Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? Everything is fine here, although this whole, "it's dark at 4:00" thing is for the birds. I can appreciate that it's lighter in the morning again, but the benefit of that doesn't counter-balance the desire to start thinking about sleep at 4:30 in the afternoon. Oh well, BDH and Little Buddha are doing a great job as usual of reminding me this part only lasts for a few weeks, and then we start swinging back in the other direction. They're the best. Of course, they made you a fresh pot of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter.
Congratulations to Mookie Betts on winning his second consecutive Gold Glove Award yesterday. Playing right field at Fenway should be its own category. Betts is now the fourth Red Sox outfielder to win multiple Gold Gloves, joining the likes of Dwight Evans, Fred Lynn, and Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. That's some pretty solid company.
There were a number of positive election results yesterday. First off, congratulations to Ralph Northam on becoming Virginia's next governor. The Democrat beat Ed Gillespie in a highly contested race that was largely a referendum on Donald Trump. That would be the same Trump who tweeted in the morning that Gillespie would end crime in Virginia and by the end of the day was trying to act like he never heard of the guy. Cheers as well to Phil Murphy (D) who won New Jersey's gubernatorial race last night and will replace the outgoing Republican Governor Chris Christie.
We also tip our cap to Danica Roem (D) who will become the first openly transgender legislator in the country, thanks to her Virginia win.
Closer to home, we applaud Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on his resounding re-election. Mayor Walsh took home 66% of the votes, and we expect the speculation about his political future to start right...now.
It's also great to see that next year's Boston City Council will have more women serving on it than ever before. In total, there will be six women of color serving on the 13-member body, which is a strong step forward towards making the council more representative of today's city.
In addition to being caught lying about Russian business developments, apparently Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross isn't a billionaire. According to Forbes, he's "only"worth about $700 million. How embarrassing.
Glad to hear that the new owner of 98.5 The Sports Hub isn't looking to make changes. As we've mentioned before, that's our go-to on the radio during car rides, and it would be a drag to be forced to go through an exhaustive search for a new favorite station.
Our condolences go out to the family, friends, and fans of Roy "Doc" Halladay, who died in a plane crash yesterday. The two-time Cy Young winner/ eight-time All Star/ future Hall of Fame pitcher was only 40 years old.
RIP, Doc. (pic via chicagotribune.com)
The fact that the Houston Texans signed someone named Josh Johnson to be their new quarterback can only help Colin Kaepernick's collusion lawsuit against NFL owners.
Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston did another interview with an individual who he clearly enjoys. The conversation about dealing with differences and loss is a memorable one.
Disney had to back down in its war against the Los Angeles Times after other newspapers joined forces with their competitor. The company was going to block the paper from an early review of The Last Jedi, because Mickey Mouse and company were angry that the Times called them out for not providing enough benefit to Anaheim, California while they rake in the money from Disneyland. That bullying attempt drew the wrath of other newspapers like the Boston Globe and New York Times, who said they would boycott the screenings, and now Disney says everything is fine. Cheers to all of these companies for standing up to this bully and once again showing the value of a free press and investigative journalism.
Speaking of the Boston Globe, hats off to Nestor Ramos for this insightful and entertaining examination of what is perhaps the most divisive issue of our times: Donald Trump's preferred cheeseburger. We'll cut to the chase. According to Ramos, "This isn’t a burger, it’s a ketchup sandwich with extra meat." We smell a Pulitzer. Actually, that might just be grease.
City representatives are making it clear that Baltimore would be hurt if House of Cards is cancelled, following Kevin Spacey's removal from the show. However, we don't see why the program can't survive with Robin Wright in the lead as Claire Underwood. She's got the chops to pull it off, it opens the door to new stories, and if it doesn't work, then everyone has more time to prepare for the future than if the show gets an abrupt ax. Put Claire in the Oval Office and let the drama take off to a new level.
This report says Twitter bumped up its character limit to 280 yesterday, but we're still stuck at 140 at the moment. What's that all about? Oh, hold on, apparently we do have 280. It's just that the counter doesn't change. Hmm, of all of the issues facing this company, it's not clear that this is really a pressing priority. We would be focused more on anti-harassment, threats against democracy, and maybe the ability to edit a posted tweet.
Color us intrigued by the trailer for the new comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. (nsfw)
Okay kids that's going to do it for now. Let's close things out with some Tom Petty and, "Yer So Bad," 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 see you again for more coffee soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and whether or not we're bad is up for discussion, but we are outta here.