Red Sox Nation Suffering

Oh boy, did my Red Sox blow a doozy last night. That was a tough loss to swallow, I must say. Aaron Boone!! Aaron f****** Boone!! He was hitting a buck twenty five (.125) in the playoffs! I would have rather lost by 15 runs than lose that way. That’s the thing about the Red Sox, they always find the most miserable ways to lose. And to do it against the Yankees is just painful.

The Red Sox just did not get it done. And you could just feel it as the game progressed. They had the lead and they let it slip away. In this case, it was completely inept game management by Grady Little, the Red Sox manager. He should be fired by next month. He should have brought in Alan Embree from the bullpen in the 8th to take over for Pedro. The bullpen was pitching great – Timlin was fantastic, Embree was solid as was Williamson. It was so obvious. Is he really that dumb? Doesn’t he realize that any player is going to say “I’m fine” no matter how they really feel? And putting in Wakefield was not exactly the best move either. Yes, the Sox would not have been there without him after his two amazing performances eariler in the series, but he was just not the right pitcher for that situation.

But the Sox were playing with fire throughout the playoffs and it finally came back to haunt them. The only reason they were in the ALCS was because of the ineptitude of the Oakland A’s and their failure to close out the series. And between Millar, Ortiz, Mueller and especially Nomar, I think they were barely at the “Mendoza Line” (batting average of .200) with maybe 15 RBIs collectively . And Manny Ramirez could not drive in runners in scoring position to save his life. As always, good pitching trumps good hitting and that was especially evident for the Red Sox in these playoffs – not just against the Yankees but against the Athletics as well.

Sadly, the dreams of a Cubs vs. Red Sox series went up in smoke in the most painful of ways for both cities and both franchises. And the worst part is that now I have to deal with those blasted Yankee fans.

Go Florida!!!!

Apple iPod

I really want an Apple iPod. They are just the best mobile audio devices around and they are so brilliantly designed. Then I could put my audio CD collection on my computer and put the actual CDs in storage. In fact, I really want an Apple PowerBook. We currently have a 4 year old Dell and that is just not cutting it anymore. What would be ideal would be for my wife Lisa to have her own PC and then I could have my own Apple. It would be the first computer that I would have for my web dev/services/design “side business”. It would also help me out as I create and edit video of the kids.

The Governator

You know our country is going to hell in a hand-basket when Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor of California. Yes, “The Terminator” is now “The Governator”. I guess it was a “Total Recall” vote that led to his victory. I think its sad that the public has taken their greatest privledge in this country and reduced it to a popularity vote rather than a vote for the best person who can do the job. I only hope the people of California know what they have done.

Rush Limbaugh Is Dumb

Rush Limbaugh made some really dumb comments about my fellow Syracuse University alum Donovan McNabb. While this is exactly the type of headlines and outlandish commentary ESPN wanted when they hired Rush for their NFL Primetime program, I think it illustrates a bigger issue in the media these days. Media outlets are suffering because of the erosion of audiences (i.e: as Bruce said: “57 Channels and Nothing On”) and they need to do outrageous things in order to attract audiences and encourage people to take time out of their day to tune in.

I always felt that having a blow-fish like Rush Limbaugh on an football program is just wrong, but ABC is known for taking some weird risks as they did a few years ago by having Dennis Miller in the Monday Night Football booth. Just let Chris Berman and his gang do their thing. They are the best, they do not need a jackass like Rush Limbaugh on their program.

RSS

i have discovered rss, as some people call real simple syndication, where you can have data feeds incorperated into your web site or blog. its pretty neat and enables you to add updated info and data to your site. ah, the power of xml.

Frustration with the Job Search

i have been getting supremely frustrated with my job search. i do not think i have ever experienced anything quite like this. at least i know i am not alone since the unemployment rate is the highest its been in years. it is also reassuring that it was economic reasons that put me in this situation rather than performance issues. i know, or have heard of, many extremely talented people with backgrounds far more impressive than mine who have been out of work. a friend told me that the rececession in the early 1990’s cut the fat from corporations, while this recession (we are still in a recession, even though the economists say otherwise) has been more widespread and i think he is right. i will continue to plug along and i am confident that something will happen and i will catch a break sometime soon! click here to go to my resume.