January 28, 2012
The “better” Martinez brother

The “better” Martinez brother

January 11, 2012
"Amidst your Ardour for Greek and Latin I hope you will not forget your mother Tongue. Read Somewhat in the English Poets every day… . You will never be alone, with a Poet in your Poket. You will never have an idle Hour."

— John Adams to John Quincy Adams, 14 May 1781
Adams Family Correspondence, 4:114

January 4, 2012
"The name ‘America’ was given to this continent by a German mapmaker…to honor an Italian explorer…The three ships which discovered America sailed under a Spanish flag, were commanded by an Italian sea captain, and included in their crews an Englishman, an Irishman, a Jew and a Negro."

— John F. Kennedy, A Nation of Immigrants

October 24, 2011

This land is your land This land is my landFrom California to the New York island; From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and Me.
As I was walking that ribbon of highway, I saw above me that endless skyway: I saw below me that golden valley: This land was made for you and me.
I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts; And all around me a voice was sounding: This land was made for you and me.
When the sun came shining, and I was strolling, And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling, As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting: This land was made for you and me.
As I went walking I saw a sign there And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.” But on the other side it didn’t say nothing, That side was made for you and me.
In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people, By the relief office I seen my people; As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking Is this land made for you and me?
Nobody living can ever stop me, As I go walking that freedom highway; Nobody living can ever make me turn back This land was made for you and me.
#OccupyGuthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island; 
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters 
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway, 
I saw above me that endless skyway: 
I saw below me that golden valley: 
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps 
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts; 
And all around me a voice was sounding: 
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling, 
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling, 
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting: 
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there 
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.” 
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing, 
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people, 
By the relief office I seen my people; 
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking 
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me, 
As I go walking that freedom highway; 
Nobody living can ever make me turn back 
This land was made for you and me.



#OccupyGuthrie

October 12, 2011
This is Getting Old…Fast:A Red Sox Rant

It is completely comprehensible to be compelled to examine what happened to the Red Sox last month. After all, it is a rare team which can manage to waste away a nine-game playoff lead by winning fewer than ten games in one month. What I cannot wrap my head around, though, is the seemingly obsessive quality in which the fans and media are doing so. Perhaps worse, in an attempt to assign blame, players the city has cherished for years are being unfairly vilified. 

Yes, there were players who acted immaturely and failed to support their teammates during games. Enough sources have independently identified this that it may be considered factual. I do not believe, however, that their conditioning or diets deteriorated to the point the media would like us, the fans, to think they did. Every player has a clause in his contract stipulating that they need to maintain their bodies, and a failure to do so may result in termination of the pact or other punitive measures. If John Henry, Larry Lucchino or Theo Epstein truly felt that conditioning were an issue, they could have begun using salaries as leverage. 

I honestly cannot understand why we are so caustic here in Boston. From the middle of April until the middle of August, this team as a collection of players could do no wrong in the eyes of sports fans. Now, after an unpredictably poor month of play, we have demonized many players who were the lifeblood of the team all season. The Braves suffered a similar collapse; are the fans and media in Atlanta pushing for Freddy Gonzalez’s head and trying to get Frank Wren to leave town? Are they condemning Chipper Jones, Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson?

I think it’s time we grow up and stop playing the blame game, Boston.  

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Filed under: Red Sox Boston 
October 8, 2011
RIP 

RIP 

October 8, 2011
I like this pic because it will remind people where the Babe made his name and ended his career: Beantown. His glory years may have been a few hundred miles down I-95, but this is where his baseball bookends were laid. 

I like this pic because it will remind people where the Babe made his name and ended his career: Beantown. His glory years may have been a few hundred miles down I-95, but this is where his baseball bookends were laid. 

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Filed under: Babe Ruth Braves Boston 
October 8, 2011
The greatest starter in Nationals/Expos history. Hopefully they go after another big arm (CC, Wilson, etc) this winter to tutor Strasburg. 

The greatest starter in Nationals/Expos history. Hopefully they go after another big arm (CC, Wilson, etc) this winter to tutor Strasburg. 

October 6, 2011
An Epstein Post

At this point, I can’t say I’d be terribly upset by the departure of Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein for Chicago to operate the Cubs. Having established two World Series-winning teams and numerous other contenders, Epstein had a very successful tenure in Boston. With Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia all locked up for the next several years, now would seem a logical time to transition to a new Baseball Operations staff; this solid, talented core would require little tinkering to compete for a title in 2012, thereby putting less pressure on Epstein’s successor. 

That said, it would be best for both the Cubs and Red Sox to find a solution quickly. The Cubs are in more dire need of an overhaul than the Sox Theo inherited a decade ago, and if Theo does decide to head west, the Sox need to get their front office in shape for the upcoming hot stove season. While I would have confidence in an interim “GM Committee” of Ben Cherington, Craig Shipley and Bill Lajoie, the franchise would likely be best served by determining who will run things long term. 

It must also not be forgotten what happened the last time Theo “Gorilla Suit” Epstein decided his time in Boston had concluded: Josh Beckett came to town…

October 2, 2011
The original home of the Braves

The original home of the Braves

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