Wishful Thinking?

benjamin franklin.jpg“If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.”

                         — Benjamin Franklin (1705 – 1790)


So?  Maybe those troubles would actually be worth it, Benji.  Ever think of that?  Probably not.

Because you’re dead.

But if you were alive I don’t think you’d see the harm in my team having a good run like the Yankees did in ’96, ’98, ’99 and 2000 if it meant I’d have to endure a decade of them being awful.  I do remember the ’90s I’ll have you know.

So let’s just entertain this idea for a second and ask the baseball gods to grant me these three wishes:


May the Cardinals Reach the Post-Season

Doesn’t seem like this is still out of reach but I feel like I better wish for it anyway.  The rest of the schedule appears to support the possiblity: three games with the Cubs — who have proven thus far in September that they are still the Cubs — and then the Pirates, Reds, three more with the Cubs, then the Diamondbacks and Reds to finish out the season.  Excluding the NL Central leaders, it doesn’t seem like that tough of a task. 

Then again, “the Cardinals shouldn’t have made it this far” say the baseball pundits. 


May the Palin Hype Be Exposed for What It Actually Is: HYPE

Yeah, I know it’s asking a lot to have the baseball gods interfere in politics, but this is important… very important.  Sure, she’s attractive.  She’s sassy.  She’s got that sparkly star-quality that has been absent from the GOP since the Reagan years.  But does she really warrant this?

sarah palin doll.jpgI think as the double standard dissolves, the hair comes down and we US Americans get a handle on what she really stands for (teaching creationism in schools, taking away a woman’s right to choose, making sure firearms are still readily available) people will get a clue and start digging on those issues.  Having Palin one literal heartbeat away from the highest office in the world is pretty scary s*** if you ask me.


May Successful Baseball Players Learn Not to Injure Themselves In Frustration and Damage Their Teams’ Chances at Making a Playoff Run

Carlos Quentin slamming his wrist against his bat because he was upset that he struck out was not cool.  Carlos Quentin slamming his wrist against his bat (because he was upset that he struck out) and subsequently ending his season was definitely not cool.  Didn’t anyone learn anything from Kevin Brown?  If your name is Donnie Dolittle and you ride the bench, fine, go ahead and take yourself out of the lineup indefinitely.  But if you’re the catalyst for everything that has been good for the surprise Southsiders this season, then you certainly need to grow up and NOT hurt yourself.

Thankfully, the Sox aren’t out of the playoff hunt because of this, but they are a million times better with Quentin in the lineup. 


These are the only things I ask for, folks.  That’s it.  Nothing else… 

But before I go, I’d like to introduce Gov. Palin to Bill Maher:


You can hate him.  You can hate me.  But don’t hate us ‘cuz we’re right.





  1. PAUL

    I’ve come to the belief that we’re all underestimating the sheer audacity of the Republicans (at our peril) as they try to wrest the “change” mantra away from Obama and make general statements to counteract the fact that the last zealot that was elected with only a vague notion of how to run things and a deeply held belief in God walked in and wrecked the place.
    After seeing the report on MSNBC last night that the lovely Gov. Palin has been not just stretching the truth about her “Thanks but no thanks” reaction on the “Bridge to Nowhere”, but is out-and-out lying about it by saying it seven times until yesterday, all in different speeches, I actually thought to myself, “They’re not gonna say it again. They can’t. It’s been proven to be not just a game of political truth-juggling, but an outright fabrication. They’ll let it fade away and forget they even asserted it.” Then about an hour ago, as she was speaking in front of an adoring crowd in Virginia, she said it AGAIN!!! Obama had better take off the gloves and fast.

  2. flairforthedramatic

    You’ve got to admit that the whole Palin thing is funny though. I don’t know if you saw the MTV VMA’s but the guy hosting made a joke out of Palin’s daughter’s situation. He said he felt sorry for the father, who is just a boy having unprotected sex one day and then rushed to the Republican Convention the next day and that’s a lesson on safe sex. “Wear a condom or become republican” Lol, it was hilarious.
    In all seriousness though, it would baffle me if the tag team of stupidness got elected. If they win this country deserves the hell that’s coming toward it.
    I’ll be glad for ya if the Cards make it to the postseason ‘cuz I do not hate you ‘cuz you’re right.
    V – http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com

  3. meteachmath@yahoo.com

    Just please answer me this…Why do all liberals, democrats,…whatever you want to call yourselves, think that all republicans are stupid? I’m finding this to be more and more evident as this presidential campaign continues. I also wonder why, Jeff, you seem to be so very angry (as all liberals are) about our world in general. It’s as though not only are you trying to convince everyone around you, but also yourself, that this country is horrible and we should be ashamed to be Americans….that the only one to save us is Obama. One last thing…us AMERICANS in these “fly-over-states” have a vote too.

  4. redstatebluestate

    I wouldn’t go as far to say that I am angry. I’m not really. Does the state of our nation bother me? Sure it does. Do I think Obama will fix it all? No. But his proposal would be a good start. I’ve endured 8 long years of idiocy (that’s where we Libs get the “Republican = Stupid” thing) from GW Bush and I want it to change yesterday. I have said it many a time that I don’t believe all conservatives are alike. My dad is an o’reilly-lovin, gw-supportin’, gun-blazin’ GOP backer and I love him just the same. At the same time, when we invade countries without circumstance and throw our nose-in-the-air attitude around the world, it does embarrass me. I have lived in Spain and China for extended periods of time and the world sees us Americans (because of our government representatives) as bullies. They see us that way for a reason and I expose those reasons ad nauseum with the hope that it will — eventually — change. Remember, without liberals, women wouldn’t be able to vote, blacks would be enslaved, and women wouldn’t have the right to choose what they do with their own bodies (just to name a few).

  5. dezmo68

    I agree with the math teacher. Look at the news sources from the other posters…MSLSD and MTV. Incredible, the lack of thought that must go into assertions such as those of Mr. Maher. If humans are evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes? Are they unable to evolve? (contradicting the theory) To answer your question Mr. Math teacher, Liberals are so much more “enlightened” (indoctrinated) than US Americans. That is why they consider everyone who thinks unlike them as ignorant. They will always try and solve our problems for us with more and worse public policy, as long as the “fly-over states” (gun-toting, religion-clinging voter core) allows them. I yearn to be free….from Liberal government control. BSRS should stick to what they do best, baseball.

  6. flairforthedramatic

    For the record, I do believe it was obvious that I quoting a joke [aka thing not to be taken seriously]. For one, I’m not claiming I know much about the political world, and frankly I don’t care as much as the next person because I’m not even old enough to vote yet, but I’m not stupid. I don’t base my views on MTV or the other comedic shots at the republican party so don’t be so quick to make your assertions Mr. Brian_Dez.
    Also, I think Jeff will agree when I say: Can anyone these days take a joke? Why so serious?
    V – http:/flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com

  7. redstatebluestate

    Ha ha! I love it! Nothing gets people charged like baseball and politics! Can’t wait for my Texas-secession father to chime in. Yikes!

  8. mlb33333

    The guy hosting the MTV thing was Russell from England (it was me!!). Actually it wasn’t me but it was strange seeing Russell Brand on American TV.
    On the subject of the election I think I speak for the whole world when I say that we want Obama to win, firstly because everybody wants to like America again, and secondly with the introduction of Palin we are all getting a little uneasy about having people who believe in “the rapture” in the White House.


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