It’s an off-day, your Redlegs are still in first place, and we’re all in a good mood. Seems like a good time for an open thread and some not-so-random thoughts.
–One of our devoted Loyal Citizens (thanks, Elliot!) sent the following thoughts along, and I thought I’d submit it for your discussion:
Although Jocketty has not pulled the trigger on a big mid-season deal, it seems he has pre-empted many moves; the under-treated low risk-high reward signings of Springer and Isringhausen seem quite prescient. Also, I remember that during the winter the pick up of Chapman was not received with universal approval, but now looks like a stroke of brilliance (like you bring up constantly, he could be like our version of David Price). Lastly, the moves he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make (betting the farm on Scott Downs, Matt Capps, et al) also seem to make great sense.
–If I were sitting next to Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, I would make a fool of myself like this guy:
–I saw Dinner for Schmucks recently. Very, very funny. You can never go wrong with Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis (I spelled that correctly on the first try; yes, I’m good).
—Smarter people go to bed later. I’m writing this at 1:00 AM (though I will set it to publish later this morning). Draw your own conclusions.
–These color photos of the Depression in rural America are stunning.
–With no Reds on television last night, I finished reading “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. A unique and absorbing read starting at page one. Highly recommended. Next up, based on your suggestions in a previous open thread: A Confederacy of Dunces.
–I asked for new music recommendations on Twitter yesterday, and I got a ton of great responses. Now I have a lot of new stuff to check out, but I wanted to open up the discussion here, too.
Give me your recommendations. I listen to all kinds of music, so don’t let genre stop you from naming a particular band. One restriction, though: I already love Justin Bieber, so you don’t need to mention him.