Some tidbits from around the horn today:
* Please see also this amazing photograph by an AP photographer from last night's game, as found on the Boston.com photo gallery. It reminds me of a classical painting.
* I was going to comment on the whole Jeter-cologne thing, but Chad Finn did a much better job of posting a thorough mockery than I could anyway.
* This just in: Sam is not right in the head.
* Any truth to the rumor I heard that the Sox were gouging for water at Fenway last night? Someone called the radio station I listen to saying he was at the game last night and that the Sox had covered over the normal pricing stickers for water at $3.50 a bottle with new signs saying it was $5.00. They can't do that, can they?
* I think Mark Loretta is really cute. There, I said it.
* I am not a sabermetrics chick. At all. But I've been learning a little more about it lately. Combine that with one of my perennial bouts with insomnia last night, in which I lay there for hours and have racing, disjointed, nonstop thoughts about random shit, and you have my question for stats geeks: is it possible to calculate the change in the Pythagorean wins for the Sox and Yankees given the changes at the trading deadline this soon after it? And if so, what does that number look like now?
Another question, apropos of nothing: how exactly is secondary batting average different from OBP?
* I have been learning some basic SABR principles largely through reading Feeding the Monster, which every literate Sox fan should be reading, too. The only thing about the book that really bothers me is that Seth Mnookin frequently references headlines from Boston Dirt Dogs, but utterly refuses to give attribution to the site, choosing instead to say "one Red Sox fan website said..." and then quoting a phrase or two that could only have come from Dirt Dogs. I don't get it. Every time Mnookin references a mainstream media source he references the date, author, publication and sometimes even where the story was located on the pages of the newspaper. Why the hell does a website get the shaft?
* People really cannot get over this bird thing. I suppose it's a happier thing to think about than Varitek on the DL or Youkilis getting utterly robbed at home plate last night.
* In other news of the unbearable, Tedy Bruschi apparently has a broken wrist. Which may require surgery. To steal a line from Bill Simmons, I will now set myself on fire.
It couldn't be much hotter than just standing outside for a while anyway.