Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Pirates Sell

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been selling off the rest of their remaining veteran players this season, their umpteenth rebuilding project since the team’s last winning season in 1992. No, they haven’t made the playoffs since their best players were a skinny Barry Bonds and Kyle Drabek’s father.
This got me thinking- I think the Pirates are about due to become good again. Pittsburgh’s a great sports town, that never has trouble fielding winning teams in football or hockey (champions both this year.) Not to mention, the franchise has a pretty illustrious history, and plays in one of the best stadiums in the game. How awesome would it be if there were a Phillies-Pirates playoff series?

On Manny and Papi

They were on the ’03 steroids list, the Times says. I’m with Shyster:

You’re not surprised, so please don’t pretend you are.
You’ve not been betrayed, so please don’t claim to be.
The Red Sox’ championship in 2004 is no more tainted than any other championship won by any other team in at least the past 20 years, so please don’t even go there.
Now, with that out of the way, you may resume your regularly-scheduled outrage.

Quote of the Day

Jeffrey Goldberg on the “self-hating Jew” charge:

If I’m a self-hating Jew, then anyone who is not a rabid, land-stealing settler is a self-hating Jew. I believe such a category exists — though in my experience, the Jews who hate being Jewish and afflict the rest of us with their hatred generally tend, in an overall way, to love themselves very much. But what you have in this debate over self-hating Jews — remember, there’s a report out that Bibi himself has called Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod self-hating Jews — is the hijacking of Judaism by a group of extremists who have conflated support for the settlement project with love for Israel and the Jewish people.

Amen to that. I don’t believe in calling people self-hating Jews. There are a whole lot of Jewish people who are very, very wrong on the question of Israel these days- whether on the unrealistically-dovish side or the nutty absolutist settler side- but I don’t believe in imputing peoples’ motives in that way when I don’t know what’s in their heart. But I agree with Goldberg- the people who cause most of the trouble in the world are the ones with too much self-esteem.