Welcome back. How are you? It looks like it's going to be a gorgeous day outside, so BDH and Little Buddha made both hot and iced coffee. Help yourself to whichever kind you want, and then let's get down to business and clear out a little Tuesday Clutter. Here we go...
Yesterday was a rough day at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox. First, Bobby Valentine tried to put out the firestorm he caused by calling out Kevin Youkilis for not being as "physically or emotionally into the game" as he has been in previous years. To call out one of the team's most intense players, during a winning streak nonetheless, seemed odd at best. Valentine's also incurred the displeasure of Dustin Pedroia, who came to the defense of Youk, as a good teammate should. However, after thinking about it more, Pedroia's comment to the effect of, "Bobby will learn that's not how we do things here," leaves a slightly bad taste in the mouth. The way the players "do things around here," led to last September's collapse, and Terry Francona's firing. That way needs to be changed.
Second, the Boston Red Sox fell for the first time at home this year, losing 1-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Daniel Bard looked significantly better in his second start of the year, but Bobby Valentine left him in too long in the seventh inning after Bard walked the bases loaded with two out after throwing 107 pitches. He was clearly tired, and should have been yanked at that point, but instead, Valentine sent out pitching coach Bob McClure to, "make sure he saw the right look in his eye." I don't know what Bard's eye said, but his body said exhaustion to everyone at Fenway Park and watching on NESN. Bard then proceeded to immediately walk in the sole run. He was pulled right after that and received cheers from the crowd, while Valentine got booed. Not Bobby V's best 24 hours. It also didn't help that home plate umpire Larry Vanover completely abandoned the concept of the strike zone with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. He must have been late trying to catch his flight.
Maybe I should have stayed with ESPN. (pic via usatoday.com)
It's worth mentioning that yesterday was the first time in three games that I wasn't at Fenway Park, and it's also the first time in three games that Big Papi didn't demolish Tampa Bay's pitching. Just saying.
U.S. Senator Scott Brown and the rest of the GOP proudly stood up to defend millionaires from having to pay a fare tax rate like the middle class, when they defeated a motion to even consider the so-called "Buffett Rule" (which enjoys over 70% support from the public.) His vote drives home the fact that Senator Brown puts the 1% before the rest of his constituents, and he's just another Republican senator following Mitch McConnell's lead.
Ignore my votes, just focus on my truck. (pic via bostonherald.com)
By the way, you should file your taxes today if you haven't already.
Shame on Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant for signing a law targeting the state's sole remaining abortion clinic.
The Boston Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on a late goal by Zdeno Chara to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series. Nothing seems to be coming easy to the Bruins in this round, but they're fighting through and getting the job done.
Last night's episode of How I Met Your Mother was an evening of sex dreams, living alone, and becoming famous, with a number of legendary nights thrown in for good measure. There can't be only three episodes left this season. That's just not right.
Did we already know when 30 Rock is ending, or am I late to this party?
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I woke up this morning pretty sure we were going to close out today's Clutter with some Ozzy, or Metallica, or some other hard rock/heavy metal song to get the day going. Then BDH and Little Buddha showed me this clip of the Dixie Chicks and Stevie Nicks singing, so we're going to go with that instead. Enjoy today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, and we'll meet up again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.