Welcome back, and happy Marathon Monday to our Boston Clutterheads! How was your weekend? I have to say that any weekend where I get to go to two Boston Red Sox games is what we at Clutter Headquarters call, "a good weekend." Now it's time to move on, so grab yourself a nice medium (iced?) DD, and let's clear out a little Monday Clutter.
The Boston Red Sox couldn't have come home at a better time. After starting the year 1-5, they're now on a three-game winning streak after beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 yesterday (with yours truly in the stands.) Starting pitcher Felix Dubront looked solid or the first four innings, though he still needs to be more economical with his pitches. He faltered in the 5th inning (giving up three runs), and never should have been brought out for the 6th inning (giving up another run), but the bullpen shut the Rays right down for the remainder of the game, and Big Papi continued his hot streak with a RBI double in the 6th inning to give Boston back the lead. Now it's Daniel Bard's chance to bring the Red Sox to the .500 mark for the first time this season.
By the way, I was always a sucker for Jonathan Papelbon's "Shipping up to Boston" entrance, but Alfredo Aceves has really stepped up in that regard. I don't know what the name of his song is, but it's very appropriate for a closer, because it sounds like an ass-kicking is coming. Well done, Alfredo. Clutterheads, do any of you know what song he uses?
We have our first official Bobby Valentine controversy of 2012. The Boston Red Sox manager hadn't really lived up to his reputation for controversy for the first 10+ days of the season. However, that streak was broken when he decided to call out third baseman Kevin Youkilis last night for not being, "as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason." I don't know what that's all about, and apparently, neither does Youk. Whatever it is, Dustin Pedroia doesn't care for it, judging by this tweet from Rob Bradford @bradfo):
Pedroia: 'I really don't know what Bobby is trying to do but that's not the way we go about our stuff around here'
Here's some free advice, Bobby. You're never going to win a PR battle with Dustin Pedroia. Fix this now.
Are you with us, Youk? (pic via guyism.com)
I think you have to be crazy to run a marathon in the first place, but I hope the runners will be particularly sensible and think carefully about whether they're in condition to run in today's heat.
With the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on the "Buffett Rule" today, it's time for the GOP to take another valiant stand on behalf of every poor millionaire who would apparently have their life's work destroyed if they had to pay at least the same tax rate as any middle-class American.
Despite Mitt Romney's pandering to the NRA claiming otherwise, the Obama administration hasn't done much in the way of gun control at all so far.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) is in trouble with Republicans for making a donation to a Super PAC that targets incumbents. People can really be so sensitive these days.
Last night's Mad Men episode was outstanding. Pete Campbell did a terrible job of trying to become Don Draper. (Cheating on Alison Brie? Unacceptable.) He's also reached a new level of annoyance, which earned him a punch in the nose. He was a broken man by the end of the episode, so will he recover from this low point, or just continue to sink further?
Eli Manning will follow in his big brother's footsteps and host Saturday Night Live on May 5th. I'm actually curious to see how this goes. Peyton Manning was funnier than expected when he hosted a few years ago, so maybe Eli will surprise everyone and also show a good sense of humor. Either way, you can't go wrong with musical guest Rihanna, who surely will do another episode of "Shy Ronnie," right?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. In honor of every one of those crazy sons of guns who think running a marathon sounds like a good time, we leave you today with Tom Petty and today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you as always. Have a good day, try to stay out of the heat, and for those of you who are already celebrating Patriots' Day at say, the Cask and Flagon, don't forget to drink some water too. The Red Sox go for the sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays at 11:00, so you're welcome to come watch the game with us. (BDH and Little Buddha just did a food shopping.) Otherwise, come back soon, and we'll clear out a little more randomness then. for now, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.