Wednesday, September 29, 2004 Page 2 - Pedro finally learns the truth

This is one of the craziest things that I have ever read! Page 2 - Pedro finally learns the truth

by Jim Caple
Page 2

"What can I say? I tip my cap and call the Yankees my Daddy."

-- Pedro Martinez, after blowing another lead to New York in the eighth inning Friday and losing 6-4

"Yes. It is true. It brings me great shame to admit it, but the Yankees are my Daddy. I never knew until recently because my father left my mother before I was born.

"The Dodgers, of course, are my mother, and I loved her as I love life itself. She was the most beautiful woman in the world; and when I close my eyes now, I can still see her dressed in the purest whites and deepest blues you have ever seen. She sacrificed everything to raise me and my older brother, Ramon. She worked in the fields until her hands were raw and her back ached, and yet she always found time in the early evening to teach Ramon and I how to throw a beanball.

"One day when I was six and Ramon was nearly 10, we asked our mother about our father -- who he was and where he lived and when he would come home to teach us how to throw sliders. She only told us that our father was a very bad man, and then began weeping. She walked into her room, closed the door and stayed inside for three days. She ate nothing and drank only the tears that ran down her cheeks. We could hear her sobs even when we turned up 'Welcome Back Kotter' very loud; and when she finally emerged from the room, she said that we were never to ask her any questions about our father again. I tell you, these were the saddest moments of my life until Grady Little left me in too long in Game 7.

"Looking back now, I suppose there were clues to my father's identity I should have recognized if only I had opened my eyes wide enough to examine them closely. But so much of life is a deception, is it not? Even now, many Red Sox fans think we are going to win the World Series.

"I once caught my mother opening a worn shoebox and pulling out faded black and white photos of her when she was a girl in Brooklyn. Then she looked at a photograph of her as a young woman smiling with a man in pinstripes. When she looked at it, she made a strange sound and I could not tell whether she was laughing or crying -- it was similar to the sound Red Sox fans make at the beginning of each October. I asked who the man in the picture was, and she quickly put the photos away. She said only that he was a rich man she once knew in New York, and that I should not sneak up on her anymore and should instead go outside and practice knocking down 72-year-old men with Ramon.

"My mother also had a beautiful ring she kept protected under the mattress. Ramon and I never were allowed to look at it closely, but she would occasionally take it out to slip on her finger. We could see that it was gold with a ruby in the middle and small diamonds surrounding it and some sort of inscription. We asked why she didn't sell it in the market so that we could move into a better neighborhood with cable TV, and she said it was all she had left from our father and that she would never sell it. I understand now that it is a World Series ring, though of course, I have never seen such a thing up close.

"My mother died just before I reached the majors, and I was always sad that she never got a chance to see me pitch. But worse was the longing I felt for my father. Whenever I would see Ken Griffey Jr. or Barry Bonds or Aaron Boone, I would feel such jealousy. Why did they have fathers in the game, and I did not even know who mine was? And why did they always hit so many home runs in extra innings? I would be so envious that I wanted to hit them all in the head with my pitches. And I usually did.

"And then I visited my old, beloved aunt, the Expos, in Montreal this summer. She said that she would be moving soon, she did not know where, and that I should know the truth about my father in case she never saw me again. She said that the Yankees were my Daddy and that though they were dishonorable and had treated my mother very badly by not marrying her and never once paying child support, I must seek them out and resolve our relationship, though perhaps I should have my agent phone first.

"It was painful to learn, but at least now I know the truth. The Yankees are my Daddy and I look forward to reuniting soon and getting to know him as a son should know his father, perhaps beginning next season if he will offer me a four-year, $60 million contract. Perhaps he will even take me to the World Series.

"But the truth about my father is not the most amazing thing I learned. No, the strangest part is what else I discovered.

"Don Zimmer is my crazy uncle."

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Pedro...I am your father

My father sent me an email with this picture in it today. I thought that it was hysterical!

Sunday, September 26, 2004

who's your daddy?

Among Pedro Martinez's postgame comments on Friday:

Major League Baseball : News: "'What can I say? I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy.'"

Monday, September 13, 2004

Originally uploaded by Ryan McReynolds.
this is an awesome protest sign

Morgans 11

Morgans 11
Originally uploaded by danic.
This is a picture of the center of Saranac Lake, NY. A pizza place called Morgans 11 and the Dew Drop Inn (bar) behind it.

Lake Placid

Lake Placid
Originally uploaded by danic.
This is the view of Lake Placid from the side of Whiteface


Originally uploaded by danic.
Another view from the top of Whiteface

Whiteface Sign

Whiteface Sign
Originally uploaded by danic.
Another picture of the sign on the top of Whiteface

Whiteface Sign

Whiteface Sign
Originally uploaded by danic.
The sign on the top of Whiteface Mountain

Whiteface Ski

Whiteface Ski
Originally uploaded by danic.
Looking down at the ski slopes from the top of Whiteface

Whiteface Tower

Whiteface Tower
Originally uploaded by danic.
This is the tower at the top of Whiteface Mountain

Road to Whiteface

Road to Whiteface
Originally uploaded by danic.
We took this road to get to the top of Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York.

Thursday, September 9, 2004



``I was happy in New York,'' he tells Gina, imploring her to be a little more adaptable. ``I tried really hard to keep things from changing. But everyone else got married and had kids and moved on. They all changed. So, I'm giving change a shot. Hoping things stay the same - it doesn't work.'

I am so very excited to watch Joey tonight! I was so sad when Friends was over last year and this has given me new hope to be able to watch one of the characters that I have grown to love over the past ten years. I also, am a huge Sopranos fan, so I am very excited about Drea de Matteo (Adriana as I knew her) as Joey's sister.

Sunday, September 5, 2004


I found this article to be very hopeful to myself and everyone with MS considering all the bad publicity stem cells have gotten as of late.

STUFF : HEALTH - STORY : New Zealand's leading news and information website: "  
H E A L T H   S T O R Y   

Breakthrough treatments for multiple sclerosis likely 'soon'
06 September 2004


Breakthrough treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) may be just five years away, an Australian leader in stem cell research said in Christchurch yesterday.
Professor Alan Trounson, director of Australia's main centre for stem cell research at Monash University, was speaking about advances in stem cell therapies.
Speaking at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences open day, Professor Trounson said that animal trials of an MS therapy had proved so successful he believed hospital trials were likely 'really soon'.
Researchers had found that primitive nerve cells, grown from stem cells in the lab, could reduce symptoms of an MS-type illness when injected into mice.
The cells had been able to pass into the rodent's brain where they matured into myelin-producing cells. Myelin is an important protective coating around nerve cells that is stripped away in MS sufferers, causing messages to become scrambled.
'Using these cells to reverse conditions like MS I think is highly probable in the next five years, perhaps even less,' he said.
The potential of stem cells has excited researchers because under the right conditions they can develop into cells from any part of the body.
Stem cells have been used in laboratories to produce clusters of heart cells, all beating at the same rate as a typical human heart, or bundles of nerve cells able to pass electric signals to each other.
Some stem cells have been used successfully in medicine for almost 40 years. Bone marrow transplantation, which is a form of adult stem cell therapy, cures several forms of leukaemia and anaemia."

Wednesday, September 1, 2004


I guess I have some new cool words to try out on my friends!

Chickspeak: How Sexy Women Talk
So the next time you're cruising a bar or just walking down a busy city street and hear a group of young and sexy women chattering about phone zits, mouse potatoes, and e-mauling, you don't have to rub your ears. You heard correctly. It's called "chickspeak" and this new and fun dialect is all the rage among young, urban, single women, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Many of these words started with "Sex and the City." Others can be found on, a fashion and style newsletter Web site founded and edited by Dany Lavey. Make sure you're not left out in the cold! Learn and memorize these chickspeak words, courtesy of Ms. Lavey:

Baby blue: Viagra

Biphonal: Holding multiple phones to your ears or in front of you at the same time.

Blamestorming: A meeting whose sole purpose is to discuss why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.

Drailing: E-mailing when drunk; drunk e-mailing.

E-mauling: Stalking someone via e-mail.

Fatkins: Disciples of Atkins who have taken the "all the fat you can eat" idea to lunatic extremes.

GU (pronounced "goo"): Acronym for geographically undesirable.

Guyatus: A hiatus from guys.

Helicopter: A significant other who finds it necessary to hover around his or her mate at all times.

Intie: The intimacy flu. Usually occurs two to three weeks into a budding dating relationship. Symptoms include unreturned phone calls, "mistakenly" deleted e-mail messages, and sleeping on the far edge of the bed.

Karat dangler: A woman who finds it of utmost importance to flaunt her engagement/wedding ring at all times.

Lush flush: The rosy hue you get in your cheeks after a few too many glasses of wine.

Mitin (pronounced "mitten"): Acronym/codespeak for "more information than I needed."

Mouse potato: The wired generation's answer to the couch potato.

Mousewife: A male housewife.

Phone zit: The recurring chin zit that results from spending too much time on the phone.

Reverse evolution princes: Men who at first seem to be princes but turn out to be frogs.

Single woman's sports pages: The New York Times' wedding announcements.

Spenny: Pricey; short for expensive.

Stray: A heterosexual male who everyone secretly thinks is gay.

Teenile: Used to describe someone who is way too old for what she is wearing.

Yellular: The loudness you adopt in response to a bad cell phone connection, in the misguided hope that talking louder will improve the connection.