Thursday, September 25, 2008

I've been hearing a lot of crap lately- mostly from Red Sox fans- that Jonathan Papplebon is just as good, if not better, than Mariano Rivera. I've also been reading that K-Rod is the best reliever in the game.

Is that right?

K-Rod may have 60 + saves this year, but look at some other numbers from 2008:

ERA: 2.27
WHIP: 1.3
IP: 67 in 75 games (age 26)
BB/IP: 0.5 (a walk issued every 2 innings)
K: 76

Now for Mariano:

ERA: 1.43
WHIP: 0.68
IP: 69 in 63 games (age 38)
BB/IP: 0.087 (yes, that number is accurate. A walk issued every 11.5 innings)
K: 76 (just as many as K-Rod, no?)

As for Papplebon, many have come along and had a couple of 30+ save seasons. Who remembers Bobby Thigpen? Remember those 57 saves in 1990? Care to guess how many saves he had for the rest of his career?

The answer is EIGHT.

What makes the Sandman the best is that year after year after year, he is on top. Jonathan, you are a great relief pitcher, for now. But there's about a decade to go before you even approach Mo's status. Climbing Mount Olympus is not an easy thing to do. Standing in your path on the way up are Gossage, Hoffman, Fingers, Eckersley, and Franco.

And if you get to the top, say hello to Mariano for me.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Now it's personal.

Major Wolfer was a friend from college. We were in student senate together. He leaves three daughters and a wife behind.

Every one of the 4,000+ soldiers who have been killed in Iraq had someone back home who loved them. But as I said before, now it's personal.

Mr. President, you killed my friend. You killed him by sending him to an unnecessary war, to a country that was never a direct threat to our security. You and Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld. You killed him.

And I'll hate you all forever.

Friday, September 12, 2008

John McCain during a GOP debate this year:

"I have had a strong and a long relationship on national security, I’ve been involved in every national crisis that this nation has faced since Beirut, I understand the issues, I understand and appreciate the enormity of the challenge we face from radical Islamic extremism. I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.”

So people who were mayors or governors aren't as qualified to be president?

Then again, the person on the GOP ticket who fit that description is only running for VICE president. So it's no big deal. Vice presidents, who knows what they do?

Gov. Palin regards her state's geographical proximity to Russia as a serious foreign policy credential.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

Well then...

I can see the moon from my house, so I must be qualified to be an astronomer.

I can see my car from my bedroom window, I must be able tow work as a mechanic.

I can see an elementary school from my yard, so I'm enough of an expert on education to be a principal.

Wow. I'm a really smart guy!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation — “SP” — Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.

A compassionate conservative, eh?

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Someone please define the term "Washington Elite" for me, and while you're at it, explain how a three-term senator. is not part of it.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Let's have some fun.

That is all.