Sunday, May 14, 2006

Wanted: Swords To Fall On

I've been a fan of the New York Yankees for a long time. Here's part of the AP report on the injury suffered by Hideki Matsui, a Japanese citizen and one of the team's stars:
Immediately following surgery Friday to repair a broken wrist that will sideline him for at least three months, Hideki Matsui apologized for getting hurt.

"Due to this injury, I feel very sorry and, at the same time, very disappointed to have let my teammates down," Matsui said in a statement. "I will do my best to fully recover and return to the field to help my team once again."

Yankees manager Joe Torre spoke with Matsui, who was operated on at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Torre expects Matsui will return to the ballpark in the next few days and remain in the New York area while his wrist heals.

Torre wasn't surprised by the apology.

"It's all about responsibility - what he thinks his responsibility is to this team, this organization, because the Yankees committed to him and he feels it's a two-way street in that regard," Torre said. "He's done that before here, where he's made an error, he's come up and apologized to me."

Matsui's statement also praised his manager.

"I would like to thank Joe Torre from the bottom of my heart for having been considerate of my consecutive games played streak these past several years and for placing me in the lineup every day," he said.
From the same day, here's another story of accountability---what's becoming known as the American version:
Gov. Ernie Fletcher said he will complete his first term and seek a second one despite an indictment on misdemeanor charges that accuse him of illegally rewarding political supporters with state jobs.

The embattled GOP governor was charged Thursday with conspiracy, official misconduct and violating a prohibition against political discrimination. A conviction could lead to jail time and his removal from office, according to the attorney general's office.

Fletcher, the first Republican elected Kentucky governor since 1967, centered his 2003 campaign around a promise to "clean up the mess in Frankfort."

When asked if he would complete his first term, the governor said: "I am not going to let this dissuade me from continuing to serve the people of Kentucky and moving this state forward. In fact … it has just strengthened my resolve."

He also said he has not changed his plans to run for a second four-year term.
A tale of two cultures....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

TCR, I respected you until I found out that you are an admitted Yankees fan. As a Redsox fan, I must now wash my hands of you and your blog. It has been nice knowing you, but, alas, there are some bridges that simply cannot be crossed. I wish Matsui all the best though. I recognise that it is not his fault that he signed with the Yankees. Maybe he did not know that the Yankees are evil.

5/15/2006 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's more about Governor Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky:

On April 20, Fletcher signed an executive order repealing antidiscrimation protections for gay and transgender state employees - the same day he declared a statewide Diversity Day.

Good ole southern baptist family values at work, eh?

5/15/2006 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I neglected to mention that Gov. Fletcher is an ordained Baptist minister. Therefore, my skewering comment.

5/15/2006 12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too have long hated the Yankees and those associated with them, as I have the Cowboys and the Lakers. (I recall I once dated a girl in Oregon; when I found out she was a Cowboys fan despite never having lived in Dallas, I suspected, correctly, that it wouldn't work out. Too bad, she was really hot.)
TCR is a New Yorker, however, which means he has local rooting rights.


5/15/2006 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former NYer myself, local rooting rights are no excuse. The Yankees are nothing more than capitalism-flavored baseball. Any team who gets booed by their own fans for not winning is one that doesn't need me as a fan. The Yankess are the equivalent of tourists traps to distract the imports from discovering the real goods. All true NYers are Mets fans - but don't tell anyone - it's a secret!

And AL is evil anyway. Pitchers are too f'in girly to bat? Bah!

I must say, though, that I'm very impressed by Matsui's attitude and statement. Let's hope that rubs off a little on the rest of the team so I might at least be able to tolerate them.

5/16/2006 4:58 PM  
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