Welcome back. Happy Sunday to you all. It looks like it's going to be a lovely day. BDH and Little Buddha just made a new pot of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out a little Sunday Clutter. Sound good? Here we go...
Say this for the Boston Red Sox, but they do a nice job with pregame ceremonies. The latest recipient of this talent was former catcher Jason Varitek, who was honored before last night's game. There were the usual tributes from former teammates (and his daughters, who stole the show), gifts (including the home plate from his last game, and a new truck) and and a few words from the former team captain, who thanked Red Sox Nation for their support during his career. It's amazing how quickly 15 years goes by, so one last time, cheers, Tek.
Jason Varitek (pic via espnboston.com)
Unfortunately, Tek's retirement party was the high point of the evening at Fenway Park. The Red Sox got off to a good start, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia (who I think was amped up because his predecessor was in the house) hit a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning. Aaron Cook had a 3-1 lead going into the sixth inning, but while he only gave up 5 hits, two of them were mammoth home runs, and Boston lost 7-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays. It would have been reallllly nice to win this series before Boston goes off to face the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, but that was apparently too much to ask for. Jon Lester takes the mound this afternoon, and one can only hope he has a good start.
With the trading deadline right around the corner, the Red Sox would do themselves a world of favors on multiple levels if they could get a decent return on a trade for Josh Beckett. His time as an ace for this staff is over, and even if he turns things around once he leaves, Boston needs a front-line pitcher they can consistently count on right now, and that's not Beckett.
President Obama will meet with the families of the Aurora shooting victims today, as the country continues to struggle to understand how such a horrific event could happen.
Mitt Romney can't be happy that so many people are suddenly interested in Bain Capital.
Penn State finally took down the statue of former football coach Joe Paterno in light of the outrage over his role in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case. Breaking News: CBS News is reporting that the NCAA will impose "unprecedented" penalties on both Penn State and its football program tomorrow morning. That should be interesting.
Congratulations to former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, the sole player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today.
There are two new Superman trailers out, featuring voice-overs from Kevin Costner (as Jonathan Kent) and Russell Crowe as Jor-El. My question is this, is Superman about to become the next Batman? (Note: Costner can't begin to compete in the voice-over war with Crowe. Tell me the second trailer doesn't sound much more epic than the first one.)
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Change is in the air, my friends. Hopefully it's coming to the Red Sox starting rotation soon, and it's definitely coming to Clutter. We'll talk about that more this coming week, but for now, let's have David Bowie take us out with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for coming, everyone. It was great to see you as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, and feel free to come back later, if you like. You know that BDH and Little Buddha are always happy to see you, and if you want to read them a story, they won't complain. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.
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