “He wanted to serve.” 
SPC Aguirre blogged about his experiences in Iraq on his MySpace page. Since his death, his page on the social networking site has turned into an online memorial. 
Nathan's death reminds us that we live in a dangerous world. We are grateful that young men like Nathan are willing to serve their country.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

2001: President Bush warned us about a long fight ahead

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President Bush announced that US troops were on the march in Afghanistan on this day in 2001.    

He spoke to the nation and said something that sounds rather prophetic today:  
He also warned that the war in Afghanistan would likely be only the first front in a long struggle against terrorism. He vowed to continue to take what he called the “war on terror” to those countries that sponsored, harbored or trained terrorists.
And here we are.    Sadly, President Obama's policies set back our gains in Iraq and the region.    We have made gains under President Trump.

Let me recommend President Bush's "Decision points":

Thursday, October 05, 2006

October 5, 1953: Billy Martin and Yankees won their 5th title in a row

Yogi Berra died a few years ago.  He was one of the Yankees on that team that won their 5th series in a row in 1953.   

Game 7 was tied going in to the bottom of the ninth and Billy Martin drove in the winning run for title # 5.   

By the way, Phil Rizzuto, another one of the 12 who played in all 5 titles, wrote a wonderful book about the legendary teams.   

The 1998-2000 Yankees won 3 in a row and so did the 1972-74 Oakland A's.  No one has come close to winning 5 since!

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

1957: Sputnik and the space race was on!

On this day in 1957, the USSR put Sputnik in orbit and things were never the same. The Sputnik incident inspired Homer Hickam, a teenager in West Virginia who went on to become a NASA engineer.   I remember watching "October sky" a few years ago.  It was a great movie about how Sputnik changed a life down here.  He wrote a series of books about it.

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October 4, 1969: Paul Blair dropped a bunt in 12th to win game 1 of the first ALCS

We forget that the first league championship series did not start until 1969.  Well, Game 1 of the 1969 ALCS was a beauty indeed or Minnesota at Baltimore.   

The Orioles won 109 games and ran away with the AL East.    The Twins won 97 and beat the A's by 9 games.  Both teams spent much of September waiting to play each other in the first ALCS.

The 1969 Orioles were one of the best teams of the 20th century with Frank Robinson (32 HR), Brooks Robinson (23 HR) and Boog Powell (37 HR).    Paul Blair hit 26 HR with 20 stolen bases.  

The 1969 Twins had eventual MVP Harmon Killebrew (49 HR & 140 RBI), Tony Oliva (.309, 24 HR & 101 RBI), Rod Carew (.332 and batting title) and Cesar Tovar who stole 40 bases.

The Orioles started Mike Cuellar (23-11) and the Twins sent Jim Perry (20-6) to the mound.    It was a great game between two of the best pitchers and teams of that era.   

The lead went back and forth and it was 3-3 in the bottom of the 12th.    With two outs, Paul Blair dropped a beautiful bunt scoring Mark Belanger from third.  
It was exciting baseball and one of great chapters in Orioles' history.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

October 3, 1951: "The Giants win the pennant" beating the Dodgers!

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The Dodgers-Giants rivalry is one of the greatest in sports. 

In 1951, the Dodgers and Giants had a special playoff to settle the NL pennant

It came down to the bottom of the 9th. 

It was Ralph Branca vs Bobby Thomson:   
At 3:58 pm, Branca’s second pitch, another fastball, came in high and tight. Thomson swung, his uppercut driving the ball deep toward the corner in left. 
Pafko, dashing toward the high wall, ran out of room. The ball landed in the first row, just above the 315 ft. sign for a three-run home run. Game over. 
The Polo Grounds shook as the euphoric crowd erupted. Joe King wrote in The Sporting News, “(Thomson’s homer) touched off scenes in this place which never before had been witnessed in connection with the winning of a pennant.”
And the Giants did win the NL pennant but lost to the Yankees in the World Series!

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Monday, October 02, 2006

October 2, 1978: NY beat Boston to win the AL East title

Was a Newspaper Strike a Bigger Villain Than Bucky Bleepin' Dent in 1978? |  by gordon edes | Medium

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It was probably the game of the decade.

New York and Boston ended up with 99 wins at the end of the season.   The Red Sox lost a 14 game lead, fell back by 4 and then won the last 10 to force a tie.

The AL East title was decided in a one game playoff at Fenway Park.  
The Yankees beat the Red Sox, 5-4.    Bucky Dent hit one of the greatest HR's in baseball history.   

The Yankees beat Kansas City in the ALCS and the LA Dodgers in the World Series.   Nevertheless, it was this "tie breaker" in 1978 that everyone remembers:

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Talking baseball: The 1967 AL pennant race!

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As we wait for the 2020 baseball season to get going, let's remember one great pennant race story from the past. 

It was 1967 and 4 teams were in contention for the AL pennant entering the last weekend of the season. They were Boston, Minnesota, Detroit and Chicago.

We remind you that before divisional play was introduced in 1969, the World Series, or post season, was between the AL and NL champs.   In other words, no divisions or wild cards back then.

Back to the story and the amazing pennant race, as you can read in this article by Tim Wendel:   
With two weeks left in the 1967 season, the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, and Minnesota Twins were tied for first place in the American League, with the Chicago White Sox a half-game back.       
Through the years, baseball has enjoyed plenty of memorable pennant chases and epic finishes. Back in August of 1948, four teams—the Yankees, Indians, Red Sox, and Athletics—were in a virtual tie for the lead.
Eleven years later, the Dodgers, Giants, and Braves battled to the end, with Los Angeles winning a best-of-three playoff.
All great moments, but they cannot surpass 1967, which baseball historian Rob Neyer calls the “best four-team race in major-league history.”
As Mr. Wendel explains, most experts had picked the Orioles to repeat as AL champs.    Unfortunately, the O's had injuries and never got going.

Chicago was eliminated Friday night. Detroit was eliminated on Sunday.

It came down to game # 162 between Boston and Minnesota.   The Red Sox won and they went on to the World Series.   

It was very exciting and I remember watching the last two games between Boston and Minnesota on TV.

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