Hey, have I mentioned lately that the Dodgers suck? No? Well, they do. And just to prove it further, they lost last night to the Nationals, 2-1. In the process, they left ten men on base. They loaded the bases twice with no one out, and only managed to score one run. And that one run only came because the catcher blanked and didn't tag Nomar after the force was erased when the third baseman gathered the ball and stepped on third.
So, yeah. Good times. And yet, they're still not out of it, because Arizona won't take a gift when it's presented to them on a golden platter. Arizona got beaten up by the Padres last night, 9-2, and their lead remains three games. Assuming the Dodgers can keep it there by beating the Nationals the next two games, or perhaps even shrink it if the Diamondbacks lose again, the Dodgers have a chance because they head to Arizona next. That means a sweep would put them back in a tie for first. I'm not saying it's likely, just that it's possible.
As for the Red Sox, they did just want I wanted them to, and won the first game of the series. For all the Yankee fans looking to sweep, that must have been like a dagger to the heart. Ha. Tonight the Yanks send Ponson to the mound, so their chances of a series win look grim. Ponson could surprise us, though, and with Paul Byrd pitching for the Sox, you never know what could happen. I am not counting my chickens before they're hatched, believe me. Still, though, last night's win felt good.
For those obsessed with my running plan (and, really, who wouldn't be?), you'll notice that the weight loss gauge above has not moved at all. I suppose that's because I haven't really bothered to change my diet much since I started running again, and also because I'm likely building a little bit of muscle while (hopefully) losing the fat. I've run 6.5 miles this week, on my way to 10.75 total. I am, as I mentioned, quite slow. Today I ran 2.25 miles in 29:42. Yesterday I ran two miles in 26:06. Yes, I realize that is roughly a 13:00 mile pace. Did I tell you that the fastest mile I've run in my adult life (or maybe my entire life) is 9:20? And did I mention that after I ran that mile, I threw up? Okay. Now you know what you're dealing with.
I think I've helped myself by running outside this week, instead of on a treadmill. I use this site to plan my route, and then I go. Funny thing, when the Weather Channel says it's only 75 degrees outside, and you think that's a perfect time to go running, you're a little bit wrong. Particularly when it's 75 and sunny. Brutal, L.A.-style sunny. With not a drop of shade to be found. Then things get a little hairy. But, I've been beating my times every day, so I guess I'm doing something right. And this way, I don't have to worry about avoiding my annoying neighbor Amy at the gym, or deal with the smell of the person next to me on the treadmill.
I'm leaving town this weekend for a few weeks, heading out to visit the parents in rainy Seattle. I'll be running up there, too, but I'll have to wait until I get there to figure out my routes. I've only been once, so just looking at a map won't help me very much, as I'll likely end up planning a run on the freeway or something.
Strange that I'll be leaving my Extra Innings package again during the season, this time in the heart of the stretch run, but it is what it is. Hopefully MLB.tv won't fail me the way it did in Chicago, so I'll actually be able to watch all the games.
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