Mourning In America
Saturday, May 15, 2004
What a Horse! Watching Smarty Jones pull away to his record 11 1/2-length win at Pimlico today, who could avoid thinking of Secretariat's similar championship stroll through the stretch at Belmont 31 years ago? June 5th can't come soon enough!
I know the stage isn't the same, and I'll probably get smacked down by my father for even suggesting the comparison, but what's a blog for? And besides, jockey Gary Stevens agrees with me: "We could be seeing history in the making."
Urgent Open Letter to the NYRA Given that Smarty Jones appears to be "a special horse," I can't remain silent any longer:
TNT Presents Things America should not have to hear during a time of war:
Jeff Van Gundy (Houston Rockets coach, now serving as a studio analyst because his team got squashed by Shaq and Karl Malone), speaking to fellow analyst Charles Barkley: "Why are you always picking on the short white guys? How come you never get on the ugly brothas?"
The WB11 Presents Things America should not have to hear during a time of war:
"Now pitching for the Mets, James Baldwin."
I can't find the reference right now, but somebody put it well the other day: "So Baldwin, a fly-ball pitcher with a reputation for giving up too many home runs, will get another start for the Mets, this time in Houston's Minute Maid Park, one of the best ballparks for home run hitters in all of baseball."
Thus far, the game is going true to form, Baldwin trails 4-0, although Mike Piazza just drew a walk to give Shane Spencer a shot to drive in some runs. Hope springs eternal in the heart of a Met fan...
UPDATE: Spencer comes through, driving in Cliff Floyd (how glad am I that he's back?). 4-1
UPDATE: So does Jason Phillips! (although he's still batting below .200). 4-3