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A-Rod Ties Willie Mays with 660th Home Run; Beats Red Sox

By on 5.1.15 | 10:48PM

I was watching the Yankees-Red Sox game on TV and saw Alex Rodriguez hit his 660th career home run tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. 

Amazingly, it was A-Rod's first career pinch hit home run. He launched a 3-0 pitch from Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa into the Green Monster seats to a cascade of booes. The home run broke a 2-2 tie and proved the game winner for the Yankees.

A-Rod is supposed to get a $6 million bonus from the Yankees, but the club doesn't want to pay it and this will likely result in the MLBPA filing a grievance on his behalf. It will get quite nasty.

Although A-Rod remains a reviled figure, he is helping the Yankees. He already has six home runs this season. If not for A-Rod would the Yankees be in first place in the AL East? As long as he hits, Yankee fans will side with A-Rod against the club.

Alex Rodriguez might have 660 home runs, but he will never be in the class of Willie Mays. 

Freddie Gray’s Death Ruled a Homicide, States Attorney Files Charges

By on 5.1.15 | 11:55AM

All six officers involved in Freddie Gray's arrest and, ultimately, his death, which set off a week of unrest in Balitmore, will be charged with some form of involvement in a homicide, according to Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Although there are conflicting accounts of how Mr. Gray's injuries were sustained, the Baltimore medical examiner was clear that the "severe and critical" neck injury that led to Gray's death was the result of officers failing to follow protocol. Six officers have been charged with counts ranging from misuse of office to second degree murder. 

City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says Freddie Gray received his critical injuries in Baltimore police custody and has charged all six officers involved in his death.

The state medical examiner’s office turned over Gray’s autopsy on Friday morning, a day after the police turned over their investigation into Gray’s death.

MLB Notes for April: How About Those Houston Astros?

By on 5.1.15 | 11:47AM

It's hard to believe the first month of the season is already over. Here are my observations of each AL and NL division.

AL East

This is anybody's division. New York Yankees (13-9) hold a one game lead over the Boston Red Sox & Tampa Bay Rays (both 12-10). The defending AL East champion Baltimore Orioles are at .500 (10-10) while the last place Toronto Blue Jays (10-12) are only 2½ games out. The Yankees and Rays are doing surprisingly well although I wonder about the Yankees given that Masahiro Tanaka is hurt again while C.C. Sabathia is 0-4 with a 5.96 ERA.

AL Central

Ben E. King, R.I.P.

By on 5.1.15 | 10:33AM

Legendary soul singer and songwriter Ben E. King has passed away yesterday. King was 76. No cause of death has been given, but the news was confirmed by King's old friend and fellow performer Gary U.S. Bonds.

King began his musical career with The Drifters. He would sing lead on classic hits such as "There Goes My Baby", "This Magic Moment" and "Save The Last Dance For Me".

King would leave The Drifters in 1960 and score two big hits the following year with "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me" which he co-wrote with Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller.

"Stand By Me" would become a rock 'n roll standard and has been recorded by the likes of John Lennon, Gene Clark, Mickey Gilley, Maurice White and Prince Royce.

Did the U.S. Deny a Visa to an Iraqi Nun for Fear She Might Seek Sanctuary?

By on 4.30.15 | 4:25PM

Before I started this piece, I did a quick Google search using the term "ISIS Killing Christians" in order to help demonstrate a point that the Obama Administration, while licking the boots of Iranians and gleefully ignoring the forward march of radical Islamists across Iraq and Syria in order to concentrate on easier topics, has turned a blind eye to the murder of hundreds, if not thousands, of Christians in ISIS-controlled areas. 

My search, which focused on news stories, turned up over 2.2 million results.

Kid Cuts Off Barack Obama, Says He’s Heard Enough

By on 4.30.15 | 3:33PM

This afternoon, President Obama participated in a Discovery Education "virtual field trip," where he discussed current events with middle school students in person and via livestream from a middle school in Washington, D.C. 

He found out the hard way that, while the media may tolerate his long-winded answers that say quite a bit while also saying basically nothing, ten to 12 year olds are not as forgiving. The panel's middle school moderator, Osman Yahya, an adorable, bespectacled kid whose achievements earned him the right to question the President, was a more professional political moderator than almost anyone who's hosted the President in the past. 

Behold, the deft with which young Osman tells the President, as politely as possible, to please wrap it up after the Commander in Chief had rambled on for several minutes about his approach to writer's block, something a man with a team of speechwriters wouldn't be very familiar with.

George Soros, Wealth Redistribution Advocate, Owes a Lot in Back Taxes

By on 4.30.15 | 1:41PM

George Soros is widely understood to be the mastermind behind a global effort to institute a very significant wealth redistribution scheme. He loves to say that the rich should be poorer, the poor should be richer and that a high rate of taxation should be responsible for bridging the divide. In pursuit of making this agenda real, George Soros has poured millions, if not billions, in the coffers of soak-the-rich progressive politicians across the globe, but mostly in the United States, where his influence is felt across the Democratic party. He is the crowned king and leader of the great unwashed - those merry but dedicated few who still think Che Guevara is a hero to millions, that Communism would succeed if they only just tried it one more time, and that grilled cheese sandwiches are best made on a carbourator idling outside of a Grateful Dead cover band concert.

Jeb Bush Seems to Be Courting Rapper Pitbull for His Campaign

By on 4.30.15 | 1:11PM

We all know that Marco Rubio has an iPod (do they make iPods anymore? Is that still a thing? I haven't seen one since, like, 2006), full of the latest from our nation's brightest and best hip hop stars, and has distinct, if detailed opinions on all of the major issues facing today's rappers and rap fans. He prefers West Coast rap to East Coast rap, does not believe that Lil' Wayne has the right to call himself the new Tupac (who he believes was more insightful than his rap rival Biggie Smalls), and, while he doesn't dislike Pitbull, believes that his music is less message and more booty

Which probably explains why, in the great race to court Pitbull as a campaign asset - his ability to generate enthusiasm in the Hispanic community is, apparently, unparalleled - the clear leader in the game is not Marco Rubio, but Jeb Bush.

At Around $700, Michelle Obama’s State Dinner Gown is Her Most Egalitarian

By on 4.30.15 | 12:54PM

Last night, as Baltimore's riots finally wound down to a bonfire, the White House again celebrated a major, five-star event destined to showcase the Obama Administration's deep connection to the poor people of this fair land. Last night's fete was in honor of the Japanese Prime Minister who was in town on an official state visit.

While Michelle Obama is known, generally, for her lavish design choices — remember, for a moment, that $2000 sundress that looked like it had been purchased at Target — last night, possibly in response to criticism of the White House and DC media's out-of-touch Correspondents' Dinner performance, the First Lady instead chose a modest gown by Japanese-American designer Tadashi Shoji that would likely retail for around $700, much less than the average monthly rent in most urban areas.

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