Sunday, August 23, 2020

Democrats can’t work up enthusiasm for Joe Biden

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During the week, I noticed how the Democrat convention was all about President Trump rather than former V.P. Biden. On a nightly basis, even minute by minute, the message was that President Trump is someone between Hitler and Ivan the Terrible.
Therefore, I was not surprised to read that the 2020 ratings were below 2016.  Let’s see how it compares with the RNC next week.  President Trump may not get the 34 million who watched him in 2016, but don’t be surprised if he does.
The sad truth is that Mr. Biden does not excite Democrats, as Lauren Martinchek wrote:
Well, it’s official.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has now officially accepted the nomination of the democratic party to be President of the United States.
You would think that after months of preparation knowing that this would happen, I would be beyond the point where it bothers me. But at this moment in time, I’ve begun to realize my frustration doesn’t come from a place of simply being disappointed. Rather, it stems from the fact that democrats have opted to coalesce around a candidate that they did not even like.
Let’s see what happens next.  The sad truth is that Mr. Biden was revived in South Carolina after Senator Sanders made unbelievably stupid remarks about Fidel Castro’s Cuba.  It was enough to scare the heck out of any Democrat running between San Francisco and New York City.  So they revived Mr. Biden because he was seen as the savior.
The bride said “I do,” but everybody knows well that this is a marriage of convenience totally devoid of love.  It won’t last, especially when they hear Mr. Biden try to explain his position on most issues.
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1989: Rick Dempsey home run beat Montreal 1-0 after 22 innings

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On this day in 1989, Rick Dempsey hit a 22nd inning HR to give the Dodgers a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Expos.  The game lasted 6 hours and 14 minutes.   Actually, that's rather quick considering that they played the equivalent of 2 games and 4 innings.

Dempsey came in for Mike Sciocia, batted 5 times and hit the winning HR off of Dennis Martinez, his former teammate.

We remember Dempsey from the Orioles and the 1979 and 1983 World Series.   In fact, Dempsey was the 1983 World Series MVP and caught strike three to end the Dodgers' 1988 sweep of the Oakland A's.

To say the least, one of my favorite players from that era.

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Happy # 62 Julio Franco

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The ageless Julio Franco was born in The Dominican Republic on this day in 1958.  

He came up with the Indians in 1982 and became a regular in 1983:   .273, 80 RBI and # 2 in the AL Rookie of the Year vote.  

In 1989, Franco joined the Texas Rangers, won the 1991 AL batting title and hit .307 over 5 seasons.    

We will remember him for that unique batting stance and the fact that he played into his 40's.    In fact, he may still be playing in some league somewhere.

Franco hit .298 over 23 seasons with 2,598 hits and 1,194 RBI.   Great hitter!
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Clemente 1970: 10 hits in 2 games

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On this day in 1970,  Roberto Clemente of the Pirates compiled his second straight 5-hit game during an 11-0 victory over the Dodgers.  He was the first player in the 20th century to collect 10 hits in two consecutive games. 

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