Now, now, Jim......You don't want me to start talking about how one year there was no team in DC and the next year there was.....And all of a sudden there were all these fans....where the year before there were none! Ha Ha. Anyway, I think the Nationals Expos are a good team finally. Thanks to Davey Johnson and the front office who spent a lot of money. Not like my Mets and the Madoff connection and all of that. I remember being at batting practice at Shea when the Nationals Expos were in town a few years ago. I swear that team looked like they were prisoners who were outdoors for their one hour a day! Bunch of low lifes. They've improved a lot. The ebb and flow of teams happens all the time. Some years good, some years horrible. Example: The Philadelphia Philthies. Now....there we have something in common. The Expos and the Mets are bitter rivals against the fallen Philthies. Karma is a beeatch.....for them. And good for the Nationals Expos for consistantly doing the Out At The Ballgames as opposed to the Mets who did it twice. I'm still steaming over that. But bad on the Nationals Expos for basically disowning their past. Except for the name of Gary Carter up on one of the walls of the stadium. That is nice. And I think Ryan Zimmerman is a cutie. Always did.
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He was found not guilty but that doesn't mean he is not guilty. He was a notorious steroid user and it's been well known for years. Exhibiting roid rage on the mound especially during the 2000 World Series where he threw the shattered bat at Mike Piazza when he got a hit off him. Piazza owned Clemens. And then there was the time a few months earlier where he intentionally threw right at Piazza's head. He's a cheat, always has been. There aren't too many people in baseball who have anything good to say about him these days. Now that he managed to get himself off, he needs to go away. And our government needs to focus on more important investigations like Fast and Furious, where law enforcement officers have been killed and injured because of shady dealings by our government. Not some union issue pertaining to the industry of Baseball. Baseball should've handled the whole Clemens debacle by itself. Sit on that one for a while.....
.....Now that he managed to get himself off, he needs to go away. And our government needs to focus on more important investigations like Fast and Furious, where law enforcement officers have been killed and injured because of shady dealings by our government. Not some union issue pertaining to the industry of Baseball. Baseball should've handled the whole Clemens debacle by itself. Sit on that one for a while.....
Whether he did or didn't use is beside the point. It's the LAST part of your posting that I agree with and upon which my own comment was predicated. Baseball should have handled the matter and our government does need to focus on more important issues. When I watched the Congressional hearings with Clemens, and more recently the hearings with AG Holder responding to Rep. Darrell Issa, I was waiting for one to say: "No, sir. Accusing me of "contempt of Congress" is without foundation. I have the utmost respect for the institution of the United States Congress. I reserve my contempt only for some of those who presently serve in it."
Boy, people are starting to read into this article all kinds of ways. Some of the comments question whether this is Verlander's pre-coming out statement. I guess I am just too naive, I read the article as though he was an example of todays more accepting society, including in the sports world. Why do so many people feel that just because a person doesn't care if someone else is gay, than that person must be gay themselves?
Post by edmontongreg on Mar 6, 2013 19:36:01 GMT -5
You Can Play is splashing out of its hockey container. Two NFL players are advocating for equal marriage. Some GOP people are opening their eyes/minds. The pendulum is shifting, pretty soon you'll be just like Canada
Miami Marlins Team Up with SFGN, Other Organizations for LGBT Youth Project
The You Can Play Project “seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.” There’s a palpable shift in Patrick Burke’s tone when he speaks of his younger brother Brendan. The articulate, confident New England law student and Philadelphia Flyers scout becomes slightly subdued. Gentle, even.
But Burke, 30, is far from the business of gentle. He handpicks players for a National Hockey League team with a legacy of aggression — the Flyers were notoriously dubbed the Broad Street Bullies during their heyday in the early 1970s. He aspires to be the General Manager of an NHL team. His brusque and red-blooded father, Brian, was GM of three teams in his career. Burke knows first-hand the resilience and grit it takes to manage a professional sports team.
Burke calls Brendan his best friend. But his best friend is gone. Twenty-one-year-old Brendan passed away in a car accident on February 5, 2010.
Just three months before his death, Brendan came out to the world as gay in an intensely public way.
At the time, his dad was GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the most historic franchises in the NHL. Toronto is relentlessly scrutinized by media and followed with diehard passion by its fan base. But instead of hiding from the swarm and speculation that would inevitably follow his father’s high profile, Brendan bravely faced the world with his secret.
He put his story into the hands of ESPN hockey personality John Buccigross in December 2009, who wrote a first-person reflection of Brendan’s coming out to his family.
“Patrick approached me about it and I certainly [knew] the reach of ESPN would benefit Brendan’s message,” Buccigross remembered. “I knew it would be a big deal in Canada since Brian Burke was the GM of Toronto but the impact was a little bigger than I thought.”
Brendan’s coming out sent a jolt through the hyper-masculine hockey world, a sport where there are more gay slurs on the ice than natural front teeth. He’s often considered the first person with such close ties to the NHL to publicly identify as LGBT.
It was the public and fearless coming out that doubled the shock when a car accident on a snowy highway in Indiana stole Brendan’s brilliant light. The world was just beginning to get to know his vibrancy, zeal and passion for LGBT issues.
About a year later, Patrick Burke was working closely with GForce Hockey, a hockey team and advocacy organization comprised of gay male players.
“I had talked to the cofounders and said, look, I wanna do more,” Burke said. “I didn’t know a damn thing about the charity world… So I said to them, I have this idea… I have a motto, ‘If you can play, you can play’ and I think this thing has some legs.”
His motto proved to have more than legs. It had wheels.
A year later, Burke officially announced the You Can Play Project. The organization “seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.”
“After talking to different groups, seeing what was out there, three of us decided that the only way it was going to be done right was by doing it ourselves,” Burke said. “We didn’t want to give it to somebody else to half ass.” That’s a Burke man, for you — never one to mince words.
YCP just celebrated its first birthday and has already made a lasting impression in professional sports. In addition to youth outreach, the organization has created a series of video campaigns to fight homophobia that include endorsements from prominent players around the league. Most recently, the NHL and the NHL Player’s Association formally announced a partnership with YCP.
The NHL became the first major American professional sports league to officially partner with an LGBT advocacy group on such a large scale.
“Brendan’s willingness to speak out spurred the conversation in the hockey world. It wasn’t being talked about, not being considered,” Burke says. “You Can Play would’ve never come into existence if he hadn’t done it first.”
As part of Major League Baseball's program of "inclusion", former big leaguer Billy Bean visited the Mets spring training facility today. He looks good in a Mets uniform but I'm maybe a bit prejudiced here!Couldn't put the video only here but I put the link from the Mets site!
Nothing wrong with a little trash talk.....as long as you don't start comparing actual stats....(cough, cough, Mets, cough, cough) Our Rays had it a little rough last year. Since Jeter is now a full time Tampa resident, maybe he can give a little behind the scenes coaching or at least let a little of his...luck...rub off on some of the Rays!