• Ready Player One
    Ready Player One
    by Ernest Cline

    Seriuosly, one of the coolest books I've read in a LONG time.  If you are a geek that grew up in the 80s, you gotta read this book.

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    Okay for Now
    by Gary D. Schmidt

    This was gift from a dear friend.  Although it is a children's book, it was fun to read.

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Monday
Jun132011

Slow week...

Didn’t go to the movies last week.  I don’t know, Super 8 just didn’t catch my eye enough to see it on the big screen.   Didn’t go to any baseball games either. That couldn’t be helped, the 51’s weren’t in town.  Didn’t see much baseball either. Watching the sweep kinda killed my mood.  However, we did add a new member to the family.  Meet Yoshi.

Yoshi is a Blue & Gold Macaw.  We picked him up from a local breeder and store owner, Juan Anderson of E & J Exotic Pets.  Wasn’t expecting to pick him up for another two weeks but Juan said that it was eating well enough on its own to go home. 

Needless to say, it’s been an interesting weekend. The dogs don’t know what to do with it. Yoshi is still getting used to its new surroundings. I’m running around with a rag cleaning up poop.  Fortunately it’s not a lot and it doesn’t smell so I’m good.

On an interesting note, The MLB All-Star Ballot updates have been released.  Yankees in the lead are:

Catcher – Russell Martin

1B – Mark Teixeira

2B – Robinson Cano

3B – Alex Rodriguez

SS – Derek Jeter

OF – Curtis Granderson

DH – Jorge Posada (3rd)

See something funny there? The ENTIRE infield are Yankees. I don’t have a problem with this but really?  Where are all the other teams’ fans? Martin, Cano, and Granderson all have comfortable leads. But, how many of these guys are really All-Star quality this year? Martin? Nope. Tex? Maybe. Cano? Yep. Rodriguez? Maybe. Jeter? Not really… But I think this is more of a sentimental vote because, let’s face it, he is in decline and probably won’t voted to a starting team anymore after this season. Granderson? Oh YEAH! Posada? What in the world? How did he even get in the top ten is beyond me.

The NL ballot looks a lot more realistic.  Actually, it even looks stronger than the AL ballot.  Uh Oh, do I feel a prediction coming on? Yes you do.

National League wins the All-Star Game, 5-3. Albert Pujols named MVP.

There I said it. Done. I’m out.

Late

JV

 

Monday
May162011

If I see one more broom...

Seriously, what a bummer of a weekend.  If I see one more broom, I’m going to hit somebody.  After a disastrous weekend, where do we stand?  In second place, 2 games out of first. But, more importantly, we are still ahead of the BoSox.  Funny thing is, the headline isn’t the sweep. The headline is Jorge taking himself out of the lineup after he found out he was batting 9th.

Do I blame the guy? Yes and no. Yeah, I think he should have pulled himself out of the lineup. He should have pulled himself out when he couldn’t get himself anywhere near the Mendoza Line.  He should have taken himself out and taken a “mental” day at the end of April when he went on that 0-for-14 stretch. But on the other hand, I can understand why you want to stay in. It’s the only thing you’ve done for the last 17 seasons. It’s not something you want to give up so easily.  You want to be a part of the game, not sitting on the bench. As a veteran, I gotta imagine he is thinking to himself that there is still something he can contribute to the game.  And as soon he busts this slump I’m sure he will be a key factor, a necessary cog in the gears, which will take the Yankees to another post-season.

Now, my problem with this situation is that he waited till he saw he was dropped into the 9th spot in the batting order to pull himself out.  Like I said before, he should have pulled himself out a long time before that. What he did was really poor sportsmanship.  He acted like a big baby.  He should not have taken the drop in the batting order as an insult but as a challenge.  Let me give you an example…

A few months ago I got invited to play in a softball challenge.  During the practice sessions I made sure that when I took my cuts I stated my case for position in the line-up.  I also made sure my fielding was up to par.  The day of the big game comes. I ask the “coach” where he wants me to play. Now, before the big reveal, I had been practicing in the outfield and at 1st base.  Also consider that this is a coed game. Nothing against my female teammates, but some of them had never played softball before.  That being said, the “coach” puts me in a catcher.  CATCHER!  Seriously?!?!  One of the better arms on the team and I am being regulated to backstop duty.  I was upset, but did I request out of the game? Nope. I simply stated my case by making sure to fire the ball back to pitcher and making sure his glove popped.  After two batters, I got put out in right field.  Not my ideal position, but definitely and upgrade.  End result… I got an assist at second when the batter was trying to stretch a single into a double.  When it came time for us to bat, I asked “coach” where he wanted me to bat.  Honestly, I am thinking he is going to put me 3rd or 5th.  I would’ve been happy batting 6th.  Where do I get put? 10th! Seriously?!?!  Dead last in the lineup?  Again, I was upset, but I didn’t walk off the team.  The team needed me. So again, I stated my case.  End result… 3 for 4 with three singles and a ribbie. One of those singles was a “sure” out but I hustled enough to beat the throw.

My point is, you feel you’ve been insulted by being dropped last in the lineup? Don’t get all booty hurt and leave your teammates hanging.  Get mad, get even, get out there and prove you are more than last in the batting order.

I’m done venting.  And I swear… If I see one more broom!

Late

JV

Monday
Apr252011

The sky is falling... No, not really.

So, Mariano blew his second straight save opp.  Cries of "Is this the end of Mariano?" were heard all over.  Seriously people?  That makes it 51 blown saves in 17 seasons. That's 3 blown saves per season.  What's the big deal?  Trevor Hoffman averaged 4 blown saves per season. A total of 76 blown saves over his career.  Mariano has got a grand total of 51 blown saves up to now.  I think it's safe to say that Mariano is ok.

However, even if he has blown a few saves, the intimidation factor is still there.  You know that when you hear "Enter Sandman" the Yankees have a lead and Mo is coming in.  You know that Mo only has 2, maybe 3 pitches.  You know that you are going to see a few of his famous, or infamous if you are the batter, cut fastballs. You know that you are going to see a few busted bats.  And, in the end, you know that it is most likely the game is over.  When you know all this, it kinda takes the life outta you.  Intimidation.
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It looks like things are getting back to normal in the American League East. Yankees on top, BoSox and Rays fighting for second. Toronto and Baltimore fighting to stay of the cellar.
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Pop quiz, hotshot! You have bases loaded and no outs.  The batter hits one straight to third baseman. What do you do?  What do you do?!?!

Answer, you throw home and get the force out at home and then throw to first to get the second out.

This is basic baseball.  Anyone that plays should have gotten the answer to that.  Well, someone needs to tell those guys over at 2K Sports.  I can't tell you how many times that has happened to me while playing the latest baseball offering from 2K Sports, MLB 2K11.  There are so many stupid quirks with this game it is making it difficult to play.  About half the time, the middle infielder won't turn two on an easy double play ball.  I can't ever get the pitcher to leave the mound to cover first base.  Aaargh, it is so irritating.  At times like this I wish I had a PS3 so I can play MLB The Show. A much better game.

That's it. I'm done for a Monday.

Late
JV

 

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