The Spectacle Blog

Adrian Beltre Hits For 3rd Career Cycle; Could Be a Hall of Famer

By on 8.3.15 | 11:50PM

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle tonight for the third time in his big league career. Beltre went 4 for 5 in the Rangers 12-9 victory over the Houston Astros. 

For the uninitiated, a cycle occurs when a player hits a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game. Beltre's cycle is the third of the 2015 season. Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox did it in June while Beltre's teammate Shin-Soo Choo did it last month.

Beltre previously hit for the cycle with the Rangers in 2008 and in 2012. He becomes the first player to hit for three career cycles since Babe Herman did it with the Cincinnati Reds in 1933. The only other player to do it since 1900 was Bob Meusel who hit his third and final cycle with the New York Yankees in 1928. 

Caitlyn Jenner Under Fire for Being “Too Conservative” on Her Show

By on 8.3.15 | 6:38PM

There's a lesson in here about acceptance, somewhere, and its not the kind you're supposed to internalize while watching I am Cait, the reality show chronicling Bruce-now-Caitlyn Jenner's transgender journey.

Although she was, at one time (apparently), hailed as a pioneering force for trans-acceptance, and is, arguably, the first well-known figure to undergo a public transformation, Caitlyn Jenner, who has expressed very conservative views in the past, didn't change her perspective on politics when she underwent gender reassignment. And, since she remained a Republican through the process, she's now finding herself on the wrong end of the outrage spectrum. It turns out that the left will support you for any choice you make - even as you experience a "fluid" gender - unless that choice happens to be voting out of lockstep.

She has become a national icon of gender politics.

How Markets Benefit Honeybees and Mankind

By on 8.3.15 | 5:01PM

After more than a decade of panicked reports about honeybees disappearing and potentially going extinct because of a phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder,”The Washington Post reported last week that the number of hives in the United States has reached a 20 year high. At the same time, I was making presentation at a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, explaining that globally, there are more beehives today than there were in 1961, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Amy Schumer Teams Up With Chuck Schumer For Gun Control

By on 8.3.15 | 3:38PM

Actress and comedian Amy Schumer has teamed up with Sen. Chuck Schumer (yes, there is a — distant — relation) to push for stricter gun laws.

The initiatives come after a movie theatre shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana left three people dead and nine wounded when a gunman, later identified as John Russell Houser, openfired at a showing of Schumer’s movie, Trainwreck.

According to a report by Entertainment Weekly Sara Clements, whose mother survived the Sandy Hook shooting, wrote an open letter to Shumer in response to the shooting:

There’s a Government Form For Your Moon Expenses

By on 8.3.15 | 2:44PM

As far as government paperwork goes, this might just be the best government paperwork ever filed. 

According to the Federal government, employees embarking on government-sponsored missions for which there are billable expenses must fill out expense reports and submit them, including if their government-sponsored mission was to the moon. Yesterday, former NASA astronaut and noted moon mission-er Buzz Aldrin shared the paperwork he filed with NASA in order to get $33.31 worth of fuel expenses back - expenses he accrued driving from Houston to Cape Kennedy, where he boarded the Apollo spacecraft.

The paper, which is beyond cool and more than a little surreal, lists the the mission as a "round trip" for Col. Edwin A. "Buzz" Aldrin, going from Houston to Cape Kennedy to the moon to Cape Kennedy and back to Houston. 

Hillary Clinton, Champion of the Little People, Made $20M Per Year

By on 8.3.15 | 1:35PM

While everyone was distracted with her emails (nothing very exciting dropped this time around, sorry), Hillary Clinton also released her tax returns. 

Thanks, in part, to a breakneck routine of speeches, earning her around $50M, the self-described "Champion of the Poor" earned a whopping $139 million between 2007 and 2014, or around $20 million per year. That certainly puts her well within the 1% - ahead, even, of other champions of the poor like Elizabeth Warren (D-$8.5M Net Worth) - and well out of reach of most Americans who, shockingly, cannot subsist on giving speeches to large groups of people who have paid exhorbitant sums of money to listen to them while they aimlessly chew on rubber chicken. 

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, earned more than $139 million between 2007 and 2014, according to eight years of federal income tax returns released by her campaign on Friday.

Thoughts on Larry Lucchino Stepping Down as President of the Boston Red Sox

By on 8.3.15 | 1:16PM

Over the weekend, word got out that Larry Lucchino would be stepping down as President & CEO of the Boston Red Sox at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Lucchino, who turns 70 next month, had been in that role since the team was bought by John Henry and Tom Werner in 2002. Lucchino had previously served under Werner when he owned the San Diego Padres and also had a similar role with the Baltimore Orioles. Lucchino’s most enduring legacy is his overseeing the renovation of Fenway Park. He was as instrumental in that as he had been in pushing the philosophy behind design of Camden Yards in Baltimore.

During his tenure, the Red Sox won three World Series. However, they are on their way to their third last place finish in the AL East in four years. Their 47-59 mark is tied with the Oakland A’s for the worst record in the American League. Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy is expected to succeed Lucchino although Michael Gordon, President of the Fenway Sports Group might have something to say about all that.

Shameless Joe Biden

By on 8.1.15 | 6:43PM

There’s a story out there that, before dying, Beau Biden whispered to his father “Dad, you have to run for president to make sure Hillary doesn’t get it!” It’s terrible to see your son die, but for a shameless politician the pain is greatly lessened when your son tells you to win one for the Gipper and you can score political points off his death. Heck, if Uncle Crazy actually ran and won, maybe it would all seem worthwhile.