Welcome back, and a happy Wednesday to you all. How's your week treating you so far? How is July almost over? Didn't we just celebrate the 4th a day or two ago? Anyway, we've got plenty to cover, so let's get to work. Help yourself to a nice medium iced DD, and let's clear out a little Clutter.
Rubby De La Rosa had a decent outing for the Red Sox last night, but it wasn't enough, as Boston lost 4-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays. The loss now drops them to 48-59, and you just wonder if each defeat makes more players available before tomorrow's 4:00 p.m. trading deadline. Manager John Farrell already took the unusual step of announcing that Brandon Workman will start tonight instead of Jon Lester (who has not been traded yet as I write this.)
Not fun. (pic via connecticut.cbslocal.com)
I'm sure we don't know the whole story about why the Sox haven't seemed that interested in resigning Lester, but I'm positive that if he is traded, we'll eventually see "unnamed Red Sox sources" quoted in the Globe disparaging the left-handed pitcher. It starts with team floated stories that fan the flames to imply that Lester's contract hopes (whatever they are) seem unreasonable, and then my guess is that afterwards there will be reports that Lester "has been a negative clubhouse influence ever since 2012." I have mixed feelings about Lester and his work ethic when he's not in a contract year, but I hate when management feels the need for the personal attack on a departing player, which they've done to just about everyone since they took over the team.
John Farrell apparently met recently with pitcher Felix Doubront to try to help him with his focus (i.e. Not whining about losing his starting job and pouting because he doesn't like being in the bullpen.) That's one approach, I guess. I would have gone with demoting the whiny lefthander to the minors and telling him he'll stay there until he finally gets his act together, but that's just me.
The group Everytown for Gun Safety has an intense ad featuring the use of a gun in a domestic violence incident. The ad is designed to build support in targeted states for a proposed federal bill which would mandate that abusers and convicted stalkers be barred from buying or owning a gun.
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura won his defamation lawsuit against the estate of the late Chris Kyle. The former Navy SEAL sniper apparently claimed in his autobiography that he punched out Ventura in a bar fight after Ventura allegedly criticized the SEAL's. Ventura seems to be getting a lot of criticism for this lawsuit, but at the end of the day, the jury believed him.
Count Clutter as part of the 63% of Americans who try to avoid soda. I haven't cut it out entirely, but I used to have one with lunch almost every day at work, and now I might have one a month, if that. Now, Coca-Cola is a key part of the massive Clutter portfolio, so all of you should feel free to enjoy any of their 9000 different beverages.
I could be in a little trouble though if the new Pepe's Pizza is as good as they say. I guess we'll find out next year.
On the flip side, there's little chance I'll be tasting the "2014 Most Extreme" chain restaurant meal which comes in at 3540 calories. That's just plain disgusting.
So Facebook is telling me I need to install the Messenger application in order to send messages via my iPhone. My iPhone tells me I need to update my operating system before I can install the application, but it won't let me update said OS. My guess is that I have to go to the local Apple store to find out why I can't update it, but it irritates me that I have to make that part of my day. There was a time when I understood computers and other IT-stuff. Then I went into 7th grade, and it was all downhill from there.
There's an old saying: "The sun will rise, the sun will fall, and Vin Scully will announce Los Angeles Dodgers games. This is the way." Congrats to Scully who will be back in 2015 for his 66th year with the team. That's truly amazing. Cheers as well to the Dodgers who announced the news in style. (The video won't embed right now, so click on the link to see what I mean.)
Hey, you didn't know that 'N Sync has a new album out? That's okay, neither did they.
Cheers once again to "Weird Al" Yankovic on the incredible success of his latest album. Check out this moment when he finds out he hit #1 on the Billboard chart:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I know I shouldn't do this. I should know better...but I can't resist. Any mention of 'N Sync reminds me of a woman I dated who was a huge fan when they were huge. (I want to be clear that she was not a teenager at the time. No legal charges are pending here.) So, in honor of that special lady, here's Justin Timberlake and crew with today's, "Song of the Day."
That just felt wrong, but yet so right.
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 silliness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.