May 2, 2010

Gruesome. That’s all you can say after watching the Red Sox get swept by one of the worst teams in the major leagues, the Baltimore Orioles. And they didn’t just get swept, they got swept ugly, playing inspired baseball, hitting and pitching when they need not, not hitting and/or pitching when they needed to. If the Red Sox were just playing bad baseball that would be one thing, playing uninteresting baseball that’s a whole ‘nutha thing. Mark my words – another week like this and manager Terry Francona’s job is in jeopardy.

Outrageous. The vandalism that took place in Santa Cruz this weekend following a pro-immigration rally tells you all you need to know about the people behind these rallies. Why they would do such a thing baffles me – how can it not hurt their cause? Nevertheless, don’t expect to see anything about this in the mainstream media. Now, if an elderly Tea Party demonstrator were to shake a rag doll in protest of Barack Obama’s fascist regime….

Incompetent. Mark my words, expect President Obama to come under increased scrutiny over the next few days for the federal government’s less-than-adequate response to that oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Like they say, payback is a bitch. The mainstream media had a field day over President Bush’s delayed response to the post-Katrina flooding; it seems that President Obama now has a similar problem. We’ll see how this all plays out. But flooding Louisiana with lawyers rather than those with technical expertise in this kind of thing seems to me a most typical Democrat response.

Blessed. Doing my first Matins in my prayer grove this morning as a Roman Catholic was poignant and exhilarating. Reading the Psalms and the prayers, reciting the Apostles’ Creed, and saying my prayers of thanksgiving I felt as I were part of a greater ancient tradition, of centuries upon centuries of people, both saints and sinners, who have come before the Lord to praise and honor Him. It’s not that being a Roman Catholic has made my prayers any more effective, I just feel they touch me more deeply and seem part of a greater purpose than they did before.

Exhilarating. Watching young upstart Rory McIlroy torch Quail Hollow with a 62 and win over veterans like Angel Cabrera, Phil Mickelson, and Billy Mayfair was a breath of fresh air – especially after all the Tiger Woods crap we’ve been forced to listen to over the past few weeks. It’s watching the McIlroys and Anthony Kims of the world that gets my attention nowadays; I doubt I’m alone in that sentiment. It’s watching the next generation of golfers ply their trade with joy and enthusiasm that makes the PGA Tour worth watching these days.

Disappointing. I really thought this was the weekend we’d be opening up the pool, but a couple of winter-like storms passing through California to our north has resulted in cool nights that have sucked all the heat out of the pool we had gained over the past two weeks. We went from a promising 76 just four days to a late March-like 71 today. Perhaps by next weekend we’ll be back to pushing 80 and we can open up the backyard for the summer 2010 season.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 21:46 | Comments (2)
  1. There is no doubt that Francona will ultimately pay for his team’s sub par performance but I think it is wrongheaded to blame him for the bulk of that team’s woes. They got old and that wasn’t Terry’s doing. That was Epstein. If either goes, they should both go. I still think they have adequate pitching to make the race but they have way too many problems at the plate. These are the same problems that plagued them last year only they started earlier this time. I think they’ll need to trade for a bat.

    Comment by Rob — May 3, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  2. You know what I think? I think I underestimated how good the Rays are. With my MLB Extra Innings I’ve been watching them. Good pitching, lots of speed, an exciting team to watch. Now, as for the Red Sox, nothing could be further from the truth. They’re banged up for sure, but that old/new mix is causing them a lot of problems.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — May 3, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

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