Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Reading

Habakkuk.


Anyone want to take a shot at that pronunciation?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday And Tuesday Reading

Obadiah and Jonah Monday and Micah 1-4 Tuesday.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

How Very Jocketty Of You!

It may not work out, but overall I like the trade for Matt Holliday. And it reaffirms a sometimes wavering belief that the Cardinals' front office does want to win.

I hope this makes Albert happy.

I was hopeful going into this season that the strategy was to field a team good enough to be in the race, then make moves at mid-season to really bolster the team's chances.

It's an intelligent, if not brilliant, way of operating. You don't get stuck with unmanageable budget constraints that tie your hands if your off-season moves "don't work out too good."

Walt Jocketty, former GM, was the master of this, obtaining Mark McGwire, Will Clark, and Larry Walker in late season maneuvering. John Mozeliak, current GM, has learned well.

The past few weeks we've obtained Mark DeRosa, Julio Lugo and now Matt Holliday via trades. Maybe these pick ups aren't quite McGwire, Clark and Walker, but they do confirm the team is trying to win now. Strike while the poker is hot.

The cost is potentially high, losing prospects in trades. But prospects are as likely to fizzle as they are to shine. I'd rather try to win now than to try to "maybe win" later.

Opportunities to win must be cashed in. We all know how hard it is to win a championsip, so why not go for broke?

I like it.

Weekend Reading

Amos.


Haven't been to a movie in a long, long time. Any suggestions?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Reading

Joel.


I cannot believe the president's job approval rating is falling. Nothing he is doing should be surprising to anyone. If you voted for him, you voted for this. It's not like you weren't warned. If you voted for him, you should be thrilled about the direction in which we are moving.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday Reading

Hosea 10-14.


Strange summer. Haven't had a lot of heat, but have had a lot of clouds. It's been for the most part very nice.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday Reading

Hosea 5-9.


Haven't gotten to see the new Hell's Kitchen yet. Design Star's pace is moving a little too fast. What was up with that National Geographic room? That had to be the most hideous thing I've seen in 4 seasons. Astroturf and animal head sculptures?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday Reading

Hosea 1-4.


I chuckle at the name of Gomer.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday Reading

Daniel 9-12.


So ends the major prophets. Just the minor prophets to go.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Night Of The Stars

Design Star starts tonight, and Food Network Star is on as well. The only question- can I stay up that late?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Weekend Reading

Daniel 1-8.


I've made fewer posts this month than any other this year. It's like I've been absent. Like Tony Kornheiser on PTI. In fact, PTI is off completely next week. Might give me more time to get to work here.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday And Friday Reading

Ezekiel 41-44 yesterday and 45-48 today.


This was the longest book we had left in our reading. The longest books left now are Matthew and The Acts.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday And Wednesday Reading

Ezekiel 33-36 Tuesday and Ezekiel 37-40 today.


Did they really think we wouldn't notice that they didn't show Obama's All Star first pitch being caught? How embarrassing for everyone involved. This is a new low.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday Reading

Ezekiel 29-32.


Home Run Derby tonight. I usually watch this anyway, so I'll definitely try to check this out with Albert competing. Although I kind of hope he is out quickly, just so he doesn't hurt himself.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weekend Reading

Ezekiel 21-28.


Things are speeding along. All Star Game is in two days. And we should be out of the Old Testament in a little over a month. I've got to pick up the pace on my posting, or I'll never reach my goal.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Reading

Ezekiel 17-20.


So far the big road trip is going smoothly. Four games this weekend, which seem important, then the All-Star game. Should be fun.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Wednesday/Thursday Reading

Ezekiel 9-12 was Wednesday and today Ezekiel 13-16.


No disrespect, but in my humanly observation, Ezekiel is one weird book. Just a lot of bizarre stuff going on.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

He Didn't Just Do That, Did He?

Tommy Lasorda, as fine a manager as he was, would like to have this one back. And even though Dusty Baker's gaffe wasn't as monumental, I couldn't believe it was happening as I watched last night.

Neither could anybody else, judging from the post-game reaction.

Is there anybody else on this team that can beat you? Of course not. Is there any doubt in anyone's mind we would have lost the game if the managing from the opposite side were better? Of course not.

Sooner or later, managers on all teams will figure this out. And our baseball games will become infinitely more dull.

Weekend Reading

Jeremiah 49-52. Lamentations.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Friday Reading

Jeremiah 46-48.


The season is half over. The second quarter was not a pretty sight, but we're still projecting out 86 wins.

The weird thing is, the Cardinals' division is the height of mediocrity. No really good teams and no really bad ones. Just blandness. So I expect they'll be in the hunt come September. But for me to believe they'll make the playoffs is going to require a trade.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Wednesday And Thursday Reading

Wednesday Jeremiah 40-42 and Thursday Jeremiah 43-45.