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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

OTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It’s Like Major League Baseball In August

For starters, you have to know what you are trying to “make happen” at this stage of the season.  No team is trying to win the World Series in August; instead the goal is to get in position to be one of the 10 (of 30) teams to make the playoffs where, as they say, anything can happen.  Likewise, 17 Republicans are not trying to be the final party nominee this early, they’re just trying to be one of the 3-5 candidates left standing next summer.  As in baseball, that’s really about developing momentum and finding the money to remain in the race as long as possible.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 258 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, tommy lasorda is dumber than ten dogs

Monday, August 03, 2015

OTP - August 2015: Meet the … Baseball Owner Funding the 2016 Campaign ...

Scott Walker’s Super PAC “Unintimidated” raked in the biggest donation from a sports-associated contributor. The Ricketts family — the owners of the Chicago Cubs baseball team — tossed $5 million dollars to the Super PAC backing the Wisconsin governor. Joe gave $100,000, his wife Marlene gave $4.9 million in contributions and their son Todd gave almost $2,500. According to Forbes, the family is worth nearly $4.5 billion.

Just when I was beginning to like the Cubs again :)

BDC Posted: August 03, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 4822 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, politics

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

OTP - July 2015:  Winning the Political Game: Politics is More Like Baseball Than Football

Some smart person, I believe it was political columnist and baseball guru George Will, said that politics is a lot more like baseball than football.

What he meant is that if you lose a few football games the season quickly becomes unsuccessful. But if you lose even a lot of baseball games, you can still win the World Series. NFL teams play 16 regular season games. Major League Baseball teams play 162.

In politics you can lose a lot of legislative battles and public policy fights, and still be very successful. Of course, you can’t lose many of the big games – elections – or you don’t last long in politics. But many politicians bounce back even from election losses.

Some politicians are timid because they can’t stand to lose any fights. But that’s not the route to a successful political career. Here’s another insightful George Will quote: “Conflict avoidance becomes habitual. Risk averse politicians are constantly at risk. The rule regarding power is use it or lose it.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 6539 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Monday, June 01, 2015

OT: Politics - June 2015. Settlement clears way for Kokomo baseball home opener

KOKOMO, IND. — A dispute involving the federal and state governments over how Kokomo built part of a baseball stadium in a flood-prone area meant to remain green space has been resolved on the eve of the opening game.

Gov. Mike Pence said in a news release Friday that a dispute involving the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security had been settled, commending the two agencies for “working together in good faith.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:10 PM | 5834 comment(s)
  Beats: aruba, jamaica, politics

Thursday, April 30, 2015

OTP - May 2015: Jeb Bush would like to watch baseball with Teddy Roosevelt and Pitbull

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he’d like to watch a baseball game with Teddy Roosevelt — and possibly rapper Pitbull.

Asked who he would take if he could bring “any historian or inventor” to a baseball game, the potential 2016 GOP presidential contender said that he’d probably bring the United States’ 26th president - but that he might want to have Pitbull there as well.

“The reason you like baseball is that you can actually have a conversation with people,” Mr. Bush said.

OK, Jeb, Teddy, and Pitbull.  Who would you bring to a game?

BDC Posted: April 30, 2015 at 05:27 PM | 4884 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Monday, April 06, 2015

OTP - April 2015: Church, baseball, politics: Rahm and Chuy work to close the deal

When the last weekend of a race for mayor coincides in Chicago with Easter and Opening Day at Wrigley Field, the candidates know where to go to close the deal.

Edit: Stop the personal insults in the political threads. I’ve gotten many complaints about numerous posters, especially about Rickey! is just here so he don’t get fined. If the insults don’t stop, the OTP will go on hiatus and accounts will be suspended. FYI, Jim.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 4920 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, off topic, politics, religion

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt urges Christians to be more accepting of gays

Affeldt penned a blog post this week in which he urged Christians to be more tolerant toward gays. He writes:

Why do people who aren’t Christians hate us? They look at us and say, “You’re just a bunch of Bible thumpers who are homophobic and you don’t love anybody.”
We’ve brought that on ourselves. I don’t think we’re showing the love of Jesus. Gay people are asking for equal rights under the law, and we’ve got Christians saying “God hates you.” I get so angry because that’s not true! Godloves you! Jesus walks with the gay community! I think Jesus says, “I love you just as I love someone who is not gay. I love you as a human being. I just love you.”

Affeldt doesn’t directly connect this to current events, but it’s easy to read his words and make connections to the religious freedom law under scrutiny in Indiana because it would allow businesses to discriminate against homosexuals. A similar law in Arkansas is also under fire this week. This even matters in baseball, where the Oakland Athletics’ Pride Night has rattled some fans in the very liberal Bay Area.


 

 

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