Friday, April 22, 2022

Briefly. (not)

I said to myself, “Self.” (and I knew it was me cause I recognized my voice and I was wearing my underwear) “Today is going to be a good day.”

Trivia #1: Red Sox great Mo Vaughn attending what college?
Trivia #2: What outfielder had the most career putouts? – Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Mike Greenwell

For the record, I am not wearing a mask as I write this! Happy days!

My bad for not mentioning Jackie Robinson Day last week in MLB. Tributes were carried out all over baseball as team players all wore Robinson’s #42. At Fenway Park Mo Vaughn, who was the last player to wear #42, threw out the first pitch alongside his son. Vaughn began studying Robinson in college and after retirement, gave back to the community by renovating 1,000 housing units in New York including a development that Robinson had built.

Good news: Each MLB team is auctioning off a commemorative Jackie Robinson jersey autographed by the entire team. As of this morning the highest priced jersey was the Chicago White Sox at $7,110 and the lowest jersey was the Minnesota Twinkies at $710. Bidding ends Saturday at 8:00 PM EST and net proceeds benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Hey Kevin Durant, whatever that is on your chin, it’s ugly. Try cleaning yourself up a little.

Great tribute to Jerry Remy and his family on Wednesday, both live at Fenway before the game and earlier during an hour-long tribute on NESN. He had such a long battle with cancer and during that period his legend (Remdawg) just grew across Red Sox Nation. During his time announcing with Don Orsillo, it was must-see television.

Useless information supposed to fire my imagination: Before the Red Sox/Toronto game the other night we were informed that Nathan Eovaldi was 4-4 lifetime against Toronto. What the hell does that tell us? No ERA, no run-support numbers, no hits/walks ratio, nothing! Useless!

And speaking of useless stats, here we go again. NESN gives us each teams’ fielding percentage each game. Nothing to compare these numbers to. Not average percentages from this season or any season, just a number. It’s these little things that make the neighbors wonder why I pound my head out on the pavement.

I was talking with friends of how we all used to lick the beaters whenever our mothers were baking. Turns out that all the other kids’ mothers first turned off the blender. Hey!

Speaking of Oakland… On Wednesday night the Athletics had the lowest non-COVID attendance (2,703) in 42 years (MLB). Seating capacity is 46,847. To boot, they lost 1-0 to the lowly Orioles. And it’s not the ticket prices discouraging fans from attending. Fans can get on Treehouse Plaza for $10.

Hey Marcus Smart, great pass last Sunday!

Article I’ll skip: Ireland Baldwin Calls Amber Heard ‘Disaster of a Human Being’ During Lawsuit

BTW, I wonder if this was once an actual conversation: “Ya Ma, I have a new girlfriend. She’s beautiful and a real sweetheart. Ya, she shit on my bed the other day. Isn’t that sweet!”

Is this the best stat EVA? On Monday, just before the Marathon Monday game between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twinkies, NESN announcer Dave Shea informed us that former Red Sox great and HOFer Jim Rice hit 382 homeruns in his career, plus another two postseason homeruns (384). I didn’t check the math myself but the total distance Rice ran around the bases for those 384 homeruns is 26.2 miles, a marathon.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Seriously, there are really too many to post.

UPS Tracking: “Your package is in X City, USA on a truck driven by Bob and will be at your door at 2:37pm”
FedEx: “Your package is somewhere. You’ll get it when we give it to you.”
USPS: “What package?”
Amazon: “We are inside your apartment…”

Trivia #1 answer: Red Sox great Mo Vaughn attending what college? – Seton Hall
Trivia #2 answer: What outfielder had the most career putouts? – Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Mike Greenwell – Willie Mays (7,095)

Be careful out there. (It’s a jungle!)

Happy Earth Day!

Speaking of Earth Day… Science has confirmed that the depletion of the ozone was largely due to all the hairspray used in the 80’s for those big-ass hairdos. You know who you are. Step up and acknowledge your guilt.

“Hey Nineteen
That’s ‘Retha Franklin
She don’t remember
The Queen of Soul
It’s hard times befallen
The Soul Survivors
She thinks I’m crazy
But I’m just growing old

Hey nineteen
No we got nothing in common
No we can’t talk at all
Please take me along
When you slide on down”

– Steely Dan

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