…after Carlos Gomez was plucked by Jose Mesa. Willie Randolph clearly turned in anger afterwards. Someone must have insisted now was not the time. The Phillies were dying and let them continue doing so. To retaliate would have awakened them. I’m sure someone wanted to.

Lets hope Sosa’s hammy only costs 2-3 starts. That would be a minimum. I don’t like Ollie being scratched tomorrow.

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update here.

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Roggio continues to amaze with his daily dispatches. Here’s the numbers in his words:

The numbers have changed dramatically in the two months since April. Today about 48 percent of Baghdad is secured, with 7 percent under the control of the Iraqi security forces in the retain phase, 16 percent of Baghdad has yet to be cleared and about 36 percent of Baghdad is in the process of being cleared.

In a little over two months, the Baghdad Security Plan resulted in a jump of about 30 percent of the neighborhoods secured (19 percent in April to 48 percent in June), a drop of neighborhoods in the disruption phase of about 25 percent (41 percent in April to 16 percent in June) and a steady state of neighborhoods being cleared (about 35 percent).

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story here from Sky News

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There was nothing racists in Paul LoDuca’s comments. It was the print media-not LoDuca-that went there. LoDuca’s comments were targeted toward the print media who has delved into every part of his personal life and yes to some of his Spanish speaking teammates who’ve been ducking reporters.

It was the members of the club who speak Latin who were first to come to LoDuca’s defense. See yeterday’s comments by Julio Franco and Jose Valentin. Thanks to Metsblog for these. The Mets players were the ones who cleaned up the media’s mess when they made the inference that LoDuca’s comments were in any way racists.

And on the other side of the story, LoDuca has been targeted by the tabloids and has a right to be upset about it. True enough its not the beat writers who generate the gossip pages, but they should be more understanding when a player is going to be short with employees of a paper that are smearing them. 

Lisa Olson refuses to see this today in todays NY Daily News. She does so in a “Dear Paul” letter. She attempts to indicate that it was a little bit of each sides fault:

But if you’re going to criticize us for mistakes both real and imagined, we should have the opportunity to explain our side of the estrangement. Readers, listeners and fans generally don’t give a fig about how we go about our jobs (though many of them dabble in amateur blogging). But based on your emotional interview yesterday, clearly you care about your reputation, just as we care about ours.

Is it fair to say we both have erred? Your transgression first: On your way out of the Shea clubhouse Thursday night, after rain postponed the game between the Mets and St. Louis, a radio reporter asked if you had made a decision to appeal the two-game suspension you incurred following an on-field tantrum last Saturday. You reacted vociferously to the query, so that teammates and reporters couldn’t help but overhear.

“I’ll do this, but you need to start talking to other players, ” you said. “It’s the same three or four people every day. Nobody else wants to talk. Some of these guys have to start talking. They speak English, believe me.”

If you hadn’t uttered that last sentence, your comments, caught on several tape recorders, still would have been fodder for the chattering class. Adding the final phrase was like tossing dry leaves on a smoldering cigarette. Given the makeup of the Mets – more than half the roster is Latino – your words were ill-advised and newsworthy. Imagine if we hadn’t reported them, and they were leaked nonetheless. Think fans and readers in a city as diverse as New York might have accused the media of ignoring what could be perceived as an incendiary comment?

If you think we’re trying to create, as you claimed yesterday, “dissension in this clubhouse, ” you ought to have heard the subsequent grumbling in the press box. Storms had scratched the game stories; reporters from city, suburban and New Jersey news outlets would have been heading home if it weren’t for your odd harangue. And please note: we don’t see the headlines until we pick up the paper in the morning, same as you.

Ok, let me get this straight. So you went with something that was overheard without getting the whole comment. And that meansssss…..errrrrr, taking it out of context. And that was LoDuca’s fault? And oh, yeah, you don’t write the headlines.

And then Olson goes into something else that isn’t the media’s fault:

As for salacious reports about your personal life, not a single sports journalist wants to spend his or her time away from the ballpark stalking you. Like with the headlines, we’re rarely privy to what the news side is doing. You might want to focus your anger on whoever in your circle is tattling on you, sending the media spicy pictures.

So its LoDuca’s “inner circle’s” fault and its “giving” stories to the media? Buuuuuuuuuaaa hahahahahaha. Thats almost too rich for comment.

Making it someone else’s fault twice in one column is clear chutzpah.

Friday’s headline story that the Mets had to deal with yesterday demonstrated that at times the print media comes at sports teams and athletes it covers. Credit Franco, Valentin and now Carlos Delgado for slam dunking the media both debunking the story and coming to the defense of a respected teammate. That sweep was nice, too.

Lisa Olson’s “Dear Paul” angle was snide and does nothing to relieve any tension or increase the level of trust this ball club will have with the people that appear at their lockers with pens and long notepads.

 

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John Maine’s fabulous start and Carlos Beltran’s two homers sealed the second game with Damion Easley’s long two-run blast to center. 

El Duque was excellent first for hisa fourth win.

Metsblog has your updates now

The handled what could have been a significant pre-game controversy by sending out veterans Jose Valentin and Julio Franco to protect LoDuca and take the high groud.

Well done fellas. You took care of it yourselves.

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From a surprising source in Rueters comes this story. Maybe the demleft is starting to read stories like these and its why we haven’t heard the “f-word” in awhile. A few days anyway.

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Its really great for me to listen to these three guys do the games. Yes, its like old times. Maybe I’m biased but I think their the best-both at explaining the game, but also in the levl of entertainment they provide. The three have known one another so long, the dialogue is free and easy.

I agreed with Ronnie tonight when he asserted that Cole Hammels intended to hit Jose Reyes as retaliation for his little 1st inning dance off 3rd base. Darling also articulated his position on the issuance of warnings at such times as it “doesn’t allow for closure and it keeps things festered.”

Darling was not being disengenous as it was the way he felt as a player and the way he played.

In 1991, Joe Magrane dusted off Gregg Jefferries with a pitch at Busch Stadium. Darling didn’t paricularly care for Jefferries, but promptly plunked Terry Pendleton.

No warnings were issued and nothing happened afterwards either. End of issue.

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J.D. Johanesse has an excellent millblog, Blog Outside the Wire and has an excellent column in the National Review titled, Surging to Defeat: Senator Lugar ignores what’s happening in Iraq. Money line here:

Lugar is saying, “Because we lack the will to win, let us make a decision not to win, and thus reassert our will.” This is particularly untimely now, when our military has accomplished one of the most stunning successes of this prolonged struggle.

Its noteworthy that Johannese along with Bill Roggio, both millbloggers are finding their work in more widely read publications. people are looking for more accurate sources that whats traditionally been found in the MSM. And it remains fascinating how out of touch members of congress are about this war. The link in Johannese’s blog to his NR piece is titled, “Lugar’s Delusions.”

 
 

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Writing in Hugh Hewitt’s page, Dean Barnett covers the bases. He says this of the Administration:

I’ve admired this president for a long time, but I’ve reached a point where I’ve had it up to here (my hand is at my forehead) with this administration’s chronic obtuseness and arrogance. The top priority right now for the administration should be the war. And yet the president spent what little political capital he had trying to shove this atrocious immigration bill down the country’s throat. This whole gambit was the logical equivalent of Abraham Lincoln in February of 1864 seeking out the non-war related issue that would most effectively divide his base and then relentlessly championing that issue. That would have been dumb, right? And yet that’s exactly what President Bush did.

 

President Bush is going to need a united base come September if he wants to stay the course in Iraq. Given that consideration, calling 90% of that base bigots probably wasn’t a very good idea. Fickle, weak-kneed and misguided Republican senators like Dick Lugar are already preemptively declaring defeat.

 

Will the Republican base forgive the administration for its actions surrounding this bill? My guess is no. We’re moving on to finding another leader for the party, and in 7 months or so we’ll have one. In the meantime, thanks to this idiotic gambit, there’s a power vacuum right now in the White House.

 

Maybe the base can fill that vacuum. The only good news is that the past political fortnight showed that the Republican base, when enthusiastic, can have a dramatically positive effect on Republican politicians. If the base demands victory in Iraq as loudly as it demanded defeat for this immigration bill, the Republicans in congress will once again listen.

And then he supports what I said yesterday that it was a victory for conservative base voters:

Yes, it sounds trite, but your voice was heard. Remember, the original aim of this bill’s authors was to have it enshrined as law in a mere 48 hours. You raised such a fuss that that became impossible. But the bill’s supporters were undeterred and remained the clear majority in the Senate.

 

Truly, I don’t think a single Senator changed his mind on the underlying merits of the bill. Those that changed their votes did so because they heard from their constituents. So what’s the takeaway? Your voice counts.  In a democracy, that’s a very fine thing.

He’s not so kind to John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Trent Lott. But he points out that there wwere some heroes among republicans just the same.

Lest we find ourselves lost in a throw-the-bums-out mentality, let’s take a moment to recognize the Republican Senators and Congressmen who led the fight to beat back this wildebeest of a bill. I had Pete Hoekstra on the show last night; Rep. Hoekstra isn’t known as a ball of fire, but he was passionate last night. He was great. He fought against the tide and he wasn’t alone.

 

Jim DeMint has been a stalwart on this since day one. Same goes for Sessions, Cornyn and Inhofe. David Vitter went mano-a-mano with Harry Reid. John Shadegg showed what real House leadership would look like. Someday we’ll have a Speaker Shadegg, and that will be a fine thing indeed. If I left any of the politician good guys out of this brief list (and I’m sure I did), my apologies.

Writing in this morning’s Washington Times, Stephen Dinan points out something similar:

The immigration-reform bill was supposed to be a defining moment for the old guard.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy could establish a new civil rights legacy to rival his brothers’; Sen. John McCain could show leadership and accomplishment by standing up to his party’s base; and President Bush could secure a major domestic achievement for his second term.

Instead, the young guns — a small, wily group of junior Republican senators, most of them with less than a full term in the upper chamber — sent the bill into a tailspin, tying Democratic leaders into legislative knots and earning enough opposition among senators to block the Senate bill, culminating in yesterday’s vote to kill the measure.

It may well be that many of the same voters whom gave support to the senators who were behind the bill’s defeat are supporter’s of the Iraq War. They likely don’t personalize the issue as the MSM would have you believe and will support the President on the war.  They just disagreed with him on this bill. 

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