There’s nothing better than a bucket of buttered popcorn and a good baseball movie . I’ve seen a lot of them and up until a month ago my very favorite was probably “For Love of the Game” with Kevin Costner. Who wouldn’t love Costner in a baseball movie? He’s such a “guy” as Kelly Preston tells him in the movie. It’s about the perfect game and except for some flashbacks the entire story takes place in one day on a quest for the perfect game. I’ve seen it at least seven times and will undoubtedly watch it seven more.
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
But on November 24 this year I could hardly contain myself waiting for “Moneyball” to open. I waited for it with excitement and anticipation like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Christmas morning, especially after reading the book. And I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading →
I’d like to talk about the obstruction of justice charge, not just in the Barry Bonds case, but about the charge in general as it’s used in our judicial system. For example take this hypothetical situation in a court setting:
Question: “What did you find out?”
Answer: “I found out I didn’t find out anything.”
Question: “Oh yah? How did you find that out?”
Answer: “I don’t know.”
Evasive answer? Maybe. Maybe not. But after years of investigation, interviews, personal vendettas and dumpster diving, the prosecutors in the Barry Bonds perjury trial ended up with obstruction of justice being the only charge that the jury found fit to find Bonds guilty of.
Our system is seriously flawed folks. What does obstruction of justice mean? It sounds to me like it means if, for whatever reason, the jury can’t find the defendant guilty of anything else, they can always charge him with obstruction of justice – meaning the defendant got in the way of a conviction on one or more of the other 75 charges.
Okay, maybe things were a little slow here today. I mean there’s still a few more months until Spring Training and the football menu’s been a little lean since Green Bay and the Niners clinched their divisions, at least here at our house. I spent way too much time looking at YouTube this afternoon, but did come up with a few little ditties to share with you. Honestly, this stuff is addictive. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.
Geez! They must have a really wide strike zone in Japan.
Ouch! Don’t try this at home kids.
I see a great career as a majorette if this doesn’t work out!
Seriously, this guy belongs on a football field. Is there such a position as “baseball tackle”?
Note: This is the end of my video selection. If you are seeing an advertisement, my apologies. It has been placed here without my permission. ~ Ronni, GFBB
I’ve spent most of the day researching Ron Santo and all I can say is I wish I could have known him. What a character! At least that seems to be the consensus of all who knew him. A wonderful wacky yet sentimental man whose playing career ended in 1974, but is known more by the younger crowd of Chicago Cub fans for his career in the WGN broadcast booth as a color commentator. Wikipedia has done an excellent job with a four page article that spans his birth in 1940 in Seattle, Washington to his death on December 3, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona and includes his legacy and election into the Hall of Fame today.
"I was the worst hitter ever. I never even broke a bat until last year when I was backing out of the garage." Lefty Gomez, Yankees pitcher.
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. ~George F. Will.
"Does Pete Rose hustle? Before the All Star game he came into the clubhouse and took off his shoes and they ran another mile without him." Hank Aaron.
More Baseball Quotes!
“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” - Jim Bouton
"I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice." - Casey Stengel
"This isn't a job. This is a privilege, that's what this is!" - Mike Krukow, TV Commentator, on being at the ballpark each day.
"I've found that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats." -Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox owner.
"Derek Jeter's accomplishment puts Pete Rose's hits record in perspective. 3,000 hits is phenomenal. 4,000? Freakish!" - Anthony Castrovince via Twitter
"The best possible thing in baseball is winning the World Series. The second best thing is losing the World Series." - Tommy Lasorda
"You teach me baseball and I’ll teach you relativity.... You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball." - Albert Einstein
"Baseball is a game of race, creed, and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray."
GARLICFRIESANDBASEBALL is written by a long-time fan who simply loves the game. I write my own articles (hence the grammar and occasional misspellings). If I include an article from another source, credit is given to that source and will include links when appropriate. The opinions are my own.