Thursday, March 31, 2011

They keep the stains out of baseball (LA CNN)

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Major League Baseball season begins Thursday and Opening Day will be full of sights, sounds, smells ... and stains.
Fans love to watch the cat-and-mouse game between the pitcher and hitter or the wonderful defense dance of a 6-4-3 double play.
Still others watch the players get dirty with ground-in dirt and grass stains and wonder, "How do they get those uniforms looking so brand new for the next day?"
To answer this tough question, I went to the people who would know best: "clubbies."
A clubbie is the nickname for the guys who work in the clubhouses. They're in charge of things like making sure the players' gear is ready to use and that the uniforms look good for the next game.
"The process used to be just spraying some kind of a detergent right directly onto the fabric itself and scrubbing the heck out of it and causing it to look like some kind of a fur or something," said Mitch Poole, clubhouse manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers. "It was very labor intensive, too."
I asked Poole whose uniform they dreaded most? Who is the dirtiest guy on the team?
"We don't like to talk about it, but his initials are James Loney," laughed Poole. "He's hard to figure out."
"We have to put that tape that police put around dead bodies around his laundry," he joked.
I searched out first baseman Loney and found him on the way to the batting cage for a little pregame batting practice. I felt a little bit like a stoolie when I told him what Poole said about him: that he's the dirtiest guy on the team.
"Probably," Loney said proudly. "I gotta get dirty, you know, playing defense over there, getting on the bases. There are guys who give false hustle and they got false dirt," he said.
He explained that false hustle and false dirt happen when a player who is stretching gets a little dirt on his uniform and then acts like he got that stain from a hustle play. "But I'm legit," Loney said.
Clubhouse Manager Mitch Poole says uniforms used to be scrubbed until the fabric resembled fur.
Clubhouse Manager Mitch Poole says uniforms used to be scrubbed until the fabric resembled fur.
So how do you get a uniform like James Loney's clean?
First, it's a matter of understanding baseball-specific stains. They are called nature stains: grass, ground-in dirt, blood and sweat.
Grass stains are probably the toughest. Grass contains a green dye called chlorophyll. So, in fact, the stain from grass is actually a chlorophyll stain. If you combine that with ground-in dirt or red clay, which is used a lot in infields, you have one nasty stain.
The detergents and soaps that break up the surface tension of the water are called surfactants. They allow the detergent to quickly penetrate the cloth. Then the agitation of the machine helps to emulsify, or surround, the dirt so it won't go back into the clothes. Much of this depends on the electrical charges in the water and the detergent.
But if the stains don't come completely out, you have to resort to using Poole's ancient pretreat, brush and flush method.
"We did it that way for, shoot, 24 years at least," Poole said.
Then, during a road trip to Phoenix about four years ago, Poole was talking with the clubhouse manager from the Arizona Diamondbacks and discovered the team used a new product, "Slide Out."
It's an industrial stain remover specifically made for Major League Baseball by Perry Best and his partner, chemist Mark Simmons. The two men were in the cleaning business and heard how clubs used all different types of pretreatments and other products to get the uniforms clean. So they formed their own company, Brody Chemical, and set out to develop a better cleaning product.
Poole said what they came up with, Slide Out, is to him a miracle product.
"It's a two-part process" Poole said. "Slide Out one -- a real dark purplish-brown liquid that goes on and it permeates into your fabric. And when you do it you think you're crazy because there is no way this is going to come out because I just made a big mess," he said.
"Then there's Slide Out No. 2, which is a clear liquid that when it goes right onto the fabric and the chemical it turns it pretty much white. It takes everything out. It takes all the dirt, all the soil, all the metals that are in there and just pulls it right out."
Best would not say what the secret ingredient might be, if there is one, but he did say the product would be available for consumers soon. So, mom and dad can look forward to having their kids' uniforms looking major-league clean every game.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Able to Walk and Speak, Husband Mark Kelly Says

Resource: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Able to Walk and Speak, Husband Mark Kelly Says

Two and a half months after suffering a gunshot wound to the head in Tucson, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is beginning to walk and talk, her husband Mark Kelly said today.
VIDEO: Spokesman says the recovering Arizona congresswoman is speaking.
VIDEO: Mark Kelly Will Go into Space
VIDEO: Plans for the astronaut to command NASA's last shuttle mission are in question.
Kelly, an astronaut scheduled to command the next space shuttle mission in April, shared the good news with reporters at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston today, a short drive from the rehab center where Giffords is being treated for her brain injury.
Kelly shared details of Giffords' progress. He said the congresswoman receives daily briefings from her staff.
"She is improving every day, and in the realm of brain injuries, that is very significant and pretty rare," Kelly said.
Watch "World News with Diane Sawyer" for the latest on Giffords' condition tonight on ABC.
The astronaut also said his wife is also beginning to learn about the horrific shooting in Tucson on Jan. 8 that nearly took her life and killed six people, including a member of her congressional staff. Besides Giffords, a dozen others were injured in the attack, which happened while Giffords was meeting with constituents outside of a Safeway grocery store.
While Giffords apparently did not remember the attack, Kelly said that she is now beginning to cope with the tragedy.
"Despite that, she remains in a very good mood," he said.

Giffords Plans to Attend April Shuttle Launch

The mission commander spoke to the press with members of his crew, who are set to fly space shuttle Endeavor's final mission next month. Pending "final approval" from her doctors, Giffords plans to watch the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Kelly said, adding that there's a "pretty good chance" it will happen.
Kelly visits his wife every morning at TIRR Memorial-Hermann rehab hospital before heading to NASA for training, and he returns to the hospital every evening when he's done. At the press conference today, every member of the STS-134 crew was wearing a blue bracelet in honor of Giffords.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Free will doesn't exist. (MY MOM WONT LET ME GO TO DA MOVIES!!!!!)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Been thinking lately..

Should I get a ps3 or xbox 360?

Tea Party euphoria confronted reality Sunday, with Delaware Senate primary winner Christine O'Donnell backing out of scheduled talk show appearances amid talk of possible civil war among Republicans over the conservative movement.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski accused the Tea Party Express of infusing money and lies into her Republican primary to swing it against her.
Now waging a write-in campaign to retain her seat, against the wishes of mainstream Republicans, Murkowski told CNN that fellow party members were inciting inner-GOP conflict.
Read more on the link!