Dr. Bernstein on Impossibilities

I'm reading Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. The whole thing, this time, instead of just the parts Dr. Bernstein makes available for free online. I came across this bit on page xvi, in the section titled "My Life with Diabetes: Well Beyond a Half Century and Counting":

Excited by my discovery, I showed these reports to my physician, who was not impressed. "Animals aren't humans," he said, "and besides, it's impossible to normalize human blood sugars." Since I had been trained as an engineer, not as a physician, I knew nothing of such impossibilities, and since I was desperate, I had no choice but to pretend I was an animal.

Some of you already know that Richard K. Bernstein went on to become a physician -- hence the bit where I keep calling him "Dr." -- but I would've never made the connection between blood sugar control and otherkin!

All kidding aside, this book, even just the free bits, is a great place for diabetics -- like me! -- to start to learning to control their blood sugar; and, as a consequence, to control their diabetes. And that quote from Dr. Bernstein's book is an example of tuning out the well-meaning folks who try to convince you that you're doing it wrong, even though the evidence that Bernstein's method works is both readily available and individually replicable.


Spring Training: Cardinals vs Tigers: Lackey vs Price

Today, I’m watching the ball game from my desk. Not sitting on the sofa, iPad in hand, writing as I watch. (Technically, I’m still doing that last bit, but not with any sort of consistency or discipline.) It’s still spring training, after all (and spring training doesn’t count). The Cardinals are playing an American League team (so this game counts even less). And John Lackey is pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals.

My wife is one of the least judgmental people I know. She’s so non-judgmental that it annoys me, sometimes, because nothing can shut down a good rant like your wife being all “Ah. OK.”

Nothing.

My wife doesn’t think much of John Lackey. That says a lot to me.

Enough, in fact, for me to pack this spring training game up into a neat little bundle of minimal attention, queso panela, and few observations:

Mark Reynolds had a really nice catch early in the game! Yadier Molina snuck the ball past Detroit Tigers third-baseman Nick Castellanos for a single to lead off the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Randal Grichuk got himself a stolen base and the only run of the game in the 6th inning, with a hat tip (and an RBI) to Pete Kozma!

Jhonny Peralta singled in the 7th. Stephen Piscotty did so in the 8th.

Final score: 1 - 0, Cardinals


Spring Training: Cardinals vs Marlins: Petrick vs Latos

This game was the second half of a double-header. MLB-TV only saw fit to stream this half, and really, I'm OK with that. Especially since this is the half with Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong, and Tommy Pham in it. Those are the three non-pitchers I've been most excited to check out this spring.

Zach Petrick was the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, today, throwing with Yadier Molina behind the plate. (The second guy he pitched to was Ichiro Suzuki, and it seems very strange to me to see Ichiro as a Marlin.) This wasn't a great inning for Petrick, with a single, a ground-out, and a walk before Michael Morse drove in Dee Gordon for the Marlins' first run. A double play ended the inning with the Red Birds at only a one-run deficit, but it's never a good sign to see your pitcher struggle in the 1st.

Matt Adams reached 1st in the 2nd on a dropped-ball strikeout paired with a bad throw to the bag! A remarkably-thin Yadier Molina hit into a double-play. Mark Reynolds took a walk, then stole a base while Stephen Piscotty was in the batter's box. Piscotty smacked one into the field, and everything would've been great if Reynolds had stopped at 3rd, but no! Ichiro threw him out at home! Between all of that and Mat Latos' jerky delivery, this was a fun half-inning to watch!

The bottom of the inning, though, was even worse than the 1st for Petrick. It started with two singles and a walk before the meeting on the mound. A bases-loaded triple put Miami up by four, and left Tommy Pham limping out of the game with a strained left quad after a diving miss, to be replaced by Ty Kelly.

I hoped that Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny would pull Petrick at this point, but he didn't. Which is OK, because a hard rain began to fall. Even when rain doesn't delay a game, it can change a game, and I thought that maybe -- maybe -- it would do that for Petrick. And maybe it did! Because the inning ended with no more damage done by Miami.

Matt Adams hit a one-out single to right field off lefty reliever Mike Dunn in the top of the 4th. A center-field single from Yadier Molina advanced pinch-runner Dean Anna to 2nd. One Mark Reynolds broken-bat out later, Stephen Piscotty hit into a force-out of Molina at 2nd base.

Carlos Villanueva took over for Zach Petrick in the bottom of the 3rd, and was just so solid through the 4th inning that my eyes glazed over whenever it was the Marlins' turn to bat.

Peter Bourjos hit a one-out single to center in the top of the 5th. Then he stole 2nd! Then Jacob Wilson scored Bourjos with a deep-hit double to put the Cardinals on the board!

Tim Cooney took the mound in the bottom of the 5th, while Ed Easley took over behind the plate. Dee Gordon led off for Miami with a single, but Easley gunned him down when Gordon tried to steal 2nd.

Cody Stanley took a two-out walk in the top of the 6th. Stephen Piscotty scooted Stanley to 3rd with a tall single to right field. Ty Kelly scored Stanley and drove Piscotty to 3rd, bring the score to 4 to 2.

Cardinal reliever Jordan Walden gave up a two-out walk in the bottom of the 7th. One double later and the Marlins had scored.

With one out in the bottom of the 8th, Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal hit Donovan Solano with a pitch. Solano took second when a wild pitch from Rosenthal got away from catcher Ed Easley. Then a balk was called. A two-out single drove Solano home to make it 6 to 2, Marlins, and man, did this inning suck. I thought Petrick was having a rough time early in this game, but Rosenthal definitely had it worse!

Jacob Wilson led off the 9th inning with a base on balls, then advanced to 2nd on a ground-out from Scott Moore. A single from Pete Kozma drove Wilson to 3rd. Wilson scored on a fly out from Dean Anna, bringing the score to 6 - 3. A strikeout of Carson Kelly ended the game.

Final score: 6 - 3, Marlins


Spring Training: Cardinals vs Orioles: Garcia vs Norris

My first full St. Louis Cardinals baseball game in years, and MLB.TV is streaming it via Fox Sports Midwest! The game hasn't actually started yet, and I'm sitting here, typing this up on my iPad, mourning Terry Prachett, having an extra cup of coffee (or two), reading Thor #6, and wondering if Dan and Al are still the baseball guys for FSMW. My fingers are crossed for that last bit. I miss Dan and Al. (But not as much as I miss my mom.)

Yay! Danny Mac! (Where's Al gone, Dan?)

Jaime Garcia started the game with a strikeout of Baltimore's Everth Cabrera, but ended the top of the 1st with the Cardinals at a one-run deficit.

St. Louis' Matt Carpenter led off the bottom of the first with a walk. A smack up the middle by Jason Heyward (and a bad toss by Orioles' shortstop Cabrera) drove Carpenter to 2nd. Matt Holliday K'd, giving way to designated hitter Matt Adams' fly out. (Three out of four St. Louis Cardinals are named "Matt". Truefacts.) Then Mark Reynolds was hit by a pitch to load the bases! No pressure on you, Randal Grichuk! No pressure at all!

And, hey! At least you got wood on it! (And aren't named "Matt"!)

I finished Thor #6, moved on to Deadpool #43. ("Only two issues 'til Deadpool dies," folks!) Then Jaime Garcia had a very good 2nd inning, adding two more Ks to his total for the game! That's four, right, for two innings? But it's spring training, and no one keeps track of that. (Unless they're trying to choose a fifth starter. In which case, they probably do.)

Catcher Tony Cruz led off the bottom of the 2nd with a single. Ty Kelly followed up with an odd batting stance -- while Cruz took 2nd on a pitch that got away from Baltimore catcher J.P. Arencibia -- and earned himself a base on balls. But Pete Kozma hit into a double play, leaving only Cruz on the basepaths. Matt Carpenter made his second plate appearance of the game, but couldn't quite make it to first base.

Garcia rang up his fifth K in the top of the 3rd inning.

Then, my downstairs neighbor may or may not have heard me sprint for the far bathroom, since the guest bath is out of hand soap. (I'm going with "not", because I'm pretty ninja, given my bulk.)

Matt Holliday singled in the 3rd, only to be replaced by pinch runner Rafael Ortega. Cries of "Ice cold beer, here!" turned into something like a growl, I was momentarily transported to Angels Stadium, and Ortega stole 2nd! Woohoo! St. Louis needs a running game! I need a running game, because godsdamnit, that's fun to watch!

Matt Adams took a walk, nullifying all that effort Ortega put into stealing 2nd. :(

Then Mark Reynolds smacked one right out of there, driving in Ortega and Adams and giving the Cardinals a two-run lead! It may not be a stolen base, but a three-run homer can be pretty exciting, too!

And, at this point, I'm feeling all that extra caffeine!

After an out and a pitching change, Tony Cruz bounced one off the track for a double. Baltimore pitcher Brad Brach gave Ty Kelly a base on balls. Pete Kozma singled, pushing Kelly to 3rd and driving in Cruz, bring the score to 4 - 1, St. Louis. All that before stealing 2nd, because you go, Pete Kozma!

The top of the 4th was a three-up, three-down inning for Jaime Garcia. If the Cardinals are having trouble deciding whether or not this guy is the right guy for the last spot in the starting rotation, I'll take that as a good sign for the season!

Mark Reynolds' replacement, Xavier Scruggs, led off the bottom of the 4th, and he made it to 1st, but I was too distracted by Jose Oquendo to tell you how. A significant segment of Cardinals fans expected Oquendo to take the helm when Tony LaRussa retired. I was surprised to see Oquendo still with the organization, given how that didn't happen.

After a strikeout by Ortega, Matt Adams advanced Scruggs to 2nd, but a K to Greg Garcia ended the inning.

Matt (another one!) Belisle took the mound for St. Louis to begin the 5th inning, which saw the Orioles shut down in order.

Mom would've loved the bit where Lou Brock was smiling and waving to the camera. It was my first tear-up moment of the game.

Catcher Mike Ohlman hit a two-out two-bagger in the bottom of the 5th, and a single by Ty Kelly drove him home! Kelly got caught trying to steal 2nd after the Orioles dropped the ball after a pop-out by Pete Kozma sent him (Kelly) scrambling back to 1st. And if you think that was confusing to read, you should try writing it! (Watching it, however, was pretty entertaining.)

Mike Mayers took the ball to pitch the 6th inning for St. Louis. He gave up a single to start the inning, but followed that up with a K. He also throws to 1st base too much, which is annoying. (Unless you're actually picking a runner off, and not just pinning them down, that's the catcher's job. Pitch the damned ball.) Ultimately, though, he kept the Orange Birds from scoring.

Scott Moore popped out to start the bottom of the 6th, and this game was starting to seem kinda long. (Or maybe I'm just out of practice.) Xavier Scruggs gave us out number two, and Rafael Ortega accounted for out number three. If you're gonna go down, go down quickly! It's much less painful that way!

Mayers made a return appearance for the top of the 7th, and I was starting to ache for the 7th-inning stretch. (I mentioned the excess caffeine, right?) A lead-off double for Baltimore prevented a 1-2-3 half, and Mayers only saw one more batter -- who advanced the runner to 3rd -- before being pulled for Randy Choate.

Effective or not, I like watching Choate's delivery. Side-arm southpaws are always fun to watch.

Even when the Orioles score. Even when that run is charged to the previous pitcher.

STTTRRRRETTTCCCCCHHHHH!

Breyvic Valera took a walk after what may have been the shortest stretch, ever. (Apparently, Alberto Rosario batted while I was still in the bathroom. Thanks, MLB!) A ground out by Dean Anna advanced the runners, then Mike Ohlman  drove Rosario home, making the scroe 6 - 2, Cardinals! A double by Stephen Piscotty scored Valera! 

A pitching change later, and Tommy Pham lined out. But he also drove home another run. 8 - 2, Cardinals.

Scott Moore struck out to end the 7th.

The top of the 8th saw Alex Reyes take the mound for an easy three.

Xavier Scruggs led off the bottom of the inning by being a target for Baltimore's pitcher. But he was followed by three outs, and really, at this point, it doesn't much matter, anyway.

Seth Maness pitched the top of the 9th, and he gave up a single, but shut it down in short order.

Final score: 8 - 2, Cardinals


How to Make Working Footnotes on Typepad

Or anywhere else you can write HTML, I guess. I'm leaving this here just in case the blog I'm constantly referring to for proper code ever goes offline. 

This is the code for creating the initial footnote link within your text:

<a href="#X" id="refX"><sup>[FOOTNOTE]</sup></a>

And this is the code for linking the footnote, proper, back to the text:

<a href="#refX" id="X">BACK TO POST</a>

In both cases, "x" is the variable.  I tend to make the variable match the footnote's in-text number, and use the corresponding number in the footnote proper for linking back. You can see an example of this usage here, but go to TypePad versus WordPress, linked above, for a proper explanation of coding footnotes.


Old Baseball Posts Have Been Imported

And, when I say "old", I mean stuff from 2005 through 2008. So, not old like Lou Brock's rookie card. But certainly old like Yadier Molina's.

Comments don't appear to have been imported along with the posts. (So sorry if you commented way back when and are offended that your comment is missing. I didn't delete it on purpose. Honest.) I haven't proofread these posts since 2008, either, so Tao only know what sorts of typos you'll find if you go back to read them. 

Lastly, there appear to be some date discrepancies. (That, or maybe I just didn't find it pertinent to mention every time a game was part of a double-header. And there were a lot of double-headers!) When I first decided that blogging about the St. Louis Cardinals' baseball games was a good idea, I didn't use actual blogging software, so who the hell knows?

In any case, this post is just a guide to finding those posts, on the off-chance that some nostalgia-prone Cardinals fan (like, I dunno, me?) happens across this blog and wants to read about old baseball games.

Several other baseball posts were imported, today, too; but only the game recaps are listed here.

Because, in the end, it's the game that matters.

*cough*

I'll show myself out...


Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly.

Even if logging into Webmaster Tools still gets me a message to fix my mobile usability errors.

Wanna know how I know it's mobile-friendly, anyway? By using Google's own Mobile-Friendly Test

You can click on that link to see the results for this blog. Better yet, I'm dropping a screenshot just for you and Google to peruse below:

Need proof, Google? Here ya go!

It's right there, in lovely, fresh greens: "Awesome. This page is mobile-friendly."

Awesome, indeed.

And you know what brought this site to its new state of awesomeness? Typepad's new Nimble Design Lab! Y'all need to get on that, if you haven't already! (Just sign up for the Typepad Beta Team if you can't find Nimble amongst your theming choices.)

If you aren't sure how badly you need to re-theme your blog, click here to put it to Google's test!

(And, while we're at it, I'd just like to point out that some of you are rocking fluid-width layouts that aren't particularly iMac-friendly, either. A blog with a main column roughly two feet wide is a blog that's a pain to read.)


St. Louisans! The Zoo Needs You!

To monitor frogs and toads from your back yard! As per this tweet:

And Facebook! I need you! To make it easier for me to embed tweets properly on my Facebook profile! So I can skip putting them on my blog!


MLB.TV's 2015 St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Games

So far, since subscribing to MLB.TV this past Friday night, I've seen more Angels spring training games live than I have Cardinals games. Part of this is my fault: I scheduled a trip with a neighbor to the recycling center for Saturday morning, coinciding with the game on the 7th. Baseball game or no baseball game, it was time to take in the cans!

It didn't take long after missing most of that game to realize that not all spring training games are available for video streaming via MLB.TV. I dealt with the crushing disappointment by reminding myself that spring training games don't matter in the way that regular season games do, that these wins and losses are far less relevant than things like Angels manager Mike Sciosia playing around with a five-man infield1, and every team making sure that their pitchers can actually throw to the backstop.

Then I set out to discover exactly which St. Louis Cardinals spring training games I'd actually be able to watch. This info is lifted and condensed from The Cardinal Nation Blog. I've broken it down into smaller lists, representing chunks on the calendar, because tables can be a bitch.

  • Saturday, March 7th, vs Nationals

Yup. Already missed that one.

I'd like to think that I'll blog every St. Louis Cardinals game this year, beginning with the one on the 12th and extending through the post-season. But I'm not certain that will happen. This will be my first season watching while married, and my wife will be home for at least two of those games. I generally only blog while she's at work. So, for spring training, at least, weekend games are a big ol' "We'll see."

  • Thursday, March 19th, vs Mets
  • Friday, March 20th, vs Mets
  • Saturday, March 21st, vs Braves

I do think, however, that'll I'll keep this post as a handy guide, linking to each spring training game that actually gets blogged. I might even make it a sticky post, 'though I'm generally morally opposed to sticky posts on blogs.

  • Wednesday, March 25th, Nationals
  • Thursday, March 26th, Marlins
  • Friday, March 27th, Mets

And hopefully, by the time the regular season gets here, we'll have established a working balance between our mutually-satisfying codependence and my need to write about baseball as it happens.

  • Sunday, March 29th, Mets
  • Monday, March 30th, Nationals
  • Tuesday, March 31st, Marlins

The only thing I'm sure of, though, is this:

  • Wednesday, April 1st, Mets
  • Thursday, April 2nd, Mets

I'm going to be sick of seeing the Mets, Nationals, and Marlins by the time opening day rolls around!


1 'Though why any manager would want to intentionally walk any batter during a spring training game is beyond me!


Keep Me In for the Ball Game!

I haven't seen a complete St. Louis Cardinals baseball game in years. As a Missourian expatriate1 living in Southern California, I wouldn't get to see most Cardinals games even if my wife and I were cable TV subscribers.2 Sure, I'd watch the Angels games with her, and experience that age-weakened yet still noticeable tweak of excitement every time Albert Pujols would step up to the plate;3 but that wouldn't be the same as watching the Birds on the Bat take the field, seeing Adam Wainwright shut down the opposing team's offense or watching Yadier Molina mow them down at second base.

So, last night, my wife signed us up for MLB.TV. Because she's awesome and she loves me; but also because she loves baseball, too. We watched part of an archived stream of yesterday's Angels4 game from spring training, but there was no similarly-archived version of the Cardinals' game.

And I cried, anyway. Seriously. I wept little tears of baseball joy while sitting on the couch with my wife, trying to figure out exactly how MLB.TV works and watching Kole Calhoun5 come up to bat. 

I suspect it's going to be a weepy season for me, overall. I know that every game I watch the Cardinals play, in my head and heart I'll be hearing my mother, yelling for some player to "Get it!", or "Hit it!" or "Oh, run, you son of a bitch!"

I'm going to miss hearing that with my ears, instead.

And, as much as I'm going to spend the entire season wishing that my mom were still around to enjoy watching the Cardinals win with me,6 I think that watching now will make me feel closer to her, in some odd, ridiculous way. It'll be the first season I've watched without her. I can't really predict my emotional reaction(s) to that, but I can certainly predict that I'll have them.

And watching more than a sporadic game with my wife will be a new experience, too. I'm excited to watch her cultivate an appreciation for St. Louis Cardinals baseball, just like I'm excited to deepen my 7new-found excitement for the Angels.

Lastly, I'm excited at the prospect of live-blogging several games this year, like I did oh8, so many years ago. And It would be even more exciting to me, dear reader -- you Cardinals fans, or Angels fans, or baseball fans at large -- if those posts could become a place for friendly discussion of both the games and the game, the Cardinals and the Angels (respectively), and what the sport means to our lives, individually and collectively.

Consider this an invitation. And watch this space over the next few days!

For the text version of baseball!

Because reading about is the next-best-thing to being there!

Or something!


1 Really, it might as well be a different country.

2 We aren't. Thanks Hulu! Thanks Netflix! Thanks Amazon Prime!

3 Go on. Be bitter. Just know you're doing it wrong. And by "it", I mean baseball, but also something more.

4 I refuse to call them the "Los Angeles Angels" so long as they're based in Anaheim. On a related note: Please stay in Anaheim!

5 I feel a special bond with Mr. Calhoun, since he was the only Angel close enough for me to get a decent picture of at the last Angels game Linda and I attended. I'm easy like that.

6 And that dementia hadn't robbed her of her ability to enjoy it.

7 Relatively speaking.

8 It's killing me not to put an exclamation point here.