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wmtc: it is designed to break your heart

In between my infrequent posts, the Red Sox’s postseason came and went. As Basil Fawlty says, blink and you missed it.

It was a strange baseball season for Sox fans. In late June, it looked like another lost cause, and I drifted away, preferring binge-watching on Netflix to sitting through loss after loss. Then . . . → Read More: wmtc: it is designed to break your heart

wmtc: thank you, david ortiz!

Thank you and goodbye. . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, david ortiz!

wmtc: thank you, vin scully!

The Red Sox are cruising into the postseason, something I didn’t think I’d see during the dog days of summer. Our beloved Big Papi is saying goodbye with a chart-topping season, fans all over the country enjoying a glut of Ortizmania.

But truly, the most momentous baseball story this season is the farewell of Dodgers . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, vin scully!

wmtc: blue jays vs. royals, library style

Library smackdown? Toronto Public Library vs. Kansas City Library, via Twitter.

Trashy's World: How the Jays might affect the election results. Maybe.

Hey fans of sports and politics! Check it out: if the Jays do win the AL East, they will be in the ALDS starting on October 8. Advance polls are from the 9th to the 12, inclusive… meaning that on three of the five advance polling date, many would-be voters will be gathered in front . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: How the Jays might affect the election results. Maybe.

Politics, Re-Spun: Does Cuba Get an MLB Team Now?

So, there have been 181 Major League Baseball players from Cuba [population 11 million], 230 from Puerto Rico [population 3.5 million] [which is kind of like America, despite its second class political status], and 557 from the Dominican Republic [population 9.5 million].

My friend, who cares not about baseball, asked me last week what normalized . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Does Cuba Get an MLB Team Now?

Alberta Diary: This is the last post on Alberta Diary, sort of: Welcome to AlbertaPolitics.ca

Your blogger with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. Your blogger with another Alberta premier, whose name escapes him at the moment, and with a former Alberta opposition leader.

Maybe it’s evidence of the “seven year itch”? Leastways, it was seven years ago on Dec. 31, 2007, that I started this blog, promising . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: This is the last post on Alberta Diary, sort of: Welcome to AlbertaPolitics.ca

wmtc: amazing but true: mlb does the right thing and increases fans’ access to the postseason

The biggest surprise of the 2014 baseball postseason isn’t the absence of both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It isn’t the Baltimore Orioles, making the postseason for the first time since 1997, or the Kansas City Royals, playing baseball in October for the first time since 1985.

The biggest surprise of . . . → Read More: wmtc: amazing but true: mlb does the right thing and increases fans’ access to the postseason

wmtc: keith olbermann: derek jeter is not god. (a must-see!)

Dog, I am a glad this baseball season is over. And not only because the Red Sox finished in last place.

wmtc: babe ruth was not a fat red sox: thoughts on historical fiction arising from dennis lehane’s "the given day"

I recently read The Given Day, Dennis Lehane’s novel about 1919 Boston, especially the Boston police strike, and the widescale rioting that followed.

The book is an engaging hybrid of historical fiction and noir crime thriller. It deals with labour history, racial bigotry in both Jim Crow states and Boston, radical political organizing, . . . → Read More: wmtc: babe ruth was not a fat red sox: thoughts on historical fiction arising from dennis lehane’s "the given day"

wmtc: josh lueke is a rapist and why we should continue to say so

Stacey May Fowles has written a incisive, biting, and definitive piece about shaming men who rape. I can scarcely quote from it (although I will), because every word is not only necessary but perfect. Please join me in reading this stellar essay, and in cheering for Fowles and every survivor of sexual assault, and in . . . → Read More: wmtc: josh lueke is a rapist and why we should continue to say so

wmtc: wmtc winter break goes low-tech

Every year I seem to break the holiest commandment of the holiday season: I’m not busy. I always hear how “everyone is so busy this time of year” and “this is such a crazy time of year, you can’t get anything done,” but that never reflects my experience.

We don’t travel to see family, . . . → Read More: wmtc: wmtc winter break goes low-tech

wmtc: thank you, 2013 red sox! thank you, david ortiz!

This was a magical season, and the most exciting postseason I’ve seen in a very long time.

David Ortiz – the only man to play on the 2004, 2007, and 2013 Red Sox teams – will be a hero to the city of Boston and to every Red Sox fan forever and . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, 2013 red sox! thank you, david ortiz!

wmtc: in which i survive three days without internet, or how rogers (maybe) punishes former customers

Sometime late on Thursday night into Friday morning, our internet went down. This is the worst possible time for such an event, as internet is our lifeline to baseball, and the Boston Red Sox are on their way (I hope) (I believe) to winning the World Series.

From the sound of things, there were problems . . . → Read More: wmtc: in which i survive three days without internet, or how rogers (maybe) punishes former customers

wmtc: red sox. american league pennant. happy.

The 2013 Boston Red Sox have won the American League Pennant, and the right to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the 110th 109th* Major League Baseball World Series.

This makes me incredibly happy.

1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007… 2013? Seven wins down, four to go.

That is all.

—–* Oops, . . . → Read More: wmtc: red sox. american league pennant. happy.

wmtc: what this blog has been missing!

It’s strange to be so completely focused on something and not post about it here at all. So…

OMG RED SOX

That’s better!

The 2013 Red Sox continue to thrill and amaze us. Last night they pulled off one of the most improbable comebacks in postseason history. (Allan has a nice look at how it . . . → Read More: wmtc: what this blog has been missing!

wmtc: "hide my ass" is far superior for vpn and wireless vpn

My adventures with VPNs, wireless VPNs, and other fun IP-address changes just keep getting better all the time. My new favourite addition is called HideMyAss – a stupid name, but a terrific service.

When I last updated you on our awesome wireless VPN + Roku experience, we were using two separate routers – one for wireless VPN, . . . → Read More: wmtc: "hide my ass" is far superior for vpn and wireless vpn

wmtc: what could baseball, sexual abuse, and pitbulls possibly have in common?

It’s Opening Day!

It’s always a long, cold winter for a baseball-only fan, but winters for Red Sox fans have been especially long and cold lately. When was the last time we saw a meaningful game? (Don’t answer that.) I lost interest ’round about July last season, unusual for me, but there’s something about losing . . . → Read More: wmtc: what could baseball, sexual abuse, and pitbulls possibly have in common?

Death By Trolley: The Grad School Gospels – Part 3: Academe Can’t Be Your Everything

The Grad School Gospels is a series of posts inspired by Dirk Hayhurst‘s The Bullpen Gospels. In the Bullpen Gospels, Hayhurst tells stories from his struggle to self-actualize through professional baseball. Inspired by Hayhurst and the many commonalities I noticed between the minor league track to the Majors, as he described it, and my experience . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: The Grad School Gospels – Part 3: Academe Can’t Be Your Everything

Death By Trolley: The Grad School Gospels – Part 2: Passion, Fear and Indifference

In The Grad School Gospels: On Professional Baseball, Academia, and My Shared Experience with Dirk Hayhurst, I juxtaposed Hayhurst‘s pro baseball journey – which he recounts in his first book, The Bullpen Gospels – with my journey through academic psychology.

Several factors conspired to make our situations alike. We both laid most of our eggs . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: The Grad School Gospels – Part 2: Passion, Fear and Indifference

Death By Trolley: The Grad School Gospels: On Professional Baseball, Academia, and My Shared Experience with Dirk Hayhurst

In The Bullpen Gospels, author and former professional baseball player, Dirk Hayhurst, takes readers through his lived experience in the cut-throat world of professional baseball. As I read Hayhurst’s story, I find myself impressed by his talent as a writer, sympathetic to his hardships as professional baseball player, and connected to him by analogous personal . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: The Grad School Gospels: On Professional Baseball, Academia, and My Shared Experience with Dirk Hayhurst

Death By Trolley: Should Toronto Blue Jays trade d’Arnaud & Syndergaard for Dickey?

Heavily rumoured all weekend has been an impending trade between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets. In their most recent permutations, rumours have the deal going as follows:

To the Blue Jays: RA Dickey (2012 NL Cy Young Award winner, 3 consecutive strong seasons, 38 years of age, only making $5M in . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Should Toronto Blue Jays trade d’Arnaud & Syndergaard for Dickey?

wmtc: walmart workers, marvin miller, rob ford: important stuff that happened while i wasn’t blogging

As the title says, here are some things I thought about while I was taking a blogging break.● Marvin Miller died. Miller should be a hero of both the labour movement and baseball history. He should also be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Anyon… . . . → Read More: wmtc: walmart workers, marvin miller, rob ford: important stuff that happened while i wasn’t blogging

Trashy's World: Look out Yankees!!

Right on AA! You did done good. Now maybe the Jays can once again contend in the AL East! Woo-hoo (5) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Look out Yankees!!

Politics, Re-Spun: A Thanksgiving Gift from Baseball

Pat Neshek of the Oakland Athletics looks to the sky as he touches the patch with the letters “GJN” on it after he recorded the final out of the bottom of the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: A Thanksgiving Gift from Baseball