Archive for September 2016
Guest: Chris Corbett, North Texas conservative activist….will look back at the Trump-Clinton debate……what happens next? Advice to Mr Trump………we will also look at the GOP effort to keep the US Senate…….and more stories……….
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The great Roberto Clemente got # 3,000 on this day in 1972. It turned out to be his last major league hit because he died in a plane crash 3 months later. This is how Gregory H. Wolf recalled the moment:
Clemente came to the plate again to lead off the fourth inning in a scoreless game. Once again the crowd was on its feet, cheering on the former MVP entering the twilight of his illustrious career. “Everyone’s standing,” said Bob Prince on the KDKA radio broadcast, “and they want Bobby to get that big number 3,000.”6 Clemente looked at Matlack’s first pitch. The partisan crowd groaned disapprovingly as home-plate umpire John Kibler called strike one. On the next pitch, Clemente lunged to reach a breaking ball over the outside of the plate and connected. “Bobby hits a drive into the gap in left-center field,” said Prince excitedly. “There she is.”7 Clemente scampered to second base standing up while the crowd cheered wildly. “He jumped on the curveball and delivered the type of hit he’s produced so many times before,” wrote Smizik.8 Said Clemente after the game, “It was the same pitch he struck me out on in the first inning.”9 Clemente became just the 11th player to reach 3,000 hits. Second-base umpire Doug Harvey briefly stopped the game to give the ball to Clemente, who tossed it over to first-base coach Don Leppert.
It was only fitting that Clemente tallied the game’s first and the Pirates’ winning run. With the crowd still standing, he scampered to third on a passed ball, and subsequently scored on Manny Sanguillen’s one-out single to left field. Two batters later, Jackie Hernandez tripled, driving in Sanguillen and Richie Zisk (who had walked) to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
In between innings, the Mets’ Willie Mays, who had become the 10th member of the 3,000-hit club in July 1970, defied custom by leaving the visitors’ dugout to congratulate Clemente on the Pirates’ bench. Afterward Clemente jogged out to right field to start the fifth inning and doffed his cap to a still-standing crowd. Ellis set down the side in order, his fifth consecutive hitless inning.
Clemente was due up with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but his day was done. Virdon sent in 35-year-old Bill Mazeroski, set to retire at the end of the season, to pinch-hit. A teammate with Clemente and Virdon on the 1960 World Series champion Pirates, Maz popped out to second.
With Clemente out of the game, the remainder of the contest was anticlimactic. Ellis left after the sixth inning, in which he yielded his first and only hit of the game. Willie Stargell and Zisk led off the sixth with walks, and scored when Wayne Garrett misplayed Sanguillen’s hot chopper to third base for a two-base error. Staked to a 5-0 lead, the Pirates’ Bob Johnson held the Mets to just one hit in three scoreless innings of relief to preserve the victory for Ellis.
Reporters gathered around Clemente in the Pirates’ dressing room after the game. While players congratulated him, there was no champagne or extravagant celebration. An intensively private person, Clemente was quick to deflect attention and give credit to all those who had supported him since he started playing baseball. “I dedicate this hit to the fans of Pittsburgh,” he said. “They have been wonderful. And to the people back home in Puerto Rico, but especially to the fellow who pushed me to play baseball. Roberto Marin.”10
“I’m glad it’s over,” said Clemente honestly about his chase for 3,000 hits. “Now I can get some sleep.”11 The Pirates announced that he would not play in the club’s final three games to rest his aching feet in preparation for their division playoff series with the Cincinnati Reds, scheduled to open on October 7 in Pittsburgh.
Clemente was honored the next day in a brief ceremony before the finale of the Pirates-Mets series. As the crowd of more than 30,000 gave him a standing ovation, a visibly moved Clemente accepted a trophy. After the game Clemente once again reflected on the support he had received throughout 18 years playing in Pittsburgh. “We are here for the purpose to win for the fans. That is who we work for. Not for (GM) Joe Brown. He does not pay our salary. The fans pay our salary.”12
Clemente collected his 3,000th hit in his final at-bat of the 1972 season. No one could have expected that it would be his last. On December 31, 1972, the Great One died with four others when his cargo plane crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico en route to delivering relief supplies to Nicaragua following a disastrous earthquake.
I recall reading about # 3,000 the next day in the sports pages.
Sadly, I recall hearing about that plane crash too. It was a shock!
Louisa May Alcott’s “Little women” was published on this day in 1868. It became one of the most popular books ever.
Over the years, a few movies based on the book have been released.
The 1949 version, with Meg (Janet Leigh), Jo (June Allyson), Amy (Elizabeth Taylor), Beth (Margaret O’Brien) and Mrs March (Mary Astor), is my favorite.
It is often shown on TCM and it is a nice story about family. It was very good.
Year eight and credibility is a huge problem for the “hope and change” man!
We are sending more troops to Iraq, but don’t call them combat troops. Like LBJ in 1964, the Obama administration, and Clinton campaign, want you to understand that having U.S. troops in a war zone does not mean that anyone will shoot at them. I guess they will all neatly line up behind others
Year eight and credibility is a huge problem for the “hope and change” man!
We are sending more troops to Iraq, but don’t call them combat troops. Like LBJ in 1964, the Obama administration, and Clinton campaign, want you to understand that having U.S. troops in a war zone does not mean that anyone will shoot at them. I guess they will all neatly line up behind others and just watch the firefight, sort of like an Obama war video game. I just hope that the Obama fanatics read their history about Vietnam.
The irony is that we now have 5,000 troops in Iraq on the 7th anniversary of our withdrawal from Iraq. As the aforementioned articles explains, the White House claims that this is all consistent with Obama’s policy! In other words, I guess that meant to withdraw the troops, gloat about it 2012, and then put them back at the end of his second term.
Over at the ObamaCare office, the so-called “signature legislation” is in trouble. It is now apparent to anyone that the program will have to be dismantled unless the next president wants to call for a huge tax increase. Forget “single payer”. It only happens when Democrats are speaking to their partisans!
In fact, The Affordable Health Care Act is only affordable for those who are not paying for it. AHCA is also making it more difficult for people to afford it, as we see from Dan Springer:
When Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey announced recently that it’s $46 million in debt and shutting down, it became the 17th failed ObamaCare co-op since the Affordable Care Act launched three years ago.
Those failures — just six of the original 23 co-ops remain — have left hundreds of thousands of people scrambling for coverage.
Meanwhile, insurers claiming big losses are leaving some state exchanges — including Indiana University Health Plans, whose exit is expected to result in 27,000 Indiana residents losing ObamaCare plans in 2017. And companies still operating in the federal and state exchanges are raising premiums for next year.
Together, the developments are posing new challenges for Americans seeking affordable coverage, and show the highly touted overhaul of the country’s health care system is in some cases not yielding the savings President Obama once promised.
Like pulling troops out of Iraq, the $875 billion stimulus that did not stimulate and now ObamaCare everything but affordable.
I have one question: Where would President Obama’s approvals be if we had an honest idea willing to get out of the tank, dry up and put on their journalist uniforms?
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) September 29, 2016
We will look back at the Trump-Clinton debate, the online polls, Trump’s performance and what happens next……the Obama administration faces problems with Obama Care……we are now sending troops to Iraq……..and some thoughts about the Rangers and their quest to finish with the best record in the American League………….
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The amazing Stan Musial played his last game on this day in 1963. His last base hit was a ground ball to right field that Pete Rose, the Reds rookie second baseman, could not reach. Years later, Rose passed Musial on his way to breaking Ty Cobb’s all time hits record.
He was indeed one of the greats:
“Musial’s rank in several career offensive categories is significantly closer to first despite missing the entire 1945 season to serve in the United States Navy. When he retired after the 1963 season, he shared or held 17 big league records and 29 National League records.
He currently ranks in the top 10 in five career categories — second in total bases (6,134), third in doubles (725), fourth in hits (3,630), sixth in RBIs (1,951) and ninth in runs (1,949). His .331 career batting average stands 30th.
He received MVP votes in 18 seasons, finishing as the runner-up four times after winning his third award in 1948. He was second in the balloting in 1957, when at age 36, he won the NL batting title for the final time.
He won his seventh title — only Ty Cobb (11), Honus Wagner and Tony Gwynn (eight each) won more — 14 years after his first.
Stan the Man died in 2013 and I wrote a post about that.
On Monday night, I saw a message in social media that Univision’s poll had Clinton beating Trump, 9-1!
It naturally created a little excitement, specially among those who were probably clicking the website saying that Clinton had destroyed Trump. I reminded the people in the chat that Univision’s numbers had two problems: It was not scientific or a real poll, and, it did not even reflect Mr. Trump’s standing with Hispanics.
At one point, I just turned off the politics and went to the MLB channel to catch up with the pennant races. At least, they weren’t running instant polls on whether the Blue Jays would beat the Orioles for the # 1 wild card seed.
Put me down as someone who does not like snap polls. They mean nothing and end up creating confusion about the state of the race.
To be fair, most of the snap polls actually had Trump winning. Even the CNN poll (Clinton 62-27 over Trump) had so many “caveats” that you had to learn Latin to understand it:
And while it handed the victory overwhelmingly to Clinton, it was more mixed on whether the debate will make a difference, with 47 per cent saying it would not affect their vote, 34 per cent saying it moved them towards Clinton — and 18 per cent towards Trump.
And that’s the serious poll of the night? 62% say that Clinton won but 47% saying that it does not matter. What were these people watching? A debate or a movie?
The moral of the story is that there are too many snap polls that mean nothing.
As I told a friend, this debate really did little to change the race. Trump did miss some “fat pitches” and Clinton’s permanent smile looked like she was a portrait rather than a human being. Again, it had little impact on voters.
Let me add two more thoughts about this campaign, indeed the most unique that I’ve seen.
First, the media is in the tank for Hillary Clinton but this is actually hurting her, as Michael Goodwin noted:
But here’s the other side of the story: Trump won’t suffer much voter pain, certainly not enough to put victory out of reach. His secret weapon is that his core supporters, including many independents, distrust the media nearly as much as they distrust Clinton.
Consider that, while most media professionals said Clinton won the debate, most online polls of viewers had Trump winning.
Second, we are two nations speaking two languages, as my friend Barry Casselman wrote recently. The elites say “free trade”, look at maps and economic theories. The people between the coasts hear “free trade” and they see their plant or job leaving. Donald Trump is speaking the language between the coasts and that is why he is in this race.
And yes, let’s kill all of the snap polls!
Wednesday Sept 28: A round table discussion of the Trump-Clinton debate # 1…click to listen….. https://t.co/Krt1eIcPCD
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) September 28, 2016