Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
It’s the smaller details that Salter feels necessary to include that really bug me. It's not enough that the characters fail - no, the horribly bad teeth of the failed writer or the lonely woman in "Dusk" standing next to a "Prime Meats" sign feel like Salter is being needlessly cruel by piling on. The one exception to this trend is Fenn, the main character in "Akhnilo" who is stifled by his life and the hallucinogenic way in which this is revealed to him and his family. The story powerfully depicts not only how Fenn’s situation could have come about but also how he could arrive in such a state that the bizarre things that happen to him in this story make sense. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this story is the only one (as far as I can tell) where the main character is a blue-collar person.
I am going to try reading him again - I have a copy of A Sport and a Pastime which I'm hoping to see why his sexual writing is so acclaimed - but so far i'm just not that impressed.
but, really, i'm kind of baffled by this... i think joel brought it up (can't remember whether it was an email or a post here).... but who is the red sox shortstop? (i think joel was talking more about "since nomar", whereas, i'm kind of thinking of, well, these days...)
drew sutton is playing there today... opening day, it was marco scutaro. the regular of late is jed lowrie.
jed lowrie already has 6 errors (just at SS, 7 total). i don't think anyone sees jed at ss position for his fielding skills... he's just had a scorching hot beginning of this season at the plate, and a decent run since then... but what if his bat cools more than it has... is drew sutton the next in line for this seemingly revolving door of a position for the red sox?
is scutaro done? strange that he didn't get the nod tonight... is he hurt?
it would be nice to see some consistency at this position...
Friday, May 27, 2011
That's right, CarlCrawford (all one word) is making me look like a seer for calling out his May performances. Of course, there was no way I could know what kind of stretch he was going to have in the closing days of the month.
CarlCrawford is a .295 hitter for his career, pretty good, but not mind blowing. His speed has allowed him to rack up the most triples amongst active players, however... And having him on base simply represents the most frightening scoring threat in the majors, in my opinion.
I wasn't sure what to expect when CarlCrawford came to town. I must say I really felt badly for the guy during his LONG slump. He certainly can't keep up the display he has put on the last 3 games, but let's hope we can officially call him OUT of his slump.
Judging from the sox success in this latest hitting display, the benefits of him getting on base go far beyond points added to his batting average.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tonight on my evening run, the fireflies were out.
The basic theory is that, much like a hostage taker, a long book can get away with "long, cruel sessions of torture" by committing occasional acts of kindness. If the book does this, the reader will become disproproportionately and perversely devoted to it.
As an illustration of this theory, the author notes: "I can't say that I enjoyed every minute of [Gravity's Rainbow], or even that I enjoyed all that much of it at all, but I can say that by the time I got to the end of it I was glad to have read it . . . . I felt as though I had been through something major, as though I had not merely experienced something but done something."
This is hardly true of my experience. Some books I like more than others, but when I find I am not enjoying "all that much of a book at all" -- whatever its length -- I will put it down and leave it unfinished. Life is too short.
There's no doubt that Daisuke has failed to live up to the hype and the expectations that we had for him. But is he a bust? Given that Passan failed to note any statistics, perhaps we should check a few out. Since starting with the Red Sox in 2007, Daisuke has posted a 4.25 ERA. He has started 105 games and has a win-loss record of 49-30. This for $10,333,333 per year (6 years, $52 million).
Now, let's look at other pitchers, who signed contracts for similar amounts around the same time:
- Kyle Lohse has the most comparable deal that I could find -- in 2008, he signed a 4-year, $41 million deal with St. Louis (a team that seems to know what pitching is worth.) Over the same period as Daisuke, he has posted a 4.33 ERA, has started 94 games, and is 34-26.
- Ryan Dempster is in the third year of a 4-year, $44 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Over the same period as Daisuke, he has posted a 3.84 ERA, has started 109 games, and has a 48-38 record.
- Aaron Cook is in the final year of his 3-year, $30 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. Over the same period as Daisuke, he has a 4.26 ERA, has started 107 games, and has a record of 41-30.
- Scott Kazmir is finishing off a 3-year, $28.5 million deal with the Angels. Over the same period as Daisuke, he has delivered a 4.42 ERA, 116 games, and a 44-41 record.
Now, some will arue that there was no need for the Red Sox to spend $51 million for the rights to negotiate with Daisuke (money that went to Japanese baseball, and not to Daisuke). Instead, they could have found a similar pitcher, with similar demands, on this side of the Pacific.* But the Red Sox didn't spend the $51 million posting fee just to open up the door to negotiations with Daisuke. They did it to open up the door to the entire Japanese fan base. Without access to the Red Sox's books, it's impossible to say how much the Red Sox have made from broadcast rights, advertising and marketing in Japan. But Scott Boras (who, admittedly, may not be exactly trustworthy on this) has said that the Yankees made an additional $21 million per year from the Japanese market due to Matsui's contract. And in Ichiro's rookie year, the Mariners' team revenue jumped from $138 million to $162 million. I somehow doubt the Red Sox team brass are losing sleep over the $51 million posting fee.
So, that just leaves them with Daisuke's $10.333 million/year salary. Are they regretting it? Since coming over, Daisuke has delivered just about what any other $10 million/year pitcher delivers. Yes, he can be frustrating to watch. Perhaps, as Jeff Suppan said, he can even be frustrating to deal with. Did he live up to our wild expectations? No. But was he a costly mistake? Hardly.
*Of course, all the pitchers noted above got their contracts in 2008. 2007 was a very thin free-agent year, so even if $10 million/year is the right price for a #3 starter, there weren't many available. If the Red Sox hadn't decided to spend in Japan, their other option would have been Barry Zito, who, gone 40-58 in the first four seasons of his 7-year, $126 million deal.
Monday, May 23, 2011
...more than half of his hits (51.9 percent) at Fenway have been to the opposite field represents a clear departure from the rest of his Red Sox career, in which Ortiz has never had more than 37.7 percent of his hits to the opposite field.Here's hoping Papi can keep it up against Masterson tonight!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
With the temperatures scheduled to climb above 80, I made it my plan to get up at 6:30, have a bowl of oatmeal, drink a lot Gatorade (with chia seeds) and get out the door. And once I was on the street, I resisted the urge to cruise, instead holding myself to a slow 11:00/mile pace.
I was a bit worried how I would hold up because my legs were still sore from a fast run on Thursday night, plus I tweaked my back a few days ago and the muscle was still painful and cramping. But other than a stop to clean some gravel out of my shoe and another stop to refill my handheld bottle with Gatorade from a concession stand near the Lincoln Memorial, I was able to keep it going nonstop for 17.1 miles, even picking up some speed at the end to finish at a 10:54 pace. And, as a bonus, my back issue completely disappeared as a result of the run.
I'll have to get used to these slower runs (and even earlier start times) as summer heats up.
I would love to hear about what others due to beat the heat while running. For my part, I'll blog some more about my favorite technical apparel later, but for now, a shout-out goes to my Nike dri-fit socks, which, unlike some other brands I've tried, kept my feet blister-free over a long hot run.
Friday, May 20, 2011
- The new HD scoreboards absolutely rock. They’re mesmerizing, and include a larger number of stats than they displayed before, which I appreciated (I’m really starting to get into .OBS)
- The biggest debate of the night was if we could classify what we were experiencing as rain or not. I settled as describing it as sitting in a cloud. The entire game was played in fog and a light mist. Uncomfortable!
- The game felt like two different games: While Beckett was in (he’s been downright filthy this year and, despite his bases loaded situation in the 2nd, continued that trend last night), and when Beckett was out. He left the game after six innings with a “tight neck,” setting the stage for Bard to surrender two solo HRs in the span of four pitches. After those two HRs – which tied the game - the mood turned evil with many people around me calling for Francona's head for putting in Bard. Now, I don’t think that Bard should play every day (he’s WAY too overworked) but I don’t get people that criticize Francona because he does a hell of a job 99% of the time.
- The 9th was ugly as both Papelbon and Al Albuquerque loaded the bases for their teams: the difference was that Paps got out of it and Al didn’t. Al was also responsible for a really strange sequence where Lowrie got a hit (after a 10-pitch at bat!), but the bases were loaded and the runner on 3rd was gunned down at the plate, so the play was scored a "fielders choice 7-2." Weird!
- The "first game" felt like a Bizarro Sox game in that not only did J.D. Drew knock in both of the Sox runs but also was responsible for what felt like 2/3s of the put-outs. He was everywhere, which surprised me because I honestly sometimes forget that he’s even on the team.
- CarlCrawford just looks uncomfortable at the plate. He was swinging at some rediculious breaking balls last night that he just couldn’t lay off of. He did send us home happy, but I don’t think that his troubles are over by a long shot.
- Got to see a Big Papi moon shot. Never gets old!
"One, I started drinking Gatorade (we're going to tackle a homemade recipe for that very soon; stay tuned) during long runs. Two, I started eating an hour before every run of six miles or more; usually that was a bowl of oatmeal or bulgur, or some peanut butter and crackers. And three, I started eating a "concentrated protein," usually tofu, a can of sardines, an egg thrown onto whatever else I'm eating, or something equally simple, right after six-miles-or-longer runs."
I've already been practicing the first two suggestions, but I think it's time that I start paying attention to post-run protein. I appreciate the idea that this can come from something as simple as a bowl of fresh tofu -- throw on some scallions and and soy sauce, and that's a pretty tasty snack!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
the Red Sox have now had an MLB-leading 11 games this year in which the starting pitcher has not allowed a run.Live blogging will be contingent upon rain and my sobriety levels.
They had 19 such games last year and 21 in 2009. However, in 41 of the 93 seasons for which searchable data exists (since 1919), the Red Sox did not have even 10 such games. The 1964 Angels set the record with 34 "shutout starts". At their current pace, the 2011 Red Sox would finish with 42.
This may be the SciFi nerd in me talking, but this novel is quite simply excellent. I picked it up and started reading at random and was again transported to the desert planet that's the centerpiece of the immense struggles depicted in the book. The book immerses you in a complete world world, consisting of a riveting political situation, fascinating backstory, an uncommonly large number of complete characters, and SciFi and Fantasy elements that stand the test of time.
I highly recommend Dune for those of you looking for a diverting entertaining read (I hesitate to say "beach book") - just avoid the David Lynch movie (and I can't speak to the subsequent Dune saga). It sure saved me last weekend, and now i'm going to have to read the entire book again!
Cross Posted at Thought Ambience.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
So i'm wondering: what, if anything, do you supplement before or after workouts? Do you go the protein route, or do something else? Do you go liquid or powder or both (mixing shakes with the powder)? Is there a good source of information on the subject that you know about?
no, it's not pretty to watch a batter have an 8 pitch (or so) at bat.... but the more i see the red sox being patient in their at bats, the more i think this patience is a virtue we might be able to ride into the post season.
as it stands now, the sox are averaging nearly 4 (3.97) pitches per plate appearance. if we say, on average, a pitcher throws about 100 pitches per page, that's around 25.2 batters per game, meaning, the average starting pitcher will struggle to make it through the rotation 3 times.
you want to put your bullpen up against our offense that early in the game?
the yankees are averaging 3.95, while the rays are down to 3.88.
in terms of the sox lineup, we have 4 batters in the top 40 for p-pa. we have 4 hitters below 4 p-pa (ortiz is actually 3.97, but that's close enough for me):
- jed lowrie: 3.81, hitting .320
- jacoby ellsbury: 3.73, hitting .302
- adrian gonzalez: 3.68, hitting .327
- carl crawford: 3.66, hitting .208
so, 3 of those 4 are hitting over .300; those same 3 are 1, 2 and 3 in terms of highest batting average for the sox, so we'll take it.
carl crawford... well, what can i say.
i would love to know what our batting average is against starting pitching vs. bullpen (minus closers and plus closers). anyone know where i can get that stat?
i'd be willing to bet p-pa is a stat worth watching this year, and a key part of the red sox plan for making it to the post season.
There are other reasons for Keeping Wake, of course, but the main one is that he's a known commodity: if his knuckle ball is dancing, he'll give you a shot at a win every time.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Congratulations to Josh Beckett, for fanning 9 Yankees and going a third game in a row without giving up a run. You now have an AL-leading ERA of 1.75.
Congratulations to the entire Boston bullpen, for giving up only two runs over eight innings.
Congratulations to Adrian Gonzalez for two more home runs. The New York Post has dubbed you "the newest Yankee killer."
Congratulations to Jarrod Saltalamacchia for your first home run of the season.
Congratulations to Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury for hitting safely in all three games.
An amazing weekend.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
- A completely focused mood piece. Think of some of Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories, capturing what it feels like to have your first girlfriend break up with you, or to be stuck with insomnia thinking about death. Other examples: Stephen King’s most excellent stories in Skeleton Crew and Night Shift.In short, I see a short story as a more informal, concentrated taste of story telling. Potentially containing the possibility of something that could be explored further, but not necessairly. (Of course, i've always been attracted to flaws more that perfection - I wrote a bit about this over here.)
- Pondering an idea. Perhaps done best in SciFi, these short stories present an interesting idea and the consequences of that idea. Philip K Dick was the best at this; he’d present an interesting idea that might not hold up over the course of a novel and explore it in a short story. (Note that both Total Recall and Minority Report were adapted from PKD short stories, not novels.)
- Experimenting with form, voice, etc. Authors just fucking around to see what works.
I also think that there are authors that are better at novels and those that are better at short stories (and the rare few, like Stephen King, that are good at both). For instance, I love Haruki Murakami, but (after the quake excepted) his short stories are awful - he needs the space of the novel to present his themes and wandering narrators. I wonder if Ondaatje is one of this authors whose writing favors the novelistic form?
(Cross Posted at Thought Ambience)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Dear Mr. Lackey: I don't like you, and the thought of watching you pitch for the Red Sox for the next 3.5 years is not a pleasant one. Nevertheless, I (and many others) would greatly appreciate it if you performed at even a minimal level of competence tonight, so as to give your teammates a chance to win. Thanking you in advance...Update: He's worse then I ever imagined. More on Lackey's suckatude:
In four of Lackey's seven starts this year, he has allowed 6, 8, 9, and 9 runs. His ERA is now 8.01. In 39.1 innings, he has allowed 53 hits and 18 walks (1.8 base runners per inning). He's robbing the Sox blind on paydays. One SoSH wag said Lackey is fulfilling his promise as our #2 pitcher - he's pitching like shit.
Two things I've learned when running with a child:
1. They will not run consistently. No consistent speed, no consistent direction, no consistent motivation. Given this, it’s best to run iteratively. My personal favorite is doing laps around the house, although any short, repeatable distance will do.Next up: His first race: he’ll be doing a 200 meter “mini-marathon” as part of my next 5K: the Sharon Timlin Memorial Day race. This is great because not only makes him feel included in what he calls “Daddy’s Exercise” but it also gives us something to work on as we look forward to the race. Just last Saturday, we went to a local park for practice, and we ran about 6 iterations of 150 meters. It was a fantastic way to not only get him to burn off his energy, but do so in a focused manner. For instance, he continually looks behind him to see where I am (because, god forbid, I actually beat him in one of these foot races) and this meant that we occasionally got tangled up together, so we worked on running in a straight line. It was a great time and I’m looking forward to the day when he can run his first 5K with me!
2. Do not expect to get any sort of real run in yourself. Yes, you’ll get exercise, but you will not be running at any sort of steady pace (see item one above!)
Keep your eyes peeled for the next installment in this series: Running with the jogging stroller...
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
But I was not quite with him in my thoughts, and I wonder whether that is how we get to be after living alone for a long time, that in the middle of a train of thought we start talking out loud, that the difference between talking and not talking is slowly wiped out, that the unending, inner conversation we carry on with ourselves merges with the one we have with the one we have with the few people we still see, and when you live alone for too long the line which divides the one from the other becomes vague, and you do not notice when you cross that line. Is this how my future looks?This book was a slow starter for me, but my co-bloggers insisted that i keep at it, and after a while I settled into it and now am really enjoying the story. It helps that some of the static scenes of the beginning grow more depth as more of the background of the characters is revealed. I'm also enjoying Patterson's laid back and yet insistent style - possibly due to his long sentences about everyday things. Hoping to have something more substantial to share about this book when I've completed it!
Finished Run: May 10, 2011 12:20:45 PMNot perfect yet - I did descend about 250 feet, and I hope I burned a few calories - but so far i'm impressed.
Route: Flat Ashland Route
Google Maps URL: X
Shortened Google Maps URL: X
Import URL: X
Run Time: 24:32
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 2.84 miles
Average: 8:39 /mile
Fastest Pace: 5:44 /mile
Ascent: 335 feet
Descent: 0 feet
Monday, May 9, 2011
Good evening all,
Sorry to be late to the blog. My wife and I just finalized the purchase of a condominium today, so things have been more than a little busy lately.
It feels like we’re really starting to put down roots here in Washington, DC, which I am glad to report is an amazing town for running. There are miles and miles of running paths, threading through riverbanks, historic neighborhoods, national monuments, open vistas, cherry blossoms. On Sundays, the traffic is almost non-existent, so you can wander wherever you feet may take you. The city hosts two marathons a year, and there are tons of great looking races in the countryside of Virginia and Maryland.
Now, we’ll just have to see if I can survive a summer . . .
Whenever I go out running, I never fail to cross paths with three or four other runners wearing Red Sox caps. I don’t know what kind of person wears a baseball cap while running when it’s already in the mid-60s, but bless them for their Sox pride. Perhaps I’ll run into them again when I go up to Baltimore to catch a game.
But more on all of that later! The game is due to start in five minutes. Looking at the tonight’s starting up, I realize we have finally reached the point where it is possible for Francona to put together a group of men who are each hitting above .200 for the season! Carl Crawford’s riding an eight-game hitting streak (four of them multi-hit games). Saltalamacchia’s been bouncing around the 0.200 line for a while, but he’s above it, too.
That being said, Varitek’s behind the plate tonight. While I hate to see him struggle with the bat, and while I haven’t seen him throw out a runner for a while, the leadership he brings to the team and the guidance he gives to pitchers are more than worth the sacrifice. Too bad you can’t capture those things on a stat line.
Speaking of catchers I see rumors that the Red Sox have shown at least mild signs of interest in both Bengie Molina and Ivan Rodriguez. Now this could get very interesting. (Oh and, what do Saltalamacchia, Molina and Rodriguez have in common? They’ve all played for Texas, of course.)
when i start stringing together running workouts, so it happens with running. and, probably similar to some of the reasons i like baseball, i am a stats junkie when it comes to running, adding to the obsession.
i use two different apps to track my runs, both running on my iphone. the first is called runmeter, probably my favorite tracking app in existence. it has very cool features like auto-stop, which will detect when you stop running (using GPS signals) and pause your workout to auto-resume when you start running again (this is great for those of us who commonly have to stop at intersections or for heart palpitations). the reason i use it in additional to another tool is to keep my tools in sync, as i use cyclemeter (same company) for cycling (which i also do a lot of), and because these both sync to my outlook calendar with tons of relevant data; i like to use them both in tandem.
but my primary tool for running has become the nike+ gps app for the iphone. i started using the default nike+ app on my iphone after i realized my running shoe (currently the nike lunarglide) has a chip that helps track running data on my phone. i also liked the app because it integrated well with the ipod controls on the iphone and primarily because it has a very cool online site. the site allows you to track and view mileage, calories burned, pace, and then run reports over time spans to view your run data. there is the added dimension that you can "challenge" yourself or other runners in various ways like number of runs during a timeframe, or amount of miles in a timeframe. this was initially a good motivator in getting me back into running... but has since become the obsession.
as you ALSO know, i'm ridiculously competitive. the nike+ gps app tracks and automatically uploads your workout and gps data to nikerunning.com, which is very convenient, but you cannot upload, add or edit run data otherwise (apart from minimal calibration, if your GPS is wrong). it is also a good way to ensure your competition isn't "cheating". since it's gps based, it's kind of hard to flub. you actually have to travel the course to get the post... and given that pace is also recorded, you couldn't really walk it (3-4mph), ride your bike (13+ mph) or drive (20+ mpg and a lot of honking at that!!).
but then again, what counts as a run? i've got this dilemma because i'm currently in the middle of a very competitive "challenge" on the website of the "first to 50 miles in 30 days" variety. right now i sit around 37.5 miles, and my guess is, by wednesday i will be just shy of 50. i am currently in 1st place against 2 other competitors and i would think, pending some heavy changes in patterns, that, were this to be a normal week, i would win (it would be close, but i'm sure i would win).
problem is, i'm going on a backpacking trip this weekend... thursday i cannot exercise due to time constraints, and friday i'm heading out after work for the adirondacks with todd and his brother chad (todd is the faster brother*... but unfortunately, they're probably both faster than me). during the weekend, we'll be grinding our way through the high mountains region of the adirondacks, meaning, i won't be recording any mileage... and surely, given my competition at nikerunning.com, i will be overtaken and lose.
the thing that hurts is... i'll be on my feet and getting a HUGE workout when i'm out there hiking. i could record this mileage and not feel terrible about it.... from the standpoint of fitness....
but, the problems are:
1. it's a flat out lie... we're tracking our RUNNING on a RUNNING website and it's not running it's hiking.
2. the avg. pace of the hiking would be abysmal... lowering my overall avg. pace and not giving me an accurate assessment of whether i'm getting faster or not
simple fact is, i wouldn't earnestly consider tracking, nor will i track this mileage.
really though, when it comes down to it, how would i feel if one of my competitors were to log a 10 mile "run" with a 3-4 mph pace? to be honest, exercise is exercise... i don't care how fast you go, if you're on your feet and you're self propelled, have at it. the more people who exercise, the better, IMO. i think a lot of people shy away from group exercise because of the snobbery that is rampant among runners and cyclists. i'm a big proponent of the "walk before you run" school of thinking, and even walked a lot leading into my more recent foray back into running.
what do you think? is mileage mileage or are you a running purist? what are the limits to what YOU consider "running mileage"... or do you not care at all?
* just in case chad ever reads this
Gonzalez is hitting .359 (32 of 92) in the last 22 games with 13 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs. He has hit home runs in three of the last six games at Fenway, two of them going over the wall. His batting average is up to .314 and he has a healthy .873 OPS.So this is what the hype was all about. Now only if Carl Crawford would start doing the same...
secondly, it's not a long stretch for us to have this blog... my email has gotten so intertwined with our threads on the subjects, it just plain makes it easier to sort it all out to have it in blog form.
i think the following things, initially, about this blog, which could alternatively be titled "my healthy escapes":
about reading: i've been a lifelong addict of books (including a degree along those lines and many somewhat wilted thoughts of becoming one of the lot who write those dang things)... generally tending to read those you could consider "literature", or "literary fiction". more recently, i've including a healthy dose of non-fiction, covering a wide range of topics, not least of which is....
about running: a team-sport athlete through high school and college, what was i supposed to do when i was launched into the absurd condition commonly referred to as "Adulthood", with no clear athletic endeavors to speak of? until that point, i never understood why someone would just go out there and run... but being of a somewhat restless nature, and after my bike was stolen, that's what i started doing. not fast and not far, at first... but it didn't take long to get hooked. before long, i started running races, and if you aren't hooked on running before you do that, surely you will be afterward. after expanding to triathlon, getting injured multiple times and giving it up for a year, i am slowly working my way back up the fitness ranks and once again embracing the thing i have surprising many things to say about.... running.
about the red sox: much akin to the torture i've endured over many long runs... NOOOOOO. i'm not going to be another one of THOSE fans, am i? sometimes, maybe... but the best reason i write about the red sox with my friends is because they are thinkers and athletes at the same time (readers and runners). it's not JUST the jock mentality (yes, i believe we all do hate the yankees), BUT the analysis... isn't that what baseball is about? much more data than your average texas hold'em poker hand is a single at bat, with the "plate personalities" (read todd's mention of pedroia below) you've grown to know and either love or love to hate. the mental game of pitching... the overall cerebral approach to baseball. love it. (oh and i like it when the red sox WIN, and especially when they WIN the world series).
about reading, running, red sox: the fact that i've got such intelligent, good friends who share my interests is really the point of it all.* it makes the enjoyment of it that much better, that much more important. our agreement on subjects varies (not always on reading, neutrally on running, and usually on red sox), but each of us have a unique point of view... certainly bringing to light a lot of things i wouldn't have thought of otherwise.
and that's that!!
* it's also interesting to note that, if i ever had a drinking problem, these two guys cured me of it by introducing me to alcohol.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
A brief introduction from me about the three topics:
- Reading. I have an eclectic taste in books, preferring fiction leaning towards the fantastical and thought provoking. Favorite author: Thomas Pynchon. Books i'm reading right now: Out Stealing Horses by Per Patterson, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, and Finder by Carla Speed McNeil.
- Running. After a long hiatus as an occasional runner sporting 20 extra pounds, I'm now really getting back into pounding the pavement. I typically run around Framingham and Ashland MA, focusing on competing in 5Ks, although am practicing to run in more 10Ks. Dreaming of a marathon someday, but i'm not there yet.
- Red Sox. Not sure what to say about the Sox this season, so i'll share a few random observations I hope to expand upon in the near future. 1) Jacoby Ellsbury is suprisingly good this season. It's looking like Theo will regret not showing him the money. 2) When the Sox signed Carl Crawford, all I heard about was his speed, but all I see from him in the outfield is him jogging towards fly balls landing softly in front of him. 3) I love them as much as you do, but Wake and Tek are done. The lack of a better catching plan was the biggest flaw in this offseason, even more so given that Victor Martinez was in the house. 4) Dustin Pedroia batting is assignment television. I'm still recovering from his 10 minute at bat against Weaver last Monday night. 5) I'm still not sure how such a talented group of players isn't above 500 yet.
So there you go. Much more to come, hopefully. As for the others, I hope they'll be joining me soon. If you're anything like me, you'll be interested in what they have to say.