ayrdaomei: (Default)
( Jul. 25th, 2008 02:50 pm)
Josh Johnson cut the Mormon Curls! This bums me out like whoa.

(Man, when was the last time I used this tag?)

If I were a Phillies fan, I think I'd be all over one of these.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Separated at Birth)
( Nov. 15th, 2006 01:47 pm)
Reading for Family Law yesterday, and we're about to get into adoption by same-sex couples, so there was this excerpt from a paper about the family relationships of gays and lesbians, which I guess was meant to serve some "hey, the homosexuals are just like you" purpose for people who grew up under a rock or only know from gay people what they've seen on HBO during the free preview weekend or something. Anywayz, this paper throws out the following:

[Studies reported] that the top five areas of conflict for lesbian and gay couples were finances, driving style, affection/sex, being overly critical, and division of household tasks.

To which I say...driving style? lol. That makes the top five? And then of course, I spent the next three hours amusing myself with the thought of my boys snipping at each other on roadtrips to Canada or something.

(And speaking of Canada, Fraser always took Ray to task over his driving, didn't he? Hee. ♥)

MLB downloads, mostly Oakland, that I keep forgetting to post )

ETA: NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR! Reason to hate Jeffrey Loria for the rest of all time? Check. That's serious validation right there; I'm so proud of Joe.
ayrdaomei: ([LA] yes)
( Nov. 13th, 2006 02:06 pm)
Why do they say awards will be announced at ___ET, when they do not really mean it? HMM?

The official US time is 2:03 and I still don't know who the rookie of the year is in the NL.


Aww. The Fish didn't split the vote too much after all! I would have been okay with Zimm, but I'm glad to see it go to one of the Marlins. And with Hanley taking writers ROY, and Uggla taking the players ROY, both of the boys got some love.

In all, three of the top four choices were Marlins. Florida All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla was third, and right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson was fourth.

Going a step further, six of the 12 rookies who received votes were Marlins, marking the first time in league history one team has had that many contenders. Pitchers Scott Olsen and Anibal Sanchez and outfielder Josh Willingham each picked up one third-place vote.


WILLINGHAM? I didn't realize [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] got a vote.

But congratulations to [Bad username or site: cack_handed / @ livejournal.com], [Bad username or site: lovingthecubs / @ livejournal.com], and [Bad username or site: acroarcs / @ livejournal.com]. You raised them well :P I completely forget who adopted Anibal, but well done there, too ^_~

Btw, Verlander for the AL.

And now I can move on with my Monday ^_^ (**knocks on wood for Manager of the Year**)

eta: OH! It's really wrong that the Mets will play anywhere not named Shea Stadium, if you ask me. Tear. Citifield is ALMOST as dumb a name change as the Silicon Valley A's.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What? I'm just saying.)
( Oct. 24th, 2006 08:29 pm)
Um. What is going on with Tim McCarver's dye job?

(I'm pretty down about Joe pulling his name out of the running for the Nats job. SADNESS.)

eta: Brandon Inge is ADORKABLE.
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: ([MLB] Andy Nooccar - le sigh)
( Oct. 3rd, 2006 11:50 am)
The Marlins have fired Girardi.

Will not cry. Will not cry. Will not cry.

Also! I'm with [Bad username or site: knowledgequeen / @ livejournal.com]: I've seen the Gay Rights statement/meme floating around, and while I am very much a believer in equal rights regardless of sexual orientation, I'm not reposting the statement. Its tone bothers the hell out of me, essentially all If you don't post this, you clearly don't believe in gay rights!!! What are we, ten years old? I appreciate where your heart is at, but kindly fuck off, Person Who Started That Meme.
If anyone would be up for making me a desktop, I'd very much appreciate it. I love my cookie!Zito wallpaper, but it's officially at the point in the year where it's only gonna make me sad. So, if you're inclined to, hook me up. 1280 x 800. I was trying to make a new one for myself, but I just...I'm in the mood for something completely unexpected. My only request is that it not be baseball-related. And if more than one of you wants to help me out, I'll blow the dust off my old wallpaper changer program ^_^ It doesn't necessarily have to be fandomy or anything. Surprise me? ^_^

Speaking of incarnations of Barry - Zito is keeping a blog for the playoffs. Which, you know, is even more reason for the A's not to go three and out please, kay? thanks. Created another no doubt quirky syndicated feed: [Bad username or site: zito_mlblog / @ livejournal.com]. Thanks to [Bad username or site: cookie2697 / @ livejournal.com] for the heads up.

Notice I didn't say anything about Huston blowing the save last game of the season. I am being SO GOOD.

[Bad username or site: owllover711 / @ livejournal.com] linked to this, which makes me all too happy to ignore Sunday's bombshell: San Francisco U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan issued a statement Monday, saying: "In view of the recent news reports purporting to identify certain athletes whose names had been redacted from the government's search warrant filings in the Grimsley matter, and in the interests of justice, please be advised that these reports contain significant inaccuracies."

Sounds good to me.

[Bad username or site: oakchick75 / @ livejournal.com], she who is ever vigilant, found FSN Bay Area footage of the A's celebration from last Tuesday on Youtube:
Part I of III - stream // download.
Part II of III - stream // download.
Part III of III - stream // download.

zip of the MPGs // zip of the FLVs from YouTube. The FLVs have the best picture quality; the videos lose a little in the conversion to mpg.

...And I feel like that is a pretty jinxy thing to do, posting old celebration footage right before they play Game 1 of the postseason. I'ma go outside and turn around three times and the whole shebang.

But before I do! I couldn't resist - taking a page from [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com]'s book:

Dan hits his 27th homerun, with the remainder of the sixth inning because they show him in the dugout a bunch and everyone loves him - wmv, 22mbs
Dan gets a curtain call! - asf, 1mb
Rich (or is it Tommy? October and I still don't know) tells an adorable story about Dan's first games at Yankee stadium - wmv, 2mbs
The last half inning of the final Marlins game, with the walkoff and on field celebration - wmv, 39mbs. Lots of great moments at the end of this, of course. One of my favorites is the little moment between Scotty and Hanley. They embrace and then Scott holds Hanley an extra couple seconds and says something to him. They seem pretty close, which is something I never thought too much about, besides to occasionally awwww over [Bad username or site: lovingthecubs / @ livejournal.com]' old icon of Hanley comforting Scotty on the mound. I love my super huggy team.

(Have been up all night talking fic with [Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com] - how 2005 of us ^_~ That'll learn me to drink a Vault at 11pm.)
ayrdaomei: ([MLB] don't know how it happened)
( Sep. 29th, 2006 03:22 pm)
Like [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com], I'm sad and worried about the fact that Jake won't be with the Marlins for the final three games. I pray it's nothing to do with his mom, and that whatever it is gets taken care of, soon.

By losing last night, the Fish lost their shot at a .500 season. **sniff** Apparently their goal this weekend is to keep Philly from making the playoffs, since Philly pretty much "knocked [them] out" of the postseason hunt ("At this point that's our only motivation, to not let the Phillies get in," reliever Taylor Tankersley said. "I don't like them. I don't want to see them get in.") I'd say your craptacular play in the last 3 weeks is what knocked you out of the postseason hunt, but whatever helps you sleep at night, boys. I don't think I'll be watching the last three games of the season. I kinda know too many people from Philly.

For [Bad username or site: catslash / @ livejournal.com], I suppose, if she hasn't seen it already - some FSN footage of the Tigers celebration from 9/24: wmv. Or you can stream it at msn video by going here and doing a search for Motown bubble bath.

I went to the game last night, or rather, the rain delay last night, and accomplished nothing. Well, I did come to the realization that the nosebleeds at RFK actually aren't that bad (we wandered around the ballpark sitting in all the different sections for the first hour of the rain delay) and I did get to hang out with said friend of a friend for a while. We talked about baseball fandomy stuff. So that was nice. I think I brought my cold back though - it had been headed into remission. TPTB put the Braves/Mets on the jumbotron for us -- cutting out to New York for the 8th and 9th innings of Cabrera's no-no bid. Watched him lose it in the 9th, a collective aww man of sorts rising up from the mixed Phillies/Nats crowd. Danny's such an enigma, wrapped in a mystery, flavored with conundrum. Also, when did he start wearing those glasses?

We called it quits at 10:45, because, we said to ourselves, no one in their right MINDS would start an east coast baseball game after 11pm on a get-away day for one of the clubs. Shows how much we know. But we couldn't possibly have stayed til the game ended anyway, so it's just as well. (But we'd had great seats! Nine back of the Nats dugout. We were gonna call Chase Utley mean things! Alas.)

On the drive back, we found a 7-Eleven with gas for $1.99/gallon and a delicious little hold-me-over called the Pumpkin Cheesecake Latte. Yay.

From Mychael's newest column on mlb.com:

[D]on't read anything untoward into this, but know that it's true: I wish I knew how to quit Joe Torre.

And Mark Mulder. And Barry Zito. Oh Mychael Urban. We know about you. You're down. We know.

In that same mind dump, Mychael writes Speaking of actors, I'm with A's third baseman Eric Chavez, who took issue with A-Rod bringing his name into that recent Sports Illustrated piece by the fine and finely groomed Tommy Verducci. "Sleep in the bed you make," Chavez told the equally fine Pablo Gutierrez of the Sacramento Bee. Amen, Chavvy. You're good people. Kids trust you.

I <3 Chavvy. Btw, this was Chavvy's response to Alex's comment. Are Barry Zito's ears burning? Cause they should be.
Ramadan Mubarak, [Bad username or site: oakchick75 / @ livejournal.com]!

The Killers were in Baltimore today with the Virgin Music Festival. As were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thievery Corporation, and The Flaming Lips, among others. Tickets were $97.50, and I still really wanted to go, so I'm glad my mom gave me a reason to get out of the state.

I am in crazy love with the video for When You Were Young; just 'cause. Another remix for the taking: The Killers - When You Were Young (The Lindbergh Palace Mix)

'Galactica': the best tv drama you've never seen. The first paragraph contains minor spoilers for the third season, as does the second paragraph on the 5th page. "We approach season 3 with nothing but terror, insecurity, and sheer liquid horror that we're going to screw it up if we're not really, really careful. . . .That's our mantra: Don't screw it up."

I find that comforting. I'm glad they worry.

The A's failed to clinch today. [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] says Dan better pitch a 90 minute shutout or she'll have to miss her flight. I've got $5 that says Bri's sleeping in the airport ^_~

The Cardinals apparently cannot win a game to save their lives. Should be an interesting night of Sunday Night Baseball...a game I actually want to see, for the first time in months.

Today's Marlins/Phillies game was...not fun. Scotty pitches tomorrow, but I think I'm gonna be driving and won't get to watch. Btw, I'm glad Joe's saying he won't quit, because I want Loria to have to fire him. Not that Loria seems at all averse to bad press.

The pumpkin pie ripple ice cream at Bruster's? A biiiiiiit much.

eta: Also, that whole Nick Johnson thing? :( How awful. Totally had me flashing back to B-Rob's injury in New York last season.
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.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] HI.)
( Sep. 17th, 2006 04:37 pm)
Oh my God, y'all, please tell me some of you were just watching the Marlins/Braves game on TBS. Because that was hilarious. The Marlins break a 3-3 tie in the 9 10th by scoring four...and manage to lose the game 8-7.

[Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com], your boy cannot field. HE CAN'T, OKAY?

Oh, Marlins. You've killed me. You've killed me dead. You see what this is? It's called "coming full circle." Because that was SO the April/May Marlins right there. That was that game against the Cubs on ESPN where I died a little inside.

OH, AND NICE JOB NOT WINNING TODAY, NYM.

And Philly is busy not losing.* lol, what a day.

Don't ever leave me, baseball.

* Come on, Houston. I know things aren't the same between us. I took things out on you when you were just the kid in the messy divorce. I realize. But come on. You've got a walkoff in you for me, don't you?
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: ([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: ([Disney] ENG - Kuzco)
( Sep. 6th, 2006 09:31 pm)


1.) I was so sure ESPN was gonna jinx by going to live coverage. Every time ESPN goes to live coverage of something, I think of Bartolo Colon throwing that no hitter against the Yankees and losing it one batter into ESPN's live coverage.

2.) But in retrospect, I am so thankful to ESPN for cutting back to Florida for the top of the 8th and 9th innings ^_~

3.) I am so irritated ESPN cut away during the celebration to go back to a Boston-White Sox game that is a complete BLOWOUT and that is already being televised on WGN. GO BACK TO FLORIDA.

4.) I walked all the way over to campus to post about this, because holy hannah, you guys. I love this team. That shot of them surrounding Anibal on the mound, a mass of pure joy. Man, if I get to see a Wild Card celebration after seeing that, it's just icing on the cake at this point.

I could not adore this team more. I stood by the window in my apartment and managed to get enough of a cellphone signal to call [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com] and squee. I am so happy for Anibal, so thrilled for every single one of them.
It's been TWELVE DAYS. I live in Virginia. My computer only went to Tennessee. It's 2006, not 1917. I don't understand why I don't have my lappy back yet. Granted, counting weekends and holidays, it's been 7 days, which is on the low end of the "7-10 days" I was told. But they never said 7-10 business days >:[

Come on, [Bad username or site: spluckle / @ livejournal.com], help a sister out!

(You'd think that without the added distraction, I'd be more on top of things, but no, I'm more absentminded than ever. Also, what is with gel pens that only last me one class? I don't write THAT much.)

But more important than me and my crash course in life without the internets at my fingertips 24/7 - the fact that the Florida Marlins won yesterday, to reach .500 for the first time since the second day of the season. I wish I were more eloquent, but really XD and ^________^ pretty much express my sentiments on the topic. I heard it said the Marlins are as big a story as the Tigers this year, which sounded weird at first, but I kinda like it :P Not that it will keep Joe in Florida, and maybe this Wild Card thing collapses in the last week like the '05 Indians, but when it's all said and done, I hope they're proud. If not, I'm definitely proud enough for the entire expanded roster at this point.

The LJ Grapevine tells me that [Bad username or site: lovingthecubs / @ livejournal.com] did get to go see the Fish in WI, and Scotty's start to boot. That couldn't have worked out more perfectly ^_^ Also, I'm glad someone who really cared was there. (And you should totally send me a ticket stub if you hung on to any extra ^_~)

(Btw, LJ Grapevine, I've lost my cellphone, so don't waste your text messages.)

Saw on the news this morning that the Crocodile Hunter passed away after getting stung in the heart by a stingray. I hope Joe and the guys can help Hammer through this sad time.
Called Gateway the other day, and they authorized the return of my laptop for repair of the screen hinge, at no cost to me. Whoo. I dislike checking lj on the school comps, so bar something happening that I burst with enthusiasm to talk to y'all about (Rich Harden broke what? HOW?), I won't be around.

("I'm gonna be over there at the bar, drinking a lot, if anybody needs me." "Nobody will.")

Take care of yourselves, and each other, as an instigating old man once said. Good luck to everyone returning to school, starting school, or beginning new jobs!

Btw, I tracked down a copy of The Children of Men at a used bookstore in Kansas City, of all places, and I've been reading it here and there (this will be a good opportunity to finish it, actually). It's been about 75 pages of world and character building to this point. It's not a burning page-turner, but I'm enjoying it.

And the Marlins have won 60! They'd have to lose 34 of the remaining 36 games to have a 100 loss season, so I think it's safe to say, the pundits called this one wrong. Yay, Babyfish.

I discovered [Bad username or site: ostnotes / @ livejournal.com] last week. Where has that community been all my life?
ayrdaomei: ([Office] why are u the way that u r?)
( Aug. 12th, 2006 08:31 am)
Are you shitting me? What a power-tripping fucktard. [Bad username or site: lovingthecubs / @ livejournal.com], I take it back. I've got $5 that says that just hours after being named NL Manager of the Year, Joe Girardi will 'resign' as manager of the Marlins, ala Davey Johnson when he decided Angelos could fuck himself, after 1997. Two weeks later, Joe will take the job with the Cubs. The Marlins will go on to have 8 straight losing seasons. I'VE FUCKING SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE.

Anyway.

Because the A's are keeping Z on regular rest and working everyone else around him, I'll get to see him pitch next Saturday. How neat is that? I'm sad I keep missing Dan, but I should get to also see Blanton and probably Windsor throw, so that'll be fun.

I was supposed to be in Philly today visiting one of my old roomies from Brown, but it fell through. Of course, there's little to be lamented when one has a tankful of gas and lives within 4 hours of 6 major league ballparks, so I'm back in Pittsburgh with my bro. We're doing the Cards at PIT tonight - it's Turn Back The Clock Night! A personal favorite. Tomorrow, there's a Dave Chappelle show we might go to. There are still reasonably priced tickets on ebay, so I think that's the plan. We'll see.

I was a genius and forgot to bring my laptop adapter, so I won't be around, but enjoy your weekends!
ayrdaomei: ([Trek] Lily - It's a long way down)
( Aug. 9th, 2006 03:54 pm)
After approximately a bazillion years of calling and emailing (okay, two emails, and maybe 5 calls) I finally got through to Austin in the A's merchandising department, and my Haren tee is on the way to me ^___________^ I had a coupon for 25% off a mail order item, on account of my subscription to the team mag, so the shirt ended up costing me just under $23 with shipping and everything. Whoo for not breaking the bank...completely.

I can't stop reading analyses of Lieberman's defeat in the primary in CT. All the politicos are like "but it could mean this! or it could mean this! but maybe it signifies this!" It's like undergrad all over again.

I went to see Monster House the other day. (I had to take a friend of the family's kid, okay? shut up.) I was surprised by how not bad it was. Like Cars, it's another one that wasn't promoted well in the early goings, I think. But it was a surprisingly touching story, not just all oooh, creepy house, or whatever. Also, Nick Cannon has a rather funny bit part as a sheriff's deputy. I found the animation-style pretty offputting, and I still didn't really care for it when the movie was over, but I think the story is good enough and compelling enough even, to overcome it.

Oh, and WTC is out today. Probably do the early AM show tomorrow morning, solo, because I know I'ma cry.

Pretty annoyed by all the shit-stirring going on in the Florida papers about some tiff between Joe Girardi and the owner of the team. All the pieces are saying the owner needs to back off, and while I appreciate the support of Joe, I just really hope this becomes a non-issue. I know the writers are all glad for something different to write about but this really isn't Torre-Steinbrenner Redux, so let's not try and make it that.

In more pleasant Marlins news, I enjoyed this piece on the starting rotation. Time will tell if Florida's kid pitchers can cultivate a nice little Barry Zito-Tim Hudson-Mark Mulder dynamic, plus two. But the maturation process should be fun to watch.

You are not wrong, sir.
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] Hands)
( Aug. 2nd, 2006 11:15 pm)
There's a leak of Christina Aguilera's new album (Back To Basics) floating around. The album's fab. Ain't No Other Man isn't a red herring; pretty much the entire double set is this sexy and gorgeous modern day jazzy-hiphop-soul blend. I could not love it more, and I can't wait until the 15th when it officially drops.

Two Three highlight tracks: + Understand + Candyman + Save Me From Myself

Elsewhere:
- Wyatt Earp was on HBO last night. I never realized Jayne is in that. Hee. Also, I continue to have a crazy amount of love for that movie, despite Kevin Costner's thing about not bothering to affect an accent, ever. Quaid's Doc Holliday is especially fabulous.
- The Fish won #50 at home yesterday, on a pinch hit walk-off homer by Hammer. ♥ As if that wasn't great enough, it landed the boys the number one slot on Top Plays this afternoon ^_~ They almost pulled off another great late inning win earlier tonight, but Wagner wiggled out of it.
- The parenthetical from the opening paragraph of this story on Zito not being traded slayed me: Barry Zito wasn't sitting around a television Monday afternoon, monitoring the trades going down in the final hours before the trading deadline to see if he was going or somebody else was coming. (He's got Dan Haren to text message him with all that stuff anyway.)

Practically canon, people.
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