Line ups Revisited

Back in March, I noted that Lou’s predicted lineup of Alfonso Soriano, Aaron Miles, Derrek Lee, MIlton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke Fukudome, Geovany Soto and Ryan Theriot (plus pitcher) seemed unlikely. In fact, I’m fairly certain it has NEVER materialized in a game yet this season. [I’ve now checked. There was only ONE game in which these eight players all started (April 22, 2009 vs. Reds–Lost 3-0) and they did NOT start in the above order.]

Okay, there have been lots of injuries already this year, including Bradley, Miles, Soto, Ramirez, and now Zambrano. Hard to have a set lineup when so many guys are out. Also shows how ridiculous it is to predict a lineup for the season back in March, especially when Lou can’t seem to stick to anything for five minutes, no less a season. Anyway, Fontenot and Theriot have been doing a pretty good job, though for a while there I thought Theriot was too distracted by his little “jazz spot”/”soul patch” facial hair to focus on the ball in the infield. Lately he’s making up for that at the plate, so he’s back in my good graces.

Still not a big fan of Lou. Most of the time he doesn’t seem to have a clue. And every time he opens his mouth to speak to the press, I cringe (kind of like what Barack Obama must feel whenever Joe Biden opens his mouth). I don’t get any sense that Lou learned anything from all those coaching/sports psychology books he said he was reading over the winter.

But, it’s still early in the season . . .

I made a bunch of notes while watching the Cubs/Yankees play the first game at “new” Yankee Stadium, but I wasn’t near a computer then and seem to have misplaced the notes somewhere. Will post if I find them.

Flood Memories

As I pray for my friends in the Red River Valley, I’m remembering the 1997 Fargo Flood. I was living in Moorhead then. After 116″ of snow, we knew what was coming . . . and had a few weeks to prepare. This year they didn’t have as much snow . . . but apparently the ground was saturated from rains last fall . . .

Here are some pictures from 1997. First the snow piles, then the melting . . .

Snow in front of my house in Moorhead MN, 1997

My backyard snowpile, Moorhead MN, Spring 1997

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Above and below are pictures of one of the bridges connecting Moorhead & Fargo
Under other conditions, you can drive (or bike) under this bridge.

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Below a park turned lake . . .

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Lucinda Gasping for Quality Air

This morning was so sunny and warm (40°F) that I decided to get a little exercise by walking over to the post office (to mail some cards) and library (to return a book).

It’s only about 25 minutes walk each way, but with my CFS I still had to rest for quite a while at the library before heading home. I arrived home safely and immediately took a long nap.

Unfortunately, the sunshine blinded me to the fact that Minneapolis was under an Air Quality Warning today. So I wake up from my nap and notice my throat is scratchy and I’m sneezing. Then I find the notice on my computer saying “sensitive people” (that’s me) should avoid outdoor exercise today . . . Yikes! I guess that’s what I get for attempting exercise 🙂 No good effort goes unpunished as they say.

Time for a neti pot treatment to clear the nasal passages and then some tea with honey and lemon to soothe my throat.

It really was a beautiful day for a walk . . . if it weren’t for that need-to-breathe thing 🙂