Larry Thornberry

Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.


It’s a Start — Until the New York Times Starts Tebowing


Tim Tebow, playing in his first game for the New York Mets instructional league team Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, hit the first pitch he saw as a professional over the left center field fence for a home run. He cooled down quickly, finishing the afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals instructional team at […]

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Will We Respect Ourselves in the Morning?


We know we shouldn’t look at road kill. But tonight, uncountable millions of Americanos will feel that good citizenship obligates them to. Or, as we shall see, will tune in to tonight’s forensic train wreck for less admirable reasons. It’s not that anyone needs to watch tonight’s “debate” to grasp the essential differences between Donald […]

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The Redhead’s Last Walk-Off  


Vin Scully’s last game at Dodger Stadium went about how you would expect. Just a walk-off win for the Dodgers to give the team a division title, and a love-fest for Scully. There was “Thank you Vin” gear all over the park. Dodgers players, young fellows totally focused on their game and about the last […]

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Jose Fernandez RIP


Miami Marlins pitching ace Jose Fernandez died last night in a boating accident off of Miami Beach. He was 24, an ebullient player, and a fan favorite in Miami. In his three years with the Marlins, Fernandez had established himself as one of the dominant pitchers in the game. This year he was 16-8 with a […]

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No Need to Change the Lock


I would have preferred it if all politicians had stayed clear of the celebration of Vin Scully at Dodger Stadium Friday night. But there was Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, horning in on and benefiting from the light cast by a man who could teach all politicians what real public service is about. At least […]

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The New Rules of Engagement


The Seattle Mariners have suspended utility player Steve Clevenger for the remainder of the baseball season for tweets that are critical of President Obama and the Black Lives Matter hell-raisers and looters in Charlotte. Clevenger’s tweets include such as “Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black police […]

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Catch Vin’s Final Game From L.A.


Even those who follow the Grand Old Game casually know that the great Vin Scully will be hanging up his microphone after 67 years of calling first Brooklyn, then Los Angeles Dodgers games, leaving the summer of 2017 without its voice. And what a voice it has been for all those years. I suppose one […]

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Happy Fall


Let me be the first to wish TAS readers a happy autumnal equinox. (10:21 this morning, Right Coast Time.)  No one where I live — that being Tampa — is looking for frost on the pumpkin this weekend, official fall or no. But the change of season is evident in many places on the mainland. […]

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ESPN to Honor Vin Scully Tonight


ESPN takes a lot of justifiable flak from conservatives for that network’s constant flogging of progressive politics on the air, often to the annoyance of its viewers who just want to watch the ball game. A recent arrival to this country who tuned in to the network might be excused for assuming that the initials […]

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Two Liberals Oppose Each Other in St. Petersburg (Florida, Not Russia)


Political writers and commentators like to refer to the race for the St. Petersburg, Florida seat in the U.S. House as the “most watched congressional race in the nation.” Considering the two guys running for the seat, it’s hard to imagine why this should be so. One candidate wishing to represent this pleasant city, hard […]

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