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Monthly Archive: July 2004

Wednesday

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July 2004

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What it takes to be bitter, angry, and jaded

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I didn’t watch the All-Star game last night for what I thought at first were a set of principled reasons, but as I woke up this morning I continued to think about the question, “Why does the All-Star Game make me want to vomit?” I reasoned to myself that, in a marathon like the baseball season, one game can’t show you anything about which league has better stars. I used to complain about how uninformed voters got to decide who was playing. I was sure that the mano-a-mano matchups in the All-Star game, in which A-Rod would intentionally foul off […]

Sunday

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July 2004

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A break is cause for limping

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Early in my softball season this spring, I hit a ground ball and proceeded to run as fast as my legs would to try to beat out the throw to first. Unfortunately, in the process, I came down extremely hard on my heel in the stretch to first. I immediately had shooting pain all throughout my foot and thought for sure I had broken it. I limped back to the dugout and sat in pain. I sucked it up and finished the game and played the second game, limping all the way. Not all that smart, but when I am […]

Friday

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July 2004

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Friday Five: Baseball Announcers

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If the Cubs team is a 5th grade schoolboy, the Cardinals have been playing the role of class bully. The Reds have been that sneaky kid who tapes “kick me” signs on people’s backs, the Astros have been the smart kid who everybody kind of ignores because he (his ballpark, actually) is freaky, the Pirates have been the skinny runt, and the Brewers have been the humorous fat kid. This weekend, the humorous fat kid walked right up to our little fifth grader and kicked him in his groin and peed all over him while he rolled around, groaning in […]

Thursday

8

July 2004

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Sniderman 2

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I went to see that movie Sniderman 2. First of all, I should tell you that I didn’t see Sniderman, so I don’t know what really happened in the first one. Maybe that was the problem. The movie is about this guy named “Peter Sniderman.” He has this girlfriend who’s only eighteen but already has saggy breasts. But she’s going to get married to some other guy; I think he was a Spaceman. Anyway, Mr. Sniderman keeps having these dream sequences where he’s on his way to the gym or something, because he’s wearing really weird, tight clothes like a […]

Wednesday

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July 2004

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Offense, Offense, Where for art thou, Offense?

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While listening to the game on Gameday Audio tonight in the 7th inning, Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes spoke up and said, “Always remember, Ron, when you lose, you’re not as bad as you look. When you win, you’re not as good as you look.” While it is a nice, heartwarming phrase that may work on little league kids, it doesn’t work on me. The fact is, 2 runs scored in 3 games against a less than elite team in the league is worse than bad, it’s just plain AWFUL. Never has a team needed a day off more than the […]