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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Texas Rangers blow it again!

            The Texas Rangers, or should I say, Jon Daniels are about to put on display this weekend everything that’s wrong with the game. You might ask, “what are they doing this weekend that could be so bad for the game?’ and that would be the correct question.
            They are going to honor a three, four, five-time loser and put him in the Ranger’s Hall of F(Sh)ame. For some unknown reason, Jon Daniels thinks it’s a good idea to bring back the biggest waste of talent the majors have seen in a long, long time. Someone tell me why it’s a good idea; I’d really like to know. Is it because his life time BA is .290? Is it the 200 home runs he hit in thirteen years or maybe it’s the 701 lifetime rbi’s he racked-up over his illustrious career. If it’s the home runs, that calculates to a little over sixteen per year. If it’s the rbi’s that’s a little more impressive to compliment his respectable batting average-53 per year. Wait, it must be all the home runs he hit in the 2008 All star game-35. Or was it that he chose Clay Council, a friend who used to throw him batting practice so many years ago? Maybe, but unlikely.
            When the Rangers signed Hamilton back in 2008, those of us who follow the game were aware of his reputed transgressions with alcohol and drugs. At the time, it seemed like a good gamble. If it didn’t work out, the Rangers payroll wouldn’t take a bath. If he did pan out and all of that raw talent could be tapped, they got a hell of a bargain. However, let us not overlook that the organization also hired one person to stay with Hamilton at all times off the field to make sure he didn’t get in trouble. That should have been a warning sign. Josh made the comment many times that he never carried any cash on him and his wife, of the time, handled all the money issues because he didn’t trust himself with money. Fair enough, I’m sure many of us can relate to a similar situation when we decide to visit an establishment where clothes are optional and we tell ourselves, “I’m only going to spend X tonight,” and then find ourselves standing in front of the ATM machine because she’s just so sweet and innocent. Buyer's remorse the next day reminds us of our stupidity.
            But we aren’t talking about ourselves and the paltry $60-110K salary we have to live on. We’re talking about a man who would be making 25million a year with the Angels. That’s a little different if you ask me.
            Let’s get back to his accomplishments. Is it plausible to imagine the Rangers getting to the World Series in 2010 and 11 without him? Not likely, but the same could be said for Felize, Hammel, Bourbon, Andres, Cruz, Kinsler, Wilson, Young, Holland and Guerrero. Was he an integral part in the line-up? Yes. Was his bat a feared weapon? Absolutely! I mean, how many batters get walked with the bases loaded to face the following batter. For those that don’t know, that was August 17th, 2008.
            As an outfielder, he was excellent. A lifetime average of .980 is more than respectable, it’s damn good.  So after reviewing all of his playing stats, why do I have a problem with his placement in the class of Ryan, Rodriguez, Hough, Bell, Jenkins, Sundberg, Young and Greer? Easy. They didn’t set a record for the most trips to rehab institutions or apologies for substance and alcohol abuse. And, if I was any of the aforementioned gentlemen of baseball, I would insist my name not be associated with Hamilton’s. It only degenerates the honor to gutter levels.
            How many times did he come out and apologize again, and again, and again, and again for letting down the fans for his bad behavior? I lost count and after a while considered him nothing but a phony con artist.   
            Who still remembers his face being on the billboards for “I am Second?” Implying God was number one. I can and at the time, thought he was sincere. That fantasy, like many others rode off into the sunlight each time he deliberately stubbed his toe by getting drunk and high. And now he is going to be rewarded for his appalling actions! Someone tell me why this is happening again? I can't help but think a line from the movie, "A Bronx Tale." Wasted Talent. That line sums up Hamilton more than any words can.
          What triggered this editorial was the rantings and ravings of three of my most obnoxious announcers to date: Dave Raymond, C.J. “Nitwit” Nitkowski and Emily Jones. I almost threw up listening to them fawn over this fraud. It was bad enough the Rangers were getting smacked back into the stone age during their 19-3 shellacking, but for those three to go on and on and on and on about what a great player he was, was ridiculous to say the least. Enough is enough but I’m sure they will figure out how to add more foolishness to tonight’s game.
            That said and the facts laid out, two great seasons doesn’t make an honoree. The last thing I’m doing Saturday is going to the game this weekend to watch them give honors to a man who does not deserve them. In fact, it’s enough to not want to go to another game for a very long time.
             Thank Jon Daniels for your astute asinine judgment call.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Poetry for Debbie

Something I've been toying with. Thoughts are welcome. 

My Heart

I thought it was mine
I knew it was mine.
What did I know?

It was full of happiness.
It was full of joy.
It was mine to control.
Or was it?

I stood by your bed.
I stroked your chest.
The warmth was subsiding.
The pain diminishing.
My heart began aching.

A sensation swept over me.
Thirty years ago I gave what I
Thought was mine.
It wasn’t.
It was always yours,
Yet I still didn’t know.

Your breathing stopped.
The pain began dissipating from
Your face.
The Doctor told me she was gone.
His words shattered my heart.
My heart!
But it wasn’t mine.
It had always been hers.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Remembering Debbie ten years later.

I thought I understood cancer after losing my partner and father. Little did I know, I knew nothing about breast cancer and the effect it has the female psyche. I was about to get one of the most important lessons about it. 

Chapter 14 Please Leave the Light On. Love's True Second Chance

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Breast Cancer Tribute. Remembering Debbie ten years later.

This Saturday will mark ten years since Debbie passed. I decided to read a couple of chapters from our book, "Love's True Second Chance."

Thursday, July 4, 2019


            If this flag offends you and you support Colin Kaepernick, then you have no business staying the United States America. Betsy Ross did an amazing job depicting the thirteen colonies that stood up to the most powerful and oppressive empire at the time-Great Britain. It was true that the sun never set on the empire for they conquered and enslaved millions over the globe. And then those pesky colonials said, “Enough is enough” and took a stand. They sacrificed everything when they singed the Declaration of Independence. They knew their signature put a rope around their neck if caught and their fortunes would be seized. The colonist defeated the British and new country was born. But it didn’t stop there. The British tried again in 1812 to break us up and failed again. One hundred and four years later we came to the aid of our arch rival and helped them and France stop the Huns from the quest to dominate Europe. Twenty-three short years later, once again we answered the call and came to the aid of our wavering ally. The Rising Sun and Swastika were on the verge of splitting the world in two and conquering and enslaving the globe. The United States again rose to the call and when it was over, became a super power that defeated Imperialism and National Socialism. Still offended by her flag? Too bad

            If it were not for These United States, there would be no free world. We would not enjoy the liberties those brave, forty men put on paper so many years ago.  Instead we’d be ruled by oppressive regimes that cared nothing for “We the People.” They only pandered to their own selfless interests and the wealth of those who they ruled. Still offended by the flag? Again, too bad!

            And where are we today? In a time where liberal, socialist and communists are doing everything in their power to apologize and degrade this great country. No longer are the police or teachers revered. Law and order is no longer the law of the land, it makes excuses for criminals and villainizes those who try and uphold the laws of our nation. Our news agency have been infected with the disease and keep spewing out their biased and skewed ideas of the greatness of socialism and the evils of conservatism. They have no knowledge of our history and are doing their best to eliminate our hard-fought independence. They say we are offending people when he say the “Pledge of Allegiance” place our hand over our heart when singing the ‘Star Spangled Banner” or flying our flag to show our patriotism. TOO bad. For those who believe this drivel they need to read the true accounts of our “Greatest Generation” when they watched our flag go up over Iwo Jima Saipan, Okinawa, and the Philippines. Or when the flags were raised on the California, Tennessee, West Virginia and Maryland. And let us not forget when “Old Glory” was raised over the ruins of the World Trade Center attack and still flew proudly at Fort McHenry. Remember that? Still offended. Too bad.

            Let’s also no forget why we paid homage to December 7th and June 6th. They were watershed moments in our history that propelled us into the most horrific war of the twentieth century. Why is it we remember these dates so vividly and yet 9-11 is being swept under the rug? That’s right, we might offend someone. Too bad.

            Today is July4th, Independence Day for the These United States. This should be a day Democrat, Republican and Independents should stand together and appreciate and honor all of those who sacrificed their lives so we can celebrate our day of Independence and yes, that means honoring the Stars and Stripes from Betsy Ross to today. Still offended? Move.