Archive for March 11, 2010

Today’s entry is yet more proof that conservative woman combine brains and beauty, Adrienne Royer of Cosmopolitan Conservative.

As I’ve mentioned one of the great things about CPAC was discovering excellent blogs that I didn’t know before. Her blog is one of them.

Update: I should point out that the reason Glenn Reynolds wasn’t what she expected was because someone was passing himself off as the blogfather. That’s certainly not her fault and the dishonorable fellow who caused her embarrassment in this fashion was unworthy of her company.

Tonight’s game night game is …Eurorails

Posted: March 11, 2010 by datechguy in gaming, hobbies
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Eurorails is a game is based upon the Empire Builder only with a European map and rules for the chunnel and ferries.

Eurorails by Mayfair Games $50 ($37 at Amazon)

We’ve never played it before so we’ll see how it goes, I’ll likely review it this weekend.

I’ve written quite a bit about Katherine Jenerette’s campaign for the SC-1 seat for a guy who lives in north central Massachusetts, but if you want to actually hear what she has to say in her own words in front of the voters who will actually decide if she will represent them, here is your chance…

I must admit I have a soft spot for her, particularity when I see comments like this on articles:

Ironic. If the Cradle-to-Grave-ObamaCare goes down in flames, it won’t be due to powerful Washington players or big money.
It will be the voices of thousands of unborn children and some brave Congressman who stood their ground concerning Federal Funding with Tax Dollars and those unborn children.
Babies and Taxes Dollars and Power. Who would have thought it?

For someone who has been fighting planned parenthood in Fitchburg, words like this are music to my ears.

Nomar rejoins Red Sox: Then retires.

Posted: March 11, 2010 by datechguy in baseball
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I’m a sentimental guy so I absolutely loved this story:

The one time face of the organization announced today that he had signed a one-day minor league deal in order to retire as a member of the Red Sox. Garciaparra could not hide his emotions during a press conference held earlier this morning. At times struggling to get the words out, he expressed genuine happiness in being afforded this opportunity to leave the game of baseball in the same uniform he so dramatically entered in.

ESPN talked a bit about how things don’t always work out the way we expect:

But for a moment in time, Garciaparra was the darling among them. In that fourth season (2000), Garciaparra went 3-for-5 in the first game of a mid-July doubleheader in Baltimore — I was there — to lift his batting average to .403.

.403

Garciaparra went 0-for-5 in the second game that evening, stayed in the .390-.400 range for another few weeks, then batted .346 from Aug. 14 through the end of the season to finish at .372. Still …

.372

What we didn’t know was that Garciaparra had a wrist injury. A serious injury. In 2001, he didn’t play until late July, struggled in 21 games and shut things down for the rest of the season. There was a surgery, and it was “successful” … but Garciaparra would never again be that player, never again a threat to win a batting title or an MVP award.

I knew a guy who was convinced that Robin Ventura would be one of the greatest hitters of all time. Same thing.

But the best story as one might expect came from the best sports section in the country (although the rest of the paper rots), the Boston Globe:

“I teared up when I heard it,’’ K.J. Meline, a 61-year-old from Brentwood, N.H., said as she prepared to tour the park with her family. “I always loved him, and this just feels right.’’

For many, the man remembered yesterday was the “No Mah’’ who had electrified fans at shortstop and pushed .400 at the plate — and not the one criticized as a greedy, petulant ballplayer who let a contract dispute interfere with his play.

It is a nice ending to a story that for a brief period of time shone brightly across the New England Landscape.

Nomar always reminded me of Kirby Puckett a great hitter who swung at too many pitchers, but always managed to get hits anyway, at least until he got hurt.

And if you are superstitious consider…

…the last time Nomar left the Sox …we won the series!

Oh and Dan Shaughnessy dissents.