Thursday, January 29, 2009

Stuff and Nonsense

There are things, to discuss, obviously. Mostly I'm writing because I want to get my fiancé to stop saying, "You need to get that Christmas post off your site." And so I, finally, will oblige her. Well, I'll at least push it one post down the page so that it's not the first thing you see every time you come here (if you're still coming, that is). That's the best I can do at the moment.

There's baseball to discuss, but, well, what is there to say? Teixeira went to the Yankees, and I have mixed feelings. The guy seems like not the most dynamic clubhouse personality, but he can also hit, which is clearly more important. Still, though, I can't find myself entirely heartbroken about the scenario. Ask me again when Teixeira hits his first homer at Fenway.

And of course, there's the whole Manny thing. But, again, what can I say? The Dodgers made him an offer, he ignored it, and we're at a standstill. My gut tells me Manny will be a Dodger again this season, but I have nothing to base that on, other than the fact that no other team has seemed to show any legitimate interest. The fans have no reason to be angry with the Dodgers about how the team is playing this. They made the man an offer and no one else has done the same; why should the Dodgers bid against themselves and make him a different offer?


In related news, I've decided to focus less on baseball this season than I have in years past on the blog. That shouldn't mean much to you unless you're obsessed with my detailed recaps of each and every game. I started to get away from those last season anyway, so hopefully you've been sufficiently weaned. I will talk about both of my teams, and I will give you my thoughts on the big news. But I won't spend an hour each night recapping the minutiae of every inning. It's boring, and you can get that elsewhere.

I also will not, much to my fiancé's chagrin, admit that the Dodgers are now my favorite baseball team. The Dodgers are obviously closer to me than the Red Sox are, but that's only a physical description. I love both teams, and I always will, but the Red Sox were my first love. But I will admit that the Dodgers have closed the gap. Right now, my heart is probably 60% Red Sox and 40% Dodgers. I expect that's about where it will remain for the rest of my days, but I'm willing to admit change is possible.

On the personal front, I've been pretty busy lately, hence the lack of posts. I've gotten back into running quite a bit. Once again, I feel I should clarify that by "running," I really mean "lightly jogging." And by "quite a bit," I mean "six or seven miles a week." I am not in bad shape, but I am not a fast runner. I get a little faster every time, but I'm still in the twelve- to thirteen-minute mile range after three weeks, and it's likely I won't get to much better than an eleven-minute mile (I can run one mile faster, obviously, but I'm talking about when I run two or three miles at a time). Still, though, I feel better than I have in a while. I've also been hiking Runyon Canyon two or three times a week, and taking a lot of vitamins. Oh, and eating better. I never really had a poor diet, but I'm just being a little more conscious of what I put into my body these days.

Expect some blogs about running, about Florida (since I'm heading back to my "hometown" for the first time in more than seven years, for a good friend's wedding), and maybe even about Puerto Rico, since I might be going there for a few weeks in April or May (assuming I can work it out so I don't miss too many of my 27 games I've already paid for this season).

So, fewer recaps, and more typical blog material. Hopefully I can write the "typical" stuff in an entertaining way, though. And hopefully you guys will stick around to see what I have to say.