Part of what makes baseball such a wonderful game is that it supplies answers in an uncertain world. Ask a group of people to identify the best novel, most delicious dessert or smartest president and you'll invite a debate that ultimately fizzles in a lack of measurable comparisons. No one can prove that Willa Cather used adjectives more efficiently than Philip Roth, or that chocolate cake is more satisfying than pecan pie.
But who is the greatest hitter to ever play in the major leagues?
Here we get help, because as much as baseball features drama and intensity, it's also a game of precision and repetition, which lends itself to statistical analysis. And therefore, this conclusion: Ted Williams, who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1939-60, is the best-ever hitter.
In the 1941 season, Williams -- an irascible perfectionist known as the Kid, the Splendid Splinter and Teddy Ballgame -- had a .406 batting average. That loosely translates into getting a base hit (including home runs) four out of every 10 times he faced a pitcher -- not counting walks. Hitting a major league baseball is a notoriously difficult act. Williams is the last big leaguer to break .400. Judged by today's depth of pitching talent, love of home runs and commensurately high strikeout totals, perhaps his feat will never be duplicated. Current stars struggle over the course of a long season to stay above .320, or even .300, while the entirety of the league hits about .250.
Williams was a gifted athlete with lightning-fast wrists, better than 20/20 vision and a graceful left-handed swing. "He was like a metronome," one biographer marveled. The Splinter was an imperfect person, quick to anger, who seemed to take out his frustrations on the little white ball. But he was also an obsessive who contemplated issues of technique and strategy so much that he wrote a revered book, "The Science of Hitting."
None of us will ever be able to hit a curve ball, so we won't rush to the library for a copy. What fascinates us is the documentary's character study of a proven perfectionist. "All I want out of life is that when I walk down the street folks will say, 'There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived,' Williams once said. He hit for a career average of .344, with 521 home runs -- and that was having missed three prime seasons for military service during World War II, plus more time away during the Korean War. Only Babe Ruth's hitting prowess compares to Williams.
In terms of personality, Williams was generous away from the game but picked fights with sports reporters and had such a tempestuous relationship with fans he swore off tipping his cap after home runs. He chose single-minded focus on swinging the bat over nurturing or repairing his relationship with the public. Even when he hit a homer in his last plate appearance before retirement in 1960, Williams refused to acknowledge the cheers at Boston's Fenway Park. "Gods do not answer letters," is how the writer John Updike explained Williams' stubborn aloofness in a famous New Yorker magazine article.
Does the attainment of a history-making achievement require such fanatical, even disagreeable dedication to craft? Maybe it doesn't, but the baseball record books suggest that maybe it does.
When asked why he chose baseball? Ted Williams replied: "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer."
Florida residents experience the impact of the Endangered Species Act all around them: The sea turtles that nest on local beaches. The manatees that charm visitors to state parks in the winter. The wood storks that have become an increasingly common sight along local roadsides.
These species, and many others, were once considered potentially doomed. But decades of protection have turned things around. Sea-turtle nestings on local beaches have more than doubled from lows in the early 2000s. Florida's manatee counts have topped 6,000 for the last three years -- once, the population was thought to number just a few hundred. The number of wood storks in the southeastern United States was once declining at the rate of 5 percent a year, and scientists grimly predicted the species was headed for extinction. Now pairs of storks are visible throughout Volusia and Flagler counties, wading in roadside ditches and shallow lakes.
These are success stories, but the stories are not finished yet. Every day, birds, plants, fish and animals face competition for the resources they need to survive from the ever-increasing number of people who want to make Florida their home. The federal Endangered Species Act and the state's species-protection programs have nurtured these, and many other species: As The Daytona Beach News-Journal's Dinah Voyles Pulver reported, the state is home to 93 species considered endangered under the federal rules, and another 44 that are threatened.
Endangered species are considered in danger of extinction; the threatened status -- which the manatee was recently elevated to -- includes species that are likely to become endangered in the future.
There's little doubt, however, that the Endangered Species Act has levied a considerable cost for the protections it guarantees. The battles over preservation generally involve creatures that most people agree should be protected. But the history of the Endangered Species Act includes some episodes where the case was not nearly as clear -- such as the controversy over an undeniably endangered Mississippi frog that was "rebranded" as being from Louisiana, leading to a debate as to whether federal officials could designate private property as critical habitat for a species that hadn't been found in that area in more than 50 years, and might not survive there.
The Trump administration says it wants to revamp and streamline the Endangered Species Act, leading to cries of alarm from environmental groups. That pushback is a good thing -- conservation-minded groups should keep a close eye on the proceedings and call foul if endangered-species protections will be legitimately weakened.
At the same time, however, these groups should acknowledge that, after four and half decades, the Endangered Species Act might benefit from an overhaul that whittles unnecessary regulation.
If environmental groups work with federal officials in good faith, they might just produce a law that both sides can agree is an improvement.
We're experiencing one of the hottest summers on record. Are you fit to deal with high heat and humidity? Maybe yes, maybe no.
If you're mindless about your outdoor workouts -- pushing too hard, drinking too little, ignoring warning signals from your body -- you can bring on a case of heat illness.
It's scary and dangerous and can send you to the hospital, where fun goes to die. But the more you know about the signs and symptoms, the better able you will be to prevent or treat it yourself. Time for some learning:
Where is Ekkapol Chantawong when we really need him?... Say what?
Ekkapol Chantawong is the man who taught the young Thai boys trapped in the Tham Luang cave to meditate. It turns out he'd been a Buddhist monk for 10 years before he was the coach for the Wild Boars soccer team. Of course!
Coach Ekkapol knew that if he could get the lost boys to sit calmly, find their center, follow their breath, let go of their fears and stay in the moment, they would have a much better chance of surviving the horrible hellhole of a predicament they were in.
It worked for them, and it can work for you, if you're feeling a little lost these days. Lots of people are. The news is destabilizing; many people feel trapped. That said, I'm not going to harangue you with 25 good reasons for learning to sit quietly.
Instead, I'm shifting to the unsexy topic of heat illness and how to avoid it. Repeat after me: Self-care is the best care.
Considered stage 1 symptoms of heat illness. Typically, you feel severe pain and cramps in your stomach and/or your legs. You may also feel faint, dizzy or weak. Heavy sweating shouldn't surprise you.
When you put it all together, own up to the fact that you are in some trouble. Then slow down, way down, even to the point of complete rest. Massage your cramped muscles or get someone else to do it.
Very important: Replace all your lost body fluids. That means drink, drink, drink. Water is best. If you want to flavor it with a little fruit juice, OK, but all fruit juice, all the time is not smart and way too heavy a load of sugar. Electrolyte replacement is also advised.
It can happen when long exposure to the heat overwhelms you. It can happen on a long run, a bike ride, even the golf course. You feel nauseated, dizzy and weak. You get a headache or feel disoriented. Your skin feels moist and looks pale. These symptoms require immediate attention.
Move or get help moving to a cooler area. Lower your body temperature by splashing or wiping down with some cool water. Lie down (before you fall down), feet propped up, and calm yourself with some deep breathing.
Replace all fluids lost, but don't over-hydrate. If you don't feel better soon -- and certainly if you feel worse -- consider it a serious case of heat illness, and call the paramedics.
It can be a killer. It can happen suddenly, without warning. Signs include a very high body temperature, fast pulse and confusion. Contrary to what you might think, there is a lack of sweating. The skin is hot and dry. You might even lose consciousness.
Before you do, insist that someone call 911, and get to an emergency room. A person having a heat stroke needs to have the body cooled -- with water or ice, especially around the groin, neck and armpits -- as quickly as possible. If the person isn't conscious, don't force him to drink. Monitor breathing closely. If breathing stops, start CPR. If you don't know CPR, sign up for a basic four-hour course. (I do every two years, and in between I pray that I'll never have to use it.)
So in honor of dear coach Ekkapol, meditate on this: Heat illness can be prevented. Use your head, and listen to your body. Exercise in the cooler parts of the day, drink all the fluids you need, and don't ignore signs of trouble. "If you suspect heat stroke, Call 911 immediately. Delay in seeking medical care can be fatal." -- Dr. Houman Danesh
Lake Okeechobee is covered in cyanobacteria, polluting our waterways to the East via St. Lucie River and West via Caloosahatchee River. There is a serious threat to human, marine and land life. We are seeing an influx of red tide on our beaches killing countless amounts of fish, turtles, birds, marine plants and other life. These animals survive on the delicate balance that is being disrupted by human and chemical interference whether it be agriculture, run off or dumping. Many persons living on canals and waterways are becoming severely ill. Our politicians are not making the everglades restoration as part of Florida legacy amendment 1, a priority as per legislation passed in 2014. Our economy relies on tourism, fishing and many water related industries. Please save our waters!
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We're all glad to be Americans because we live in a democracy right? But wait, is this really a democracy? Let's look at the differences between a democracy and a republic and you will see .... America is not a Democracy! Unfortunately they don't teach this stuff in school anymore. So show this to your kids and grand kids.
When we talked about a democracy, let's look at one from history, ancient Greece. Ancient Greece was a democracy, the people had the ultimate say, so for instance, in the case of a health care law, instead of having lawmakers draft a bill and vote on it and then let the people know what the decision was, they would write a bill, in this example, a health care bill and then all the people would go to the polls and the people would vote and if the majority of the people said we like the healthcare law it would become law and if the majority of people said we don't like it then it wouldn't become law. Everything would be based on majority rules.
But when the founders created our Constitution and our Bill of Rights to establish a form of government, they actually determine that a democracy could end up being the worst form of government. Many of the founders felt that democracy was nothing more than mob rule so they were against democracy and instead decided the correct form of government for this free nation was a republic. Think of our Pledge of Allegiance... "and to the Republic for which it stands"
This brings to mind the question, What's a republic? A republic is a form of government where the people will go to the polls to elect men and women who represent them and then those elected leaders create and vote on laws, the people don't vote directly on laws that affect their life rather its lawmakers who are chosen among the people and these are supposed to be the best, the smartest, the most ethical, the most moral, the most upright men and women in a society who represent the majority of society.
That's the form of government we have in the United States. The other thing that's important to understand is the distinction between democracy and a republic is that a democracy is the rule of man, man ruling over each other which our founders believed would become mob rule. Which we actually see happening somewhat in today's society. Like when someone is scheduled to speak at a university and the "Mob rule" comes out to stop the lecture or visit.
A republic is the rule of law. Laws are formed and created as a Bill of Rights or Constitution and then those laws are never (supposed to be) superseded by mob rule or superseded by elected officials, they are all under law. So a Republic is actually the rule of law. This is why we have to be careful who we elect into office.
Now here in Florida, and in other states, we do have a type of democracy.... in a sense. We the people can vote on amendments to our state constitution and so have a voice in our states law. Like we saw in November of 2016 where the people overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana amendment.
Another important vote is coming up this year, Florida’s 10% cap on annual property tax increases for non-homesteaded properties is due to expire at the end of this year, which will cause an immediate tax increase in 2019 of up to $700 million. The cap was approved by voters in 2008. If voters approve Amendment 2 on the General Election ballot in November, the cap will become permanent.
Unfortunately, voter turnout is the biggest factor in elections, in 2016 presidential election, the national average was only 58%. Florida fared a bit better with 65.61% voter turnout. So get informed for the vote in November, one way to do so is to keep reading this paper as we will cover the various amendments, go vote if you like to physically do that or apply for a vote-by-mail ballot! Oh and here's one more suggestion .... help your friends vote by bringing them with you or helping them apply for a mail ballot.
Vote-by-mail refers to voting a ballot received by mail or picked up by or for a voter who is unable or unwilling to go to the polls to vote during early voting or Election Day. A voter does not have to be absent from the county of residence or have an excuse in order to vote-by-mail except on Election Day (see details below). A request covers all elections through the end of the calendar year for the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election. To receive a vote-by-mail ballot, the voter must contact his or her county Supervisor of Elections.
To do so go to: http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors/
(239) 278-4422 ext. 111
Every one of us, and especially those of us who are youth-serving professionals, have two urgent tasks: we must reassure our youth of their value, dignity and future, and we must identify and protect young people who are at risk.
That's why we've created this free tool for you to use with your clients and their families. This powerful infographic is full of strategies to promote well-being for LGBTQ youth — and it may help save a life.
Let us all remember..... WHILE NOT AS HIGH A PERCENTAGE.... Heterosexual youths are also at risk. Suicide rates have never been higher period!!!
Sun Bay Paper is celebrating our 3rd birthday, (in a singing voice) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US .... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SUNBAY.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US.....
Our fist issue hit the streets on August 6th 2015, that means our birthday is right around the corner and will be here before our next issue hits the streets.
While daily papers are dropping like flies around the country and the world..... local, weekly papers are growing. We credit our growth to you, our readers and we would like to thank you for making this labor of love all worthwhile.
And let me tell you, it has been quite a ride.... From stolen paper boxes, vandalism, graffiti, broken windshields and more. The opposition to our message has been “over the top,” but that's the difference between the left and the right! On the left they say "I don't like_______ (fill in the blank) and don’t want to do it so no one should be able to do it!" on the right we say "I don't like it and don’t want to do __________ so I won't do it" .......... .....there's quite a difference....
We have been through a lot of changes in these few years but sharing our conservative message has allowed us to gain popularity with our conservative base and create dialog among the blind followers of mainstream media who are becoming awakened by the obvious bias and hatred they have been bombarded with.
I would like to thank ALL of our advertisers, for realizing our readers are people you would like as customers. Our readers are smart and spend money, a good combination.... thank you for understanding that and supporting our endeavor. At the same time, I would like to thank our readers for supporting our advertisers. If you like our paper, I thank you for your support, and the best way you can show us that support is by shopping and frequenting our advertisers. If you have a business and want to support us, give us a call, we have the best rates in print advertising, if you don’t have a business and would like to support us, your support is still welcomed, you can send us a small non deductible donation to our mailing address below.
I would also like to thank all my liberal readers for drinking from the fresh waters of our messages and putting aside the Kool-Aid talking points of main stream media. And YES.... I realize some of you only read our paper to see what "ridiculous thing" we'll say next but thanks for being here just the same.
Every week, I run into another person who tells me they read our paper and like our paper, I thank you ......... and PLEASE ... keep sending in the letters, we will truly never tire of hearing your words of encouragement and your point of view on current events....but unfortunately .... for every one that praises us ... we get one or two hate mails, but this only confirms to us, we are on the correct path and doing a good job...... recently, due to Maxine Waters, some comments have gotten uglier, we don't share many of those but that's ok, we do and have shared the ones that are "clean enough" to print. This is why we publish our paper from deep in the bowels of a hidden bunker....... somewhere under the brick and steel of a nondescript building...
But seriously folks, we like to promote facts and letting people think for themselves, give the information that no one else is telling you and allow the thought process to happen.
From the bottom of our hearts.... mine and that of my better half and editor... Jennifer ... we thank you for your support, and look forward to many more Birthdays!
Oh..... Here's the rest of the birthday song, people always forget this verse at parties....
(in a singing voice).... HOPE YOU GET SOME TONIGHT.... HOPE YOU GET SOME TONIGHT.... HOPE... YOU... GET ...SOME ... CAKE AND ICE CREAM...... HOPE YOU GET SOME TONIGHT
I'm getting some .... hope you do too!
Once Upon a Time every student of history and that meant pretty much everyone with a high school education knew this, the Democratic party was the party of slavery and Jim Crow and the Republican party was the party of emancipation and racial integration.
Democrats were the Confederacy and Republicans were the Union, Jim Crow Democrats were dominant in the South and socially tolerant Republicans were dominant in the north, but then in the 1960s and 70s everything supposedly flip, suddenly the Republicans became the racist and the Democrats became the champions of civil rights. Fabricated by left-leaning academic elites and journalist, the story went like this, Republicans couldn't win a national election by appealing to the better nature of the country they can only win by appealing to the worst. Attributed to Richard Nixon, the media is all-purpose bad guy, this came to be known as the Southern Strategy. It was very simple, win elections by winning the south and to win the south, appeal to racist. Southern Republicans the party of Lincoln, were to now be labeled, the party of rednecks, but this story of the two parties switching identities is a myth.
In fact it's three myths wrapped into one false narrative. let's take a brief look at each myth in turn.
Myth number 1: In order to be competitive in the South, Republican started to Panda to White racist in the 1960's...
FACT: Republicans actually became competitive in the South as early as 1928 or Republican Herbert Hoover one of the 47% of the South's popular vote against Democrat Al Smith.
In 1952 Republican president Dwight Eisenhower won the southern states of Tennessee, Florida and Virginia and in 1956 he picked up Louisiana, Kentucky and West Virginia too and that was after he supported the Supreme Court decision in Brown versus Board of Education that desegregated public schools and after he sent the hundred first Airborne to Little Rock Central High School to enforce Integration.
Myth number two: Southern Democrats angry with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 switch parties.
FACT: of the 21 Democratic senators who opposed the Civil Rights Act, just one became a republican the other 20 continue to be elected as Democrats or were replaced by other Democrats. On average those 26 didn't go Republican for another two and a half decades.
Myth number three: Since the implementation of the Southern Strategy, the Republicans have dominated the South.
FACT: Richard Nixon the man who is often credited with creating the Southern Strategy lost the Deep South in 1968. In contrast Democrat Jimmy Carter nearly swept the region in 1976, 12 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and in 1992 over 28 years later Democrat Bill Clinton won Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. The truth is, Republicans didn't hold a majority of Southern congressional seats until 1994, 30 years after the Civil Rights act.
As Kevin Williamson National Review writes "if Southern rednecks ditched the Democrats because of a civil rights law passed in 1964, it is strange that they waited until the late 1980s and early 1990s to do so, they say things move slower in the South but not that slow"
So what really happened? Why does the South now vote overwhelmingly Republican? Because the South itself has changed, its values have changed, the racism that once defined it, doesn't anymore, it's values today are conservative ones, pro life, pro gun and pro small government. And here's the proof, Southern whites are far more likely to vote for a black conservative like Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina than a white liberal, in Short History has moved on! Like other regions of the country the South, votes values, not skin color.
The myth of the southern strategy is just the Democrats excuse for losing the south and yet another way to smear Republicans with the label racist! Don't buy it
Professor of Political
Science and Law
at Vanderbilt University
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Beerfoot or Barefoot Rugby tournament is 7's rugby that has been taking place for the past 16 years. Proceeds benefit different organizations along the years, and have included Fort Myers Beach Elementary.
7's Rugby is 7 players per side, playing two 7 minute halves. The Try Zone is split into sections, with the middle worth the most points, in lieu of kicking through uprights as you would on a grass pitch.
Boasting a wide variety of playing levels and skills, and with Rugby 7's having just been in the Olympics, it popularity is only growing quickly.
People are most surprised with the physicality of our sport. We play without the pads as you see in Football, but all of the tackling. Same rules apply for the men's and woman's teams.
Fort Myers Beach is hosting the event this year, with it’s wide spread beaches needed for this type of Rugby and also has a community of down to earth fun, it’s the perfect location.
Sponsored each year by local restaurants and bars that host the Pub Crawl. This year the main event is sponsored at Junkanoos! Our Pub Crawl will begin there immediately following the tournament and then proceed to our other local sponsors; Sandbar, Tuckaway Cafe, Shamrock, Lani Kai, Cottage, Mermaid, Sunset Beach Grille and also Sponsored by Momentum Brewery in Bonita. Other Sponsors include Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center, Islamorada Dive Center, Rising Tide Explorers, The Sun Bay Paper and Trophy Guide Services.
This event is a great time for all ages to come and watch a fun day at the beach. With Junkanoo as the host, spectators are able to view from their dining table or the bar, if they chose to stay out of the sandy beach.
Kids may also find something they would be interested in, and can speak to representatives from Fort Myers Youth Rugby, or Naples Youth Rugby. We have Men's, Woman's, Old Boy's (Rugby term of endearment for 45+) and Universities that participate.
Teams can register at www.beerfoot7's.com or if you're a spectator, entry is free. Please come and watch and patronize at Junkanoo. If you'd like to follow us on the Pub Crawl, you only need to buy our tank top and you're in!