DLD 05/20/10: My Senior Trip

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Today, in just over two hours, eight school buses will depart from Modesto, California for Anaheim, California. No, I won't be seeing the damn Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play. (Well, they are on the road, you know.) Instead, I'll be arriving with 335 other high school seniors for our senior year trip to Disneyland! It's a two-day trip on a very tight schedule and I'll be back at "12:30ish" in the morning on early Saturday according to the itinerary we all received. I'm using this DLD to inform all of you because, well, I wanted to!

I wasn't going to leave the rest of this post blank. I have links, of course!

Have you read The Handmaid's Tale, Beowulf, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Catcher in the Rye? If so, you should watch my group's English class film project posted above! In a group of seven people, we portrayed characters in those books in a mash-up comedy. We read those books throughout the school year and this the film project was our last big assignment. There were six videos shown in our class period and ours was definitely one of the one or two best. I just thought I'd share that with you guys. I loved our intro. From there, the film started off pretty slow. It did, though, get better and better and I thought it turned out okay. All dialogue is 100 percent related to the character in the book. (I'm the dude in the glasses, by the way.)

Milton Bradley has a batting line of .230/.321/.378 this season. [via]

Okay, that's definitely enough school nonsense. Yesterday, the Seattle Mariners got back designated hitter and left fielder Milton Bradley. Dealing with personal issues and anger, Bradley was on the restricted list.

"I don't have all the answers. I'm not saying I'm cured," Bradley said in a clubhouse meeting room before Wednesday's game against Toronto.

He made a brief statement then answered one question before a team spokesman ended the session.

"I'm working ever so hard, and I'm committed to this process," Bradley said. "It's going to be an ongoing thing. It's the best thing for me. I'm glad I took this time."

From 2004-2010, Kaz Matsui complied a career 5.6 WAR while making $38.3 million through '09. [via]

The Houston Astros have had enough of Kaz Matsui. The team released the second baseman after yesterday's win.

The Astros announced Wednesday they would ask for waivers on Matsui for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release and likely eating the remainder of his three-year, $16.5 million contract that was set to expire after this season.

The move didn't come as a surprise considering Matsui was hitting .141 with one RBI in 27 games this season, including an 0-for-20 slump he carried into Wednesday. The club purchased the contract of infielder Oswaldo Navarro from Triple-A Round Rock.

Strasburg hit 100 on the gun last night. [via]

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg is on fire for Triple-A Syracuse. Strasburg threw 6.1 scoreless innings yesterday. He is now 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP, .068 BAA and is averaging 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

"I still need to work on command of all my pitches in the zone," Strasburg said. "I need to work on my bulldog mentality, and I need to be better at identifying weaknesses of opposing hitters and trying to exploit them."

Strasburg got most of his strikeouts with a sharp curveball. He got ahead with his trademark upper-90s fastball, reaching 96 on his final pitch when he struck out Danny Valencia looking to begin the seventh.

According to the link, June 4 is when the Washington Nationals plan on to call him up. Tim Kurkjian also said such things on SportsCenter this morning.

Both former All-Star players are headed for the disabled list. [via]

Yesterday, the New York Yankees placed catcher Jorge Posada on the disabled list with a broken foot. Posada will be out 3-4 weeks. A bruise is what is keeping Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore on the pine. The injured left knee will have Sizemore shelved for at least 15 days. Unfortunately for the Indians, infielder Asdrubal Cabrera is going to have surgery on his fractured left forearm. That's too bad for the Tribe. We unfortunately know how they feel.

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Well, that's all I have for you. Beat the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants for me! Let's be over .500 when I get back from the trip! You guys have fun, now.