ayrdaomei: ([Office] kinda like family)
( Feb. 18th, 2009 09:51 am)
JEREMY GUTHRIE IS ON TEAM USA'S FINAL ROSTER \o/

Okay, that doesn't really merit all caps. I'm just glad someone I even remotely care about is participating in this damn thing. It's not like I'm going to Toronto for my health. I'm still rooting for Canada, of course, unless Guthrie gets in the game.

In the matter, fellow citizens, of American Disillusionment v. Alex Rodriguez, may I make a small suggestion? Do not allow yourself to be surprised that any hero who competed during the prime steroid years used performance-enhancing drugs. Really, acceptance of this fact will be so beneficial to your emotional health whenever the next big name surfaces ... guilty.

In the specific case of A-Rod, for goodness' sake, all the signs were there along with the manifold rumors. He is strictly a Type-Me personality, just the sort to try anything to abet his own cause. We know all too well that he is insecure and susceptible to temptation.

...[I]n a very real way, what has happened to Rodriguez isn't all that bad for baseball. Really. Nobody much liked him when he was supposed to be clean. He might as well be the new Bonds, an even more divisive figure in pinstripes.
- Frank DeFord cracks me up.
Rocket Pictures hopes to make the first Jane Austen adaptation to which men will drag their girlfriends. Will Clark is set to direct "Pride and Predator," which veers from the traditional period costume drama when an alien crash lands and begins to butcher the mannered protags, who suddenly have more than marriage and inheritance to worry about. - Source.

You know what's really funny about my having posted 3 times today? The fact that I sternly told myself this morning that I was not to log onto LJ during work today.

Quote of the Moment
[livejournal.com profile] johnnybvo: do you care about the A-rod stuff at all?
I watched about 10 mins of the pc, and he is so awkward
it's like he was created in a lab
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What? I'm just saying.)
( Jan. 26th, 2009 02:48 pm)
In "The Yankee Years," due to be released on Feb. 3, Torre ... says that his star player, Alex Rodriguez, was often referred to by his teammates as "A-Fraud" and was obsessed with his perceived rival, shortstop Derek Jeter. - In book, former Yankee manager Joe Torre takes aim.

**snorts** I don't even need to know what else the book says, at this point. That is hilarious, kids. Oh, Alex Emmanuel. I just don't even know, anymore. If it's all canon, you are more special than I ever believed.
From the Thanks For The Diagnosis Dr. Obvious Files: A-Rod admits friendship with Jeter has cooled.

clickety! )

Alright, I didn't even know he had a site, let alone a blog. **laughs** Oh, Alex. Also, he is clearly incapable of shutting up. I'm pretty sure, at some point, someone was like "Alex, maybe you should just, you know, not...talk. so much." But he just can't. And that's sad. And by sad, I mean hilarious.

eta: According to the NYT, he started spilling his guts on the following condition "Let’s make a contract. . . .You don’t ask about Derek and I promise I’ll stop lying to you." Which, okay, I actually don't fault the strategy here, because the thing with Jeter has kept coming up because both of them have insisted their relationship is faboo, while acting otherwise. But you still have a TMI problem, Alex. I bet Jeter can't wait to get to the field and take questions tomorrow ^_~
Robyn - Handle Me (the chorus to this song cracks me up. Just...what?)
Kanye West - Bring Me Down (live) (off Late Orchestration)
Coldplay - In The Sun (Joseph Arthur cover, feat. Michael Stipe)
José González - Hand On Your Heart (acoustic Kylie Minogue cover)
My Immortal - The String Quartet (tribute to Evanescence)
Ray LaMontagne - Crazy (acoustic Gnarls Barkley cover)
Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You (Kanye's remix)

And because I never get tired of sports writers ripping Jeter, especially with regard to A-Rod: Jeter's no MVP.

All the Teflon shortstop had to do, at any point in the season, was to let it be known that he was on A-Rod's side. The rest of the Yankees, and then the public, would no doubt have followed suit. A few words of support to the media would probably have done the trick[.]

But the Yankee captain couldn't bring himself to do that. By his silence, by his body language, he sent the unspoken message that he had no interest in helping A-Rod out of his funk. Go ahead and boo him, go ahead and rip him in the press, Jeter seemed to be saying. I don't like him any more than you do.

. . . .Whatever sin A-Rod committed against Jeter, he has more than paid penance for it. Jeter is no one's MVP until he finds a way not just to accept A-Rod, but also to help him. That's what leaders do.


Yup, yup. Now watch him win the MVP. And me without my Jeter Swallows shirt.

Is there any interest in rips of games from the Japan All Star Series? An exhibition and two of the five games have been played, with a tie (the exhibition) and two MLB wins. They'll play three more games and the first team to three wins is considered the series winner. The MLB team is pretty NL heavy with the likes of Andruw Jones, David Wright, Bronson Arroyo, Jose Reyes, and Ryan Howard. The production quality of the game broadcasts is crap, hilariously, but it's baseball ^_~
ayrdaomei: (Default)
( Oct. 26th, 2006 08:25 am)
Is it me, or does Todd Jones have a line for every occasion? Todd, on the new not-quite-a-controversy-but-maybe-getting-there where Zoom's readings on the Busch radar gun were dramatically different from the numbers he was putting up according to the FOX radar gun:

"You talk to somebody, and FOX will tell you [it's] for ratings," Todd Jones said. "You talk to other people and they'll say the Cardinals want to tone the gun down. It just depends on who you want to believe.

"Maybe it was 95 Canadian. I don't know. Maybe it was metric."


He cracks me up. I figure as long as I make no effort whatsoever to learn anything about him, I can enjoy him for a long time. Why is he not blogging anywhere?

Did you notice how Jeter waited until there were official noises that A-Rod was staying a Yankee before he said anything remotely resembling support of Rodriguez? And the best he could manage was "everyone supports all your teammates all the time"? **rolls eyes** Oh, yeah, you're a stand up guy, Cappy.

If Ron Washington isn’t the next A’s manager — and Bob Geren is — expect more grousing from the players eventually. Fair or not, Geren will always be seen in that clubhouse, first and foremost, as Billy Beane’s good friend. And players tend to like being led by folks they believe to have paid some serious dues. Folks like Washington. -
Urban on the A's manager search.

ESPN crawl says Joe's going to broadcast next season (for YES?). Hopefully with a National League Manager of the Year award to his name. I hate Jeffrey Loria.

New ESPN miniseries about the '77 Yankees? And Daniel Sunjata (Take Me Out, Rescue Me) is playing Reggie Jackson? Cool.
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] Reduce Reuse Recyle)
( Oct. 24th, 2006 06:29 pm)
Yeah, so now I'm 5 eps behind on Prison Break and counting. **face-palms** And I need to get caught up because there is no shortage of spoilery icons floating around. After the playoffs, I suppose. And the MPRE. And the Death Cab concert. Eventually, though! Yes.

04/10/2005 - A's at Tampa Bay, if anyone wants it )

Bonus! For whatever reason, some of the games have up to 30 minutes of extraneous other stuff before the game actually starts. Before one of Harden's starts against Seattle was an entire episode of The Sports List. It happened to be the 10 Sexiest Athletes list. I clipped two parts that made me laugh.

#5 - Alex Rodriguez (asf, 4mbs)
"I'm a man but [he] has got to be one of the best looking dudes! He's got the lil' hazel green eyes, the baby smooth skin. . . ." - Arnez J. (Alex is Dominican, though, not Puerto Rican, Arnez!)

#4 - Derek Jeter (asf, 4mbs)
"He kinda looks like a mixed Elvis to me. And I don't know if it's the haircut, or, like, the shape of his face?" - K.D. Aubert

And from the credits, more Arnez on Alex Rodriguez (asf, 1mb).

1.Click link. Scroll past the first bunch of ads, and then click on/about the text that says This is your link to file ,Unlimited speed for all. This will cause a download link to finally appear towards the bottom of the page of ads. Click the Step 2 link. Go to another page of ads. Wait another minute for the real download link to appear at the top of the page. Finally start downloading. I cannot tell you how long it took me to realize I had to click that 'this is your link to file' text in order to download anything from Up-File, because when you hover your cursor over it, it doesn't appear to be an active link to anything. I assumed for months that Up-File just had a really sharp abuse team and they were taking down files.
ayrdaomei: ([Rosie] when the pretty girl laughs)
( Oct. 7th, 2006 04:59 pm)
"And the bat, like the psyche of Alex Rodriguez, lying shattered out there near third."

That's so wrong. Wrong and unnecessary, I say! But hilarious.

And now they're talking about Joey Harrington; they're killing me. "I think Yankee fans see a little Joey Blueskies in Alex Rodriguez."

Trudged through the rain to hear Justice O'Connor speak this afternoon. I didn't mind missing baseball for that - it was a very cool experience. I'm really gonna miss this about school - having such interesting speakers pretty much dropped in my lap. She was here to sit on a panel discussing freedom of religion and the establishment clause. She was remarkably accessible, I thought. She passed on a question about gay marriage, but otherwise she was pretty lively and entertaining. I almost didn't go - it's been pouring rain here for two days - but it was worth it.

My BSG 3.02 download is 86% complete! whooooo.
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.
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 ^_^
So Scott McClellan stepped down....and I am seriously surprised he lasted this long. Ari lied with conviction, he acted like he believed it and if you didn't believe what he was telling you, then you were just a moron, weren't you? He had this whole Scalia approach to press briefings. I remember in undergrad, one of my friends sent him a Valentine's Day card. She's probably on a list somewhere. Like, he was the Scorpius of the Bush White House. You hated him, right? But he was SO COMPELLING. He used to get into these little tiffs with Les Kinsolving, oh man. Hilarity. Well, as hilarious as anything involving the Bush Administration can get. McClellan, on the other hand, I swear, when I first started watching his briefings? I felt kinda sorry for him. The guy couldn't have sold me on the sky being blue, let alone GOP spin. Anyway, peace out, Scott. You were, like, the least memorable press secretary ever, which, I dunno, that will probably be in your best interest when all is said and done.

[Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com] linked to this piece on Greinke, which reminded me that MLB.com ran this two days ago. I really have so much respect for the Royals organization, and the way they gave this kid his space and have been willing to let him work things through. And I have a lot of respect for this kid, too, to recognize that he's got issues that need addressing. Respect all around, what the hell.

Yesterday it also occurred to me that it's been, like, MONTHS since Alex Rodriguez has done something for me to make fun of. WHAT GIVES. On the plus side, [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] posted caps of sadface!A-Rod post the Team USA loss, so, you know, that's something.

Speaking of [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com], she ripped the BDSSP appearance, in mpeg. In four parts, for easier downloading, since each part is 30mbs here. Um, if you grabbed the thing I ripped from the BDSSP site, then you have all of 1, all of 2, and all but 40 seconds of 3. Part 4 is the guys failing at knowing the trivia about each other, and I imagine fangirls everywhere rolled their eyes at the fact that Chavvy didn't know who Z's uncle was ^_~

Part 1 of 4 ++ Part 2 of 4 ++ Part 3 of 4 ++ Part 4 of 4

She also took a crapload of caps, available here.

And via [Bad username or site: roxybritain / @ livejournal.com]: ahahahahah. Now, if they could just find a way to balance this being adorkable business with WINNING BALLGAMES, I think my friends would all be happier people.

Joe tore the baby fish a new one. Which, you know what? GOOD. Because the frantic throws to first to blow ballgames late? WERE PISSING ME OFF. Also, Mikey can start hitting any day now, because seriously, there could be nothing more embarassing than getting benched by the Marlins.

Btw, Cubs fans, my heart goes out to you, man. I'm headed to the Richmond Braves game on Saturday (in lieu of the Wilco concert, because baseball > Wilco) with my friend Amy, who's a huge Cubs fan, and she's taking this D-Lee thing kinda hard. I imagine it'll be my job to keep the beers coming.
I'm very tired.

+ Why do people who pay for delivery confirmation on a package ask you to let them know when you've received something? Isn't that, like, the SINGULAR purpose of delivery confirmation? You type in that number and the USPS tells you when the package was left at the delivery address? Leave me alone.

+ Someone, someone who is not me, should take a look around and do an impromptu survey of news stories on the Japan v. U.S. game yesterday, noting which is mentioned first: the blown call or the way the game was won. I think I've seen a 50-50 split so far.

+ Mike & Mike are talking about brackets. **is confounded** I do appreciate the enthusiasm, though. Y'all have fun with that.

+ From the 'A-Rod's Blood Could Cure Cancer and People Would Still Mock Him Mercilessly' File:
  • "I got an email from a friend, after A-Rod got that hit, that said 'Mr. March!' " - Buster Olney.
  • "In the World Baseball Classic, the United States defeated Japan 4-3 behind a gamewinning single in the ninth from Alex Rodriguez in Anaheim...where he didn't do anything the last time the Yankees were there." - ESPN 2's Bob Picozzi
How is A-Rod the joke here instead of Bob Davidson and that appalling reversal call?

+ Snurched from [Bad username or site: angisageek / @ livejournal.com]: WBC could face major ump controversy.

handful of other assorted news stories... )

Some pics from yesterday. Oddly - thankfully? - there are no pics up from the Japan/U.S. or Venezuela/Cuba games )

**yawns** Yeah. Ray Liotta, though. Heh. That kills me.

ETA: On his return trip to Anaheim, Rodriguez waited until the end to guide a broken-bat single up the middle. The ball slipped between the Japanese shortstop and the second baseman.

"Last time here, I was the biggest goat," Rodriguez said. "Today, I get to be the hero."

Few will count this as a heroic performance by the United States.
-- To Japanese, California Scheming; to U.S., Good Call. Heh. I hope for his sake this isn't the only big moment he has to write home to his mama about.
+ 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.
From The Great Baseball Classic Debate --

Buster: Don't get me wrong. Personally, I don't care whether a player participates. But the possibility of being deemed unpatriotic scares some players to death. That's why A-Rod is in his mess, because he cares so much about how he's perceived and doesn't want to be seen as dissin' the Dominican or the U.S. What will you think the first time a closer gets yanked in the middle of the ninth inning because of his pitch count?

Jim: A-Rod is in a mess only because he keeps saying such stupid things. No one else really cares whose uniform he wears; it's just that he keeps setting himself up for so many irresistible punch lines with his tortured, overwrought explanations. "Sports participation should only include the admiration and respect an athlete has for a nation and family.'' "I intend to play baseball only when I am dedicated to both.'' What's he going to say next? That he'll play, but he won't swing a bat at the old horsehide because he doesn't want to offend PETA?

Calm down, man. If you don't want to play, just say so and make room for someone else. We're choosing up sides for a baseball tournament, not a war. No one is going to question anyone's patriotism or say that the terrorists win if A-Rod doesn't show up (though the Bush administration might start eavesdropping on their infield chatter).

Buster: I think there is an excellent chance that as A-Rod plays for the U.S., he'll wear a cap that has the Dominican flag hand-stitched into the side, and the names of all Dominican leaders, past and present, written on the back of his shoes and underneath his cap.

Jim: That's funny. And sadly, probably not far off the mark.


Y'all, it's funny because it's true.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Jubes!)
( Feb. 20th, 2006 09:16 pm)
+ So, I don't really like Yadier Molina, especially. But I like the way he photographs. Is that not strange?

Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering? )

[Bad username or site: owllover711 / @ livejournal.com], you were right. Brandon Webb is a bit of a cutie ^_~

+ In the interest of doing everything IN THE WORLD but work on my Note, I created a syndicated feed for the San Francisco Chronicle's Oakland Athletics stuff: [Bad username or site: sfgate_OAK / @ livejournal.com]. Mostly because as darling as the Oakland Athletics are, I have no intention of keeping my ass up nights to watch left coast games.

+ A-Rod has formally accepted Ozzie's apology. There's a story on mlb.com, which I couldn't really bring myself to read, because I saw another story somewhere that Alex is making it known he's "unhappy" with the WBC organizers. I don't even want to know what that is about. He just can't help himself.

+ Did Ryan Church ever apologize for the asinine comments he made about Jews last year? I was thinking of him today, for some reason.

+ Panic! At The Disco sound exactly like Fall Out Boy to me. Exactly. Which pleases me, because ever since I found out the lead singer of Fall Out Boy was feuding (or trying to feud) with Brandon Flowers, I can't really listen to Fall Out Boy anymore. I move to the next track on my mixed cds, I switch the station on my radio. I don't even know what they were/are feuding about. I realize my picking sides, after a fashion, is entirely silly, but that's the way my brain works.

+ I haven't seen 24 in three weeks, and I'm beginning to hate everyone on BSG who is not a Cylon or Edward James Olmos. I am both excited for, and really wary of, the upcoming Sharon-centric ep.

+ I kind of want to just pop in The Station Agent and hit the sack.
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.
ayrdaomei: ([Disney] ENG - wtff)
( Jan. 17th, 2006 09:21 pm)
God, I feel like I've been hit by the stupid stick today. Why is A-Rod on the tenative Dominican roster? I don't understand. Why is Buck Martinez talking like A-Rod still hasn't made his decision? Why do I continue to follow this story?

SHUT UP, [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] - that last was a rhetorical question.

I thought seriously today about removing the mlb news feed for the Orioles from my friends list. Because I just...don't care. Okay, well that news about Bruce Chen was welcome. I kind of adore him. So. Small favors, after the news about the O's designating Walter Young to make room for MILLAH. I had to listen to my dad's theories about the unofficial team quota the O's must have on black players all day Sunday.

ETA:

I saw a license plate the other day that said STARG8T. Gotta be an SG-1/SG-A fan, yeah?

edit 2:

Nerdgasm link of the day: Robot Cops to Patrol Streets. Raise your hand if you know where this is going. "Come quietly. Or there will be trouble."

edit 3:

And now he's officially playing for Team USA. At least today. So fucking special, I swear. Every time I start to waver on him, I swear, every time, he turns around and makes me regret it.
ayrdaomei: ([Boondocks] Just like Malcolm)
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oy.

( Jan. 9th, 2006 09:18 am)
I hate, hate, hate trying to tell people how to do their job, but the clerk at the post office this morning insisted that because my packages were so light, they only needed .39 of postage each and I just wanted to shake her. Please, please believe me, before the postage increase, they cost me at least .49c a package to post, usually .60c, they cannot possibly now cost me less. But the power was out at the post office on Saturday so there was a line of people already and I had to get to class and she was very sweet but she was pretty sure she hadn't missed anything. Just. ARGH. She promised when there was a break in the rush of customers she'd have someone double-check and make sure she hadn't shorted me. I left her .75 cents to cover the extra 20-odd cents in postage I'm sure she's gonna have to add to the three packages, but I just wish I'd had the time to politely insist she have it double-checked in front of me. Now I'm just gonna worry about getting these back in the mail. Damn the man.

But in less frustrating news: Paul Rusesabagina is coming to speak at William & Mary! I am continually impressed by the kind of speakers the undergrad Activities Board gets to come here. He's speaking on Jan 23rd at 8pm; I wouldn't miss Kiefer for much, but I'll definitely miss him for this. School peeps - tickets are free with student ID, and we can pick them up at the UC info desk starting the 17th.

Also, why does LJ want to timestamp this post for 2:18 in the afternoon? Fucking Mondays, I swear.

ETA: And Alex is definitely not playing in the WBC. You know what, good for him. Because as lame as I thought his decision not to play was, it was his decision. And it's one thing for me to not have any respect for his reasons and for him pulling out, but I think it's another thing entirely for the union, the guys that are supposed to be in his corner, to just be like "Yeah, whatever Alex, you will play, and here's who you're gonna play for." Because, jokes aside, what the hell is that?
I always go to bed making such grand plans for the next day, and then I wake up and get nothing done. Annnnnyway. I did manage to do some cleaning up. I had a Yanks/A's game on in the background, Harden's early August start from the summer before last, and was amused to hear Yanks announcer Michael Kay share the following during an A-Rod at bat:

"You ever see when A-Rod lifts up Jeter at the end of the game? I finally asked him today; I said, what are you doing? Why do you do that? He said, 'At the end of each game, if we've both done okay, one of us doesn't have four strikeouts [or something]. . .I simply lift him up in the air, and I go: YOU ARE THE GREATEST PLAYER TO EVER PLAY NEW YORK YANKEES BASEBALL!'

Seriously, what a dork, people. What. A. Dork.

quick and dirty gif visual, for those of you who haven't ever seen that particular bit of specialness )

But I think the best part was when the crew played the above clip and the other announcer (Jim Kaat?) could only muster a really loaded "Wow." He was so thinking "Jesus. That is hella queer."
I find this all endlessly fascinating:

Despite a report in the New York Times, which said that A-Rod is "expected to announce this week that he has changed his mind and will play for the United States team," a source with knowledge of the situation said that the reigning American League MVP has not committed to participating in the event.

... In December, he said in a radio interview that he was leaning toward playing for the Dominican Republic, but told the New York Post just days later that he would skip the event altogether.


So the question remains...did Alex want to play for the US from the get go but feel compelled by politics to say he wanted to play for the Dominican? Or is he being strong-armed into playing for the US because the Dominican team is already sick with sluggers and the US would like to win one or two of these games and not put on a completely embarassing display? I kinda love it when baseball gets all behind-the-scenes politicky. It's kinda sad how much I love it.

Hmm. It's nice that the Dominicans already sorta gave him some cover to come back and play for the US, isn't it? ^_~

On the tea front, Celestial Seasonings's Honey Vanilla White Tea tastes - and smells - delish. And this thing with the miners in W.VA is still incredibly fucked up.

ETA:

[Bad username or site: schnaucl / @ livejournal.com], I got the package from you today. Thanks so much, dude! The shirt's great ^_^
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