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Friday, October 23, 2015

AND NOW A MESSAGE FROM JUDGE HIRSCH


Through intermediaries, we were provided this missive from Judge Hirsch about Baseball and The Cubs

Starting last night, and continuing this morning, well-intentioned friends have gone out of their way to express their condolences to me, as if I had had a death in the family.  I try to show appreciation for their support, but I explain to them that we really had a wonderful baseball season: my Cubs played 162 games, 81 of them in beautiful Wrigley Field; we won almost 100 of them; and we came in second in all the rest.  The ivy was green, the sky was blue, and as long as we kept the rally alive in the bottom of the ninth, the game was never over.


I reproduce below the soliloquy I consider a close second to Hamlet's middle soliloquy. Surely it was written with Wrigley Field in mind.  May it tide you over till next spring training.  And until then, remember: WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!

"People will come, Ray.  They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom.  They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it.  They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past.  Of course, we don't mind if you look around, you'll say.  It's only $20 per person.  They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack.

"And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon.  They'll find they have reserved seats  somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes.  And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters.  The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces.

"People will come, Ray.  One constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.  America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers.  It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again.  But baseball has marked the time.  This field; this game; it's a part of our past, Ray.  It reminds us of all that once was good and could be again.  Oh ... people will come Ray.  People will most definitely come."


19 comments:

Rumpole said...

I'm telling you right now I won't post any abusive comments so don't bother.

Anonymous said...

Great post.

Now let's go Mets!!!!

Just Another Intern said...

Hard to argue with that.

Anonymous said...

I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast, but I like hot butter on my breakfast toast!

Anonymous said...

Come on rump. You wanna dance you gotta pay the band. You wanna play you gotta pay the man.
You know dis.

Anonymous said...

GASTROBURGER said:

what's the name of that leggy brunette APD I saw yesterday??

Anonymous said...

As a Chicagoan , sometimes I feel it's better to be continually searching for the holy grail rather than finally obtaining it. The Cubs will lose their "loving losers" pizazz if they ever truly won the world series. The hunt is always more interesting than the kill.

Anonymous said...

2:21 - the tall brown-haired APD you saw is surely Steve Yermish.
Steve is tall and has brown hair. And is an APD.
Oh, and Steve is a nice guy and good lawyer, too.
I'm sure that's why you asked.

Anonymous said...

Who is taking over Luck's division, anybody know?

The Real Alex MIchaels said...



(to the Miami Herald) on the newest charges [of animal cruelty for not feeding a horse] “were no big deal. I wish the police would spend more time on human victims, and child victims, than on horses who skipped a meal."

Priceless.

Anonymous said...

Luck's division is being taken over by Judge Walsh

Anonymous said...

New Asa here. From Nyc. We have better pizza. Better hot dogs. Better looking women. And clearly a better baseball team than Chicago. It's not known as the second city for no reason. Second place fit.
Let's go Mets.

Robert Kuntz said...

As a lifelong Cleveland fan, I can only gaze upon the Cubs's season with envy. There is pain, of course. Indians and Cubs fans know there is always pain. But this year, for a while, for a good long while, there was glory and joy . . . and hope.

Pain is immutable. It is constant and, being constant, it can be ignored. But glory and joy are wispy, quick and fleeting things that demand to be caught and tasted and savored in the moment. And hope? Hope is the air in our lungs, the light to our eyes. Hope is what sustains and feeds us, until - some day - victory finally fills us full.

Next year.

Anonymous said...

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Let's call the Shumie on the Cubs and go to the REN (a venue).

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


to 9:11 AM Saturday (re my Roberto Pardo post):

I love writing for this BLOG. Especially for the numnuts like you 9:11 AM. Maybe you should educate yourself on the JNC Appointment process before you call me out on something you clearly known absolutely nothing about.

The Governor appointed Mr. Pardo to the JNC. The Florida Bar Board of Governors sends three names to the Governor for his consideration and then it is up to the Governor to appoint one of those three, or to ask for new names (like he has done on occasion in the past).

Here is the June 15, 2015 Press Release from the Florida Bar announcing the three names:

The Florida Bar Board of Governors nominated three lawyers each for a vacancy on each of the state’s 26 judicial nominating commissions at its May 22 meeting in Key West.

11th Circuit JNC

Alejandro Brito, Miami
Roberto R. Pardo, Miami
Effie D. Silva, Miami

And here is the Governor's Press Release from Thursday night:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced twenty-six appointments to eleven Judicial Nominating Commissions.

Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission

Daniel Fridman, 41, of Coral Gables, is a partner with White & Case, LLP. He is reappointed for a term beginning October 22, 2015, and ending July 1, 2019.

Christine Hernandez-Baldwin, 35, of Miami, is an Assistant State Attorney Division Chief at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. She is reappointed for a term beginning October 22, 2015, and ending July 1, 2019.

Roberto Pardo, 59, of Miami, has a criminal defense law practice. He is appointed from a list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar for a term beginning October 22, 2015, and ending July 1, 2019.

Now, if you are really nice, and apologize, I won't call you out again the next time you make such an uneducated comment.

Cap Out .....

Anonymous said...

What a relief getting Luck out of the building. I can't wait to see his financial reports to see just how many lawyers from the Justice Building will give him money. I won't. That guy wouldn't give his own mother a break.

Anonymous said...

To 9:13 (aka Mike C.):

Why don't you tell the readers of this blog why your degenerate client was on probation in the first place? You keep saying Judge Luck gives no one a break based only on your one experience, but you don't have the courage to post the facts of your client's case, and you take advantage that the good judge cannot respond to your anonymous slurs. Why don't you post the facts, post your name, and let the readers judge the credibility of Judge Luck's accuser. There is no harder working, committed, caring judge.

Anonymous said...

Luck has raised more money than anyone

David S Markus said...

To 9:13:

I am sorry that Judge Luck is no longer in the house. He ran a fair, efficient courtroom and was always prepared.
I had two violation of probation cases in front of him. In each case, I had some mitigation, but not a lot. I plead both open to the court because the guidelines and the state offers were ridiculous. In both cases, Judge Luck sentenced in a manner that I thought was fair and reflected the mitigation I presented. He also explained why he sentenced as he did. I left court satisfied that my arguments had been heard and considered. As a lawyer, I cannot ask for much more from a judge.
Perhaps if you would explain specifically what judge Luck did that so offended you, readers like me would be able to better evaluate your comments.

David S Markus