The TEN: 7/24/2020

(The TEN is not a top ten but ten items worth being included in “The TEN”)

1. Giancarlo Stanton hit the first home run of the 2020 season and the New York Yankees went on to beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Thursday night in a rain shortened game on opening day.

2. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers scheduled starter for opening night, was placed on the injured list with back stiffness and right-hander Dustin May was recalled.

3. Paraclete has reached an agreement to open the season at home against JSerra.

4. MLB has expanded the playoffs for the 2020 season to 16 teams. All second place teams in the six divisions will now qualify for the playoffs.

5. Nationals outfielder Juan Soto tested positive for the coronavirus and missed Thursday night’s opener. Soto will now quarantine and will need two negative tests before he can return to the field.

6. Mike Tyson is making plans for a comeback and will fight Roy Jones Jr. in an eight round exhibition on September 12.

7. The NFL team formerly known as the Washington Redskins has announced it will call itself the “Washington Football Team” throughout the upcoming season as it continues to finalize a replacement name.

8. The Dodgers signed outfielder Mookie Betts to a 12-year, $365 million extension.

9. Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez said the school could lose more than $100 million if the upcoming football season is canceled.

10. Arroyo will host Sierra Vista in Week 1 when the season gets underway in January. The schools agreed to a two-year contract.

23 Comments to "The TEN: 7/24/2020"

  1. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 28, 2020 - 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the clarification, Tim.
    As for me, I don’t have anything against Temple City; I just want the Alhambra Moors to win fair and square whenever we play the Rams. Hopefully, we’ll be able to take them on again sometime next year.

  2. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 28, 2020 - 10:38 am | Permalink

    @ LOL: OK, let’s not play the guilt-by-association game. The fact that Tim lives in Temple City doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all close friends or political allies. (I hope.)
    There is some diversity of political thought in TC; I know a former member of the city council there who happens to be a progressive Democrat.
    Have a nice one and stay safe.

    From T.Peterson: I don’t live in Temple City though.

  3. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 27, 2020 - 4:35 pm | Permalink

    @ Tank: It’s really hard to say that the U.S. is not a racist country when: 1) We have a president who openly makes racist comments; 2) We have a history of racism and racial discrimination, particularly in our southern states, but by no means limited to them; and 3) Hate groups have been on the rise here for the last several years.
    These are facts that cannot be explained away.

    @ A Simple Question & Truth Be Told: You guys paint with a mighty wide proverbial brush. I’m progressive on some issues, but I’m downright moderate on others, including national defense and law enforcement.
    The problem with people on the far right is that they call anyone who disagrees with them a “leftist,” “socialist,” or “communist” regardless of the actual merits of their arguments. There are people on the far left who behave the same way, but I’m not one of them. I’m willing to listen to any reasonable person.
    Right here on this website, I have previously condemned vandalism and looting. I pray and advocate for peace on almost a daily basis. I have never supported mob violence of any kind, so don’t put words in my mouth that I never said or even implied.

    @ Everyone: Here’s some additional information about Edmund Pettus, for whom the bridge in Selma, Alabama was named when it was completed in 1940:
    Pettus was an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, which means that he was a traitor who took up arms against the United States of America.
    Pettus, who was a career lawyer and politician, became Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan in 1877. He also led the Alabama delegation to the Democratic national convention for many years.
    In the 1890’s, Pettus campaigned for a U.S. Senate seat on the basis of his position with the Klan and his public opposition to the constitutional amendments which ended slavery and gave equal rights to the freed slaves. The Alabama Legislature found his platform convincing and elected him to the Senate, unseating the incumbent in the process.

    Source for historical information: “Edmund Pettus,” on Wikipedia.

    It’s clear that Edmund Pettus was one of the most prominent racists of his time. I’ll join all of the fair-minded people who believe he was not worthy of any honors.

    @ Truth Be Told: Don’t even bring up the Democratic National Committee. I’m still angry at the DNC for relentlessly promoting Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy. She is one of the main reasons why Donald Trump is sitting in the White House today.
    Your comment regarding the “race card” is nonsensical. The expression, “playing the race card,” applies to individuals who deceitfully try to exploit racial differences as a means of evading accountability for their own misbehavior or misconduct.
    I’m talking about a tactic, and I’ve always understood that it has no relationship to biology.

  4. LOL's Gravatar LOL
    July 27, 2020 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Ram Fan and tank have no worries of Peterson threatening to block their takes. They say they live in Temple City. MAGA

  5. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    July 27, 2020 - 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Looters and vandals should be arrested. Peaceful protests should be allowed. Regardless if you are left or right, let’s not lump the two together.

  6. A Simple Question's Gravatar A Simple Question
    July 27, 2020 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    Would our resident sage Ron Vrooman be willing to keep calling the angry mobs “protesters” instead of rioters if they decided to destroy all the schools he subs at? Funny how all the ideological B.S. melts away when the hurt hits close to home.

  7. July 27, 2020 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    Didn’t say there was no racism. Reading comprehension would help. Racism exists, and it can be found in all colors. Dragging the USA down because of that fact really makes no sense, unless you are an inflamed thin skinned libby.

  8. July 27, 2020 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    So Pettus is your excuse to claim a racist country. Pretty weak, but you gotta keep those flames burning, eh?
    110 years ago – maybe let it go and racism will let go of you.

  9. Truth be told's Gravatar Truth be told
    July 26, 2020 - 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, I just lost my entire day’s meals after reading that garbage!
    What’s next there leftist Ron? Are you about to espouse to us that the rioters and looters are justified in there rebellious actions and that it is justifiable to act in such a way because they just angry? Talk about a post straight out of the DNC playbook, but ok. The “race card”!? That is a social construct and not rooted in biology. Last time I checked we were all part of the human race. What causes all the problems is our totally depraved human nature, not systemic racism.

  10. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 26, 2020 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    As a longtime student of history, I believe that President Obama will be regarded as one of our nation’s better presidents, just not the best. He and his administration brought our country back from the brink of a second Great Depression and helped start a decade-long economic expansion that the current occupant of the White House continually claimed all the credit for.
    President Obama also made it a priority to hunt down 9/11 terrorist Osama bin Laden; that objective was accomplished in two years or so after more than seven years of failure under George W. Bush.
    Obama was also instrumental in giving us the Affordable Care Act, which President Trump wants to repeal in the middle of a pandemic, replacing it with essentially nothing.
    I am truly puzzled by the criteria you’re using to define greatness or the lack thereof. Do you base your evaluations of our presidents on who brags the loudest or tells the most outlandish lies?

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently won her primary election, will be re-elected to Congress by her constituents in New York City three months from now. I’m willing to predict that she’ll be bothering her conservative opponents for a very long time.

    The gesture of silently kneeling while facing the flag during the national anthem has never been about disrespecting the flag, the military, veterans, or our country. It is actually a display of loyalty to this nation’s principles, while at the same time a protest against gross violations of those principles by some of the people who are currently in positions of power.
    I have never seen any inattentiveness, talking, spitting, raising of fists, or any other overt expression of disrespect for the flag on the part of those who kneel during the anthem. People such as President Trump who play the “disrespecting the flag” card are only attempting to instigate more division and distract us from the enormous problems we’re facing.
    The protestors can begin standing up for the anthem in good conscience as soon as we reach the point where far more people are truly free and live in a country that ensures “liberty and justice for all.”

  11. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    July 26, 2020 - 3:58 pm | Permalink

    @Hm I’ve never been a LA/ST Louis/LA Rams fan. So if when they take a knee this year I won’t know because I don’t watch the NFL anymore. My Rams are a little more local in Temple City.

  12. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    July 26, 2020 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

    @? So you do get it. Disrespecting the flag and your country is still offensive if it’s done on the high school field, a college field, a MLB field, a NFL field and especially in the house of Congress. Obama was the worst in history and AOC will be one and done, thankfully.

  13. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 26, 2020 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

    @Tank: No racism? I give you the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the news today because of John Lewis’s funeral. Google who Pettus was and what he represents today by giving him the honor of a bridge named after him. You use the white supremacist and nazi tactic of denying racism and the holocaust to our young athletes to normalize your hate and get recruits.

  14. False's Gravatar False
    July 25, 2020 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Wait wait wait are you saying there is no racism in America? What rock have you lived under all your life, time to take the blinders off and realize the many systematic racial issues in America.

  15. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 25, 2020 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Tank: A couple of the things you said are correct, but the United States is still a racist country in some ways. There are millions of people here who want to erase much, if not all, of the progress we’ve made on civil rights. And, tragically, some of them are in positions of authority.
    I’ll give you just one example of this truth: A Minneapolis police officer who evidently knew he was being recorded on video calmly and methodically suffocated an unarmed African American man who was not resisting. All the while, three of his fellow officers did nothing to stop him.
    Wide disparities in income, health care, interactions with law enforcement, criminal justice outcomes, and voting rights also prove that all is not well. The fact that voting rights are again in jeopardy for some is particularly disgusting since that issue was supposedly settled once and for all more than half a century ago.
    We still have systemic racism, and many people still hold racist views.
    I will acknowledge that racism in the United States cuts in multiple directions, although white supremacy has been the overriding theme. I can attest to the fact that I had the “race card” falsely played against me on some occasions during my teaching career. (By students who called me a racist because I took issue with their disrespectful and disruptive behavior in the classroom.)
    Everyone needs to admit that we have serious problems in this country, and that many of them are at least partly tied to race or have a racial aspect to them.
    We could get off to a good start on solving these problems by listening to others, showing some empathy, and accepting their humanity. To a large degree, it simply involves behaving like decent human beings.
    The people who are kneeling for social justice now won’t have to feel ashamed later, because they are doing the right thing. Individuals in the “cancel culture” movement have already engaged in some excessive conduct, and they will be reined in.

  16. July 25, 2020 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    When the kneelers and the cancel culture princesses look back at this piece of history, they will surely be ashamed of themselves. Prep athletes beware. Don’t let them suck you into the madness. The US is not a racist country. Many fought, bled, and died for civil rights. Only desperate libs want you to forget that fact.

  17. July 25, 2020 - 9:12 am | Permalink

    When the kneelers and the cancel culture princesses look back at this piece of history, they will surely be ashamed of themselves. Prep athletes beware. Don’t let them suck you into the madness. The US is not a racist country. Many fought, bled, and died for civil rights. Only desperate libs want you to forget that fact.

  18. Hm's Gravatar Hm
    July 24, 2020 - 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Does that mean you won’t be a rams fan in a few months once they kneel?

  19. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 24, 2020 - 9:07 pm | Permalink

    @ Not Acceptable: I believe that George Washington will get a bit of a pass, and deservedly so. He commanded the Continental Army during the American Revolution, he was the first president of our country, and he stipulated that his slaves would be freed upon his death.
    Washington certainly wasn’t perfect, given the fact that he was a slaveowner in Virginia, but he must have had some misgivings about slavery. My understanding is that slaves in the American South were rarely granted their freedom under any conditions before the Civil War.
    I think Washington was at least somewhat ahead of his slave-owning peers, such as the renowned intellectual Thomas Jefferson, who never emancipated his slaves. Jefferson was our nation’s third president, by the way.

    @ #8: Some of the money that Mookie Betts is going to get from the Dodgers will be deferred; he’ll be receiving payments until the year 2044. (So that’s how they made the deal work…) I’m still skeptical, but I hope he has a lot of good seasons for L.A.

  20. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 24, 2020 - 1:19 pm | Permalink

    @RF: And F AOC and Obama and John Lewis and any high schoolthat mayhave players that kneel and any Rams that kneel and……………Right?

  21. Not Acceptable's Gravatar Not Acceptable
    July 24, 2020 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    I doubt the statue-destroyers among us will be OK with the team being named Washington, even briefly. The reference to the father of our country is highly inflammatory to those whose agenda has shifted from political correctness to destruction for the sake of destruction.

  22. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    July 24, 2020 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    I hope Arroyo puts Sierra Vista in it’s place.

  23. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    July 24, 2020 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    #8 Mookie gets the big contract and then shows his appreciation by kneeling during the National Anthem. F him, F the Dodgers, F the MLB. It wasn’t enough that all the players and managers were allowed to kneel and hold onto a black ribbon of cloth and have their moment of silence? That is just BS!
    Give an inch, take a mile.

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