I woke up to some bad news this morning: George Carlin passed away. His seven words skit was funny, but I liked his comparison of baseball versus football best. And don’t forget his skit where everything the government did was fine or “the Terrorists Win”.
I can’t ever forget Mother’s Day since my birthday falls right next to it. Remembering does not sound like much but it’s an accomplishment for me. I have been forgetting one of my best friend’s birthdays for 35 years.
In addition to enjoying my birthday, Lily and I had a great weekend with the kids.
Saturday was the kid’s last ice skating lesson from 11 till 11:30. We stayed until 3 PM and both kids were exhausted. The girl likes skating, but the boy enjoys it much more. This is one of the few things where he can go really fast and not get into trouble!
Sunday we took the kids to the Mets game. To celebrate the holiday they gave Lily and the girl a pink baseball cap. Naturally the boys had to buy their own and we ended up supporting the economy.
Lily took the picture. The kids know how to smile, I don’t know why they made those faces…
Usually Lily and I go to evening games so we always leave right after the 7th inning. This game started at 1 in the afternoon so we stayed till the end. The kids had trouble following the action but they sure liked the cheering when the Mets hit two home runs. The Mets won 8-3 and we headed back to Flushing to pick up the car and go home.
We have to take the kids to more ball games; we all had a great time.
When the report came out most of the guys in the office were not surprised. Two things surprised me about that report.
First was that some people did not have a problem with “juicing”. They pointed out that baseball is a competitive sport and that their job is fill seats. I mentioned but what about betting in baseball? “That’s different. That’s cheating.”
The second thing was one name on the list. Chuck Knoblauch was on the list. I used to pay some attention to the Yankees and Knoblauch was one of my favorite players. He was not a superstar, did not show up in the news dating some famous model or singer, and really just did his job.
I got a kick out out of the fact that when a Yankee’s pitcher hit someone, Chuck was the designated payback. He’d almost always do this twist and get hit in the back and just take the base. When he got traded I thought that was just silly. They made lots of trades and I just stopped paying attention to baseball.
Nothing will come of this report. There will be some sacrificial motions and some players may get tarred and feathered. But as long as baseball keeps paying people multi-million dollar contracts then the players will just find new ways to “become more competative”.