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1. Memo to Joe Torre: Stop pitching to David Ortiz. Especially since Manny is on my fantasy team, resulting in him being asleep at the wheel all season. I can't say it any clearer. STOP. PITCHING. TO. DAVID. ORTIZ.

1a. Also - stop having Tanyon fucking Sturtze come into tight ballgames. In fact, stop having Tanyon Sturtze do anything.

1b. I'd love to have some sort of snappy thing to say about Johnny Damon getting booed, but I don't. From a Yankee fan's perspective, I was actually hoping he'd get at least SOME cheers. Alas, he didn't. The fans holding up "Judas Damon" posters and "Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye" posters are fucking idiots, and if they ever decide to go look for a new job that pays them better, and their old job declines to match the new job's offer so they take the new job instead, I will go to their cubicle/gas station/hot dog stand and boo them in turn.

Again, that's just my gut reaction. I claim no insight into the mind of the Red Sox fan. I will say this, though. Hypothetically speaking, if Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera signed with the Red Sox after their contracts ran out, I'd absolutely cheer them at their Yankee Stadium debut. I'd be shocked and horrified and appalled, of course, but I'd still give them standing Os, no questions asked. Also, if Tanyon Sturtze signed with the Red Sox, I would take off all my clothes and dance naked in the street.

2. Forgot to mention this - after a great deal of searching this weekend, I found my mom's copy of "A Handmaid's Tale", which I've begun to devour. A slightly different beast than "Blind Assassin" - actually, it's sorta interesting to think that the wierd sci-fi bits in BA are closer to her heart than the rest of it.

3. Kath leaves for Barcelona in 7 days. Me and the puppies are going to be so sad.
I'll readily admit that Sox fans are more prone to bitterness than the average bear, but I still don't blame them for booing him. I don't know if you saw the quote from exactly one year ago yesterday, but Johnny had long had a stated platform that he would not go to the Yankees even if they offered him more money, because that wasn't what mattered to him. It was a bit two-faced to change his stance like that once the actual numbers were in front of him. At the same time, I wouldn't boo the guy myself...he had some great seasons here and the Sox would not have won in '04 without him. But, like I said...we're a bitter group.
I didn't see that quote. I did see his full-page ad in the Boston paper in February, thanking the fans for their support - did that go over well?

Damon obviously knew what he was getting himself into - it would be dangerously naive to think otherwise. I was just surprised to see how bad it was.

Bitter, shmitter - you guys won in 2004. That's not even 2 Octobers ago - AND you got to rub it in the Yankees faces the following spring. Us Yankee fans have been without a title since 2000!
Us Yankee fans have been without a title since 2000!

Bwahahahhaa.

Oh, the poor, struggling, drought-ridden Yankees fans...

Sincerely,

Northside Pride

:)
I agree! I've been a casual Red Sox fan for about 4 years now (trying to get my friend and her boyfriend to get married) and I thought Damon made the logical choice. Sure it sucks, but if anything the fans should be mad at the Red Sox GM, not Damon. I think they were a bit harsh.
It's like what happened to ARod. He was willing to take a pay cut to play for the Sox, but their management screwed it up and the Yankees seized on the opportunity - an opportunity that they only had in the first place because Aaron Boone broke his leg playing basketball and violated the terms of his contract. Arod's first appearance at Fenway was downright UGLY. Meanwhile, the fatcats in the Red Sox front office came away completely unscathed.

Please understand, though, that I wouldn't NEARLY be so grumpy about this whole thing if the Yankees had won, or if at least Damon hit a ground-rule double that bounced into the Yankee bullpen and knocked Tanyon Sturtze unconscious.
Glad to hear you're enjoying 'Handmaid'. Though Atwood has a huge body of work between that book and her (much-hailed) return to sci-fi with 'Oryx & Crake', I would tend to agree with you. I think her strongest works are those where she explores other worlds, or at least lets other realms bleed into the real world. If you're into poetry at all, 'Morning in the Burned House" is excellent, and I am raring to read her latest, 'The Penelepiad', a take on the story of Odysseus and Penelope. (Yes, I am a rabid fan. And you, my friend, have removed the cork on my long-bottled enthusiasm.)
I will totally be getting Oryx as soon as I finish up Handmaid, and I've got Penelepiad on my Amazon wishlist (or, at least, I'm going to put it on there pronto.)
if Tanyon Sturtze signed with the Red Sox, I would take off all my clothes and dance naked in the street

That was dangerously close to "you owe me a new monitor" territory, but I was able to hold back.

As for the sentiment, I don't blame you.
Meanwhile, not a single bit of coverage about Jim Thome returning to Cleveland!
Exactly. New York is what it is, and that's why it takes a certain personality to handle playing there.

[Aside, while we are on the subject of Damon: after I was born, and my mom was asleep recovering, they had my dad provide the name for my birth certificate. On the spot, he eschewed the name he and my mom had agreed upon, and named me after him instead. And that is why my name is not John Damon Hamm.

And... when I played baseball in high school, what number did I wear? 18]
I'd love to have some sort of snappy thing to say about Johnny Damon getting booed, but I don't. From a Yankee fan's perspective, I was actually hoping he'd get at least SOME cheers. Alas, he didn't. The fans holding up "Judas Damon" posters and "Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye" posters are fucking idiots, and if they ever decide to go look for a new job that pays them better, and their old job declines to match the new job's offer so they take the new job instead, I will go to their cubicle/gas station/hot dog stand and boo them in turn.

This is my new .sig on another board. I love it.