Derek Jeter Does Not Deserve a Unanimous Vote into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Full disclosure, I hate the Yankees!

This week Derek Jeter was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Larry Walker. Jeter fell 1 vote short of receiving a unanimous vote into the hall, and this had Yankee fans run to social media talking about how “we” need to find this writer who dared to vote against Jeter.

Larry Walker and Derek Jeter

And to be fair it wasn’t only Yankee fans, but it’s always more fun to point them out HAHAHA!

Now, if you are honest and you put your Yankee/NY bias aside for a moment. You will realize that Jeter receiving 99.7% of the vote is a great accomplishment, and all of this complaining about 1 vote is really stupid.

Let’s start with some facts:

  1. In his 20-year career, Derek Jeter was never the best player in baseball. Without a doubt a top 5 and top 10 player in baseball but never dominated the sport like say Mike Trout
  2. Derek Jeter was never a MVP, he finished top 3 in voting 3x

So when you look at the only player to be voted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame unanimously, Mariano Rivera stands out from Derek Jeter. Rivera without a doubt is the greatest reliever/closer of all-time; he’s the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time). Mariano dominated baseball, and there was no question he was the best closer in the game. Derek Jeter never reached that level, and that’s ok, it doesn’t take away from what he accomplished.

Here’s something for Yankee fans to think about, Joe DiMaggio, ‘The Yankee Clipper’; was voted the sports greatest living player in 1969. Joltin’ Joe was not a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, in fact it took 3 years for him to be voted into the hall and he only received 88% of the vote.

As always…

there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Rand Paul Working to Expose Whistleblower…

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is on that bullsh*t, lets be honest.

Today Rand Paul blocked a senate resolution that would have restated the Senate’s support for whistleblower protections, because he supports the notion that President Trump should be able to face his accuser, as allowed by The Bills Rights. Paul went on to introduce his own legislation that included the president’s right to face his accuser along with the following,

“The bill I will introduce today will expand the whistleblower act [and] would be made retroactive so Edward Snowden can come home to live in his own country. All he did was expose that his government was not obeying the Constitution,”

The Hill

Paul is picking and choosing what should apply to the president. If Paul feels so strongly that the president should be afforded the rights of every other American, shouldn’t that also include that the president can be indicted if he commits a crime?

What is it about Trump that Republicans trip over themselves to protect him and ignore the facts that are in plain sight?

Now Rand Paul is threatening to expose the identity of the whistleblower… What about the Whistleblower Protection Act??

As always…

there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

The Prince Estate Reminds the Trump Campaign to Stop Using the Singer’s Music

In October of 2018, the estate of Prince sent a letter to the Trump campaign requesting that they no longer use any of the deceased singer’s songs at any Trump campaign events and activities. The Trump campaign responded that they acknowledged the request and will no longer use Prince’s music to avoid any “future disputes”.

This request was not unusual as other artist expressed similar displeasure in Trump’s campaign using their music.

Of course this didn’t stop Trump from using Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ at his recent 2020 campaign event in Minneapolis.

Why ‘Purple Rain’? Well, it’s the campaigns hope that they can change the state from ‘Blue’ (Democrat) to ‘Red’ (Republican) for his re-election bid. It’s their hope that Minnesota is up for grabs which would make it a ‘Purple’ state.

This didn’t go over well with The Prince Estate, and they let it be known

Prince believed in owning his music, and fought hard to make that happen, just for situations like this. So far there has been no response from the Trump campaign, but they better not play with the estate. The last thing want is to have Prince’s ghost haunting them.

As always…

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Shepard Smith Leaving Fox News

Over the years Shepard Smith has been known for his opposing views of Republicans and his colleagues at Fox News . More recently he has been critical of President Trump while others at the network fawned over the Commander-in-Chief.

Today the Fox News anchor announced Friday would be his last broadcast

“Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalist will thrive,” Smith said.
The Fox News anchor, hired to join the network at its inception in 1996, said his agreement with Fox meant he would not be reporting elsewhere in the near future.
“So recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News, after requesting that I stay, they obliged,” “Under our agreement I won’t be reporting elsewhere, at least in the near future, but I will be able to see more of Geo and Lucia, and our friends and family, and then we will see what comes along.”
“This is my last newscast here. Thank you for watching today and over the decades as I traveled to many of your communities and anchored this program, studio B, and Fox Report, plus endless marathon hours of breaking news. It’s been an honor and my pleasure.”

Mediaite.com

While Smith was far from perfect, his departure from Fox News eliminates one of the few voices that challenged the Trump propaganda machine at the network.

Not that it matters to me much as I’m not a frequent viewer of Fox News. I am curious about one thing, did Shep get a farewell cake from Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity?

As always…

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Ellen DeGeneres and George W Bush are Besties, and I am Not Impressed!

On Sunday as a guest of Charlotte Jones (daughter of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones) Ellen DeGeneres yucked it up with former President George W Bush while watching the Green Bay Packers beat up on the Dallas Cowboys.

When I saw the moment caught by the NFL on Fox broadcast, my initial thought was this is going to go viral on social media. I knew there were going to be a bunch of Twitter fingers angry seeing Ellen having a good time with Bush. And of course, the outrage mob didn’t let me down. As many questioned why the 2 were hanging together, others applauded the moment, for people of opposing views being capable of being civilized.

For me, I wanted to see if Ellen or Bush would speak on the chill session and not jump to conclusions and start calling anyone a sellout or giving out any praise.

With social media talking about the moment all-day Monday, Ellen decided to wait until Tuesday to speak on it during her show…

DeGeneres talked about what led to the moment and explained how she was invited and that she knew she would be in company of people with differing views.

“When we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs. And I’m not talking about politics… I was rooting for the Packers,” DeGeneres joked. “So, I had to hide my cheese hat in Portia’s purse.”

Fox News

Ellen went on to explain that she is friends with George Bush and how its about not only being kind to people with the same view points but to everyone

“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” DeGeneres continued. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”

Fox News

“When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”

Fox News

After watching Ellen’s explanation, my first thought was, “Awesome Ellen, but…”

“Different views and beliefs”?

I know it has been a while since Bush was president (2001-2009), but let’s not forget this is the same man that

  • Opposed the legal recognition of same sex marriage and supported the idea of an amendment that would prohibit same-sex couples from obtaining legal recognition
  • Threatened to veto the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Threatened to veto the Hates Crime Prevention Act that expanded crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability

To me this is more than just different views and beliefs, and leaves Ellen open to criticism as an advocate for LGBTQ rights.

I’m not saying Ellen should have walked out of the suite when she saw Bush, or she should have brought up politics while watching the football game. If this is your “friend” then I hope you are challenging your friends’ dangerous views and beliefs. And that is something she never mentioned while asking us to be kind to everyone.

And while Ellen was giving cover to Bush, Dubya was thankful and appreciated his friend sticking up for him…

That’s it?!?

As one person on Twitter noted (unfortunately I don’t have their Twitter handle),

“I have to take issue with this, with all due respect. There’s nothing wrong with being friends with people of different beliefs, but there IS something wrong with being friends with someone who has hurt you and your community without remorse or a change,”

This is what I am talking about, Ellen defends their friendship and Bush continues to stand by his anti-gay record while receiving praise for being able to have a chill session with his lesbian friend

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Time for Bernie Sanders to End His Campaign

It’s time for Bernie Sanders to end his presidential campaign, no more ‘Bern Baby Bern’!

I am not saying this because I disagree with Bernie’s politics, or because I can’t take his constant yelling during debates, LOL. I am saying this because the man just had surgery to insert 2 stents to address a blockage in one artery.

Being President of the United States must be the most stressful job on the planet and has taken its toll on younger and healthier men than Sanders. This is not the job for a 78-year old man who just had 2 stents inserted into his chest.

This is something Sanders must come to grip with, the writing on the wall. Sanders’ campaign pulled $1.3 million in ad buys that were supposed to start running in Iowa.

At 78-years old Bernie is not going to have a miracle recovery that will allow him to campaign at the level he would need to stay competitive in the primaries. It would be more productive of Bernie to stop his campaign and to throw his support behind a candidate that shares his beliefs, and the sooner that happens the better for whoever that candidate may be.

Now will Bernie selfishly stay in the race for his own ego or will do the right thing and put country first?

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!





NY Mets fire Manager Mickey Callaway #MetsTwitter #LGM

The Mickey Callaway era with the NY Mets is now over, and I can admit, I was wrong.

When the Mets named Callaway the manager back on October 23rd in 2017, I was all-in. I believed in what Callaway did as a pitching coach and his belief in analytics and it being used in baseball. While Mickey wasn’t my first choice (Alex Cora) I felt Mickey was the best next thing.

I was so confident in the hire that I talked trash on Twitter and referred to Callaway as a top 5 managing candidate at the time.

Clearly, I am not ready to be a GM yet, LOL!

Callaway struggled with handling the bullpen, although I will give him a pass for the most part when it comes to the pen. The talent wasn’t there and it’s difficult to manage a pen when relievers are not doing their jobs. What could not be forgiven was Callaway’s in-game moves with pinch hitters and being out maneuvered by opposing managers.

A perfect example of this was a couple of weeks ago, with the Mets in the hunt for the playoffs. Callaway allowed the Phillies to pinch-hit Bryce Harper to hit against Tyler Bashlor (Righty), and explained he wanted to get Phillies regular old reliever Mike Morin out of game. We are not talking about Mariano Rivera here…

While it’s not great that the Mets must find a new manager, this is different from previous years. This is a Mets team that has talent, a young core in Pete Alonso, Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Confronto, and a pitching staff that is formidable (Jacob deGrom). For the first time in a long-time, this is team that can attract top managerial candidates.

Of the top candidates, Joe Maddon and Joe Girardi would be at the top of my list. As of right now the word is Maddon will head west to take the Angels job. If that’s the case Joe Girardi would have to be the guy previous experience handling the NYC market and not afraid of the bright lights.

But…

If I had a dark horse, Houston Astros’ manager AJ Hinch, who could be looking for a challenge and good friends with Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!