Al's Ramblings



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

(8/20/2014 06:22:00 PM) - Al

MLB upholds Giants protest of "tarp no work" game. Will resume in bottom of 5th.

Seriously, they should probably do this will all games. There's nothing stopping a team like the Brewers from saying the roof is stuck open if a downpour erupts up one in the 9th, and the tarp just can't get on the infield fast enough. 


8/20/2014 06:22:00 PM



(8/20/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al

I tend to side with police officers.

I tend to side against vandals, looters, and criminals that hang out on the street during riots, or whatever the politically correct term is for riots.

And by the way, if this report is true, Obama once again said something really stupid before the facts were in. If you're keeping score at home, that makes the amount of times this happens infinity.


8/20/2014 03:44:00 PM



(8/20/2014 03:27:00 PM) - Al

Less than twenty minutes from sound bite presser to first tee. If it was a sitcom, at least it would be funny.

All that's missing is an OJ like statement that he'll hunt down the real killers in his spare time.


8/20/2014 03:27:00 PM



(8/20/2014 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Beam me up Scottie.

My fictional story would include details about how schools need to fire those in power and start over with some folks wit common sense.


8/20/2014 02:19:00 PM



(8/20/2014 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Adam of MLB.com reports RA Dickey's pitches are not registering on the MP radar gun.


8/20/2014 01:28:00 PM



(8/20/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Jesse Jackson is simply an untalented oaf. His only job is to show up where news cameras are and babble nonsense.

Sadly, the old media continues to give this clown air time. 


8/20/2014 01:00:00 PM



(8/20/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I have not been to Milwaukee for a couple years, but the view I have always seen is abandoned factories, warehouses, with graffiti and broken windows plainly visible from the interstate.




8/20/2014 12:30:00 PM



(8/20/2014 12:29:00 PM) - Al

He is a cliche of himself.


8/20/2014 12:29:00 PM



(8/20/2014 12:21:00 PM) - Al

I have often stated that Marty looks to be as good at framing pitches as Jonathon is.

This year, he's been better, and last year, they were virtually the same.

One of these days, Marty might find himself on a team in which he plays enough to get the defensive recognition he deserves.

Note: Click on the "per game" column to see Marty's superior numbers, it will not link directly. 


8/20/2014 12:21:00 PM



(8/20/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Long look at "Moneyball" and the fact other teams were doing it as well...just didn't garner the publicity of the A's.

Many Gord Ash quotes. Second time in a week he has said the Brewers have their own version of WAR that they use...looking back, that's probably why they felt comfortable giving Gomez his extension before he ever hit.

There seems to be just a pair of teams that are still not using metrics to speak of, and the Twins and DBacks results seem to show it. MIN especially seems extremely shortsighted and goofy...an example is Vance Worley, who they made the centerpiece of the Ben Revere trade, handled his injury shortened 2013 clumsily, as they do with almost all injuries, often admitting months later that a player has been suffering from but "playing through" an injury only after they are forced to go on the DL and have been wholly ineffective for much of the campaign. So, after being hurt for much of '13, MIN was said to be "unhappy" with Worley's conditioning/attitude/lack of grit in spring training and gave up on the 26 year old, trading him for cash.

He has regained his form despite his refusal to "just some dirt on it", miraculously.


8/20/2014 11:30:00 AM



(8/20/2014 11:15:00 AM) - Al

Absolute disgrace last night at Wrigley Field. Ending a 2-0 game in the 5th inning because the grounds crew, at best, did a amateurish job covering the field...pitiful.

I said years ago that all new ballparks should have to have a roof of some kind, retractable or not, as it is ridiculous to have the technology and not use it. Sadly, we have had an entire generation of new stadiums built, and almost none are covered. 


8/20/2014 11:15:00 AM



(8/20/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It all does sound pretty stupid, doesn't it?


8/20/2014 11:00:00 AM



(8/20/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

This is pretty much the opposite of everything the left has been saying since...time began. Those pesky facts have a habit of getting in the way.

It's why the economy has struggled too, as very successful people buy boats, RV's, and jewelry. The others are like me, and consider it a "luxury" to order extra tarter sauce at Checker's and get charged a dime a sandwich.

{Yes, I do hold a grudge.}


8/20/2014 09:30:00 AM



(8/20/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Everyone is entitled to her opinion.

Heh. If she was on my side, I would strongly consider changing sides.


8/20/2014 08:30:00 AM


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

(8/19/2014 09:55:00 PM) - Al

Pirates' reliever went five frames tonight in blowout loss.

Perfect opportunity for PIT to send him down and bring up a fresh arm.


8/19/2014 09:55:00 PM



(8/19/2014 08:54:00 PM) - Al

As I said before, this might free up Ike Davis as a nontender this offseason, or for a trade.


8/19/2014 08:54:00 PM



(8/19/2014 08:52:00 PM) - Al

Directly related to the left's love of subsidies, ethanol, and pork (not the yummy kind).

You know, it's almost as if their entire plan is based on socialist gimmicks that have never, nor will ever work.


8/19/2014 08:52:00 PM



(8/19/2014 07:48:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son just came upstairs and asked me "You wouldn't come out in the rain for me?" I told him I didn't know he ever read Ramblings, and he said, "I wanted to read about the bird."

I should have stretched this drama out for days.


8/19/2014 07:48:00 PM



(8/19/2014 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Those BP nights sure fill up the cheap seats. Might be a sellout this evening.


8/19/2014 07:45:00 PM



(8/19/2014 07:03:00 PM) - Al

Bird update:

Another victim of the cruel world.

At least he died happy and full. Must have suffered some sort of internal injury while trying to get unstuck.


8/19/2014 07:03:00 PM



(8/19/2014 07:01:00 PM) - Al

If you're dumb enough to buy peanut butter at Whole Foods, salmonella is the least of your problems.


8/19/2014 07:01:00 PM



(8/19/2014 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Bird update: Realized it was pouring rain on bird. Put grill cover over 2/3rd's of Rubbermaid container to help keep him dry.

In doing so, got soaking wet.

On way back into house, realize I would not have done this for anybody I know.

EDIT: Except the Rambling wife, who I love dearly, and who reads Ramblings. 


8/19/2014 06:10:00 PM



(8/19/2014 05:52:00 PM) - Al

Bird update: Put him in Rubbermaid container on deck, along with small bowl of water and a handful of sunflower seeds. Have to protect him from the Rambling dog.

He's sitting in there eating like a little pig. It sure didn't effect his appetite. Hopefully, he'll gather himself and fly away at some point.


8/19/2014 05:52:00 PM



(8/19/2014 05:16:00 PM) - Al

They're freedom fighters you know.

And Israel? Meanies.



8/19/2014 05:16:00 PM



(8/19/2014 05:11:00 PM) - Al

My guess? He was hungry.


8/19/2014 05:11:00 PM



(8/19/2014 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Feeling bad, a little bird got stuck in our suet feeder this afternoon, and despite the fact he seems fine, he won't fly away...I was hoping he was just dizzy and tired, but he's been sitting on the deck for over an hour now, eating seeds and walking around clumsily. I picked him up, and he just flew back down to the deck.

Of course, we have to protect him from the Rambling dog, whose greatest thrill in life is chasing birds...I still recall a couple years ago, a bird hit the glass door, and was woozy...I ended up prying him out of the Rambling dog's mouth, and in amidst a flurry of feathers, flew away. 


8/19/2014 04:58:00 PM


Monday, August 18, 2014

(8/18/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm telling ya, there just isn't anywhere left to cut!

Everything Obama has added is pure pork. Go back to 2008 and sharpen the knife. No one will miss the rest except the unions and the other groups that are laundering it for the left.


8/18/2014 10:30:00 AM



(8/18/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

We are talking about the administration that tried to close open air monuments as Honor Flights visited them. They've proven a dozen times they despise the military, and make no effort to hide it.

Obama was so upset, he was said to have sliced his drive. 


8/18/2014 09:30:00 AM


Sunday, August 17, 2014

(8/17/2014 07:38:00 PM) - Al

Counsell's fact that the Brewers' SP's are on pace for 1000 innings was fascinating. I knew they were solid, but had no idea.

Many folks have no respect for guys who can throw 180 frames and compile a 4.50 ERA, but they do have value. Keeps the bullpen healthy and rested.


8/17/2014 07:38:00 PM



(8/17/2014 06:28:00 PM) - Al

Haudricourt sees the Brewers tendering a contract to Gerardo Parra, who is eligible for arbitration for the final time this offseason. The 27-year-old outfielder, acquired by the Brewers at the Trade Deadline, is earning $4.85MM this season.--MLBTR

I don't, unless they see Braun moving to 1B or missing significant time with injury. Parra will make about $6M next year, far more then the Crew wants to pay a reserve, and probably more than they hope to pay their entire bench next season.


8/17/2014 06:28:00 PM



(8/17/2014 04:41:00 PM) - Al

While I hope Aramis was pulled solely for rest, I doubt it's true. Likely something minor, but he's not sitting on the bench either. Probably getting treatment and hoping the 48+ hours off will do him good.


8/17/2014 04:41:00 PM



(8/17/2014 04:09:00 PM) - Al

Scooter running like Ramirez. Seems to be perennially on base when extra base hits are put in play. 


8/17/2014 04:09:00 PM



(8/17/2014 03:15:00 PM) - Al

After spending yesterday at the beach, Obama said, ‚ÄúThis has been fun, but I should really get back...to the golf course."--Jimmy Fallon 

It's funny because it's true.


8/17/2014 03:15:00 PM



(8/17/2014 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Obama's "recovery" is as fictional as his intelligence.


8/17/2014 12:32:00 PM



(8/17/2014 11:08:00 AM) - Al

I don't get offended often, because it ain't up to me to impart my morals onto society as a whole.

I think that's why church attendance is falling so, people are tired of the negative reinforcement and the continuing theme of being told they need to donate more money (which in itself is another negative). The only churches growing in the USA are the non denominational, very relaxed model, many of which don't even ask for money, but rather simply let it be known there is a collection box on the premises.

It's like a form of contrarian thinking...and guess what? It works.

Before I get emails, I know the Catholic church is growing rapidly, however, that growth is almost exclusively in poor, backwards nations. It has declined rapidly in the USA, so much so, that fewer Catholics are in church on Sunday than were a half century ago, despite population doubling.

I have often mentioned that I enjoy Joel Osteen, and DVR him weekly. Heck, I'm listening to his last book on CD right now in the car, because he's positive, funny, and enjoyable. He jokes in one chapter about when he met his wife, she was a member of a cult congregation that believes they are the chosen few and that everyone else is a bunch of cretins that do it wrong. He says we won't know the answers until it's too late to tell everyone else, but he chooses to support everyone...be all inclusive...blacks and whites, gays and straights, Longhorns and Aggies (and if you know Texas, that's serious business).


8/17/2014 11:08:00 AM


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