Things I Learned Last Week

jeff keeping score at wrigley.jpgFor me, the biggest difference between being 21 years old and 31 years old, is that at 31 years old I realize I don’t know everything there is to know about the world… most things, yes.  Everything?  Not a chance.

So that’s why I get so giggly when I learn something new.  Always be learning… that’s my motto.  And believe me, folks, last week was full of virgin information. 

For example:

The Pirates Have Run Out of Future Stars to Trade Away
Yeah, yeah, you can make a strong case for Andrew McCutchen being that guy, but the Pirates have long said he’s a keeper.  I’m talkin’ about the Aramis Ramirezes… the Nate McClouths… the Freddy Sanchezes.  Okay, maybe not the Freddy Sanchezes.  But you get what I’m sayin’.

Sarah Palin Thinks She Knows What Having “Cojones” Is All About

I can tell ya this much: those with cojones don’t quit their jobs as governor mid-term.  And they never use the phrase “hopey-changey”.  And they tend to not make up words, then compare themselves to Shakespeare.  Believe that.

The Yankees Have a Death Wish

How else does one explain their trading for Kerry Wood?  Look, I know Joba’s been bad and all… but Kerry Wood?  Seriously?  The Boss is rolling over, y’all.

clinton wedding.jpgA Chelsea Clinton Wedding Does Not A Camelot Make
Look, I know Bill Clinton is cool and all.  Hell, some might even say he’s… sexy.  But at the same time, no one would ever use the word ‘sexy’ to describe Hillary.  And Chelsea?  Exactly.  Let’s just agree that this whole Clinton shindig was more proof that what US America really longs for is ultimate regression: give us back our king; make us slaves to royal inbreeds; let the pope wreck the world with his medieval wordview.  I, frankly, will not be a part of it.  I will finish my spaceship and move to Betelgeuse, where I belong.  But I’m taking my collection of scorecards with me.

And, of course… I also learned that…

ryan ludwick running.jpgIt’s So Hard to Say Goodbye… To Ryan Ludwick
Admittedly, Luddy ain’t no Albert.  He ain’t no Yadi.  He ain’t no Waino.  But he is Luddy… and over the last few years we’ve really learned to appreciate his bat, his patience, his gamesmanship.  And we’re gonna miss that.  Ludwick has always been one of those quiet warriors — a stoic gamer who never shies from giving his best effort, even when that means playing through pain.  But the Cardinals needed pitching.  And with the outfield logjam set up by the excellent play of John Jay, there wasn’t room for Ludwick anyway.  The Padres are gettin’ a boost.  We’re gettin’ the arm we need.  And everyone ought to be happy (except for the Indians who currently reside in baseball hell).

We’re gonna miss ya, Ryan.

Don’t hate me.

‘Cuz I’m right.



(Special thanks to C for the top photo)


  1. redstatebluestate

    AG23 — No worries. Hope Luddy gets ‘er done for the Friars. We’re gonna miss him and wish y’all well!


    You know what I learned last week? The Twins aren’t going down without a fight!!

    Just a thought–
    White Sox’s—-Cardinal’s World Series Game 6 “cause I don’t want a game 7 ” John Jay drops routine fly in the 8th to give Sox go ahead run and Series WIN!! OH Yeah!
    Ludwick sits on couch laughing out loud.
    Lung sits on couch sobbing out loud.

    Mike D

  3. redstatebluestate

    Lung might be doing more harm than just sobbing out loud, Mike. Haha. I would welcome that matchup though. I’d find a way to sneak in Sox Park at least. May your scenario come true…. all except for that bogus part at the end 😉

  4. russelw

    I need you to refudiate that picture of yourself wearing Cardinals gear in Wrigley.

    I can’t tell for sure, but it looks like maybe that picture was taken before the Sunday night game. I was there that night also. Great weather, great game, bad results.

  5. redstatebluestate

    Jane — You’re welcome… I’m sure you’ll hear about him in SD too.
    Russel — Yep, that’s right. Good eye. Was before the Sunday night game. We got to watch FREE baseball AND a winner!

  6. santosis

    Your description of Ludwick reminds me of how I used to feel about Trot Nixon during his stay with the Sox. A productive, hard-working player. The Sox didn’t trade Nixon–but it sounds like the trade works out in both teams’ best interests. That must make it a bit easier to take.

  7. raysrenegade

    I though our Rays might have caught that “Yankee Fever” when we picked up Chad Qualls, but two appearances and the ERA is still at 0.00, which is a great thing.
    Sucks when guys leave and it is not their decision, but this is baseball and you never know what is going to happen. Padres are one of those N L teams you got to fear because of their explosive ability, and a pitching staffthat can multiply those zeros across the board.

    Rays Renegade

  8. devilabrit

    I think you secretly have the hots for Sarah Palin…

    camelot or as Bill liked to call it camealot even the $15K a piece port-a-jons couldn’t make this a fairy tale….

    I am convinced the Pirates still have to give-away Kerrigan to some unsuspecting executive at ESPN….


  9. redstatebluestate

    Santosis — Similar. Yeah. I can see that… though Luddy’s bat is a bit more productive I’d say.
    RR — Just wait. Qualls is bound to have his share of Qualls moments… just wait. Hopefully it won’t cost ya when it happens.
    Peter — Me? Dig Palin? Uh… yeah. But, unfortunately for her, looks and philosophy ain’t the same.

  10. redstatebluestate

    BTB — Hehehe. No, but she can probably see Russian cojones from her house 😉
    Emma — Yay! Who needs Manny anyway?

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