Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2012 Presidential Election + Philadelphia Phillies + NHL Labor Talks

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This headline topic has been re-posted because it is Election Day here in the United States. Go out and vote for whoever you feel the best federal, state and local candidates are. It is your right and your duty. 

On the lighter side, here are some Philadelphia Phillies' candidates for the consideration of every baseball voter:

Baseball Topic:  Phillies' Presidential Ticket Choices

While I'm following the playoffs, there are no Phillies' games to seen. As such, it's  clearly time to consider which two Phillies' players would serve as an alternative Presidential ticket in an all baseball world.

Presidential Candidate:  Roy Halladay 

This doctor isn't operating like he used to, but should still be able to get the job done. 

Vice Presidential Candidate:  Kyle Kendrick

'KK' has proven that he can step-up and get the job done when needed. He's a true supportive friend to anyone in the top spot.


Presidential Candidate:  Kevin Frandsen 

Yes, he's an alternative political choice, but man did this gritty guy know how to hit the ball squarely.

Vice Presidential Candidate:  Erik Kratz

Anyone who can throw a runner out at second base from his knees and slammed a number of home runs has earned a backup spot.


Presidential Candidate:  Jimmy Rollins 

The old dog knows how to defend his turf and still knows how to get the baseball economy going.

Vice Presidential Candidate:  Darin Ruf

This young pup has shown remarkable power. With just a little bit of seasoning, he might be ready for prime time.


Presidential Candidate:  Cliff Lee 

He inherited the run support of Cole Hamels, but didn't complain about it. His numbers were also as good as anyone on the political baseball scene in Philadelphia this year. 

Vice Presidential Candidate:  Jonathan Papelbon

Yes, he's kooky (and we have seen that in a VP before). But, the man is loyal and gets the job done. What more do you want from the second in command?

Recent Headline Topic: Bernie Parent interview

Based upon strong response, I'm re-posting the links to my series about interviewing Bernie Parent. 

Here is a link to Part 1 in my series about that interview: 
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Meeting a Legend  

Here is a link to Part 2 in my series about that interview: 
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Pregame Preparations

Here is a link to Part 3 in my series about that interview:
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Postgame Reflections

Classic Headline: Three Flyers' Legends

Each of these Flyers' legends (Brian Propp, Dave Poulin and Tim Kerr) deserved their own feature article:

Here is a link to the story about Propp: 

Hockey Headline Topic:  NHL

If talks go well, there is plenty of time for the NHL start its season within a month. We can only assume that would also allow the Winter Classic to be put back on the docket as well. 

Of course, assuming anything during negotiations is very speculative. So, time will tell if a deal actually gets done.
Baseball cards

For those of us who are old enough to remember
When Baseball Cards were King, the spring is always a special time of year.

Bygone days spent with elementary school days and family members opening packs of Topps cardboard gold never truly fade away.
Classic Headline Topic: The Best Phillies of the Current Era

-->>Due to the volume of interest generated in this specific article, it has been re-posted. If you have read it, or choose to open this link now, I hope that you enjoy:  
The 10 Best Philadelphia Phillies of This Era

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Classic Headline Topic:  Hope for Phillies' Darin 'Babe' Ruf 

Seeing Darin Ruf hit numerous home runs out of a Double-A park in Reading was thrilling. Seeing him hit his first major league home run, during the first game that he started in left field for the Philadelphia Phillies was priceless (to coin an advertising cliche.)  

Will he actually develop into a major league player? Could that happen by next season? No one knows the answers to these questions, but personal stories have always drawn me to this specific game.

Here is my feature article about him.

Classic Headline Topic: The anniversary of Pete Rose's 4,192 hit.

Pete broke Ty Cobb's hit record on 9/11/85. The man was unique in the annals of baseball history. 

For those who are interested, my recent feature comments on Rose's time with the Phillies and the complex feelings that many of us have about his gambling issues:
Phillies' great Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and baseball justice

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