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Orlando Cabrera shrugs off start at third (ballplayer loves Rand)
Cleveland Plain-Dealer ^ | 6/22/11 | Paul Hoynes

Posted on 07/05/2011 7:02:11 AM PDT by raccoonradio

Clubhouse confidential: The Tribe's Orlando Cabrera prepared for his second-ever start at third base Wednesday night by reading "Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand.

"This is my bible," Cabrera said. "It's over 1,000 pages long."

Cabrera's copy of Rand's 1957 novel is worn. The spine of the book is taped over to help hold it together. Cabrera said he reads it every year.

"The book is about objectivism. It's about many things," Cabrera said. "It's about how to be successful in life. It's about how to live life now while you're still alive."

The novel tells the story of a strike by the great minds in the United States against the government.

(Excerpt) Read more at cleveland.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; orlandocabrera
If the book falls apart he could always get the audiobook version.

Prod. of the film Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will start in Sept., I hear, and a DVD released on Part 1 will prob take place around then, too.

1 posted on 07/05/2011 7:02:19 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

He could get a new copy of it, paperback, for about 8 bucks


2 posted on 07/05/2011 7:04:19 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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check out some comments

—Many athletes swear by “Atlas Shrugged” as motivation and inspiration. They show good taste. :)

—ayn rand is evrything that is wrong with this country

—Which part is wrong? That people have the right to benefit from their work? That ability should be rewarded instead of punished? That what you know is more important than who you know?

—No disrespect to Mr. Cabrera, ‘cause I think he is the catalyst for this team this year, but Ayn Rand’s philosophy is antithetical to the idea of ‘team’. And I agree with Mack43 about what that means for our Country. Me, myself and I do not win championships, and more importantly, do not make a strong society.

—Baseball is a collection of me, myself and I. When Cabrera is in the batter’s box, HE’s the only one with a bat in his hand. When there’s a hard ground ball to him, HE’s the one who must field it. No matter who you put around him, HE must still do his job. Nobody else can help him, no matter how altruistic, no matter how politically-connected, no matter how willing they are to get their way by force or changing of rules to the expediency of the moment.

He only gets his chance while he remains better at his job than other options. When that is no longer the case, he’s out of a job. Meritocracy in action.

—I feel just the opposite. I think Ms. Rand is everything that is right about this country.

(Note from me: I can’t remember if it was A.S. or the Fountainhead but wasn’t there a character or two named after a ballplayer? A “Mr Stengel” or “Mr Gehrig”?


3 posted on 07/05/2011 7:07:08 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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He could get a new copy of it, paperback, for about 8 bucks

I guess you've never really been in relationship with a book.

This is my book. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My book is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

4 posted on 07/05/2011 7:12:04 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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"This is my bible," Cabrera said. "It's over 1,000 pages long."

Well, now.

You can find my Bible HERE, Mr. Cabrera. Check it out.

5 posted on 07/05/2011 7:15:48 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Go Tribe go!


6 posted on 07/05/2011 7:35:09 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: raccoonradio

I dont subscribe to all of Ayn Rand’s philosophical points but her point isnt “greed”. Its self preservation. If you are merely altruistic for the sake of altruism, then you aren’t preserving yourself in the future. Hence, won’t be an effective element to society if you are as broke as the next person through altruism.

Now, bunting to move a runner over isn’t altruism at all in how it relates to Rand’s theories. It helps one’s self in the end via that vehicle to further the chance of winning the ballgame.

Having a pitcher swing away with a man on first and no count is actually against Rand’s philosophy as it doesn’t help the pitcher nor his team in any way.

If you are a all-star catcher stand in front of the plate to get mowed over in a 12-3 ballgame and get injured “for the team” it is needless sacrifice and benefits nobody in the end.

In baseball, Rand’s theories go hand in hand. Meritocracy and the team wins if you are personally vested in your own success first and foremost.

I always liked Cabrera. With the Reds, when he was injured, he did batboy duties. Truely good guy from what I understand.


7 posted on 07/05/2011 7:38:44 AM PDT by smith288 (Peace at all costs gives you tyranny free of charge)
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If I’m not mistaken, I believe that Orlando is the only, or one of few Columbians to play MLB. Columbia is a soccer playing nation, while Venezuela is a baseball one. It goes back to who built the railroads in the 19th century. The US in Venezuela and the UK in Columbia.


8 posted on 07/05/2011 8:02:27 AM PDT by gusty
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9 posted on 07/05/2011 8:03:41 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: gusty

Yes, there are 3 Colombians in MLB and 43 Venezuelans.


10 posted on 07/05/2011 8:11:21 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: VA_Gentleman

Cabrera played SS/utility infielder for the Red Sox for a couple of seasons. He was always a cheerful and workmanlike player, really a pleasure to watch play.


11 posted on 07/05/2011 8:22:15 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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