Archive for September, 2005

Sports illustrator hates us

SI.com – Writers – B.J. Schecter: Why these Red Sox won’t win it all – Friday September 30, 2005 12:45PM

I’m in a meeting in Seattle, but this story just popped out at me!

Heavy Police Presence at Fenway

Strap on your riot gear, kids, it’s going to be a wild one. Or at least the Boston Police think so. If you’re headed out to the game tonight, be prepared to see an extraordinary police presence – 876 officers – at Fenway. According to this morning’s Globe:

Boston Police are mobilizing for this weekend’s do-or-die Red Sox-Yankees series with the largest crowd-control force of any recent sports event and with a deployment plan that addresses shortcomings found to have contributed to a fan’s fatal shooting by police last October. (more here)

I’ll surely be watching the game tonight, but from the safety of my living room, or if I’m feeling adventurous, the local bar. Either way, the next three days are sure to provide a fantastic end to the baseball season, not just for New Yorkers and Bostonians, but for Clevelanders (sic), Chicagoans, and anyone with a pulse. Take a hint from the police and get ready for mayhem. For added enjoyment, pick up a copy of the Weekly Dig for one of the more interesting/controversial/hilarious images I have seen in a while.

Battle for the East

OK. I’m sure you’re all aware of this, but I wanted to get it down on “paper” before I explode. The Yankees are 1 game up on us with 4 games left in the regular season. They are throwing their hottest pitcher (Small) at a struggling Baltimore club and we’re throwing the coldest pitcher in baseball (Clement) at a Toronto team that we just can’t beat.

Tonight’s Scenarios:
+ If the Sox lose and Yanks win, we have to win all 3 games to take the East (remind you of something?)
+ If both teams lose (or win), we have to win at least 2 to force a 1 game playoff
+ If we win and they lose, we can take the East with a series (2-1) win

If you bring Cleveland into the mix too it gets a bit more complicated. The Sox are tied with the Indians in the AL wild card race. Cleveland goes against division rival Chicago for their last 3 games, but with the White Sox likely clinching a playoff spot today, they are more likely to rest some key players in the series, further dampening our situation.

The bottom line is that we HAVE to win tonight. Clement is a huge question mark, but our offense has to pick it up for him even if his performance is less than stellar. This is nauseatingly exciting!

Here we go again!

BostonHerald.com – Boston Red Sox: More Schilling drama — Game 2 loss has Red Sox tied up

`We’d be kidding ourselves if this weekend wasn’t going to dictate the outcome of this season,” Johnny Damon said after the Red Sox lost, 7-5, in the nightcap of a split doubleheader in which the home team won Game 1, 3-1. “It’s the master plan. God’s way. Yankees-Red Sox.”

Looks like it will be a fun weekend!

Yankees …. win?

The smoking gun has an article here: Yanks Top Sox For AL East Crown! – September 27, 2005 which links to a Yankees AL East Championship T-shirt available on mlb.com. Of course, there’s also a Red Sox one, but its funny to see how hated the Yankees are – people will post stories about anything anti-Yankee.

Story from fark, where it was given an “unlikely” tag. The obligatory comments continue here

Somerville Street Sweeping Scam

As of today, I am convinced that the only reason Somerville Public Works “cleans” the streets is to collect parking fines. I left my apartment this morning at 9:00, and as I walked down the street to work, observed two parking officers feverishly writing out tickets to every car on the side of the street marked for cleaning. Though I don’t drive, and certainly will avoid it at all cost, I sympathize with the drivers around me who have to put up with these shenanigans.

Every first and third Friday of the week, parking officers nail about ten cars on my street alone with $50 fines for parking in a “street cleaning zone.” This morning, my roommate was among the unlucky who received such a fine. This is her first week living in our apartment and she had no clue about the regulation. I’m sure she’ll never get fined again after this experience, but it’s something different that really irks me. When I came home, I noticed that the street sweeper had been by, not because the streets were cleaner, but because they were in fact, much dirtier. The machine had served only to blow the leaves on the street up onto the sidewalks, and lines of mud had been sprayed on the street during the “cleaning.” Now my street is striped with mud, and the leaves and garbage have only moved a few feet. For the revenue they generated in parking tickets for just this one day, one might think they would actually clean the streets.

What a scam.

Honeymooner in Boston

Greetings Bostonians from a poster from the Birmingham, UK metblog. Yes, we’re small, but we’re perfectly formed.

I’m currently on honeymoon on a bit of a grand odessey across the US, and had always wanted to come to Boston, so I’m here!

We’re staying at the Charlesmark in the Back Bay, and as they have thoughtfully provided me with free internet access I should probably thank them first. So, here are my first impressions as a tourist in Boston:

1) You’re friendly! We arrived in Boston after 10 days in NYC, and the contrast was immediately apparent. We were standing consulting our guidebooks at the Back Bay station, and were approached by a lady offering assistance. Thank you lady! You saved us a pointless cab journey.
Everyone we’ve met has been charming and helpful. It certainly makes a stay more pleasant.

2) Your city is so photogenic! I just bought a new 512Mb card for my camera, and I’m really regretting not splashing out on the 1Gb. A 20 minute trip to the public gardens resulted in about 30 photos alone. I love the diversity of the architecture and the public monuments best.

3) You are obsessed with *decorating* public monuments. Seriously, what is it with that? I note they’re mostly about shoes, boots and other forms of pedestrian travel (skateboards). Is this to do with the ‘walking city’ thing? I’ve got a huge collection of photos of them which I will amuse people with back in the UK.

4) Your accent isn’t nearly as pronounced as they make out. Or maybe I’ve just spoken to the wrong people. Anyway. Have been trying to force people to say sentences with lots of “a”s in them, but it’s not worked.

Anyway, thanks so much for your hospitality, people of Boston…if you’re ever in the UK, look me up!

Time to Panic?

I was watching last night’s game and I began to wonder, “are the Red Sox done?” I was still worried this morning while listening to local radio stations stabbing forks into Boston’s “idiots.” And if you looked at the last 2 games and how our starting pitching has faired, you are likely worried too. However, consider the following:

The Sox are 1 game above .500 for the month of September.
We are still ahead of the Yankees by 1/2 game.
We lost 6 of our last 11 games, but Starting pitching lasted nearly 6 innings on average and let up a respectable 3 earned runs per outing during that time.
We have 12 games left, the last 7 at home (3 of them against the Yankees).
The Yankees have 13 games left, the last 7 away (the last 3 in Boston).

With the Red Sox currently sporting a .676 winning percentage at home, the Yankees .514 on the road and Schilling on the mound tonight, I feel much better about our chances down the stretch. Lets Go Sox!

Film gems in Cambridge

Though Boston may not be the place to catch the trendiest, most recent alternative films in the country, it certainly is a place to catch a great deal of excellent classic films that may have been missed by most viewers. If you’re at all interested in film as art, which I know many people are, you should check out the Harvard Film Archive. With daily screenings including Louis Malle’s Human, Too Human, and Frtiz Lang’s Metropolis with live piano accompaniment by Martin Marks:

The greatest science-fiction film of the silent cinema, Metropolis was made by Lang at Berlin’s Ufa studio with an unprecedented budget for its huge sets, inspired by the New York skyline. Set in the twenty-first century, the story is derived partly from medieval legends, partly from the dystopic vision of a future of intensified conflict between capital and labor. Photographed in Expressionist style and designed to display powerful geometric symmetries, many of the film’s sequences are unforgettable, especially the dramatic laboratory creation of the robot-woman. more info here

Additionally, the Somerville Theatre, while keeping a busy live performance schedule, also plays host to late night showings of classic and cult classic films like Dr. Strangelove, and Fight Club. It is also one of the homes for the Boston Underground Film Festival held in April, and one of my personal favorite theatres.

Haruki Murakami @ MIT

Mark your calenders, readers and writers alike, for Haruki Murakami is coming to speak at M.I.T. Thursday, October 6.

Where? What time?

7:00 pm – MIT Room 10-250 (second floor auditorium, the Dome)
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

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