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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Washington Post: Kilgore: Manny Still Being Manny

It’s not Theo. It’s not Maddon. It’s Manny!

The Cubs view Ramirez as equal parts sage, hitting instructor and life coach, particularly for the club’s stable of young Latin players. He has been especially crucial for Soler, who does not have access to his family and speaks little English. Players notice Ramirez roaming with the Latin contingent at the ballpark and away from it.

“Manny has done a wonderful job in the background,” Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said. “A lot of it has to do with our young Hispanic players. He does a great job with them. He does a great job in general, but I’ve always been a big believer in the Hispanic culture regarding having a coach specific to that group who they could really relate to. … I watch what he does. I don’t just stare him down, but I know what he’s doing all the time. And it’s been pretty special.”

Ramirez serves in part as an interpreter between Cubs hitting coach John Mallee and the team’s Latin players. Ramirez can chime in with his own advice, and he has the understanding of both language and hitting to translate Mallee’s message.

Seems like he’s a real asset. Unless everyone tests positive for PEDs in the middle of the NLCS. Probably not likely, but .  .  .

The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 17, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, chicago cubs, hitting coaches, manny ramirez, peds, religion, sage

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

OTP October 2015 II: Religion, Politics, Baseball - America’s Favorite Pastimes Come Under the Microscope in Shaking the Tree’s Gorgeous PASSION PLAY PART III

PASSION PLAY PART III centers on a group of actors who have been performing the Passion together in small-town North Dakota for years. This isn’t just a group of actors, it’s a family. The actor who plays Pontius Pilate is both the husband of the actress who plays Mary and the brother of the actor who plays Jesus. And he’s about to leave for the Vietnam War. The play holds up a microscope to the things we as a society hold most dear—religion, politics, even baseball—and asks us to consider the idea that they’re all just theatre after all. It’s profound, moving, and, in classic Sarah Ruhl style, often very funny.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 07, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 813 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, religion

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fox Sports: Phillies to give out Pope Francis ‘Rookie Card’ on Wednesday

I had a papal trading card collection as a kid, until my Mother Superior threw it out…

During Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals, fans will be allowed to pick up their own Pope rookie card at various locations in Citizens Bank Park, per the team’s official site.

“In honor of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to celebrate the World Meeting of Families Congress,” the announcement reads, “fans may pick up a commemorative Phillies Pope Francis Rookie Card at the First Base and Third Base Kiosks.”

It’s a nice touch that the Phillie Phanatic is holding the card in the photo. One can only imagine the conversations that would occur should the mascot and His Holiness strike up a conversation.

Given the struggles the Phillies have experienced this season as the team has limped to a woeful 56-90 record, perhaps the team can glean some divinely inspired benevolence from the Pope because of its interesting gesture.

AndrewJ Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:47 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cards, philadelphia, religion



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