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"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something." -Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Fantastic!

So tonight the World Series kicks off and for once, since the Braves aren't in it, I have a favorite. Of course I'm speaking of America's new darlings the Kansas City Royals. I'm not a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants but I don't harbor hate in my heart for them either. Well, not a whole lot anyway.

The Royals have won this year with a brand of baseball that the modern fan "hates" to watch. Some would call it fundamental baseball or "small ball." Lots of bunts, running, solid pitching and a good bullpen. CC is not a big fan of baseball but if you ask her who to blame for a loss, she knows to tell you, "the bullpen." In football, defense wins championships. In baseball, pitching wins pennants. I don't mind the Royals' brand of baseball despite my love for all things statistics and I think with the right group of guys it could work on a lot of teams.

But, if pitching wins, these two teams are about as close to each other in pitching as you can get. SF had a 2014 team ERA of 3.50, a BAA (Batting average against) of 2.41 and gave up 564 earned runs.
Kansas City finished ever so slightly below that with a team ERA of 3.51, a BAA of 2.50 and 565 earned runs.

Now, KC lives and dies by their bullpen a bit more than SF who has a touch more dominance in their starting staff. This shows up with an 82% save percentage for KC where SF only converted 72% of their save chances. But as we know, pitching is helped out by defense and KC has one of the best defenses in the game despite committing the 9th most errors in baseball this year. (Remember, defensive stats are deeper than errors and putouts. The eye-test can help a lot with that too). The Royals also had one of the lowest defensive chance totals on the year too which again speaks to their pitching.

Blah Blah Blah. Chicks dig the long-ball and offense sells tickets; so what about the bats? Here is where heroes are made in October. And, when it comes to offense this is where you start to have more of a rooting interest in the players and their stories. Neither team is an offensive juggernaut so it's really more about the stories.

San Francisco has a couple of guys that no matter your affiliation, you have to pull for. Travis Ishikawa was almost out of baseball and a 30-something year old guy wasting away in the minor leagues before getting called up by the Giants this year and eventually hitting the home run that sent them to the World Series. Buster Posey is just awesome and Tim Hudson is one of my favorite players in MLB. (Former Brave). Michael Morse was all but a dead end prospect bust, he's still not great but he is doing well and Joe Panik is a rookie story that anyone can fall in love with. Really the only douche bag on this team is Angel Pagan and he's hurt and not even on the roster. So, yea for that!

Kansas City also has a ton of fun guys on the roster. Mike Moustakas is a legend in KC already after picking up a bar tab for half the city after the Royals won the ALCS. Well and he's a fun guy that "the every man" can relate to. The Royals also have two Latin players that are good TV and funny guys in Escobar and Salvador Perez. Perez especially is must see TV. He caught more innings this year than any other catcher in the majors and is a giant Shrek of a man who wears women's perfume because the umpires like the smell. The Royals are that blue collar mid-western team that has an funny way of coming up winners. Oh and they have a Korean Super Fan that has all of Asia on their side too. And, Aoki who, while a shitty fielder, is fun to watch.

A few years ago the Royals made a decision to take what everyone else was doing and do the opposite. Everyone was paying big money for big named home run hitting free agents (See Josh Hamilton, Pujols, A-Rod, Cabrera, and Fielder).  The Royals built for defense and bullpen dominance. You want big named starters? We want journeymen middle relievers. You want a high strikeout rate but big power? We want on-base percentage and line-drives. Back loaded contracts? We'll take short-term deals and arbitration. This didn't really workout until this year. Their last playoff appearance was 1985. Now they look like geniuses after building slowly, but their fans have had YEARS of suffering through mediocrity leading up to this. Will this be a one hit wonder? Will the Royals formula work in the long term? Guess we'll have to revisit that in 2018.

The Giants on the other hand have been a model of consistency for the past decade. They won the Series in 2010 and 2012 and have done so without ever being a dominant or even being favored. They were the wild-card team this year and are in most circles the underdog in this series. However, you should never count them out of a series. They've always had good pitching and usually have an anemic offense at best. This year the offense is a bit better and the pitching is still, as I pointed out, better than most. The Giants are a team that is built for the playoffs. Series wins instead of the marathon season.

So what does this all mean? It means we should have a good series between two evenly matched teams. This hopefully won't be a 4-0 series that is all lopsided. The whole of the 2014 playoffs has been great with a ton of close games so far. I haven't gotten to watch all of it to be sure, but just reading and highlights can tell you that this year has been special. Plus, no Yankees, no Red Sox, no problem. I hope the Royals win, I hope the Giants keep it close, I hope that all the games are fun.

Damn it dear reader the World Series is here! Fall! Classic! Let's do this!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Blagh-tober

Damn this blog stuff is tough. Everyday, damn you dear reader, you demand different topics from me! What am I an endless source of knowledge here to fill your ever emptying cup with knowledge? Well, yeah, I know that I am, but still... it's hard to come up with topics everyday.

Tonight I had a great dinner with CC. We went to a good spot downtown that is not a tourist destination and we had a good meal. Good wine, good food, great dessert and of course great company. It's nice. A Monday night, no responsibility other than to ourselves. We had a good time. We weren't worried about the bill or who was waiting on us at home. We just went and had dinner and didn't worry. Makes for a good time.

So tomorrow dear reader, as I'm sure you know, the World Series starts. I'll be back with my baseball preview then.

Good night!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don't Bring Your Guns to Town

I need more Johnny Cash in my life. Where's the I-pod when you need it? Damn work on Sunday. Nothing but old people and missed mimosas.

Anyway, as you can see I missed another posting yesterday. Oops. I was busy hanging with my girlfriend and some friends of ours. Also, I didn't have any free time in the evening due to a wonderful meal and then some indigestion afterwards. Not meal related and I won't go into that here. (Today anyway).

What I will discuss today is gun ownership. I kinda want one. I have a friend that is really into them and has quite a collection and we went shooting yesterday. He is really knowledgeable and able to explain a lot about the different types of guns, bullets, and action. It's really fun and I love to shoot.

Now, the sticky part of this is gun ownership. I'm really on the fence about it because I've never really wanted to be "a gun owner." I'm not afraid of them. I'm not paranoid that I'm going to be a victim of a crime and I'm not afraid that someone in my home would injure themselves with a gun kept in the home. I'm not worried about the cost or the maintenance.

Sooooo.... what's the issue? Well one, I can barely decide what shirt I want to wear everyday so now I have about a billion options on what gun to buy. Oh man! The options! And, most of them are a lot of fun to shoot. And two, I need to discuss it with my partner in "crime" CC about bringing a gun into our home. I would never be the person who would bring a gun into our home if in any way it made her uncomfortable. I'd want her to be comfortable with it and shooting it was well. So then I have to find a gun that isn't too much gun for her either. Aaaaaggggghhh!!!

There is something very 'Murican about gun ownership which kinda creeps me out too. This is me and this is my gun? Plus there is the aspect that with ownership you may be calling gun situations into your life. Does that make sense? I need one of those pro/con lists of gun ownership for me I guess.

I do enjoy shooting, and I'd like to get more into it and get better at it, but... can't make up my mind. I guess that kind of answers my question there too. I should probably continue to wait before making a decision on it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Not happening

My lord, I had this whole post planned out for you dear reader and now it's post 10pm on a Friday night and all I want to do is go home and curl up with CC and go to bed. Work just went on far too long for me to be able to type out all that I wanted for you tonight.

Maybe tomorrow I'll get to it. Maybe I won't. But I promise. It'll be a good one.

Goodnight!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Every Day has it's... Day?

Today is National Boss'(s) Day, World Food Day, National Dictionary Day, and National Feral Cat Day. So feed a homeless bossy cat today would you.

Every month has three or four causes. October is Breast Cancer and Bullying. And, this blog of course is a national treasure this moth too but I digress. There was National Talk like a Pirate Day not too long ago, National Coffee Day, Food Truck Day... What the fuck day is it?

Why can't I just have a Thursday? Breast Friends Thursday? (Yes that's a real thing). Throwback Thursday? No. Just Thursday. You don't need a picture of me from 15 years ago and a paragraph about my nostalgia for my old Nintendo and Lunchables. It's just freakin' Thursday.

At first I tried to embrace all these "days" and their causes but after a while I was just over it. Now it kind of makes me laugh a bit. (I know this next sentence will make me sound like an old man) If we'd have had National Bullying Awareness Month when I was in middle school, bullies would have demanded ribbons and lunch money from us. National Bullying Month is a chance to identify who the rats are in your class kids. Report a bully? I smell cheese. As my friend Ben was fond of saying, "snitches get stitches." Report a bully to your fist not the hall monitor. All that suppressed rage you have over dealing with your parents, the bully is your outlet. (I know kids don't read my blog, so we're good here dear reader).

What I'm asking is are all these recognition days really all that important or is the fact that now there are so many of them that no day is even heard about outside of a tweet. #TodayIsNational___

All these cancer awareness things do nothing. We're all so numb to them now. Pink. I see pink things. Ok. And why is it awareness? We're all aware. When do we get Cure-ness? I never hear about doctors in a lab mixing things over Bunsen burners. All I see are people shaving their heads for awareness. You're not curing cancer by shaving you're head. You're saving money on shampoo.

Where was I going with this? I don't mean to rant on people doing what they think is a good thing and something that makes them feel better about themselves. Well, as long as they know that's what it's really all about. #CancerRant

I want some coffee. That's me being honest with myself. So, I'm going to go get some right now. See ya tomorrow dear reader. (Unless I forget).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On a Scale of 1-10?

I was talking to an adviser today who helped me realize that on an anger scale of 1-10, I have no plans for 3-8. I'm either calm on the surface and stewing on the inside or I'm a fucking atom bomb ready to blow.

I can do 1 or 2. I can do 9 or 10. I can't seem to find levels 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8. I can either do nothing and accept the problem or issue as reality or I can let so much stuff get to me and let that build up until I completely overreact and blow up. If you step on my foot I may bring up that dirty dish you "made me wash" five years ago. I didn't have to wash it. I just did and then stayed angry at you for it. Crazy sounding right? It's the rantings of a crazy person on the blog tonight dear reader.

Really when you realize that you've been doing something dumb for a long time you feel like a crazy person. Now, the question is, will you keep doing it?

My task (should I choose not to ignore it) is to find ways to respond to situations that are somewhere between 3 and 8 on the angry scale. I don't have to even be right. I just have to find different ways of reacting to things that annoy me so that I have options. It's not black and white. It's not right or wrong. Sure I'd love to be a Zen Master about every situation but that isn't going to happen right now. Right now I just have to not allow myself to be walked on and then bottling up my frustration or blowing up on someone for a minor annoyance. If I have to get angry, I need to find an appropriate level of anger.

Also, just remember: You give Love, You get Love. (Random capitalization is Mine and Random).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Welp!

Missed another one yesterday. Didn't realize it till I was driving into work today after one shitty morning.

Ya ever get woken up to do an adult thing and then do that adult thing before wanting to complain about it? I did this morning. Clogged toilet 20-30 minutes before I have to normally get up had me up and moving and concerned about overflow issues before I was even aware that I was doing adult things. Adult things: Those responsible calm acts that you have to do and can't complain about because there is no other person to do it for you. No calling parents, no pushing it under the bed. I did call maintenance because I aint no plumber but I did the best I could before they got there.

Well, this is my apartment complex, so despite several calls, nobody ever showed up. I went to the office at 9am to find that it was a complex wide water problem that had everyone backed up. Ended up having to go into work early to take care of some other business and I'm hopping that by the time I get off that everything will be fixed at home. I did call and they did say that the water for the entire complex was fixed. But again, this is my apartment complex and they aint the greatest.

Adult things make me laugh. They make me cry sometimes too. When ever I think, 'man this is really hard and I don't like doing it' I just ask: Who else is going to do it? Nobody else was going to change out my hubcaps last week. Nobody else is going to do my laundry on my day off even though I want to lay on the couch. Now, CC will bring me ice-cream, so that's nice.

Sometimes I like doing adult things. Paying bills doesn't bother me. Grocery shopping doesn't bother me. Plunging toilets doesn't bother me either. I'm starting to get better at other adult things too like talking about my feelings, being honest with myself about my life and my desires in it, dealing with my anger when it comes up, finding my fears and trying to deal with my sources of anxiety...

There are other adult things I'm still not good at or even feel like I'm making all that much progress in: confrontation and confronting others, being assertive in my relationships, being forgiving to others, and showing love to others no matter what. These are also things I need to be working on. However, I'll get around to these when they come to me. Day by day ya know?

I've found that I can't just work on one thing. They're all connected and they all come and go. I need to show love always. I need to be honest to myself always. I need to work on forgiveness when there is a slight or a perceived injury. I can't decide to do one one day and just get it out of the way. I wish I could.

You're life is like a toilet dear reader. Don't wait until it gets all backed up to deal with an issue. Flush daily and don't put too much on yourself at once.

I should write a book of this gold.