Graham Nash

We accompanied the Lady de Gloves to see Graham Nash at the Capitol Theater at Overture in the 77 square miles surrounded by reality.  The Capitol has great acoustics and singers almost always mention it as Graham did several times.  We are not sure if it is always part of Graham’s concerts or if the environment caused excessive virtue signaling but most of the denizens enjoyed it.

The show itself was great fun.  It was just two guys, Shane Fontayne on electric guitar or mandolin and Graham on acoustic guitar or keyboard and sometimes adding a harmonica.

Sidebar One: Shane Fontayne has an interesting history including a marriage to Mackenzie Phillips.  That means their son, also named Shane, is related to Shane, John Phillips, and Peter Barakan.  End Sidebar One.

Sidebar Two: Until we were just checking this we always thought that Michelle Phillips, in our opinion, perhaps the prettiest woman in the sixties, was Mackenzie’s mother.  We had always thought that genetics had treated Mackenzie unfairly but now we know.  End Sidebar.

The two guitars without any drums worked well.  Graham had some great stories about himself, the Hollies, and the rest of CSN&Y and he referred to them collectively as the other monkeys.  The stories provided some insight to the great With a 20 minute break the show went over two-and-a-half hours.  Their cover of the Beatles’ Blackbird was great.  It was a nice venue and a great show although we could have done without the rants on Trump.  Mercifully, they were short.


This Day In Baseball- Part 3

October 1, 1967 dawned with the Red Sox, Tigers, and Twins all controlling their own destiny. If the Tigers won both games of a double header with the Angels then they would have a playoff versus the winner of the Twins versus Red Sox. If the Tigers lost either game then the winner in Fenway would be in the World Series against the mighty Cardinals who has already won 100 games and would win one more later that day to cruise in 10.5 games in front of the National League. Besides the team glory there was some hardware at stake in Fenway. Jim Lomborg, 21-9, started for the Red Sox against Dean Chance 20-13. The winner would likely clinch the AL Cy Young award while Carl Yastremski’s MVP seemed assured but the Triple Crown was not yet won as he and Harmon Killebrew were battling it out for the home run crown. Those of you with time on your hands can figure out how many homers the Killer would have hit if he played half of his games in Fenway.

Speaking of Yastremski’s MVP, he was obviously the dominant player all year as indicated by winning baseball’s Triple Crown and a golden glove. If you prefer Sabermetrics, he had 12.4 WAR according to Baseball, that had only been exceeded by a position player twice.  That position player was Babe Ruth and the years were 1921 and 1923.  No position player in almost 100 years has been as dominant as Yaz was in 1967.   The stat guys say players cannot be clutch but he was even better for those last two days. Yaz went 7 for 8 with 2 runs and 6 RBIs in those two games.

In the game, the Twins scored unearned runs in the first and third and held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth when both teams stuck with their aces. For the Red Sox it meant sending Lonborg to bat in the top of the sixth. He bunted to the left side for a hit. Then Adair and Jones singled to load the bases for Yastrzemski. The Twins stuck with Chance and Yaz delivered a two run single to tie the game. Harrelson drove in a run with a fielder’s choice to give the Sox the lead and end Chance’s day. Al Worthington came in and uncorked two wild pitches to score a run. A walk and an error gave the Sox a 5-2 lead.

It wasn’t over. In the Twins eighth, Allison scored Killebrew and sent Oliva to third but Yaz threw out Allison trying for second to end the inning. Yaz had his Triple Crown and MVP while Lonborg was odds-on for the Cy Young but the pennant was still in doubt. In Deroit, Joe Sparma went seven and this time the Tigers let Fred Gladding pitch the eight and ninth and he stopped the Angels as the Tigers won 6-4. Gladding had only pitched to one batter in the Tigers’ bullpen debacle the previous night.

In the nightcap it looked like the Tigers had the edge with Denny McClain versus Rickey Clark, a rookie. McClain won 20 in ’66 and had won 17 so far in ’67. Neither starter had it. Clark left in the second inning while giving up three runs. McClain left in the third after giving up three runs and was replaced by Hiller who gave up three more. The Angels’ bullpen had the answers. Especially when Minnie Rojas got star pinch hitter Gates Brown for the last out of the seventh inning with the score 8-5 and a Tiger on base. One positive outcome for the Tigers is that Mickey Lolich got the last five outs after pitching a shutout on Saturday. His demonstrated ability to pitch on very short rest would lead to a much more satisfying result for the Tigers in 1968.

What would the pitching matchup on Monday have been if the Tigers had of comeback and beat the Angels? The Red Sox had only used three pitchers over the weekend but they only had two quality starters and they used them both. They would have probably gone with Gary Bell who was 12-8 with a 3.16 ERA but failed in game three of the World Series. It was the era of the four-man rotation and the four Tigers starters over the weekend had started 142 games. The Tigers had no starter and challenges in relief as the Tiger relief pitchers had worked twelve and a third innings over the weekend. With the season on the line they had to bring back Lolich one day after pitching a complete game. The score of the playoff game might have been 14-12.

When a double play ended the Tigers game, throngs filled the streets of Boston to celebrate the impossible dream. They had gone from ninth to first. No other team had ever done that and unless the structure of MLB is substantially changed, no other team will ever do it. On Monday they would worry about the Cardinals.

This Day In Baseball Part 2

Welcome back to September 30, 1967 the penultimate day of the last and perhaps greatest pennant race in history. Now three of the ten teams in the American League still have a chance to win the AL pennant: Red Sox, Tigers, and Twins. The White Sox were eliminated a day earlier after 91 days in first place. At the beginning of the day the Twins were one game in first place and the Red Sox and Tigers were one game back but the Tigers had four games to play at home against the Angels while the Twins would visit the Red Sox so the Twins and the Tigers controlled their own destiny. The Red Sox must beat the Twins twice to have a chance and hope for help from the Angels if they were to complete the improbable feat of going from ninth to first under new skipper Dick Williams.

The Twins were confident as they started Jim (why is he not in the Hall of Fame) Kaat against Jose Santigao. Kaat had won 25 games the previous year and was 16 and 13 with an ERA of just over 3 this year. Santiago, the second of three Jose Santiagos in MLB, was having a good year at 11 and 4 with an ERA of about 3.6 but he had only started 11 games in 1967.

The Twins scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead but left the bases loaded as Carew lined out to third and Uhlaender grounded to second. Kaat stuck out four Red Sox in the first time through the order although he did give up three hits. Pitching to the tenth batter, Mike Andrews, in the bottom of the third Kaat hurt his elbow and needed to be replaced. In came Jim Perry with an 8-7 record and a 3.03 ERA. He finished the inning with a strikeout of Carl Yastrzemski, the only time the Twins got him out that weekend.

In the top of the fourth, Uhlaender tripled. For the second time the Twins had a runner on third with one out. Again they failed to score him. In the bottom of the fifth the Red Sox took the lead in a inning that included a single by the pinch hitter for the number eight hitter and two out RBIs by Adair and Yastrzemski.

In the top of the sixth the Twins tied the score when Rich Reese hit an RBI single pinch hitting for the number eight hitter. The Twins then pinch hit for Jim Perry with Frank Castro who walked to load the bases but Versalles flied out and again the Twins left the bases loaded.

Perry’s replacement, Ron Kline immediately gave up a home run to George Scott but settled down to pitch into the fateful seventh. After one out Andrews singled and both Adair and Andrews were safe on an error by Zoilo Versalles, the 1965 MVP. That brought up Yaz and Cal Elmer, the Twins manager brought in Jim Merritt to get a left-left match up. Merritt was 13-7 with a 2.5 ERA. It looked like the right move but Yaz hit his 44th home run for a 6-2 lead. Killebrew hit his 44th in the ninth to close the margin 6-4 and that is where it ended leaving the Red Sox and Twins tied with one game against each other left but they had Tigers to worry about.

In Detroit Mickey Lolich pitched the Tigers into first place by shutting out the Angels 5-0 on three hits. Willie Horton’s two run first inning homer was all Lolich would need. Detroit was 90-69 for 56.60% while the Twins and Red Sox were 91-70 for 56.52%. The Tigers’ lead only lasted the intermission plus three hours and 25 minutes because in the nightcap the Angels won 8-6.

In the nightcap the Tigers seemed to have a comfortable 6-2 lead through seven innings but they couldn’t stop the Angels in the eighth until they had scored six. For the Tigers Earl Wilson pitched into the sixth and was relieved by Fred Lasher who shut down the Angels in the sixth and the seventh. In the eighth, a single, a walk, and two more singles brought lefty Hank Aguirre in to face Roger Repoz. The Angels countered with right handed Bubba Morton who grounded out but got an RBI. Aguirre then walked the switch hitting Buck Rodgers. That brought in Fred Gladding with an ERA under two. He gave up an infield single to Bobby Knoop. The Tigers went for the left-left matchup of Tom Satriano versus John Hiller. Satriano’s hit led to the right handed Jim Fregosi driving in the winning runs versus the left hander. The Tigers’ efforts to match up might have undone them them.

At the end of the day the race was really on because the Red Sox and Twins were tied and the Tigers were a few percentage points back but had one extra game to play. Thus on Sunday morning all three teams controlled their own destiny. Win and they were in.

Never Sorry On The Left

Jim Geraghty in The Morning Jolt provides a summary showing how free speech exists for the Left.  He reports:

A lot of right-of-center sports fans don’t particularly like Jamele Hill, the co-host of the 6 p.m. Sportscenter on ESPN, who tweeted Monday that “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
Late last night, she issued the statement: “My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional.”

Think about how everyone spent eight years criticizing any mild comment about The Donald’s immediate predecessor.  Mentioning his middle name was verboten.  Now we have The Donald being accused of not just a being racist but a white supremacist surrounded by other white supremacists.  We would like to know who Jamele thinks they are.  Perhaps it is Betsy DeVos who is helping to reinstate due process at colleges for folks accused of rape and provide educational opportunities for inner city children.

Then there is Jamele’s statement.  It sure isn’t an apology.  We’re unsure as to why she thinks they painted ESPN in an unfair light.  She should show her love for ESPN because they didn’t fire her.  We don’t want Jamele fired but we didn’t want Curt Schilling fired either.  After that ESPN said:

ESPN is an inclusive company,” ESPN said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

ESPN can fire folks as they see fit.  We don’t want to boycott them but their programming is less interesting lately so we watch less of it and rarely visit their website.  We would like them and the press to have some consistency in these situations but that isn’t going to happen.  Jamele deserves the same as Curt under ESPN’s criteria.  We don’t have a solution but it is easy to see why they are in financial trouble and perhaps the market will provide that solution.  Insulting half your audience is never a good idea for a mass marketer.  Doing it at a time when it is easy to cut the cord seems like bad business.  It will take the market awhile but ESPN and Disney will get a response for their behavior.  We do love markets.

Facebook Foolishness

We woke up this morning and checked our Facebook feed. The percentage of nasty was especially high out there today.

Being nasty to conservatives:

Bret Stephen is one of the NY Times’s conservative columnists, but he sure gets it.  [Here is a better link to Bret.]

Supporting beauty pageants twice:

Miss America 2018 makes history: She says the US withdrawal from the Paris accords was a bad decision.
Miss Texas tears into Trump in a blistering 15-second takedown on live TV.
[We are old enough to remember when the left didn’t like beauty pageants.]

Being nasty to FoxNews:

Weatherman interviews random person, turns out he’s the smartest person to ever be on FoxNews.  [We suppose these folks watch FoxNews so much that they would know.]

And it is the morning of 9/11.  To be fair there was one post on 9/11 expressing love to the survivors and another by a Congressman supporting Kate’s law.  Neither were nasty.  It continues to escape us why many folks think conservatives are mean.




Consumer Friendly

We’re bad with names so we forget who at NRO makes this point over and over again.  We’re pretty sure Mark Perry is on this case too.  We’re also late reading The National Review.  In the latest edition, Dan McLaughlin says [third paragraph], “Since 1978 the Republicans have built their economic message around tax cuts and business-friendly regulations …” [emphasis added]

Dan is right about tax cuts but absolutely wrong on the bold part.  The GOP’s message is about consumer or market friendly regulations.  Of course, the GOP is responsible or partially responsible for a number of business-friendly regulations like Dodd-Frank, tariffs, and many restrictions on economic freedom created by the federal government.  Those regulations are business-friendly because they protect existing businesses.  But the GOP message is about economic freedom which means consumer friendly or market friendly regulations like eliminating requirements for opening businesses.  The GOP is not perfect but its message is economic freedom.  That is the opposite of business friendly.


We can’t resist.  We saw a Nancy Pelosi tweet.

Too many Americans are struggling with a rigged economy. Democrats are committed to giving them [hashtag]

We think the correct punctuation moves the period:

Too many Americans are struggling with a rigged economy Democrats are committed to giving them.

Our excuse is that it was fun.  We doubt 2018 will be fun with the old, dismal Democrats versus grumbling GOP.  It is possible the choices in 2018 will be even less inspiring than the presidential ones in 2016.  The good news is that the stakes are lower without a president to elect.