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“It’s Powered by Tradition”

  I only lived in Chicago for a couple years but I can vouch for the fact that it's a divided city.  Each little section corresponds to a certain ethnicity and the gaps in between are pretty much filled with yuppies.  But more importantly, there's the huge divide separating the North and South sides of the city, a divide best exemplified by the Cubs up north and the White Sox down south. Although we know all about the rivalry and mutual dislike between the two groups of fans, not to mention their socio-economic disparities, sometimes that difference can only be truly explained in pictures.  Moving pictures, to be more exact.  And no, I don't mean Ozzie and Lou.  I'm talking Ron Swanson: That, my friends, is a rivalry.  Powered by tradition. -A...
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Notes from a Semi-Regular Tradition

Sunday was my first opportunity to get to the ballpark in 2012, so I grabbed a friend, put on some black and headed to Sox Park for Jackie Robinson Day! I've seen some great baseball on Jackie Robinson Days past, all of which were pitchers duels (my drug of choice), but with a Rick Porcello v. Chris Sale matchup looming, I wasn't expecting much. The pair would end up surprising me, but that wasn't all:
  • This was the FIRST April baseball game in Chicago I have ever attended where a hat, gloves and scarf were not needed. No joke. I was in a t-shirt. Sweating at times.
  • Miggy can play D. I hung two stars on my scorecard for him, including a barehanded grab-and-throw that nailed a speedy Alexei Ramirez at first.
  • I understand the importance of Jackie Robinson Day...
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The Filibuster

If you were in the A's bleacher section, and you could only choose one, would it be bacon or beer? Mark New Albany, IN ___________________________________ Jeff continuously tells me how engaging the NBA has become.  According to him, it's not just the quality of the professional game, it's also the personalities and all the drama surrounding them.  To use a direct quote, "It's a goddamn soap opera." Baseball, on the other hand, is rather tame.  Sure, there are historic villains like Ty Cobb and uplifting stories like Jackie Robinson and Josh Hamilton.  But it's all kind of "Touched by an Angel" while the NBA is more "The Wire." The perfect example of this is Jeff Francoeur and his love affair with the Oakland fans.  Sure, it's great that Francoeur has made a personal connection with the fans of another team.  But is that really good for baseball?  Wouldn't it be better...
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Texts from Mitt

It's official.  The Battle Royale known as the 2012 US Presidential Election will pit the titleholder, Barack Obama, against the challenger, Mitt Romney.  But that presents a problem for Mitt.  He won the primary by being the least bad choice and through blatant pandering to the base.  That probably won't work for the general.  The fact of the matter is, Mitt is looking for ideas and he's looking for them anywhere.  So, why not turn to Obama's last real challenger:
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That's not a terrible idea.  Kind of unfortunate for a Mormon, though.  Hold on a second.  I know!  Maybe man's best friend can help out:
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Uh, nope, not so much. Wait a minute.  I've got it!  Since Florida is important and the Republicans aren't doing so hot with the Latino vote, why not kill two birds with...
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Joey Devine and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Few Years

Dr. James Andrews and his ground-breaking Tommy John surgical procedure has given many years of service back to Big Leaguers who may have otherwise been forced to retire. It has also provided many extra years of thrills for fans. Without the surgery, we don't have Strasburg. We don't have Adam Wainwright. We don't have A LOT of big time stars. But, not everyone recovers as planned. Enter, Joey Devine. Despite the surname, his career path has been anything but. After a promising 2008 season where he went 6-1 in 42 appearances with a STUNNING .59 ERA, dude got kissed by the angel of shoulder death and was forced to have the highly effective surgery. Unlike most people though, two years later, he still hadn't recovered properly; and now, in 2012, it appears Mr. Devine has to have Tommy John surgery AGAIN. If Devine ever makes...
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An Evening with Yu

It may not have been Strasmas, but according to the lunar calendar (and millions of Japanese people) April 9th proved to be an equally auspicious day, no matter what, because it was the very first Major League appearance by the highly touted (and valiantly unashamed to be naked) Yu Darvish. Like you would expect, I made an evening of it. Here's a play-by-play: 4:30 p.m. Still at work. I have looked at the clock every minute for the last thirty minutes, and will continue to do so for thirty more. I finish up the last of my TPS reports, turn them in to my boss and shriek when he yells "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS???" 5:30 p.m. At the gym. Working on my... nah, who am I kidding, every time...
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Righting a Wrong

[caption id="attachment_34708" align="aligncenter" width="552" caption="Photo via"][/caption] In all the hubbub of Opening Day last week, we forgot one very important thing.  Before you can yell "Play ball," you have to sing the anthem.  Here to right that wrong is Frank Drebin:
Ok, now it's official.  Play ball!!! -A...
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