Tag:John McCain
Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:36 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 10:11 pm
 

I found someone happy Jeter's not here!

PHOENIX -- Weary of all this talk about how the Yankees' Derek Jeter should be in attendance at this All-Star Game, I went looking for someone who agrees that he shouldn't be anywhere near this event.

I found the guy.

And truth be told, it wasn't all that difficult, either.

Meet David Price. Yeah, THAT David Price.

Guy who served up the homer that was Jeter's 3,000th hit in New York on Saturday.

In fact, Price surrendered Jeter's first three hits on Saturday -- single, homer, double -- and yet appeared startled when I told him I had him figured for the one guy who is glad Jeter is nowhere near Phoenix.

"I'm not mad about it," Price said, smiling. "I love it.

"When he first hit it Saturday, I was mad when it went over the fence. Then I was like, 'It's Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, get over it.

"I understand people want to see him. But he's trying to get his body ready for the second half. He's been on an emotional roller coaster these past couple of weeks. He's the ultimate team guy and he's trying to get ready to help the Yankees in the second half."

OK, enough with the respect.

Now, David, the truth ... you saw enough of him on Saturday, right? You're sick and tired of him, right?

"I might be," Price said, eyes twinkling. "I wouldn't mind seeing Derek Jeter one bit -- but I'd ask him what he's going to give me [for surrendering his 3,000th hit].

"Aw, I'm just kidding."

Likes: Really fun talking with the three Pittsburgh All-Stars and seeing their excitement -- outfielder Andrew McCutchen, closer Joel Hanrahan and starter Kevin Correia. ... Ditto first-time All-Star Michael Cuddyer of the Twins. ... Padres closer Heath Bell having his father, wife and kids in tow at the press conferences Monday so he could share the All-Star excitement. Very, very cool. ... Glad to see Adrian Gonzalez getting his due in Boston. He was so overlooked and underrated when he was playing hidden in San Diego. And he's a class act who is intelligent and thoughtful as well as highly skilled. ... Very interesting seeing the Biltmore, the luxury resort where John McCain gave his election night concession speech after losing the last presidential election. ... Rokerij, best restaurant in Phoenix. The blackened salmon with apple chile was sensational Sunday night (as were the green chile potato, roasted beets and prickly pear margarita that came with it). ... Rubio's Fish Tacos, a San Diego staple blossoming in Phoenix. The manager of the joint we stopped by for lunch Monday was so sweet, too. She was a baseball fan and, overhearing All-Star talk at our table, she brought over four warm churros on the house.

Dislikes: The Home Run Derby. The rules are convoluted and it continues forever. And I mean, forever. Does it really need to be three hours? Of course, I'm also the guy that gets worn out quick at a movie by special effects. A little bit goes a long way, just like home runs. It's why I hated Super 8.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"We learned in Sunday school
"Who made the sun shine through
"I know who made the moonshine, too
"Back where I come from
"Blue eyes on a Saturday night
"Tan legs in the broad day light
"TV's, they were black and white
"Back where I come from"

-- Mac MacAnally, Back Where I Come From

 

Posted on: October 30, 2008 10:56 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2008 11:58 am
 

The World Series and presidential elections

PHILADELPHIA -- Attention, political junkies: There's one more recently completed poll that projects Sen. Barack Obama to win Tuesday's presidential election.

It's the World Series poll, and whether you're for or against Obama, you can thank -- or disparage -- the Philadelphia Phillies. Their winning was bad news for Sen. John McCain -- it suggests an Obama victory.

According to research conducted by baseball's Hall of Fame, there have been 25 presidential elections since 1908 -- the first time in which both the Fall Classic and a presidential election were held in the same year.

Of those 25 elections, 15 of them -- 60 percent -- are tied to this general formula: When the American League team wins, voters elect the Republican candidate. When the National League club wins, the Democrat is elected.

Of those 25 elections, it's gone that way 17 times for Republicans, and eight times for Democrats. Included in that are the past two elections, in which the 2000 Yankees coincided with President George W. Bush's election and the 20004 Red Sox helped usher in Bush's second term.

Before that 2000 World Series, though, this pattern did not hold true between 1980 and 1996, but for one time: In 1984, the Detroit Tigers won the World Series and Republican Ronald Reagan won the presidency.

Between 1952 and 1976, however, according to Hall of Fame research, the World Series outcome portended the presidential outcome in seven consecutive elections.

Likes: The Phillies presenting the city of Philadelphia with only its second World Series title. The place was as passionate as any I've seen in quite some time. Especially cool to see general manager Pat Gillick, expected to retire now, go out a winner. ... The grace under pressure exhibited by Tampa Bay in dealing with its fouled travel plans when Game 5 was suspended. They wound up in Wilmington, Del., about 45 minutes from Philly and never complained. Yes, they were in a luxurious hotel, but, still. People in baseball complain about everything. ... Jim's Steaks in Philadelphia. What a week for eating cheesesteaks. Extra Whiz, please. ... Fabulous steak at The Capital Grille with some good friends in the baseball-writing business on Tuesday, night of the washed-out resumption of Game 5. ... The Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central Falcons hosting Allen Park St. Frances Cabrini in a Michigan high school football playoff game Friday night at Navarre Field. Wish I could be there to watch it. Go Falcons. ... Home for Halloween. ... Don't mess with me on Saturday. I'll be on the couch all day watching college football and sleeping.

Dislikes: The violence in Philly following Game 5. Overturned cars? And the way a few immature, nasty fans mistreated people sitting in Tampa Bay's family section during the World Series. Same thing happened with folks in the Los Angeles Dodgers family section during the NLCS. Grow up, people. It's only a game.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"The next stop that we make will be soon
"Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too
"Don't you know that it's time to get on board
"And let this train keep on riding, riding on through
"Well, well
"People all over the world (you don't need no money)
"Join hands (come on)
"Start a love train, love train (don't need no ticket, come on)
"People all over the world (Join in, ride this train)
"Join in (Ride this train, y'all)"

-- The O'Jays, Love Train

 
 
 
 
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