This article made me very uncomfortable - Baseball's Rockies seek revival on two levels
. Something about the organization's executives characterizing a ballclub as a 'Christian' organization really bothers me, when I'm fairly sure not every person involved with that club, on the field or off, is a praticing Christian. I suppose it would be one thing, if everyone's tenure with a baseball club were voluntary, but guys get traded into new organizations all the time. And I just feel like it's sooooo easy to say "oh, we're not forcing anything on anyone" when the fact of the matter is the organization has scripture posted in the clubhouse (which strikes me as very different from a few players posting scripture in their lockers, say), and the organization's leadership has publicly identified themselves, and the organization as a whole, with a particular belief system. You get traded onto that team and you're not a believer, how does that not immediately brand you a kind of outsider/other, in your own clubhouse? My reaction was very much like that of Mark Sweeney. I mean, I applaud that there's no pornography in the clubhouse. I think it's great that they want the guys to be men of character and do right by others. But why does that have to be a 'Christian' thing? I don't understand why the Rockies can't trumpet values of decency and respect, why they can't have a code of conduct like every other club in baseball, without stamping religion and a 'holier than thou'ness all over it. To be honest, I'm rather relieved the Rockies aren't a club I follow, because this really kind of wigged me.
Alright, moving on to less weighty things - born to speak all mirth and no matter as I am: The Fish won a terrifically pitched game by Scott Olsen yesterday, 2-1. Their first win when scoring fewer than 4 runs, a fact which is, by turns, a source of great pride and much embarrassment to me. Mikey the J drove in the go ahead run in the 8th, in front of a bunch of family and friends. After the way he struggled to start the season, I'm sure that was huge for him. He also had a good game Friday, so I think getting to see his momma again worked out well XD ( Mikey loves his momma! )
A question, randomly, for those who have seen The Skeleton Key
- how did you feel about Caroline? I went over to Liz's last night and we watched it on HBO and I swear, about 20 minutes into the movie I was already rather hoping her nosiness would come back to bite her in the ass, because cripes, what a noooooooooosey bitch. I mean, seriously. And sure, ultimately, she was trying to do the right thing, but I don't think that excuses that fact that she was ALL up in people's personal business and downright rude about it, too. Watching the movie, I spent much of it outside of the last 15 or so minutes trying to think how anyone could find her character appealing. I was at a loss.
Before I went over, I found myself watching the series finale of The West Wing
as I helped my Dad with dinner. It was very strange but still familiar at the last time. I appreciated getting to see all the faces again (everyone - Ron, Larry, Carole, Ginger...), and the little touches were great - Will picking up Toby's ball, I loved that. But I was really confused as to what had happened with Toby. I think [Bad username or site: schnaucl / @ livejournal.com]
told me at one point last year, but I'd forgotten, and they never said in the finale, just the looming question of the pardon. I appreciated that Sorkin was at the swearing in ceremony; warmed my fangirly heart. The banter didn't feel quite right, too obviously meant to be Witty Banter at times, but still, I had been thinking about returning the 5th season boxset to the store, sight unseen, but sitting through the finale made me give serious thought to going back and watching the last three years of the show.
Going to see MI:3
today with [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com]
. I was very excited to see it when the trailer first dropped, but by the time it came to theatres I was feeling more ambivalent about the whole venture, despite the great reviews. I was going to settle for watching it on video, but [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com]
wants to see it, and so we shall. We're going to an early show, so hopefully it won't be too crowded and I should get back to see most of the A's going for the sweep of the Yanks at 1. And speaking of! This Rouse guy is certainly making the most of his opportunity to play XD I hope he can keep it up; it sucks when guys have a great first batch of games and then fall off the earth. (**waves at Jeff Fiorentino, wherever he may be**). It's a shame his folks couldn't be there:Rouse, who had not been to New York before, took the red-eye from Sacramento and arrived at 7:30 a.m. His parents weren't able to come to see their son's big-league debut because, Rouse said, his father (also Mike Rouse) wasn't able to get time off from his job as a mailman in San Jose. In addition, Rouse's sister is about to have her first child (his parents' first grandchild), so it's a big week for the Rouse family.
- Rouse leads charge in debut
LOL, [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com]
, did you see this? From Inside Bay Area
: A bunch of A's players got a laugh out of a report that Huston Street secured Friday's game after throwing up in the bullpen because they know Street wasn't sick — he ate two greasy burritos, drank a cup of coffee and a Red Bull during the rain delay. ...
^_~ Yeah, I'm soooo sure it was the burritos :P That business about Milton Bradley also made me laugh. He's kinda fun when he's not being a crazy person.
And how depressing is this last line of the piece on Harden?: Love of the game should keep Harden going, as it did Karsay. "Once he finds something that works for him, he'll be able to stick with that for the rest of his career," Karsay said. "He has incredible stuff. He has a chance to be one of the most dominant pitchers in this league for a long time."
Once upon a time, they said the exact same thing about Karsay.