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I figure that Mark Buehrle's no-hitter is cause enough to begin my diary entering on DailyKos...

Anyhow, Mark Buehrle just tossed a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers.  It may just be a cold Wednesday night in Chicago, but we're celebrating here on the South Side.  As a lifelong Sox fan, I'm a little mad that I wasn't even watching this particular game on TV, but it would sure as hell have been better to even be there.  You can check out ESPN's coverage here.  I guess I picked the wrong cold game at The Cell when I went last week.

There's certainly been enough bad going on in the last week that this is  a bright spot:  The V. Tech shootings, 170+ dead in multiple bombings in Iraq today, the ongoing US Attorneys scandal, all Imus all the time, upholding the partial-birth abortion ban, and the ever-present, godawful, stubbornness that is the Bush administration.

(after re-reading this list I realize just how terrifying and sad this week has been, and I probably still missed something huge).

So I watched all of the clips of the game that I could get, and Buehrle pitched a gem, though he was lucky to have a good defensive night from the Sox (infield especially).  When I checked out the post-game clips, I couldn't help but notice that Mark's wearing a Hokies hat (you can see this clip in the video section of ESPN.com right now, I'm sorry that I'm unable to provide the link for it).  

At least in what's on ESPN, he never says anything about the fact that he's wearing the hat.  Certainly the sports world has been quick to support a school that they consider their own.  NASCAR's choosing to display the VT logo for the next 3 weeks, the Washington Nationals wearing those Virginia Tech maroon hats during a game yesterday.  The support seems somewhat less than genuine, but I can't help but think that the hearts of these displays are in the right place.

The outpouring of support is certainly evident on college campuses as well.  There's a particular cynicism to this, but we at the University of Chicago are infinitely thankful that our worst disgruntled student was a Chemistry arsonist last (school) year.  (Our College paper The Maroon discusses the arsonist at length here).  Here and at every other campus across the nation, grief and solidarity are being expressed in the many ways we communicate:  On Facebook(and I presume MySpace), as well as through vigils, church services, and honest discussions about the realities we face as young people in America.

There has been tons of coverage about how much we, as Americans, have come to consider gun violence to be a new part of our way of life, and how we no longer consider such things to be out of the ordinary.  You can be damn sure that this isn't the case everywhere.  Certainly there is a de-sensitizing aspect to the fact that we see the huge numbers up every day from death in Iraq and stateside.  Still, you can be damn sure, that there are tons of people across the country thinking and grieving for the victims at Virginia Tech, be they professional baseball players, students, or parents of young people like me.  

While Major League Baseball might be part of our bread-and-circus  distractions from the real world and its infinite problems (see the list above for but a sample!), the no-hitter Mark Buehrle threw couldn't help but cheer me up.  Baseball shouldn't serve to overwhelm all of the United States' current woes, and I am aware that Mark Buehrle's no hitter won't even begin to address the economic issues faced by the South Side of Chicago (our Olympic bid is a whole 'nother story altogether).  Nonetheless, the celebration of such an achievement in professional sports, seems appropriately coupled with the subtle but significant sign of acknowledgment that was the Hokies hat worn by Mark after the game.  I think it might help to remind us that cynicism isn't all that's left to express when tragedy strikes, and that life goes on, even while mourning.

Originally posted to Cwhitesox1917 on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 09:48 PM PDT.

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  •  This Cubs fan (1+ / 0-)
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    JohnGor0

    who is married to a Sox fan salutes Mark Buehrle.  Good job.

  •  Excellent (2+ / 0-)
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    JohnGor0, KnotIookin

    I'm a national league Cardinals fan but you can't top a no hitter in any league.  Party on, south siders ;)

    "So go forth in love and peace -- be kind to dogs -- and vote Democratic." Tom Eagleton

    by maryb2004 on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 09:56:59 PM PDT

  •  "We at the University of Chicago" (0+ / 0-)

    Nobody likes a braggart, 1917.

    :)

    klaatu barada nikto

    by JohnGor0 on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 09:57:13 PM PDT

  •  Sanjaya was voted off Idol!!! (0+ / 0-)

    No Hitter? Really?  Gosh I'm hungry for any news other than VT

    Cut n Run... to Mars... Ma Bitches

    by Steven R on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 09:59:22 PM PDT

  •  Basketball too. Warriors Make the Playoffs (1+ / 0-)
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    Dump Terry McAuliffe

    ...for the first time in 13 years.

    Grabbed the last spot by going 9-1 and winning out their last 5 games

  •  no, you got it all (0+ / 0-)

    (after re-reading this list I realize just how terrifying and sad this week has been, and I probably still missed something huge).

    and the worst part is the daily news in Iraq is worse every day tha VPI.

  •  Hey, the Nationals have won 4 of 6 (2+ / 0-)
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    KnotIookin, oklacoma dem

    Lost while wearing the Va Tech hats on Tuesday -- worn to honor the fallen. On the other hand, those hats did not arrive until after the game had started (they were driven over by a Sports Authority store manager, who had to fight rush-hour traffic, after a call from the Nats) -- the Nats donned the caps beginning in the second inning, after they'd already fallen behind 3-0. They did outscore the Braves over the remainder of that game.

    Now, back to baseball...the Nats have won 4 of 6. Where the heck did that come from? I think that's way more impressive than Buehrle's no-hitter. On the other hand, if my beloved Mets ever get a no-hitter, that will be something to to paper the internet about. John Maine took a no-hitter into the seventh, but he'd already thrown 85 pitches. Cabrera smacked a pitch, leading off the seventh, to break up the no-hitter.

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

    by FischFry on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 10:07:04 PM PDT

  •  also, no flies on the no-hitter (0+ / 0-)

    One of he bast ball games I ever saw was Richmond Braves vs. Pawtucket Red Sox when a guy named Curry for the sox pitched a no-hitter. Triple A. Saw it from behind the plate. Better than Fiske hitting the foul pole on TV in '76.

  •  As a lifelong Sox fan... (0+ / 0-)

    All I can sat is:  Yes!!  You gotta love those crafty lefties.  I was lucky enough to see the game, and damn, Buehrle was on.  I've also been fortunate enough to speak with MB several times, and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.  

    Now if only the bats will come alive...

    Go Go Sox!  Congratulations Mark!

    Fox News--As fair as a Florida Election, as balanced as Ann Coulter when she forgets her medicine.

    by Dizzy on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 10:28:52 PM PDT

  •  Blah! The Indians have been getting trounced... (0+ / 0-)

    ...by the Yankees... bad week all around!

    Thanks,

    Mike

    •  777 (0+ / 0-)

      Indians lost to the Yanks by 7 on Tuesday night.
      Mets won by 7 Tuesday night.
      NY Rangers hockey team won a 7-0 shutout.

      Assuming that roughly 1 in 25 baseball games have a 7 run differential, and in hockey it's about 1 in 200, the odds of this 777 occurrence would be about 125,000 to 1.

  •  How can they be playing baseball (1+ / 0-)
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    Dump Terry McAuliffe

    at a time like this? Have they no respect for what the parents of those students are going through?

    okay, </snark>

    Democratic Candidate for US Senator, Wisconsin, in 2012

    Runamarchy: n., the end product of corrosion of constitutional order.

    by ben masel on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 12:06:52 AM PDT

  •  One of my favorite editorial cartoons (2+ / 0-)
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    LI Mike, Cwhitesox1917

    It appeared many years ago in the Chicago Sun-Times. The cartoon showed a man surrounded by the ugly headlines of the day finding escape by opening a door and walking into a gigantic baseball.

    Perhaps "escape" is the wrong word for baseball. Instead, I find it an old friend whom I can turn to in times of stress and sadness.

    "Essentially, what we have here is a roomful of lazy dilettantes."--Marvin Lucas, in "The Candidate".

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 04:22:32 AM PDT

  •  MAINE was robbed of his shut out (0+ / 0-)

    While My METS are doing great (so far) I was disheartened to watch Maine get robbed of his shut out in the 6th...especially since he had been working on a NO HITTER up until that point in the game.  The ball was hit, the runner at 2nd was tagged out and Maine ran to cover first and get the double play to end the inning....he caught the ball while his foot was touching the bag BUT the 1st base umpire called the runner safe....sigh...the replay clearly showed that the out was made, but it wasnt called...and the next thing you know Maine's shutout was gone with the wind.

    the Mets won....9-2....but MAINE was robbed of a shut out....

    sometimes I wish Baseball was able to refer to instant replays to check calls....sometimes I dont.

    and SOMEDAY a MET Pitcher will get a no hitter....

    oh and in a week that makes you NOT want to even look at the TV it IS heartening to have baseball to distract you from the rest of reality.

    gooooooooooooooooo  M E T S !!!

    IMPEACH THE CHEERLEADER... SAVE THE WORLD! © ®

    by KnotIookin on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 04:46:27 AM PDT

  •  Congrats to Sox fans (0+ / 0-)

    My early morning routine

    1. Read Juan Cole's Informed Comment
    1. Go to the Dodgers' website
    1. Go to Dailykos

    Last Sunday ESPN had the Dodgers' 60 year celebration of Jackie breaking the color barrier. Was a sweet diversion (I even skipped the Sopranos.) And, the Dodgers won.

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