Then again, I always had trouble hitting a breaking ball. I pick it up better from the stands than I do at the plate. Anyway, here's my tale to explain the slight schedule slip.
The good news: I got to spend most of Friday and all of Monday at home. That was fine by me. I love being at home and doing whatever I feel like doing. The bad news: I was there because I was suspended two days from work. Why? Well, that's why there's a tale.
As most probably know, I got married in August. That was one of the reasons for my little hiatus. Because of the wedding, we moved to Crawfordsville, as that's about halfway between our jobs. My daily drive went from fifteen to twenty minutes to more like forty to fifty minutes. I actually don't mind it all that much, it's all interstate. But it's something that makes me want to look for work closer to home. Combine with that the fact I really, really don't want to be answering phones for a living. I would love to wake up in the morning and be excited to get to work and love what I'm doing instead of the struggle to even open my eyes every day. So, I'm looking for a new job, preferably in a new industry.
That, I think, has gotten back to Watchfire. Watchfire does a lot of things right, but it is notorious for not tolerating employees looking for other work. I would have believed that reputation to be earned before this whole ordeal, but I believe it even more now. I had a call which wasn't great, but it really wasn't too bad. That led to me apparently being a problem for some time, which was news to me. Suddenly I'm getting a written warning and the suspension. It felt to me at the time and even moreso since that they are looking to get rid of me, I'm assuming because somebody called for a reference or something along those lines. I definitely feel like a dead man walking at this job now. Hopefully I can at least hang on until I get the last of the wedding bills paid off,* by which time I'll either have found new employment or at least can leave on my own terms.
*The bills are very manageable, for the record. They total under $3,000, which is my credit card balance and the wedding band. If things go right, everything will be paid off by the end of the year.
So, that's how I spent my weekend. I did watch all the baseball, of course. The Cardinals seemed to be cruising along until La Russa, well, went all La Russa on the situation. Sacrifice bunting and hit-and-running all the time. Great way to score one needed run, but playing that way for an entire game is a great way to leave a metric ton* of runners on base, which is exactly what has happened. That is not how you win ball games. Ron Washington had his own quirks, like intentionally walking Pujols with two out and nobody on, but by God, he wasn't going let The Machine beat him, which I can respect a whole lot more than La Russa's fumbling and sheer determination to take the bat out of his historically great hitter's hands.
*According to ESPN, the average weight of a St. Louis Cardinal is 212 pounds. The Cardinals stranded twelve. That comes out to 2,544 pounds of Redbirds left out to dry. A metric ton, Google helpfully tells me, is 2,205 pounds (rounded).
We're sitting a three games to two in the Rangers favor. Off day today, and then it's back to St. Louis. I'm still thinking Rangers in seven as I predicted at the start of the series, but don't be shocked if St. Louis can pull out two wins at home.