Rafi Hecht Accepting the Ice Water Bucket Challenge

Now challenging: David Uzan, Pinny Gildin, Alex Noudelman, Ian Korman, Jim Bensimon and Avraham McGowan. You have 24 hours to do it or donate $100 to ALS research.

ALS (Amytrophyl Lateral Sclerosis) a.k.a. Lou Gehrig‘s Disease progressively eats away at the nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, rendering those nerve cells and associated muscles useless, affecting speaking, swallowing and breathing. This leads to a horrible death. We all hope that a cure will be found soon.

I purposely wore my Yankees cap and held a baseball bat to further emphasize the point.

One of my wife’s grandmothers had this disease and indeed, it’s horrible when you are essentially trapped inside your own body that doesn’t want to function. May her Neshama have an Aliya.

I just donated my $18 to the Shirat Devorah Fund, looking for a cure on ALS in the name of Devorah Schochet, a 39 year old mother of four with this condition. May she have a refuah shleimah b’karov.


Four Reasons Pat Venditte Needs to Join the New York Yankees


Pat Venditte made headlines as being the first modern-day switch pitcher in professional baseball to pitch like that regularly. Greg Harris switched hands once, but it was moreso as a stunt.

Pat Venditte needs to come up. Now. He’s currently enjoying his second stint at AAA Here are four reasons.

1. The Yankees Rotation is Understaffed


C.C. Sabathia is out for the year. Masahiro Tanaka is out for a good chunk of time. Some starters have come out from the minor leagues and performed quite well, but the bullpen is a big question mark. Pat Venditte can help neutralize the staff with pitching to batters from either side.

2. His Switch Pitching will Sell Tickets


Say what you will about not being a sideshow attraction, but the fact is that having a switch pitcher on your ballclub is something incredibly unique, which will undoubtedly sell tickets.

3. His Stats Defy His Raw Skills


Have you ever seen the movie Moneyball? The movie exposed Billy Beane’s brilliance in looking at raw stats. Pat Venditte is far from a dominating pitcher, yet has shown that he can compete on an extremely high level. Click this link to review his stats.

4. He’s Almost 30, with a Family


Even baseball players need to eat. Minor league players earn ridiculously low wages with the vague promise that everything they toil for will be made up at The Show. Give the guy his chance. He wasn’t even invited to Spring Training this past year.

I for one say that Pat Venditte needs to come up. Now. Who’s with me?


Jimmy Kimmel Mean Tweets – Dikembe Mutombo as Cookie Monster

Cookiemonster2_FBI normally don’t watch Jimmy Kimmel, and for that matter I don’t remember ever hearing Dikembe Mutombo speak. When Mr. Mutombo appeared on “Mean Tweets #2 – NBA edition” I was on the floor laughing!

Here is the clip of Mutombo:

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Also, here is the entire clip from Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube channel:

Some more Dikembe Mutombo clips