i apologize for thinking that "kill mode" was in any way metaphoricalDustin Pedroia Almost Died
Seriously, I can't even. The ninth inning of tonight's game was the best thing I've seen all week, and I'm not just saying that because most of what I saw this week consisted of digital thermometers reading 99 degrees, mile-high stacks of paper on my desk and the Red Sox getting swept in Seattle. YOU GUYS, DUSTIN PEDROIA ALMOST DIED.
In the event that you missed Dustin Pedroia's amazing near-death experience: With two outs in the ninth, Papelbon was covering first and Kenny Lofton may or may not have beaten him to the bag. Paps was voting "may not" and got up in the first base umpire's face and had the look of person who was either going to rip out someone's jugular with his teeth, get tossed out of the game or both. And then, there's Pedroia! Throwing himself in between Paps and the ump! Just thinking about it, I'm so overwhelmed with delight that I can't even pick the appropriate cliche, but anything involving a getting between a jungle predator and its hapless prey or A-Rod and a muscular she-male type stripper would probably be appropriate. Also, Pedroia has never looked more like he's probably 5'4" in cleats.
So Dustin Pedroia, American Hero, kept Paps from getting tossed and/or committing a homicide, Paps hit the next batter and took 3.67 years off my life but all's well that ends with getting Michael Young out on a called strike.
Subject: my boyfriend ...
... is so zen:
"I don't even think about [last year]," Beckett said. "It was one of those deals where I had a lot of good things come out of last year. There's a great quote that says, 'You can't be afraid to fall. You just have to make sure you fall forward.' I don't remember who said it. In turn, it means when you fall, you have to make sure you learn from it. There ain't no one in here who hasn't fallen. This is a humbling game. Every one of us has fallen at one point in our life. We have to make sure we learn from it."
Subject: RE: my boyfriend ...
I sort of expect that quote to trail off into him saying, "And, you know, I'm glad I didn't know, the way it all would end, the way it all would go. Our lives are better left to chance, I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to miss the dance."
Additionally, Filed Under 'Unacceptable'
Great, Matt Clement is in town. Allegedly, he's going to throw a bullpen season. I say he should just throw on an Amarak shirt and sell some peanuts or something, at least try and make himself useful.