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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Courier Press: Feller was ‘Rapid’ to serve his country

Speaking of good supply lines…

In a telephone interview, Feller touched on several other subjects, including:

- The war in Iraq: “It’s been mismanaged; it was not well-planned. We don’t have the leaders we had 60 years ago. We should have gone in with 450,000 troops, tanks and good supply lines. We should have had Marshal Law and curfew. That’s what we did in Japan and it worked, didn’t it?”

- Leading candidates for election to the Hall of Fame when the veterans’ committee announces the results of its balloting on Feb. 27: “I think Gil Hodges might make it, and I like Cecil Travis, Riggs Stephenson and Lefty O’Doul.”

- Baseball’s Steroids Era: “Anybody who takes steroids is stupid. Those guys are gonna die in their early 50s, if not before. They’re lousing up their bodies and their brains and their reproductive organs and everything else. ...“I hope those guys never make the Hall of Fame. But then, anybody with any brains is not gonna vote for anybody who’s on steroids.”

Repoz Posted: February 07, 2007 at 12:15 PM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: hall of fame, history, japan, steroids

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   1. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 07, 2007 at 01:33 PM (#2293367)
What team did Marshal Law play for?
   2. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: February 07, 2007 at 02:01 PM (#2293377)
Bob Feller is grousing about today's players and today's politics. Nothing to see here, move along.
   3. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 07, 2007 at 02:04 PM (#2293379)
What team did Marshal Law play for?

Silly, he meant George Marshall's Law. Not to be confused with Murphy's Law (no relation), McLain's Law, L.A. Law, Law and Order, Above the Law, and "I am the law!"

:-)
   4. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 07, 2007 at 02:07 PM (#2293382)
- Leading candidates for election to the Hall of Fame when the veterans’ committee announces the results of its balloting on Feb. 27: “I think Gil Hodges might make it, and I like Cecil Travis, Riggs Stephenson and Lefty O’Doul.”

One has to assume that he hated Mel Harder, since his name is usually tossed around as a worthy by Vets' Committee types and Feller still didn't mention him. He would be a lot better than Riggs Stephenson, that's for sure. Yikes!
   5. Repoz Posted: February 07, 2007 at 02:16 PM (#2293391)
We don’t have the leaders we had 60 years ago.

Bob, there's this hip new thing going around now...it's called death.
   6. GGC for Sale Posted: February 07, 2007 at 02:27 PM (#2293395)
Marshall Law is a combination of martial law and the Marshall Plan.
   7. HowardMegdal Posted: February 07, 2007 at 02:54 PM (#2293411)
I don't take anything Bob Feller says seriously, but I'd sure love to see Gil Hodges in the Hall of Fame.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 07, 2007 at 02:56 PM (#2293413)
I can't be the only guy here who likes Sammo Hung, can I?
   9. Iwakuma Chameleon (jonathan) Posted: February 07, 2007 at 05:05 PM (#2293496)
I can't wait until I'm old and can turn all the mediocrity of my youth into the standard of excellence.


"We don't have the leaders we had 60 years ago. That George Bush, now he could run a war."
   10. BDC Posted: February 07, 2007 at 05:09 PM (#2293499)
I wonder how the guy doing the phone interview knew that Bob Feller can't spell "martial."
   11. Cris E Posted: February 07, 2007 at 05:15 PM (#2293506)
That’s what we did in Japan and it worked, didn’t it?

Nuculaar weapons too! No messin' around... D*** kids, GET OFF MY LAWN!
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 07, 2007 at 06:06 PM (#2293551)
a) Anybody who takes steroids is stupid, and is lousing up his brain.
b) Bob Feller wants Riggs Stephenson and his four seasons with 350+ at-bats in the Hall of Fame.
c) Bob Feller takes steroids.

Debunk this logic, if you dare. Can't be done!
   13. Dandy Little Glove Man Posted: February 07, 2007 at 06:08 PM (#2293553)
Nicknamed "Rapid Robert," Feller threw a 95- to 100-mph fastball and could hit 102 to 105 "on a good day." But that alone didn't make him great.

"If your fastball isn't moving, it doesn't matter how hard you throw," he said. "But I had a good curveball, too."


What? I don't even know where to begin with all the questionable statements here.

1. Could he really throw 105 mph?
2. Wouldn't his fastball alone make him great if this were true?
3. Doesn't the concept of it not mattering how hard you throw cease to apply at this level?
4. How does his ability to throw a curveball in any way relate to the topic of whether his fastball was straight or had movement?
   14. alio intuito Posted: February 07, 2007 at 06:13 PM (#2293557)
Nuculaar weapons too! No messin' around... D*** kids, GET OFF MY LAWN!


Nuke 'em till they glow! FWIW the guy that conducted this interview with Feller is a world-class doofus who believes that nothing good has happened in the world since about 1965; the perfect person to write this. He is virtually unreadable; I'm not sure why the paper continues to employ him.
   15. Mister High Standards Posted: February 07, 2007 at 07:37 PM (#2293634)
We don’t have the leaders we had 60 years ago.


I think that is somewhat true. It's not that they are around, it's that more of the top of the line leaders prefer the private sector where they can get paid. The "leaders" of this country generally speaking aren't as concerned with money as most of them were born into.

I'm much more confident about the first two sentences than the third though.
   16. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: February 07, 2007 at 07:45 PM (#2293640)
I can't be the only guy here who likes Sammo Hung, can I?

Apparently.
   17. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: February 07, 2007 at 08:04 PM (#2293649)
I think that is somewhat true. It's not that they are around, it's that more of the top of the line leaders prefer the private sector where they can get paid. The "leaders" of this country generally speaking aren't as concerned with money as most of them were born into.

People have been saying things like this since the 1840s. Heck, Lincoln gave a speech along these lines at a Young Men's Lyceeum in Springfield. The notion that they go into the private sector for the money has been common sense at least the Gilded Age.
   18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 07, 2007 at 08:51 PM (#2293677)
"Apparently."

Curses!
   19. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 07, 2007 at 08:56 PM (#2293679)
That George Bush, now he could ruin a war. Fixed. [sorry, couldn't resist]
I think they should make "Grumpy Old Men 3" starring Feller and Bunning. The humor potential is boundless.
   20. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 07, 2007 at 09:01 PM (#2293682)
People have been saying things like this since the 1840s. Heck, Lincoln gave a speech along these lines at a Young Men's Lyceeum in Springfield.
Actually, he ended up predicting very well -- the late 1840s through the 50s run of presidents was pretty awful:
Taylor, Filmore (sp?), Pierce and Buchanan.
   21. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 07, 2007 at 11:25 PM (#2293782)
"Buchanan"

Moral: Never vote for a Pennsylvanian.
   22. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: February 07, 2007 at 11:45 PM (#2293793)
Indians general manager Cy Slapnicka

Would we think as highly of the pitcher-of-the-year award if it was known as the "Cy Slapnicka"?
   23. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 07, 2007 at 11:47 PM (#2293794)
We should have gone in with 450,000 troops, tanks and good supply lines. We should have had Marshal Law and curfew. That’s what we did in Japan and it worked, didn’t it?

Only after we nuked them.
   24. scareduck Posted: February 08, 2007 at 01:41 AM (#2293845)
Marshall Law is a combination of martial law and the Marshall Plan.

I thought that was called Stalinism?
   25. Exploring Leftist Conservatism since 2008 (ark..) Posted: February 08, 2007 at 03:46 AM (#2293890)
We should have gone in with 450,000 troops, tanks and good supply lines. We should have had Marshal Law and curfew. That’s what we did in Japan and it worked, didn’t it?

Only after we nuked them.


Oh God. Please don't give them ideas.
   26. NTNgod Posted: February 08, 2007 at 03:54 AM (#2293893)

Only after we nuked them.


The US had over a million in Germany to initially hold down the fort as a show of force, I think.
   27. NTNgod Posted: February 08, 2007 at 03:58 AM (#2293895)
(of course, they were already in the neigborhood, but they were kept around for a bit to send a message)

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