Good Morning, Fenway!
Going to make sure the Sox beat the Yankees again today?
1. Nice. The Democratic National Committee declined to play the Republican National Committee in their annual softball game this year.
You know, I now actively search for examples of Republicans behaving like divisive, snotty assholes, because I’m really sick of being accused of favoring that hollowed out, irresponsible. principle-free party. But when it comes to demonizing the opposition and bottom-of-the-barrel civility, the Democrats always seem to lap the field. Of course, this latest insult is pure virtue-signaling to the “resistance” base. Where a responsible party would be trying to lead its members and followers in the direction of comity and respectful disagreement, the DNC is taking a stand in favor of ideological apartheid.
2. This is great: I get to criticize the New York Yankees! Do say a little prayer, or something, for poor Chance Adams, the New York Yankee farmhand summoned to pitch today’s game against the Boston Red Sox with the Yankee season on the line.
The Yankees have the second best record in baseball, but also have the misfortune to play in the same division as the team with the best record, the Boston Red Sox. If the Yanks finish second, their play-off, and thus World Series chances, will rest on a single game between them and the other American League Wild Card team, who will almost certianly have a better starting pitcher on the mound. New York has lost the first two games of a four game series in Boston, dropping them from 5 and a half games behind the Sox (not too bad, with 50 games to go) to 7 and a half games ( scary, when chasing a team with a current winning percentage of just under .700). If the team falls 8 and a half games behind, especially with its best player injured, gargantuan slugger Aaron Judge, that one game crap shoot will become the most likely scenario.
Thanks to some bad luck and some miserable management of the pitching staff, the assignment of navigating the Good Ship Yankee away from the shoals of ignominious defeat has been shifted to the shoulders of Adams, who 1) has never pitched in a major league game before, 2) will be facing the top offense in baseball, 3) in front of the famously rabid Fenway Park faithful, and 4) isn’t all that good. This is profoundly unfair. It almost seems as if Yankee management wants to use the rookie as an excuse for failure.
Meanwhile, he will become an infamous answer to a trivia question, like ill-fated Booby Sprowl, a Boston rookie pitcher who was thrust into a similar crisis by Boston manager Don Zimmer when the position of the two teams was reversed in 1978. Like Zimmer, Yankee manager Aaron Boone had other options that didn’t involve over-burdening a green young athlete of uncertain skills. For example, he could resort to a “bullpen game,” like the Tampa Bay Rays have been doing, with surprising success, all season. After all, the Yankees have the best and deepest bullpen in the universe.
Of course, baseball being baseball, anything can happen. Maybe Chance Adams will shock the baseball word with a pitching gem, and become a Yankee legend. Stranger things have happened. That, however, will be pure moral luck, and will not change the fact that Adams should not be put in this position.
Now what I really want to know is whether Chance was named after John Wayne’s character in one of my favorite Westerns. “Rio Bravo”…
3. How does some one grow up to be this big a jerk? Raymond Reinke, 55, of Pendleton, Oregon, is wanted by authorities for taunting a bison bull in Yellowstone National Park on July 31. Naturally, someone recorded it and posted the video on social media.
Apparently the same guy had been previously arrested twice in other National Parks during his family’s current back-to-nature vacation.
4. Trump’s Tweets. Today’s really stupid Trump Tweet was sparked by CNN’s Don Lemon interview of NBA superstar LeBron James, during which James told Lemon that he believes the President is using sports to divide people, while James believes sports has “always been something that brings someone together.” Trump then tweeted,
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
Such a tweet accomplishes nothing except to set off the social media mob, diminish the office of the President, make Trump look petty (he is petty), and give “the resistance” ammunition to claim that he’s a racist, since both Lemon and James are black, despite the fact that it is undeniable that the President would send the same tweet if James were Chinese and Lemon were Irish.
It doesn’t matter that Lemon is at least one of the dumbest people on television, though well behind Sean Hannity and Lemon’s CNN colleague Chris Cuomo in that category. It doesn’t matter that James’ comment accuses the President of using sports to divide the country while he, a basketball star, is using sports to divide the country. Trump’s tweet is unpresidential, self-destructive and foolish.
(“Mike” is Michael Jordan.)
5. Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias...Read this Washington Post rationalization for the New York Times hiring racist, anti-male, anti-white Sarah Jeong to join its editorial staff, and see if you can keep your head from exploding. Can leftist spin get more dishonest than this? The authors refer to Jeong writing “sarcastically” on Twitter about whites. Hmmm. Would the Post, or anybody, dismiss a comment like “Dumbass, fucking BLACK people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants” as mere sarcasm? How about “BLACK WOMEN are fucking bullshit,” to do some race and gender substitution in yet another brilliantly witty “sarcastic” Jeong tweet.
Then there’s this trick:
“At right-leaning outlets such as Fox News, the Daily Caller, the Gateway Pundit, Breitbart and Infowars, Jeong’s tweets were skewered as “racist,” “offensive” and “anti-white.”
Welcome to the Cognitive Dissonance Games! The Post chose progressive beta noire Fox News, the slimy Gateway Pundit, slimier fake news right wing site Breitbart, and slimiest of all fake news right wing site Infowars to make the legitimate complaints about the Times endorsing a shameless racist look like they came from the loony bin. No mention of The Federalist, New York Magazine and Andrew Sullivan, or me.
Because, you see, Jeong’s tweets are racist, offensive” and anti-white.
And the Post’s attempts to claim otherwise is called “misleading readers,” or lying.