We're back! Sorry for the long delay, my most recent trip to the Northern Estate went longer than originally planned. It was starting to feel rushed, and there was really no reason it should be like that, so I decided to hang out a little longer. However, BDH and Little Buddha are a little annoyed with me for being gone for so long, so I've got some work to do there. The two of them are still professionals though, so the coffee is ready. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Thursday Clutter.
Clutterheads, I'm so excited. John Cleese is coming to Boston in November! He'll be here as part of a promotional tour for his new autobiography, So, Anyway...., and I can't see straight. This is bucket list material for me, and I figured it was unlikely to ever happen after I didn't see the Monty Python reunion show live in London. Tickets go on sale Tuesday morning, and it's possible I had to be talked out of camping outside in line last night. It seemed like a reasonable idea to me, but I defer to others.
Everyone is happy about the news. (pic via theguardian.com)
The news just keeps getting better. In a huge win for labor and consumer activism, the Market Basket saga is finally almost over, with former CEO Arther T. Demoulas once again in charge of the supermarket chain. It will cost Demoulas $1.5 billion to buy out his cousins, and it should be about a month to finish the paperwork, but finally, this drama comes to a conclusion. I can't wait to see if this leads to similar efforts at other companies, and I'm also excited that I can finally go to the Market Basket which is the closest supermarket to the Northern Estate. It will be nice to take a break from the local sub shop. Cheers to everyone who took part in this campaign.
Speaking of which, the Northern Estate doesn't have cable, so I hadn't seen the Red Sox in action this week, but Twitter indicated things were going okay. I turned on the TV last night, just in time to watch Boston reliever give up a 3-run home run as the Red Sox lost 5-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays. I think manager John Farrell is overusing Tazawa and Koji Uehara these days for no useful reason at this point. Both guys have worked a lot over the last two years and could use some rest. See what you've got with the rest of the bullpen, what's the worst that could happen? It also doesn't help when this is Tazawa's record in Toronto:
In seven career innings pitched at Rogers Centre, Tazawa has allowed eight runs on 12 hits. For his career against the Blue Jays, he's 1-3 in 20 appearances, over which he's worked 19 1/3 innings and given up 16 runs on 29 hits for a career 7.45 ERA.
The Sox have today off, and then it's time for a four game set in Tampa Bay against the Rays. I'm sure that will be a quiet series.
I had a chance to watch the Doctor Who season premiere again. There's a good chunk of the story that doesn't really make much sense, but Peter Capaldi still gets a strong thumbs-up. This preview from the next episode looks like he's coming into his own, and I can't wait to see the results.
I hope Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's new book specifically names her colleagues who made sexist comments about her appearance over the years. Voters have a right to know how their elected officials are behaving at work.
Just to make sure we're clear on this, beating a woman only gets you a two-game suspension, but smoking pot costs you a whole season in the NFL. Any questions? You really can't look at this sport for too long before you start feeling dirty about being a fan.
Seven years later, Sopranos creator David Chase FINALLY answered the question of Tony Soprano's fate...or maybe he didn't.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think we'll let Public Enemy close things out with a message that John Farrell should hear when it comes to Tazawa and Uehara: Shut 'em down. Here's Chuck D and company with 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 see you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.