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Mets Yoenis Cespedes Playing Golf Was Bad Optics - RealGM Wiretap
Sandy Alderson called it "bad optics" that Yoenis Cespedes played a round of golf hours before landing on the disabled list with a lingering right quadriceps injury.

The New York Mets general manager added that he has come to a "mutual agreement" with Cespedes' representatives that the outfielder will refrain from golfing Authentic Jaquiski Tartt Jersey , at least for the time period when it could be viewed negatively by the public.

"I've had conversations with his people, but not directly with Yoenis," Alderson said. "But that message will get to him, at least circuitously, and probably directly.

"... I think everybody is taking it seriously. I think Yoenis takes it seriously. But Yoenis has his own personal life that sometimes is larger than life. We've seen that from the beginning of spring training."

New York Red Bulls Fire Mike Petke Hire Jesse Marsch - RealGM Wiretap

New York Red Bulls have fired manager Mike Petke after two seasons in charge in a surprising move.

Jesse Marsch has been named his replacement.

Petke guided the Red Bulls to the Supporters' Shield in his first season and took the club to the Eastern Conference final a year ago, but those exploits and a career record of 30-19-19 did not prevent new sporting director Ali Curtis from dismissing Petke on Tuesday morning.

"On behalf of the New York Red Bulls, I want to thank Mike for his service to the club these past two seasons as head coach Authentic Arik Armstead Jersey ," Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis said in a brief statement. "Mike will always be an important member of the Red Bull family."

Marsch is former U.S. national team assistant who managed Montreal in 2012.

锘? Like baseball, basketball is one of Americas favorite pastimes. The evening the Houston Rockets won the NBA Championship in 1995, the streets of Houston were packed with throngs of people and seemed to be a common thread amongst everyone no matter their race, color or creed. that commonality was sports. It didnt matter if they werent really basketball fans; they were fans of being winners and that night, we were all winners.

There is something going on in Iraq right now that reminds me of that nostalgic moment: Operation Soccer Ball. Apparently the Iraqi people, particularly the Iraqi children, are passionate about soccer. Actually Authentic Eli Harold Jersey , its football to them, but we call it soccer. You could equate their passion for the game of soccer to our love of football or baseball. Any street, field, farm, or dusty ground off the side of the road is a veritable soccer field in Iraq. From reports of soldiers overseas, Iraqis are all passionately chasing some form or fashion of a soccer ball. If they dont have a soccer ball, theyll use anything as a substitute even a rock and play with it like they were playing for the World Championship.

Iraqis need soccer balls Phil Dawson Jersey , and whoever started Operation Soccer Ball, in my opinion, is brilliant. It was started as a way to convey the goodwill of America and American soldiers by giving Iraqi children soccer balls that they so desperately desire.

The love of sports, in this case being soccer, is starting to become an instrument of peace and is forming a common bond between the US and the Middle East. Its transcending cultural differences and language barriers and its also mitigating the aggravated feelings of some Iraqis that would rather not see US presence in their land.

I found out about Operation Soccer Ball from a local radio station in Tampa Bay WQYK. They contacted my company, PostcardMania, to print posters promoting Operation Soccer Ball in an effort to raise money for the cause and enable soccer balls be sent to soldiers in three different locations in Iraq. The purpose of the mission was to solidify relationships with the future leaders of Iraq by giving soccer balls out to the Iraqi children.

The program actually started in Tampa by a woman named Gina McDowell whose son Jeremy Kerley Jersey , PFC McDowell, is serving in the Army Reserves presently stationed in Al Hillah, Iraq. He is part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team attached to the United States State Department. Gina came up with the idea of collecting soccer balls when her son told her the impact they had on Iraqi children. She then contacted WQYK to help spread the word and aid in the collection.

Operation Soccer Ball was run through the local VFW. (There may be other programs like this around the country.) And PostcardMania printed the posters pro-bono. We do lots of pro-bono work for charities and recently started doing more for the military. We were contacted this past summer to help USO Georgia by printing 18,000 postcards for a large deployment of American troops so theyd have postcards to write home to their families on one last time before boarding their plane on their journey to the Iraq and Afghanistan.

Well, I got a letter the other day that Operation Soccer Ball was a big success over $8000 was raised for the project and all the monies went directly to the cause which enabled WQYK to collect over 3500 soccer balls and enough money to ship them (it costs close to $2 to ship each ball!). One interesting note.

Its the pleasure in life, or even the contemplation of pleasure Gerald Hodges Jersey , that enriches our lives. For some it could be a trip to the Bahamas. For others, it could be a stroll down memory lane with an old friendor the love of a good game of basketball. But for the Iraqis, its the game of soccer. And a lot of good people are creating a safer haven in the worn-torn Middle East with just a few .

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