Archive for February 21st, 2018

EV Day 1

Among active MLB pitchers, Bartolo Colon has the most career pitching starts with 528. Fourth among active pitchers is our own Justin Verlander. How many career pitching starts does Verlander have?

There is really not much you can make after Day 1 of Early Voting in the 2018 primaries here in Harris County. 3,833 Dems showed up. 3,509 GOPer went to vote. 4,174 Dems have voted by mail, GOPers 6,138. The Dem campaigns and the Dem Party better start calling those 25,000 folks that have mail ballots and tell them to send them in. On Day 1, in the 2016 Dem Primary here, 3,292 voted and 6,344 had mailed in their ballot. In the GOP Primary in 2016, on Day 1, 4,528 voted in person and 8,172 by mail.

On a related note, see this tweet from last night:

Jay Kumar Aiyer‏ @profJKAiyer 13h13 hours ago

In Harris County—First day of early vote–Republican EV is up 25% from 2014–2807 to 3509. Dem EV up 300% 1276 to 3833. cc: @bjrottinghaus @MarkPJonesTX @ProfJonTaylor

Some folks like Jay are comparing the numbers to the 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial primary years. I prefer to compare to 2016 just to see if there is a noticeable intensity factor out there.

Really? See this tweet:

Patrick Svitek‏Verified account @PatrickSvitek 12h12 hours ago

@LupeValdez is heading to California this weekend. She’s a keynote speaker at the state party’s convention in San Diego (https://www.cadem.org/convention/convention-previews/announcing-keynote-speakers …) and will also fundraise while visiting. She’ll be there part of Friday and part of Saturday, per her campaign. #txgov

Have a nice trip!

Really? This tweet:

Patrick Svitek‏Verified account @PatrickSvitek Feb 19



@LupeValdez contrasts her endorsements with @randrewwhite‘s, saying he’s being backed by @dallasnews and @HoustonChron — “two established, somewhat Republican papers” https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/politics/One-on-One-Gubernatorial-Candidate-Lupe-Valdez-474496793.html … #txgov

Now that’s sad. I don’t think so. So informed.

This is good. It is in the Chron:

Major League Baseball players will honor victims of last week’s shooting in Florida by wearing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hats during the pregame warmups of their opening games at spring training this week.

Players, managers, coaches and umpires will have the option of wearing the caps during those games. The hats might later be signed and auctioned to support those affected by the tragedy at the high school.

Exhibition games between big league teams begin Friday, including the Astros hosting the Nationals in West Palm Beach and the Cardinals versus the Marlins in Jupiter.

Considering the close proximity of grapefruit league teams to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 students and faculty were killed last week, there were few public acts of compassion from the major league community.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a Parkland alumnus. His voice quivered while delivering a speech at a Thursday night vigil for the victims at nearby Pine Trails Park.

This is dumb. All it is going to do is keep folks away from the movie houses. Also, in the Chron:

Cinemark is implementing a new bag policy beginning Thursday, Feb. 22.

Bags or packages larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches will not be allowed in the theater. The policy was adopted “in an effort to enhance the safety and security of our guests and employees,” according to the company’s website.

Diaper bags and medical equipment bags are exempt from the policy.

What is wrong with a couple of folks sneaking in a bottle of wine?  They are still going to buy the $8 tub of popcorn. They are just going to stay home and watch something else on the flat screen.

Justin Verlander has 385 career starts of course.

Any bets on who will be our Opening Day starting pitcher?

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