Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
I've written before about the current struggles of the media, as well as its uncertain future. Now, President Obama is considering a newspaper bailout. While this guy at Newsweek argues that newspapers need to die and get out of the way.
In the end, newspapers probably will die. But I can understand why people are unnerved by this. A free press is a fundamental part of our democracy. And as Clay Shirky has pointed out, we are not going to smoothly transition to whatever comes after newspapers. Based on history, this is likely to be a chaotic time for the media, where old institutions are destroyed faster than new ones can replace them. And no can can predict which ideas will be the ones that catch on.
This New York Times article is one possible future.
CBS News plans to announce Monday that it has formed a partnership with GlobalPost, a foreign news Web site, that will provide CBS with reporting from its approximately 70 affiliated correspondents in 50 countries.
As many print and broadcast news outlets are struggling to find ways to cover foreign news, the alliance may suggest a blueprint.
According to the Tuscaloosa News, Andy Phillips will be an instructor in a father-son baseball camp during the off-season.
Baseball Country will host its annual Father/Son Camp on Oct. 30-31. Featured instructors are Andy Phillips, Lee Evans and Brett Taft. Baseball, wiffle ball and bonfires are among the activities. Cost is $100 per person. Register at www.baseballcountry.com or contact Kenny Burns at 205-454-3641 or 205-333-8393.
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How's Andy Phillips doing in the Land of the Rising Sun? Not bad, not bad at all. He's hitting a very respectable .287 / .359 / .543, with 14 home runs.
Those are more than decent numbers; I'm sure they'll offer him another contract if he wants to stay.
And speaking of Andy...I found this comment, at the NJ.com Yankees blog interesting. They were discussing why Shelley Duncan was called up, when he's not likely to remain in the Yankees system after this season.
Whether they felt they owed it to him as a last gesture, or to show him off to someone looking for a bat off the bench is anyone's guess. I was going to say that the probability was on the 'show and tell' side, but it may actually be the first option considering it can't hurt us and we're out in front by enough to start feeling a little comfortable; not complacent, but comfortable.
Another possible point on the guilt trip side of it is most fans' general perception of they way they screwed over Andy Phillips, holding on to him until his career was basically over. Both were well liked by the fans, for their abilities as well as their demeanor in the dugout and clubhouse.
He might have been the fabled "late bloomer," but two years of indecision have killed off that opportunity.
In May, Phillips was given a chance to earn at least a part-time job. Perhaps you heart Torre sing his praises, however briefly; Phillips didn't get even a week's worth of starts. On May 2 at Tampa Bay, Phillips went 0-5 with five strikeouts. Against Scott Kazmir. In a game the Yankees won. Back to Columbus, you pathetic failure! Phillips yo-yo'd up and down after that, but he was dead to Torre. Even in September, when Ruben Sierra was going 0-for-every lefty this side of Tim Robbins, Phillips rode the pine. The Yankees are saying that Phillips will have a significant role this year. Don't believe them.
Well, it's September 19 - Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Which means it's also the anniversary of the only walkoff homer Bubba Crosby ever hit. (Was it really four years ago?)
What a game that was. Possibly my favorite ever. Not least because the division race was so tight that year. It turned out to be the pinnacle of Bubba's career, though I thought at the time that it was only the beginning.
Earlier this month, "Romo" left this message at the Bubba-Crosby.com Guestbook:
We saw you in 2004 Yankee Spring training - Bradenton, FL vs. Pirates (the best field for fans!). ARod just signed on as a Yankee, but all we heard in the stands were cheers for Bubba! We of course followed your career closely that year - what a great year you had. Hope you are well and come back to baseball! Miss you!
THERE ARE TIMES when you lose your objectivity, when you pull for somebody’s success. They don’t come much nicer or more polite than Paul Janish. If he could use a bat the way he uses his personality, he’d be a .300 hitter.
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Fans always complain about blabbermouth announcers. But who's the chattiest of them all? The WSJ took a sabermetrical approach, and assembled some statistics.
If it seems like your baseball team's play-by-play man jabbers endlessly at 1,000 words a minute, well, he doesn't. But the St. Louis Cardinals' Dan McLaughlin comes closer than most of his peers, talking at an estimated 109.9 words every 60 seconds.
In a quest to figure out how much play-by-play men actually talk, we listened to the first scoreless inning of every team's home broadcast last Friday—tally counter in hand—and calculated how many words they uttered per minute. The Yankees' Michael Kay and the White Sox's Ken "Hawk" Harrelson may be considered by some to be prolific talkers, but to be scientific about it, they're no worse than Houston's Bill Brown or Seattle's Dave Niehaus.
...Apparently, announcers for bad teams feel an urge to fill dead air. Trailing Mr. McLaughlin was the Nationals' Bob Carpenter at 102.3 words per minute, the Reds' George Grande (102.1) and the Diamondbacks' Daron Sutton (100.4).
To baseball, that is. Aaron Boone played his first major league game after undergoing open heart surgery.
Boone was always one of my favorites, even before he hit that walkoff homer. He didn't hit much during the regular season, but his glove was pretty solid. And you had to give him credit for admitting he blew out his knee playing basketball. He could have lied and said it something else, but he told the truth, even though it voided his contract and cost him millions.
Best of luck to ya, Boonie.