ayrdaomei: ([MLB] C- take me baby or leave me)
( Apr. 15th, 2007 07:50 pm)
Harden decided at the last minute to honor Jackie Robinson and wear No. 42 on the 60th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. (SFgate)

Thome also wore 42. So the no to Inge didn't come from MLB, it must have come from the Tigers. Whackness.

Mark Grace was cute on Saturday, did you see? "Brad Lidge, you could close for me any day, you could close for 29 other teams in baseball. You'll be okay." Aw. You're good people, Gracie. The Houston front office says they're not looking into trading Lidge, which means he'll probably be in a new uniform by May.

Also, what's with A-Rod and the nose bleeds? o.O
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] Yeah...I dunno about that)
( Apr. 9th, 2007 05:05 pm)
Lidge loses closer's job for Astros.

One week into the season, the Houston Astros have a new closer. Brad Lidge was demoted Monday in favor of Dan Wheeler, a move made one day after Lidge gave up five runs in two-third of an inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.

You guys :( I just want to put him in my pocket.

(Yeah, I have all the sympathy in the world when the guy who's struggling isn't on any of my teams.)

They're gonna try to trade him, right? I mean, how can they not try to trade him at this point? Granted, there's the question of who will want him, but. Yeah. Poor guy.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What? I'm just saying.)
( Feb. 19th, 2007 12:16 pm)
I've decided BSG and I are undergoing another temporary separation. When the show started to get to me last season, I'd stop watching for a month or so at a time and then catch up, and it's just easier than tuning in week after week and being left disappointed/irritated/crotchety.

That being the case, I have a free hour for a drama again, so I'm thinking of catching back up with 24, which I haven't watched since the season premiere. I think there are a couple of you still watching - how is it so far? Good? Or has Day 6 been ridiculous and not in a fun way?

Mulder traces troubles to '04 season with A's. Well, sorry, Billy. I tried to talk [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] out of killing you, but then Mark went and opened his mouth. I try not to pay too much attention to the words that come out of that boy, because he strikes me as one for self-delusion. And I'm not just saying that because he married a woman. I hardly know what to make of any of his recent comments about his pitching problems. I'm not really sure why this is coming up again after the Cards have insisted Mark wasn't "damaged goods" when they traded for him.

Brandon and Lidge crack me up.

Also, Freddi Gonzalez kinda looks like Garth Brooks with the facial hair, and it's freaking me out. Nice try, guys, but I'm still not rooting for you this year.

eta: Among the players sporting new looks at the start of camp is right-hander Dan Haren, wearing a thick beard. Closer Huston Street arrived with long, thick sideburns that immediately got him a razzing from general manager Billy Beane. - It amuses me that the Cali papers find this kind of stuff merits a mention.
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] Dannnnnny)
( Sep. 13th, 2006 07:27 pm)
[Bad username or site: oakchick75 / @ livejournal.com] linking to an old Chavvy video reminded me about the older TWIB videos I'd never been able to view on my old comp. I don't seem to have the same problems viewing rm streams that I did before, so I went ahead and ripped a handful of the TWIB segments from 2003 and 2002. I've also converted them to mpg, because I rather dislike the realmedia player. The quality of the twib site's original rm encoding is ridiculously variable, considering all the clips come from the same place, but most of them range from clear enough to pretty clear.

TWIB clips - 2002 )

TWIB clips - 2003 )

some recent mlb radio interviews )

ETA: [Bad username or site: spluckle / @ livejournal.com]! Regina Spektor - Fidelity (blockhead rmx)
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] get it? get it? get it?)
( Jul. 22nd, 2006 03:35 pm)
Stopped by the library this morning to pick up The Children of Men, right? Turns out there's ONE copy in the entire Baltimore County Public Library system. And it's in Towson. So they're sending it over to my branch, which means it's just me and the The Unconsoled for a few more days.

baseball-related rambling )

Watched the trailer for The Fountain...Hugh Jackman sure does like his weird ass period pieces. Also caught the trailer for Deja Vu, and have decided I would really like it if Tony Scott and Denzel Washington stopped working together, before I develop epilepsy.

Belatedly, and snurched from [Bad username or site: knowledgequeen / @ livejournal.com], Darren Hayes marries his boyfriend. Congrats to him, though that is one God awful picture. I am already tired of Justin Timberlake and he's been "back" for, like, 5 minutes.

Haren spam, to take one's mind off two shitty starts in a row: Haren's home is in the East Bay, and [Bad username or site: misscalculation / @ livejournal.com] took some pics of him when the A's were in Boston ^_^

From insidebayarea, Barry Zito, in yet another sign he won't be traded, has all his [14] remaining starts this year mapped out. I don't know why that amuses me, but it does. When it's not filling me with dread and all.

Marlins on TWIB next week ^_^
ayrdaomei: ([Celeb] Rosie & Tracie)
( Jul. 15th, 2006 09:04 pm)
-> I'm just gonna confess this one thing, and then we're not gonna talk about it, okay? Okay. Whenever I'm in my car, and that Public Affair song comes on? I totally blast that shit. Yeah. Also, I own that Jessica Simpson cd that had Irresistible on it. And my favorite song on the album wasn't even one of the singles (**coughs** Hot Like Fire **coughs** And yes, I have the opening dialogue memorized). I know. I know. 20 laps. In my defense, I still don't like anything by those Pussycat Dolls people. Hope for me yet?

-> Yesterday, I got my lab order in of The Pool of Tears, Tweedledum, and Mouse's Long & Sad Tale. Today, I got my click and ship notice for that order, lol. Happily, I was able to unload the 5mls of PoT and Tweedledum right away (of course, the day after I placed my order, I got an offer for imps of all three scents, so I'd already tried them and known they weren't keepers by the time my order got here); I shipped those out this morning. Hopefully ML&ST is soon to follow. All the frimps were oils I'd tried, too. But I got a new postcard! Sunnyside ^_~ And there's always my Hungry Ghost Moon order to look forward to.

-> I'm really proud of me; I got on the phone and called some people I hadn't spoken to in months. Well, actually, 'proud' is the wrong word. Because both of them had left me messages over a month or so ago. But I was glad I finally got around to doing it? I hate talking on the phone.

-> LOL, so much for that potentially stellar pitching matchup in Florida tonight. Pettitte showed up, but oh, Josh. He gave up 4 earned in 5 innings, to balloon his era to a completely shameful 2.48. Go to your room, and think about what you've done. It's like 243-0 now, because the bullpen came in and decided to be all "oh, what the hell, runs for EVERYONE!" Don't forget to tip your hostess, Houston. Series split tomorrow? Hope springs eternal. Oh, btw, heads up [Bad username or site: acroarcs / @ livejournal.com]! Marlins' Johnson to chat Tuesday @ 2pm on MLB.com. And this is welcome news: Backe nears return.

-> On the plus side, the A's FINALLY set out their pitching probables for the Baltimore series. Rookie v. Rookie on Monday night, and maybe, maaaaaybe Adam Loewen gets his first freakin' win already? Or maybe the Orioles lose 1-0. Tuesday, Loaiza v. Russ Ortiz and Wednesday, it's Zito v. Benson. Whoo.

And the Cubs won! Yay. I'm thinking, kinda, maybe, sorta, probably not gonna happen, about going to see the Cubs when they come to RFK next weekend. Maybe. I dunno. Damn you, [Bad username or site: lovingthecubs / @ livejournal.com], and [Bad username or site: owllover711 / @ livejournal.com]. I'm all stocked up on heartbreakers and soulcrushers!

-> It warmed my dorky little heart to see Mike Jacobs (far left) has helped lead the Marlins out of obscurity in the NL East captioning a photo in a story about the Marlins playing better than most people expected. Yay, Jake.

Also, [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com] sent me a sketch! The focus is on Dan and Jake at the railing, inspired by the fact that they are dugout railing buddies, but there's an appearance by Hermida (who cracks me up), and Joe, and a shoutout to the dugout dancers. ♥
ayrdaomei: ([Books] AiW  - A Girl+A Turtle+A Gryphon)
( Jul. 14th, 2006 06:16 am)

"The weather today is an increasing trend towards denial."

The woman I live with mentioned that Red Buttons died, which led to me having one of those "I thought he was dead already?" moments. Since I thought he'd long since passed, I can't say it was especially sad news for me, but God rest his soul. It's funny, cause I've heard he's this iconic comedian, but I knew him best and loved him most for his role in Pete's Dragon, one of the greatest movies of ALL TIME. Yes. Red played Hoagy, in that movie. Remember, the Doc's stuttering sidekick? Btw, someone pointed out to me sometime ago that Jim Dale, who plays Doc Terminus in that movie, is the guy who does the Harry Potter audiobooks. So that's pretty cool. I love when my fandoms randomly crossover.

Astros @ the Fish yesterday and for the record, AUBREY HUFF SUCKS. **laughs** I disliked him immensely by the third inning, and he didn't endear himself to me any further in the 8th. I had the game figured for a 1-0, or 2-1 final, but the baby pitcher puncher saw to that. It was a really well-pitched mano-y-mano game from Willis and Oswalt for awhile. Neither factored into the decision, though. Of course. Also, I had no idea about Huff's father! (He was shot and killed breaking up a fight, when Huff was six.) How terrible.

Couple notes of interest on the A's: DJ has been sent down, which I know saddens [Bad username or site: cookie2697 / @ livejournal.com]. Oh the upswing, Swish will be playing first, and my tickets for next week are on the first baseside (where I rarely ever sit, so that's gonna be weird). So. Silver lining. Kinda. Yes. Also, Rich won't travel with the team to Baltimore, since he wanted to get a second opinion on his elbow before he started throwing again. Hope he hasn't had a **coughs** setback **coughs**. I thought it was interesting that he would have his agent tell the front office he didn't want to throw, as opposed to feeling comfortable enough with the training and pitching staff to say "I don't feel right doing this." Or whatever. Or maybe Urban just likes to stir shit up, and that's fairly par for the course. Chavvy is sitting out the Boston series which, quite frankly, scares the hell out of me.

Dribblers: The A's have eased up on their unpopular -- with players, anyway -- ban of beer in the clubhouse and on the team plane. Due to liability concerns, the home clubhouse in Oakland will remain dry because players typically drive to and from work, but visiting teams are welcome to provide their own adult beverages, and the A's are once again allowed to partake -- "within reason," a source said -- on the team plane and in the clubhouse while on the road.

Which is all fine and dandy til guys start getting ROWDY on the team charter. Just ask [Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com] >.> InsideBayArea said the ban was only three weeks old - anyone know what prompted it? **pointedly looks in the general direction of a sophomore closer**

Hmm, three months ago today, a handful of us woke up and lost our collective shit for a few days over the thought that Beck had traversed beyond the veil, never to be seen or heard from again. Which begs the question - have you hugged your favorite fandom writers recently? ^_~ And are all the Beck secondary archives up to date? :P

eta: [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com], have you heard about Crank?
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: ([BSG] Laura - you're all you've got)
( Jul. 10th, 2006 10:42 am)
Local news keeps doing this thing, whenever they talk about the 5 US soldiers accused of raping an Iraqi girl/woman (I've heard that she was 15, which makes her a girl to me, but different reports keep refering to her as 'iraqi woman') and then killing her and her entire family, local news keeps doing this thing where they wrap up the story by saying something along the lines of "the accused soliders are part of the same unit that had two members kidnapped and killed by insurgents last year." Like...oh, well that makes all the difference! Guess I won't lose any sleep over it tonight. I swear, they don't do that for any other crimes they report. It's not like they're reporting on the guy who attacked and crippled a man on the Baltimore National Pike and then going "It is believed the suspect was routinely beaten by his father as a child." Sometimes I hate people.

/ talking about stuff that is not sports-related.

Bri wants to know why no one cares about Jason Isringhausen and his 7 blown saves this year. Which, for those who are counting, is actually more blown saves than one Brad Lidge. He's also got 4 losses, which is 1 more loss than Lidge. Buuut he's saved 4 more games and his era is two runs lower, so. Yeah. Also, Lidge looks like he might shatter into a thousand pieces at any moment and Izzy just doesn't. Also he's a Cardinal. So, no, NO SYMPATHY, BRI.

I gotta say I'm really enjoying the development of the HOU/STL rivalry. It's as much fun for me as NYY/BOS used to be before I got worn down by all of FOX & ESPN's hype and hullabaloo. I wouldn't have thought it was possible, I used to eat Sox/Yanks up, but it's gotten to the point where I'm not so much interested in who outplays the other; if I watch at all anymore, it's just in case there's a throwdown.

The debate on Mike & Mike this morning, which I missed some of, because the DC affiliate that carries ESPN programming has apparently decided to go with a local sports call-in show instead of M&M (BOOOO), was about whether there should be a consequence to an uninjured player opting out of the All Star Game when he has been voted in by the fans as a starter. Dickie Vitale was calling for any such player to miss a week of regular season games, which sounds ridiculous even to me, and I might be in favor of some kind of public shaming for players who blow this thing off. I mean, a player can bean a guy in the head and not miss a week of regular season games, so let's not get crazy. The blase attitude some guys take to this thing really bugs me as a voting fan. But at the same time, I don't want a guy there who doesn't want to be there anyway, so I'm not sure you want to use the threat of punishment to force a guy to attend. Just let someone else go. There's always a list of snubs as long as my arm, so it's not like you're ever gonna be lacking for a deserving replacement. Rip a guy in the papers and on the air for not going, fine by me. But I don't know that there should be regular season consequences for a guy not going, because then you're just gonna make a guy be there who probably won't even try.

I'm not gonna lie, I didn't even realize Manny Ramirez *hadn't* played in the All Star Game the past couple of years, so I wonder if this is much ado about nothing. Golic says you could print on the all star ballot itself Manny Ramirez will not attend the All Star Game if voted in and Manny would still get a ridiculous number of votes, and I think he's right. I cast a few votes for himself this year, and now that this pattern of him blowing it off has been pointed out to me, I won't vote for him in the future, but I doubt most people care. Do you?
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What's this?)
( Jul. 2nd, 2006 05:34 pm)
Watched Veronica Guerin over lunch today. Good movie. It was a little hard, since I knew her fate going in (and even if I hadn't, the film opens with it), but I'm glad I finally got around to it. I bought the film used about 2 years ago, and I kept meaning to watch it, but I was never in quite the right mood. I kind of hate it when I watch a movie that is based on a true story and realize I had no idea about stuff that was going on in the world not too terribly long ago...but at the same time I love that movies like this get made, to enlighten me. My dad was resting his eyes downstairs in the living room when I started it, but I looked over 15 minutes in, and he was sitting up and watching it too. So that's cool. Because I would imagine one can only watch True Grit but so many times.

On the topic of movies, for some strange reason, Johnny Depp's The Libertine comes out on DVD today. Weird. Anyone besides [Bad username or site: catslash / @ livejournal.com] see that? Er, I think it was Cat who posted about it some months ago, but I could be wrong. I know it was shelved for over a year after it was made, and it got some pretty bad reviews...but Johnny Depp's in it. As is Jack Davenport and my girl-crush Rosamund Pike. Hmm. But $17 is a bit much to pay for a movie that might suck as bad as The Astronaut's Wife so I'll pass for now.

(Also, if you were a fan of The Pretender, the first three seasons are on sale at Best Buy for $14.99 each.)

Okay, AT&T's Home Turf website is incredibly annoying. It took me, no lie, close to two hours to finally get the fucking Pujols video playing so I could rip it. If anyone besides Bri wants it, have at. I had planned to also grab the David Ortiz and Nomar eps, but the idea of fighting with the site for another four hours was beyond me, sorry.

Home Turf is basically MTV's Cribs, but with Deion Sanders as your host. There's a bit of unsubtle product placement, but otherwise it's a cute little visit to the Pujols home. I think I might have a crush on his wife Dee, because she seems like she's fun times and I like her sense of humor.

It occurred to me in the shower the other day (things always occur to me in the shower, just go with it) that I forgot about 5 people when I sent out postcards last month and belatedly, a couple weeks ago. Well, I didn't forget you so much as I was fairly sure I'd sent you all postcards and then thinking about it, I realized I probably hadn't? It wasn't intended as a personal slight, I swear. I'm just kind of absentminded sometimes. I have stamps, and I still have postcards, so more will be going out tomorrow.

Next week's SI reveals that Major League Baseball has licensed a company to produce coffins that carry team logos. I... don't think so, guys. And for people like Bri, the company is producing urns :P

SI's notable mid-season awards )

I am down to the last forty pages of Three Nights in August. Say it ain't so ^_~

Bri didn't want to hear about some poor squirrel's final moments so a small sample of stockbroker!Chavvy screencaps.

Lidge stuff )
ayrdaomei: ([Crow] eric - my valentine)
( Jun. 23rd, 2006 06:09 am)
How come NO ONE told me about this?! You're all fired. Can't exactly nail down what bothers me about the actor chosen to play Blade, except that he strikes me as a little on the slight side.

So, no suspension for Ozzie because of his recent comments but he was fined and ordered to attend sensitivity training. Yet there's no time frame for the training, nothing from MLB on when it need be completed, and it's up to the ChiSox to make the arrangements about who he goes to see. **rolls eyes**

After giving up 4 runs in the 8th to go down 5-1, the Fish rallied with two outs in the ninth to tie, and won it in the 10th (when Miggy C singled on what was supposed to be an intentional ball, heh. Except it was off Todd Williams, so aww, just a little). It was Chris Ray's first blown save, and I MISSED IT. Alas. Palmer totally called the comeback, too, while I...turned the game off in the ninth >.> Still, yay, Fish. Philly didn't play so the Marlins picked up half a game and are now 2.5 games out of second in the NL East. This series against the Yankees is gonna be interesting.

**pointedly averts her eyes from the Braves and their 10th loss in a row.**

Albert Pujols made his return, which was good enough to help the Cards....keep it together enough to not get blown out for the third straight game. Instead they lost 1-0. Huzzah? I'm really surprised by how quickly Albert's come back.

As someone once said, I know fandom's a complicated thing, but I don't really understand the total venom I've seen/heard from some Astros fans on the topic of Roger Clemens coming back. I understand the big hullabaloo about his return has been draining, and the drawn out business about which team he would go to was annoying, but the fact of the matter is, you're two games out of the wild card, and you've just landed a pitcher I think any team in baseball would give blood to have. I understand being tired but the "hahahahaha! see! who needs him?" reaction to the team losing a close game upon his return makes, like, no sense to me, in the grand scheme o' things.

eta: Peter Gammons has a cd coming out? o.O And they just played a clip and he sounds...not bad. **laughs** I don't know what to make of this. And the BoSox picked up Jason Johnson, which makes me a little happy, because I've always had kind of weird soft spot for Jason, even though he used to KILL the Orioles.

edit 2: Hmm.
Meanwhile, Mulder is suffering from a shoulder strain. He owns a 6-5 record with a 6.09 earned run average in 15 starts this season. Mulder, in his second season with St. Louis after five years in Oakland, has been especially disappointing over his last five starts. In those outings, Mulder is 1-3 and has given up 35 runs over 21 1/3 innings.

So he is hurt. Or 'shoulder strain' is STL code for 'excessive suckage.' Hmm. Either way, hope he comes back strong, for Bri's sake. Randomly, on the radio, heard a commercial for Southwest - "now fly nonstop from BWI to Oakland for one low fare." This is me, NOT checking southwest.com to see exactly how much it might cost to fly out to the West Coast for a spell. Yup. **sits on hands**
ayrdaomei: ([Movies] RT - the deepest art)
( Jun. 1st, 2006 02:38 pm)
The new SI's got some fun stuff in it, especially the fairly long piece on the Tigers, and how/why things have changed in Detroit, as well as a sit-down with Robinson Cano, who is too adorable to be a Yankee for words. Apparently, Jeter's nickname for him is Canoe. Dork. There's also some kind of McDonald's ad-feature-thing with Grady Sizemore, which is fairly boring and full of stuff we've heard a million times already.

Short thing featuring Bruntlett, Lidge and Ausmus: I am amused beyond measure that Ausmus may sometimes forget the number of outs. I wouldn't have guessed it. And I didn't know the majors had an economics grad from Stanford not named Moose - way to be, Eric. What are the odds? Of course, my favorite line: Lidge loves to live in the past. Of course he does. See, who needs any of you to write Lidge? Not me. Reality will hook me up, bit by bit.

And since I was too lazy to crop, there's also a side Q&A on that page with Yoooooooooooooooooukilis.

Anyone see anything on how Harden did last night in Vegas?
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] Safe assumption)
( May. 29th, 2006 03:52 pm)
I told [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] I'd send her the Mulderssina v. Zito match up (Game 3) from the 2001 ALDS, she being all WRONGFULLY deprived of Zito games lately. Go over to my game shelf and IT'S NOT THERE. I proceed to look in about a half dozen different places before I remembered that after reading Aces I took all my Oakland games to school, so they were in a box in the basement. For a couple hours there, I really thought my mom had thrown out some of my tapes and I was going to cry. But happy day. I also have Game 5 of the 2003 ALDS (Martinez v. Zito) which was another post-season Zito loss, and not as sexy as the 2001 game, so I don't know if you want that one too, Bri. Lemme know. (And yes, I now feel appropriately dirty for having rooted vehemently against Oakland in both of those series. Well, okay, I still don't feel so bad about rooting against them in 2001. Sorry.)

Good Night, and Good Luck was $10 at Circuit City, and I've been meaning to see it forever, so I snagged it. And a 1gb memory card, cause they were on sale for $25 (after rebates) and clearly, that was something I needed in my life, because being able to take 260 pics and a couple minutes of video at a ballgame is NOT ENOUGH >.>

I'm pretty excited for HOU @ STL. Bri said the game was at 3:15 today, so I hurried up to get back from errands...only to remember Brianna lives in another timezone, and not just inside my head. That's kind of inconvenient sometimes.

Hey, the Cubbies are winning! **crosses fingers** And Atlanta's pitching staff gave up 12 runs for the second game in a row. Um. They should probably be worried.
ayrdaomei: ([C_B] still think you can work this out)


( May. 28th, 2006 01:12 pm)
1. Word is, Brad Lidge could become available. Lidge is said by one AL exec to be "a mess." But a friend of his said the Astros overworked him and that he's merely tired.

"If he's gettable," one GM said, "that has Braves written all over it." Atlanta desperately seeks a closer.

The Astros discussed a hush-hush three-way deal this past winter that would have sent Lidge to Philadelphia, Bobby Abreu to the Orioles and Miguel Tejada to Houston. But Lidge's recent struggles mean the Astros would have to set their sights considerably lower.

2. Word is, the Yankees will scout all of Dontrelle Willis' starts. It's clear he's their No. 1 target (though the reports can't be great so far).

Getting him won't be easy. The Marlins are saying that if they trade him, they'll seek young position players. They apparently like their young pitchers.

The surprise Diamondbacks might be best-positioned (no pun intended) to get Willis. They have Stephen Drew, Justin Upton, Carlos Quentin and two more position players among Baseball America's top 32 prospects.

-- from Newsday.

3. Royals expected to dump veterans if Baird fired: If and when Royals GM Allard Baird is fired, the team is expected to begin dumping mercenary veterans such as Reggie Sanders, Mark Grudzielanek and Doug Mientkiewicz. . . .

eta: Ha! Cubs broadcast of ATL @ CHC on WGN, Braves broadcast of the same game on TBS. Which to watch? Good guys' broadcast obviously - WGN it is :P But first, Huddy interview on TBS ^_~
ayrdaomei: ([L Word] Marina - betrayal is a symptom)
( May. 25th, 2006 11:05 pm)
Huston Street is to Oakland as Brad Lidge is to Houston? o.O


eta: Also. Is it just me, or is it getting to the point where it feels like Rich Harden was a figment of our collective imagination?
ayrdaomei: ([L Word] my on again off again Alice)
( May. 25th, 2006 03:27 pm)
Gallery of some of the pics I took at the game last night. I really need curb my shakes, or invest in an image stablizer already. All my Willy T pics from when he was signing came out blurry, as did all my stalkeriffic pics of Munson in the bullpen. ALAS. But a gold star to the person could can explain to me what the hell is wrong with Ryan Zimmerman.

Before uploading, I dropped the resolution on my pics from 230 pixels/inch to 96; if you want the original higher res image of any of the pics for some reason, just let me know.

What is with MLB.com and all this performance and music related crap now? What makes TPTB think I go to mlb.com to hear the latest in music releases? This kind of pollution of my sports fandom annoys me. Someone make it stop.

Is it "Sar-los", "Sar-lose", "Sar-loose", or none of the above?
ayrdaomei: (and we are all together)
( May. 24th, 2006 11:04 pm)
Back from the game! I had a great time, which I suppose is the benefit of being only a part-time fan of the losing club. By the time we got there I wasn't nervous anymore, I was just looking forward to a good game. I was fairly unconcerned with who won or lost, and tied 1-1 in the 7th, part of me started daydreaming of extra innings and hours of watching these guys keep it close. The balk: I honestly cannot recall being in a stadium of 20,000 people and getting the sense that every person in the place went "...wait a minute...wasn't that--?" at the exact same time. Roy O. balks in the tying run in a 1-0 game. This is the kind of thing I bring out in people. When that second call to the bullpen went out, I knew it would be Lidge, and in about 0.122234 seconds, I went from not caring who won or who lost to "omg, please just don't let him be the reason they lose this game." And granted, the runner that scored the tie-breaker was inherited, but still. That poor dear. In the manner of Little Jenny, I wished that he were a bird. I don't think I have ever wanted to give someone a hug as badly as I wanted to give Brad Lidge a hug after that wild pitch scored another run. I confess, I started laughing around the third run, that "I knew this was going to happen but I cannot believe it is happening" laughter where what's happening is so not funny that it's hilarious. Or maybe that's just me.

I took approximately 200 pictures and I think they might all be of Eric Munson >.> I like none so well as this. I'm fairly easy to please ^_~
ayrdaomei: ([MLB] That baby fish in the window)
( May. 23rd, 2006 07:50 am)
It appears all is not well in BabyFishland: Marlins starting pitcher Scott Olsen will take the mound tonight with the remnants of a shiner under his left eye, courtesy of a punch thrown by teammate Randy Messenger, a source said Monday. Neither player would discuss what happened, but the source said Olsen and Messenger were involved in a fracas late Saturday or early Sunday.


His first night back in the starting lineup since the strained shoulder and Hanley had a great offensive and defensive night. I'm happy to know I didn't steal his mojo. But [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com] says I shouldn't watch any Marlins games for the rest of the season - whenever I'm somewhere where I can't see the game, the Marlins WIN. Coincidence? I also missed 24 last night, but that was taped, and I'm gonna watch that after chores. Only one quasi-reaction post on my f-list so far (apparently, everyone and su madre was watching Alias), and it's positive, so yay for that.

Last night, while I was being dragged all over Howard County, I came across the sports section of the Washington Post. I picked it up, thinking it was from that day's paper. Turns out it was the sports page from April 9, 2006. The headline? Nats Stage A Big Comeback: Soriano, Vidro lead way after Washington falls behind 5-0 against Oswalt. I am gonna be so pissed if this is some kind of sign about Wednesday's game ^_~ I've already had to sit through one Nats win this week! On the other hand, Baltimore's own (yeah, if you went to Mount St. Joe's, you become Baltimore's Own..., even if you're from somewhere else) Mike O'Connor is starting for the Nats, so I suppose this game's gonna be a win-win, however it shakes down.

Kenny Chesney was on the local news this morning, looking for all the world like one of the Rascal Flatts boys someone rode him hard and put him away wet. Apparently they're in Vegas for the CMAs before his tour kicks off, lol, and boy did he look like someone who'd spent all night up in Vegas. And yes, he was wearing the BoSox cap.

Oh! My brother got promoted to Pittsburgh, and he's supposed to be moving in a couple weeks. Which is pretty freaking cool, because now I have somewhere to stay if I want to head up and check out PNC Park, or maybe even look into finding my way to Jacobs Field at some point this summer. Maybe if we can find some All-Star Game tickets that aren't completely ridiculous cost-wise, we can look into doing that too ^_^


in the spirit of offspeed - yay for somehow not being the worst team in baseball )
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] get it? get it? get it?)
( May. 19th, 2006 03:19 am)
+ I was going to do a poll, but then I realized the sad truth that there are people who cannot resist a poll, even when they have no basis whatsoever for the selection they make. So, instead I'll just ask: Those who have read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, or The Historian, your general recommendation? From what I've gathered, each seems to take people forever to read, so I'm fairly sure I won't make it through both over the summer.

+ I didn't get a chance to watch my tv shows yesterday. Mom came home from work and was all "Hey, Jalila invited you for dinner. Get dressed." I loooooove how my mom just drops shit on me. I love that. Anyway. But it was fun times. Jalila's daughter in law was there. I hadn't met her yet, and given how much of her immigration paperwork I ended up filling out for Jalila's son, it was nice to put a face to the name. She's sweet and she speaks a little English, so that's cool. They all live together, which makes me glad for Jalila's daughter, because that girl has been in need of a sister-type figure for the longest. Her only siblings are her two (much older) brothers.

+ "He's fine. He knows that he's got a little glitch right now in either his mechanics or... I'm not exactly sure what it is, to be honest with you. But he's...he's fine. He's got a great arm. He's got good stuff." -- Adam Everett, upon being asked about Brad Lidge on The Hot List.

That's what he said. You know what I heard? "Somebody's a heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaadcase."

But I might be projecting. Adam was very cute. He was asked about interleague play and specifically mentioned that a lot of the guys were looking forward to playing in Comerica for the first time. Also, Lidge is apparently very "witty" and takes obvious pride in his college education. Just so you know.

+ In yesterday's edition of USA Today, Gale Harold was misidentified in a caption as Gale Howard, and this amused me.


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