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01
Sep
07

The D-Rays are scumbags

Yankees vs. Devil Rays

… with Akinori Iwamura in the middle of his at-bat, Yankees Manager Joe Torre paid a visit to the crew chief Dana DeMuth.

  His complaint was that it appeared as if the top of Iwamura’s bat had been sawed off. Torre asked if the bat was legal. DeMuth talked with his officiating crew and Devil Rays Manager Joe Maddon, then with Iwamura. In the meantime, Kennedy, whose pitch total in the second inning soared to 36, stood on the mound wondering what was going on, but appreciating the opportunity to rest. Finally, Iwamura surrendered his bat. He struck out on the next pitch to end the inning. “It comes back to his poise,” Torre said of Kennedy. “He seemed very prepared to pitch this game. You had to be impressed.” When Rodriguez came to the plate in the bottom of the third, Maddon asked DeMuth to look at Rodriguez’s bat, contending that there was something in it that altered the distance of the ball. If Maddon did not use the dreaded word “corked,” it was clearly the insinuation. Because managers are entitled to a challenge, Rodriguez’s bat was taken and is on its way to baseball’s offices for examination, along with Iwamura’s. With his new bat, Rodriguez smacked the next pitch for a single, part of a two-run inning that gave Kennedy a lead he did not surrender. Torre seemed miffed at what he termed gamesmanship, but Rodriguez said he thought it was funny.“I was hoping he would take my glove, too, after that pop-up,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t really care about that stuff. I can use anything.”Apparently so. Rodriguez had four runs batted in on three hits, two of them with the new bat. His ground-rule double in the fourth inning drove in two runs. – “Kennedy’s Debut a Success for Yankees,” NYT

30
Aug
07

The Detroit News enlightens us

Labor Day/Labour DayOh! I didn’t know that!

28
Aug
07

The party of family values

After soliciting sex in a Minneapolis airport bathroom from an undercover cop:

While he was being interviewed about the incident, (Idaho Republican senator Larry) Craig gave police a business card showing that he is a U.S. senator. “What do you think about that?” Craig asked the officer, according to the police report obtained by Roll Call. 

28
Aug
07

Sorry, Moose

“Right now, I let go of it and I don’t feel like anything good is going to happen,” Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina said. “It’s tough to pitch that way. You can’t play the game that way to feel like you have no control over anything, and that’s how I feel right now.“It feels like I’m never going to pitch well enough to get to the sixth or seventh inning again,” Mussina said. “That’s just how it feels right now.”

26
Aug
07

Horrifying product warning

“Milk fat may sometimes solidify. This, however, will not affect the quality of the beverage.”on a can of Hello Boss iced coffee

25
Aug
07

Keeping us safer

Abe Dabdoub, 39, and his wife, both U.S. citizens, live in a Cleveland suburb. He said he has been detained 21 times at Michigan’s border with Canada since last August. Dabdoub, who works for an electronics manufacturing company, said he has even begun to keep a spreadsheet. The first four times, he said, he was handcuffed. Once, his wife had to plead with the agents not to handcuff him in front of their 5- and 7-year-old boys, he said. The agents know him so well by now that they call him by his first name. Every time he asks them why he is being stopped, Customs officers tell him, “We can’t tell you, for national security reasons,” he said. – “Terror Suspect List Yields Few Arrests,” Washington Post

25
Aug
07

Let the door hit you

Rove downplayed the significance of the 2006 elections, where the Republicans lost both the House and Senate. He cited Republicans’ corruption scandals and excessive federal spending and earmarks. He said it was a “normal off-year election” and had little to do with the unpopularity of President Bush and then-GOP majority Congress. 

“If you look at the sweep of American history, the White House party has lost an average of 28 seats in the House and five in the Senate. We lost 30 in the House and six in the Senate,” Rove said on Fox. “We lost. There’s no doubt about it, but it was a close loss.”

 And though conservative Republicans led the opposition to the administration’s comprehensive immigration reform legislation, Rove said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was responsible for the bill’s failure. – Politico