(Posted: 4/18/11;update 4/19)
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen could have been speaking for his team’s most prominent fan when he said the other day “We have a lot of people…panicking. Everyone. Unbelievable.” Skipper Obama, discount viagra pharm the fan, viagra canada ailment has had lots of Democrats, not just liberals, panicking about his station-to-station approach to competing with Team GOP. What happened to the dynamic offense he displayed a few seasons ago?
The skipper’s fans noted with regret that he had taken to managing from the dugout, avoiding whenever possible the dirt churned up by face-to-face combat.
The fans saw a change last week that may only have been temporary, but neverheless prompted people on the left to say “At last.” Obama’s public resolve to defend medicare and medicaid and to pitch hard for a fairer tax lineup won cheers from many in the pressbox as well as those in the left field grandstand.Wash Post-man E.J. Dionne amplified left-of-center cheers this way:
“There was a bigness about Obama’s speech that was a relief after his recent sojourn as a sideline judge. ‘We believe that in order to preserve our own freedoms and pursue our own happiness, we can’t just think about ourselves,’ he said. ‘We have to think about the country that made those liberties possible. We have to think about our fellow citizens with whom we share a community.’ Obama is back on the field, and this is where he needs to stay.”
The skipper’s stance during late innings of the contest over details of the deficit-conscious budget may well tell whether he’s on the field to stay. European-based scorer William Pfaff, writing in the International Herald Trib, says program cuts and overall austerity should be avoidable:
“There is another possibility for ending national indebtedness which is rendered impossible by the power of cowardice. That possibility is to end the country’s two trillion-dollar wars against ’terror,’ and its futile effort to maintain what is seen as a crucial strategic domination of global affairs, an increasingly expensive, steadily deteriorating, and seriously unreasonable undertaking.”
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Road Reality: Weekend play left the White Sox a game under .500 (7-8) and reeling from a four-game losing streak. Skipper Guillen declined to dwell on a third straight defeat to the LA Angels. He worried instead about an 11-game road trip that would take his Sox to Tampa, New York and Detroit. The players will have a lot of time on their hands, he said, especially when they’re waiting around for night games: “It can get boring.” That from the majors’ least boring manager.
Bobby’s Valentine to Brian: On ESPN Sunday night, Bobby Valentine tossed a bouquet at Yankees GM Brian Cashman for his dealings during a winter when many observers accused him of being virtually inactive (The Steinbrenners had Rafael Soriano signed over Cashman’s objection). Valentine noted that the GM’s unglamorous pickups of Russell Martin, Eric Chavez, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia have paid big dividends so far. He also identified scouting director Billy Epplier as the man who served as Cashman’s guide in choosing as well as he did.
Torre Takes One: It is seldom that anyone in baseball takes a shot at Joe Torre. But Cashman did just that the other day while talking about relief pitchers managers tend to overwork. Cashman had criticized the Mets for “abusing” Pedro Feliciano, whom the Yanks had signed over the winter and was found to have season-ending arm trouble. He conceded the Yankees had done some abusing, too, of reliever Scott Proctor. As quoted by the Globe’s Nick Cafardo, Cashman fingered Torre for overworking Proctor: “(I) failed in trying to stop it. I went every which way, to the player, to(Torre), to the pitching coach, to the agent. I remember telling Proctor, ‘You haven’t made money yet, you’re hurting your career while you’re helping us.’ He told me, ‘I’m never going to tell him no. If he needs me I’m going to be there for him.’ ’’ Proctor pitched just under 200 innings in a little over a season-and-a-half for the Yanks in 2006-07. The Yanks traded him to the Dodgers in ‘07. He later went to the Braves, for whom he is pitching now in Triple-A.
It’s Still Early But…: Mets fans know that in recent lean years, the publicized aim of the team was to be competitive, at least, in September. This impoverished year what the Mets can realistically hope for must be scaled back. One possible slogan: “Meaningful games in May.”
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