Baseball Fun Facts

Baseball – THE CASTRO CONNECTION


-David Strobach.-

There is no Hall of Fame where Castro is going……

Fidel Castro, the cruel and harsh Cuban dictator, may have had an opportunity that could have altered the path of Cuba, history and his own life.  Fidel Castro was a star pitcher at the University of Havana.  It was always rumored that Fidel tried out for either the Washington Senators or the New York Yankees.  So…what if?  What if he had made the team?

This is more than baseball…this is world history.

Castro, one of the most cruel dictators in the world; could things have gone differently?  He ranks among the inhumane ruthless dictators in history.  Let’s review:  Castro, a communist, lived in an obscenely luxurious palace, ruled with violent military force, while his own people would average an income of about 19 dollars a month.  Human rights were being stripped from the people including: freedom of choice, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.  Embargos left the people hungry and without employment. Whoever would oppose him was imprisoned, many “disappeared”, and thousands were forced to flee Cuba.  So many innocent lives and families were affected.  Sadly, numerous people were tortured and killed.

Think about this.  What would’ve have happened to Cuba if Fidel Castro made it to the “Bigs?”  Would so many lives still have been ruined? Would another ruthless dictator just have taken his place in history?  How would the Cuban missile crisis have turned out?  Would it ever have happened at all? Would Cuba be communist?  If not, would they have been our allies?  Could the Cold War have ended differently or at least the threats?  Could world history have been totally different?  What if headlines read, CASTRO THROWS NO HITTER! instead of CASTRO KILLS PROTESTERS????

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It’s amazing to think . . . what would have happened if he had only made the team and been part of something awesome, like BASEBALL !?!?!?

PERHAPS NOW, AFTER HIS PASSING, RELATIONS WITH CUBA WILL CHANGE……AND IN TURN, WE CAN ENJOY BASEBALL TOGETHER!

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MY JERSEY GRAVEYARD…….The Curse Continues


-David S.-

I have terrible, just terrible luck that follows me whenever I get a new jersey!    I did publish a post like this a year ago, but the list continues to grow !!

THE CURSE (including football) :  EVERY TIME I GET A NEW JERSEY-BOOM!- THAT PLAYER GOES DOWN IN FLAMES!!!!!!

Last Christmas I got a few football jerseys. We all know, they aren’t cheap.  Robert Griffin III, Aaron Rodgers, and Russel Wilson are added to my collection – BOOM!  –   RGIII tears his ACL snd Aaron Rodgers  breaks his collarbone.  A few years ago the Green Bay Packers had a running back named Ryan Grant.  I bought his jersey and got his autograph! So excited, then he has a horrible ankle injury and was never the same!  I also have a Clay Matthews shirt, which my mom tries to snag.   Guess what!?!?! He breaks his thumb!!!!!!!!!

That’s just football… my cursed luck is even worse with baseball!

Doug Melvin, Brewers GM, makes a clutch trade to acquire C.C. Sabathia in 2008.  Out of pure excitement I had to buy a jersey!  Then, BOOM!,  he’s gone…..  Rickie Weeks has a dominating all-star season and gets a nice contract.  I thought it was safe to get his jersey, but no…oh, no.  Injury prone and unproductive!  Same thing happened with Yovani Gallrado! I get the Brewers had a blockbuster trade to receive Cy Young winner Zack Greinke???  He gets traded to L.A. -Another useless jersey.  Remember when the Brewers had Casey McGehee?  He played like a total Beast!!!  I try to shake things up and go for the new guy, since my luck with veterans stinks.  Buy his jersey…he then stinks!  I mean he was so awful-GONE!  Same thing with Mat Gamel.  Gets hurt two years in a row and the Cubs picked him up off of waivers.  I thought I’d be safe with Brewer favorite, Corey Hart. Wrong!  Last winter I was so excited to get his shirt!  Then….season-ending knee surgery and becomes a free agent!  As soon as I get a John Axford jersey; he performed poorly and got traded!  Prince Fielder left Milwaukee!  I literally got a Norichika Aoki shirt during the last home game in Milwaukee….BOOM! -gone!

My favorite player as a kid, J.J. Hardy, was a total idol to me!  For my birthday my brother got me a retro 1980s Hardy jersey. It was sweet!  Shortly after my birthday, he gets traded to the TWINS for Carlos Gomez!  My friend Kyle gave me a Carlos Gomez shirt.  He got hurt that week and was out a few weeks.  Taylor Green , eager rookie hopeful…hip surgery!  Favorite player David Wright gets puts on the DL days after I get his jersey in Cooperstown, NY.  He then gets plunked in the head against the Brewers!

Ryan Braun…….that’s all I’m gonna say…

RUSSEL WILSON IS THE ONLY SAFE ONE!! It’s only a matter of time…

For Christmas I’m asking for an Andrew McCutchen jersey.  SORRY in advance to Pittsburgh fans everywhere.

PERHAPS I SHOULD CHANGE MY JERSEY PREFERENCE TO CAREERS I WANT ENDED?!?!?!?!? So…any career that you would like to see ended?

Baseball – THE CASTRO CONNECTION


-David S.-

There is no Hall of Fame where Castro is going……

Fidel Castro, the cruel and harsh Cuban dictator, may have had an opportunity that could have altered the path of Cuba, history and his own life.  Fidel Castro was a star pitcher at the University of Havana.  It was always rumored that Fidel tried out for either the Washington Senators or the New York Yankees.  So…what if?  What if he had made the team?

This is more than baseball…this is world history.

Castro, one of the most cruel dictators in the world; could things have gone differently?  He ranks among the inhumane ruthless dictators in history.  Let’s review:  Castro, a communist, lived in an obscenely luxurious palace, ruled with violent military force, while his own people would average an income of about 19 dollars a month.  Human rights were being stripped from the people including: freedom of choice, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.  Embargos left the people hungry and without employment. Whoever would oppose him was imprisoned, many “disappeared”, and thousands were forced to flee Cuba.  So many innocent lives and families were affected.  Sadly, numerous people were tortured and killed.

Think about this.  What would’ve have happened to Cuba if Fidel Castro made it to the “Bigs?”  Would so many lives still have been ruined? Would another ruthless dictator just have taken his place in history?  How would the Cuban missile crisis have turned out?  Would it ever have happened at all? Would Cuba be communist?  If not, would they have been our allies?  Could the Cold War have ended differently or at least the threats?  Could world history have been totally different?  What if headlines read, CASTRO THROWS NO HITTER! instead of CASTRO KILLS PROTESTERS????

It’s amazing to think . . . what would have happened if he had only made the team and been part of something awesome, like BASEBALL !?!?!?

PERHAPS NOW, AFTER HIS PASSING, RELATIONS WITH CUBA WILL CHANGE……AND IN TURN, WE CAN ENJOY BASEBALL TOGETHER!

 

Fun Fact of the day 5-22-12


Did you know Bill Veeck, former owner of the Chicago Cubs used to have midgets as food vendors so the fans wouldn’t get their view spoiled?

Fun Fact of the day. 5-21-12


The first World Series in history of baseball was between Boston and Pittsburgh in 1903.  It was a 9 game series and Boston won the series 5-3.

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