Damn Yankees!


Ok, so I’m a little bitter and disappointed but I’ll admit that the Yankees were the best team.  Make that the best team money can buy!  HAH!!  $423.5 Million to ‘buy’ 3 players?  The rich DO get richer.

The sad part for me was watching the Phillie’s manager, Charlie Manuel, giving an interview in the bowels of Yankee Stadium while the Yankees were dancing and partying on the field.  As he was saying how proud he was of his team, you could see that he was having a difficult time holding it together.  But he did.

Charlie Manuel

Charlie Manuel

Although he was born in West Virginia, his family was actually living in Virginia at that time, and he lived in Virginia throughout his childhood. He was born in a automobile while his mother, June, was visiting her mother. His father, Charles Sr., was a Pentecostal preacher, and the family lived in Wythe and Grayson Counties until they settled in Buena Vista when Charlie, the third of 11 children and the oldest son, was 12.

He became a four-sport star at Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, playing baseball, American football, basketball and track and field and captaining the baseball and basketball teams. His first love was basketball and he had received scholarship offers in that sport, but his plans and his life would dramatically change just before his high school graduation.

In April 1963, his father, who had been ill with diabetes and heart problems, committed suicide, leaving behind a suicide note asking that Charlie, who was already married with a child, take care of his mother and siblings. He turned down his basketball scholarship offers, including one to the University of Pennsylvania, to consider offers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, and New York Yankees, ultimately signing with the Twins out of high school in 1963 for $20,000.

During his time playing in Japan, Manuel learned to speak Japanese. This has become an asset, as he has been able to communicate with players such as So Taguchi and Tadahito Iguchi.

At a game against the Lotte Orions on June 19, 1979, he was hit in the face by a pitch from Soroku Yagisawa. The pitch crushed his jaw, and he was told by his doctor that he needed at least two months to recover. However, he returned to the game after being sidelined for only 14 games, as the Buffaloes were struggling to win the first-half season championship. To protect his bruised jaw, Manuel wore a helmet equipped with a American football facemask. The team went on to win the first-half championship and eventually the pennant for the whole season.

Manuel has survived a heart attack, quadruple bypass surgery and cancer. During his time with the Indians, he worked in the dugout with a colostomy bag beneath his jacket. Manuel’s mother June died October 10, 2008, at age 87 in Buena Vista, Virginia. She had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week. Because of the Phillies’ 2008 NLCS five-game win, he was able to attend his mother’s funeral. He currently has a fiancée named Missy.

He’s a ‘Good ‘Ol Boy’ and he vows that the Phillies will return to the World Series in 2010.  But they really need one more dependable staring pitcher and to upgrade their bullpen. ‘Nuff said about that.


Cat Comes Down With Swine Flu

A 13 year-old Iowa cat has been infected with swine flu, veterinary and federal officials said Wednesday, and it is believed to be the first case of the H1N1 virus in a feline.

The domestic short-haired cat was treated last week at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames and has recovered.  The virus also has been confirmed in two ferrets – one in Oregon and the other in Nebraska – but they died.

“We’ve known certainly it’s possible this could happen,” said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner.  “This may be the first instance where we have documentation that transmission occurred involving cats or dogs.”

The veterinarian who treated the cat said two of the three people in the cat’s Iowa home had flu-like symptoms before the cat became ill.  Other flu strains have been known to cross species.


My wife is attending a company-sponsored golf tournament today and Friday in the desert and a baby shower for our niece on Sunday in Phoenix so yeah, party here again!!  She doesn’t golf so I think she will be operating the beer cart.  My weekend starts NOW!!!!  Hope you all have  Super one!!!

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5 Responses to Damn Yankees!

  1. Joe says:

    A bitter post world series post by Bob after the Yankees won? No way! I knew this was coming man, I really did. I live in a state with no major league anything so I couldn’t care less. Cats and ferrets with swing flu? My oh my, that is one adaptable virus, after struggling with it myself let me just say that I hope it doesn’t come around yet again in a form that’s changed enough to mess people up yet again. I’m sure you’ll get over the Yankees victory…have a good weekend my friend.

  2. Jenny says:

    I’ve been a Yankee’s fan all of my life (and I’m from Va, lol), but I think ANY team to make World Series playoffs is damn great, and all of them should be proud. Someone is always going to win and it’s not always the team you or I would pick. Just the same, they are all winners, period.Golf? Wooohoooo! Even the beer cart is fun! My clubs have cobwebs on them.Have a great weekend, Bob 😀

  3. john says:

    cat flu next then the whole animal farm…as Orwell noted…

  4. Grandpa Dewey says:

    Send the cat to the Yankees to get even. I am an Philles fan myself.

  5. maillady says:

    I totally hear you about the Yankees! I shut it off in the 8th inning. I couldn’t stand anymore.

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