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  1. I don't think anyone can be expected to pitch like this against anyone. They are still major league teams and they can still beat anyone--like us with 26 runs. But I understand your point. This "streak" is still significant even though he has more to prove. What made me think of Koufax is not Bondo's potential, but the fact that both of them learned (are learning) to pitch in the majors. Koufax never spent a day in the minors due to the "Bonus Baby" rule and Bondo spent only one year. Not bad for a guy whom people were calling to be sent to Toledo a month ago.
  2. Bonderman's sudden turnaround is amazing. In his last 4 games (including today) 30 1/3 IP, 35 K 9 BB 5 ER 21 H and NO HRs a 1.48 ERA ,3 wins and 1 loss. I think this is just a taste of the future from Jeremy. I bet he develops into quite a pitcher; possibly the ace of the staff. That's "simple" enough for him, I hope! Don't forget he's only 21. Koufax didn't become the "Koufax" of legend until he was at least a two or three years older. I'm not so much comparing him to Koufax as I am to his development at a similar age. Still, this guy is hot!
  3. That last one was funnier when Johnny Carson did it. Good list.
  4. This is unreal. How much more can these people take? My friends who lost their house in Melbourne this week have yet another one coming their way.
  5. Maybe the "Islamic Monsters..." thread should be allowed to expire undisturbed, but this article from today's New York Times is relevant to those who have followed this issue. At least the intellectuals are outraged by this attack. I'd like to know what the "arab street" thinks too. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/08/international/middleeast/08CND-ARAB.html?hp School Siege in Russia Sparks Self-Criticism in Arab World By JOHN KIFNER BEIRUT, Sept 8 — The brutal school siege in Russia, with hundreds of children dead and wounded, has sparked an unusual round of self-criticism and introspection in the Muslim and Arab world. "It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims," Abdel Rahman al-Rashed, the general manager of the widely watched Al-Arabiya satellite television station wrote in one of the most striking of these commentaries. Writing in the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Mr. Rashed said it was "shameful and degrading" that not only were the Beslan hijackers Muslims, but also the murderers of Nepalese workers in Iraq, the attackers of residential towers in Riyadh and Khobar, Saudi Arabia, the women believed to have blown up two Russian airplanes last week and Osama bin Laden himself. "The majority of those who manned the suicide bombings against buses, vehicles, schools, houses and buildings, all over the world, were Muslim," he wrote. "What a pathetic record. What an abominable `achievement.' Does this tell us anything about ourselves, our societies and our culture?" Mr. Rashed, like several other commentators, singled out Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a senior Egyptian cleric living in Qatar who broadcasts an influential program on Al Jazeera television and who has issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, calling for the killing of American and foreign "occupiers" in Iraq, military and civilian. "Let us contemplate the incident of this religious Sheikh allowing, nay even calling for, the murder of civilians," he wrote. "How can we believe him when he tells us that Islam is the religion of mercy and peace while he is turning it into a religion of blood and slaughter?" Mr. Rashed recalled that in the past, leftists and nationalists in the Arab world were considered a "menace" for their adoption of violence, and the mosque was a "haven" of "peace and reconciliation" by contrast. "Then came the Neo-Muslims," he said. "An innocent and benevolent religion, whose verses prohibit the felling of trees in the absence of urgent necessity, that calls murder the most heinous of crimes, that says explicitly that if you kill one person you have killed humanity as a whole, has been turned into a global message of hate and a universal war cry." A columnist for the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyassa, Faisal al-Qina'I, also took aim at Sheikh Qaradawi. "It is saddening," he wrote, "to read and hear from those who are supposed to be Muslim clerics, like Yusuf al-Qaradawi and others of his kind, that instead of defending true Islam they encourage these cruel actions and permit decapitation, hostage-taking and murder." In Jordan, a group of Muslim religious figures, meeting with the religious affairs minister, Ahmed Heleil, issued a statement today saying the seizing of the school and subsequent massacre was dedicated to distorting the pure image of Islam. "This terrorist act contradicts the principles of our true Muslim religion and its noble values," the statement said. Writing in the Jordanian daily Al-Dustour, a columnist, Bater Wardam, noted a propensity in the Arab world to "place responsibility for the crimes of Arabic and Muslim terrorist organizations on the Mossad, the Zionists and the American intelligence, but we all know that this is not the case." "They came from our midst," he wrote of those who had kidnapped and murdered civilians in Iraq, blown up commuter trains in Spain, turned airliners into bombs and shot the children in Ossetia. "They are Arabs and Muslims who pray, fast, grow beards, demand the wearing of veils and call for the defense of Islamic causes. Therefore we must all raise our voices, disown them and oppose all these crimes." In Beirut, Rami G. Khouri wrote in the Daily Star that while most Arabs "identified strongly and willingly" with armed Palestinian or Lebanese guerrillas fighting Israeli occupation, "all of us today are dehumanized and brutalized by the images of Arabs kidnapping and beheading foreign hostages." Calling for a global strategy to reduce terror, he traced what he called "this ugly trek" in the Arab world to "the home-grown sense of indignity, humiliation, denial and degradation that has increasingly plagued many of our young men and women." A Palestinian columnist, Hassan al-Batal, wrote in the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Ayyam that the "day of horror in the school" should be designated an international day for the condemnation of terrorism. "There are no mitigating circumstances for the inhuman horror and the height of barbarism" at the school, he wrote. In Egypt, the semi-official newspaper Al-Ahram called the events "an ugly crime against humanity." In Saudi Arabia, newspapers tightly controlled by the government — which finds itself under attack from Islamic fundamentalists — were even more scathing. Under the headline "Butchers in the Name of Allah," a columnist in the government daily Okaz, Khaled Hamed al-Suleiman, wrote that "the propagandists of Jihad succeeded in the span of a few years in distorting the image of Islam. "They turned today's Islam into something having to do with decapitations, the slashing of throats, abducting innocent civilians and exploding people. They have fixed the image of Muslims in the eyes of the world as barbarians and savages who are not good for anything except slaughtering people," he wrote, adding: "The time has come for Muslims to be the first to come out against those interested in abducting Islam in the same way they abducted innocent children. This is the true Jihad these days and this is our obligation, as believing Muslims, towards our monotheistic religion."
  6. In the article it says: "Baker negotiated debates in 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992. As chief of staff to Bush's father in 1992, he took a cautious stance with the view that a sitting president has little to gain and much to lose in debates, according to accounts at the time." This is a close election and if Bush is really on the solid ground he claims to be he could demonstrate that in this debate he wants to cancel. The worry that the "undecided" voters will be secretly partisan sounds like special pleading. The pollsters must have some way of weeding out fifth columns like this. I think he's just chickening out. As Ricky used to tell Lucy, "You've got some 'splaining to do!" He just wants to duck it. I don't blame him but I have to do a lot of things I don't want to do either.
  7. Just to throw more fuel on the fire: Yanks send mixed messages By Mike Fitzpatrick, The Associated Press 09/07/04 NEW YORK — The New York Yankees are annoyed at the commissioner's office over the way their game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays was postponed. "It was a mess," general manager Brian Cashman said. Cashman said the Yankees never asked to be awarded a forfeit, but instead requested that the game be postponed until the end of the season so baseball had time to investigate whether the Devil Rays made every effort to get to New York in time for Monday's scheduled doubleheader. However, before Monday's game at Yankee Stadium, club president Randy Levine and Cashman held a news conference, explaining why they wanted a forfeit. "With all due respect to Brian, I don't know what he's talking about," said Rich Levin, a spokesman in the commissioner's office. "A hurricane the size of Texas blew into Florida, and the Tampa Bay players were rightfully concerned about their families. The makeup game is going to be played tomorrow, and that's that." (Also, in today's Tampa Tribune) ``You take care of the families first and then you do your job second,'' Rays manager Lou Piniella said. ``I think that's the American principle, isn't it? If it's not, that's what it should be.'' Many of the Rays were without power Sunday and Monday, and several suffered property damage. A tree caved in Piniella's back porch. The 60-foot dock at Brook Fordyce's home in Stuart was washed away. Tino Martinez experienced real fear as near-zero visibility slowed his crossing of Tampa Bay into St. Petersburg Monday morning. He might have turned back to his flooded Davis Islands home if he hadn't been too worried about getting smashed by some oblivious oncoming driver. And then there was Aubrey Huff. He honestly believed he could navigate his car through the flood waters near his West Shore area home and report to Tropicana Field on time. The car stalled. Huff missed the team charter to New York. ``I pulled over to the side into somebody's house,'' he said, ``and walked back in hurricane waters knee high all the way to my house.'' Huff arrived at Yankee Stadium around 3 p.m. Tuesday after flying out of Orlando into Newark, N.J. ``I know I, as a manager, would have felt very uncomfortable leaving my family, coming up here and concerning myself with a baseball game,'' Piniella said. ``Leaving my wife with the kids and the grandchildren and everybody else. And I think if you'd talk to our traveling party here, our players and everybody else, they'd tell you the same thing.'' Fordyce, whose wife and children stay in Stuart during the season, flew his family to St. Petersburg for the duration of the hurricane, which made landfall directly over their home on the east coast. ``Unfortunately, the tragic had to happen,'' Brook Fordyce said. ``It didn't happen to [the Yankees], but if they thought it out, you're not going to leave your family, you're not going to leave your kids. And then, my house is right on an island, right in the middle of the eye [of the hurricane]. What if my house is totally destroyed? Where do I send my family, back to nothing? I would stay there. It should've been handled better.'' Had Martinez waited another hour Monday, he's convinced the flood waters would have trapped him on Davis Islands. The former Yankees first baseman respectfully disagreed with the stance taken Monday by his old team. ``I think any team would've done what we did,'' Martinez said. ``We did the right thing.''
  8. Just as a side bar to this hurricane and it's effects on Melbourne, Florida: In 1971 my very eccentric older cousin built a 65-foot long, 35-foot high dragon statue in the Melbourne area that people called "Annie." The skeleton was created with steel rods and sheets of steel, then covered with concrete. I guess it was a real landmark for the area and became known as Dragon Point. I've never seen it. I understand it crumbled into the water two years ago. It would been kind of cool if the hurricane had taken it down instead.
  9. Thanks Del. You know, you'd think it happened to me. I'm still shaking a bit. We're pretty close.
  10. Just got some very bad news from close friends in Melbourne, Florida. They lost everything in the hurricane. They fled a couple hours' drive away from Melbourne before it was supposed to hit and when they returned today the roof was gone, their bedroom had been ripped out and their swimming pool had debris from local businesses floating in it. It's a total loss. They went back to where they were staying and were trying to email my wife but power surges kept making that difficult. Hope all the other people we know on the board who live in Florida are doing better.
  11. We'll give it the treatment it deserves. It's an import anyway.
  12. And here I didn't think I could find more reasons to hate them. Actually, they just bore me--like Barry Bonds. He could hit 80 homers in 300 at bats and I still wouldn't care.
  13. What is the definition of "under .500" or "above .500" anyway? I was reading a column the other day and the writer said a club was 20 games under .500 because their record was something like 55-75. TigerFan25 just took 81 games for .500 and said 74 wins was 7 under .500. My guess is TF25 is better at math than most sportswriters but what is "the rule" on this?
  14. I'm sure he's working on it.
  15. Instead of weakening at the end of the year he's getting stronger. Good sign.
  16. Good luck until MWG sends you back to the minors with this thread.
  17. Did you see his show on HBO "K Street" or something like that?
  18. This just keeps getting worse. FYI. AROUND THE HORN: Venezuelan players fear for Urbina September 6, 2004 FREE PRESS STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES Venezuelans in baseball have expressed anxiety and dismay over last week's kidnapping of the mother of Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina. "He hasn't heard anything," said Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu. "What's happening there is scary." Abreu told the Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times that outlaws in the turbulent country are "targeting athletes and screwing with family. I have to think if I want to go back or not." "Everything there is about money," Baltimore Orioles outfielder Melvin Mora told mlb.com. "If guys can get money, they don't care what they have to do to get it. You have to be careful, because (newspapers) print your salary, so everybody knows how much you make and they think this is the way to make money." Pitcher Jorge Julio, Mora's teammate and fellow Venezuelan, told mlb.com, "You worry because all kinds of things happen there. I feel for (Urbina) because he is a baseball player, and everybody knows him and his family. That's the thing, everybody knows you are a baseball player and they know where you live. It is very difficult because it is not a safe place." Urbina returned to Venezuela on Thursday to deal with the kidnapping. Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, a Venezuelan and friend of Urbina, told the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald he has been talking to Urbina three times a day and "they're still waiting for a phone call...there's nothing going on right now. "You've got to be patient because (the kidnappers) are professional," Guillen said. "They try to play a game with you. I told him to be careful what you say and how you say it because they will read and they will listen to the radio and watch TV and they hope you make one mistake to take advantage of it."
  19. I envy your chance to see the Tigers up close in spring training, Yoda. I lived in Tucson for 13 years and got to see the Indians in spring training and it was really cool. But I didn't care one whit about them and never followed them during the regular season and no one else who lived there did either. To see the team that you really care about in spring training a lot, now that's really something special.
  20. They do have the lowest team ERA in major league baseball. I'm an American league fan but if the Yankees end up in the series against the Cards I'll be an enthusiastic St. Lous fan. It's hard not to like these guys and they are not a team from NY or LA: a real plus for me. I hate how the media fawns all over anything from those two cities. It's an insult to all the rest of us.
  21. Thanks. I wasn't sure, actually. Having been a person who did blame America for everything, I have a tendency to project this outlook into the statements of others out of a zealousness to avoid repeating those mistakes again. When I see people trying to take a broader and more nuanced position on something like this attack, I see what we reds used to call "Third Worldism," a tendency to excuse or even endorse everything that happens in the Third World as justifiable. We had a word for it because it was something we all did so often that even we had to sometimes take a step back and get real. I often forget that normal people can say things that sound similar to this without having some weird agenda in the background that forces them to do it. It must also be exasperating to have an ostensible ally on the "left" who feels so free to admit to the problematic nature of much of what he supports, while people on the "right" almost never make these concessions. It's just not fair but it's where I'm at.
  22. Would progressive be better? I use the term "Left" somewhat monolithically because of my former membership in the communist left. It may be a bad habit that is confusing to some. When I was on the red left, we used the term in a broad sense to place ourselves in a larger context of which we were only a part. It made us feel more significant, I think. Old habits die hard. I just see some things as being ideologically driven, and straining to see the good side of the social movement in question reminds me too much of my mistakes on the red left. I am hardly naive about "reasons of state" and how many in the world are structurally incapacitiated in realizing their potential as people and nations.
  23. The Russians have done little to help the situation and I don't understand their historic claim to owning Chechnya. But I do know that radical Islam's reaction to its oppression throughout the world, real and imagined, violates all boundaries of human morality. Their chosen path of consciously targeting the innocent everywhere bespeaks volumes concerning their values. They are untouched by the Renassiance, the Enlightenment, Democracy and any other of a multitude of progressive isms all the rest of us have known.
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