Busy guy these days. Amid the other challenges of getting set up on my own, I had a pretty good day yesterday, and got myself a new (official) kid. The previously referenced Aldini Jr. was actually my stepson, until yesterday afternoon, when a judge granted my adoption of him.
Good times. Past that, I haven't had much to say over the past week. Congratulations to the BoSox, obviously. The best part about their win, frankly, has been reading Bill Simmons and Colby Cosh on the topic. Excellent insight and damn fine writing to boot.
A theme that Simmons has touched on a few times before, but hasn't come up much through the celebrations, is this: I really don't think you can underestimate the impact that the new owners, and their revamping of the Red Sox organization, have had. It goes way beyond their willingness to spend money on salaries (and carry the #2 payroll in baseball). Doing more for the players and staff they're paying all this money to. Renovating and cleaning up Fenway Park. Adding the Green Monster seats. These are all things they could have gotten away without doing; they have a nice tradition with lots of fans who aren't going anywhere, so as long as they put a team on the field, they're going to be profitable.
To oversimplify a bit, but make a true and relevant point: it is amazing how much easier it is for an organization to achieve a goal when the owners and leaders of the organization are demonstrably committed to achieving it. If you're looking for a contrast, there's probably no better example than the hockey team in the same city.
I don't think you could find even a member of the Bruins organization who would say that their primary goal is to win the Stanley Cup. Instead, you get the longtime owner being one of the "hardliners" in contract negotiations with the players, presumably because he wants to make even more money than he is now with even less effort. It's pathetic. I'd have considerably more sympathy for the owners if it was the 18 smallest ones who locked out their players, saying they wouldn't put their teams back on the ice until things were changed so they could compete with the 12 big ones more fairly.
On a unrelated note, I saw fellow Queen's alum Chris Turner being interviewed on Global Calgary's morning show the other day (remotely from their own newsroom, for some bizarre reason). He was pimping his new book Planet Simpson, which is getting pretty good reviews all around. It's definitely going on my Wish List. When I make one. Here's the Planet Simpson blog, which I have yet to peruse.
Good day to you all.