October 15th, 2011

charlie at the mound


for those who follow baseball, a great article describing how tony la russa is using his bullpen to stop games from getting out of control the moment the risk appears, the way i wish jim would more often. maybe our bullpen isn't as good as st. louis', i don't know, but i do know this: in game 4 the tigers ended up pitching benoit 2 innings & valverde 1+ innings, and coke 2/3 of an inning. if he'd gone to the bullpen right when rick got in trouble in the 6th, had benoit & coke clear the path, valverde would've saved a 3-0 game in the 9th rather than losing in the 11th. the same goes for scherzer in game 2 -- if jim pitches coke in the 7th & benoit in the 8th, valverde ends up saving a 3-2 game. both games ended up going to extra innings & he ended up using the bullpen that much anyway. if he'd just put them in sooner, they would've preserved 2 tigers leads and the bullpen would be resting while the cardinals keep playing.

i hope that maybe jim has been watching what his good friend tony's been up to, and will follow suit. then, if he does and it goes wrong, you can second guess me, and i'll shoulder the blame. i just might be wrong.

jim, just the other day:

"that's a good part about baseball. second-guessing is good. vicious is bad. second-guessing is good."


"thursday, [the injured victor martínez] not only hit a run-scoring triple, he played an accordion in the clubhouse before the game.

seriously. an accordion. 'it's right here,' martínez said, pointing to the accordion case. 'i bought it in january last year. i kill time with it, playing something i like in the hotel room.'"
  • Current Music
    smile like you mean it
baby i'm a big star


winds of 30 mph gusting to 50 mph all day today.
  • Current Music
    i hear the wind blow / it seems to say hello hello


the fourth line, divided, shows its subject fluttering down - not relying on his own rich resources, but calling in his neighbours. they all come not as having received warning, but in the sincerity of their hearts.
  • Current Music
    nothing can stop us now / 'cause we are all made of stars
oh snap!


recently finished reading a mostly unremarkable long short story (involving some interesting ideas but not doing much with them) that had a small bit of dialogue i liked which happened to be on page 47. strangely mostly resistant to google.

him: "my new year's resolution was not to tell any lies."

her: "my attitude toward new year's resolutions is the same as oscar wilde's."

him: "what did he say about them?"

her: "i don't know if he ever said anything about them, but if he did, i'm sure i agree with it."
  • Current Music
    bythos was far too clever with his song selections. wicked sense of humor.