FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day May 14 through 17, 2017

Friends of FOD

I’m a bit late getting this edition out.  Stuff happens!

Thanks Derek Jeter

A five-time World Series champion, Derek Jeter is regarded as a central figure of the Yankees’ success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, base running, fielding, and leadership. He is the Yankees’ all-time career leader in hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at bats (11,195).  His accolades include 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter became the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career sixth all-time in career hits and the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop.  He was Captain of the New York Yankees for ten years; longer than any other captain in the team’s history.  Whether you like the Yankees or not, the players, coaching staffs, owners, and of course baseball fans recognize him as an incredibly talented player who cherished the game, respected the game and excelled at the highest possible level.  It was always about the team and the team winning.  When the important moment in a game came, more often than not, the game came to him and he excelled in those moments.  His dream from childhood was to play shortstop for the Yankees.  He lived his dream.  On May 14th his number 2 was retired and a plaque will be placed in Monument Park honoring his contributions to the Yankees.  Two quotes delivered a four-minute speech that was completely unrehearsed:  “I was asked recently if I could trade places with one person, who would it be,” Jeter said in his address. “There isn’t a person or player I would trade places with that’s playing now or ever. And the reason why I say that is because I got a chance to play for a first-class organization and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports.”  “You know, you play here in New York for 20 years,” he said. “I learned that time flies, memories fade, but family is forever—and I’ll be eternally grateful to be a part of the Yankees family, so I can’t thank you guys enough. Thank you very much.”  I am fortunate I had the time and the ability to view the ceremony in person.  Been there, done that, got the tee shirt!  It was a class act on the part of the Yankees and recognized a player in a class all his own.




Thanks Captain.


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FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day May 6th through 8th, 2017

Yankees Win

If you tuned into the Sunday Night Baseball game between the New York Yankees and the World Champion Chicago Cubs you witnessed a good one.  The Yanks blew a three run lead in the bottom of the ninth and the game was tied at 4 – 4.  No one scored another run until New York scored a run in the top of the 18th inning.  They held on to take the game 5 – 4, and swept the Cubs at home.  The game had 48 combined strike outs, the most strikeouts in any game in major league history!  It was the longest game ever played in both time and innings for Sunday Night Baseball and the longest game in inter-league play.



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FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day April 26 through 28, 2017

Friends of FOD

It’s been reported some of you are not receiving the notification message announcing there is FOD to pick up.  If that’s the case, try deleting your history and your cookies.  I’m told if you receive recurring messages on a company computer in particular, it deletes my message or sends it to junk mail.  You may find in there as well.


China Launches New Aircraft Carrier

As mentioned in the last edition of FOD, China was ready and has now launched their first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier on Wednesday, April 26th   The launch came three days after the 68th anniversary of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at a shipyard in the port of Dalian, in the northeastern Liaoning province.  It’s conventionally powered with steam catapults and a 12° ski jump take-off ramp and four arresting gear wires.  The Type 001A carrier has not yet been named.  Maybe there’s a mail-in contest for the name, like the Pandas. Their next carrier, the Type 002, is expected to launch in 2021.  Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., USN, the Commander, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), who testified before Congress on April 27th, believes China intends to challenge free access to the South China Sea. “In my opinion China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea,” Harris told the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2016. “You’d have to believe in a flat earth to believe otherwise.”  “China is creating a great wall of sand, with dredges and bulldozers, over the course of months,” Harris told the audience at a conference in Australia. “When one looks at China’s pattern of provocative actions towards smaller claimant states — the lack of clarity on its sweeping nine-dash line claim that is inconsistent with international law and the deep asymmetry between China’s capabilities and those of its smaller neighbors — well, it’s no surprise that the scope and pace of building man-made islands raise serious questions about Chinese intentions.” ADM Harris is a 1978 graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Harris is the U.S. Navy’s current “Old Goat” – the longest-serving Naval Academy graduate on active duty. He is also the Navy’s current “Gray Owl” – the Naval Flight Officer on active duty who has held this designation the longest period. Harris took command of USPACOM on May 27, 2015.  “We are obliged to defend South Korea by a treaty,” Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command, told lawmakers just today April 27, 2017. “They have a very strong and capable military, as we do. But if we’re going to defend them or if we’re going to fight with them on the peninsula then we have to be able to integrate with their military, we have to be able to work with their military, we have to understand their military and vice versa.” China believes the exercises destabilize the situation with North Korea and that if the U.S. curtailed them the Kim Jong-Un regime might agree to deescalate. But Harris said the exercises should continue so the U.S. can fulfill its treaty obligations.

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FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day March 31 through April 3, 2017

A Lot to cover in this post

Congrats to Friend of FOD Pat on retiring

The reach of FOD is increasing, as demonstrated by a Friend of FOD Kevin running into another a Friend of FOD Pat, drinking wine in Anacortes, WA a couple days ago.  FOD is doing its part to reduce that six degrees of separation concept.  Maybe we can bring back that discussion of “e” from the 07 and 08 Feb edition of FOD,  … or not?  Congrats Pat on your retirement from Boeing and for all you did to keep sanity in Flight Test.  It was always great flying with you.  Semper Fi, my Brother.

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