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Yankee-Mets Preview of Tonight’s Subway Series Opener and a Peak Ahead to October Play

July 26, 2022

The Houston Astros and N.Y. Metropolitans have replaced the Boston Red Sox as the opponents that generate the most pregame hype for the N.Y. Yankees. Tonight’s match-up between the Yanks and Mets kicks off what may prove to be the most memorable combined year for those two teams since 2000 when they met in the […] More

New York Major League Baseball Off to a Good Start

April 30, 2022

It’s early days in the 2022 major league baseball — just three weeks completed from the six-month, 162 game marathon season. At 15-6 after 20 games, the New York Mets own the best winning percentage in the National League, and the New York Yankees’ record of 14-6 is the best winning percentage in the American […] More

Reflections on the 2021 MLB Baseball Playoffs

October 26, 2021

Unlike the other three major professional sports played in the United States, baseball as it was traditionally played changes the most influential position in each successive game. That would be the starting pitcher, who throws more innings than do relievers. In recent world series match-ups excluding the pandemic-abbreviated season of 2020, the 2019 series included […] More

Redefining What Bipartisan Support, Infrastructure, and Cancel Culture Mean

May 3, 2021

An unexpected string of policy accomplishments during the first 100 days of the Biden Presidency was helped by redefining the meaning of some concepts that previously had ground legislation to a halt. The first of these changes concerns the meaning of bipartisanship. President Biden campaigned that he would restore bipartisanship, and Republican lawmakers, who universally […] More

American Rescue Plan Embodies and Is Likely to Create New Paradigms

March 11, 2021

At 8:00 tonight, U.S. President Biden will deliver his first prime time speech. While the timing of his talk coincides with the anniversary of the imposition of social distancing restrictions to counter the Covid-19 crisis, the address provides an opportune time to justify the American Rescue Plan, which sacrificed the initial desire that the law […] More

U.S. Election: Some Reflections

October 28, 2020

Much controversy has been stirred up ahead of the U.S. 2020 election, and the suspense is unlikely to be fully settled on Election Day, which is less than one week away. In a country known for low turnout, amplified opportunities for early voting and mail-in ballots are expected to make 2020 an exception on that […] More

A World Series Match-Up from an Era Long Past

October 19, 2020

It’s a near miracle that professional sports are even being played in this pandemic year of 2020. It’s even stranger that the 2020 baseball world series pits the winningest National League team against the American League team that had the best regular season won-loss record. The first world series in 1903 and subsequent world series […] More

Yankees-Indians Thriller Bookends Game 7 of the 1960 World Series

October 1, 2020

Yesterday’s series-ending baseball marathon between the Yankees and Indians was kind of reminiscent of Game 7 of the 1960 world series but with a happier ending for Yankee fans. Against the Pirates, the Yanks trailed 4-0 after the 2nd inning versus trailing 4-1 versus the Indians at the same point. Yanks scored a run in […] More

America’s Fear of Socialism

September 7, 2020

Among the reasons why Joe Biden might lose the presidential election eight weeks from now despite his current lead in opinion polls is the suspicion that America would become a socialist country with any Democratic president. Although its meaning is often misunderstood, the very term socialism evokes widespread pejorative feelings in all but the youngest […] More

Masks, Phones, Freedom and Public Safety

July 21, 2020

The politicization of  protective masks that cover one’s mouth and nose has been a strange and unexpected impediment against successfully managing the coronavirus pandemic. All but the best-made masks do not provide full protection against catching Covid, but wearing one has been shown to greatly prevent symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers of the pathogen from infecting […] More