Talk Like a Pirate Day

It’s TODAY, and I almost missed it, but didn’t, thanks to Lefty.

“Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.”

“I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player. I was born to play baseball.”

“I am more valuable to my team hitting .330 than swinging for home runs.”

“I dedicated the hit (his 3,000th) to the Pittsburgh fans and to the people in Puerto Rico and to one man (Roberto Marin) in particular. The one man who carried me around for weeks looking for a scout to sign me.”

“I felt kind of bashful (when the fans went crazy). I’m a very quiet, shy person, although you writers might not believe because I shout sometimes.”

“If I could sleep. I could hit .400.”

“I tell you, (Steve) Blass, you pitch me inside, they never, never find that ball.”

“I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give.”

“I will hit .450 if you give me Ralph Garr’s legs, Johnny Bench’s age and cut the travel schedule.”

“Nobody does anything better than me in baseball (said before the 1971 World Series).”

“There’s no difference between me and you (Manny Sanguillen). You need something, a glove, a place to live, you let me know.”

“When I put on my uniform, I feel I am the proudest man on earth.”

“Why does everyone talk about the past? All that counts is tomorrow’s game.”


The New TV Season

Tosy claims the new season officially started yesterday. Couldn’t tell by me. It’s not just because my TV Guide subscription lapsed months ago. It’s that Prison Break and any number of other shows started in August, a few started last week, some won’t start until October.

Guess I should figure out what to watch.

Studio 60
The single most hyped new series. The Ad Age critics, who have a pretty good track record, are mixed about the success of this show. I liked Sports Night, liked West Wing until Sorkin left, then I came back for the last season. (Studio 60 aired on Sunday in Toronto. And I recorded it last night but have not watched it; I was in BED by 10 pm.

Gilmore Girls
How WILL they handle last year’s stunning season-ender? I have no idea.
Boston Legal. It’s trash. I like it anyway.

30 Rock. The OTHER SNL-inspired show.
I’ve avoided Lost, not because it’s not good, but because I have only a limited tolerance for such convoluted fare. The Nine looks a little like Lost to me (ABC must have paired them for a reason), yet the commercials have compelled me to at least give it a try.

Earl and Office. Tosy said, “The most solid comedy hour in a long while.” Agreed.
I’m a latecomer to Grey’s Anatomy. Saw quite a bit of it during summer reruns, enough to at least try it again.

Saw the first Men in Trees. Very Northern Exposure, with Alaska, a bar, and a pilot. I happened to have watched Anne Heche on Another World and liked her. I’ll try it again.
Once upon a time, I used to actually watch Law & Order, but not since Jerry Orbach left. If I’m absolutely desperate…

There really is nothing on network TV on Saturday if you don’t like football.

7-8 (probably more like 7:30-8:30)
60 Minutes. Katie Couric’s first piece on the damaged lungs after 9/11 was strong, more interesting, actually, than her daily broadcast.
The Simpsons.
Brothers and Sisters. (No, Tosy, I didn’t remember that Skerritt and Fields played matriarch and patriarch of a family in Steel Magnolias, and I actually saw the movie.)

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