Al's Ramblings



Saturday, August 31, 2013

(8/31/2013 11:39:00 PM) - Al

Watching Jeff Ross Roasts America on Comedy.

Absolutely filthy, and absolutely hilarious. If you get a chance, watch it and laugh yourself silly. 



8/31/2013 11:39:00 PM



(8/31/2013 11:27:00 PM) - Al

Hard to be perfect. Hamilton's liner was almost caught, and Conger simply hit a 99 mph fastball that was up in the strike zone. Sometimes, you just gotta tip your cap. Henderson got beat with his best pitch, and it barely stayed fair.

I realize there's strategy involved in if you're playing the OF deep or shallow, but that said, I've always been a fan of playing the percentages. Keith Hernandez once said he hated protecting the line late in the game against guys who never hit it down the line, and I agree. Gindl was playing so deep he was on the warning track, and I get it, trying to cut down the gaps, but that's too deep for anyone except maybe Barry Bonds in 2001.

Play the math. If a guy usually hits it to section A7, cover A7 regardless of the situation. 


8/31/2013 11:27:00 PM



(8/31/2013 10:56:00 PM) - Al

Sam Kinison is the only one that understood.

He makes me proud to be a contrarian. Quit going along with everyone else and think out of the box.


8/31/2013 10:56:00 PM



(8/31/2013 10:04:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers acquire Michael Young, far cheaper than Ramirez.


8/31/2013 10:04:00 PM



(8/31/2013 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy Nelson finishes strong, 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 10 K's.

Likely be up Tuesday.


8/31/2013 08:40:00 PM



(8/31/2013 08:33:00 PM) - Al

Axford with a perfect 7th inning, SL down 7-1.


8/31/2013 08:33:00 PM



(8/31/2013 08:09:00 PM) - Al

Gennett is said to be among the leaders for August player of the month. He has had quite a run, though Khris Davis has been better, if memory serves.


8/31/2013 08:09:00 PM



(8/31/2013 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Simply put, this entire crew is just calling it in. The batter hadn't moved yet, and no one wanted to bother getting it right. Complete lack of effort.

Jim Joyce's crew...heh. How does that buffoon still have a job? He doesn't have an ounce of sense in his noggin.

The absolute worst in all of sports. Simply horrendous.

The sad thing is, if any of these idiots ever accept bribes, we'll never know...they are almost never right now. 


8/31/2013 07:51:00 PM



(8/31/2013 07:45:00 PM) - Al

I have to wonder if Kentrail Davis or Eugenio Velez will be considered at all, especially with Aoki and Schafer banged up.


8/31/2013 07:45:00 PM



(8/31/2013 07:42:00 PM) - Al

I think this is offensive to amateurs.


8/31/2013 07:42:00 PM



(8/31/2013 07:31:00 PM) - Al

What does the old media say that's not in the tank for Obama?

Ouch.

100% true, of course. Remember, he thinks this foreign policy stuff is beneath him, as he's busy with his government takeover of the US free market.


8/31/2013 07:31:00 PM



(8/31/2013 07:25:00 PM) - Al

You know, right now one of the most popular television shows in America is “Duck Dynasty.” (applause) Now I’m told President Obama’s never watched the show. And apparently an aide recently came into the Oval Office to try and explain it to him.
He said, “Mr. President, it’s all about this Southern, God-fearing family of entrepreneurs who love liberty and love to hunt.”
Obama responded, “So, is it a fantasy show?"
And his response was, “No Mr. President, it’s more like a horror film.”
And so the president immediately ordered an IRS audit.--Ted Cruz

This is why the left is terrified of Cruz...to be truthful, that sounds like the truth to me.


8/31/2013 07:25:00 PM



(8/31/2013 07:07:00 PM) - Al

Overheard at dinner: "I'm surprised he's not bombing Israel."--Doug Ross

On the bright side, he has lowered expectations immensely.


8/31/2013 07:07:00 PM



(8/31/2013 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Austen Lane, who is actually the son of one of my former coworkers, was released by the Chiefs, who had picked him up after he was let go by Jaguars last summer.

Good luck to him finding a team.


8/31/2013 06:59:00 PM



(8/31/2013 06:52:00 PM) - Al

The most transparent administration ever, blocks visitor logs for twelve years.

Almost certainly related to the IRS scandal, as it was reported he visited often.

What a disgrace.


8/31/2013 06:52:00 PM



(8/31/2013 06:49:00 PM) - Al

If Blazek is the PTBNL, have to see if he joins MIL in September, if nothing else, to work with Tunnell and Kranitz, and get their opinion on whether he deserves a spot on the 40, which has about 45 contenders.

I wonder if Rogers was removed to clear a spot on the 40, or just for financial reasons (not sure if Rogers has a "split" deal or not), or, as I said, to give him a chance to be picked up a month early.

I was wondering if the Crew might add another OF with Aoki beat up, but they do have Davis, Gomez, Gindl, and Schafer (though Logan is not 100% either). Time will tell.


8/31/2013 06:49:00 PM



(8/31/2013 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Mark Rogers taken off 40 man roster, will not be called up. Rogers is healthy and touched 93 mph in last start for Brevard County, but results have been so-so. Wasn't considered for a Sept. call-up.--MLB.com

Ash says door is open to him returning on a minor league contract. So sad after finally proving what he can do last season, he had yet another wasted, injury filled campaign. If he stays healthy, he has a future, noi doubt.

What does this mean short term? Another 40 man spot open (that's at least two, and they could easily have another if they put Weeks on the 60 day DL, so they have room to add guys like Nelson and others if they want to take a look at them.

I would assume this was done as a favor to Mark, as if the Crew was not going to bring him up, they gave every team a chance to claim him and give him some major league time in September.


8/31/2013 06:34:00 PM



(8/31/2013 06:19:00 PM) - Al

If Blazek is indeed the PTBNL, we should all bow down and kiss Doug's ring, as he had success in AA and AAA, and averaged 95+ mph on his fastball in his limited time in the bigs. Like many hard throwers, he has had control issues, but for the most part, you can't teach velocity.

A live arm like that for a month of Axford is a stupendous haul.


8/31/2013 06:19:00 PM



(8/31/2013 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez or Aoki getting any phone calls tonight?

It doesn't seem like it, but Aramis has a 799 OPS for the season, and a 884 OPS since returning. He also seems healthy, playing all nine innings most every night. The Crew would have to pay some of his salary next year, but considering how weak 3B is, he'd be a huge upgrade for most clubs.


8/31/2013 03:47:00 PM



(8/31/2013 03:10:00 PM) - Al

Obama changed mind after seeing NBC poll that said 79% wanted congressional vote.--Mitchell Report

It's a little known fact that's why Abe Lincoln went to war with the South. It's the presidency by polling, because, wait for it...

...our president doesn't really have an opinion either way, unless it involves taking more of the citizens' cash, or having the government take away freedoms.


8/31/2013 03:10:00 PM



(8/31/2013 02:18:00 PM) - Al

Ed reports Packers will acquire Mark Sanchez from Jets to backup Rodgers.


8/31/2013 02:18:00 PM



(8/31/2013 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Remember when we thought he was a good speaker?

Once again, this is why the military loved W, and are leaving in droves under Obama. His propensity to talk down to the men and women of the armed forces is a frightening habit.


8/31/2013 02:15:00 PM



(8/31/2013 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Aoki not starting again tonight. He might well get shut down if his knee continues to trouble him.


8/31/2013 01:55:00 PM



(8/31/2013 01:52:00 PM) - Al

Packers don't have any concern about backup QB spot, apparently don't think Rodgers could ever miss much time.

While on the subject of the NFL, I admit, I feel bad for Tim Tebow, who certainly is not a star, but has won whenever given the chance. At least some of the reason for him struggling to catch on is he isn't good enough to justify the old media circus that accompanies him.


8/31/2013 01:52:00 PM



(8/31/2013 01:46:00 PM) - Al

And seeing that return for Morneau makes me think a A ball reserve infielder will be the haul for Axford.


8/31/2013 01:46:00 PM



(8/31/2013 01:40:00 PM) - Al

Morneau to Pirates for middling prospect.

While I would like to scoff at a 1B with a 741 OPS, but he does have a 831 OPS versus RHP, but the Twins weren't intelligent enough to platoon him.

For comparison sakes, Francisco is hitting 793 OPS vs. RHP.


8/31/2013 01:40:00 PM



(8/31/2013 01:33:00 PM) - Al

We have two Rokus in our house, one in the Rambling son's "office" and the other downstairs, where the Rambling wife uses it mostly. I told the Rambling son to hook his up to the upstairs TV before he left for the weekend, so I could watch a movie if I wanted.

So, after perusing the offerings for half an hour, I'm watching my favorite Everybody Loves Raymond episodes, which I have seen a minimum of fifty times before.




8/31/2013 01:33:00 PM



(8/31/2013 01:06:00 PM) - Al

Consider the irony as we draw close to the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi attack. President Obama says the use of chemical weapons in Syria threatens our national security and we have an obligation to act. In contrast, our US Consulate (sovereign American territory) was attacked in Benghazi, our Ambassador was killed along with Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALS (Ty Woods and Glenn Doherty) and the only indignation shown was over a video. Need I mention the ensuing lies? But where was the obligation to act in response to Benghazi? The events in Syria are horrific to be sure, but to dismiss the attack and loss of American lives in Benghazi is unconscionable.--Allen West 

Amen.


8/31/2013 01:06:00 PM



(8/31/2013 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Positive pregnancy tests for sale!

1. Capitalism at its finest.That sound you hear is the left trying to figure out how to tax the crap enhance revenues with this information.

2. I just thought I'd add, I always find the ads for pregnancy tests hilarious, as it's always a young couple, early/mid 20's, and they are hoping for a positive test. First of all, the vast majority of pregnancy tests are purchased by young women who want a negative result, and secondly, all you have to do to add some realism is make the couple a bit older, early 30's is fine.



8/31/2013 01:03:00 PM



(8/31/2013 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Obama's 12:15 presser has not started yet.

When you can't even show up on time, skepticism is expected, and justified.

Funny, he's always on time for 18...


8/31/2013 12:50:00 PM



(8/31/2013 11:12:00 AM) - Al

By my math, 18% want to cheat, or at least hope others do.


8/31/2013 11:12:00 AM



(8/31/2013 11:08:00 AM) - Al

Would like to watch the alternate game on BTN, but Charter doesn't have it on the alternate channel.

I thought about going online and chatting with someone and alerting them to the problem, but decided wrapping my tongue in barbed wire would be less painful and accomplish the exact same thing.


8/31/2013 11:08:00 AM



(8/31/2013 10:51:00 AM) - Al

It will fail. How, I'm not sure.


8/31/2013 10:51:00 AM



(8/31/2013 10:48:00 AM) - Al

Times critical of Obama's wishy washy behavior, as Times remains wishy washy on what should be done.

They deserve each other on the left.


8/31/2013 10:48:00 AM



(8/31/2013 10:39:00 AM) - Al

Yesterday: Kerry calls for war to stop a dictator. Tomorrow: Kerry to be against $87B supplemental funding bill in war against dictator.--Hale Razor

Heh.


8/31/2013 10:39:00 AM



(8/31/2013 10:35:00 AM) - Al

Badgers pregame observation. These college kids don't wear alot of clothes...which is OK.--Bob Brainerd

Ironically, this is what I say whenever I go to Target.


8/31/2013 10:35:00 AM



(8/31/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

What's especially bad about the lack of bad weather is it fails to fulfill the Chicken Little prophecies of those looking to make a buck on weather cycles.


8/31/2013 10:00:00 AM


Friday, August 30, 2013

(8/30/2013 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Hellweg goes 6 in Nashville, allows 2 runs. Hopes to finish up 13-5, 3ish ERA in a hitter's league.


8/30/2013 09:20:00 PM



(8/30/2013 09:16:00 PM) - Al

John Axford never did make it to PNC Park on Friday night. Had a delayed flight in Chicago; still hoping to arrive in PIT by end of night.--MLB.com

Not John's wisest decision.


8/30/2013 09:16:00 PM



(8/30/2013 08:46:00 PM) - Al

I expect Hand, Hellweg, Nelson, and Halton to join the team when rosters expand, either 9/1 or after the minor league season ends 9/2.

Other possibilities? Lalli, Prince, and Sanchez.


8/30/2013 08:46:00 PM



(8/30/2013 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Chris Evert is barely recognizable, so much work done. What a shame.


8/30/2013 03:47:00 PM



(8/30/2013 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Justice served.


8/30/2013 03:33:00 PM



(8/30/2013 03:18:00 PM) - Al

Axford, ever the pro, understands the trade, but sounds very unhappy to be leaving MIL.

Always a shame when players who would like to stay are deemed too expensive for their role. I'll add when the article is posted.

ADDED:

 It's tough not to get choked up and nostalgic about it all. I'm definitely going to miss the city, miss the fans a lot. Both my boys were born in Milwaukee. A lot of great friends and people.--John Axford


8/30/2013 03:18:00 PM



(8/30/2013 03:10:00 PM) - Al

If a player is in the minors for more than 20 total days in a single year, it counts as an option. Anything less and it does not.

Figaro was sent down on August 16th, so he did not use his final option. With a guy on the brink of the 25 man roster, like Alfredo likely will be next March, that option may keep him in the system for needed depth. 


8/30/2013 03:10:00 PM



(8/30/2013 02:56:00 PM) - Al

Obama skips meeting on Syria with Congress, meets with Magic Johnson instead.

It's like a sitcom, but it isn't funny.


8/30/2013 02:56:00 PM



(8/30/2013 02:44:00 PM) - Al

Just checked my business email...two real messages, fifty seven auto sent from various companies I represent announcing their offices will be closed Monday.

Thanks for the heads up.


8/30/2013 02:44:00 PM



(8/30/2013 02:35:00 PM) - Al

I have a lot of training to do in September, in addition to my regular diet of helping people make decisions to protect themselves and their families; so it's probably my last long weekend until Thanksgiving. Sadly, mine began in this manner...I woke up this morning a couple times, and can't recall if I fed the Rambling dog once or twice. I also know I forgot his medicine (once or twice, not so sure).

This is what happens when you stay up until 2:30 reading Ben Carson's book. Just think if I was a drinker.


8/30/2013 02:35:00 PM



(8/30/2013 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Media 2003: Cowboy unilateral warmonger! 

Media 2013: A weary sentinel keeping a lonely vigil on the ramparts of liberty.--Ace of Spades HQ

It's funny because it's true.

Hypocrites have trouble leading because they don't believe in anything. Welcome to 2013. 


8/30/2013 02:28:00 PM



(8/30/2013 01:38:00 PM) - Al

You know, I'm beginning to think maybe not reading the bill first may not have been the best decision ever made.


8/30/2013 01:38:00 PM



(8/30/2013 12:34:00 PM) - Al

John Kerry on Iraq: "We will not repeat that moment."

I agree. They can not even imagine winning a war. 


8/30/2013 12:34:00 PM



(8/30/2013 12:29:00 PM) - Al

Why would this surprise anyone?

They ain't in prison for coloring outside the lines or using the wrong fork. Most often, the scumbags released are "non violent offenders" who sell meth and cocaine to anyone with the cash, be it a child or teen. I have often said I don't care if we prosecute drug use or not, as people have the right to make poor decisions. However, distributing is a serious offense.

Needless to say, the odds of someone so selfish who thinks so little of others ever "going straight" is a decimal very close to zero.

Hence, it is what it is.


8/30/2013 12:29:00 PM



(8/30/2013 12:02:00 PM) - Al

Butch Ryan, Bo's dad, passed away.

Ramblings extends sympathies to Bo and his family.


8/30/2013 12:02:00 PM



(8/30/2013 11:54:00 AM) - Al

Rewriting history.

What's sad is, is their history is so bad it needs to be rewritten to not be so pathetic.


8/30/2013 11:54:00 AM



(8/30/2013 11:42:00 AM) - Al

JP Breen mentions Axford has only given up four HR's in his career outside of Miller Park and Great American Ballpark. He's a fly ball pitcher, and that is a tough thing in MIL.


8/30/2013 11:42:00 AM



(8/30/2013 11:37:00 AM) - Al

GM Doug Melvin said John Axford was notified of the trade last night before leaving Pittsburgh, chose to come back with team.--JS

I suppose he wanted to pick up more clothing and stuff, but considering the Cards play in PIT this weekend, that's really strange. Not sure if his wife and family is in MIL or not, so that may have played a part. 


8/30/2013 11:37:00 AM



(8/30/2013 11:32:00 AM) - Al

Melvin said Axford was "a little caught off-guard" when Melvin called him about the trade last night.--JS

As I suspected, this trade was done last night, as the JS does not deal in rumors. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Axford is privately very sad, though I'm sure he knew he would be nontendered this winter (he could always still sign for less, however).


8/30/2013 11:32:00 AM



(8/30/2013 11:29:00 AM) - Al

Axford had his highs and lows, for sure, but learned at the school of Hoffman and was always accountable. A pro.--Adam, MLB.com

All class.


8/30/2013 11:29:00 AM



(8/30/2013 11:23:00 AM) - Al

Cardinals acquire Axford for a PTBNL.

They must feel he is better than what they have, or, like many teams, feel his "stuff" is better than his results and can "fix" him, or put in a better way, can get him back to where he has been as recently as a month or so ago.

Best of luck to John, who has always been a stand up guy and has never blamed anyone but himself for his inconsistency.

The odd thing is, I cannot imagine a guy who could be less projectable...a key cog or left off the playoff roster. If her can find his release point, as he seemed to Tuesday, he could easily give SL a sub 1 ERA for the rest of the campaign.


8/30/2013 11:23:00 AM



(8/30/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

There is no more meaningless phrase in the English language (other than possibly, "another Obama gaffe") than "thunderstorm warning for Marathon County."

For those of you unaware of central WI geography, I can drive an hour east and west and still be in Marathon, and a half hour north and south. A bad storm in one section means perfect weather in most of it. 


8/30/2013 11:00:00 AM



(8/30/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Thank goodness Biden is the foreign policy expert.


8/30/2013 10:00:00 AM



(8/30/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I point this out every time they legislate morality or whatever political silliness Obama is pretending is vital this week.



8/30/2013 09:00:00 AM


Thursday, August 29, 2013

(8/29/2013 10:58:00 PM) - Al

Heard rumblings that Brewers are working on deal to move one of their relievers. Deadline is Saturday for post-season eligibility.--JS

Tom and the JS are far from ones to dig, so I would assume this is a solid rumor. The only surprise would be if it were for someone other than Gonzalez or Axford.

They could probably get a very solid young player for Henderson (or Kintzler, but they would not have used him for a pair of innings tonight if he were on the trade block), but while he is older, he is under team control for five seasons.

Of course, Axford has struggled of late (he did pitch well Wednesday), and Gonzalez has only been fair (that said, the eye test tells me he's got LH hitters out, meaning he'd be fine as a loogy). Either could be had for nearly nothing.


8/29/2013 10:58:00 PM



(8/29/2013 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Obama's done such a bang up job bolstering our most important alliances that our most important ally just said "you're on your own, dude."--Buck Sexton

Don't forget, the rest of the world will simply adore us once Obama is elected.

You know, sometimes I get the feeling the Dems may have, you know, stretched the truth a bit on a few topics.


8/29/2013 10:11:00 PM



(8/29/2013 08:23:00 PM) - Al

Gallardo and Ramirez both producing enough to merit a phone call or two from contenders over the next two days. The Crew would have to kick in money on Aramis, but 3B is so weak throughout MLB, he'd be a huge upgrade for many clubs.


8/29/2013 08:23:00 PM



(8/29/2013 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Joe Block reports Davis' double was the first hit on a 3-0 pitch this season for the Brewers.

I thought Francisco just had one a week or so ago.


8/29/2013 06:52:00 PM



(8/29/2013 06:46:00 PM) - Al

We are reportedly considering an attack on Syria that is just strong enough to avoid getting ridiculed. This is embarrassing.--Ken Gardner

Obama is one of these new world, fancy britches guys who think you can fight a war without boots on the ground. Drop a few bombs and shoot a few missiles into "strategic military areas" and it's quick and easy.

Except for one thing...that doesn't work. W's only strategy in Iraq was to kill and eliminate the enemy, and years later, they are still just a bunch of rock throwing cells. Obama's only strategy in Afghanistan has been to pretend it didn't exist, inform the enemy of your strategy, and ignore the generals requests for the forces necessary to, you know, win.

I don't know enough about Syria to tell you what I would do, but:

1. I doubt Obama knows an iota more than I do.

2. I guarantee you I would have the best long term interests of the country in mind...'nuff said.


8/29/2013 06:46:00 PM



(8/29/2013 06:31:00 PM) - Al

As impressive as Gennett has been, Davis has simply been phenomenal. Not only is he driving the ball and hitting HR's, like Francisco; Khris has been solid in the field and has been getting on base, unlike Juan.

Just comes back to the simple truth if you have both hitting tools (hit and hit for power), you're in great shape.


8/29/2013 06:31:00 PM



(8/29/2013 05:53:00 PM) - Al

The Suns basically traded for Butler for salary relief...they added two bottom of the roster players, but now have 17 guaranteed contracts, and will have to cut down to a roster of 15...meaning they will may well have to cut one or both of those they received.

Nice of Phoenix to simply do what's best for Caron...and it may help them tank a bit too.


8/29/2013 05:53:00 PM



(8/29/2013 04:52:00 PM) - Al

I would assume a lot of youngsters learned a lot about how the business world works in this manner.


8/29/2013 04:52:00 PM



(8/29/2013 04:44:00 PM) - Al

For those wagering or just curious, both the CA package and the WI package ended up in my mailbox today. The WI one went UPS to the local post office, while the CA one traveled the federal way the entire trip.


8/29/2013 04:44:00 PM



(8/29/2013 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Everyone in the office today said they were off tomorrow. I saw so many boats on the road today, I think if they all end up on the water this weekend, it may effect all the water levels on the planet. 


8/29/2013 04:43:00 PM



(8/29/2013 03:42:00 PM) - Al

I believe Gleeman also said Phillips made fun of the only physical shortcoming that's still allowable to be picked on.


8/29/2013 03:42:00 PM



(8/29/2013 03:40:00 PM) - Al

Why does neither Prince Fielder or myself ever miss a game?

1. I don't play anymore.

2. You can't pull fat.


8/29/2013 03:40:00 PM



(8/29/2013 11:51:00 AM) - Al

Sydney Leroux, top soccer player and former Brett Lawrie gal pal, is now dating Colin Kapernick, 49ers QB.

She seems nice.


8/29/2013 11:51:00 AM



(8/29/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Why are they cheering?

Ignorance and shortsightedness.

And, a complete lack of belief in the free market and capitalism, which has managed to make the USA the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. It will again, when allowed to work.


8/29/2013 11:30:00 AM



(8/29/2013 10:38:00 AM) - Al

Bucks get Caron Butler for Slava and Ish Smith, per reports. Goodness, a steal if Butler is healthy, and his deal expires after '13-'14. His expiring contract alone was worth that, never mind he contributed 10 points a game in 24 minutes last season.

Supposedly, the Suns dealt him because Butler wanted to "go home" where he does his charitable work, and Phoenix, though they liked him, let him go.

LINK


8/29/2013 10:38:00 AM



(8/29/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

An idea this bad has to come from government.

As usual, it stems from rewarding bad behavior and punishing the taxpayer. They just don't get it.


8/29/2013 09:30:00 AM


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

(8/28/2013 11:06:00 PM) - Al

With the addition of Butler's 128 made 3's last season, the Bucks now easily have the most 3 point FG's last year on next year's roster, a fact that has gone overlooked by every single "expert" and "insider."

As for who is going to the Suns, some combo of 2nd round picks, Epke Udoh, and Slava Kravtsov is expected. They have 16 guaranteed contracts, so Butler would make 17. I would assume they will send a pair of players. 


8/28/2013 11:06:00 PM



(8/28/2013 10:55:00 PM) - Al

Some are curious who the Crew will call up when rosters expand to 40. Many of the additions are simple...Hellweg has been discussed often, and Hand/Figaro will likely return. Mark Rogers is finishing a rehab stint, so you would think he would get into a few games, if he is healthy. Barring trades, injuries, and shut downs, I would not think they would bring up many other arms. If he's going to start, Jimmy Nelson will be added as well.

Others? They usually like to add a 3rd catcher, and Blake Lalli is still on the 40, of course, not sure if a couple PA's is worth $100K in salary and various costs. Other than that, I think Sean Halton will be considered. Anyone else? Shoot me an email, addy is on the sidebar. 


8/28/2013 10:55:00 PM



(8/28/2013 10:54:00 PM) - Al

One source close to talks tells ESPN that Caron Butler has been informed that he will indeed wind up with Bucks. Teams hashing out details.--ESPN.com

MIL is just about the only team with cap room, so all the rest is up to the lawyers.

Others will disagree, but I think the Bucks are an improved team with lots of depth, and plenty of cash coming off the books after the season. Kudos to John Hammond.


8/28/2013 10:54:00 PM



(8/28/2013 09:57:00 PM) - Al

Bucks still looking, talking about Caron Butler, who is a Racine native, and, perhaps most importantly, is a free agent after the upcoming season.

He's what they call "an expiring contract" in the business, meaning even though he's mediocre, he has a lot of value, because after 2013-14, he'll just go away.


8/28/2013 09:57:00 PM



(8/28/2013 08:34:00 PM) - Al

It's hard to keep track of the hypocrites these days. They aren't even sure what they want, except that they want their messiah doing the ordering...just before the back nine, if possible.


8/28/2013 08:34:00 PM



(8/28/2013 07:42:00 PM) - Al

I had to drive to the dog haircut place today (they missed a couple of his toenails, one of which was so long, it was a circle, that got caught on his outside cable last night), then since it was 92 and humid (the heat index today was "camel dying of thirst"), I had to drive home and drop off the Rambling dog, since we were shopping for an hour or so, buying stuff I was told that was needed, like sunscreen, children's vitamins, Aleve, and other merch I never purchased back when I was single, a time period I refer to as "the Rockefeller years."

So, I drove with my left arm out the window for about 45-60 minutes, and tonight, it's all itchy. I think I have looked it up previously and it is called "sun rash"...I get tiny bumps, almost like a rash, and it's really uncomfortable. It would go away after a few days if I ever got tan, but I don't. Mine isn't as noticeable the pic at the link, and it is related to the fact I don't tan in a couple spots (my left elbow being one).


8/28/2013 07:42:00 PM



(8/28/2013 07:09:00 PM) - Al

One thing that's a given...no matter how long the weekend, people extend it longer. Saw a plethora of boats today, and Wal Mart was several hicks and downtrodden souls deep at each checkout.

I have an office day tomorrow, but I couldn't get anything scheduled for Friday, so I made it a four day weekend myself. The Rambling wife worked today but left for her family's exclusive lake cottage immediately thereafter (note to young couples, that's why our marriage works).




8/28/2013 07:09:00 PM



(8/28/2013 06:18:00 PM) - Al

Sources: Triple A right-hander Vic Black, a reliever, is a strong possibility as the PTBN to the Mets.

Black, currently on waivers, would clear tomorrow. Pitched in 3 games for Pirates this season. 63Ks, 21 BB, 2.51 ERA in 46 2/3 IP at AAA.


8/28/2013 06:18:00 PM



(8/28/2013 06:06:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, workplace violence gets you the death penalty.

Well, only when it's really terrorism. It's Obamaspeak, because he is terrified of the truth.


8/28/2013 06:06:00 PM



(8/28/2013 04:02:00 PM) - Al

They lie because no one forces them to tell the truth.

I admit, the fear about voter ID tells me they know a lot of fraud takes place.


8/28/2013 04:02:00 PM



(8/28/2013 03:44:00 PM) - Al

They are weak and very tired of pretending that their way is working. They have no desire to show up in droves because their leadership has given them nothing but higher unemployment and a historically bad economy, whether the old media admits it or not.


8/28/2013 03:44:00 PM



(8/28/2013 03:38:00 PM) - Al

This is why they are terrified of the voter ID laws. Because for now, they allow folks to get away with it.


8/28/2013 03:38:00 PM



(8/28/2013 03:35:00 PM) - Al

Only the left cares about the color of a person's skin. They do all the name calling too.

I'm glad that type of behavior is not on my side.


8/28/2013 03:35:00 PM



(8/28/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Too bad the president hasn't felt the need to concern himself with the death of a white kid.

What an embarrassment.


8/28/2013 12:30:00 PM



(8/28/2013 12:12:00 PM) - Al

Johnny Hellweg, named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year (22gs, 11-5, 3.16era, .226 ba).--Sounds

He's going to be a good one, despite his lack of K's. It's tough for many of us to fathom, but he will. 


8/28/2013 12:12:00 PM



(8/28/2013 12:06:00 PM) - Al

Woody Allen must be on vacation.


8/28/2013 12:06:00 PM



(8/28/2013 11:50:00 AM) - Al

The damage of Obama's backwards econ policies will take a decade to recover from.


8/28/2013 11:50:00 AM



(8/28/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Last night, I complained about pet meds being needlessly screened by the feds. It occurred to me that, back when the Rambling brother was farming, he could buy most any medicinal products, sans a very few, and treat his herd as he saw fit.

Meanwhile, if I think the Rambling dog has some minor infection, I have to take him to the vet for tests, and have them prescribe $2's worth of amoxicillin. It's like a $200 tax on pet care.


8/28/2013 11:30:00 AM



(8/28/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

So obvious, even NPR has noticed the lie.


8/28/2013 10:30:00 AM



(8/28/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't think anything sums up how over their head the administration is than the school lunch fiasco.

I just find it stunning districts are saying, "Keep your money, and go to hell."


8/28/2013 09:00:00 AM


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

(8/27/2013 08:41:00 PM) - Al

Ordered two things for the Rambling dog...last Friday, I ordered something from Rhinelander, literally an hour away from us. Saturday, I ordered something from California for him.

I will admit that Foster and Smith had to wait for my vet to fax them a scrip (because, as we all know, other wise there would be dog pain medication sold on every corner; thank goodness for government over regulation), but, I still think if California wins, it will be a remarkable upset.


8/27/2013 08:41:00 PM



(8/27/2013 08:18:00 PM) - Al

The Pirates are this year's Orioles, better to be lucky than good. Five more wins than they "should have," and the breaks they get...Aoki doesn't make a relatively routine play, afraid that Gomez is going to run into him, as Carlos stood ten feet away; a hop several feet over Yuni's head on a routine ground out...my goodness.

They have a solid pitching staff and had a stellar bullpen until Grilli went down. I don't think they have much depth, but they haven't needed any. Good health is a nice bonus, of course.


8/27/2013 08:18:00 PM



(8/27/2013 03:53:00 PM) - Al

I adore Obama. He's our greatest President and indeed, man, ever. But I wish he and the progressives weren't such war mongers.--Dennis Miller

Tongue firmly in cheek, of course.

That said, we'd have Occupy losers in the street if W even suggested defending our allies and our interests. They were never anti war, they were just anti fiscal responsibility.  


8/27/2013 03:53:00 PM



(8/27/2013 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Times sure have changed! I don't ever remember getting out of school early for heat.... Are we raising a bunch of sallies? I slept in a house with no air with the loudest box fan there is, I played outside taking breaks for a drink, and rode a bus with every window down. Guess what....I survived!--Facebook

As I say often, we're raising a generation of complete pansies...no offense to pansies. Sitting in a school is not harmful in the least to 99% of students. The real problem here is why school is taking place in late August in buildings not designed for it.




8/27/2013 02:33:00 PM



(8/27/2013 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Brewers: RHPs Goforth, Jungmann & Shackelford, C Weisenburger, OFs Haniger & Rogers.--AFL

I'm not familiar with Weisenburger, and Jason Rogers has played 1B in AA, but looks like he'll play LF/RF in the Fall League. That makes sense, as it would appear Hunter Morris will need at least half a season in AAA in '14 before being ready.  


8/27/2013 02:27:00 PM



(8/27/2013 02:09:00 PM) - Al

Their primary concern at the board meeting was a bevy of complaints that local children are starving at lunch — and for the remainder of the school day — because the food they offer in the cafeteria is crappy and there isn’t nearly enough of it.--Daily Caller

Read the whole thing here. And laugh at our administration. 

How are they going to figure out how to balance the budget when they can't even figure out kids don't like wheat bread and veggies?


8/27/2013 02:09:00 PM



(8/27/2013 01:05:00 PM) - Al

I really like the John Buck pickup. Marlon Byrd, blah.


8/27/2013 01:05:00 PM



(8/27/2013 12:55:00 PM) - Al

Nice piece on Khris Davis, and I would agree with the ceiling of a LF who tops out in his early 30's. He'd have a far better chance if he was able to fit 1B/RF onto his resume.


8/27/2013 12:55:00 PM



(8/27/2013 12:45:00 PM) - Al

It is truly painful employers and businesses have to bow to the powers of a worthless pencil pushing agency.


8/27/2013 12:45:00 PM



(8/27/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The same incompetents who won't label Nidal Hasan a terrorist and blamed Benghazi on a video think they know who used chemical weapons in Syria.--Silly Liberals

We're in the best of hands.


8/27/2013 11:30:00 AM



(8/27/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Vaccine denyers suffering from their own stupidity.


8/27/2013 10:30:00 AM



(8/27/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Bitch is the new Black.

Don't forget, SNL is the only one who did not pretend they didn't notice everyone just lobbed softballs at Obama. He still doesn't answer any tough questions, and pretends he's still campaigning for some facetious office, because he sure can't lead, and we all know he sucks at being president.


8/27/2013 09:30:00 AM


Monday, August 26, 2013

(8/26/2013 07:49:00 PM) - Al

I vote Republican because I don't believe in a president who pays women on his staff less than men.--Amy Lutz

The truth hurts.

It's OK though, because them ladies dont's even play golf!


8/26/2013 07:49:00 PM



(8/26/2013 07:33:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports Yo was placed on revocable trade waivers today.


8/26/2013 07:33:00 PM



(8/26/2013 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Look at it another way...in 26 starts this year, Harvey threw 110 pitches or more eight times, and over 120 twice.

Why do those numbers seem so high to me?

Thus far in 2013, the Brewers have played 130 games...their SP's have thrown 110 pitches four times, and have yet to have anyone hit 120.


8/26/2013 04:05:00 PM



(8/26/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed Monday afternoon that Matt Harvey has a partial UCL tear in his right elbow.


The diagnosis was made after Harvey was examined for forearm tenderness. The Mets haven't ruled out the possibility of Tommy John surgery, though they plan to wait a little while until the swelling subsides. Still, rehabbing this sort of injury rarely works. It's very possible that Harvey won't pitch again in the majors until 2015, which is frustrating news for the franchise.--Rotoworld
Harvey threw 110+ pitches eight times this season for a team no one expects to contend. We'll never know what exactly caused his injury, but the one game I saw him pitch this year, the team was behind, he was over 100 pitches, and they left him out there to not only finish that inning, but brought him back out for the next one. 

Guys get hurt even when on strict, low pitch counts. However, they get hurt a lot more with heavy work and higher counts. Why did the Mets feel the need to have him throw 121 pitches twice? 




8/26/2013 04:00:00 PM



(8/26/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Liberals fail to understand the simplest truths of supply and demand...when you throw money at something, it artificially moves the line, and makes things more expensive.

Of course, many of us feel this is just a shrug your shoulders way of paying back the world of academia for its support...as the money, while coming from Joe and Jane Taxpayer, mostly goes to tenured professors and university endowment funds.

Hard to believe that taking money from those who earned it and redistributing it hasn't had the desired effect...it's almost like a trend. 

The left continues to double down on asinine and backassward policy, that at the end of the day, is nothing but thinly veiled, government supported Robin Hood tactics.


8/26/2013 03:00:00 PM



(8/26/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I don't think most people know how to order. I haven't had an order messed up in ages.


8/26/2013 02:00:00 PM



(8/26/2013 01:31:00 PM) - Al

Remember, lobster used to be fed to prisoners, considered nearly worthless.

I prefer the artificial crab and lobster to the real thing, and that is just cheap whitefish and haddock. 


8/26/2013 01:31:00 PM



(8/26/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I wouldn't allow my dog to attend a peeing class at Oberlin.

They should never receive another penny of federal grant or loan money. They are a disgrace.


8/26/2013 01:30:00 PM



(8/26/2013 01:01:00 PM) - Al

Congratulations to RHP Johnny Hellweg, who has been named to the 2013 All Pacific Coast League Team.--Sounds 

It goes against my normal belief that K's are the best indicator of major league success, but I think Hellweg will have a very good career, as of today, I would take his future over any arm other than Nelson. 


8/26/2013 01:01:00 PM



(8/26/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Amen.

We've spent years listening to a a guy insist he can do better by changing what has made the USA the greatest nation to ever exist on the planet. That "you did not build that." That the people who have taken the risk and had success are evil, and should be punished.

And amazingly, it hasn't worked. Go figure.


8/26/2013 01:00:00 PM



(8/26/2013 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Check out this line waiting to get coservative Mark Levin to sign their book.

Note the friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. If this was Occupy, they would have had to set up a rape tent and hired a firm to clean up the urine.


8/26/2013 12:53:00 PM



(8/26/2013 12:46:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Thanks for the blog, read it several times a day, and my bookmarks are full of sites you have linked to. I have friends coming into visit in September, and I am wondering what the Brewers intend to do, as the $10 vouchers end in August. Ticket deals? Cheaper parking or concessions? 

Matt

I don't know if they can do concessions or parking, as that money goes elsewhere (Sportservice or the county). Now that you mention it, I'm curious too.


8/26/2013 12:46:00 PM



(8/26/2013 12:34:00 PM) - Al

When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.--James Dale Davidson

If you didn't believe that before 2009, you do now. 


8/26/2013 12:34:00 PM



(8/26/2013 12:10:00 PM) - Al

This is why Kelly Clarkson is the best.


8/26/2013 12:10:00 PM



(8/26/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I read about this while he was doing it. Only real negatives are lack of TV and warm/cool weather...as he pointed out, wouldn't be easy in a hot/cold climate.


8/26/2013 12:00:00 PM



(8/26/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

They don't even pretend to care.

You know, this is why we've lost faith in government. Because they've lost the ability to do anything but push paper and collect platinum benefits.


8/26/2013 11:30:00 AM



(8/26/2013 11:23:00 AM) - Al

Pay for performance?

What a rebellious idea. And a good one.


8/26/2013 11:23:00 AM



(8/26/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This is the template when you're ignorant enough to ignore modern medicine and not vaccinate children.

I'm sorry I don't look as good as Jenny McCarthy, but at least I'm not selling death and preventable disease in an outfit made for someone half my age.

I truly do not know how they sleep at night.


8/26/2013 11:00:00 AM



(8/26/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Remember, no one disagrees the tea party folks always left their area cleaner than when they found it.

A shame those who have it all figured out (that taxes are the answer, regardless of the question) can't even not throw their trash on the ground.

Oh, and by the way, the GOP passed the civil rights laws, while Al Gore's dad and former KKK member Robert Byrd convinced the Dems to fight it tooth and nail. If you don't learn from history...


8/26/2013 10:30:00 AM



(8/26/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

You cannot help the black community by weakening those who run businesses, of all colors.


8/26/2013 10:00:00 AM



(8/26/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I never wash chicken, and I relentlessly mock those that do.

The fictional fear of raw poultry is so overblown, climate change makes fun of it.


8/26/2013 09:30:00 AM



(8/26/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

They vote with their feet.

Those who think they can raise more money by raising taxes don't understand human psychology. When confronted, most avoid it. They move on.


8/26/2013 09:00:00 AM



(8/26/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I met a mom and son who insist his mental health issues are caused from lyme. They were very convincing. It took me a while to get my pep back, but nothing compared to years.


8/26/2013 08:30:00 AM



(8/26/2013 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Opportunity often comes disguised as a part time job.

This is why the left's constant pandering and entitlements are destroying the people they insist they are trying to help. You don't get your foot in the door by collecting a check every month and "taking part in a job program."



8/26/2013 08:00:00 AM



(8/26/2013 12:04:00 AM) - Al

67K tonight in Seattle to see the Sounders defeat their arch rival Portland.

The MLS is the land's quietest success story. Good for them.


8/26/2013 12:04:00 AM


Sunday, August 25, 2013

(8/25/2013 08:02:00 PM) - Al

Marco Estrada fired seven shutout innings, and allowed only one hit, in Sunday's win against the Reds.

He struck out nine and walked two against Shin-Soo Choo, Joey Votto and company in Cincinnati. Estrada has been amazing since his August 7 activation, going 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio in 24 innings over four starts.--Rotoworld

Many people thought a smaller guy like Estrada would come back rested and effective. Yo has had success since his two weeks off too.

You could make the argument every SP should take a couple starts off mid summer, especially if you have a couple solid SP's ready to step in.


8/25/2013 08:02:00 PM



(8/25/2013 07:49:00 PM) - Al

I don't understand why things aren't improving.

Of course, maybe if I ran a DC golf course.


8/25/2013 07:49:00 PM



(8/25/2013 05:26:00 PM) - Al

So, is it about public safety, or is it about the government eliminating all behavior they dislike?

We all know the answer. Ecigs have eliminated the secondhand smoke risk, so now it's just an adult making a poor health decision...and we can't have that!

They hate freedom.


8/25/2013 05:26:00 PM



(8/25/2013 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Gindl and Davis having good late season runs would seem to ensure Aoki will be traded this offseason.



8/25/2013 12:45:00 PM



(8/25/2013 11:35:00 AM) - Al

Unintended consequences from manipulating the market?

Who woulda thunk it?


8/25/2013 11:35:00 AM


Saturday, August 24, 2013

(8/24/2013 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Mark Rogers goes four scoreless in Brevard County on rehab.

He is on pace to make some relief appearances in September. His 40 man spot may well hang in the balance.


8/24/2013 10:03:00 PM



(8/24/2013 08:50:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe the Rays, who platoon and mix/match as much as any club on a regular basis, couldn't find a home for a lefty masher who can play 2B/OF.

Bourgeois might be a decent fit again at some point in MIL, platooning with Scooter, especially if they only go with Schafer as the 4th OF. Jason is a poor man's Jerry Hairston Jr, having played everywhere except 1B/C in the minors, and he has other plus skills (versatile, hits LHP, runs great). For whatever reason, he just hasn't found a home...his inability to hit RHP is likely at the heart of it. Given Segura is likely to play 150 games, if healthy, again, he might be a nice minor league FA signing with spring training invite.


8/24/2013 08:50:00 PM



(8/24/2013 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports Lohse was claimed by ATL, but no deal was attempted.

One blogger with "an inside source" said a while back that he had been told it was TEX who had claimed Lohse. I'm not sure what to make of this, except that, by pure mathematical probability, this "source" should have, you know, managed to provide at least one bit of information that wasn't later proven false.


8/24/2013 07:50:00 PM



(8/24/2013 07:20:00 PM) - Al

Last 30 days, best OPS in Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett are 1-2.--Joe Block

They are not as good as they have looked of late. That said, they can both hit.

Davis can do everything except throw. If he is able to keep it up for the rest of the season, probably playing most of the time in LF, it will be interesting to see if Doug and the braintrust look at him as a possible RF, if Aoki is dealt, or if they feel he is only suited for LF, if they discuss Braun playing RF.

Khris has a very weak arm, and there's no doubt he would be regularly 1B-3B'd if he were to play RF nightly. The only arm I can compare his to is Juan Pierre's, and despite being a utility OF for much of his career, he has never played an inning in RF. 


8/24/2013 07:20:00 PM



(8/24/2013 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Before gasoline can be pumped into our cars, it has to be extracted from deep in the ground, which is a dirty, time consuming job...this is, of course, after it is explored for, found and drilled for. Then, it must be transported to the refinery, where distillation, conversion, and alkylation takes place; it is blended to the proper mix depending on painfully anal government standards, like what time of year it is and what state it is going to; then it is distributed to the proper area based on the blend and need. It costs about $3.50 a gallon.

I bought some "eye drops for allergy relief" the other day. It was $3.99 for one half an ounce, which is water with minute amounts of two active ingredients. If you wish to purchase a gallon, it would come to $1021.44.

If you buy a 20 ounce bottle of water for 99 cents, that is $6.40 a gallon. It is available, almost for free, by turning on a faucet.

Yet, I never hear anyone complain about "Big Water" or "Big Eye Drops," only "Big Oil." I'm not saying they're wrong, I'm just wondering if they did their math right.


8/24/2013 02:27:00 PM



(8/24/2013 07:30:00 AM) - Al

This looks like a possible Doug pickup...big guy, hard thrower, has had some success in offensive environments (Coors and Colorado Springs), throws strikes, good K and BB/K ratios.

I can't recall if they have a 40 man spot available or not, and finding him a spot on the 25 man might be tough. I'd say he's a younger, higher ceiling version of Figaro.


8/24/2013 07:30:00 AM


Friday, August 23, 2013

(8/23/2013 07:12:00 PM) - Al

I have no doubt I'm on the right side when I see what wastes of life reside on the left.

It was a lie, but it was also a frightful overreaction by a group of libs that crave attention and have loads of self importance to justify with such silliness.

Hopefully, they will reimburse the police for wasting their time on such drivel. Also, the old media might want to start reporting the news instead of believing trolls that have a position to sell. Someone wearing a blanket on their head on college property is not news, even if a progressive tries to publicize it.


8/23/2013 07:12:00 PM



(8/23/2013 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Scooter may be the best I've ever seen at getting a jump off 2B on bloop hits to the OF. Unless, of course, he just always goes and hasn't had one caught yet.


8/23/2013 06:59:00 PM



(8/23/2013 04:20:00 PM) - Al

The Nats go about it clumsily, but still come out of it sans Dejesus and with a prospect.


8/23/2013 04:20:00 PM



(8/23/2013 03:56:00 PM) - Al

I have linked and discussed Cassy (Fiano here, she writes under her maiden name and her married name Chesser as well) many times in the past. she gets some nice ink here.

The irony is, down syndrome is a very mild birth defect, and those that are afflicted with it are actually in demand in adoption circles because while some families have the time and money to handle a special needs child, many don't have a handicapable friendly home or the desire to provide such care for 18 years.


8/23/2013 03:56:00 PM



(8/23/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Enjoy your weekend. As a sendoff, a reminder how damn old we are.


8/23/2013 03:00:00 PM



(8/23/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I just saw an ad for Chicken Helper where the person says, "I didn't know they made chicken!"

Chicken Helper has been sold since 1984. Must be a very poorly kept secret.


8/23/2013 02:00:00 PM



(8/23/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

My retort? Life is short. Do not spend your personal time doing stuff you don't want to do

Our time on this planet is very limited. Wasting it when the guest of honor is dead or wishes they were dead (see what I did there?) goes against that.

Sending a card costs you a couple minutes and 45 cents. Game, set, match.


8/23/2013 12:30:00 PM



(8/23/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Somewhere, the liberals are wondering how exactly fiscal common sense and an economic policy not based solely on redistributing income is working.

You know what? It would work in DC too. Robin Hood is a child's story, not an economic plan.


8/23/2013 12:00:00 PM



(8/23/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

On the job less than three weeks, missed important meeting...on vacation.

Occupy drug dealers and rapists put in more hours than this administration.


8/23/2013 11:30:00 AM



(8/23/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Ain't no party like a Feldman party 'cause a Feldman party...never starts.

Adult language, and oodles of pathetic whores and junkies at the link.

Hat tip to Gleeman.


8/23/2013 11:00:00 AM



(8/23/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm sure Sharpton and Jackson will "frown upon" this attack. Of course, they won't, because there's no money in it for 'em. That's why Al Gore refuses to admit every prediction he's made in the last twenty years is incorrect (except, of course, that Tipper would leave him for a better man).

When there's money involved, hacks tend to double and triple down on misinformation and fictional data. Especially when you're not qualified to lick the floor clean. 

If Obama was white and had a grandpa, he would have looked just like Shorty. Funny how he never jumps to ignorant conclusions when a Caucasian victim is involved.

Jimmy Carter must be rolling over in his grave that he keeps getting compared to him. And just wait until Carter actually dies.

James Woods is apparently more qualified to be president than the president. Heck, I'd vote for him. Just think, no IRS scandal, the truth about Benghazi, no snooping into Fox staff...


8/23/2013 10:00:00 AM



(8/23/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Prom pics.

Makes you want to dress up in uncomfy attire, doesn't it?


8/23/2013 09:00:00 AM


Thursday, August 22, 2013

(8/22/2013 11:53:00 PM) - Al

After a bad week, Royals are 7.5 games out of the wildcard and behind five teams.

I told you so. They're a .500 team, and they need to quit trading away future superstars for stopgaps. Nothing is more dangerous than a GM who thinks he may get fired.


8/22/2013 11:53:00 PM



(8/22/2013 09:24:00 PM) - Al

Ben Affleck was chosen to play Batman.

What do I find ironic?

1. Many people have a strong opinion on this, apparently not realizing it's just a movie, any of thousands of actors could play the role.

2. Many of the people who feel this was a poor choice strongly believe anyone gives a ounce of crap how they feel about a multikizillion dollar box office franchise.


8/22/2013 09:24:00 PM



(8/22/2013 07:44:00 PM) - Al

Huge surprise Duje Dukan is playing so much on the Canada tour so far. Most minutes other than the starters.


8/22/2013 07:44:00 PM



(8/22/2013 06:55:00 PM) - Al

BREAKING:

Braun releases statement, admits to taking substances, a cream and a lozenge, to help get over a nagging injury in '11. Says he was defensive and tried to convince himself he had done nothing wrong.

Very well written piece, though his team has had weeks to do so.Does not mention the substance, though I assume one is synthetic testosterone. Not to disclose too much here, but I have been on this for a year plus, and while it has taken care of its prescribed purpose, eliminated some pain of an unknown cause, it hasn't made me a better athlete or helped me get over injuries (don't forget, a couple weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my back fastening my belt) any quicker. While it has medical purposes, so does cortisone. Part of me wonders if Braun simply could have obtained a prescription, this mess could have been avoided. If they allow Ritalin for ADHD and ADD in 30+ year olds, I would think they should allow fake testosterone for a couple weeks.

I don't want to come off as "pro drug" here, but the tests I've seen show very little correlation between production and pharmaceuticals. Most all the "help" is simple helping the body recover and get back to full strength, or close to full strength.


8/22/2013 06:55:00 PM



(8/22/2013 03:50:00 PM) - Al

Jordan Shea of Lodi committed to D1 UM-Lowell today. Shea was almost always the best player on the court last state tourney, except when they were playing Bronson Koenig's team.

Shea's decision interests me, for a couple reasons. One, is it is apparently his first D1 offer, so he jumped at it. I can't blame him. He may have no interest in staying close to home, and he may be making this for educational reasons. Good luck to him.

However, Lowell is almost like a D1.5 team, as they have been a D2, and are making the transition through the NCAA's hoops and obstacle course, so they are unable to play in the NCAA tourney until '18. Of course, they will play D1 teams for the most part, and many players' teams are eligible and never make the NCAA tourney either.


8/22/2013 03:50:00 PM



(8/22/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Unless she's there looking beautiful, I don't see people flocking to eat $40 pasta dishes.


8/22/2013 01:30:00 PM



(8/22/2013 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Broxton to the DL, will have surgery. Might spark interest in Badenhop or Gonzalez. I don't see the Crew moving Henderson.


8/22/2013 01:25:00 PM



(8/22/2013 01:22:00 PM) - Al

I don’t usually admire Sarah Palin, but when she was making fun of this ‘hopey-changey’ stuff, she was right.--Noam Chomsky

Amen. As she has shown to be her gift, Palin was right on this years before the rest. Amazing what perspective running a business and not spending her life sucking tax dollars she has.


8/22/2013 01:22:00 PM



(8/22/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Explain to me why this is the case. There's no incentive there, and that's part of the problem.

Of course, given the situation, that's a mighty long list. T'is what happens when your economic "plan" is to tax the successful into oblivion.


8/22/2013 11:00:00 AM



(8/22/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

According to Delta, their actuary has determined it will have an extra $14 million in costs next year because of the individual mandate.--Erick Erickson

Multiply that by every big company in the US, and you'll quickly realize why no one is hiring.

They love taxes. Adore them. They like to hide 'em, and they like to punish the successful.


8/22/2013 10:00:00 AM



(8/22/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

If you'll recall, these are the test scores that were going to go way down once the union lost their platinum benefits and the ability to steal take dues out of paychecks.

Funny, it's almost as if that was just a bunch of hooey.

That sound you hear is taxes going down, and special interests bitching about it.

Or to sum up...it's working.


8/22/2013 09:00:00 AM


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

(8/21/2013 06:03:00 PM) - Al

Nap time. The rain is a coming down.


8/21/2013 06:03:00 PM



(8/21/2013 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Ctrl+shift+t reopens a tab you closed on accident.

I do this a dozen times a day, so, lucky me. 


8/21/2013 06:00:00 PM



(8/21/2013 05:50:00 PM) - Al

Traevon Jackson, Ben Brust, Josh Gasser, Sam Dekker, Frank Kaminsky are the starting five for the first exhibition in Canada.

As I expected, three guards. Those on the Badgers' boards who insist they won't use three guards despite the fact they did as recently as the year before last.


8/21/2013 05:50:00 PM



(8/21/2013 05:11:00 PM) - Al

Badgers buckets game will be shown online here, at 6.


8/21/2013 05:11:00 PM



(8/21/2013 04:46:00 PM) - Al

Hand and Halton optioned back to Nashville.

I assume Wooten will return for Friday's game. Not sure who the other move will be, but it seems to be a sign that Ramirez is healthy...Yuni can platoon with Juan at 1B, and Bianchi can back up 2B/SS, as Ramirez looks to be able to play most days at 3B.

My guess would be Gindl.

EDIT: Adam confirms Gindl will join the team in Cincy on Friday. 


8/21/2013 04:46:00 PM



(8/21/2013 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Jackson couldn't be more transparent if he were made of water.

The victim was white? Move along, nothing to see here.


8/21/2013 03:37:00 PM



(8/21/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

You know, I'm beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, they should have read the bill before passing it.


8/21/2013 03:00:00 PM



(8/21/2013 02:48:00 PM) - Al

This proves one thing...Obama is not fiddling with Gallup's numbers.

Expect Gallup to receive scorn like Fox in 3, 2, 1.


8/21/2013 02:48:00 PM



(8/21/2013 02:22:00 PM) - Al

I would assume Roenicke was planning on "punting" a bit with Gorzelanny, down 7-0, letting him pitch until it was embarrassing. However, down 7-3, it's a game, so the leash will probably be short.

Sounds like Wooten will only be gone today, so Hand will almost certainly be the first arm out of the bullpen today.


8/21/2013 02:22:00 PM



(8/21/2013 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Roast in the slow cooker. I wonder if it's any warmer in there than it is outside...

I have had a disappointing couple days, my battery died on my car (luckily, our neighbor is a handy guy who runs a body shop locally). He diagnosed it as the battery and not the alternator last night, so I took it in today and he switched it out for me (we let it charge about ten minutes, and it was just enough to turn over and start). I sat and stood in his shop for about 30-40 minutes, and my freshly washed T shirt was soaked, front and back, when I arrived home. Of course, I'm all but positive that was the original battery, so 10-11 years of service is not a bad lifespan. I was told once that hot and cold weather drain batteries, so this latest warm spell likely pushed it over the edge. 

Of course, the weather is no joking matter if you are forced to work outside. Stay hydrated and take breaks, folks. I saw a woman out pulling weeds or something on my way to the shop, and I almost told her to get inside.

Luckily for her, I realized she has every right to make poor decisions. Mike Bloomberg, I am not.


8/21/2013 02:19:00 PM



(8/21/2013 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Neither HR looked like that bad of a pitch. That said, one has to wonder if Tom G is just going through a bit of fatigue, as this makes 4 of 5 starts he's been less than superb.

He might be a good choice to skip and give his arm a breather, as they decide who to include in the September rotation.


8/21/2013 01:54:00 PM



(8/21/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

This is why we must have the internet.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to be nauseous for several hours.


8/21/2013 01:00:00 PM



(8/21/2013 12:43:00 PM) - Al

It will not work. And they shouldn't announce it like that.

Fast food is a lot like retail, where I spent fifteen years. People aren't paid well because it's easy and most anyone can do it...the difference between a great employee and a fair one is very minimal.


8/21/2013 12:43:00 PM



(8/21/2013 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Aoki is unavailable to play today due to knee soreness. Gomez is still out as well. Brewers have no extra OFs and a three-man bench.--MLB.com

Considering Aoki played 14 hours ago, that screams he had a cortisone shot for the pain and those hurt like heck for the first 24 hours, make it very tough to play sooner than 36-48. 


8/21/2013 12:40:00 PM



(8/21/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Who would have guessed that if you pass a law that says you have to provide health care to people that work 30+ hours a week that businesses would step up hiring of those who work less than 30 hours?

They never saw it coming. No matter how obvious the conclusion of the sensible, the administration manages to overlook it.


8/21/2013 12:00:00 PM



(8/21/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Have to see what the Crew does about the two days off (Thurs/Mon), as they almost always skip someone in the rotation, though I guess they don't have to, as several guys can just use an extra day or two off.

Funny to see 38K last night, but only three BP dates left, and obviously, that was the last one before school (and the last $10 voucher chance for the BP crowd). They do have a Friday night in September this year, which should be very popular. BA said the parking lots were loaded with tailgaters, which makes sense, as the BP folks are, as a rule, thrifty.

I realize I'm in the minority, as I grill out a couple times a week at home, but never dream of tailgating, as I suppose that, much like camping, it is a pastime of those who drink. There are exceptions to every rule, but in order to swat bugs and sit out in the sun, it's just not a sober thing to do.


8/21/2013 11:00:00 AM



(8/21/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

That's funny...I've heard them insist there's nowhere left to cut.

They will never solve the problem until they bring common sense into it, like Governor Walker has. Eliminate the power of special interests making your budgets, and watch the savings add up exponentially.

As is, this administration has been no less than treasonous with their uncontrolled spending.


8/21/2013 10:00:00 AM



(8/21/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It's as if she wants us all to hate her as much as we do.


8/21/2013 09:00:00 AM



(8/21/2013 12:03:00 AM) - Al

Wooten gone on paternity leave for three days, Hand to replace him.

That makes the decision to use Kintzler tonight, after throwing 31 pitches last night, even stranger. I assume Ron is just going game by game, not looking at the tomorrows and what ifs, but if they have a lead in the 7th and 8th tomorrow, your guess is as good as mine. With Thursday off, I would guess they might use Jim for four outs, and Gonzalez would likely face some lefty bats somewhere in the 7th/8th. Axford/Badenhop/Hand/Thornburg would be the others, as I would guess Brandon will not be used.


8/21/2013 12:03:00 AM


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

(8/20/2013 07:32:00 PM) - Al

The luck continues, Adams couldn't hit a ball between Segura and Gennett if he tried to all day in that shift...but he did.

It simply defies math.


8/20/2013 07:32:00 PM



(8/20/2013 06:50:00 PM) - Al

I was just thinking I suggested a catcher be taken in this past Rule 5 draft.

He's doing pretty nicely, though it would have meant Marty spent the year in Nashville (or be traded, of course). Note that 48% CS...wow.

This is the first year I've picked a winner in several.


8/20/2013 06:50:00 PM



(8/20/2013 06:05:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

1. I'm surprised a corpseman didn't catch that error.

2. Head Start is a colossal failure. It has accomplished nothing and costs a fortune. It is basically a very expensive thank you to the unions. 

But don't forget, Palin's the idiot.


8/20/2013 06:05:00 PM



(8/20/2013 05:04:00 PM) - Al

Yasiel Puig has a .205/.273/.308 line in his last 10 games.--Fox.com

He also had a 800 OPS in July. I have no doubt he's good, but I also have little doubt the league is catching up to him. He only has 23 walks in just under 300 PA's, so it seems unnecessary to throw him strikes. Tough to do a whole lot swinging at balls in the dirt or at eye level. 


8/20/2013 05:04:00 PM



(8/20/2013 04:30:00 PM) - Al

If I were to truly believe this is the best we could do, I think I'd pack up and never look back.

What's really a shame is how bad this administration is...stuff like this barely rates a mention on the "I don't believe it" scale.


8/20/2013 04:30:00 PM



(8/20/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Most travel destinations are down. When people don't have jobs, or enough hours, they tend not to drive hundreds of miles to see...trees and stuff.


8/20/2013 03:00:00 PM



(8/20/2013 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Is this really the best advice? I realize "cousin marriage" is not uncommon in many species and parts of the world, but I can't help but think the individuals be told.


8/20/2013 02:20:00 PM



(8/20/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Palin has been correct about a lot.




8/20/2013 01:30:00 PM



(8/20/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

At the Rambling son's school, those that get picked on or assaulted get the same penalty as the bully.

We're in the best of hands.


8/20/2013 12:30:00 PM



(8/20/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Imagine a president being proactive. That, in itself, is something we're not used to. 


8/20/2013 12:00:00 PM



(8/20/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if he'd never had a real job in his life.


8/20/2013 11:00:00 AM



(8/20/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Cash balance 6/30/13 of $1.8 billion vs $25.4 million on 6/30/09.
  
We have a great message for the bond rating agencies: $3.6 billion deficit turned into a big surplus. Largest rainy day fund ever.--Governor Walker

Know what? It's working. Amazing what some simple fiscal common sense can do in just four years.


8/20/2013 10:00:00 AM



(8/20/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid.--Bono

Welcome to the other side. 'Bout time. 


8/20/2013 09:00:00 AM


Monday, August 19, 2013

(8/19/2013 11:01:00 PM) - Al

They never saw it coming.

I must be a freakin' genius.


8/19/2013 11:01:00 PM



(8/19/2013 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Have to assume the Crew will put Ramirez on waivers soon, now that he is healthy and somewhat productive.

He will almost certainly clear, because he's due to make $16M next season, but it is possible a contender could see him as an upgrade at 3B or DH and ask MIL how much they'll cover.


8/19/2013 10:14:00 PM



(8/19/2013 10:07:00 PM) - Al

I just discussed a correction being due on Kintzler. Until tonight, his sharp grounders were always right at an infielder. That balances out eventually.


8/19/2013 10:07:00 PM



(8/19/2013 09:59:00 PM) - Al

Nats looking to move Dejesus to a contender?


8/19/2013 09:59:00 PM



(8/19/2013 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Scooter dropped down a bunt last inning, and Twitter was abuzz with "why bunt down two runs?" talk.

Segura bunts for a hit down one the next inning. Not a peep.

Lesson learned? Casuals like success. 


8/19/2013 09:40:00 PM



(8/19/2013 09:22:00 PM) - Al

Chris Narveson missed his start the other night in AAA due to a nerve issue. May not pitch anymore in '13.


8/19/2013 09:22:00 PM



(8/19/2013 08:23:00 PM) - Al

This is the first time since 1946 total property tax levies in Wisconsin rose less than 1% in consecutive years.--Governor Walker

Yet somehow, the world is still spinning, and the bills are still being paid.

If you'll recall, this is exactly what they said was impossible just a few years ago.


8/19/2013 08:23:00 PM



(8/19/2013 08:15:00 PM) - Al

The Cards have a .391 BAbip when they have runners in scoring position. They are a solid run scoring unit, but even Ted Williams only managed a .328 BAbip for his career.

I would not think that kind of good fortune is sustainable over an entire season, but if you simulate a million seasons, I suppose it is just top 1%. Much like the Orioles winning so many more games than they "should have" last year, things like that tend to balance out over time.


8/19/2013 08:15:00 PM



(8/19/2013 07:23:00 PM) - Al

You don't need a punchline. You simply say his name and people laugh.--Ted Cruz, speaking of Joe Biden

100% true. Remember, he was the foreign policy expert. Maybe this is why Obama's foreign policy is a scandal followed by lies, followed by deception.


8/19/2013 07:23:00 PM



(8/19/2013 04:45:00 PM) - Al

The sheer incompetence of it...off the charts.

How do you spend $4T you do not have...and still oversee the worst economy in eighty years?

His idea for the second term? Spend more, tax more...and have government take over 20% of the economy.

We're in the best of hands. 2017 cannot come soon enough.


8/19/2013 04:45:00 PM



(8/19/2013 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Loyalty is far more important than the ability to actually, you know, be a child molester.

Just when you think they've hit rock bottom, the left manages to get a little more out of the hole.


8/19/2013 04:30:00 PM



(8/19/2013 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Five years ago today, we all fell in love with Shawn Johnson.


8/19/2013 04:15:00 PM



(8/19/2013 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Brewers had cleared Ryan Braun's locker, but now it's back. Not sure what that means.--Adam, MLB.com

I don't think it means anything, other than they didn't know what to do with it. They probably assumed they needed to send him his stuff, not realizing he is still allowed to be there except during games and a bit before, if memory serves.


8/19/2013 04:11:00 PM



(8/19/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Who knew that Obama's war on coal would eventually lead to a few union jobs going by the wayside? The administration of unintended consequences continues.

Remember Maggie's words on socialism...it works great until you run out of other people's money. Building a green utopia is a fine idea until people lose their jobs, the wind doesn't blow, or the sun doesn't shine.


8/19/2013 04:00:00 PM



(8/19/2013 03:47:00 PM) - Al

No offense to the NCAA, but they are simply the worst run organization that is not related to the government that exists on the planet. They are pencil pushers that make up the rules as they go and accomplish nothing except installing fear and an overall hatred of rules.


8/19/2013 03:47:00 PM



(8/19/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I've been pointing this out, but the left's attempts at rewriting history keeps rearing its ugly head.

As shown, the economy of 1980 was far worse than 2008. Any attempt to say otherwise is either ignorant or dishonest (or, given the coverups we've seen of late, both).

Reagan sparked a quarter century of growth by doing one thing...lowering tax rates for almost every single American. Those that struggle to see why the opposite hasn't worked...well, read an economics textbook and quit embarrassing yourself.


8/19/2013 03:30:00 PM



(8/19/2013 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Nationals, 9.5 games out of a wildcard spot and three games under .500, trade for Dave Dejesus.

I'll take "Chasing that 79th win for $1000, Alex."

That's some painful, brutal decision making. The cost, about $1M and a PTBNL (depending on who has to pay his buyout, unless DC decides to keep him for $6.5M in '14), is minimal in the big picture, I suppose, but unless they want him (along with Werth, Span, and Harper) in the OF next year, I see it as pointless.

Trade Span maybe? I think I'm giving them too much credit.  


8/19/2013 02:50:00 PM



(8/19/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Three guesses what political party has run Philly for decades?

The conservative, frugal school district that spends money responsibly never makes headlines...but the ones liberals run do.


8/19/2013 02:30:00 PM



(8/19/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

If only.

Those oafs would still be suffering from polio if they had been around sixty years ago.


8/19/2013 02:30:00 PM



(8/19/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Finally, another of my medical maladies has a name.

Damn muscular build anyway.

Now, if they just figure out how to stop me from thinking college aged women are stalking me...alas, we all know they are...


8/19/2013 01:00:00 PM



(8/19/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Whenever the government messes with supply and demand, the result is sure to be pain for the consumer...supply and demand works, it always has, and it always will. Some people do not like it because it, you know, limits the government's power, but those that do not embrace the free market are simply bungling their way through life, having failed to learn from history.

As for ethanol, it doesn't work very well, and it takes more oil to make than it saves. This is a product so worthless, it needs the government's push to make the public ignore it's obvious flaws. Subsidies, in any form, simply throw off the curve. They should be eliminated, if not immediately, over the next few years, and be gone by 2020.

After Obamacare blows up and leads to the deficit ballooning even more out of control, we'll need every penny. 


8/19/2013 12:00:00 PM



(8/19/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Gun study gives unexpected results.

Well, unexpected if you lack common sense.


8/19/2013 10:00:00 AM



(8/19/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

He was very anti Walker. turns out, he's not just a raving loon, but he's a drunk as well.


8/19/2013 09:00:00 AM


Sunday, August 18, 2013

(8/18/2013 11:14:00 PM) - Al

Figaro went 4 frames and 72 pitches tonight in AAA, so I would assume it will be Hand up for Wooten's bereavement leave, but we'll see, I suppose.


8/18/2013 11:14:00 PM



(8/18/2013 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Bo Ryan expects Josh Gasser to play in Canada. Maybe 8-12 minutes/game.--Badgers' PR

Great news. Been a long road back, last I heard, he may not be ready when practice starts, so he has made progress.


8/18/2013 04:07:00 PM



(8/18/2013 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Wooten will be missing time later this week, I would assume Figaro or Hand will return for a few days. Aldredo is starting today, so if he goes more than 3-4 innings, I assume it will be Donovan.


8/18/2013 02:12:00 PM


Saturday, August 17, 2013

(8/17/2013 05:31:00 PM) - Al

Funny how Japanese middle infielders struggle to make it in the US, while for the most part, others transition far better.


8/17/2013 05:31:00 PM



(8/17/2013 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Most days, the Rambling wife comes home between 4:45 and 5:30. However, today, she and the Rambling son are in the Dells with her family, and she won't be home until tomorrow evening. Of course, the Rambling dog does not know it is Saturday, or that waterparks exist. So, his first trip over to the top of the stairs just took place, at 4:20.

Gonna be a long, frustrating night for a puzzled old dog. 


8/17/2013 04:21:00 PM



(8/17/2013 04:14:00 PM) - Al

It's a smaller audience on weekends, but I'm getting a request or two each day asking about the Rambling dog. We were just discussing last night it is hard to believe we just went to the vet a week ago...he seems 50 times better, no panting unless very excited, sleeps through the night for the most part, and if he does wake up and I let him out (better safe than sorry), he returns back in and is out like a light. The two main differences we've noticed; he seems far more perky and is jumping and moving better than he has in ages...I jokingly told the Rambling wife, "He's running around like a 15 year old," but he is...he's back to being himself. We feel bad for being unaware of his discomfort, but as always, he's never been one to hold a grudge.

We got his haircut Monday and the gal was talking about how she lost her "older" dog earlier this year, as he began having seizures. We realize his days are likely limited, and when the time comes, there may be very little or no warning. We just do what we can to keep pushing that day back a bit. I'm not expecting 17 more years, but 17 months isn't that much to ask, is it?


8/17/2013 04:14:00 PM



(8/17/2013 03:36:00 PM) - Al

I put a roast in the slow cooker this morning at 6AM, when the Rambling dog insists it is light enough that it must be time for breakfast. The problem with our roasts from the Rambling inlaws is they always have a bone in the middle, and the one today had a bone the approximate size of a human head. What looks like about three pounds of beef turns into about a pound and a half. Of course, given the quality of beef and the price we pay, I shouldn't be complaining...but I do. 


8/17/2013 03:36:00 PM



(8/17/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Insurance doesn't make you money. It costs you money to protect the things that do make you money.--Dave Ramsey

Or, in the case of 21st century America, if you don't buy insurance (or can't, because you're in a flood/hurricane zone), the government will just take care of you, because we've become enamored with the idea that no one ever loses.

As John Stossel puts it, no business is stupid enough to cover an area that the ocean will destroy once a decade...but Uncle Sam is. Why? Because it's not their money.



8/17/2013 12:30:00 PM



(8/17/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

What? I've been told this will never work!

Reagan ain't walking through that door. The answer, however, is as simple as Reagan's...a strong military, unashamed patriotism, free market capitalism, and letting people keep more of what they earn.

Those might not be the answers to everything, but they'll take care of all that matters. The rest is for the folk singers and the lawyers.


8/17/2013 11:00:00 AM



(8/17/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

What capitalists do with their time off.

What socialists do with theirs

Never forget, despite the mantra of Lenin, the Soviet ruling class always were far wealthier than the masses they "stood up for." Now if you'll excuse me, it's time to take care of the dog.

Darn shame there's just nowhere left to cut

May you live in interesting times, when the indefensible becomes routine.  


8/17/2013 10:00:00 AM



(8/17/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Stolen bases (and SB%) seem to be quite low on a number of teams this season. Hopefully, even with his high CS's, Aoki will still have plenty of takers, as a high BA, decent OBP, leadoff guy.


8/17/2013 09:00:00 AM



(8/17/2013 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Amen.

This would also be known as the bizarro approach to the left.


8/17/2013 08:00:00 AM



(8/17/2013 06:16:00 AM) - Al

Reds' booth reduced to silence.


8/17/2013 06:16:00 AM


Friday, August 16, 2013

(8/16/2013 11:24:00 PM) - Al

Donovan Hand sent down to Nashville to make room for Yo. Nice job getting some innings out of him tonight.

I am drawing a blank when forced to recall a time the Crew has had to send down two guys pitching as well as Figaro and Hand to make room for guys coming off the DL. That's a sign of great pitching depth, and it's great to see.


8/16/2013 11:24:00 PM



(8/16/2013 10:41:00 PM) - Al

If I could throw 100 mph, I'd never throw a slider.

That was Chapman's 5th game in 6 days, and it ended exactly as you would expect.

Somewhere, Mark Prior smiled knowingly and shook his head.


8/16/2013 10:41:00 PM



(8/16/2013 09:48:00 PM) - Al

Braun telling friends he will speak soon, and admit to taking something in '11.


8/16/2013 09:48:00 PM



(8/16/2013 09:00:00 PM) - Al

I have to make the CF throw out Lucroy there. I agree he's likely to be thrown out, but Schafer is likely to get out as well.

It's why you hit on 16 when the dealer has a face card...even though you are going to bust most of the time, it's still the correct play.


8/16/2013 09:00:00 PM



(8/16/2013 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Casuals are wrong on Francisco, and quite likely wrong on Scooter also.

Two things casuals just don't "get"...how valuable power is, and how poor most 2B hit.


8/16/2013 07:50:00 PM



(8/16/2013 07:29:00 PM) - Al

Figaro will go down to Nashville and start Sunday. Probably promised a 9/1 recall as well.


8/16/2013 07:29:00 PM



(8/16/2013 07:04:00 PM) - Al

So much for it being a working vacation.

What's really sad is he isn't even capable of hiding his ignorance.

Maybe someone should clue him in that his economy still sucks.


8/16/2013 07:04:00 PM



(8/16/2013 06:36:00 PM) - Al

I always hate seeing this and knowing the Brewers don't have a single soul in their system that would meet their needs. Obviously, they have a 2B at AAA, but so does every team.


8/16/2013 06:36:00 PM



(8/16/2013 04:48:00 PM) - Al

 When Obama took office, 38.5 million lived in poverty. Today, 50.4 million do. Don't let the left get away with calling this "recovery."--Ken Gardner

1. They said there would be no math.

2. As a community organizer, the only criteria to do a good job was him insisting he was. That was a lot easier.

3. Don't forget, he's taken millions from the wealthy and effectively made them middle class. To him and his way of thinking, that's a glorious Marxist victory.

Remember their way of thinking...eliminate classes by making everyone a have not. 




8/16/2013 04:48:00 PM



(8/16/2013 03:51:00 PM) - Al

I stopped in at the Evil Empire yesterday, and had to pick up some 100% aloe vera gel for the Rambling dog's "hot spots," and various minor skin ailments common to the older cocker spaniel. Looking for 100% aloe on an entire side of an aisle of lotions, creams, ointments, emollients, and moisturizers is, at best, a needle in a haystack moment.

What made it worse, you ask? The fact is, I was alone in the aisle, except for every minute or so, a woman about my age and her college aged daughter would come in and discuss the pros and cons of skin care products. At some point, as I gazed unendingly for that elusive one product, the same thing would happen...eventually, they would walk in front of me, and the old broad mom would glance quickly at me and mutter a quick "scuse me," while the daughter, wearing the uniform of her age group, a tank top and short shorts, would prove to be unable to "shut it off" even when talking to an old fat guy like myself, would shoot me a seductive glance and whisper, "Pardon me," (emphasis on me) while shooting me a devilish smile as if I was half my age with $20's hanging out of my pants pockets.

Despite looking for a green gel, I finally ran across it, as this brand was clear. I left with my soothing pooch skin coolant and the knowledge that if you send your son away to college, he doesn't stand a chance.


8/16/2013 03:51:00 PM



(8/16/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I agree. He doesn't always tax and spend either...sometimes, he spends without any idea where the money will come from...you may have heard of Obamacare.


8/16/2013 03:30:00 PM



(8/16/2013 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Figaro sent down to make room for Halton. Another move will have to be made for Yo tomorow...if it was going to be Thornburg, you would think they would sent Tyler down today, as he is unable to pitch anyway, having just started a couple days ago.


8/16/2013 03:19:00 PM



(8/16/2013 02:17:00 PM) - Al

Save money and cut drying time in half by adding a dry towel to your wet laundry in the dryer.

The Rambling son just threw one into the dryer, so we'll have to see if it buzzes quicker. 


8/16/2013 02:17:00 PM



(8/16/2013 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Sanders signs a 4y/$44M extension, incentives could make it $48M.

It's still higher than I'd like, given his 9 points a game average, but that said, he's happy to be there and has a load of potential.


8/16/2013 01:56:00 PM



(8/16/2013 01:07:00 PM) - Al

Sean Halton on his way to MIL, but Gomez unlikely to be DL'd, is day to day.

{Aren't we all?}

I would assume that means a pitcher or Yuni is headed out. My guess would be Thornburg, who was likely headed out when Yo started tomorrow anyway, and Tyler will just start at Nashville until 9/1. They will still have to make another move before tomorrow night anyway. I would have to think Doug and Gord will be on the phone all but giving away Gonzalez (or Axford, but he has little value right now, while Mike is an effective loogy).


8/16/2013 01:07:00 PM



(8/16/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The comparison to Carter tells you all you have to know.


8/16/2013 09:00:00 AM


Thursday, August 15, 2013

(8/15/2013 10:47:00 PM) - Al

Crew hopeful Gomez does not have torn ACL.

Of course, he still may be out for 7-10 days even if he just is banged up. Gindl is a lot closer to the majors than he was at 7PM. 


8/15/2013 10:47:00 PM



(8/15/2013 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Parra was very good for much of '12 for the Crew out of the bullpen, and has a career 3.97 ERA in relief, so I'm not surprised at all he has had success. All he has to do is find consistency.

Goodness, he throws 94 and throws LH. He'll pitch until he's 40 if that continues.


8/15/2013 09:30:00 PM



(8/15/2013 08:41:00 PM) - Al

I was about to say we're probably looking at a Gindl/Davis platoon in LF and a Schafer/Prince platoon in CF, until I realized that'd be replacing Gomez with two players...barring a reduction to 12 pitchers, of course.

Of course, we can hope Carlos will only miss a day or two, but that seems doubtful, given he was unable to continue (probably the best it will feel for days) and that they already scheduled an MRI.

I assume Gindl will return and a soft platoon of sorts will be in place, as Davis has hit well of late versus everyone.


8/15/2013 08:41:00 PM



(8/15/2013 08:08:00 PM) - Al

Bianchi with a .203/.212 career line versus LHP. Only 70 PA's, so it might be a bit of a fluke, but his minor league numbers are awful as well. If he's going to possibly platoon with Scooter and back up SS, he needs to at least not be awful versus lefties.


8/15/2013 08:08:00 PM



(8/15/2013 06:58:00 PM) - Al

Considering planes fly from Vegas to Area 51 several times daily to transport civilian employees to and from work, I'd say this is a safe admission.


8/15/2013 06:58:00 PM



(8/15/2013 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Remember how the deficit was figured independently?

Not in Obamaworld. They just make it up, just like unemployment.


8/15/2013 04:30:00 PM



(8/15/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Let's not pretend it's anything but a money grab.

The federal government spends far too much money. They do not care if people living in New Zealand pay the bills for their entitlements.  

Remember, paying money to be wasted by the administration (after all, the dog does have to fly home after vacation!) is the left's definition of patriotic.


8/15/2013 04:00:00 PM



(8/15/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Prince filed for divorce, some blaming it on his slight off year.

Or, it could just be more line outs and fewer cheap hits.


8/15/2013 02:30:00 PM



(8/15/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be honest, I find watching special forces kill the worst terrorist in history a bit dull after the first half hour.

The irony...Love doesn't even realize he just outed Obama as lazy and inept.


8/15/2013 01:30:00 PM



(8/15/2013 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Twitter: We want expanded replay. Baseball: Here's expanded replay. Twitter: Here's what's wrong with your expanded replay.--Howie Magner

I still say the best solution is improving umpires, and, you know, actually replacing the bad ones. That has not even been discussed.


8/15/2013 12:38:00 PM



(8/15/2013 12:11:00 PM) - Al

Oprah's cable guy just told her to pick between 9 and noon or 1 to 4 and she's called a press conference.--Dennis Miller

Racism!


8/15/2013 12:11:00 PM



(8/15/2013 12:07:00 PM) - Al

My first thought is people will be surprised at how many calls they get wrong.

The only "strategy," as I see it, will be whether to use a challenge with two outs and the pitcher up next, because it even though it doesn't count, the person in NY might miss it.


8/15/2013 12:07:00 PM



(8/15/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The question is, why wouldn't they?

Remember, I...and everyone with common sense said this would happen.


8/15/2013 12:00:00 PM



(8/15/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I admit, I have no idea what exactly these people do, but I also am pretty sure they are hellishly overpaid.

That said, I guess they bring in a lot of revenue, so bully to them. 


8/15/2013 11:00:00 AM



(8/15/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This story is incredibly sad on its own, but I gotta wonder why one guy or two couldn't just, you know, get past a 52 year old broad.


8/15/2013 10:00:00 AM



(8/15/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Imagine the turnout if the old media did not portray Chicken Little and proclaim the sky is falling every time there was a thunderstorm or it was windy somewhere.


8/15/2013 09:00:00 AM



(8/15/2013 07:30:00 AM) - Al

I think they can finish strong, because they are pitching well, and while they do not have Braun and Hart, Francisco/Yuni has been an effective platoon. If Ramirez can be 90% of himself, and they get some production out of the youngsters they run out to LF, I'm sure they can finish nicely.

They've been 32-35 since June 1st, so they can easily be a .500 team. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they have a nice run, as I think their depth is better than most teams, and it won't be long when clubs start shutting down players due to being beat up and SP's for hitting their innings. They might just win 23 the rest of the way, which would have them finish with 75. That would probably be my guess.


8/15/2013 07:30:00 AM



(8/15/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Barring a injury or trade, I still expect Thornburg to go down to make room for Gallardo. Probably get three starts in Nashville and then return when the rosters expand to 40. I'd love to see them use him in middle relief and work him into higher leverage situations if he continues to have success as the month progresses.


8/15/2013 06:30:00 AM


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

(8/14/2013 10:56:00 PM) - Al

The amount of casual fans who expect the bullpen to never give up a run is pretty close to 100%. 


8/14/2013 10:56:00 PM



(8/14/2013 09:34:00 PM) - Al

Last 40 games for 1B Juan Francisco (including tonight): 11 HR, 23 RBI, .296 BA.--Joe Block

40+ homer pace, and he's a platoon guy. That's a keeper.


8/14/2013 09:34:00 PM



(8/14/2013 09:13:00 PM) - Al

DBacks win, Orioles had Bud Norris in the game in the 14th.

I realize you might run out of relievers if they've been worked heavily, but when was the last time the Brewers had a SP work in relief in a high leverage situation?


8/14/2013 09:13:00 PM


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