The first snow is hitting the ground as I type this from my office in Maynard. Mike Lowell is in fact back, which is fantastic news.
Huge trade last night between the Sox (the white ones) and the Angels. I am and always have been a HUGE Orlando Cabrera fan. I became an even bigger fan when he became a teammate. This guy is different. A total team player with a unique skillset. Until I watched Alex Gonzalez play here last year OCab was the best SS I’d ever played with. Alex had what I thought was the most dominating defensive season I’d ever witnessed last year (much the same as I felt Coco did in CF this year).
That trade was a throwback, a top of the rotation guy for a front line Gold Glove SS that can hit. I don’t think either side will complain. Surprised me because I thought Uribe was inked to be their SS next year.
Seems like the Sox (the red ones) are about set for ’08. I am hopeful Doug gets brought back into the fold and Mike T finds a way to get back here as well. Very rarely have I been on a team that won it all and had the chemistry and talent to stay together and repeat, but this mix of guys I felt that way about. The maturity level of the team as a whole lends itself to zero letup next year, and I think we recognize that we’ve gotten to a place that will have teams gunning for us even more than they were before.
Unfortunately the Yanks didn’t get worse. Signing Alex and Mo back means they’ll be very good to great again next year. Obviously they have rotation questions to answer and I would bet that if there is a Santana sweepstakes they’ll be at the front of the line. Cash has been able to stockpile some incredible young talent and I would guess much like Theo would be extremely reluctant to part with major pieces of it to get Santana, but if you were ever going to ‘go for it’ from a trade standpoint Johan is about the only type of person/player you do it for.
One of the most unheralded and underrated stats from 07? The fact that a team in the AL East led the AL in ERA. Look at where the offenses in this division rank in baseball, then factor in the ballpark. Our staff, with me dragging it down! Still managed to lead the AL in ERA. I would like to know when the last time a team in a division as offensive oriented as this one did that, someone out there knows!
Yes I am supporting Senator McCain. Please don’t come here and scream about past comments or mistakes as if you’re revealing never before seen or heard information. There is not a candidate alive, today, or in the past, that hasn’t made mistakes or misspoken. It happens, it will continue to happen. I recognize that and am more than ok with it. Yes I have bias in that I know him, but I also know some of the other candidates as well.
I will tell you one thing. The Senator is the first politician who I’ve ever agreed to endorse and potentially campaign with that has NOT asked me to speak from something canned or created by his staff. While that might be a mistake on their part, it speaks to him as a person. He’s real, he’s human. He’s made mistakes and as I stated before I don’t agree with everything he says or does. I would argue that you’d be lying if you said you were in 100% agreement with any candidate in that sense.
I’m not left wing or right wing or center, hell I don’t know what those things really mean! I know what I believe. I know what my stance is. I am Pro-life, but I also think that decision is WAY beyond any one person to control or decide on. I am for the right to bear arms, but haven’t we as a nation made it clear we have not, and cannot police ourselves? How is it that 13 year old children can bring guns into OUR schools? How does that happen? Who the hell needs to OWN an automatic weapon? Seriously? Who? For what? I don’t hunt, but a bunch of my teammates do, and I get that, but I have yet to see an animal that can only be brought down by a weapon that shoots 1100 rounds a minute… We need much stricter laws when it comes to who can and cannot purchase a fire arm. Why is an extended waiting period and legitimate background check such an issue? I don’t think that would solve our problems when it comes to crimes involving firearms but it sure as hell couldn’t hurt could it? Taxes? Honestly I could care less. I would prefer to pay less in taxes, wouldn’t anyone? But I’ll pay what the government says I have to pay to live here. Less is better but in the end it is what it is. I am all for increased spending for salaries of teachers, police and fireman, I am all for increased salaries of public servants. I am 100% against the bureaucracy and political agendas being at the forefront of how our politicians do their jobs.
I want someone in office that WILL look out for America first. Whether you agree with me or not isn’t relevant, it’s my belief that the time is now to elect a man/woman into the office of President that is, and has been, a true American from day one. Someone with values and beliefs that won’t stray from those to make the ‘right’ or ‘popular’ decision. I guess I am looking for someone that I trust, someone with the integrity and honesty I would want to protect my family were I not here. That person, in this next election, is John McCain to me.
38 Studios continues to plod along. Our engineers are doing what will be our final evaluation at an off site location, and at that point I would expect to re-engage the team in discussions and finally have our decision on what engine, or engines, will drive our first MMO product.
FWIW anyone out there know Nile Rogers? I am going to be meeting him in the coming weeks as we talk about a partnership going forward. This guy is truly a rock star of significant proportions. I’ve been able to do some reasearch and his resume and accomplishments are off the charts. He’s done some fantastic work in and out of the industry and the thought that he’ll help drive the audio portion of this IP is pretty exciting!