Who Won The Week? 02/23/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am choosing baseball fans.60DC1973-E672-43AD-9217-956037EC219AYes, it’s that time of the year. Baseball fans are primed for another spring, summer, and fall of rooting for their favorite Major League Baseball team. Spring Training has begun, with the Grapefruit League out of Florida and the Cactus League our of Arizona.

For the next five weeks, the 30 MLB teams will be training, testing, and fine tuning as they prepare to compete once the official opening day of the regular season starts on March 26th.

My two favorite teams, the Boston Red Sox in the American League, and the San Francisco Giants in the National League, are both starting the 2020 season with new managers, Ron Roenicke for the Sox and Gabe Kapler for the Giants. So it will be interesting to see how these two teams do in 2020.

Well, interesting to me, anyway.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Y is for Yankees

9B98C3B5-973C-4665-A5FD-6746012E81A1The New York Yankees — the baseball team I love to hate.

When I was a lad growing up in the Washington, DC area in the mid-fifties and sixties, my favorite baseball team was the Washington Senators. They played in the American League and their arch rivals were the New York Yankees. Back then, the Yankees were the perennial American League champs, while the hapless Senators were the basement dwellers.

There used to be this saying, “Washington: first in peace, first in war, last in the American League.” Most Senators fans, including me, hated the Yankees.7715B4F8-1531-462C-884B-0C32EC35431CThere was even a 1956 Tony Award winning Broadway musical and a 1958 movie version titled “Damn Yankees.”

It was about a frustrated Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the American league pennant against the Yankees. I loved that movie!

About 35 years later, my family and I moved to the Boston area, where, once again, my home town team, this time the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Yankees were — and still are — fierce rivals.

And even though it’s been a decade since I moved to San Francisco, I still, to this day, hate the Yankees just as much I did when I was a kid in DC and for the almost 20 years we lived near Boston.

In fact, the only thing I hate worse than the Red Sox losing is the Yankees winning.

Previous A to Z Challenge 2019 posts:

One-Liner Wednesday — A Good Performer


“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and still be considered a good performer.”

Baseball Hall of Fame player Ted Williams 

I don’t disagree with Ted Williams about baseball players, but I would suggest that there is another profession besides baseball where succeeding three times out of ten is about par for the course, if you’ll pardon the mixed metaphor. That profession: TV weather forecasters.

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

JusJoJan — A Few of My Favorite Things

3da20072-b747-43b1-8485-c1aa0a2b4761Oh my goodness. Today is the very last day of January, which means that today is also the very last Just Jot It January post of 2019.

For this final JusJoJan post, Linda has challenged us to post about our favorite thing/part/blog post of last year or last month. Talk about what we did or discovered that gave us happiness and/or success.

Alrighty then. There are a bunch of things from last year that gave me happiness. The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship in June and the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in October. The Democrats soundly won back the House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections. My daily FOWC With Fandango prompt, as well as my weekly Fandango’s Provocative Question prompt, have been well-received.

As to this month, the New England Patriots won the AFC championship and will be heading to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year on Sunday. Go Pats!

But what gave me the most happiness this month was seeing how the newly installed Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, totally spanked Donald Trump over his whole border wall vanity project. That was a true marvel. Nancy was masterful and Trump was totally humiliated. That must have stung Trump even more than when Stormy Daniels spanked him on his big, fat ass with that Forbes magazine with him on the cover.

It just doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

JusJoJan — We are the Champions of the World

Okay, I screwed up “bigly.” You see, when I saw Linda G. Hill’s post for the Just Jot It January prompt for January 18 in my Reader, it was around 11:15 at night (my time) on January 17. That’s usually about the time I go to sleep. So I was in my bed on my iPhone when I saw that today’s word, which was suggested by Di, over at Pensitivity101, was “companionship.” Unfortunately, my old, tired eyes saw the word Di suggested as “championship.” Yeah, I know. Anyway, I spent the next half hour or so writing this post based upon the word “championship” instead of the word “companionship:

I’m lucky.

My favorite baseball team in the Boston Red Sox.40d9525d-8abb-46cb-88f4-df908519ad22My favorite football team is the New England Patriots.41b7a3c2-36fa-47b6-b5fa-8b0e2e2a6dcbMy favorite basketball team is the Golden State Warriors.56439fff-833c-47c0-ac5c-ed8094bb3eacMy favorite hockey team is…wait, I don’t follow hockey.

But my point is that my favorite teams have all had championship seasons in their respective sports in recent years. And that makes me very happy.

Okay, so I didn’t want to trash what I’d already written, and, at almost midnight, it was too late for me to start writing another whole post. Hence I decided to just go with what I had already written for my daily jot based upon the word “championship.” But to make sure that I managed to get Di’s actual word, “companionship” into today’s jot, I’ll add this one sentence:

It’s always more fun to watch your team win a championship when you have some good friends over for companionship.