Saturday, August 20, 2005

King Felix Update

8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

29 IP, 16 H, 4 BB, 30 K, 1.24 ERA

and still no extra-base hits allowed.

After only 4 starts, he is now the Mariners' second most valuable pitcher by Runs Saved Above Average, tied with Julio Mateo at 10, behind Eddie Guardado's 14. He's fourth among the team's pitchers with 13.9 VORP, behind Jamie Moyer, Mateo and Guardado. After 4 starts.

Hail to the King.

Silly Caucasian Girl Likes To Play With Samurai Swords

Watched Kill Bill Vol. 1 again tonight. Easily the best film of 2003. I really need to get the DVD of Volume 2 so I can see it again: I didn't like it nearly as much as the first part the only time I saw it. . . .I wonder when Tarantino's gonna release those special editions. . . .

In other news, Felix Hernandez pitches tonight at 4:30 in Minnesota. Be there or be square.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Reality Is That Which, When You Stop Believing In It, Doesn't Go Away

Went used book shopping yesterday and bought a bunch of Phillip K. Dick books because I've been hearing how great he is for a long time and have never gotten around to actually reading any of his stuff. Also, apparently the 'King Felix' nickname may or may not be a PKD reference. I'm starting with The Man In The High Castle. So far, so good.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I Like American Music

What's On The iPod This Week:
Bach's Cello Suites by Yo-Yo Ma.

Been trying to educate myself on Bach, this is my latest purchase. I'd say i like it better than the Well-Tempered Clavier, but not as much as The Art of Fugue. Ma played one of these on The West Wing, I believe.

Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis.

I don't know much about Jazz, but I know this is great.

Exile On Coldharbour Lane by A3.

You know them as the theme song from The Sopranos. Radical left-wing country-blues-gospel-acid house-fusion. Good stuff. I think they may have been mildly famous when I wasn't paying attention, but I'm not sure.

Bitches Brew by Miles Davis.

More Miles, more awesome.

Long Live The King!

8 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 11 K

21 IP 11 H 3 R 2 ER 3 BB 21 K 0.86 ERA

Sunday, August 14, 2005

I Don't Know Where You Pixies Came From, But I Like Your Pixie Drink

Baseball teams as Simpsons characters at the above link.

Here's a few:

Seattle Mariners - Barney Gumble - Struggling against their personal demons. Just when you thought they were going to clean themselves up and they were looking bulletproof, they suffered an unfortunate relapse.

New York Yankees - C. Montgomery Burns - Driven to success by an almost unimaginable wealth of resources, which they use to ruthlessly crush their enemies, although typically not by the most efficient means possible (blocking out the sun, Bernie Williams). Seemingly unaware of the (obvious) reasons why they are hated. They seem to have been a key actor in pretty much everything important that happened before 1970.

Boston Red Sox - Lisa Simpson - Beloved by all. Used to being overlooked and trod upon, so that when they finally get a day in the sun, they don't really know what to do with it. Unfortunate tendency to get a little self-righteous. Antagonistic relationship with those in positions of power.

Baltimore Orioles - Maggie Simpson - Never says or does much of anything, but constantly brought up in discussions by virtue of their close associates. Stubbornly hanging onto something disgusting despite other people's well-meaning efforts to take it away (pacifier, Sidney Ponson).