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Our Rick Pitino Story

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On Friday, as Jeannie and I were at the private Atlantic Air airport checking the Ford employees through the metal detector and checking their carry-on baggage, we noticed that Rick Pitino of the University of Louisville Cardinals was milling about close by. Apparently, he was waiting for one of his sons to meet him there, and then they would fly off to some unknown (to us) destination.

In these parts, Mr. Pitino is quite a HUGE celebrity, as one would expect in this basketball-crazy state. Random business people were walking up to him and pestering him, pretending that they were long-lost friends and such. He was graciously handling the pretenders with a smile and handshakes. Generally, Jeannie and I prefer to leave the celebrities alone, figuring that they get enough of the goofy "chat", so we generally don’t speak to them unless we’re spoken to; or unless we HAVE to in order to maintain our job capacities.

Anyway, as Coach Pitino finally welcomed his son through the door to the lobby with a "I’m glad you took your time", comment, followed by a sheepish grin and up-turned hands on the part of his son, Mr. Pitino started unloading his pockets into the trays that we have arranged exclusively for the Ford Motor Company employees.

Jeannie and I said, "Mr. Pitino, you don’t have to go through all that", as the pilot of the plane that he had chartered chimed in. With that, the Coach did his best "I meant to do that" stare and proceeded to walk through the Magnetometer Metal Detector and into the midst of the throng of Ford Employees that were sequestered in the secure holding area, waiting to return to Detroit.

"Right this way, Mr. Pitino", I said, while ushering the Face of the Cardinals through the gate and then through the sliding glass doors where his party waited. We did our best to maintain straight-faces at the comical situation, not wanting to cause any further embarrassment.

It wasn’t until after he had left that my wife, Jeannie; a life-long Wild Cats fan said:

"You see? Rick Pitino’s been lost ever since he left the University of Kentucky!"

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Some Questions For Mr. Torre

Why are you so in love with Kevin Thompson and his .176 batting average?

Are you REALLY trying to catch Boston?

Are you REALLY trying to win ballgames?

Are you REALLY trying to cheat the Yankee fans?

Are we supposed to believe that Melky Cabrera is tired?

Mr. Torre, YOU are part of the reason for the team’s poor, lackluster play. Your constant, idiotic, monkey-with-the-line-up approach hasn’t worked all year long. CUT IT OUT!
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LET’S PLAY LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW!
THE YANKEES MUST WIN EVERY SERIES FROM HERE ON OUT!
IS THERE ANYBODY ON THE YANKEES’ BALL-CLUB THAT’S LISTENING?

GO YANKEES!

Update: Kevin Thompson doubles and Bobby Abreu drives him in with a homer! Yankees springboard to a 4-3 lead! Here’s a shocker– Joe Torre knows a lot more about baseball than I do!