Welcome back. Could it possibly be any nicer outside today? We don't want to miss any of the sun, so let's grab an iced coffee and get right down to the business of clearing out the Clutter.
Jon Lester looked great last night, giving up only 2 runs, 4 hits (including 2 solo home runs), and striking out 8 over 8 innings, as the Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 10-2. The White Sox batters looked baffled all night, and it was good to see the Red Sox offense roar back to life after sleeping for the previous two games. The win snaps a 7 game losing streak against Chicago, going back to last year, and today it's Andrew Miller's turn to start a new winning streak for Boston.
Meanwhile, off the field, the Red Sox made one minor trade, sending infielder Yamaico Navarro and a minor league pitcher to the Kansas City Royals for utility infielder Mike Availes. I know, I know, that's a game-changer. Availes showed up in the early innings of last night's game and was seen introducing himself to his new teammates in the dugout. That has to be an odd experience. The Sox tried to follow that up by trading former prized prospect 1B Lars Anderson to the Oakland A's for pitcher Rich Harden, but then they remembered that Rich Harden has a hard time staying healthy, and scuttled the deal. It has to be a drag to be Anderson, knowing that you have no chance to play with your current big league club. Teams have until 4pm today to make a trade, so maybe the Sox will find somewhere else to send him.
Albert Haynesworth apparently passed his first conditioning test and will be on the practice field with the Patriots today. I think that puts him roughly three months ahead of where he was this time last season, so things are already looking up.
The Massachusetts economy continues to grow at a faster rate than the national average.
Why are pregnant women and new moms having strokes at a much higher rate these days?
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired 1B Derrick Lee from the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. That's probably the first time in about 20 years that someone should be excited about being traded to Pittsburgh. Lee doesn't sound like he's exactly doing a dance of joy, though:
"It's the business of baseball," Lee said..."[The Pirates] are playing good. They turned it around, so good for them."
Can't you just feel the warmth there? The Orioles handled the loss of Lee well, losing 8-3 and 17-3 to the New York Yankees. Buck Showalter sure is doing a great job of turning that team around.
Okay, kids, that's going to do it for now. I was fortunate enough last night to catch the final scene of Point Break for the 10,000th time. Man, I'll tell you, it's impossible to be in a bad mood when you watch that movie. Keanu Reeves looks completely stoned, and Patrick Swayze is enough of a ham to take care of 10 Christmas dinners. Enjoy today's, "Clip of the Day," and tell me you don't grin when Reeves says, "You gotta go down. You crossed the line. People trusted you and they died." It's pure majestic cheesy beauty. Have a good one, my friends, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon.