Welcome back, and a happy Monday to you all! Did you have a good weekend? No complaints on this end, although yesterday was a pretty draining day for New England sports fans (more on that in a bit.) I was just looking out the window, and this is probably the best the lawn has looked all year, thanks to the rain over the last couple of weeks. Oh well, better lat than never, right? You know what's not late? That's right, today's coffee. We've got a fresh pot ready for you, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.
As much as we hate to say it, David Ortiz played his final regular season game yesterday....Sorry, it just got dusty in here...The Boston Red Sox hosted a tremendous ceremony for Big Papi before yesterday's game. There were so many highlights, I'm sure we'll end up leaving some out. The Sox announced that his number 34 will be retired next year; Ortiz had a bridge and street named after him; players from all of his championship teams (as well as current teammates) came out to join him; I think it was the first time we ever saw his father, and the president of the Dominican Republic threw out the first pitch to him. Plus, Ortiz gave a terrific speech, and when he got choked up talking about his late mother...sorry, it just got dusty in here again. It was really an amazing and utterly fitting send-off for such an amazing player. Thankfully, we still have the post-season for a while.
Cheers and thank you, David Ortiz! (pic via connecticut.cbslocal.com)
After that, there was the matter of playing a baseball game. Unfortunately, the Red Sox lost 2-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto's Aaron Sanchez was throwing a no-hitter until Hanley Ramirez finally broke it up in the seventh inning with a solo home run to tie the game. We let out a large sigh of relief at at that point. It would be one thing to lose Big Papi's final regular season game, but to be no-hit? No thank you. Toronto scored one more run in the top of the eighth inning, and that was enough to seal the deal and clinch a Wild Card spot for the Blue Jays. As for Big Papi, he hit a little ground ball just beyond home plate in his final at-bat, and if you want to see what an exhausted man looks like, that was the big guy at the end of the game.
Now Ortiz gets a few days off, and then it's on to Cleveland where the Red Sox take on the Indians in Game one of the ALDS. Rick Porcello will take the mound for Boston, and here's hoping the Sox can take the first game on the road and set the immediate tone for the rest o the series. The Big Papi News Desk is already counting the days until we get to cheer for David Ortiz one more time in person on Sunday!
Meanwhile, down in Foxborough, the New England Patriots lost 16-0 to the Buffalo Bills. What can we say, the team just laid an egg in this one. They couldn't do much of anything on offense (it seems likely QB Jacoby Brissett will soon be having thumb surgery), and their defense played poorly all day, racking up an unusual 15 penalties during the course of the game. Of course, the big story is that Tom Brady is back, and we can all finally put that deflategate nonsense behind us. The Pats made it through Brady's suspension with a record of 3-1, which is great. It's not that they lost a game that's so awful, it's that they lost to Rex Ryan of all people. You know we'll all be hearing about this from Ryan for years now, even if he never won another game as a NFL head coach. The Patriots, much like the Red Sox, are now off to Cleveland. Lord have mercy on the Browns next Sunday.
LeBron James endorsed Hillary Clinton on Sunday. Is there a more important endorsement in Ohio?
As the country buzzes over the revelation that Donald Trump claimed a $916 million loss on his 1995 taxes, the question is now, who sent the New York Times parts of Trump's tax forms? We'd love to hear they came from an ex-wife, especially as Trump ramps up his doomed attacks on the Clintons' marriage, but whoever did it is owed a large debt of thanks.
Have to admit, we were not that excited about the news that Alec Baldwin was going to play Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live this fall, but give him credit, Baldwin nailed his impersonation in the season opener:
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. There's really only one way we can close things out today, and that's with the David Ortiz highlight reel that the Boston Red Sox played all weekend. We still can't get over how quickly 14 seasons can go by, but man, it sure is fun to watch the highlights again...and again...and again. Here's Big Papi with today's, "Clip of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll hang out again for more randomness soon. Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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