Tuesday morning tidbits: Please, Albert, don't hurt 'em!
Got some scattershot blogging for you today, including some sermonizing to come at the end. So be warned.
* Ryan Ludwick and Brian Barton start in the outfield, Rick Ankiel and Chris Duncan sit. Ludwick is cleaning up vs the LHP, with Glaus in the five spot. I brought up the notion of maybe giving Glaus a look in the 2 spot, and TLR said it was not under consideration and almost certainly will not be.
* Albert Pujols did something truly amazing before the game. Standing flat-footed very close to home plate, he tossed a ball up in the air, took a hack — and hit it off the main video board in center field. His teammates roared, everybody’s jaws dropped, it was really remarkable.
* If you haven’t looked at Jaime Garcia’s game from last night, you might not want to. Garcia pitched an eight-inning complete game for Springfield, allowed one run and it was unearned, struck out 10 — and took the loss. Gah! One wonders how much longer Garcia will be at Springfield; he’s been outstanding thus far.
* Welcome to MLBlogging, Anthony Castrovince! Anthony does an excellent job covering the Indians, and I’m sure he’ll do an excellent job blogging as well.
* STL lineup: Schumaker CF, Barton LF, Pujols 1B, Ludwick RF, Glaus 3B, LaRue C, Miles 2B, Lohse P, Izturis SS
* MIL lineup: Weeks 2B, Counsell SS, Braun LF, Fielder 1B, Hart RF, Hall 3B, Gross CF, Parra P, Kendall C
* Today’s playlist (you may notice a theme):
R.E.M., “Fall On Me”
Dramarama, “What Are We Gonna Do?”
Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi”
Cake, “Long Line of Cars”
Jack Johnson, “The Three Rs”
And finally, the preaching. The Mrs. and I are trying really hard to be more conscious of the effects of what we do in our daily lives, and we’ve made a few small changes. I’m only going to ask you to try to do things that I’m also trying to do. It seems fair. But here are five changes I’ve made, that I’d ask of any of you. If you have suggestions, by all means offer ’em up. The point is not to pat myself on the back, but to show that there are all kinds of things that can be done, and hopefully, like I said, you’ll offer some good suggestions too.
* Avoid getting bags at stores if you only have an item or two. Just carry it. We also got some reusable grocery bags; they’re both good.
* I’m not going to tell you what kind of car to drive, but you can change HOW you drive. I have. If you’re not in a hurry, drop your speed on the highway a little bit. The speed limit is 55 on the interstate on my way to work. I now go 55-57 instead of 63-65. It saves gas (and money!).
* Replace your lightbulbs when they burn out with the long-life, more efficient ones.
* Use reusable cups when you get coffee, and reusable water bottles for water.
* And for Pete’s sake, just turn the lights off when you leave a room!
These are all things that I know can be done without causing any hassle or hardship in one’s life, because we’re doing ’em. Give me five more. A small culture change is better than none at all.