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Jun. 6th, 2009

sawyer, economist

Better Late than Never or something...

Because I promised a million years ago...


Jul. 19th, 2008

sawyer, economist

Movies & Various

The Dark Knight - amazing. Heath has set a new bar for movie villains. The movie goes straight into the heart of darkness, but finds some strange beauty there. Some excellent character moments for everyone, really, but Heath - you can't take your eyes off him. The way he moves, the way he speaks, the way they frame him in each shot. I cannot do it justice. But it's brilliant.

Joss Whedon's latest project, which I absolutely adored:
http://www.drhorrible.com/ I love, love Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion. As usual, though, Joss breaks my heart.

Next up: The X-Files movie. SO excited to see Mulder and Scully again.

Jul. 8th, 2008

sawyer, economist

Harassed by a Hillcat

Wow, I really haven't written here in forever. I can't say that there's been a whole lot going on. The main thing is that I've continued with Weight Watchers and have now lost 44 pounds. So I'm very, very, very happy about that. Have a little ways to go before I'm done, though, but at least now I feel like I can actually do this.

Saw the Frederick Keys play the Lynchburg Hillcats last night. I'd never seen a minor league team play before. First of all, the Lynchburg stadium is TINY. My dad's been over to the Salem stadium before, and he said the Salem stadium is much bigger. Anyway, I wore my Orioles shirt over there, so the Hillcats mascot was shaking his finger at me about that. (Her finger? I don't know. I don't want to be sexist.) It was kind of a pathetic game. The Keys' pitcher got thrown out in the third inning disputing whether or not a home run over the fence was foul or fair. And the Keys got more hits than the Hillcats, but had only 1 run to show for it while the Hillcats had 5. We left around the 8th inning because my grandparents were tired and wanted to go home, but I highly doubt a huge rally was mounted. It really did seem similar to their parent club - anything that can go wrong WILL go wrong. But didn't you get the memo, boys? Coming from behind is the new thing.

So ridiculously looking forward to The Dark Knight and the X-Files 2. I'll be there each Friday with bells on!

Apr. 20th, 2008

sawyer, economist

Downfall of the Evil Empire

So my cousin came up to see the Yankees play the Os Friday and Saturday. I must admit that while I loved seeing Cabrera get the win on Friday, I was slightly disappointed because I didn't even dare hope that they'd take two against the Yankees, and I really didn't want to see Burres have a bad game. Shows what I know! I don't know how he did it, because he definitely wasn't "on," but Burres kept on trucking. My only minor disappointment was that Roberts didn't get a hit in either game. I know that's a small quibble considering everything, but he was obviously getting increasingly frustrated, and I hated to see that.

I was supposed to go see Bedard pitch against the Os, but when I found out he'd been scratched and saw that it was raining, I didn't even bother making the trip. I wish now I'd gone anyway, just because it's been nice these past few days to see allll the new guys in action and get a better feel for each of them. Luke Scott can definitely stay, ha - he was unreal! Oh, but I think the best part was Brandon Fahey getting two good hits on Saturday when I kind of figured he'd do nothing. That's the kind of stuff that just makes you feel all warm inside.

My cousin came up for a Yankees game last year at the end of the season, and there were far more Yankees fans in attendance than Os fans, and it was just depressing. This time, though, there appeared to be more Os fans on Friday, and it seemed balanced on Saturday. But it was pretty sweet that the VERY vocal Yankees moron behind me on Saturday who was yelling, "NIIIIIIICE" and clapping loudly in my ear, very soon had nothing to clap or shout about. Awww, too bad. Inexplicably, there were a lot of Boston fans milling about both nights, so I'm not sure what that was all about. And Cal Ripken was at the second game; we were in the upper decks and could look down on where he was sitting - in case you were wondering, he doesn't participate in the wave, heh.

The games got me a little more excited about this season because quite honestly, the first game that I even watched on TV wasn't until Thursday. I just haven't had time...but now I may try to make more time to squeeze the Os in.

I haven't had time because I've been going to the gym fairly regularly after work for the past month or so. I've been doing the Weight Watchers program at work now for 5-6 weeks, and I've lost about 13-14 pounds so far. I'm very happy, but I still have quite a ways to go, so I hope I can just keep it up at a safe pace. I don't think the group meetings help me very much, though; I get tired of people who just like to hear themselves talk, and I don't really feel inclined to share my private business with others. People are just nosy, and it makes me place added pressure on myself. I think once this thing at work is done, I may just go to a WW meeting place once a week to weigh-in, but skip the meetings. I have no doubt that the group aspect helps some people, but the design of the plan and the weigh-in helps me have some structure and accountability without really needing the meeting. Just give me the materials, and I'll go home and read them. I really hate the elementary school mentality of it, too; you get stickers for losing 5 pounds, people clap when you share some sort of weight-loss success/positive behavior change. Honestly, it feels like being in kindergarten. The sad reality is that a lot of the people like that and are motivated by it, but I absolutely hate it and refuse to talk in those meetings. I have never liked being the center of attention, whether for a negative reason OR a positive one, so the format just makes me so uncomfortable. I shouldn't be so hateful, but it just annoys me that people don't realize that what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another.

Dec. 13th, 2007


This is What I Was Afraid Of...

Ugh. You know, I haven't really been paying a whole lot of attention to baseball news since the end of the season. Just too much other stuff going on, and I find trade discussions to be absolutely boring and pointless speculation. I'm only interested if an actual trade takes place; I don't need to read everyone's take on the merits of this and that team and these and those players.

I've been out of the loop off and on, though I did see the Miggy trade news almost right away. So it threw me a little to see a headline on yahoo today, saying that the Mitchell Report has been released. There was One Name. One Name above all others that I really didn't want to see on that report. The yahoo article I initially saw didn't mention That Name. Feeling bolder, I went over to the Baltimore Sun site. And there, splashed across the page, was The Name. I suppose if his name had to be there, perhaps it's just as well that it's a small mention. The thing is, though...maybe Bigbie's full of crap and lied or maybe he made some stupid choices and really did inject himself a few times...I'm still gonna like the guy regardless, and respect the stuff he's done for the community and for the fans. But it makes me ill that, whether he did none, did a lot or did a little, he's going to be painted with that brush. I have no doubt some so-called fans will just write him off no matter what his response to the report is. I haven't even bothered to go over to "The Orioles Hangout." I'm sure all they're worried about is how it will affect his bloody trade value.

Still, my heart broke a little when I saw his name there...it's been a long week, and that was just not what I wanted to see.

Oh, and that sound you hear? Is totally me swooning over this sentence re: the Orioles holiday party:
Guthrie, who won't pick up a baseball for a few weeks, came into town expressly for the event.
Although considering that Jamie Walker and Brian Roberts don't live in Baltimore, either, wouldn't they have probably come into town specifically for that reason, too?

Totally unrelated, but I'm already getting fed up with my Netflix subscription. The *second* movie to be sent to me appears to be lost! This is annoying. I don't know if our mail person is just an idiot and stuck it in the wrong box, I don't know if Netflix screwed up, but this does not bode well. This is my stupid free trial, and they can't even get the thing here to me? I know it's so minor, but I was not impressed. Although I WAS impressed that you can watch some movies (mainly obscure stuff, documentaries, etc.) online.

They had "My Best Fiend", a documentary Werner Herzog did on Klaus Kinski. I've been fascinated with stories of their legendary battles while shooting various films for some time now, but this documentary took it to the next level. I hadn't actually seen any of the films, so all I had to go on were print articles. It's quite another matter to actually SEE footage of Kinski. I really think he had some sort of untreated mental illness. The man is like a barely controlled animal - snarling and snapping at everything and everyone. His acting all seems to be the same basic character - some frantic, demented madman, raging at the world. But then other times, he was laughing, joking. I really wouldn't be surprised if he were bipolar.

And on a final note, I truly wish that Terry Tate worked at my office.

Sep. 8th, 2007

sawyer, economist

First Impressions...and the Ol' Beanball...

So it seemed like a beautiful day today, but I spent the vast majority of it inside because I think I'm coming down with a sinus infection. Yeesh. I've been taking Benadryl and watching my head spin.

Roch's column has a great Bedard anecdote today.

Mazzone also tells a great story about his first meeting with Erik Bedard, who bluntly told him, "I've hated every pitching coach I've had."

Mazzone's response: "Wonderful." Then Mazzone started telling Bedard about all the guys he's hated in baseball, and they soon bonded.

I love it. It just adds to the lore. ;-)

And after reading this article about last night's Cabrera meltdown, I have two points I'd really like to get off my chest.

1)"The guy is an idiot," Pedroia said. "I dropped my bat. It kind of freaked me out. I was upset they took him out of the game. He is good to hit. He's 9-15. The guy [stinks]."
Okay. I don't blame the guy for being angry after having a ball flung at his head. It's a scary experience, I have no doubt - I get that. However, "The guy sucks" struck me as completely unnecessary, classless and unprofessional. You say it best when you say nothing at all, kind of thing? I am in NO way defending what Daniel did because it's wholly defenseless, but this part of the comment really went all over me. I guess in the heat of the moment you say things that perhaps you would've said differently later, but I didn't like this at all.

2)"He's not the only guy who throws at people a lot," Tejada said. "He's a young kid and sometimes he throws at people, not because he wants to but sometimes he is wild."
Okay, seriously? Sorry, but, STFU, Tejada. I get that he's trying to defend his teammate, but again, it would be better to just say nothing at all. Danny's a big boy - a VERY BIG BOY - so let's not try to be all disingenuous about it. The Orioles need to make it clear that they won't tolerate that sort of behavior from anyone in their organization. If Tejada wants to coddle Danny by preserving what I really think is the fiction that Daniel "accidentally" threw at Pedroia, I don't see how that helps Daniel get a grip. Sorry, but actions have consequences. I can understand not wanting to ream someone out publicly, but I think it sends a very bad message to try to spin the incident.

I also find that comment annoying since Tejada was the one who encouraged Danny to throw at Sheffield in April - "I just told my pitcher, 'Make sure you pitch them the same way they pitch me,'"- because he didn't like Verlander and Bonderman pitching inside to him. Okay, you're furious, but why encourage this hotheaded guy to throw at the other team in a pointless p*ssing match? How about you tell him that what will REALLY show the other team is if you GET THE OUTS and WIN THE GAME. THAT might show them something. Ugh.

Just found this other article about the aftermath .

It's a relief to see Trembley's comments. I definitely think they need to make it clear, that ain't gonna fly here:
"There's a key word that's been missing," Trembley said. "It's called responsibility. It's time for responsibility to be accepted by the people that have been given these opportunities."

Meanwhile, Danny is not impressing me with this:
"Anybody can have a ball slip from his hand," Cabrera said. "I don't know why everybody is making such a big deal."

And I see the Os are already potentially en route to setting a new franchise record for consecutive losses at home, yaaay! There's nothing like witnessing the breaking of an old record and the setting of a new rec -- oh, not THAT sort of record? Oh. They've reached the level of Charlie Brown's baseball team -- "I really thought we had a chance to win tonight...and then the other team showed up."

Finally, I don't want to be alarmist, but has anyone considered that the Orioles could be some sort of terrorist plot to bring down the national pastime? Os. Osama. Oh my. I'm just saying. It would all make sense then. And yet I cannot totally look away...What? Too dark? Blame the Benadryl.

ETA: Holy #*($&. I turned on the TV just in time to see Moore, who appears to be a 10-year-old, hit a grand slam off Dice-K for his first hit as an Oriole. Wow. Wow! So once again the bad boyfriend is at the door with flowers and candy..."Oh, baby, you know it's gonna be different this time." And you know it won't be, 'cause it's only the third inning and anything can still happen, but you believe him, and you let him back in...I see they're now beating up on Lord Voldemort.

Sep. 7th, 2007

sawyer, economist

Cabrera Out of Control.

I just can't even bear to watch these games anymore. I watched a little bit of last night's game for the first time in about two weeks, but had to turn it off when the Orioles loaded the bases and got in absolutely no runs that inning. Why do I even allow myself to have enough hope to get disappointed? It's like there's still a small modicum of faith burning deep within, but it's so close to being quenched. They lost with a whimper rather than a bang last night, but it's still yet another loss.

I wasn't watching tonight's game, but I was looking at the game thread on Orioles Hangout, and saw this clip of Daniel Cabrera throwing the ball at Dustin Pedroia's head immediately after Daniel had balked in a run. It's just...wow. If that was intentional...and sadly, it looked intentional...but if that's intentional, that is beyond immature. I hate throwing at people in general because I think it's brutal, barbaric and potentially dangerous. I'm not going to lie to you; I smirked when Bedard threw at Jeter, but if it has to be done, that's the way to do it. To throw at someone's head? There's no way that is EVER appropriate. I have no love for the Red Sox or their lousy fans, but they have every right to be furious. And to do something like that when YOU'RE the one who screwed up?

And if he somehow honestly didn't purposely throw at the guy's head, it still says an awful lot that he gets agitated and his game goes straight to hell. I really would love to know who he wanted to knock into next week.

Daniel has been insanely frustrating this entire year, but I don't think I've been more disappointed or disgusted in him than tonight. I keep thinking off and on that maybe it would be just as well to trade him, and tonight certainly didn't change my view. Look, I don't hate the guy, but he is such a hothead, and I honestly believe he's a pigheaded, stubborn guy. I get the impression, perhaps unfairly so, that he just does not listen to direction well. Maybe I read too much into it, but I really thought that his at bats this year said a lot about him. The fact that he didn't even TRY to swing at all - how selfish and ignorant is that? It's not like they're expecting him to hit a home run, but you're not even going to make any attempt whatsoever? And then the whole changeup issue - I mean, seriously, who is calling the shots here? I don't get it.

And, of course, while all the hullaballoo is going on, it just makes me sick to my stomach that the fans at Camden are shouting, "Let's go Red Sox! Let's go Red Sox!" Pathetic.

This team has just become so pitiful, and I cannot understand it. What happened to them? What happened to those triumphant victories over the Yankees and the Sox?

Aug. 28th, 2007

sawyer, economist

What a Difference 20 Minutes Makes.

I worked late tonight and left to a 6-3 ballgame. I returned home to a 14-6 game. What is wrong with this team? The entire bullpen needs to go at this point. What a freaking mess. I thought the only thing that might possibly pull them back from this precipice was playing the Tampa series and beating them, but apparently the 5th place team is going to hand our asses to us. No, no, that's not even accurate -- we're just going to go the extra mile and hand our asses to them.

The team's fighting, that's for sure, but how many times are these implosions going to happen? I really thought we were past this, and now we're right back to where we were when they went on that huge losing skid that ultimately led to Perlozzo getting canned.

And I've got to get up way early to take my car over to get the auto shop to look at it. My deductible is actually $250, which is still a lot, but it's a heck of a lot better than I thought. I can live with that!

Aug. 10th, 2007

sawyer, economist

I Hate Dice-K.

I hate the Boston Red Sox. I hate the Orioles batters. Even if the bullpen somehow miraculously doesn't blow this frickin' game right out of the water, Erik can't win. I shouldn't be so mad, but it's just a perfect capper to what was a lousy day. The Os deserve to lose - Erik doesn't deserve yet another no decision.

Oh, great, Bradford just gave up the go-ahead run. And Jamie gave up more. I won't say I hate them, but I'm tired of this. Goodbye, game. If we can't win this game tonight, and the odds are not very good, my guess is we're getting swept. And then we'll see what platitude Trembley wants to pull out to explain what will potentially be a 5 or 6 game losing streak. Not to mention that if we can't rely on Bradford and Walker anymore, we're dead. Welcome to Perlozzoville, buddy! I hope he continues to think waaaay outside the box 'cause we're hopeless.

And why isn't there a "furious" mood option? I'm such a bitch. Today was a baaaaaad day. I should've known better than to watch this game tonight.

Maybe they'll prove me wrong. But it'll still be another lost opportunity for Erik.

ETA: We're TIED. I didn't think they had it in them. I'm still disgusted that a wonderfully pitched game is not going to be credited to Erik, but they damn well better win this game now so that his work won't be totally in vain.

ETA: I...I don't know what happened. But...we won. I'm somewhat stunned. That's for the Mother's Day Meltdown, Boston! Nicky, for the win. Wow. Even with the bullpen falling apart, some magic happened. I still kind of want to slap them, though. And I'm going to have a hard time watching the other two games this weekend. I had to keep the game on mute because I hated hearing the Red Sox fans cheering that loud. And the umpire tonight was a...I just couldn't believe the calls he was making. Unreal. So now, along with the Yankees bias, umpires have a Red Sox bias, too? Good grief. AND, to top it all off, check out this headline from the Orioles page: "Bedard stumbles in eighth inning of opener." I am LIVID over that one. Yep, one run in 7 2/3 of an inning, obviously he was horrible. Stumbles, my #($&(#&$.

ETA: Not a bad little interview with Erik. He's now tied with Jim Palmer for # of strikeouts in a season (maybe the 5th most or something?), and Amber asked him how it felt. He said, "It feels good, but it's only strikeouts," and kind of laughed. Even though he didn't say much, he actually did seem to say a little more than what he usually does. He said that he watched the game inside after he came out. He also said that he would've wanted to stay in the game ("you always want to stay in"), but it was Trembley's call and he respects that. And he acknowledged it was hard to watch the bullpen give up those runs, but then Hoey finally stopped the bleeding. He kind of dismissed their Tejada question - I think they were trying to see if he was mad about Tejada not turning a double play, but he just said, hey, he tried to do it, and didn't.
sawyer, economist

Bedard at the ESPN Zone!

OH, wow. Erik is going to be at the ESPN Zone on August 23, from 12pm-1pm. Oh, I wanna go, I wanna go, I wanna go! I wonder if I could get that day off from work...I would call in sick if I had to do so. But I wonder how hard it's going to be to get to Baltimore that morning...but, man, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss! And can I find a Philistine friend to drag up there? I am so friends with the wrong kind of people. ;-) The friend who would have been most likely to go is the one I'm not talking to at the moment. And I'd like to keep it that way for a while, sad to say.

And they just mentioned that Erik paid for those tickets for the Lancaster Teen Haven. I figured that the people were just given comp tickets or whatever, but apparently the players pay for those tickets.

And please, please, please, please vanquish the trolls and goblins and orks, Erik. I. Hate. Them. Especially Dice-K. Apparently your hitters have been drugged into slumber and need Prince Charming to come kiss them awake. Sorry, the Red Sox always make me envision some sort of warped fairytale. I want this win. So bad. But I suppose Dice-K will stay in the game the entire time, throw 200 pitches and...UGH!!!! Win, damn you Orioles, WIN!

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