Posts Tagged ‘Randy Johnson’

I try to be understanding of workers in labor disputes because they are usually getting the shaft. I don’t know about bus drivers not showing up for work and leaving a number of kids out in the very cold weather this morning. I hope they have a good reason and I hope all the kids are OK. Here is from the Chron:

Hundreds of Houston ISD students had their school bus service interrupted Thursday morning after numerous bus drivers refused to drive their routes over a pay dispute.

The Houston Independent School District had substitute drivers on hand but still was unable to staff about 40 routes, said chief of staff Jason Spencer. The staffing shortage forced some drivers to cover double routes, which meant students were left waiting in sub-freezing weather and arrived late for school.

Here is the entire piece – brrr: http://www.chron.com/news/education/article/HISD-students-left-in-the-cold-by-bus-driver-pay-6001695.php.

Last night Commentary watched Letterman and sent out the following tweet on new Hall of Famers Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz doing the Top Ten. Here is the tweet:

Marc Campos‏@MarcCommentary 10h10 hours ago
#CraigBiggio on #LettermanTopTen. #MLBHallOfFame @astros.

The ‘Stros retweeted me this morning and I got a lot of run, responses, and retweets – cool!

I was surprised though that the Big Unit went along with the mid-air bird explosion line.

What was Biggio’s career batting average versus Randy Johnson?

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) court case got discussed some yesterday at the H-Town City Council meeting. Each side has to do what each side has to do. Here is a bit from the Chron:

(Mayor Annise) Parker and (City Attorney Dave) Feldman defended the city’s position Wednesday, describing the filing to prevent a jury trial as routine.

“If you’re afraid you’re not going to be able to win in court, you start trying to win in the court of public opinion,” Parker said. “Apparently, that’s what’s been going on here.”

“They were playing politics in the chamber and that is what happens in the council chamber,” Parker said of the members who raised objections.


(Jared) Woodfill, (Council Member Michael) Kubosh and (City Council Member C.O.) Bradford all said the city would be wise to allow a jury trial in light of the recent controversy over the city’s subpoenaing of sermons and other materials belonging to certain pastors who helped organize the petition.

Amid a firestorm of national criticism, the city eventually withdrew those subpoenas.

On Wednesday, however, Parker responded to City Council comments by drawing a parallel between the recent jury trial motion and the subpoenas. Both are routine legal maneuvers, she said.

It’s “just like filing a subpoena request in response to people who are actually suing us,” the mayor said. “The other side does a really great job of PR.”

Well, in this case they do a good job of doing good PR because they were handed a juicy PR talking point on a silver platter. Stay tuned!

Here is the entire Chron article that is also behind the paywall: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/ERO-foes-push-for-jury-trial-6000759.php.

I guess after 14 years as Governor, the Chron E-Board thinks Guv Dude ought to get a shout out of sorts today. Here is how it ends:

We have our political differences with the man who’s been our governor for so many years, but we salute his service to the state he obviously loves.

Here is the entire E-Board take on Dude: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/A-salute-to-Rick-Perry-6000333.php.

I have said before that I am always learning something like not knowing that we had a Texas Music Office. I learned yesterday we did when it was reported in the Statesman that the fella in charge was being replaced. Here is a bit from the Trib:

Since the Texas Music Office was established in 1990, the division housed in the Texas governor’s office has been run by Casey Monahan, a former music writer. After a quarter century, that’s about to change.

In a phone interview, Monahan said that he was recently informed by a member of Gov.-elect Greg Abbott’s transition team that he would not be kept in the $75,000-a-year post. His last day will be in February, he said.

The news of his departure was first reported by the Austin American-Statesman.

According to yesterday’s Chron, Craig Biggio was 0-14 against Randy Johnson of course.

Don’t forget the Biggio rally at The Yard tomorrow!

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Commentary has always said I am always learning. Today I learned a new word: voluble.

I saw it in the Chron E-Board endorsement of State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst in the SD 18 Special. Here is from the E-Board endorsement:

Named one of Texas Monthly’s 10 best legislators in 2007, the voluble, hyper-energetic legislator knows the issues important to the largely rural district that runs between Harris and Bexar counties and has dealt with them in the House.

I am sorry but I have never heard of voluble. I read a lot and have never run across the word. Never heard it on a ‘Stros game. Never heard it on CNN. Never heard it on “SNL,” “The Newsroom,”, “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Good Wife,” or “Today.” I had to look it up and best I can figure, voluble means talkative, verbose, or articulate or something like that – I think.

A couple of nights ago when I was watching on the flat screen the protests and related events coming from Ferguson, CNN anchor Don Lemon was providing a verbal description of the scene. Here is what he said: “Maybe a minute, two minutes ago we heard a gunshot and watched people scattering. And we’re watching people on the roofs of cars, on the tops of cars and, er,… Obviously there’s a smell of marijuana here as well.”

Immediately he started getting hammered by bloggers and on twitter and yesterday by media critics for the mention of dope in the air – huh!

Hey, if there are bullets flying, cars being set on fire, stores being looted, protesters being tear gassed, and folks being put in cuffs, and some fellas are passing around a bong, I want to know about it. I really didn’t think the mention of dope in the air was inappropriate or unprofessional. It would be like mentioning “and some folks are running around with Bud Lights in their koozies.”

Don Lemon is not your typical anchor and I think he has pretty much let us know that over the past couple of years. I sometimes don’t agree with his style but that is the way it goes. He tries not to stay in the same old anchor chair mold if you know what I mean.

The Rocket, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz are on the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame ballot. How many Cy Young Awards have these pitching greats won?

There is something about heading to the family gathering on Thanksgiving Day and driving on the freeway and passing the empty parking lots of malls and major retailers. It makes me think that most folks are at home with their families and friends. Like most other traditions, that is changing.

Commentary thinks it is a bummer for stores to open on Thanksgiving Day evening. That’s sad. Can’t folks wait until Friday to get into their Christmas shopping? Who wants to go shopping at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day night anyway? Or at midnight? Get a life!

I also think it stinks that some grocery stores are open until midday on Thanksgiving Day. I mean, can’t you handle all of your Thanksgiving Day shopping by noon of that day?

We will be having our Thanksgiving Day dinner tomorrow at my sister Sylvia’s. At last count eleven of us will be there including my niece Cristina, her boyfriend Chris, and my nephew Enrique’s girlfriend Christy – got it! The other six are a Tony, Alicia, Dave, Jackson, Louis and Commentary. Two live in Nashville, three in Baytown, five vote in H-Town, and the other is too young to vote – got it!

The Rocket (7), Randy Johnson (5), Pedro Martinez (3), and John Smoltz (1) have a combined 16 Cy Young Awards of course.

I don’t have anything from The Yard and unless there is breaking news over the weekend I will return on Monday.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Day and a very nice holiday weekend!

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These tweets came out this morning:

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 23m23 minutes ago
Breaking: Henry Martinez, fmr HCC District Commander, will be nominated today to serve out rest of Constable Victor Tervino’s term. #hounews

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 16m16 minutes ago
Henry Martinez, who has worked at HCC for 23 years, will fill out rest of term of Victor Trevino. Morman will make official today. #hounews

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 11m11 minutes ago
.@SheriffGarcia on Martinez in stment: “I know that he shares the same concern for children and seniors as does Constable Trevino.” #hounews

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 7m7 minutes ago
Breaking this AM: Henry Martinez, HCC cop for 23 yrs, to replace Victor Trevino as Precinct 6 Constable. | http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Henry-Martinez-to-replace-ousted-Trevino-5914007.php

Harris County Commissioners Court is expected to name the third ever Harris County Constable for Precinct 6 this morning – SEE ABOVE. If as if the Chron reported earlier the new Constable will agree not to run for election in 2016 then that is a real good thing if you ask me. Let’s let the voters of Precinct 6 decide in 2016. That is the way it should be – right? I don’t know who would want to argue with this.

The Commissioners Court didn’t create the vacancy. They are just trying to fill it. I think they are going about it the best way they can and that is all folks can expect. Stay tuned!

The MLB Hall of Fame ballot will be released today and pitching great Randy Johnson will be on it. How many games did the Big Unit win in his career and where does that put him on the all-time win list?

The GOP is still griping about how the President put it on them on immigration action. The GOP still doesn’t have a plan so it looks like Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King will continue to drive their response – what joke. I really don’t expect the GOP to come forward with anything meaningful on immigration – do you?

The Christmas tunes are now playing on the radio and both Hallmark channels have wall-to-wall Christmas shows. I’m OK with that.

Here are parts of Jose de Jesus Ortiz’s article in today’s Chron on B-G-O and the Hall of Fame ballot:

The list is quite impressive, appearing even more prestigious as time passes. From Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1938 and Lefty Grove in 1947 all the way to Ryne Sandberg in 2005 and Barry Larkin in 2012, 10 Hall of Famers fell short of election twice before earning their place among baseball’s immortals in Cooperstown, N.Y.

This year, former Astros star Craig Biggio has a chance to join Alexander, Grove, Sandberg, Larkin, Carl Hubbell, Catfish Hunter, Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal, Mel Ott and Gaylord Perry among the Hall of Famers who earned induction in their third year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.

“That’s a pretty impressive list,” said Biggio, who missed induction by two votes last year. “Hopefully, it happens. We were extremely close last year, so hopefully this year is a magical year.”

The Baseball Hall of Fame will release its 2015 ballot to the public Monday, and eligible BBWAA members will receive their ballots in the mail before Thanksgiving so they can begin voting on the class that will be announced Jan. 6.

Five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson, who spent part of the 1998 season with Biggio and the Astros, and three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez are the two biggest former stars among the players who will be on the Hall ballot for the first time in 2015. Also among those who will make their first appearance are former Cy Young winner John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield, a member of the 500-homer club.

Biggio, who had 3,060 hits over a 20-year career with the Astros, has been one of the top candidates in each of his two years on the ballot. Former Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell will be on the ballot for the fifth time, and seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens will be on the ballot for the third time.


“Biggio will get in this time,” said the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, who has had a Hall vote for two decades. “Two votes? You’ve got to get that. I certainly hope he gets it.”

We will see!

The Big Unit of course won 303 games and is 22nd on the all-time career win list.

We will have to wait until January 6 for the Hall of Fame ballot results.

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