George Carlin

Baseball is played in a field. A field named after a bank. Citi Field. How quaint.

Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.

Baseball ends in September when you blow a seven game lead. Oops. We lost again!

Football begins in September and the season continues until the very last day when the New York Giants are named champions.

In baseball we ignore the New York Giants and pretend they never existed.

And in the words of George, the closer:

In football, the object is for the quarterback, otherwise known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his recievers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use the shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line.
In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! “I hope I’ll be safe at home!”

Rest in peace George, you shall be missed.

Yogi 1965

So I was trying to figure out why Yogi Berra played with the Mets for a month in 1965. Why sign in late April and play 4 games. Then he was cut. Whose choice?

So I’m looking up Yogi in Google News and I stumble across this:

Mets Say Berra’s Job Is Safe–Unless Fans Say Otherwise; Mets Say Public Opinion Can Decide Berra’s Fate


July 6, 1973, Friday

The mauled Mets return to New York today after a week of nightmares and will face Henry Aaron, the Atlanta Braves and new questions about Yogi Berra’s job which the management in sisted yesterday was safe for the time being

I guess things don’t really change.

Go Spain!

(My) Spain knocked off Italy today. On to take on Russia on Thursday. I know nothing about it, but it’s fun to watch at work, and I guess we’re all supposed to be fans of Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas (that’s him on the left). Hey why not.

Good job Iker!

Suddenly 3.5

And after all that, only 3.5 back.

Nice win today. 3-2 under Jerry, so still a “.500” team but looking spunkier as gangstas.

Not much to say, the only topic still seems to be Willie and there’s nothing left to say about that.

Will be nice to have 7pm starts for a change, and Jerry will be the more tenured manager tomorrow night.

Wilpon’s Dodgers Get Own Stadium (in 1962)

Variety republished an account of the first game at Dodger Stadium. Followers of the Mets Police know that Fred Wilpon thinks that he owns the Brooklyn Dodgers and totally ignores a certain other franchise that won 10 pennants before moving to San Francisco, and also had a familiar looking NY logo.

The Bums put on their top hat, white tie and tails yesterday and said farewell to Flatbush forever. There was a little bit of Brooklyn left though in the way they dropped the opener to the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 at the luscious looking, $18 mil Chavez Ravine stadium.