The Spectacle Blog

Red Sox Bid Orsillo Adieu

By on 10.4.15 | 7:02PM

Although most of my attention was focused on the Angels-Rangers game, I did check into the Red Sox-Indians to hear Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy broadcast together for the last time. 

After Mookie Betts grounded out for the final out of the game (the Sox lost 3-1), the Red Sox came out of the dugout en masse to salute Orsillo who replied by putting his hand over his heart. He signed off by saying, "Don Orsillo rounding third and heading home." Meanwhile, RemDawg was too choked up to speak.

I don't understand why the Red Sox saw fit to break up RemDawg and Orsillo. Yes, the ratings were down. That's because the team sucked for most of the year. That's not the announcing team's fault. If anything, they made things bearable. They focused on the game, but gave us some laughs and put some smiles on our faces. What's wrong with that?

Rangers Clinch AL West on Cole Hamels Complete Game; Astros Take 2nd AL Wild Card Spot

By on 10.4.15 | 6:47PM

It took until the last day of the season, but the Texas Rangers finally clinched the AL West with a 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. 

Twenty-four hours ago, the Rangers blew a four run lead in the ninth inning against the Angels. 

During the game I tweeted, "If I'm a Rangers fan, I want Cole Hamels pitching 9 innings. Their bullpen is on fumes."

Cole Hamels pitched a complete game for the Texas Rangers. After giving up a two-run home run to Albert Pujols in the first, Hamels didn't give up a hit after the second inning. 

The Rangers took a lead in the 5th on a two-run home run by Adrian Beltre. After the Angels took out Garrett Richards, the Rangers scored six runs off the Angels bullpen in the 7th. 

You can now make the argument that the Rangers acquiring Cole Hamels is as big as the Blue Jays acquiring Troy Tulowitzki and David Price and the Mets acquiring Yoenis Cespedes. The Rangers won Hamels' last 10 starts going back to August 17th. If not for Hamels, the Rangers don't reach the post-season.

Max Scherzer Becomes First Pitcher to Throw 2 No-Hitters in The Regular Season Since Nolan Ryan

By on 10.3.15 | 9:46PM

When I arrived home from the Bernie Sanders rally (there will hopefully be a column on this Monday) I tuned into the MLB Network to see the Houston Astros-Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Instead, I see Max Scherzer on the mound pitching against the New York Mets with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. It was right then and there I realized that Scherzer was one out away from his second no-hitter of the 2015 season. He got Curtis Granderson to pop out to Yunel Escobar and the Washington Nationals effectively ended their season on a positive note. It doesn't quite make up for missing the post-season, but it is a feel good moment for the team and a triumph for Scherzer. He struck out 17 batters and at one point fanned nine consecutive hitters. 

Roger Waters Blasts Bon Jovi for Performing in Israel

By on 10.3.15 | 12:23AM

You might recall that I wrote about ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters dark side when it comes to Israel and Jews a couple of years ago.

Well, Waters is at it again. This time he is directing his anger towards Jon Bon Jovi who is performing in Israel for the first time tomorrow. Waters wrote an open letter to Bon Jovi in Salon in which he declared that Bon Jovi "stands shoulder to shoulder with the settler who burned the baby."

In that case, Roger Waters stands shoulder to shoulder with the Palestinian who slit the throat of a baby.

Know the Name: Chris Mintz, Hero

By on 10.2.15 | 1:35PM

Yesterday's Oregon shooting is a tale of tragedy and terror, but as with many tales of tragedy and terror, there are aspects of heroism and love. 

The Oregon shooter wanted the media to mention his name, which is the very reason we have not here, nor will we. But there is one name you should know, that has emerged in the media coverage of yesterday's events: Chris Mintz. Chris Mintz is a hero. And Chris Mintz deserves coverage. 

When Chris Mintz heard gunfire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College on Thursday, his thoughts were not of himself.

Instead, he thought first of protecting others. Then he thought of his 6-year-old son, Tyrik.

Nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the College on Thursday. Nine others were injured.

When the shooting broke out, Mintz, 30, an military veteran and a former high school football player in Randleman, North Carolina, tried to save the lives of others.

Nancy Pelosi, Expert Catholic

By on 10.2.15 | 1:07PM

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi held a press conference, where she touted her commitment to "women's health," and her participation in a movement to ensure Federal funding continued for Planned Parenthood.

Although she held the conference open for questions from the media, she clearly did not believe anyone would actually ask any, and was, apparently, quite taken by surprise when a journalist asked her whether a fetus with a beating heart and functioning liver, like the ones referred to in the Center for Medical Progress videos as being perfect to harvest for body parts, was human. Nancy Pelosi responded by, of course, accusing the reporter of having an "ideological agenda," and explaining that she knew more about the subject of abortion because she is a "devout, practicing Catholic."

The reporter sparked the exchange by asking: “Is an unborn baby with a human heart and human liver a human being?”

Student Wounded at Umpqua Community College Tells Father That Gunman Targeted Christians

By on 10.2.15 | 11:22AM

According to this dispatch by CNN, Anastasia Boylan, one of the students wounded at yesterday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, told her father before going into surgery that the gunman was targeting Christians. Boylan told her father that the gunman told the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians. Those who responded yes were told, "Good, because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in about one second."

At this point, it isn't known if the shooter had any religious affiliation nor has there been any indication that he visited jihadist websites. His MySpace page did feature images of the IRA.  It does appear the shooter wrote about the ex-reporter who shot and killed two of his former colleagues on live TV in Virginia in August.

With All Due Respect, Mr. President, Fix Your Own Gun Plan

By on 10.2.15 | 11:14AM

My usual rule is to refrain from discussing policy in the interim following a tragic situation. After all, there's nothing more useless than pontificating in the meantime, while tempers are hot, and no one knows what to do. We all want an easy fix to horrifying situations like the one that played out yesterday in Oregon. We all want to believe there's one, singular solution that will put an end to senseless violence. There isn't.

But yesterday, President Obama used the Oregon shooting to make a political point, openly and unabashedly, before the bodies of the dead had cooled, before knowing the facts of the case, and without, apparently, a modicum of respect for the families and community that is suffering losses today. As a nation sought help, leadership, prayer and support; President Obama did little but throw a temper tantrum on national television, calling for solutions in the form of "gun control," and "action," without specifiying any concrete legislative agenda, or, even, what he believes the country needs to take action on

Yankees Clinch AL Wild Card Spot With 10,000th Win in Franchise History

By on 10.1.15 | 10:34PM

After a two year absence, the New York Yankees made the post-season with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox clinching the first AL Wild Card spot. The win marks their 10,000th in franchise history.

The Yankees could play one of four teams in the AL Wild Card game next Tuesday - Texas Rangers (who currently lead the AL West), Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros or the Minnesota Twins. The Rangers host the Angels for four games (as of this writing the Rangers are beating the Angels 4-2 in the 6th), the Astros are in Phoenix to play the Diamondbacks starting tomorrow while the Twins host the Kansas City Royals. Whoever the play, the Yankees will have home field advantage. Should they prevail they would most likely face the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays as they currently have the best record in MLB. But if Toronto falters this weekend, the Yankees could instead face the Royals. 

While the Yankees did blow an 8 game lead over the Blue Jays to cost them the division, New York is nevertheless in the playoffs and they cannot be counted out.

Kevin McCarthy Makes John Boehner Look Like Ronald Reagan

By on 10.1.15 | 10:10PM

I saw House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempt to "clarify" his comments about how the Benghazi Select Committee affected Hillary Clinton's poll numbers to Brett Baier earlier this evening and I must say he does not inspire confidence. McCarthy makes John Boehner look like Ronald Reagan.

Now I have no sympathy for Harry Reid who characterized McCarthy's comments as a "political witch hunt". Given Reid's attacks on the Senate floor against Mitt Romney and the Koch Brothers, it is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. 

But if Republicans are to offer a credible legislative program and be an effective opposition to the Obama Administration, they are going to have to do better than Kevin McCarthy.