Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Today, I wish I could borrow from Marshawn Lynch and go with I am here so I won’t get fined. I write a blog because I enjoy writing…usually. Maybe it is because the weather here has been lousy or maybe my biorhythms are out of whack…but I am just not feeling it today.
Last weekend, Carl Spackler and I took a quick trip to Ranger Texas to check watch a double header against Western Texas College. As a dad trying to catch some of the season’s games…you never know what you are going to get. Good fortune smiled on this trip as Blake had a really good game. A single, double and a bases loaded walk in the first game was his most productive day so far in this young season. But, the play that had Carl and I talking on the way home was the play on the swinging bunt that Blake somehow managed to throw out the runner. The guy running was a middle infielder and the ball was at least 20 feet from the plate toward 3rd base. It looked like an infield hit to everyone but Blake. The ball was still in his hand when the runner was two strides from 1B. The pea rod Blake threw just nipped the runner at first…damn. The next hitter drove a hard ground ball up the middle and the second baseman make an equally impressive play to get a glove on the ball and then threw out that runner, from his knees.. The final score was a 5 to 0 win for Ranger. It was a terrific game, with both teams flashing the leather. There is nothing like good baseball! After the game we hopped in the car and made a quick hour run up the interstate to visit Baker’s Ribs in Weatherford Texas. The BBQ was great, but I have to admit that the fried apple pie was the big winner for me.
Blake and Carl Spackler visiting after the game. That is an ice bag on Blake's right shoulder. People forget how much catchers throw.
Did you happen to see the comments by Gregg Zaun this week? He recalled stories of bullying by Cal Ripken during Zaun’s rookie season. He said it was a good thing as it made him a better player. As I was reading along, I was thinking how strange to hear of this behavior as Ripken has always been portrayed as a good teammate and a good guy. Apparently, Ripken was none too happy with the comments and has vigorously denied the stories. Brady Anderson spoke up to defend the Iron Man, saying…he did not agree with hazing and that it simply did not happen as Zaun remembered it. This is a very strange story…hard to imagine that Zaun would have misremembered so differently. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but I think you have to give Ripken the benefit of the doubt. Here is Zaun's link and Ripken's rebuttal:
You have probably heard that the Red Sox won the Yoan Moncada lottery with a record signing bonus of $31.5 million signing bonus. Drew Smyly took to twitter to wonder why foreign players were not held to the same money limit that amateur US players are. While I am sure that Sox fans are happy to have the talented Moncada, Smyly’s comments had me asking the same question. Apparently, Rob Manfred shares the same feelings. With more Cuban players on the horizon, we could soon see compensation rules change for foreign players. Quite honestly…I think that this is a good thing. While I did not agree with Manfred’s thoughts with regard to changing the “pace of play” in MLB, I am happy to see that he is paying attention. The other Manfred comment I found encouraging is that he is open to shortening the MLB season to 154 games. Truthfully, this is a very good idea and I hope this idea gains some traction. This probably won’t happen soon…but at least it is being discussed.
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and actor Sean Penn in 2003 at a premiere for "21 Grams."
Did you watch the Academy Awards? I watched about 4 minutes…I turned it on just in time to see Sean Penn make his joke about “who gave this SOB a green card”. Was it funny? Yeah, I guess so. Was it offensive to me? No. Predictably, the liberals have gone wild with criticism of Penn. I am not really a Sean Penn fan, but this is much to do about nothing. I am growing so weary of people being so damn sensitive. If the SOB Penn was talking about thought the joke was “hilarious”…everyone else should just shut up. I guess the only comforting thing is seeing the liberals turning on one of their own. What happened to being able to make a humorous comment without being labeled a racist? Penn and González Iñárritu are friends...shouldn't this make a difference?
In case you missed it...here is the link:
That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number.
If you really want to impress people with your computer literacy, add the words “dot com” to the end of everything you say, dot com.
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