Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
One baseball executive offered an observation that seemed to bear truth with word of CC Sabathia's seven-year, $161 million deal: The Yankees will have to overpay to get any major free agent.
One general manager said, "It's just crazy. Seven years for a pitcher?" The Yankees have always had money to burn and have been burdened with big contracts that are eventually useless over time.
Sabathia is a terrific pitcher, perhaps the best in the game right now. He's lefthanded. Still, his big body worried every major suitor even though he's been amazingly durable.
"As he gets older, he's not gonna get skinnier," said the GM.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Prosky appeared in more than 200 plays on Broadway and with Arena Stage, a regional theater company in Washington. He appeared in 38 films and numerous television shows.
A native of Philadelphia, Prosky studied economics at Temple University and served in the U.S. Air Force.
His role as Judge Henry Harper in the 1994 remake of "Miracle on 34th Street" is a favorite in our household.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
"[On] December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific."
The next day my grandfather turned 19. My recollection is that shortly after he learned the news, he made the trip from "The Farm" in Hartford, VT to Rutland, VT to enlist.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
No order. No separating "Desert Island" from "Guilty Pleasures". No explanations.
"I've always wished for more artistic talent. Well, murder can be an art, too. The power to kill can be just as satisfying as the power to create. "
"Sergeant, you got your men this far. You did it right today. Now you gotta start thinking about getting them out of here."
"Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist."
"When I came home, there was a man in my house. I fought with this man. He had a mechanical arm. You find this man. You find this man."
"They all did it. But if you wanna know who killed Mr. Boddy, I did. In the hall. With the revolver. Okay, Chief, take 'em away. I'm gonna go home and sleep with my wife."
"Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister."
"Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought."
"Am I in Spain? No I'm not in Spain, dear, I'm in agony, that's where I am!"
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
NEW YORK (AP)—Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has won the American League Most Valuable Player award.
Pedroia got 16 of the 28 first-place votes and easily beat out Minnesota slugger Justin Morneau.
Pedroia became the first AL second baseman to win the award since Nellie Fox in 1959.
By prevailing in the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting, Pedroia became the 10th Red Sox MVP winner and the first to cart home the coveted award since Mo Vaughn in 1995. The previous winners from Boston were Jimmie Foxx (1938), Ted Williams (1946 and 1949), Jackie Jensen (1958), Carl Yastrzemski (1967), Fred Lynn (1975), Jim Rice (1978) and Roger Clemens (1986).
Since Vaughn's victory 13 years ago, three Red Sox players finished second in the voting: shortstop Nomar Garciaparra in 1998, pitcher Pedro Martinez in 1999 and designated hitter David Ortiz in 2005.
"Frame Toby" (November 20, 2008)
A mysterious person in the office has made a huge mess in the microwave and will not clean it up. Meanwhile, Michael has to come to terms with the fact that there have been certain personnel changes in his staff without his knowing.
"The Surplus" (December 4, 2008)
Oscar informs Michael that the office must spend a $4300 surplus or lose it in next year’s budget. When Michael opens up the floor for suggestions, factions break out and officemates square off against one another in order to get what they want. Meanwhile, Dwight takes Angela and Andy to Schrute Farms to work on their wedding plans.
"Moroccan Christmas" (December 11,2008)
Phyllis’ Moroccan-themed holiday party goes up in flames when Meredith’s hair catches on fire and Michael is forced to deal with the accident. Meanwhile, Dwight corners the market on the hottest toy of the Christmas season.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
*Edited 11-25-08...have now seen "Iron Man"...it was fun.
**Edited about 2 hours later...it had its moments but a bit of a let down after "Iron Man"
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
We are the Dead. Short days ago
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
*The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day on calendars. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that no apostrophe rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
He updated the Jonas Brothers Myspace page yesterday, letting fans in on his birthday and the Lamborghini he was driving isn't his! He borrowed it from a friend!
Read what he wrote below:
"Hey everyone! Kevin here. Still can't believe I just turned 21 years old. Just wanted to thank everyone for all of the comments, messages, etc. You helped make this one of the best days ever.
We were busy all day filming our new show so everyone showed up at the set and sang Happy Birthday. Then a friend let me use his car (a Lamborghini) for the day. It was so much fun to drive it.
Although it is great...I still love my Tahoe Hybrid! Had fun all day with friends and family. But one of the best things was reading all the comments you left. Thanks again."
KevJo is so P.C.!
***UPDATE: The papers were able to get some pictures of Kevin and his New Jersey hometown love, Danielle, enjoying the ‘friend’s’ Lamborghini on Thursday
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
For all the attention that little Dustin Pedroia gets for his big bat, his emergence into an elite second baseman has too often been lost in the shuffle.But that changed in dramatic fashion on Thursday, when Pedroia, the sparkplug of the Boston Red Sox, was officially awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove for his defensive excellence.
Pedroia nabbed the honor for the first time in just his second Major League season.
Read more HERE.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Originally meant as the first James Bond film, Thunderball was the center of legal disputes beginning in 1961. Former Ian Fleming collaborators Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham sued him shortly after the 1961 publication of the Thunderball novel, claiming he based it upon the screenplay the trio had earlier written in a failed cinematic translation of James Bond.
The lawsuit was settled out of court; McClory retained certain screen rights to the novel's story, plot, and characters. By then, "James Bond" was a box office success, and series producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman feared a rival McClory film beyond their control; they agreed to McClory's producer's credit of a cinematic Thunderball, with them as executive producers.
Later, in 1964, EON producers Broccoli and Saltzman agreed with McClory to cinematically adapt the novel; it was promoted as "Ian Fleming's Thunderball". Yet, along with the credit to screenwriters Richard Maibaum and John Hopkins, the screenplay is also identified as based on an original screenplay by Jack Whittingham and as based on the original story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming.
To date, Thunderball has twice been adapted cinematically; the 1983, McClory-produced Never Say Never Again, features Sean Connery as James Bond, but is not an official EON production. (The title is based on a conversation between Sean Connery and his wife. After the film Diamonds Are Forever he told her he'd 'never' play James Bond again. Her response was for him to "Never say never again". She is credited at the end of the film for her contribution. As a result, it was the first Bond movie to use a non-Fleming originated title.)
The film For Your Eyes Only is noted for its pre-title sequence which sees the final comeuppance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Bond's enemy in five previous films. For this film, Blofeld is deliberately not named due to copyright restrictions with McClory, who owned the film rights to Thunderball which supposedly includes the character Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the organization SPECTRE, and a number of other material associated with the development of Thunderball. The demise of Blofeld was added to show that the "James Bond" series did not need Blofeld.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Anyone who was really into Marvel and DC Comics in the '70's might recognize Tom's name. Tom was the organizer and co-ordinator of the Rutland (Vermont) Halloween Parade. For several years, he hosted a Halloween party that got several comics creators to attend, including Steve Englehart, Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, Bernie Wrightson, Dennis O'Neil, Roy Thomas, Alan Weiss, Wendy and Richard Pini, Dave Cockrum and Len Wein.
These creators worked Tom and Rutland, VT into a bunch of comics, which led to what some consider the first inter-company crossover(Amazing Adventures #16 from Marvel led into a story in DC's Justice League of America #103 and concluded back at Marvel in Thor #207).
Tom passed away last week at the age of 77.
A couple of links you can check out (including the title of this entry):
The Wikipedia article on the Rutland Halloween Parade.
This site, all about the Marvel Universe, has an article on the Parade and Tom.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
While I obviously wanted the Sox to repeat, I think this is an okay runner-up scenario.
Cole Hamels was named MVP of both the NLCS and the World Series.
Joy of Sox put it best..."The Red Sox are no longer baseball's defending champions."
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Pam (Jenna Fischer) is embarrassed when she is the only person at corporate wearing a costume on Halloween. Holly (guest star Amy Ryan) and Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) take the long trip to Nashua after they get some shocking news from corporate. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) torments Andy (Ed Helms) and tries to get under his skin.
Nov. 6:“Customer Survey.”
Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski) are shocked when they get the results of the annual customer survey report. Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim decide they want to spend every minute together using their bluetooth phones. Meanwhile, Angela (Angela Kinsey) and Andy (Ed Helms) pick an unusual location for their wedding.
Nov. 13:“Business Trip”
Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) is ecstatic when David Wallace (Andy Buckley) decides to send him on a business trip to Canada. Andy (Ed Helms) and Oscar (Oscar Nunez) become unlikely friends when Michael decides to bring them along on the trip. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) is counting down the days until Pam (Jenna Fischer) gets back from art school.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
First base coach Luis Alicea is the exception; the team said he will not be offered a contract for next year.
Pitching coach John Farrell, third base coach DeMarlo Hale, hitting coach Dave Magadan, bench coach Brad Mills, and bullpen coach Gary Tuck have been asked back, the team said.
Also Wednesday, the team announced that right-hander Chris Smith elected free agency after being designated for assignment. Smith was 1-0 with a 7.85 ERA in 12 appearances with Boston; he also appeared in 37 games for Triple-A Pawtucket last season.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Justice Society of America #23
Monday, October 20, 2008
I am quite impressed that NO member of the Sox is embarrassing themselves the way John Lackey did when the Angels lost. Look at these quotes:
"I feel like there's no losers in here tonight," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "We got beat by a team that's playing great. We congratulate them. I still feel like this was a championship effort this year. [It's] something for the organization to be proud of. It's baseball. You don't win all the time. The effort was incredible. Every guy here left it all on the field."and
"It definitely hurts," said Youkilis. "We battled so hard and had a great year of battling through a lot of adversity and a lot of things. We fell short. I feel like I should have done a little bit more, I think tonight and other parts of the series. I put a lot on my shoulders. I think I didn't carry this team enough tonight when there were some opportunities I could have."and
"You get used to a certain level, playing in this Red Sox uniform," said closer Jonathan Papelbon. "I don't think anybody else expected us to lose. It's just, these are the circumstances and it happened. We gave ourselves a chance to win. We fell just a little bit short. Year after year, we're going to put ourselves in a position to win championships. You can't ask for anything else."
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Year Series Foe Game 6 Series
1903 WS Pittsburgh Won Won in 8
1967 WS St. Louis Won Lost in 7
1975 WS Cincinnati Won Lost in 7
1986 ALCS California Won Won in 7
2003 ALCS New York Won Lost in 7
2004 ALCS New York Won Won in 7
2007 ALCS Cleveland Won Won in 7
2008 ALCS Rays Won ???
The Red Sox are 9-1 in elimination games under manager Terry Francona.
Year Series Foe Game Result
2004 ALCS Yankees 4 Won
2004 ALCS Yankees 5 Won
2004 ALCS Yankees 6 Won
2004 ALCS Yankees 7 Won
2005 ALDS White Sox 3 Lost
2007 ALCS Indians 5 Won
2007 ALCS Indians 6 Won
2007 ALCS Indians 7 Won
2008 ALCS Rays 5 Won
2008 ALCS Rays 6 Won
2008 ALCS Pays 7 ???
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Under manager Terry Francona, the Red Sox are 8-1 in potential elimination games.
Since the ALCS became a best-of-seven series in 1985, six teams have taken a 3-2 edge into Game 6 with the home-field advantage. Three of those teams won Game 6 to advance to the World Series, one lost Game 6 but then won Game 7, and two teams lost both Games 6 and 7 at home.
The last time...when the Red Sox defeated the Yankees in 2004.
One game, one inning, one out at a time!!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Year Series Team Opponent
2007 ALCS Red Sox Indians
2004 ALCS Red Sox* Yankees
2003 NLCS Marlins* Cubs
1996 NLCS Braves Cardinals
1986 ALCS Red Sox Angels
1985 ALCS Royals* Blue Jays
1985 WS Royals Cardinals
1968 WS Tigers* Cardinals
1958 WS Yankees* Braves (Mil.)
1925 WS Pirates Senators
* Won final two on the road.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I look at my predictions for this Red Sox/Devil Rays series and I predicted the Sox in 6. What I seemed to have forgotten is that means the Sox will LOSE 2 games!
Why can't I get my head around that! Have I been spoiled by the recent success of this team that I love oh so very much!?!?!?
And My Sweet Nanny's birthday is one week away...I ordered her presents tonight.....hee-hee.
Andy Bernard: No I did not. Was that any good?
Jim Halpert: Actually not. It was really so-so. [holds up stopwatch to Dwight]
Jim Halper:I mean I like all the crazy monsters and stuff, you know like Klingons and Wookies and all that but-- Sorry was, there something you wanted to add Dwight?
Andy Bernard: Is that anything like the original Battlestar Galactica.
Jim Halpert: You what's weird? It's practically a shot for shot remake.
Andy Bernard: Really? Huh. Cool.
Jim Halpert: The story's kind of bland. It's about this guy named Dumbledore Calrissian and he has to return the ring back to Mordor.
Andy Bernard: [pause] That doesn't sound right...
Originally aired 10-09-08
Watching the game with my brother, Justin, was fun. He is a funny guy and I like talking baseball with him. He seems to have put this Yankee season in perspective. And in the 8th inning, he dozed off and his snoring was funny.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Things like this:
"It's way different than last year. We are way better than they are. We lost to a team not as good as us. ... The last two days, we shouldn't have given up anything. ... I want to throw somebody through a wall.
...[On Sunday] they scored on a pop fly they called a hit, which is a joke. [On Monday], they score on a broken-bat ground ball and a fly ball anywhere else in America [except in Fenway Park]. And [Pedroia's] fist-pumping on second like he did something great."
It was summed perfectly on PTI tonight. Michael Wilbon called the Angels a bunch of whiners and told Lackey to "shut up!"
Monday, October 6, 2008
The Red Sox defeated the Angels, 3-2, to win the divisional series, 3-1. Starter Jon Lester threw 7 shutout innings, but the Sox pen gave up a pair of runs in the 8th.
Top of the ninth and Morales hits a double and is replaced by Willits. Kendrick sacrifices him over to third. Then Aybar takes two balls before trying the suicide squeeze. On the third pitch Aybar missed the bunt with Willits halfway to home. Jason Varitek chased him down and tagged him on the rear end. Aybar then bounced to first.
Then comes the bottom of the ninth....
After Drew strikes out, Jason Bay hits a ground rule double with one out. Teixeira grabs Kotsay's laser for the second out. Then Lowrie hits the first pitch he sees through the right side for a game-winning single, bringing the Red Sox out of the dugout and the series to a close.
As Cora just said "Great win. Now let's go to Tampa!"
"Red Sox Covet Padres' Peavy"
If Jake Peavy does indeed become trade bait in San Diego, watch the line form out the door for his services. Peavy, 27, is precisely the type of pitcher the Red Sox covet. And considering the close relationship between GMs Theo Epstein and Kevin Towers, don't rule out the Sox. The Padres would want a Dan Haren-type deal, and the Sox have the chips to do it.
The only time the Red Sox have lost a postseason series after taking a 2-0 lead in their history was in the 1986 World Series against the Mets. It is going to stay that way.
So, in other words, TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT, BABY!!!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The fall caused her to cancel her concert that was to kick off "Hello, Carol! A Celebration of Carol Channing," an exhibition on her life and work.
The exhibition is scheduled to run at the Museum of Performance & Design in San Fransisco through March 14.
"It's a painful and temporary setback," Channing said in a statement, promising to return to San Francisco.
I'd write more but I hear Nan upstairs banging on the floor that dinner is ready.
Maybe I'll try to write after dinner when I need a break from writing Progress Reports!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Red Sox lead the Angels 2-0
Rays lead the White Sox 2-0
Dodgers lead the Cubs 2-0
Phillies lead the Brewers 2-0
So all we know is that "Home Field Advantage" hasn't helped the Halos or the Cubbies. Phils are down as I type this against the Brewers 3-0 in the top of the sixth.
And we're sending (what sounds like) a healthy Josh Beckett to the mound tomorrow night at the reasonable hour of 7:17 PM.
His 1.73 ERA in 10 postseason appearances is the third lowest among pitchers with at least 40 innings. The .159 opponents batting average in the postseason is the lowest of any pitcher with 40-plus innings.
Lastly, from all accounts it seems like I should be glad we don't have TBS!!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
And Ellsbury continues to impress me, both at the dish and in the field...
And welcome to the post season, Mr. Bay!
Elsewhere, the Dodgers shock the Cubbies, the Devil Rays continue to defy logic and the Phils got one last night and are about to beat CC for number 2!
And no new episode of "The Office" tonight because of the Vice Presidential debate. :(
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Pitchers (10): Jon Lester; Daisuke Matsuzaka; Josh Beckett; Tim Wakefield; Paul Byrd; Jonathan Papelbon; Hideki Okajima; Manny Delcarmen; Justin Masterson; Javier Lopez.
Catchers (3): Jason Varitek; Kevin Cash; David Ross.
Infielders (7): Kevin Youkilis; Dustin Pedroia; Jed Lowrie; Alex Cora; Mike Lowell; Sean Casey; David Ortiz.
Outfielders (5): Jason Bay; Jacoby Ellsbury; JD Drew; Coco Crisp; Mark Kotsay.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Red Sox over Angels in 4 (with Beckett's start our only loss)
Devil Rays over whichever team in 4
Cubs over Dodgers in 3
Phils over Brewers in 5
I could be bold and predict further, but let's wait and see if this pans out.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
In the AL Central, the Twins are 1/2 Game up on the White Sox.
If the Twins win and the White Sox lose, Minnesota wins the division and heads to Tampa Bay. In any other scenario -- both teams win, both teams lose, White Sox win/Twins lose -- the teams would remain a half-game apart and the White Sox would have to make up a September 13 rainout against Detroit.
That game would be in Chicago at 1 PM on Monday. If, after that game, the White Sox are tied for first place with the Twins, they would play Minnesota in another tiebreaker, also in Chicago, on Tuesday.
The ALDS against the Rays starts on Thursday.
Over in the NL, the Mets and Brewers are tied for the wild card.
If Milwaukee and New York remain tied, a one-game playoff would be played in New York on Monday.
Both NLDS begin on Wednesday.
Estranged former Yankee Roger Clemens was "heartbroken" when his former team left him out of Sunday night's Stadium-farewell festivities, which included a video montage honoring the Bronx Bombers' greatest pitchers - but not him, a relative told The Post yesterday. Clemens was sitting at home in hurricane-ravaged Texas, in front of a battery-operated television on his living room couch, when the team delivered a final crushing blow to its former star. Clutching wife Debbie's hand on one side and mother-in-law Jan Wild's on the other, Clemens tuned in to his final team's last home game hoping for some recognition for helping win two World Series titles, Wild said. But that Rocket never launched. When the team played the video celebrating its greatest players at every position, the steroid-scandal-scarred Clemens was nowhere to be seen. "Debbie and I held his hand while we watched the game, and he was heartbroken," said Wild, 70. "Not mad. He still loves baseball and the Yankees, but it was sad what they did to him."
As Artie likes to say "Wah!"
From the "New York Post"
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are headed back to the playoffs. The Red Sox wrapped up their fifth postseason berth in six years with a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Kevin Youkilis started things off by launching a two-run homer into the Green Monster seats in the fourth inning, and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double as part of the Red Sox's three-run fifth. That was enough to support starter Tim Wakefield and some impressive bullpen work.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I like that...might have to stay up and watch the game on ESPN tonight.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
There have been dizzyingly high highs and depressingly low lows...but it all got me to where I am today and I wouldn't change a thing.
I am such a lucky man. I worship my wife. I adore my children. I am blessed with a caring family, a phenomenal career and wonderful friends..
I love my life.
Friday, September 19, 2008
(Quoted by Ian Browne on mlb.com)