I’m in Kansas City this week on a vacation that’s a side effect of my wife’s serious operation back in Feb. As she couldn’t go on the trip with her sister as planned and had to use up our voucher miles before Sept or lose them she suggested finding somewhere that the RedSox were playing and go see them there. This is the first time since I started writing that I’ve been somewhere without the express purpose to cover some political event or conference. The only work I’ll be doing are this week’s posts and perhaps the odd interview if one drops into my lap. It is so weird to wake up somewhere else without having to be somewhere or to have 30 or 50 interviews to upload. Of course given that the Room AC is not working properly and I spent two hours on twitter and on the phone between priceline and the sheraton four points people and their parent company trying to resolve it due to my wife’s breathing issues it’s even weirder. It seems the final plan was to keep her awake all night trying to get things fixed till she was too tired to not fall asleep even with no AC in the summer heat and the noise of the rather loud fan they provided. I presume that plan worked because while I stopped tweeting on it at 1:30 AM and fell asleep soon after, as of this writing (9:30 am central) she and my son are still out like lights so I don’t know when they finally gave up and crashed. Even odder the room isn’t oppressively hot as it was when I dropped off so I guess at least for a brief time during the night the AC kicked in and combined with the rather loud fan managed to drop the temp to an OK level, but then again I grew up without AC and never had breathing issues and can sleep on a wooden pallet with a piece of cardboard on it so the real test will be how DaWife feels when she wakes up. The last gave of the series is a 1:05 start so I’d like to get her up early so we can get a spot of breakfast but as I don’t know when she got to sleep I think I’ll let her sleep as late as we safely can.

Now I know why my parents never went on vacations.

Kaufman Stadium is a lovely place to watch a baseball game but as in Denver it’s still very odd to go to a ball park and: Not see it full, See promotion after promotion during the game, see the necessity for the scoreboard to be used to get the crowd to make noise. But that’s the difference between practically selling out an entire season and having to draw people. Our three tickets for the first game at Kaufman stadium in the upper deck of left field cost what it would have set us back for Standing room in Fenway park…for one of us.

This is my first trip to the midwest and there is a real sense of Deja vu in coming to a place like this. I’m reminded of the days of my youth when Massachusetts was populated by normal people with normal values and not run by frenzied leftists. If I was younger I’d leave for a place like this in a second as the liberal New England in general and Massachusetts in particular is no place to raise a family if you don’t want to have to fight every day to raise your children as Faithful Catholics or Christians of any stripe. You can’t imagine how much I miss those days, it’s also the reason why there are so many Red Sox Fans everywhere else. People might leave the craziness of New England but one’s love of the Red Sox comes with you.

The Death of Otto Warmbier is to some degree a surprise. One might think that to North Korea an American foolish enough to put themselves willingly in their hands is an asset to exploit so normally one might think that any torture would be designed to be painful but not fatal however it’s a vivid reminder that with the Norks you are dealing with one of the worst regimes in the history of history and unless your a Christian Missionary ready to become a Christian Martyr giving your life in the hopes of saving souls, it’s not a place to willingly put yourself.

The left’s pious insults concerning Mr. Warmbier’s death and their previous statements concerning “white privilege” come as no surprise as sadly I’ve come to expect no better from them, the real question is what kind of retaliation will we see from this president. What price will the Norks be made to pay and how will he pull it off without setting and can he afford to be patient in making them pay that price.

Yet another special election (actually two as there was one in SC as well that the Democrats decided to concede rather than sink a fortune in) is now over and Karen Handel despite being an unexciting candidate managed a five point win despite millions of dollars from the bluest states there pouring into the state to defeat her. I think this from Hotair is telling:

 

11:10 pm: Finally, here is Karen Handel’s victory speech. At 2:30 Handel thanks President Trump and the crowd responds “Trump! Trump! Trump!” At 3:15 she thanks Steve Scalise and spends a moment talking about the need to find “a more civil way” to disagree. “In these United States of America, no one should ever feel their life threatened over political beliefs and positions,”

 

I think that while the DC shooter managed to only wound Steve scalise, he managed to kill Democrat chances to win in GA06 as voters in that district who might have stayed home decided they didn’t want to reward attempted murder. Of course this doesn’t change the fact that the GOP needs to get moving on their agenda as Chris Muir seems to have pegged.

The attack by Mr. Osborne in London was, in my opinion one of the most predictable crimes in the history of history in terms of simple mathematical statistics. Given that we’ve had over 31,000 Islamic Terror attacks worldwide since 9/11 (40 attacks in 15 countries from June 10th though the 16th alone) sooner or later probability stated that you would actually get a westiner targeting Muslims. I have no problem calling what he did terror, but I insist that leftists who do so do the same concerning every other attack done by Muslims in the name of Islam. The real question is will the same people willing to throw collective guilt on Englishmen over this attack respond in a similar way to what happened in Brussels yesterday?

It also plays into one of the things I’ve predicted, the longer both the authorities in power and moderate muslims decide to deny and ignore the danger of radical islam, the more likely you’ll see people like Osborne decide to, in his mind, strike back. I expect to see many more like him if the state of denial continues. This of course does not justify his acts of murder which not only need to be vigorously prosecuted but punished to the fullest extent of the law.

A little Doctor Who, I see that Big Finish has decided to give a series to Derick Jacobi playing the “War Master”. Jacobi’s time as the Master on screen lasted less that 15 minutes before he regenerated into John Simm but during that time he ruled the screen. I’ve often wondered what he would have done with the role if he had been given more time. Now we’ll find out.

Finally we are going to be seeing the first Multi-master story in Doctor who outside of Big Finish My bet is that Michelle Gomez Master is killed by John Simm’s master with her at the moment of death remembering doing so. Even if I’m wrong the word is she will not be returning to the role. While I wasn’t a fan of the whole gender bender business Gomez made the part her own and has simply owned every scene she has been in in a way we haven’t seen since Alex Kingston. Doctor Who fans will miss her.

Update:  Dropped a “r” from Otto Warmbier’s name, corrected

There is an old saying that the Definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.

On Friday Night that Yankees with two bases open in the bottom of the 8th of a tied game choose to pitch to David Ortiz

Yes you read that right

David Ortiz takes as much joy in punishing the New York Yankees today as he did 10 years ago.

Ortiz has played such an integral role in the rivalry with the Yankees in his 14 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, and he added another memorable moment Friday night with an eighth-inning two-run home run as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-2 in their first of 19 meetings this year.

Now I’m a Red Sox fan and I rejoice in a Big Papi game winning HR as much as the next New Englander, but as a baseball fan my only reaction to pitching to Ortiz in this situation is: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Did they forget David Ortiz’s walk off 12th inning HR in game four in 2004?

Did they forget David Ortiz’s game winning hit in the 14th in game 5 of the same series?

Did they forget Mr. Ortiz hitting a bases loaded two out grand slam in the ACLS vs the Tigers that tied the game two (despite a heroic effort by Tory Hunter) in 2013?

Did they forget the opinion of St. Louis Cardinal fans just before game six of the World Series in 2013?

Given that the decision to pitch to David Ortiz with First base open [game five double to give sox the early lead] was one of the most controversial decisions of the series to this point, I repeatedly asked those in line: If they were managing St. Louis would pitch to Ortiz with a base open. While a few of the people said “yes” the general consensus was; walk David Ortiz even if first base wasn’t open.

Ironically after I left this line I ran into a large group of Cardinal fans who declined to go on camera. I asked them my David Ortiz question. The Cardinal fans answered bluntly. They didn’t care if the bases are loaded and the game tied, They’d all give Ortiz a free pass each time up rather than risk pitching to him.

Cripes last year against the Cubs with the bases empty on a 3-0 count you actually had the sight of Ortiz walking to first base before the next pitch arrived because he KNEW they weren’t going to pitch to him.

The guy hit 37 HR and drove in over 100 runs last year. This isn’t 1968 with Mickey Mantle on his last legs getting gift HR’s from Denny McLain on his farewell tour, Ortiz is going out on top.

And even if you ignore all that history, Did the manager of the Yankees forget that yesterday when he came to the plate in the 8th inning with the go ahead run on base he was the current league leader in doubles)?

And you’re going to pitch to him in the bottom of the 8th of a tie game with a man on first in Fenway Park!?

I’ll give the last word to the Knight from Indiana Jones and the last Crusade:

I had some problems with my data card and only today have been able to recover the photos from my trip to Fenway on Wednesday so we will put off my review of Nightmare in Silver till next week to give you to close our Baseball season some photos of Boston, Fenway and the most loyal of fans.

Red Line to Green Line to Fenway.
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There were alternatives to my $12 subway trip, VERY expensive:

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But on the cheep or full price it’s still an iconic park

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An iconic sign

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Iconic Statues

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And now Iconic beards

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But the real icons of Boston, are not the media under the lights…

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…Or covering happenings at the park

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The Kenmore Subway:

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Or the even the police that are there to protect

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the Icons are the fans

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Who stood and camped in line to see their Sox and was rewarded with victory

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But I couldn’t stay for the game, after all it was a no scalp zone.

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and without that fedora the scalp is all I have although the beard certainly fits in.

…Morning Joe not withstanding let’s remember even before Obama decided to hit the Red Sox in Massachustts he wasn’t as popular around here as you think after all I seem to recall he showed up around the weekend before the special election that Brown won, how did that work out for you?

You know when I went to bed I thought the Swatting of Aaron Worthing was the stupidest move I’d ever seen, Obama hitting the Red Sox in Massachusetts THAT’s dumber!

I hope Former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren brings Obama here every single day, you might recall the GOP in NH commented they wanted Obama to visit the state every day to remind voters what party the current governor belongs to. I want every single Congressman and State Rep with a D next to their name tied to Obama so tight you’d think they were a skydiving pair.

And you expect me to be afraid of these guys?

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One of the reasons why Baseball is the best game ever invented is the lack of a clock. It is not possible to run out the clock or to stall. To win you have to achieve two distinct goals.

1. Score more runs than your opponent

2. Achieve 27 outs, plus an additional 3 per extra inning if necessary

No matter how good your team is on paper if you can not do this, your team will not win, additional with a 162 game season even a spectacular team will lose over 50 games a season and even the worst team will win at least 40.

You would think that Dan Shaughnessy would have understood this before violating a basic convention

That the author of the book on the Curse of the Bambino would be willing to do this is astounding. It also tells you how far the Red Sox have come this decade, 10 years ago nobody would have felt safe with any lead around here.

His statements were not the only violation of Baseball’s convention that day. New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes after a bunt single in the first pulled himself from the final game to preserve the batting title earning derision from fans and writers nationwide:

Reyes isn’t just the anti-Ted Williams, he’s anti-everything we love about baseball.

In case you don’t know Ted Williams going in to a double-header to end the season hitting .3995 and rather than sit at take the rounding insisted on playing both games going 6-8 ended at .406.

In that same spirit of the game the Phillies knowing that the St. Louis Cardinals have owned them this season still played all out to defeat and eliminate Atlanta knowing that they would have to defeat said cardinals to make it to the series.

The Yankees however violated two serious conventions.

#1 Rookie Dellin Betances in his first career start was pulled after only two innings even though he had not given up a run. Convention one: you give a young starter a chance to win his first major league start.

#2 After burning through 8 pitchers in seven innings for the sheer hell of it, the Yankess not only failed to relieve a pitcher after loading the bases and hitting consecutive batters but in a one run game in the 9th with a season on the line choose not to use the single greatest closer in baseball history in order to make Tampa Bay earn that win.

Tampa will be a formidable foe and now will be coming off not only an incredible high but did not have to play an extra game that might have made them more vulnerable. (Considering the Red Sox inability to score insurance runs given multiple chances I suspect they would have had no luck in Tampa).

If there is any justice then the Rays will defeat the Yankees (assuming they can get by Detroit) who decided not to preserve their lead and will face the Phillies team that played the game the right way.

It’s an excellent lesson to Rick Perry and the rest of the GOP field, until the votes are actually counted and cast, we don’t know what is going to happen. Perry and Romney and all the rest are no more anointed to their positions than the Red Sox and Braves were.

Three times in the last month the Red Sox Bullpen blew what should have been his 200th win, this time their bats secured it.

Tim Wakefield left the mound after six innings clinging to a 6-5 lead, but the Sox scored 12 runs in the last 3 innings to stop their skid and finally secure Wakefield that elusive victory.

At the Boston Globe Dan Shaughnessy reminds us of what he has done for this team:

Oddly, his greatest moment may have been the beating he took in the infamous 2004 Game 3 playoff against the Yankees. Francona needed a body to save the bullpen. Wake raised his hand. He suffered the rout. And he set up Derek Lowe, Pedro Martinez, and Curt Schilling for the final four games, all wins. It was history and Wake played the role of the silent hero. When Schill and Friends were lauded, Francona never failed to cite the guy who saved the bullpen to set up the comeback.

Wakefield has been a treasure for the Red Sox for a decade. Pittsburgh gave up on him back in 1995 after 220 innings. 2993 innings later that has to rank as one of the dumbest baseball moves in the last 20 years.

Join us tomorrow morning as we bring on a plethora of guests for the day.

We start with southern Belle Sister ToldJah in the first hour with Tom from Libertarian Leanings as well. We’ll talk Wisconsin and the budget fight and planned parenthood bringing out the best in the liberal new tone.

And if that isn’t enough in the second hour we’ll have Steve Foley of the Minority Report join us along with Andy from the Right Wing Gaming Room and comic Brian Henchey joining me and Tom for the Panel.

And if that isn’t enough as soon as we are done The Red Sox Host the Yankees at Fenway right on WCRN!

And even better the great talk starts at 6 a.m. with the Weston and Wesley review, followed by conservatively speaking at 7 a.m. and Carol Ann Brown at 9 a.m.

If you are somehow out of range of our 50,000 Watts of range remember you can listen in live here!