Lots to cover today, let's get right to it!
1) Why, that's right neighborly of ya!
Of course, it's possible to take this a bit too far: when Byrhtnoth, alderman of Essex, allows the Vikings to wade single-file across the ford in the Battle of Maldon, he clearly crosses the line from "honorable, confident, proud warrior" to "Captain Poor Judgement." Look, I'd have been a lousy Anglo-Saxon. I freely admit this. But there's no way I'm letting a sizeable lot of heavily-armed Norsemen traipse single-file while I stand around waiting for them to get ready. Honor, my ass: had I been the alderman of Essex, I would have shot the living hell out of the Vikings with every arrow I could fashion, or maybe tell them they could come across and then hit them with everything I had when they were half over. The poem written for me would have been along the lines of "Brave, Brave Sir Robin" from the Holy Grail. And as the poem lamented my cowardly tactics, I would drink mead and laugh heartily, which is more than Byrhtnoth got to do with his poem, because poems really don't convey all that much meaning to guys with no heads. Dumb move.
2) Would you use that in a sentence?
Anyway, SDI may have been a waste of money, but at least it worked poorly.
Everyone does the calculus problem that shows why 12-ounce beverage cans are the dimensions they are. No, it's not so they'll fit in the cup holders in your car. Nice try. No, it's because to maximize the volume of the cylindrical can while minimizing the surface are ( i.e., the amount of material used to make the can), the height has be twice the diameter of the top of the can. A spherical can could be even better a this, but there are packing issues that come into play, not to mention putting a pop top on it and just flat-out looking ridiculous, like every beverage was an Orangina or something.
But look: I see 16-ounce cans now, and they have these ridiculous little "half-cans" with 6 or 8 ounces in them, and they violate the principle. So minimizing the packaging material is no longer the big deal it once was. With recycling of aluminum and increased efficiency in mining bauxite, it just doesn't bloody matter any more. So why not just go whole hog and make cans that are rectangular prisms ( i.e., boxes)? The packing space saved alone would be a boon for shipping and storing the little goobers, and let's face it: it would look cool. Yeah! Why does no one else think of these things?
I think the ...
What's that? You want to talk about the GAME? Why on EARTH would I want to do THAT? The game SUCKED.
Oh, all right.
We scored three runs in the top of the first: this was important, because Jeremy Affeldt made us look ridiculous last time out. With momentum on our side we can ... oh, wait, Jake gave up a run. Anyway, we can take the ... oh, wait, Jake gave up a couple more runs. Well, certainly as the team that ... oh, wait, Jake gave up a couple more runs. Now we're down 5-3.
But wait! We come back and score three runs to tie it up, the tying run on a balk! Man, the nerves are getting to them now! We'll just have to ... oh, wait, Gil gave up a couple more runs.
2) Can you use that in a sentence?
Ever been to a spelling bee? You know, where when you don't actually know what the hell "subcutaneous" or "donnybrook" or "phlegm" look like and you stall for time by asking for the definition? And then you still have no clue, so you ask if it's Latin or Greek or Old Finnish? And now, sweating profusely, forgetting to tell your knees how to work, you ask it be used in a sentence?
3) A question of efficiency
And here's why: the Indians half of the eighth took about nine hours to play, and here are Mota's pitch sequences in the sixth and seventh:
Two strikeouts are good, any way you slice it. But the path to them is pretty circuitous: it could be argued that the triple was caused by having to throw a 2-1 pitch with men on base (to KERRY ROBINSON! Never go 2-1 to KERRY ROBINSON!). Any sign of control problems, and Mota's in danger of having to groove one just to prove he can throw a strike.
4) Ducks in the gallery
5) Does the moon look blue to you?
6) Invoking the Thumper Rule
Thus we address Jake Westbrook's starting performance.
7) Ah, yes, I remember it well
8) Great moments in managerial head-scratching
Naturally, Ron Belliard bunts.
Two, being less than three, would not have tied the game.