Phillies 4, Mets 2

Posted in 2016 Phillies on July 17, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Phillies 7, Royals 2

Posted in 2016 Phillies on July 4, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Opposing team jerseys in the stands: BRETT 5, HOSMER 35, PEREZ 13, CAIN 6, MOUSTAKAS 8, GORDON 4, KEMPF 14 (??), JACKSON (Bo not Danny?), ESCOBAR 2, McRAE 11, MERRIFIELD 15 (shirsey), DAVIS 17, GREINKE 23, DeJESUS 9, ORLANDO 16 (shirsey)

Not quite a Royals jersey: MONARCHS jersey #41

More unusual Phillies jerseys/shirseys in the stands: WILLIAMS 31 (Jerome, not Mitch or Mike), EISENREICH 8 (ex-Royal), WISE 31, TRILLO 9

Future Phillies jersey in the stands: CRAWFORD 2 (Reading Phillies)

Wrong teams: MARKAKIS 20 (Orioles jersey), KILLEBREW 3 (Twins shirsey)

Wrong sport: SIMMONS 25 (Sixers shirsey), KEARSE 93 (Iggles jersey), FOUTS 15 (Chargers jersey)

Not a sport: DEADPOOL 91

The Pope of Kansas City: this guy

Karl Marx on Minor League Baseball

Posted in non-de Jesus related on July 2, 2016 by wechslerh66

Big industry constantly requires a reserve army of unemployed workers for times of overproduction. The main purpose of the bourgeois in relation to the worker is, of course, to have the commodity labour as cheaply as possible, which is only possible when the supply of this commodity is as large as possible in relation to the demand for it, i.e., when the overpopulation is the greatest. Overpopulation is therefore in the interest of the bourgeoisie, and it gives the workers good advice which it knows to be impossible to carry out. Since capital only increases when it employs workers, the increase of capital involves an increase of the proletariat, and, as we have seen, according to the nature of the relation of capital and labour, the increase of the proletariat must proceed relatively even faster. The above theory, however, which is also expressed as a law of nature, that population grows faster than the means of subsistence, is the more welcome to the bourgeois as it silences his conscience, makes hard-heartedness into a moral duty and the consequences of society into the consequences of nature, and finally gives him the opportunity to watch the destruction of the proletariat by starvation as calmly as other natural event without bestirring himself, and, on the other hand, to regard the misery of the proletariat as its own fault and to punish it.
–from Wages, December 1847

114TH CONGRESS
2D SESSION

H. R. 5580

To clarify certain requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 with respect to minor league baseball players.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 24, 2016
Mr. Guthrie (for himself and Mrs. Bustos) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL
To clarify certain requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 with respect to minor league baseball players.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Save America’s Pastime Act”.

SEC. 2. MINIMUM WAGE AND OVERTIME HOURS EXEMPTIONS.

(a) In General.—Section 13 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 213) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) in paragraph (18), by striking the period and inserting “; or”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following:

“(19) any employee who has entered into a contract to play baseball at the minor league level.”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(k) Subsection (a)(19) shall not be construed to require the provisions of section 7 to apply to any employee who has entered into a contract to play baseball at the major league level.”.

(b) Applicability.—Section 16 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 216) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(f) In any action or proceeding commenced before, on, or after the date of enactment of the Save America’s Pastime Act, no employer shall be subject to any liability or punishment under this Act on account of any violation of section 6, 7, or 11(c) with respect to any work performed before, on, or after such date of enactment for which the exemption under section 13(a)(19) is applicable.”.
–full text of the Save America’s Pastime Act (H.R. 5580), introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives 6/24/2016

Bill James on the P.K. Subban Trade

Posted in 2016 Other on June 29, 2016 by wechslerh66

“[B]ad organizations will tend to project their weaknesses onto their best players, and ultimately will dwell not on what the player can do, but on what he can’t…The kid’s hitting .330, he’s got a little power but we’re still losing. If we’re losing he must not be doing all that well. He’s not a great outfielder or any kind of a baserunner, so he’s got to hit for more power.[..]”

–Bill James, “A History of Being a Kansas City Baseball Fan,” in The Bill James Baseball Abstract 1986

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 1

Posted in 2016 Phillies on June 19, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Phillies jerseys in the stands: GROSS 17 (not Greg or Kevin), LOFTON 7, DAULTON 10, OSWALT 44

Opposing team jerseys in the stands: JOHNSON 51, BRADLEY 25 (four members of the fan club)

Random Twins shirsey in the stands: NATHAN 26

Quote of the day #1
Guy in centerfield standing room re: SID of the Galapagos Gang: “Whoever’s in that thing’s gotta be so fuckin’ hot.”

Quote of the day #2
Anglo woman in centerfield re: 4 shirtless vatos yelling at Herrera in Spanish throughout the game (“¡Vamo vamo vamo Herrera!” “¡Fuera!” “¡Aya!” etc.): “Why would you heckle your own teammate (sic)?”

Also: Citizens Bank Park played “Arizona” during the Diamondbacks intros.

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 1

Posted in 2016 Phillies on June 19, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Opposing team jerseys in the stands: GOLDSCHMIDT 44, GREINKE 21, AHMED 13, FREY

Random Cubs shirsey in the stands: SCHWARBER 12

Blue Jays 7, Phillies 2

Posted in 2016 Phillies on June 16, 2016 by wechslerh66

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Opposing team jerseys in the stands: TULOWITZKI 2, STROMAN 2, DONALDSON 20, REYES 2, CANADA both 13 and 19, ROMERO 24, BAUTISTA 19, GOINS 19, PILLAR 11, MARTIN 55, LAWRIE 13, MORROW 23, FRANCIS 13, HOLTAM 88 (not an actual Blue Jay)

Other non-Phillies team jerseys in the stands: MADDON 70 (Cubs), VERLANDER 35 (Tigers), EICHEL 15 (Sabres shirsey)

Obscure Phillies jerseys in the stands: HAYES 9 (Von), MOE 0

Random tshirt in the stands: IF IT REQUIRES PANTS, IT’S NOT HAPPENING

Quote of the night
Girl with friend, trying to join other friends in upper row of seats without a ticket: “I’m just gonna sit next to them.”
Usher: “Youse can’t! You’ll take up the whole aisle.”

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