I got a little down on my Phillies when they had such a tough time in Kansas City, and I knew as soon as Jose Mesa was released that the Phillies were going to go after him -- but I still don't care, I still love them. We went to the game Tuesday night against the White Sox -- Chase Utley is STILL the man -- and it was nice to see Jim Thome in town again. I'm pleased that the Phillies have made up some ground on the Mets and Braves -- everybody needs starting pitching right now, isn't it interesting? Makes you wonder how much longer Florida can hold on to Dontrelle Willis, doesn't it? I still am ambivalent about Pat Gillick, though -- I was really hoping that he would redefine a franchise that is still, in my mind, haunted by the last minute, hold on before I'm fired trade of Placido Polanco to the Tigers for Ugueth Urbina by Ed Wade. But a few more wins, and one deal at the deadline, and I'll be okay -- and I'll keep going to the ballpark, WIP be damned!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I know the more vocal and violent fans out there have already decried the series finale of "The Sopranos," but I loved it. The contrarian in me was pleased that David Chase left it open to interpretation -- no clean endings, no explanations, just some dangling subplots resolved, some new plots opened, and a convincing, thought-provoking end of a television drama. End of story. Favorite parts? "Say good-bye to pop-pop." The orange tabby cat that was bugging Paulie Walnuts but curled up in front of Satriale's Pork Store. The FBI Agent (Mr. Flonase) helping Tony in spite of his own (seemingly parallel) personal problems. A.J. finding something to do. The guy who kind of looked like Tony's father who sat at the diner counter and kept being thrown at us as a red herring. (Mr. MacGuffin?) I liked it. Sue me. I also like the final Seinfeld, too. And remember how disappointed the "masses" were with that, too. Once again, I'll state for the record -- no matter how hard they try sometimes, I'm never truly disappointed by the Phillies, William Shatner or The Sopranos. Onward & upward!