Saturday, July 22, 2017

2009: 40 AL pennants for the Yankees



Move over everybody because no one does it like The New York Yankees.

What else can you say about an organization with 40 AL pennants?

Earlier this season, I wrote that I wanted Derek Jeter to get his 5th ring.....Jeter has 4 and needs another one to join Berra, DiMaggio, Mantle, Ruth and Gehrig!

Last night, Jeter and his Yankees showed why they will be tough to beat in the upcoming series.

First, starting pitching: Sabathia! Petite! Burnett!

Closer: Rivera!

Middle of the order: ARod, Texeira and Matsui!

Intangible: Derek Jeter, one of the greatest Yankee winners ever!

Congratulations to the NY Yankees!


Congratulations to the 2009 Yankees and their 27th World Series title



Last year, the Yankees watched the post season on TV.

Then they signed Texeira, Sabathia and Barnett, the top 3 free agents available last year.  I guess that we can say that Mr. Steinbrenner's investment paid off big time!

Last night, they celebrated their 27th World Series title.

40 AL titles and 27 WS rings is remarkable.

The Yankees won their first title in 1923.

Along the way, they won 5 in a row (1949-1953), Don Larsen pitched a perfect game (1956), and Reggie Jackson hit 3 Hrs in game 6 (1977)!

At one point, they won 20 of 25 AL titles (1923-1962).

It is remarkable story!

Beyond history, I am very happy that Derek Jeter won his 5th ring. Jeter is one of the greatest Yankees ever!

2008: Remember when the Rangers brought up Chris Davis?






Back in June 2008, the Rangers brought up Chris Davis because Hank Blalock was hurt.

Davis was tearing up AAA pitching in Oklahoma City.  

He hit his first home run in 2008.   He hit a lot more, specially after going to Baltimore in 2011.    

Davis hit 42 HR in Texas and has 214 HR already with Baltimore.  

Looking back, the trade made sense in July 2011 because Texas was looking for a second trip to the World Series.   The Orioles, on the other hand, were rebuilding.



Saturday night and a few thoughts about the front pages


We will look at a New York Times editorial blasting China for not living up to environmental standards............also there is a movement in Dallas to replace Confederate symbols......why are we deleting history..........we should learn but not delete our past.......Robinson Crusoe movie 1954..............and other stories...................




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President Bush 1989-93



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So is The New York Times making the case for skipping the Paris climate accords?


A few weeks ago, many of us supported President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accords for a couple of reasons:   
First, President Obama did not send the accord to the US Senate for a treaty ratification; and, second, what’s the point of having an accord that requires nothing from China? Why do a manufacturing surrender and throw US workers under the bus?   
Well, The NY Times’ editorial is making President Trump’s point about China. I’m not sure that this was their intention but their attack on China should have come when this deal was being negotiated.
While President Trump rolls back environmental protections and announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accord, China is trying to position itself as the world’s climate leader, pledging to cooperate with other countries to build an “eco-civilization.” China has established the largest solar panel farm in the world, plans to close over 100 coal-fired power plants, and is committed to spending at least $361 billion on renewable energy by 2020.
 
All of this is laudable and sorely needed. 
But if China truly wants to be a climate leader it needs to address its global climate footprint, not just pollution within its borders.
China’s lending in Latin American and Caribbean countries provides a telling example of how the country has outsourced its emissions.
The Chinese Development Bank and the China Export-Import Bank provided more than $141 billion in loan commitments to Latin America and the Caribbean from 2005 to 2016, far surpassing lending from multilateral banks to the region. 
These loans have gone mainly to projects with significant environmental effects like oil drilling, coal mining, hydroelectric dam construction and road building. Over half of all public-sector lending from China to Latin America, some $17.2 billion in 2017, went to the fossil-fuel industry.
Thank you for making our case against the Paris Accords.The editorial’s last paragraph is great:    
A true climate leader would invest in the preservation of areas of global ecological importance rather than destroy them.
Are you kidding me? China is not a climate leader anymore than it is a democratic country. China was simply willing to pretend because politicians like President Obama were more interested in signing an accord than anything else. Like the Iran deal, President Obama was simply looking for a resume entry so that he could go around and pretend that he led the world to some kind of climate improvement. 
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Jose Contreras, Fidel Castro and the 2005 World Series





Jose Contreras pitched game 1 of the 2005 World Series and it was a decent effort.  He was helped by Joe Crede, third baseman who made several defensive plays and hit a home run. 

Finally, Cotts and Jents were phenomenal from the bullpen. 

On the field, Contreras beat the Astros.   In Cuba, he beat Castro, who censored the game.

Cubans were not allowed to watch a baseball finals featuring one of the nation's modern baseball idols.

Contreras left Cuba a few years ago. He defected with other players. 

Where are the Hollywood liberals who are constantly traveling to Cuba to kiss the regime's hand?   Why aren't they complaining that Cubans can not watch a baseball game?

The world should put pressure on Castro to show the games on TV. What is Castro afraid of anyway?  Is he afraid that the Cuban people will see a prosperous and free nation?



Baseball and memories of Cuba





Let me share two childhood memories of growing up Cuba. 

The first one is the political turmoil and upheaval that turned Cuba upside down in the early 60's.   It finally led to our departure in '64.

My second memory is more pleasant or baseball.


It seems that my dad took my brother and I to the baseball doubleheader every Sunday.


I don't remember a lot but I do recall Orestes "Minnie" Minoso getting booed because the fans did not think that he was running out a ground ball.

My favorite player was Camilo Pascual, who would go on to win 174 games in the majors with the Senators/Twins.

There were many young Cuban players who who were destined for the majors----Cookie Rojas, Leo Cardenas, Pedro Ramos, Mike Cuellar, Tony Gonzalez, etc. I remember watching them before they left the island and pursued careers in the majors.


Before Castro, great players like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Satchel Paige played in the island. 

The Yankees played spring exhibitions. The Negro League teams were very popular because many Cubans were on the rosters. 

In the 50's, Tommy Lasorda, Willie Mays, "Rifleman" Connors and Brooks Robinson played winter ball in Cuba.

Every Cuban baseball fan should check out this great book about the history of Cuban baseball.    Better than that, buy your Cuban mom or dad an "Almendares" or "Habana" baseball cap!








Mike Lowell talks about his family in Castro's Cuba


A year ago, everyone had an opinion about Fidel Castro's death. 


Mike Lowell, former Boston Red Sox third baseman and current baseball analyst, put it all in perspective when he spoke about his family:   
Former big-league player and 2007 World Series MVP Mike Lowell's stance on Fidel Castro hasn't changed over the past decade.
After the Cuban dictator passed away Friday, Lowell - who told the Boston Herald in 2006 he hoped Castro would die because he had family members killed during the former politician's regime - discussed how he felt with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
"I'm not sad he's dead," Lowell said. "Move on and if this helps change that regime, their thought process or something, it's better for the Cuban people. I think everybody should pursue what they want to make them happy. That's basically the bottom line. I don't think a country should have a say in what you want to make out of your life."
Lowell's father was jailed by Castro for 15 years after not showing support for the dictator's regime, which obviously left the former Boston Red Sox player with ill feelings toward the 17th president of Cuba, as he even compared him to Adolf Hitler.
"Some would put Castro above Hitler, and why? Because they're not Jewish. It's what you relate to. It's what hits home a little bit more," Lowell explained. "I'm not saying Castro is worse than Hitler, or Hitler is worse than Castro. I don't want to get into the atrocities of Hitler because that's possibly the abomination of the world as a human being. But I think Cubans view that as someone who is trying to eliminate everyone who was against what he thought, and he did it to his own Cuban people. If you told me it was a country of people coming in to take over your country, I understand. But it was within your own country. I think that's a much more damaging and a much more savage way to go about things."
Lowell retired from baseball after the 2010 season, following a career that included two World Series titles in 2003 and '07, four All-Star appearances, and a career slash line of .279/.342/.464 with 223 home runs and 952 RBIs.
Cubans understand how Lowell feels.

Santana and Che, years later





Years ago, I spoke with a Cuban who had fled the island.  We chatted politics, a little baseball and music. He made an interesting observation: Castro denied me the Beatles!

Most lefties, and their apologists in Hollywood and elsewhere, do not know, or choose to overlook, that Castro did not allow Cubans to listen to the Beatles, rock music or American movies.  All of these things were hailed as capitalist trash that would poison the minds of revolutionaries.

This is why so many of us reacted with anger when Carlos Santana showed up wearing a Che jersey during the awards a few years ago.

Myriam Marquez wrote this in the Orlando Sentinel:
"Grammy-winning jazz great, Paquito D'Rivera, a worldwide talent who fled Cuba in the 1980s, apparently weighed in this week with an "open letter" to Santana.
He noted that wearing Che's face is "a harsh blow" because Cuban youth in the 1960s "had to go into hiding to listen to your albums, which the Revolution and the troglodyte Argentinean and his cohorts, dubbed as 'imperialist music.' "
Che Guevarra was a man who put many to death. He confiscated private property for no reason at all. 

In the end, he was captured because the Bolivian natives did not support him. Che's Bolivian revolution was a huge failure! Che Guevarra and Fidel Castro turned Cuba into a political prison.

Last but not least, he was part of a dictatorship that did not allow Cuban youths to listen to Santana's music.

Maybe Hollywood will make a movie called "the dissident's diaries", the story of young Cuban who was put in jail for listening to Santana and believing in democracy.





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