Friday Song to Start the Weekend: The Rolling Stones, “Can You Hear Me Knocking”

Happy Birthday Keef! You will outlive us all.



MLB upholds its ban against Pete Rose

Rob Manfred upheld Major League Baseball’s lifetime ban against Pete Rose. Manfred didn’t pull any punches in his written decision:

Most important, whatever else a “reconfigured life” may include, in this case, it must begin with a complete rejection of the practices and habits that comprised his violations of Rule 21. During our meeting, Mr. Rose told me that he has continued to bet on horse racing and on professional sports,including Baseball. Those bets may have been permitted by law in the jurisdictions in which they were placed, but this fact does not mean that the bets would be permissible if made by a player or manager subject to Rule 21.

In short, Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established by the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989. Absent such credible evidence, allowing him to work in the game presents an unacceptable risk of a future violation by him of Rule 21, and thus to the integrity of our sport. I, therefore, must reject Mr. Rose’s application for reinstatement.



The whole process is so sad. Like so many others, I admired Rose as a ballplayer. I wore out the pages of the Official Pete Rose Scrapbook as a kid. I started following baseball and collecting cards during the last two to three years of his march to the all-time hits record. His hustle and determination seemed second to none. And then he was effectively gone thanks to gambling, for reasons I didn’t really understand at the time.

Gambling by players, coaches, or teams is a far bigger threat to the game than steroids. No one would watch baseball if it wasn’t a competitive sport. That’s why baseball treats gambling as a mortal sin.

Rose gambled and he lied about it. He apparently continued to lie about it, even when seeking forgiveness twenty-five years after MLB banned him. Unfortunately, Rose confessed but never repented. It didn’t work. I think Manfred’s decision was a no-brainer under the circumstances.

Given the specific findings Manfred makes in his written opinion, I think this is the last we’ll hear about Pete coming back to baseball. There will be no groundswell for the HOF admitting Rose. Heck, I guess Fox Sports 1 doesn’t bring him back for the 2016 season after today.

What do you think about MLB’s continued ban of Pete Rose?


Friday Song to Start the Weekend: Slade, “Merry Xmas Everybody”

I should have included this one on my list of favorite Christmas songs. I’m surprised Slade never made it in the US.

Have a great weekend!

Time Machine

Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why?

I’d buy a time machine. It’s the most interesting of the three options. The opportunities are nearly endless depending on the parameters (i.e., does one merely observe or participate in different eras) a time machine. I could reshape history as it occurs. I could relive past glories. I could avoid past mistakes. I’d do my best to make lots of $$$ gambling on sports. Lots of good things.

Using a time machine wouldn’t be without its difficulties, of course. There’s the butterfly effect problem. Who knows how minute changes in the past would change future events? How would those changes affect other people? If those changes adversely affect others–particularly innocents–could I accept those consequences and the responsibility?

There’s also the possibility of experiencing a dystopian future like the one depicted in The Time Machine. Do I want to see a degraded society first-hand? What if I couldn’t do anything about it?  No one wants to be treated like the Cassandra of myth.

Also, using a time machine would potentially eliminate uncertainty. Is that a good thing? Some of the greatest moments of exhilaration I’ve experience occurred when I did not know whether or how an event would occur. Would using a time machine eliminate that feeling?

More so than those issues, I’m wary of becoming sacrificing life in the present at the expense of the past or future. It seems like it would be easy for me to slip in and out of different eras while not living in the moment.

Notwithstanding those issues, I’d go for the time machine. What about you? Would you go for a time machine or one of the other gadgets?

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Favorite Christmas Songs

I’m trying to get into the holiday spirit. I spent several hours last Saturday listening to a Christmas station on Pandora. Oddly enough, it seemed to do the trick. Here’s my playlist of ten faves:

What songs get you going for Christmas?