Friday, April 30, 2010

*clears throat*

Ah hem.

*deep voice* Can I have your attention please?

Due to the music trip, mandachan will not be able to post anything of substance until Sunday afternoon when she gets back. She realizes this will break her string of consecutive posts that she has had since January-ish. But suck it up.

Thank you. */deep voice*

Now that I have that straightened out, I can revise yesterday's post and explain that the post title was relating to our season, we're 8 and 2 (varsity is 2 and 8), and I did actually play yesterday but not until the 6th inning, I only went up to bat once (and had a suicide groundout) and I caught a fly ball. We won 5-4.

That was actually the first game I've played in this season where I didn't get on base. That's kinda sad. But hey, I didn't strike out. Then again, the only thing worse that grounding out to first would be to strike out looking. (cue giggling from anyone who has read Disco Hayes' blog)

Oh well. Hasta domingo!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

halfway through

We won our game today 5-4 woohoo yeah awesome even though I didn't play. More about that tomorrow when I have time to post. Also I have a public service announcement to make tomorrow.

So yeah. Bye.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

a few things i feel bad about

I never really thought about this 'til last night, but when I go up to bat, I cover up and fill in everyone else's dirt hole. The little indent that they probably worked for at least a few seconds to create so they can bat. And I undo all that work. I kinda feel guilty for doing it, but I know that if I don't fill that hole in, I'll convince myself that I'll fall into that hole and break my ankle off.

Another thing is how OCD I am about the scorebook. Since I sucked last year, I was essentially the manager for JV and got pretty attached to the book. I knew most of the markings, and for the ones I didn't know, I marked it in a way that it'd be obvious what I meant (like marking DK for a dropped third strike). Now that I'm playing more this year, the other backup players are taking over for the book, which is nice 'cause I know someone is keeping track. But it's driving me nuts because the book isn't getting done the way I want it to.
When it's all said and done, we really only need to know what the score is, but it's basic stuff that they don't do that bothers me. Like not circling the little 1 up in the corner when a girl hits a single, for example. If I don't see that little 1 circled, I don't know how that girl got on. And if I'm running stats for the team (which I am), I kinda need to know whether a girl got on because of a walk, a hit-by-pitch, a fielder's choice, a dropped third strike, a single, an error or some other 7th thing.

The last thing I sortof feel bad about but not entirely is that I'm technically a backup for JV but I have a better batting average than anyone else. I don't really want to draw attention to it, but it's kinda true. I play because I hit well (relatively speaking), but I suck at fielding, and there are girls on the team that are much better fielders but aren't playing 'cause I just happen to be halfway decent at making contact between a ball and a metal stick.

(In case you haven't noticed, I'm easily guilted into things)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

at least i sound like i know what i'm doing

We won 17-10 today, bringing our record up to 7 and 2. And the other team had a new coach this year and she knew how to count :)

Anyway. I went 3 for 4 with 3 singles (including an absolutely atrocious bunt single 'cause I can't bunt to save my life), a walk, reaching on an error/fielders indifference thing and stolen bases and runs and stuff. It was kinda embarrassing though 'cause I was watching our coach for signs the entire time, yet one of the times I was on second base, I completely missed two signs so our coach was like "Hey, you're stealing on this next pitch." So of course I had to steal on the next pitch and I got thrown out at third to end the inning.

Also I was fielding a ball hit down the left field line, which I thought had been hit foul, and not only was it fair, I misplayed it and that cost us a run. Once again, I at least try to give the illusion that I know what I'm doing, 'cause if I'm gonna suck, might as well make it look good.

We had to tweak our positions quite a bit today 'cause our shortstop is out indefinitely (she either tore her ACL or her meniscus, either way she'll need surgery eventually) and we were missing 2 people to sickness (possibly mono) and one to the "miss a game, sit another" rule since she was at a dance competition from Thursday til yesterday and missed 3 games. So we had our left fielder play at first, which she's never played, one of our backup outfielders at second, our center fielder at short, me in left, our right fielder in center and our other backup outfielder in right. Hooray for more Chinese fire drills! We actually didn't do half bad, just the obligatory errors and also a few communication problems as well as my usual fielding idiocy.

And I had something else kinda important to say but I forgot what it was. Must not have been that important. Ta ta!

Monday, April 26, 2010

my apologies

This is a shoutout to a friend. She knows who she is.

I just wanted to apologize for being a big butthead before/after homeroom today. I shouldn't've been harping on you about your thesis paper track record when you've made a lovely effort at this year's paper. I also should've known better than to pry into your school business when I'm not in charge in any way, shape or form, because that's just not right on my part. At the time, I felt that my comment was necessary, however, I promise not to be a big butthead about it again. Also, if you need help on your paper, I'm always available. Truce?

(I feel a lot better now that I've gotten that off my chest.)

On a lighter note, it looks like the weather should hold up for us tomorrow. Hope the other coach learned how to count in the offseason (this is the team that had an elementary math fail last year and sent the game into extra innings and call the game as a tie when it was actually in our favor)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

*snaps fingers*

I should've worn my lucky socks today. Regardless, it was a good game. I have to make this a quick post 'cause I gotta go to school tomorrow, but we had actually quite good seats under the overhang, just to the left of Pesky's Pole if you're looking from right field towards home plate. And I saw the Red Sox's clubhouse... ok well I didn't actually see it, but I saw the door, which made my day for whatever reason. That, and getting Blizzards from DQ afterwards. I'll have a better post tomorrow.

In Royals news, Josh Fields, who many people thought might replace Alex at third base, actually pulled an Alex and tore the labrum in his right hip and will be out all season from hip surgery. Oh, the irony. Get well soon, Josh!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

i have lucky socks

I would say that I have lucky Royals socks since I think we've won every game when I've worn them, but I'm not positive, and we've gotten a win out of my Red Sox socks too.

Good lord was today's game a nailbiter. In our coach's 7 years, we have never beat this team. And it showed in the first two innings, when their pitcher faced 6 of our batters and struck out 5 of them, 3 looking. Then they made some substitutions, our girls started getting around on the ball better, yadda yadda yadda. We also did a minor Chinese fire drill with our positions, but that's 'cause our shortstop twisted her knee running after a grounder and had to be carried off the field and brought to the nearest urgent care place.

To make a long story short, we had to go into extra innings 'cause we were tied at 7, and with one out in the bottom of the 8th, our pitcher, who had already pitched the entire game, came through with an amazing clutch double that brought in the tiebreaking runs. We won 9-7 and we practically tackled our pitcher when she came off the field.

Game ball would be split between our pitcher for being beast and pitching 8 innings and having that game-winning double, and our shortstop for being a trooper after she had already gotten beaned in her bad elbow with a pitch.

Aaand I didn't play. Which kinda sucks. But hey, we won.

Friday, April 23, 2010

5 and 2

We won yesterday and today, which brings our record to 5 and 2 (varsity, unfortunately, is 2 and 5). These two games, which were won 10-1 and 8-1, respectively, were kinda weird 'cause neither of them were full-length games.

Yesterday's game was cut short in the bottom of the 5th 'cause even though it had been raining for about an inning already, it started thundering and lightninging so we legally had to stop the game. I went 1 for 2 with a single, a groundout, 2 walks and some stolen bases and runs but I'll have to check the book for exact stats. It started downpouring in my 4th at-bat, which wasn't fun (though it was interesting to play in the rain, I must admit.)

Today's game jokingly signaled the apocalypse because we finally played that team that we always get rained out against, without a drop of precipitation in sight. And the kicker is that we beat a school with a varsity team that was 5th in the state last year. Idk, maybe their JV just sucks this year, 'cause we beat them 8-1 in 3 innings before the town rec leagues kicked us off the field (we started the game late anyway).

The bus schedule was a little weird these two games 'cause we got to the field in barely enough time to warm up (we got to the field today 20 minutes late, actually), so I basically just threw on my cleats and glove and went out to go start throwing and stuff. I always wear a watch 'cause I'm partially OCD about knowing what time it is, but we're not s'posed to wear any jewelry during games so I had to take my watch off but didn't have anywhere to put it.
I'm not a huge advocate of using the "Victoria's secret compartment," a.k.a. storing stuff down my shirt, but when push comes to shove, you gotta do what you gotta do. Once I got off the field, I put my watch on my water bottle where it usually goes. But I felt really stupid in the meantime for having to use undergarments for storage.

On a slightly less silly note, a CT scan came back and Ellsbury has hairline fractures in four of his ribs. He still seems to think he'll be able to come back for Tuesday, and I'm hoping for a good recovery, but I kinda wish he'd get better sooner or that Beltre didn't knee him in the boob in the first place 'cause my stepdad got tickets to the game this Sunday through work and he's giving them to me and my mom :)

And I guess that's it. Game tomorrow morning.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

quick post

Hooray for the library during study hall!

So. Just a small post today, since I have an away game tonight and I won't get back to school til like 7 and then I won't get home til whenever my mom picks me up and brings me home.

Alex hit a go-ahead home run in the Royals' 10-inning 4-3 win over the Blue Jays last night. I know I'm not s'posed to be obsessing over my players but the blogging police said that things like that were ok since they're important.

...um... I guess that's all for now. I might have a post later, but if I don't, enjoy the rest of your day.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

one off, one on

Not a week after I get one of my 5 off the DL does another one get put on the DL. Poor Ellsbury. Luckily his DL placement is retroactive to April 12th, so he'll be deactivated as early as Tuesday. It still kinda sucks, though. See, this is what happens when you don't communicate. You get kneed in the boob and put on the DL.

But by George look at his replacement! I'd never heard of Darnell McDonald... until he came in the game last night as a pinch hitter, hit a 2-run home run to tie the game and also a walk-off home run to win it 7-6. Dear Red Sox Front Office, Where has this guy been?! Love, Mandachan.



Anyway. Sorry 'bout the crappy post last night. I got kicked off the computer at like 7:30 last night and I had just had piano lessons, so I didn't have time to post, and then I went to bed and realized I didn't post and that I might've missed the 3000th hit (which, turns out, I was that 3000th hit), so I flew back downstairs and posted super quick. I would've posted about the Ellsbury situation but I didn't have time.

I'm going to finish making cookies, eat my lunch and then do some homework before practice and possibly sitting in on a bit of the EGE's match today.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

bah!

3000 hits yay woohoo

sorry for the noncapitalizing post but this is just a quick post to say hey i posted today. my hip really hurts. and i'm going to bed. bye.

Monday, April 19, 2010

the tale of the mandachan trip-le

We won 21-5, hooray woohoo alright! I have a funny story to tell.

So we scored about half of our runs in the first inning of the game. I got up to bat twice in the inning. I batted 6th in the lineup today. Needless to say the other team's pitcher was having a rough outing. Also, their infield is all grass, except for directly around the bases and the pitcher's mound. This might not seem like it's relevant but trust me, it is.

Anyway. In my first at-bat, I came to the plate with the bases loaded and 1 out. I was looking for a sacrifice. My stepdad has been helping me to hit with a little more umph, so I did what he had told me to do. I just crushed the ball. Straight-shot, down the left field line, way over the left fielder's head. Easily a triple or a home run. 1, 2, 3 runs score.

What do I do? I take a weird step somewhere in the grass between first and second, reach the dirt patch where the 2nd baseman plays and fall flat on my face. I get up and half-jog to 2nd, settling for a standing double. Good grief was it embarrassing. Varsity even saw me fall. But hey, I brought the runs in, I made it on base, I eventually scored when our pitcher doubled me in, life is good. Then our bench coach came up to me afterwards and was all like "Hey, how 'bout that in-the-park trip-le?"

Moral of the story: if you're going to run on grass, like this infield was (stupid, but whatever), please be careful of your footing. But if you're gonna go down, at least make it look good :)

In whole, I went 4 for 4 today with the lovely "mandachan trip-le" and 3 singles and a few runs and maybe a stolen base or two, I'd have to check the book.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

hoo boy

Yes, even though I had 4 posts yesterday, somehow I still managed to find something to talk about today.

That Mets/Cardinals game last night was just insane. 20 innings. And huzzah to Mikey P for the save (even though he's a starter...). I invite you to visit either The 'Ropolitans or Mr. Met is My Brother for more details on that since they know more about it than I do.

Also in the NL, kudos to Ubaldo Jimenez for pitching the first no-hitter of 2010 as well as the Rockies' first ever no-no. He fanned 7 in the 4-0 win over the Braves.

The Sox lost to the Rays in both the finishing of the rain-suspended game from Friday and the other part of the quasi-doubleheader. Buchholz kinda blew it in the 2nd game by giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning (though one of those runs was Cameron's fault).

Alex didn't start last night, but he made his first major league appearance this year as a pinch hitter and got a walk. Not a spectacular way to start the season but hey, it could've been worse. At least he got on base. (the Royals lost 6-5)

I got my shoes for prom yesterday, so I've been walking around the house in them so I can get a feel for them and not roll my ankle at prom. 'Cause that would really suck. As it is, I've almost rolled my ankle once today.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

it just keeps coming

Well I'll be damned. 4 posts in one day. This has never happened.

Regardless, I have more "big news," which makes it ok for me to post again about my boys. This one is about Lincecum. He pitched 6 innings of shutout ball today against the Dodgers, giving up 4 hits and striking out 7. But what I'm more in awe of is his hitting today. Pitchers are generally s'posed to suck at hitting. Not Timmy, not today. He went 3 for 4 with 3 singles and 3 RBIs. If that's not "taking care of business," then I don't know what is.


Good hitting...


good pitching...


and a funny face. What more can you ask for?

squee!

(That reminds me, anyone looking for a good "awwww" when they're bummed out should definitely go to the Daily Squee. It's all adorable pictures of baby animals.)

This is a different kind of squee. I know I'm trying to cut down on my useless baseball player obsession posts but this is really important! I voluntarily did 3 posts today to cover it. That's how important it is.

(drumroll please...)

Haha, I'm just kidding. It's big but not worth all the drama fluff. Alex just got the call up to the Royals 'cause he did awesome last night and Chris Getz got put on the DL due to a "strained oblique" (by the way, oblique is a cool word).

Welcome back, Alex! Here's to a good rest of the season. Please stay off the DL.

alright, i'm back

(And breaking my one-post-a-day preference)

I'm really glad my parents let me go back to bed after I got the postponement call. Including today, I have slept in exactly twice during the entirety of Spring Break, between work and softball. Of course, it was kinda strange and not nice that my family decided to leave the house without me while I was sleeping, but I kinda didn't want to go shopping for windows anyway.

So I was looking at box scores and whatnot (Sox and Rays got rain suspended, tied at 1; Royals and Greinke got hammered by the Twins 10-3) and was quite pleased to see that Alex beasted yesterday in triple-A. He went 3 for 4 with a home run, 4 runs and a HBP. My awesomeness yesterday must've rubbed off on him ;)

Oh, and has anyone been paying attention to the news lately? It seems like Eastern Europe/Western Asia, particularly former Soviet-controlled areas, have been having lots of issues lately. There was that horrible plane crash that took the lives of the Polish president, his wife and pretty much every other higher-up government person, leaving the country to be run by the prime minister and local officials. There was the small-but-deadly revolution in Kyrgyzstan that ousted their president and put in a new one that doesn't like the US military base there (the base is to deliver food and supplies and such to the troops in Afghanistan). And then there is the Russian ban on all US adoptions after a lady sent her adopted son back to Moscow because he threw a temper tantrum. It's some pretty hefty-duty stuff.

And now, for some lighter stuff, here's a picture I took the other day.

This is my hibiscus plant that I unfortunately might've killed by not bringing it in last week when it frosted a bit. It's red, which automatically makes it awesome :)

So yeah. That's all for today. Off to do some homework and then to my gramma's house to get my dress hemmed (oh right I forgot, I tried on a few dresses yesterday that I borrowed from my cousins and I picked one out. Guess what color :) )

same crap, different day, softball edition

5 times. 5 times! In two years! We have had 5 rainouts against this one team. Either we've just had an insane amount of bad luck or the softball gods reeeeeally don't want us to play them (after all, they were #5 in the state last year...).

Luckily that means no practice this weekend until the game on Monday. And more time to get my (ugh) homework done. And I can go back to bed. Which I plan on doing as soon as I finish my apple juice.

I may have another post later, I'm not sure yet. Hasta luego!

Friday, April 16, 2010

this is what i have been waiting for

No, not the 4-1 loss yesterday or the 4-3 loss today, or the fact that Ellsbury might have to go on the DL, or even the fact that Alex got promoted to triple-A Omaha to finish rehab (though that is nice). My happiness has to do with today's game.

Yeah, we lost 4-3, which kinda sucks, but if it helps, it was in the bottom of the 7th (we were away). And our left fielder wasn't here so I played the entire game, which made me happy. I kinda sucked in the fielding part of it (so I'm not going to go there), but I did really well in the offense part.

I got up to bat 3 times and made it on base all 3 times; the last one was an infield hit, and the other two were kinda iffy (the coach said they were infield hits, but I marked them as errors 'cause both were overthrows at first base), but hey, I got on base.

And I stole a few bases too, usually on really crappy slides that are more like kerflumping than actually sliding. My best slide was into 3rd on a steal, and everyone said I was safe and the ump called me out and I was like "Pft, screw whether I'm out or not, I slid correctly!" I also scored two of our three runs.

See, this is proof that even though I look like I suck, and usually I do, I can have moments of brilliance. Today's offense was one of them.

However, the game ball, if I had any say in who the game ball went to, would definitely have to go to our pitcher, because not only did she pitch the whole game, she also scored our other run, got on base twice and survived a nasty collision at first base the first play of the game (the first baseman on the other team had to be carried off the field).

Sowwy, no pictures of this game, I didn't have my camera with me, and I don't think the girls would appreciate me posting pictures of them on here without them knowing. If you're friends with me on Facebook, the pictures from yesterday's game are posted.

Also, I was a big girl and drove home in the rain by myself! :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

Don't worry, I am not going to burst out into a song that I know only from the Shrek 2 soundtrack. I just needed a relevant title.

So, upon my latest round of "My blog sucks, what am I doing wrong?", there have been requests from someone who shall remain nameless (the EGE) to make a few lot of tweaks to this dear site of bloggorrhea.

For starters, I messed around with my sidebar stuff, condensed it a little, and moved stuff around because even though I like to know how shamefully few views I have, you guys probably don't. Besides, the label cloud thing looks a lot cooler than a lame old list.

I also added an "about me" page at the top, explaining what kind of nonsense may appear on the blog in addition to providing my email in case anyone would like to contact me.

As for content, I'm always trying to modify it because baseball and specifically my "5" can get a little boring, but I can't drop it entirely as it would defeat the purpose of the blog being called "divided loyalty." If any of you (sad few) readers has any comments or suggestions, feel free to email me if there's something you want to see. Pending approval, you just might get your wish.

Um... I'll try to add more pictures to make the writing seem not so dull. I've been moseying around the yard taking pictures of stuff, so I'll post those at some point.

I'll end this post, now that I've officially put you to sleep... but be on the lookout for more tweaks.

Oh, and yesterday's post was the 100th for the year. Yay me.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

more viking fun

Since that movie was just so awesome, I have to have two posts about it.

These sorts of things always fascinate me just for the sake of being all ... well, not mystical, but interesting and different in a mysterious kinda way. We did a Viking unit in 5th grade where the class was split into Norwegian, Danish and Swedish clans. I don't believe we picked groups, but I got into the Swedish one which is cool 'cause I'm part Swedish. What was even better was that I was elected jarl of the group (that's pronounced "yarl," it's a fancy word for leadery person). I don't remember the entirety of the project but we earned Norsemarks for doing good things. And I almost succeeded in being the first leader to kick a guy out of the clan because one of the guys in my group, who was a big jerk and teased me, did jack diddly in groupwork and I was so close to getting him kicked out but the unit ended and I was bummed.

How this ties back to the movie: my name in the unit was Astrid. I win.

Also, Laura and Kyla claimed to think that the Hiccup/Astrid pairing was not only completely obvious (it was, I saw it coming in the first scene where Astrid showed up), it was a parallel to me and the EGE. I can see some sort of resemblance 'cause he's got the engineery thing going on and a good sense of humor (sometimes) and sarcasm, and I can be a big, independent jerk a good deal of the time, but it's starting to get a little old 'cause every time there's a pairing-up in a movie or show, the comparison always comes back to us.

Oh well. Enjoy the rest of your day :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"but how do you know vikings don't have scottish accents?"

Went with Laura and her friend Kyla to go see How to Train Your Dragon last night. It was actually a pretty good movie. Even though the Vikings in it had Scottish accents. Not sure why. But aside from that, it was pretty awesome. I mean, first, it was about dragons and Vikings and all sorts of awesome stuff. It was really quite funny. And dangit I like older-kid kid movies!

I'd have to say that my favorite character is a toss-up between Hiccup (the main character), Astrid (the main girl character) and Toothless (Hiccup's dragon). Hiccup, because he's endearing in that totally dorky kinda way, and I liked his personality and his sense of humor. Astrid, because she's your typical independent-but-still-sweet heroine. And Toothless... well, I'll show you a picture first.

I've always been fascinated by dragons, but Toothless takes the cake in the world of creatures that don't exist. He's just so... epic! In lack of a better word, he's just so badass about everything. Yet at the same time he's the most adorable thing ever 'cause he's very catlike. And the toothless smile that got him his name? Just heart-melting.

I know, I'm overanalyzing movie characters. Make fun of me if you will. But it was a good movie. And the soundtrack is pretty good too, good instrumentals. I might have to get it.

Monday, April 12, 2010

"wow! it's late!"

I was eating dinner at my stepmom's house last night, looked at my watch, saw it was 8 and said this. No one would drop it for the rest of the night. I realize that my mom's side of the family is a little more organized but 8 o'clock is late to be eating dinner!

Of course, I also said a variation of this later when I kinda lost track of time while watching The Big Bang Theory and realized it was almost midnight. Except no one was there to make fun of me for it.

And then it just so happens that the window I was facing in the bonus room (the awesome room above the garage that I sortof have a claim to) while sleeping was the side of the house that the sun rises on, so I was greeted at 6:30something this morning with a lovely but quite obnoxious sunrise. I got off the couch/chaise lounge, shut the blinds and went back to bed and didn't get back up til 9.

I had a really strange dream about going into a nearby town looking for terrorists and the town was still pretty trashed from the recent flood (i.e. there were bridges and roads out and stuff). I was sortof held captive by one but he let me go after I ran a lap around the park 'cause I was fit or whatever.
See, kiddies, this is what happens when you don't get enough sleep.

Oh, and Lincecum got his 2nd win last night against the Padres, and he had 10 Ks.

So yeah. Practice later. Then games tomorrow, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And whaddaya know, the forecast says it's s'posed to rain on Saturday. What a surprise.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

hooray for tv on dvd!

My gramma from Washington (state) came out to visit, so we went shopping together and among other things, she bought me the first season of The Big Bang Theory on DVD. I've been watching it forthe majority of the afternoon. I love this show :)

Sox took two of three in the Sox/Royals series. Ellsbury got injured today colliding with Beltre while going after a foul ball. Beltre kneed him in the boob while tripping over him. And it was funny but sad.

And I'm kinda tired so that'll be all for now.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

so.

Our game got rained out yesterday. Of course. Whenever we go to play this particular team, it has to rain. Every time. It happened at least 3 times last year, too, and I wouldn't be surprised if next Saturday it starts raining too.

So instead I went over to Laura's house for more Firefly watching. It was fun. I stayed up way too late, though, and I was really tired.

I also had a game today, which is why I didn't want to be up so late last night. I drove there by myself :). We won 8-5, and even though I didn't play (:P), I had a say in the game 'cause in the 3rd inning, the other coach thought we had 2 outs when we only had one, so the umps came and asked me what I had so I told them and then they let us keep playing with one out so that might've saved us the game. I felt special 'cause they actually listened to me.

Oh, and since I was at Laura's house last night, I didn't watch the Sox/Royals game, but the Royals won 4-3. Obviously Alex wasn't playing, but Ellsbury had a single and a double. Alex has been doing good in rehab, though. He went 1 for 2 on Thursday with a single and a HBP, and last night he went 1 for 1 with a double, 2 walks and 3 runs.

Friday, April 9, 2010

posting for the sake of posting

it's late. i'm tired. and i have a game tomorrow morning. so you don't get a real post or capitalization. suck it up. spring break starts tomorrow so i'll have more time to post then.

'night!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

dang.

For starters, my hip still hurts quite a bit.

Then, I got this year's first round of "I didn't put sunscreen on my throwing hand because I never do and now I have itchy red sun poisoning all over it." It itches as all get-up and is starting to drive me nuts.

Then, I got an email back from the reporter lady from the local newspaper and unfortunately I can't intern this summer 'cause I'm not a college student. I kinda saw this coming, and yeah, it kinda sucks, but it's not the end of the world 'cause I can still make arrangements to job shadow or just go in for a tour and see how things work so maybe when I am in college (if I'm around here), I'll know how everything works.

Then, I saw that Salty got put on the DL for "stiffness in his left upper back." 'Cause having one of the 5 on the DL wasn't bad enough already.

Then, I found out that the Stankees won last night, 3-1 in 10.

Oh, and I had to drive home from my gramma's house tonight. By myself. In the dark. On a busy road. With crazy casino drivers that try to run me over when they merge 'cause apparently the speed limit isn't fast enough for them.

And I have a lot of homework due tomorrow, including 3 journals, a few open-ended Qs for current issues and 9 chapters of Huck Finn because our teacher apparently thinks that none of us have lives and can read 9 chapters in a night and fully understand it. Grr. It's gonna be a late night tonight.

And dangnabbit my hand really really itches! :P

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

crossover post

Not the fun kind where another blogger comes and guest posts, unfortunately. More in the sense that I'm talking about both baseball and softball.

Softball parts: I'm really nervous for the game on Friday. Not only because we'll be playing the team that was #5 in the state last year, but because JV is a little discombobulated. With the exception of our shortstop, one of our catchers and myself, it's all freshmen. They're all decent, and a lot of them are really nice, but sometimes they just drive me nuts. Because I was kept primarily to be a good role model and I'm one of three returning players, I'll call the plays and try to give pointers when I feel it's necessary, but I try not to be a jerk. And when we do team jogs, some of the girls always run ahead of the rest of us, and I'll ask them to slow down a bit because it is a team jog not a solo run and we can only jog as fast as our slowest runner (usually myself). Instead, some of them get all pissy at me for telling them what to do, and my across-the-street neighbor who is also on the team says that they're all like "who died and made her captain" and stuff like that. I'm not trying to be overly bossy. I'm just trying to help because for the most part, I sorta know what I'm doing. But they really piss me off sometimes.
Also I probably won't be starting on Friday. It sucks, but as long as I get at least an inning in every game, I'll be happy.

Baseball parts: I have a few of these.
For starters, we skipped about 40 minutes of practice to hop on over to the baseball field for a dedication ceremony because they named the field after Matty B, with really nice signs on the back of the backstop and over the scoreboard. They had the principal and the baseball coach and a few other high-up people say a few words, and Matty B's parents threw out the first pitch(es), and there were a LOT of people that showed up, which was really sweet.
In slightly less local baseball news, Alex will most definitely not be playing in the Sox/Royals series this weekend 'cause he'll start a rehab assignment with the single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks. Here's to hoping he'll be healthy for Memorial Day weekend.
Sox lost last night 6-4 to the Stankees. Oh well. It's not the end of the world. There's still 160 games left.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

i think i pulled an alex

My hip hurts. I mean, it really hurts. I had to take a break during practice to stretch it out, and when I had to get in the car afterwards, it took me like 10 seconds. That doesn't seem like a lot, but when you're used to jumping in the car, it's a long time.

So my brain was going in weird directions today, and I half-convinced myself that I pulled an Alex. It's the same hip that hurts (the right one), hurt doing essentially the same sport. I then thought "Ohmygawd, I tore my hip labrum and I'll need surgery." Then I realized that tearing a labrum would render me useless in softball (with the exception of managing/scorekeeping), and then that I couldn't drive so then I would lose my job(s). (Oh, yeah, btw I got my license. Yay!)
So, extrapolating from this observation of injury patterns, I should be sliding headfirst into 2nd base early next season, shatter my thumb and get sent down to rec league. I think I'll stick to asking if I can manage...

Anyway. That reminds me that I need to update you on my weekend festivities. I went out to dinner with the EGE on Friday to an awesome little oriental place that had food from pretty much every Asian country imaginable. And it was gooooood. I had a bout of indecisiveness and got a dinner box that had beef teriyaki, a mini roll of sushi, wonton soup and some vegetable and shrimp tempura. And I ate the entire thing. I'm such a pig. But it just tasted so darn good.
I had to get up at buttcrack hour Saturday morning to get to DMV at 7:15 so I could be towards the beginning of the line for when it actually opened at 8. The instructor testing dude was a little intimidating-looking but he was really nice, and I did fine except my backing-in job was a little close on my side, but I suck at backing in with the Escape anyway. The written test was pretty easy, but I definitely took advantage of the "skip this question" option on a few questions because who honestly memorizes what the fine is for street racing?
We had Easter Eve dinner with my mom's family and we had prime rib and lamb and all sorts of yummy food. And an Easter egg hunt with my cousins. Then on Sunday we went to my stepdad's family's house for Easter stupid midafternoon meal and we had chicken and seventy bajillion sides and another Easter egg hunt after a minor altercation between some family members.

And that's my story. And I'm sticking to it. My leg still hurts.

Monday, April 5, 2010

i has a booboo

I didn't get hit by a grounder today, surprisingly enough. Instead I tore up my leg while sliding. It's not too bad, a few girls who had existing sliding wounds from Saturday had blood running down their legs after the first slide, but that doesn't mean it doesn't sting. I was a good person and got the med box and handed out alcohol wipes and blow-out patches to the girls on the team. And then afterwards I was too lazy to change into real clothes for band rehearsal so I showed up in my practice clothes and Crocs and looked like a complete bum, complete with that oh-so-lovely smell of sunscreen mixed with sweat. Yummeh.
Also my hip hurts too. I'm not sure why. My parents say that it's 'cause I was sliding wrong, which is perfectly plausible since I absolutely suck at sliding, except for the fact that it was hurting a bit before today.
Yay scrimmage tomorrow :)

Now for some baseball! I watched a total of 2/3 of an inning last night, enough to see Ellsbury up at bat and for Scott Schoeneweis to come in after Beckett fell apart in the 5th inning. At that point they were losing 5-1. They, of course, came back to win 9-7. Maybe I should stop watching the games more often so they win :)
Also in baseball news, the Rangers beat the Jays something to something and Salty had an RBI single, the Royals lost to Detroit 8-4 but Alex wasn't playing anyway, and Dan Haren and the D-backs beat the Padres 6-3. Lincecum is pitching against the Astros right now, score is 3-zip, San Fran, as of 8:39pm.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

can't... wait... any... longer!

Opening Day is tomorrow. I have been chomping at the bit for the past... well, I've been waiting for Opening Day since the World Series from Hell. And now it's almost here! Yay!

Unfortunately, the epic tales of Friday night and yesterday morning will have to wait since we're having people over for breakfast and we're going to my stepdad's family's house later for Easter stupid midafternoon meal (it's not lunch, it's not dinner, and it sucks 'cause we're starving by the time it comes and then we're too full for dinner but then we get the munchies really badly around 8).

So yeah. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

10:20am: Well I feel stupid. I've been waiting for so long for tomorrow, only to find out that the Sox season opener is tonight against the Stankees. Loser.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

one

This is a shoutout post. The person I'm shouting out to knows who they are. And yes I did just use "they" as a singular pronoun. So there.

Unfortunately, I am so out of it right now that I have nothing particularly special to say in this shoutout post. Oh well. It's the thought that counts.

So yeah. Hopefully the person who this post was s'posed to be for understands that even though their shoutout post sucks, I apologize and they're still awesome :)

More tomorrow hopefully. I had a good last night/this morning, but I didn't want to distract the meaning of this post with the other stuff.

Friday, April 2, 2010

injury updateage!

I told you I'd get back to baseball eventually.

Ok so unfortunately, I have a lot of injury news. Ellsbury hasn't played the past 3 days due to arm soreness (and the Red Sox injury report on ESPN.com is over a page long which is a little unnerving). Alex will still be on the DL for the start of the season. Lincecum did have a boo-boo on his right middle finger last week but he said it was all good. Salty was out for a bit from neck/back soreness but it looks like all systems go now, and he'll be splitting the catching with Teagarden like last year.

Today will be a bit of a lax day. My aunt, gramma and cousins are coming over to color eggs, then I have practice and then I'm going out to dinner to a place I've never been before so I'm pretty excited.

Bye for now!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

don't you just love being a geek?

First off, today is not April Fools' Day.

;)

Anyway, in celebration, I had a very geeky joke that I wanted to pull off. My current issues room is room 404, so I was gonna ask my teacher if we could put a sign on the door that says "404: Room Not Found" and then have class in the library or somewhere else. Unfortunately I didn't have current issues today. Darn.

I also had a geeky moment in sports psych, but it warranted me the obligatory death glare that follows whenever I open my mouth. We were on one of our trippy tangents, talking about how losing smells and such, so we were talking about "the taste of victory." Our teacher asked what the 5 tastes were, and everyone was all like "sweet, salty, sour, bitter" and then I chipped in and said "yeah, sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami." Of course, I had to then explain to my bewildered classmates that umami is the Japanese word for "delicious", and glutamate binds to the receptors and gives the brain that "savory" taste feeling. Hence why MSG makes food taste so darn good. But only one other person in my class got my reference.

Another, but less geeky, thing in sports psych was when we were talking about what textbooks can be used for. Some people said they're used for teaching. Some said they're used for learning. I said they were good for hitting people with. I like my reason the best :)

And dangnabbit I forgot my other geekery things to post about. Oh well. This is why I don't post after 8 or 9. I'm gonna go to bed. Ill have softball things to post about tomorrow, and I'll make a list of pre-Opening Day importantnesses for you, since I've been kinda not on the ball about the baseball aspect of this blog that is, after all, about divided fan baseball.