A friend emailed me a while ago to alert me to an appearance my man Mike Timlin will be making in January. It’s on January 6 (which is the same day as the Hot Stove concert) from 1-3pm at the Bayside Expo Center at the "World of Wheels".
My plan is to be there (hey, I have to support my guy!) and then hit the Hot Stove show that night. I already have three baseball-related activities for the month of January (four if you count Bronson’s concert!) – so, at least, I’m finding things to fill the void left by no live baseball being played!
So come on out in January and support the team!
Oh and on another happy note – Happy Birthday to the Red Sox Hen!!!!
I had a wonderful birthday and a lovely Christmas, and today (well yesterday, now) I had an unbearably stressful day all around. So at 2:35am, I’m still awake.
I’m watching a documentary on Fred Phelps and his whacko family and church. It is certainly not the thing to put me in a better mood – it’s pissing me off and keeping me up. I recommend the documentary if, for no other reason, to educate people on the hate that still permeates this country. Hopefully their God will smite them. (Off my soapbox now.)*
I received a wonderful gift from a friend today – music. So I’ve been listening to new music (okay, not ‘new’ but new to me!) all day and that’s helped make it less sucky. 🙂 So, thanks Kelly!
*Two baseball connections in this documentary I’m watching. Someone sitting in Phelps’ "church" is wearing a Coco Crisp t-shirt – and one of Phelps’ psycho sons is wearing a Yankees cap. Ugh.
I keep a copy of this around and bring it out every Christmas. Believing is very big in my family!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas (whether you celebrate it or not!).
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897.
We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
I haven’t focussed much on the TYIB awards. The Sox won half of them, well, because Sox fans took the time to vote so much! So I wasn’t making a big deal out of it.
But this one is special.
Not only because the "play" won me four beers.
But because it WAS voted by Red Sox fans. The same fans who wanted JD Drew tarred and feathered for the majority of the season.
And it gives me hope that those same fans will greet him with a very different attitude in 2008!
"Yeah, it was a great feeling," said Drew. "More than anything, I was just trying to hit a ball hard up the middle, get a pitch out over the plate that I could handle."
Congratulations JD! You definitely earned it!
I was really going to avoid mentioning the steroids issue today. But two things I read this morning have really struck me.
From today’s Boston Herald:
Also yesterday, U.S. Senator and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning said players accused in the Mitchell Report deserve a chance to clear their names. He said MLB owes it to the players to set up judicial hearings so their sides can be heard.
Unless Senator Mitchell is a total liar, he gave every player named in the Mitchell Report a chance to dispute the allegations against them. I don’t understand why any player who is innocent, yet told they would be mentioned in the report, wouldn’t take the opportunity to talk to the Senator to clear his name. Jason Giambi spoke to Senator Mitchell – and he was guilty.
That isn’t to say that I believe every player mentioned in the report is absolutely guilty. But I’ll say this. An awful lot of us thought Jose Canseco was just blowing smoke out his ass when he wrote his book, and he’s been proven to have been pretty dead on about all this. (ARod should be very nervous. Given that he just hired a ‘manager’ to go along with his agent and, I’m sure, scores of lawyers, I’m guessing he is. It’s all about ‘image’, isn’t it?) Brian Roberts, the guy most pointed to and said "See how unfair this report is? It mentioned Roberts when the only ‘evidence’ against him was Larry Bigbie saying Roberts told him he used!", admitted the report was correct about him. So did Andy Pettitte and a few others. So where are the rest? Why aren’t their faces on tv, screaming about their innocence? Where are the lawsuits? Why send your lawyer or agent to make a statement for you if you aren’t really going to do anything like bring a suit against MLB and the Senator for dragging your name through the mud? It’s suspicious, to say the least.
Also given an opportunity to discuss the steroids issue, while NOT being accused of using, was Curt Schilling. He refused. He was also one of many seemingly ‘clean’ players who sat on his hands and did nothing while he saw the use of PEDs around him. (I know writing PED with the "s" is like writing RBI with the "s" but it’s a better flow for me and it’s early so it’s staying!) When the report first came out, Schilling was quick to defend Roger. But now, well it’s like someone told him he needs to get off a few shots toward Clemens, if for no other reason that to make it look like he wasn’t being racist by calling out Barry Bonds and defending Roger Clemens when they’re accused of the same thing. Curt is much more than a blogger. I know he has a right to his opinion and a right to share it, but he had that opportunity ample time to do so when it would really matter – and he refused. If he couldn’t man up and do something when it counted, why do I care what he says now? Consistency would be nice, Curt.
My ‘favorite’ part of what Curt wrote was his slamming of the fans and their opinions.
Problem is the fans version of accountable is completely dependent on their opinion of the player in question. If you are a fan then all is forgiven, or there is much less vitriol than you might have for other names mentioned."
Kind of like the way Curt attacked Bonds but had a much softer stance for Clemens?
The fans opinions get clouded by their fandom, but yours doesn’t? Pots, kettles and all that, Curt.
Just like your fellow union members, you had your chance to get things out in the open, more than once, and you refused. So to now start beating your chest and decrying all of this, feels a little hollow.
Man, I just want pitchers and catchers to report so I can stop hearing about all this.
I totally ripped this off of 100% Injury Rate – but it made me laugh so much I had to. 🙂
Slow news day…Roger uses his agent to deny the allegations…blah,blah,blah. So this cheered me up!
(Embedding wasn’t working so I’m just linking to it!)
Had quite a good day at work all around yesterday. Makes for a nice way to get up in the morning today! 🙂
I’d really like to read some positive baseball news now. Thanks.
(Hey, today is Jake Gyllenhaal’s birthday…that’s good for something, eh?)
If I read one more article, blog entry or comment about what a good thing Andy Pettitte did, I’m going to vomit.
He used HGH. HGH, unless prescribed by a physician for a specific health issue, is and was illegal. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t specifically listed in the CBA, or Andy’s contract or anywhere in MLB’s documents – it’s an illegal substance and therefore ILLEGAL to use.
If Andy wanted to impress me, he would have spoken with Senator Mitchell when given the opportunity. He wouldn’t have waited until his name was released. And he would have spared me the "I didn’t do it to gain an edge, just to heal faster" which, well, using something illegal to heal faster is, get this Andy, a way to gain an edge.
Incidentally, good for Jemele Hill for beings, seemingly, the only national writer with the balls (ironic, huh?) to call Andy out for his ‘apology’. She gives it to him and HIS apologists but good.
Last year, the Los Angeles Times reported that former Yankee Jason Grimsley told the feds Pettitte was one of the players who used performance-enhancing drugs. This is how Pettitte responded to that allegation at the time: "I haven’t done anything," he said. "I guess reports are saying I’ve used performance-enhancing drugs. I’ve never used any drugs to enhance my performance in baseball before. I don’t know what else to say except it’s embarrassing my name would be out there.
So until it came out in writing, Andy decided to lie.
I’m all for people coming clean. But if you’re going to do it 1) REALLY do it, don’t just offer ridiculous lip service and 2) don’t expect people to throw you a parade just because you’re back was against a wall and you decided to tell the truth.
Stop praising this guy for telling the truth when he obviously didn’t.
While I used Mike Lowell to help get the taste of steroids out of our mouths, Red over at Surviving Grady used Dave Roberts. 🙂 I was at the game against San Francisco that marked Dave’s return to Boston – and Red posting the video of that triggered memories of all the great games I got to see this season.
I’m also watching the "Bonus" video of the World Series boxed set, and the highlights they chose are all from games I was fortunate enough to be at this year.
- Four consecutive home runs versus New York Yankees
- Kevin Youkilis’ inside-the-park home run on Memorial Day
- Last out of Clay Buchholz’ no-hitter
- David Ortiz’ walk-off home run in September versus the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (the last regular-season game I attended in 2007)
Add to that, the Dave Roberts returns game (and Youk’s in-the-park homer was during the Trot Nixon returns game), Clay Buchholz’ first game in MLB, Jon Lester’s first game back in Fenway (which also ended with a walk-off hit), Opening Day, Daisuke’s first game in MLB, Game 2 of the ALDS with Manny’s walk-off, Game 1 of the World Series…and those are just the ones I can list off the top of my head. (Given my poor memory, I did pretty well.)
It’s an embarrassment of riches as a Red Sox fan. And I’m not complaining at all. 🙂
On a note totally unrelated to baseball, Dan Fogelberg died today. To some he might have been just another ‘soft’ rock voice from the 70s/80s, but to me he was a ‘friend’. His music got a young Red Sox Chick through a lot of lousy times and hearing of his death hit me much harder than I ever would have expected. Rest in peace, Dan, and thanks.
And it has really JUST hit me.
The Red Sox won the World Series. Again.
They aren’t a fluke. They’re a dominant force to be reckoned with.
Suck it, New York – indeed.