Posts Tagged ‘fast ball’

Bush Turns Up Heat in Iowa

August 15, 2015

The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, August 15-16, 2015


Bush Tries to Turn Up Heat in Iowa, by Reid J. Epstein

DES MOINE, Iowa–“At 62 years old, Jeb Bush is still willing to test his fastball. While gripping a baseball at the Iowa State Fair, the former Florida governor announced a goal of 50 mph.  As he whizzed the ball through a canyon of inflated prizes, the radar gun spoke the truth: 44 mph.  He tried again: 47.

Whether Mr. Bush can bring the heat to his Republican presidential campaign is a nagging question that now hangs over his candidacy.”

Mr. Bush is trying to put the heat on his fastball race for the Republican nomination for president of the United States as well as on a pitch at the Iowa State Fair.  His fast balls at the fair were strikes, balls over the plate.

He is trying to strike out the other potential Republican nominees.

There are a lot of baseball idioms in the news these days as it is baseball season in the U.S.


Throwing Curveballs, The Supreme Court

March 30, 2013

The New York Times, Friday, March 29, 2013

Weekend Arts II

The Supreme Court, Throwing Curveballs, by Adam Liptak 

Books of the Times:  The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption, by Stuart Banner

In his book, with respect to the history of the U.S. Supreme Court’s treatment of major league baseball and its exemption from anti-trust laws, the author, Mr. Banner maintains that the decisions have been obtuse and off-the point, perhaps influenced by the awe in which professional baseball is held by the public as well as the members of the Court.  He regards the decisions as a deceptive curveball pitch as opposed to a fast ball down the middle.  The decisions dance around the issues, rather than facing them head on. 

“…Still baseball continues to enjoy immunity laws.”