Here’s the response courtesy of Fox Sports.com by Sam Gardner. It reads:
“Dear Mr. Kaplan,
Thank you very much for your letter regarding the potential demise of baseball. Some have suggested it was a rhetorical squeeze play or a hit and run since the letter was posted online before it was actually mailed to me. Of course, it could be languishing in the post office. Sometimes, it’s hard to know when the mail service is open or closed.
I agree with you that Republicans and the Braves have much in common. You could say that the Republicans “Bravely” take on tough issues such as defunding Obamacare and trying to curtail runaway spending. And we don’t mind clearing the dugout for a good brawl. We also agree that Dodgers is a fitting name for the Democrats as they often “Dodge” serious issues such as balancing the budget or cutting spending.
Where we disagree is the game itself. If Uribe had decent bunting skills, he would have simply tied the score. Thus, the game would have continued. In such a situation, neither the Dodgers nor the Braves would have walked off the field crying “I will not ‘negotiate’ or, in this case, bat.” No, they would have stayed engaged and slugged it out. But, alas, Uribe can’t bunt — so game over.
On the bright side, winning the pennant doesn’t guarantee world peace. In fact, there are other glimmers of hope in the universe. Did you see the UGA-Tennessee game? Obviously, there is a God in Heaven. Or as we say in Athens: How ‘bout them Dawgs?
Member of Congress“
Braves fan Paul Kaplan was quite upset that the Braves lost in the NLDS last night. So upset that he wrote his congressman about it.
I have to say, I never would have considered this, but if this logic applies in baseball, I may very well be willing to reassess how I feel about it when it comes to government.
(thanks to reader David L. for the heads up)
UPDATE: The Congressman responds!
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Tagged Atlanta Braves, baseball and politics, Braves, Congressmen, craig calcaterra, Dodge, Dodger, Foxsports.com, Jack Kingston, Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers, Sam Gardner, Tennessee
Geez, I know, it’s a really bad title, but it is almost Halloween. I thought about “Giants Smoke Rangers“, but with all the San Francisco pot stories and ballot measures promoting the stuff right now, I didn’t like that one either, so here it is ~ SF Giants 9, Texas Rangers -0-. First, let me say, this was a really close game. Close until the 8th inning and then the bottom fell out of the saddle for the Texas Rangers. Up until that time it was a knuckle-grinder and anything could have happened with just one pitch and one hit. As Aubrey Huff said after the game, the score was really technically 2-0, and I agree. It was a wild and crazy 8th inning. Every game in the post season the
Giants have managed to come up with a different hero, so there’s not one really spectacular player that stands out about this team. It’s been like that all year. This time it was Matt Cain, record breaking, torture-ending, masterful Matt Cain. And it was also Edgar Renteria. Edgar Renteria? Who’s Edgar Reneria. See what I mean? No one’s ever heard of the guy, just like you’ve never heard of Cody Ross or Juan Uribe or Tim Lincecum. (Well, maybe Lincecum since he’s a two time Cy Young Award Winner!) I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this game because, to tell you the truth, in spite of my euphoria for the Giants, I felt bad for the Texas Rangers. I felt especially bad for Derek Holland, the young pitcher they brought in in the 8th Inning, who allowed 3 runs and 3 walks before they finally took him out. I ‘m still
pondering why Manager Ron Washington left him in so long. Bochy would have had him out after the first run. The fact is they’re a much better team than what they showed last night and everyone knows it. We’ve all been there with really bad games you just want to forget and get past and move on to the next. But as the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton explained after the game, “Obviously they (Giants) have the momentum right now, but it sort of felt that way even before the first game started”. Next game will be at the Texas Rangers table with fan support behind them and I’m thinking it’s gonna be one of those low scoring, close games again. That’s what the SF Giants are used to. And besides, Halloween’will be here and gone soon and things can get back to normal.
(Note about Matt Cain. After last night’s game, Andrew Baggarly, who’s a beat writer with the SJ Mercury News, said he asked Matt why he hadn’t tipped his cap to the crowd and their wild standing ovation for him, and Matt said “Can’t do it with a runner on base. Just didn’t seem right.” He had just issued a one out walk and there was still work to be done. And that’s why he’s so admired and respected by his teammates and the Giants fans. Matt Cain, a real team player with a lot of integrity. Does your heart good doesn’t it? Just another example of a real class act! GFBB)
Posted in A1 Baseball, General, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers
Tagged Aubrey Huff, Cody Ross, Edgar Rentería, Juan Uribe, Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Tim Lincecum
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Talk about timing after Tuesday’s blog ~ Tonight in the 2nd inning, during the Giant’s/Cubs game, Jose Quillen was hit by a pitch in the 2nd inning not once but twice, at two separate at-bats, by two separate pitchers! Whodathunkit? No need for an ejection. Manager benched the pitcher as Giants scored 9 runs in the 2nd inning and went on to win the game 13-0. Giants are in contention for the division title, but after losing to the Cubs last night by score of 1-0, things were getting a little testy for players and fans alike. Tomorrow they go to the Colorado Rockies who are also in the running for the National West division title. Too bad for the Giants they can’t average those runs over some of the games huh?
An interesting note to the game…..Juan Uribe hit two home-runs (one was a grand slam) also in the 2nd inning, and as I recall this was off two separate pitchers also, but haven’t seen the stats yet. Giants games – torture? You bet! But that’s baseball! Gotta love it!
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Tagged Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Grand Slams, Jose Quillen, Juan Uribe, National West Division title, sf giants