Saturday, September 26, 2009

Game 154: Well, at least nobody got hurt

Today at Yankee Stadium, Dice K pitched ok, but CC Sabathia pitched even better, giving the Yankees a 3-0 win.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Quite a group of birthdays today...

Mark Hamill, the late Christopher Reeve, Will Smith, and this man...

I love this movie. Don't agree with the character, but love this film and will stop and watch it, no matter what part it's on, until the end.

Game 153: One Disaster Special, Side of Misery, Coming Up!

In New York, the Red Sox fell softly before the guns of the New York Baseball Yankees, 9-5. What's worse, Big Jon Lester left the game after the Melkman lined a ball off of his knee in the fourth. In the 8th, the Yankees kicked a puppy wearing a Red Sox cap, and in the ninth, they peed all over my Cheerios.

Bah, humbug.

Dear Starchild

My wife and I laughed ourselves weak over this. It's silly, I know, but we love it.
TV writer and comic Pat Francis (@Pat_Francis) as Kiss' Paul Stanley:

Why so silent, good monsieur?

I have been unusually reticent the last few days, no doubt to the relief of literally tens of people. I have been sick with what I like to call the Mongolian Death Flu-headaches, nasal congestion, fatigue, all that jazz. Unfortunately, I appear to have survived it, at least, survived it well enough, so you will have to put up with me that much longer.

During my convalescence, I managed to watch "Observe and Report", which was awful, "Valkyrie", which was pretty good, and "Tyson", which was outstanding. I also watched ABC's "Flash Forward" last night, which was outstanding.

Game 152: Well, at least that's over.

What is it about Royals Stadium, anyway?

Last night, the Red Sox finally heard the lamentations of the Royals' women, blasting their way to a 10-3 win. Cowboy Clay was very sharp, while New Guy RR took some lumps, actually tightening the game to 6-3 and loading the bases before getting out of the jam.

Thankfully, a 4 run ninth helped put the game back out of reach and put away the pesky Royales for another year.

Boston now proceeds into New Jack City for the final three episodes of Athens vs. Sparta. Neither team has very much to play for, but somehow I don't think that's going to matter much.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

L'Affaire ACORN

Here is an interesting take on l'affaire ACORN. Perhaps we should defund every company who misuses government money.

One of the true greats

It's F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday.

A few words from the great man:

"The wind had blown off, leaving a loud, bright night, with wings beating in the trees and a persistent organ sound as the full bellows of the earth blew the frogs full of life. The silhouette of a moving cat wavered across the moonlight, and turning my head to watch it, I saw that I was not alone-fifty feet away a figure had emerged from the shadow of my neighbor's mansion and was standing with his hands in his pockets regarding the silver pepper of the stars."

(The Great Gatsby)

Game 151: Getting It Done

Until the playoff spot is locked up, winning is all that matters-and win the Red Sox did, 9-2 last night in the Heartland of America. Josh Beckett was subjected to a 12 hit pounding, but wound up only allowing the 2 runs while the Large Father induced a souvenir and knocked in 4 teammates to help seal the win. Boston has one more game with the Royales, then travels to the Boogie Down for the final three episodes of Athens vs. Sparta. After that, it's home for the Jays and the Napoleons, and then it's time for only one October baseball-the playoffs.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I'm not the sort of person who does this, but...

Game 150: Mowed Down By The Lawnmower Man

Last night, Kansas City's Zach Grienke, the Lawnmower Man, took the 5 runs Paul Byrd gave the Royals in the first inning and ran with it, shutting down Boston for a 5-1 loss.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Game 149: Are You For Real?

A six inning rally in the third off of old friend Lenny DiNardo would seem to be enough to push a playoff-bound baseball team past the Royales with Cheese, right? Well, you would be wrong, apparently, as last night, in a game that took longer than many novels, Kansas City beat Boston, 12-9. Tim Wakefield was roughed up a bit, pitching 5 innings, but left leading 8-5. The law firm of Delcarmen and Bard finished the shellacking in the sixth, allowing 6 more runs in the sixth, and that, as they say, was that.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Clarence Darrow on childrearing

"The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children."
- Clarence S. Darrow

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Game 148: The Loneliness of the Five Inning Pitcher

Daisuke Matsuzaka went back to his old ways, throwing 110 pitches in 5 innings, while his mates climbed all over rookie Jason Berken, chasing him with 6 early runs on the way to a 9-3 win.

Jason Bay cracked another homer, his 35th, and V Mart extended his hitting streak to 19 games.