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Two Pure
It doesn't get any better than that when you don't really care a great deal who wins. First the Yankees-Red Sox odyssey, with Ortiz fighting off foul ball after foul ball before finally winning it, not with a blast this time, but Luis Gonzalez-style. Then the Cardinals-Astros pitching duel, no score in the bottom of the ninth, and La Russa & Co. make Jeff Kent mad by walking Berkman to pitch to him. The mad part is probably irrelevant, as Steven would point out, but it makes for better theater. And the first-pitch rocket was impressive enough to make me temporarily forget the truck-washing and trash-talking in favor of the women's sports-supporting Bear whose autographed picture resided on our bookshelf "mantlepiece" throughout the 2002 postseason. Maybe if I write about sports often enough I'll morph into a simulacral Kerouac.

Mode: passionately dispassionate
Muse: Scrape Away - The Jam - All Mod Cons & Sound Affects (Gold Disc)

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masoo From: masoo Date: October 19th, 2004 03:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't care how many women's sports he supports, Jeff Kent is a dick. I can't stand him, which is OK, he can't stand me or any other Giants fan.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 19th, 2004 04:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, but he's an across the board dick. Remember when Dusty said that he and Barry were more alike than either one would ever admit? Now that he's an Astro, it's easy to see only the negative. At least for a Giants fan.

It was a nice moment, though, the home run. How come you aren't responding much to comments on your blog these days?
masoo From: masoo Date: October 19th, 2004 05:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hadn't noticed about the comments ... I'm kinda burned out, though, might have something to do with it.

When the post-season began, I tried to figure out who to root for. Couldn't root for the Cardinals, they've got LaRussa. Couldn't root for the Dodgers, obviously. Couldn't root for the Braves, I hate their fans. Couldn't root for the Astros, they've got Kent. Couldn't root for the Yankees, they're the Yankees. Couldn't root for the Red Sox, their fans pissed me off when Boston came to China Basin this season. Couldn't root for the Angels, they beat the Giants in 2002.

So I figured I'd root for the Twins. That didn't last long!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 19th, 2004 05:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're right. It's a tough call. But I'm enjoying the games more not giving a shit who wins.

I'm burnt out too. I hear you.

I see the Bears against the Wildcats Saturday. Wonder how that will turn out.

Hey, listen to a few of those Killers songs so you can give me your perspective. I keep beating myself up for liking something so assembled from parts of songs I love, yet the overall drive of the record keeps winning me over in spite of my shame. I feel the same way about Interpol, I suppose, though they are less overtly cheesy in their 80s-ness.
masoo From: masoo Date: October 19th, 2004 05:53 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
In a hurry, so only listened to "Somebody Told Me" just now. I can see why you'd enjoy it ... and there's no shame in liking pop music that's assembled, what the heck. This song didn't really click for me because 80s synth pop wasn't my favorite thing, so I don't have a lot of fond memories of the originals that are inspired by listening to "Somebody Told Me." The only synth band I really loved was New Order, and this sounded more like Duran Duran.

But I definitely know what you're talking about here. I guess a good example for me right now would be "Take Your Mama" by Scissor Sisters ... nothing new going on there, but I like how it sounds.
masoo From: masoo Date: October 19th, 2004 05:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Or perhaps better would be to say that I love Little Steven's Underground Garage, which features tons of Nuggets-style 60s rock alongside 21st century versions like White Stripes. So you and I are doing something similar, just have different eras to remember.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 19th, 2004 06:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, I have historically preferred the more psychedelic slant of 60s garage rock to post-punk stylings. Or so I liked to think. But given the importance that the Cure, New Order, Joy Division etc. have played in my life, not to mention all the Duran Duran-type stuff I listened to without liking much in high school -- I guess I'm realizing that I'm more a product of the 80s than I thought. Where the Killers deviate from Duran Duran is in their preference for driving beats. The rhythm section is much more Joy Division/New Order. And that's the part that grabs me most. I like propulsive songs with lyrics that seem to require extra endurance to belt without taking a breath.

And I like that better than Jeff Kent. I'm rooting for players, I've decided. I like Lance Berkman for some reason. I've always sort of liked Tim Wakefield. I prefer Jeter and Williams to "bought" Yankees. But I also like Matsui. David Ortiz is becoming a favorite. I guess I'm realizing that I dislike La Russa so much that the Cardinals are my least favorite of the four. Wow.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 20th, 2004 02:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Amazing games (though the extra-inning superfest overlapped what must have been a hell of an unseen pitching duel in Houston).
Back-to-back extra inning triumphs while facing elimination? David Ortiz swings between monster-defeating homers and a Gonzo bloop.
That seals it for me. I'm Red Sox all the way this year.
Of course, when a team consists entirely of scruffy, strange-looking guys, it's hard not to be a fan in the first place. It's hard to tell if Johnny Damon is a mountain man or a hippie and Millar seems to grow facial hair as if in response to a cruel dare.
Player by player, the Yanks come out as these GQ wannabees fresh from the pedicurist who hardly resemble ball players, while the Sox can't seem to bother shaving because they're spending so damn much time being scrappy.
Shilling pulls the perfect Don Drysdale Unshaven Intimidation trick (hate either one if you want, but the first description I could possibly think of would simply be "competitor")
That, and I can't stand Jeff Kent because he looks more like a cop more than any player in the game. A crooked cop.
As an enthusiastic hired gun Beltran gets my thumbs up and Biggio/Bagwell/Berkman are all great ballplayers, but I hate Houston. They should have to still play at Enron Park for accepting the damn dirty cash in the first place.
St. Louis is hard to hate cause their hitters are all as focused on defense as they are at the plate. Pre-playoffs I'd have loved a Cubs-Giants series in the N.L. Early playoffs I was hoping for Angels-Twins in the A.L. Now it's anybody but the Yankees.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 20th, 2004 05:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks for writing, Catfish. I miss your excellent commentary on politics and life!
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