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Psst. It’s a dark conspiracy

Don’t Americans love a conspiracy! Whether it’s Area 51, the Bermuda Triangle or a presidential election, Americans will dump in a New York second an explanation that appeals to common sense and adopt one that assumes deep, dark, hidden powers are behind every unusual event.

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September Song

Right. It’s September, and that means two things. One, it’s the month of my wedding anniversary, and this one is a biggie — 50 of them have now gone by. More exciting to most people will be the change of seasons. No, I don’t mean the one given to us by Mother Nature with the glorious foliage and the turned up thermostat. No, I mean the important one — the change over from baseball to football.

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Car Wreck

I coached football for a bunch of years, and I still maintain that for youngsters, there is no better sport to learn from. Football teaches boys to be aware, to analyze their environment and to respond quickly and properly — important lessons for teen aged boys.
For men? Not so much. Howie Long, the long-time defensive lineman, said, “Playing in the NFL is like being in a car crash every week.” Ouch!

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Stimulating simulations

A common philosophical argument states that we may already be living in a computer simulation constructed by some advanced race of aliens who have programmed us to see how we handle life’s difficulties while living in this unevolved, primitive state.

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In the heat of the month

Though it will have to go some to beat the July heat, August is the time when baseball games feel like they are being played in a sauna, and the season, which to me started the day before yesterday, is beginning to take its final shape.
Boston has endured a very long losing streak and would seem to be done. Why? The same reason that bedevils all losing teams — pitching. The Sox score plenty of runs, but the guys on the mound, especially the starters, have let them down with a consistency that bespeaks a World Series hangover of biblical proportions.

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Trade War of another sort

As of this moment, the Major League trade deadline has come and gone. Thank heavens! Though much thought about, talked about, and anticipated, it is not a high point of my bleacher view of the season. If anything, quite the reverse.

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Shortstop logic

Here is a logical construction that they don’t teach in Philosophy 101: All right handed power hitters hate shortstops.
I was a right handed power hitter.
I hate shortstops.
With a vengeance.
You see, back in the day, power hitters were supposed to pull the ball all the time; it’s where you got your power. Doubles were acceptable; home runs were expected. So, we power guys would hit up on the ball a la Ted Williams and look to the fences.

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No relief in sight

From what I can gather, we have been spending about $3.5 billion dollars a year on over the counter heartburn relief. I think that tab is going to be considerably higher this year, given how little relief baseball bullpens have been giving embattled managers in the late innings of games, disasters that turn hair gray and stomachs sour.

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Money ball redefined

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Temper tantrums on the field

Recently the Yankee’s Brett Gardner took out his frustrations on his batting helmet, a blameworthy accessory indeed, and threw it against the dugout wall. The helmet, showing why it was untrustworthy, rebounded off the wall and hit Gardner smack in the face, causing the need of several stitches. Not the sort of behavior one often sees in a piece of safety equipment.
Nobody said a thing to Gardner, presumably having the desire to continue living, but I’m sure there was some laughter later, in that we have all seen this sort of thing before.

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