just short of the cycle
Francis X. Bova III
baseball met politics last night it wasnt because of the Mitchell
Report. It was in the spin room where analogies from Americas
pastime fit, just right, like an old baseball glove.
The sports metaphors, not uncommon after debates, may have started hours
earlier when debate moderator Tim Russert told the crowd, You
are major players in this primary. And it could be argued the
Cleveland Browns helmet Brian Williams brought out, a minute prior,
cemented all the sports terminology to come.
They came as furiously as a Roger Clemens fastball. Many were ignored,
some laughed at, but in the end it may have helped decide who the real
winner of the debate was. So, who won the rubber game: Hillary Clinton
or Barack Obama?
Two local politicians made their judgment call.
She had to make her case, she obviously didnt hit the home
run, said Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, who also said
she didnt deliver a knockout. She hit a double.
I thought it was a great baseball game and she hit a home run,
said 11th District Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.
Clintons spokesperson Doug Hattaway tackled the who won
the debate questions like a true teammate.
The obvious one is she hit it out of the park, (but) that is unoriginal,
he said. Our view is that when you have a substantive discussion
about issues that matter involving the people of Ohio. She wins.
He also added Clinton is a fighter, a doer, and a champion.
Meanwhile, CSU President Michael Schwartzs outcome came from left
The major winners here were my students first and the American
people in general, said Dr. Schwartz. Those were the real
But, perhaps, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown made the best game-winning observation.
Some how, they both hit grand slammers in the same pitch,
he said. First time in baseball history, right? Same inning, opposite
sides of the plate.
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