Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Sometimes it's hard to be a Mets fan

From yesterday's NYT:
Mike Piazza, who was not in the starting lineup, spent his free time getting a baseball autographed by the radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. "It was like meeting George Washington," Piazza said.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm in the library and holding back laughter the best I can. Funny funny stuff!! I always thought Piazza was smarter than that. It's nice to see the power blog reemerge.
Are you using the Major Problems book in your current course? If not, I'd like to borrow yours again sometime, copy the Korean War section, and write a blog on it. I'll, hopefully also, have a review on the HIST 327 before Summer One Session is over. C-Ya.
ABT

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain... I am a Red Sox fan and apparantly Curt Schilling, the savior of the BoSox, and the anti-Ruth, is an ardent "W" supporter.

Anonymous said...

How do you know Schilling is a Bush fan?
ABT

Anonymous said...

It seems that many big money ball-players are hard core Republicans…..Yogi Berra, Tom Seaver, Rafael Palmeiro, Nolan Ryan.

Check it out

http://www.newsmeat.com/sports_political_donations/

Surprisingly, Mr, Steinbrenner (the head of the supposed evil empire) likes to give more than half his offerings to the Dems…This proves that Yankee fans are the real patriots and that Red Sox and Mets fans are the ones who are misguided.

Liz said...

AHHAHAHAHAH!!!

Thanks for the laugh, anonymous AND ABT, my friend...

Piazza, et al are hired for their muscle, not their brains. Oh, and the fact that they look cute in uniforms doesn't hurt, either.

But the day we look to baseball players or, God help us, George STEINbrenner for moral guidance and practical hints for practicing patriotism...oh we are DOOMED.

By the way, did I ever tell you guys about me and John Rocker??

Anonymous said...

I've seen Piazza say some smart things about the history of American Government on TV. I never would have imagined him viewing Limbaugh as credible. I tune in to him occasionally because I think he's humerous.
I didn't hear your story about Rocker, but would like to. I'll admit, the guy's a wacky weirdo but still don't think he should have been suspended for his comments. He didn't break any rules. His unofficial banishment from baseball is unfortunate because he could probably still perform at a high level. My Phillies need all the bullpen help they can get.
How the Hell did you figure out it was me? Did Mr. MacLeod tell you?
ABT

Anonymous said...

Liz: One other thing. Help solidify Mr. MacLeod's happy face at www.ratemyprofessor.com. My last rate brought him out of of the face with no expression catagory.
ABT

Liz said...

Well, Anders, Rocker's an idiot. Back in the day, I put his comments off as the rantings of an uneducated, sheltered, misogynistic, misanthropic 23 year old hot head who should have known better. But, he had a national stage and blew it. He could have taken the opportunity to grow, to educate himself, to develop understanding, to become a man - a REAL man. But no, he just kept shooting his mouth off. So, I wrote a kind of scathing letter to Sports Illustrated and it was one of the few published on the whole Rocker thing. Knowing me as you do, you can maybe visualize a Liz Rant [patent pending] on the subject. Eloquent :) but pointed without being nasty.

Fastforward to this spring. My family and I are preparing to walk in the AIDS walk in Central Park, to honor my brother in law, dead last August from AIDS. Rocker's been picked up by the Long Island Ducks. I think to myself, there is a golden PR opportunity here.

I write to the Ducks, identify myself as a published Rocker critic, but suggest that it would be a very cool idea if he walks in the AIDS walk. He'd be relatively unknown - who would know who he is unless he drew attention to himself? - AND he could walk with my family if he wanted. Then after the fact, the Ducks could publicize that dear John - formerly so critical of gays, immigrants, women, New Yorkers in general and basically anyone who isn't a white guy from the South - walked in the midst of all of them in solidarity, to help raise money...

This, you must admit, is a fabulous idea.

The Ducks said John [current ERA 6.59] might be needed that afternoon in a game against the Newark Bears.

Uh-huh.

Oh well. His loss. :)

And as for Macleod...I've been a member of the fan club from day one. :)

Anonymous said...

Liz, aka "published Rocker critic", that's a great story!

Even though I disagree with almost all Prof. Macleod's opinions (at least the ones on politics & religion!), I'm a member of his fan club, too. He's a very open-minded, fair person & I always enjoy chewing the fat with him.

Prof. Bowles

Liz said...

without comment. :)

http://www.liducks.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=news

{Central Islip, N.Y., June 27, 2005) –
The Long Island Ducks, members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, today announced they have released relief pitcher John Rocker after the lefty reliever decided to take a step back from baseball.

Rocker came to the decision and informed club officials on Monday, two days after his last outing with the Ducks. “After pitching for two months with the Long Island Ducks, the consistency required to pitch at the Major League level, and the consistency I demand from myself, are not where they should be,” said Rocker. “As a result, I have elected to take a step back and reevaluate the options available to me.”

Prior to departing Long Island, Rocker had this to say about the fans of Long Island and the support he has received since signing in April. “I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to the Long Island fans for being so supportive and accepting,” said Rocker. “The warm welcome I received here on Long Island went beyond all my expectations.”

In 23 appearances with Long Island, Rocker went 0-2 with a 6.50 ERA. The former Atlanta Brave allowed 18 hits and 28 walks while striking out 19 batters in 18 innings of work.

"We respect John’s decision,” said Ducks principal owner Frank Boulton. “Obviously, we’re disappointed we didn’t return him to the majors. We know the talent is there and I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from John in baseball. We wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.”

Anonymous said...

It's funny how a conversation on George Washington and Rush Limbaugh can ignite such an extensive interest in John Rocker.
ABT

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