Monday, August 31, 2009

why does tomorrow have to be tomorrow

i am personally freaking out about school starting tomorrow, but i'll keep that mostly contained as i try to post and put more music on my ipod and hate my allergy attackish thing that got brought on by me cleaning my room yesterday.

the sox completed their sweep of the jays with a 7-0 5-hit wonder by byrd. to be quite honest with you, i had kinda forgotten about him. *slaps wrist* bad me! billy wags pitched an inning of relief (don't know if that's his first appearance as a sock but that's the first time i've seen him) and he struck out the side which was cool.

dan haren got his 13th win in a 4-3 game against the astros. he went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 7 strikeouts, and he had a hit of his own.

greinke 1-hitted the mariners for an awesome 3-0 win but since alex isn't there, i guess there's not much to say about that. he'll be back for a "call-up".

speaking of call-ups, salty's been doing some rehab with double-A frisco, and he should also be ready to go by tomorrow.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

whoa.

i didn't really think much of this (ellie pointed it out to me over facebook, actually) but the rangers' 3B chris davis looks kinda like alex at a quick glance. freaky.

lookalikes aside, last night was pretty good. lincecum pitched 8 innings of 4-hit, SO ball against the rockies for a 2-0 win and the sox rallied twice against the bluejays to beat them 6-5. alex didn't do so hot in his game last night (0-for-4 with a walk and 3 Ks), but salty is slated to return on tuesday 'cause his shoulder isn't hurting him much anymore so that's good.

ugh busy week. between band camp and visiting at the hospital, i'm tired. more of substance next week.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

now back to our scheduled programming

sortof. it'll still be a bit sparse until school starts, maybe even after that.

ok so since most of the contents of my birthday weekend wouldn't interest many and don't really have anything to do with the blog anyway, i'll just recap about the games i went to.

defenders/b-mets, saturday: so. i learned 2 things about eating tacos. #1, taking a little drink tray regardless of whether i needed it was a very good idea as it minimized the spillage, and #2, when getting an autograph from a player, i needed to make sure my hands were clean beforehand or, better yet, i should've been more observant, gotten the autograph first (potentially a few more) and then eaten my tacos.

taco shmoo or not, i got brandon crawford's autograph and that is awesome.
the defenders had a walk-off win on a 2-out, bottom-of-the-ninth, down by one, full count 2-run shot, which is the 2nd walk-off i've seen there. the whole time the guy was up to bat, i was chanting "2-run home run, 2-run home run" and once he hit it, everyone knew it was gone.
i also got a giants beanie that was part of the promo :)

unfortunately, the pawsox lost their game on sunday against the ironpigs, 4-2, but it was my first time at mccoy stadium and it was really nice. most of the seats were in the shade, the seating was... well, very stadium seating-like (if anyone has been to the gershwin theater and sat in the balcony, it's like those seats), which was great, and we were in foul-ball territory just past the screen behind home plate so we were really close. i knew a lot of the players from watching the sox, like josh reddick, jeff bailey, charlie zink, etc.

and that is my story. now, off to band camp and superhero day. i'm gonna deck someone in my squad if i'm the only one who participates.

Monday, August 24, 2009

happy birthday toooo...

and of course, myself :D

if you do not know any of these people, i will have to kick you.

have a nice day.

:)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

attention k-mart shoppers!

i know i already said this but this weekend especially is going to be VERY light on the blogging. my birthday party is tomorrow, i'm going to a local fundraiser open house thing and then a defenders game on saturday, i'm going to a pawsox game on sunday and then monday is not only my actual birthday day but 9-to-4 band camp starts.

i know, all you faithful readers are just SO disappointed (one of you shouldn't be since i'll see you practically all weekend and next week). i guess you're just gonna have to get your game recaps the hard way, by going on ESPN or the omaha royals website. oh, darn ;)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

rant time

i think i deserve one.

read these 4 links if you want, but they all say the same bum-out-ing thing: alex got demoted to triple-A omaha so they could make roster space for farnsworth. i guess some of what they're saying has some truth, like the fact that he was thrown into the whirlwind of trying to make the royals better before he was actually ready (i mean, he jumped from double-A to the majors), and it'll apparently give him a chance to regroup, but that doesn't make it any better.

gah! why do all the bad things always have to happen to my boys near my birthday?! i mean, alex went on the DL last year a few days before and ellsbury cut himself up crashing into a wall actually on my birthday, and this year salty went on the DL about a week ago and now alex is a minor-leaguer! of all times to do this!!!!
6:26pm: and now salty officially has TOS. will this ever end?!?!

though, as a silly side note, the picture in the last one made me laugh 'cause his hair is long-ish and now that i'm used to it being short, it looks kinda silly. but in a cute kinda way.

(see?)

sox won, rangers lost, giants won but lincecum didn't get the win.

that is all. carry on.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"i'm trying to think of something witty and profound to say...

...but i'm drawing a blank."

the teams that did play last night didn't have my 5 on them so it's almost not worth doing a recap of. sox @ bluejays (7:07), twins @ rangers (8:05), royals at white sox (8:11) and lincecum is pitching against the reds in cincinnati (7:10)

yeah, nothing much other than the epic squad leadering session yesterday, which didn't really amount to much other than going over the basic commands and tying ourselves into the human knot. that was fun.

new comic on drowning in turtles!

Monday, August 17, 2009

yikes

so. it's official that salty's on the DL, and going by the symptoms, they (you know, those "they" people) think he might have thoracic outlet syndrome. swimmers and volleyball players tend to get it more often, but ironically enough, 4 out of the 6 MLBers that supposedly also have (or had) TOS are also rangers, including hank blalock and matt harrison, who is out for the season while waiting for surgery later in the year. it's basically compression of the nerves and arteries near the shoulder area, but if left untreated could lead to more serious problems.
worst case scenario, salty will miss the rest of the season which would suck, yes, but at least they caught it early.

(thanks to wikipedia and the NINDS)

on a lighter note, happy 26th birthday to pedroia :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

not him too!

the title is actually relevant to two things

1. both david wright and ian kinsler got beaned in the head in their games yesterday/last night. kinsler ended up staying in the game, so obviously he was relatively ok, but wright had to leave the game. i hope they're both ok and that the pitchers that beaned them work on their apparent control issues.

2. and now salty's going on the DL!!!! he had some arm issues the past few weeks, he left friday's game with a numb hand, and now it's official that he's going on the 15-day DL with a "sore right arm". oh no!!!! :'(

Saturday, August 15, 2009

another short post

since it's hot out and i don't really feel like doing a whole one.

sox beat rangers 8-4, royals lost to the tigers 1-0, and dan haren won the game the other night but i don't remember the score.

i also went to a defenders game last night, they won 6-5 in 10 and it was probably one of the best played games i've seen there. of course, most of the defenders runs occurred while i was talking to baseball card guy up in the concourse, but that's ok. i more felt bad 'cause baseball card guy went through his whole stash to try to find a salty card for me (he psyched me out with a teagarden one) and couldn't find one, but i got another alex card and another dan haren card.

just as an FYI, the next two weeks will be light on the blogging 'cause i'll be at band camp, but i'll be one of the in-charge people so i get to go around and annoy everyone else with the cowbell and there will be no stopping me! :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

just like a sugar high

i actually impressed myself yesterday with how well i kept my... composure, i guess, after pulling an almost-all-nighter. now i'm starting to feel it. ugh. i'll try to keep this quick.

beckett got his 14th win in a 8-2 win over the tigers for the series win (looking for the 4-game sweep today). i felt special 'cause i saw almost all the runs score. gotta love that scoring randomness where whenever i sit down for a few minutes, they score. ellsbury had an 0-fer, though :(

the royals lost to the twins 7-1 but alex didn't play. i find it funny that he and big papi have the same batting average (.220)

the rangers and indians basically did the same thing they did on tuesday except the rangers won 5-0 this time. and salty had another 0-fer.

and the giants beat the dodgers 4-2 in 10. i was looking at the box score and couldn't figure out why lincecum didn't get the win because he had only give up 2 runs on 4 hits through 8 2/3... but then i saw that the relief pitcher (wilson) had not only pitched a perfect 1 1/3 to finish the game, he struck them all out. i think that's an acceptable excuse.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

running on 3 hours of sleep and instant coffee powder

ugh i'm tired. i stayed up to watch the perseids meteor shower with david (of amateur geek fame). and the sucky part is that we didn't really see very many. dang moon. dang haze. oh well. 3am conversations about random crap can't be beat :)

sox beat the tigers again last night, 7-5, and there was a bench-clearing brawl in the 2nd inning. i can sorta see where youk was coming from, seeing as the tigers' pitcher on monday night plunked him in the exact same spot, but brawls always turn out sucky 'cause the starters always get involved and then they get fined/benched for a few games.

and the royals creamed the twins 14-6. and alex hit two doubles. yaaay.

and the rangers lost 5-0 to the indians, salty had an 0-fer.

rangers @ indians (7:05pm), tigers @ red sox (7:10pm), royals @ twins (8:10pm) and timmy's pitching against the dodgers at 3:45pm wow that's an early game...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

AWKWARD.

being a high-schooler, i thought i knew pretty much all there was to know about being random and awkward and stuff. cripes, i'm the artiste extraordinare for a webcomic called "drowning in turtles" (new comic up, btw).
hoo boy was i wrong.

royals pitching prospect chris hayes has a blog that is probably one of the funniest blogs i've ever read. his randomness has mine beat out by... i don't know, a really big number. and the fan mail post for august 7th, specifically the response to question 4, almost had me do a spit take (except i had nothing to spit). i was reading it and felt like hanners from QC when she went through marigold's manga (scene 4, readers of QC will understand what i mean). but from awkwardness comes hilarity, and between that post and the one about hayes' calves, i don't think you can get much better than that.
(thank you ellie for that :) )

and the sox finally snapped their 6-game skid with a 6-5 win over the tigers.

Monday, August 10, 2009

and now it's time for "funny faces with alex"

seeing as that everyone either lost or my boys didn't play yesterday so it didn't really matter.

so this is my sad attempt at making my current baseball situation better.







ok, well those last two weren't necessarily "funny faces" but they made me feel better anyway.

come on guys! let's get out of this slump!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

what else is new

yeah i know i know kick me now. i'm taking yet another hiatus this weekend 'cause i'm going camping. i apologize...yeah actually no i don't. i'll be back sometime sunday afternoon so i'll be able to resume normal posting schedule on monday.

also in the "why am i not surprised" department, the sox lost to the rays 6-4. uggghhh. and now we're 2.5 games back. double uggghhh. darn rays series. and it's not like i can blame evan longoria for it this time 'cause he had an 0-fer last night.

and not even the royals game can save me 'cause they lost to the mariners 11-6! so, so far the only redeeming quality of last night was that alex went 3 for 5 with a 2-run home run (!) and 2 runs and obviously 2 RBIs.

geez, alex, calm down. don't look so excited ;)

oh, right. they also had a break in the middle of the game 'cause a cat got onto the field. good stuff.

the other redeeming quality of last night was me going tubing with my friend laura and it was a lot of fun and i am actually too wiped out from it. i can tell you that there will be tubing-related comics coming from "drowning in turtles" at some point so watch out for those.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

there he goes being awesome again

dangit evan longoria. why do you always have to do so amazing against the sox?

not only did he hit the tying solo shot in the 8th, he hit the walk-off 2-run homer in the 13th. *huffle* well, 4-2 isn't that bad. ellsbury went 1 for 6.

the royals also lost in a close one, 7-6 to the mariners. i saw part of the game on the ESPN gamecast thing, and luckily it was the part where alex had that rbi bunt single (even though the run was scored on the error by the m's 3B). alex went 2 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, a run and an RBI. and i actually did a double-take 'cause i was looking at batting averages in the box score and accidentally read his OBP instead and was like "whoa! .329? that can't be right." and it wasn't. it's .203.

the rangers got shutouted by the a's 6-zip, salty went 1 for 3 and there was another one of those pitcher-catcher conversation pictures but the height difference wasn't as funny so i didn't post it.

and weather permitting, i'm going tubing today! yay! :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

that could've been disastrous

since there was no sox game, i ended up persuading my parents to let me watch the d-backs/mets game last night. oh boy did figueroa have a sucky night. 6 runs on 10 hits, 3 being home runs, 1 walk and no strikeouts. all in an inning and 2/3. luckily, danny didn't totally throw away his run support. he was amazing in the first 4 innings, and it got a little hairy in the 5th and 6th when he let the mets catch up a bit while the offense was taking a break, but he ended up having a 7-inning outing and getting the win.

the rangers lost to the a's 3-2 and salty had an 0-fer. bummer. EDIT, 11:53am: but the DP he grounded into was an RBI ground out, so that's good.

i wasn't aware that "flinging" the bat was a professional term, but apparently now it is.

and i love the height difference. it always looks like he's gonna pummel the pitcher when he goes out to the mound 'cause he's usually taller than whatever pitcher is out there (here, it's cj wilson. he had a pretty darn good blog but he doesn't update it anymore).

everyone else had the day off.

and i didn't realize how fast someone's batting average can drop, even this late in the season. at this point, i'm just asking for my guys to have a semi-respectable average and for alex to be over the mendoza line.

sox @ rays (7:08), mariners @ royals (8:10), rangers at a's (10:05)

Monday, August 3, 2009

so now for that epically awesome baseball post

red sox 18, orioles 10: ho-lee crap. i knew it was gonna be a slugfest when i saw it was 7-2 in the 3rd inning. buchholz only lasted 4 innings which ordinarily sounds terrible but seeing as the o's starting pitcher only lasted an inning and a third...the teams combined for 38 hits. definitely not a pitcher's day yesterday. ellsbury went 2 for 5 with 2 walks and 4 runs.

royals 4, rays 1: now for the other side of the spectrum. this game was awesome because, up until the 8th inning, rays pitcher shields had a no-hitter going. and then buck's little blooper sent the rays spiraling downhill. maier ribbied in freel (buck's PR) after alex's failure-so-epic-it's-almost-a-win of a fielder's choice (rays catcher navarro overthrew 2nd allowing freel and alex to stay on), and then alex stole home. YES. MR. "I SKIPPED HALF THE SEASON WITH A HIP INJURY" STOLE HOME. it was awesome. of course, i was a bit bummed that it wasn't like ellsbury's amazingly amazing steal against the yankees, but hey, he stole home. that's huge. that slightly helps to cushion the 0-fers he's been having lately.

rangers 4, mariners 2: since this was a late game, i didn't get to see any of the cool stuff happen on the ESPN gamecast but salty hit a go-ahead 2-run homer :)

royals @ rays for the series finale (12:08pm holy crap that's an early game), rangers @ a's (10:05pm), and dan haren is pitching against the mets @ 7:10pm so since there's no sox game tonight i might be able to watch it :)

oh, and i noticed that the hit counter mappy thing said i got 11 views yesterday. either that's a ginormous mistake or yesterday was epically amazing for the blog as well.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

another book review post!

i know, it's been a long time since i've done one of these but i don't really get to read much, especially with school.

so. in this episode of "book time with mandachan"...
no, that's lame.
anyway, i just finished reading drawing a blank, or, how i tried to solve a mystery, end a feud, and land the girl of my dreams, by daniel ehrenhaft and trevor ristow. as the title suggests, it's an incredibly random book but i liked it because it was so unexpected and adventury. i also liked how it was written in the main character's mindset; basically, what was on the page would be what a 17-year-old graphic novelist loner kid would think. and as an added bonus, every few chapters there would be a comic that sorta pertained to what was happening in the story.

summary: loved it. was mad it ended.

i'll have an epically awesome baseball post for ya tomorrow :)

ps: happy birthday to wakefield and grady sizemore!