Friday, July 30, 2010
It was a good streak. The SF Giants baseball club has been on fire. They're proud owners of the best record in Major League Baseball for the month of July.
Rookie phenom, Catcher Buster Posey hit for a 21 game streak that ended Thursday. The rookie streak was second longest in SF Giants' history behind Willy McCovey who hit in 22 games in a row in his rookie year, 1959.
The Giants have been winning by playing great "Small Ball" ...great defense paired with workmanlike hitting...singles, clutch hitting, and just putting the ball in play. There are no Big Sluggers like in the Barry Bonds Era.
It's been the most fun I had watching the Giants since 1962 when the Giants won the pennant in a playoff against the Dodgers and went on to lose the World Series to the New York Yankees. The first time I ever cut classes was to go with my Dad to Game One of that World Series at Candlestick Park. I think I was in 4th Grade.
It was 6-2 Yankees with Whitey Ford pitching for the Yankees, and Billy O'Dell for the Giants. Roger Maris and Willy Mays both got key hits along with Giants' left fielder Felipe Alou. Yankees' 3rd baseman Clete Boyer's 7th inning home run sealed the Giants' fate.
Seven players in that World Series went on to be enshrined in Baseball's Hall of Fame:
3 Yankees: Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Mickey Mantle.
4 Giants: Willy Mays, Willy McCovey, Juan Marichal, and Orlando Cepeda
The joy that America's Pastime has brought me has almost outweighed the misery our Ruling Classes in Washington DC and Sacramento have been dishing up of late.
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi famously said "we're going to drain the swamp"...yet today, the swamp is deeper, more fetid and smelly than ever. Our Elites are ruling against the will of the People.
I can't bear to enumerate the "long train of abuses and usurpations" today.
I take solace in the fact that the Tea Party Movement polls better today than the Democrats and the Republicans combined!
The Ruling Class has certainly awakened the Grassroots. Clearly we need some Public Servants in the Halls of Power who care more about the Republic than their Parties and their Power. It's past time that we started putting millions of overpaid Civil Servants into unemployment lines, and cut the size of our bureaucracies State and Federal down to a size where they can't suck all the oxygen out of the room ever again.
The trouble we find ourselves in did not happen because there isn't enough regulation of the markets. The heavy hand of Government upset the apple cart, and more government regulation is only exacerbating the current slowdown of the economy. Trillions of dollars are sitting on the sidelines, investors are afraid to venture a penny in this hyper-regulatory anti-business climate.
The rest of the Western Civilization's economies are back on track, ours will further falter when our taxes go up in January, and if President Obama's Gulf Oil Drilling Moratorium goes forward and raises gasoline back to $4/gal or worse.