Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How is your week going so far? Everything is moving smoothly on this end at the moment, although I'm still trying to figure out if someone rang my doorbell at 3:00 this morning, or if it was just a dream. BDH and Little Buddha aren't sure either, but we all agree there's only one thing to do either way, and that's have some coffee. The guys made you a fresh pot, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
The Boston Red Sox and Mookie Betts went to arbitration yesterday. The outfielder is looking for a $10.5 million salary this year, and the team is offering $7.5 million. Either way, Mookie is getting a significant raise from last year's $950,000. The player and team seem to consistently have trouble agreeing on money. Hopefully that's not a sign of things to come when Betts is a free agent after the 2020 season.
Mookie Betts should have plenty of reasons to smile soon. (pic via nbcsports.com)
The Red Sox still haven't signed JD Martinez or any other slugger at this point. In the meantime, Blake Swihart says he's healthy and ready to prove what he can do this year. There's potential for catching, first base, and the outfield there, so it will be interesting to see what he can bring to the table. Oh, and one more thing - Red Sox pitchers and catchers have their first workout two weeks from today!!!
Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address last night, and since he didn't visibly drool on himself, are we about to be hit with another flood of articles about how this is the moment when he began to appear presidential? Or, will the consensus be that this was racist/self-aggrandizing red meat for his supporters, and that's all he cares about?
What's this now? EPA boss Scott Pruitt said in 2016 that Donald Trump would be a bigger threat to the Constitution than Barack Obama? The Great Pumpkin can't stand for that now, can he? We're not exactly feeling bad for anyone in this story, but how does the Trump gang not vet Pruitt for this kind of stuff before nominating him for the position in the first place? Oh that's right, they're an incompetent group of fools who can't handle the most basic aspects of governing, or don't really care, as long as their Russian boss is happy.
The rumors were true: Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley announced that she will challenge U.S. Representative Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District. At first glance, it doesn't seem like there's much difference between the two progressives on policies, but the 7th CD is majority-minority, and Councilor Pressley seems to be betting on the demographics making the difference. Should be a fascinating race to watch this year.
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase & Company announced that they're teaming up to find ways to reduce health care costs for their employees. There weren't many details released, so let's wait and see what exactly they're talking about, but if they can find a way to pool their collective clout to hurt insurance companies without damaging their employees' health care, we've got no problem with that. Of course, they could also just cut to the chase and lobby on behalf of a single-payer system, but where's the fun in that?
McDonald's had a better-than-expected fourth quarter. We're still waiting for confirmation that Donald Trump is responsible for the increase in same-store sales.
Are people now really using apps to make fake porn videos involving folks they know? Maybe it's time for us to all step way from our computers for a while.
There's a nutritionist who claims that pizza is a better breakfast option than most cereals. You don't need to tell us twice. We'll start making a buffalo chicken pizza in a few minutes!
We're sorry to hear about the death of longtime baseball executive Kevin Towers, who passed away on Tuesday after battling thyroid cancer. Towers seemed to be well-respected throughout MLB. He was only 56 years old. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
The buzz is already humming for the upcoming Black Panther movie. It received a terrific response at the premiere, and hopes are high for this movie, which opens on February 16. Who wants to come with us to check it out?
Nicole Eggert gave more details about her allegations that Scott Baio sexually assaulted her when the two were starring on the 1980's sitcom, Charles in Charge.
It's unfortunate to hear, but not surprising that former Glee star Mark Salling was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide. Salling was facing four to seven years in prison for possession of child pornography, and this seemed like a possibility. Salling was 35 years old. Whatever the story behind his actions, we hope that this brings some sort of closure to his victims.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. One of the best parts of doing this (almost) every day, besides hanging out with all of you, is that it often gives us the chance to find things we probably never found have discovered otherwise. Case in point: Here's Adam Ezra Group to close things out with, "The Devil Came Up to Boston," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Early front-runner for "Song of the Year" right there, is what that is, kids.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more fun in February. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.