RIP MLB lifer Bill Virdon, 90, who was successful as both a player and manager. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1955 for St. Louis, who traded him to Pittsburgh in ’56. He was a member of the 1960 World Champion Pirates. In twelve seasons he hit .267 and had 90 homers. He was awarded a Gold Glove in 1962. He led the league in outfielder assists, 16, in 1959. In 13 seasons as a manager he went 995–921 with Houston, Pittsburgh, the Yankees and Montreal. His greatest success came with the Astros, guiding them to their first two post-season appearances. He is the team’s all-time leader in wins, 544. He was NL Manager of the Year in 1980. He was a coach on the Pirates 1971 championship team. After retirement, he often attended the Pirates spring training camp as a special instructor. Well done, sir.
Does this make any sense? Headline from nypost.com: “US to require vaccines for all foreign border crossers in January.” Finally — after having already let thousands into the country.
Quid Pro Joe plans to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Energy, a measure that may temporarily lower prices at the pump. Of course, the best solution, restoring the Keystone Pipeline, which helped America gain energy independence, is taboo among leftists.
This may be the most amusing headline of the day, from newsmax.com: “Experts: Don’t Say ‘Looting’ for Smash-and-Grabs, It’s Racist.” Let’s just say everything is racist and be done with it.
My gut is telling me that while third quarter GDP may be disappointing, the economy is about to boom, and that will save the Dems from the bloodbath many are expecting in 2022.
I was hoping to spend some time beside the display at today’s session of the floating book shop, but conditions were similar to yesterday, so I parked my butt in the back seat of the old Hyundai. It looked like it was going to be a goose egg until Wolf showed up late and bought CDs of the music of Carmen McRae, Vladimir Horowitz and Beethoven. My thanks, and also to the woman who purchased a Sidney Sheldon translation in Russian as I was packing up; and to my constant benefactress, who delivered four works of non-fiction and five classical CDs.
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