Monthly Archives: July 2009

Say it Ain’t So, Papi…Say it Ain’t So…

Big Papi

I became a Boston Red Sox fan during the late 90s. I wasn’t much of a baseball fan growing up; all I cared about was the NBA when I was young. I cheered for MJ up until about 1994, then started pulling for the Utah Jazz during the last two Bulls championship years. Baseball? Nowhere near my mind.

Then I started taking an interest in it for some odd reason, and one thing became absolutely clear: I hated the New York Yankees.

The Yankees won everything. They were clean-shaven and cocky. They had history. They had the biggest payroll in baseball. They had it all. And yes, they had the typical New York fan base: loud, obnoxious, arrogant, and generally disgusting.

Then there were the Red Sox. The Curse of the Bambino. Eighty-six eventual years without a title. Bad luck case after bad luck case. Bill Buckner. Rough guys with facial hair. Decades of underachieving. These guys were the David to the Yankee’s Goliath (even though they also had a huge payroll).

I saw a few games between the two teams, and I was sold. My family’s American League team was the Rangers, but I was a Red Sox fan. At first I liked them because they were the Yankees’ arch-rival, but then I loved them because they were the “SAWX.” Out in the NL, I was still a regional supporter of the Astros, but when it came to the AL, it was nothing but Sox.

Then it happened. The “Idiots” brought a title to Boston after 86 years. 2004 is a year that will forever bring a smile to every Red Sox fan’s face. They came back from 3-0 down in the playoffs to beat the Yankees in 7 games. It was the stuff from which legends are made.

Then today happened. Two of the biggest stars for the Sox in 2004, Manny Ramirez (already outed) and David Ortiz were revealed to having been using performance-enhancing drugs during that stretch.

2004 has now become 2004*.

Big Papi, a crucial piece of the puzzle in bringing Boston back to the top after most of a century of losing was a user. What made it worse is that he has spent years denying allegations that he was a user. “Me? Big Papi? Noooo…”

Actually…yes. Yes, Papi, you cheated. Hundreds of players in the Major Leagues were using as well, but you were part of the problem. And worst of all for every Boston fan out there, we BELIEVED that you were clean. When you told us you weren’t cheating like the rest, we believed you. We loved you. You were our big, home run-smacking teddy bear. BIG PAPI!

Today Big Papi seemed a little smaller. 2004* isn’t quite as endearing of a memory. And it all serves as a reminder that roughly the past 20 years of baseball will be a painful, dark time in the sport’s history.

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Creativity

The Internet has brought a lot of bad into the world and caused billions of hours of lost productivity, but without it, we would miss the opportunity to experience some incredibly creative work from very talented people out there. Case in point: Keith Loutit.

About Keith (in his own words):

I am a Sydney based photographer. These photographs and short films were made in ordinary places, probably not too unlike where you live. Combining a variety of techniques, I aim to help people take a second look at places that are familiar to them.

That’s a modest way to describe his own work. What Keith does is take a Nikon camera, a tilt-shift lens, stop-motion photography, and his talents to create some of the most unique videos I’ve seen on the web. I’ll say no more, but just to clarify…THESE ARE REAL. Keith takes thousands of photos, stitches them together in a video-editing program, adds in some sweet music, and then proceeds to blow peoples’ minds.

Enjoy.

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

Origin II from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

The North Wind Blew South from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

See all ten of Keith’s videos by CLICKING HERE.

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“God Awful”

The CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce RIPPED Barbara Boxer for injecting race into an argument simply to gain his favor.

I’ll be honest…I got tickled.

Escape from New York

This is what happens when liberals get in control of government.

From the New York Post article – Dem Health RX a Poison Pill in NY:

Congressional plans to fund a massive health-care overhaul could have a job-killing effect on New York, creating a tax rate of nearly 60 percent for the state’s top earners and possibly pressuring small-business owners to shed workers.

New York’s top income bracket could reach as high as 57 percent — rates not seen in three decades — to pay for the massive health coverage proposed by House Democrats this week.

So in an economy that is still trying to recover from a recession, they’re hoping to raise taxes to 57% in order to pay for their sacred healthcare plan, failing to understand that the multitudes of millionaires who live in New York will eventually depart for greener pastures, laying off workers in the process.

Does that sound good for the economy?

Also, while I’m here…

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