Discussion of the Designated Hitter in BaseballThrough the years, baseball has inspired many a rivalry and controversy between fans. Heated rivalries include Yankees v Red Sox, Yankees v Mets, and Yankees v whichever team is on the field. There have been countless debates about where Babe Ruth was pointing or whether Steve Bartman should have even been reaching for that foul ball. While these are all heated discussions, no discussion in baseball is hotter than the debate over whether or not a team should use a designated hitter.Discussion of the Designated Hitter in Baseball by `martypunker
To explain: There are nine players on the field when a team is playing defense. First, second, and third base; short stop; left, right, and center field; catcher; and pitcher. Major League Baseball (MLB) is divided into the National League (NL) and the American League (AL). In the NL, the nine defensive players make up the batting line-up (which batter goes next) when a team is on offense; in the AL, however, the ninth batter is called a “designated hitter” or and the pitcher does not have an at
The Wind and the WeedThe tumbleweed had recently detached itself from the roots that held it firmly to the ground. The hot desert sun roasted the tangled branches of the weed as the weed lay idly on a dusty sand trail. The trail snaked on seemingly forever, arising from the horizon and disappearing into nowhere.The Wind and the Weed by `martypunker
The wind boisterously came swooping in from an easterly position and firmly grabbed hold of the tumbleweed's many branches, giving it a shove down the trail, sending it spinning and bumping over the trail's bumps, dips, and scattered rocks.
As the weed frolicked onward, it kicked up sand in its wake, sending it spraying behind it. The weed jumped quickly over small rocks in the sand and landed firmly on the other side, and the wind would shove it forward again, keeping its momentum going. Each pebble was a ramp of opportunity for a breeze to sweep the tumbleweed in its arms and roll it towards nowhere. Each fall was a chance for the tumbleweed to use its circumference to attempt to roll into the ho
John Gentry Was A Great ManIt was a surreal day. Anywhere from four to nine people sat in a room without AC during a hot and humid Florida day, talking about anything from phone games like Words With Friends to old times in New York and Miami, all simultaneously trying to forget a cold and bitter fact that stared them in the face. Conversations about Angry Birds and how Pinky's and Grandma Gentry's grandfather used to beat them senseless when they acted up as children were periodically interrupted by a low guttural moan that would cut through laughter and good feelings to bring everyone in the room back down to Earth.John Gentry Was A Great Man by `martypunker
Everyone would glance over to the middle of the room and lay eyes on the bed Hospice had set up with vibrant red sheets and a hideous bright yellow blanket and see a skeleton of a man lying there near-motionless and his mouth agape in what could only be pain. There lied John Gentry, a great man. He was adorned in a hospital gown and his bald head sat awkwardly on his pillow. If it weren't for the b
Senior Goes Bald - For CharityHi Guys!Senior Goes Bald - For Charity by `demonlight
How are you doing? I'm going bald.
This is what I look like now:
However, when I go bald, the top of my held will look more like this:
No, it's not because I've just reached that age. Let me explain a bit more.
SPONSORED HEAD SHAVE FOR AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
campaigning on behalf of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
My name is Rhian. I became involved with Amnesty through a colleague who had worked in charity fundraising. She told me that Amnesty International did more with the money they received by donation, pound for pound, than any other charity she had ever worked with. Their actions, their stance on Human Rights and their results have constantly impressed me.
For a while, I have been meaning to make a contribution more substantial than the money I have paid for membership or collected through raffles.
It occured to me that I should do something which reflects the dehumanising treatment suffered by prisoners, often political prisoners who