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Quick Hits for April ’13, Pt. 1

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Folks, you know me and my “quick hits” blogs, right?

As I’m still way, way, way under the weather, I may end up writing even more of them than usual this month, thus the appellation “part 1” . . . at any rate, let’s get to it.

First off, what is with my Milwaukee Brewers baseball team?  Pitcher Kyle Lohse has gone out there and pitched two solid games thus far — the only pitcher who’s done so to date — and has an 0-1 record to show for it due to the Brewers lack of contact hitting.  (Or any other hitting, either, to be exact.)

Tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals is a case in point.  The Brewers, down 2-0, had two men on (Nori Aoki and Jean Segura) in the top of the ninth with only one out and Ryan Braun at the plate.  While Braun battled, he ended up striking out against Cardinals’ closer Mitchell Boggs.

But Braun has been having neck spasms, and while he’s still hitting decently for contact, he’s not at his peak.  So in this case, even though he struck out in the clutch rather than advance the runners (or better yet, get a hit already), I’ll let it slide.

However, nothing excuses Brewers manager Ron Roenicke for sending Rickie Weeks to the plate after Braun.  I understand that Roenicke really didn’t have much in the way of cleanup hitter possibilities tonight when he made out his line-up.  I also understand that Weeks, when he’s on, is a power hitter and thus, by definition, could conceivably be a cleanup hitter one of these years.

But right now, Weeks looks awful.  Batting a dreadful .222 with one HR and one RBI, Weeks waved feebly at a few low and away fastballs — always his nemesis — and struck out on four pitches.

Game over.

Really, Roenicke should’ve sent up anyone else.  Even one of the other pitchers, if that’s the best he could do (though as far as I am aware, both Lalli and Maldonado were on the bench and available to pinch hit).  Because under the circumstances, Weeks was going to do exactly what he did — strike out — and everyone in the ballpark knew it . . . except perhaps for Roenicke.

That being said, Roenicke has had bad back spasms lately, which is a sign of great stress.  I feel for him in that respect, because I, too, have had bad back spasms and they’re no fun at all.

I’m sure Roenicke is doing his best with what little he has to work with.  I just wish he’d have a few more healthy players, that’s all . . . and while I’m not happy with some of his managerial decisions (letting Weeks stay up there to hit among them), I don’t think it’s time to fire him just yet.

Now on to something much, much different.

I’m absolutely disgusted with the reports that domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette has been attacked online via Twitter and Facebook postings due to her testimony in the high-profile Jodi Arias murder trial.  Arias is alleged to have murdered Travis Alexander (that Arias killed Alexander is not in doubt, as there’s been a confession and no one disputes it; the only thing disputed is motive), and Ms. LaViolette, as a domestic violence expert, has been asked to explain what she thinks of the written and recorded behavior of victim Travis Alexander.

Alexander, you see, was into some really kinky things.  He liked phone sex (though oddly enough, the phone sex I’ve heard discussed on HLN seems rather dispassionate except for the dirty words), he liked to humiliate Arias (though Arias didn’t see to have much of a problem with it in the one phone sex recording that has been played recently — since Ms. LaViolette came onboard, and since I started paying attention to what is going on there), he could say mean and vicious things to Arias (as seen in his text messages and IMs to Arias when Alexander was in a bad mood), and in many ways Alexander seems to have had not only a bad temper, but an abusive one.

And Ms. LaViolette said so.

But because she’s been a bit of an awkward witness — it seems like she wasn’t really expecting District Attorney Juan Martinez’s “bulldog” style (Martinez may be the meanest DA in America today considering how he’s treated several defense witnesses, not just Ms. LaViolette) — people have attacked her online.

And also because there’s definitely an “us-vs.-them” mentality going on here — people mostly do not like Arias (I, myself, do not like what I’ve seen), and thus they want to put Alexander on a pedestal even though he was obviously not a choirboy (if you’ve heard or read anything he wrote or said to Arias in a bad mood, you know he’s most definitely a sinner) — these people have attacked Ms. LaViolette because they cannot get at Arias.

And the attacks have been vicious according to several online reports (take a look here, here and here).

Put simply, there is no place for this in a civilized society.  ZeroBecause going after a witness online due to her giving her expert opinion in court — whether you like her opinion or not, whether it’s well-stated or not, whether you think she’s biased, or not — is plain, flat wrong.

So that’s it for the first “Quick Hits” column of April.  What did you think?  (Drop me a comment, if you so desire.  But be polite.  Life’s too short for anything less.)

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  1. I find your defense of Alyce LaViolette incredible. That woman is nothing but a liar and a fraud. She lied to the jury, mis-represented her CV to the court and took a vicious attitude toward the prosecution in the Jodi Arias case. The reason why Ms. LaViolette was so disliked was because she was dishonest in her answers and would refuse to answer a direct question when asked, instead opting to dance around the question and even lying on occasion. Her constant glancing at the defense table proved to me she knew she was in over her head and completely lost. Who gives 44 hours of interviews yet fails to write a report listing her findings? I could go on and on but I observed the whole trial. I did not need any media reassurance about this evil woman, in fact I did not watch any media about this event, only the trial itself. An overwhelming number of people who observed this trial feels the same way I do. If this is what an expert witness is, then there is no justice in this system. This woman is completely biased and prejudiced in her opinions. Moreover, I think she is a total disgrace to her profession, whatever that profession is called.

    Paulee

    February 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    • I cannot take a position on the merits of expert witness testimony, Paulee. I have never seen a trial like the Jodi Arias trial before and I hope I never see another one.

      All I know is, it’s one thing to hate someone on the witness stand — we all have our likes and dislikes. I was not expecting the level of vitriol toward Ms. LaViolette; I don’t know if she was the best choice for this trial, mind you, and I do think she was way out of her depth. But there was a lot of stuff going on at the time where people just wanted to hate anyone who attempted to defend Jodi Arias in any way, including her court-appointed lawyers (who were doing a job they didn’t want to even *do*; Kirk Nurmi has tried over and over again to get taken off the case and the judge just refused to let him go).

      Looking back, though I didn’t mention it in this blog, what really bothered me the most were the people going to Amazon and downrating Ms. LaViolette’s book, sight-unseen, because they disliked her testimony so much (and her so much).

      I think you should first read a book before you dislike it (as a book reviewer, you’d expect me to say this, right?).

      And as I said before, I did feel sorry for Alyce LaViolette, because I really don’t think she knew what she was getting into. At all.

      Barb Caffrey

      February 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm


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