Billy Bragg – Waiting For The Great Leap Forward

So the version of this song that I'm playing was not one that I was familiar with - it turns out, Mr. Bragg has done about a million and a half versions of this tune, and he's always adjusting them to fit the times and locations that he's singing in. I find that super cool. And it turns out, he's pretty darn good at making those adjustments work, and I dig it all.

Also, here's the version of the song that I know and love:

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Happy Birthday–November 22

Harry Rice (1901)
Dick Bartell (1907)
Lew Burdette (1926)
Wade Blasingame (1943)
Rich Chiles (1946)
Greg Luzinski (1950)
Lyman Bostock (1950)
Wayne Tolleson (1955)
Lee Guetterman (1958)
Mike Benjamin (1965)
Jay Payton (1972)
Ricky Ledee (1973)
Joe Nathan (1974)
Jonny Gomes (1980)
Yusmeiro Petit (1984)
Adam Ottovino (1985)
Drew Pomeranz (1988)

Mike Benjamin was drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round in January, 1985, but did not sign.

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Mazatlan Recap: Game Twenty-three


Batting star:  Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-4.

Pitching stars:  Marco Antonio Rivas struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits.  Alejandro Soto struck out two in a perfect inning.  Roberto Espinosa struck out two in a perfect inning.  Jesus Pirela pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.

Opposition star:  Isaac Rodriguez Salazar was 3-for-5.

The game:  Mazatlan jumped out to the early lead.  Jose Augusto Figueroa and Ramon Rios led off with walks.  Isaac Paredes had an RBI double and Carlos Munoz hit a two-run single to make it 3-0 Mazatlan.

It stayed 3-0 until the fifth, when Los Mochis struck back.  With one out, Josuan Hernandez and Carlos Soto singled.  A fly out made two down, but Amilcar Gomez singled to load the bases, Esteban Quiroz singled home two, Darick Hall was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, and Leandro Castro delivered a two-run single, making it 4-3 Los Mochis.

It stayed 4-3 until the seventh.  Ricardo Valenzuela led off the bottom of the inning with a walk, but there was still a runner on first with two out.  Then Figueroa delivered an RBI double, tying the score 4-4.  Mazatlan then regained the lead in the eighth.  Isaac Paredes walked and an error put men on first and second with none out.  There was then a double error on a pickoff attempt, putting Mazatlan ahead.  Ricky Alvarez had an RBI double and with two out, Maxwell Leon singled home a run, putting Mazatlan ahead 7-4.  Los Mochis went down in order in the ninth.

WP:  Espinosa (2-0).  LP:  Darel Torres (0-2).  S:  Pirela (3).

Notes:  Figueroa is batting .444.  Paredes is batting .391. Italo Mota is batting .348.  Munoz is batting .321.  Giansanti is batting .307.

Espinosa and PIrela each have an ERA of 1.35.

Carlos Morales started for Mazatlan.  He pitched 4.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk and striking out three.  Rafael Ordaz started for Los Mochis.  He pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks and striking out three.

Los Mochis made three errors.  They were all in the eighth inning and came within the space of two batters.

Record:  Mazatlan is 9-14, in eighth place, eight games behind Obregon.

Next game:  Mazatlan hosts Los Mochis again tonight.

2003 Rewind: Game Fifty-one


Date:  Wednesday, May 28.

Batting stars:  Doug Mientkiewicz was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer (his fourth), a double, and two runs.  Jacque Jones was 1-for-4 with a home run, his fourth.  Dustan Mohr was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his sixth.

Pitching star:  Eddie Guardado pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.

Opposition stars:  Aaron Harang pitched four shutout innings of relief, giving up one hit and two walks and striking out two.  Mark Ellis was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Scott Hatteberg was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs.  Erubiel Durazo was 2-for-4 with a walk.  Terrence Long was 2-for-5.  Chris Singleton was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

The game:  The Athletics jumped on starter Joe Mays for three runs in the first inning.  With one out, Hatteberg and Eric Chavez singled, Miguel Tejada hit an RBI double, and Durazo walked to load the bases.  A sacrifice fly brought home a second run and Long's RBI single brought home the third.

The Twins tied it with three in the second.  Bobby Kielty reached on an error, Torii Hunter singled, and Mientkiewicz hit a three-run homer to make it 3-3.  The Twins took the lead in the third when Jones homered, but Singleton homered leading off the fourth to tie it again at 4-4.  The Twins took the lead again in the bottom of the fourth when Mientkiewicz singled and Mohr hit a two-run homer.  It was 6-4 Twins.

Oakland did not threaten again until the seventh.  Hatteberg led off with a double, but was still on second with two out.  Durazo then hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 6-5.  Ramon Hernandez singled, moving the tying run to second, but Long flied out to end the inning.

The Athletics threatened again in the eighth.  Ellis singled, Singleton walked, and Hatteberg was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with one out.  But a foul out and a ground out ended the inning.  Durazo had a leadoff single in the ninth, but a double play took them out of the inning and the game.

WP:  Mays (6-3).  LP:  John Halama (2-4).  S:  Guardado (15).

Notes:  Denny Hocking was at second base in place of Luis Rivas.  Chris Gomez was at shortstop in place of Cristian Guzman.  Kielty was the DH.

Jones was 1-for-4 and was batting .333.  Mohr was 1-for-4 and was batting .316.  Hocking was 0-for-3 and was batting .163.

Mays pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks and striking out two.  His ERA was 5.48.  Johan Santana gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning to make his ERA 2.88.  LaTroy Hawkins was unscored upon in two-thirds of an inning to drop his ERA to 1.52.  J. C. Romero retired both men he faced to make his ERA 2.82.  Guardado's ERA dropped to 1.59.

Halama pitched four innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on five hits and no walks and striking out five.

This was Harang's first major league appearance in 2003.  He had pitched in sixteen games in 2002.   It was his only relief appearance of the season.

The Twins had won four in a row, six out of seven, nine of eleven, eleven of fourteen, and seventeen of twenty-two.

Record:  The Twins were 31-20, in first place in the American League Central, 4.5 games ahead of Kansas City.

Happy Birthday–November 21

Bobby Mathews (1851)
Charlie Bennett (1854)
Billy Clingman (1869)
Andy High (1897)
Freddie Lindstrom (1905)
Paul Richards (1908)
Stan Musial (1920)
Warren Hacker (1924)
Tom McCraw (1940)
Bill Almon (1952)
Rick Peters (1955)
Mike Mason (1958)
Mark Eichhorn (1960)
Dick Schofield (1962)
Ken Griffey (1969)
Todd Erdos (1973)
Brian Meadows (1975)
Hank Blalock (1980)
Ryan LeMarre (1988)

Rick Peters was drafted by Minnesota in the eighteenth round in 1973, but did not sign.

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Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.