My younger sister was here on Friday, and then yesterday my mom came for Father's Day. We went out to B.J.'s in Irvine for a wonderful dinner last night.
I've been hanging out watching sports all day today, with the exception of an afternoon excursion to Barnes and Noble, where I picked up a copy of the new book out from Eric Metaxas, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.
I'm also halfway through Roger Scruton's, Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left. Scruton's an absolutely stellar writer, and the book's excellent. It's heavy duty scholarship, though, so not a quick read. But his command of the literature is breathtaking, and he's just merciless in skewering all the neo-Marxist postmodernist pap.
On the sporting front, the Angels have been outstanding this weekend, especially the pitching. Both offense and defense have been great too, especially yesterday, with the Halos taking the Athletics 7-1. Tim Lincecum made his major league comeback, picking up the win, although this Sports Illustrated piece just savages him as a hollow shell of his old self.
Today Jared Weaver had a pretty amazing outing, a 2-0 shutout over the A's. I don't know how great or not it was according to all the sophisticated metrics of professional analysts, but it was nice to see Weaver pitch the complete game for the win, clearly rekindling some badly needed confidence for a pitcher who's also seen better days.
LAT's Pedro Moura was impressed, in any case:
Attended two sporting events in Oakland today. This is a story about the less lit one. Jered Weaver threw a shutout. https://t.co/PAX59kZq3W— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) June 20, 2016
And the first man in the majors to throw a Maddux in 2016 is Jered Weaver, because you can’t predict baseball and, really, you shouldn’t try— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) June 19, 2016
The Angels beat Oakland, 2-0. Jered Weaver threw a CG. At 2:19, it was their shortest non-Kershaw game of the year. That’s what you want.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) June 19, 2016
Jered Weaver’s 23rd out was his first strikeout. He has only thrown 85 pitches through 8 scoreless innings. This is a remarkable performance— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) June 19, 2016
Jered Weaver has now thrown seven scoreless innings without striking anyone out. Last man to do that was Rick Porcello in July 2014.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) June 19, 2016