Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Oh, whatever... I can't think of a title *giggle*
- I think our new Italian boy likes it in Boston. Find out why he's better at first than a Dead Sea Lamprey. 'Cause Sam, as you know, is always more amusing than I am anyway. (once again, terrible job by Reb for not successfully concealing her reaction to Tony's very first Monster shot evah. I just don't understand why Jere is always behind me on the video feeds. I think it's ok, though, because he couldn't possibly know that that was coming... at the time he told me that from my reaction, he knew it was either a single or a strikeout.)
- I'm very observant, but at the same time I'm not always paying attention. So I think it was the 2nd or 3rd time through the lineup when I said "Is Cora playing 3B or SS? Ought to be SS; Edgah's due for a rest. If he's playing 3B, that's a bad sign." Sure enough, 3B. Are you ok, Billy? If there's anything I can do for you, just say the word. Then I hear mention of KY being called back up. Now what the hell do they have Cora out there for, if Slick is here and available? I think he made it pretty clear on Sunday that he's not the best third baseman in the world...
- I seem to remember reading in several places that Kapler would not be too helpful from an offensive perspective. (you people are so lucky I am too lazy to find these posts.) I heard that Gabe had some trouble "finding his bat" or something in Japan, but apparently he's not having trouble here (maybe they don't have batboys over there?) So far he's hitting .364, slugging .545, with an on base percentage of .391. OK, maybe 22 at bats is kindof a small sample, but at least he doesn't need time to get into the groove. (boy you've got to prove your love to me...) (yay! more useless parenthetical remarks!) Apparently it's a large enough sample to DFA (dunk for apples? discard fucking assholes? oh, designate for assignment!) Jose Cruz, Jr. whose stint with the Boston Red Sox maxxed out at 4 game appearances, 3 hits in 12 at bats, and 1 walk. If you recall, we acquired Jose Cruz, Jr. as a last minute substitute for Larry Bigbie b/c that trade was nixxed by the ever-so-popular Larry Lucchino. Even though Lucchino's an ignorant dickwad, I guess we can be glad not to lose a promising prospect like Kelly Shoppach for an extra outfielder that we don't even really need.
- I just love that JeremI kid. It's so nice to not be completely flipping out mentally when our starter gets pulled early.
- Curt must be thrilled to see Foulkie back on the mound. Baby steps, yes, but we hope to see Keith back to his old self soon. For more on why Keith is da-bomb, see Beth. After all, she is our blogosphere expert on this subject, and please be prepared to bow down to her by this time next month.
- Pavano is missing his "rehab" start for a two-day examination of his shoulder tendonitus. Why do I get the feeling he's done for the season? I can't believe how much I wanted this guy during the off-season. Thank you, Mrs. Pavano, for buying that arachnid hat. And thank you, Carl, for being such a wussy momma's boy.
- The shriveled unit is missing his next start due to "back spasms". Age catching up to you, you scary-bizarre genetic freak?
- Congess is considering intervening with the 'roid testing system. (Is this a pay-only article? if so, I apologize.) Now I realize that congess is not exactly above taking bribes, but let's hope they're not quite as under-the-thumb of king georgie as MLB is...
- I missed it, but jere told me that in the YES pregame last night, the notes on Mussina included "needs to go eight innings". Now Mussina is one of the few yank players that I really respect, and I truly hope he one day gets the opportunity to buy back his soul. In the meantime, despite relishing the situation, I do kindof feel sorry for him that being the only competant pitcher in the yank rotation, his arm is liable to take some abuse. Mike fell short of that eight inning goal last night. In six innings, he reached a pitch count of 122. While I am pissed at the white sox (who are supposed to be so "dominating") for not pulling that game out with their many opportunities, they were victims last night of the great-yank-ump-payoff, and at least they got to the bullpen, which will be beneficial in the long run.
- I have been pathetically neglecting my sports obsession in this area. At this time last year I was painstakingly aware (at least, as much as the public is able to be, with Bill's tight-lipped virtual stranglehold on information) of the tight competition for roster spots. (You will need to scroll down about two-thirds of the article to admire my haiku triptych.) At the moment, however, due to my added blogger reponsibilities, I have become all wrapped up in the sox, and have not yet recovered my groove for the gridlines. I have no idea what is going on, save a few obvious points regarding my favorite players.
- Ty Law was my favorite player for many, many years. I still think he's amazing, but I'm shockingly ambivilant to his contract with the Jets. I think they're paying too much, so go ahead and take up that cap room, Ty! Also, they're paying the same for fewer years as the contract offered to him by the Patriots awhile ago, which he considered an enormous insult. Oh how quickly the tides turn.
- Tedy Bruschi has been placed on the PUP list. This means the Patriots are paying his full salary this year, perhaps in hopes that he will change his mind sometime by or after week six, when he will be eligible to return.
- I saw Matt Light on one of my rare moments-to-view NESN. Did someone give that boy a haircut? He looks good this year, sans mullet, and ready to take over the leadership reins of the OL.
- I love how they keep bringing in new veterans to back up Brady, as if their sole purpose is to have their brains picked for different QB perspective & experience. Doug is just the guy to be here this year, and it sure is nice to have him back in town. I can't wait to see a replay of his infamous flea-flicker Hail Mary play at BC about a million times this year. Honestly, I never get tired of seeing that play.
Usually when bloggers "change location" we mean from blogger to typepad, or livejounal to blogger, etc. No, this time we've got a different kind of move going on. I'm about to swap "distance to Fenway" ratios with two bloggers I love to read:
- It's come to my attention that we have less than two weeks left to bust on Andrew for being "Canadian". Don't miss your chance, kids! Once Andrew finishes his thesis or whatever, aside from a family gathering he's attending this weekend, he'll be "saying goodbye" to Toronto, and if I know Canadians, I expect this will involve some heavy drinking. Which means we can expect at least several drunken posts. Can you type out the slurs for us, Andrew? Please?
- Sarah is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. I, for one, am really excited for her. I know how hard it must be to see her beloved restaurant close, but Boston now holds the key to seeing her grow as a fine chef. I'm not one of those people who usually say that everything happens for a reason, but I think this is going to turn out to be a good thing. Besides, now she'll get to go to Fenway. I wish I was in a position to help her out, but I doubt there's much I can do from Connecticut. So be good to her, you Bostonites.
- Also, not moving YET... but another blogger plotting her move. I ought to have pointed this out days ago. I did not think there was anything quality to say about Saturday's game, but Amy found a way.
An extra special treat
- Maybe you already know that I neglect my other blog almost completely... I doubt anyone ever checks it. But today I posted a pic you might what to see.
2. Will you be putting a picture of you and the trophy above it or beneath it? I think it should go on top, personally.
3. This is sooooo incidental, but Kim (AKA me) just had avacado sushi. For the first time. Crazy!
4. Did I title this comment? Ah, screw it. I can't think of one.
5. I once predicted that Kevin Millar will lead the league in getting hit by pitches this year. What's the stat for that?
6. Parenthetical enough? Yes? No? Maybe?
I'm also very happy to see the Graff working his way into the hearts of boston fans... I've been a fan of his eve since it was rumored he was going to sign with Boston before '04. Hopefuly he gets the majority of playing time at 2B for the rest of the season.
1. Any idea how much those stubhub ads net? I could really use some extra cash.
2. I had two pics taken of me with the trophy... one by some woman with a digital camera, the point being that she could e-mail it to me so I could post it promptly. Well, at least I thought she was very nice to do me the favor. The other, by the disposable camera that I had to purchase for my buddy, who was numb enough to show up without a camera, who promised to give it to me as soon as he got it developed. Sure, I know, I didn't have a camera either. This is b/c I'm completely oblivious and didn't even find out about the trophy event until I was already at work. So I'll be sure to post it in a prominant location when I get it next year or whenever.
3. What the hell is avacado sushi? Isn't avacado usually served raw? I really enjoy how it's included in a variety of sushi rolls, but it drives me beserk when cali rolls which DO NOT include any raw fish are referred to as "sushi". You?
4. I've notice that jere is getting quite the response to his post. (perhaps not the kind he wanted)
5. Maybe you should ask Plunk Biggio how he ranks compared to Millar. He's good at coming up with useless stats, since he's got little else to do.
6. I think parenthetical means in parentheses. (Am I wrong?)
yeah, I can see that you're really trying to finish that paper... it's too bad your fingers keep getting possessed by the spirit of useless statistics, typing incorrect figurings for things like the chances of winning a chevy cobalt, cared about only by those who are registered to win. (oh! I bet you did that for Jere, didn't you?) At this rate you may be able to move back in time for opening day?
But seriously, pul-eeze don't hold back on those drunken posts! We have the rare chance to see your wild side. Perhaps you'll post pics as well? (I'm pushing it now, eh?)
5. The stat is HBP. Millar's been hit by 7 pitches so far this year, and he's tied for 35th place. The 2005 leader is Shea Hillenbrand, who so richly deserves it, with 20.
(numbers from the espn stats, here)
Here's the top 40:
RK PLAYER TEAM HBP
1 Shea Hillenbrand Tor 20
2 Carlos Delgado Fla 15
Jason Giambi NYY 15
4 Craig Biggio Hou 14
Jose Guillen Was 14
Geoff Jenkins Mil 14
7 Brady Clark Mil 13
Aaron Rowand CWS 13
Lew Ford Min 13
Reed Johnson Tor 13
RK PLAYER TEAM HBP
11 Jason Kendall Oak 12
Jason LaRue Cin 12
13 Angel Berroa KC 11
14 Mike Lieberthal Phi 10
Andruw Jones Atl 10
Nick Johnson Was 10
David Eckstein StL 10
Rickie Weeks Mil 10
19 Alex Rodriguez NYY 9
Matt Lawton ChC 9
RK PLAYER TEAM HBP
Placido Polanco Det 9
Jerry Hairston Jr. ChC 9
Nick Green TB 9
24 Larry Walker StL 8
Derek Jeter NYY 8
Jermaine Dye CWS 8
Dmitri Young Det 8
Aaron Boone Cle 8
A.J. Pierzynski CWS 8
Adam Everett Hou 8
RK PLAYER TEAM HBP
Albert Pujols StL 8
Travis Hafner Cle 8
David DeJesus KC 8
Ryan Doumit Pit 8
35 Carlos Baerga Was 7
Jeff Kent LAD 7
Shannon Stewart Min 7
Craig Counsell Ari 7
Frank Catalanotto Tor 7
Kevin Millar Bos 7
Why do I not see Gary Sheffield anywhere on this list? I would think he'd be a guy that pitchers are dying to hit. Or maybe they're afraid to, since he's a thug?
Took me a minute, but now I'm thoroughly freaked out by that photo. Thanks, Rebecca!
I'm so dead.
But I guess you're just never going to understand that. And maybe if you read number seven before number eight, you'd understand the parentheses thing. Do you all really think I'm sitting heref fuming because people are using parentheses? It was a joke. Read 7, then Read 8. Much like the National Grammar Rodeo isn't about the grammar anymore, it wasn't about the parentheses.
About your "personal struggles." I didn't say I don't like to read about people's peronal issues. I love it. I do it on my own blog every day. I was saying that it's not necessary to tell us that you know we don't care about it.
And I love stats and pore over them daily. Again, this was a joke. It's weird having people now throw stats at me because they think I don't like them. I was born in a brier patch, byitch!
All right, I'm done explaining jokes. Also, who's this "Kim" you addressed?
huh? Asante? As in, the man who well help us forget all about ty this year? Or maybe you mean Infante? I don't think you want to know what I've said about him in the past. No? Well maybe you ought to have picked "blogging on sports from a far-away place" as your Masters thesis; you would have no trouble writing that, eh?
seriously, I doubt I would be capable of writing a Masters Thesis, since I have yet to get through three full semesters of undergraduate work. But I have faith that you will complete your master-piece master-fully and in ample time to master the art of taking three shots at a time, forcing your canadian buddies to bow down and call you "master".
and don't forget to post a pic of that, eh?
oh, I thought you did those typos on purpose.
yo, I know you were just kidding. I was just kidding about you not liking all the attention, as I know you love the attention, so please stop being so damn defensive!
what are you trying to say about my sense of humor, anyway?
Who is Kim... LOL
personal issues... what I said was to note that I'm not apologizing for writing about them. and the parenthetical... you know how much I love doing that, more than anyone else does, I'm sure.
it seems I'm getting I'm getting lots and lots of comments today... but don't worry, I'm sure I won't reach triple digits.
Kim- Brackethetical... Hahahahaha!
Sam- leave it to me, right?
Peter* join the club.
Twitch, this number is WAY to low. Someone needs to send a memo to Conteras ASAP. Although he ought to know that Shef's an asshole anyway.
And let me tell you, that description does not do the fun and excitement justice.