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Love is the saddest thing when it goes away

This whole deal with the team being out of it in September, the games meaningless, yet you feel this guilt about turning away and not watching when the team still has to go out night after night and play through …,


Well, it's just like the feeling of end of a love affair, isn't i? You're just going through the motions but the love is gone, the passion is gone.



Or the Beatles' "For No One" … "And in her eyes you see nothing/ No sign of love behind the tears/ Cried for no one / A love that should have lasted years"


At least it hasn't got quite as bad the DB's song "Amplifier."


Well, not yet.


Author's Notes:

The songs today are just the first three that popped into my head that deal with the 'end of the affair' feeling. Many of you may not be familiar with the DB's or their song 'Amplifier' but then again, knowing the regular readers here, many of you may be.

In any case, 'Amplifier' doesn't really fit with the other two, yet, in my mind, it's one of the greatest songs of all time and is always on my short list for 'breakup songs,' so I had to include it.


One things for sure....Love stinks :)

What would Brian Boitano do,
if he were here right now?

I bet he'd kick and ass or two,
That's what Brian Boitano'd do....

The Ancient Romans used to say: Bravely, faithfully, perhaps successfully.

Think about that statement. When we set out for a goal, it is incumbent upon us to be as brave and faithful as possible, even though we know as rational beings that fortune could destroy everything in one moment. We still must be as brave and faithful as if success were guaranteed.

Good to see Wake back. Too bad he had to rehab in a regular game and Bedard just had to be the opposing pitcher.

All relationships have times of strain. I still have tickets to 3 different games in this final stretch. I'm going to all of the games barring the unforeseen. Sometimes you just have to work through the bad times. If you need something to stand and cheer for 24/7, go be a Yankees fan (except in October). Right now, let's look to see what the team will do to improve from this low point.

Theo may make mistakes; hell, we all do. But I think this front office has shown the resiliency to bounce back and improve this team better than most other teams in the majors. Other than Detroit and/or the White Sox, I'm not sure there's another team out there that has improved its forgone conclusion for the season lately. Tampa Bay will always be last, Texas is still Texas, and so on.

Well at least the games this weekend will mean something, because the Yanks could secure the division while Boston is in town.

Chan charms me:

Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or waterfall could stop me
And then came the rush of the flood
The stars at night turned you to dust

Melt me down
To big black armour
Leave no trace
Of grace
Just in your honor
Lower me down
That corporate slob
Make a watch
For a space in town
For the lack of the dreds
Of my bed I've been sleeping
Lower me down
Pin me in
Secure the grounds
For the later parade

Once I wanted to be the greatest
Two fists of solid rock
When things I couldn't explain
Any feelings
Lower me down
Pin me in
Secure the grounds
For the lack of the drugs
My faith had been sleeping
For the later parade

Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or water fall could stop me
And then came the rush of the flood
The stars at night turned you to dust

If a tree in the forest slipped into third place, would anybody notice?

What is the sound of one hand clapping Grasshopper?

Didn't anybody tell them?
Didn't anybody see?
Theo's on the phone to Tito,
Papi's on the phone to me
Oh yeah.


(No, he wasn't projected by a silver spoon...)

Making your way in the world today takes everything you got.
Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name,
And they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same.
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.
You wanna go where people know people are all the same.
You wanna go where everybody knows your name.

You should see Polythene Pap
He makes the batters look and feel like crap
We almost saw him in traction
From his shoulder's whip action
You should see Polythene Pap
Yeah yeah yeah

My contribution to the "end of the affair" for these 2006 Sox: The Long Goodbye, by Brooks & Dunn (which was my anthem 4 years ago breaking up with a longterm love):

"Sometimes I ask my heart did we really
Give our love a chance (just one more chance)
and I know without a doubt
I turned it inside out
And if we walked away
would make more sense (only self defense)
But it tears me up inside
Just to think we still could try
How long must we keep riding on a carousel

Going round and round and never getting anywhere? (on a wing and prayer)

This is the long goodbye

Somebody tell me why
Two lovers in love can't make it
Just what kind of love keeps breaking a heart?

No matter how hard I try

You're gonna make me cry
Come on, baby, it's over, Let's face it
All that's happening here is the long goodbye"

I realized that I felt weird the other day, like something was missing, a phantom limb- and realized it was the Sox, because I had not paid attention in a week, didn't even know their current W-L. Winter has already begun...

good to see a-rod getting some attention outside the mainstream sports media:

Where you are seems to be
As far as an eternity
Outstretched arms open hearts
And if it never ends then when do we start?
I'll never leave you behind
Or treat you unkind
I know you understand
And with a tear in my eye
Give me the sweetest goodbye
That I ever did receive

Pushing forward and arching back
Bring me closer to heart attack
Say goodbye and just fly away

For the breakup lyric crowd:

You don't bring me flowers
You don't sing me love songs
You hardly talk to me anymore
When you come through the door
At the end of the day

No hits, huh Nick? Kinda like Shreck the past two games?

another good break up song, by the under appreciated Jeff Buckley

this is our last goodbye
i hate to feel the love between us die
but it's over
just hear this and then i'll go
you gave me more to live for
more than you'll ever know

this is our last embrace
must i dream and always see your face
why can't we overcome this wall
well, maybe it's just because i didn't know you at all

kiss me, please kiss me
but kiss me out of desire, babe, and not consolation
you know it makes me so angry 'cause i know that in time
i'll only make you cry, this is our last goodbye

did you say "no, this can't happen to me,"
and did you rush to the phone to call
was there a voice unkind in the back of your mind
saying maybe you didn't know him at all
you didn't know him at all, oh, you didn't know

well, the bells out in the church tower chime
burning clues into this heart of mine
thinking so hard on her soft eyes and the memories
offer signs that it's over... it's over

h.b....I'm starting to wonder if you have 1 schizo Yankees fan who reads the comments just to get upset and lash back like some sort of closet masochist...or for some reason there's about 20-30 lurkers secretly rooting for the Yankees...and the double-digit division lead was what it finally took to give them the balls to start to speak out now.

Thanks hb, totally forgot about the db's! Used to spin "The Sound of Music" quite often in college. Good stuff

Being old enough to have sung this is junior high during a "break up" (as close as you can get at 13 anyways) here goes:

Well I know it wasn't you who held me down
Heaven knows it wasn't you who set me free
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key
Bring on the Patriots because
I'm already gone
And I'm feelin' strong
I will sing this vict'ry song, two thousand and four, ah, ah, or!

The DB's are one of those fantastic indie bands that not many have heard of but they influenced lots of other musicians.

Chris Stamey continues to really write and produce some really great music.

As for the Yankees fans re Kaz's comment, I just don't know.

Funny thing is when the Sox really fall out of it, like this year, I don't much think about the Yankees. And the Yankees fan taunts don't even register with me.

I guess, keeping with the theme of today's post, it's like when you're going through a bad spell in a relationship, you get really withdrawn and introverted and all the rest of the world seems to get fuzzy and gray.

YawkeyWay Bum, you beat me to it. That song is amazing and I was about to post it when I scrolled down and saw yours. It was so damned sad when he drowned in the Wolf River.

More breakup lyrics from a Boston band:

And it's over, this I know
The smoke is clearing
And all the soldiers are going home
I thought we'd make it
But what the fuck did I know
Maybe I'm better off without you

And when you say it's nobody's fault
I guess you mean it's mine
And all those promises you made
They were lies

I don't got much this life, I know
Don't got much in this life, just the thorn without the rose
I don't got much in this life, and I'm walking in the shadows
I don't got much in this life, without you

All I wish is that I had something to show for it
And I don't know how I ever let myself get tricked

Jeff Buckley was just coming into his own, and he goes and dies in such a silly way. It makes his existing music that much more poignant...but it's still just a big bummer. His version of "Hallelujah" is one of the best pieces of music ever.

"I've seen your flag on the marble arch/and love is not a victory march/it's a cold and it's a broken 'Hallelujah'"

Whatever the the source of your rage/frustration:

The first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most terrible, ominous musical piece ever written. To struggle against an unconquerable foe, but still to oppose it with every ounce.

Leonard Bernstein said the original composition looks like "a battlefield," LvB scratched out revisions so hard the paper is torn in several places.

Recommend Georg Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra's early 1970's recording. I can't describe the power.

Jason - I've recently been listening a lot to Beethoven's oft-overlooked 1st. What an amazing piece. The 4th movement builds into a crazy crescendo that keeps tricking you into thinking you've reached the peak, something like what hiker's call a false summit.

When I listen to it I imagine the first crowds that ever heard it, stunned by the dissonance in the opening movement, whipped into a frenzy by the end.

If the Twins go 4-12 and we go 13-3, then we make the playoffs.

Oh, and the White Sox and Angels have to have a mid-air plane crash.

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