Sunday, June 14th, 2009
5:46 am - The Birds...  
...got me up again at 4:30*. I stuck a foam plug in my ear, buried my other ear in the pillow, and briefly fell back asleep until 5:00. Then it started raining, which quieted the birds somewhat but brought it's own form of noise, and my back started complaining, and I was up for good. Now I have coffee.

* A couple of weeks ago I purposely got up before dawn to look at the Venus-Mars conjunction, and the racket outside was incredible. It's one thing to hear it solely from the direction of the single open window in my bedroom, and quite another to be out in the open in a neighborhood surrounded by evil thicket. It was a very Tippi Hedren moment.

It was the same story yesterday, albeit without the rain. I just don't get it. I don't have this problem on weekdays. Just on days when I don't set the alarm, apparently. When I do set the alarm, I may briefly wake up in the vicinity of dawn, but then I roll over and go back to sleep until it goes off at 6:25. And then I hit the snooze button and sleep for another nine minutes. Stoopid brain.

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Here's another terrific Posnanski post, this one on the battle between writers and editors.

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Andruw Jones feels he was disrespected by the Dodgers, especially owner Frank McCourt, last season.

"He wasn't standing behind me, I think," Jones said, adding that if McCourt had shown him more respect, "I almost definitely would be part of the L.A. Dodgers right now."

This from a man who signed a contract for $36 million dollars, then showed up massively overweight and out of shape for spring training. Who batted .158, with an OPS+ of 34. OPS+ is on-base pct. plus slugging pct. normalized for ballpark effects. An OPS+ of 100 is average. Jones's OPS+ last year was one of the worst in baseball history. There are a lot of pitchers who have had better seasons with the bat. And the only reason it was even that high was because he did manage to walk every ten plate appearances or so.

The Dodgers dumped Andruw in the off-season, but are still on the hook for the rest of the $36M. Jones hooked on with the Rangers, showed up to camp in shape, and his OPS+ currently sits at 125. I'm with McCourt on this one. Andruw deserves whatever lack of respect can be heaped upon him. He basically defrauded the organization of $36M. I haven't disliked a former Dodger player so much since Darryl Strawberry decided to put his salary up his nose.

So, no Andruw, you wouldn't still be part of the Dodgers. The Dodgers currently have not one, but four outfielders better than you. Even Juan Pierre is a better player than you. Say what you will about his failings as a hitter, when he got sent to the bench last season he didn't sulk, he just made sure he stayed prepared for when he was needed.
 
 
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(no subject) - ww1614 on June 14th, 2009 - 01:32 pm
DXMachinadxmachina on June 14th, 2009 - 01:57 pm
Certainly could be grackles. I just don't get why they're so noisy before dawn and then quiet down (relatively) once the sun actually rises.

I was actually in favor of the Jones signing originally, foolishly thinking that his poor year in 2007 was something of an aberration. I was not prepared for the horror that ensued.
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Teppy: Coffeestephl on June 14th, 2009 - 03:19 pm
Here's another terrific Posnanski post, this one on the battle between writers and editors.

Ha! As both an editor and a writer, I understand both sides of the equation: (1) the outrage (OUTRAGE, I say!) a writer feels when a mere editor dares to change the writer's precious baby words, and (2) the frustration an editor feels when trying to help the writer sound better leads to the inevitable arguments over "But I WROTE IT THAT WAY -- obviously it should STAY that way!"

(Honestly, writers always need editors. And honestly, editors *can* get overzealous. But I think Posnanski is off-base in this particular post, because the "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death" issue that he's talking about isn't a result of overzealous *editing* -- it's a *translation* issue. Translation =/ editing.)
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DXMachinadxmachina on June 14th, 2009 - 04:20 pm
I suppose so, although I think there's a pretty fine line between the two, especially when dealing with source materials from so far in the past.

Did you notice that he has a book on the Big Red Machine coming out?
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Teppy: Coffeestephl on June 14th, 2009 - 04:24 pm
Did you notice that he has a book on the Big Red Machine coming out?

No -- that's excellent! The Big Red Machine forever shaped my image of What Baseball Should Be, because that's when my dad started taking me to baseball games. What a great time to be introduced to the game.
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