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9
Mar 14

A lovely day to be outdoors

Sometimes life is so hard to figure out when you’re a big kid:

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There was a red-tailed hawk floating over the baseball stadium for a few seconds this afternoon. I’d never noticed how the underside of their wingspan is camouflaged against the right kind of sky.

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Another one of those shots is going to be one of the new rotating banners on the blog.

Oh, the game itself? Auburn took a 5-2 lead into the top of the ninth, but Mercer rallied to tie the score in the top of the ninth. So, at 5-5, Jordan Ebert led off for Auburn in the bottom of the ninth. He singled to left and then stole second. A one-out sacrifice bunt moved him to third. Two more runners got on to load the bases and that brought Ryan Tella to the plate:

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On the eighth pitch of the at bat Tella pushed a ball just beyond the shortstop. The ball went into left and Ebert slid home uncontested to celebrate:

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Tigers win, 6-5. The highlights:

After the game I completed a training brick. They’re called that because of how your legs feel, right? I did a quick 17 mile ride and a slower three mile run. Nothing like 90 minutes of taxing your cardio to give you perspective, or lack of perspective. I find I can’t think of much of anything but the next breath.

I did ponder on how my bike got so slow. You take a few days off and the thing forgets how to move at a respectably medium speed. And I also managed to notice and marvel and wonder why my hip hurt for the first half-mile. But I could not figure out, for the next mile, why the stretching I was doing didn’t help my calves. Turns out I was flexing the wrong way, so …

I do not know what is happening.


8
Mar 14

Things that bite

The bird seed was left on the back porch, one of those “Let me put this down and deal with something pressing and I’ll get back to it” decisions. After a short time it was forgotten. At some point after that the squirrels and the chipmunks found it. The squirrels bit nice holes into the bag.

We noticed because Allie noticed:

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We’ve learned, over the years, that the little meeping noise cats make is because they are frustrated. “I want IT.” Allie makes that noise when she sees wildlife in her yard. She also twitches up a bit. She’d really love to go outside and catch the thing, whatever it is she sees. But this cat is not a hunter. And even if she had enough speed to keep up with the other creature — bird, squirrel or chipmunk — she’d have no idea what to do about it.

A mouse, in a story so embarrassing a cat would beg you not to tell it, once scared her away.

She is fierce, this cat. Which is why, I suppose, I have a long scratch on the back of my hand right now. One of the few times she’s ever really done that. I choose not to interpret it as “You didn’t let me catch the thing, so you’ll do as a substitute.”

In baseball today Keegan Thompson pitched seven innings for Auburn. He allowed no runs and only two hits in collecting the win 4-1 over Mercer.

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She is wrong. This wasn’t Thompson’s second win of the year. It was his third:

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Actually I have no idea what she was talking about. But she held that position for a long time, so it must have been important.

A cutie at the park:

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With one out in the ninth, Mercer had three runners on and the tying run at the plate. A ground ball to first sent center fielder Sasha Lagarde to the plate. The umpire said Lagarde slid in under this tag to score.

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Auburn’s manager, Sunny Golloway, disagreed. He had a discussion about the best pizza toppings with the umpire. The plate ump decided he’d learned all he needed to know about the local fare. Golloway still had some things on his mind, so he circled back and brought up the best places around to get wings:

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The umpire, not being a wing man, threw Golloway out of the game. Not everyone dips in ranch, Sunny. But the big emotional outburst — “How can you not like celery and carrots!?” gave struggling closer Terrance Dedrick the opportunity to regain his composure and he shut the Bears down from there.

Things to read … because some things are more important than a beautiful afternoon at the park. (Or so we’re told.)

I met Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter three years ago. It was a unique and humbling experience. Now, it seems, he’s getting the Medal of Honor. When you read his story, the instantaneous decision of a Marine of 21, which I thumbnailed in the first link, you’ll understand the common experience people get when they meet him, and why he’s up for the nation’s highest military distinction.

Study Finds Fivefold Increase In Alzheimer’s Deaths: Why It Matters

The story everyone will talk about next week: The ‘Boys’ in the Bunkhouse

The story you can’t hear enough of: Clay County Christian team made ‘Cody Time’ for Down syndrome teammate:

At Clay County Christian Academy, they call their favorite player “Codyman.” They have blue T-shirts with “Down syndrome awareness” surrounding a Superman logo on front. The logo has “C” instead of an “S,” and the back of the shirts says what Codyman fans feel about No. 12, Cody Morris: “Codyman, sort of like Superman (only cooler).”

Morris had his time to play in most every game this season, called “Cody Time.” It was that final minute when the sophomore took the court in the same uniform with his friends and teammates, and they made sure he got chances to shoot the ball.

And make no mistake. Morris can shoot.

I do enjoy those stories.

Finally: Chris Hemsworth. Liam Hemsworth. Meryl Streep. And Tom Hanks in The Bitman Begins:

In a way, this is actually a small culmination of the post-modern, highly social, remix era. The thing is somewhat funny on its face, but to maximize the video you have to understand several layers of nuance and references. Everyone probably has some basis for reference tough. The “Charlie bit my finger” clip now has more than 675 million YouTube views, so maybe you don’t need subtext.

Discuss.


7
Mar 14

Auburn baseball, under the moon

Celebrated a long week at the office with an hour or so at the baseball park. One of the finer things you can enjoy on a brisk March night, right alongside a 7.2 inning performance from Dillon Ortman. He allowed six hits and three runs while striking out six before getting the win over Mercer.

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The people sitting next to us were being interviewed for a story, I believe:

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Ryan Tella drove in a run in the seventh inning. Auburn was in control there, but Mercer stormed back against the bullpen. The 9-5 final score sounds closer than the game felt.

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I just like how only parts of that picture are in focus.

The moon up above us:

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And, now, for one of life’s deeper dilemmas: Am I more tired than hungry? Or more hungry than tired?


2
Mar 14

Catching up (on the day)

Unlike most Sundays, where we just look at pictures from the previous week that hadn’t shown up on the site elsewhere, today’s post is full of pictures from today.

And Ryan Tella says there will be sliding:

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Dan Glevenyak leading off second:

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I call this one The Men of Presbyterian College. They all had beards to start the series. And now … they’re sporting these:

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Auburn won 12-5 today, to clinch the series. But there was a moment in the middle innings where they were having to really claw their way into the win. So they showed some grit, but fans might get heartburn.

Speaking of fans:

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The first mascot touch. This was highly negotiated between son, dad and tiger. It went off very well, however:

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Guy staring into the sun, to the west, at the plate. When Auburn scores in rallies they play East Bound and Down, but the baserunners are always going west …

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You aren’t alone. This guy is trying to figure it out, too:

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After the game, just trying to work the scoreboard into a shot with the ladies:

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More of the parking deck people:

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1
Mar 14

More baseball pictures

Baseball is the closest thing to spring we have right now!

Actually I sat outside in jeans and short sleeves, thinking I should have gone with shorts. For a day, or two, at least, it is spring. If you live in the moment, that’s a wonderful feeling.

Talking with other fans:

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Watching other fans. He looks like he’s the victim of a stickup, I know, but mostly he’s just the victim of having parents who are confused about botany. What is that thing? A monkeygator?

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Others are eating that shaved lemon ice stuff. See? Spring! She does have a jacket on, thus negating the point, but in this confused anti-season, we’ll let it slide:

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I’m not sure how you express speed in baseball, which is to say a quick Google search didn’t tell me, but Anfernie Grier has speed to burn. He was, however, out by a considerable margin here. First, that’s the third running mistake I’ve seen in three games this season, which is troubling. Second, I enjoy pictures like this. Everyone boos the umpire, who so obviously blew the call. But he didn’t miss it at all. Grier is plainly going to be out:

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Anyway, Auburn won, 3-0. Freshman Keegan Thompson pitched a one-hit shutout on just 90 pitches. It was Auburn’s first one-hitter since 2002. Thompson is 2-0 with a .39 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 23 innings. Did we mention he’s a freshman?

And, now, a picture of the sun setting over Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum:

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That was taken from the parking deck, where we spent the next little bit of the evening visiting with friends:

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This is Auburn’s new rec center, also from the parking deck:

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