Monday, November 28, 2022

The Post-Holiday Diet

A very straightforward deduction
It's time for calories reduction
Draw the line
With water not wine
And avoid the pull of leftovers suction.
#TheNewYearsResolutionAMonthEarly

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Food For Thought

A turkey
Made from beef jerky
Might very well be murky.

But a candied yam
Made from jam
Would be totally glam.
#ItIsAGoodThingThatIAmNotDoingTheCooking

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The Morning Routine Is Anything But

What's next? One seems to constantly ask
The trick in ordering early AM tasks
Easy to do
Or a pleasure for you
Afterwards you wonder should you wear a mask?
#AsOneGrowsOldTheStoryMustBeRetold

Sunday, November 20, 2022

A Bit Of Silly Offered Willy-Nilly

Ratman and Bobbin went out for a spin
This was on Bizzaro World where the criminals win
So while they saw a Green Goblin as they motored along
Instead of fighting him they broke into song.
#DoDoDoDoDoDoDoDo

Saturday, November 19, 2022

The Relationship Between Performance And Confidence

When the answer suddenly appears
Self-doubt seemingly disappears
But when you are evidently stuck
Perhaps you've used up your quota of good luck.
#EitherWayItIsStillYou

Friday, November 18, 2022

Sometimes You Just Have To Cheat

A great injustice in the world
What words count in the Spelling Bee and which don't
Rally the troops with flags unfurled
Get them to change their policy even though they won't.
#AWordNotInTheDictionaryNonethelessWasAccepted

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Morning Routine Is Clearly Obscene

An eye drop falls on my forehead
Evidently the dropper was misaligned
Taking drops in the morning I truly dread
For one's limitations readily become defined.
#ThisComesAfterSoManyThrillsFromTakingThePills

Monday, November 14, 2022

A Dirge for the Online I Once Knew

Web 2.0
Wikis and Blogs
Where did the promise go
How much does the bile now clog?

Why did early ideals
Mask the subsequent reality?
The way things used to feel
Lacked prognostication with clarity.
#TheInternetSoMuchPromiseButNowRegret

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Oh Man or Omen

A rhyme you wrote isn't there
About recreating it should you care
Or should what you do
Be to start anew
Even if not finding it made for a big scare?
#WasItAllADreamOrAnAccidentalDeletion

Saturday, November 12, 2022

How Much Of Our Lore Is The Survival Metaphor?

The fox and the hound
Went round after round
Stopping only for bagels and lox
And then after, to change their socks.

Nobody can know
How long they will go
Nor that losing the chase
Is surely no disgrace.

Running and hiding
And on your feet deciding
Which way to go next
Is bound to leave you perplexed.

For the predator and the prey
It's always been this way
But for you and for me
Must it be our history?
#IfChasingOurOwnTailsWouldItMatterWhoPrevails


Thursday, November 10, 2022

When WYSIWYG Doesn't Hold At The Grocery Store

The slice of tomato
Said to the slice of cheddar
"When we are together
It makes things better."

The cheddar reflected
And only then replied
"If we have food coloring
Then actually we dyed."
#DoesFoodAppearanceAffectFoodTaste

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Reconsidering Our Own World View

When sarcasm
Supplants enthusiasm
It creates a chasm
And in the mind, a spasm.

A simple good deed
Is what we need
To stop all the greed
Yes, indeed.

So put the self
Upon the shelf
Then perhaps in stealth
Share the wealth.
#TheAnswerIsEasyStickingWithItIsNot

Friday, November 04, 2022

When Escapism Becomes A Burden

Would it be an innovation
To have two Wordles a day?
Might it cause a sensation
Or make it other than play?
#HavingFunOrUnderTheGun

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Anti Sosh All Sigh Ants

Once poly sigh

Was the big guy

Now it’s prop a gander

Most miss understand her.

#BrainWashingHasASpinCycle

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Screwing Around Captures The High Ground

People are in search of mirth
Of which there is a dearth
And if what's offered up is pun-ny
They'll like it even if it's not funny.
#FindingJoyWithAWordPlayToy

Thursday, October 27, 2022

It's A Puzzlement

The Emperor's new clothes
Display his adipose.
So why do you suppose
It is that which he chose?
#MirrorMirrorOnTheWallWhoWillHaveTheGreatestFall

Monday, October 24, 2022

Thoughts About The Yankees

It is interesting to note that Joe Girardi was the Phillies manager at the start of the season, when they were floundering.  Of course, Girardi had previously been the Yankees manager.  The Yankees did win the World Series back in 2009, but there has been a drought since.  You have to wonder whether managing the Yankees becomes unlike managing other teams, because of the overwhelming media attention, in which case it is inevitable to manage not to lose, rather than to win.  At the time the Yankees let Girardi go, there was talk about him being distant from his players.  I'm belaboring this bit of history, because I wonder if something similar happened to Aaron Boone.  The talk in Twitter is about bringing in Mattingly and Jeter to replace Boone and Cashman (GM).   But I haven't seen anyone talk about the pressurized environment that they operate under.  Can anything be done about that?  I don't know, but I'd like to see some chatter about that. 

I actually think that Cashman did quite a good job this year/last year.  Trading for Harrison Bader late in the season was a great deal.  Likewise, trading for Andrew Benintendi was the right move, though he got hurt and was entirely out of the playoffs.  Together they eliminated the Yankees outfield woes plus Benintendi could bat leadoff, filling the slot that DJ LeMahieu normally fills.  That both of these players ended up not participating in the playoffs was a definite problem, but it can't be blamed on Cashman.  

The one trade I wasn't happy about was getting Josh Donaldson in the preseason.  I would have preferred it had the Yankees kept Gio Urshela.  But it was a package deal and trading Gary Sanchez was a big thing as just a few years earlier he was viewed as the future of the Yankees.  Yankees catching, from a defensive point of view, definitely ticked upward with the acquisition of Jose Trevino.  

Overall - it seems to me that Cashman did a very good job during the past year.  I feel less good about Aaron Boone's performance for the following reasons.

There were mental mistakes made by players who don't normally make them.  This showed up mainly on defense.  Aaron Judge running in front of Harrison Bader right before the baseball landed in Bader's glove, which he then dropped for an error, was perhaps the most egregious example.  Bader surely had been instructed to take all the balls he could reach in left center field, to take the pressure off of Giancarlo Stanton. What were the instructions for Bader and Judge about the balls hit to right center field?  That Judge made an apparent mistake suggests the instructions weren't clear to him, or the matter hadn't been previously addressed.  Preparation of the players is ultimately a managerial responsibility.  The stress of the playoffs is likely to inadvertently reveal where the players are under prepared.  This was one glaring instance.

There was also the revolving door about who plays shortstop.  I didn't understand that, but evidently Boone lost his faith in Kiner-Falefa, the regular shortstop for the entire season.  The substituting at that position during the playoffs looked bush-league to me.  Indirectly, I think it was why there was an error on a double-play ball hit to Gleyber Torres, who made a gentle toss to the bag, but Kiner-Falefa had already scooted past the bag; I suppose to avoid contact with the base runner.  That was a backbreaking play.  Again, I think ultimate responsibility for it goes to the manager.

The Yankees had a Jekyll and Hyde year.  Was it injuries that explained the big drop off in performance around mid season?  And did the Yankees have an unusually high number of injuries?  Or was something else going on?  The team that appeared in the playoffs was some combination of the early excellence and the later dismal performer. So the real question is whether the early excellence can return and, if so, can it last for a full season?  

I want to make on more note, this time about Aaron Judge, and compare him to Alex Bregman.  Judge has a huge swing and there is a definite upper cut in it.  Bregman has a much shorter stroke and his swing is flatter. Judge has clearly developed his swing over several years.  It seems designed to produce the long ball, making contact is a secondary concern.  Judge obviously did make a lot of contact during the season, as evidenced by his high batting average.  But he didn't do it in the playoffs.  Either the home run chase took too much out of him to recover from that, or against good pitching the swing Judge has is less reliable.  It makes you wonder.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Seeds of Dis Chord

When your treasure drives you insane
So that your pleasure becomes your pain
Maybe it's time to sup
And then lighten up
Measure to measure we need a new refrain.
#VerySoonWeNeedADifferentTune

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Aspiring To Be Dorothy Parker

The real difference between boys and girls
Is how they rank order swine and pearls
A pigskin is fine
For crossing the goal line
But for a gem of a phrase, the flag unfurls.
#GettingPastThePhaseWhenTheCleverPhraseCatchesUsInADaze

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

How Often Should You Blog?

When you have something to say
Then a blog post per day
Is surely the "write" way.

But if you're prone to stew
Then what you must do
Is frequent writing eschew.

To produce the occasional insight
Then one must continue to write
Tho perhaps with lower wattage
For the bulb used in the Aha! light.

Monday, October 17, 2022

The Guardians Versus The Yankees Tonight

A series that goes the full five games
With ups and down and a pitcher who tames
Batters who are hot and swing for the fences
Causing fans to utter expletives in past and future tenses.
#TonightsGameStartsAHalfHourEarlier



Sunday, October 16, 2022

A Closer, A Closer, My Kingdom For A Closer

The disappointment in being a fan
When the outcome deviates from plan
It's very much like experiencing grief
Where the Yankees' pitching needs better relief.
#ThereIsAnotherGameTonightAndIWillBeWatching

Saturday, October 15, 2022

A Bluff And Related Stuff

When randomizing the traditional action
Is simply to flip a coin
Yet a probability is merely a fraction
Then what with this method gets purloined?
#WhenYouDontWantOthersToSeeTheRandomOutcome


Friday, October 14, 2022

Caring For One's Parents As They Age

First limitations
Then a lack of transcendence
Become frustrations
Passed on to the dependents.
#ThinkingOfMomAndDadAsITurnIntoThem

Thursday, October 13, 2022

A Red Letter Day

What if Kurt Gödel
Were to play Wordle
While wearing a girdle
Would that be absurd-el?
#OrWouldItSimplyBeIncomplete

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

A Knight In Rusty Armor

Finding the right life balance
Requires a variety of different talents
A bad joke if you please
Puts everyone at ease
While a damsel in distress needs gallants.
#AndPrayThereIsntAnEscapadeThatRequiresFallingOnAGrenade

Monday, October 10, 2022

The Humble Beginnings Of Creation

A writer is doing his penance
Idea fragments yet not a full sentence
For he must first pay
For what he will say
Only then will his word house have tenants.
#TheScatteredBrainShouldNotComplain

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Life on a Chessboard

Having always been a pawn
I instinctively wanted to move to King-Four
And do so slightly after dawn

While not knowing what I’m doing it for.

#InARhymeYouCanEndASentenceInAPreposition

Saturday, October 08, 2022

Marnie

Tippi Hedren

Took an Excedrin

Though her headache continued to linger

While Sean Connery
Played the con on Marnie

After slipping a ring upon her finger.

#AnotherGreatHitchcockMovie

Friday, October 07, 2022

Bullwinkle Is Coming

The squirrels are taking over
From the tall trees to the clover
Spy you they do
Enough to eschew
When near the sidewalk as they crossover.
#AsIGetOlderTheyGetBolder