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Yankees Cursed by Republicans

  • The Yankees have gone nearly 60 years without winning a World Series under a Republican president.
  • The ‘curse’ coincides with former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner getting in trouble for making illegal campaign contributions to President Richard Nixon.
  • The Yankees have won nine World Series under Democratic presidents during that same GOP losing streak.

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The New York Yankees’  loss to the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series last week guaranteed that a nearly 60-year-long losing streak would continue.

The Yankees, the team that holds the most championships among the major US professional sports franchises, hasn’t won a title under a Republican president since President Dwight Eisenhower was in office in 1958.

During that time, the Yankees won nine championships under Democratic administrations, going 9-2 in World Series they have participated in. The Bronx Bombers have made five World Series appearances during Republican administrations since their last title win in such circumstances, losing each time.

Eric Columbus, a former official in President Barack Obama’s administration, brought the point up on Twitter on Monday. Columbus pointed to former Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner’s 1974 guilty plea for providing illegal campaign contributions to former President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign in 1972 as the true starting point of this “curse.”

“He avoided jail time, but was suspended from baseball for fifteen months,” Columbus tweeted. “And a curse was born.”

Respect Jeter

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is arguably the best in American sports. Over it’s considerable history, the never-ending clash between Boston and New York has produced some of the most contested moments in baseball history. It’s seen heartbreak, and unmitigated joy. Rarest of all qualities seen in the rivalry have been its ability to produce transcendent moments of respect in sports. In his final season, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will certainly be one of those examples of respect across baseball borders.

In the new Nike commercial seen below, a proper rundown of celebrities and “regular fans” tip their caps to Jeter, now 40-years-old and in the final season of his career. Among the considerable group included is Red Sox lefty Jon Lester, and a few Sox fans seen in a bar. All of them tip their cap to the Yankees captain, the universal sign of respect.

The commercial is well done, though the usage of such a high number of celebrities (Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony?) feels a little over the top. I’m sure Nike will try to ruin whatever goodwill the commercial generates by running it roughly 10-20 million times over the next few months.

Also, the hashtag at the end (“pay your #respect”) feels a little morbid. Jeter’s not dying, after all.
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AROD Sues

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MDC says, goodbye to the New York Yankees For the season and hello to the AROD season. Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig in a lawsuit, filed Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in New York State Supreme Court, accusing them of pursuing “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” designed to smear the character of the Yankees star and cost him tens of millions of dollars.

Alex Rodriguez expanded his assault on the baseball establishment with a lawsuit accusing the Yankees team physician and a New York City hospital of mishandling his medical care during the 2012 AL playoffs.

In a suit filed late Friday in New York Supreme Court in the Bronx, lawyers for Rodriguez say he was given an MRI on Oct. 11, 2012, that revealed an injury to his left hip joint. The suit said that Yankees physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad did not inform him of the tear and cleared him to continue playing, and accused them of medical malpractice.

As a result, the suit claims, Rodriguez further injured himself and also “sustained great pain, agony, injury, suffering, disability, hospitalization, as well as mental anguish and emotional distress.” The suit also names New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a defendant.

“We are not commenting due to pending litigation,” hospital spokeswoman Myrna Manners said Saturday.

Ahmad did not respond to a telephone message seeking comment.

The hospital and Ahmad may claim that the proper forum for Rodriguez’s complaint is either Workman’s Compensation or the grievance process of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The union is attempting to overturn the 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of its drug agreement and labor contract. The penalty was stayed pending a grievance filed by the union, and a hearing began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who is chairman of the three-man arbitration panel that includes a representative of management and the union. Barring a settlement, a decision is not expected until winter.

Also Saturday, The New York Times reported on its website that Rodriguez’s lawyers at Reed Smith sent a letter to the players’ association General Counsel David Prouty on Aug. 22 asking that a union lawyer be replaced as his representative in the grievance by one of his personal attorneys. The lawyers also criticized union head Michael Weiner, who is battling a brain tumor, for comments he made about the case.

Rodriguez hit .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs during the 2012 postseason, then had left hip surgery in January that kept him from rejoining the Yankees until August.

One of Rodriguez’s lawyers, Joseph Tacopina, said in August that the Yankees “put him out there in that condition when he shouldn’t have even been walking, much less playing baseball.”

The Yankees maintain that Rodriguez had been complaining at the time only of a problem with his right hip, not the left one. Rodriguez had right hip surgery in 2009.

Rodriguez filed the medical lawsuit a day after suing MLB and baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, accusing them of orchestrating a “witch hunt” intended to force him out of baseball as part of its investigation of the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic in Florida.

Both suits came during the first week of hearings on a players’ association grievance seeking to overturn the suspension. Thirteen other players accepted suspensions this summer, including former NL MVP Ryan Braun, who was suspended for Milwaukee’s final 65 games of the regular season.

The August letter from Rodriguez’s lawyers to the players’ association accused the union of failing to “fairly represent his interests” and said it “made matters worse by failing to protest MLB’s thuggish tactics in its investigation.”

A-Rod’s lawyers were critical of Weiner for saying in an XM Radio interview in August that he advised Rodriguez to accept a suspension of a certain length – less than MLB was willing to settle for. They said in the letter that Weiner’s statements could “irretrievably corrupt the arbitration process” and “are clearly inconsistent with the MLBPA’s duty to fairly and ardently represent Mr. Rodriguez.”

MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred represents management on the arbitration panel and Prouty represents the players’ association.

Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz declined comment on both the latest lawsuit and the letter.

Tacopina said in a statement Saturday that Selig and MLB have an “inexplicable personal animus toward Alex Rodriguez” and called former Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch “a witness under federal investigation for dealing performance enhancing drugs to minors.”

“Every player in the league, every fan who spends money on MLB tickets and gear, and every team whose money is being spent on this witch hunt should be asking Selig to explain and justify his actions,” Tacopina said.

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Hot Dodgers

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The Dodgers are in the middle of a spectacular 40-8 run since June 22, which has moved the team out of last place in the NL West and into first place, where it now holds a 7 1/2 game lead. It’s enough for Dodgers fans to believe they’re living a Drake song. The team hasn’t cooled off recently either, currently riding an 10-1 game winning streak.

On July 1, the Dodgers’ World Series odds were 22/1. So that’s another thing Don Mattingly’s bunch can be proud of this season. Other than the Dodgers leap-frogging the Tigers, the other change to the top five in these latest odds is the Red Sox jumping ahead of the Cardinals.

Here’s the entire list detailing the Odds to win the 2013 World Series;

Los Angeles Dodgers – 9/2
Detroit Tigers – 5/1
Atlanta Braves – 13/2
Boston Red Sox – 15/2
St. Louis Cardinals – 10/1
Tampa Bay Rays – 11/1
Texas Rangers – 11/1
Cincinnati Reds – 12/1
Oakland Athletics – 12/1
Pittsburgh Pirates – 12/1
Baltimore Orioles – 18/1
New York Yankees – 40/1
Arizona Diamondbacks – 45/1
Cleveland Indians – 45/1
Kansas City Royals – 45/1
Washington Nationals – 75/1
Los Angeles Angels – 250/1
Toronto Blue Jays – 250/1
Colorado Rockies – 350/1
San Francisco Giants – 350/1
Seattle Mariners – 350/1
New York Mets – 500/1
Philadelphia Phillies – 500/1
San Diego Padres – 500/1

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AROD is Toast

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MDC says, AROD– just shut up. We don’t want you speaking, just hitting baseballs.

Alex Rodriguez just talked himself out of a possible settlement with Major League Baseball and faces a 214-game suspension to be handed down on Monday, the Daily News has learned.

Following Rodriguez’s explosive comments after Friday night’s minor league rehab game in Trenton in which Rodriguez basically said Major League Baseball and the Yankees were conspiring to keep him off the field in order to void his contract, MLB officials have rejected Rodriguez’s request to negotiate a suspension settlement, a baseball source familiar with the situation said.

Another source told the Daily News that despite accusing the Yankees Friday of trying to get out from under his contract, Rodriguez also reached out to the club Saturday in an attempt to discuss negotiating a settlement on the remaining $100 million the Yankees owe A-Rod. The Yankees also declined to talk with Rodriguez about his contract, according to the source, telling him this is a drug issue under the purview of MLB.

The most substantive offer Rodriguez’s camp has come up with in previous discussions with MLB and the Players Association, according to sources, was for an 80- to 100-game suspension and Rodriguez’s promise to then retire. “The only problem with that,” said one source, “is that they wanted him to retire and get paid his remaining contract — a paid vacation, in other words.”

MDC says, sorry to see you Go, AROD!

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The Mick

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The Yankees sent a letter to a number of former players at the end of 1972, requesting that each recipient — in anticipation of a 1973 oldtimers game that would mark the 50th anniversary of Yankee Stadium — indicate what he considered his “outstanding event” at that ballpark.

In the bottom portion of the form letter, purportedly filled out and signed by Mantle himself, the superstar outfielder described his “outstanding experience” at Yankee Stadium in rather crude terms as a particular sexual act performed “under the right field bleachers,” ironically signing his response as “The All-American Boy.”

Go Yankees !

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Who is SIRI ?

 

MDC enjoys the new Iphone5 with Siri.

The personal voice assistant can take dictation, help you plan your wardrobe around the weather, keep track of your buddies, inform you on all sorts of sports information, and help you choose the best movie to go see, all using basic spoken English.

Of course, it helps to know what kinds of questions and commands you can actually say to produce the desired results. Here’s three things you can do with Siri the right way, so you can spend less time repeating yourself and more time going to those movies and meeting up with those friends.

1) The obvious way to dictate in any app is to tap into a text field, like a text Message or Twitter field, which will bring up the keyboard. On an iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S, the little microphone icon will show up down in the left corner of the keyboard. Tap that and then begin to speak out loud, clearly and in a normal voice.

Apple recommends using punctuation, which makes a lot of sense — everyone’s intonation is different, and speech to text systems on the Mac OS take up a lot of processing power just to do that. Give Siri a break and just say the punctuation. Apple gives the following example (bold emphasis added by me):

Enter punctuation: Say the punctuation marks you wish to have inserted as they are needed.

For example, to dictate “Pick up the new iPad and suddenly, it’s clear,” say “Pick up the new iPad and suddenly comma it’s clear period.”

2) Being able to use your voice to find out the forecast for the next several days is a fantastic feature that more folks might use, if only they knew the right way to ask.

Try the following. Invoke Siri with a tap and hold on the Home button, and say, “What’s the weather for today?” Even better for those planning a trip out of doors tomorrow: ask, “What’s the weather for tomorrow?” or “Check next five-day forecast for Anchorage, AK.” Of course, you’ll want to insert your own city or region into that last bit, unless you want to find out how rainy it is here.

Siri can handle more abstract questions, as well, like “Will it rain in Seattle this week?” and
“How’s the weather in Houston right now?” She can also deal with forecast-specific language, like, “What’s the high for Anchorage on Thursday?” or “How windy is it out there?”

3) Some of my best friends love to keep track of sports scores, team rankings, and individual player statistics. If I get pulled into a conversation about sports with any of them, I’m totally pulling out my iPhone 5, and I’ll be able to keep pace with their conversation. Or, at least throw out tasty facts that will totally impress them.

Siri is a great personal assistant, helping you create reminders, text friends, and the like. But Siri also has a way of interpreting ordinary questions about things like, yes, sports. Here are some of the best ways to ask her for the latest updates on your favorite teams and sports.

Let’s start with a basic query about a specific baseball team, “How did the Mets do yesterday?” Siri returns “The Mets were downed by the Pirates yesterday; the final score was 10 to 6.” I applaud her use of the semi-colon; it’s often misused. How about them Dodgers, Siri? “The Dodgers lost a close one to the Padres yesterday; the final score was 2 to 1.” Poor Dodgers.

You can also ask about schedules. For example, “When is the next Giants game?” returned “The Giants – Eagles game is Sunday at 4:20 pm,” along with a nice little graphic of the game from Yahoo Sports. It’s nice to see Yahoo! getting some skin in the game, here, so to speak.

How is your favorite team doing? Just ask, “How are the Dodger’s doing?” and you’ll get a picture chart of the MLB teams, with the requested team’s standing in bold font. Nice touch.

Siri will even clarify your question. I asked, “When is the next Cardinals game?” To which, Siri replied, “Which Cardinals, St. Louis or Arizona?” When I said “Arizona,” she told me that the next Cardinals game was against the Vikings on Sunday at 1:05 pm. Good to know, Siri, thanks!

MDC also asked Siri, How’s Derek Jeter’s foot?  Siri said, Sorry the Yankees are done !