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Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Future is Now

*picture from the Boston Globe*

Um, yeah. I think he might be the real deal. Matsuzaka's line from today's 4-1 win:



D Matsuzaka (W, 1-0)
7.0 Innings
6 Hits
1 Earned Run
1 Walk
10 Strike outs
108 Pitches
1.29 ERA
.240 Batting Average against

I TIVO'd the game and listened to it on the XM: and yes, I realize how sick I am. There was no way I was missing his first start. He is as advertised and more: he made major league hitters look downright silly at times. Gave up a home run and some hard hit balls, but the fact he was blowing on his hands, wiping his nose with his sleeve, and probably wishing for the Dome's back home he pitched in because of the sub zero temperature in KC, I'll give him a pass. He is gonna be REALLY fun to watch, especially at Fenway.

On a sad note, I went to the funeral today of a really good man: he was a member of our church, and he and his wife were close friends of my Mom and Pop. Now you have to understand: I attend funerals about as often as I compliment a Yankee player, but this man was so good to my family, especially Ciera, I wanted to pay my respects. He graduated from Annapolis, served his country in WWII, and worked as an engineer for Dupont for 30 years. You know what they talked about at his funeral? How much he loved his wife, children, and grand children.

Married to the love of his life for 57 years, he had 4 children and 13 grand children. From the minister all the way down to his sons who spoke, to a man they talked of his life long love of his wife and kids. As my pastor said, he lived it: he was a living example of what a Husband and a Dad should be.

As I sat there, I thought to myself: God willing, if I live to be 80 years old, and at my funeral they say I was half the husband and father my friend was, I'd consider myself a lucky man. I could care less if what I earned, or how big a house I had, or what kind of car I drove was ever mentioned. Hopefully, they will say he loved and adored his wife, and was a great dad to his children. I hope I can earn that honor over the years.

God speed Mr. Powell.

44 comments:

KAYLEE said...

Ted,Thanks for reminding me about funerals....I get to go too on Tuesday...lucky me..I liked everything I saw about the game today:-) AT least,I dont have to go to school(or tuesday that is the one thing I like about funerals)tomorrow.....But,they are working me I guess I will watch the game on GAMEDAY if I am not busy:)

Ted D said...

Kaylee,

Did not mean to bring up bad stuff for you: this was a really good man. I HATE funerals, and have only been to one other that did not involve a family member.

Today was pretty nice, huh?

KAYLEE said...

Oh yes it was well worth not Going to school for...and the fact that I am sick:-)

Tex said...

ted i say a well lived life is a love filled life

KAYLEE said...

//ted i say a well lived life is a love filled life//

thats a good way to put it Tex:-)

Ted D said...

Tex, I'll agree with you 100%. THe love this man's family had for him was really touching.

You ready for your big weekend? I'm gonna be looking for you Sunday night now: make me proud!

KAYLEE said...

I am not sure i am even gunna watch that one on ESPN on sunday night first i hate the texas rangers second,i hate JOE MORGAN he i worse than tim mccarver....I am not sure i can sit through that one:-)

Ted D said...

Kaylee, it's the Red Sox. I can sit through Ken " The Hawk" Harrelson and his doofus partner, DJ "Darrin" Jackson for that. You can deal with Morgan. Or else just hit the mute button.

KAYLEE said...

see Tex i dont lie when I say i hate everything about texas.

KAYLEE said...

thats true I will probably watch it ted. who am i trying to fool here?I dont turn on my sox even to avoid morgan!But,I think I work is that an 8:00 or 7:00 game?

Ted D said...

8 eastern, 7 central, 6 Arizona time.

Tex said...

i gotta do some figuring about what to do sunday night. Schill will be pitching. i could make a sign that said:

I Survived Grady Little!!!

Ted D said...

Now you're thinking Tex: I was hoping for a anti-A Rod sign, but I can live with that!

KAYLEE said...

Thank you TED i am lazy tonight:-) Hopefully I will be home......KI never know when I am gunna get out of that place they say I work 7-5 but that usally never happens its a miracle if I get out of there at 5 most nights on the weekends!

KAYLEE said...

TREE newt wrote a new post by the way:)

Ted D said...

Tree Newt writes a post, yet won't come on here?

I see some marbles being busted in the near future!

KAYLEE said...

He has a sick baby give him a break!

Tex said...

AWho?

KAYLEE said...

//AWho?//

I could answer if I know what that meant!

Tex said...

read teds post

Mattie said...

Alright, alright! Give the Newt a break! Man, bust my marbles for not writing a post, then bust them for not visiting the "Holy Grail" of blogs!

Brother, I'm right there with you on the blog. If it can be said that I loved my wife, loved my kids, and lived what I believed, I'll die a happy man. It's not the houses, or cars, or stuff, it's love. Downsizing to the place we're (almost) in is really making me live that thought out. Only love lasts.

And Dice-K looked nasty. I saw the highlights on Baseball tonight.

Kaylee, I'm with you on Joe Morgan. He's horrible

KAYLEE said...

//Kaylee, I'm with you on Joe Morgan. He's horrible//

thank you tree squirrel....I am glad you agree with me I dont usally agree with suirrels to much though!

KAYLEE said...

and tree squirrel havent you figured out yet that noone gets a break here?

Mattie said...

Kaylee, I you rarely agree with anyone.

Ted D said...

Jeez, you are sensitive these days: Ask the missus for some Midol why don't you? ;)

Where is FTD man? It's 20 degrees in OK, surely that many people could not have driven through his play? You think?

Ted D said...

//Kaylee, I you rarely agree with anyone.//

I can attest to this: the boy will argue with a fence post.

KAYLEE said...

Tree squirrel:I know I live in a planet in my mind.....I am on a different universe most of the time.

Mattie said...

I just told Amanda I was wondering where Bub was. What gives? He still out trying to flash-freeze his trees?

KAYLEE said...

I am glad he aint here he cant make fun of me then:-)

Mattie said...

Oh Kaylee...he'll be on at some point. Now you're just giving him ammunition

Ted D said...

Mattie,

He's playing Jesus in his play tonight, tomorrow, and Sat night.

I'm betting he's freezing his giblets off tonight.

Hehehehehe. People his age get cold FAST.

KAYLEE said...

haha I know I am I tend to do that alot:)

Mattie said...

Ahhh...I forgot! Resurrection Jesus! Well, I'll have to wait until tomorrow to hear him bust on me, because the Newt is about to climb into the nest for the night.

Peace out!

Ted D said...

'Night Corn Meal.

See you tomorrow.

I'm about to follow you: getting old sucks.

KAYLEE said...

haha I should follow too I have to get up at fricken 4:30 am!

Tex said...

not sure what is going on with blogger or my work computer. I can blog on others blogs...but cant post new posts on my own!!!

I'm getting rather irritated and all!!!

KAYLEE said...

I would be too that is why I stopped using Laptops TEX.I only use em on vacations:)

scott h said...

Well I'm glad Peewee's funhouse had a good time tonight! Im almost frozen but for the sake of my business we are still at 40 and holding on!! Ted I see the chick-fil-A girls pop'd in again. and I missed newt. Kaylee what can I say about you that hasn't aready been said.

Stacy said...

Sounds like Dice K had a good game. Maybe when it turns a balmy 60 in Boston he'll be even better!

Ted, you are a good husband and father. Just let you wife paint if she wants to. At least she's not asking you to help. :)

Carol said...

Hi Ted - You conveyed well why your friend was a great man!

On the Red Sox front, I had missed the top half of the first inning (waiting for 1-hour photo), but like you was not going to miss Dice either lol. I made it home just in time!

Ted D said...

Carol,

I think RSN is the only fan base I can think of that would plan their day around the debut of a pitcher.

Another plus? The Yankees got beat last night, so if my math is correct, we start today in First Place!

Tex, have a great time at the games this weekend! And don't get arrested.

Ted D said...

Oh yeah, Scotty:

Wear your thermal's tonight!

And long live the FTD man!

chicklets said...

Ted i saw that you are planning on going to Baltimore to see the Orioles. Mildred and I just love birds. We are a part of the bird watching society, and orioles have become our favorite bird to study.

I think you call him, Tree Newt? Well, Mildred and I are very interested in seeing if he could possibly come down to Mississippi for a weekend conference and speak to the Daughters of the Revolution. Just informing them about trees, birds, squirrels, etc. It will be a very interesting conference and i know that everyone envolved would love to have such an expert guest speaker.
Let us know.

Ted D said...

Myrtle,

That sounds right up Oat Brans alley: you'll have to ask him, but I'll mention it to him all the same.

What exactly is the Daughters of the Revolution? You never know with some of these groups down south.