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3 hours ago  ::  Feb 09, 2016 - 12:20PM #12671
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Dec 2, 2015 -- 12:42PM, bomberhojoe wrote:

Nov 25, 2015 -- 9:51AM, 115by7and9in61 wrote:

On January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever world championship game of American football. this would more commonly referred to as Super Bowl you all realize that I've been around for all XLIX Super Bowl games...and I have watched ever one...should I feel old?...time certainly has flown...Super Bowl elle will be here before you know it I have been told that they are going to stop using Roman numerals for Super Bowl L, uhhh 50 What!?!...I certainly hope you are incorrect...that would be wrong...really, really has to be Super Bowl L nothing at L well, bhjoe you were right...they caved...gave into the marketing gurus...L is not comfortable, classy, sexy(oh, pleeease!)...I'm disgusted...but mark my words these same marketing experts will think nothing of going back to "Super Bowl LI" next year, because it can't look any worse or any more meaningless than 51...
Born January 15
1432 - Afonso V "the African", king of Portugal – a Portugese African??!!??! golly, the world was quite a melting pot back then...speaking of which do you fondue?  not for years, but as you know, I love melted cheese I think the imple, classic cheese fondue should make a comeback...let's hav one on every Christmas Eve celebration table; and for sure at every Super Bowl l gathering sounds gouda to me have you ever been to a Melting Pot?
1622 - Molière, French playwright – legend, who I am not familiar with thought this guy created a rich brown butter type sauce for...oh  French Toast or sole or something I have no idea what you are talking about, but I am hungry nonetheless as per usual, I got a bit mixed up with Mournaise Suace...not Moliere see after some careful, tedious research I have determined there is no such thing as Moliere Suace or Sauce, for that, it is the Mournaise Sauce I was accidentally, on purpose referring would love it! could actually dump it in your fondue pot and serve it with chunks of...ah, chunks of just about anything...enjoy! I am certain I would enjoy it there is no doubt...I have decided to suggest we serve it with chunks of crusty bread and what else?!?...chunks of more cheese, great idea?
1754 - Richard Martin, Irish animal rights activist – how many kinds of Irish animals are there?? Admittedly, I am drawing a bit of a blank here...all I seem to be thinking of is the great hockey player, Richard Martin, for the Buffalo Sabres ...say, are lemmings Irish?...they sound Irish OK, then they are Irish ... what about McNuggets? oh laddie...need ya ask...absolutely Irish! Irish as Irish as Irish as Michael Flatley's green leather breeches! now this was an image none of us needed to conjure so sorry but let's just refresh everyone's memory, shall we

1841 - Lord Frederick Stanley, presenter of hockey's Stanley Cup oldest sport trophy competed for in North America I thought the oldest sport trophy was Madonna?  I am so sorry, that was extremely mean it wasn't really that mean...just a bit goofy...which is certianly permissible thanks for your support anytime...for you anything
1927 - Norm Crosby, Boston MA, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians) – king of the malapropism my nugget for the day did not know this term I made it up, maybe?  no, no it's a real word...don't look it up and for sure don't read about will never be able to type or write right,...err, correctly ever again in your entire life...and for goodness gracious sake don't look up spoonerism either no need to look up spoonerisms you have explained them to all of us perfectly so glad I could be of help...if for any reason any of you should have further questions or concerns don't hesitate to simply leave Clipper or bhjoe a message on this site...and for goodness sake, please don't bother Mo, she is far too busy with other matters
1941 - Captain Beefheart, [Don Van Vliet], rocker (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast) I am to understand he is presently on tour with Meatloaf...forgive me, I couldn't help it HAHAHA, no apologies, this was fantasmagorical hmmm? feeling OK? been watching too much Disney with the girls again? is there such a thing as too much Disney? no, of course not...but what in the world was that "Jungle Book" commercial all about during the Super Bowl???...Super Bowl 50?...whew?!?  
1949 - Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player please be aware, he is no relation to Luis Aparicio...did I just do a Dogberry?...sort of? whats a dogberry?  you are such a renaissance man   oh, p''s soo decent of you to take the time to notice...HAH!
1974 - Ray King, American baseball player – good day for Kings sounds like this should be one those memorable Clint Eastwood remarks go ahead make my day for kings not time ty to create a little drier, raspier will do, Mr Gorshen hahaha...excellent!
1981 - Howie Day, American singer – Howie Day is here again, the skies above are clear again ….Mrs. B what are you feeding your husband?...cheez! and not enough of it at that!!! hahaha...there's always room for cheese! ALWAYS!! say, how does this sound for something new and innovative for next year's Super Bowl LI at home parties: a tomato and bacon flavored jello mold, in the shape of a football with chunks of assorted cheese in it?...whadayah think? 

"...let it be known that as of this date in Major League Baseball history the one, truly honest single season home run record...61 in '61..."
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3 hours ago  ::  Feb 09, 2016 - 12:51PM #12672
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Dec 7, 2015 -- 10:46AM, bomberhojoe wrote:

Jun 26, 2015 -- 2:20PM, 115by7and9in61 wrote:


On September 7, 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam.  The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812. I know where Troy, NY is...nice area of central New York State wasn't there a girl named Helen from Troy NY?? ah yes, that Helen...well I think that Helen is Greek...not of New York...however, do not be confused for there is a Greece, you doing?...are you with me? right beside my dear friend I just knew you would be, stay close, don't wander for I fear things will be getting a little trickier 
Born September 7
786 - Emperor Saga, 52nd Emperor of Japan – everything was a big deal to this guy sounds like a fella after our own heart...I think Japan has as many Emperors as the Vatican has Popes...maybe more we may have to do some research on them both, and Fuchs, and Osmonds, and Lamas what's this "we" business?...forget it, I'm not that interested and it would be overwhelming WELL FINE THEN!! I will do my own research and then keep it to myself .... btw, I am done with research you are so doggedly diligent and persevering...what an exhaustive study it must have been...and no, I'm still not interested...say, how about you do some research on bacon flavored that would be interesting, don't you think?
1707 - George-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon, writer on natural history – are they calling him a buffoon?? yes, I'm quite certain they are (who is this "they?") ya' know, callin him a buffoon is probably considered bullying...gosh, how confusing...buffoons and bulls and ...and bears, oh my! you are so wise if you say so...hahaha...ya' know it takes one to know one, professor if you say so, Skipper NOW STOP THAT!!!...Slick
1851 - Edward Ashael Birge, American pioneer in limnology – first limnologist? yes indeed first one for sure...Ed studied limns, or possibly limes?...actually, I think he studied ponds, and rivers, and streams, and you say creek or crick? I try to say neither, I say stream ... or is it strem? say, bhjoe, did you take Latin in school?>strem>(what's next?...) strum...looks like we are conjugating Latin verbs...btw, I say creek...aaah, uhmmm...wait a minute...I might say crick...oh, I don't know...I guess it all depends...hey!'s Friday afternoon, I can't be thinking about such difficult things then move right along onto thinking about bacon oh my goodness yes indeedy-do...and maybe we can sneek a quick thought or two about cheese...and cheese and while we're at it...cheese
1923 - Peter Lawford, London England, actor (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man) – member of Rat Pack a very handsome man, was he married to a Kennedy? yes he was. I believe it was Ted here it is ladies and's Friday afternoon and naturally, I expected it sooner or later...the staff wisely has 911 on speed dial...must do a quick pants check before they come to take me away...thanks bhjoe, this was marvelous!...noting like an early out on a Friday afternoon you are more than welcome ..... what is more than welcome? welcomer...I think is comes from Latin
1936 - Buddy Holly, Lubbock TX, singer (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day) terrific I played him in a 9th grade production. Lip synched "That'll Be the Day" could you post the video on you tube I wish I had a copy to do just that maybe your Mom has it VHS?...please, please see if you can obtain a copy...maybe in the school archives...I'll bet Clipper would be thrilled to give you a hand hunting this down

"...let it be known that as of this date in Major League Baseball history the one, truly honest single season home run record...61 in '61..."
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2 hours ago  ::  Feb 09, 2016 - 1:04PM #12673
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Dec 10, 2015 -- 7:13AM, FW57Clipper51 wrote:

Dec 8, 2015 -- 3:50PM, 115by7and9in61 wrote:

Jun 30, 2015 -- 2:02PM, bomberhojoe wrote:

Apr 2, 2015 -- 10:42AM, 115by7and9in61 wrote:

Born February 1
1261 - Walter de Stapledon, English bishop – Edith Bunker’s brother? perhaps...if not then maybe Maureen's brother HAHA, you silly fellow
1937 - Don Everly, Brownie Ky, vocalist (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie) – “bye bye love” thank you for was great...I think they may still be performing..ya' know maybe not,hmm?... I think Phil has left us...Clipper would know CLIPPERRRRRR! be patient due due time  Don is still alive, we lost his brother Phil on January 4, 2014. They had stopped performing before his death, They did break up  during the 1970 's, then they had a reunion in 1984. thank you so mch for the update, Clip...can't think of a finer male duo...they will live on forever
1937 - Dr Hook, [Ray Sawyer], Ala, vocalist (Dr Hook-When You're in Love) this is the Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show...or am I getting confused with the Muppet character Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem no, I think you are right on it here  ah yes, now I have it all figured out...this is worth listening to again (because watching it is kinda scary)
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1937 - Garrett Morris, New Orleans La, actor (SNL, Martin, Carwash) very,very funny fellow...can you imagne him doing that skit nowadays?...oh my yes, our world has gone overboard with the PC garbage indeed...but then again there is Jerry Falwell, Jr.'s address at Liberty College (12/7/2015)...your thoughts?

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1952 - Rick James, [James Johnson], rock/soul/funk vocalist (Super Freak) – super freaky yes indeed was sort of a long distance neighbor at one time ??????? you really got me with this one?? hmmm?...I'm thinking I've answered this before...Yogi has described this feeling...he had a residence in the Orchard Park/East Aurora area which neighboring villages of Hamburg...he had a complete, full blown recording studio in te house...I thin it actually sits vacant now...a beautiful place
1954 - Billy Mumy, California, actor (Will Robinson-Lost in Space, Dear Brigitte) – “Danger Will Robinson!” well done! must have really watched faithfully not really, i watched but not all that much He was in the cast of the sci-fi TV show "Babylon 5" during the 1990's.did not watch this sci-fi series...but knew of it
1968 - Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson, Memphis Tenn, daughter of Elvis – thank you, thank you very much say, why does she have so many names...actually Lisa Marie would pretty much identify her OK, Lisa Marie it is ya' know, let me tell you something, I think it's just wonderful you are so easy to get along if the people of the world could only learn to behav...oh nevermind...I'm certain you know where I'm headed with this...
1994 - Harry Styles, Holmes Chapel Cheshire, British pop singer (One Direction) I really like a few of thi group's songs...I think I may have posted one...I think one of them is leaving the group to go solo...happens often, usually not too successfully as usually you are right not so fat buddy...time will tell


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Clipper, bhjoe,

My replies are in bold orange.


"...let it be known that as of this date in Major League Baseball history the one, truly honest single season home run record...61 in '61..."
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1 hour ago  ::  Feb 09, 2016 - 2:12PM #12674
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Dec 10, 2015 -- 11:21AM, bomberhojoe wrote:

Jun 26, 2015 -- 3:32PM, 115by7and9in61 wrote:


On September 8, 1974 in a controversial executive action, President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office. Ford later defended this action before the House Judiciary Committee, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.  Seems almost tame compared to what some politicians have done since.I totally agree...amazing how life just keeps rolling along and "the sins of the father" seem so insignificant compared to "the atrocities of the son" how very profound. You are a regular Buck Rogers. how gracious of you...why, thank you...I think? I don't think, I treid it once it didn't work out I undertand glad you did not give up hope...there ar so many other meaningless activities besides thinking...try them all expand your horizons
Born September 8
1157 - Richard I, [Richard the Lion Hearted], King of England (1189-99) – friend of Robin Hood yes, he is the very one..nice guy, most of the Richard Kings were not I never met any of them, so I will take your word for it  how graious of you...why thank yo...I think I don't think, I treid it once it didn't work out you of all people! should be ashamed of yourself...what a lethargic, complacent dead beat approach to life...can I interest you in a Ninja Juicer?
1515 - Alfonso Salmeron, Spanish Jesuit biblical scholar – mmm smoked on a bagel. oh my yes, nothing like a leisurely late Sunday breakfast of a few slivers of smoked Alfonso on a toasted everything bagel with a smear of cream cheese and a sprinkling of fresh you say "ch"ives or "sh"ives? I say scallions hmmm...I say green onions, and I grow my own in our litle kitchen garden you are a regular Oliver Douglas...aah, I'm positive I don'y know Oliver Douglas...and don't try to convince me I he a nice guy?
1821 - Henry Baxter, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers) wasn't he a TV sitcom character? he may have been ..... "Mary Tyler Moore"?? I don't know...but it certainly sounds like a great TV sitcom character's name..maybe Clipper wuld know...maybe I'm getting Henry Baxter confused with Henry Aldrich...hahaha,hohoho what was the dad's name on "Hazel" aah, Dad?...Father?...Pa?...say, was this meant to be a trick question?...because if so, this was not your best...famous Mothers fo $800, Alex
1888 - Louis Zimmer, Flemish clock maker (Jubelklok/Wonder Clock) – Don’s dad?? I'm certain of it...had a little more hair than don, though...didn't know Don was Flemish...thank goodness he hid it well it was probably the combat helmet that his it so well yes indeed, wonder what else he may have kept inside that thing...there was plenty of room...maybe a Snickers or two? I am sure Zim enjoyed a snicker or 2 speaking of Snickers and Super Bowl about Willem Dafoe/Marily Monroe...very, very close to a pants check
1915 - Frank Cady, actor (Mr Drucker-Green Acres) – great TV character oh,we are really taking a walk down memory lane right down the street from Dimentia Drive don't write things like are scaring me I am sorry, my friend no apologies necessary my friend...was a great show for the life of me I can't remember who played Arnold?
1922 - Sid Caesar, Yonkers NY, comedian (Your Show of Shows) – very funny fella I couldn't get any you suppose it wore away over time?...I mean it has just been sitting here for over a year either that or the players are now hoarse you know so much more than I do about such matters; so I am going to vote for your response...aah, what was it we were discussing...something about Great Caesar's Ghost? GHOST!!! please stop with this kind of foolishness, you are scaring me again
1945 - Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, California, rocker (Grateful Dead, Grass Roots) never got too involved with this group... me neither didn't really get the attraction...and what do all the different colored gummie bears on the back of people's cars mean? I have no idea what you are talking about please check the next I have still not been able to accomplish posting still images within such on going passages...unable incapable...I need a tutorial...mentoring...come to my office...hold my hand...will it be expenive...whatever it takes!!!
1979 - Pink [Alecia Beth Moore], Doylestown, PA, singer (Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill) – talented lady agreed...she is definitely on the tracks but I sometimes think she breaks the speed limits...did a wonderful job portraying Bette Midler in "Seinfeld, the Broadway Experience" agreed  agreed bhjoe? this you being cute; or has Mo gaced us with a response...she has recently selected "hot pink' as her signature Clipper's "bold blue"  my apologies, I have corrected my "Cuteness" goodness gracious...will we still even recognize you?

"...let it be known that as of this date in Major League Baseball history the one, truly honest single season home run record...61 in '61..."
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1 hour ago  ::  Feb 09, 2016 - 2:16PM #12675
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the Grateful Dead "gummie bears?":

Grateful Dead - 5 Dancing Bears - Sticker / Decal

bhjoe, I'm certain you have seen these characters on the back of a number of vehicles...sometimes even on the back of Cadillacs...I feel a song coming on...

"...let it be known that as of this date in Major League Baseball history the one, truly honest single season home run record...61 in '61..."
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49 minutes ago  ::  Feb 09, 2016 - 2:44PM #12676
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Yanks’ prospects ready to break into big leagues (but can they stay there?)

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Two things I remember about Chase Wright, even though after this many years, I’m not 100 percent certain either one is true:

1. He’s one of the very few pitchers I’ve ever met who didn’t throw a four-seam fastball. Not ever. Didn’t even have one just to show occasionally for a strike. He was all two-seamers all the time. At least, I think that was him. I once had to write a feature about the different grips of different pitches, and I remember Wright telling me that he literally didn’t have a four-seam grip because he never, ever threw one.

2. He never backed away from that four-homer game. Fans would ask him sign autographs on a picture that showed him on the mound that day, and he’d sign without a problem. I believe he actually switched his minor league number to No. 4 at one point (the Yankees used to let minor league players wear retired numbers), but again, that’s just a memory and I couldn’t find any evidence of the jersey online.

None of it matters much at this point. In the end, Chase Wright is the guy who gave up four straight homers. That’s his claim to fame. It’s the reason Matt could write about him in this morning’s Pinch Hitter post. Wright isn’t just some random former prospect, he’s that former prospect.

Of all the guys with exactly 10 big league innings, Wright’s more memorable than most.

And of all the guys who have ever entered professional baseball, he was more successful than most.

Wright stands out as a cautionary tale of just how difficult it is to have a lasting career in Major League Baseball. Fans want every decent prospect to be Derek Jeter or at least Brett Gardner, but most fall well short of that standard. That reality can’t be ignored when a team like the Yankees is clearly trying to transition toward a younger roster that leans on in-house options more heavily than free agent signings (which helps explain additions like Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks).

When I read Matt’s post about Wright, I immediately thought of five prospect disappointments who carry vague similarities to some of the Yankees’ current on-the-verge prospects:

David Adams• David Adams was a third-round pick out of the University of Virginia, a bat-first second baseman with strong contact skills and an advanced approach at the plate. Adams fell flat when finally given a big league role, but his 2013 Triple-A slash line — and his scouting report — were fairly similar to that of fellow high-round college draft pick Rob Refsnyder.

• Jesus Montero was a highly touted international free agent with a huge bat, a strong arm and questionable catching skills. He raked all through the minors, made a big league splash in September, and basically disappeared after that. It’s the often-discussed path Gary Sanchez is trying to avoid.

• J.B. Cox was a terrific college closer at the University of Texas, the Yankees took him with the 63rd overall draft pick, and he became a top 10 organizational prospect after a strong Double-A season at just 22 years old. Then he hurt his elbow and was never the same. There are similarities with 55th overall pick Jacob Lindgren.

• Eric Duncan was the 27th overall pick in 2003, and he crushed lower-level pitchers to become a top 50 overall prospect with rave reviews for his potential as a power hitter. But Triple-A pitchers exposed his shortcomings and he never reached the big leagues. As at 23 year-old in Triple-A, Duncan had a .661 OPS, which isn’t far from the .688 Triple-A OPS posted by 32nd overall pick Aaron Judge as a 23-year-old last year.

• Joba Chamberlain was one of the most highly touted pitchers in the game when he electrified New York beginning with a August 7 call-up in 2007. Almost exactly eight years later, Luis Severinodebuted on August 5 with similar hype. Did Chamberlain ultimately fade because of injury, misuse or simply because pitching prospects often fall well short of expectation?

Some of those comparisons are weaker than others — Lindgren throws a lot harder than Cox; Judge was an advanced college hitter while Duncan was drafted out of high school; Chamberlain had a series of injuries and a fairly unusual set circumstances that impacted his performance – but the point is fairly obvious: you just don’t know how things are going to play out. We hear often about Judge’s unlikely potential to be Giancarlo Stanton, but we hear very little about the fact he could be another bust, or that he could be a relatively successful prospect who becomes little more than a role player.

Wright was not a huge prospect at the time of his sudden call-up, and as Matt pointed out this morning, he was rushed because of injuries and a lack of alternative solutions. That said, Wright was a third-round pick whom Baseball America ranked top 20 in the organization heading into that 2007 season. He wasn’t a non-factor, and his big league debut was fairly encouraging, but he disappeared quickly along with so many Yankees prospects of that era.

Now the Yankees turn to a new wave of prospects hoping for something better.

Severino is basically locked into a rotation spot. Refsnyder, Sanchez and Lindgren will compete for jobs this spring. Judge headlines a Triple-A roster that should be deep in the outfield and deep in the bullpen. Infield and rotation help that should be rising from High-A and Double-A this season. Quite often, though, getting these guys to the big leagues means very little.

What’s next is finding out if this improved farm system actually has any staying power.

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37 minutes ago  ::  Feb 09, 2016 - 2:56PM #12677
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Dec 10, 2015 -- 11:27AM, bomberhojoe wrote:

Jun 30, 2015 -- 10:09AM, 115by7and9in61 wrote:


On September 9, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declares the name of the new nation to be the "United States" of America. This replaced the term "United Colonies," which had been in general use. I'm so glad they did this...the USA sounds so much cooler than the UCA it certainly does, the other sounds like a labor onion  oh my, yes indeed, those labor onions are strong...give you onion breath for days and days..Clipper so noted that the other sounded to him like an NCAA athletic conference I prefer Labor Scallions anyday ya' know let me tell you something, hopefully without hurting anyone's feelings...I think there are several people (well, for sure at least two) around here that are in need of having their heads I already do on a very regular I really think you and Clipper should make your own appointments...I can recommend someone if you wish

Born September 9

1890 - Harland Sanders, Henryville IN, Colonel/CEO (Kentucky Fried Chicken) – Started serving customers chicken out of his service station in Corbin KY since when did he start selling tacos also? does he, uh do they, uh can I have fries with that?? have you seen the commercials with the new, fake Colonel Sanders in them awful...doesn't appear to be a very nice fellow...has this nasty, scary snickery, snide laugh...don't like him one bit...makes me nervous...will not buy his stinkin' chicken I am sure your boycott will cause this company to go under doesn't matter to they have more than one fake Colonel.. I have identified at least three different foolish is worse than the next...and what's with this new "Nashville" chicken? time only...trying to drum up some interest and generate some new business...well I'm not falling for these charlatans and their slizzy tactics...nosiree...say, if you could spare a small piece of that Nashville stuff, I would like to try it out...for scientific purposes

1949 - Joe Theismann, NFL QB (Redskins)/sportscaster – really not a fan no one was...honestly HAHAHA, indeed sitting here thinking trying to remember what Clipper said about this entry...I think he said he had a friend who went to high school with him??? I knew a few people who went to school with him and they said he was a J@rk, Drew Pearson (also a South River HS grad) on the other hand was a swell fella. well you know what they say..."it takes a swell fella to know a swell fella"...and Clipper is definitely a very swell fella, don't you think so, too?

1975 - Michael Bublé, Canadian singer and actor - ehhh tries a bit too hard..becomes rather affected good analysis well, I tried really hard, HAHA you scoundrel well, you know what they say about scoundrels..."it takes a scou...nevermind

"...let it be known that as of this date in Major League Baseball history the one, truly honest single season home run record...61 in '61..."
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31 minutes ago  ::  Feb 09, 2016 - 3:02PM #12678
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Dec 11, 2015 -- 1:16PM, FW57Clipper51 wrote:

Dec 11, 2015 -- 12:53PM, 115by7and9in61 wrote:

Jul 1, 2015 -- 2:33PM, bomberhojoe wrote:

Apr 3, 2015 -- 10:13AM, 115by7and9in61 wrote:

On June 8, 1968 James Earl Ray, an escaped American convict, is arrested in London, England, and charged with the assassination of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. I didn't know he escaped to London and then had to be brought back we are always learning stuff yes indeed by golly...we learn all kinds of things in here...and it helps to keep our minds active and healthy...and with all the myriadof viewers this thread has they must certainly agree...say maybe we can ask them for donations the way Wikipedia does...and we will tell them to send it to their favorite charity...wouldn't that be nice?...besides, we don't need it, do we...HAH! I will toss in the first quarter may God bless you my son...Happy Holidays to you and yours...
Born June 8
1318 - Eleonora Plantagenet, daughter of King Eduard II/wife of Reinald II – does this refer to a photogenic fern? this is absurd...just ridiculous what makes you think like's magnificent! I was dropped on my head at an early age ya' kow if your folks did that nowadays they'd be in jail...with six kids, my folks did it regularly...sometimes accidentally accidentally sometimes?? hmmm, well the statute of limitations has certainly expired on them anyway none of us are worse  for wear...we all survived...and of course you know my motto...there's a reason for everything
1806 - Gideon Johnson Pillow, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) Pillow?...what a name for a Geneal wonder what he was stuffed with?  well let's see here...Gideon wa a Reb so I'm going to say he was stuffed with a whole bunch of Stuckey's Praline Logs HAHAHA, splendid.... I hope he doesn't mind sharing hey! me some too
1867 - Frank Lloyd Wright, Richland Center Wisc, master builder (Guggenheim) – legendary architect, almost as great as Art Vandelay hahaha ll done...excellent! it's on the wall! thank you, George you are welcome...hmmm? I thought yu were George...I'm Gracie CO-stanza
1911 - Van Lingle Mungo, SC, pitcher (Dodgers, Giants) – my alltime favorite baseball name honestly...I've never heard of just doesn't sound right...are the names in their proper order?  do you prefer Lingle Mungo Van?? not trying tobe difficult but I sort of like Mungo Van Lingle OK, from henceforth he will be referred to here as Mungo Van Lingle hmmm?...still never heard of him He pitched in the NL from 1931 to 1945 with the Dodgers and Giants , posting a 120-115 record with a 3.47 ERA in 364 games, he never appeared in a  MLB post season game. He  is listed as Van Mungo in the Baseball Encyclopedia 7th Edition. The name sounds like something out of the Flash Gordon film series.   does this clarification really surprise anyone?...I mean isn't it sometimes almost expected that we get such complete, comprehensive information....thank you Clipper and I hope we never take your accomplishments for granted...they are so very much appreciated! 
1925 - Barbara Pierce Bush, Flushing, New York, US 1st lady (1989-93) – George’s lady could you be more specific...which George? HW thank you she was a great lady...didn't wear a lot of sleeveles dresses...  my favorite, in my lifetime were Barbara and Roselyn Carter I have no mind you, there were a few I don't care for but no favorites...hey were all first they are all first
1966 - Julianna Margulies, Spring Valley NY, actress (Carol Hathaway-ER) like saying her name it's o much it with me Julianna Marguuuuuliees...uused to like heron I don't like her on Good Wife she did heroin on ER??? am I reading this correctly?  hahaha, oh my goodness... this... hahaha... really caught me by surprise a thorough pants check will be necessary...ya' know now that I'm thinking of it she may very well have done some heron on ER and probably that's why I don't like her any more...whaddaya think? I am sure you are right on the money here pal; no,no I'm are just simply being annoyingly polite for some unknowm reason


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"...let it be known that as of this date in Major League Baseball history the one, truly honest single season home run record...61 in '61..."
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23 minutes ago  ::  Feb 09, 2016 - 3:10PM #12679
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Pinch hitting: Matt Lettieri

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Today’s Pinch Hitter is Matt Lettieri, an e-book developer living in Philadelphia after being raised just outside Kingston, NY. His favorite player is Brett Gardner, who he first saw play in 2007 for the Trenton Thunder (a fact, he said, that he realized as he was researching this post). Matt wrote that he implores Brian Cashman not to trade Gardy.

For his post, Matt takes a look back on a prospect I hadn’t thought about in years, bringing back a reminder that baseball can take some unexpected twists and turns.

Wright 1In recent years, the Yankees have committed to giving more opportunities to some of their top prospects, especially with regard to the pitching staff. I welcome this change in philosophy. I want players on the team who have a chance to stick around for years to come.

Back in the early- to mid-2000s, such opportunities for young players were rare. Instead of replenishing the team with younger talent, the front office continually filled holes with overpriced free agents and aging veterans (Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson, Kei Igawa … need I say more?). Any time a young guy got a chance to contribute and performed even moderately well, there was an unreasonable optimism.

“Hey, maybe this is the guy we’ve been waiting for; the next Pettitte or Rivera.”

That’s the situation Chase Wright entered in April 2007. Mike Mussina had been placed on the DL, along with Carl Pavano (of course) and Chien-Ming Wang (the only successful arm the system had produced in years), and the Yankees turned to a youngster to fill the void. In his first start, Wright pitched five innings and gave up three runs to earn a win against Cleveland. After the game, Joe Torre said that “there was a lot of quality there” and that he had “a presence about him” — not necessarily glowing praise, but a pretty positive Major League review for a guy who had just reached Double-A for the first time a few weeks earlier after four years languishing in A ball.

The farm was simply so depleted at the time that the organization threw some wishful optimism behind a guy who really hadn’t proved much at all. In most other organizations, he would’ve been much lower on the totem pole of Major-League-ready players.

Wright-ballWright’s second start was the infamous Sunday night game in Boston, when he became a national headline by giving up four consecutive homers. In truth, his final line wasn’t atrocious: four earned runs in three innings. That’s not good by any means, but it’s also not the type of drubbing that puts the team in a completely unwinnable situation (they ended up losing 7-6). The fact that the game was in Boston and televised in primetime on ESPN, and the fact that the Red Sox completed their first sweep of the Yankees in Boston in 17 years, undoubtedly made Wright a bigger headline that he would’ve been otherwise.

Wright was sent back to Double-A Trenton after the game. At the same time, Mussina was scheduled to make a rehab start for Trenton the following Friday in Harrisburg, PA against the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate. I was in college just outside Harrisburg at the time, and some friends and I were excited at the chance to see Moose pitch in a smaller setting like that. Unfortunately for us, there was rain the in the forecast for that night, so Mussina ended up pitching a simulated game earlier in the day. The rain never came, though, so we went to the game anyway.

By about the third inning, we noticed that a group of people had crowded around a particular guy in the seats behind home plate, who we soon realized was Wright. He was sitting there wearing a hoodie, holding a clipboard and a pen, charting pitches for that night’s Trenton starter.

He’d been pitching in Fenway for the Yankees on Sunday, and relegated to pitch-chart duty in Harrisburg on Friday.

Wright 2We made our way down behind home plate to get his autograph. He might’ve been infamous, but infamy is still a form of fame, and we weren’t going to pass up a chance to meet a guy who could still go on to big things (or a chance to say we met the guy who gave up four home runs in a row). He handled the attention with class, even though he seemed understandably uncomfortable. I distinctly remember saying, as he signed my baseball, “Don’t worry, man. You’ll get another chance.” Sage advice from a 20-year-old.

As it turned out, Wright got exactly one more chance in the majors, and as fate would have it, I was at that game as well. It was the last game of the regular season in Baltimore. Wright pitched two innings, gave up one run, and earned the win. I remember feeling excited to see him pitch again after getting his autograph, vindicated that he had indeed gotten another shot as I had predicted, and hopeful that maybe his career would pan out after all.

But it should have been indicative of his future that his shot came in mop-up duty in a meaningless game when the Yankees wanted to save their arms for the postseason.

According to Baseball Reference, Wright last pitched in 2012 for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League. Suffice it to say, his career didn’t turn out the way we hoped. Maybe his confidence was so shot after the Boston game that he could never recover. Maybe the Yankees did him a disservice by trotting him out there when he wasn’t ready for that big of a stage. If they had given him another season to develop before calling him up, would he have flourished? Maybe he simply wasn’t good enough. Maybe the Yankees gave this mostly unheralded prospect the chance of a lifetime on a national stage and he just wasn’t able to capitalize.

I wonder if Wright would say it’s better to be remembered, even for something negative, than not to be remembered at all. I certainly wouldn’t be writing this post if his second start had come in Tampa Bay instead of Boston, or if those four runs were surrendered on five straight doubles instead of four straight homers.

His story makes you realize how fickle minor league prospects can be, and how just the right mix of talent, opportunity, and circumstance are needed for most young players to find their niche. It also makes you all the more excited when your team is finally able to produce a bona fide star pitcher like Dellin Betances or (fingers crossed) Luis Severino.

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