Forgive opposing hitters at Werner Park if they let Storm Chasers pitchers control the outside of the plate. There’s an 8-foot-tall statue at the Sarpy County stadium of a dominating pitcher who gave real-life hitters the shakes, Bob Gibson. His 1968 season remains the standard by which power pitchers are judged; in 34 starts, he finished 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA and nearly 270 strikeouts. Few pitchers in history did more to intimidate batters and compete. And none is more deserving than Gibson of representing a baseball town at one of its baseball gems. The timing of the statue’s unveiling, as Hollywood honors Jackie Robinson in film, could not be better. Gibson, too, showed kids of all backgrounds that the national pastime has a place for them. Play ball.
An Egyptian comedian, Bassem Youssef, is under investigation by prosecutors over statements he made on his popular television program. Among other things, he’s accused of insulting President Mohamed Morsi. The U.S. State Department called the arrest of Youssef and other activists “evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on freedom of expression.” Free expression is a pillar of democratic societies, something Egypt’s political leaders need to learn. A sense of humor doesn’t hurt, either.