Archive for July 20, 2020

The sound of no hands clapping.

July 20, 2020

These MLB preseason games with no one in the stands are so odd. It’s as if we were watching all games at Dodger Stadium in the first three innings.

New SF Giants manager Gabe Kapler knelt with a few of his players for national anthem before tonight’s preseason.  Back when Gabe was on Red Sox, in clubhouse poll story was that of 25 players, 24 were GOP & Kapler was only Democrat. Maybe I can root for this guy.

Dr. Fauci will throw out ceremonial 1st pitch when Yankees open against Nats in D.C. Thursday. Fortunately for Trump, who was booed during World Series, here will be no fans in attendance, so Donald won’t have to see Fauci get nothing but cheers along with a standing ovation.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams on a potential mask mandate says he opposes “simply saying we are going to force you to do it particularly by sending in federal troops or using federal mechanisms.” Uh, because of all the times we’ve needed to send federal troops in over seat belts?

We’ll know that Trump is REALLY serious about masks when he starts hawking them for big $$$ on his campaign website.

As a baseball sports fan, think Democrats should consider John Kasich like a trade-deadline pickup.   So maybe this isn’t a player you want for a long-term contract.   But nice to have an extra big name on the bench  for August through October when winning it all is in sight. 

 

Being pleased John Kasich will endorse Joe Biden doesn’t mean I’d personally vote for Kasich for anything. But as a Democrat who knows we need a big tent, I also accept that means there will be people in that tent I disagree with on many things.

 

 

If Jeb Bush wants to follow John Kasich in endorsing Joe Biden, I’d be fine with that.

 

After announcement that John Kasich will speak at Democratic convention, now it’s George Will who has announced he is voting for Joe Biden. Donald’s going to run out of characters to bash all these Republicans in a single tweet.

Trump’s second round of Coronavirus press briefings will be a lot like NASCAR races…. a lot of people will just turn in to watch the wrecks

In case anyone forgot, the same POTUS who’s told Democratic cities they were on their own for PPE and COVID-19 testing now wants to send “federal law enforcement” to those same cities to clamp down on protests.

Again, can someone tell Trump he would have the biggest ratings EVER on television for his resignation speech?

Kings of the road?

July 20, 2020

Prohibited from playing in Canada, the Blue Jays are looking for a “major league ballpark” this season. Well, closest MLB city to Toronto’s spring training home in Dunedin is St. Petersburg.   But “major league ballpark?”    Don’t think Tropicana Field qualifies.

Still think it’s a longshot that MLB makes it through this shortened season. But I admit I look forward even briefly to being incensed for a change about balls and strikes… and the abomination that is the Designated Hitter.

Small sign of normalcy.
ESPN is covering golf again. More to the point, their headline is “Tiger closes inconsistent Memorial with 4-over 76.”

 

The Bahamas just closed borders to U.S. tourists, while the rest of the world is still welcome.
With all due respect, as someone who’s been on a number of cruises out of Florida that stop in Nassau, I’ve never quite seen the appeal of the Bahamas. But it’s a shame now that Cuba also probably won’t let Americans in either.
There are now NO ICU beds available at 49 Florida hospitals. So much winning.
Imagine, USA could have been like Europe and other parts of the world who seem to have least temporarily gotten COVID-19 under control… But GOP then might have been trying to impeach Hillary Clinton for wearing a tan mask.
The 2020 Presidential election will be our nation’s collective cognitive test.
In all seriousness,  I’ve actually now in my life known of two people who’ve taken MoCA test: my mother, when she had what turned to be dementia, and Donald Trump. (It’s not part of a routine physical.)
So who got Trump to agree to the interview with Chris Wallace and when will she or he be fired?
“That’s not true, sir”. Chris Wallace to Donald Trump.  Open note to other journalists – see how easy it is?
Maybe most despicable part of Trump’s interview w/ Chris Wallace. “Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy. He’ll say, ‘Mommy, mommy, please take me home.” Can’t tell me that wasn’t twisted reference to George Floyd murder. No joke.
I remember when Twitter was obsessed with Amy Klobuchar’s bangs, and now it’s Kamala Harris’s alleged botox? But sure, there’s no misogyny in politics.