Ted Williams was a spectacular baseball player. One of the best. A Hall Of Famer.
On this day in two different years, he made his mark. Among many other achievements.
It was season end in 1941. Williams’ Boston Red Sox were playing the Philadelphia Athletics. A doubleheader. Williams was close to ending the season batting .400. He needed a good day.
Williams went 6 for 8. Ended the season batting .406. The first player to do so since Bill Terry in 1930.
The last game of the 1960 season. Williams last game. He was retiring. At his last time at bat, he hit a home run.
Williams lost 5 years out of his major league career. A Marine fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War.
Now the real reason I bring Ted Williams to you this day. Williams lived 18 years of his life in Islamorada. He was a fanatic fisherman. He purchased the home in 1960 the year he retired from baseball. On the bayside. Lived there till 1988.
The story is Williams left Islamorada when he had to wait because of traffic to cross U.S. 1.
Yesterday found me glued to the TV set. The Judiciary Committee hearing involving Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford. I missed about 45 minutes when I had to run off to the dentist.
I will go through all that occurred. Most of you watched. My impression simply was that the hearing wasdisgusting. Shameful. Our government has fallen to a new depth.
I happen to believe Ford. I found her testimony credible. I was unimpressed with Kavanaugh. He lies. He lied as to other issues in his previous hearing. He lied again yesterday.
His belligerency left much to be desired. I would not want him on the bench deciding my client’s fate.
Justice Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh attended the same high school. Georgetown Prep. Though not classmates, they were there at the same time for 2 years. Recall and compare Gorsuch’s testimony before the Committee last year. Says it all.
The American Bar Association sent a letter to the Committee last night stating an FBI investigation was required. The letter has been ignored. The Committee votes at 1:30 today.
The American people keep getting pushed around. Government is no longer for them. Most know it. The November elections are the first battleground. If things do not begin correcting themselves in the next few years, it will be the streets.
Last night, Blue Macaw. One drink only. I wanted to get out. Enjoyed the drink and company of Andrea and Joe and Paul and Ron. Then home.
The New York Times paid tribute to David Wolkowsky. A lengthy beautiful obituary.
The ocean surrounds the Keys. Locals try to take care of it and those that live in the waters. Turtles, for example..
The Marathon Turtle Hospital announced 2 more turtles will be returned to the sea tomorrow. Healthy and fit. Cafecito at 10 am at Sombrero Beach in Marathon. Buddy at 1 at Higgs Beach in Key West.
Both loggerhead sea turtles.
A massive crowd will be at each location to wish them God speed and bon voyage.
The Key West City Commission knows how to put it to people. The Commission just raised the parking rate from $3 to $4 an hour.
The excuse was it was that or raise property taxes. The budget deficit was $418,000. The parking increase will raise $1.26 million. The $842,000 excess will go to increasing the salaries of the city’s lowest wage earners and to restoring the City’s reserve fund depleted because of Irma.
What about those who live and work in the lower Keys who are not receiving raises. Irma’s impact still being felt. People still trying to catch up. Everyone should eat, or no one.
People’s savings were wiped out by Irma. Where do they get the money to replace the lost savings?
Today and tomorrow, the Ryder Cup. I was up at 5 this morning watching. Tomorrow, at 3. Great golf!
Tomorrow, Syracuse/Clemson. Clemson a 13.5 point favorite. The spread has dropped considerably during the week. Going to be a great game!
Enjoy your day!