Another morning is here. My almost 2 yr old has decided that it’s a good idea to get up every morning between 5:30a and 6:00a. I know that sounds like I’m complaining about a lot, but when you don’t have to be up till around 7, it kind of ticks you off. Dude needs to understand that when it’s dark in the room and dark outside, he needs to be sleeping. Oh well, on to the discussion points.

STRIKE ONE – The Theo Epstein smoke as been everywhere and since we know that where there is smoke there is almost always fire, this Epstein thing must be a possibility. I posted a question on Twitter the other day and was a little surprised at the results. Yesterday, Jeremiah had a piece that talked about who Ricketts should hire at the GM spot based on what he was looking for. Epstein came in as a “new school success story [with] name recognition” People everywhere around Cubs nation want him and want him bad. My discussion question for you today is this: Make the case why Theo would be the wrong guy for the job. Why would it be better to hire someone else?

STRIKE TWO – The Yankees are now one game away from being eliminated from the playoffs despite having the highest payroll in baseball and the second best record in the game. I would argue that this is bad for baseball to have both the Red Sox and the Yankees out early because of the fact that they bring so many viewers to the games. Baseball needs October to shine to continue to attract new fans. Let’s face it, they’re not in it for the long, arduous regular season. They tolerate that to be able to get to October. Make the case that I’m wrong and that it would be good for the Yankees to be out.

STRIKE THREE  - In case you missed it and were wondering why there was no Hank Williams Jr. song on Monday Night Football yesterday, here is the basics on the story, courtesy of CNN.

For the first time in years, “Monday Night Football” viewers did not hear Hank Williams Jr.’s intro “Are You Ready for Some Football?” after ESPN pulled the song from the broadcast following remarks Williams made about President Barack Obama.

In an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” Monday morning, Williams referred to a June golf game with Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on the same team, against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, as “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”

Asked what he didn’t like about it, Williams said, “Come on. That’d be like (Adolf) Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu. Not hardly.”

In a statement Monday, ESPN said that while Williams “is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to “Monday Night Football.” We are extremely disappointed with his comments and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

CNN – 10/04/2011

I don’t know where to go with this other than to say watch the video and discuss as you will.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail