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Classic Links, Labels, Spending, Healthcare and Baseball

Aoefe writes about labels humans apply to themselves and others from August of 2009

Ricky Raw discusses the power of vagueness from February 2008

Thursday’s thoughts on Gwen Stefani and related issues from October 2007

Welmer writes about cheating military wives from April 2009

Roissy talks about the kind of girls who go to bars from August 2008

 

The acronym MRA gets thrown around quite a bit, but what does it really mean?  I am especially guilty of this myself.   I use it as shorthand for blogs that discuss mens issues that aren’t exclusively game oriented. Sometimes I even use it when I really mean MGTOW.  Not very precise I must say.  The problem I see, speaking for myself only, is that I am not exclusively focused on rights and I’m certainly not an activist. I’ve thought about it a little bit and came up with an acronym which better describes me. MIP.  Mens issues proponent. 

Issues encompass everything.  The micro, the macro and everything in between.  The personal, political, historical, and cultural. I’m not just concerned with mens legal rights.  Heck, I’m concerned with everyone’s  legal rights.  In fact I spend more time talking about micro (Game) and cultural issues, both on here and elsewhere, than about laws being changed.

Proponent simply means lending a voice.  I’m not important or wield any ability to change much. I don’t take to the streets.  I don’t hold placards.  Not only for mens issues, but everything else.  I didn’t go to the local tea party rally for example.  Despite my conservative views, my demeanor is pretty moderate.  Shouting into a bullhorn or chanting slogans doesn’t do it for me.  Not necessarily opposed to it, just not my bag. I’m a mens issues proponent in the same way I am a school vouchers proponent, or low taxation proponent, or private health care proponent.  So no, I’m not an activist

 If I didn’t have a blog I probably wouldn’t give it a second thought. In writing especially, its nice to be able to quickly sum up a point of view without writing a 4 page dissertation on it.  I use “conservative with libertarian leanings” in the same way.  I also embrace the label: Bronco fan.  I welcome thoughts on this.

 

Adam Sharpe at Seeking Alpha wrote an interesting piece on deficit spending.  He provides a graph.  HT: Ace of Spades

spending

5 gold stars and the title of “Ganttsquarry’s Commenter of the Month” goes to the person who can guess what I am thinking.

 

An example of the Utopia that is Britain’s healthcare system.  Terrible story.  RIP Mathew Millington.  HT: AoS

 

Not to sound like a pony tail sporting, patchouli oil wearing hippy, but I think it’s a shame how Major League Baseball handles inclement weather in the post season.  As you might know, the Rockies and Phillies got postponed yesterday due to snow and freezing temperatures here in Denver.  It got rescheduled for today, or more precisely, tonight….at 8 o clock.  It won’t be in the 20’s like last night, but I doubt it will be over 35 or 40.  The game won’t end until 11 pm either. 

The Rockies/Phillies play 162 games to get into the playoffs and then have to play crucial games in freezing weather not conducive to high level performance.  Pretty lame. Why?  TV contracts.  The rational thing to do is schedule the game for 1 pm.  This is not exactly an issue that threatens the foundation of the republic, but I’m glad I could get it off my chest.

Now I’m off to go watch the Broncos play a sport perfectly suiting for cold dreary weather.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Baseball in the Mile High City

Baseball in the Mile High City

Went to a baseball game today. 

A few highlights…

1.Lou Piniella got thrown out of the game in the second inning.  If you are familiar with Lou’s temper, this won’t shock you.  Surprisingly, it was only the second time all year this has happened.  To say that the crowd enjoyed watching a grown man throw a temper tantrum would be an understatement.  My blackberry can’t zoom in very far, but Lou is in between the mound and third base.

Man Child

Man Child

2. Two people got hit with a broken bat that flew into the stands.  Paramedics had to come to the scene.  Not sure how bad the injuries were.  Damn those maple bats.  I see a class action lawsuit coming in the future.  I hear John Edwards is available.

3. The Rockies won.  Hopefully all 7  Rockies fans that don’t live in Colorado will read this and rejoice. I know the entire country is clamoring for the Rockies to be playing in October.

Some thoughts on the general baseball experience…. 

A baseball game is a good way for me to cheer up on the state of Western Civilization in general, and gender relations in particular.  Lots of young couples,  married couples with kids, elderly couples and father/son combinations.  

The young couples seem happy.  Yes, even the hapless beta looking guys seem like they might make it.  Plenty of frat guy/sorority sister and late twenties professional types. 

The older married couples will often bring 2 or 3 rugrats to a game and take up half a row.  The provider beta and his hausfrau generally look pretty content.  I saw a younger alpha type guy with a pretty young thing who was pregnant. They also had a toddler with them.  A good looking young guy with a pretty wife (both under 25) and 2 kids used to be the norm.  Now it’s something I notice in a crowd of forty thousand people.

Good Crowd

Good Crowd

Elderly couples are always fun.  Usually dressed to the gills in Rockies attire and very….spirited for the home team.  Many use scorecards.  Keeping score at a ballgame is, for the most part, an activity reserved for the 60 and over crowd.  I like it.  It’s old school.  Unfortunately, I don’t like it enough to carry on the tradition. 

My favorite is the father/son combo.  I’m sure it’s because it reminds me of my childhood.  When I look at a father explaining  the rules of the game, or buying his son a hot dog…well it’s touching…it brings back memories.  It reminds me of how fast time flies. It also allows me to personally celebrate fatherhood even as the popular culture works to undermine it. 

A quick note about the single mom with her son at a baseball game. Good on you.  At least you are attempting to do something your son might enjoy.  Something with a bit of testosterone and tradition in it.  You seem to be trying to make the best of a crappy situation.

These are some of the reasons I walk out of a baseball game feeling better about the culture. I realize, unfortunately,that this is not a representative sample.  The optimistic feeling lasts through the drive home though.

Some other thoughts…

Cub fans suck.  I’m guessing a third of the crowd was Cub fans.  They revel in mediocrity.  They celebrate 100 years of futility. They wear it like a badge of honor.  They feel superior rooting for a team with such an inglorious history. They are sure to let you know it.  Cub supporters are the swpl of fandom, and the Chicago Cubs are the omegas of MLB.

As a result of these losers being so popular, the Rockies jack up their ticket prices when they come to town.  The owners are spend thrifts so this isn’t surprising.  I wouldn’t mind, if they opened up their wallets a bit more for key free agents.  I don’t expect a Yankees like budget,  but the state of Colorado can support a higher payroll.  The Kansas City Royals we are not.

I like seeing the curmudgeonly, geriatric vendors.  Would you rather work as a Wal Mart greeter, or do this for a living?

Grumpy Old Vendor

Grumpy Old Vendor

“God Bless America” is not our National Anthem. Everyone stands, takes off their hat, and faces the flag with hand over heart.  Uh, am i missing something?  That is protocol for “The Star Spangled Banner”.  Should I do this if a Lee Greenwood song comes on the radio?  Don’t get me wrong, GBA is a wonderful song, but is it necessary to play it every 7th inning of every baseball game?  I know its origins(after 9/11), and I wouldn’t much care, if not for the way it has become equated with the SSB.  Oh, and for the record, I caved like I always do.  I stood and took my hat off.  Didn’t put my hand on my heart though.  I know, I know.  A courageous act indeed.

What do dinosaurs and the Colorado Rockies have to do with each other?  This does.  I would prefer an over sized bottle of Coors Light. You be the judge. 

Don't scare the kids

Don't scare the kids

If you think athletes should be role models (I don’t), you can’t  go wrong with the Colorado Rockies.  You never see them in the police blotter and they all (really!) seem like stand up guys.  My favorites are Brad Hawpe, Dexter Fowler, Ubaldo Jimenez, Aaron Cook and Todd Helton.  Their interviews are boring though.

Good Guy

Good Guy

Pet peeves…

I’m not a prude.  In fact, kinda the opposite.  However, I could really do without the skanks that come to a ballgame looking like they just got off the day shift at a seedy strip club.  Skip the game, head to the club, and I’ll meet you and your tramp stamp by the bar.

The muscled to the max, shirtless, buff douche that spends the whole game primping and posing. He fixes his hair and stands up to face the crowd excessively. We get it. you work out. A lot.

Perhaps, Coors Field could have a section reserved for the buff douche and the stripper skank.  They are made for each other.

To echo this man….

If you are over 14, leave your baseball glove at home.  It makes you look like Forrest Gump.  I can’t believe the effort people will go to to get a 5 dollar baseball.  An older guy, probably around 50, made a nice, effortless, barehanded grab on a foul ball hit to him.  Very alpha move.  No little league mitt needed.

I’m not sure what the age limit(25? 35?) on this pet peeve is, but…  Why would an old guy want to wear a jersey of someone young enough to be his child?  I saw a three hundred pound guy in his 50s, wearing a Tulowitzki jersey.  It looks ridiculous.  Plenty of other stuff to wear that shows support for the team.

Luckily I managed to avoid the rest of the stuff on Bill Simmons’ list today.  No belligerent cussers, pathetic manginas, big heads or drunkards to contend with.  All and all, a nice time in the sun.

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