Current Event Friday #115

Baseball news coming from the City of Angels

Another week is ending, and today’s #CurrentEventFriday looks at the end of a baseball player’s tenure with his team. So, without much ado let’s get into news of the day in the world of MLB.

Albert Pujols, of the Los Angeles Angels

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Angels released First Baseman/Designated Hitter Albert Pujols in the final year of his contract with the team. Pujols signed a massive contract with the team 10 years ago but over the last few years his production has declined.

Albert Pujols during his time with the St. Louis Cardinals

Originally a signing of the St. Louis Cardinals late in the draft, Pujols rose to the major leagues and cemented himself as a perennial all-star at First Base for the Cardinals. Given the nickname “The Machine” for his abilities, Pujols became a fan favorite of the Cardinals from 2001-2011. Pujols won Rookie of the Year in 2001. He also won MVP in 2005, 2008, and 2009. In the Postseason, Pujols won the World Series in 2006 & 2011 and was the NLCS MVP in 2004. Also, during his time with the Cardinals, Pujols became the cover athlete for EA’s MVP Baseball in 2004. When his contract with St. Louis ended, Pujols signed with the Angels.

Pujols has been mostly consistent with the Angels, but hasn’t quite produced as well as he did with the Cardinals. Given the Angels play in the American League, Pujols has been able to remain healthy and reduce wear on his body by playing Designated Hitter.

I’ve always respected Pujols for his ability, but disliked the team he played for the first 10 years of his MLB career. There was at least a smll glimmer of hope for Cubs fans like me that Pujols might;ve signed with Chicago when his St. Louis contract ended, but the Angels came away with that victory. I’ve also admired long-time catcher Yadier Molina of the Cardinals for his ability but dislike that those abilities are often used against my team.

Given the need for production at a Major League level, the release of Pujols wasn’t that unexpected. At the time of the release, Pujols is hitting just under the so-called Mendoza line which is an under .200 batting average. Yes, the season is early, but the Angels have several candidates for Designated Hitter and infielders to play First Base. A costly bench player isn’t a luxury they could afford. Likely, Pujols will retire at the end of the season as possibilities to sign will be few and far between. If Pujols does retire at the end of the season, I’d expect the St. Louis Cardinals to offer a one-day contract so he can retire as a Cardinal.

Are you a fan of Albert Pujols?

Poetry Wednesday 148

Today’s original poem is “Pieces” but the work is whole

“Pieces”

                I’d never do anything to hurt you

                Like the hell you’ve put me through

                I’d never imagine where we’d be

                Stay and talk to me, set me free

                Wouldn’t have believed it’d be a friend

                Life as I knew it, came crashing to an end

                Now your life could fall apart

                Since you went and broke my heart

                Moving on, picking up the pieces

                Need to get out of this place

                Find a safe space, without your haunting face

                Anxiety returns and sadness increases

                Order a double shot of Jack

                Cut your memory off, don’t want it coming back

© Ryan Stroud 2021

Poetry Wednesday 147

I promise “I Will” post today’s original poem

“I Will”

                I hope you will always love me

                We both wish it was for all eternity

                Every day with you is better

                Together we will overcome

                Moving on from where I came from

                I Will love you always

                I Will love you more day after day

                Oh Babe, You know I will

                So happy where I am now

                You are worthy of every chance I took

                Drawn to your eyes with mine every time I look

                Promise that I am true and faithful

                A woman like you for a guy like me makes me grateful

                I Will love you always

                I Will love you more day after day

                Oh Babe, You know I will

© Ryan Stroud 2021

Current Event Friday #114

If you have a problem with Frozen Yogurt, let it go

Another week comes to an end, maybe that means eating out if you’re somewhere that restrictions have loosened. Maybe, eating out includes a treat like frozen yogurt. That leads into today’s #CurrentEventFriday and the potential problems one person had with frozen yogurt.

Frozen Yogurt, made with customized mix-ins

I’m sure as many of you read problem with frozen yogurt, you assume it’s someone who has lactose intolerance and can’t enjoy that dairy product. Surprisingly, most yogurts are naturally low in lactose since the bacteria cultures in yogurt remove most of the lactose. So, instead it’s someone who doesn’t like frozen yogurt being labeled sugar-free.

Demi Lovato, a singer/actress who rose to fame with The Disney Channel

Demi Lovato, who I think rose to fame with some Disney Channel program Camp Rock and sings has become more active on social media to promote her brand and criticize others in strong terms. Lovato took to her Instagram Stories feed to slam Bigg Chill of Los Angeles with their sugar-free yogurt offerings. The store apparently labeled the sugar-free products as guilt-free. Apparently, Lovato felt that the yogurt shop was promoting toxic diet culture and was offended by their promotion of a dangerous trend.

Lovato is known for her newfound health education after extended substance abuse rehab stays which have taught her, she can smoke marijuana and avoid alcohol along with other drugs while being “California Sober” which she recently coined. So, of course anything a celebrity with a history of eating disorders and substance abuse says about health should be taken with a grain of salt. The history of her eating disorder prompted Lovato to criticize the yogurt shop which could encourage disordered eating based on her own experience.

Thankfully, some pointed out to Lovato that Diabetics and Celiac folks might need sugar-free offerings along with their healthy peers who can eat the regular yogurt. Lovato apologized for her quick jump to conclusion which lasted for all of a day or two and reminded that the original point to beware of promoting disordered eating with guilt-free food is triggering to her and others.

Personally, I don’t care what Demi Lovato says or does since she’s a celebrity under 30 with little information about most subjects and I barely know who she is. The only Demi I’m familiar with is Demi Moore who usually stays quiet on most subjects which is a welcome approach compared to other celebrities.

No Sugar Added Ice Cream, from Blue Bell© which allows Diabetics and others to enjoy ice cream

I also look for sugar-free or no added sugar desserts like frozen yogurt or other dairy treats with my diabetes, but I’m not triggered by the full sugar offerings. If I want to have some of those regular treats I can, but it means I might avoid eating other foods to stay within range. I’ve learned that the best approach for eating is to eat in moderation while occasionally enjoying treats, so I don’t feel shame for eating ‘bad’ foods. I’ve also learned that if somebody else wants to eat with less restrictions than me or more restrictions that’s their prerogative and it shouldn’t affect me, let alone trigger me.

Should Demi Lovato have criticized the frozen yogurt shop?

Poetry Wednesday 146

Today’s original poem wonders what “Kind of Girl” I might look for

“Kind of Girl”

                Looking for the kind of girl, who’ll change my whole world

                Could easily settle down with a girl next door

                Finds her way over to me, across the dance floor?

                Heal my broken heart, be my restart

                Kind of girl that’s comfortable in ballcap, hoodie, and jeans

                Kind of girl that still likes to do her hair up and wear an evening dress

                Kind of like a song’s melody meant for only me

                She knows how to challenge me, without bringing stress

                She’s happy to stay home, or take a weekend trip to New Orleans

                She’s a different kind of girl, thoughtful in the right way

                She shows that she loves me and wants me to stay

                Looking for somebody who knows how to enjoy life with a simple guy

                Could know whether we’re going anywhere after the first date

                Finds ways to spend more time with me, even if we show up late

                Settle my restless soul, makes me feel whole

                Kind of girl that’s comfortable in ballcap, hoodie, and jeans

                Kind of girl that still likes to do her hair up and wear an evening dress

                Kind of like a song’s melody meant for only me

                She knows how to challenge me, without bringing stress

                She’s happy to stay home, or take a weekend trip to New Orleans

                She’s a different kind of girl, thoughtful in the right way

                She shows me that she loves me and wants me to stay

© Ryan Stroud 2021

Poetry Wednesday 145

After a stay in the hospital, I’ve written “Hospital” as today’s original poem

“Hospital”

Hospital stay time           

Sick, tired, poked and prodded 

Laid up in the bed   

        

Hope and pray for health             

Doctors and nurses helping        

Medicines working   

      

Cleared to return home

Will recover overnight  

Better everyday

© Ryan Stroud 2021

Current Event Friday #113

A change in Saturday morning programs for kids is coming

Another week comes to an end, and that means it’s time for the latest installment of #CurrentEventFriday. Today’s edition sees a sad ending to a long-running children’s educational program.

Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Earlier this week, the family of Jack Hanna revealed that he had been diagnosed with dementia. With this diagnosis, Jack Hanna will not be featured on Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. Hanna, 74 became famous for his educational endeavors as a zookeeper at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio.

Eventually Hanna would take that fame to Good Morning America and David Letterman programs. Hanna would often bring on animals for the hosts to learn and interact with in order to educate a national audience. Johnny Carson often featured Joan Embry in a similar fashion on The Tonight Show.

Hanna was diagnosed with dementia several months ago his family revealed in the letter announcing the change in the television programs. The family had hoped that Hanna would be able to scale back in the coming months and function close to normal, but his condition deteriorated more quickly than anticipated and the change became necessary.

Various zookeepers and zoologists have been featured on talk shows and Saturday morning programming over the years, so likely they will fill the void left by Jack Hanna’s absence. Particularly, Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin has maintained fame after her father’s death along with her brother Robert. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Irwin children have their own Saturday morning program in place of Jack Hanna’s shows.  

Have you watched any of the Jack Hanna animal education television programs?

Poetry Wednesday 144

Today “Peach on My Lips” is the original poem

“Peach on My Lips”

                I saw her on the other side of the bar and sent her a drink

                She thanked me and drank another round of her something pink

                Next day she splashed by me while I was beside her at the pool

                Spent time in the ocean with kicking the fins from the SCUBA time we paid to rent

                Told me she was from somewhere North of Atlanta, could already tell by her accent

                Knew when the week ended, I had to head back home and return to school

                Now I’m a heartbroken lover but she’s still my heart’s owner

                Like a fugitive loner I’m never stopping; always making getaway trips

                Can’t forget the nights we spent together by the tiki lights

                But all I’m left with, is the taste of Peach on my lips

                Spent the week being friendly and flirty walking on the beach while she held my hand

                Every night we looked up at the moon while we laid out on the sand

                She asked me If my actions were about something else, or based off emotion

                “I’m not afraid to be who I am, and I’m falling for you,” is all I could say

                Time got away from us and night seemed to magically turn into day

                She said there’s no way I could be that dedicated to her, have that much devotion

                Now I’m a heartbroken lover but she’s still my heart’s owner

                Like a fugitive loner I’m never stopping; always making getaway trips

                Can’t forget the nights we spent together by the tiki lights

                But all I’m left with, is the taste of Peach on my lips

                Loved our last night, we slow danced, and she laid her head on my shoulder

                We got so close that week, and I grew up in just a few short days—got so much older

                Sadly, as that quick whirlwind of passion ended, we lost touch

                Got back on the plane for home and flew up into the wild blue yonder

                She lit up my life like lightning and shook my world like rumbling thunder

                Her public affection and private conversation meant so much

                Now I’m a heartbroken lover but she’s still my heart’s owner

                Like a fugitive loner I’m never stopping; always making getaway trips

                Can’t forget the nights we spent together by the tiki lights

                But all I’m left with, is the taste of Peach on my lips

© Ryan Stroud 2021

Poetry Wednesday 143

Today’s original poem is “Between the Devil and Her”

“Between the Devil & Her”

                Everything is proceeding as expected, going well

                Worrying that something comes to ruin it and it all goes to hell

                Coming to my senses and know we’re together, naturally

                She’s the better half to me, an angel actually

                And I’m all that stands between the devil and her

                We will make it through, passing thru fire and smoke

                Maybe we’re a little worse for the wear, but we couldn’t be broke

                Pursued her like the hounds of heaven, hoping I’d be her choice

                Lucky to wake up every morning to hear her voice

                And I’m all that stands between the devil and her

                Our love is the song deep in my heart

                Praying it never ends, I wouldn’t know how to make a new start

                And I’m all that stands between the devil and her

                Down a winding road we are bound to travel

                Three cords are better than one—ties that won’t unravel

                And I’m all that stands between the devil and her

© Ryan Stroud 2021

Poetry Wednesday 142

Have a “Cocktail” for today’s original poem

“Cocktail”

                Feeling happier as my thirst is satisfied with a rich spirited drink

                Ready for bed, have a nightcap before I my unconscious time to think

                Doesn’t matter the liquor—tequila, rum, wine, vodka, or whiskey

                Wish I had a good girl that missed me

                Building myself and my drink up, thinking I’ll use a rocks glass

                Have a whole list to choose from, learned them in my bartending class

                You’d like something different, how about a highball?

                Sure Collins, you want something that reminds that you’re fairly tall

                Margaritas and Daiquiris are Latin inspired, but like a Whiskey Sour

                Wag your finger at me ma’am like I’m a wild dog

                Not as impaired as you might suppose, I’m not in a fog

                I enjoy them any time, but I look forward to Happy Hour

                Beer may be what Joe has most days after working their job

                Habits may be mixed up like my drink, but I’m part of the hustlin’ mob

© Ryan Stroud 2021