Friday’s First Pitch: Ruben Amaro’s out, Syrian refugees headed to U.S.

Many Philadelphia sports fans are waking up today with a hangover, having celebrated into the wee hours after the firing of much maligned general manager Rubin Amaro, Jr.

While the firing was clearly justified, Philadelphia fans forget the importance Amaro had in keeping the phillies successful for a three-year period.

Anyone who thinks that team returns to the World Series in 2009 without his maneuvering to get Cliff Lee is daffy.

And part of Amaro’s legacy – along with the brash public statements and vesting options – is a push into Latin America that was astoundingly strong (though a long time coming). It’s very likely that the 2019-2020 Phillies will have at least one or two bats from the crop of Jhailin Ortiz (a 16-year-old with major league pop), Luis Encarnacion (a 17-year-old who lead the GCL Phillies in runs batted in and was tied for the lead in homers), Jose Pujols and Jan Hernandez (19 and 20-year-olds with projectionable pop.)

But Amaro’s litany of mistakes meant he was was clearly expendable.


News and politics

Hey look, President Obama is doing something*. He  is willing to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees. Lord Christ, that’s not nearly enough. I remind you of what is printed on the base of the Statue of Liberty.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Here’s what we should be doing – and not just because it would make the “Death to America Crowd” eat some well deserved crow – because it’s the right thing to do.
We should be bringing in 200,000 of these people, feeding them, housing them, giving them health care. We should give them seats at our biggest spectacles: The World Series, Alabama-Auburn, Opening Night of “The Force Awakens” and then let them go back to the Arab world and spread the word that the Good Ole U.S. of A is indeed a shining city on a hill and the people are fairly nice.

*We always here that the President “Needs to do something.” No doubt, this is the president doing something and it’s going to get crushed by the Ted Cruzes and Donald Trumps of the world.  Oh, that’s another reason we should bring in more refugees. Let the moderates remember what the wack jobs say in the next debate about it.

In other news, CNN staffers have had it up to their natural scalps with The Mop That Roared.

And here’s your debate line-up. I would like to point out that, if the 1960 Republican Primary had held a debate this early it would have likely featured then-vice President Richard Nixon, Sen. Nelson Rockefeller, U.N. Ambassador, Rep. George Bender (A teacher tenure proponant – can you imagine Jeb Bush … Oh, for goodness sake, I can’t even finish the thought it’s so ludicrous), Gov. Cecil Underwood (A republican who established a pension system, not raided it? No!) and Barry Goldwater. My god, not a person in today’s field would stand a chance against of those guys in 1960. But we have a political party that’s been put out to pasture by Id and Nationalism.

Around the Major Leagues

Bartolo Colon is the new Jamie Moyer, if Jamie Moyer ate nothing but Grand Slam Breakfasts and chugged a dreadful mix of Yoohoo and Natty Ice.

Matt Cain? I forgot about you.

Nelson Cruz has 40 home runs. Despite playing in Seattle.

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