For my money the Greatest President of all time, who wrote the greatest speech ever orated about the principles of Nationalism, Republicanism, Equal Rights, Liberty and Democracy – some have sang our National Anthem longer than it took Lincoln to give the Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
So it is on this day, 150 years ago tonight, that Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater. Assassinated by a Confederate sympathizer named John Wilkes Booth, 5 days after Robert E Lee surrendered at Appomattox in the afternoon of April 9th.
In our postmodern, multicultural life that dilutes prominence as a concept – Lincoln is a fading lion, symptomatic of our fading confidence in our national greatness – Instead, Lincoln should be remembered as an icon, a symbol that inspires and guides our duties in American life.
For baseball today, it seems we have 5 games that Vegas projects to have 8 or more runs scored. Those being NYY @ BAL (8), TB @ TOR (8.5), CHW @ CLE (8), OAK @ HOU (8.5) and LAA @ TEX (9). So choose some of those righty/lefty matchups in those games to give your lineup a punch. Here are some guys to consider for those that have the best matchups today:
- Chase Utley 2B PHI
- Leonys Martin OF TEX
- Shin-Soo Choo OF TEX
- Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
- Matt Joyce OF LAA
- Kole Calhoun OF LAA
- Eric Sogard 2B OAK
- Luis Valbuena 3B HOU
- Colby Rasmus OF HOU
- Jose Altuve 2B HOU
- Evan Longoria 3B TB
- Asdrubel Cabrera SS TB
- Desmond Jennings OF TB
- Jose Reyes SS TOR
- Buster Posey C SF
- Gregor Blanco OF SF
- other players with good matchups are:
- Hanley Ramirez OF BOS 5-16 with 2 doubles, 1HR, 2RBI, 3BB v Strasburg
- Jose Lobatan C WAS 2-5 with 2RBI, 3BB v Masterson
- Adam Jones OF BAL 17-56 with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3HR, 12RBI, 4BB v CC Sabathia
- Manny Machado 3B BAL 6-20 with 3 doubles, 5RBI v CC Sabathia
- Carlos Beltran OF NYY 3-3 with 1 double, 1HR, 1RBI v Gonzalez
- Brian McCann C NYY 2-8 with 1HR, 1RBI v Gonzalez
- Michael Brantley OF CLE 10-20 with 3 doubles, 1HR, 5RBI, 2BB v J.Quintana
- Joey Votto 1B CIN is on fire hitting in the two hole so far and is a lefty/righty matchup v Arrieta.
For Pitchers go with Matt Harvey of the Mets and DeSclafani of the Reds.
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