Welcome back, how's your weekend going? Yesterday was great on this end, as my first trip of the year to Fenway Park was a huge success, but we'll get into that in a second. Yes, it was such a nice day, that I'm able to ignore the fact that I drove a large splinter into my pinkie yesterday, and either I didn't get all of it out, or I have a cut/clot high up in my finger nail, so now I sort of want to wince every time I hit a key on my computer with it. Note: You use your right pinkie a lot when you type. However, we're ignoring that and focusing on the positive, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Sunday Clutter.
I'll tell you, Clutterheads, no matter how many times I go, I still get a little adrenaline rush when I walk into Fenway Park. I realized yesterday that this year marks the 30th anniversary of going to my first Red Sox game. I don't know the exact date, but my memory is that it was against the Milwaukee Brewers, so it was in either June or September of 1982, and after all these years, I still feel like a little kid when I see the field. I wouldn't trade that experience alone for anything. However, add a solid Boston Red Sox win to the picture, and it's that much better.
Some people in Fenway Park might have been a little nervous yesterday when Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz quickly gave up four runs in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, Dad Clutter and I had no doubts whatsoever that the Red Sox would come back to pound Tampa 13-5, and that we'd see five Boston home runs, including Big Papi's first of the year. Yes, David Ortiz went 4-5 yesterday, with 5 RBI, including his first homer of the season, during the first game that the Big Papi News Desk was able to attend this year. Coincidence? I think not. The Red Sox finally now have their first winning streak since last August, and now it's Felix Dubront's turn to try to extend it. I will be there once again to keep an eye on the team, don't you worry, Clutterheads.
Big Papi getting it done. (pic via yahoo.com)
Congratulations to Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky who celebrated the 70th anniversary of his debut with the team yesterday.
BDH asked me to include this story about a brave labrador retriever who refused to leave her mortally wounded friend in the middle of the road after a sad accident. Grace the labrador is just reason #3 million why dogs are the best.
Grace. (pic via sgvtribune.com)
If Dick Cheney calls you, "an unmitigated disaster to the country,” doesn't that indicate you're on the right track? It's hard to imagine a bigger badge of honor to proudly wear.
President Obama has done very little on the gun control front at all during his first term, but Mitt Romney is so desperate to get the NRA to like him, that he's basically claiming the black hawk helicopters are coming for gun owners if Obama is elected to a second term.
What kind of ratings do you think Mittens would get as a SNL host?
Now that former U.S. Rep Pete Hoekstra is done offending people with racist campaign ads, he's moved on to calling the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (which guarantees equal pay for equal work) a "nuisance." Yes, trying to correct sexual discrimination is such a pain, isn't it, Representative Hoekstra?
It would be interesting to see how drug legalization in Central America would impact the flawed drug policy in the United States.
Sorry to hear that Best Buy is closing their store on Newbury Street, effective May 12th. I wonder what will going into that space next.
The Boston Bruins lost 2-1 in double overtime to the Washington Capitals yesterday to tie their playoff series at one game apiece. I know there's still plenty of hockey to be played, but the Capitals don't seem intimidated by the Bruins at all. Are we at all worried here?
Sorry to hear that San Francisco Giants closer/New Hampshire native Brian Wilson will likely need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, which would end his season. It's not definite yet, but it feels like there's no way a pitcher visits Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Alabama, and comes out not needing surgery. If that's the case, then we wish Wilson a speedy recovery. Baseball is significantly less entertaining without this colorful character in the game.
Cheers to the Boston Celtics, who secured their fifth straight playoff appearance with their 94-82 win over the New Jersey Nets last night. Looks like we won't be blowing up the team just yet.
Axl Rose was nowhere to be found, but the rest of Guns N' Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night, and they reunited to play several songs together for the first time in 20 years, with Myles Kennedy indeed filling in for Axl. I'm sorry the entire band couldn't perform together, but when you're a Van Halen fan, you get used to this type of situation. Looking forward to watching the performance next month on HBO.
Hall of Famers. (pic via noisecreep.com)
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. In honor of Big Papi's big day yesterday, let's have him take us out with some past highlights (which I think are mostly from 2011), for today's, "Clip of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you as always. I'm off to Fenway Park, but you are more than welcome to watch the game here with BDH and Little Buddha, just don't ask them to give up the remote control. Otherwise, have a good rest of your weekend, come back soon, and we'll do this all over again. Until next time, that's your Sunday Clutter, and we are outta here.