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a memo sent from then-chief-of-staff Rahm Emmanuel
And those two bombs were nicknamed "C.C. Sabathia" and "Dustin Pedroia."
Uncle Sam was struggling in the Japanese League, but came out on top after hitting two huge bombs late in the game.
The link between crime and cocaine was still potent
Doesn't making any activity illegal that creates unlimited profit potential to anyone wiling to risk prison have a potent link to crime, especially violent crimes?
I'll bet if we made alcohol illegal violent booze traffickers would suddenly appear. If only there was an historical precedent so we could know for sure.
June 21, 1995
BASEBALL; Steinbrenner Criticized For Signing Strawberry
By JACK CURRY [...]
But [the signing] was criticized by people ranging from Lee Brown, the national drug policy director, to Tommy Lasorda, Strawberry's former manager with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Brown rebuked the Yankees for sending "the worst possible message" to children by rewarding a player with a lavish contract five months after he tested positive for cocaine use and was then suspended from baseball. Lasorda wondered why Strawberry did not serve any time in prison for pleading guilty to Federal income tax evasion, as Pete Rose and Leona Helmsley did, and said anyone who violated drug policies should be forbidden from playing.
Steinbrenner vehemently defended the signing as a hopeful act designed to help Strawberry avoid more disasters with drugs.
"What do they want? Darryl Strawberry to continue doing it until he's dead?" Steinbrenner said in a telephone interview this afternoon. "Is that what they want? I don't even know if the guy can play. I haven't seen him play. We haven't scouted him. It really matters what he wants to do and if he turns it around, gets away from it. I'm willing to see if he can change.
"Maybe I'll be disappointed, but I think that Darryl Strawberry can turn things around and be a great lesson for young people to say that you shouldn't do it. Anyone who hasn't done it can get up there and tell kids that. But someone who has been through the terror and has almost paid with his life can really get the point across."
Brown, the former Police Commissioner in New York City, disagreed as he issued a press release chastising the Yankees and requesting a meeting with Steinbrenner; the acting baseball commissioner, Bud Selig, and Donald Fehr, the executive director of the Players Association. In the release, Brown said kids might believe that professional athletes do not receive penalties for taking drugs and cited Yankee pitcher Steve Howe, who has been suspended from baseball seven times for repeated drug violations, as a current example. He also cited the suspended pitcher Dwight Gooden, whom Steinbrenner has said the Yankees will pursue when he is eligible, as a potential future example.
"In the Yankees' zeal to build the gate," Brown said, "they are taking advantage of the fans and Darryl Strawberry, and they are destroying America's great pastime and our youth. This isn't just fun and games. People die from drug abuse."
After first saying he was unaware of Brown's statement, Steinbrenner reacted zestfully to it. He also admonished the Federal Government for failing to stop the influx of drugs into the country, suggested that the armed forces be used to fight the problem and called the drug troubles in Washington, where Brown's headquarters are located, "impossible."
"I know what he's saying; I'll accept that criticism," said the owner, who consistently mentions Howe as a success story, although he entered a form of a guilty plea for attempting to possess cocaine in June 1992. "I still feel if we make the turn, it will be worth it. The one thing Darryl has now that maybe he didn't have any other time is that he has to understand how tough I can be when someone is disloyal to me. I'm not easy, and I told him that. I'm tough. If I give you loyalty, I demand loyalty back."
Bill Goodstein, Strawberry's agent, was surprised that Brown singled out Strawberry.
"Is Lee Brown saying he should retire from baseball and become a chef at Le Cirque?" Goodstein asked. "It's not sending a bad message. If experts agree that a person is ready to enter his existence again, what is wrong with that?"
Steinbrenner conceded he might talk to Brown, but Selig declined to address the topic, and Fehr was unavailable for comment.
Unless I'm mistaken crime rates are way down from where they were, as is drug use generally, no?
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