Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I love Baseball

 The 2011 MLB season starts a couple of days earlier this year. On Thursday it will be Opening day for 12 teams and then the rest will be on Friday. In that being said I wanted to get my season predictions out there for you all peruse and hopefully comment on. This looks like it will be an exciting year for me as a fan. 

Dustin Pedroia
The Red Sox have really bolstered their line up with the additions of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. The rest of line up looks healthy Elsbury, Pedoria and Yuk, hopefully will be back to their old selves. Pitching I don't see any real problems there except for maybe Lackey and Dice K, they were weak last year. 

I'm also a Braves fan (my NL team) and they are looking very good as well, they added Dan Uggla at 2nd, Freddie Freeman at 1st and Chipper Jones is healthy (for now). This could be his final year he had hinted at retiring last year. The pitching line up looking strong with some young arms and more waiting to step up. My only question is why in the HELL is Jason Heyward hitting 6th and not 3rd or 4th? New manager Fredi Gonzalez's first big mistake, I guess he wasn't watching Jason crush the ball last year.


AL EAST
1. Red Sox: Woe is the visiting righthander who starts at Fenway Park or ; 2. Yankees starting to show they're age. Jeter will cross the threshold of legends hitting 3000 hit ; 3. Rays They'll short by only a couple of games.; 4. Jays In any other division they would be the winner.; 5. Orioles No pitching.

AL CENTRAL
Trevor Cahill
1. Twins: Mauer and Morneau need to stay healthy, Twins will be elite.; 2. White Sox A very close 2nd, will it cause Ozzie explode?; 3. Tigers maybe Next year; 4. Royals watch for call ups they have some amazing young talent; 5. Indians "JUST a bit outside." I'm not sure what the hell is going on there.


AL WEST
1. Athletics: nice mix of young talent West.; 2. Rangers* the chemistry is just not there; 3. Angels seriously Veron Wells is your savior?; 4. Mariners LOL, you have to be kidding me, they're a mess.





NL EAST
1. Phillies: Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels need I say any more (Utley could be out for the season, hmmm).; 2. Braves* If the Phillies' pitching falters don't worry the Braves will take the helm; 3. Nationals Maybe next year Strasburg will be back and Harper might be ready;4. Marlins; 5. Mets LMAO!!! sorry

Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman
NL CENTRAL
1. Cardinals: I'm expecting them to overcome the loss of Adam Wainwright, but lets face it, any of first three teams could win division.; 2. Brewers Pitching improved and last year of the Prince; 3. Reds  Don't blink Milwaukee ; 4. Cubs  Better but still missing some pieces; 5. Astros there just isn't much to talk about; 6. Pirates  maybe (See Mets) 65 wins if they are lucky.
Buster Posey




NL WEST
1. Giants: Reigning World champs still the class of the division.; 2. Rockies  So close; 3. Dodgers the divorce really hurt there ability to improve in the off season; 4. Padres, last year really should have been there year, regrouping ; 5. Diamondbacks I can't think of anything they have going for them.

World Series: Giants v. Red Sox Win!

If you are a baseball fan I want to recommend the podcast ESPN: Baseball Today. It's host is Eric Karabell, Keith Law and Mark Simon. I already miss last years co-host Seth Everett, I loved his insight and I thought they had great chemistry.


If you play fantasy Baseball like I do then I want to recommend the podcast from CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball. It's entertaining and informative they really helped me prepare for this years drafts. I used to subscribe to this and the ESPN's version, but the ESPN version has little substance regardless of the awards they have won. If you are wondering I have 5 teams this year 3 on Yahoo Fantasy Sports and 2 on CBSSport.com. If you need some one else in your league I'm game, just send me an email rob02190@gmail.com please reference this blog in your subject line.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Superior Donuts

So have you ever wondered where the money from the National Endowment for the Arts really goes? Oh I bet you are thinking all that money goes to some risque artist in NY that want to make life size rendition of the Virgin Mary out of rotten beef. Well sorry you are wrong once again, it goes to small theater companies in your own community. Like this one...

  Ryan and I payed the Horizon Theatre in Little 5 Points a visit last night to see their current production Superior Donuts. It was amazingly funny the whole audience was roaring. The two main actors were great and they really pulled you into the story.  I really recommend taking it before the show close on March 27th. Here is a synopsis of the play...
The neighborhood, the donut shop, and Arthur have all gone to pot. When young Franco Wicks busts in with fresh dough and even fresher dreams, stale Arthur can no longer pretend he doesn’t care. Written by Tracy Letts, of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winning August: Osage County. This story really turns up the comedic heat on a man and a community grappling with change. A tough and tasty tale of friendship and redemption. Starring Chris Kayser and Directed by Jeff Adler.
Website: http://horizontheatre.com
Phone: 404.584.7450
Price: $20-$30
Tickets: Buy Tickets

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patricks Day

I just wanted to wish all of my friends a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Here are a few Irish sayings to get you through the day.

"There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be."

"May you be rich in blessings, poor in misfortune,
Slow to make enemies, quick to make friends.
But rich or poor, slow or quick,
May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward."

"May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven
half an hour before the devil knows you're dead."

"May you always be blessed
with walls for the wind,
a roof for the rain,
a warm cup of tea by the fire,
laughter to cheer you,
those you love near you,
and all that your heart might desire."
 
 I hope these little ditties help you make through your day. May the luck of the Irish be with you today.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Free Trip to SXSW

Okay sorry, I wanted to get everyone's attenetion. I wish I could give away a trip to SXSW music festival, but alas I can not. I do really want to go someday, it's high on my list of things to do. If you not sure what the hell I'm talking about, let me clear the air. It is one of the premier festivals in the US, it takes place in Austin, TX.  There are so many act that play the festival you really have to do some homework to make sure you see the best of the best. If you think this is some rock festival then you are very wrong you can find every genre you can possibly think of at this festival.

What I meant by a free trip to SXSW I gathered a bunch of links for some free downloads and NPR All Songs Considered has some of the shows up on their website http://www.npr.org/series/sxsw/. I mean it is free so you really can't beat the price.

Ioda SXSW Opening Day Bash Sampler 2011


Most of this album I'd classify in the genre of Alternative music. Now out of these my favorite track 8. Rites of Spring by Fredrik and 5. Duelist  True Widow. Out of this album I download the fewest tracks only 4 out of the 11.






 Experience Austin: A Tunecore Music Sampler
Was released just this week and really has some great tracks on it. There are 29 in all and I thin I downloaded 20 of them.




Don't Mess With Texas: Sxsw 2011 New Music Sampler

 SPIN Presents AUSTIN POWER 

A free downloadable album of songs by 32 of those can't-miss bands! Spin's 2011 edition offeatures tracks from Okkervil River, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, J Mascis, Twin Shadow, Skrillex, and many more.
Download your free copy via SPIN's Facebook page!

http://www.facebook.com/spinmagazine?sk=app_210016549013202

This is the most diverse collection of acts from the festival. I'm still listening to them all . 


You should download these free sampler onto your massive hard drive and give it a listen. You will keep some tracks from these diverse collections. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Power of Nature

It's amazing the power that Mother Nature has over us. When I woke up this morning and turned on the news I was shocked to see the picture and videos of the destruction that has gripped Japan. It was truly amazing how catastrophic it was and unfortunately the death toll is going to rise as search and rescue crews comb through the wreckage of the cities.

This is one of those disasters that can't be really blamed on mankind. The Earth shows us all to often it  is a living organism and not just a rock. My heart cries for the people of Japan and really goes out to them, I wish I could go there and do something to help but I do not have the skills that they need. If you have friends or family in Japan here is some information to help connect with them...

The best way to contact or locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan is to contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has offered to assist Japan with restoring family links.

If you are looking to give a monetary donations as usual I recommend the US Red Cross. Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
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