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|April 1999 Archives|
- CURRENT NEWS & INFORMATION
- Walter Freeman and Wilhelm Reich Feud (April 18)
- Sonata for Kosovo (April 7)
- 1999 Major League Baseball (April 5)
- 1999 Cosmic Player Fields (April 4)
- Cosmic Game Report: DRAGONS @ VANGUARDS (April 1)
- March 1999 News (Archive)
|April 18, 1999|
|Walter Freeman and Wilhelm Reich Feud|
Reich apparently has been making snide comments since spring training about the highly touted but untested rookie from the American Psychosurgery League. Freeman, inventor of the so-called "ice pick" lobotomy in the 1940s, has not had a stellar start so far this season despite the hype that he was going to be the next great cosmic batter. And in 26 games starting in centerfield he has committed two throwing errors. Both errors occurred while Reich was on the mound.
Wilhelm Reich has, according to people close to the situation, been feisty and crotchety since joining the team in December. The much-maligned founder of "orgone" energy, Reich is a controversial psychobiologist who played 13 seasons for the Nude Island Erotics (1984-1997). When the Erotics were deactivated, Reich sat out the 1998 season hoping the Alphatown Ionians would give him a call. The Ionians never called and Reich reluctantly accepted a deal with the Mindland Brains, a new cosmic team for 1999.
Nobody close to the situation would comment on the record about the tension between the lobotomist and the orgonomist. But field manager Jean Piaget is known to be growing impatient with the two players. You might say the team, currently playing .500 ball (13-13) is headed for some cloudy, emotional plague days as the season wears on.
|April 7, 1999|
|Sonata for Kosovo|
The SONATA FOR KOSOVO wails for the star-crossed and unfortunate victims of ethnic cleansing and for the innocent souls who take cover from the hard rain falling on top of them. And it wails for the misbegotten men and women who no longer can discern what is right from what is wrong.
|April 5, 1999|
|1999 Major League Baseball|
The overtly selfish baseball owners, in a frenzy because their sport faces a financial meltdown, are frantically trying to capitalize on the excitement generated during last season's homerun festival. Combined with the overtly greedy players, the owners are fast driving the so-called "national past-time" into the ground. Baseball as-it-used-to-be will soon be as out-of-sight as the average cost for a nice family of four to attend a Major League baseball game ($121.36). [Note: Figure is based on the Fan Cost Index, which includes two average-price tickets, two average-price child tickets, four small soft drinks, two small beers, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult caps. The Fan Cost Index for Major League Baseball has increased 6.8 percent this season.]
Rather than seeking out ways to curb their spiralling greediness, owners and players look for new methods of satisfying the desire for mo' money. The latest idea floated by Major League Baseball to raise revenue is to use advertising patches on player uniforms.
Not surprisingly, money has severely skewed the competitive balance of the sport. Analysts point out that a team's payroll must be at least $52 million if there is any hope for a playoff bid this season. And while the season has just started, it is already easy enough to predict which teams will be around in September: The Yankees ($87 million payroll), Orioles ($79 payroll), Dodgers ($77 million), Rangers ($74 million), Braves ($73 million) and the Indians ($68 million) are assured of making the playoffs based on their payrolls. This competitive imbalance based on team revenue/expense tables will not be solved by turning the players into walking billboards.
It has been said that the heart and soul of American culture can be discovered by understanding the game of baseball. If Major League Baseball is the paradigm used to divine the core values of the culture than perhaps it is time to radically alter the model.
Owners and players are unlikely to be motivated to enact changes that do not satisfy their own self-interest. It would be unwise to expect "government" to have any meaningful impact on how the game is structured, it is afterall, part of the problem. That leaves only one segment left to do the dirty but necessary work of changing the game for the better: the Fans.
It is the fan, sitting at the ballpark or in front of a television set that is the ultimate source of the game's revenue. It is time for the fans to seize the day and rid Major League Baseball of its selfish and destructive tendencies.
Unless Major League Baseball really is a reflection of the way we are, fans can change the game. Fans really do have the power to restore the game in such a way that Joe D. and Senior would be proud.
The question is: Are Major League Baseball fans ready to play ball or not?
1999 National League Team Schedules
|April 4, 1999|
|1999 Cosmic Player Fields|
|April 1, 1999|
|Cosmic Game Report- DRAGONS @ VANGUARDS|
Musicians and artists (painters, photographers), who naturally share so many internal characteristics, compete on a more subtle level, that, at first glance, may seem strange or remote to people who would consider themselves non-creative. Many creative people will affirm the idea that everybody is innately creative. Some block it, some have it blocked, some are distracted. Modern end-of-the-century life certainly puts more demands and constraints on individuals. This makes it difficult to negotiate and navigate the intense but often unsettled seas of creativity and imagination.
Aside from Elvis Presley's double in the first inning and Jasper Johns' double in the second inning the first three innings were basically a pitching contest between Laura Nyro and Frieda Kahlo. The Vanguards opened up the heavens in the fourth inning and let rain three runs, chasing Nyro out of the game. Charlie "Bird" Parker got the Dragons out of the inning and kept the Vanguards quiet in the fifth but two more runs came across in the sixth as Bhutan took a 5 to 0 lead. Dragon manager Janis Joplin replaced Parker with Jerry Garcia who uses only nine fingers to get the ball ready to be thrown. As usual, Gerry quieted down the artists. But the damage had been done and despite a brave but failed comeback attempt in the eighth and ninth innings, the Vanguards held the lead and prevailed.
While neither team figures to be a contender this season the future looks bright, especially for the Vanguards. Rookies Jasper Johns (this game's MCP) and Wolfgang Paalen look to be future stars. The Dragons rookie secondbaseman, Noah Lampert, young though he is (at 15 he is the youngest starting secondbaseman in CBA history), also looks promising.
These two teams won't meet again until the dog days of summer. They are scheduled for a grueling five game series which is worth looking forward to regardless of where they stand in the standings.