Random thoughts about baseball and life on a Monday afternoon

It's random thoughts time again.

  • So is everyone enjoying the playoffs?
  • I would be enjoying them more if Texas had swept Toronto but now they (the Rangers) will probably end up losing the series after being up 2-0.
  • Dinks.
  • I like watching teams I have no real interest in, like the Cubs and Cardinals. Games like that are fun because you don't get stressed out if something big happens.
  • With the Rangers/Blue Jays, I'm finding it hard to watch because I really want the Blue Jays to lose. They annoy me.
  • And what the hell has gotten into Colby Rasmus?
  • My goodness. Maybe the Royals shouldn't pitch to him.
  • The Astros are a game away from the ALCS.
  • Good for them.
  • They're two years early on SI's prediction.
  • Can you believe I went this long without mentioning the Chase Utley kerfuffle?
  • That slide was out of bounds and I'm actually surprised he didn't get a concussion from smacking his head into Tejada's leg.
  • I'm not sure how I feel about MLB suspending Utley though.
  • Was it a hard slide? Yes.
  • Was it excessive? Yes.
  • Did he do it with the intention of hurting Tejada? Probably not.
  • Was the suspension a result of the outcry from fans and the Mets? Probably.
  • I really don't know how to feel about the whole thing so I should probably stop talking about it.
  • Though I do think that the umps awarding Utley second base was total BS.
  • It's possible that play changed the entire series.
  • It's also possible that the Mets come out and just obliterate the Dodgers in the next two games.
  • And I think that's the best way to get "payback" for Tejada. Let's not resort to beaning people. Matt Harvey needs to come out and shutdown the Dodgers for at least 7 innings.
  • And with the way the Dodgers have been hitting against the Mets starters so far in this series, it's very possible for him to do that.
  • Let's talk about life for a moment, shall we?
  • At 2:56p on Friday afternoon, I got a call from my mom letting me know that she got into a car accident on the way back from my grandparents' grave over in Westchester.
  • From the way she was talking, it was a fender bender and she was okay.
  • Fast forward to 4:15, I get a text from my brother who made it to the hospital and he tells me that mom has no idea why she's at the hospital and that she doesn't remember the accident.
  • It's Monday and she still doesn't remember the accident.
  • Someone broadsided her and totaled her car.
  • That same person also caused damage to two other cars.
  • Mom's okay physically but she's uneasy about missing a chunk of time.
  • Could you imagine?
  • Although now she remembers making the turn to approach the circle where the accident happened. She remembers that the car in front of her had North Carolina plates and that she beeped at him because he didn't turn right away when he should have.
  • It's weird how the brain works.
  • They said she had transient global amnesia. And it wasn't from hitting her head. It was from the trauma and stress of the accident.
  • If you read this blog, you will know that my family has had a rough go of it for over a year now.
  • It was pretty scary for about 24 hours there.
  • Okay, back to baseball...
  • How amazing has Jake Arrieta been for the Cubs?
  • I never realized how jacked he was until I saw a picture of him after the Wild Card game victory in a wet t-shirt.
  • I mean, I guess you can tell how big he is in his uniform but that shirt really defined his physique and he is big a dude.
  • So he's definitely losing today, right? Because I probably just put a hex on him.
  • My bad, Cubs fans.
  • Back to Texas/Toronto.
  • R.A. Dickey is pitching in his first postseason game.
  • Here's to hoping his knuckleball doesn't knuckle!
  • I'm sorry. I know it seems like I'm bitter about the Jays winning the AL East but I'm not.
  • I would have been fine with them winning if most of the players on that team were loudmouth, dbags.
  • Did you see Donaldson mouthing off the other day after that quick pitch?
  • And Bautista who always mouths off?
  • They're obnoxious.
  • I don't like them.
  • And I want them to lose.
  • Sorry.
  • Not sorry.
  • Does anyone else find it amusing when fans are waving their playoff towels? Especially in Toronto where the towels were white? It looked like 50,000 Canadians were surrendering to Texas.
  • Hilarious.
  • Let's go back to the Utley "slide" for a moment.
  • I wonder what my dad would say about it.
  • He would have turned 74 in September so he'd be an "old school" fan. He always talked about how much he loved watching the mid-late 70's Yankees getting into fights with everyone else.
  • I fear that he would have the same attitude about it as Pete Rose.
  • He probably would call people wimps or something like that.
  • Or maybe Gus would have shocked the hell out of me and agreed that Utley was out of line for doing what he did.
  • I hate that I can't talk to him about it.
  • I always liked hearing my dad's baseball stories.
  • Plus, he really disliked the Royals in the late 70s/early 80s so I wonder if that dislike would have been on display during last year's playoff run.
  • A lot of people forget that the Yankees and Royals had quite a rivalry back then.
  • Everyone always mentions the Red Sox rivalry.
  • Oh now Bert Blyleven is chiming in on the Utley incident and is appalled that MLB is being so soft and suspending poor Utley.
  • What's next taking away outfield walls so players don't get hurt?
  • (That is something Blyleven actually tweeted.)
  • "Guys can't get hurt anymore? IT'S THE WUSSIFICATION OF AMERICA!"
  • My goodness.
  • I get that a lot of the older players ran into walls (and fellow players) with no regard to their bodies (or the other players' bodies), but that doesn't make how they played better than how baseball is played today.
  • I don't like how they deem being safe as being "wussy."
  • Maybe the guys who are playing now will have better lives when they become older men.
  • Not as many aches and pains.
  • And why is that so bad?
  • I don't understand that mentality at all and I may not be expressing it well because I have so many other things on my mind.
  • Or maybe I just don't understand it because I'm a woman.
  • Who knows.

My predictions for today's games are as follows:

  • Astros move on to the ALCS.
  • The Blue Jays tie the series and will bring it back to Canada.
  • Arrieta has his first "bad" game in a while but the Cubs still prevail. (I know this contradicts what I said earlier but... you know me.)
  • The Mets win behind a strong pitching performance by Harvey.

Now, you can make bets that the opposite will happen because I'm not always great at predicting playoff games. I am better at regular season predictions for some reason.

Happy Monday!