Sunday, October 08, 2006

Surprising Tigers. . .

So much for my confident prediction of a "subway" series on New York City pitting the New York Yankees against the New York Mets.

The Mets could still make it to the World Series, but the upstart Detroit Tigers sent the Bronx bombers packing Saturday afternoon with an impressive, even inspirational 8-3 win behind the strong pitching performance of right hander Jeremy Bonderman.

Bonderman retired the first 15 batters he faced. Craig Monroe's two-run homer propelled Detroit to its largest offensive attack of the series, sending the Tigers to their first postseason series victory since the 1984 World Series.

We watched ex-Texas Ranger, Kenny Rogers pitch a masterful Game Three for the Tigers. His catcher was Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, another former Ranger.

What a win for a city much in need of a win of just about any kind!

Tigers' manager Jim Leyland played aggressive baseball throughout the 4-game series against the Yankees. After the loss in Game One, the critics were out to get Leyland. However, in typical style, Leyland stayed with what he knew would give his team the best chance of staying with New York.

In Game Three Leyland's aggressive play resulted in a second win. The boo birds disappeared.

Detroit moves on to play the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series that begins next Tuesday night in Oakland.

Hard not to be happy for the Tigers and their loyal fans.

I know the Tigers' win pleased my co-worker, Keith Ackerman. He, like my young friend Chris Field, has his fingers crossed for a Tigers-San Diego Padre series!

Could happen. The Padres are hanging on against the Cards. . .baseball is so great!


Anonymous said...

At New School, Gingrich Calls For 'New Dialogue' on Poverty
New York Sun September 15 2006
Eric Krangel

A potential 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, Newt Gingrich, came to the New School last night to discuss proposals for fighting poverty in America, saying, "We need a new dialogue."
He added: "What we know won't work is for the left to continue to prop up bureaucracies that fail and for the right to continue to ignore the problem."
Mr. Gingrich was joined by the president of the New School, Bob Kerrey, a former Democratic senator, in an hour-long talk on finding bipartisan solutions to the dilemma of the American poor.
Mr. Gingrich offered prisons as an example of where America needs to break the partisan divide. "People go into prisons as addicts and they come out still as addicts," Mr. Gingrich said. "If we have drug tests in professional sports and the military, why not in our prisons? I don't know if that makes me a liberal for thinking that locking people up doesn't work.
"I don't have a problem locking people up though," Mr. Gingrich added.
Mr. Gingrich also voiced ideas on helping inner city youth. "I'm looking for a foundation that will go into the poorest neighborhoods to pay students to study math and science, someone who will pay more than McDonald's," Mr. Gingrich said. "I don't have all the solutions. Try it in five or 10 neighborhoods, and if it works, maybe it will spread."
Earlier in the day Mr. Gingrich met with Mayor Bloomberg at City Hall. Messrs. Bloomberg and Gingrich each have been named as possible presidential candidates in 2008. According to the mayor's spokesman, Stuart Loeser, the two Republicans did not discuss the White House.
Activists at the New School scrawled anti-war and anti-Republican graffiti on the sidewalk in advance of Mr. Gingrich's visit, with one message reading: "Welcome to the New(t) School for Corporate Research."
About 20 minutes into Mr. Gingrich's speech three students attempted a poorly coordinated protest, but their message was drowned out by a chorus of boos from the audience. Security quickly ejected the protesters. "This is a place where we are very anti-war," a student at the New School, Eddy Suheri, 28, said.
"Hey Newt," Mr. Kerrey said, smiling, "does that make you feel like you're back in the House?"
"Part of freedom is the right to dissent," Mr. Gingrich said. "But I think dissent carried out in an intelligent way is more productive."
Students made up a minority of the packed house at the New School, with the audience retaining an older and more professional bent. Among the dignitaries who came out to hear Mr. Gingrich's ideas was Mayor Koch. "He's a very intelligent fellow," Mr. Koch said. "I like Gingrich."

Larry James said...

Anonymous, thanks for this post.

I find your report here most encouraging! I suppose we all need to stay tuned to see if this goes anywhere. Very positive though. Thanks for bringing to our attention.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, some of us older heads can well remember when Republicans cared about poverty and justice. That was back before the so-called "supply side, voodoo economics" of Ronald Reagan and his ilk. Back in the day, people like Mark Hatfield, Evertt Dirkson and even Richard Nixon all stood up for poor folks. As a nation, we've been duped into thinking for the past 26 years that the poor can fend for themselves since their plight is all their fault anyway.

Maybe we are getting ready to turn back toward reality. I hope so.