ayrdaomei: ([Office] Separated at Birth)
( Dec. 21st, 2006 04:23 pm)
+ The title of the last Harry Potter book is just so very...what? I can't stop laughing. (thanks to [Bad username or site: tinkelo / @ livejournal.com] for the heads up).

+ God, this column tickles all my Zito buttons: Zito's slip is showing. The New York media, doing their part to make sure Barry knows he's not as eminently shaggable as he thinks he is.

December 20, 2006 -- There is doubt steeped all over Barry Zito's situation. Primarily, it is doubt about whether he would take less money in New York or more money in Texas.

But there also is doubt about the pitcher himself: Whether he's already slipping, whether he's worth a six-year contract and whether the Mets would be making the right move in signing him.

As Met officials huddled with Zito and agent Scott Boras yesterday in greater Los Angeles, baseball sources were finishing a portrait of Zito, a 2002 Cy Young Award winner, as anything but a sure thing.

"I don't know if he cuts it in New York," one insider who knows Zito flatly told The Post.

lololololz. Oh, Mychael Urban. Please keep feeding quotes to the NY rags.

.... "I think he's slipped," one major-league scout told The Post. "The last two times I've seen him the last couple years, he wasn't on at all. He struggled getting his breaking ball over for strikes, and when he does that, he's in trouble. He can't get by on a power arm."

The scout allowed that Zito might not be slipping, per se, but at the very least he's getting by with less exertion, getting by because he knows how to pitch. And that could be the cumulative effect of his workload.

Ah. Fun times. Since Barry doesn't read the papers, hopefully Danny called him up and read the choice bits into his voice mail. Thanks [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com], I so needed that.

+ I came home to 4 holiday cards, though I didn't respond to a single "give me your addy if you want a card" post I've seen to date. My f-list is kinda awesome ^_^
It's Thursday! A day which will hopefully bring more Jim/Karen into my life, because I like watching all the Jim/Pam shippers turn that color they turn when Jim smiles at SOMEONE NOT PAM ZOMG. Heh. More seriously, I'm really tired of Jim/Pam shippers calling Karen a slut and a whore because she - gasp! - wears lipstick and apparently combs her hair. Damn, people. I enjoy Jim/Pam, too, but let's bring it down a notch.

Beneath the cut are a couple of 2005 games I uploaded for someone; I'm sure you'd never guess who. Each video file was split into two parts to make uploading easier. To view, download both parts of the game you want to the same folder, click on one of the parts, and unzip it. The .rar unzipping process will handle the rest and rejoin the video file.

Mark Mulder outpitches Roger Clemens, but also gets hit by a broken bat and that's funny; Carpenter strikes out 12 and Grudzie hits for the cycle )

+ other baseball natterings )

Also, you probably won't believe me, and there's little reason you should, but I need to take a mini-break and prolly won't be posting in the next week or so. Just an FYI for those who care to have notice of such things.

eta: But first!

If [the Cards] can win [in New York], you just have to tip your hat to them. This is a crazy place. We sense it's going to be tough for them when we've got the crowd on our side. In St. Louis, it was nothing. We felt like we could deal with it. The crowd never got into Game 5. They were a little loud, but nothing too distracting. Playing there was nothing.

Oh, Cliff. You kill me.
ayrdaomei: ([MLB] A's in 06!)
( Oct. 4th, 2006 06:37 am)
So I get the sense that the people who are head over heels for Studio 60 are mostly people who didn't do Sorkin shows before. And those who have been around and done the Sports Night/TWW dance with Aaron are more generally like **shrug** "It's alright" about it. Yes? No?

I'm glad for the playoffs putting Fox shows on mini-hiatus since I'm already behind on Prison Break by four eps >.> Hopefully I can marathon over our Fall Break in a couple weeks.

On ze topic of playoffs: Game 1 between the A's and Twins was pretty awesome. Except for the part where I was like please don't bring in street please don't bring in street please don't bring in street and then they brought in Street. But all's well that ends well. Got to watch half of the Oakland game (and man, Oakland fans, I apologize on behalf of my entire coast. It's patently ridiculous that the A's got saddled with consecutive 1pm EST start times), and then "watched" the rest of it on Gamecast while in Employee Benefits. Seriously don't know where I'd be without wireless in our classrooms. (Well, I'd probably be in a place where I have a better GPA. But let's not dwell). Game 1 between the Yanks and Tigers? Not so awesome. Had the game on but I barely watched. Tonight's matchup is more my speed - Verlander v. Mussina. Should be fun times.

Zito's blogging like they just discovered the technology, which amuses me. Jokes aside, I thought it was pretty cool of him to get a post-game entry up so quickly (likewise Nate Robertson, wow). Clearly enjoys listening to himself talk, as it were, but he quotes For Love of the Game which is one of the most underrated baseball flicks ever (YES, DEREK. IT'S A BASEBALL MOVIE. SHUT UP) so, bonus points. Not enough to make up for certain things, but one step at a time. Also, two posts in a row without a single mention of Dan Haren. Aww. Sorry, D. Guess that mancrush only operates one way :(

And I really need to MOVE ON, but you know, I can't, because of stuff like:

[W]hen the ax finally fell on Marlins manager Joe Girardi, his players were disappointed, if not stunned, calling each other on their cellphones to commiserate. ...Girardi helped players with their personal problems, guiding them as a father - or at least a cool older brother.

"He was everything - a manager, a friend, a teacher," Johnson said.
- Marlins players feel they have lost a friend.

Yeah, I cannot express to you how irritated I am that the Marlins organization couldn't fucking WAIT to introduce Gonzalez. Like. I really want to not hate the guy just because he's replacing Joe, but they're not making it easy. Could they have been any more fucking insensitive about that shit? Would it have killed them to wait one day? To have so obviously had his replacement waiting in the wings, the decision made long ago...I just....So. Much. Hate.

eta: A's postgame conference.

I failed to mention the Cardinals in this post, so I'd like to acknowledge that the Cardinals - ugly/practically already eliminated stepchild that they supposedly are - also won Game 1. Gotta figure though that Game 1 was the game they were supposed to win - sorta like everyone was saying with Minnesota. But you gotta love how the Cards win one game and suddenly all the talking heads are taking back everything they said about St.Louis on Sunday.

Does anyone feel bad for the Mets? Even a little? I confess; if John Maine gets the emergency start I want him to do well, but that's pretty much the extent of it. Sucks to be them.
ayrdaomei: ([HP] Foolishness)
( Sep. 20th, 2006 11:53 pm)
[Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] texted me yesterday to inform me the Cardinals are tentatively set to play in Oakland June 15-June 17. My birthday's the 16th, and hers is the week before. Clearly, some kind of endorsement from above of this random ass let's go to Oakland next year idea of ours. Is it too much to ask that Danny and Harden both have starts during that series? Please try to be healthy for more than 3 weeks of the 2007 season, James Richard.

Interestingly enough, the A's are also slated to play an interleague series in New York against the Mets. So...yes. Haren v. Zito, anyone? (If Zito does sign with the Mets, and ends up facing the A's in interleague...that would own. Like I'd need any more of an excuse to finally catch a game at Shea? I love living 4 hours from everywhere. And [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com] could come with, if only to remind me again how much she simply cannot be bothered to give a shit about the A's. And to make fat jokes about David, while fangirling Jose.)

Of course, this presumes that I still have an interest in the A's next year. It is entirely possible I'll be, like, a Reds fan or something. I'm a whore random with my fandom like that.

The Marlins are in Philly this weekend. I should probably go see them again, it would be the last time, and hey, they will never be the 2006 Marlins again. Especially since Leanne is keen to see Lieberthal one last go before he hangs it up. But I suck and I can't find the energy :/ I kinda want to see Scotty but he's not pitching til Sunday when Leanne can't go and besides, I'll have to be back at school by then. Boo.
I was talking to [Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com] about writing, and writer's block...that is to say, she was telling me about her experience, and I was reminded of this terrific quote I read. I thought it nailed it perfectly, painted such a picture of what it's like to be stuck. Since I was typing it up for Alex anyway, I figured I would paste it here as well.

Joseph Conrad on the horror of writer's block )

I never said but I finished Children of Men fairly quickly. I can tell from the movie's trailer that many of the details of the book have been changed. I think that's smart - the book as written would make for a bit of a lame film. It looks like, with the exception of a few particulars, they've just taken their inspiration from the basic premise of the book and worked from there. As such, I'm glad I got to read the book and remain fairly unspoiled for the movie.

Other belated things: I was really, really happy 24 and The Office were recognized as best drama and best comedy! (At the Emmys. Weeks ago. Just go with it.) I was surprisingly miffed that Gregory Itzin did not win for his portrayal of President Logan. I didn't think I really cared, but I was disappointed when his name was not called. God, I hated that bastard. Well done, Greg.

I feel guilty. All this hullabaloo over Mulder's surgery and Liriano missing time reminds me that Marlins class clown Logan Kensing had Tommy John surgery on August 31 and I haven't said a word. Pyro's expected to miss much, if not all of the 2007 season, so I send positive thoughts for an untroubled recovery his way. Of course, I figure if he can survive setting his arm on fire and come back to pitch, TJ surgery won't keep him down.

Alex Rodriguez should send Carl Pavano a bottle of wine. Thanks for getting everyone off my ass, Ace.

No one in Florida knows who the Marlins are, lol. Not really a surprise, given that 6,000 people show up to a game on the regular. And they're right, most of them are not terribly memorable. There's something rather average joe about all of them, except for the fact that some of them are wicked tall. I imagine I would recognize half the roster in street clothes, but that might be wishful on my part.

Gateway says they "forgot" to do the hinge repair and I should send the old laptop back to them. Which I will, because I'm not using it now anyway. My dad knows a guy who might be able to fix the keyboard. And if it all works out, it would be good to have a back-up laptop around, just in cases. But knowing Gateway they're probably likely to take a hammer to the LCD display and send it back to me. I never learn.

One of two things needs to happen today - the Phillies need to LOSE or the Mets need to WIN. Because if neither of those things happens, the Mets keep their magic number at 1, and go home to play the Fish. I would prefer that the Fish in general, and Jake in particular, not have to watch the Mets celebrate. So. Someone get on that. And speaking of the series against the Mets, JJ's going to miss at least one start. I think I can effectively stop smoking the crack that had me hoping JJ was still in the running for the NL Cy. He's dropped from best ERA in the majors to fifth best, and now he's possibly done for the year. Oh, JJ. You're still the number one Mormon in my heart.

Harden's penciled in to start Thursday, which means Zito's last regular season home start will be Friday. (Which feels funny to say. I knew the end of the baseball season was near, but I didn't realize it was THAT near til I was looking at the schedule.) I was sad for Bri; so close, only to be thwarted in her effort to see Rich pitch. Condemned to live her life feeling like a shallow whore. ALAS. But I'm glad for the bump; a mid-day start with no television coverage hardly seemed an appropriate thanks for the memories should the A's collapse in spectacular fashion in the last week. (HEAVEN FORFEND. I'm just saying.) But I worry Z'll be all adrenaline, too pumped to perform well and end up getting rocked again, a la Opening Day. Ah well, hopefully it'll be a gem of a start, and if he doesn't pitch well, I'll cross my fingers for at least one home postseason start. [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] will be there Friday; funny how things work out. I'm freaking jellus she'll get to do the ZI-TO! chant. I have a thing about chants.

Last night, I was awake for HOURS and there was no Baseball Tonight. In fact, I'm fairly sure I watched a college football wrap up show, followed by...another college football wrap up show. Wtff? Unacceptable. Also, I'm pretty sure there doesn't need to be college football on ESPN and ESPN 2 at the same time. 20 minutes of highlights, that's all I'm asking for. Christ on a riverboat. There needs to be a baseball network, like there's that NFL network, and the golf network. Let's go, People with Money to Burn.
ayrdaomei: ([L Word] my on again off again Alice)
( Jul. 12th, 2006 07:02 am)
In the continuing theme of me being old as hell, I actually fell asleep during the 8th inning of the All Star Game. Or whenever it was they were trying to get everybody to vote David Wright for MVP by shoving his father down our throats. And then I woke up as the AL was welcoming Michael Young back into the dugout. Whoops. Better luck next year, Senior Circuit. It would also be great if the game actually started at 8, and FOX did their pregame crap at 7:30. Thanks.

Am I the only one who thinks Soriano could have come into a home a little harder earlier in the game? I know he's skinny as hell, but he practically tried to stroll in there. Are you guys trying to break a 9 year bad streak or aren't you?

Brad Penny striking out the side to open the game was cool and all, but it's not as cool as Moose striking out McGwire and Sosa on six fastballs, with runners on second and third, in the '99 All Star Game. For the record.

I dislike in-game ceremonies, and I'm not sure why Major League Baseball thinks they're so swell. I thought the ceremony itself was pretty short and sweet, but breaking up the flow of the game like that?

I used to get upset when guys were invited to the All Star Game and didn't get to play, but with the whole home field advantage on the line now, I understand guys being preserved in case the game goes extras or a situation arises where they'd be needed late. I believe the guys when they say that even if they don't play, being named and getting to be in that environment for 2 days is still pretty satisfying. I can't remember what year it was when Bordy was named to the All Star team and only got to pitch hit, in an at bat that wasn't even televised because Fox was late coming back from the commercial break. I was totally pissed off on his behalf, but he seemed genuinely just happy to have gotten a chance to go.

On the sunny side:
+ We finally get one of those human interest backstory pieces on Josh Johnson.
+ Office-UK stars to guest on Office-US. How awesome is that gonna be? Pretty freakin' awesome.
+ New York's Leading Men - another of those great stories on the left side of the Mets infield. [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com] linked me to this, and a couple other all star break pieces on the guys, but this is the best one.

On the not sure how I feel about this side:
+ TBS joins MLB TV lineup - TBS is gonna be cutting back on its national Braves coverage over the next few years (shock! horror!) and apparently will get some early postseason games, and a few Sunday Night Baseball games. I think FOX absolutely has to carry BOTH the NLCS and the ALCS; now that I've spent over a month with a woman who doesn't believe in it, it is inconceivable to me that people without cable should not get to see baseball's semi-finals. Especially when, if you ask me, the LCS in recent years have been tremendously more entertaining than the actual World Series.

The Oakland A's can feel free to announce their post-break rotation ANY minute now. I can only take off for one of next week's games, damn it. Also, I coulda sworn I saw something in the paper a couple of days ago about Chavvy maybe going on the DL? Maybe I should just hold out to see them in Kansas City :/

Deep breaths, you guys. It's the second half ^_~

eta: Manny may have torn cartilage in knee. Well, that's unfortunate.
ayrdaomei: ([MLB] The Next Generation)
( Jul. 11th, 2006 08:24 am)
[Poll #766713]

Bri, did you record the Derby? MLB.com doesn't have it archived, and Ang missed the shot of Dazed&Confused!Grady ^_~

Because, because: mlb.com's clippage of guys watching their teammates in the derby.

Uggla watches Cabrera. And there's Danny's brother! Aww. (asf) // (wmv)
Jose watches David. (wmv) // (asf)
Utley watches Ryan. (wmv) // (asf)

I liked it better last year, when they didn't have the cameras right in the guy's face, but still cute.

J'adore Dan Uggla. Reason 119. Reason 119a. DOOFUS. Reason 120: He bought a video camera for the All Star Game festivities, and then returned it because he heard Wilson Sporting Goods would give him a free one. "I'm still cheap, man," he said with a laugh. Man after my own heart.

23 first time All Stars on the NL and AL rosters. And they're just so adorable about the whole experience.

Richard Justice explains why Garner's in the right for not pulling an Ozzie. Random line that caught my eye though: If someone this smart can't get Brad Lidge fixed, then Brad Lidge probably can't be fixed. Oh, Richard Justice. That's not necessary! Oh, and Roy O on his frustrating first half.

Dear God, Barry Zito looks godawful in the AL jersey. Granted, I think most everyone looked hideous, because both the NL and AL jerseys are a special kind of ew, but Barry looked especially awful. Also, he needs a haircut. (And so begins the era of Barry Zito Can't Do Anything Right and I Already Hate Him.)

Greeny was just telling this story about being on an elevator with Phil Garner and Ozzie Guillen yesterday, and Ozzie was talking to him a million miles a minute in Spanish in one ear, and Phil Garner, with his slow drawl, was trying to introduce Greeny to his wife at the same time. Greeny's Phil Garner impression is hiiii-larious.
ayrdaomei: ([Disney] **whines** Prince John)
( Jul. 10th, 2006 03:09 pm)
Noooooooooooooo. Reyes won't play in the All Star Game. David Eckstein is going as his replacement.

"I'm disappointed," Reyes said before the Mets' 7-6 victory over Florida on Sunday. "I'm not going to play, but I'm still going." Aww.

Also, people who feel bad for Lidge when he sucks it up: if there's a reason besides your being an Astros fan, Bri would like to know.
ayrdaomei: ([MLB] things mean a lot)
( Jun. 28th, 2006 05:53 pm)
[Bad username or site: oakchick75 / @ livejournal.com] found it, I just ripped it:
+ Huston & Chavvy on BDSSP - 02/09/2006 (29mbs): (wmv) // (asf)

It's very sweet, I think, how Chavvy keeps clapping Huston on the shoulder as the BDSSP guys give him a hard time about everything under the sun. Obviously, I appreciated the little pelvic lift as he tried to pry his pick out of his pocket :P Next time, try the jeans a size bigger, duckie. Or, you know, DON'T. And, okay, the "oh, jesus" was kind of adorable.

And some other stuff that's been sitting around for awhile:
+ local tv with David Wright at his Foundation's golf event (8mbs): (wmv) // (asf)
+ Mulder talks about his parents, and his recent struggles - 6/17/06 (24mbs): (wmv) // (asf)

Listen to him talk about his struggles in past tense. And listen to him insist there's nothing physically wrong with him. **pets him**

Marlins' success comes with a belt. So the first line of this story mentioned Randy Messenger and a belt, and I was like wow, I SO DON'T WANT TO KNOW. But Leanne encouraged me to read it, so I did. I'm amused by the fact that Messenger calls Scott "Olie". My favorite part:

So why did it happen? Neither pitcher will say. But that could change.

"If we win the World Series, you have my word," Olsen says. "I will tell you what it was about."

**laughs** Clearly, Messenger punched him in the eye for being SUCH A TEASE.

If you've heard it, do you like the new Dashy cd? After one listen, so far only the title track and So Long, So Long (the duet with Adam Duritz) really clicked for me. It's got the same failing, to my ears, as the last cd - too much in the way of production on each track. I so prefer my Dashy stripped down, old school and unplugged-like.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] get it? get it? get it?)
( Jun. 25th, 2006 03:52 pm)
Belatedly, thanks to [Bad username or site: wickedgoddess_ / @ livejournal.com] for the birthday flower ^_^

It's always fun when I go through and clean up my communities. With the exception of the bpal comms and my music comms, I have this awful habit of joining communities and then forgetting all about them. Sitting down and looking at them is like revisiting the days of fandoms past and shit. I was a member of 56 communities at the start of the day; I cut it down to 26, and it should be down to 25 by tomorrow...

Yankee Stadium special for the Ugglas. All together now: awwwwww. It's too bad Dan's hurt.

As one might expect given the risible circumstances, Huston Street entered the Oakland clubhouse Saturday afternoon cursing several cobalt blue streaks, and all the richly profane abuse was aimed at himself. - Street isn't hearing boos -- yet

lol, richly profane? My kingdom to know what passes for richly profane coming from Huston Street's mouth.

Wild Pitches w/ David Wright: B.J., Justin, Cuddyer and I all work out together all winter. I guess we're Virginia's version of "Entourage." What a dork. I mean...what can you say, but what a dork XD

I've been thinking, and you know how so many players have been saying they're big fans of 24? I don't think it's just because the show is wicked awesome that everyone happens to be watching it - I think it's probably a function of the fact that Mondays are usually offdays so it's the rare day of the week when the guys are usually home and can regularly follow something on tv.

It occurs to me that I never announced several of the sports page feeds I created for CA and FL newspapers so as to keep up with the A's and the Fish. Here's the current list, for anyone who's interested:

[Bad username or site: insbayarea_oak / @ livejournal.com] -- A's headlines from insidebayarea.com
[Bad username or site: mercurynews_oak / @ livejournal.com] -- A's headlines from mercurynews.com
[Bad username or site: sfgate_oak / @ livejournal.com] -- A's headlines from the San Francisco Chronicle
[Bad username or site: contracosta_oak / @ livejournal.com] -- A's headlines from the Contra Costa Times
[Bad username or site: miamiherald_mlb / @ livejournal.com] - There's no way, unfortunately, to syndicate just the Marlins news from the Miami Herald site, so this is a feed of all their baseball related stories
[Bad username or site: palmbeachpt_fla / @ livejournal.com] - The Palm Beach Post's Marlins news
[Bad username or site: sunsentinel_fla / @ livejournal.com] - Marlins headlines from the Sun-Sentinel

The Marlins scored, finally. Moose was killing them earlier; had me scared but good. He's just recorded his 2,500 strikeout, and yeah, okay, there was a little bit of warm fuzziness. Watched a bit of the Cubs and Twins - like Pujols the other night, it's good to see D. Lee back!
ayrdaomei: ([Office-US]  story of my life actually)
( Jun. 22nd, 2006 06:02 pm)
Is it just me, or does it make anyone else uncomfortable when you're talking to someone on IM, or exchanging emails, and said person starts C&Ping you snippets of conversations they've had with someone else? I'm not talking funny-haha quotable stuff that was said. I've noticed it with a lot of people in the past 3 or 4 months that I've dallied back into spending time on IM services. So many of my friends seem to do this, without compunction, that I wonder if I'm off base in feeling that there's something wrong with such a practice. If I'm having a conversation with you, I kind of expect it to stay between me and you, at least insofar as exactly what I said. It doesn't bother me if a friend is having trouble with a mutual friend and she explains to me, in her words, a conversation they recently had or something. But when she just wants to C&P huge chunks of a conversation I was not privy to as it was happening...it kinda squicks me. And of course, then it makes me paranoid, because I start to wonder how many things I've said in IM conversations have gone out in emails or been C&P'd to someone else, completely sans the context in which I said those things. I guess it's silly to think there's anything like an expectation of privacy, but at the same time, I don't really feel like I should have to start every IM conversation with a disclaimer, all "alright, before I start talking to you, I'd just like to know that whatever comes up in this conversation isn't gonna get pasted into an email and forwarded to 3 or 4 people."

I dunno. Is this a gender thing? I was thinking the other day that I have more female friends now than I have ever had in my life, and I just don't remember talking so much about people/drama such that the issue would even come up when I was friends with more guys.

Oh, well. Moving on:

Gallery of some pics from yesterday's game here. Decided against the game tonight, gas money instead to be put towards some tickets in DC ^_~

And I was wrong, btw - EB (hahahaha!) didn't set a career high in strike-outs last night. He set a season-high, and matched his career high. Also, I heard this fairly interesting stat on ESPN Radio this morning: Bedard is the first pitcher since 1918 to, in consecutive starts, end an opposing team's winning streak of 8 games or more. He stopped the Marlins at 9 games, and the start before that, he ended the 8 game winning streak of the New York Mets.

Speaking of the Mets, how about that Jose Reyes? XD
ayrdaomei: ([Celeb] Rosie & Tracie)
( May. 30th, 2006 11:37 am)
+ Hey, it's totally [Bad username or site: angisageek / @ livejournal.com]'s birthday. I usually miss these things, but I will now take this opportunity to say that despite her propensity for using words that I don't understand, and her refusal to Snoopy dance in front of her webcam for me, she seems a decent person, and I rather like her. I hope you have a good day!

+ Snow Patrol (feat. Martha Wainwright) - Set The Fire To The Third Bar

+ Going to see Over The Hedge tomorrow, because when I am not being 12, I'm busy being 8.

+So check out Girardi with the not-so-veiled threats:
[T]he story was Olsen, who said he and Girardi had a talk a few days ago.

"He said, 'Don't let anyone come and take your job because they out-work you.' Me and him came to an agreement where I'm going to work as hard as I possibly can," Olsen said.
-- Olsen steals show in Marlins' victory.

**pets him** On the one hand, yay for Olsen pitching well, but I feel badly that Joe had to put the fear of God in him to get him there.

"I thought maybe if things went bad today I could have gone back to the minor leagues," Olsen said. "It was definitely a possibility, and I didn't want that to happen. I know that every time I go out there, my job is on the line. So every day it's a battle to go out there and keep my job." -- Marlins' offense backs Olsen Hmm. I worry a little about this mentality. I mean, yes, he should go out there and want to keep his team in it and work hard, but it's gotta eventually wear on a young pitcher to think he has to be as perfect as he can or risk losing his job.

[Bad username or site: cruzalicious / @ livejournal.com], I'm sorry to tell you Maddox was optioned to Triple A ;_;

+ Tough one for the A's yesterday, goodness. I didn't read any of the post-game stories, because they're all of the "zomg, Oakland lost to the 'lowly' Royals!1!?!!" variety, and I hate that shit. Tell me how the team lost, don't take shots at who they lost to. Not that I'm counting on Rich's smirk to turn things around in an instant, but Harden could be back in a week. Fricking finally. Ah well, May's almost over. Nothing like a new month. I can probably start filling out all-star ballots in good conscience now.

+ plus some 'cuz Leanne is all Linky McLinksalot )
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] get it? get it? get it?)
( May. 24th, 2006 02:14 pm)
[Bad username or site: lovingthecubs / @ livejournal.com], I think the reason you can't find that SI poll about who MLB players would like to see slugged beaned is because the poll appears in the upcoming print edition and it isn't online yet. The print issue is dated May 29th, so I guess the expanded poll results will be put online around then. Til then, here's the truncated print version.

**laughs** Ang, with 42% of AL Centralers voting for AJ, I think he probably got quite a few votes from the Tribe ^_~

Quick and dirty scan of the piece on David Wright - some color stainage on a couple pages, but it's readable. Prince of the City )

The airport security story slays me XD

I just realized that for the first time, I'm going to a ballgame without a single piece of team-related gear to wear. Well, then. I guess a black top and jeans will do me ^_~

eta: Okay, weirdness...why does this entry appear below my entry from earlier this morning in mine LJ?
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What's this?)
( May. 24th, 2006 12:18 am)
It's all a bit...A Tale of Two Cities, isn't it?

Hmm, the facial hair on Spiezio's a bit unfortunate. How unbecoming of a Cardinal. I mean, really.

Morocco beat the USA in the World Cup warmup game they played tonight. I remember next to nothing about soccer, but I so know my cousins are completely tripping right now.

so apparently, walk-off celebrations are completely endearing when it's your own boys. WHO KNEW? )

And MLB.com finally put up a highlight clip of the walkoff! This makes, what? Their third series win? Rockstars, every one of them ^_~ Be afraid, NL East. Be very afraid.

15th 16th inning in New York! What is it with the Mets and extra innings this year?
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Jubes!)
( May. 22nd, 2006 03:29 pm)
+ So, the Kentucky Derby came and went, as did Preakness. I take great comfort in knowing that despite our different races, nationalities, religions, and fandoms, we can all agree on one thing: no one gives a shit about horse racing. I have heard 500% more talk on my f-list about the whacked out Finnish heavy metal band than I have about horses running around in circles, and that, friends, is just how I like it.

Which is not to say, btw, that I don't feel bad for that Barbaro horse, because they showed the footage on tv in Maryland over and over and over, and DAMN. But still. Horse racing is about on level with bass fishing, in the interest department.

+ My first several issues of Athletics Magazine arrived in the mail today. Whoo to the hoo, and all that good stuff ^_^ Spring Training issue with Kendall on the cover, April/May issue with Huston and Bobby on the cover, May/June issue with Big Frank on the cover, and the yearbook with Chavvy on the cover. I finally got off my ass and mailed out my check May 8th, so the processing time on a subscription is about 2 weeks, for those who are thinking about getting one.

+ 10 year later, La Russa, Ozzie still feuding. INTERESTING. I must not have gotten to the part of Three Nights In August where, in the interest of presenting a fair and balanced portrait, we hear all about the great La Russa/Ozzie feud, and how all is not lollipops and rainbows in the St. Louis organization.

+ I knew there had to be one of these out there: A-Rod Can't Hit It Big. I bet the New York media keep a folder of generic stories about A-Rod's inability to deliver, and then every time they have an occasion to use one, they have an intern just fill in the specific details. Don't fall all over yourselves to take any new approaches to the same tired story, guys.

+ Speaking of the Subway series, I really do adore these two:
[Wright] needs more help with his post-homer celebration than his fielding, at least according to Floyd.
"He even tried to pimp it," Floyd said. "He's got no pimp."
Said Wright: "I don't even know what that means."
-- David, Delgado turn on power.

+ Leanne reminded me about Josh Willingham's blog, which I keep forgetting to check, so I've created a syndicated feed. :[Bad username or site: blog_willingham / @ livejournal.com]. I know, you marvel at my creativity. He posts once a week. Last week, an adorable post about his mom. This week, he posted his thoughts on Bonds. I'm gonna have to get off my ass and start commenting, because I do enjoy what I've read of his blog. I wish he were doing it through MLBblogs, so he'd have a little more exposure, but whatever floats his boat.

+ Remember a while ago, I wondered about doing some kind of dvd/vhs swap exchange? I pulled some stuff off the shelves this weekend past, so I should be able to post a list soon.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Jubes!)
( May. 20th, 2006 06:55 am)
+ [Bad username or site: alazysod / @ livejournal.com] said When you see this, post a quote from Supernatural in your Livejournal. So, in the spirit of me getting back into this show (at some point) a quote from the last ep I actually watched on television...

The young dame in distress o' the week: "I don't understand. They're gonna kill us?"
Dean: "They're gonna sacrifice us. Which is... I don't know, classier, I guess."

Sam also had a line that made me laugh from that ep, when the demon chick hitches a ride: "Oh, you're gonna trust shady van guy and not me?"

+ baseball )

+ Watched the pilot of Life on Mars and the first three eps of Veronica Mars. I was a little put off by the voice over action on VM at first, but I've gotten used to it. It took me about 30 minutes, but I eventually stopped seeing the damaged Flora from Deadwood and started seeing Bell as Veronica. I like the show so far, I think I'm fairly unspoiled beyond the fact that at some point Logan and Veronica hook up. Or at least that's what the multitude of iconage out there would lead me to believe.

I was mostly underwhelmed by LoM, which was a bit cop show-meets-Quantum Leap. I didn't dislike it, but after the enthusiasm I'd seen for it on my f-list, I was a little disappointed not to feel especially grabbed by any of the characters, or the premise. It had an eight episode first season, so I'll give it another ep to see if we click.

+ general, non-spoilery reaction to The Da Vinci Code, or long story short: Meh. )

Btw, as a warning to those of you avoiding 9/11 movies: the very first trailer we got before TDVC was World Trade Center. Followed up by Pixar's Cars, which I thought was a little...inappropriate, but okay.

eta: I have no willpower. I sold off some of my unwanted bottles, and instead of saving the money...I ordered bottles of the new MTP scents I haven't been able to get imps of: Mouse's Long and Sad Tale, Tweedledum, and The Pool of Tears. Now watch them show up all over the place in the next couple of weeks.
ayrdaomei: ([Seanlijah] i adore you)
( May. 9th, 2006 01:11 pm)
Man alive, I need to get on the road, but I came across this a bit ago and never posted it, and then there was the story yesterday that reminded me, so here it is. Mostly for Leanne, I suppose, but:

Language of love: Reyes overcomes English barrier )

I had no real sense of how far along his english was; I'm so amused David feels free to tease him about it. See, David seems fun! Why can't he show some of that in his blog?
ayrdaomei: ([Trek] Lily - It's a long way down)
( May. 9th, 2006 09:33 am)
+ Off to PA in a little while ^_^ Spending tonight at my brother's place and then gonna be in Philly for the Mets/Phillies game tomorrow with [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com]. Should we chance upon the pride of Chesapeake Virginia, I will endeavor to keep her from explaining to him how she's a better David Wright than he is ^_~ And after reading this, I'm excited to just check out the ballpark, almost as much as anything else.

+ When did Mapquest get rid of the "reverse these directions" feature?

+ I got a windfall of bpal in the mail yesterday! I've been mostly swapping my extra impage, but I was bad and did buy two bottles (Enraged Bunny Musk and Obatala). New to me: Swank, Eutrepe, Dance of Death, La Fee Verte, Ozymandias, Fruminous Bandersnatch, Black Phoenix, Black Opal, Rosalind, Shroud, Ophelia, Wings of Azrael, Chango, Yemaya, The City in the Sea, Peony Moon, Oberon, Sheol, and Dance of Death. So far I've only tried two - EBM1 is very true to its description, a powdery light summer scent and I'm guessing that floral note is the clover. Some of the forum reviews mention a lemony sweetness, but I didn't pick up any lemon note in this at all. I like it, but I'm thinking of layering it with Santo Domingo or Dublin, to see if I can give it a little bite. The other oil I tried was Fruminous Bandersnatch2 and Holy Hannah, this made me sneeze like crazy. I don't normally tend to allergies at all, but this time of the year in particular, something about Williamsburg drives my system nuts. I think my nose must still have been a little sensitive to that, because I put a dab of this on my wrist, raised it to sniff and just started sneezing for about 3 minutes. Heh.

+ I need to have breakfast...and watch Prison Break again. I was watching it last night and my mom decided the moment things were getting dicey was the perfect time to approach me about buying some facial cream online for my cousin, since her husband was unwilling to let her charge something on the credit card over the internet. What the hell. My show is on, ma! And then I came back and my dad was all "So and so didn't make it and so and so almost didn't make it but then such and such happened" and I'm like...what? you don't even watch the show, for one. And for two, I WAS TAPING IT DAD, STOP SPOILING ME.

Parents. How embarrassing.

beisbol )

1. Extracted directly from the twitching nether-regions of the wild Eastertime bunny rabbit: a snarling, slavering, buck-toothed, fluffy, floppy-eared, horny-as-hell Springtime beast. Soft cotton blossom, white musk, baby's breath, clover and pale powder notes.
2. "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! / The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! / Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun / The frumious Bandersnatch!" Bandersnatch musk, redolent of spicy carnations, wild plums and chrysanthemum.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] a steady hand to lead me)
( May. 5th, 2006 11:57 pm)
So, should I be blaming Brad or Ensberg for what's going on in COL? Because if it's Lidge, I think all your deprive-Myr-of-fic-in-the-interests-of-helping-Lidge-not-suck arguments take a serious hit, my friends.

Also, the Mets and the Braves are in the 14th inning. Hee. The Mets announcers are getting wicked punchy.*

I have all my shows downloaded! I've only watched Prison Break so far. My brother was right - I should have known better than to second guess Fish ^_~

*"Alright...rally cap time. Somebody score a run."
"Wait, no. We're supposed to be impartial!"
"We are impartial, somebody score a run. Who's up?"
"The Mets."
"Good. Maybe they'll do it."
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] how like an angel)
( Apr. 27th, 2006 11:23 am)
+ Sci-Fi announces Caprica. [Bad username or site: acroarcs / @ livejournal.com] posted about this last night, and then [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com] emailed me about it this morning, and I do so love when my people keep me informed :P I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. I cannot express to you how jazzed I am. I have been trying to see the silver lining but I was pretty ambivalent about the new premise of BSG going into next season. Caprica on the other hand? Sounds right up my alley. Man alive, I am so excited. I am probably too excited. Calming down...now. I'm just really happy to have a fallback if me and BSG don't work out, is all.

+ USA Today already has Ken Macha on a short list of managers that stand to be fired if their clubs don't get it together soon. I don't really see it, but I've been paying attention to West Coast baseball for all of 10 minutes, so what do I know. The image of Lou Pinella as A's manager is kinda cracking me up over here.

+ Very anxious to hear the word on Mr. Harden's MRI.

+ "It's real big," Helms said. "Especially with a young team like this. You can just see the atmosphere in the clubhouse when you win. The guys are so happy."-- Florida leaves Chicago hanging. **snickers** See that? Winning makes them happy! Other teams should stop coming back and taking wins away from them. That's not buddies.

Joe didn't fly home with the team after the game; he's spending the off-day with his father, because "you never know when it might be the last time." ♥ Also. Um, that's kind of morbid, Joe.

+ baseball )

+ I've been trying to figure out the best way for me to rip Flash videos, so I've been grabbing stuff left and right, just 'cause. Here's some of it, if you're interested:

Sophomore Year - ESPN.com spends an offday with Nick Swisher. I think that's Blanton on the couch in the one shot, but no Huston. Suspiiiiiicious :P So this is the place he's sharing with Blanton and Street? Guess they decided against keeping the ranch joint.
Arroyo interview from a couple weeks ago about - what else? - his hitting.
Shelton interview on the Hot List.
Posada interview about some kids book he wrote. I continue to crush on Jorge Posada.
Jeter used to play Atari. I used to play Atari. This changes nothing between us.


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