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In one of the most exciting moments of last night's MLB All-Star Game, President Obama threw out the 1st pitch, the first President to do so at an ASG since Gerald Ford.  It was a great moment for Obama supporters (and especially White Sox fans like myself).  While his form wasn't great, he got it to the plate and didn't embarass himself as other's have done before.

It should be no surprise however that certain wingers flipped out.  The jealousy just drips out of their voices and columns.  Take Andy McCarthy, wanker du jour of the NRO.  Never mind that his guy was a freaking cheerleader--you know, the masculine type that sits on the sidelines with pom-poms and yells things like 'Push 'em back, Push 'em back, Push 'em back team!' before kicking his arms and legs in the, McCarthy fixates on whether Obama bounced his pitch at the plate. I feel slimy for doing so, but here is the link.

It is obvious that as crappy and petulant of a writer that McCarthy is, he knows even less about baseball.  Let's go through his 'critique' of Obama's appearance and unmask all the wankerey.  Just put your waders on...the shit runs deep through his eight paragraphs of lies, distortion, and ignorance.

First off, he accuses the sports press as being left wing.  That is such an idiotic statement that I can't even begin to think how to refute it.  Left wing ESPN, who got Limbaugh to do NFL Tonight before he imploded on himself in a fit of racism.  More than anything the sports press is either apolitical or right wing...hell, half the radio stations that carry their local teams are the stations that are the home of the Limbaughs and the Hannities etc.  The owner of the Texas Rangers--which of course Bush used to be a co-owner of-also owns Clear Channel, that notorious lefty outlet, and the game itself was on...wait for it...Fox!  

Next he says that Obama was booed.  McCarthy must have unbelievable hearing, because I didn't pick out any boos.  Even if there were some catcalls, which there almost certainly were, the article he links to as proof that the sports media is in the tank for Obama contains this quote from Albert Pujols...the guy who actually caught the pitch:

"He took a couple warm-up tosses in the cage and then he went out there and had a perfect throw,'' Pujols said. "One of the things I told him was the only boos you hear are because of that jacket you're wearing.'

 Hey Andy...I'm not a fancy journalist like yourself, but I'm pretty sure it is good form to, you know, read the freaking material you cite in your articles.  This,sir, is what booing sounds like at a baseball game.

McCarthy claims that Pujols was only used to catch the 1st pitch since he is so popular--an attempt to keep the crowd from booing Obama.  That, in a word, is horseshit.  Catchers often catch the first pitch; many times they do not.  If McCarthy had anything other than a passing acquaintence with the game he would know that.  He would also know that pitchers routinely bounce pitches--quite deliberately.  A curve in the dirt is an excellent pitch to get batters out with.    

At the point of saying the obvious, so what if he bounced the pitch?  The not-too-obvious subtext is that McCarthy is questioning Obama's manliness, which is hilarious for several hundred reasons, the least of which being that Obama is probably the most athletic President we have had in a while.  Ever watch footage of his basketball games?  He is good--very good.  That bowling or baseball isn't his main sports doesn;t mean he couldn't wipe the floor with Bush or Cheney (ha!) or any right-wing politician who would try to go up against him.  And again, so freaking what?  We elected a President, not a left handed pitcher.  

Andy McCarthy, wanker and baseball ignorant idiot of the day.  

Originally posted to Dizzy on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 03:32 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

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

    by Dizzy on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 03:32:44 PM PDT

  •  Guess once you start lying... (2+ / 0-)
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    SteveP, trs

    you just go on auto-pilot and lie about everything?

    I wonder if people like McCarthy have simply always been liars, or if it was a slower process -- from realizing that no one on the right would call them on half-truths to the end product of out-and-out lying about everything.

  •  wanker du jour...hmmm (2+ / 0-)
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    trs, cjk002

    I am NOT suggesting that anyone write NRO letters asking them to help you find this "wanker du Jour" you understand has a column at NRO.

    That would be wrong, please don't do it.

    "you have the right to your own opinion. You do not have the right to your own facts" -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    by SteveP on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 03:43:21 PM PDT

  •  Worship Of The Republian Party (1+ / 0-)
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    Is mind poison.

    Worse, it leads supposed "journalists" to do something no journo is ever supposed to do--engage in supposition. Like Ron Fournier and his recent foray into psychic behavior, Andy Pom Poms is imaginging what might or might not have happened and is extrapolating out loud. The absolute opposite of an informed observation.

    These people have always been nuts, but now they're loud and desperate.Which makes 'em worse.

  •  They are so impotent and frustrated (1+ / 0-)
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    that they are reduced to this?

    Wow. That's sad.

    As somebody who has long lost himself in the Sports pages to get away from the Culture Wars myself, this guy is deluding himself.

    The best thing that could happen to Movement Conservatism is if somebody serious from the outside bought the National Review and fired just about everybody.

    They are a boon to me, because the Corner doesn't help their cause at all. It's a joke. K-Lo is about as serious as a Gallagher show smashing watermellons and cartons of eggs.

    I have long suspected that if a non-wanker bought The New Republic and turned it into a reflection of the netroots and filled it with content from Josh Marshall and Glenn Greenwald there's a good chance that it might turn into a must-read magazine for progressives. It's what that magazine needs.

    What the National Review needs is something similar, a housecleaning. If William F. Buckley's kid came back as the owner and publisher I bet non-Movement Conservative conservatives who have been pretending to be libertarians or independents would make it viable.

    You can't claim solidarity with people if you also want to bomb them

    by LeftHandedMan on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 03:46:24 PM PDT

    •  When I think back to the 1980's (1+ / 0-)
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      the thing that William F. Buckley type Conservatives had, even when they were as batshit as all get out, was the ability to fool the audience into thinking they had gravitas and were serious.

      That's gone. Looong gone.

      Morton Downey Jr. is the face of Movement Conservatism. It's all a freakshow, and its all about whining, ranting, and raging.

      What they need is for America to forget how toxic they are by shutting up for a few years and waiting for the people who have short attention spans to forget them.

      But that won't happen if they won't shut up and stop reminding everyone that they are a bunch of hacks.  

      You can't claim solidarity with people if you also want to bomb them

      by LeftHandedMan on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 03:50:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I think Pujols was chosen to catch Obama's (4+ / 0-)
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    SherwoodB, tobendaro, trs, cjk002

    pitch because he's the only current Cardinal with enough stature to be on the field with, Musial, Brock, Smith, Gibson,etc.

    "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo

    by lordcopper on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 03:47:11 PM PDT

  •  but baseball is america's past time (0+ / 0-)

    and obama sucks at it because he is trying to destroy america. he hates America and therefore sucks at baseball or hates baseball and therefore hates america...

    i don't know bu these right wingers believe he hates america...

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    by debatablepolitics on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 03:52:37 PM PDT

  •  Fox added to the BS by their camera placement... (1+ / 0-)
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    Here is how it appeared on Fox, they don't show home plate or the catcher?

    But here is another view you didn't see on Fox...

  •  Erick Erickson, just before another viewing of (0+ / 0-)


    Yes, yes, Presidents get to throw out first pitches even when they throw slow girlish balls like Obama instead of the steady, fast pitches of men like George Bush.


  •  I so want to see (0+ / 0-)

    Andy McCarthy take the mound in front of 50,000 people and take a shot at a pitch. Really.

    And here's the whole pitch, though it's hard to make much out.

  •  Did he see the footage? (0+ / 0-)

    Few points that should be obvious by now:

    The live FOX feed did not show the outcome of the pitch; true enough.  But plenty of ESPN replays did.  So there's no debate about what happened, only a debate among non-sports fans trying to parrot something they read somewhere.

    Obama's delivery was bad.  Not comically Tim Robbins-in-Bull Durham terrible, but not good, either.  If you want to see good, watch Obama take a three in front of a crowd of troops in the Gulf.  That's an athletic motion.

    Pujols set up in front of the plate (his feet are on the front edge of it) so any issue of whether the pitch was picked off before the plate is a bit silly.

    Despite Obama's terrible delivery and the nonstandard position of Pujols, the pitch actually went in the right place, albeit after charting a rather rainbow course.  Depending on where an imaginary batter was set up, it could well have been a low strike.

    Even if we accept the meathead concept that a man's worth is determined by his athletic prowess (by which standard the Republicans should have simply conceded a Obama/McCain election), it is simply contrary to fact that the pitch was bad.  Everything about the event was bad except the pitch.

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