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Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

Ban Mark McGwire

Posted by AB on January 12, 2010

So, Mark McGwire has admitted to using steroids during his Major League Baseball career.  I’m glad that he has finally admitted the obvious, but let’s not pretend that he is coming clean for unselfish reasons.  In the offseason, he was hired by the St. Louis Cardinals as the hitting coach.  He must have calculated that a season full of unanswered questions might be distracting for the Cardinals organization, so he decided to come clean well before the beginning of spring training.  But he should not be allowed to work in MLB.  He should be banned, and now is the time for MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to make a clear, strong statement to the world about the embarrassment brought upon the great sport of baseball.

Some believe that since there was no testing for steroids until 2005, he shouldn’t be punished by the league.  That’s nonsense.  I’m hearing people debate whether he should be in the MLB Hall of Fame.  What?  He cheated!  He took substances that are illegal in this country.  He’s lucky that the statute of limitations ran out in 2006, preventing his prosecution for a crime and jail time.  The Hall of Fame is a privilege, not a right.  Not only should he be prevented from being a part of the Hall of Fame, he should be banned from baseball.  Pete Rose has been banned for two decades, now, but he didn’t cheat the game like this–he gambled.  Pete Rose has the most hits in the history of baseball, yet he is not only banned from the Hall of Fame, but he is banned from having a job in Major league Baseball.  Mark McGwire deserves no less.  Reinstate Pete Rose and I will accept Mark McGwire’s right to work in MLB.


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World Series Begins Tonight!

Posted by AB on October 28, 2009

world_series_trophy.jpg  The Prize

In less than an hour, New York Yankees’ pitcher, C.C. Sebathia, will throw the opening pitch of the 2009 World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies’ leadoff batter, Jimmy Rollins.  The best-of-seven series opens at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

This is a matchup between what I thought were the best in their respective leagues, throughout the regular season.  The Phillies are the defending World Champions, but you wouldn’t know it if you listened to the media.  According to most national media commentators, the Phillies might want to save some embarrassment by just forfeiting.  Well, I have news for those people:  the Phillies are going to win.  Don’t get me wrong, the Yankees are a great team, but the dismissal of the defending champs will seep into the mindset of the Yankees players, and they will be out-classed, out-played, and out-coached.

It really saddens me two know that either of these fan bases are going to celebrate a World Championship, but I am heartened that the other will be miserable.  These are two of the most obnoxious fan bases in professional sports; the New York snobs and the Philadelphia ass-holes.  While saying that, I must point-out that while I am annoyed by them, they are some of the most passionate, knowledgable, and loyal fans in professional sports.  I have to give it to them; they are great sports fans.

While I was rooting, slightly, for an all Los Angeles World Series, I have not the slightest rooting interest in this series.  I don’t care who wins.  But I do love baseball, so I look forward to a great World Series, and this one should be a good one.

My prediction:  Phillies win in 6 games

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Tar Heels or Pirates?

Posted by AB on June 3, 2009

UPDATE:  North Carolina wins game two, 9-3.  The Tar Heels advance to its fourth consecutive College World Series.  They open against the Arizona State Sun Devils. 

A great season for the Pirates shouldn’t be overlooked.


UPDATE:  North Carolina wins game one, 10-1.  They lead the best of three series, 1-0.  Game two is on Sunday.


Rosenblatt Stadium Omaha by Lisas Lounge.

The name of the blog says it all.  I was born, raised, and still live in the great state of North Carolina.  I grew up as a rabid University Noth Carolina fan–the Tar Heels.  I am also an alumnus and fan of East Carolina University–the Pirates.  Hence, the Tar Heel Pirate.  And therein lies the problem.  Beginning Saturday, the Tar Heel and Pirate baseball teams will play a best-of-three series for the right to go to Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series.

This issue occasionally comes up during the football season.  The Pirates beat the Tar Heels on the gridiron last year, and they will play again this year.  I usually find myself pulling for a well-played battle in which both teams impress, but I do lean, slightly, to my alma mater.  I’ll cross that bridge again when it comes, but what is a guy to do right here, right now? 

Without question, I am very proud of both teams for being one of only 16 baseball teams left, and I will be rooting hard for the winner in the College World Series.  A baseball national championship will be meaningful for both teams, the universities, and the fans.  However, a baseball national championship will be even more meaningful for East Carolina University.  The University of North Carolina is a high-profile school for athletics and academics, and it receives attention and praise, frequently.  On the other hand, ECU rarely attains the credit, nationally, for its athletic program and academic success.  For those reasons and more, I will be pulling for my Pirates.  We need some of that–what do you call it?  Respect. 

A shot at a baseball national championship will await the winner of the Super Regional, in Chapel Hill.  The Tar Heels can match a baseball title with the men’s basketball and women’s soccer titles won in April and December, repectfully.  The Pirates can match a baseball title with the title of Miss USA, won by current ECU student Kristen Dalton.  Good luck to both, and may the best team win.

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Memorial Day (Thank-a-Soldier Day)

Posted by AB on May 24, 2009

Barbecues, baseball, racing, picnics, quality time with family and  friends, and a day off of work or school–no matter how you celebrate the unofficial start of Summer, don’t forget about the true meaning of Memorial Day:  to honor those who have fought and died while protecting these United States of America.

Memorial Day was first recognized in 1868, when General John A. Logan requested that his troops “decorate” the graves of their fallen Union brothers, hence the original name of the holiday, Decoration Day.  Eventually, the holiday was extended to the honor of all US war dead. 

              Memorial Day by r o s e n d a h l.

For those of us who have never served in the military, or have had family members who have served, there is a tendency to look past the true significance of Memorial Day.  Even though we are at war, and that provides a better reminder for us than at peace time, we enjoy our freedoms without paying tribute to those who have died to protect them.

Tomorrow, we will see President Obama continue the tradition of laying a wreath at the “Tomb of the Unknowns,” and there will be many other honorable ceremonies across the country, like the 3 P.M. moment of silent reflection.  All that we really have to do is enjoy our freedom.  The sacrifice of soldiers past and present is not accompanied by any duty from civilians, but many of us want to give our thanks.  I can think of no better way to show thanks to those soldiers who have passed than by telling at least one living US Military member, retired or active, “Thank you for your service.”  It sounds simple, and it is, but it could make the day of someone who will never receive enough appreciation for his or her sacrifices.  Turn Memorial Day into “Thank-a-Soldier Day.”  If you do not know a member of the military, they are not hard to find.  The more you thank, the more you will appreciate the true meaning of Memorial Day.  I’ll begin with my sister.

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Posted by AB on March 5, 2009

The 2008 World Baseball Classic began today, on the other side of the planet, as Japan defeated China 4-0.  A sellout crowd of over 43,000 was on hand in the Tokyo Dome to watch the defending champion take care of business.

The United States, managed by Davey Johnson, will open against Canada on Saturday, in Toronto.  After a disappointing 2006 WBC, the Americans will attempt to regain dominance over the “national past time.” 

The World Baseball Classic debuted in 2006 as a contest, held every two years, with the best baseball players in the world representing their home countries.  This event was created to better help spread the game of baseball throughout the world.  Sixteen countries will take part in the tournament that will culminate in Los Angeles on March 21-23.  The pools and locations for the first round are as follows:

Pool A (Tokyo)                                              

  • China                                                  
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Japan
  • Korea


Pool B (Mexico City)

  • Australia
  • Cuba
  • Mexico
  • South Africa


Pool C (Toronto)

  • Canada
  • Italy
  • United States
  • Venezuela


Pool D (San Juan)

  • Dominican Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico

I hope that more people in the US will pay more attention, and take more pride in this tournament than we saw in 2006.  It’s likely news to many Americans that there is such a thing as a World Baseball Classic.  We are going through some difficult times in this country, as is the rest of the world.  Let us get behind our national team.  Let us take national pride in our “national past time,” once again.  This is an opportunity to put our problems aside and enjoy this great competition.


USA!  USA!  USA!    




Kevin Youkilis, Brian McCann, and Adam Dunn hit home runs in the United States’ 6-5 win over Canada in Pool A play of the World Baseball Classic.  The US is 1-0, while Canada goes to 0-1 in the double-elimination first round.


LeTroy Hawkins got the pitching win for the US, and JJ Putz got the save in a raucus Rogers Centre, formerly known as the Toronto Sky Dome.   




Mark DeRosa and Chris Ianetta each drove in four runs as the United States exploded, offensively, to beat Venezuela 15-6.  The US moves to 2-0 in Pool C, and will advance to the second round.


Chipper Jones left the game with an oblique strain, but says that he”ll be ready to play in the second round.


Matt Linstrom got the pitching win for the US, while the Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano was charged with the loss for Venezuela.  



The good guys lost to Venezuela tonight, and lost Pool C.  Winning the Pool is not very significant, because both teams will advance to the next round.  The loss will affect seeding, however.


The second round begins on Saturday for the Americans.  They will play Pool D winner, Puerto Rico, on Saturday in Miami. 

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