“We came, we saw, he died”
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (Democrat)
I happened to catch some of Sean Hannity’s radio show this afternoon. He had as a guest long-time Democrat strategist and spokesman Lanny Davis. Sean had devilish intentions of busting the chops of Davis about President Obama’s poll numbers and suggesting that just about any Republican candidate could win in 2012. Davis differed on that and suggested that only Romney had the right stuff to challenge Obama (I have to admit to being leery about the Democrat’s consistent position, almost a longing, to have Romney be the Republican nominee).
This will be the last installment of this series which morphed from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ arbitration results for pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, hence its inclusion in the Money Speaks category. Ohlendorf was the beneficiary of a significant salary increase through arbitration despite being oft injured and possessing a woeful pitching record in 2010. Arbiters determined and the Pirates accepted and paid Mr. Ohlendorf over $2 million dollars for his services in 2011. As the Pirates head home for their last home stand of the season this sticky note was attached to my morning paper.
The headline says it all…
The $2 million dollar pitcher had to return to the line up sooner than expected due a colleague’s injury. The Pirates didn’t do Ross Ohlendorf any favors by starting him against one of the better teams in the National League and the team the Pirates historically have struggle against.
“Making his first start for the Pirates since early April, Ohlendorf allowed 14 baserunners in five innings. The Brewers roughed him up in the second and cruised to an 11-4 victory. Ohlendorf (0-1) gave up seven runs, 11 hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.”
This is the second year in a row that my wife convinced me to go somewhere that I really didn’t want to go and it again involved the group Train. This time instead of the opening act for John Mayer, Train played after a Pittsburgh Pirate home game against the San Diego Padres. The Pirates had been fairly hot and recently even had first place in the division. I have never really been a big baseball fan, but I do enjoy going to the ballpark. I should say used to as it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a game. It may stem, at least partially, from the fact that I had a brief stint as one of poor souls who cleaned up after ball games. I was in high school and I think I lasted two or three home stands. If I close my eyes I can still conjure up the odor of stale beer, peanut shells, and damp popcorn. Brrrrrrrr.
The Pirates did the unthinkable in July and actually sat atop of the National League Central Division…for about a day. There was actually a buzz in Pittsburgh with our baseball team doing good things this late in the season. They promptly went on a 10 game losing streak. I had the pleasure of attended when they got blown out by the lowly San Diego Padres 13-2. Not a great game to watch, but it was really hot and humid too. The organization did, however, provide some entertainment as the group Train played a set and we were treated to Zambelli fireworks.
I had not planned for this to be a series, but somehow this story, like the Pirates themselves, just won’t go away. First of all congratulations to the Pirates for a great series against the powerful Boston Red Sox as they won two out of three games, taking the series. They are now one game over 0.500 after playing 77 games which is by far their best showing in years. There are actually 15 teams with worse winning percentages than the Pirates. I cannot say that Pittsburgh has caught Pirate fever, but even some local broadcasters have begun speaking about them in more positive terms. After 18 losing seasons in a row we are getting excited, somewhat, to have a “winning” team this late in the season. Oh and the Pirates are only four games back from the division leading Milwaukee.
Pirate "ace" Kevin Correia
I know that it’s still spring training for the Pirates, but I nearly veered off of the road yesterday when I heard the stats for Pirates’ starting pitcher and $2 million dollar man, Ross Ohlendorf. In his last outing Ohlendorf started, pitched a little over four innings, gave up six runs on 9 hits (including three home runs) for an Earned Run Average of 10.05. No one can doubt his optimism,
“Still not as good as I’d like to be, but I still thought it was better than last time. I’ve been up in the zone too much. I know I’m overthrowing some. That’s a big part of it.”
My last post chronicled how the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team with EIGHTEEN STRAIGHT losing seasons, were forced through arbitration to give pitcher Ross Ohlendorf a nearly 400 percent raise even though he was often hurt and only compiled a 1 win versus 11 loss season. In Pittsburgh the Steelers’ season is over so football, the city’s favorite sport, until the NFL draft. The Penguins are limping so badly with injuries that their season is on the brink of collapse. They still enjoy strong fan support and are exciting to watch in anticipation of Sidney Crosby’s return (hopefully). Other than college basketball, hoops is not a big sport in the town.
My career as a newspaper delivery person has been fairly rewarding even though it is a tough job. In a typical year I probably accurately deliver about half of my papers. So for 2000 deliveries per week I screw up around a thousand. Last year was a bad one for me and my accuracy as I only delivered 200 correctly. I don’t always deliver to the wrong house, sometimes I am just late or my toss misses and the paper ends up in the gutter or in the neighbor’s yard. I count those as “misses.”