Tom Hamilton is no fan of the Cubans

by Cleveland Frowns on May 28, 2013

In the ninth inning of yesterday’s Indians/Reds game, with his team holding a 4-2 lead, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman buzzed a 100-mph heater past Nick Swisher’s head, and Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton lost it. You can see the pitches and hear Hamilton’s reaction at the video posted here, which includes his statement that, “what you’d love to see Swisher do here is knock it right off the temple of Chapman and see how much fun it is to have a ball coming at your head.”

Actually, Tom, only the worst people would love to see Swisher murder Chapman with a line drive to the temple. That would be awful.

But that’s why everybody loves Hammy. He wants to win as bad as anyone does, rules against cheering (or getting real pissy about losing) in the pressbox be damned. And the bloodthirsty radio man wasn’t done with the Reds reliever yet. After going on a bit about how Terry Francona will surely see to it that Chapman’s teammates rue the day that a fastball buzzed past Nick Swisher’s head, Hamilton then got into politics on a broader level.

“Maybe you get away with that in Cuba,” he said, referring to Chapman’s status as a native of the island country.   

Behold the godforsaken wasteland.

As much as this statement probably falls closer to idiotic jingoism than anything else, there’s at least a chance it was intended as a comment on Cuba as a place where things are so backward that pitchers can throw inside at batters with impunity.  

So it’s at least worth pointing out that however backward Cuba is about some things, it’s also a place where child poverty has apparently been pretty much completely eliminated, whereas children in the U.S. suffer from the second-highest poverty rate in the developed world. Additionally, “[a]part from achieving near 100% literacy many years ago, [Cuba's] health statistics are the envy of many far richer countries.”  And while the carnage suffered in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been contrasted with Cuba’s “extraordinarily effective disaster response.” There’s also that, “the Worldwide Fund for Nature’s 2006 Living Planet report identified Cuba as the only country that achieved high levels of human development while living within its environmental footprint.” All of this while subject to a widely condemned trade embargo by the U.S. that’s been running for 53 years and counting.

I can’t be the only one who’d be interested to hear Hamilton’s thoughts on how these factors impact an analysis of Cuba’s status as a place where people get away with things. Anyway, it was probably the camouflage hats that had him all tuned up.

Here’s hoping that nobody gets killed or maimed at the baseball game tonight.

  • jtgibby12

    Come on….stop taking EVERYTHING so damn serious. This is ridiculous.

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      I’m not the one with the bug up his ass for someone suggesting that murder is wrong and Cuba might not be the worst place.

      • jtgibby12

        I must have missed where he talked ablut murder. He also never mentioned anything bad about Cuba. If he would have said “Canada” would you have written about it? NO.

        • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

          “If he would have said “Canada” would you have written about it? NO.”

          If that’s true, then it couldn’t possibly be true that I take EVERYTHING so damn serious. So which is it?

      • rgrunds

        You should do something about that bug. It’s not sanitary.

    • bupalos

      …he said to the guy standing on his head on a barstool.

      • rgrunds

        That’s not the way you get a bug from a butt. Pete’s badly misinformed. It’s sad.

  • LesFleursDuMal

    See you at the Socialist Labor Party meeting, Frowns! We can sing The internationale together!!!

  • Rodeo Jones

    Hammy’s comments are no more ridiculous than you trying to equate them to Cuba’s literacy percentage or the poverty their of children.

  • JWMarriott

    This seemed to be more of a “that’s not the way things are done at the major league level” type comment. Like, for example, had Chapman just been promoted from AAA, Hammy might have made a similar comment. So maybe, at most, Hammy’s at fault for deciding that the MLB is the standard bearer for the game of baseball. Ok, fine.

    Anyway, here’s some good reading on that international beacon, Cuba.

    http://www.hrw.org/node/106416

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      Nobody said Cuba was perfect.

    • nj0

      Pet peeve time: While I can’t speak on HRW’s record on Cuba, their work regarding Rwanda is – in my opinion – clearly biased. In short, I believe they have an agenda (just like any huge, multi-national organization does) and take anything they say with a grain of salt.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/dec/31/human-rights-imperialism-james-hoge

      Again, not to dismiss your link out of hand. Just saying it helps to be skeptical.

  • MichaelTheRed

    Is it possible to be over 100% on board with Hammy’s comments? What he should have said though is “lets get ready to RUUUMMBBLLLEE” cause the Indians dugout should have rode out on Aroldis. Swisher didn’t even do anything that bad he just looked at the first pitch with a slightly bemused expression as would anyone that just watched 100mph sail 8ft over the umps head. He didn’t talk shit didn’t do nothing but give a slight “holy shit dude” face. Aroldis next pitch was clearly chin hunting so nothing Hammy said was out of line. It would absolutely not have been awful to see the next pitch get lined off his face, it would have been the proper application of the great wheel of karma.

    • nj0

      Wait so Chapman was having control problems yet we’re going to bust his balls for intentionally locating the second pitch right under Swisher’s chin?

      • alexb

        c’mon you saw the video, swish gave him a look after the first pitch that Aroldis didn’t like so he put the next one under his chin. Than talked shit to Swish on his way back to the dugout. This one is clear.

        • nj0

          Clear? Don’t see how that proves intent.

          • alexb

            ur right, there’s a 5% chance that it was unintentional. But 5% is 5% I agree so there is some room for doubt, no question.

      • MichaelTheRed

        I don’t understand are you acknowledging than that he “intentionally located the second pitch under Swish’s chin”? If so, are you ok with that?

        • nj0

          I’m saying that on the first pitch Chapman had zero control. If we’re going to get mad at him, we have to assume he regained his control and then threw a perfectly placed pitch.

          That could be the situation or he could just be a firethrower who was having trouble locating his pitches that night. Basically I’m giving Chapman the benefit of the doubt.

          If he did it intentionally, it was bush league. Not worth rushing the mound though imo, but then I’m against that sort of thing.

          • MichaelTheRed

            Since it didn’t technically hit Swish, probably was best to let it go tonight. However Mr. Chapman needs to be marked down. If he does it again to an Indians batter it needs to be handled.

  • mo_by_dick

    Sure-fire sign the Reds prepping for a brawl tonight: they’re starting Hannahan at 3rd. Remember when he went bonkers against the Royals last year?

  • BigDigg

    I’d pay to see a Frownie – Glenn Beck debate

  • humboldt

    I don’t have a huge problem with the Cuba comment, as Hamilton, even in his red hot rage, was not commenting broadly on Cuba as a country, but merely making an uneducated inference about the style of baseball they play. At worst, this is soft jingoism.

    I am less tolerant of the eye-for-an-eye mentality he expressed, although I recognize it as a sort of heat-of-the-moment tribalism. Am never pleased to see humanity retreat to Old Testament values, and would be good if an announcer could be a bit more poised there.

    • alexb

      I politely disagree. It’s always hard to tell if someone meant to throw a 100mph fastball to someones head but in this case it’s pretty open and shut. Chapman talked shit to Swisher on his way out. The only thing I disagree with is that some reds batter is gonna get thrown at tonight and that’s bs. Chapman probably won’t see the mound tonight unfortunately cause this should have been handled with him, which is why Hammy’s comments dont’ faze me. I’d rather see Chapman get a line drive off his dome than see some poor schmuck in a Reds uni catch heat tonight. That’s why these things ALWAYS have to be handled on the spot while the guy is still out there on the mound. This whole “we’ll get one of your guys later” stuff is horseshit. I loved when that pitcher earlier this season got his shoulder jacked by the charging batter. That’s how it’s supposed to work. You throw at someone, YOU pay the price…not your teammates who are whispering to themselves “chin down chin down” in the batters box the next day.

      • humboldt

        The problem is that a baseball off the temple could be lethal. So Hamilton is effectively saying “he tried to hit our guy in the head, so we would be justified in doing the same” — in other words, an impulsive endorsement of revenge. A more balanced appraisal might be that “attacking the head” has no place in baseball, much less any other sport (boxing/martial arts excluded).

        I played baseball at a moderately high level (college, D3), so I understand the rules of the game and how these things play out. However, you would hope your announcer — who is in many ways a public figure — would be more poised, and less given to Old Testament-style ranting.

        • nj0

          Not to mention that the speed off the bat, especially for the kind of hit Hammy is calling for, is faster than a pitch.

        • alexb

          A 100mph baseball to the face could be lethal as well, at best carreer ending. Let’s not forget that. I don’t want to see anyone die out there but a good mound charge followed by a season ending injury to Chapman would have sufficed. I intensely dislike pitchers going upstairs like that. Gotta hit the guy?, put one into his side, make him feel it in the morning the next day. You go upstairs like that you’re playing with people’s careers.

        • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

          Hey wait you played D3 baseball? Do you like softball, friends, and fun? Do you live in Cleveland? Are you busy on Monday nights?

          • humboldt

            Am honored by the offer, and wish I could accept. Unfortunately, am transplanted in Pennsylvania. Heart’s still in Cleveland though!

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1kbBmlAvdI PML

            My Sincerest Sympathies.

          • bupalos

            Depends where. Some nice trout water in parts of that state. Well, before fracking there was, anyway.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1kbBmlAvdI PML

            Nice trout water would not be a reason for me to set foot into hell, but different strokes for different folks. Also, I feel like I made the world a little better place this past week after helping convince Mrs. PML’s brother to move his family from the crippling depths of Western PA out to Southern CA to be closer to our family.

          • acto

            Bupa, my brother, this was a point of conversation yesterday. Here in the furnace, we can only catched stocked trout in the winter before the water gets hot enough to kill them.
            I do however know of two cold springs where they survive all year. I take about two a month so I do not deplete the stock.
            Here I just pick up Rainbows on small spinners, (Panther’s or Worden). I miss the days of tying flies for Brookies.

          • bupalos

            Best fish I ever caught was a brookie, probably less than a foot, in some little tiny tributary in Nova Scotia. HOLY HELL that fish did not want to come out of the 42 degree water. I was 17, and it still probably ranks in my top 10 life experiences.

            Impossible to describe the perfection of that wild thing.

          • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

            Dang.

      • acto

        “I loved when that pitcher earlier this season got his shoulder jacked by the charging batter.”
        Actually, that pitcher did not throw at him. He did have a bit of a history with said batter, but that is not a time when a pitcher would plunk a guy.

        I always loved it when some chump would charge the mound, get about halfway there and look around hoping that someone would save him from going up against a large and ill tempered picture/boxer/wrestler. I loved beating the crap out of batters that charged the mound.
        Nolan Ryan was the most overrated pitcher to ever play the game, but I loved it when he did a “Robin Ventura” on Robin Ventura

        Fighting should be heavily punished in baseball and removed from hockey, or just remove hockey in general.

        • Petefranklin

          Hockey rules!

  • nj0

    I haven’t listened to any Hammy this year, but noticed last year that he had taken to going on weird, seemingly angry rants about certain players and inconsequential occurrences. Even my mom, who listens to most games, said something about him being weird. Wish I would have taken note about the rants he went on.

    • mo_by_dick

      He goes apeshit if someone loses a fly ball in the sun and isn’t wearing sunglasses.

      • nj0

        That’s a great example of the kind of thing I’m talking about. It’s very grandpa-like or drunk uncle-ish.

    • bupalos

      We’re all getting older. I have no doubt that announcing 15 consecutive Tribe seasons would leave me babbling about anchor babies and the unknown evils of fluoride.

      • MichaelTheRed

        Not sure I’ve ever seen an emoticon that would convey how amusing I just found that post. Well played.

  • bupalos

    Hey at least he didn’t go into some riff on “Reds” and communism.

    I did do a double take on that eye for an eye business too. But there is a kind of rage engendered by the head high beanball that is all its own. Thus I find Hammy’s verbal charging of the mound excusable, if regrettable.

    Swisher needed to go out and try and find himself some shoulder or elbow, then go spend a few days of quality time with his new baby. While I have a feeling that’s mostly what the Reds were looking for, that’s the only way for that to get “handled.”

  • nj0

    Also THIS is how you handle a pitcher who throws at you…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOOBZY0oVc4

  • maxfnmloans

    yu’re making quite a leap from saying a ball shout be hit off someone’s temple to saying he wanted him to die. Also, the cuban teams effort in the World Baseball Classic that the Cuban players know all about the “rules” of baseball, and one of those unwritten rules is that you dont throw a 100 mph heater at a dude’s face when you have a 2 run lead in the 9th. That’s what Hammy was referring to.

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      “I don’t want you to die, I just want a line drive smashed off of the most vulnerable part of your skull.”

      Not following the rest of what you’re saying either.

      • maxfnmloans

        My apologies, it was Mexico v. Canada where a brawl got started because Mexico got bento out of shape because Canada bunted with a 9-3 Lead. I thought it was Mexico and Cuba.

        My larger point (which I was unable to make because its hard to type on a keyboard that a 2 year old has ripped several keys off of) is that everyone knows about Baseballs “unwritten rules”. From what I know of the Cuban baseball program, those rules are followed, as baseball is taken very seriously in Cuba, and treated almost reverentially. So, my contention is that Hammy simply meant that you would not see that in a culture where baseball, and all of its rules (written and otherwise) are held in such high regard.

        As far as the temple comment, I mean sure, if you want to get all literal about it, I can’t argue with you. But, you’re a writer, you know that sometimes you say things for effect, and sometimes it is effective to use hyperbole. Would Hammy like to have that one back? I’ll bet he does, but that doesn’t change the fact was his intention was basically to say “I wonder if Chapman would like a ball whistling past his ear in the triple digits”, even if he was unable to elucidate so artfully.

        • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

          But he said “maybe you get away with that in Cuba,” which is the opposite of saying that you wouldn’t see that in Cuba. What am I missing?

          • maxfnmloans

            nothing. Apparently Im missing reading comprehension skills today. I could try and backpedal and make up another argument, but whatevs.

  • beeceeinla

    for some reason i thought this was going to be about the dallas mavericks

  • CleveLandThatILove

    Why no suspensions for pitchers these situations? Too hard to prove intent? When somebody finally connects it will be too late.

    • bupalos

      I think legal systems of all stripes would be better off if they’d ease up on determining intent and simply go on outcome. If you’re throwing 100mph and your control is that bad twice in a row, you need to be ushered off the mound; your intent has little to do with it. Likewise if your unlocked gun gets nabbed by the neighbor kid and he shoots his little brother, you need to see significant jail time as accessory to murder.

  • trashycamaro

    This one might be a little over the top. I don’t listen to him every day, but absent context that phrase seems rather innocuous. Other versions:

    “Maybe you get away with that in AAA”

    “Maybe you get away with that in AA”

    “Maybe you get away with that in the minors”

    “Maybe you get away with that in Arkansas (fill in any other state you might not like for some reason)”

    …and of course “Mexico”, “Venezuela”, the “Dominican Republic”, etc.

    Wishing death is not good, but we live in a hyperbolic society and homer announcers are supposed to be polemic.

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      The context is Hamilton wanting Chapman to be murdered by a line drive. I recommend clicking the link and listening to the whole bit.

      • mo_by_dick

        For those who are using the Frowns comments in lieu of a bar exam prep course (not recommended), please analyze whether a pitcher who dies from being hit in the temple by a batted ball during the course of a baseball game constitutes murder.

        • bupalos

          And whether the ball itself has standing as a defendant.

          • mo_by_dick

            you’re a natural, bup

          • bupalos

            Nature’s natural, touchstone of Cleveland.

          • trashycamaro

            Is the ball a corporation?

      • bupalos

        Point: Defendant did say “so he can see how it feels” which, eo ipso, indicates his hypothetical liner was not of such force as to knock him into hypothetical unconsciousness, let alone kill him. He was simply expressing a desire to further his moral education, though by means questionable. http://www.hrw.org/news/2010/04/14/corporal-punishment-schools-and-its-effect-academic-success-joint-hrwaclu-statement

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      And the more important point is that if Hamilton wanted to say what you’re saying he meant, he could have said it. Instead he sneered at Cuba.

      Anytime someone in Hamilton’s position unnecessarily says something that makes it easier for racists and xenophobes to go about being racists and xenophobes, it’s perfectly fair game for comment.

      • bupalos

        Hear hear.

      • trashycamaro

        Note: I realize I may have a different predisposition to Cubans, being from Miami and how they are both the popular majority and financial majority.

        His phraseology is no different than those of us in Ann Arbor saying “maybe you get away with that in Columbus” or when I was in Tuscaloosa “you can definitely get away with that in Auburn”. Or, when I’m rooting for the Browns, and a former Domer cheapshots someone on the field, I have no problem saying derogatory about his religion and school wrapped in to one (so, Notre Dame thinks when God said “go forth and spread the gospel” it means cheap shots to the head?) .

        Specifically saying hit him in the temple is a little off color but understandable, no different than when my Mom yells “kill him” at the TV during a football game, inciting a would be tackler.

        BTW, it certainly is fair game for comment. Just not something that seems worth worrying about.

  • Beeej

    “I would kill for a Tim Couch bottle of Makers Mark right about now,” does not indicate my desire to commit murder for a bottle of booze.

    “We wear caps and sleeves at this level, son.”

    • Petefranklin

      DRINK!

      “Let’s make them eat a big ole shitburger”

  • dwhalen

    I happened to listen to the entire game on radio while grilling out some food in the back yard. and Pete, while I love your blog and we’ve shared some conversation and debate over a few beers, I really think you’re stirring the pot here for no good reason other than it’s what feels right in your incredibly left-leaning liberal frame of mind. And notably, I tend to be fairly left-leaning as well.

    However, perhaps for ONCE, you might look at the context simply as it really is. The “…cuba” line is a completely logical one to use, considering that’s where Chapman grew up, that’s where nearly his entire baseball career was played, and there’s a solid chance that most kids playing stickball in the street there or anywhere, would run home to mom after having a 98mph heater tossed in the direction of their left eye. Chapman played half a season of minor league baseball, so you’ll have to excuse Tom for referencing his first 22 years of baseball experience as opposed to those four months prior to being called to the big leagues.

    But more importantly, based on blog topics like this, it’s quite fair to surmise that each and every time a human utters a statement with racial undertones–be they positive or negative–that you love to swing at the low hanging fruit and immediately cry “racism!” or passively-aggressively (<-poor english) say well there's at least a chance this comment was racist so let's try to follow it to it's heart and see if in that split second of airtime Tom Hamilton didn't expose a deep-rooted sense of disdain towards Cuban culture.

    To me, being an advocate for everyone's rights and making sure their feelings aren't hurt because their race or nationality may have come up in a way that seems like there may be a 2-3% chance that someone may have, in a split-second of reaction, used "Cuba" when they could have substituted "AAA" or "AA" or even "little league" and it would have been suitable to you, is fine. But there's a fine line between that and pointing the spotlight on every single possible thing that comes out of people's mouths and dissecting it for racially-demeaning undertones.

    Perhaps I'm a little bit further from you on this than I am with say, the Chief Wahoo thing (which I still think is slightly absurd to continue to boycott, but that's another story), but dude, someone as educated and thoughtful as yourself might consider that through all the superficial bullshit that you're intending to bring to the table in this situation, that maybe Tom Hamilton was just simply showing the emotion that most of us love to hear from him night in and night out. I don't think he ever mentioned murdering Chapman, and to that point, that's quite the extreme interpretation considering I'm hard pressed to believe that you could remember anyone in baseball off the top of your head who's been killed by a line drive. And let's not forget Tom Hamilton is employed by the Cleveland Indians, and not by an unbiased 3rd party source. He's not reporting, he's not investigating, he's simply giving us the ball game the best way he knows how. And it's the best way I've heard in all of baseball.

    Don't mean to get heated, because obviously I'm a fan of yours. But Tom Hamilton…"bloodthirsty?" Give me a goddamn break. I don't know what kind of baseball you played growing up…maybe after one fastball to the face you'd look at the ump and politely ask him to control the guy on the mound so he doesn't hurt you, but in my world, if he does it again, I'm coming out to the mound to see him. Not everyone succeeds at learning boundaries from simply getting put in the timeout chair for a few minutes. Sorry if this is too conservative of me, but there is a certain toughness that goes along with being a professional athlete, and when you purposely come at someone's head with a pitch at that speed, you reap what you sow.

    But maybe I'm just stirring the pot.

    • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

      Says the guy who wonders what the fuss is all about re: Chief Wahoo. Why don’t you take another victory lap on that?

      Yawn. Once again, whatever Hamilton meant about Cuba, he said what he said, which is as easily interpreted as jingoistic idiocy as anything else. Anytime someone in Hamilton’s position unnecessarily says something that makes it easier for racists and xenophobes to go about being racists and xenophobes, it’s perfectly fair game for comment, at least if only to point out that Cuba might not be the worst place. That’s all. Words matter. Especially when so many people are listening.

      • alexb

        eh…he’s still a good announcer though. To me he’s the voice of the Indians like Donovan is the voice of the Browns.

    • bupalos

      I pretty much agree and disagree with both of you. Frowns ought to consider that when someone is emotionally invested in something and has to talk-shout 50,000 words about that thing every night, simple random variation makes some of it come out wrong, and that deserves some personal slack.

      You ought to consider that it did indeed come out wrong and implied Cuba and/or Cubans are backward, and there’s no reason to defend that in itself– even if there is probably reason to defend Hammy himself. I’m kind surprised he didn’t follow up with some kind of disclaimer. I guarantee you that would sound horrible to a Cuban– imagine if the same thing happened say in the Japanese league with a euro-inflected pitcher from Cleveland, and the announcer suggested it was a product of growing up in round-eyed Ohio.

  • Kevin Wagner

    i agree he shouldn’t have said it. but i think there’s a difference between being caught up in the moment and saying a ball back up the middle would be justified… and saying i would like to see this guy murdered… not the first time a homer announcer said something he didn’t mean…

  • bellebobblehead

    Hey,
    Love this site but it has recently gotten pretty self-righteous and heavy. I know T.Hamilton personally and let me state you will never, and I mean it, never meet a nicer guy. I have had many interactions with him and he was nothing but a consummate gentleman. While Cuba deserves credit for what has been pointed out in the article, I don’t believe it is very relevant. I mean half this article is in praise of Cuba and half on Hamilton losing it. This site is losing it’s classiness and quality. Can’t wait to hear an article in praise of Jim Brown’s suspicion of the white man.

    • bupalos

      I have a basic gut level feeling that you’re right about Hammy. But what’s wrong with suspicion of the white man?

  • http://www.redright88.com/ Tom_RedRight88

    I’d be interested to hear from someone who was forced to leave Cuba because they or their family was having their civil rights abused by Castro’s government.

    According to Human Rights Watch:Cuba remains the only country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of political dissent. The government of Raúl Castro continues to enforce political conformity using short-term detentions, beatings, public acts of repudiation, travel restrictions, and forced exile. Although the Cuban government released dozens of political prisoners on the condition that they leave the country, the government continues to sentence dissidents in closed, summary trials. The government has also relied increasingly upon arbitrary arrests and short-term detentions to restrict the basic rights of its critics, including the right to assemble and move freely.

    Here’s the link: http://www.hrw.org/americas/cuba

    Sounds like quite the idyllic place.

  • rgrunds

    Actually, interesting comments FrOrange. Shows the ambiguity of moral content and the trap of morality. Nothing is completely right or wrong. The problem with Cuba is its authoritarian regime. The courts are still controlled by the legislature which is controlled by the executive. Judges are appointed if they are party members and they still have criminal offenses like “insulting the dignity of socialism”. They also have no habeas corpus. Dissidents are quietly tortured and/or expelled from professional lives.

    They have done good things for their people, though. Especially if you consider the corruption, exploitation and decadence of the pre-Castro administrations.

    • bupalos

      Feel like you just insulted the dignity of socialism.

      • rgrunds

        Los Bupos, you are so right. Please don’t arrest me and have my testicles crushed between two tables. O.K?

        • bupalos

          I can’t promise that

  • Mencken

    I never considered that Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale were commie pitchers.

  • bupalos

    Assuming PML will be by to talk about suspicion of the white man referenced below, found this interesting nugget today:

    http://blogs.hbr.org/schrage/2013/05/autisms-competitive-advantage.html

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1kbBmlAvdI PML

      I saw that – very, very cool. I’m glad there are companies out there that realize that utilizing people who are detail-oriented and focused for projects that aren’t customer facing can be a very productive and profitable business practice. Also, I dream that my guys will someday be in a position to have a career like this.

      Also, the author’s arguments are pretty weak. They aren’t disabled, just different. Typical white person, amirite?

      My oldest guy had his first date at a playground with a girl with Asperger’s from his old school this weekend. He had never mentioned another classmate in the 5 years we’ve had him in special needs programs until his teacher mentioned that two girls looked out for him in their class and he finally said one of their names after we asked him about one hundred times who his girlfriend was. We wrote a note to her parents and she let us know her daughter kept writing about him because she made him laugh and she missed him. Anyways, the date went about as expected. He didn’t say anything and ran around until we played some Disney songs on an iPad and he stopped and belted out all of them to her at the top of his lungs, which she found hilarious. They are going to Legoland on their next date. A regular Casanova.

      • http://www.redright88.com/ Tom_RedRight88

        Your son is the kind of “playa” I spend all my time warning my daughter about!

        Sounds like they had a good time, good for them and good for you.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1kbBmlAvdI PML

          It was great. And yes, be very afraid – he loves the ladies.

      • CleveLandThatILove

        She’s a goner – the PML charm gene has been passed down to the next generation.

        • http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/ Cleveland Frowns

          For cripes sake, cool it.

          • CleveLandThatILove

            Oh, poo. Why is my line so much shorter than everybody else’s?

          • rgrunds

            WHO taught you that word?

            Young lady, you have some explaining to do….

          • CleveLandThatILove

            Medical term, always keeping it professional with this crowd.

          • CleveLandThatILove

            Your Disqus reply went into my junk mail for some reason, very telling.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1kbBmlAvdI PML
          • CleveLandThatILove

            See what I mean, ladies?

  • Dawgday

    There was nothing offensive about what was said. I am thru walking on eggshells in fear of offending people whom LOVE to be offended.

    • bupalos

      Must just be awful to be you. I’m glad you’ve decided to liberate yourself from the horrible oppression under which you’ve been living these many years. I mean, if it’s OK for black people to use the N-word, why can’t you? Just because you’re WHITE? THAT’S THE REAL RACISM!!!!!

      • Dawgday

        Nobody said anything remotely derogatory. Your example of the non-existant “N-word” is a figment of your hyper sensitive imagination.

        • bupalos

          Hey, maybe that kind of thinking flies in Ashtabula (or whatever backwater sewer you’re from (no offense)), but it doesn’t fly here.

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