After a few false starts, I’m going to be finally taking a breather and heading up to Atlanta tomorrow with some friends. We’re going to catch the bloodied and bruised Braves (who just can’t catch a break) as they host the Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves found Chuck James to make the start against Jeff Suppan. (No, I will not live-tweet the game. :)) It’ll be my first trip to The Ted, so I’m really excited about that. Our seats are reasonably decent and I’m anticipating several fly balls in my direction. I think I’m going to buy a new Atlanta cap while I’m there; likely one of the super-comfortable 39-30 models used in spring training and batting practice. We’re also slated to head to Six Flags. It’s been, what, 10 years since I went to an amusement park? Crazy. Should be fun, though I have issues with rollercoasters that I’m not going to get into right now. I’m hoping to run into some friends who will also be in Atlanta along the way.
The trip’s going to be a good way to ring in August after a really wild July. I’m probably crazy to say this, but I’m ready to get summer over with so I can attack this last semester with as much as I can give.
I’m on the fence about Serious Business on Sunday. I’ll probably be back early in the day (provided we don’t lollygag in Atlanta, which is always possible and easy to do), but who knows after six hours of driving whether I’ll be in any shape to do Serious Business. That will probably be a game-time decision, so stay tuned. :)
Here’s the rundown of what made Monday…well, Monday.
A-Rod pulled off the ultimate double play Sunday night — he thought himself above receiving an award from Hank Aaron, for God’s sake, and then his agent went on, during the middle of World Series Game 4, and announced he was leaving the Yankees. Ridiculous, classless, and just putrid. I would say it was clearly all about the money for him, but something tells me he won’t get the kind of money he wants but in a few select places outside of New York, and I’m willing to bet Boston is not going to be one of those places. A-Rod may be a great player, but I’ve lost a lot of respect for him.
Frank Wren’s first trade as GM of the Braves was a smart one: Edgar Renteria to the Tigers for starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens (try typing THAT three times fast!) and a minor leaguer. The Braves may miss Renteria’s bat in the short term, but Yunel Escobar is more than capable of getting things going for the Braves, and is a stellar defensive player to boot; the fact that they got a starting pitcher and were able to unload salary really sweetens the deal.
One more baseball thing, and I’m leaving it alone: I like the choice of Joe Girardi for the Yankees. He’s a proven manager that got improbable results from a team that should have, on paper, lost 100 games. I just hope the Steinbrenners back off him and let him run the team — Joe Girardi’s style is not to be a yes man. He’s a baseball man, with great baseball sense. (And if Joba Chamberlain is starting next year instead of setting up for Mariano Rivera, we’ll know who has the true control in the Bronx.)
Damn shame what happened in North Carolina. It bothers the heck out of me to see seven people lose their lives, period.
According to last.fm, I listened to Journey 138 times last week. Slowly, but surely, I am becoming Steve Perry.
My Facebook requests are just out of control. Exhibit A:
No, I’m not sure when I’ll get to culling through those. Because I’m sure by the time I do, I’ll have some request to install another spammy app. I think Facebook needs to find a way to clamp down a bit.
Less than a month to Thanksgiving break. I can hardly contain my excitement…I need it.
If there was any doubt that it’s fall, I’m sure your doubt was put to rest this morning when you went outside to upper 40s temperatures and a stiff northeast wind dipping windchills into the 30s. On a side note, I’d love to have filmed a bunch of the people who, as usual, did not wear anything remotely close to appropriate for the weather, and superimpose an old Weather Channel logo over their suffering with the “You Need Us, The Weather Channel, For Everything You Do” theme from 1986 playing in the background. I would laugh for hours. I’m not sure about you, but I sure would.
The New York Mets have officially ended the Atlanta Braves’ NL East division title streak at 14. Of course, we pretty much knew and accepted this reality at the midpoint of the season, when the Mets were just simply running away with the division and the Braves’ bullpen was blowing game after game.
Still, I must tip my cap to the Braves — fourteen straight division titles is impressive. Chipper Jones said in the article that it would take many years before the magnitude of this streak is realized — I tend to agree with him.
The Padres snapped their losing streak and made Jason Hirsh’s major league debut with the Astros memorable — for all the wrong reasons. Jake Peavy got only his second win since May 28, which is good — the Padres find themselves in a dogfight with the Dodgers down the stretch and need all the pitching they can muster from their rotation.
The Philip Rivers Era got off to a pretty much perfect start for the Chargers. Very, very encouraging news. It is early, but we’ll take whatever good news we can in that regard.
The Panthers now remember what it’s like to have more than one receiver. The reserves are a bit shaky, though — they’ll work hard on that. The Panther offense will be so, so dangerous with Keyshawn Johnson, a healthy Keary Colbert and Drew Carter in the #3 and #4 slots, and Steve Smith. DeAngelo Williams showed some flashes of brilliance and some nerves as well, but I’m confident he’ll be a great #2 to DeShaun Foster, who looked fantastic last night as well. Yes, it’s only preseason, but things are looking up in Carolina.
Heck, the only bad news is that the Braves lost (again) and the Dodgers won (again).