Though I’m not much for nationalism, I’m watching the USA/England game on TV this morning. I should be sleeping, but the part of my brain that controls such things had apparently had enough of my laying around restlessly after 5 hours. So, no sleep for me. Looking at the crowd in some small bar in New York City on the ABC broadcast, I’m actually kind of glad I didn’t try to go somewhere to watch this game. I may give some other games a shot at the Kangaroo & Kiwi later this week and next, but for today’s game I’m staying quite put, thank you.
I don’t have much to say about last night’s game. We stood a decent chance at winning, but David Aardsma did all of this. Despite my annoyance at the loss, watching Aardsma almost literally run for the locker room after that sac fly (seriously, the man was on a mission) was, frankly, a bit of a crusher. I still watch games with a small degree of hope that we will win them. I still look forward to every game, still make those around me suffer watching baseball, still come here nearly every day and say something about it…but it is getting more difficult every day. I keep reminding myself that I survived 2008 as my first real year. I can do this…can’t I?
Tonight the game is on early, which is kind of nice. Cliff Lee is going against Wade LeBlanc, and if memory serves correctly (and it does) that matchup didn’t work so well for the Padres here in SafeCo. I can only hope that Lee comes out of this with another win, and I come out of it not too schnockered on Jello shooters.
Oh yeah, and adding insult to injury is the whole Mark Lowe thing. When it was announced a while back that he had a herniated disc, it occurred to me that it could be “bad”. What didn’t occur to me for some reason was the fact that a herniated disc is exactly what ended Russell Branyan’s season last year. Yeah, I don’t know why, either. I think that the lack of attention focused on Lowe made it possible for me to simply ignore the situation. There have been times this year when I have completely forgotten he was in our bullpen; not too dissimilar to the way I kept forgetting about Jesus Colome, except that Mark Lowe is actually good (I’ll save any Colome-clears-waivers jokes for later). Other than being disappointed and knowing that if Lowe was here we might not be in such a bad position, I’m just sort of numb to it by now.
Last little note…my good friend Jeri is a member of the Tilted Rail Thunder Birds roller derby (in the picture there, she’s on the far right, third up). They are currently trying to raise funds to build a banked track, so they haven’t done any matches yet, but they do hold practices quite frequently. I may be going to at least one of those, camera in hand. Depending on how the next few weeks go, I’m guessing roller derby practice might be more interesting than baseball. We’ll see.