Proof of Competent Parenting

This morning my daughter Alice came up to me with a Mark Teixeira baseball card in hand and stated “this one is a Yankee. So we have to put this one in the garbage”.

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  • that is hilarious…a real coffee-spitter…even the die-hardest? yankee fans have to smile at that one…remind me how old she is again…

    dc May 2, 2011, 8:34 am
  • 4.

    SF May 2, 2011, 8:43 am
  • That is very funny.

    Nick-YF May 2, 2011, 8:52 am
  • SF, what’s your address? I’ve got child protecive services on the line…

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 8:55 am
  • Poor kid…doesn’t raising a child as a SF count as abuse? I’m with IH…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 9:02 am
  • Funny thing is that I was a baseball card collector – I never threw a card out, regardless of team. It just wasn’t done. So I have never told the kids that the cards needed to be tossed – to wit: all my kids’ sports cards, even their numerous Manchester United cards, are safe. I am sure she just knows that the Yankees are gross and bad, and gross, bad things go in the trash can.
    Smart kid, that Alice.

    SF May 2, 2011, 9:14 am
  • Poor kid…doesn’t raising a child as a SF count as abuse? I’m with IH…
    Kids were born in 2004 (Isaac was born two days before the 19-8 loss to the Yanks) and 2007 (Alice was born before that season started). So both kids we born and then the Sox went on to win the Series. So I am safe. Though I am nervous that since I am not having any more kids “2007” is the new “1918”.
    I think you might have had a case with my own parents, they raised me as a SF despite all the history.

    SF May 2, 2011, 9:23 am
  • I often wonder, as someone who grew up an enemy fan (Fins) in there own hometown (Buffalo) if I would do the same if we ever procreate? Is it better to doom your child (SF fan growing up in NYC) to a lifetime of being the bad guy, or girl, or is it better to let them experience being part of the community?
    Probably easier to think about WITHOUT kids…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 9:54 am
  • their, not there…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 9:55 am
  • ::wipes tear:: That’s beautiful.
    My 4-year-old daughter walked into daycare the other morning and one of the teachers was all decked out in Yankee garb. She look at her and said, “Miss Sonia? Do you want to borrow some of my daddy’s clothes? You’re rooting for the wrong team.”

    ponch - sf May 2, 2011, 9:56 am
  • …”Do you want to borrow some of my daddy’s clothes? You’re rooting for the wrong team….”
    thanks for sharing that ponch…kids are a hoot…

    dc May 2, 2011, 10:21 am
  • Not to sidetrack this but why aren’t we talking about the big thing??? I am interested to hear what you guys think about it all…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 10:32 am
  • Not to sidetrack this but why aren’t we talking about the big thing??? I am interested to hear what you guys think about it all…
    Well, who knows what it does for the long term. I mean, it’s great – it’s about time. But I am just not sure it will have meaningful impact beyond what was likely to happen anyhow – there was already a good chance that a return to normalcy was going to happen. But in any case, I am very excited for Carl Crawford, that was a BIG hit yesterday.
    ;-)

    SF May 2, 2011, 10:36 am
  • How do you guys feel about all the celebration? I feel weird about it.
    Justice certainly was served, and that is good. But it seems to me that “they” celebrate death in the streets and we should be better than that?
    On the other hand, anything that brings people in this country together at this point has to be good as we seem more fractured than ever in my lifetime too…I don’t know.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 10:43 am
  • Justice certainly was served, and that is good. But it seems to me that “they” celebrate death in the streets and we should be better than that?
    I don’t want to have this go off track, but I share this sentiment. I also understand the catharsis for a lot of people. Tough one. The idealist in me wanted him tried in a fair, open court. But the realist in me wonders if it would have been a total circus. This one is murky.
    And that’s all I will comment on this issue here.

    SF May 2, 2011, 10:51 am
  • We don’t have to talk about it if you guys don’t want…I understand that this is a baseball forum. I just think there are alot of smart people here so I was interested to know your’s and other’s thoughts on it.
    No big deal.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 11:49 am
  • I am also divided; I admit to a fleeting, powerful feeling of righteous vengeance, followed by curiosity about whether it will make any difference (and whether it will precipitate another attack), and a little bit of sadness in reaction to the “USA! USA!” thing going on.
    But still, deserved it at the very least, and hopefully some people who were family of victims feel a little bit of peace for it.

    Devine May 2, 2011, 11:59 am
  • Krueg, it’s really odd as big of a Yankee fan as I am my boys (3 and 5) really don’t know much about the Yankees. They like playing baseball and the fact they they get to come to my games, but when people say things about the Yankees they are like huh? They have jerseys and when asked who their favorite player is they name a member of my HS team, lol. Because I am such a die hard fan I think I overcompensate and don’t push them. I was raised in a single parent household by my Mother and she never pushed and I learned to love the game and the Yankees all on my own. I want them to do the same, even if it means the become Sox fans. It seems corny and cheesey but it’s true. I just want them to feel the same pride, allegiance and love I feel for the Yankees for whatever team they choose.

    John - YF May 2, 2011, 12:56 pm
  • My son said it best when he was not quite three years old: http://db.tt/JpbInJh

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 1:50 pm
  • That is a cool way to go about it John…but I think as they get older, they will look to Dad and get on board, just like SF’s little girl.
    Awesome ag. :)

    krueg May 2, 2011, 2:39 pm
  • Quick note on OBL…
    As some of you know because I have brought him up from time to time over there years here, my little brother was a Marine and he served two combat tours in Iraq, including the initial invasion. Politics of the Iraq war aside, he certainly has a unique perspective on these matters. I texted him last night asking how he felt about the celebrations because I also had mixed feels. His response was pretty simple.
    “It’s disgusting.”
    We spoke today briefly and he basically said what a lot of people are saying, this makes us no better than the fanatics we’re fighting and we should be better than that.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2011, 3:12 pm
  • I agree with Lockland’s brother. We can — and should — celebrate the implications of a person’s death without celebrating the death itself.

    Paul SF May 2, 2011, 3:48 pm
  • Agreed. Life is sacred. Celebrating death is medieval. It’s a big symbolic blow to al Qaeda and affiliates, but it’s just that – symbolic. He hasn’t been operational for years. It does give Obama something ocncrete to cite having accomplished when he pulls troops out of Afghanistan, which I’m sure he appreciates since it’s going to be hard as hell to cite other accomplishments in that war despite the best efforts and heroism of the US military there. Am in Cairo, where people are very happy to see him gone, though there are of course the conspiracies that it’s not really him, but that’s just the nature of this region.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 5:38 pm
  • I’m glad that the more people I talk to, the more the feeling echoes what is being said here…that makes me feel better about it all.
    I need to stop using Tennessee as a reflection for our country as a whole. Obviously. But I am surrounded.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 5:38 pm
  • Agree with everyone on the two-sidedness of the celebrations. On the one hand I’m happy that the face of terror in my lifetime is dead (I was 15 when 9/11 happened), but the excessiveness of the celebrations in the street are somewhat shocking. It’s a great victory, but we shouldn’t be treating in like VE Day.

    Atheose - SF May 2, 2011, 5:41 pm
  • I am glad that this mission to capture or exterminate this person was successful. I am woeful over this entire tragedy, and can not comprehend the enormity of suffering that this chapter of history encompasses. I can not celebrate the execution of anyone.
    This is a dark, brooding thing to me, and I feel no pride about it. It is mechanical.

    attackgerbil May 2, 2011, 6:08 pm
  • Just spoke to my brother again and here’s some new info…
    He obviously has friends still in the service, most of them in Iraq/Afg. He spoke to a buddy of his in Iraq and things are not good. The reaction of the US citizens is not being missed by Islamic extremists in both countries.
    They all knew that when and if OBL was killed at the hand of the US military there would be consequences, they were all prepared for that. However, the reaction of the citizens is making it worse and frankly, this is exactly what the terrorists wanted. It makes their sales pitch against us better.
    Now here is the real irony, I know most liberal leaning people don’t believe this, but I’m inclined to believe my brother. This is having the same impact as widely reported anti-war protests, it’s only making our enemy stronger by demonstrating a weakness or a shortcoming of our moral character and our resolve as a country.
    Liberals and Conservatives need to both consider the very real impact their actions have on our military in active combat, especially now that everything is blown out of proportion in the ever connected media.
    1. “All of America is reacting to OBL’s death the same way, they are truly evil. See, it’s right there on TV!”
    2. “All of America is against this military action, more dead soldiers and we will break their political spirit to continue the fight. See, it’s right there on TV!”
    Don’t shoot the messenger and if there is a higher power, please look after our troops in this much more dangerous world for them.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2011, 6:11 pm
  • Don’t doubt anything u say Lockland. I just think the answer has less to do with how we comport ourselves as citizens after our political leaders have launched a war they shouldn’t have (Iraq IMHO) than it has to do with those leaders not doing it in the first place – and being voted out when they do.
    The difference between anti-war-protests and death-celebrations protests is profound – not only morally but also in terms of what they intend to bring about – one seeks to end war. Another has no purpose other than to celebrate death.

    IronHorse (YF) May 2, 2011, 6:24 pm
  • Not good.

    krueg May 2, 2011, 6:25 pm
  • Well said as always IH. I am so going to buy you a beer at the Stadium someday…

    krueg May 2, 2011, 6:27 pm
  • IH, I agree with you 100%. The impact on the troops is essentially the same though, that’s the only point my brother was making. Trust me, he’s not some war machine programmed by the Marines, he’s a critical thinker, which is honestly rare in the enlisted infantry ranks.

    LocklandSF May 2, 2011, 6:36 pm

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