Friday, October 5, 2018

Three Beautiful Things 10/04/18: The Deke Flies Away, 2018 Baseball Theory Triumphs Today, Poker on PlutoTV

1. The Deke and I were up at 3:30 a.m. I fixed the Deke a cup of coffee while she did the last things she needed to do in order to drive to Spokane to catch her flight to Denver and then to Baltimore. As the day went along, the Deke texted me that she had arrived inside the Spokane Airport and, later, had arrived in Baltimore. It's a great time for the Deke to visit Molly and Adrienne and their families. I'd love to be visiting them, too, but it is a fine consolation that I will drive to Billings on Tuesday and hear Hiram perform in a concert given by the President's Own Marine Band.

2. I took as full advantage as I could of being set up to watch baseball on television today and watched the suddenly weak hitting Rockies scratch out two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the Brewers, only to lose the game in the bottom of the 10th. The Brewers won this game without using a starting pitcher. Rather, manager Craig Counsell used six relief pitchers, with only Brandon Woodruff pitching as many as three innings, and this approach, a contemporary approach grounded in current statistical analysis, succeeded until the top of the ninth to squelch the Rockies -- and even when the Rockies did score twice in the ninth, the runs resulted from three straight singles and a sacrifice fly.

I had thought that this game might feature some offensive fireworks. I was completely wrong.

3. After listening to the ESPN radio broadcast of the Dodgers rocketing three home runs on their way to defeating the Braves 6-0, I set up PlutoTV on my tablet and watched the first two parts of a WTP tournament being played at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on the WTP channel. I stayed up until well past midnight, hoping to see how the showdown between the final three players turned out, but the always unpredictable PlutoTV didn't show part 3 after part 2 and so I'll have to keep an eye on the PlutoTV broadcast schedule and see if I can track down a broadcast of the last segment of this three part broadcast. 

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