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”

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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.

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-M.

15 Comments

Lets hope that AP’s power gets a boost from that shot. After Lohse’s collapse in the 3rd, we’re gonna need quite a few more runs.

THOMPSON, STOP HURTING US NOW!
Why isn’t Thompson in AA rehabbing with the others? He’s really making my blood pressure go up!

Uh… because he’s not hurt?
-M.

I think someone that is hurt right now may be Izturis. I saw that he was hit by a pitch and then taken out. What’s going on M? BTW, love the switch from 1st to 2nd by pujols.

Dude,
I DID see that game from Garcia! I got lucky enough that recentle Springdale, AR got a double-A baseball team called the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The new stadium is a stone’s throw from my wife’s work. The Naturals are formerly known as the Wichita Wranglers. I work for channel 5 in Fayetteville, and of course we cover Naturals baseball. This is their inaugural season. they won 1-0 over Springfield last night. I was excited to see Jamie Garcia. Now I hope Mulder or Carp or someone else rehabbing will come thru here.

Also, Dude, I have started a recycling program here at channel 5, so we can recycle all of our old scripts and newspapers. Also I plan to buy the energy efficient fluorescent bulbs for my house, and I am always one to got through the house turning off lights. I have also been accised of driving “like an old man”. Ah well.

You could also get a Reel mower instead of a gas power one. Save gas; money; and you might accidently get some exercise.

Nice tips, Dude. Might I add *please* stop buying paper plates? Is it really that hard to do a few dishes? Don’t forget to recycle your plastics, glass, papers, etc… It’s not that inconvenient, especially if you have a garage to store your stuff in.

As big as I am on the environment, nothing will get me to shut that AC off. Thanks, Energy Star!

recycle everything possible.
When I travel by car I carry a travel mug. I have found that many places charge less if you have your own mug and you are not wasting the plastic cup.

Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth or washing your face.
Don’t rinse all the dishes before putting in dishwasher.
Heck, I turn off the car engine when sitting in the car wash.
Put a rain barrel under your spouting and use that water to water plants etc.

slforre…I heard it was a possibility Mulder would go through there to pitch for Springfield this Friday. Don’t know if that’s been changed or not…

FYI – The Naturals are the Kansas City Royals’ AA team…so The Naturals playing the Springfield Cardinals is kinda like a mini-me I-70 series!

oops…sorry…just remembered…he would be pitching against Tulsa…not the naturals…sorry to get your hopes up

I second Zoop’s notion about avoiding disposable plates, cups, and utensils whenever possible. We’ve been using only glassware and silverware around the house for a few years now, and it’s amazing how much less trash we put out at the curb. Also, for those who like camping, try to avoid the disposable stuff at the campsite. It’s a little harder to do the dishes at the campground, but worth the effort when you’re trying to enjoy nature.

Oh man Kev. You had me goin for a minute. I actually have Friday off, so I can go. My wife works within a stone’s throw of Arvest Ballpark, and we live maybe 15 minutes away.It’s funny you say that about the mini I-70 series. I was thinking about that EXACT SAME THING yesterday.

with the price of gas today, every time you accelerate to pass, you are spending money. i go crazy with these drivers who play mario andretti when they are only going a couple of miles. this kind of driving gets you to your destination at most a couple of minutes earlier yet wastes lots of gas and often creates dangerous conditions. if you can’t figure this out on your own, get a roll of dimes and every time you accelerate to pass, toss a dime in a jar. see how much gas you have wasted when you get where you are going.

cutting back on the distance/amount of driving a person does by 25% will actually save more $ and carbon than switching cars…unless you’ve got a Hummer or a tractor.

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