Monthly Archives: December 2011

“Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays”

“The Priests”, a classical musical group from Northern Ireland,  sing their version of “Oh Holy Night”.  It’s my very favorite Christmas song and I’m happy to share it with you.

The Best All-time Baseball Movie? ….. You Decide!

There’s nothing better than a bucket of buttered popcorn and a good baseball movie .  I’ve seen a lot of them and up until a month ago my very favorite was probably “For Love of the Game” with Kevin Costner.  Who wouldn’t love Costner in a baseball movie?  He’s such a “guy” as Kelly Preston tells him in the movie.  It’s about the perfect game and except for some flashbacks the entire story takes place in one day on a quest for the perfect game.  I’ve seen it at least seven times and will undoubtedly watch it seven more.

Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"

But on November 24 this year I could hardly contain myself waiting for “Moneyball” to open.   I waited for it with excitement and anticipation like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Christmas morning,   especially after reading the book.  And I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading

Bonds and Steroids ~ Impossible to Defend.

I’d like to talk about the obstruction of justice charge, not just in the Barry Bonds case, but about the charge in general as it’s used in our judicial system.   For example take this hypothetical situation in a court setting:

Question:  “What did you find out?”

Answer:  “I found out I didn’t find out anything.”

Question:  “Oh yah?  How did you find that out?”

Answer:  “I don’t know.”

Evasive answer?  Maybe.  Maybe not.   But after  years of investigation, interviews,  personal vendettas and dumpster diving, the prosecutors in the Barry Bonds perjury trial  ended up with obstruction of justice being the only charge that the jury found fit to find Bonds guilty of.

Our system is seriously flawed folks.  What does obstruction of justice mean?  It sounds to me like it means if, for whatever reason, the jury can’t find the defendant guilty of anything else, they can always charge him with obstruction of justice – meaning the defendant got in the way of a conviction on one or more of the other 75 charges.

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Baseball Videos? These Come With a Warning!

Okay, maybe things were a little slow here today.  I mean there’s still a few more months until Spring Training and the football menu’s been a little lean since  Green Bay and the Niners  clinched their divisions, at least here at our house.   I spent way too much time looking at YouTube this afternoon, but did come up with a few little ditties to share with you.   Honestly, this stuff is addictive.  Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.

Geez!  They must have a really wide strike zone in Japan.  

Ouch!  Don’t try this at home kids.

I see a great career as a majorette if this doesn’t work out!

Seriously, this guy belongs on a football field.  Is there such a position as “baseball tackle”?

Note:  This is the end of my video selection.  If you are seeing an advertisement, my apologies.  It has been placed here without my permission. ~ Ronni, GFBB

Ron Santo ….. Newest Selection to Baseball Hall of Fame!

“Voice of Ron Santo Broadcasting”

I’ve spent most of the day researching Ron Santo and all I can say is I wish I could have known him.  What a character!  At least that seems to be the consensus of all who knew him.  A wonderful wacky yet sentimental man whose playing career ended in 1974, but is known more by the younger crowd of Chicago Cub fans for his career in the WGN broadcast booth as a color commentator.   Wikipedia has done an excellent job with a four page article that spans his birth in 1940 in Seattle,  Washington to his death on December 3, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona and includes his legacy and election into the Hall of Fame today.

Here’s a worthwhile commentary on Ron Santo’s Hall of Fame selection today by D. J. Short, Hardball Talk, 12/5/11

“The Veterans’ Committee just announced that the late Ron Santo has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Continue reading