Archive for September 22nd, 2014

Just Ask

Commentary was at The Yard yesterday and I snagged a foul ball and handed it over to Reggie Bibbs. Reggie was with a group that was sitting right next to me. Who is Reggie Bibbs? Here is from the Chron:

Reggie Bibbs, a member of a member of Second Baptist Church on Woodway, was looking fine in a suit and tie recently when he went on stage to receive a Gold Addy Award for his advertising campaign to raise awareness of a disfiguring disorder called neurofibromatosis.

It was a dressy affair at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, which is why Bibbs, 42, wasn’t wearing the T-shirt that won him the award.

On the front is an abstract outline of Bibbs’ face, and on the back are the words “Just Ask.”

“I can see how people look at me, and they will just stare,” said Bibbs, who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis as an infant, and has several tumors on his left leg and face.

“Some of them look at me like I’m an apparition. You can see they want to ask — but they don’t — and it puts both of us in an awkward position.

“I want them to know it’s okay to ask me what’s wrong (with me).”

Originally from Houston, and still living in the same house he in which he grew up, Bibbs said his mother first noticed something was amiss when she would try to put his shoes on his little feet.

Here is the entire Chron story on Reggie: http://www.chron.com/default/article/Reggie-Bibbs-receives-Gold-Addy-Award-1572760.php

I think Reggie kind of got excited that I gave him the foul ball. I felt good about it.

This past weekend the Chron E-Board endorsed the incumbent Harris County District Clerk and the incumbent Harris County Clerk – both GOPers.

Five MLB clubs have clinched playoff spots. Name them?

The front page of the Chron has a story on State Senators not giving a whole lot of campaign money help to their nominees for Lite Guv. To me that is old news. Here is from the Chron:

Through the first eight months of (State Sen.) Van de Putte’s campaign, spanning November to July, (State Senate) Democrats contributed a collective total of $9,500, small change in a race where she’ll need to bank big bucks to compete with (State Sen.) Patrick’s proven fundraising prowess and large lead in the polls.

Collectively, the nine sitting Democrats not running for statewide office have a total of nearly $15 million in unspent political cash, with individual totals ranging from about $10,000 to several million-dollar accounts.

The largest belongs to Houston Sen. John Whitmire, who had $7.8 million on hand on his last report. Whitmire, a 32-year incumbent facing a Republican challenger in November with virtually no campaign cash, made clear that the money he raises belongs to him.

“It’s my money, its campaign funds in my campaign account, so I’d have to make that decision. It’s money for me to spend on my campaigns,” he said. “And I have an opponent in November, you know.”


While it’s understandable for most Republicans to refrain from giving to (State Sen.) Patrick because he can raise plenty of money on his own, (Rice Professor Mark) Jones said for Democrats “once your war chest gets north of $1 million, I think you can spend $10,000 for (State Sen.) Leticia Van de Putte and not notice it.”

“Overall, it certainly doesn’t demonstrate a great deal of faith by those senators in Leticia Van de Putte’s electability,” he said.

I really don’t agree with this take. For the most part, the Dem state senators just have not been big donors to the campaigns of other folks. Never have and never will. Why should it change now?

The Angels, Dodgers, Nationals, B’More, and San Luis of course are in the playoffs.

It’s time to put away the gear until next season. 36,000 plus showed up Saturday evening and 31,000 plus yesterday. They had a cool tribute to Jose Altuve before the game Saturday evening and they showed him smack every one of his 211 base hits on El Grande.

I snagged my 7th foul ball Friday evening and my 8th yesterday.

We are through playing spoiler so all that is left is Altuve’s batting title chase and Chris Carter’s shot at the dinger title.

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