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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Believe it or not, every time I woke up during the night, and there were many, a pulse of gratitude shot through me — not for waking up, but for having been asleep. Sometimes I awoke with a snort and other times with a gurgle. That part was bad, because it mean that I still had whatever has been beating me down all week.

I composed that paragraph above while lying in bed this morning, trying to think of an excuse to stay there. In the end, despite the fitful night, there seemed to be more reasons to get up than not to. For one thing, I wasnít getting any better, just lying there. Besides, the world depends on people to get up and get moving every morning, even if they feel like crawling back under the covers. Day after day after day.

5 April 2006

Jigsaw clouds.

The thing is, when youíre down, sometimes the morning is the best part of the day. That was the case with me today. I didnít exactly start the day with a burst of energy, but I worked steadily until early in the afternoon. Then I started slowing down. And by about 3:30 pm, I had stopped moving altogether. Iíll try it again tomorrow, but my expectations arenít very high.

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How the Giants came out of their four-game series against the Diamondbacks with a 2-2 split is a kind of miracle. For the second time in the series they took a huge early lead and then gave it all back. Leading by four runs in the eighth, they had to come back with three in the ninth to win, 9-7, aided by an intentional walk to Barry Bonds to load the bases, even though the open base was at second. A walk drove in the lead run, and Pedro Feliz salvaged his night with a two-run double. This was done even though Bonds hasnít homered yet this season and is batting just .214. The battle for first place now moves to Denver, where the division leading Giants will play a weekend series against the second-place Rockies.

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