Et Cetera

I’ve got a few miscellaneous things to discuss, so I thought I would just put them all here.

First, I struggled to get through flood waters to get to the airport Friday so that I could get to my flight to Toronto for a long sought after getaway weekend. Now, I know that I’ve said nasty things about Clay Aiken, but as I was driving to the airport, I did think about you Clay Aiken fans, and I was hoping that all of you were able to going to be able to make into the city to see his show. I know how I would’ve felt if that weather had just hit a week earlier when I was going to see The Police. So, I sincerely hope that all of you were able to make the show.

Second, there was a commenter who claims that I write negative articles just to write negative articles, that I’m just another Chron reporter being contrary. I don’t set out to write negative things. I write about what I see. Or read. Have you ever read anything that I’ve written about Hunter Pence? I love this guy. I think that he’s the only candidate that should be mentioned as being the NL Rookie of the Year.

That said, I don’t know how I’m just another Chron writer. Those guys don’t write negative. Sure, Justice will say something on his blog every now and then. And Ortiz might accuse the organization of being racist from time to time. But really, do you ever read the Chron? Ortiz picked the Astros to win the World Series. And during spring training, instead of questioning the Astros brass – like why Hunter Pence needed to go to AAA, or why we should trust that Ausmus, Ensberg, Lane, and Everett would hit this season when they never have, or asking just why it is that Woody Williams would have a good season for Houston when he merely mediocre in San Diego which is a pitcher’s paradise – the writers took it as faith that Brad Lidge was cured. That Morgan Ensberg was going to return to 2005. That Hunter Pence wasn’t ready for the majors. And so on.

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I’m not going to write what’s not true. I’m not going to stick my head in the sand and say that black is white.

And do I have a clear point to make here? Well, if I did I can’t remember it anymore.

And, have any of you ever wondered if the Toronto Blue Jays are forced to play “God, Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch of Sunday games like all of the U.S. teams? Well, the answer is, no. The Blue Jays treat it as just another seventh inning. And am I the only person in the world sick of the forced patriotism that comes from the playing of that song? I mean, isn’t enough we have to sit, or stand, through the butchering of the National Anthem every game – by the way, the Blue Jays had some young kid do the Anthem, and he did better than most professionals that I’ve heard. Why does “God, Bless America” have to be added every Sunday? Is this to remind me that I live in America? Or that it’s been blessed by God? And if it’s been blessed by God, why hasn’t the rest of the world been so blessed? Canada’s a Christian nation, is it not so blessed? Mexico’s a heavily Catholic country. Is this not good enough for God’s blessing?

Oh, and to close, the Rogers Centre (a.k.a. Skydome) is the 20th major league stadium that I’ve been to. And none of the other 19 stadiums get anywhere near close to Minute Maid Park for sheer tackiness. Drayton, I hope you’re proud.

And that’s it for my rambling musings. I hope that everyone has a good week. – John Royal

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