Coming Out of Left Field

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Reunion road trip

Last weekend the wife and I went down to Bryn Mawr with Rogue Slayer and The Girl, for the wife's and RSLS's 20th college reunion. RSLS has a reunion wrapup on her blog and Flickr photoset, so I'll just add a few things:

-- The wife and I very much enjoyed rolling out of bed around 10 each morning. This was only slightly diminished by our feeling guilty that we were two to three hours behind everyone else, though they reassured us they didn't mind.

-- We also enjoyed playing with the cute kitties, particularly Fiona, who parked herself outside our bedroom door in the wee hours of the morning, waiting for one of us to come out and pay her some attention.

-- Of all the Saturday activities, I think I enjoyed the afternoon picnic the best. Next time we'll forgo the lectures and just have a party on the green. RSLS is already making a playlist!

-- The verdict for "The Da Vinci Code": RSLS liked it, we found it entertaining but over-the-top, and The Girl thought it was confusing (not having read the book). We all agreed that Tom Hanks was miscast, despite the best attempts of the costume and makeup department. Even if he'd sounded like a Harvard professor, I think I still would've been distracted by what RSLS called his "academic mullet".

-- Many, many thanks to RSLS and the Girl for driving and organizing the whole shebang, and to her Biggest Sister for letting us crash at her house. It all made for a memorable Memorial Day weekend.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Red Sox quote of the day

"I guess he hasn't looked at my career numbers."
--Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, speaking of manager Terry Francona's willingness to let Beckett swing away in last night's 8-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. Francona's trust in Beckett paid off; the pitcher, who came into the game with a career batting average of .147, collected two hits, one of them a homer.

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Baseball quote of the day

"A lot of people were saying , 'Yeah, yeah, we tied it, we tied it!' And then they said, 'Oh, no, what did you do? We could have gone home!'"
-- Wade Boggs, referring his part in prolonging a 33-inning game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in 1981. Rochester had gone up 2-1 in the 21st, but Boggs hit a single to tie the game.

The above quote was found while looking for info on yesterday's Pawsox game, which my wife, some friends and I had been hoping to see. Unfortunately, no one told the schedule-makers that forty days and nights of rain had already been planned.

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What a week!

For the past several days, I've been alternately stretched to the max at work and spoiled rotten outside of it. The former I haven't liked very much, except that it makes it much easier to pay the bills. The latter has been quite enjoyable, with several wonderful birthday gifts and treats from my sweetie. For the house she got a combination DVD/VCR player, and for me a David Ortiz jersey and a Patriots jigsaw puzzle. My wife really knows me. :) I also got some nice presents from my friends and family. My brother even suppressed his worst instincts (as he admitted later) and sent me a book about the Red Sox instead of the third and fourth "Alien" movies. With all this pampering, maybe I should have birthdays more often.

Speaking of birthdays and the Red Sox, many happy returns of the day to Josh Beckett, who turns 26 today. Right now the Sox are on course to give him a win. Hopefully he won't be getting a blister as well.

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Monday, May 01, 2006

Sox 7, Yankees 4

First off, a big welcome back to Doug Mirabelli, who has been sorely missed. Maybe Josh Bard was comfortable with Wakefield (and Wake with him), but Bard was definitely not comfortable with the knuckleball. As for Mirabelli, he did an amazing job tonight. He essentially jumped off the plane and was immediately in the thick of things, blocking balls and even throwing out a baserunner.

The game itself was a little nerve-wracking but satisfying, with nifty defense on both sides, and a nice rally by the Sox in the bottom of the eighth (helped immensely by Papi's three-run homer). Then Papelbon did his Sidd Finch imitation, and it was a wrap.

Oh, and Johnny Damon went 0 for 4. If it hadn't been for the boos, you wouldn't have even known he was there.

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