Creepy pictures of Mariano Rivera? Check.

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In conclusion, that ate up a lot of time. And now after having a migraine to kill all migraines this weekend, I get (get~! thanks, Kinga) to go to work at 7:30 tomorrow. Sweet (?) Hopefully someone fucking plowed, because yes, it snowed again. Winter, be over. Or at least let me be in Florida for spring training and nothing else.

Tomorrow, or the next time I have time to kill -- the Mets!
The Out Of Context quote of this week is brought to you by the letter T as in Trin:

Trin: i suggest also writing from the heart first
Trin: just vomit all over the cover letter
And this isn't the context, but it is similar to what I'm currently plotting; Did I tell any of you here on LJ that I emailed the Sports Legacy Institute with a general, hey I'm very interested in concussion research and stuff and are there any volunteer openings up and such? And I got an ACTUAL~! email~! from Chris Nowinski himself (saying no! but still~!)? If I didn't say that, I did now. And if I did say it, I think it bares repeating.

Anyway, I was kind of a bitch last night -- I sent a columnist from the Boston Herald a very cranky 5 AM email saying that even as a person who doesn't live in Boston, I know that the Herald is a pretty okay newspaper and that you should do some GODDAMNED FUCKING RESEARCH if you are going to be writing a baseball column. Jeff is NOT Jered Weaver. I mean it's one thing if a blog gets the two confused but this isn't a fucking blog. And then someone commented to the guy and said, hey that wasn't Jeff, that was Jared, so now the columinist still has it misspelt. I mean, come on. Even if I didn't stalk the Weaver brothers like I do, much like how I know there are two i's in Torii Hunter's name, it's just a thing, you know? Ugh.

Also, in regards to baseball, even though I think Amy is the only (other) one who would remember Phil Coke on my f-list -- but, caruso made a Phil Coke playlist that is AMAZING and just ugggh. Makes me shake my fist at Detroit for having him because he's so far away.

Dontrelle Willis, Josh Beckett, and AJ Burnett walk into a bar -- and the bar burns down )

Anyway, that's where I stopped a couple days ago. Which is cool because yesterday AJ Burnett and Josh Beckett both pitched and were awesome. Beckett came back from his "injury" (both mental and shoulder/arm related I'm sure) and AJ just finally had a good game (because I didn't watch any baseball just to give him the extra cosmic boost yesterday -- the things I do for you AJ).

Instructor: Those people outside are crazy, wearing big ol' leather boots in this kind of heat!
Student: Maybe they're from Texas?
Instructor: Nah, they looked pretty American to me.

--Beauty School, 35th & 8th

Final baseball thing; has an article about how the Mets are failures. .. .... ...... in regards to never having a no-hitter, perfect game or anything else that would be awesome for a pitcher.

The topic in the Mets' clubhouse that day was no-hitters, a topic Mets pitchers discuss from time to time without firsthand knowledge of the phenomenon. It was in the summer of 2005 when Steve Trachsel recalled the six-man no-hitter the Astros had dropped on the Yankees two years earlier. "Is that allowed?" Trachsel asked. Then he answered his own rhetorical question. "Probably not; at least not for us. I don't think we are allowed."


The Mets, born seven years earlier, were guilty of a greater transgression, turning their backs on the patron saint of the no-no; they traded Nolan Ryan. "It's the Curse of Nolie," David Cone said in 1991 after he had flirted with a Mets no-hitter. "You can't trade that man and not expect some ramifications."
- I started missing David Cone in the announcer booth after a half an inning. Michael Kay is so boring - but we are being blessed with the sloooooooow looooow voice of Ken Singleton, and I'm all for announcers who aren't ADHD crack babies (Keith Hernadez) but at the same time, baseball is already boring... no need to make it worse.

- I forgot how much I hate the Blue Jays jerseys. This does not mean I hate the Blue Jays (if anything, I pity them and wish them the best of luck every year because Canadian baseball should live forever) or anything but I find the font they use for the numbers on their jerseys disgustingly ugly. Is that insane? Probably.

- This pitcher for the Blue Jays, number 60. is kind of gorgeous (Rob Rice? Ray?). Tall, lanky, awesome arm delivery -- pretty much everything I love. Lo and behind Singleton just pointed out to Kay that the pitcher looks a lot like a young AJ Burnett (which is a wink-wink-nod-nod thing that 'young AJ' really means "wild pitcher")
- Speaking of, I'm pissed as hell that I was at work when Doc pitched for the Phillies against the Yankees this week. Mmmm. The positive is that I'll probably see him more now that he's a Philly. The negative, is that he's a fucking Philly. =/

- To further prove why I hate (well dislike) Ken & Kay's Yankees hour(s), when talking about Adam Loewen, Ken couldn't think of Steve Ankiel's name. I mean, how can you not? His story is pretty much the story of pitcher to outfielder and. .... yeah. Further proof that even with the lisp, I could do better then most of these guys.

- Francisco Cervelli* was hit today during the game. And ended up with a concussion. AND HE WAS HIT WITH ONE IN NOVEMBER AND THE YANKEES ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO DO THINGS TO KEEP HIM GROUNDED. Oh Yankees. Oh the Memory Of Ryan Church, how you make me weep so. Thank god. Of course now Kay and Ken are talking about concussions and it's kind of ..... not totally correct, but it's a lot better then what Keith & Ron were saying a few years ago. Oh, I am weeping happy tears, you don't understand.

- And speaking of, the interviewer talked to Jorge during the game, and Jorge was in full 'I am a veteran and he will listen to me' mode, about how Francisco better tell the trainers when he gets the headaches "because he will get the headaches" and oh god <3. I mean this is freaking amazing. And while I don't want to hit the Mets when they are down (techinically they aren't down yet they've only played like 5 games so far I believe) but this is what a good veteran presence can get you and not dumb bullshitty politics things where because someone in the front office doesnt like a man, that they would do stupid things with him and his brains. /still angry.

- Also, Jose Molina is no longer a New Yorker (booo, I miss him so) - but he is playing for the Blue Jays now. And apparently he went and hugged Francisco after the hit and was talking to him. I told you there was a reason he is always my favorite Molina brother.

- Hmm. The David Wright Helmet Of Concussions will be mandatory in the minor leagues this season for post-concussions. We'll see how that goes. According to Kay, now people won't make fun of the helmet anymore. Yeah right.

* he's the backup catcher and I kind of have a crush on him. He's Italian and speaks a little bit of English - but you know how he learned English? By listening to Bon Jovi songs <33333333. I mean, yeah. That and the fact that he's cute in general = <3.
The Daily Northwestern > Sports
In loved ones, Joe Girardi finds team for life
NU alumni fill Girardi's support staff of family and friends
By Hunter Atkins
Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010

After spending more than 15 years in the major leagues and managing the World Series Champion New York Yankees, it would be easy for Joe Girardi to let baseball consume his life. But relationships have always been more important to him.

Especially the one with his father.

Months after winning his first of four World Series titles in 1996, Girardi asked his father, Gerald, to join him at the podium of his Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame induction. Joe then presented his father with his championship ring, a modest token of appreciation for the man who devoted his life to the success and well-being of his family. A child of the Great Depression and working class father of five, Gerald was never one to dwell on things or gripe, his emotions sewn tight like the stitches of a baseball. But on stage at the induction, the typically composed and unemotional father stared into the eyes of his son and tears began to swell. Then they ran.

This unbridled moment of father-son pride was one of the last of its kind.
The once-tearful father rarely opens his eyes when Joe visits him these days. When he does glance at his son, it’s as if he’s staring into thin air. Gerald began showing signs of Alzheimer’s decades ago, calling his children by the wrong name. In 2006 he was checked into an assisted living facility. With his father's conditions worsening, Joe had to take back the ring for safe keeping.

“I miss him,” said Girardi in an interview Monday. “That’s the biggest feeling that I have, just not being able to talk to my father. We shared so many wonderful memories together since I was a little boy because I went everywhere he went.”

Girardi said he enjoyed being a boy glued to his father into his 40s. “It wasn’t until the last three or four years that we haven’t been able to share a lot, and now it’s nothing.”

Joe’s memories of his father trace back to acts that may have been small at the time, but comprised a lifetime of support. Despite working three jobs, Gerald found time to be the cook for the football team at Spalding Institute in Peoria, Ill., where Joe played quarterback in high school. During Joe’s minor league days, he would grab a brown bag lunch his father packed. Gerald introduced Joe to the roaring crowds at Wrigley Field and the quaint Canadian lakes where the old man gave his son fishing tutorials.

Gerald would be upset if he let work get in the way of time with his children, so after long weeks as a salesman by day and part-time bartender by night, he would sometimes bring his children to his third job as a weekend bricklayer. Mortar was spread and red slabs were stacked, cementing the bond between father and son.

Considering these moments of closeness, it is no wonder Joe said he resembles his father. Staring into the Yankees dugout, the manager sports a crew-cut, his arms crossed, stoic and antisocial. The only sight of activity occurres along his jaw line, which bulges with each chomp of gum, and at his chest, which he swivels around from right to left as transference of nervous energy. Girardi approaches managing like a workman, baseball’s bricklayer.

Beyond the attitude Joe adopted from his father is another component playing out in his everyday life. Joe is widely known by fans for his pinstripe coding and championship rings. But those lucky enough to get closer to the Yankee know him most for caring about people in a way that extends beyond his role as a parent, manager and public figure. The intensity of the relationship between Joe and his father served as a blueprint for how Joe would approach others, a sort of guide for how to engage with people on a deeply personal level.

When he looks back on his career, Girardi does not remember what the pitch count was when he got a big hit or what runner he threw out to preserve his team’s lead. “The interesting things you remember when you’re done playing are the relationships,” he said, referencing former coaches and teammates Don Zimmer, Mike Harkey, Paul O’Neill, David Cone and Dante Bichette, who he named his son after. “I don’t remember games, I remember people.”

cut for more, including Girardi being my favorite kind of Christian, the kind that will tell you about his 'special' relationship with the Lord, but only if you ask enough questions )

Finally, I hate a lot of the Yankees bloggers in general, but I tend to hate the "Confessions of a She-Fan" the most, but this article detailing why she's extremely sadden that David Cone isn't coming back to the Yankees announcer booth puts my feels into the dumb stock photos and videos she uses.
I don't understand the Japanese / anime references. It doesn't matter. The last part with Pedro Martinez is the money part. I am so glad I'm not the only one who thinks these things.

While looking at The Daily News to look at pictures of Pedro's hot wife .... Look! Yankees sell Darrell Rasner rights to Japanese team. This is why I really need to stop fucking falling in love with pitchers. Or Germans? Maybe both.
I dislike mocking online Mets fans. Why? Because I feel like the really stupid ones would be what my father would say if he could work the internet. However. I do enjoy mocking Yankees fans. Mainly because 90% of us are bitchy dumb, drunk assoholic fans. And the other 5% are snarky bitches who mock the other 95%, so the bitch factor is still there.

Anyway, this one is pretty damn bad. From the MLB fanhouse (the two Mets fans on my f-list would like the article though. It's very well done).
1111-14-2008 @ 2:16PM

fritz said...
Heilman is not a bad pitcher, when you are around garbage
you just become a garbage, Pedro Feliciano is not good
Schoeinweis another garbage, Smith samething, why Derek Jeter
is good because he has Alex rodriguez, Giambi, Petite,Mussina,
Mariano, who the Mets Have Reyes, Wright, Beltran, every times
the Mets Collapse they put the blame on reyes, Wright is not hitting
well with runners on base so are Beltran, Delgado, Mets should of try to bring Max Txeichira to NY young Powerful hitter with great glove, left field and right field are terrible, second base stinks
Castillo money wasted, think about all the money Omar Minaya has wasted, Julio Franco, Kelly Stinnett, Valentin, Moses Alou, Sandy Alomar Jr, Andre Galaraga, Jose Lima, Ryan Church, a lot more I cant even recalled, to me Omar Minaya is the worst ever GM
that still have a job even worst than Isaha Thomas, this is very sad for us the NY Mets fans Viva George Steinbrener the best Owner
in Baseball that cares about winning
Let's go through this.

Heilman is not a bad pitcher, when you are around garbage you just become a garbage
"a garbage" would be how I would seriously describe the bullpen, yes.

Schoeinweis another garbage, Smith samething
It might be the small soft spot (on the back of my babies head), but, I actually liked Schoeiweiss ("liked" because there's no way he's coming back). And Joe Smith is a baby. Not literally in the A-Rod sense, but, in the fact that he's very young and still needs time to grow and learn what he can and cannot pitch.

why Derek Jeter is good because he has Alex rodriguez

Wow. Woah. Back that train up. We all know I hate A-Rod and never give him credit when he does good things. But. He's only been on the team for a long 4 years. Those 4 years, Derek's been on a slight decline (okay, it's worse than "slight" but I love the man, leave me alone, I still defend Chuck Knoblauch), but, also, Derek's been a Yankee for 13 years. A-Rod's only been for 4. Do you see how "Derek is good because A-Rod is his right hand man" theory is fucked up? I mean, maybe this dude means Derek is good because he was compared to A-Rod and Nomar and Miguel Tejada in 1997, but, besides that, I don't know man. What the hell.

why Derek Jeter is good because he has Alex rodriguez, Giambi, Petite,Mussina, Mariano
Please see the above rant. A-Rod = Yankee in 2004. Giambi came to us either in 03 or 04. Moooooooose was an '01 steal and like Mo & Pettite are pitchers... which, what does that have to do with Derek as a shortstop?? (I can see it, but, I can't see it counting)

who the Mets Have Reyes, Wright, Beltran
I just want to state here and now, that while I might have problems with D. Wright, honestly, I get more annoyed with people claiming the Carlos' are the cornerstones of the Mets. Maybe the 02 Mets? Both men are old and not the same sorts of players they used to be (re: they are now old and shitty, but would really like you to come to Puerto Rico).

every times the Mets Collapse they put the blame on reyes, Wright is not hitting well with runners on base so are Beltran, Delgado
I agree! But, with better english, I would hope when I do agree.

Mets should of try to bring Max Txeichira to NY
......................... Max Txeichira? Wow. I love it.

left field and right field are terrible
Center field isn't the best either. Beltran's still got a good eye for the ball out there, but, he's not really the best at throwing them in (of course, compared to my love Johnny Damon, Beltan is Speedy)

think about all the money Omar Minaya has wasted, Julio Franco, Kelly Stinnett, Valentin, Moses Alou, Sandy Alomar Jr, Andre Galaraga, Jose Lima, Ryan Church
- Did this guy not get the memo? Julio Franco is leading the Latino Revolution now. Don't fuck with him. (Also, when he was healthy, it was pretty bad how much better the old guy was than some of the rookies. He's one of the few older players I wouldn't bitch that much about).
- Alomar Jr. is from a family of amazing catchers. If someone is going to know beisbol, it's going to be him. Shit man, it's not like Sandy was playing for the Mets this year (he was still trying last year and it was good to have him as a backup at the time), just an instructor
- I forgot The Big Cat even played with the Mets. Wow. Okay. Had this been 1995, it would've been okay to have Andre.
- Lima was shit (loved his hair though. But, he should've asked Metsui what happens to infielders with shitty hair). I never thought Valentin was good. Alou probably could've played another year, baring injuries, but, when you already have Julio Franco, that many old men will just make the clubhouse smell like Bengay.
- Ryan Church. Oh Ryan Church. How I hated you last year at this time and yet how I grew to love you (I think there is a Ryan Adams song in that. So many Ryan's in my life, so little room for spelling). But, Church had an amazing year. Before he got "teh concussions" and before the Mets and Omar and Willie and God and Jesus and everyone INCLUDING Ryan Church himself mishandled his concussions. So, he ended the year (with a pop-up fly) with a shitty average. But, I'm hopeful with the offseason off and not doing anything to fuck his head up anymore, he'll come back okay. I don't see him being a "waste" unless he suddenly ends up like my other favorite baseball player ever, and gets a sudden case of the yips from the trauma.

a lot more I cant even recalled, to me Omar Minaya is the worst ever GM
Seattle and a zillion other teams would beg to differ.

that still have a job even worst than Isaha Thomas
HA. HAAH. DO YOU HEAR THIS? Waaaaaaah Omar bought us a bunch of old broken down (latino, ohhh such a bad word!) baseball players~!! THATS SO MUCH WORSE THAN SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND CALLING WOMEN BITCHES AND COVERING UP TRYING TO KILL YOURSELF. zomgzzzzzzz

I can't even properly mock that without caps lock. Wow.

this is very sad for us the NY Mets fans Viva George Steinbrener the best Owner in Baseball that cares about winning
Listen, I straddle the fence between being a half Mets half Yankees fan like crazy. But. But. You honestly can't call yourself a Mets fan and then in the next breath, call Steinbrener the best owner in baseball. I'm a fucking Yankees fan and I don't even like George (or Hank and Hal is slightly more tolerable only because he's not constantly in the news being a douche). Wow.

Ahh. I feel good now that I've let that out. And now I can go to bed, because tomorrow is going to be a rough "let's go to NYC, in the rain, with an electric wheelchair, in subway stations that have power failures"~! sort of day.
(if you see this a lot, Semagic is being a bitch)

Though I wouldn't mind it just being about my hate for Atlanta.

So. Let's see. Things I loved tonight with the 24-hours of Yankee coverage it seems on YES and/or ESPN:

- Yogi Berra & Whitey Ford telling stories in the broadcast booth. I told my mom to come pick me up from papa's because ESPN's announcers were/are shit and I couldn't take it anymore, I'd rather run home to Suzy's smokers voice (and that's saying a lot). But, Yogi and Whitey together were amazing.

- David Cone and A TAN AND NICE LOOKING Boomer Wells talking nonstop to each other. More BFFEs.

- Johnny Damon not realizing they called him for the lineup and someone having to go into the dugout to find him.

- Joba being RIGHT THERE for the pre-show things and just WATCHING all the legends.

- Pettite, no matter how shitty he's been this year, getting the final start, Mo getting the final close. Awesome.

- Paul O'Neill being the first player to go into the crowd with the bleacher creatures.

- ESPN being awesome when they literally showed the Bleacher's roll-call and Joe "Imma Idiot" Morgan, talking about it to the people at home and not mentioning the last part. And then the cut to the "game" for the last part. AKA: When the chat turns into a big FUCK YOU to the boxed seats <333333.

- Bernie Williams. Like. Bernie Williams. Okay, I have to say more than that. He is one of my favorites, one of my crushes, I thought it was shit what they did to him in his last year (for one thing, they should've had him retired the year before). And then the almost crying. And the pointing to his heart. And MY heart breaking.

- oh cap'n, my cap'n. Derek played hurt. I don't mention it enough but, I love Derek Jeter.

- I can't wait to see the random Yankees parade on the field on my tape. It sounds amazing on the radio.

- Mussina gets his peons to steal dirt for him. God, I love him.

- "Yeah, everyone wants to stick around for awhile. It says so much about the fans here..." - Derek Jeter on the radio.

- Oh God. Mussina just told me that he's been here for 8 years. I can't believe it.

- Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. They are playing "Goodnight Sweetheart" awww.

- Joba's stealing dirt. And and and supposedly his hands are shaking. I want to give him a hug.

- [ profile] madlikerya: Derek with tears in his eyes! his circuits are gonna short if he isnt careful about that shit.

- "Thank god for them (the fans)" - Mo.

- Posada, Tino, Derek and Mo took pictures of all four of them together wtih their own cameras so they could have pictures. Aw. My heart.

- Brian Cashman is being talked to too. He said that Tino was at the game yesterday with his family in-cognito in the stands to see a game that way <3.

[Yogi] Berra, a 10-time champion often considered the greatest living Yankee, didn’t really need any more souvenirs—although he said he wouldn’t mind leaving with the final home plate of the ballpark he loved.

“I hate to see it go,” he said. “It will always be in my heart.”

omg, i'm srsly so exxxcited, this is such a gloriou-asssss day!

cut for picture of my feelings! )

Seriously though, I really wished Tom Glavine would've won his 300 wins, just because I like him better out of the three trying to get the major career accomplishments this summer. But, on the other hand, I'm kinda glad A-Rod got his shit before That Other Guy, just because I might hate A-Rod in many different ways (as seen here) but at least the only thing I worry about being near A-Rod's ass is a she-male's dick.

PS. I really hate how cold and corporate "America's game" has gotten (and dammit, I'm a Yankee fan!). Because there is no reason I should not have seen this goddamn game (at the very least so I could boo A-Rod from the safety of my E-Z chair at every at-bat) except, oh look! MLB & Fox need to suck money out of yoooou the stupid fan, because they want you to see their stupid game of the week (obviously not a Yankee game this weekend) at a 3:55 PM start (WTF that doesn't even make sense) and so any other local or non-local baseball games are blacked out for you. But, again. That's a rant for another time. I should go put on a shirt for Karen's party, lol, and stop yelling at the world =/

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