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Hi everyone,

How are you?  Having a good weekend so far?  We're finishing up our trip with one more baseball game, and then it's time to get back to Clutter Headquarters to see what kind of trouble BDH and Little Buddha have gotten into, and how well they cleaned it up.  However, first things first.  Help yourself to a nice medium iced coffee (I got mine from the DD up the street from the hotel), and let's clear out a little Sunday Clutter.

Before we get into the headlines, I just want to take a moment to wish a very Happy Father's Day to the man, the myth, the goatee, Dad Clutter.  To paraphrase a comment a college friend once made to me, if you've met Dad Clutter, I make a lot more sense, and to some extent, so does Clutter.  You're the best, Pop!

Mom Clutter and I had a wild time at Camden Yards for yesterday's Boston Red Sox game against the Baltimore Orioles.  Things got off to a rocky start when it looked like John Lackey might not make it out of the first inning, but he only gave up two runs, and was strong for the next six innings. The Red Sox offense eventually kicked in, with home runs by Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes, as well as a triple from David Ortiz.  That's at least the second triple that the Big Papi News Desk has seen in person, and it's a real sight to see him racing around the bases.  I'm telling you, Papi got sneaky speed.

Big papi triple june 15 2013
Move!  (pic via yahoo.com)

It looked like things would be okay as Boston had a 5-2 lead going into the 9th inning, but Andrew Bailey looked terrible, giving up a two-run home run to Matt Weiters to bring Baltimore to within a run.  This closer situation is a red flag for the Sox.  Bailey does not inspire confidence on a regular basis.  Fortunately, Boston held on to win 5-4, thanks to a huge mental error from Baltimore pinch-runner Alexi Casilla, who took off from first base like a bat out of hell on a ball hit to right field by Ryan Flaherty with one out.  Casilla was close to third base by the time Shane Victorino caught the ball for out number tw, and then had all the time in the world to double-up Casilla, as he threw the ball back to Mike Carp at first base to end the game.   The kid seemed eager to show his hustle, but his awareness of the situation?  Not so strong.  That must have been a long walk back to the Orioles dugout.

So, we're off again, this time to see Jon Lester hopefully show some sign of regaining his form and helping the Sox split this series.  Who knows, maybe we'll see Papi with another triple!  (Say it with me, kids...sneaky speed.)  I'm sorry we won't be seeing Clay Buchholz, as was originally scheduled at one point, but now I'm just hoping he's not going to be battling various injuries all year.  That just makes it all the more important that Lester step up and fast.

Are the Boston Celtics trying to trade head coach Doc Rivers?  If so, where is he going, and who might be going with him? If this actually goes through, in the words of Vice President Biden, that's a BFD.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb who was struck in the head by a ball hit by Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals.  It sounds like he should be okay, which is terrific.

Also, good luck to the newborn daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West...she's going to need it. 

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  The hotel Internet is acting up again, which is my cue to go get ready for the Sox game.  It's been said that Dad Clutter looks like a couple of famous individuals.  The most common comparison is Jeff Bridges, but I'd argue there's a large body of evidence that says Kris Kristofferson is also a solid choice, so why don't we have Mr. Kristofferson close out today's Father's Day Clutter with the, "Song of the Day."

 

Thanks for checking in, everyone.  I hope you enjoyed our visit as much as I did.  Have a good rest of the day, and we'll do this again soon once I get back to Clutter Headquarters.  For now, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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