Friday, October 20, 2017

Baseball's New York City Genetics

A friend and I were discussing the baseball playoffs this morning.  I was lamenting the fact that I may have to root for the Yankees if they make the World Series.  The Dodgers have already claimed one dugout for the Series, and the Yankees lead Houston 3-2 in the AL Series. 

A Yankees-Dodgers WS has plenty of historical connection with their past days in New York City.  The Giants, Dodgers, and Yankees competed for fans, radio waves, and the back page of newspapers from the 1920s through the mid-1950s.  The Yankees were the dominant team, winning plenty of championships.  The Giants had their own small streaks, whereas the Dodgers struggled for winning records. The World Series was solely a New York City event in many an October The Dodgers and Yankees met seven times in the World Series as New Yorkers; the Yankees and the Giants played in six New York World Series.  The west-coast Dodgers beat the Yankees in 1981 in their only contest since. 

The Yankees still need one more win in Houston to advance to the other World Series dugout.  I do not relish the thought of actually rooting for the pinstripes, but my Giants genetic code will not allow me to cheer for the corporate Dodgers from down the California freeway. 

My friend says that he just won't invest much time in a Yankees-Dodger matchup. He shares my feelings about the Dodgers. If he cheered for the Yankees, he would have to revoke his Red Sox Nation membership card.  The NFL will beckon on those nights.  He compared it to the presidential election last year.  He hated Hillary, but couldn't vote for Trump.  So he just didn't vote. 

My brain double-clutched on that statement.  Half the country doesn't vote, and he joined the un-invested masses that left us with this mess. 

But that's a subject for another column. 

Go Astros.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Las Vegas

Gun violence at a music festival in Las Vegas. Over 50 dead, nearly 500 wounded.  A 64-year-old white man fires semi-automatic weapons from a room on the 32d floor of an adjacent casino hotel.  Over 22,000 country music fans, partially penned in by fencing, become a mass target.

The scene resembles much of the violence on television each night, and in movies at every cineplex across the country.  Stories that can seem easy to replicate, from the scenes to the props.

Society reflects what we see in the media, and the media reflects it right back to us.

This is not an all-encompassing explanation.  But if we begin any cause-and-effect list, it must be included.

Hopes and prayers abide.  For now.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Ecclesiastes and power

Ran across the following couplets while reading Ecclesiastes:

The quiet words of the wise are more to
       be heeded
than the shouting of a ruler among fools.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
but one bungler destroys much good.