Nine thoughts, in honor of the merciful start of baseball season.
- 1. If you think Jerry Remy is blameless in his psychopath son's actions, consider: his salary (that you're essentially paying for by watching games) will go towards paying for a high-priced lawyer who will defend a serial abuser who was found covered in blood with his dead girlfriend Jennifer Martel right next to him. He needs to go.
- 2. Hollywood's been getting back into the baseball movie game in the past few years, ranging from the great (Moneyball), to the mediocre-and-cheesy (42), to the God-this-is-awful-what-is-JT-doing-in-it (Trouble with the Curve). Million Dollar Arm, which comes out in May, tells the true story of a sports agent (played by handsome could-be sports agent Jon Hamm) who held a contest in India to find the next great pitching sensation.It's a Disney film, so expect a family metaphor, a feel-good ending and at least one montage set to a Creedence song.Advertisement
- 3. I don't watch The Good Wife, but I do respect it. Despite the latest not-very-well-received twist, it seems to be the one network drama that not only thinks of itself as more than that, but that actually delivers on that ambition.
- 4. Tough break for Muppets Most Wanted, which despite decent reviews did a disappointing $16.5 million at the box office last weekend.
- 5. The Lowell Summer Music Series needs to find a way to get Lady Lamb the Beekeeper to open for someone (Neko Case?) this summer. She's a pint-sized singer-songwriter from Maine with a killer Fiona Apple-Janis Joplin hybrid voice. She's on tour with Typhoon, a band that has like 18 people on stage at once and still can't manage to rock as hard as she does.
- 6. As an excellent season at Merrimack Repertory Theatre comes to a close, I'd like to give kudos to the set designers that enhanced the experience immensely all year.
- 7. For all you gangsta rap lovers out there (and I know The Sun's readership relishes some gangsta rap), check out Piñata, the new collaboration album between up-and-comer Freddie Gibbs and producing legend Madlib. It's a smooth suite of jazz-sampled beats complemented perfectly by Gibbs' adaptive, grizzled flow. And Scarface is on it!
- 8. Other music from 2014 worth checking out so far: Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Against Me!), St. Vincent (St. Vincent), Give the People What They Want (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings), Lost in the Dream (The War on Drugs), and My Krazy Life (YG).
- 9. Has Mixology been canceled yet? No? Man, I need a drink.
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