Happy July 4th, Everyone

The Yankees have had some legendary moments on the Fourth of July–Lou Gehrig’s tearful speech and ceremony, Dave Righetti’s no-hitter against Boston. Yet to me, the Fourth is about celebrating what’s good in our country. Despite what illegalities, malfeasance, and nonsense has occurred in the Bush Administration, there is still and will always be much to celebrate. I start with freedoms, those enumerated in our Constitution and to a degree expressed in the Declaration of Independence, but I tend to think broadly about these things–freedoms of association, speech, worship (or not), press, from government abuses, but also the peace and peace of mind that comes as a result. For all its faults, and there are many and more new and egregious ones that we as citizens have grappled with lately, we live in a pretty free society. That’s still an encouraging thing, and what I’ll consider most today.

Thanks for the well wishes for today, Mike, and I send them along to you and your family and friends as well. Enjoy the game, and bring back the W. Have a great, happy, safe, and celebratory Fourth, everyone.  Happy Birthday to John Sterling as well.

Published in: on July 4, 2008 at 10:52 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. the sad thing is the crowd there is just trying their best to have a good time and keep the faith- it was as loud as ever during that first inning and several other times when the yanks were threatening something. even the faithful few of us who remained through the rain delay were doing our best to stay lively and cheerful, but that last rally was just a tease- also cano swinging wildly at the first pitch in the 8th was sickening, but nothing new there. the crowd was fun- certainly it was bettter than the night before…i think. will try again tomorrow.

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