Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, earns $2.25 million per month, every month. That is $13,400.00/hour for an average month of 168 hours. Alfonso Soriano, left fielder for the Chicago Cubs, earns $100,000.00 for each game or an average of $33,333.00/hour for the average three-hour game. I can’t play big-league baseball, but I’ll bet that I could perform Dimon’s duties as well as he does for 30 days. I would be happy to replace him for 30 days, draw his $2.25 million salary and then resign.
In 1950 when I was 9 years old and before we owned a television set, we visited an aunt who owned an early, 12.5 inch black and white set while my relatives were watching a baseball game. I was asked which team I supported and I did not recognize the name of either team. I decided to root for the losing team which happened to be the Chicago Cubs. I have been a Cubs supporter ever since, and over 63 years, I have seen the Cubs snatch defeat from the jaws of victory countless times. The Cubs may lose more games than they win, but they play exciting baseball.
The baseball season is about to begin and I will root once again that the Cubs make it to the World Series. I have been a Cub fan since 1950 and my fantasy is that they win the championship before I die.
Thinking of fantasies, my thoughts turned to what a GOP baseball team would be like if they played baseball instead of politics. The team name would of course be the Elephants and the owner the US Chamber of Commerce and the manager would be Grover Norquist. They would play in a new stadium each year financed 100% by the taxpayers. The stadium was formerly named BP Field, but BP sold the naming rights to Exxon Mobil to raise a quick $20 billion to fund the “slush” fund required by President Obama after the Gulf oil spill. The Elephants now play at home in Exxon Mobil Field.
Now let’s select our players. On the mound is our star pitcher, John “Teardrops” Boehner, famed for his tear ball. Like a spit ball, but wetted by tears rather than spit. Behind the plate and calling the balls and strikes (the Elephants play without umpires) is Eric Cantor. He wears the catcher’s usual protective gear plus rubber gloves, a raincoat and hat and goggles when he is catching John’s tear ball. On third base and keeping the official score wearing an accountant’s green eyeshade is Paul Ryan.
The rest of the infield is composed of the Elephants’ famed double play combination. Not yet as famous as Tinkers to Evers to Chance, they are Ignorance at shortstop, Apathy on second and Inertia on first base. These three are who keep the GOP Elephants in close games. Additionally, if the Elephants fall behind in the score, Paul just stops counting the runs the other side scores.
The Elephants have an unusual and especially weak outfield defensively. In far right field hugging the foul line is Michele Bachmann. Playing center and most of right field is Willard “Moss” Romney. Known as Mitt Romney off the diamond for his golden glove and golden bank account, he was given the nickname “Moss”, short for a rolling stone gathers no moss, for his constant movement in the outfield, changing positions at the drop of a hat or a change in the wind direction. The Elephants also field a second center fielder because no one will play left field. That leaves a huge gap that other teams can exploit. The Elephants are the only team in baseball with no left hand batters or pitchers.
The Elephants plan to use the 2011 season to prepare for the important 2012 season. I am particularly looking forward to the 2012 series scheduled to end on the first Tuesday of November, 2012. If the Elephants survive the next two years, we will believe that miracles do happen, even in fantasy baseball.
On the mound is their ace left-hander, Barack “No Drama” Obama. Behind the plate is their catcher, Joe Biden. On third is their main numbers man, Tim Geithner. The heart of the Donkeys’s defense is their double play combination of the 3 Cs, Bill Clinton as shortstop, Hillary Clinton on second base and Jimmy Carter on first.
In the outfield, there is Dennis Kucinich in left, Bernie sanders in center and Al Gore in right who bats fourth in the clean up position. The Donkeys wear an all green uniform and are nicknamed the Green Team. Their manager is Howard Dean. Their farm system includes two teams, the Washington Senators and the Baltimore Ballots. The Donkeys, unlike the Elephants, are known as a team of much internal dissension.
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