Welcome back. How are you? How's your week going? Still vertical, I hope? BDH and Little Buddha are thrilled as always to see you, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
A friend posted an article on useful tips for when you're depressed, and I thought it was pretty solid. The holiday season can be particularly rough for some folks, so maybe some of these suggestions can help. The ones that stand out to me the most are 1) to talk to someone, be it a professional or a friend, and 2) depression can trigger some nasty inner voices, so remember that said voices are lying their asses off, and do whatever you can to ignore them / shut them down.
I can't say I was jumping for joy when I heard the news that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, but it's only for one year, so at least the worst case scenario can't be that bad. I've never heard anyone say positive things about him, but I'm deferring to general manager Ben Cherington who seems to know what he's doing. Plus, you've got to figure that Big Papi, Dustin Pedroia and David Ross will all "have a chat" with him if he ends up being a negative force. My hope is that he turns into the next "Youk," as in a player that you can't stand when he plays for the opposition but suddenly looks better when he's wearing your team's uniform. We'll see.
In the meantime, best of luck to Jarrod Saltalmacchia, who clearly isn't coming back. I don't know if Salty ever reached the level that was expected of him, but he was a fair catcher with some pop in his bat, and he seemed to be a positive force, so thanks for everything, big guy. I understand that the Florida Marlins are the likely destination for him, and all I can say is that the humidity in Miami is going to be brutal on his hair.
It looks like reliever Andrew Bailey and Ryan Kalish are also both moving on, as the Red Sox didn't offer either of them contracts. Both players struggled with injuries and never lived up to their billing. If Bailey is around at mid-season at a reasonable price after he recovers from shoulder surgery, he might be an okay pick-up, but otherwise, no huge loss.
Okay, let's move on. Oh wait, what's this? Jacoby Ellsbury is likely heading to...the New York Yankees? Huh. Well, you know what, if it's really a seven-year deal for over $142 million, then more power to him, because that's insane. The Ellsbury camp has always been pretty honest that it's all about the money, and thankfully the Red Sox didn't try to match this deal, because the odds of it working out are not good (see Rodriguez, Alex). The Sox are likely to benefit from New York tying up so much money in a guy who gives you no reason to believe he'll stay healthy for the length of the contract. Thanks for everything, Jacoby. See ya.
Oh, and any baseball "expert" who ever wrote that Ellsbury was "uncomfortable playing in a big baseball market" should either retire immediately or admit they're just making stuff up as they go along.
Who got fired for having their pictures taken with Tom Brady?
Shame on Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh for defending his decision to sentence a rapist to 31 days in jail. I don't know what the recall options are for judges in that state, but a man who is that utterly out of touch with the impact of this horrific crime is unworthy of wearing a robe.
I'd be fine with the stock market cooling off a bit for the rest of the year. Given that it's up over 25% in 2013, it's hard to imagine that I can find a "deal" in the next couple of weeks, but if some of the valuations come down a bit when my already-scheduled purchases take place, I won't complain.
Billy Joel is evidently planning on playing at Madison Square Garden once a month for the rest of his life. Anyone want to go? I could get into seeing the "Piano Man" in a concert.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Billy Joel once wrote a song about battling through the hard days of depression and it's a good reminder that even when things look bleak, you have people who will support you, and you are still a good person, so let's have him close things out 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 randomness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.