October 2008 Archives

I remember a few weeks ago, I walked into my "hide-out" also known as the "commuter room."  It was around midday and I just got out of class.  I was looking for a place to sit down, talk to friends, and listen to my iPod.  But my "calm vibes" was thrown off with the large amounts of trash in the room.  That is right.  Trash.  It contained items like used plastic cups from the water jug, old clear plastic containers from the "cafe" downstairs, old napkins, and other gross stuff.  So this is what happens when UML gets rid of our trash bins?  I don't blame students for this change at all.  Sometimes it is very hard to find those huge recycle bin around campus, especially in halls.  A few days ago I wanted to throw away something that was leaking (I think it was a bottle of apple juice) and I had to run around the world to find a recycling bin.  The bottle was already empty before I got to a bathroom to spill the rest of it and throw it away. 

So what's the deal?  Why do we have to have "major points of recycling" that are very scarce.  Seriously I think Weed Hall has 2 or 3 of these points (as far as I know).  It's not very convenient to students, faculty, and staff.  Instead of having these a few major bins with signs at various locations, why can't they have those major points, and have two bins in classrooms?  I think the recycling program would have a higher success rate than what it is now.  The current plan has reached a point where students don't give a crap about recycling.  Sure, people do throw the right piece of trash in the correct bin, but those who want a quick toss and a shorter walk would just leave their trash behind or just blindly throw the wrong item in the wrong bin.  There also has been talk that students would rather make a big pile in the corner of a lecture hall than recycle (AND PLEASE DON'T DO THAT!!!!)

So my point is that we're getting a bit fed up with removing trash from lecture halls, offices, rooms, etc.  I know recycling is a great way to save the environment and I am a strong supporter in reusing abandoned and unused materials for newer items.  Unfortunately the plan right now is not working as I thought.  Putting more recycling points, add two bins in every room and office, and like always, promote and educate people about recycling through advertisements would make this now somewhat-trash-ridden university go back to its clean self.  Making that adjustment would make the difference.

- Christian 

 
It was difficult...

It was difficult to watch that last out.  There was a man on first base and there was already two outs.  That meant the Sox had one chance to redeem themselves.  But that didn't happen.  There was a grounder to second, and with three steps, the Red Sox Dream was over.  When I saw that happen, my heart dropped to the ground...

It was difficult to sink in that last play a half an hour after it actually happened.  Why did it happen like that?  The Sox came back from behind 3-1 with a destiny to win, but the Rays stopped it from happening.  So what now?  The Sox are back in Boston empty handed.  The World Series have already started and the score is 2-0 Phillies. 

So what now?  It's all over right?  Time to curl yourself in a ball and hide on a corner somewhere?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!

For those who still have their heads down from the Sox elimination, you should be ashamed!!! 100% ashamed with yourself!!!  The Sox did not lose because they beat themselves up!  No the Sox lost fair and square.  They lost to an obvious better playing baseball team.  Look at the Rays during the season.  They stayed on top for quite awhile.  They went from a 9 year last place team to the 2008 AL Champions.  You can't say that these guys "stunk" (not using that other word).  And you can't say the Red Sox "stunk" too.  The Sox showed us something very very important.  You never ever ever should quit when you are down.  Never say die.  Never give up faith.  Never give up on something that is good.  After getting blasted by the Rays in Game 4, the Sox fought back from a 7-0 Rays score to win 8-7 in Game 6.  It is now considered the greatest single-game comeback in MLB postseason history.   Then they won the next game.  That should at least give you a hint for that life lesson right there.  Even when your heart is breaking oh so slowly, it doesn't mean its over.  There's still a little bit of heart left, and that little bit of heart is enough to change everything over.  Even when the Sox lost Game 7, my heart for the Sox didn't break at all.   It was hard to see another team celebrating the win, but my respect for the Sox grew after their major comeback to tie the series.  I'm never going to forget that.  Personally, I was going through a rough time during that series.  When the Sox were losing, I was losing my battle with conflicts.  Their comeback in Game 5 shed some light in me, telling me there's no way I'm giving up.  Even when the Sox lost, I feel more confident with a stronger wall. 

So thank you Red Sox for making us believe again, in ourselves, in the team, and life.  This season was one heck of a ride.  No one should never forget this one. 

One last time until Spring Training (in 4 months),

LET'S GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!!

- Christian
I, Christian J. Tiongson, would like to apologize to the Boston Red Sox for losing complete faith in them, turning off the game when I thought the season was over, and totally be the opposite of a hardcore Sox fan that I am.  Last night, when I saw Dice-K give up three home runs to give the Rays the lead, I first thought, "You know what, this is so disgusting... There is no way in hell there will be a miracle comeback."  Then the runs keep on stacking... It was 7-0 when I finally turned off the T.V. and said, "Until next year." 

The whole night I tried to do homework while my baseball spirit died out.  Funny enough, a little part of me told me to turn on the T.V... just turn it on to see what's going on... I did have that tiny ounce of Red Sox faith in there.  So I turned it on.  Then I saw the Sox magic unfold on front of me.  There was the Ortiz 3-run home run that turned a 7-1 game to a 7-4 game.  Then the 2-run home run from J.D. Drew, then the game tying RBI by Coco Crisp.  When the game was tied, I wanted to cry... "WHAT DID I DO?  I DOUBTED MY SOX!!!  WHY DID I LOSE FAITH?"  The faith came back to me and next thing you know, J.D. Drew shot a ground-ruled double to bring home Youkkkkkkkkkk for the winning run. 

Do you believe in hard work, not giving up... do you believe in miracles?

After last night, I finally believed in all that. 

There is a life lesson behind this crazy rally from the Sox.  Do not give up the good things you have.  Do not give up your goal.  Do not let your guard down.  Because if you give up, there is no way you can win.  The Sox showed me this last night.  Now, I'm going to live with this in mind:  "Never say die."  Because of you let your dreams, goals, and your life die... you die as a person.  Don't let the so-called obstacles of life bring you down.  Even when the situation is bigger than what you can handle, everyone has the BIG heart to go on and be champions.

I feel like a champion today.

Thank you, Boston Red Sox. 

Go Red Sox!!!!

- Christian
Hey everyone!

I'm sorry that I haven't stuck to my temporary Sox / Student blog posts.  A lot of things happened this week which threw me off course with everything, so I'm in the catch-up phase... I also think that no one wants to read a blog about the Sox getting absolutely blasted by the Rays.

So let's start new here!! 

The Sox are down 3-1 in the ALCS. 

Doesn't that remind you about the past few ALCS with the Sox? 

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MLB (mlb.com)

Let's look at the 2004 ALCS (above).  The Yankees, who were the AL East winners were up 3-0 in the series.  During Game 3 of the that series, the Yankees demolished the Red Sox 19-8.  Obviously, you know what happened with that series!  The Sox won the next four games and went straight to the World Series to win it all!

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bloomberg.com

Let's look at the 2007 ALCS (above).  The Indians, who were the AL Central winners were up 3-1 in the series.  During Game 4 of that series, the Indians shooked the Sox 4-3, leaving the Sox with the good ol' "Do or Die" situation.  The Sox won the next three games and went straight to the World Series to win it all!!!

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boston.com

To top off that sweet historical baseball cake, each time the Sox did that, they swept their opponents (Cardinals and Rockies) in the World Series (World Series rings above).

So can the Sox repeat their ALCS miracle run?  If you think of the chances, there is probably a smaller chance of repeating this event.  But because the Sox have tons of experience of being behind with their backs against the wall, I think the Sox definitely have the drive to reach for a World Series ticket.  Look, we have our ace Dice-K on the mound.  He gave us one of the best performances in Red Sox ALCS history.  So a win from him tonight would give the Sox the extra motivation to create a war path into the Series.  A Dice-K win would charge up Beckett for the Game 6 ace come-back (sounds like Ace Combat).  And obviously we have our young gun, Jon Lester for Game 7.

So all looks bright Red Sox Nation!  The Sox hit the panic button and now are ready to fight to the very end.  In my opinion I believe the Sox can do this.  They can surprise the Rays with a big win, and demolish them away at Tropicana Stadium.   I still have the good ol' Red Sox faith going on!  Even if it was depressing to watch the last three games, I'm not going to quit on the Sox!!!

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User: "The Eggplant" on flickr.com

LET'S GOOOO!!!!!!   KEEP THE FAITH, RED SOX NATION!!!!!

- Christian
(IS CHARGED UP AND READY FOR GAME 5!!!!!)



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Last night, between 8:30pm - midnight, Dice-K pitched one of the best performances in his life.  He pitched a masterful 7.0 Innings, gave up only 4 hits, did not give up any runs, walked four (which most of them occurred in the first inning), and struck out 9 batters.  To add the perfect topping to that fantastic, sweet pie, Dice-K flirted with a no-hitter into the 7th inning.  Let me say that again... he flirted with a no-hitter into the 7th.  For those who don't know what a no-hitter is... well... Dice-K did not give up any hits at all!!!!!!  All I can say is that Dice-K DOMINATED the Rays.  100%.  Absolutely.  He gave the Red Sox and the Nation the extra step towards GLORY, THE MOTHERLAND, THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

Think about it.  We have 7 more games to win and we can go around saying we have back-to-back World Champions!  But that's too far to think right now.  Today is Game 2 and the injured Josh Beckett is on the mound.  Like I said in my previous blog, the Sox are looking for a good outing from J-Beck.  He is under the dome and he's not exposed to the cold air so that's going to give him a better advantage than Game 3 of the ALDS.  The warmer air won't stiffen him up as much as the cold air did during his last outing.   Everyone has to remember this.  Josh Beckett has the potential to be ace-material like he was during the 2007 Playoffs.  We got to put our faith in him and also totally forgetting our last pitching performance.  There are no such thing as records in the playoffs.  Every round you enter, think of your 0-0 record not your 4-1 record.  It's a new slate each time you climb the ladder.  Thinking this way will let all the pressure of you.  Look at the Colorado Rockies for example.  They swept every team in the playoffs EXCEPT for the Red Sox.  I guess you can say that the pressure of staying undefeated in the playoffs destroyed their chances (plus they faced a very very very good team). 

Well there is nothing much I can say about yesterday's game other than it was a close to perfect outing for our Sox pitchers and a "clutchy" way for our hitters.  It was very enjoyable to watch.  I guess it was one of those games that was so incredible, you had to be on front of a T.V. (or there in Tampa) to really know how "perfect." It was perfect to me.   

NOW OFF TO GAME 2!  TONIGHT!  BECKETT VS. KAZMIR!!! GO RED SOX!!!

- Christian


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By the way... I'm leaving you the link to Jacoby Ellsbury's Blog on my page so you can read all his experiences, thoughts, and feelings about the playoffs!!! 
Jacoby Ellsbury's Blog: http://jacobyellsbury.mlblogs.com/  

On Monday, the Sox shocked the Angels with their good ol' late game heroics.  This time it wasn't Big Papi or any other "vets" on the team.  The new faces took over that aspect of the game last Monday - Jed Lowrie and Jason Bay.  This shows you how strong the new faces on our team are!  We have a very balanced squad with speed, contact, power, and a great glove.  Look at Mark Kotsay.  He has the bat, the glove, and the speed.  Did you see all those fantastic plays he made on first?  Seriously, he is the most agile first baseman I've seen in awhile (and obviously Youuuukkkkkk is also very agile)! 

But Monday is now a mere memory in the back of our heads, because the Sox has an even bigger test:  The AL East Division Champion Tampa Bay Rays.  Like the Boston Celtics, the Rays were no ones last season, but are now in the Big (AL East) Show.  And I'm not saying that they're going to pull off a Celtics like playoff run!!!!!  I'm just impressed with that HUGE amounts of improvement this Rays team went through.  I give them a round of applause for trying... but it's all going to end tonight!!!!!  (... Oh there goes me being the COCKY Red Sox fan!!!)

So here are the pitchers lined up for this years ALCS:

Game 1:  @ Tampa Bay - Daisuke Matsuzaka
Game 2:  @ Tampa Bay - Josh Beckett
Game 3:  @ Boston - Jon Lester
Game 4:  @ Boston - Tim Wakefield
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I feel good about this rotation.  It's smart, strong, and very diverse. 

To make my first point, it's great that Jon Lester is not starting Game 1 of the series.  Using my EP skills, athletes need recovery, especially pitchers who threw x number of pitches.  Jon Lester pitched a terrific game on Monday.  Monday was 4 days ago.  Starters, like Jon Lester should have a good 5-7 days of rest, and according to that rotation, Jon Lester will be fully recovered for another strong outting.

Second point:  Josh Beckett in the "2-hole" is a great idea.  Now most of you would've probably beat me up for saying that, after his horrific outing during the ALDS.  Now using my EP-brain,  Josh Beckett has an injury that is most likely still nagging him.  Now think... for those who have a hurt back/side, when its really cold outside, do you get stiff? Hurt?  Feel like crap?  Well Beckett does have a back/side injury (I don't remember what he has in particular) and he did pitch in the cold 30-40 degree weather last week.  That cold weather probably got to him EVEN if he did have a proper warm-up.  In between innings he sat down inactively, which just lowers your body temperature.  Then when you're back out there on the mound, he throws in a few pitches, which clock about high 80s - 90s, and is expected to throw another good round of pitches for the opponent.  Keeping him pitching under Tropicana Field's dome for Games 2 and 6 will shield him from any type of cold weather conditions.  I HIGHLY doubt that the Rays will drop the air temp in the stadium JUST to get Beckett stiff again.  So it's a great setting for the Beckett! 

Third point: Dice-K and Wakefield are great being AWAY and against the RAYs.  Dice-K is perfect away (and I know that records don't count... but I do like to add that in)!  He and Lester showed the Sox that they are ace material.  With Dice-K's arsenal of (100000) pitches, he will be able to trick the Rays into a strikeout.  Tim Wakfield on the other hand OWNS the Rays (even if he did get racked a few times against them).  According to ESPN's Sportscenter, Wakefield has an overall 9-3 record at Tropicana Field, and an overall better winning percentage over the Rays.  That definitely gives the Sox hope for a great turnout from the oldest player on the team (I think).

I'm very confident with our team right now.  The Red Sox definitely got a chance to win a championship!!!!    You don't understand how pumped I am right now!!!!!!  I'M SO READY!!! Tonight I'm watching the game with my two great friends over their apartment.  According to them, they are hardcore Sox fans too.  So there's going to be a lot of screaming at the T.V. (aww poor television), and tons of high-fives, cheers, and other celebratory stuff!!!!

To end my blog post for today, I just want to say...

LET'S GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Christian 

DID ANYONE WATCH THE RED SOX GAME LAST NIGHT/THIS MORNING???

That was some pretty suspenseful and intense game of baseball!!  The L.A. Angels and Boston Red Sox were basically battling out with two causes:  The Sox are fighting to advance to the American League Championship Series and the Angels are fighting a sweep and trip home with thoughts of next year.  And what a fight it was!

I felt bad for my good friend, Kristin who won tickets to the game last night.  She basically sat through a very tense game in the freezing cold and watched them lose.  Poor Kris!  I'm happy to say that she still felt good after the game because, like me, WE LOVE THE RED SOX!!  Hey, at least she get to see her favorite player  future husband, Jacoby Ellsbury, make history last night;  he is the first hitter in history to have 3 RBIs in a one single.  Boys, that's the reason why you run hard when you have 2 outs under your belts!!!!!!!!!!! 

The Angels were being patient at the plate and taking advantage of Beckett's mishaps and defensive mistakes.  They keep their cool the whole game and held tight to that 4-4 tie for a good 6 innings (from the 5th to the 12th inning).  Angels pitching was dominating last night;  they were 100% different than Games 1 and 2!  They kept the Sox in check with "sure-out" pitches and got out of jams without any problems.  And I'm not saying the Sox bullpen wasn't great.  They also showed their strengths throughout the whole "tied" span of the game, but the Angels got the best of the Sox in the 12th inning against Javier Lopez.

To be absolutely honest with you, I didn't like Lopez falling into that relieving spot in the 12th.  I'm not saying that because he allowed the game-winning Angel's run.  It seems like everytime I watched Lopez pitch (except for a good 1 or 2 times), he either gets racked (gives up tons of hits and runs), or walks a bunch of people.  Maybe it was just me...  Also I believe in the whole concept that submarine pitchers are easier to hit than overhead/ three-fourths / sidearm pitchers. 

Here's my theory of submarine pitchers:  Most of the time, submarine pitchers throw a fast ball that drops.  This drop is usually caused by the arm motion of the pitcher, the way the pitcher holds it, and the release of that pitch.  All those factors would cause the ball to have an extra spin.  Plus (using physics), the pitch is more likely to go against gravity in a diagonal path, like a very lean geometrical right angle (even if gravity wouldn't have as much of an effect than air resistance, the spin of the ball, and the release point).  This would cause the ball to drop in like a batting practice pitch that is going a good 90mph.  Usually when hitters see that predictable drop, their eyes light up, and they turn on it (or in lame man's terms, they hit the ball really hard).  That's what I thought about when the Angels scored that final run to win the game.  And don't get me wrong!  I don't hate submarine pitchers!  They are awesome pitchers who give that extra spice to the pitching pen/rotation.  I just believe that since the Angels are one dangerous group of hitters, I would've went with the over the umbilical Paul Byrd. 

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But the past is the past, and today's game is a new game!  We have our Game 1 hero Jon Lester on the mound and the Sox will use all that frustrations and vent it against the Angels!  I'm not worried about last night's game, because I have faith in the Sox!!  We can do it!  We have the talent, the speed, the hitters, and the drive to win another championship!

KEEP THE FAITH, BOSTON!!!!!!

- Coach Christian Tiongson




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Who said that Jason Bay was a horrible replacement for Manny Ramirez?  Who said that he'll have the first game jitters?  Who said that the Red Sox will lose some home run power when Manny left? 

Well, if you said those stuff about Jason Bay, you mind as well wear a "Kick Me Sign" behind your back. 

The Red Sox showed the world that they don't give up deep into the game.  The Sox stunned the L.A. Angels with dramatic fashion, 4-1. The Sox didn't seemed like a broken down, injured prone team last night.  J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell "defensively" contributed to the Sox win, although they did not produce any runs or hits last night, which I think is fine with me.  Let me explain:  When was the last time those two had a real hardcore Red Sox game?  And when I say Red Sox game, I don't mean a minor league triple AAA game.  When was the last time they were under the pressure of the nation's eye?  I think they just needed to be broken into their normal baseball lifestyle.  Sure, J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell are "healthy" enough to be on the ALDS roster, but its still pretty obvious that the veterans are still hurting from their injuries.  Despite an offensive "Silent Night," they still were there to back up Lester in one of the young pitcher's greatest performances ever. 

Most of you would've said that Lester didn't pitch his greatest game last night;  he gave up 6 hits and 1 run in his 7.0 inning outing.  But playoff-wise, the rest of his stats are phenomeon!  Okay, let's add in the 1 run he only gave up in 7 innings... his ERA was 0.00 last night, he had 7 strikeouts, and only gave up 1 walk.  That is definitely ace-caliber material right there.  Like what Terry Francona, who is the Sox manager, and the rest of the media have said, Jon Lester is growing before our eyes.  He went from being a "kid" in the clubhouse to Red Sox Nation's future ace.  With all the stuff he went through, he definitely showed the world that he is stronger than any other pitcher in the league.  There is no doubt about that.  Lester has a bright future ahead of him, and nothing... absolutely nothing will stop him!

There were tons of great plays last night like Ellsbury's diving catch to save a base hit, Jon Lester's striking out the side, Papelbon's strong close, Youk's heads-up play in shallow right field to throw up "Vlad Glad," and of course the great Jason Bay hitting a two-run homerun to give the Sox the deciding lead.  Oh man, last night was definitely a game to put in the books!  That game gave me a great feeling about this year.  It felt like old times from the yelling, the high fives, listening to the radio when I wasn't home, wearing my Red Sox gear in World Series fashion, and having my eyes glued to my wide screen T.V. in my family room.  Oh it just felt sooooooo good inside! 

One game down!  Two to go!  Then off to the ALCS!!!!

Christian



Hey everyone,

As you all know, I'M A HUGE RED SOX BASEBALL FAN!!!!!  So most of the blogs from now on until Halloween will be about baseball, most particularly all about the playoffs.  There will be a few "rest" blogs in-between my baseball ones about other stuff from current news to stuff that happened on campus... we'll see how that will work out! 

To start off my baseball blog series, I'm going to post the Official Red Sox American League Division League Series Roster:

Pitchers:
Jon Lester
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Josh Beckett
Tim Wakefield
Paul Byrd
Jonathan Papelbon
Hideki Okajima
Manny Delcarmen
Justin Masterson
Javier Lopez


Catchers:
Jason Varitek
Kevn Cash
David Ross


Infielders:
Kevin Youkilis
Dustin Pedroia
Jed Lowrie
Alex Cora
Mike Lowell
Sean Casey
David Ortiz


Outfielders:
Jason Bay
Jacoby Ellsbury
J.D. Drew
Coco Crisp
Mark Kotsay


From just looking at the roster, you can tell that we have a very good balanced baseball team.  Offensive-wise, we have a nice contact hitting squad with our obvious patches of power (which showed great success in past playoff games).... Defensive-wise... heck do I need even need to go on about analyzing the defense and pitching?  The Red Sox definitely have a championship caliber team!  Even with this cocky attitude, I'm still a bit worried about our injured trio - Beckett, Drew, and Lowell.  According to the Boston Red Sox, the trio are "healthy enough" to play in the postseason.  Let's hope that the Sox are right about that.  Any more unwanted injuries or letdowns can lower our chances in repeating our title.  But with that side story aside, the Red Sox are absolutely ready to defend their title as World Champions!

With baseball flowing in my blood right now, I recorded a Red Sox song yesterday during my day of from classes.  I covered the fan-favorite "Dirty Water" by The Standells.  Please, please, please listen to my new song at my music myspace site:  www.myspace.com/blacklite or add my facebook page (search "Sir Christian Tiongson Music").  I would definitely appreciate the extra ears!!!  Add me if you like it!

Well time to let you all go, so I can prepare for a great game!!!!!!  By the way, I just saw Manny Ramirez get hit into a double play!!!!!  That's what he gets for saying he wasn't happy in Boston! (Yeah, I'm mean Ha Ha!)


PUMPED!!!!  GO RED SOX!!!!!
- Christian 





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