Just a few quick thoughts as I try to get back on my regular schedule after a few grueling weeks. Yes; recaps, previews, and rankings will continue here posthaste.
- HBO’s Game of Thrones is currently the best show on television, and last Sunday’s episode left me unable to sleep. With all the different versions of “NCIS”, “Top Chef”, and “30 Yuppies Fighting Over an Expensive Prostitute” (or whatever that show is actually called), it’s great to once again have something worth using the DVR space on.
- If the NBA Finals had gone a different way, I probably would have lost 100% of my interest in the league. Lebron James is simply too despicable. This guy actually made statements after the game to the effect of “It’s God’s plan for me to eventually win” and “My critics are just bitter because they’re poor and miserable”, and such. Sure, I am poor and miserable, but correlation doesn’t equal causation, Bron!
- Before the 2010 season, I predicted a bust-out All Star campaign from Jacoby Ellsbury that included a modest increase in power to go along with his high batting average and dominance of the basepaths. Of course, he had his collision with Adrian Beltre and that never happened. However, I feel somewhat vindicated considering his torrid play this season. Right now, he is one of the best lead-off hitters in the game.
- Beer recommendation: this is something that I imagine would be very difficult to get outside of the Boston area, but there is a local craft brewery called “Pretty Things” that has a few outstanding selections. Yeah, the name is a little dainty and they’ll likely serve it to you in a tulip glass, but once you swallow your pride and have a sip or two, you’ll thank me.
- While it seems like just about everyone on the Red Sox roster is on fire, the one guy who was hitting back in April has cooled down considerably. Jed Lowrie is hitting .226/.293/.323 since May 1st.
- J.D. Drew has also been quiet this year, but sadly, I think it’s a function of him getting old. Drew, of course, was always injury prone, but when you hit your mid thirties, the tightness and the soreness that once would go away in a 24 hour span now lingers for quite a bit longer. It’s not a fun thing to encounter.
- Catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway, a guy who has shown an improvement in his defense this year, has been promoted to Pawtucket. He is certainly someone to keep an eye on.
- The one thing that will get me out of my seat quickly: seeing Sarah McLachlan appear on the television. As soon as her Canadian face pops up on my screen, a frantic scramble for the remote ensues. I swear, I’m like Vince Wilfork going after a loose ball; my lightning-quick hands and feet propelled by immense fury and hunger as I grab that piece of plastic and push either the “Channel Up” or “Channel Down” button (it doesn’t matter which). I have nothing against Sarah or her music, but I just don’t feel like seeing any more footage of a one-eyed puppy, you know?
- A re-worked prospect list will be published shortly, however, I’m not going to include any of the draftees until they actually sign.