Thursday, March 13, 2008

Deep Thoughts.

Not really deep thoughts, just some random stuff that I've been thinking about or seen lately.

Spring training tests a sportswriters' ability to wring a story out of nearly non-existent material. Sometimes, just sometimes, they're on to something. A couple of weeks ago, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel did a profile on first baseman Prince Fielder, who has evidently become vegetarian, but not in a bid to gain power; he's doing it for ethical reasons! Good on him. I'll be curious to watch him through the season- Prince is a big boy (6', 260 lbs.), and the longer he stays veg, he might just become a little more lean. (bonus appearance in the article by former Red Sox third base coach Dale "Go! Go! No, wait, stop!" Sveum)

Manny Ramirez has always been hesitant with the media, and frankly I don't blame him. But, whether it's because he's in a contract year or he's just getting older, he's been a lot more open lately. There's a neat piece here about the changes he's made to his life and his off season preparations. Confession- I do get shivers thinking about a fully healthy Papi and a prepared Manny in the middle of the Sox order. :)

I would frankly give my left arm to be able to go see the Dropkick Murphys and Ted Leo show tomorrow in South Boston. Holy crap, would that be a to-do. Oh, sure, I'd settle for the motherf**king Pogues (with Shane!) and Billy Bragg in NYC on St. Patrick's Day eve. Ugh.

On a happier note, last night I went with friends to see a Harpcore4 show at U of I- great fun! Four harpists using their imposing instruments to pluck out very entertaining covers of everything from the Cure to Elton John to Leonard Cohen. I'm always impressed by harp players- their fingers are always flying so fast, in seemingly random ways, but making lovely sounds.

I have no earthly desire to even think about politics at this point. Wake me when the conventions are over.

1 comment:

Cycho Librarian said...

The scary part is, as much as Dropkick Murphys and Ted Leo sounds like a great show, I think I may be getting too old for that shit. I was at a Flogging Molly concert last year when the AC went out. I was basically suffering heat stroke when they took the stage, and the crowd rushed and turned the entire floor into a gigantic mosh pit. I literally felt like I was in the ocean. When I finally managed to reach land and get out I was winded. And I'm in pretty good shape!

Sad, I know.

(Side note: how cool is it that Flogging Molly's new CD debuted at 4 on the Billboard 200?)