Welcome back! How are you? Is it just me, or did this week go by quickly? I don't know why that would be, but it feels like it was Monday just a minute ago around here. In any case, the rain has finally stopped, and now it looks like the temperature is going to start falling. It's like it's late October around here or something. Hmm, not sure how I feel about that. What I do know is that I'm excited to hear that the coffee is ready. BDH and Little Buddha made you all a fresh pot, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter.
Three members of the Boston Red Sox coaching staff took new jobs yesterday. Pitching coach Carl Willis moved to the Cleveland Indians, and hitting coach Chili Davis and third base coach Brian Butterfield both went to the Chicago Cubs. We're a little sorry to see Butterfield go, because it sounded like he did a great job working with players on their defense. On the other hand, it will be good for new manager Alex Cora to be able to hire his own guys for those positions. There's no word yet on the future of first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr., bench coach Gary DiSarcina, bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, and assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez.
Good luck to Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Chris Sale, and Mitch Moreland, who are all Gold Glove finalists this year.
Donald Trump announced his administration's response to the opioid crisis yesterday. Basically, he's just bringing back the "Just Say No," campaign.
Some of the JFK assassination papers were released yesterday, although as expected, Donald Trump held back a portion of them for a six-month review, citing "national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns." The various agencies have had 25 years to get this together. This delay is inexcusable. The guess here is that those documents won't be released (or in released in a meaningful way) next April either.
What a surprise: The GOP is ready to end their Russia investigations without determining one way or the other if the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. Nothing to see here, folks. We are so far past simple political ideology disagreements. There's growing evidence that the President of the United States is a foreign agent, and all Republicans can say is, "how quickly can we pass new tax cuts for the rich?" It's a complete abdication of their duty as leaders of this country and is utterly disgraceful.
The New England Patriots defense took a big hit yesterday with the news that linebacker Dont'a Hightower will be out for the rest of the year with a torn pectoral muscle. Hightower has had issues staying healthy throughout his career, but he's always delivered in the post-season. In any case, this is a chance for the next man to step up, a concept that is familiar to everyone in Foxborough.
Pot advocates may have been given their strongest talking point yet: A new study says that regular marijuana users have more active sex lives.
It's shocking to hear that Joe Girardi has been let go as the New York Yankees manager after 10 years. We have no love for anyone in pinstripes here, but he made the post-season almost every year he was in New York. Girardi certainly won't go long without another job. Wonder if the Red Sox would have had any interest in him. In any case, good luck to Girardi, wherever he ends up next.
Big news for fans of The Crown: Olivia Colman will replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in seasons 3 and 4 of the show. Foy did a terrific job in season 1, and we're sure she will follow that up with another great performance in season 2, but if the producers insist on a cast turnover, than Colman is a fantastic choice to take over the role. No word yet on who will replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip. Suppose it would be too much to ask for Clutter favorite David Tennant to take the gig? For those of you who followed our Broadchurch recaps this year, you know how much we'd love to watch Colman and Tennant reunite for another project. Plus, it would be a fun reversal of Smith succeeding Tennant on Doctor Who. Come on, Santa, this is all we're asking for for Christmas (for now.)
Olivia Colman and Claire Foy. (pic via hollywoodreporter.com)
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. The Foo Fighters recently announced that they're coming back to Fenway Park on July 21 and 22, 2018. Anyone want to go? In the meantime, let's have Dave Grohl and friends close things out with this cover of Tom Petty's, "Breakdown," for 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, be good, and we'll catch up again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.
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