RALEIGH— I woke up today and checked the news of the land. First the Baseball news.
I need to know if Johnny Damon has finally chosen a team to play for in 2010. I check every site I can think of. Nothing new on this front. Scott Boras is still trying to pull in any team, preferably two teams, to drive up the price for his client. A client whom he has given the worst off-season advice since Adam LaRoche’s agent advised Adam he could and should look for a 3yr/$30 million deal only to end up signing a 1yr/$5 million deal.
I read a debate concerning the HOF merits of one dimensional players. This suckers me into a several hour long process of statistical analysis. I pour through statistics to prove that while Ozzie Smith may not have been the slugger for the ages, he was certainly an average to above average hitting short-stop for a large portion of his career. In short, he wasn’t a classic one dimensional player. In so doing I find that short stops have increased their offensive output by 14% over the last three decades.
Ozzie at his peak compared to the league short-stops.
Short-stop production over the years.
Next I check the news. There is a large storm on the East coast. Again.
Next I check the political atmosphere. So I head off to read the pundits, the wonderful pundits of America. For the past few months I have been reading the on going battle of words. I think it is finally coming to a head.
After the New Jersey and Virginia losses the dialogue was a murmur. After Scott Brown though it has become much louder. I could only laugh when I read the titles to two articles published today:
“Blame the childish, ignorant American public” by Jacob Weisberg, Slate, February 6, 2010
“Why are liberals so condescending?” by Gerard Alexander, Washington Post, February 7, 2010
One year ago, 59 percent of the American public liked the stimulus plan, according to Gallup. A few months later, with the economy still deeply mired in recession, a majority of the same size said Obama was spending too much money on it.
Basically it is a group of elected officials who only see and hear what they want to and call everyone else names when the course of action fails, when the whole world watches it fail, and when their actions directly contradict their promises.
This isn’t post-partisan. This is blind arrogance.
So it is back to baseball I go. Are shortstops becoming better or are pitchers getting worse?
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