Monday, April 11, 2005

Sox Get Bling, Outlaw Gets Bang!

Outlaw Laid Low By Short Fuse

So began a story I found in the Yahoo "Oddly Enough" section. I got tired of reading about sleazeballs like Tom DeLay and Cardinal Law, and since there are other bloggers out there skewering them but good, I figured why not look for something else? Boy did I find it. Check this out:

TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania's most wanted man fought off special police and eluded capture for years only to blow himself up while fishing with dynamite, police and newspapers said Friday.

Dubbed the "Last Cowboy" in northern Albania because of his gunfights with the law, Riza Malaj, 34, failed to accurately gauge the length of the fuse as he tried to blow up trout.

Doctors at the Bajram Curri hospital said he had lost both hands, badly hurt his eyes and suffered serious wounds all over his body. His family rejected offers to have him flown to a Tirana hospital where he would have been arrested immediately.

Malaj was taken to a hospital in nearby U.N.-governed Kosovo.
He was sentenced in absentia to five years in jail on charges of leading an attack on the Bajram Curri police station last year. Since 2000, warrants have been issued for Malaj's arrest on charges of willful murder, armed robbery, armed assault and battery of the education directress of the town.

I've never heard of this Malaj character, but one of the guys with whom I work claims that Malaj is "The Eric Rudolph of Eastern Europe". Maybe, but this story doesn't indicate the type of activities Rudolph carried out, and Rudolph sure as hell didn't blow himself up trying to catch some fish like this dumbass did.

Red Sox Win Home Opener With New Bling

The Red Sox beat the New York Yankees today 8-1 in their home opener. Before the game, tons of bling, in the form of the 2004 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP rings was passed out to the team that "beat the curse".

Tim Wakefield, the senior Sox player, fluttered his knuckler through seven strong innings. The Sox took an early lead on a two-run homer by Doug Mirabelli and never looked back. The Sox bats pounded Yankee starter Mike Mussina for seven runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings.

In a nice gesture, the Red Sox let former shortstop Johnny Pesky, who first joined the team in 1942, and who played on the 1946 AL Champion Red Sox team that lost that World Series to Stan Musial's Cardinals, help raise the World Series banner to half-staff along with Red Sox Hall of Fame outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, a member of the 1967 and 1975 AL Champion Red Sox teams.
Between these two players the Red Sox had chances to at least get to the World Series six additional times. In 1948 (Indians) and 1949 (Yankees) they lost pennants by one game each year. In 1950, they finished third, but were only four games behind the Yankees. In 1972 they lost the AL East by 1/2 game to the Tigers. In 1977 they finished tied for second with the Orioles to finish 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees. In 1978, we had the Bucky Bleeping Dent game, so these two men definitely symbolize the heartache generations of Red Sox followers have experienced. It was nice to see them included in this celebration.

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