Welcome back, and congratulations on making it through another week. Do you have big plans for the weekend? BDH and Little Buddha say the coffee is ready, so help yourself to a nice medium iced DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.
Brandon Workman settled down after some first inning struggles, but the Boston Red Sox still lost 5-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals last night. Next up are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Allen Webster takes the mound tonight for Boston, and he and everyone else on the Red Sox are hoping he'll be better than his last start when he gave up what felt like 95 walks in three innings.
David Ortiz wishes the Red Sox had a better offense. Join the club, big guy. My guess is that Xander Bogaerts will pick up the pace over time, but Jackey Bradley Jr., better show some signs of being a functional major league hitter before this year is over. There's no doubt he is fantastic in the outfield, but he's bringing almost nothing whatsoever to the plate, and there hasn't even been a stretch where he showed signs of much improvement.
For those who are into a little self-abuse, Jon Lester threw a three-hit shutout last night against the Minnesota Twins. Clutter doesn't really care what the guy does for the rest of this year, since it wouldn't have made much of a difference for the Red Sox anyway.
A bunch of guys wearing New England Patriots uniforms lost 23-6 to a bunch of guys in Washington Redskinds uniforms in the first preseason game of the year for Bill Belichick and company. Speaking of the Redskins, KISS frontman Gene Simmons made a very simple point about the team's name: If we wouldn't call a team the "Kikes" or "Micks," how is this any different?
Getting closer! (pic via keepitnerdy.com)
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says that the GOP can't fully accept same-sex marriage, but it should learn to object to it less. I don't know if today's Republicans are able to conceive of taking such a dramatic step.
It turns out Fox News host Sean Hannity doesn't have much of a sense of humor. Who could have guessed he wouldn't respond well to Stephen Colbert comparing him to a five-year old? Shocking, I know.
I'd love to hear more about the 13% of Americans who feel government can be trusted to do the right thing all or most of the time these days. Where do these people live? What's their education level? What do they do for work? Do they really think this, or were they just messing with the pollster who called them? Or, did no one actually say this, but that's the poll's margin of error?
It doesn't sound like a fun day ahead on Wall Street. BDH, find the Clutter checkbook, just in case we need it today.
Christina Hendricks is back again, this time showing how Joan Holloway would handle working in a modern office.
Look out, Larry David is coming to Broadway.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I have this tune stuck in my head, and I can't remember why. I'm pretty sure it was playing when Clutter went to the movies, but I forget if it was in Guardians of the Galaxy or a preview before that. Oy, this has not been a good year for the old memory. Anyway, here's Fall Out Boy to close things out for us 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.