I can't believe I missed this catch live. I usually watch every Red Sox game on Monday in full because I have the night off from work. But last night I was with some friends and we had planned out skateboarding and got pulled into the gem David Price was pitching, retired the first 9 batters he faced. I think we left after the 6th.
In the bottom of the 8th inning with Price's pitch count raising and he already allowed the lead off man to get on. Looked as if Price gave up a bomb to cut the lead to one but then rookie sensation Andrew Benintendi made the best non Jackie Bradley Jr outfield play I've seen in as long as I can remember. Here is it.
Cannot understate the importance of this catch. 3-0 lead bottom 8, HR there makes it 3-2 with no outs and I'm almost positive the Red Sox would find a way to at the very least allow the Rays to tie the game if not eventually win it. Amazing catch to help preserve a win for the Sox. No big deal for Benintendi, he's looked like an absolute stud since getting called up a month(ish) ago.
One thing I will say is that the Trop is a joke, the fact that the fence is so low there has always pissed me off. At least ever since Evan Longoria hit a HR there on the final day of the 2011 season that officially ended the 2011 Chicken and Beer Red Sox season. Sure, we choked away a 9 game lead, but that home run was bullshit. I think it went like 315.1 feet. Still believe the Yankees blew their 7 run lead on purpose to keep the Sox out of the playoffs.
Go So yeah I've hated that stupid little wrinkle of Tropicana Field for 5 years. Holy shit 2011 being 5 years ago makes me want to kill myself.. The Rays in general are such a joke, they need to move to a city who actually cares about baseball and not play inside of a warehouse.
As for Andy's grab, absolutely unreal, had to cover all that ground, time the catch perfectly and not fall over the wall. Very good grab for such a young player. Definitely makes up for his mishap in LF at Fenway last week against the Yankees. Very excited about this kid though, through 19 games he's hitting .306 with 10 RBI. The future of the Red Sox is very bright, lot of young homegrown talent. I just hope they can sign all their guys long term but with all the money they've wasted on bum ass free agents, I'm sure they'll find a way to screw it up.
Final thing I'll say, look who's atop the division.....nice. I hate that I think we can win the World Series. Go Sox!
P.S. If anybody wants to buy me tickets to David Ortiz' final regular season game that'd be greatttttt.
Artist: Frank Ocean
This album is too real. Feeling too much, and yes every song this week is going to be off of Blonde.
Sandy Leon going into the season was the Red Sox 4th option at Catcher. FOURTH. He found himself behind Christian Vasquez, Blake Swihart, and Ryan Hanigan on the depth chart. After a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness from the names listed, Sandy is now the Red Sox starting catcher. He has also become a cult hero to Red Sox fans.
Oh did I mention that he is hitting a cool .386 with 7 HR 25 RBI 13 2B and 2 3B? Pretty, pretty good for a guy who wasn't expected to play at all this season with the BOSTON Red Sox. Sandy seemed like he'd be spending a lot of time in RI playing in Pawtucket this summer. In 46 games this season I honestly cannot remember a time where Sandy didn't at least have one hit a game. It usually feels like more, I think Sandy just wakes up, gets ready, puts on his gear then goes 2-3 with an RBI every single day. Like clockwork, you can bet that it will get dark tonight and that Sandy Leon is going to mash the baseball like Thanksgiving potatoes. It just doesn't make sense. This guy had 1 career home run going into the season and was a career like .180 hitter. Now Sandy Leon is one of the most important pieces of a Red Sox offense that 1-9 really doesn't have an easy out (as long as Brock Holt isn't starting).
What I really find interesting is the surprise factor of Sandy's success. Everybody had their predictions for the season, but I don't even think Sandy Leon himself could've expecting this sort of success. I know it's only 46 games so far, but for 46 games Sandy Leon has been hitting at an almost. 400 clip. That's a decent sample size, obviously he's going to come back to earth but that still is pretty impressive for a 4th catcher.
Making a name for himself behind the plate as well.
But Sandy "Kings of" Leon has been really impressive with the bat in his hands.
Back to the whole surprise factor...I swear every good Red Sox team has at least one guy like this who comes out of nowhere and has a fantastic season over guys who were expected to contribute. Just look at 2013, when Koji and Daniel Nava broke onto the scene out of nowhere. Going into the season I don't think anybody expected Daniel Nava to hit .303 and be like 5th in the AL in OBP. People forget that Koji was the 4th option at closer for the 2013 Sox. It Hanrahan, Bailey, Tazawa, THEN Koji. That year ended pretty well.
In 2004 you had Mark Bellhorn and Pokey Reese. 2007 you had Jon Lester comeback from cancer to win the clinching game of the World Series. Just talked about 2013 with Koji and Nava. While I still don't think this team is good enough to win the World Series, I also didn't think we were good enough in 2013. The starting pitching has actually been fantastic the last month or so, it's the bullpen that sucks. If that can get figured out, with this line up anything is possible. Still would like to see John Farrell on the next flight out of Boston but I don't know if that's gonna happen.
I just love the Sandy Leon wrinkle in this season, such a pleasant surprise and should this team have a little run in October, don't be surprised if Sandy Leon is one of the Red Sox folklore random guys that we still are talking about 10 years later.
On Saturday I "went" to a Jimmy Buffett concert in Mansfield with three of my friends. It was a day my best friend and I have been talking about for literally 10 years. I knew that I would be a Jimmy Buffett guy at a very young age, much like how I knew I'd be a beard guy well before I could grow one. Well the day finally came and it was amazing (for what I can remember) I say "went" because although I was there in body, I was not entirely there in spirit, but we will get to that later.
Now although I technically DID fall asleep and miss about 80% of the show (basically just took a $200 nap) I am a great advice guy. While I may not follow any of my teachings in my own personal life, it doesn't mean you shouldn't. I'm great at helping others while not being able to help myself. It's part of the enigma that is me. If you listen to me and follow what I'm about to tell you, you WILL be able to survive the day and night.
1. Make Sure You Prepare For the Tailgate
Now you're probably thinking "sweet advice, doz" like that is something obvious. While it is obvious advice I cannot stress enough it's importance. My friends and I were lucky, we had about 85% of all the things needed to have a great time. Our own tent would've been nice but we were mingling with other Parrotheads so it wasn't that big of a deal. Overall for first timers I'd give us a B+ in preparedness. But if you are ever going to do a Buffett tail gate make sure you have a tent and plenty of food, booze, water, plates, napkins, cups, trash bags, stuff the entertain yourself (games, football etc.), and chairs. We did pretty well preparing overall. When packing for a tailgate of any sort or any party really always go by "more is more" you rather have too much stuff than not enough.
2. Mix in Water
This is huge, I mixed in plenty of water and still passed out. That actually was not entirely my fault and will explain it later. But my boy kept telling me this and it is very true "It's a marathon, not a sprint" You could be tailgating for 8 hours, no need to have 5 drinks in the first 30 minutes. Mixing in waters also helps you stay cool in the hot summer sun. This is very important. Also if you're gonna drink water, drink Poland Spring. I love them so much. I'm not getting paid for this endorsement but if they would like a new spokesman I'd be honored. There are few things I am as passionate about as I am with the superiority of Poland Spring. All other bottled water is trash. Poland Spring is Tom Brady, everything else is Tim Rattay (who? exactly)
3. Be Fun and Willing to Talk to Anybody
This is huge, a Jimmy Buffett concert is really just an excuse to party. Don't be a wet blanket and you'll have a great time. That's great advice for life, not just concerts.
Be willing to shoot the shit with strangers, it will make your time much more enjoyable. You never know who you're going to run into or who will be willing to give you a ton of free booze and food. Now I get it, maybe you should live your entire life like this, but we aren't all superheroes. Some people (me) are extremely awkward and borderline on the spectrum. Talking to new people can be intimidating. Luckily when the liquor is following, it is very easy to be out going and interact with random 62 year old married couples. I was talking to so many people, made the time much more fun.
4. Make Sure You're Well Rested
This was one of my biggest mistakes. I worked a lot more this week than I am used to. While I'm not some manly man construction worker breaking bricks. Delivering pizza for 11 hours a day 3 out of 4 days is tiring. Especially when you're used to doing nothing. Binge drinking takes a lot out of you, make sure you are well rested and prepared for the big day that is up coming. A good night sleep is (a MAJOR) key.
5. Eat Plenty of Food
This is where ole dozo screwed up. Make sure you eat enough food. I've been trying to not be a complete pig post weight loss so I tried to not eat a ton of food, but make sure you eat enough. I had basically one meal over the course of the day. Gotta make sure you're not drinking on an empty(ish) stomach. It's okay to have yourself a day.
6. Have a Drinking Game-plan and Stick to It (as best as you can)
My blogging idol, Big Cat always says it and it could not be more true, this is sort of paraphrased but the main point is vital. When you're heavily drinking, it's important to not stop, because once you do that's when you die. Basically it's like feeding a fire, when you're crushing margs and bud lights nonstop for 5 hours, once you stop you're gonna drop. That's basically what happened to me. So times are tight for ole dozo rn, I wasn't trying to spend $14.75 a beer inside, so I stopped drinking once we entered. I felt (relatively) fine when we got inside, but the break from drinking while on paper seemed like a good idea, actually led to my demise.
So if you're gonna drink hard, don't stop. If you're drinking light, don't start trying to be a hero, go at your own pace. I really fell asleep because I was tired more so than I was black out drunk because I can tell you basically everything that happened throughout the day. I really don't blame myself here but if you wanna say I fucked up, then I fucked up.
7. Dress The Part
Don't wanna be that guy or girl that looks out of place. Everybody knows I'm a big Halloween guy, I love dressing up. A Jimmy Buffett concert is like a tropical Halloween party. Everybody is in ridiculous outfits and I love every part of it. This is just as important as not passing out. Yeah I may have taken a quick nap but at least I did it in a Hawaiian shirt.
As far as advice that's about all I have for now. Definitely still kinda bummed I missed a majority of the show, but you know what, if I've learned anything from sports it that you gotta grow and learn from your mistakes. I will be back next summer, better than ever and ready to take in a full tailgate and concert. Please do not die Jimmy, I'll be so bummed. As for the rest of the day here are some things I noticed.
That pretty much sums up the day. One thing I can guarantee is that next summer I will be back. My friends will be back, we will have even more people with us and it is going to be a great time. Despite everything, it was a fantastic experience.
Song: Pink + White
Artist: Frank Ocean
It had been four years since his first album "Channel Orange". Now Frank Ocean is back with his 2nd full length album "Blonde". (Was kinda confused bc the cover says Blond but the actual album says Blonde) Much like me returning from my week off from blogging, this album has had a lot of anticipation. But do not worry boys and girls. I am back, Frank is back, all is well. Let's have a great week and hopefully, you do whatever you have planned this week and I bounce back with some funny blogs so I can get noticed by barstool and not have to be a substitute teacher. As someone once said "Let's Roll!"
I'll be the first to admit this last week of blogging was not my best work. Just been out of the loop recently. Kind of a combo of my return from fake vacation to Florida, life in general and just been busy with stuff. (Started going to the gym again this week NBD) But unfortunately it's only going to get worse next week as I picked up a bunch of extra shifts at my job. I don't know what it is, just some sort of block, but I'm not in the excuse making business, I'm in the blogging to random people on the internet business. To make up for a down week, I'm going to try to make up for that with a classic "life" blog as this is doz on LIFE dot com. After this last week or so of blogging I hope I still have something good left in the tank. Here we go.
My mom always told me never to lie. That honesty is the best policy. For the most part I don't lie, it's not even a moral superiority thing; it's a I have the worst guilty conscious of all time thing. I don't do secrets, I don't like lying. That shit eats away at me. HOWEVER, that being said, sometimes you have to lie, whether it be to not hurt somebody's feelings, or any other reason most of us tell many white lies throughout our daily lives. I can do white lies, they don't hurt anybody. A white lie can save you from a lot of trouble and sometimes it's something you have to do. However sometimes I swear we do it just to do it. Some white lies have no positive reasoning. But some of them are just so ridiculous in my eyes and aren't even worth telling. Here they are:
I'm Leaving in 5 minutes
"Yeah man I'm leaving in 5, see you soon" No you're not, you're still on the couch.
Now I'll be the first to admit I've been guilty of this from time to time, but some of my friends are the biggest perpetrators of this lie. Oh yeah I'm leaving in 5 minutes, but tbh I haven't even gotten out of bed yet and won't pick you up for at least 30 minutes. It's just such a stupid lie because you're 100% going to get caught when you actually show up at the destination. A little basic math will catch you in a lie every time, hmmmmm you live 5 minutes away, said you were leaving in 5 and took 45 minutes to show up. Something doesn't add up.
I'm passing X right now.
"I just passed CVS even though I'm just pulling out of my driveway as I send this text."
Conversely, with lying about when you're leaving, the lying doesn't stop once you get in the car. Sometimes once you're already in the car you/others will lie to say they're closer to your house/restaurant/bar/etc than they really are. Big one I'll use a lot when driving to my volleyball games is "I just passed Cumbies" which is like 5 minutes away when I really am like 10 minutes away. It's stupid and very easy to catch for the same reasons as lying about when you left yet I still do it, and I've seen others do it hundreds of times too. Starting to realize most people I know (and myself) suck at being on time for shit.
I Didn't See Your Text
"I'm on my phone 17 hours a day, constantly texting, but I didn't see your text! Sorry!"
This is one of my least favorite ones, and one I can honestly say I never do. Maybe before smartphones took over the world this could be true, but in 2016 I'm not buying it. We all are on our phones constantly, the only way you actually didn't see a text is if you went blind all of a sudden or your phone is dead.
It's funny too, this only happens when you hit someone with a serious question. Nobody has ever missed a text saying something positive. If I told you I won the powerball and asked you if you wanted to go shopping you'd answer my text before your phone stopped vibrating. But if someone asks you a hard hitting question or asks you something that you wanna say "no" to but don't wanna text "no" it is "sorry man I didn't see your text" Okay, whatever you say. I'm sure you missed it.
I Think It Is Going To Rain Soon
I just don't want to be outside.
I'll Just Have a Small Bite/Small Piece (of the dessert)
"Just give me a bite......ends up eating the entire cake"
Now as a fat guy I'm allowed to shit on other fat people, similar to how black people are allowed to say the n word. I get it, dieting is hard, I know more than most, I've lost weight recently but still struggle every single day with trying to not be a pig. We all want to eat the over indulgent, great tasting foods, but sometimes you have to say no. I've noticed a LOT with women throughout my life that at dinner or something they'll say something along the lines of "let's split dessert", "I only want a bite", "Just save me a nibble".
They are all utter bullshit. You didn't get to 2 bills but "just having a nibble", babe. Just be honest and tell us, or better yet say nothing and just order the cheesecake. We know you want to eat an entire slice, and maybe even a second slice. Just do it, don't lie to the faces of everybody at dinner.
I'm Only at 10% I'll Let You Charge Later
"Once I'm at 60% you can use it, even though I'm at 88% right now"
As I said earlier, smartphones have taken over the world. I don't know about you, but when I'm hanging out with friends there is usually at least one phone charging. When someone else wants to charge, the person charging usually will say something along the lines of "I'm only at 10%, I'll let you use it when I'm at 50%" when in reality they're at like 67% are are trying to get a full charge. Listen I get it, my phone will go from 70 to 3 in about 90 minutes so I'm always charging up. But at the same time, just be straight up and say you can use it when I'm done. Now there are charger rules, whoever owns said charger gets usage rights whenever they want, that's just how society such work.
I Love You
Usually not true.
"Sorry, That's My Last Piece of Gum"
Picture says it all. Every single person in every single high school in America has said that at least once. I can vividly remember being denying gum on multiple occasions.
I'lI Go For Just One Drink
Maybe it's just my circle, but I've never seen anybody go to a bar for just one. Pelly's For One is a running joke.
"I've spaced out for the last 2 minutes and didn't hear any of your story....That's crazy, bro!"
I may be just showing my hand entirely here, but this is me a lot, I swear sometimes that I have ADD, I cannot pay attention at all sometimes. Also don't really care about what you're saying...sorry. I'll find myself talking to someone and either not listen to what they said or just have nothing to say and will drop a "that's crazy". Really hope I'm not the only one here.
I'm doing nothing, watching the same episode of the office I've seen 40 times and I am not leaving my room under any circumstances right now. If you want to come over okay, but I'm not moving.
I Just Ate
I'm actually starving, I just don't want to go to the shitty restaurant you want to go to.
That Doesn't Make You Look Fat/You Look Good In That
"No babe, you look great"
A lie men have been telling for centuries for the greater good of their own lives. I totally can't tell you've put on 42 pounds since we started dating 14 months ago. You look great!
Sorry, I'm busy with Family Stuff Right Now
This essentially ends all conversations. Nobody is going to press you any further. "I'm busy with the fam all day, sorry" You very well may have family plans, but they may end up being only an hour or two but you can milk that for an entire day of being left alone if you want.
This was fun and I'd love to keep going, but it took be 2 and half hours to put this together because my mac is 19 years old and runs on windows 95. Also I need to go to the gym before work so I don't turn back into a disgustingly fat person. Thanks for reading, let me know which ones you agree with and if theres any good ones I should've included. There could be a part 2 at some point down the road.
Last song of Summer Bangers Week.
Song: California Gurls
Artist: Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg
Album: Teenage Dream (2010)
Song: Blurred Lines
Artist: Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Today's summer banger comes all the way back from 2013. Can't undersell how huge this song was a few years back. My first 21 summer, this song must have played at every single bar that year. Also thanks for introducing the world to Emily Ratajkowski.
One Hit Wonder Wednesday!! It's also my self proclaimed "summer bangers" week so I gotta find a song that hits both parts of the criteria. Luckily I have just the track up my sleeve. Brings us all the week back to 1999, and on a shitty rainy day like this it's extra fitting.
Song: Steal My Sunshine
P.S. I always thought it was weird the singers are brother and sister. I remember hearing that on VH1 when I was like 10 years old. Way too close for siblings in this video.
Also that's it for blogs today. Sorry. Shitty rainy day and I wanna go see if Suicide Squad is really as bad as everybody is saying. Margot is worth the price of admission though.
RIP John Saunders.
Tebowmania 2.0 has begun!!!!
What do they say in baseball? You could always use another left handed bat.
Former World Series Champ and 500 HR club member Gary Sheffield believes!!
I "absolotutley" agree, Gary.
Obviously no major league team is going to sign him, but minor league teams are all about stupid promotions. I'd say 4-1 odds Tebow is signed to a minor league club by the end of the day.