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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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FDL's Pachacutec: "Reason #5865 to Say 'Fuck the Yankees' "

Much to celebrate

Thanks to Pachacutec of Firedoglake for this great post - THANKS PACH!

Baseball in Africa to Air on SNY Today
by Matthew Cerrone at 09:51AM (EST) on February 28, 2007

Mets GM Omar Minaya, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, and former Mets pitcher Al Jackson, among others, took part in the four-day tour of Africa to introduce the game of baseball to Ghana, and SNY was there.

Baseball in Africa: A Diamond in the Rough will air on SNY following today’s Mets-Tigers game and will take you from the dirt fields of Ghana, through the historic slave castles on the Cape Coast to a bush covered lot, that will ideally become Ghana's true field of dreams for young baseball players across the region.

Omar Minaya is on a mission to own Latin American recruiting, and now the Mets are a pioneer in bringing baseball to Africa. Like the “ethnic” Brooklyn Dodger “bums” of the National league, the Mets are the team for the wide spectrum of people in New York who don’t inhabit toney uptown suites.

Fuck the fuckin’ Yankees.

- posted by Pachacutec of Firedoglake