Al's Ramblings

Sunday, September 30, 2012

(9/30/2012 06:02:00 PM) - Al

You mean incredibly strict gun laws haven't solved your problem?


Fear is the only thing that stops criminals from being criminals, fear of being shot, or fear of long, tough prison time. Currently, they have neither.

9/30/2012 06:02:00 PM

(9/30/2012 05:11:00 PM) - Al

McCain probably did not bother with dishonest because that's obvious. The old media didn't bother reporting it, but it's still headshakingly sad.

9/30/2012 05:11:00 PM

(9/30/2012 03:55:00 PM) - Al

Romney’s so-called “gaffes” have one thing in common: they are all statements of fact. He is being held to a presidential standard--for presidents should know better than to tell all--while Obama’s outright lies to the nation (on Libya, the debt, etc.) are ignored by the media.

Obama’s failures as the actual incumbent are also passed over--or spun into positives. We reached 2,000 dead in Afghanistan? Hey, Obama “ended the war.” Unemployment still above 8 percent? Oh, that jobs report was “better than expected.” We were attacked by Al Qaeda on 9/11, and Obama lied about it? Don’t worry, “bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” Growth down to 1.3%? Say--“No one could have done it better.”--Reason

May you live in interesting times.

Obama added a boatload of debt despite following W's timeline on victory in Iraq, and no one even brings it up. His own foreign policy is nonexistent, too busy talking to the View ladies to chat with anyone else. And while we all know Medicare and Social Security will go broke soon left as is, he doesn't's after November.

9/30/2012 03:55:00 PM

(9/30/2012 03:21:00 PM) - Al

Without a hint of irony after appearing on The View and Letterman, and doing countless fundraisers, DNC says Obama too busy to prepare for debate.

Painful, as I will not be the only one to piece this together.

9/30/2012 03:21:00 PM

(9/30/2012 01:56:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder if Hart's last third of this season at 1B would have been his first, what the opinion of his defense would be.

Still plenty passable, probably far better than Fielder, but after being all but perfect, has made mistakes.

9/30/2012 01:56:00 PM

(9/30/2012 01:10:00 PM) - Al

They just flagged a Vikings' defender for, not kidding at all, making a tackle.

At some point, they're going to have to decide if it's flag, two-hand touch, or tackle football. Right now, it's getting very close to a combo platter of the three.

9/30/2012 01:10:00 PM

(9/30/2012 12:41:00 PM) - Al

Ron Roenicke made it sound like he'd like to see a veteran, high-character No. 2 guy for the rotation next year to offset

Innings eater with a  bit of upside or proven ability. Many on the market, about 10-15 total, but at least 10-12 teams will be looking for one. Some, like Marcum, might have to settle for a 1y/$3-5M deal, while others will get 2-4 years. 

No team with aspirations of contention are going to go with a rotation of Yo and four first/second year SP's. The math of having them all work out just is not substantiated. Also, kids tend to be inconsistent with short outings, and the bullpen pitched the 4th most frames this year. Need that number to be out of the top ten.

It starts with Yovani Gallardo, of course. Then Roenicke said there are five other candidates as of now -- Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers, Wily Peralta and Chris Narveson, who is expected to be fully recovered from shoulder surgery by then. Tyler Thornburg is another in the mix but probably will get more seasoning.

One name notably missing from the discussion was Shaun Marcum, who by all appearances will be allowed to leave via free agency. Marcum's health history appears to checkered for the Brewers to try to keep him.
"I don't think it will be a free-for-all," Roenicke said of the rotation plans for next season. "I think (GM) Doug (Melvin) looks at trying to fit in those five guys and have some depth. He's going to figure on some certain guys that this is probably what we're going to go with.

"Whether he adds to that or we just stick with all the guys we have, with 'Narvy' coming back there are five guys plus 'Yo' that we chose from. Then, if we add a veteran in there somewhere, then we need three out of the five. Thornburg may be a little farther away but he may surprise you."--JS

There's no way Shaun is getting a multiyear deal from MIL, but if he falls to a one year with incentives, it would not surprise me. Good to hear Narveson is expected back, and earlier than I would have expected. He threw 20 pitches in the bullpen today and it went well. I would count on having 5 other guys, but being able to pencil him in as #6 is a nice bonus...most teams use nine SP's, and I believe, on average, need 50-60 starts from guys below the top five. 

I'm sure Doug will add an SP, but it may end up being a guy coming back from injury. With the depth of the kids; Thornburg, Rogers, and even Narveson, they do not need to add #5 types who can give you a 5-5.25 ERA...they can get that, and very cheaply, from the others.

9/30/2012 12:41:00 PM

(9/30/2012 12:31:00 PM) - Al

Overheard in the Ramblings household this morning:

Rambling son: Hey Dad, guess what word I just played on Words with Friends?

Me: Pie?

RS: Yep.

No deep thought around these parts. 

9/30/2012 12:31:00 PM

(9/30/2012 12:28:00 PM) - Al

I've noticed this as well...I'm sure many Catholics and pro-lifers hold their nose while voting for Dems. What's especially odd is, the GOP, long sold as a party of intolerance by the left, openly covets pro-choice people like myself, and many of their top names (Chris Christie being one) are pro-choice. Heck, not only are many fiscal conservatives moderate on social issues, many libertarians are for a tiny government, with no opinion at all on social issues; a group Republicans recruits, as many tire of not having a say, getting 3-5%...on a good day.

9/30/2012 12:28:00 PM

(9/30/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

By the way, McDonald's pumpkin shakes are like drinking a piece of pie.

Possibly the tastiest liquid of all time.

9/30/2012 09:30:00 AM

(9/30/2012 12:55:00 AM) - Al

From King of Queens:

Doug--Quit yelling at me, it doesn't help.

Carrie--Ah, it's all I got.

That's pretty much the story of marriage. 

9/30/2012 12:55:00 AM

(9/30/2012 12:37:00 AM) - Al

If I was dating Danielle Lawrie, I'd sit through as many rain delays as needed.

9/30/2012 12:37:00 AM

(9/30/2012 12:10:00 AM) - Al

While very impressive that MIL has led the NL in runs scored so far in 2012, perhaps even moreso is that they are 3rd in MLB, barely behind the Yankees...who, oh by the way, play with a DH instead of a P 90% of the time.

The Brewers have scored 161 more runs than the Mariners, and 110 more than Indians, even while having one less real hitter in the lineup.

Obviously, it's all Manny Acta's fault.:)

.152/.206 is the Crew's P's batting line, meaning if only the pitchers had batted all season, the Crew would have an estimated 169 runs, or 1.1 a game (that's actually high, because they would not have as many AB's had nothing but P's batted, but, you get the point). Despite this, they still have outscored all but a pair of AL teams, many of whom pay a DH a lot of money each year.

9/30/2012 12:10:00 AM

(9/30/2012 12:07:00 AM) - Al

This is pretty minor for the Royals, as long as Hosmer can still DH, as he and Billy Butler can just swap spots until Eric can throw again.

A far bigger problem is he regressed down to getting out nearly 70% of the time.

9/30/2012 12:07:00 AM

(9/30/2012 12:02:00 AM) - Al

In fact, using the logic I discussed in the previous post, he's Axford's three season totals:

103 saves, 14 blown saves, 3.09 ERA, 88%

Here's Mariano Rivera's, from 2009-2011, as he was injured much of this season:

121 saves, 12 blown saves, 1.82 ERA, 91%

Rivera's better, but he's converted just a tad more, and we have no idea if he's had more "easy saves" or not.

9/30/2012 12:02:00 AM

Saturday, September 29, 2012

(9/29/2012 11:51:00 PM) - Al

Two things I forgot to mention from Doug's time on TV.

He's such a brilliant, yet soft-spoken individual, you sometimes miss statements that sort of pass by at first at first, and then you comprehend what he said. Doug is a solid believer in math, as he has often stated it's all about runs scored and runs allowed, and the rest will take care of itself. It helps to get lucky, as they did last year, when they won 6 more than they "should have"...the Orioles are in the midst of such a campaign as well. I have wondered aloud if you could figure out relief ERA in the 7th inning on, maybe that would be a good indicator of teams that win more than the math says, but I have yet to find that stat.

Anyway, one of his two mentions was this nugget about Axford:

John has nine blown saves, but you look at his splits, he had three in June and three in July. Relievers go into slumps. The rest of the year, he's got 24 saves with 3 missed.

Not sure if that's saying he hopes his troubles were limited to that two month stretch and in the past, or what, but, it certainly sounds like Axford will be the closer until he loses the job in '13.I have mentioned numerous times RP's stats are naturally a small sample, so they are naturally inconsistent. I often use a three season total myself, as they often have ERA's of 2.44, 4.45, and 3.68, none of which are all that close to the total of 3.22.

Then after BA brought up that Hart has said he wants to play his whole career in Milwaukee:

Yeah, a few players have said that. One of them is with the Angels. Another is with the Yankees, one is with the Orioles.

Doug pointing out players lie, and they often say one thing and then refuse to take a penny under market value when their time comes up. Braun guaranteed himself millions, but took about 50-60% of what he could have made had he gone year-to-year and stayed healthy and productive. Corey did take less than he would have got, but not a ton either, especially since he had a partial no-trade clause inserted in which makes it tough to discuss him with other clubs each deadline when teams are begging for RH power bats.

9/29/2012 11:51:00 PM

(9/29/2012 11:22:00 PM) - Al

We can hope. That said, the polls with the huge Dem advantages will go away as election day nears, as they try to come close to the actual.

I had never heard McCain won Ohio on election day either.

9/29/2012 11:22:00 PM

(9/29/2012 10:25:00 PM) - Al

Wow. One of my old friend's relationship status went from "in a relationship" to "engaged" to "single" in less than 3 hours.--Twitter pal

I recall when I got my five year reunion booklet, I was surprised to see 3-5 classmates had been married and divorced. I had barely had a remotely serious relationship, and would advise others against it as well.  Unless, of course, you're the Rambling wife, and hit the jackpot.

9/29/2012 10:25:00 PM

(9/29/2012 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg will pitch Tuesday in place of Peralta.

With Hernandez struggling, the Crew is pretty much down to a standard seven relievers the rest of the way...Axford, KRod, Henderson, Loe, Veras, Parra, and Stinson.

Livian appeared to be just flinging it to the plate, as if he is not anywhere near 100%. With ten runs allowed in his past inning plus, that would probably be a safe assumption. 

EDIT: Justin points out I forgot Kintzler. Still a bigger than usual bullpen, if all eight are healthy. 

9/29/2012 10:14:00 PM

(9/29/2012 09:01:00 PM) - Al

Surprised they had Hart play 8 innings in the field, as pained as he looked trotting around the bases.

9/29/2012 09:01:00 PM

(9/29/2012 08:55:00 PM) - Al

Farris wants that first major league hit, and I assume the team wants him to get it as well. He'll get plenty of chances.

EDIT: And there it is. Possibly the weakest you'll ever see, but it's one more than all of us have. 

9/29/2012 08:55:00 PM

(9/29/2012 07:03:00 PM) - Al

Doug says a lot of good things have come out of this season. Build a team for 85-86 wins, and hope the baseball gods are with you. Need to stay healthy and have some guys have big seasons you don't expect. It happened last year, probably going to just fall short this year. Peralta was almost sent to AA to get on track. Credit Fred Dabney for getting him there. Club has a lot of young pitching, didn't have any a couple years ago. Loves the club position wise, have a SS, have two C's, no one is a free agent this year, Gomez out in CF one more year. Axford and Henderson will be back. Will need a couple bullpen arms. Feel good about where they are.

Thinks Braun should be MVP with no argument. Not anyone else around with the package of power, speed, and defense. Reminds Doug of Larry Walker, does everything well. Also an excellent baserunner. Nice Ryan signed long-term so there's no worries. Smart enough to know when to take a day off, mature.

Big believer in ballpark effects. Team built to take advantage of HR park. Tough on pitching, but great for offense. Nice that they have a culture now that some free agents want to play in Milwaukee, because of winning, crowds, and so on. Players also mention they want to play for Roenicke, they hear good things, not a lot of drama and turmoil.

When they traded for Greinke and Marcum the idea was to have young pitching ready to take over when they left. Peralta and Fiers look to be those guys. Others close, like Thornburg. Also mentions Hiram Burgos and Jimmy Nelson. Says that the SP did not pitch a lot of innings, and the bullpen was 4th highest in IP (first anyone has said that other than me).

9/29/2012 07:03:00 PM

(9/29/2012 06:39:00 PM) - Al

If you follow the crowd, you're just going to end up in the same place as them.

I just googled that, and I think that may be an Al original. Since I'm a contrarian, I'm always looking for things to say to explain how I thin. That actually sums it up pretty nicely. 

9/29/2012 06:39:00 PM

(9/29/2012 03:57:00 PM) - Al

Peralta felt soreness in his bicep during his bullpen, so he will not pitch the rest of the season.

Starter for Tuesday is now TBA.

9/29/2012 03:57:00 PM

(9/29/2012 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Pearce can hit LHP extremely well. Busy times for a role player.

9/29/2012 02:16:00 PM

(9/29/2012 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Obama-care is making it illegal for anyone in America (with the narrow exception of houses of worship) to freely sell or buy an insurance plan that fails to offer free birth control and sterilization. But this ban is nowhere to be found in the 2,700 pages of the law itself. Rather, it came as a decree from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, exercising her new found power. If Obama-care isn't repealed, examples of such rule by fiat will proliferate.--Jeffrey Anderson

I guess 2700 pages wasn't quite enough. I believe this is called "rule without consent" and, to be blunt, is an embarrassment to the freedom and beliefs on which the finest nation in history was built. And yes, if they can "decree" new laws, the only thing stopping them from confiscating all private property is...announcing the decree.

And, the ballot box.

It's because they don't believe in the greatness that they feel they know better. Those rubes that wrote the Constitution were hacks...some of them even went to public universities!

9/29/2012 02:07:00 PM

(9/29/2012 12:03:00 PM) - Al

All publicity is good publicity.

Why do you think clubs and bars pay minor celebs just to show up and publicize their appearance?

9/29/2012 12:03:00 PM

(9/29/2012 11:56:00 AM) - Al

Released from Gitmo...admitted killer of American troops.

Beam me up Scottie...

9/29/2012 11:56:00 AM

(9/29/2012 11:41:00 AM) - Al

The root of all evil?

First amendment. End of story.

When you dislike the foundation of what the country was built on, it may be time to move on.

9/29/2012 11:41:00 AM

(9/29/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Cleaning out my saved stuff, not sure if I posted it, but it's pro-military and anti-Occupy, so I don't mind if I do post it twice.

On that note, I begin a temp job on Monday. I can always hope it turns into a permanent gig, and I hope it does, but we'll take it a day at a time. It's not often I say it, but it'll be nice putting on a shirt and tie every day.

Thanks for the many words of encouragement and kind words in the past few weeks.

9/29/2012 09:00:00 AM

(9/29/2012 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Drugs, booze, who knows what, but Lindsay still cleans up nicely.

Heck, I've never known Liz Taylor to look half that good, but, that said, she's about 100 now.

9/29/2012 07:00:00 AM

Friday, September 28, 2012

(9/28/2012 10:08:00 PM) - Al

I don't even think it's racial...not everyone who is below the line is black, likely not even half.

It is, however, a perfect example of a needless tax on working folks, paying for a luxury for the poor.

9/28/2012 10:08:00 PM

(9/28/2012 09:56:00 PM) - Al

40/30: Hank Aaron, Jose Canseco, Ellis Burks, Barry Bonds (2x), Larry Walker, Jeff Bagwell (2x), A-Rod, Alfonso Soriano & Braun.--Brewers PR

This is only 40 HR's and 30 SB's, not vice versa.

9/28/2012 09:56:00 PM

(9/28/2012 09:12:00 PM) - Al

For those wondering, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron each had one 40/30 season, though Mays had 40 SB's, which doesn't seem as impressive. Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonds each had three.

Guys who you think may have done it multiple times never came close, like Ken Griffey Jr. It's really, really rare. The worst player on the list? Obviously none of them were "bad," but Ellis Burks is the least gifted I've run across.

9/28/2012 09:12:00 PM

(9/28/2012 09:03:00 PM) - Al

I love Herm Cain and his common sense.

Math is Obama's biggest enemy, but luckily for him, if you're still undecided, you probably aren't a math whiz.

9/28/2012 09:03:00 PM

(9/28/2012 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Look at all this extra work the Brewers have had to do because they are mathematically still alive.

Multiply that by every team with a chance, that's a lot of effort, almost certainly for naught.

9/28/2012 08:57:00 PM

(9/28/2012 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another missed call at 1B.

Let's not pretend these guys are anything but awful. They could just call the opposite on every close call and be way, way more accurate.

9/28/2012 08:17:00 PM

(9/28/2012 08:06:00 PM) - Al

It's just the president lying to advance his own cause.

Hardly news.

Remember, if they ignore it, it never really happened.

9/28/2012 08:06:00 PM

(9/28/2012 07:31:00 PM) - Al

Another nice play ranging in by Aramis Ramirez. The Gold Glove balloting at 3B will be interesting this off-season.--JS    

Aramis' only chance is Rolen and Wright somehow split the vote  and some other guys pick up a few also. Ramirez is hurt by his terrible UZR numbers from the past few seasons and the suggestion he gave less than a full effort in Chicago, which, ironically, was spread by WGN.    

He was likely playing hurt and simply coasting a bit much of the season, 20+ games out.  

9/28/2012 07:31:00 PM

(9/28/2012 07:08:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly what Romney needs to do, compare and contrast. While he was running businesses, Obama was...I dunno, organizing hoodlums?

Should also mention the unemployment now and then, and the deficit now and then, and so on. I'm not sure if the USA can handle another rise in spending like we've seen.

9/28/2012 07:08:00 PM

(9/28/2012 05:24:00 PM) - Al

Peralta not too sore, MRI results fine, and is listed as probable to pitch Tuesday.

9/28/2012 05:24:00 PM

(9/28/2012 05:04:00 PM) - Al

A tribute to Chipper Jones in sandwich form.

I'm not sure what it is, but it looks yummy.

9/28/2012 05:04:00 PM

(9/28/2012 04:38:00 PM) - Al

I just saw an ad which used these fake numbers.

The idea the president we've had for four years is going to lower anyone's taxes is hilarious. He has ensured we have an entitlement class, guaranteeing that half of us pay the way for everyone.

And they wonder why we're unhappy about it.

9/28/2012 04:38:00 PM

(9/28/2012 04:35:00 PM) - Al

Funny, I haven't heard about any of these tax increases. Especially the "cap" on FSA's, which would be devastating to those of us who have a high deductible plan because premiums have gone up so much because insurers know Obamacare will destroy health care and health care insurance.

You know, it's almost like no one read the bill...

9/28/2012 04:35:00 PM

(9/28/2012 02:47:00 PM) - Al

If the old media ignores it, they think it doesn't exist.

9/28/2012 02:47:00 PM

(9/28/2012 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Just trying to understand the sense behind making a film that involves losing American job and says we need to pay more for oil from overseas.


9/28/2012 02:45:00 PM

(9/28/2012 02:28:00 PM) - Al

How Carter beat Reagan.

I'd like to think both polling and bias are better and not as great now, but I do not know.

9/28/2012 02:28:00 PM

(9/28/2012 02:13:00 PM) - Al

I have yet to see what defines dual possession, so I'm not certain it wasn't the right call either.

9/28/2012 02:13:00 PM

(9/28/2012 02:06:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife has Hobby Night this evening at named because Gossip and Complain About Your Man Night was deemed politically the Rambling son and I are having roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes, and corn frozen right off the cob for dinner tonight.

It's in the crock pot (slow cooker if you do not live in the upper Midwest) right now, because I refuse to go to a lot of work for my son, as he would likely be happier if I told him he could make a sandwich. 

9/28/2012 02:06:00 PM

(9/28/2012 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Leno, an unabashed Dem, takes a shot at Obama.

It only took four years.

9/28/2012 01:59:00 PM

(9/28/2012 01:56:00 PM) - Al

MSNBC caught, once again, lying about what was said.

They are the most blatant example of how far-left and biased the coverage is.

9/28/2012 01:56:00 PM

(9/28/2012 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Just called a government phone line for the third time today. After typing in a variety of numbers, for the third time, I was told to call back later, for the third time.

Without a doubt, what we need is to give the least efficient group on the planet more money, so they can be the least efficient with better technology and newer, softer chairs.   

9/28/2012 01:45:00 PM

(9/28/2012 01:36:00 PM) - Al

If some idiot convicted of domestic assault did community service at my kid's daycare, I would be just a tad upset.

9/28/2012 01:36:00 PM

(9/28/2012 12:27:00 PM) - Al

Motorcycle rear ended by car at 65mph.

Lucky to be alive, sir.

9/28/2012 12:27:00 PM

(9/28/2012 12:24:00 PM) - Al

I'm sorry but if you're a panhandler texting on your iPhone and sporting brand new Jordans I'm probably not going to give you any money.--Maria Ho

Panhandling is a six figure possibility in metro areas. It's just like sales, it's a numbers game.

9/28/2012 12:24:00 PM

(9/28/2012 12:12:00 PM) - Al

Scouting report on Taylor Jungmann from BP.

RHP Taylor Jungmann (Brewers): Huge size; 6-foot-6, 215+ pounds; athletic and strong; physical size looks intimidating, but doesn’t pitch with much intimidation; delivery is clean and repeatable; smooth mechanics; effortless and nonchalant delivery; playing catch; throws from higher three-quarter slot; good plane/angle to plate; fastball worked at 91, touching 93; pitch had some sink and run, but didn’t escape many barrels; lots of strikes, not many quality strikes; worked middle of the zone too often; I thought the fastball was a 5/6; breaking was called a curveball but had slider-like sweeping action at 74-77 mph; loose offering that was thrown for strikes and fooled several low-level bats, but not a pitch that stays above water against major league competition; too sweepy; didn’t feature sharp or intense break; only saw one/two changeups;  loved the size, the strength and ease of delivery; control was present; command wasn’t sharp; fastball was a high-5, with solid-average velo and some movement; breaking ball was effective but didn’t look like a pitch that will miss advanced bats; body/control profile looks like innings chewer type, but he will need to add intensity to the arsenal to challenge high-quality hitters; I was expecting to see a little more; understandable at the end of a long season, and the sample was small, so I’m not basing entire evaluation on one performance in September, but didn’t bring first-round goods.

I do not know what 5/6 means in scouting jargon, as they usually use a 20-80 scale with 50 being major league average.

9/28/2012 12:12:00 PM

(9/28/2012 12:04:00 PM) - Al

The irony? Aoki's stats in Japan were very comparable to his.

9/28/2012 12:04:00 PM

(9/28/2012 11:42:00 AM) - Al

Axford and Braun to give away 5K tickets this weekend.

Seems odd they're doing this over the weekend, and not next week, when you would think demand would be lower, weeknights/days and all.

Also, while there's little doubt Axford has had a "down" season overall. it's very difficult not to like him. Whenever I think about Braun, I often compare him to a guy I knew in high school. I didn't dislike him, but I never cared much for him either. He was a good athlete, very good looking (I say so while confident in my masculinity), and the like. He went to the same two year campus I did and I played softball with him a couple times in that time frame, and found out he was a pretty decent guy...maybe not my favorite fella, but, then again, I'm anti-social. Braun is gifted enough to be unbearable, but he's not, at least in public.

Good for them and good for the Brewers. Eric Gagne did this a few years ago. As we all know with Joe Biden, even the wealthy are often cheap. I'm sure the Crew gives them a "deal" as well, they are snart enough to know an unsold ticket is worthless. 

9/28/2012 11:42:00 AM

(9/28/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Skip education, give 'em a house.

I wish someone could explain that $17K a year cost with a straight face.

9/28/2012 10:30:00 AM

(9/28/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

This week is the last full week of Brewers' baseball for 2012, barring a miraculous playoff run, which would be almost historical at this point.

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So, basically, as most of you know, I was a victim of a layoff a couple weeks ago. At the time, I mentioned this and some you were kind enough to make a donation. I'm not going to go on and on like your local PBS station does, or keep an ongoing tote board. It simply comes down to this.

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In closing, I am happy to live in the finest nation in the history of the planet, and capitalism is at the heart of that success. Thank you for the opportunity to do so.

Thanks again for the response this week. I am very grateful. 

9/28/2012 09:30:00 AM

(9/28/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

The playoffs are just around the corner and soon we will see whether the Yankees will get a chance to add to their trophy case of if there will an emergence of a Big Red Machine for this generation.

October brings about thoughts of World Series, which has been the world championship of baseball for well over 100 years.  However, there is another game who will crown their world champion in October, and they have their own World Series, but theirs is the World Series of Poker.

Unlike baseball where there are just two teams competing in the end for a world title, the World Series of Poker Main Event starts with literally thousands of players competing for the title of world champion and Million in prize money.

In late October, the final nine will battle it out for poker supremacy and the title of world champion.  Fittingly enough, the team that wins the baseball World Series will consist of nine players, yet they will be working together rather than individuals.

The World Series whether it be baseball or poker is synonymous with greatness and both games will have a lot to look forward to this coming October.

9/28/2012 06:30:00 AM

Thursday, September 27, 2012

(9/27/2012 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers may save some revenue sharing money as part of MLB "deal."

Not sure what to make of it, unknown until we know more.

9/27/2012 08:00:00 PM

(9/27/2012 07:11:00 PM) - Al

I will be writing an article for a European online magazine, so I'll be out for a while. Some scheduled stuff will be popping up.

And yes, that's true. If I was lying, I'd come up with a better excuse.

9/27/2012 07:11:00 PM

(9/27/2012 06:52:00 PM) - Al

We can hope.

Meghan McCain was talking about this today on MSNBC, but she was wearing slacks, so I did not watch the whole thing.

9/27/2012 06:52:00 PM

(9/27/2012 06:24:00 PM) - Al

If you need this ring, I think you should probably just give up on the relationship.

9/27/2012 06:24:00 PM

(9/27/2012 06:18:00 PM) - Al

Eric Farris just tweeted they are off the plane and on the ground in Milwaukee. That's just about 3.5 hours after the game ended. Those charters sure don't have much waiting.

9/27/2012 06:18:00 PM

(9/27/2012 05:09:00 PM) - Al

When the unproductive start making almost as much as people who bust their humps all day, it may be time to take your own hammock-nap in the safety net.--Dennis Miller Already happening. You're seeing it in the spike in disability claims, which take forever to be approved. When it is easy not to work and get a check, many will choose not to work, and get a check. See 70 years of the USSR. If you fail to learn from history...

9/27/2012 05:09:00 PM

(9/27/2012 04:47:00 PM) - Al

Per Joe Block, the club has a Fan Appreciation-related surprise coming tomorrow. Check the site in the early

I would guess very inexpensive tickets for the final six games. Fill those seats, sprint to the finish, and get ready for next season. Barring a miracle, of course.

9/27/2012 04:47:00 PM

(9/27/2012 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy John's fleeing high taxes in IL.

This times a lot is the USA under the high taxes, more regulations current administration. Some seem to think companies and taxpayers are nothing but open wallets. They flight back with their feet.

9/27/2012 04:37:00 PM

(9/27/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

CNN and MSNBC have a criminal bad mouthing us evil conservatives.

I think they're fair though. No bias. None.

It's only a crime if they don't know better than the rest of us rubes.

9/27/2012 04:30:00 PM

(9/27/2012 04:27:00 PM) - Al

Tight bicep for Peralta, might even start Tuesday.

Great news, seems like a very minor injury, especially since they might let him pitch again. Elbow and shoulder are the bad injuries for a pitcher. Bicep is not.

9/27/2012 04:27:00 PM

(9/27/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

They want to pretend terrorism does not exist. Fibs come easy for them.

9/27/2012 03:30:00 PM

(9/27/2012 02:46:00 PM) - Al

ABC with a negative look at school lunches...huge increases in garbage, tons of unopened fruit thrown away, and not enough food for the kids.

Untrue towards the end, however, that kids can get seconds on fruits and veggies.They can't anywhere the Rambling son has ever gone...not that he'd eat them anyway.

Very shortsighted and a perfect example of government being clueless. Give healthy food to kids, they will not eat it. The Rambling dog could tell you that, but they have no idea.

9/27/2012 02:46:00 PM

(9/27/2012 02:36:00 PM) - Al

The ongoing dialogue in my head:


Friend request.

Hmmm, does not sound familiar.

Wow, she's pretty.



9/27/2012 02:36:00 PM

(9/27/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Chat now, e-mail questions to, or on Twitter.

Scroll down for newest content. Keep refreshing to be current. I will be updating the game as well.

I will begin today by throwing out these numbers:

5-8, 5.10 ERA

That was Peralta's statline the first half of AAA. You just never know.

For those at work, Crew up 1-0 in the top of the 6th. Gomez with a HR and two fine catches in CF thus far. Peralta dealing.

Al, you're the only one who feels like I do about Greenburg, at least with the guts to go public. If he gets a charity AB, why not everyone? Matt

It's a slippery slope, to be sure. I think it's an offshoot of the "everyone plays, nobody loses" mentality. Should we dig up Moonlight Graham and put him in the batter's box?

Still 1-0, Braun singles, but nothing else. To the bottom of the 6th.

Is it sad I laugh every time I see a "unexpectedly" link because I know it's bad economic news? CD

Sad, no. Loyal, yes.

Bad news, Peralta has to leave the game with an injury. He calls the trainer out and is lifted right away. Hopefully it is minor. Ramirez came over and talked to him, must have been an ongoing issue. Kintzler in, 3rd day in a row, I think. Brandon threw 9 pitches and 18 pitches the past two nights. I assume he will just finish the 6th, hopefully, and then the KRod/Henderson/Axford triumvirate will try to finish up.

Far more difficult than I imagined going back and forth from Twitter/Yahoo/Ramblings.

Peralta and Fiers done enough to have earned rotation spots next year? Jon

Yep. That said, they both have options, while Rogers does not. You do not know how that will shake out, as Mark has never pitched in relief, and may not be able to, with his various arm problems, or at least, be used "normally" as a reliever.

Maldonado seems to be having his pitches called from the bench. He and Lucroy always glance in, as I believe pitchouts and throws to 1B are ordered, but Marty's glances are about five seconds long, while Lucroy's are very brief.

Men on 1B and 2B, two outs for Kintzler.

Weeks fields a grounder and steps on 2B for the force. 1-0 Crew after 6 complete.

An added thought on the young pitchers, I think Rogers is the only one who will be out of options next year. Even Axford has one left, as does Henderson (3), Fiers (2), Peralta (1-2), Thornburg (2). Even Estrada has 1 or 2 left.

Peralta almost certainly done for the year. Hopefully, just a minor thing, but they will not push him at all.

Latos with a 1-2-3 7th, 1-0 Crew.

Do you think they might trade Maldonado as part of a package for a SP? Sam

Not now or soon. More to come.

1. I think many are overestimating Marty's value this offseason...his big league offensive numbers are vastly superior to his AAA ones, meaning his '13 projections are far lower to other teams than to most hopeful fans. A good defensive C who can hit .330/.410 is valuable, but is not going to get a proven SP by himself. Most clubs would probably see him as a .310/.390 hitter going forward.

1-0 after 7. KRod with a noneventful 7th.

2. As long as he is making near the minimum, I think he's more valuable to the Brewers as a solid backup than for other players. Remember, C's play 40-60 games as a reserve, not 10 like position players. Even if he doesn't hit much, he's a plus defender

3. That said, if he does hit like he has thus far, you could argue they should keep him and deal Lucroy.

I think Doug will keep his options open, and pick up a veteran and let him catch in Nashville every day, and just not worry about the C spot foe '13.

1-0 after the top of the 8th. Latos very good, and the 'pen has been too.

Henderson gets through the 8th, 1-0 still. Be nice to get an insurance run or two, Great American is built for fly ball cheap HR's.

Indians fire manager. Why that could not have waited a week, not sure. Not a lot of long-term planning going on in CLE.

What starting pitcher do you see DM going after for 2013+? Ed    

Link to FA's is here.            

Almost any on the list is possible, as they'll likely go after a solid veteran and a swingman type. Those guys who have avoided MIL in recent seasons because the rotation was set might see it as an opportunity with so many open spots.

Crew with two on, one out in 9th, Hart up.Now two outs.

Al, will they be able to bring in a top notch set-up man with Henderson and Axford entrenched to pitch in the 8th and 9th? NB

Top notch might be a stretch. Solid middle reliever or two will be added, as several are arby eligible and will not be retained.

1-0, bottom of the 9th. Axford on his way in.

Hate seeing Votto due up.

Cozart K's looking, fastball outside corner. One out.

Coaching staff coming back?

I assume so, unless Tunnell or someone else wants to do something else or be closer to home.

Votto K's swinging, high heat. Two down.

Frazier hits a HR to CF, all tied at 1. Jumped on the first pitch.

Single to LF for Bruce. Reds seem to be guessing and guessing right.

As BA points out, failure to score in top of 9th comes back to haunt them. Navarro up.

Reds win on a fly ball to RCF that falls in, Bruce was running on the pitch, scores. Strange sequence. Navarro appeared to guess right every pitch, have to wonder if he was guessing or thought he had Axford figured out.

4 out with 6 left, mighty tough, to say the least.

A few questions left, I will just work in. Thanks for joining the chat, wish it would have had a better outcome.

9/27/2012 01:00:00 PM

(9/27/2012 12:49:00 PM) - Al


9/27/2012 12:49:00 PM

(9/27/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Chat today at 1, e-mail questions to Yahoo, or on Twitter.


9/27/2012 12:30:00 PM

(9/27/2012 12:14:00 PM) - Al

I think this is pathetic and sad.

There are probably thousands of people far more deserving than this fella of a "charity AB" and I hate to rain on parades, but, he's already stepped to the plate in the majors, so he's already won.

This reminds me of the UConn player that was allowed to score a basket to set some record, even though she could barely hobble onto the court. The other team was allowed to tie it up with a layup, and then the "real" game proceeded.

There's a reason why sports are so popular, and that's because only the best rise to compete at each level. It's not some really good players and then a guy like me being picked out of a hat to fill out the roster.

I mean, there are also hundreds of rich people who would gladly pay a huge amount of cash...$250K, some might give up to $ benefit a charity if we let them go to the plate, or shoot a basket, or whatever. Should we let them hit also?

This reeks of an "integrity of the game" issue, except that, this guy was good enough at one time to play, so it's not like he just won a drawing or what have you.

9/27/2012 12:14:00 PM

(9/27/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

My fearless predictions, from April 11th, 2012:

10. Finally, not only will John Axford sign an extension during the season, but so will Chris Narveson.

9. Either Corey Hart or Nyjer Morgan will be traded before the July deadline.

8. The Brewers will win a wildcard spot, but not the division. I'm thinking 87-88 wins.

7. Prospects who will be floated in trade rumors, but not dealt? Scooter Gennett, Caleb Gindl, Logan Schafer

6. Midseason trade acquisitions? A LH reliever and an infielder.

5. Mark A will discuss the Bucks or the Bradley Center at some point during the summer, further deepening his ties to the Milwaukee sports scene. 

4. Aoki will improve his stock as he plays semi-regularly for a stretch when an OF gets injured.

3. Carlos Gomez will be impressive, at some point, you'll see/hear many fans wanting him to play everyday and/or be signed to a long-term extension.

2. Mike Fiers will finish the season as a valuable, successful cog on the major league pitching staff.   

 1. The Brewers will set a new attendance record, they will end up right about 3.125M.

Pardon the fonts, it's not worth the time to fix, the HTML code is about 20 lines each, and takes forever to edit. 

Safe to say 1 and 8 were misses, but if they would have done 8, 1 would have been accurate.

2, 3, 4 were hits. All outperformed.

5 did not happen that we know of, but I still feel it will be seriously discussed someday. Call me early. 

6, 7, and 9 did not occur, but the Crew were sellers at the deadline, not buyers. Hart could have been, to a half-dozen teams.

10 was rumored, but nothing was signed. It may well be this offseason, likely for less.  


9/27/2012 11:30:00 AM

(9/27/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Translation...our poll is worthless, because we just use random results.

There's a reason why Rasmussen is the gold standard. They think.

9/27/2012 11:30:00 AM

(9/27/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

But don't you worry...Obamacare will save us money!

9/27/2012 11:30:00 AM

(9/27/2012 11:20:00 AM) - Al

This week is the last full week of Brewers' baseball for 2012, barring a miraculous playoff run, which would be almost historical at this point.

Feel free to donate now, before the game and before our chat this afternoon. 

As many of you will either visit less or not at all in the offseason (though I realize, some of you skip over the Brewers' stuff like a skinny girl when presented with the dessert tray), I have decided to make this week the first Raise Money for Ramblings week.

So, basically, as most of you know, I was a victim of a layoff a couple weeks ago. At the time, I mentioned this and some you were kind enough to make a donation. I'm not going to go on and on like your local PBS station does, or keep an ongoing tote board. It simply comes down to this.

If you visit Ramblings and enjoy it, if you would like to put some money in the tip jar, I'd be happy to accept it. If you do not wish to, please, do not feel obligated. If you would like to, but do not have money to do so, also, no problem. I appreciate your patronage, as your hits do help, as it allows me to raise a small amount through advertising, which many of you do not see (I do not either) because of ad blockers, as well as the text ads on the sidebar. Your patronage of those advertisers is also great, and I thank you for it. If you wish to donate, but do not want to do so online, shoot me an e-mail. If you have already donated, thank you, I know I have already said this in a personal e-mail, but it was much appreciated.

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9/27/2012 11:20:00 AM

(9/27/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Cubs will be active on FA market, look to sign later trade targets to short-term deals.

Theo is following his plan to the letter. With all that cash, I'd suspect 2013 may well be the last year of non-contention for a while.

The farm system and big name signings will come later, when they are closer to the win mode in th success cycle.

9/27/2012 10:30:00 AM

(9/27/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Many will shrug this off as evil capitalists being greedy, but these are the same people delaying hiring more workers because, you know, they want to stay in business.

You can't keep asking a small percentage of people to pay for the entitlements of the Occupy generation. Eventually, they won't have any either.

9/27/2012 10:00:00 AM

(9/27/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Banks passing on "unexpected" costs from added government regulations?

1. I, for one, am shocked.

2. This is kind of a summary of the past four years...what happens when you think you can solve economic issues by taking money away from those who earn it, business and individuals.

Taxes, by any other name, are still taxes.

9/27/2012 09:00:00 AM

(9/27/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

If Palin said it, it'd be proof she's an idiot. Obama? Just an oops moment.

That said, he is very good at exporting jobs.

9/27/2012 08:30:00 AM

(9/27/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

fun times for free-agent starters. say theyre in market. also kc, minn, bos, lad, laa, nyy, maybe mil, chiw, atl, det--Heyman

Yep. Lots of teams need to add an SP or two. That will inflate both the money and the years given.            

9/27/2012 06:30:00 AM

(9/27/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Brewers' reliever is unscored upon in 17 of his last 19 games with a 1.96 ERA (18.1ip, 4er). He threw a perfect 7th tonight.--Brewers' PR

KRod will be on the fringes of the closer market, but will be in the solid set-up category. Had a bad stretch, but has recovered nicely.

Will probably look for a team with a young and/or unproven closer. Not gonna be in the top 30, but will have his choice, especially if he is open about money...he's concerned with history, so he'd likely close for the minimum if he had the chance.              

9/27/2012 06:30:00 AM

(9/27/2012 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Astros to name Bo Porter manager. He's just younger than me, so he should work well with the plethora of youngsters HOU is sure to run out there over the next few seasons, as they are near the bottom of a complete rebuild. They may well be looking at '15 or '16 before even being able to discuss a .500 record.

Or, to put another way, their place in the success cycle? As far away as you can be, though they did add some youth this past summer as they ditched anyone making over minimum wage.

9/27/2012 06:00:00 AM

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

(9/26/2012 09:58:00 PM) - Al

The polls could definitely be overestimating Democratic turnout. However, just as likely, they could be underestimating it.--Nate Silver

Thanks for that analysis, expert Nate. 

9/26/2012 09:58:00 PM

(9/26/2012 09:52:00 PM) - Al

Amazon's first homepage...less than 20 years ago. The next 20 are going to be an interesting ride.Probably see three times the advances, since now, internet companies actually make money.

9/26/2012 09:52:00 PM

(9/26/2012 09:37:00 PM) - Al

3.5 out with 7 to play.

The math is tough, but that's oodles better than before tonight.

9/26/2012 09:37:00 PM

(9/26/2012 09:01:00 PM) - Al

Months ago, I said I expected Carlos Gomez to be the CF in '13, with Logan Schafer picking up a start or two a week, and as insurance in case Carlos struggles. That's proving to be one of my most accurate guesses...well, I think it will be.

That reminds me, I made ten predictions early in the campaign, I'll have to reprint them and take a gander at them.

9/26/2012 09:01:00 PM

(9/26/2012 07:56:00 PM) - Al

Eczema is not mentioned here, but it's awful. I worked with a guy who had it on his hands, and he spent the entire day we worked together itching and rubbing his hands, which looked like he'd spent a few days soaking in chemicals...layers of skin loose, red, just awful looking. Said he was out of medicine, I forget why. 

9/26/2012 07:56:00 PM

(9/26/2012 07:20:00 PM) - Al

Wolf may miss all of 2013.

One has to wonder if he was in pain much of the season, as his results were well off of '11.

9/26/2012 07:20:00 PM

(9/26/2012 07:17:00 PM) - Al

As I said early, Gamel is not going to replace Fielder's numbers, but with Lucroy's improvement, Ramirez at 3B, and a full season of Weeks, the possibility of a better offense was there.

I never saw Aoki doing as good as he did, but I don't think anyone did. Segura/Bianchi at SS has been nice the past couple months too.

9/26/2012 07:17:00 PM

(9/26/2012 05:56:00 PM) - Al

The government gives advice on how to fix the tiny lunch more snacks!

Because as we all know, snacking leads to slim, healthy people. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to get a snack, and I am the picture of good health, damn it.

9/26/2012 05:56:00 PM

(9/26/2012 05:48:00 PM) - Al

The important things are being taken care of.

Sooner or later, I s'pose you ruin out of ways to lose.

9/26/2012 05:48:00 PM

(9/26/2012 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Huntington has done a brilliant job with the Pirates, they were probably below expansion team level when he took over. He has built the right way, and has added veterans but not blocked kids that were ready.

He should be signing an extension, but life is not fair.

9/26/2012 05:44:00 PM

(9/26/2012 05:04:00 PM) - Al

Peralta, Fiers sound unlikely to start their final games if Crew out of race. Wily is scheduled to go tomorrow, and Crew will be alive then, guaranteed.

9/26/2012 05:04:00 PM

(9/26/2012 04:58:00 PM) - Al

It's former Brewers' day concerning the BAL roster.

Randy Wolf done for season with torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Bill Hall comes up to take roster

Good luck to Randy getting healthy again. 

9/26/2012 04:58:00 PM

(9/26/2012 04:53:00 PM) - Al

Many of you are reading this just before you leave work on your hump day. Please take a few minutes to hit the Paypal before you head home. 

This week is the last full week of Brewers' baseball for 2012, barring a miraculous playoff run, which would be almost historical at this point.

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If you visit Ramblings and enjoy it, if you would like to put some money in the tip jar, I'd be happy to accept it. If you do not wish to, please, do not feel obligated. If you would like to, but do not have money to do so, also, no problem. I appreciate your patronage, as your hits do help, as it allows me to raise a small amount through advertising, which many of you do not see (I do not either) because of ad blockers, as well as the text ads on the sidebar. Your patronage of those advertisers is also great, and I thank you for it. If you wish to donate, but do not want to do so online, shoot me an e-mail. If you have already donated, thank you, I know I have already said this in a personal e-mail, but it was much appreciated.

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9/26/2012 04:53:00 PM

(9/26/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

For those who fail to see how far-left Obama is, Glenn notes the Green Party candidate is running to the right of him.

9/26/2012 03:00:00 PM

(9/26/2012 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Schafer and Bianchi get starts tonight. Surprised Hart is in the lineup, as I recall Arroyo has poor splits versus LH bats.

9/26/2012 02:07:00 PM

(9/26/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Ross Perot talking about himself...again.

9/26/2012 02:00:00 PM

(9/26/2012 01:42:00 PM) - Al

Don't forget, we'll be chatting tomorrow at 1PM during the game. Send questions to my e-mail or on Twitter.

9/26/2012 01:42:00 PM

(9/26/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

SE Cupp puts it all together, and it adds up to yuck.

Forward it to your friends. Put it on paper, it almost reads like fiction.

9/26/2012 01:30:00 PM

(9/26/2012 01:13:00 PM) - Al

This is pretty much how I make my pot roast, except I skip the yucky vegetables and use the crock pot.

Why don't people use slow cookers in recipes? Because it's too damn easy. That's why there's no show on Food Network with them, as each episode would last 5 minutes, and feature the same dialogue:

Just put in it and leave it 6-8 hours. Done, and perfect.

9/26/2012 01:13:00 PM

(9/26/2012 01:10:00 PM) - Al

The USA has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, yet folks scratch their heads daily, wondering why companies go elsewhere. 

The real question is, why do so many stay?

9/26/2012 01:10:00 PM

(9/26/2012 12:55:00 PM) - Al

Two Facebook cult members have already sent this out. Gullible much?

9/26/2012 12:55:00 PM

(9/26/2012 11:55:00 AM) - Al

Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar. 

That said, to non-Jews, we know it as Wednesday.

That's actually a Norm McDonald line from Weekend Update years ago. Still true though.

When i lived in the Twin Cities, I enjoyed KQRS's morning show, and one of the gang was Stretch, who one year worked despite being Jewish. He just shrugged it off and said it was a workday. To many Jews who live outside of heavily Jewish communities, it's not acceptable to take all those days off. I worked with a gal who was Jewish and in retail, and she said she tried to take the more holy days off as her one day a week, but for the most part, just ignored them. She said it was tough, because while they have to let you take them off, it was held against you when raises and promotions came up...unsaid, to be sure.

9/26/2012 11:55:00 AM

(9/26/2012 11:45:00 AM) - Al

Giving credit where credit is due...I was very unhappy yesterday with the school lunch provided to the Rambling son.

Today, I'm very impressed with DC Everest head of food service. She just called, apologized, refunded his lunch money, and thanked me for calling so she could ensure it is handled better next time. Should have been offered more of other stuff they still had, and he was not, and that was a mistake. No excuses she said.

It was handled as well or better than I'd expect at any retailer. 

9/26/2012 11:45:00 AM

(9/26/2012 11:15:00 AM) - Al

I agree wholeheartedly.

I'm offended, and I'm not a woman, so I can only imagine how irritated by it the female gender must be.

9/26/2012 11:15:00 AM

(9/26/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I hate cyclists because they ignore all traffic laws and seem to think they own the road. Other reasons here.

9/26/2012 11:00:00 AM

(9/26/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

All three of these pitchers mentioned would be fine fits for next year's Brewers' team, and will be linked to them until they sign.

For what he'll get, I like Santana more than Greinke. He's been very durable and has a similar ERA to Zack over the past 3 years. Haren has also, and actually has a better ERA since 2010.

9/26/2012 10:30:00 AM

(9/26/2012 10:26:00 AM) - Al

Do not forget, the whole idea of socialism is to "even" things out by making everyone a "have not."

As the old saying goes, it works great until you run out of money. Redistributing wealth only works as long as you have wealth. It's a political ponzi scheme with no historical success. 

When you do not believe in capitalism and punish success with every policy decision...just calling 'em like I see 'em.

9/26/2012 10:26:00 AM

(9/26/2012 10:20:00 AM) - Al

This is the best idea I've seen that does not involve lovely women in a half-decade, at least.

9/26/2012 10:20:00 AM

(9/26/2012 10:16:00 AM) - Al

I have little doubt the polls are Dem friendly samples, but I'm not sure how much.

I think they should use a combo of 2008 and 2010 turnout. They seem to use 2008 or random, however.

9/26/2012 10:16:00 AM

(9/26/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

They insist on getting involved in things for which they are totally over their heads.

For years we lived in a world in which school lunches were the greatest thing ever, because for some kids, they were the only meal, or decent meal, they would receive. Now, we have calorie restrictions matching that of a starvation diet, and the left's hands are bleeding as they applaud harder, even though the kids hate it, and in theory, many are going hungry...every, single day.

Government lowers the bar of every single thing they try to "fix."

9/26/2012 10:00:00 AM

(9/26/2012 09:25:00 AM) - Al

Gagne has always seemed like a good guy and straight shooter. That 80% number seems high, but it is probably what he believes.

9/26/2012 09:25:00 AM

(9/26/2012 09:22:00 AM) - Al

One source estimates NFL has saved $3.5 million so far this yr with use of replacement officials.--Mike Freeman

Where are these pennies I keep hearing about?                  

9/26/2012 09:22:00 AM

(9/26/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

5 reasons why being immortal would suck.

I think number 4 is best, by far. Having to listen to people tell me high taxes is the only way to a prosperous nation for infinity would be my fingernails on the chalkboard.

9/26/2012 09:00:00 AM

(9/26/2012 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Doesn't know US history, does not care about slavery in other countries. Does care about Letterman and The View.

If it's not the November election or golf, shut up.

9/26/2012 05:30:00 AM

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

(9/25/2012 09:52:00 PM) - Al

4,5 out with 8 left?

Doesn't look like it's going to happen. Might well see some of the youngsters worked into the lineup, one or two a day, by the weekend. Fiers may well be skipped, though his velocity was fine.

9/25/2012 09:52:00 PM

(9/25/2012 09:15:00 PM) - Al

Only 25 relievers had a better K/9 rate than Veras, and hardly any of them had higher ERA's...though Axford was one of them.

9/25/2012 09:15:00 PM

(9/25/2012 08:53:00 PM) - Al

It's received hardly any publicity at all, but Veras has been nearly unhittable for about 45 days.

He's made offering him arby go from "no way" to "I am not sure." His stuff is better than anyone on the staff, other than Axford, Yo, and maybe Peralta.

His ERA has been between 3.70 and 3.80 each year since 2010, and this past season, his BAbip has been .331, far higher than you'd expect from a guy who K's so many hitters, so he's likely been a victim of bloop hits and grounders squirting through. He's averaged 10 K's per 9 IP for three seasons running, you can't say that about many non-closers.

I would assume he'd get between $2.5M and $3M. Doubt you're going to get a better quality guy for less, unless you take someone coming back from injury or a soft-tossing type.

9/25/2012 08:53:00 PM

(9/25/2012 08:50:00 PM) - Al

The Braves have had a playoff spot clinched for a while. The odds of them losing every game, and the Cards/Brewers or Cards/Dodgers winning every one was zero a few days ago.

9/25/2012 08:50:00 PM

(9/25/2012 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Drama and Ozzie Guillen seem to always be close together.

I see this as a possible opportunity for the Crew to acquire Bell for peanuts, with Miami paying half or more of his salary. That said, if you're dumb enough to have Ozzie in charge of anything, you get what you deserve. If you've forgotten, he insisted his team won because of "small ball" the year they led the league in HR's.

MIL will almost certainly add a couple veteran relief arms next year, and KRod has said he will look for a closer's job (though, the math says there will be far more guys looking than jobs available, so there may actually be players like Frankie who are willing to take less to close, rather than the usual closer's premium). Bell makes sense, but the list is quite lengthy, as always, with middle relief arms.

One nice thing about the bullpen struggles and going with a mostly young rotation next year is free agent pitchers will seek out MIL, rather than avoiding them like the plague.

9/25/2012 08:27:00 PM

(9/25/2012 07:35:00 PM) - Al

Fiers seemed to have found his curve location, as if by magic. Wonder if someone said something or if he just "got it back."

That's an equalizer, to be sure. Looking dominant in the 3rd and 4th after barely getting through the 1st and 2nd.

9/25/2012 07:35:00 PM

(9/25/2012 06:50:00 PM) - Al

Pearce would have been a nice platoon partner with Gamel. Don't see a spot for him anymore.

9/25/2012 06:50:00 PM

(9/25/2012 04:22:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son's school lunch today:

2 saltines
a container of yogurt
chocolate milk

Carrots were also on his tray, but, since the Rambling dog is not allowed at school, they went untouched.

If you think that seems a bit skimpy, you're right. Seems they ran out of the main course, chicken noodle soup, and made no attempt to fix the problem, except to say, "sorry, we ran out of soup."

If you excuse me, I'd like to wonder what the exact day was that the public schools just stopped working.

EDIT: Friend of Ramblings' Matt e-mails in:

That's one way to keep him from getting fat. However, pretty sure they feed prisoners better than that.

Prisoners also have a better cable package than I do, but let's not worry about a 10 year-old not having enough to eat. Heck, if I fed my kid that every meal, Social Services would be breaking down my door and removing him from our custody. Since it's the school, however, I can only assume that person will have that job for life.

9/25/2012 04:22:00 PM

(9/25/2012 04:07:00 PM) - Al

G. K. Chesterton And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.--GK Chesterton

9/25/2012 04:07:00 PM

(9/25/2012 04:06:00 PM) - Al

See how many "friends" I lose on Facebook over my next message.


9/25/2012 04:06:00 PM

(9/25/2012 03:36:00 PM) - Al

Put some aloe on the Rambling dog's "hot spots." It's amazing how easy it is to treat his problems, and how many hoops you have to jump through for a human.

9/25/2012 03:36:00 PM

(9/25/2012 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Remember when that kid reached over the fence to catch a homerun and they called it a homerun anyway?                  

Remember that time that umpire ruined a perfect game?--Miller Park Drunk

Heh. I recall the crew in the last series the Crew played making several obvious errors. MPD points out the irony that suddenly, the replacement refs are the only ones to ever miss a call (and I'm referring to the offensive pass interference, which was an obvious miss). 

To be blunt, there are a dozen calls/non-calls every game regarding this, as well as offensive holding. Pretending one of them was the be all end all is a bit simple. Not a one of them are "defined" either, all are judgement calls.. unlike whether the ball beat the runner.    

9/25/2012 03:19:00 PM

(9/25/2012 03:10:00 PM) - Al

An e-mailer who shares my feelings on loving poker and not vandalizing property sends this link of a list of things anyone can do to make their community a better place.

I was aware of the charity (the founder is a poker player and evil capitalist entrepreneur), but had never come across the list. Of course, the best thing is, the things mentioned are fun, and do not create a mess.

Sadly, toilet papering houses falls under "tradition", which as I defined years ago, means doing the same stupid thing over and over for no apparent reason. In that way, tradition is pretty much the same as mental illness.

He points out his church group has days where they bake cookies for the elderly and go play cards with them, and the kids look forward to it for months. TPing, at best, seems kind of lame to most of us who are, you know, not simple or buffoons.

9/25/2012 03:10:00 PM

(9/25/2012 02:53:00 PM) - Al

Health insurance has gone way up, and will go up way more.

I, for one, am shocked.

Who would have guessed that adding more mandatory coverage would result in higher prices? I thought the insurance companies would, you know, just go out of business or lose money on every policy.

Actually, I didn't, because I'm intelligent enough to understand capitalism. Insert your own punchline here.

9/25/2012 02:53:00 PM

(9/25/2012 02:34:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son is having trouble with his acid reflux. Never thought I'd be typing that for another 20+ years, at least. Seems they do not have a kids version of an OTC medicine (you know, chewable or tastes good) except Tums, and that's too weak for the little guy (he can't take several, he weighs like 60 pounds, tummy too small).

Looked it up online last night and they said it almost always coincides with kids who have allergies...guilty as charged. Always hits him when he goes to bed, so a bigger pillow was also recommended, gravity you know. I've had problems about 5 times in my life, and always after bedtime as well.

Thank goodness we have the FDA insisting anyone under 18 get a script to control heartburn...just like morphine and Oxycontin.

9/25/2012 02:34:00 PM

(9/25/2012 02:17:00 PM) - Al

I'm not going to say much about the final call last night, as I'm sure many of you can find plenty of other opinions. But very quickly:

1. I still think it was "dual possession," however, it was not 50/50, the defender had more than half. I do not know what constitutes a correct call of "dual possession," and I have not seen anyone define it.

2. As pointed out in the Yahoo article, the final play does not explain how the Packers allowed 8 sacks in the first half, or how they were held to 12 points. If you allow it to come down to the final play, sometimes, bad bounces or questionable calls will occur.

3. In the list of "worst calls," the list is long, and plenty have been worse and more obvious. As one commenter said nicely, "put it in black and white and grainy footage, many will be saying it adds to the beauty and mystery of the game."

9/25/2012 02:17:00 PM

(9/25/2012 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Brian and Bill among the least biased.

I have no problem with "homers," as 95% of the audience is rooting for the home team. Also, they only tested one game, and using "we" is kind of silly (many announcers are paid directly by the team, so "we" seems fitting).

9/25/2012 02:08:00 PM

(9/25/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

No way I keep this up with my research time of 2 minutes, 10 seconds a week, but I'm off to a fine start in this NFL pick'em contest.

9/25/2012 01:00:00 PM

(9/25/2012 12:55:00 PM) - Al

Wow. The years have been rough on Buffy.

Those 25 and over years are hell on the ladies.

As the Rambling wife says, that's what happens when you have a kid.

9/25/2012 12:55:00 PM

(9/25/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Who would have guessed?

Note the hidden factoid that each hated lunch is now more expensive. And most of it ends up in the trash.

9/25/2012 12:30:00 PM

(9/25/2012 12:20:00 PM) - Al

Changing public schools so they do not suck anymore.

9/25/2012 12:20:00 PM

These are the good old days. Some folks are just too busy wishing the streets were paved with gold to enjoy the good times.

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