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.
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: ([BSG] Laura - you're all you've got)
( Jun. 11th, 2006 08:06 am)

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.
So the affidavit containing Grimsley's admissions is now up on The Smoking Gun. [Bad username or site: bisquickgoddess / @ livejournal.com], he may name at least one Oriole in the redacted sections talking about amphetamines, since there's a reference to someone who was a teammate of his last year, and he was with the O's part of the 2005 season.

eta: Grimsley's agent is saying Grimsley was "outed" by the Feds because he refused to wear a wire and get other players to further implicate Barry Bonds in the use of banned substances. Hmm.
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?
Ah, Daylight Savings. The universe empathizes with me for once, and kicks me an hour closer to the first pitch of the 2006 season.

+ I was checking my messages yesterday while I was waiting for a friend at the movies (saw Ice Age 2; enjoyable, but a little too adult at times. The first film was way more subtle in its appeal to multiple age groups) and there was a message from [Bad username or site: nyychick23513 / @ livejournal.com] and [Bad username or site: panicqueen / @ livejournal.com] about Munson making the Astros roster as backup catcher. Y'all are THE BIGGEST DORKS EVER. It amused the hell out of me.

+ The Palm Beach Post has this little '60 Seconds With...' featurette they've been doing all spring. Sixty Seconds with Mike Jacobs & Sixty Seconds with David Eckstein. Just a bit of silliness, really. Hilariously, David Eckstein is a huge pro wrestling fan. They spend their minute with Mikey J asking him about his hair. Btw, his "it ain't no three step process, it's just good hair" makes me even more convinced he's a mutt of some kind. I mean, come on. I've never heard a white person refer to "good hair". Right me if I'm wrong, people. Also, he mentions his mom! He's always talking about his mom. I ♥ him, y'all. I want so badly for him to do well.

+ Nick the Greek made the team; sweet. I look forward to seeing new blood play, though I hear he's not exactly a bucket of laughs. Markakis jerseys, number 61, already dotted the crowd yesterday. <-- lol, what? Nice. Starved for anything remotely positive to cling to with this team? Us?

+ This snippet of an Olney interview with Roy O makes me even more anxious for the April 10 issue of ESPN the Magazine.

mlb odds and ends )

11 hours and counting to first pitch ^_~
ayrdaomei: ([BSG] Laura - you're all you've got)
( Mar. 22nd, 2006 11:46 am)
+ Saw this on [Bad username or site: featureannounce / @ livejournal.com]: Worked on adding integrated instant messaging

Um...what? I'm sorry. Did a note go out that I don't spend enough time on LJ? Also, how is that even gonna work? Actually, don't tell me. I don't want to know.

+ Summer plans are beginning to get nailed down, so hopefully I'll stop feeling all anti-social and bitchy all the damn time. That would be great.

+ Did you see the reception Team Cuba got when they returned? **laughs** It was like a World Series parade. I love it.

+ Someone on my f-list was looking for Natalie's My Skin yesterday. I didn't make a note of who, and of course, now I can't remember. So I'm just gonna post it here, in case it's still needed: Natalie Merchant - My Skin.

+ Frankenstein music meme, snurched from [Bad username or site: jchalo / @ livejournal.com]. I didn't take the prompts too literally, because I'm difficult that way.
Tracklist: senses ) Oh, don't bother with those, kids. SS has decided to join YSI in being wonky and annoying. **shakes them** Damn you, free services! Why will you not work? **pimp-slaps** Working now. Whoo!

+ [Bad username or site: teenagewildlife / @ livejournal.com] shared some pics of herself as a youngin a few days ago, which reminded me that I had a handful of old pics sitting on my bookshelf. I think I shared some of these before, but my f-list was mostly different at that time, I think.

mini me! )

ETA: Sori totally caved.
ayrdaomei: ([Extras] them two blue eyes shinin')
( Mar. 20th, 2006 11:59 am)
[Bad username or site: piney61 / @ livejournal.com], when you hear the news, I want you to BREATHE.

It will be okay.

+ David cracks me up. "What else am I going to do? I have no life." -- David Wright, who was given Monday off, when asked if he'd stay for the game against Cleveland.

+ Venezuela v. DR was a really fun game to watch. Johan Santana seemed shook, right out of the gate. I wish Cabrera's ball off the wall had been a homer to tie it, that would have been heady. Jorge Julio came in late and gave up a bunch of runs to the DR to let them pull away -- SO glad he's not our problem anymore. Watched part of the U.S./Mexico game after; RoLo pitched really well, I was proud of him. Mexico had nothing doing as far as advancing runners - double plays every time someone came up on base. Meh. On the other hand, those were some damn pretty double plays the U.S. was turning, so I can't hate too much. The announcers kept pronouncing Gil as "gill". I wanted to shoot them in the face. My bud Amy was at that game; she had better have not forgotten about my t-shirt! ^_~

I'm gonna miss Canada v. U.S. today, but as the Canadians could barely beat the much joked about South Africans, I don't suspect I'll be missing much.

+ Kelly Clarkson's Because of You is quite possibly the whiniest song I've ever heard. Upon googling the lyrics and considering the song as a whole, I'll allow that it's not THAT whiny ^_~

+ Apparently Cards fans think Cubs fans are defacing their signs. Hilarious. While Cubs fans were wringing their hands over the health of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior, and wondering if Juan Pierre would be the answer at the leadoff spot, Cardinals fans were calling for an investigation into the bird-nappings. Why weren't the police on the case immediately? Certainly criminal charges needed to be filed against the perpetrators. If the perps could be identified, that is. No one desecrates the Cardinals logo and gets away with it! Harrumph.

Why, I'll bet some Cardinals fans were sharpening their scissors, making plans to exact their revenge on Cubs billboards, thinking, "You're not going to get away with this, you lousy Cubbies."

lol, I kind of love it when people make fun of Cardinals fans :-P (not that I love you any less, [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com])

+ Anyone seen Ultraviolet? I'm kind of amused that it has a 5% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. I don't think I've ever seen a movie with so low a rating. Then again, only 40 or so reviews so far. [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com], I can go tomorrow, if you still want? I'll be back in MD by tomorrow morning.

+ Headed out of town for the day. My dad says I'll get lost. I don't think I will, but I'll accept all good, directions-focused vibes ^_^

+ For tags purposes: 23 ST camp minicons/bases posted to [Bad username or site: baseball_icons / @ livejournal.com] (here). And anyone who was waiting on a second batch of general ST icons? Just not gonna happen, sorry.
+ MLB opens urban youth camp in Compton. About. Freakin'. Time. Now open about a dozen more, please. After DC (which hopefully won't take another six years), how about New York, Chicago, Atlanta. . . The other ten places in this country where black people live. As per Chris Rock, you can skip Minnesota. I did a paper in undergrad on the shrinking number of black players in baseball, and it's only gotten worse since. I think it's great that we're finally starting to see Asian position players as well as pitchers, and I have no problem with Latinos becoming the face of the game. But there's long been a sense that MLB has given up on African American youth, as much as African American youth have given up on baseball. Kids will play this game if you give them somewhere to play it, and the equipment to do so. Not every kid is gonna be a Jimmy Rollins, playing in the small courtyard of his apartment complex, making up rules about how high a hit off the apartment building constitutes a double. But it's substantially cheaper for MLB teams to open camps and scout young hispanic kids in Latin America and the Caribbean, so that's where they've gone and with no instruction and no fields, black athletic youth turn to basketball and football instead. I think this is great, and I really hope MLB remains committed. I think the education component of this thing is also very, very cool. And at the end of the day, I'm all in favor of anything that gets my father to eventually shut the hell up about the non-presence of blacks on the Orioles.

+ Things that are random: Leiter's side also A-Rod's. Highlights:

"It's just wrong," Leiter said yesterday of any perception that A-Rod is disingenuous. "He's a good guy. Anybody who thinks that doesn't know him. If you sit with him, hang out, go to lunch with him, you can't think that. He's really fun to be around." ... "[B]ecause he is who he is, people want to know what he does, how he looks, what brand of sweat pants he's wearing. He's learned to be careful, but at his core he's this jovial guy with an almost-childlike sense of fun who likes to be a little goofy and likes to have a good time, so he tries to be protective of saying the wrong thing, and as a result, it may seem like he's insincere but it's more not saying just the right thing." ... "He's not a pity-party guy," Leiter said of A-Rod. "I think in trying to express himself, it may come off that way sometimes. But again, he enjoys what he's doing, and who he is. Maybe he'd be better off like some other (stars) who say as little as possible, and leave it at that. But he can't help it sometimes. He has a lot to say." ... "Alex is too acutely aware of his surroundings sometimes."

Heh. No shit. It's funny that it would be Leiter who would be the guy to step forward and say this stuff. I've never read similar comments from Jeter in defense of Alex, you know? I think it's kinda sweet he wants to stick up for his friend, since few others (besides Shef, heh. He's been pretty quiet about A-Rod, is the love affair over?) are inclined to, BUT come on, Al. Isn't being so concerned with not saying the wrong thing in a way inherently insincere/disingenuous? When you're sitting next to him this season, try putting a bug in his ear about not trying so damn hard.

And...a bunch of linkage to other neat stories I read over breakfast )

ETA: Boy, does that coloring need to go, Manny.
1. Death Cab fans: check out the "short film" inspired by Death Cab's Your Heart Is An Empty Room. Apparently the guy who animated the video/film is the same guy who wrote the song, which is neat even though I wasn't really a fan of this track. Turns out Death Cab is releasing a dvd of short vids/films/whatevers that were inspired by Plans. They're gonna be showing one vid a week on their website (this is the first one) until the release of the dvd. I eagerly await Summer Skin and What Sarah Said.

2. The Yankees have, no lie, sent me at least 6 press notes/packets since Spring Training started two weeks ago. They kill me. It's SPRING TRAINING. What are you issuing press notes for? And never you mind why I'm set up to receive NYY press notes. That's neither here nor there. The point is, I'm set up to receive press notes for 5 teams, and the Yankees are the only busybodies sending them out during spring training.

3. The Orioles play the Marlins tomorrow Thursday. Your guess is as good as mine as to who will suck less.

4. Snurched from [Bad username or site: piney61 / @ livejournal.com], this is kinda interesting, for what such things are worth: SI Players Poll - "Would You Welcome An Openly Gay Teammate?"

There's no information on how the poll was conducted (were the players asked this question over the phone? were the survey-givers male or female? were answers somehow given anonymously?). And I wonder how different the numbers would have been if the question had simply asked if players could accept an openly gay teammate, as opposed to asking if they'd welcome one. I'm actually a little surprised by the MLB results - 62% is a pretty strong showing for 'welcome' language, if you ask me. You see stuff like this, but then you see other stuff, so who knows. It is what it is. Who knows what any of it really means.

5. Spring Break, in like, 4 days. Whoo.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Jubes!)
( Feb. 25th, 2006 11:37 pm)
+ While I don't really want any of them for myself, I cannot stop looking at this batch of icons. I am so amused that Vin Diesel was like "I'm too sexy to make a stupid face in the MTV Photobooth like EVERYONE ELSE." Anyway, very cute, and some of the faces are hilarious. It's also kinda neat to see who could really let go and be a dork and who couldn't. Vin, you're a total D&D nerd, so you don't get to pretend you're too cool for the photobooth.

+ I have been spelling words wrong a lot lately. Or not spelling them wrong, exactly, but I write the wrong word more and more. Above, for example, I wrote "really like go". I remember yesterday I wanted to write "readiness" and I wrote "ready nest" Is there a term for that? It is distressing to me, my loves. I also find myself, increasingly, using the wrong form of the verb I want. I can feel my brain cells dying, one by one.

+ If anyone sees Ultraviolet (that's out this weekend, right?), I'd be interested to know if it's a good time.

+ It was also Photo Day for Houston says Getty. **shakes fist at yahoo** Mixed feelings about the batch, 'cause one hand: image of Roy! Image of Ausmus! Sans mask! Which, like. Oh my goodness. On the other hand, lol, there's this totally depressing vibe. I think you definitely want to go more for more 'badass', or 'whoo baseball is fun'. I think maybe the photographer was going for badass here, but I don't think he quite got it. I wanted to make everyone soup. Also, in keeping with obnoxious tradition, not everyone's been released yet. No Ensberg, no Everett. No Backe. My soul weeps.

+ D-Rays also posted, several days ago. Which means I finally know what BJ Upton looks like. Seeing Zimm with anything other than 'New York' across his chest is weird. And just because I love saying it: Rocco Baldelli! Pride of Rhode Island!. Now with lazy eye action. And in case Ang wants to cry some more: Travis Lee used to be an Indian, right?

+ All delayed-like, I have this vague memory of being tagged by two people for memes and not doing either. If I've got it right, [Bad username or site: lisabird / @ livejournal.com] tagged me for things that make me happy. [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com] tagged me for that garish yellow meme, I think. The yellow one was some kind of variant on the guilty pleasures meme, so I'm gonna say see supra. As for things that make me happy, I did that a few months back, and the list hasn't really changed. For 'Three Witches being back', lemme substitute 'spring training picspammage' :-P

+ Okay, a coffee run to DD, and then back to work on my appeal. Which makes me sad.

ETA: Whoa, Don Knotts died? I must confess - I had mostly a wait, he wasn't already dead? reaction. Whenever I think of Don Knotts, I think of his part in The Apple Dumpling Gang. That's, like, the definitive Don Knotts role for me. That's kinda weird, right? Of all the great parts he's had and is known for?

In other news, Chavvy can't play for Mexico. [Insert Nelson-style laugh here]
ayrdaomei: ([BSG] Laura - you're all you've got)
( Feb. 21st, 2006 05:26 am)
**laughs** I, too, am intrigued by how freakishly accurate a two question test seems to be. I've changed the coding to get rid of the excess spacing, make clear where I've added my own commentary, and remove the extraneous alternate results and other OKCupid spammage at the bottom.

Navel-gazing, yay! )

ETA: Oh, Chavvy, I mean this in the nicest way possible - you can be something of a bitch. He's looking into playing for Mexico since the US whored him up.

Chavez remains on the provisional roster and, according to U.S. manager Buck Martinez, would be available to replace A-Rod or Jones if a move were necessary.

"You never know, A-Rod could change his mind, and I'd love to play for the U.S.," Chavez said. "But if not, this would be something different, a way to get some quality at-bats in a real competition situation.'
ayrdaomei: ([BSG] Laura - you're all you've got)
( Feb. 17th, 2006 05:51 pm)

World Champion Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen listens to a question at the Sox spring training facility in Tucson, Ariz., Friday, Feb. 17, 2006. Guillen apologized for comments he made about Alex Rodriguez in a Sports Illustrated article. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast))

There aren't any stories on the wire yet, so I don't know what he said in his apology*. He's still an asshole. Btw, I presume he also apologized for being a hateful bastard to Nomar.

There are all these scary pictures of Matt Morris and Sidney Ponson on the internets.

*ETA From SI.com: "I learned a lesson. I never took a first shot at anybody in my life and now I feel like I took the first shot. I feel embarrassed, I feel guilty. I wish I had not said it the way it sounds or the way I said it. . . . I apologize to Alex Rodriguez, his family, his fans, the New York Yankee organization, to the White Sox organization. That's the first time I feel like I did something wrong. I've been in a lot of controversial things before, but I think I started this one and I'm going to finish it."

I guess that's that.

Oh, and Cards pics - For [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] and [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com]. Well, the one pic of Lurch Looper doing stretches next to Mulder is for Leanne.

Cards )
ayrdaomei: (Default)
( Feb. 16th, 2006 01:27 pm)
"Alex was kissing Latino people's asses. . . .He knew he wasn't going to play for the Dominicans; he's not a Dominican! . . .I hate hypocrites: He's full of shit. The Dominican team doesn't need his ass. It's the same with Garciaparra playing for Mexico. Garciaparra only knows Cancun because he went to visit."

-- Ozzie Guillen calls A-Rod, Nomar hypocrites for WBC choices.

Okay, so here's the thing. Oftentimes, I find A-Rod as disingenuous as the next person but I think Guillen's being pretty harsh. "He's not Dominician"? Garciaparra only knows from Cancun because he's been to visit? To suggest that neither one of them has any significant tie to his ethnic heritage just because they were born in the United States? I mean, is it me, or is he basically suggesting neither one of them has any right to consider himself Latino? That's a little much, Ozzie. You have dual citizenship too, last time I checked. I thought A-Rod was full of shit for trying to please everybody and publically acting like choosing between the US and the Dominican was too hard. I think that's entirely different from suggesting he's full of shit because he's "not Dominican" enough for the decision to have even given him pause in the first place.

Being racially mixed myself, with the nationality issue tossed in to boot (I'm an American citizen by birth, though I was born abroad), this kind of talk absolutely pisses me off. What fucking reason is there to be so goddamned exclusionist? Lord knows he didn't get a White pass by being born here. I'm no A-Rod apologist (I'm definitely not one of those people who thinks "he just says the wrong thing at the wrong time, but his heart's in the right place" as Timmy K put it), and I'm not saying he didn't make a much bigger deal out of deciding who to play for than was necessary -- but I think Guillen's way out of line here. I'm probably not even making any sense. Just...grr. argh.

ETA: Orioles sign Roberts. Well, thanks, Universe. Maybe I'll stop trying to make Ozzie Guillen spontaneously combust. I guess B-Rob's agent saw how the arbitrations were all going management's way? No word on terms yet.
Alright, I couldn't resist. I did a quick LexisNexis news search on the thing with Roy O.

snippets from three stories )

**laughs** I love the way the little details vary from story to story. Just make shit up guys, 'cause who's gonna notice, right?
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( Feb. 12th, 2006 05:16 pm)
If anyone has the Last of the Mohicans OST and wants to ysi or sendspace it my way, I would be very grateful. Thanks, [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com] ^_^

Hey, [Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com]: Ozzie Guillen won't visit White House. I love how it's not even a political statement, apparently. He just can't be arsed to change his travel plans. (Though I suppose that in and of itself is a statement.) Way to be. He's like **shrug**. Hanging out with the fam > Hanging out at the Bush White House. He just became an American citizen 5 minutes ago, and he's already as blasé as the rest of us. Heh.
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( Dec. 14th, 2005 07:03 am)
Courtesy [Bad username or site: trailer_spot / @ livejournal.com]: The Da Vinci Code trailer. Now with actual footage from the film! Try not to snicker too loudly at the sight of Hanks. Try not to groan too loudly at the realization that Tautou's Sophie is not a redhead. Ian McKellan and Jean Reno are in this, kids. All will be well. Do not let your hearts be troubled. I think I'll re-read the book over winter break. I flew through that thing.

While Rich Harden and Huston Street may individually do nothing for me, I find myself fangirling A's reporter Mychael Urban. I'm developing such a crush. He was on MLB Radio yesterday afternoon reporting about the Bradley trade (BTW, as far as comments on the Milton Bradley deal go, HAHAHA). He brightened my day by agreeing that the Bradley deal is another sign Zito's definitely going to be around next season. And then he related how Billy Beane likes to ruin his holidays. I was amused.

[Bad username or site: bisquickgoddess / @ livejournal.com]: While I was poking around the MLB Radio archives, I saw that Erik Bedard had been on 'Players Talk' in August. Have you heard that interview?

The Yanks are courting Nomar to play first base for them. If the idea of the Trinity of old playing on the same field in the same uniform doesn't engender any kind of reaction in you at all...I really don't know what to say to you. I'm leaning towards "That would be kinda cool," even though it's the Yankees and Nomar's really fallen off. FoxSports seems to be giving the Astros the inside track at landing him though. While I'm talking about the Yanks: they told Jorge he couldn't play for Team Puerto Rico. That sucks. A-Rod seems to be making the world's biggest production out of choosing a team to play for, when everyone knows he's going to play for the Dominican, so seriously, just declare and shut up. (To be fair though, I haven't read a single one of the Who Will Alex Play For? articles, so there could be "issues" involved. But I don't really care. Declare and shut up.)

Seeing Roger Clemens in the home whites at Fenway again would be weird.

Crazy article on Urbina and his time in prison as he awaits trial in Venezuela for attempted murder.

I have nothing to say about the Orioles or guys who try to backpedal on well-publicized trade demands. (In the words of Gangstalicious: "What's done is done! Let's be solution-oriented!") There is nothing about being an Orioles fan right now that does not make me sad, sick, or tired.

Liz: I haven't forgotten about you. I hope to ysi those files to you today.

This day last year, I was at Wal-Mart at midnight to pick up the extended edition of Return Of The King. Confession: I have yet to watch/listen to any of the extras on it. Not even the cast comm. Go me.
Forgot this yesterday - Jim Caple still owns my heart, but there was a cute piece on Page 2's Bill Simmons in Sunday's New York Times. I've put the text of the story behind the cut.

That Sports Guy Thrives Online )

And we have a teaser trailer for M. Night's Lady In The Water. I think we got this trailer before GOF and I completely forgot about it in all the whoo! of seeing the film. [Bad username or site: trailer_spot / @ livejournal.com] has links to HD versions of the trailer as well. Despite myself, I'm really excited about this film, and M. Night's carried over Bryce Dallas Howard (Ivy in The Village) to play the woman in the water. I cannot wait until we get the first production shots of her.

My early afternoon class was cancelled, because Professor Selassie RULES. However, Judge Baker sucks, and I still have class at 3:30. But after, I'm going to see GOF again with a couple friends, so if I have to stick around an extra day, at least there's fun to be had. One of the people I'm going to see it again with is a friend I saw the midnight show with, and I find his enthusiasm for this movie completely darling. He was all "Man, it made me want to read the book!" **laughs** Which was so me after Prisoner of Azkaban, so I totally relate. Yay for movie adaptations that really hook you ^_~ Maybe this time we'll get the Superman teaser that's supposed to be showing before GOF?
ayrdaomei: (Default)
( Nov. 15th, 2005 06:15 pm)
A-Rod came on the Dan Patrick Show today, and it was apparently a big deal, because A-Rod and Patrick "haven't spoken" in a few years? Dan opened the show by announcing that A-Rod was coming on, and he appreciated it, because "We had a falling out about 4 years ago. It had to do with Derek Jeter. We have not spoken since then."

Does anyone know the details of this dust-up? Four years ago and the reference to Jeter makes me think this had something to do with the infamous Esquire interview. If I had to guess I'd imagine Dan had Alex on the show to defend his comments and explain just how it was he'd been taken out of context. And Dan can get pretty argumentative so I'm guessing he probably called a guy with no rings, on a last place team, for questioning what Derek Jeter contributes to his club. And A-Rod probably got all pissy and ended the interview, or something.

More from A-Rod's interview with Dan Patrick, and I totally embarrass myself so let's not talk about this again, ever, okay? )

Oh, but Bri, we don't have to feel bad for mocking him all the time, because he says he doesn't care what people outside the game think of him ^_~ Ugh, and now he's invoking the I-grew-up-poor card and defensively comparing his salary to the salaries of actors and investment bankers and omg I THOUGHT YOU DIDN'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT OF YOU.

Okay, I had to turn it off. I almost made it through the whole thing, but he totally lost me at the end there. Seriously. Wilbon is right. What a martyr complex.


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