• Roll Call

    Posted by on January 7th, 2014 · Comments (27)

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    For Those In The NY/NJ/CT Area

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2014 · Comments (0)

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    Be safe in the snow and the cold out there.

    Happy New Year!

    Posted by on December 31st, 2013 · Comments (1)

    I would like to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com a very happy and healthy new year. And, may all your resolutions for 2014 come true!

    Happy Holidays!

    Posted by on December 22nd, 2013 · Comments (9)

    Barring any breaking and hot baseball-related news, I do not expect to be posting many entries to WasWatching.com over the next four days. Therefore, I wanted to take this time now to wish all the readers of this blog a safe and happy holiday season.

    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday observance.

    Look for more stuff here starting next week!

    Happy Tryptophan Day 2013!

    Posted by on November 28th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com (and their loved ones) a happy, and a safe, Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy.

    Trolls & Such

    Posted by on August 24th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    In reader comments left at this blog, somewhat lately, I have noticed others wondering if certain reader handles were the same party…and also calling people “trolls” at times.

    For those not aware, in internet slang, a troll is a person who reportedly sows discord on the internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

    Personally, I don’t get it what the hubbub is here. If someone is sharing a comment and it bothers you, because it’s “out there” and/or off-topic, why respond to it? In fact, over at the IMDB site, on this topic, they offer the following:

    Remember, trolls feel rewarded by creating the biggest altercation possible. They want to get a reaction out of you. When you fight with a troll, he wins. When you reason with a troll, he wins. Any time that you give a troll attention, he gets exactly what he wants.

    The best way to deal with trolls is to ignore them. When you ignore a troll, he doesn’t get the satisfaction of creating an escalated conflict.

    Makes sense to me.

    Heck, I would take it a step further and say “If you debate with a ‘troll,’ you get what you deserve and you should quit whining about them.”

    O.K., enough on that for now. Moving on to people with multiple handles…

    Yes, it’s true. We have some readers here who leave comments under several different names. I know for a fact that Ricketson is also Goose and PHMDen too. Further, there’s no difference between Sweet Lou and Tuttle. (I also suspect that there are three other frequent posters “by handle” who are one in the same based on their IP address. It’s either that, or, we have eight people all living/working very close to each other.)

    On this, I find myself dragging my feet.

    On one hand, I have seen this issue:  Someone who is banned from commenting coming back and hiding under a new name is always a pain in the rear. And, it’s bizarre when someone decides to have a conversation with themselves between their sundry handles – and I have seen that too!

    Yet, on the other hand, I can see where it’s possible for someone to have more than one user name where it’s not with bad intent. Maybe they forgot their old password and it’s just easier to start a new account? Maybe they got bored with their old name and wanted a new one? Maybe they are using multiple computers and/or browsers and want to use different names to tell where they were when they were posting? Sure, some of this is a reach…but, possible.

    In any event, I don’t have the time to start chasing down every suspected situation where someone is posting comments under different names. And, does it really matter, as long as they are not pretending to be someone who they are not?

    In closing, I want to stress that, when leaving comments, members should remember these basic concepts:

    1. The written word carries none of the inflection of voice. Sarcasm, humor, irony, etc. may not be evident from the written word, even if liberally sprinkled with smiles. It is best to avoid nuance and go for clarity.

    2. Getting everyone to agree is not a healthy goal. If there are differing viewpoints, members must recognize when to stop advancing a point of view and let a discussion stand, as is.

    If everyone could do these two simple things, then I think the commenting sections herein would be a better place than it’s been lately.

    And, We’re Back…

    Posted by on August 24th, 2013 · Comments (9)

    I just got back from a little family vacay in eff-el-aay…where my wife and I took the kids to WDW.

    We left our house at four-fifteen on Monday morning – yes, four fifteen! – and, we got back home at twelve-thirty last night…uh, I mean, this morning.

    Everything that appeared in this blog (posted by me) over the last five days was set up in advance to publish as a “chron job.”  It was done way in advance, before last week, since I knew that I would be gone.

    What I miss? I know it started with the A-Rod/Dempster thing. I was watching that game after I turned off my PC for the week – knowing that we were going to be away. And, it ended with the Rays schooling the Yankees last night. (My father-in-law told me about that one when he picked us up at the airport last night.) Did something happen in between?

    I see from quickly scanning the comments here that some missed me (thanks!) and others didn’t play nice in the sandbox. (More to come on that latter – after enough warnings on that, it’s time to call some people out and try and get this to stop.) And, some think that the Yankees are now back in the race for a post-season berth…

    I will have some “fresh” commentary posted over the weekend. While down in Florida, two Yankees stories caught my eye that I just have to make note of here, soon, albeit after the fact.

    In the meantime, let me just say, for my buds out there:

    The Yankees are 68-60 this year. They are 12-1 against the crappy Toronto Blue Jays and 56-59 when playing everyone else. Wake-up people. This team is pretenders, not contenders…

    …but, you knew I was going to say that.

    Happy Fourth!

    Posted by on July 4th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Yankees 4th

    To all reading this: Have a great and safe July 4th today! And, just a reminder to be alert on the roads. Related, of course, if you’re drinking alcohol at some point today, please don’t drive at the same time or directly thereafter.

    Favor

    Posted by on June 27th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    If any friends of the blog are skilled graphic artists – boy, that can be taken a couple of ways – and are willing to do some “pro bono” work for me (not to help this site, but, another) please let me know.  Thanks!

    Happy Father’s Day!

    Posted by on June 16th, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Just as baseball and apple pie are staples of America, statistics and fathers are the hemoglobin of baseball. So, since today is Father’s Day (really, it is, Hallmark says so!), I want to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day!

    Have A Great & Safe Memorial Day Weekend!

    Posted by on May 25th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Baseball Memorial Day

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Posted by on May 12th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Happy Mother’s Day! to all the Moms out there today. (Holy cow! Where would we be without Mom?)

    Happy New Year!

    Posted by on December 31st, 2012 · Comments (6)

    I would like to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com a very happy and healthy new year. And, may all your resolutions for 2013 come true!

    Happy Holidays!

    Posted by on December 23rd, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Barring any breaking and hot baseball-related news, I do not expect to be posting many entries to WasWatching.com over the next four days. Therefore, I wanted to take this time now to wish all the readers of this blog a safe and happy holiday season.

    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday observance.

    Look for more stuff here starting next week!

    CC & Ike To Be Honored At Munson Awards Dinner

    Posted by on November 25th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    The New York Yankees CC Sabathia and the New York Mets Ike Davis will be honored at the 33rd Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on Tuesday night, February 5, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, it was announced by the AHRC New York City Foundation.

    Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, will attend her 33rd straight benefit, having been involved since its inception, raising nearly $12 million to assist children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Thurman Munson Awards are presented for success on the fields of play and philanthropic works off the field.

    For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner call 212-249-6188.

    Happy Tryptophan Day 2012!

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2012 · Comments (3)

    I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com (and their loved ones) a happy, and a safe, Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy.

    Megastorm Sandy Nearing

    Posted by on October 28th, 2012 · Comments (33)

    The latest on the megastorm heading towards us -

    Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.

    “We’re looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people,” said Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    As Hurricane Sandy barreled north from the Caribbean – where it left nearly five dozen dead – to meet two other powerful winter storms, experts said it didn’t matter how strong the storm was when it hit land: The rare hybrid storm that follows will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.

    “This is not a coastal threat alone,” said Craig Fugate, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “This is a very large area.”

    Sandy weakened briefly to a tropical storm early Saturday but was soon back up to Category 1 strength, packing 75 mph winds about 355 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C., as of 8 p.m. Experts said the storm was most likely to hit the southern New Jersey coastline by late Monday or early Tuesday.

    What makes the storm so dangerous and unusual is that it is coming at the tail end of hurricane season and the beginning of winter storm season, “so it’s kind of taking something from both,” said Jeff Masters, director of the private service Weather Underground.

    Masters said the storm could be bigger than the worst East Coast storm on record – the 1938 New England hurricane known as the Long Island Express, which killed nearly 800 people. “Part hurricane, part nor’easter – all trouble,” he said. Experts said to expect high winds over 800 miles and up to 2 feet of snow as far inland as West Virginia.

    And the storm was so big, and the convergence of the three storms so rare, that “we just can’t pinpoint who is going to get the worst of it,” said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

    It’s looking like this thing is going to hit within a 100 miles of where I live, according to the projections. So, I’m expecting to be without power at some point during the storm. And, if “Irene” can be used as a guide, it will probably be a while until the utilities are restored.

    Be safe during the storm. And, feel free to use the comments section for this post to discuss whatever baseball items interest you. Hopefully, I won’t be disconnected for too long.

    Sandy

    Posted by on October 26th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    For those in the path of Sandy, please take care and be safe. This looks like a bad one.

    Belated Sad News On “Jim TreshFan”

    Posted by on October 1st, 2012 · Comments (18)

    Many of you knew “Jim TreshFan” from his comments and postings on this site.

    I knew that Jim was not feeling well since he shared this with me in a note on June 12, 2010:

    I’m afraid I have some bad news that will not only prohibit me from posting all that much at WasWatching, but from commenting much as well. This past Wednesday morning I was rushed to the hospital after passing out at daily Mass. I was kept there for a few days for tests and observation and—well—I have cancer. And I have it quite bad. So bad that they cannot operate to remove the growth in my lung, but will need to submit me to a regimen of radiation and chemo therapy. I start treatment next week.

    Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you some better news down the line.

    Jim and I kept in touch after that note and he seemed to be doing better. And, he was back to leaving comments here at the blog.  But, then, on May 18, 2011, he sent me this update:

    Are things back to normal for me? I can’t say. I’m back on my feet. I’m back to work. So that is normal enough I suppose. But I still have (and will always have) health issues. A few weeks ago I passed out during Mass and was rushed to the ER. The priest even gave me the Anointing and absolved me of all my sins. So apparently they thought it was quite serious. For my part I don’t know. I’ll just take each day as it comes, or as they say, “one game at a time.”

    Yet, we continued to see Jim here. So, I figured that he was hanging in there.

    Recently, to me, it felt like it had been a while since I saw anything from Jim. So, I checked, and saw that we had not heard from him since May.

    That led me to find out today that he passed away on June 1st this year.

    I never met Jim in person. And, I never spoke to him on the phone or elsewhere. Most of my dealings with him were via this blog or an occasional email. But, in my exchanges with him, it seemed like he was a really good guy. And, for sure, he was a huge Yankees fan.

    Fifty-six is too young to die. And, I am very sad to share this belated news on his passing with you.

    Happy 4th!

    Posted by on July 4th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Have a great and safe “Independence Day” – and, please, be alert on the roads.

    And, of course, if you’re drinking alcohol at some point, please don’t drive at the same time or directly thereafter.

    Happy Father’s Day

    Posted by on June 17th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Just as baseball and apple pie are staples of America, statistics and fathers are the hemoglobin of baseball. So, since today is Father’s Day (really, it is, Hallmark says so!), I want to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day!

    Happy Mother’s Day

    Posted by on May 13th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Happy Mother’s Day!” to all the Moms out there today. (Holy cow! Where would we be without Mom?)

    Happy New Year!

    Posted by on December 31st, 2011 · Comments (5)

    I would like to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com a very happy and healthy new year. And, may all your resolutions for 2012 come true!

    Happy Holidays!

    Posted by on December 23rd, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Barring any breaking and hot baseball-related news, I do not expect to be posting many entries to WasWatching.com over the next four days. Therefore, I wanted to take this time now to wish all the readers of this blog a safe and happy holiday season.

    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday observance.

    Look for more stuff here starting next week!

    Happy Tryptophan Day 2011!

    Posted by on November 24th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    I justed wanted to take a quick moment to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com (and their loved ones) a happy, and a safe, Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy.

    Gene Michael Celebrity Charity Golf Classic, Awards Dinner, & Auction

    Posted by on August 19th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    The Gene Michael Celebrity Charity Golf Classic, Awards Dinner, & Auction will be held on Monday, August 29, 2011 at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, NJ. Click here for more information on this great event.

    WasWatching.com 2011 Reader Survey

    Posted by on August 15th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Last chance  to get in on the survey, today, if interested.  It will close this evening.  Click here for more.

    WasWatching.com 2011 Reader Survey

    Posted by on August 12th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these. So, it seems like a good idea to run this again.

    Please consider taking this reader survey. It’s safe, easy, and quick. It should take you just a few minutes to complete it. Thanks in advance for your time on this request!

    Click here to take survey.

    Happy July 4th Weekend!

    Posted by on July 2nd, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Attaboy, Don Schulze – Getting It Done On The 50th Anniversary Of Lou Gehrig Day

    To all reading this: Have a great and safe July 4th weekend! And, just a reminder to be alert on the roads. Related, of course, if you’re drinking alcohol at some point over the next three days, please don’t drive at the same time or directly thereafter.

    Happy Father’s Day

    Posted by on June 19th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Just as baseball and apple pie are staples of America, statistics and fathers are the hemoglobin of baseball. So, since today is Father’s Day (really, it is, Hallmark says so!), I want to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day!

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