74 thoughts on “April 15, 2021: Not Good”

      1. I told you before the season started this would be a bad year, and two weeks into the season we all see that I was right! They need to FIRE ROCKO AND FALVIE NOW!!!!! Get rid of all the stat nerds with their "analytics" and put some real baseball men in charge! Bring back Bill Smith and Terry Ryan, make Torii Hunter the manager, and get this team playing REAL BASEBALL again!!!!!!!!!

  1. This is all Joe Mauer's fault. His contract has cast a karmic pall over the entire organization. Need to have a Mauer shirsey burning ceremony in centerfield to exorcise the demons.

  2. David Roth writes a quick ode of love to La Tortuga:

    For a month in 2018, baseball seemed almost too easy for Willians Astudillo. Over the first 29 games of his career, Astudillo had 33 hits in 97 plate appearances, walking twice and striking out three times. Because he is Willians Astudillo, it looked even more uncanny than it sounds—the man is shaped like one of the little mushroom guys from Super Mario Bros., moves across the baseball field like someone who is waterskiing for the first time, and plays so flat-out that there is always and inescapably a palpable element of risk to watching him play. There is nothing really like it, because there is no big leaguer quite like him.

  3. so, I have a left-handed Kensington Ergo Fit mouse at home and a regular mouse at the office, both of which I connect to my laptop (through a USB fob at home, through a wired USB connection to my port replicator at the office).

    For some reason, Windoze settings cannot keep the button assignments straight between the two locations. In both places, I'm configured for lefty use, but yesterday at the office I had to reassign the mouse buttons. This morning, working from home, I had to again reassign the mouse buttons (settings seems to think that the lefty mouse is a righty mouse and so what should have been the index finger button was mapping to the other button). Weird.

      1. the wireless connection seems a bit dodgy too at home (was true with my old, conventional Logitech mouse as well). Sometimes I have to click 2-3 times on screen button for the action to happen. It's not like I'm far from my laptop (mouse is maybe 2 feet from the fob)

  4. Chauvin defense expert witness suggests that carbon monoxide poisoning may have been a contributing factor in his death.

    He also got Fowler to admit that Floyd's blood was never tested for carbon monoxide.

    "You haven't seen any data or test results that showed Mr. Floyd had a single injury from carbon monoxide. Is that true?" Blackwell asked.

    "That is correct, because it was never sent," Fowler responded.

    Blackwell noted that the squad car was a gas-electric hybrid and Fowler conceded that he had no data about how much carbon monoxide was actually released. Fowler said he believed the engine was running.

    Holy moly. Did the defense attorney not vett their expert witness in advance?

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        1. It is so very easy to sideline quarterback everyone, and it's a really negative aspect of social media, generally. I've seen all kinds of posts about thing people would or wouldn't do in someone else's shoes, say, the middle of skirmish; it's amazing how many trained experts there are out there. Dunning-Kruger at its worst.

        2. I have a family member who is not a lawyer, but who has (or claims to have) watched nearly every minute of the trial proceedings. I have not been following because state agency budget season in St. Paul. Anyway, he’s convinced that the prosecution is not going nearly as well as the media is portraying it. He sent an interesting text chain on Monday

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          I haven’t responded ... but it’s been pretty heavy.

          1. I haven't followed particularly closely, so I can't speak to the direct examinations, but from a distance it has seemed like a well-organized prosecution. I also was impressed by the prosecution's cross examination of the defense's witnesses.

            That all said, a multi-day jury trial is a supremely challenging organizational task. And convincing a jury to unanimously send a man to jail is as difficult a sales call as exists. Court often looks a lot messier than it is depicted. Lots of pauses, awkwardly phrased questions, re-asked points, imprecise answers, etc. So you put your best foot foward and hope it's convincing. For the prosecution, that's the video and a general, if muddled, agreement by the experts that the knee to the neck was the proximate cause.

            As I mentioned to another citizen, prosecutors are good when they put on a thorough case and cut the defense's legs out from under them by getting ahead of questionable issues. They are great when they cross-examine well. I think I saw a thorough parade of prosecution witnesses and some good cross-x.

            I pray for justice.

        3. Yes, I was mostly joking.

          to Philo's points, a h.s. friend who is a fairly prominent attorney in Tejas responded on the Bookface with some insight I found valuable. And yes, the defense works with what they've got.

          I was mostly responding to the defense's use of the Maryland expert witness, who made some fairly risible statements embedded in other statements that, uh, seemed not very (objectively) credible given his history. But we shall see what the jury thinks.

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