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Nice Quote

Hall of Fame great Jeff Bagwell was at Spring Training a week or so ago. We all know Baggy had 449 career dingers. Which MLB team did he do the most damage to in the career dinger department?

“I wanted to be the best” by State Sen. Sylvia Garcia in the Trib yesterday has to be one of the best quotes of this election week. Here is a bit from the Trib:

But when asked about potentially being one of the first Texas Latinas in Congress, Garcia said that wouldn’t be her focus.

“Well, I don’t really ever think about those things,” she said. “I never really wanted to be the first. I wanted to be the best.”

Here is the entire Trib article: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/06/texas-poised-send-first-two-latinas-congress/.

A very good take by Stace on Sen. Beto O’Rourke and his showing in South Texas. Here is how Stace starts:

Much is being said about Beto O’Rourke’s losses in various counties in South Texas to his opponent Sema Hernandez. I’m not saying either was a better or worse candidate to voters in those areas. Hell, I liked both of them. But stuff like this happens. It’s also argued that the same happened for Lupe Valdez, Miguel Suazo, and even Roman McAllen. (Some of us visit McAllen when we visit La Virgen.)

Chicanos in South Texas enjoy voting for Chicanos (or people they think are Chicanos). And there’s nothing wrong with that when Chicano representation at the top levels is dismal and you’ve got a bunch of mean gringos (bad anglos) and vendidos (Cruz) trying to build walls and threatening the well-being of families and communities. The familiar is a lot more warm and fuzzy sometimes to a lot of people of different colors and groups, but it seems people only get mad when Chicanos do it. 

Why get mad at South Texas when little has been done in the form of outreach? You can visit most of the counties (Beto) and still miss most of the voters. I mean, I’m not afraid to say that Beto probably saw the same people over and over again at his Houston visits since these events are sold to Democratic activists and not your regular voter. (I didn’t attend any of them.) The differences between March and November voters is pretty obvious too. I’d even venture to say that social media targeting is a lot easier in a big city than in rural areas, since that was the tool of choice for many campaigns. But did they even try in Rural South Texas?

Advertising in South Texas newspapers and radio stations is relatively cheap, compared to the big markets Democrats complain about not being able to afford. Perhaps some ads and outreach to those news and info sources may have helped. Hell, they’re cheaper than a politiquera (google it), that’s for sure.

Here is all of Stace: https://doscentavos.net/.

Stace makes some very good points.

It could have been worse. It could have been a Cabbage Patch doll. Here is from the Daily Beast:

The family of late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has voiced its anger after a Barbie doll was created in the feminist icon’s image. Toy company Mattel launched a new Barbie range this week based on “inspiring women” to coincide with International Women’s Day, including one of Kahlo. The artist’s family said in a statement that Mattel had no right to use her image for the doll, and criticized the inaccuracies in the doll’s likeness to Kahlo. “Mrs. Mara Romeo, great-niece of Frida Kahlo, is the sole owner of the rights of the image of the illustrious Mexican painter Frida Kahlo,” said the family, with Romeo later adding: “I would have liked the doll to have traits more like Frida’s, not this doll with light-colored eyes.” Mattel insisted that it had obtained the rights to Kahlo’s image from the Frida Kahlo Corporation, saying in a statement: “Mattel has worked in close partnership with the Frida Kahlo Corporation, the owner of all rights related to the name and identity of Frida Kahlo, on the creation of this doll.”

The question is, what would Frida say about this?

Jeff Bagwell of course did the most damage to the Reds with 49 career dingers against them.

Hall of Fame great Craig Biggio is at Spring Training, just so you know.

 

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