A SWING AND A MISS FOR NY YANKEES ANNOUNCER JOHN STERLING
Legendary NY Yankees announcer John Sterling is known for the nicknames he gives players after they hit homeruns. “BERN BABY BERN!” he’d yell after a Bernie Williams blast. “IT’S AN ABOMB….FROM AROD!” after Alex Rodriguez left the yard.
In fact, one of the most fun aspects of the Yankees acquiring a new high profile hitter is guessing what John Sterling’s homerun call will be for that player.
Speculation about this has even taken up significant space in newspaper columns and eaten up time on local television and radio.
So, naturally, when the Yankees acquired 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, everybody was eagerly anticipating Sterling’s call for him.
Stanton gave us the answer early, homering in his very first at bat as a Yankee. Stanton did not disappoint at all in his debut, adding a second homerun to his stat line later in the game.
Sterling on the other hand? He disappointed greatly.
“Giancarlo, non si puo stoparlo!”
In Italian, that means, Giancarlo, you cannot be stopped.
That is fine, but the call is a dud.
Some have suggested this is because Stanton is not Italian. Na, who cares about that? If the phrase works, it works, no matter what the player’s ethnicity is.
The reason the call fails, is because it is not a commonly used phrase and does not roll off the tongue.
Sterling says he will not change it and that is his prerogative.
And as long as the Yankees are winning and Stanton is playing well, I do not think anybody — including Stanton himself — will care.
But it is disappointing that Sterling swung so hard and missed so badly on this one.
There is an important vote on the horizon in the New Jersey state Senate that should be of interest to everybody nationwide, because it could potentially serve as a model for other states.
S-485 is a bill intended to grapple with the exceedingly high costs of out of network care for patients. The bill is a good idea and well-intentioned, which is why so many physicians support the transparency and disclosure requirements included in it.
However, before it passes, there are issues that need to be resolved in order to avoid some potentially egregious issues.
For starters, the dispute resolution mechanism in the bill is badly skewed in favor of insurers. It allows them to skimp on payment to doctors, but does nothing to guarantee the savings get passed on to patients.
Numerous insurers have spent millions on lobbying and advertising rather than on patient care and there is no mechanism in this bill to keep this from continuing to happen.
Hospital and physician costs have risen at a marginal rate of less than 2% while insurance premiums have continued to go up at record rates. This indicates an increase in administrative costs and lucrative salaries at insurance companies rather than an honest accounting and best-practices attempt to properly serve patients.
Simply put, while the bill should pass in some form because it is necessary to protect patients from exorbitant out of pocket costs, the way it is curretly constructed does not accomplish that.
Fixes need to be made.
What kind of fixes? Here are some potential ideas:
-Ensure arbitrators use market based charged data when issuing decisions. The unilateral use of health insurance payer payment methodology in arbitration would allow health insurance carriers to revert to deceptive business practices which were outlawed in New Jersey years ago.
-Get rid of the parts of the bill that permit federally-regulated plans to “opt in” to state arbitration.
– Make the process of granting waivers for patient cost sharing far easer, since it would allow physicians to help their indigent patients get care.
-Get rid of punitive measures for struggling to properly adhere to difficult payment plans. These plans should be easy to understand and easy to comply with.
As a doctor myself, I want what is best for patients and patient care.
I understand insurance companies need to make a profit, but patients are getting crushed with out of network costs and this bill needs to be put in place to stop that from happening.
This current bill is flawed, but worth fixing.
I have great faith in the men and women of New Jersey state government to realize the shortcomings of the bill and make the appropriate changes for the good of the hard working men and women of the garden state.
I have no doubt that in the end, they will do the right thing and put the needs of patients first.
IS YOUR VENDETTA AGAINST THE PRESIDENT REALLY WORTH CRUSHING THE LITTLE GUY?
I keep hearing liberals are champions of the “little guy.” But this uproar over Trump Hotel in Washington, DC has honestly got me wondering if that is nothing more than a marketing ruse.
Boycotts have been called for and some even want to shut the hotel down simply because it has the Trump name attached.
Of course, this would not really hurt Donald Trump. The man is a billionaire and one hotel going out of business would not do much to negatively impact the president’s bottom line.
But it sure would financially cripple the hundreds of employees who make their living and pay their bills working at the hotel.
I hear complaints about conflict of interest, and while I understand the concern, again, look at what that hotel really means to the presidents bottom line. It is a blip on the radar.
And take a look at what a room costs at that hotel as opposed to others in similar areas of DC. For that amount of money, do you really think anybody is buying influence? Lobbyists toss around millions daily, but a few hundred bucks for a hotel room is going o get the job done?
I don’ think so.
I personally think the president should just sell the hotel altogether so there is not even an appearance of impropriety.
But to think it makes any difference in terms of favors or how policy is set is just ridiculous.
As I said, in terms of buying favors, worry about the big money from K Street, not some small potatoes mini-bar charges in a hotel room.
But beyond that, if you actually do care about the “little guy,” then stop trying to hurt him by attempting to get this hotel shutdown just because you do not like the president.
These are real people with real lives, real families, and real bills.
Your vendetta should not extend to them.
So, if you really care about the average person, stop wasting your time on trivial nonsense like hotels, and focus on policies you think will help improve their lives.
It’s what you say you stand for.
So stop hiding behind a bunch of angry anti-Trump bluster and propose real solutions that do not involve stripping working and middle class people of their jobs at a hotel just because you despise seeing the owner’s name on the building.
STORMY DANIELS’ INTERVIEW DREW EYEBALLS, BUT CHANGED ZERO MINDS
Pornographic movie star Stephanie Clifford AKA “Stormy Daniels” lit the Internet and television sets on fire Sunday night on 60 Minutes talking about her alleged affair with current president Donald Trump back in 2006.
Ratings were incredibly high for the interview, as Daniels revealed the story of her affair with Donald Trump to the public.
The most salacious claim she made was that somebody threatened her in 2011, although she did not know who it was, and could not prove Donald Trump had anything to do with it even if the accusation is true.
Beyond that, I hate to sound like a jerk, but why exactly am I supposed to care about this story?
All due respect to Ms. Daniels, but while her story of spanking Donald Trump with a magazine is certainly entertaining, I fail to see what the big deal is.
Is it that the president had an affair a dozen years ago? I certainly think it is wrong to cheat on your wife, but I remember a time not so long ago when we were told repeatedly that what a president does in his personal life does not matter.
I guess the rules are different if you are a politician with a “D” next to your name.
Are we seeing an uproar because Ms. Daniels was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement and given “hush” money? I hate to burst bubbles here, but that is not all that uncommon with rich and powerful people.
I have heard people suggest the president should be impeached over this which is beyond comical.
Like it or not, people knew this part of Donald Trump’s character. He was a public figure for decades and one of the most famous people in the world. Part of his persona was to openly brag about the “hot” women he had sex with.
So precisely why would anybody be surprised by this or care about it at all?
I understand if you do not like the president and simply want to get upset over everything he does. Fine. Not exactly a healthy way to live your life, but that is up to you.
But for the rest of America, an election was held and a choice was made.
Donald Trump, a billionaire real-estate mogul from NY who made no bones about being a womanizer won the presidency.
No matter how many women come out alleging past affairs with him, the victory he achieved last November still stands and he is not going anywhere.
And as much as I hate the phrase “already baked into the cake,” it really does apply here. Go poll Trump supporters and people who hate the man.
You are going to find that those who hated him already still do and those who support him still do.
Very few people care about this because they already knew this is the type of behavior President Trump exhibits and they made their pace with it. Be upset about that all you want, but it is the truth.
The Republicans may or may not lose the House later this year. They may or may not lose the Senate. Donald Trump may or may not be re-elected in 2020.
But I can promise you this: None of those results will have anything at all to do with Stormy Daniels.
DO NOT MAKE EXCUSES FOR GOVERNOR CUOMO’S INSENSITIVE REMARKS
I should never be surprised by any member of the Cuomo at this point. As the saying goes, expect the worst and you will never be disappointed.
This weekend was no exception.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was at a black church on Palm Sunday shamelessly attempting to pander — shameless pandering is the family way as his brother Chris proves on CNN everyday — when he delivered this line:
“I’m a Catholic. Catholics basically believe the same thing as Baptists believe. We just do it without the rhythm. But we try. We try. We are not as without rhythm as our Jewish brothers and sisters.”
Cuomo then compounded his stupidity by pointing out Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf, a former campaign adviser who is Jewish, who was sitting in the front row wearing a yarmulke.
“I was just watching Mr. Sheinkopf here in the front row, moving to the music. It was ugly. It was ugly.”
No, Governor, it was not ugly. What you said about Jews…..now THAT was ugly.
Then again, this is a member of the family that once sent out mailers explicity trashing former NYC Mayor Ed Koch using gay slurs “Vote for Cuomo not the homo,” so this kind of behavior should be expected.
Of course, there are already people making excuses for what Cuomo said. “Oh, come on, he was just making a joke,” they say. “He didn’t really mean it,” they say.
As a Jewish man, I find these excuses to be disgusting.
First of all, I will have you know that I can dance quite well, thank you.
Second, this was gross stereotype and there is no way it would have been acceptable in any other setting.
Don’t believe me?
Ok, let’s change the scenario. Let’s say Governor Cuomo was at Temple courting the Jewish vote and everybody watched a short video together. Then the Governor started talking and made a joke about how it was quiet in the Temple, which would not be the case at a black Church, because black people cannot be quiet during moves.
As soon as this we change this joke from a negative stereotype of Jewish people dancing to a negative stereotype of black people talking too loud at movies……it’s not so funny anymore, is it?
No, it is not. And nobody would be making excuses for it.
Cuomo went into a black church to quote a demographic he knows he has to fight for and in an attempt to come off as hip to them, made an ugly remark about another demographic he apparently does not seem to worry about attracting.
It is like when you make fun of a friend next to the quarterback of the football team to seem cool.
Quite frankly it was pathetic.
But he will get away with it, because people like him always do. Same as his father did before him.
If you’re powerful enough, connected enough, and have the right political affiliation, somehow stuff like this always goes away.
Well, it shouldn’t.
I’m constantly told we are living in a new era where people can no longer say bigoted things with impunity and expect to be free from consequences. I’d like to see the people of New York prove that to be true.
Governor Cuomo accidentally revealed his true feelings on Sunday. Message received.
But now it is time for a message to be sent right back to him on Election Day: Get lost. Goodbye. You’re fired!
YOU CAN BE AN IMPORTANT POLITICAL VOICE OR A DELICATE FLOWER WHO IS NOT TO BE QUESTIONED…….BUT YOU CANNOT BE BOTH
The “March for Our Lives,” — an anti-gun rights march – went down yesterday in Washington, DC and once again I was struck by the conflict within myself between sympathy and annoyance.
For example, Parkland Survivor David Hogg is a teenager who has been through a horrific tragedy. I admire his desire to fight for change he believes in and think every American should do the same.
However, he has said things that are completely wrong, disgustingly incendiary, and quite frankly, boring talking points that he clearly does not even understand.
Case in point, over the past few days, he said being forced to bring books to school in a clear bag is a first amendment violation.
Maybe you could attempt to make a case it violates the 4th amendment but the first amendment?
Then, here is he is at the march yesterday:
“When politicians say your voice does not matter because the NRA owns them, we say no more.”
“When politicians send their thoughts and prayers with no action, we say no more,” he added.
“Now is the time to come together…we can and we will change the world.”
These are nothing but nonsensical talking points combined with over the top vitriol for his ideological opponents (ie: f you don’t agree with me, you are owned by the NRA and want children to die…..which Hogg has accused the NRA of already).
Put simply, much like many of the other high profile students who have been the most vocal, Hogg is a teenager who really has no idea what he is talking about and is simply gleefully repeating catchphrases he heard to an audience that already agrees with him.
It is the dictionary definition of an echo chamber.
As I pointed out, though, the worst part here is that he continues to say completely false statements and make baseless accusations against his ideological opponents and nobody in the media is challenging him about it.
Like I said, I’m happy he is voicing his opinions but if he is going to be interviewed in media and wishes to advance a specific agenda, he should be held to account like anybody else.
I feel terribly for what he and his classmates went through, but if they want to be taken seriously as important voices for change, they need to be called out and taken to task when they are wrong.
They are either young people whose input is essential for moving America forward or they are delicate little flowers who must not be questioned, but they cannot be both.
Maybe you think I’m being too hard on these children and Hogg specifically.
Okay, here’s more evidence to back my assertion that the media is simply allowing this kind of emotion-based, logic-free insanity to pass without nary a word.
In television appearances over the past few weeks, Hogg said he does not blame the officer who did not enter the building despite hearing the shooting because who would want to go toe to toe with somebody who has an AR-15.
This actually happens plenty — the Alexandria VA Congressional baseball team shooter had a rifle and was taken out by handgun — but that is not the point. The point is this was a Sheriff’s Deputy (Scot Peterson) who was trained for this situation and it was his entire job.
This would be like saying you cannot blame a firefighter for not running into a burning building. Police work can be very dangerous and it is not for everybody, but those who accept the job must be willing to actually do it.
Scot Peterson refused.
Hogg then said — after stating that the local police should not be accountable — that Florida Governor Rick Scott should be. So, let me get this straight: the actual police department who messed up have no responsibility but the Governor, who had nothing to do with this does?
That makes zero sense. Actually, it makes less than zero sense.
Hogg also said Scott talking poorly of the local police was a political ploy to get re-elected — except Scott is not up for re-election.
Example after example keeps mounting, yet we are told to just shut up and let them say anything they want unopposed because they are children who have just been through a tragedy.
But enough is enough.
I am not saying anybody should be nasty to them. But refusing to push back on obvious falsehoods and ridiculous talking points is not doing Hogg or any of these other students any favors. We have been hearing about how these students have the right to speak about their concerns.
I agree. They have a constitutionally protected freedom to express themselves in any way they see fit.
But I also believe that if they are going to be seriously listened to about controversial political issues, they cannot be given special treatment.