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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 20, 2007, 07:59:51 AM
........ history approaches for the "Balco Boy"

Linky (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070719&content_id=2096515&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: graham poll on July 20, 2007, 11:06:15 AM
Spot on there by th looks...Bovvered
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Bren'd on July 20, 2007, 11:09:47 AM
Spot on with the thread title.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on July 20, 2007, 01:33:03 PM
I care. What's your take on it UK Redsox? I think he's only chasing the record to piss everyone off rather than because he actually wants it.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Mac on July 20, 2007, 01:48:18 PM
I'm really disappointed that people have replied.  Even to say they weren't bothered, ;-)

Shame on you Joe!
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Post by: brian green on July 20, 2007, 01:49:59 PM
Could do with a giant slugger in my garden.  Bastard slimy things are eating everything in sight.

Hope he breaks the record.
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Post by: martin on July 20, 2007, 01:51:49 PM
I'm shooting not so much in the dark as in the twilight on this. Do you mean by 'Balco Boy' the bloke who took steroids in order to hit a baseball miles and miles for posterity?
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Post by: Ro-land Browning on July 20, 2007, 02:58:24 PM
Quote from: "brian green"
Could do with a giant slugger in my garden.  Bastard slimy things are eating everything in sight.

Hope he breaks the record.


Hey Brian - I had a major problem with these fella's until I invested some of my vast wealth I won at the dogs following your recipe for success (you never said they'd all lose!) in some little green plastic pellets from the garden centre, only about a fiver, and they have worked a treat - carcasses everywhere!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: jeff on July 20, 2007, 04:23:20 PM
I hope the cheating fucker never gets the record! and if he does it should have *drug assisted by the side of it.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on July 20, 2007, 04:23:35 PM
The big question being asked over here is will the commissoner of baseball be there when he does it?
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Post by: RogerS on July 20, 2007, 10:47:13 PM
Can't stand the bloke myself. Particularly when he spouts all that crap about  people not wanting him to set a new record for home runs 'because of his skin colour'.

Twat.

Cheating twat, at that.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jessica Rabbit on July 21, 2007, 10:12:03 AM
Salt works a treat on slugs and snails.  Was talking to a guy yesterday who used to shoot them with an air pistol!

Messy....
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 21, 2007, 11:37:48 AM
Quote from: "RogerS"
Can't stand the bloke myself. Particularly when he spouts all that crap about  people not wanting him to set a new record for home runs 'because of his skin colour'.



Especially as the guy who's record he's chasing is black as well
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Ro-land Browning on July 21, 2007, 01:06:03 PM
Quote from: "Jessica Rabbit"
Salt works a treat on slugs and snails.  Was talking to a guy yesterday who used to shoot them with an air pistol!

Messy....


Can't beat my green pellets, they're absolute killers.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: bobcat on July 21, 2007, 03:22:29 PM
I have a bucket of salt water in my garden and I put them all in there. They turn in side out.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: flybo on July 21, 2007, 03:59:07 PM
It’s rounders.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 23, 2007, 08:18:58 AM
Steroids are perfectly safe !!!!

(http://www.americanidolkelly.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/Barry-Bonds-American-Idol-II.jpg)
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Post by: Jessica Rabbit on July 26, 2007, 06:05:24 PM
So Bobcat, what do you do with your bucket of salt water and inside out slugs?


Eeewww!
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Post by: LeeS on July 26, 2007, 06:16:18 PM
Beer does the trick. They cant get enough of the brown stuff and will ignore your lettuces just to get drunk and fall in. Its more humane than salt water too.
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Post by: Jessica Rabbit on July 26, 2007, 06:20:07 PM
Sod humane.  I've hated the slimy little gits ever since they started trying to eat my sunflowers years ago.  Also if you step on them by accident its all squelchy.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Ro-land Browning on July 27, 2007, 12:53:03 PM
Don't step on them then!
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Post by: Towser on July 27, 2007, 04:40:38 PM
I stepped on one once in bare feet, not a very nice feeling at all

BTW, I was the one in bare feet not the slug!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jessica Rabbit on July 27, 2007, 05:47:19 PM
I don't step on them on purpose Ro land.  That would spoil my shoes.  I salt them instead!

Yeh, slugs don't have feet do they!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: OCD on July 27, 2007, 05:53:14 PM
Ours drowned in crap beer.

Stepping in warm Blues bare-foot is far worse than stepping on slugs. Trust me.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Ro-land Browning on July 27, 2007, 09:00:32 PM
Quote from: "Jessica Rabbit"
I don't step on them on purpose Ro land.  That would spoil my shoes.  I salt them instead!

Yeh, slugs don't have feet do they!


Oh, and there was me thinking... :) Why do you salt your shoes Miss Wabbit?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 28, 2007, 10:00:30 AM
Latest news from the "slugger"

754 (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070727&content_id=2113761&vkey=news_sf&fext=.jsp&c_id=sf)
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Post by: PeterWithe on July 28, 2007, 10:07:27 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Latest news from the "slugger"

754 (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070727&content_id=2113761&vkey=news_sf&fext=.jsp&c_id=sf)


How is he viewed by the American public by and large? Hero or cheat?
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Post by: UK Redsox on July 28, 2007, 11:43:44 AM
Quote from: "PeterWithe"

How is he viewed by the American public by and large? Hero or cheat?


In the Bay Area he's a hero, but in the rest of the country I'd say he's a villain.

The bad feeling towards Bonds isn't just because of the steroid use (he's admitted to "unknowingly" taking them), its also because he appears to be an arrogant, obnoxious, rude and downright unlikeable person.
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Post by: Jessica Rabbit on July 28, 2007, 12:00:32 PM
Noooo Ro land!  You're raving mad you are.  That's a terrible lisp you have.  Are you also known as that bloke off bugs bunny, Elma Thudd??  Don't know his name!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Ro-land Browning on July 28, 2007, 12:44:33 PM
Quote from: "Jessica Rabbit"
Noooo Ro land!  You're raving mad you are.  That's a terrible lisp you have.  Are you also known as that bloke off bugs bunny, Elma Thudd??  Don't know his name!


That'th not a lithp you thilly thauthage!  :smt002
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jessica Rabbit on July 28, 2007, 12:53:22 PM
Really?  Then don't speak with your mouth full!
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Post by: Ro-land Browning on July 28, 2007, 01:02:19 PM
Says you!!  =P~


 :smt002
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jessica Rabbit on July 30, 2007, 05:18:32 PM
You are a very very cheeky man! :smt019
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 05, 2007, 10:05:37 AM
They're tied (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=neel_eric&id=2961947)

Cheat = 755

Hammer = 755

And A-Rod reached 500 (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270804110&action=playvideo&hcmp=motion)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on August 05, 2007, 12:22:13 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
They're tied (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=neel_eric&id=2961947)

Cheat = 755

Hammer = 755

And A-Rod reached 500 (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270804110&action=playvideo&hcmp=motion)


Saw it live on TV while making my wife a cup of tea. Bud Selig didn't exactly show that he was pleased for Bonds now did he. I don't understand why he bothered going to the game if he was just going to do what he did. For all the controversy, I think his reaction was a little childish.
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Post by: usav on August 05, 2007, 01:57:09 PM
Agreed Simon.    Although, that was an almighty thwack from Bonds on his first at bat.   The look on the pitchers face was priceless.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 05, 2007, 08:38:26 PM
NASN showed the game this afternoon, so I was able to record it for posterity (I still haven't worked out how to record from my mlb.tv subscription).
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 06, 2007, 08:15:41 AM
Oh, and Tom Glavine got win number 300 yesterday.

"The Unit's" about a dozen short (but old and injured). After that, it doesn't look like anyone else will ever reach 300 (not even Santana).
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Post by: Chicago_Villa on August 06, 2007, 03:08:10 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Oh, and Tom Glavine got win number 300 yesterday.


Yeah, and he got it against my Cubs  ](*,)
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Post by: UK Redsox on August 08, 2007, 07:34:37 AM
756 (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070806&content_id=2133618&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

Well done Barry, you've got the record** ......... now retire !!

(http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.64689619bc7a45b28d88ca038a18cb02.nationals_giants_baseball_fxpb214.jpg)


[** Technically only the "Major League" record. He's still some way short of Sadaharu Oh's total and no one really knows how many Josh Gibson hit]
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Ro-land Browning on August 08, 2007, 12:55:48 PM
Quote from: "Jessica Rabbit"
You are a very very cheeky man! :smt019


You love it! :smt002
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Post by: flybo on August 08, 2007, 09:23:44 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
756 (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070806&content_id=2133618&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

Well done Barry, you've got the record** ......... now retire !!

(http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.64689619bc7a45b28d88ca038a18cb02.nationals_giants_baseball_fxpb214.jpg)


[** Technically only the "Major League" record. He's still some way short of Sadaharu Oh's total and no one really knows how many Josh Gibson hit]



It is still rounders.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on August 08, 2007, 09:28:24 PM
Quote from: "flybo"
It is still rounders.


I'd like to see you face one of the top pitchers throwing at over 95mph and then call it rounders.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pauliewalnuts on August 08, 2007, 09:33:57 PM
I quite like baseball.

I don't understand all the intricacies, but I've been to games at Fenway Park (which is a lovely stadium with the air of old English football grounds) and the Twins' stadium, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Sitting around drinking for a few hours with something mildly entertaining going on in the background (which isn't cricket) is to be lauded.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 09, 2007, 07:59:56 AM
Quote from: "pauliewalnuts"
I quite like baseball.

I don't understand all the intricacies, but I've been to games at Fenway Park (which is a lovely stadium with the air of old English football grounds) .


(http://www.jonpersky.com/images/fenway_th.jpg)



THE greatest ballpark in Baseball  =D>
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Post by: Ro-land Browning on August 09, 2007, 10:50:50 AM
Quote from: "usav"
Quote from: "flybo"
It is still rounders.


I'd like to see you face one of the top pitchers throwing at over 95mph and then call it rounders.


Quote
Baseball was based on the English game of rounders. Rounders become popular in the United States in the early 19th century, where the game was called "townball", "base", or "baseball". Cartwright formalized the modern rules of baseball


It's rounders then.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 09, 2007, 11:03:25 AM
One of these days I'm going to get really angry
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Post by: Ro-land Browning on August 09, 2007, 11:41:13 AM
Why?
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Post by: UK Redsox on August 09, 2007, 11:47:26 AM
Quote from: "Ro-land Browning"
Why?


BECAUSE ITS NOT FCUKING ROUNDERS  ](*,)  :smt013
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Post by: Ro-land Browning on August 09, 2007, 12:10:20 PM
Calm down dear - it's only a rounders game. It's clearly and oft-admitted, a derivative of rounders.
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Post by: flybo on August 09, 2007, 12:12:50 PM
Quote from: "flybo"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
756 (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070806&content_id=2133618&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

Well done Barry, you've got the record** ......... now retire !!

(http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070808/capt.64689619bc7a45b28d88ca038a18cb02.nationals_giants_baseball_fxpb214.jpg)


[** Technically only the "Major League" record. He's still some way short of Sadaharu Oh's total and no one really knows how many Josh Gibson hit]



It is still rounders.



It is still rounders
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Post by: UK Redsox on August 09, 2007, 12:35:45 PM
Just wait until the Ice Hockey season starts up !!
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Post by: Ro-land Browning on August 09, 2007, 12:44:47 PM
Yeah, can't wait!
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Post by: usav on August 09, 2007, 01:41:35 PM
Quote
Baseball was based on the English game of rounders.


It's a blit like saying NFL is based on Rugby.
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Post by: Ro-land Browning on August 09, 2007, 03:10:43 PM
But it's true - go research. Whether or not it looks like it nowadays is another thing altogether.
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Post by: usav on August 15, 2007, 02:57:14 PM
A weekly update:

Bobby Cox ejected for a record 132nd time. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/baseball/6947289.stm)
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 09, 2007, 08:06:01 AM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!!

See ya Joe & "Fat Bill", have a nice retirement

Sports Illustrated (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_heyman/10/09/scoop.tuesday/index.html)

Yankees knocked out of playoffs (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=271008110)
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Post by: flybo on October 09, 2007, 09:10:31 AM
It’s still rounders
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 19, 2007, 07:38:45 AM
Sox win Game 5 of the ALCS.

It's back to Fenway for Game 6 on Saturday


Also, Joe Torre turns down a 1 year, $5m contract offer thus ending his 12 year reign as manager of "The Evil Empire"
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 21, 2007, 06:19:19 PM
....and the Sox win Game 6 as well.

Its a decisive Game 7 at Fenway tonight with "Dice-K" pitching for Boston.

The winners will face a well rested and in form Colorado Rockies team in the Series.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 22, 2007, 09:25:22 AM
... and the Sox were victorious.

Sox v Rox in the Series starting Wednesday in Boston

(http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071022/capt.97386bcf23a946f1aae3a3d1b2f4fe32.correction_alcs_indians_red_sox_baseball_bxf234.jpg)
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Post by: tonyh on October 22, 2007, 10:38:21 AM
To be fair i play cricket and i have kept wicket for 30 years.

I was in New york and they had an outdoor event and the prize was a car if a member of the public could "hit" a ball bowled by the pitcher (cant remember his name)

Anyhow i thought i might have a go so i stood behind the batters line to watch what the pitcher was doing with the ball so when it came to my turn i might have half a chance.

It was virtually impossible to see the ball let alone whether it was a curve ball or a slider or whether it was going to hit you in the face and decpaitate your head off its shoulders. From that day on i have given them some respect. I still find the game boring on TV but i enjoyed the toronto blue jays playing The Twins live in the summer.

I decided against having a go at winning the prize there was no point nobody hit the ball other than "nicks behind"
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: SteveN on October 22, 2007, 11:49:53 AM
I care UK, I love baseball, use to play a bit, very very badly and like watching it.  Support the Indians so can't share your joy.

I've faced what I would call a good amateur pitcher, like RSS said, difficult to see let alone hit, and I like to think I had at that time a good eye for a ball.

The other impressive thing to me was the fielding, relatively few mistakes and some of them had a tremendous arm.  Ball came in like an exocet.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 25, 2007, 07:54:26 AM
Yooouuuuuukkkkk.........................

Beat down in Beantown

Sox 13, Rox 1

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=271024102

Sox lead "World"** Series 1 - 0



** and yet again a national newspaper, this time the Telegraph, prints the urban myth that the "World" Series was named because it was originally sponsored by the "New York World" newspaper. This is BOLLOCKS.

When will journalists get it into their thick heads that the "World Series" is so named because the Americans ARE arrogant enough to declare the winners of a national competition "World Champions".
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Post by: joe_c on October 25, 2007, 01:40:43 PM
I'm probably alone in thinking that the World Series winners are entirely justified in declaring themselves the best in the world.
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Post by: usav on October 25, 2007, 01:58:27 PM
Quote from: "joe_c"
I'm probably alone in thinking that the World Series winners are entirely justified in declaring themselves the best in the world.


When I first moved over here I used to take the piss out of my boss for the Yanks using that term, and his response to me was always: "bring your best team over and we'll play them".   Fair enough, really.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 25, 2007, 03:15:17 PM
Quote from: "usav"
Quote from: "joe_c"
I'm probably alone in thinking that the World Series winners are entirely justified in declaring themselves the best in the world.


When I first moved over here I used to take the piss out of my boss for the Yanks using that term, and his response to me was always: "bring your best team over and we'll play them".   Fair enough, really.


I think that the winners from Japan would give the "World Series" winners a good run for their money.

After all, it was Japan who won the first "World Baseball Classic" (aka World Cup).
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 26, 2007, 07:29:35 AM
Sox win Game 2 ...... 2-1

Schill
Oki
Pap

Job done !!

Now its off to the Mile High city for game 3 on Saturday
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 26, 2007, 10:05:04 AM
Looks like I've got another reason to support the Red Sox against the Rockies
!!!

God Squad (http://www.christianpost.com/article/20071025/29843_Winning_the_Right_Way.htm)
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 28, 2007, 09:34:51 AM
3 - 0

This was the game I expected the Rockies to win. However, the Boston rookies (Dice-K, Pedroia and Ellsbury) were on their game.

A Holliday 3 run homer did get the Rockies back to within one but then the Sox bats sealed things.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2007, 08:03:47 AM
(http://andrewteman.org/blog/images/RedSoxLogo.jpg)  (http://www.geocities.com/emmapowney/sweep-puppet.jpg)

4 - 0

Now that's out of the way, its time to get A-Rod signed
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2007, 08:29:32 AM
Wow, I must be psychic. I posted the above before I'd even read that A-Rod had opted out of his contract with the Yankees.

Scott Boras must already have a deal lined up for Alex. I can't see them walking away from a guaranteed $81m over the next three years unless they've got another contract almost ready.

The only places I can see A-Rod going are LA (either Dodgers or Angels), Chicago Cubs or the Red Sox
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Post by: Dave Cooper please on October 29, 2007, 10:55:08 AM
You talking to yourself again Red?
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2007, 01:40:39 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
You talking to yourself again Red?


The season's over now, so I'll shut up
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Post by: UK Redsox on November 16, 2007, 08:14:47 AM
Well, I couldn't shut up for long.

However, being as this relates to the original subject of this thread, I feel justified in posting.

Barry Bonds (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=3113075&sportCat=mlb) has been indicted by a Grand Jury who allege that he lied to a previous investigation about his use of performance enhancing drugs.

Its going to be an interesting year or so for sports related legal cases in the USA. First OJ Simpson is accused of armed robbery (its difficult to see him getting away with it this time because they have it on tape) and now Barry Bonds.
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Post by: tonyh on November 16, 2007, 09:02:54 AM
First OJ Simpson is accused of armed robbery (its difficult to see him getting away with it this time because they have it on tape)

Yes but have the got any real hard eveidence!!, like a book he wrote saying "this is how i would have done an armed robbery"
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Post by: UK Redsox on December 05, 2007, 09:06:27 AM
The Florida Marlins trade Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle "What'ya talking about" Willis to the Detroit Tigers.

Trust me folks, this is big news

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove07/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=3141990
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Post by: Dave Javu on December 05, 2007, 09:34:35 AM
Should I be taking the rest of the day off?
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Post by: UK Redsox on December 05, 2007, 11:18:31 AM
Quote from: "deej"
Should I be taking the rest of the day off?


No, wait until after Johan Santana gets traded. Stateside that story will be the equivalent of Ronaldo or Rooney moving clubs.
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Post by: Dave Javu on December 05, 2007, 11:37:44 AM
If that happens, no doubt you'll need to position a drip-tray under me.
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Post by: Tucson Villain on December 06, 2007, 12:05:18 AM
WTF. You can tell it's not baseball season,I didn't even hear about it. I cannot believe that they have both gone to one team and I cannot believe that it is the Tigers.
The Marlins blow it up again.
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Post by: UK Redsox on December 06, 2007, 07:50:17 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
WTF. You can tell it's not baseball season,I didn't even hear about it. I cannot believe that they have both gone to one team and I cannot believe that it is the Tigers.
The Marlins blow it up again.


Check out Dan LeBatard's column in the Miami Herald yesterday. He says that the Marlins should be given the benefit of the doubt due to their successful track record of trading stars away, replacing them with young players and then challenging again in a few years.

As LeBatard says, after all the Marlins have won the same number of World Series' in the last decade as the Red Sox have won in the last 80 years.
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Post by: Tucson Villain on December 06, 2007, 11:56:22 AM
Who knows what these prospects are like but hey at least they reduced the wage bill.
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Post by: UK Redsox on December 07, 2007, 08:39:05 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
Who knows what these prospects are like but hey at least they reduced the wage bill.


At the moment the Marlins' highest paid player in 2008 will be some middle-reliever I've never heard of.

Their total payroll projects at under $10m, ie about a third of what the Yankees are paying A-Rod.

However, the Marlins may still have the NL's best player in Hanley Ramirez (who they got from  the Red Sox in the Beckett/Lowell deal)
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Post by: UK Redsox on December 13, 2007, 07:38:17 PM
At last, here's The Mitchell Report (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3153509) on performance enhancing drugs in baseball.

Phil and Grant have been busy


The highlights ....... Clemens, Pettitte and Tejada (the latter traded yesterday by the Orioles to the Astros) named, Sox dump Donnelly and Gagne just in time.

The report's only 409 pages, so I expect you all have to read it by the morning.

 8-[
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Post by: usav on December 13, 2007, 08:35:08 PM
Quote
Gagne


Well the performance enhancing drugs certainly didn't help him !!!
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Post by: UK Redsox on December 14, 2007, 05:01:44 PM
Quote from: "usav"
Quote
Gagne


Well the performance enhancing drugs certainly didn't help him !!!


Interestingly the report doesn't even mention Mark McGwire but does mention Nook Logan  #-o
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Post by: UK Redsox on January 09, 2008, 08:29:50 AM
 Goose Gossage (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hof08/news/story?id=3186626) is the sole inductee to the Hall of Fame this year.

Jim Rice missed by just a couple of percentage points
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Post by: Dave Cooper please on January 09, 2008, 09:46:17 AM
Goose Gossage!

Great name.
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Post by: UK Redsox on January 09, 2008, 10:31:19 AM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Goose Gossage!

Great name.


Not as good as Chuck Knoblauch, but he only got one vote and drops of the ballot for next year.
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Post by: Dave Cooper please on January 09, 2008, 03:50:16 PM
Quote from: "IanB"
Isn't that German for butter?


Garlic.
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Post by: UK Redsox on January 30, 2008, 08:29:15 AM
Here it is, the news that all of you have been waiting for

Santana traded from the Minnesota Twins to the New York Mets (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3220894)

This is like Rooney or Ronaldo moving clubs
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on February 04, 2008, 11:27:24 AM
Started watching Baseball whilst holidaying in the States a few years ago (Took a soft spot for the Kansas City Royals) so 2 questions about this

1. When does the season start again?

2. What Channel shows the games?
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Post by: London Villan on February 04, 2008, 11:50:24 AM
Season starts towards the end of April I think.

Loads of games live on Five and no doubt Sky show some as they seem to show more US sports than anything else!
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Post by: UK Redsox on February 04, 2008, 12:30:32 PM
Quote from: "London Villan"
Season starts towards the end of April I think.

Loads of games live on Five and no doubt Sky show some as they seem to show more US sports than anything else!


Sorry LV, wrong on both counts [-X

There's no baseball on Sky

"Five" show two games live each week (Sunday and Wednesday nights).

NASN (part of the Setanta package) show over 200 games per season either live or on tape-delay.

All games are available "On Demand" via MLB.com.

Players report for Spring Training in mid-Feb.

Pre-season games begin early March.

There are two games between the Red Sox & A's in Japan in late March. The season proper starts in the first week of April and runs until the end of September.

Playoffs and World Series take place in October.
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on February 04, 2008, 05:10:31 PM
So I'm going to have to sign up to bloody Sultana. Arse.
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Post by: UK Redsox on February 04, 2008, 07:59:04 PM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
So I'm going to have to sign up to bloody Sultana. Arse.


Its worth it because NASN also shows programmes such as "Baseball Tonight" (with the legend that is Peter Gammons) and "Pardon the Interruption" (with the even more legendary Tony "Satchmo" Kornheiser).

However, for about £50 a season you can subscribe to MLB.com's video package which provides all the games, highlight reals, radio broadcasts etc.
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Post by: UK Redsox on February 15, 2008, 06:48:50 PM
So, is Roger "Rocket" Clemens guilty of using steroids and HGH or not ?

Discuss ............................


Meanwhile, "Pitchers and Catchers" have reported for Spring Training
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on February 15, 2008, 07:23:41 PM
He hasn't convinced me that he's innocent.

Anyone recall who it was that said their 4 favourite words were "pitchers and catchers report" ???

Was it Yogi Berra?

Pleased also to report that the wife has grown to like baseball as much as I do cricket.

A bloke at Macy's gave me some stick for my Phillies hat recently - I told him I was born with it on my head.....
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Post by: Rotterdam on February 15, 2008, 07:25:08 PM
Redsox - I'm in NYC at the end of August and could see the Yankees v Blue Jays (I think) or your Red Sox. Silly question, but which would you go for as a neutral? and how much for and where would you buy 6 tickets ? All advice needed.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on February 15, 2008, 08:20:08 PM
Yankees tickets will probably be hard to come by as this is their last season at Yankee Stadium.

If you get the chance try a minor league game:

http://www.siyanks.com/

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp

or the Mets.
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Post by: UK Redsox on February 17, 2008, 01:59:47 PM
Quote from: "Rotterdam"
Redsox - I'm in NYC at the end of August and could see the Yankees v Blue Jays (I think) or your Red Sox. Silly question, but which would you go for as a neutral? and how much for and where would you buy 6 tickets ? All advice needed.


As jkreejoh says above, Yankees tickets this year will be extremely hard to come by. I'll be at the Sox @ Yankees game on 27 August. Whether I stay for the game on the 28th will depend on the cost.

The Blue Jays game should have better availability.

The first place to check for tickets is the Yankees section on http://www.mlb.com

After that, try Sports Travel & Tours (http://www.sportstravelandtours.com/eventtickets.cfm). As well as 5 to 10 day escorted trips they also have a tickets only section.

I've used Sports Travel for over ten years now and can vouch for their service (in fact my ugly mug appears twice in their 2008 Baseball brochure)

There's also http://www.stubhub.com which I've never used but understand to be reputable.

Remember that the rules on reselling tickets in the USA are far more relaxed than over here.
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Post by: UK Redsox on February 17, 2008, 02:04:06 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Yankees tickets will probably be hard to come by as this is their last season at Yankee Stadium.

If you get the chance try a minor league game:

http://www.siyanks.com/

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp

or the Mets.


My August trip ends up in NYC. I'm considering tacking on a Brooklyn Cyclones game.

I may also fly in a couple of days early in order to make one last trip to Shea (and hope to catch a Johan Santana appearance).
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on February 17, 2008, 02:10:43 PM
(http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/926/708425.JPG)

Come on you Royals!
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Post by: UK Redsox on February 17, 2008, 05:50:06 PM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"


Come on you Royals!


I know that you're cooped up in a tin can but please keep your Camilla Parker-Bowles fantasies to yourself.

Meanwhile, the baseball Royals don't have a hope in hell.

Kansas City was the site of one of my all time baseball highlights. A few years ago I turned up at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (http://www.nlbm.com/) just as the legend that was Buck O'Neil arrived.

(http://media.ky3.com/images/buck2.jpg)

A true gentleman

R.I.P. Buck
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Post by: joe_c on February 17, 2008, 11:25:25 PM
Bloody hell, I had no idea the Yankees were moving house. Looks like I'll have to schedule a visit sooner rather than later...
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Post by: UK Redsox on February 18, 2008, 07:53:29 AM
Quote from: "joe_c"
Bloody hell, I had no idea the Yankees were moving house. Looks like I'll have to schedule a visit sooner rather than later...


They're only moving across the street.

Yankee Stadium was almost completely rebuilt in the early seventies, so isn't really "the House that Ruth Built" anyway.

The place is a dump (well, I would say that), so don't rush to go there. Hang on for the new ballpark next season.
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Post by: UK Redsox on February 29, 2008, 07:52:51 AM
The Feds are gunning for The Rocket

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3269249
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Post by: UK Redsox on March 25, 2008, 02:27:24 PM
Happy "Opening Day" everybody

Red Sox win the first game of the season

 Sox 6, A's 5 (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080325&content_id=2456356&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

162-0 here we come !!!
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Post by: joe_c on March 25, 2008, 02:32:33 PM
I thought it was another week off. Still trying to pluck up the courage to go to New York...
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on March 25, 2008, 03:40:28 PM
I better organise Sultana when I go back down to London next week so I can watch the baseball then.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on March 25, 2008, 04:21:56 PM
Watch out for them Fightin' Phils!

Woo hoo - everybody hits!
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Post by: UK Redsox on March 26, 2008, 08:21:15 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Watch out for them Fightin' Phils!

Woo hoo - everybody hits!


Their gonna have to when Adam Eaton is pitching
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on March 26, 2008, 10:59:47 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Watch out for them Fightin' Phils!

Woo hoo - everybody hits!


Their gonna have to when Adam Eaton is pitching


Tell me about it!

It beggars belief how the Phils can never sort out their pitching. Hopefully Hamels and the bullpen can carry them (again).
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Post by: UK Redsox on March 26, 2008, 01:38:44 PM
Oh well, maybe 161 and 1 then
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Post by: UK Redsox on March 31, 2008, 03:45:46 PM
After the Japanese diversion and last night's one game (the first in Washington's new ballpark), today things start in earnest.

So, who's ya got.

Will the Cubs win at last after a century of failure ?

Will the Yankees or Mets say goodbye to their old ballparks with a World Series title ?

Just how bad will the Giants be now that Barry Bonds is gone ?



Of course none of the above questions really matter because the Red Sox will retain their crown.
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Post by: Small Rodent on March 31, 2008, 03:51:28 PM
Are Seattle Mariners any good?

I look for there scores and went to see them once. Nice day out.
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Post by: Chicago_Villa on March 31, 2008, 03:55:58 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Will the Cubs win at last after a century of failure ?


Of course they will. As all Cubs fans know, this year is ALWAYS our year  ](*,)
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on March 31, 2008, 03:57:50 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
After the Japanese diversion and last night's one game (the first in Washington's new ballpark), today things start in earnest.

So, who's ya got.


Philadelphia Phillies for me.

I mean, who else would someone named John Callison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Callison) Kreeger support?
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Post by: Dave Cooper please on March 31, 2008, 06:39:51 PM
Baltimore Orioles because it sounds a bit rude.
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Post by: joe_c on March 31, 2008, 07:31:01 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
After the Japanese diversion and last night's one game (the first in Washington's new ballpark), today things start in earnest.

So, who's ya got.

Will the Cubs win at last after a century of failure ?

Will the Yankees or Mets say goodbye to their old ballparks with a World Series title ?

Just how bad will the Giants be now that Barry Bonds is gone ?



Of course none of the above questions really matter because the Red Sox will retain their crown.


Them too? Bugger, flights already booked and they're on the road.
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Post by: Fergal on March 31, 2008, 08:50:09 PM
I watched some of this last night .  Same as last time.  Not much happening but a lot of gum chewing and spitting.
I don't think I will ever get my head around this sport.
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Post by: UK Redsox on March 31, 2008, 09:42:06 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Baltimore Orioles because it sounds a bit rude.


Quite possibly the worst team in the league and only likely to get worse once the trade of Brian Roberts goes thro'
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Post by: UK Redsox on March 31, 2008, 09:47:25 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"

Philadelphia Phillies for me.


Currently getting a bit of a hammering in their first game
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Post by: Dave Cooper please on March 31, 2008, 10:45:01 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Baltimore Orioles because it sounds a bit rude.


Quite possibly the worst team in the league and only likely to get worse once the trade of Brian Roberts goes thro'


Excellent.

Definitely my team then.

Come on the Areolas!
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Post by: Username on March 31, 2008, 11:09:20 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "jkreejoh"

Philadelphia Phillies for me.


Currently getting a bit of a hammering in their first game


No chance IMO, their pitching isn't up to scratch.

I predict a Braves/Tigers WS, two teams without any real holes. Solid rotations, monster offences and plenty of BP options.

Should be a great year of baseball regardless.
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Post by: Username on March 31, 2008, 11:12:59 PM
Quote from: "Small Rodent"
Are Seattle Mariners any good?

I look for there scores and went to see them once. Nice day out.


For the first time in a long time, yes they are. Bedard and Hernandez are as good as any 1-2 punch in baseball.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 01, 2008, 01:37:19 AM
FWIW Phillies gave up 5 runs in the top of the 9th to lose their home opener 11-6....oh well, at least we're not the Cubs......we've had one series win in the last 100 years......

I'm hoping to take in a few minor league games in Rome, GA this year and the odd trip to Atlanta to see the Braves.

Go Phils! Ya bums!
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Post by: Dave Cooper please on April 01, 2008, 09:36:46 AM
Anyone know how my beloved Areolas got on?
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 01, 2008, 12:02:47 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Anyone know how my beloved Areolas got on?


Tampa Bay 6
Baltimore 2

FWIW this is an oriole:

(http://www.birdcarvings.com/Oriole.jpg)
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Post by: Dave Cooper please on April 01, 2008, 08:49:57 PM
Oh right, I thought they were named after them biscuits.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 06, 2008, 12:31:40 PM
Any Detroit Tigers fans out there ?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3331744
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 20, 2008, 07:43:43 AM
"No no, no no no no"

From cancer patient to Fenway Park legend

 =D>  Jon Lester  =D>

Video (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200805192732852)

Full story (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/news/lester_nohitter/index.jsp)
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Post by: Chicago_Villa on May 20, 2008, 03:00:43 PM
I saw it live. Bloody ESPN cut away from the Cubs game to show it. Why can't they just stick to their original schedule and show the highlights of this later. I don't get to see the Cubs that often now I am away from Chicago.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 01, 2008, 03:46:04 PM
Manny 500 (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/ramirez500/index.jsp)

Congratulations to "Manny being Manny" on his 500th Home Run.

In other news, Junior also hit his 599th yesterday.

Griffey (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080531&content_id=2806706&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin)
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 03, 2008, 09:17:34 AM
How to protest if you don't like the Umpire's calls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P02ZjM1fw0
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 06, 2008, 07:16:15 AM
Now Beckham's taken up baseball (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080605&content_id=2844900&vkey=draft2008&fext=.jsp)
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 06, 2008, 12:09:26 PM
Chipper Jones or Chase Utley?
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Post by: joe_c on June 06, 2008, 12:24:32 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Chipper Jones or Chase Utley?


Serious question, why do so many US sportspeople have really foolish names? These two are fairly mild in comparison to, say Yancey Thigpen, Coco Crisp or Misty Hymen but they're pretty daft nonetheless.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 06, 2008, 03:56:59 PM
Good question....I think in many cases a nicknames sticks and become the accepted name.

Chipper's real name is Larry. But Chase is Chase. I've got a nephew called Eddie, who we always call "Reds" (he's a ginger). It wouldn't be uncommon then for a future child to be called Reds (maybe?)

as for Chase Wiki says:

"Chase is a given name in the English language, especially in the United States. It is a transferred use of the surname. It orginated from the French term for "hunter", chasseur. In the Middle Ages it was used as a nickname for a huntsman by the Anglo-Norman people."

Wiki List of Unusual Personal names (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_personal_names)
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Post by: Bad English on June 06, 2008, 04:01:02 PM
I'm going to edit that page to "Chase is a fucking noun and a verb meaning "pursuit" and such things. It is not meant to be a fucking name. Fuck off!"*

*I believe, in this instance, that the subject matter allows for copious swearing.
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Post by: joe_c on June 06, 2008, 05:54:52 PM
Quote from: "Bad English"
I'm going to edit that page to "Chase is a fucking noun and a verb meaning "pursuit" and such things. It is not meant to be a fucking name. Fuck off!"*

*I believe, in this instance, that the subject matter allows for copious swearing.


It's just occurred to me that Chase & Dav would be an hilarious name for a cockney barrow boy sing-a-long tribute band.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 09, 2008, 07:24:38 PM
Phillies Sweep the Braves who no longer have the best home record....

How about them Fightin' Phils?
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on June 09, 2008, 07:48:03 PM
How are the mighty Royals getting on?
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 10, 2008, 07:47:48 AM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
How are the mighty Royals getting on?


As bad as always. They recently had a 12 game losing streak.

The Royals are currently bottom of the AL Central Division and have the fourth worst win/loss record in the Major Leagues


Meanwhile, congratulations to Ken Griffey Junior on becoming only the 6th player to hit 600 Major League home-runs.

Video Here (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200806092879298)
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 10, 2008, 11:37:09 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Meanwhile, congratulations to Ken Griffey Junior on becoming only the 6th player to hit 600 Major League home-runs.

Video Here (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200806092879298)


Congrats Junior!

I hope he stays around long enough to knock Bonds off of his ill-gotten perch.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 10, 2008, 12:01:32 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"


Congrats Junior!

I hope he stays around long enough to knock Bonds off of his ill-gotten perch.


I can't see Junior getting to 700, let alone catching "Balco Barry".

I think we'll have to wait for A-Rod to knock Bonds off the top position.
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on June 10, 2008, 05:20:48 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
How are the mighty Royals getting on?


As bad as always. They recently had a 12 game losing streak.


Tugboats!
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 12, 2008, 08:15:14 PM
Local boys done good:

Kennesaw State pitchers Michael Bohana and Justin Freeman were each selected by the Cincinnati Reds on the second day of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
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Post by: Tucson Villain on June 13, 2008, 12:21:26 AM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
How are the mighty Royals getting on?


I am going to see the Royals take on my Diamondbacks on Sunday.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 13, 2008, 07:46:31 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"


I am going to see the Royals take on my Diamondbacks on Sunday.


Interleague play is one of Bud Selig's best innovations.

The snakes looked great early in the season and I thought they'd run away with the NL West. Now, I'm not so sure.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 13, 2008, 12:11:34 PM
He may no longer be in the Major Leagues but Jose Lima still has fun playing baseball...............

(http://deadspin.com/assets/images/deadspin/2008/06/joselimascouting.jpg)
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Post by: joe_c on June 13, 2008, 01:48:28 PM
Thanks to Jim Bouton, I know exactly what he's doing.
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Post by: Tucson Villain on June 13, 2008, 02:06:22 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"


I am going to see the Royals take on my Diamondbacks on Sunday.


Interleague play is one of Bud Selig's best innovations.

The snakes looked great early in the season and I thought they'd run away with the NL West. Now, I'm not so sure.


We have good pitching but very little run support and we play awful defence. But as bad as the NL West is you never know.
 At least we showed some fight against the Mets.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 14, 2008, 02:53:23 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
At least we showed some fight against the Mets.


and the Phils thank you for that.

on another note - if that tugboat that caught Junior's homerun ball wants him to have the ball so much why the fuck doens't he juts give it to him? Fucking glory hunting arsehole.....probably support Man Ure as well.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 14, 2008, 10:55:56 AM
Quote from: "joe_c"
Thanks to Jim Bouton, I know exactly what he's doing.


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51D045V69GL._SL500_BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU02_AA240_SH20_.jpg)

The greatest book ever written.

The first "tell all" sports book that broke the sanctity of the locker room.

Even if someone has no interest in baseball it's still a great read because of the characters involved.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 16, 2008, 07:57:48 AM
A quick post to recognise the perseverance of Robinson Cancel  (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/c/robinson-cancel.shtml)catcher for the New York Mets.

9 years after his last appearance he finally made it back to Major League Baseball.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 16, 2008, 12:05:41 PM
If you ask Willie Randolph, the only requirement to play for the Mets these days might be to be Hispanic......

:-#
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on June 16, 2008, 02:13:54 PM
There you go Sub, Royals took two out of three against my Diamondbacks.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on June 16, 2008, 11:54:28 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"

The greatest book ever written.


Yeah, surrre. I liked it a lot and there's at least one laugh out loud moment per day and I'd recommend it to anyone but I wouldn't go that far.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 17, 2008, 07:37:21 AM
Quote from: "joe_c"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"

The greatest book ever written.


Yeah, surrre. I liked it a lot and there's at least one laugh out loud moment per day and I'd recommend it to anyone but I wouldn't go that far.


I stand by my assertion.

Similar, slightly humourous, books I'd recommend are

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5100FEDY8GL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TFe7bZNKL._SL500_BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)

Also, "Catcher in the Wry" by Bob Uecker
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 17, 2008, 02:06:15 PM
"Howard, Hamels lead Phillies over Red Sox 8-2"

hopefully Brett Myers won't have to face the Sox this series.....
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 18, 2008, 07:56:20 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
"Howard, Hamels lead Phillies over Red Sox 8-2"

hopefully Brett Myers won't have to face the Sox this series.....


Sox win game 2

Yankees have now won 5 on the trot and are starting to look ominous.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on June 19, 2008, 04:41:08 AM
Thank God for Dan Haren.
A win at last.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 19, 2008, 07:32:23 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
Thank God for Dan Haren.
A win at last.


I think that the combination of Haren and Webb, together with young hitters like Justin Upton, should allow the D'Backs to run away with the NL West.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 19, 2008, 12:28:06 PM
Phils take 1 of 3 against the Sox - pitching still needs help -no surprises there.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 19, 2008, 01:11:52 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Phils take 1 of 3 against the Sox - pitching still needs help -no surprises there.


Sox won yesterday despite the absence of Papi, Manny and Youk and with Coco getting hurt early in the game.

Great time for JD to get hot
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on June 19, 2008, 01:13:46 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
Thank God for Dan Haren.
A win at last.


I think that the combination of Haren and Webb, together with young hitters like Justin Upton, should allow the D'Backs to run away with the NL West.


If we only had to play the NL West I would agree with you but we are really struggling against any other team and inter-league play is killing us.
We also have to travel to Boston next week.
There is talk of Upton been sent down to the minors to build up his confidence,I hoping he will battle through it because there is no doubt that he has talent and just like the rest of the line up he is trying to crush every ball to break himself out of the slump.
A couple of bloop singles here and there would do him the world of good.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 19, 2008, 01:28:07 PM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
I hoping he will battle through it because there is no doubt that he has talent and just like the rest of the line up he is trying to crush every ball to break himself out of the slump.
A couple of bloop singles here and there would do him the world of good.


Know what pisses me off?

Team trailing by a run or two late in the game - batters that have no discipline who swing at the first pitch and pop up to short or hit a dribbler back to the mound.

Whatever happened to working the count? Lenny Dykstra was a master of this, as was Pete Rose (and many others).
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on June 20, 2008, 04:36:08 AM
Game winning home run for Upton tonight. =D>
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 20, 2008, 07:22:46 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"


If we only had to play the NL West I would agree with you but we are really struggling against any other team and inter-league play is killing us.
We also have to travel to Boston next week.


I'd forgot about the D'Backs visit to the greatest sporting arena on the planet (VP included !)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 20, 2008, 07:23:27 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
Game winning home run for Upton tonight. =D>


Justin's good, but not as good as a "BJ"  \:D/
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: flybo on June 20, 2008, 07:30:28 AM
It is still rounders. :-
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 22, 2008, 01:27:02 PM
Quote from: "flybo"
It is still rounders. :-


Wow, no one's ever said that before  ](*,)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 02, 2008, 08:58:29 AM
A-Rod and Madonna ? (http://www.nypost.com/seven/07012008/news/nationalnews/report__madonna_divorce_imminent_118058.htm)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 02, 2008, 08:59:59 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
"Howard, Hamels lead Phillies over Red Sox 8-2"

hopefully Brett Myers won't have to face the Sox this series.....


Myers won't be facing any Major League hitters for a while .....

http://www.the700level.com/2008/07/brett-myers-opt.html
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: tonyh on July 02, 2008, 09:17:13 AM
what happened to the blue jays this season?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 02, 2008, 11:08:03 AM
Quote from: "TheRonSaundersStand"
what happened to the blue jays this season?


Playing in the AL East means that they're up against it every year. However, this year's been particularly bad. Looks like they'll be battling the Baltimore Orioles for last place. I expect that they'll soon start trading away players (eg AJ Burnett).

Meanwhile the surprising Tampa Bay Rays are top of the division having won three in a row over my Red Sox
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 03, 2008, 07:10:49 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
A-Rod and Madonna ? (http://www.nypost.com/seven/07012008/news/nationalnews/report__madonna_divorce_imminent_118058.htm)


Mrs A-Rod and Lenny Kravitz ? (http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/ny-sparod0703,0,2178037.story)



Meanwhile, break up dem Rays !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on July 03, 2008, 01:08:10 PM
OUCH !
D-backs place Snyder on DL.
Snyder was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart in the fourth inning. Snyder was diagnosed with a left testicular fracture and will have surgery on Wednesday.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 07, 2008, 08:16:03 AM
The line ups have been announced for the All Star Game to be held at Yankee Stadium next week (voted for by the fans)

American League

Pos   Name, Team              Bats/Throws

C    Joe Mauer, MIN            L/R       
1B    Kevin Youkilis, BOS    R/R       
2B    Dustin Pedroia, BOS    R/R       
SS    Derek Jeter, NYY    R/R       
3B    Alex Rodriguez, NYY    R/R       
OF    Josh Hamilton, TEX    L/L       
OF    Manny Ramirez, BOS    R/R       
OF    Ichiro Suzuki, SEA    L/R       
DH    David Ortiz, BOS    L/L (injured, will not play)

National League

Pos   Name, Team              Bats/Throws

C    Geovany Soto, CHC            S/R       
1B    Lance Berkman, HOU       S/L       
2B    Chase Utley, PHI            L/R       
SS    Hanley Ramirez, FLA            R/R       
3B    Chipper Jones, ATL            S/R       
OF    Ryan Braun, MIL            R/R       
OF    Kosuke Fukudome, CHC    L/R       
OF    Alfonso Soriano, CHC    R/R
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 08, 2008, 09:02:55 AM
More on a story I brought to you last week

Wow, baseball news making headlines in The Sun (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/article1392984.ece)

I never thought that A-Rod's divorce would make the UK papers.

Is this singer he's accused of "seeing" someone famous ?  8-[


For those of you who don't know who Alex Rodriguez aka "A-Rod" is, he's not just "a" baseball star he's "THE" baseball star. The best and highest paid player in the sport. Last year he opted out of the final three years of his current 10 year contact totalling $252m and re-signed with the Yankees for another 10 years totalling in excess of $275m
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on July 08, 2008, 08:27:54 PM
I'm trying to find out more about the rivalry between Chicago Cubs and Chicago Whitesox fans. I go onto a Chicago Bears Forum and it's funny to see the 2 sets of Baseball fans have a go at each other.

I'm not sure if there's a particular area where one set of fans come from and the others come from a separate area or not?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: HTFCacc2007 on July 08, 2008, 09:16:56 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
The line ups have been announced for the All Star Game to be held at Yankee Stadium next week (voted for by the fans)

American League

Pos   Name, Team              Bats/Throws

C    Joe Mauer, MIN            L/R       
1B    Kevin Youkilis, BOS    R/R       
2B    Dustin Pedroia, BOS    R/R       
SS    Derek Jeter, NYY    R/R       
3B    Alex Rodriguez, NYY    R/R       
OF    Josh Hamilton, TEX    L/L       
OF    Manny Ramirez, BOS    R/R       
OF    Ichiro Suzuki, SEA    L/R       
DH    David Ortiz, BOS    L/L (injured, will not play)

National League

Pos   Name, Team              Bats/Throws

C    Geovany Soto, CHC            S/R       
1B    Lance Berkman, HOU       S/L       
2B    Chase Utley, PHI            L/R       
SS    Hanley Ramirez, FLA            R/R       
3B    Chipper Jones, ATL            S/R       
OF    Ryan Braun, MIL            R/R       
OF    Kosuke Fukudome, CHC    L/R       
OF    Alfonso Soriano, CHC    R/R


Wow a lot of Cubs and Red Sox players in the sides. Disappointed not to see any Angels players in the starting lineups, had a feeling Vlad may have made it.

I can understand the cubs players in the starting lineup being so far ahead in the NL Central but the Sox havent been amazing and are 4 games down on the Rays in the AL East! They are really going to have to deliver in the second half of the season to stand any chance of winning the division

Not sure about the White Sox/Cubs rivalry. I was in Chicago last month and the ballparks are on opposite sides of the city, so I'm not sure if theres a split down the city on which team people support! I went to the White Sox game against the Twins (even though I support the Angels), and it had about 25,000 in there for an afternoon game in the middle of the week).
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on July 08, 2008, 10:49:34 PM
Quote from: "ADVILLAFAN"
I'm trying to find out more about the rivalry between Chicago Cubs and Chicago Whitesox fans. I go onto a Chicago Bears Forum and it's funny to see the 2 sets of Baseball fans have a go at each other.

I'm not sure if there's a particular area where one set of fans come from and the others come from a separate area or not?


I am a cubs fan, and I HATE the White Sox. Having lived in Chicago for 7 years, I know all about the rivalry. The divide is simple. If you live on teh north side of the river, you are a Cubs fan. If you live on the south side of the river, you are scum.

I am not so sure why I got into the whole rivalry thing, being English and all that, but it just happens once you attach yourself to one of the teams. Political candidates in the city have to be careful how they approach the rivalry too because if they show their colours to much they will lose votes. Mayor Daley and Governor Blagojovich did have a relatively friendly rivalry going on though at one time as the Mayor was a Cubbie and the Governor was a dumbass.

I never set foot in The Cell (The White sox stadium). I had the chance of free tickets on a couple of occassions, but I just could not bring myself to go there.

There is also another north / south divide in Chicago, and that is to do with how you prepare your hot dogs, but I will leave that for another time :-)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on July 08, 2008, 10:53:26 PM
Quote from: "HTFCacc2007"
I went to the White Sox game against the Twins.


Did you get disinfected when you left? I would make sure that you declare that at customs when you get back to the UK so they can quarantine you for 60 days or so.


Quote from: "HTFCacc2007"
it had about 25,000 in there for an afternoon game in the middle of the week).


If that had of been Wrigley Field you would have been lucky to get a ticket. The Cubs sell out EVERY game. It does not matter whether it is an 11am first pitch on a wet Thursday, or a 6pm start. The last few years they have had over 3 million people through the turnstiles just for their home games. Imagine what Villa could do with the revenue that generates :-)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on July 08, 2008, 10:55:45 PM
I have purposely not commented on the Cubs storming start to the season for fear of putting a curse on them, but what a start they have had.

We had a little slump the last couple of weeks with Soriano and Zambrano out, but now they are both pretty much back, we should be able to reaffirm our superiority, nnot only in our division, or our league, but over all of the MLB.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on July 08, 2008, 11:31:47 PM
As a fan of most sports (except bloody basketball) I have tried to give baseball a chance. However, I have noticed that all the fielders wear giant mitts! I thought it was just the wicket-keeper (bat stop?) but they all do it, cheating bastards!

Where's the skill in catching and do any baseball players ever drop a catch?

Please PM me when they have banned the cheating gloves and I will start trying to watch it again!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on July 09, 2008, 01:50:53 AM
Quote from: "Chicago_Villa"
I have purposely not commented on the Cubs storming start to the season for fear of putting a curse on them, but what a start they have had.

We had a little slump the last couple of weeks with Soriano and Zambrano out, but now they are both pretty much back, we should be able to reaffirm our superiority, nnot only in our division, or our league, but over all of the MLB.


I was going to mention to you how well they were doing, but I know that  Cubs fans will blame anything, and I didn't want to be the target if the season goes pearshaped. :smt002
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on July 09, 2008, 04:36:49 AM
Rich Harden is a nice pick up for the Cubs.
They are going to take some stopping in the NL.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 09, 2008, 07:28:27 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
Rich Harden is a nice pick up for the Cubs.
They are going to take some stopping in the NL.


A quick reaction by Hendry to the Brew Crew's trade for CC Sabathia. However, Harden is really just Prior redux being has he's only pitched around 270 innings over the past four season. A great pitcher when he's fit but that's not very often.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 09, 2008, 07:40:40 AM
Quote from: "HTFCacc2007"


Wow a lot of Cubs and Red Sox players in the sides. Disappointed not to see any Angels players in the starting lineups, had a feeling Vlad may have made it.

I can understand the cubs players in the starting lineup being so far ahead in the NL Central but the Sox havent been amazing and are 4 games down on the Rays in the AL East! They are really going to have to deliver in the second half of the season to stand any chance of winning the division



Remember that the starting line ups are voted for by the fans. Therefore, those teams with the largest fan base (ie Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs) tend to have the most selections. A fan vote means that the All Star selection process is more of a popularity contest than a recognition of current excellence.

The majority of the reserves are selected by the players and they make errors as well. I'm a Red Sox fan (no kidding !!) but even I can't understand why the players voted in Jason Varitek as the reserve AL catcher.

The teams are managed by the skippers from the previous year's World Series. Therefore, Tito Fancona is the AL manager and can use his final picks to reward his players (just like any other All Star manager of the past).

Although All Star selection should recognise both historical and current form and not normally be awarded for having a hot start to the particular season, I was disappointed that Evan "Desperate Third Baseman" didn't make the original roster. He is however one of the players up for election in the fan vote for the final player in each squad.

Longoria currently leads the AL vote with Corey Hart of the Brewers leasing the NL vote.

As for Vlad, the Angels have one of the worst performing outfields in the sport and Vlad's been part of that. His numbers suggest that his career may now be trailing off. In this post-steroids era the days of players continuing to perform at superstar levels into their mid/late 30's may be over.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on July 09, 2008, 11:29:27 PM
Quote from: "Chicago_Villa"
Quote from: "ADVILLAFAN"
I'm trying to find out more about the rivalry between Chicago Cubs and Chicago Whitesox fans. I go onto a Chicago Bears Forum and it's funny to see the 2 sets of Baseball fans have a go at each other.

I'm not sure if there's a particular area where one set of fans come from and the others come from a separate area or not?


I am a cubs fan, and I HATE the White Sox. Having lived in Chicago for 7 years, I know all about the rivalry. The divide is simple. If you live on teh north side of the river, you are a Cubs fan. If you live on the south side of the river, you are scum.

I am not so sure why I got into the whole rivalry thing, being English and all that, but it just happens once you attach yourself to one of the teams. Political candidates in the city have to be careful how they approach the rivalry too because if they show their colours to much they will lose votes. Mayor Daley and Governor Blagojovich did have a relatively friendly rivalry going on though at one time as the Mayor was a Cubbie and the Governor was a dumbass.

I never set foot in The Cell (The White sox stadium). I had the chance of free tickets on a couple of occassions, but I just could not bring myself to go there.

There is also another north / south divide in Chicago, and that is to do with how you prepare your hot dogs, but I will leave that for another time :-)


hmm - I can watch baseball, although I can't really say I support anyone (tend to support whoever's playing the Yankees at the time)

It's not just irritating waiting for Villa's Season to start - I'm also looking forward to September when The Chicago Bears are playing again
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 10, 2008, 07:01:33 AM
Quote from: "ADVILLAFAN"
I can watch baseball, although I can't really say I support anyone (tend to support whoever's playing the Yankees at the time)


 =D>
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 16, 2008, 07:23:08 AM
Twelve in a row for the American League in the All-Star Game

Link (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20080715&content_id=3137808&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

This means that whoever wins the American League has home field advantage for this year's Series
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 16, 2008, 11:01:19 AM
Did any of our US H&V'ers watch the team intros last night ?

It looked to me that Willie Mays completely blanked Josh Hamilton and turned away from him.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on July 16, 2008, 02:14:21 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Did any of our US H&V'ers watch the team intros last night ?

It looked to me that Willie Mays completely blanked Josh Hamilton and turned away from him.


No, but I did catch the back end of the game. i think it was about 10.30pm here when I tuned it. It was about the 7th inning. I finally switch the game off at 1.30am  

Today I am feeling rather :smt015
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 23, 2008, 09:38:49 AM
Manny gets jaywalking lecture (http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2008/07/manny_questione.html)

I was also yelled at by a Seattle cop a few years ago for jaywalking.

I was wearing a Villa shirt at the time, so when the copy yelled out "Hey, Boateng" there wasn't much doubt it was me he was after.

I just kept on going and luckily the cop didn't follow.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on July 26, 2008, 11:53:49 AM
Well I watched quite a bit of the Red Sox against the Yankees last night - Yankees won 1-0  ](*,)

Marked contrast to the other game which was on between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels, which was 14-10 last time I looked!!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 26, 2008, 12:15:36 PM
Quote from: "ADVILLAFAN"
Well I watched quite a bit of the Red Sox against the Yankees last night - Yankees won 1-0  ](*,)

Marked contrast to the other game which was on between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels, which was 14-10 last time I looked!!


Ya what ?

Angels beat O's 6-5 and Indians beat Twins 5-4

Meanwhile back to the main event............ it looks like Joba's conversion to a starting pitcher might be beginning to pay off. However, if Mariano has to keep getting multi-inning saves, the Yanks will suffer long term.

We must also remember that both teams are still behind the mighty Tampa Bay Rays
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on July 26, 2008, 12:19:30 PM
And the Rays keep winning at home (he says knowledgably  :-  )
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave on July 27, 2008, 04:45:38 PM
I'm going to see the San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks in not too many weeks.

Does someone clever want to educate me slightly on what sort of thing I can expect? Status, history, quality - that kind of thing.

Preferably with easy-to-understand football based similes.

Many thanks.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on July 27, 2008, 06:19:54 PM
Quote from: "Dave"
I'm going to see the San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks in not too many weeks.

Does someone clever want to educate me slightly on what sort of thing I can expect? Status, history, quality - that kind of thing.

Preferably with easy-to-understand football based similes.

Many thanks.


You may be fortunate enough to see The Big Unit. Or Randy to his friends.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: wombat on July 27, 2008, 06:44:26 PM
I am in Boston in September and me and missus would like to go to a game (we usually partake whilst in the states).

The Red Sox are at home to the Tampa Bay whatever they are calleds... I can't get tickets through the official site it just says none available.

Can any of you folks recommend how to get some ticks? Last time when in Seattle we used the Conceirge at the hotel but that way we ended up paying about £50 a seat (mind you it was against the yankees).

Any help gratefully received. Ta.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 27, 2008, 06:47:59 PM
Quote from: "Dave"
I'm going to see the San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks in not too many weeks.

Does someone clever want to educate me slightly on what sort of thing I can expect? Status, history, quality - that kind of thing.

Preferably with easy-to-understand football based similes.

Many thanks.


Giants

Since they moved to San Francisco from New York 50 years ago they haven't won a World Series. However, they have had two of the games best players in that time in Willie Mays  and Barry Bonds.

If you see one of the outfielders make a spectacular catch, saying something like "yes he's good but he's no Willie Mays", should bring approving nods from any Giants fans in earshot.

As for Barry Bonds............ try not to mention him !!

The Giants are one the the worst teams around at the moment. A group of aging veterans and a few youngsters without too much promise. The owners/management relied on Barry Bonds for too many years without planning for the future. Now that he's gone the Giants are buggered.

However, keep a close eye on shortstop Omar Vizquel if he plays. The guy might be past forty and no longer a great hitter but he's one of the best fielders ever to play the game.



D'Backs

As for the D'Backs, they should be doing better than they are.

They have two of the best pitchers in the sport in Brandon Webb and Dan Haren. As mentioned above they also have Randy "Big Unit" Johnson. He may not be the pitcher that he used to be but he's still 6'10'' of entertaining bad attitude.

Batting wise the D'Backs have been struggling but they do have a few young stars such as Stephen Drew and Chris Young.

The D'Backs were only formed a decade ago so they haven't much history as such. They did however win the 2001 World Series defeating the New York Yankees.


Is it one of the games 8>10 Sep in San Fran that you'll be attending ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on July 27, 2008, 07:40:55 PM
Quote from: "Dave"
I'm going to see the San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks in not too many weeks.

Does someone clever want to educate me slightly on what sort of thing I can expect? Status, history, quality - that kind of thing.

Preferably with easy-to-understand football based similes.

Many thanks.


Try PM'ing Tucson Villain. He is a D'Backs fan and lives out there. And a bloody nice bloke he is too.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on July 27, 2008, 08:34:55 PM
Try PM'ing Tucson Villain. He is a D'Backs fan and lives out there. And a bloody nice bloke he is too.[/quote]

Very well said...How much do I owe you ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on July 27, 2008, 08:41:56 PM
Quote from: "Dave"
I'm going to see the San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks in not too many weeks.

Does someone clever want to educate me slightly on what sort of thing I can expect? Status, history, quality - that kind of thing.

Preferably with easy-to-understand football based similes.

Many thanks.


If you are coming to the desert let me know.I am sure that we could arrange a swift half before the game.
If you are going to San Fran you will enjoy it,the new ballpark is a lot better than candlestick.
Don't know if Mad Dog in the Fog in SF is still run by a Villa fan,it was when I lived up there.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 27, 2008, 08:42:55 PM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"

Don't know if Mad Dog in the Fog in SF is still run by a Villa fan,it was when I lived up there.


Not any longer. He sold it a few years ago.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave on July 27, 2008, 10:02:14 PM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
If you are coming to the desert let me know.I am sure that we could arrange a swift half before the game.
If you are going to San Fran you will enjoy it,the new ballpark is a lot better than candlestick.

It's the San Fran game in mid-September that I'll be over for I'm afraid.

Many thanks to everybody (UK Redsox in particular) for the education. I'll try and memorise as much of it as possible.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on July 27, 2008, 10:31:56 PM
Quote from: "Dave"
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
If you are coming to the desert let me know.I am sure that we could arrange a swift half before the game.
If you are going to San Fran you will enjoy it,the new ballpark is a lot better than candlestick.

It's the San Fran game in mid-September that I'll be over for I'm afraid.

Many thanks to everybody (UK Redsox in particular) for the education. I'll try and memorise as much of it as possible.


I recommend the garlic fries at AT&T Park, of course you might need a couple of beers to wash them down. :smt002
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave on July 27, 2008, 10:35:58 PM
I think I may well take both pieces of advice there.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on July 28, 2008, 01:25:04 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
Quote from: "Chicago_Villa"
Try PM'ing Tucson Villain. He is a D'Backs fan and lives out there. And a bloody nice bloke he is too.


Very well said...How much do I owe you ?


Call it evens after the great info you gave me :-)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 28, 2008, 07:09:28 AM
In my general slagging of of the SF Giants I forgot to mention that they do in fact have one of the best young pitchers in Tim Lincecum.

Meanwhile, the Sox spanked the Evil Empire last night.

(http://deadspin.com/assets/images/deadspin/2008/07/spanking.jpg)

As much as I'd like to see the Yankees struggling, their recent revival does mean that when I'm in NYC for two Sox games late August the games I see will be vital.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 31, 2008, 07:49:59 AM
So, its "Non-waiver Trade Deadline Day"

This is the place for you all to discuss the rumours and signings......... oh well, maybe not then !!

Anyhow, the Evil Empire have brought in Pudge from the Tigers to help their catching woes.

Meanwhile there's rumours of a three-way (oo er missus) between the Red Sox, Marlins and Pirates that would send Manny "Being Manny" Ramirez from Boston to Florida, Jeremy Hermida from Florida to Pittsburgh and Jason Bay from Pittsburgh to Boston.

Whilst Manny is a future Hall of Famer, his time has just about run out in Boston (think the Barry saga but with added physical attacks on a club employee).

Jason Bay is a nice player but I'd actually prefer Hermida in Boston.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 31, 2008, 08:58:48 PM
Future "Hall of Famer" Ken Griffey Jr traded from Seattle to the Chicago White Sox (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3512365)

Also, Seattle trade veteran relief pitcher Arthur Rhodes to the Florida Marlins

Manny deal looks to be off (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080730&content_id=3225450&vkey=trade2008&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

It also looks like Jason Bay, previously rumoured to be moving to Boston as part of the Manny merry-go-round, may now end up in Tampa.

Meanwhile on the field, the Cubs look to be heading for a four game sweep of divisional rivals Milwaukee.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on July 31, 2008, 09:52:03 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Meanwhile on the field, the Cubs look to be heading for a four game sweep of divisional rivals Milwaukee.


And that my friends is the only news that needs reporting. After a minor bump in the road after the all star break, the Cubbies are back on track.

Bring on Pittsburgh, Houston and St. Louis for our 9 game home stand starting tomorrow. With a current home record of 39 wins and 14 losses, we should be able to pull even further away from these 3 divisional rivals.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 31, 2008, 10:27:00 PM
I spoke too soon about the Manny extravaganza being dead. It seems that the LA Dodgers replaced the Florida Marlins in the deal.

The Manny-being-Manny circus will be heading for LA with the other main move being Jason Bay heading for Boston from Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh get a couple of prospects and journeymen from LA and Boston.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3513383

Message to a certain want-away midfielder.... that's how you force a deal !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on July 31, 2008, 11:48:15 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
I spoke too soon about the Manny extravaganza being dead. It seems that the LA Dodgers replaced the Florida Marlins in the deal.

The Manny-being-Manny circus will be heading for LA with the other main move being Jason Bay heading for Boston from Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh get a couple of prospects and journeymen from LA and Boston.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3513383

Message to a certain want-away midfielder.... that's how you force a deal !!



Thanks a lot, the Dodgers now look a lot better and we have a four game series starting with them tonight.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 01, 2008, 07:44:36 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"



Thanks a lot, the Dodgers now look a lot better and we have a four game series starting with them tonight.


How long before Manny and Jeff Kent have their first bust up.

Even tho' Manny's now left Boston I'll still get to see him play because I'll be at a Dodgers @ Philly and a Dodgers @ DC game later this month.

As for your Snakes, they missed out by not getting "Tex" from the Braves. He'd have made a hell of a difference to the D'Backs line up.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 01, 2008, 08:10:47 AM
The legendary Peter Gammons comments of the Manny trade

Video (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2521705&brand=null&videoId=3513658&n8pe6c=2)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on August 01, 2008, 09:01:38 AM
Come on you Royals!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Drummond on August 01, 2008, 09:23:02 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


Meanwhile, the Sox spanked the Evil Empire last night.

(http://deadspin.com/assets/images/deadspin/2008/07/spanking.jpg)


OK, I'm hooked. When can I catch the next game?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Eckybloke on August 01, 2008, 10:31:16 AM
I may be late in getting here...but I care!

Well a bit.  I'm a fan of the Yankees.  Well by fan I mean I look at their scores and hope they've won.

Although they're being a bit up and down again this season, good to see the wee run they had against Boston!

 \:D/
 :smt002
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 01, 2008, 12:46:37 PM
Quote from: "Eckybloke"
I may be late in getting here...but I care!

Well a bit.  I'm a fan of the Yankees.  Well by fan I mean I look at their scores and hope they've won.

Although they're being a bit up and down again this season, good to see the wee run they had against Boston!

 \:D/
 :smt002


Well in that case you can sod off again !!


Seriously, welcome to the most popular thread on the site  :-
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 12, 2008, 07:40:33 PM
Hey "Tucson Villan", this should help help your D'Backs anaemic offence

Quote
8/11/08      Arizona Diamondbacks
Acquired OF Adam Dunn and cash from the Cincinnati Reds for RHP Dallas Buck and two players to be named later.


BTW, Dallas Buck..... great name or what


Movin' on........ this Friday I'll be in DC for the epic Rockies @ Nationals series. If ever there was a series that meant absolutely nothing, this is it.

However, I'll be following up with my Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles for three games.

Whilst in Baltimore I was going to try to visit some of "The Wire" locations. However having read this article (http://www.citypaper.com/special/story.asp?id=11846) I think I'll stick to the relative safety of the Inner Harbor.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on August 12, 2008, 07:48:48 PM
Quote from: UK Redsox
Hey "Tucson Villan", this should help help your D'Backs anaemic offence

Quote
8/11/08      Arizona Diamondbacks
Acquired OF Adam Dunn and cash from the Cincinnati Reds for RHP Dallas Buck and two players to be named later.


Yeah picking up Dunn should help our offence but our defence is going to be suspect now that we have lost Orlando Hudson for the year.

Enjoy your trip.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 16, 2008, 03:52:13 AM
Just got back to the hotel after the first game of my trip. The Colorado Rockies @ Washington Nationals. Both are really bad teams.

That's one game down and 16 more to go.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 18, 2008, 02:00:30 PM
Bloddy hell, the Nationals are crap !!

Last night I saw them lose their 10th game in a row.

I'm just about to head up to Baltimore now to watch the Red Sox @ Orioles.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 29, 2008, 02:35:47 PM
I'm glad to see that you've all been keeping up the baseball chatter while I'm over here in the States  ](*,)

Anyhow, I've just got two games left now of my 17 game trek up and down the eastern seaboard.

I'm currently sat in New York Penn Station (First Class lounge, I'll have you know  :-  ) about to head up to Boston for two games at the legendary Fenway Park.

The last two days I've been at the Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees games in da Bronx. Wow, what an atmosphere. Just like Villa v Blues (but maybe with more arrests).

Last night I headed straight from Yankee Stadium to Coney Island (90 mins on the NYC Subway system) for a Brooklyn Cyclones Minor League game.

If any of you are ever in the USA, check to see if the town/city you're in has a Minor League baseball team. Its a great evening's entertainment and very cheap. I paid just 14 dollars for the best seat in the ballpark.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Rotterdam on September 02, 2008, 07:16:13 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
I'm glad to see that you've all been keeping up the baseball chatter while I'm over here in the States  ](*,)

Anyhow, I've just got two games left now of my 17 game trek up and down the eastern seaboard.

I'm currently sat in New York Penn Station (First Class lounge, I'll have you know  :-  ) about to head up to Boston for two games at the legendary Fenway Park.

The last two days I've been at the Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees games in da Bronx. Wow, what an atmosphere. Just like Villa v Blues (but maybe with more arrests).

Last night I headed straight from Yankee Stadium to Coney Island (90 mins on the NYC Subway system) for a Brooklyn Cyclones Minor League game.

If any of you are ever in the USA, check to see if the town/city you're in has a Minor League baseball team. Its a great evening's entertainment and very cheap. I paid just 14 dollars for the best seat in the ballpark.


I was at the thursday afternoon game. Great atmosphere, loads of (piss weak) beer and a reall good laugh.
+55,000 in attendance on a thursday afternoon, without segregation!
I will also say that 'The New Yankee Stadium' looks amazing.

'Go Yankees' (even though they won't qualify).
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 03, 2008, 06:57:49 AM
Quote from: "Rotterdam"


I was at the thursday afternoon game. Great atmosphere, loads of (piss weak) beer and a reall good laugh.
+55,000 in attendance on a thursday afternoon, without segregation!
I will also say that 'The New Yankee Stadium' looks amazing.

'Go Yankees' (even though they won't qualify).


Whereabouts ?

I was in Section 610 in the upper deck just on the third base side of home plate.

Yes, the new ballpark looks great. Very "Roman Coliseum-esque".

Sadly (  :-  ) I didn't make a final trip to Shea. Not that anyone's mourning the loss of that venue.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Rotterdam on September 03, 2008, 08:15:31 AM
Section 648, Middle tier. Great view.
Loved the fact that they have people selling beer and snacks to people in their seats.

Mets or Rays for WS.

I also have a soft spot for SF gIants and the Marlins, having seen them on previous trips.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on September 03, 2008, 08:08:23 PM
Oh no, I think it is happening again. The acronym is beginning to ring true....

Completely
Useles
By
September

4 straight losses now, but I am keeping the faith. This IS our year.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on September 03, 2008, 08:11:08 PM
Come on you Royals!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on September 03, 2008, 08:16:52 PM
D'Backs are starting to look like the Royals.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on September 03, 2008, 08:17:45 PM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
D'Backs are starting to look like the Royals.


Like a second tier side who sell their best players to the Villa?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on September 03, 2008, 08:44:43 PM
Second tier is right.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 04, 2008, 07:20:37 AM
Instant replay makes its debut (and yep, it just has to involve A-Rod, doesn't it !) (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080904&content_id=3417261&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 04, 2008, 07:21:45 AM
Quote from: "Chicago_Villa"
Oh no, I think it is happening again. The acronym is beginning to ring true....

Completely
Useles
By
September

4 straight losses now, but I am keeping the faith. This IS our year.


Losing streak is over
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Chicago_Villa on September 04, 2008, 03:20:22 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Chicago_Villa"
Oh no, I think it is happening again. The acronym is beginning to ring true....

Completely
Useles
By
September

4 straight losses now, but I am keeping the faith. This IS our year.


Losing streak is over


Is that a premonition? Losing streak now at 5 with no game tonight. We go to Cincinatti on Friday, and they have just been eliminated so will be even more keen to play spoilers.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 05, 2008, 07:11:03 AM
Oops, I was looking at the White Sox's result

Anyhow, luckily for the Cubs, the Brewers are playing crap as well.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on September 05, 2008, 08:30:44 AM
\:D/  Nice double win in the back to back games for the Royals last night  \:D/
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 06, 2008, 12:39:29 PM
The Cubs collapse continues.

The Brew Crew did manage a win yesterday so I still think that they'll both make the playoffs.

However, if these two slip much more it'll give hope of a Wild Card sport for whichever out of the Mets and Phillies comes second in the NL East.

Meanwhile, my Sox look to be catching the Rays
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 08, 2008, 07:57:34 AM
The "Evil Empire" have now dropped to fourth place in the AL East and now only have a 0.4% chance of making the playoffs \:D/
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 12, 2008, 08:11:00 AM
More evidence that Baseball is a British invention (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb/09/11/baseball.england.ap/index.html?cnn=yes)..... stick that up yer £$%^& Abner Doubleday !
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave on September 13, 2008, 01:30:55 AM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
Quote from: "Dave"
I'm going to see the San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks in not too many weeks.

Does someone clever want to educate me slightly on what sort of thing I can expect? Status, history, quality - that kind of thing.

Preferably with easy-to-understand football based similes.

Many thanks.


If you are coming to the desert let me know.I am sure that we could arrange a swift half before the game.
If you are going to San Fran you will enjoy it,the new ballpark is a lot better than candlestick.
Don't know if Mad Dog in the Fog in SF is still run by a Villa fan,it was when I lived up there.

It was pretty good fun.

I could probably manage to get into this rounders lark.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on September 14, 2008, 08:24:09 PM
Quote from: "Dave"
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"
Quote from: "Dave"
I'm going to see the San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks in not too many weeks.

Does someone clever want to educate me slightly on what sort of thing I can expect? Status, history, quality - that kind of thing.

Preferably with easy-to-understand football based similes.

Many thanks.


If you are coming to the desert let me know.I am sure that we could arrange a swift half before the game.
If you are going to San Fran you will enjoy it,the new ballpark is a lot better than candlestick.
Don't know if Mad Dog in the Fog in SF is still run by a Villa fan,it was when I lived up there.

It was pretty good fun.

I could probably manage to get into this rounders lark.



Glad you enjoyed it.

Shame that my D'Backs have forgotten how to pitch.
Oh well there is always next season and the new hockey season is just around the corner.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: ATV on September 14, 2008, 08:30:13 PM
Is Baseball any good? I've only ever played it on the Wii :oops:
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on September 15, 2008, 12:56:18 PM
3 wins in 24 hours against the Indians. Come on you Royals, the push for the 2009 World Series starts now!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 15, 2008, 04:43:23 PM
Quote from: "ATV"
Is Baseball any good? I've only ever played it on the Wii :oops:


They deliver beer to your seat... what more can you wish for ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 22, 2008, 07:57:37 AM
Time to send in the bulldozers

(http://www.visitingdc.com/images/yankee-stadium-picture.jpg)



The Evil Empire played their final home game last night (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=280921110&action=playvideo&hcmp=motion)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 24, 2008, 07:49:38 AM
Best news I've read in ages (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080923&content_id=3533396&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)  \:D/  \:D/
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on September 26, 2008, 06:16:46 PM
Can the comeback kids do it again?

Come on you Fightin' Phils!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 26, 2008, 07:06:55 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Can the comeback kids do it again?

Come on you Fightin' Phils!


One game ahead of the Metropolitans with three to play. The runner up will be in a battle with the Brew Crew (who have the same record as the Mets) for the NL Wild Card.

Meanwhile the Sox are still just about hanging in there in the AL East. They'll need to sweep the Evil Empire this weekend AND hope that the Rays fail to win. Both of these seem unlikely, so the Sox will have to settle for the Wild Card and then play the Angels in the first round of the playoffs. The Angels are a far better team than either the Chi Sox or Twins, however the Sox have had their number in recent playoff meetings.

So there's the AL East, AL Central, NL East and NL Wild Card still up for grabs with just a couple of days left.

Its building up for a great final weekend of the regular season.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Rotterdam on September 26, 2008, 07:44:16 PM
I do love the baseball when in the States, and would be a big fan of (?) if I lived there. Probably Marlins, Giants or Yankees as I've been to home games.
Any thoughts Redsox?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 26, 2008, 07:49:19 PM
Quote from: "Rotterdam"
I do love the baseball when in the States, and would be a big fan of (?) if I lived there. Probably Marlins, Giants or Yankees as I've been to home games.
Any thoughts Redsox?


Marlins ..... good team to follow.

Giants ..... great history but haven't one the title for over 50 years. Still, not a bad team to follow and a great city / ballpark to visit.

Yankees ...... Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo.... please don't do it. That's like supporting Man Utd.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: wombat on September 26, 2008, 09:44:21 PM
I recently attended the Red Sox 457th (I think) in a row record breaking sell out.

I was very drunk... I believe they won 3 zip.

I went to have a word with the pitcher in the bull pen and was informed by a fat irish cop to `stop botherin' the pitcher and find yer seat sonny`.

happy days.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 27, 2008, 08:06:14 AM
The Sox lost last night which means that the formerly hapless Tampa Bay Rays have won the AL East.

(http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2008/09/27/oVdBAqYx.jpg)

The Sox will have to make do with the Wild Card
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Rotterdam on September 27, 2008, 08:12:37 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Rotterdam"
I do love the baseball when in the States, and would be a big fan of (?) if I lived there. Probably Marlins, Giants or Yankees as I've been to home games.
Any thoughts Redsox?


Marlins ..... good team to follow.

Giants ..... great history but haven't one the title for over 50 years. Still, not a bad team to follow and a great city / ballpark to visit.

Yankees ...... Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo.... please don't do it. That's like supporting Man Utd.


Apologies. I've been to Fenway Park as well. About 1996, myself and some uni lads were coaching 'soccer' in the Freeport area. But I couldn't support the Sox as that would be like supporting Liverpool?

ps 'Show us your rings'
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 28, 2008, 11:00:46 AM
If I was new to baseball now I think I'd pick the Milwaukee Brewers as my team.

A great nucleus of players, superb ballpark and they're named after people who make beer !!

What more do you want ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: lovejoy on September 28, 2008, 11:06:58 AM
Did Balco Bonds end up beating Hank Arrons HR record?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 28, 2008, 11:11:04 AM
Quote from: "lovejoy"
Did Balco Bonds end up beating Hank Aaron's HR record?


Yep, mid way thro' the 2007 season. The SF Giants didn't resign him at the end of the season and he didn't play at all this year,
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on September 28, 2008, 04:05:02 PM
Baseball finished 4 or 5 days ago.

Time for Coyotes and Suns.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 28, 2008, 09:42:39 PM
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"


Time for Coyotes and Suns.


Is "The Great One" still head coach ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Tucson Villain on September 29, 2008, 02:18:55 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Tucson Villain"


Time for Coyotes and Suns.


Is "The Great One" still head coach ?


Yes he is.
We have got a pretty good team this year so I hoping we can get to the playoffs. ( it has been a while )
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 29, 2008, 07:39:36 AM
"Shea it ain't so"........... the Mets blew it again.

The NL playoff matchups are set:-

Milwaukee Brewers v Philadelphia Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs

The AL situation isn't settled yet. For certain, the Boston Red Sox will face the Los Angeles Angels. However the AL Central title is still to be decided.

Today the Chicago White Sox will face the Detroit Tigers in a game that was previously cancelled due to the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

If the Chi Sox lose, the Minnesota Twins will win the AL Central and face the Tampa Bay Rays in the playoffs. If the Chi Sox win, they'll face the Twins in a one game play off on Tuesday with the winner facing the Rays.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 01, 2008, 07:32:06 AM
The White Sox defeated the Twins in the play-off last night.

Therefore an all Windy City World Series is still possible.

I'm beginning to think this will happen. The meltdown of the financial system is surely the sign of approaching armageddon of which the culmination will be a White Sox v Cubs matchup
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Post by: Mac on October 01, 2008, 01:47:19 PM
There's a fantastic cap shop opened on Corporation Street in Brum.  Shit loads of MLB caps. Priced £10-20-£30
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Post by: usav on October 01, 2008, 03:18:43 PM
Quote from: "Mac"
There's a fantastic cap shop opened on Corporation Street in Brum.  Shit loads of MLB caps. Priced £10-20-£30


Yeah saw that when we were there in July.   My wife was shocked to find  Pittsburgh Pirates hat in the middle of Birmingham.
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Post by: Mac on October 01, 2008, 04:13:50 PM
It's been there that long?

The reason I thought it was excellent is that all the caps are fitted, rather than the velcro/buckle/crap plasic locking thingies.

Was quite interested in a Claret & Blue Giants one, but the "SF" on the front was soooo big it looked ridiculous.  Toyed with the idea of an Indians one - I still quite like "Wild Thing" and of course there's a Cleveland connection.
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Post by: usav on October 01, 2008, 04:31:20 PM
Quote from: "Mac"
It's been there that long?


Yep, although I don't think they were official NFl/MLB merchandise, if you get what I mean....
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 01, 2008, 06:29:27 PM
Those hats seem very expensive.

Anyhow, I always buy the adjustable ones. That way, on a hot day you can loosen it and if its windy you can tighten it up,

BTW Mac, how can you go for an Indians one ? The logo is hideous.

Just get one of these

(http://mlb.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pMLB2-1669761dt.jpg)
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 03, 2008, 07:54:23 AM
Chicago Cubs, losing two games at home.........oh dear, oh dear !

The curse of the billy goat, black cat, Bartman (delete as applicable) looks to be heading into a second century.

Meanwhile the Deviless Rays are proving themselves to be for real by taking the first game against the Chi Sox
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Post by: Mac on October 03, 2008, 09:36:44 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Those hats seem very expensive.

Anyhow, I always buy the adjustable ones. That way, on a hot day you can loosen it and if its windy you can tighten it up,

BTW Mac, how can you go for an Indians one ? The logo is hideous.

Just get one of these

(http://mlb.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pMLB2-1669761dt.jpg)


The look very good quality.  I'd go go for "replica" if I actually knew anything about it.

I did have a Red Sox one.  Lost it though - lord knows where.  I know appear to have mislaid my Yankees one - which I'm not too bothered about except it had my Villa Trust and "We're not fickle...." badges on it.

I absolutely prefer proper, fitted caps to those with adjustments at the back.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 04, 2008, 12:28:51 PM
Sox 2 games up on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Orange County

Deviless Rays 2 games up on the Chi Sox

NL series resume today
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 04, 2008, 10:39:38 PM
Woo hoo - Phils up 2-0!

(condolences to Cubs fans everywhere)  :-(

Tampa Bay can feck off too - after all Florida is the Manchester United/Tiger Woods/Coca Cola/Dallas Cowboys et al of States.....
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 05, 2008, 12:18:12 PM
The Chicago Cubs rack up 100 years of failure (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=3626535&sportCat=mlb)

(http://assets.espn.go.com/media/apphoto/5d44658c-567e-4e84-82ed-f994ad9d96b0.jpg)

The Cubs make Small Heath seem successful

Meanwhile, the Brew Crew win against the Phillies and avoid elimination.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 05, 2008, 11:20:32 PM
How about them Fightin Phils - YES!!!!!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 06, 2008, 08:23:28 AM
Chi Sox and LAAOA both win to keep their hopes alive

The Phillies (and the greatest mascot in sports) knock out the Brewers

(http://espn.go.com/photo/2006/1204/pg2_phanatic2_195.jpg)
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Post by: Mac on October 06, 2008, 11:07:38 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Woo hoo - Phils up 2-0!

(condolences to Cubs fans everywhere)  :-(

Tampa Bay can feck off too - after all Florida is the Manchester United/Tiger Woods/Coca Cola/Dallas Cowboys et al of States.....


Florida is the ........ Dallas?

 :-s
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Post by: Yeltzer on October 06, 2008, 07:04:46 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Chi Sox and LAAOA both win to keep their hopes alive

The Phillies (and the greatest mascot in sports) knock out the Brewers

(http://espn.go.com/photo/2006/1204/pg2_phanatic2_195.jpg)


I went to see the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park a couple of years ago against the Mets - watching the Phillie Phanatic ripping up the outfield on his quadbike and giving it to the crowd was one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. Go Phillies!!
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Post by: Yeltzer on October 06, 2008, 07:06:53 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
The White Sox defeated the Twins in the play-off last night.

Therefore an all Windy City World Series is still possible.

I'm beginning to think this will happen. The meltdown of the financial system is surely the sign of approaching armageddon of which the culmination will be a White Sox v Cubs matchup


I also went to see the Yankees v Red Sox at Yankee stadium on 4 July this year - I sincerely hope its a Red Sox - Phillies World Series - that way, I win whoever wins  \:D/
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 06, 2008, 07:10:07 PM
Quote from: "Yeltzer"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Chi Sox and LAAOA both win to keep their hopes alive

The Phillies (and the greatest mascot in sports) knock out the Brewers

(http://espn.go.com/photo/2006/1204/pg2_phanatic2_195.jpg)


I went to see the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park a couple of years ago against the Mets - watching the Phillie Phanatic ripping up the outfield on his quadbike and giving it to the crowd was one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. Go Phillies!!


Everybody hits! Woo hoo......

Joe Torre was one of only two ballplayers who ever refused to give an autograph....fecking bastard! (Tom Seaver was the other)

Ya gotta love Charlie Manuel though- he's like a good old grandad playing ball......
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 07, 2008, 07:30:00 AM
The lineup for the "Leagur Championship Series" (ie the semi finals) is now set.....

In the American League its the Tampa Bay Rays versus the Boston Red Sox

In the National League its the Los Angeles Dodgers versus the Philadelphia Phillies.

A Dodgers v Sox World Series would be a classic because of the Manny ("Manny-Being-Manny") Ramirez factor.

Of course I'm hoping that the Sox will prevail, but if not I'm OK with any of the others winning.

If the Sox don't win, MLB will have its 8th different champion in 9 years. Now that's something you don't get in the Premier League or NFL.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 10, 2008, 04:31:48 PM
phillies win a game that they should have lost - nice.

hamels looked very nervous - nice to see Burrell and Utley hitting again.

everybody hits! woo hoo.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 11, 2008, 02:52:32 AM
2 up , two to go - how about them Fightin Phils!

I hope the umps get the strike zone figured out by sunday....
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 11, 2008, 10:28:56 AM
Sox win the first game against the Rays

Here's hoping the Dodgers c an stage a fight back against the Phillies (sorry jkreejoh). It would be great to see either Manny back in Boston or Torre in the southern capital of the Evil Empire
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 14, 2008, 11:37:08 AM
Phils up 3 games to 1 - woo hoo!
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 15, 2008, 12:07:02 PM
Tampa Bay up 3 games to 1.....the glamour final looks like it is off the cards - the boring old Phils vs  the no one ever heard of them Rays......
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 15, 2008, 05:32:55 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Tampa Bay up 3 games to 1.....the glamour final looks like it is off the cards - the boring old Phils vs  the no one ever heard of them Rays......


Fox's worst nightmare
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 15, 2008, 06:47:12 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Tampa Bay up 3 games to 1.....the glamour final looks like it is off the cards - the boring old Phils vs  the no one ever heard of them Rays......


Fox's worst nightmare


haha - it'll serve them (Murdoch Family) right for ruining English football.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 16, 2008, 07:23:23 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Phils up 3 games to 1 - woo hoo!


Phils win game 5 to take the series 4 games to 1 from the Dodgers.

Rays could knock out the Sox tonight and set up a World Series that I doubt anyone predicted.
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Post by: Stu on October 16, 2008, 12:25:28 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Phils up 3 games to 1 - woo hoo!


Phils win game 5 to take the series 4 games to 1 from the Dodgers.

Rays could knock out the Sox tonight and set up a World Series that I doubt anyone predicted.


I was watching game 4 last night on NASN and the rays smashed the Red Sox off the park, I think they got 5 runs in the 6th.  The last time I saw the score it was something like 14-4 to the rays.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 17, 2008, 07:44:09 AM
Maybe I spoke too soon.

Last night the Sox came from 7 runs down in the 7th inning to beat the Rays.

Apparently this was the largest deficit that a team's recovered from in the last 79 post-seasons

Now its back to Tampa for the rest of the series
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 17, 2008, 11:47:05 AM
A Red Sox comeback would sure boost the ratings!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 19, 2008, 01:04:09 PM
Sox win game 6 to tie the series at three games each.

Its "winner takes all" tonight in St Pete
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 19, 2008, 04:20:06 PM
I must say that I fancy the Phillies' chances against the Sox more than vs Tampa.....
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 20, 2008, 07:13:31 AM
Tampa win Game 7 over the Sox to reach their first World Series

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=281019130
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 22, 2008, 07:14:36 AM
World Series starts tonight

(http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/deadspin/2008/10/ws-ray-team-vs-philly-ballgirls.jpg)
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 22, 2008, 12:22:09 PM
Mrs Cole Hamels on the left:

Photo not safe for work (http://wizbangblog.com/images/jennaheidi7full.jpg)
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 22, 2008, 08:26:25 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Mrs Cole Hamels on the left:

Photo not safe for work (http://wizbangblog.com/images/jennaheidi7full.jpg)


Right up there with Anna "Mrs Kris" Benson (http://www.insomniacslounge.com/uploaded_images/annabenson1-744360.jpg) (just about SFW)
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 23, 2008, 07:07:00 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Mrs Cole Hamels on the left:

Photo not safe for work (http://wizbangblog.com/images/jennaheidi7full.jpg)


Mr Hamels did the business during the game (and probably afterwards as well !)

Phillies take game one
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 23, 2008, 11:55:52 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Phillies take game one


woo hoo - everybody hits!

=D> \:D/ =D> \:D/ =D> \:D/ =D> \:D/ =D> \:D/

(http://forums.mammothmountain.com/avatars/phillies2.JPG)

(http://www.digitalenhance.com/buddy/icons/baseball/lilmary45-Animation-Phillies.gif)
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 24, 2008, 07:30:26 AM
The Deviless Rays win game 2.

Series now tied 1 - 1

Next game is supposed to be in Philly on Saturday but apparently there's bad weather forecast
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 24, 2008, 11:29:52 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
The Deviless Rays win game 2.


Charlie Manuel was outmanaged - he should've started Moyer and saved Myers for Game 3
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Post by: joe_c on October 24, 2008, 12:33:44 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
The Deviless Rays win game 2.


Charlie Manuel was outmanaged - he should've started Moyer and saved Myers for Game 3


By my calculations that would make Moyer the starter if it goes to Game 7. Is that correct? Is that wise?
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 24, 2008, 01:07:04 PM
Quote from: "joe_c"
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
The Deviless Rays win game 2.


Charlie Manuel was outmanaged - he should've started Moyer and saved Myers for Game 3


By my calculations that would make Moyer the starter if it goes to Game 7. Is that correct? Is that wise?


They were always gonna lose last night - better to make it Moyer  (who is 0-2) than to ruin the high that Myers was riding -especially after that great at-bat vs that fat bloke on Milwaukee.

If it goes to Game 7 Hamels has to start that one - no matter how much he has pitched already. Another option would have been to start Happ last night to give him some experience.

I hope that Moyer proves me wrong though and has a return to his best stuff this weekend - but I ain't that confident.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 24, 2008, 01:18:05 PM
Moyer's probably gonna attempt to bore the Rays batters out.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 24, 2008, 01:58:07 PM
Moyer is so old his first baseball card was printed on papyrus.  

there's a joke somewhere about him striking a guy out and the ball hit the catcher's mitt 142 seconds after he swings.....
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 27, 2008, 12:16:59 AM
Phils win game 3 - lead series 2 games to 1
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 27, 2008, 06:59:37 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Phils win game 3 - lead series 2 games to 1


And game 4

Its looking like the Phillies will gain only their second ever title in their 125+ year history

However, it looks like the Rays might have a secret weapon to begin their fight back

(http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/deadspin/2008/10/hulkhogan.jpg)
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Post by: Yeltzer on October 27, 2008, 07:31:20 PM
come on the Phils - lets wrap it up tonight!
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 27, 2008, 08:52:50 PM
woo hoo - everybody hits!!!

Go Phils
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 27, 2008, 11:16:28 PM
Well, beat the drum and hold the phone - the sun came out today!
We're born again, there's new grass on the field.
A-roundin' third, and headed for home, it's a brown-eyed handsome man;
Anyone can understand the way I feel.

Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be centerfield.

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f50/ComradeBlitz/Photo5.jpg)
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 28, 2008, 07:35:45 AM
You sure ain't "Willie, Mickey or The Duke"
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Post by: Rotterdam on October 28, 2008, 08:15:37 AM
Is that Steve Martin?
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 28, 2008, 08:11:04 PM
stupid rain !

Go Phils - woo hoo!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2008, 08:42:00 AM
Will they ever get this game finished ?
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 29, 2008, 10:46:18 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Will they ever get this game finished ?


they're trying to figure out the best way to give Tampa an advantage......
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 30, 2008, 02:04:01 AM
Phillies win - woo hoo!!!!!!!

First champion in Philly since 1983!

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 30, 2008, 06:51:36 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Phillies win - woo hoo!!!!!!!

First champion in Philly since 1983!

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I thought that there'd be at least one very happy H&V'er today

Congrats to the Phillies

Video (http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=2378529&brand=null&videoId=3671952&n8pe6c=2)
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 30, 2008, 11:36:27 AM
(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/images/photo/2008/10/30/1030-SERIESROUNDUP/25611802.JPG)
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Post by: puppyfeat on October 30, 2008, 12:28:21 PM
Excellent stuff - really pleased the Phillies won. About time!
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Post by: usav on October 30, 2008, 12:33:17 PM
First championship team in Philly in 100 years, unbelievable for the 5th biggest city.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 30, 2008, 12:50:31 PM
Quote from: "usav"
First championship team in Philly in 100 years, unbelievable for the 5th biggest city.


Not quite:

Phillies won MLB in 1980
Flyers won NHL in 1974 & 1975
Sixers/Warriors won NBA in 1956, 1967 & 1983
Eagles won NFL in 1948, 1949 & 1960
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Post by: usav on October 30, 2008, 01:12:09 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Quote from: "usav"
First championship team in Philly in 100 years, unbelievable for the 5th biggest city.


Not quite:

Phillies won MLB in 1980
Flyers won NHL in 1974 & 1975
Sixers/Warriors won NBA in 1956, 1967 & 1983
Eagles won NFL in 1948, 1949 & 1960


Quite:

1983 = 25 years ago, x 4 = 100 years.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 30, 2008, 01:25:38 PM
100 TEAM years ??
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Post by: Yeltzer on October 30, 2008, 01:36:13 PM
get in. go phillies!!!
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 30, 2008, 01:56:45 PM
I guess it is time to update the  years since last Series win (http://www.thejoekorner.com/world-series-years.shtm) chart

oh dear, poor Pirates  

:-$  

:smt002
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 30, 2008, 02:23:32 PM
2000    New York Yankees
2001    Arizona Diamondbacks
2002    Anaheim Angels
2003    Florida Marlins
2004    Boston Red Sox
2005    Chicago White Sox
2006    St. Louis Cardinals
2007    Boston Red Sox
2008    Philadelphia Phillies

That's 8 different winners in the last nine years. Parity that the NFL and Premier League can only dream of.
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Post by: usav on October 30, 2008, 03:51:57 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
oh dear, poor Pirates  


Wanna talk SuperBowls?
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Post by: Yeltzer on October 30, 2008, 05:50:19 PM
Quote from: "usav"
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
oh dear, poor Pirates  


Wanna talk SuperBowls?


even the Texans are on a winning streak this season!
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Post by: pmarachi on December 11, 2008, 11:23:20 AM
YANKEES LAND CC!!!


I hope this year goes better than last year!

Just found this post.

UK Redsox, although I hate the redsox, you are dead on about the parity of MLB!
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on December 11, 2008, 12:22:36 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
YANKEES LAND CC!!!


he choked in the playoffs - I wouldn't worry if I were a Red Sox fan
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Post by: pmarachi on December 12, 2008, 12:32:52 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Quote from: "pmarachi"
YANKEES LAND CC!!!


he choked in the playoffs - I wouldn't worry if I were a Red Sox fan


If I were a redsox fan I would be worried about the choices I made in life...
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on December 12, 2008, 01:47:56 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Quote from: "pmarachi"
YANKEES LAND CC!!!


he choked in the playoffs - I wouldn't worry if I were a Red Sox fan


If I were a redsox fan I would be worried about the choices I made in life...


well they can't all be glory hunting fans of the Yankees
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on December 12, 2008, 09:20:04 AM
(http://arrowheadaddict.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/kansascityroyals_100.png)

Come on you Royals!
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Post by: pmarachi on December 12, 2008, 10:48:01 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Quote from: "pmarachi"
YANKEES LAND CC!!!


he choked in the playoffs - I wouldn't worry if I were a Red Sox fan


If I were a redsox fan I would be worried about the choices I made in life...


well they can't all be glory hunting fans of the Yankees


Common sense would tell you that the largest market would have the most fans, right?


Can you call an Arsenal fan a glory hunter if they are from London?

I don't know, the more fairweather fans I see are the Redsox.

Considering I live 30 minutes from Yankee Stadium and 3 hours from Boston, and New Red Sox fans try to tell me that "they live In between both so they like the sox"

HAHAHAHAHA
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Post by: pmarachi on December 12, 2008, 11:03:09 AM
BTW, nothing against sox fans, who are actual fans.

Just can't stand the bandwagon jumpers.
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Post by: UK Redsox on January 14, 2009, 07:57:20 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
BTW, nothing against sox fans, who are actual fans.

Just can't stand the bandwagon jumpers.


Just so you guys know, I've been a Sox fan since 1997 when, let's face it, Boston were pretty crap.

When I first got into baseball I mainly followed the Braves but with no particular loyalty. However, on my first visit to the USA to watch a game in person, I was treated so well by the people at Fenway (which shocks most of my American mates) and liked the ballpark and city so much that I soon became a Red Sox fan.

At the time, most of my baseball mates thought I was mad and sure for a lifetime of disappointment. Luckily it turned out to be only 7 years !!

As for "fair weather fans", the worst thing is the number of people walking round the UK wearing Yankee hats and logos. I seriously doubt that most of these people have a clue about baseball.

Finally, congratulations to Rickey Henderson on his election to the Hall of Fame. His acceptance speech is set to be one of the highlights of next summer.

Jim Rice was also elected. Even though he was a Red Sox player, he's not someone who immediately comes to my mind as a HOF calibre player.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 14, 2009, 11:21:15 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


Finally, congratulations to Rickey Henderson on his election to the Hall of Fame. His acceptance speech is set to be one of the highlights of next summer.



As a kid and a Yankee fan, I loved Ricy Hernderson.  I remember actually almost crying when he wentback to A's.  I made sure every number I wore in any sport I played was 24 until I was about 12.

You know what is REALLY crazy?!?!?!

28 people DIDN'T vote for him to go to the hall of fame!!!

TWENTY EIGHT!!!

Thats 2 and 8

Who are these people? Do they know what the hall of fame is?!?!?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 14, 2009, 11:27:03 AM
UK Redsox,

So you guys got Smoltz.

How do you feel about that?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on January 14, 2009, 12:23:43 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


Finally, congratulations to Rickey Henderson on his election to the Hall of Fame. His acceptance speech is set to be one of the highlights of next summer.



"When Rickey Henderson was first called up to the majors, Rickey Henderson couldn't have imagined that one day Rickey Henderson would be stood here in Cooperstown. Rickey Henderson is truly honoured and humbled."
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 14, 2009, 02:12:02 PM
Quote from: "joe_c"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


Finally, congratulations to Rickey Henderson on his election to the Hall of Fame. His acceptance speech is set to be one of the highlights of next summer.



"When Rickey Henderson was first called up to the majors, Rickey Henderson couldn't have imagined that one day Rickey Henderson would be stood here in Cooperstown. Rickey Henderson is truly honoured and humbled."


"Thank you, thank you. As Rickey looks around at Rickey's fellow Hall of Famers today -- Willie Mays and Lou Brock and Frank Morgan and Yogi Bear and What's-his-name and that guy over there and the guy next to him and that other guy, too. No, not him. He wasn't that good. Rickey means the other guy, the ugly one. Rickey just wants to say what an honor it must be for them all to be up here with Rickey today."

(http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2009/0113/pg2_rickey3_589.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on January 14, 2009, 03:41:22 PM
They're losing perspective big time down here in Atlanta - fans are blaming the Braves because Smoltz was a greedy bugger and took the big money over playing where his supposed heart is......

then someone asked why chipper jones, who is reportedly quite upset,  didn't offer to take a pay cut so they could keep Smotlz...

and now they want Andruw Jones back! hahahahahahahha what a waste of space - he makes Pat Burrell look consistent!

LOL
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 15, 2009, 02:30:55 AM
I remember in 2001, after the yanees second go around, when I found out Ricky Henderson was still playing, I was shocked...

To think he kept playing!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 15, 2009, 07:16:34 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
I remember in 2001, after the yanees second go around, when I found out Ricky Henderson was still playing, I was shocked...

To think he kept playing!


Even today he'd still be better than Juan Pierre
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 16, 2009, 08:16:36 AM
Ken Burns (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bb/6212271.html) is updating his classic documentary.

"Baseball" is the second best documentary (after The Civil War) from THE greatest documentary maker there is.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 16, 2009, 12:11:27 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Ken Burns (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bb/6212271.html) is updating his classic documentary.

"Baseball" is the second best documentary (after The Civil War) from THE greatest documentary maker there is.


It is a good one.  Even people who aren't baseball fans will like it.

I am not sure if you get the MLB network, but on Sunday they are showing a documentary about the Negro Leagues that is supposed to be REALLY good.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 16, 2009, 01:38:02 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


I am not sure if you get the MLB network, but on Sunday they are showing a documentary about the Negro Leagues that is supposed to be REALLY good.


The Negro Leagues are my main topic for Baseball reading (strange I know for a white bloke from England). I even had the honour of meeting the late, great Buck O'Neil on a couple of occasions (once at the Negro League Museum in Kansas City and once in Cooperstown).
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on January 16, 2009, 08:44:58 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Ken Burns (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bb/6212271.html) is updating his classic documentary.


Didn't know he played baseball:

(http://www.football-england.com/images/KennyBurns2.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on January 16, 2009, 09:18:17 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Ken Burns (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bb/6212271.html) is updating his classic documentary.


Didn't know he played baseball:

(http://www.football-england.com/images/KennyBurns2.jpg)


looks like he's caught a few bean balls ;-)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 18, 2009, 12:33:40 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"

I am not sure if you get the MLB network, but on Sunday they are showing a documentary about the Negro Leagues that is supposed to be REALLY good.


I think its on Monday
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 18, 2009, 12:38:29 PM
Great news for Phillies fans (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3840342)

Even better news for Sox fans, "The Greek God of Walks" has signed new four year deal (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3838863)

Altogether now .......... "YOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUK"
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 18, 2009, 01:56:42 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Great news for Phillies fans (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3840342)

Even better news for Sox fans, "The Greek God of Walks" has signed new four year deal (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3838863)

Altogether now .......... "YOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUK"


Youk is my least favorite baseball player of all time.

No joke.  

I hate him more than Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling,Carl Pavano and Derek Lowe combined.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 18, 2009, 04:01:30 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Youk is my least favorite baseball player of all time.

No joke.  

I hate him more than Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling,Carl Pavano and Derek Lowe combined.


1) How can anyone dislike Youk ? He gives hope for overweight bald guys the world over

2) Carl Pavano played baseball ? When'd that happen ? I thought he just dated actresses and crashed cars
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 19, 2009, 09:52:36 PM
I dislike Youk's stupid hick beard, his stupid wagging of the bat, and his redneck tough guy sawgger...
And it's not a redsux thing, I always liked Manny, and I love Ortiz.  I really do think that I wouldn't like baseball nearly as much if it weren't for the Redsox.
 I just don't like Youk, Schilling or Varitek (the worst "allstar" in the game)


As for Pavano, the guy is actually from where I am from.
think about this...

He crashed a car with a Miss Teen USA contestant.  He didn't admit to what happened, and lied about hitting a garbage truck, drunk, until the story came out and he HAD to admit to it.

The yankees keep paying him, although from what I have heard, since he lied about his injury, they could have petioned against him (this more than likely would not work, but it would cost him a lot of money and aggrevation).

Anyway, they keep paying him, they stand by him etc etc etc...

But after the year ends, and they don't re-sign him (obviously) and he goes somewhere else, he TRASHES the team for... get this... "Not standing by him"!!!!

Can you believe that??!?!?!

It's absurd.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 20, 2009, 08:11:09 AM
I'll agree with you on Varitek. No amount of "being great with the pitchers" can make up for his complete inability to hit a baseball.

If you want someone truly hateable, how about Jeff Kent ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 20, 2009, 11:17:49 PM
UK Redsox,
Did you catch the show on Negro League Baseball?

I have it dvr'd, but haven't seen it yet.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: flybo on January 21, 2009, 07:05:28 AM
Rounders?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 21, 2009, 08:22:54 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
UK Redsox,
Did you catch the show on Negro League Baseball?

I have it dvr'd, but haven't seen it yet.


A mate of mine in Dallas Tivo'd it for me and will be sending a copy.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on January 21, 2009, 01:46:15 PM
Quote from: "flybo"
Rounders?


ooh we haven't heard that one before....

](*,)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: flybo on January 21, 2009, 07:48:46 PM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Quote from: "flybo"
Rounders?


ooh we haven't heard that one before....

](*,)

I know i am the one that keeps saying it :-
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 23, 2009, 07:33:43 AM
More good news for us fat blokes. Prince Fielder signs new $9m per year contract (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3853135)

Also, in retirement news, good riddance to one of the most unlikeable players ever (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3852617)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 24, 2009, 05:05:20 PM
Sox tickets went on general sale today

Now I'm stuck in a f'ing "Virtual Waiting Room"  ](*,)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on January 24, 2009, 05:07:13 PM
(http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/151/3147~Kansas-City-Royals-Posters.jpg)

Come on you Royals!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 25, 2009, 11:48:55 AM
After spending another hour in the "Virtual Waiting Room" this morning, I was eventually able to buy my Sox tickets.

Seven games at Fenway in July. All at face-value and no obstructed views.........result !!!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 27, 2009, 01:23:09 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
After spending another hour in the "Virtual Waiting Room" this morning, I was eventually able to buy my Sox tickets.

Seven games at Fenway in July. All at face-value and no obstructed views.........result !!!


you going to try to catch a game at the new yankee stadium?

I like Fenway a lot, I also like Citizens Bank Park in philadelphia.

I am psyched to get a new yankee stadium.  I LOVED the old stadium, but it seems like most people who were "upset" about getting a new stadium were the people who watched it on TV.

As someone who goes to games, I want a new awesome stadium.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 27, 2009, 07:40:19 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
After spending another hour in the "Virtual Waiting Room" this morning, I was eventually able to buy my Sox tickets.

Seven games at Fenway in July. All at face-value and no obstructed views.........result !!!


you going to try to catch a game at the new yankee stadium?

I like Fenway a lot, I also like Citizens Bank Park in philadelphia.

I am psyched to get a new yankee stadium.  I LOVED the old stadium, but it seems like most people who were "upset" about getting a new stadium were the people who watched it on TV.

As someone who goes to games, I want a new awesome stadium.


Not on this trip.

I was invited to the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies next July. On that trip I'd have also gone to the two new NYC ballparks.

However, the trip out to Cooperstown would have meant at least two days without a baseball game. As much as I like Cooperstown itself, having been to a couple of inductions already, I've no real interest in going again,

What with the price of flights, and NYC hotels plus the high demand/cost for Yankees/Mets tix in the first season of their ballparks, I decided that it was more cost effective to just go to one city this time.

My trip to Boston is now for 10 games in 10 days. This is very unusual for me. Normally I stay in one place for no more than 5 days but more often or not just two (on one trip I spent 5 weeks watching games but only stayed in a city more than one night on two occasions).
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 27, 2009, 11:33:54 AM
Just out of curiousity, being English, what's with the love of baseball?

(Im'sure it's in the thread somewhere, but the thread is 25 pages long)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 27, 2009, 03:28:20 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Just out of curiousity, being English, what's with the love of baseball?

(Im'sure it's in the thread somewhere, but the thread is 25 pages long)


I think that my explanation was on a previous thread.

However, check your PM's for something that explains all
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 28, 2009, 12:02:56 AM
UK Redsox,
When are your Redsox games?

I know something that goes on in the summer that you might be interested in.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 28, 2009, 07:50:12 AM
July 4th weekend and the week after.

I'm carrying out an annual inspection to see if their "temporary" independence should be extended for another year.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 28, 2009, 11:10:13 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
July 4th weekend and the week after.

I'm carrying out an annual inspection to see if their "temporary" independence should be extended for another year.


You guys want to look foolish again?

Anyway, I know of something you might be interested that goes on in MA, CT and NY.

My friends have a team.  It is a vintage baseball league and they play in 1850's and 1860's rules. (one has a glove and catchers, the others doesn't)

The talk, the uniforms, the pitchers mounds, no gloves, the strike counts etc.

The whole thing.

I wouldn't even bet that coming from England they would let you play a game.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 07, 2009, 07:47:43 PM
A-Rod linked to steroids (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3890785)

Wow...........................

We knew A-Rod was self-centred, unpopular with his team mates, and partial to some musical-MILF but he was also meant to be the guy who would make us forget about Bonds, Giambi, Clemens and baseball's "Steroid Era" in general.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 09, 2009, 11:41:53 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
A-Rod linked to steroids (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3890785)

Wow...........................

We knew A-Rod was self-centred, unpopular with his team mates, and partial to some musical-MILF but he was also meant to be the guy who would make us forget about Bonds, Giambi, Clemens and baseball's "Steroid Era" in general.


Still my favorite player.

He just needs to admit it.

I also don't think anyone who tests positive should be in the HOF.
As much as I like the guy, I think the insanity needs to stop somewhere.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 09, 2009, 09:00:11 PM
Quote from: pmarachi
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
A-Rod linked to steroids (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3890785)

Wow...........................Still my favorite player.

He just needs to admit it.

I also don't think anyone who tests positive should be in the HOF.
As much as I like the guy, I think the insanity needs to stop somewhere.


And admit it he has (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3894847)

Well done Alex for admitting you cheated BUT why wait until you were caught ? (see his interview with Katie Curic a couple of yeards ago where he denies ever using PED's)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 10, 2009, 12:17:17 AM
yeah, but no one is going to come out and admit before they are caught.

Let's not make it look like everyone else is coming out and admitting it right off the bat.

I'm bummed out, but I am glad he just manned up, and didn't pull the old "I only tried it once, and I got caught" garbage.


I do think he gets a hard time.
I have an article written by a Boston writer.  I will find it and post it.

Despite the fact that it is written by someone from the worst city in the world, it's actually very good.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 10, 2009, 12:19:32 AM
a good article from a boston writer (no seriously)
 
Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe:

Quote
So now we have it, the Great American Scandal. Alex Rodriguez meets Steroids. Finally, we have an intersection of our soap operatic A-Rod obsession and the plague that infected our national pastime.

Here's how we should know that we've had enough: Some of us are starting to feel compassion for him. Don't know about the rest of you folks, but some of us out here have long since run out of outrage. It was long taken by everyone from Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro. Now into the mix comes Rodriguez, a prototype for the psychologically and emotionally damaged megastar whose existence has played out before the American public like the life of Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show."

For the moment, here's the biggest problem: There reportedly were 103 other names on that list. Who are the others? Why don't we know? Is it even remotely possible that Rodriguez's name appears on a list with 103 utility men and bit players, that he is the only notable presence among a cast of extras and stand-ins?

Or has it reached the point now that we get to pick and choose whom we decide to smear, deconstruct and castigate?

Before anyone jumps to conclusions, nobody is suggesting that Rodriguez is innocent here. That's not the point. But he's not even close to being alone. Had the Boston Globe or New York Times or ESPN received the same information that Sports Illustrated received about Rodriguez failing a drug test during the 2003 season, we all would have printed it out of professional obligation. At the same time, we cannot help but wonder why certain sources selected Rodriguez's name from a list of 104 and streamlined it to the nation when 103 others effectively were ignored.

Here in Boston, save for the affair involving Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, we have been surprisingly immune from performance-enhancing crimes in the world of professional sports. (Harrison served a four-game suspension in 2007 after admitting that he used human growth hormone.) Even then, more than a few Englanders defended Harrison's actions by suggesting he was merely trying to recover from an injury so that he return to the field more quickly, apologists turning a blind eye to the sins of their own.

As for any transgressions that have taken place at Fenway Park, let's not fool ourselves. There must have been at least some deceit. When Major League Baseball released the Mitchell Report late in 2007, details included an e-mail from Theo Epstein concerning the possible steroid use of reliever Eric Gagne -- the Sox made a trade for Gagne anyway -- and a photocopy of a personal check written in 2001 by former Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn to known steroids dealer and former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski. Vaughn declined to speak to Mitchell, and so we can only wonder if Vaughn was using performance enhancers during the 1995 and 1996 seasons, his peak years in Boston, which included one Most Valuable Player Award (1995).

In 2003, the year of Rodriguez's alleged steroid use, Rodriguez won the MVP. It was after that season that the Red Sox tried to trade for him. The results of testing conducted that season were intended to remain anonymous and were for the singular purpose of implementing a new testing policy. According to the SI report, a total of 1,198 players were tested, meaning that 8.8 percent were caught using some form of illegal substance. Know what 8.8 percent translates into? About two players per 25-man roster, about 3.5 players per 40-man. Keep that in mind before arguing that the Red Sox took the field with a cast of altar boys.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 10, 2009, 09:44:36 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
a good article from a boston writer (no seriously)


What's wrong with the writing of Bob Ryan and Dan Shaunessey ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 10, 2009, 12:57:59 PM
The A-Rod steroids story is so important that it requires a comment from President Obama (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3895877&categoryid=2378529)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 10, 2009, 10:35:59 PM
Bob "I think Jason Kidd's wife should be smacked" Ryan?

He is actually good, knows his baseball, and despite living in the worst place in America, and rooting for the enemy, I can't say anything bad about him.


Shaugnessy on the hand is a joke.

Here is a funny site that someone showed me during the playoffs in 2004

http://danshaughnessy.blogspot.com/

"We Read Dan Shaughnessy So You Don't Have To"
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: HTFCacc2007 on February 11, 2009, 07:36:55 AM
I've heard on DigitalSpy that the BBC have picked up the rights from five this year for the MLB.

I assume this would only relate to the highlight packages and the late night Sunday game but could be intresting! ESPN America still have all the other rights.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 11, 2009, 07:59:18 AM
Quote from: "HTFCacc2007"
I've heard on DigitalSpy that the BBC have picked up the rights from five this year for the MLB.

I assume this would only relate to the highlight packages and the late night Sunday game but could be intresting! ESPN America still have all the other rights.


Its a shame if Five have lost the MLB rights. They've done a great job over the years (although they never really replaced Todd Macklin).

Prior to Five's MLB coverage (and the one season that Channel 4 did just before) I used to order tapes from "Pontel" or have them mailed over by contacts Stateside.

Since the advent of MLB.com my watching of full games of Five and NASN (Now ESPN America) has diminished considerably, its much easier (and time efficient) to watch their highlights packages.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 18, 2009, 08:30:37 AM
"A-Roid" faces the media (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2009/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=3914265)

Not a great performance from Mr Madonna, yet another version of events and more new questions than answers.

If Alex and the Yankees thought that one press conference would get the media off the case, there's no chance of that now.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: gerags on February 18, 2009, 09:55:48 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
"A-Roid" faces the media (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2009/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=3914265)

Not a great performance from Mr Madonna, yet another version of events and more new questions than answers.

If Alex and the Yankees thought that one press conference would get the media off the case, there's no chance of that now.


Just got back from the States last Saturday and this is huge news over there. Another player (can't remember his name) was tested positive several times and each time the results were 'ignored'.

Over a hundred players tested positive and the powers that be saying they had the list of players but weren't aware of what the list was for. It's been a massive cover up.

Though a 'discussion' programme raised the issue that the majority of fans are not rushing to the grounds burning their season tickets or protesting the injustice and unfairness of banned steroids. In fact it seems that they've accepted that this is a regular occurance.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 18, 2009, 11:12:19 PM
Quote from: "gerags"


Though a 'discussion' programme raised the issue that the majority of fans are not rushing to the grounds burning their season tickets or protesting the injustice and unfairness of banned steroids. In fact it seems that they've accepted that this is a regular occurance.


Exactly. Is not stopping me spending far too much money to watch another ten games this season. In fact, all the steroid drama justs adds to my interest.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: gerags on February 19, 2009, 12:01:32 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "gerags"


Though a 'discussion' programme raised the issue that the majority of fans are not rushing to the grounds burning their season tickets or protesting the injustice and unfairness of banned steroids. In fact it seems that they've accepted that this is a regular occurance.


Exactly. Is not stopping me spending far too much money to watch another ten games this season. In fact, all the steroid drama justs adds to my interest.


In that case, do you think there should be a complete lift on drugs in this sport and let everyone do what they like ?
An even playing field as such ?

I think this is the only other alternative as the current bans obviously don't work.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 19, 2009, 08:42:14 AM
Quote from: "gerags"


In that case, do you think there should be a complete lift on drugs in this sport and let everyone do what they like ?
An even playing field as such ?

I think this is the only other alternative as the current bans obviously don't work.


The problem with lifting bans is that possession of the drugs in question is itself illegal.

Eg the drug that A-Roid is supposed to have tested positive for back in 2003 wasn't even available on prescription in the USA let alone as an over-the-counter product.

However, the statute of limitations on any narcotics possession charge has apparently now run out.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 20, 2009, 05:33:30 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


The problem with lifting bans is that possession of the drugs in question is itself illegal.


exactly!

The problem is

A) drugs are bad and it is cheating.
B) it's in the past, and you can't honestly use selective justice to retroactively  punish people 6 years later.
C) MLB didn't want to make rules that may have helped preventing this stuff from happening in the beginning.

The only thing they can do now is test everyone at the start of every season, and test random players throughout the season.  Maybe even test every player randomly during the season as well.  It may cost a lot and may be a pain, but baseball has the cash, and I don't care if it's a pain because these guys obviously need to be babysat.

Also make the punishment moving forward stiffer.  A solid year would be nice, second offense life ban.

That would deter some people I would think.  


All that being said, I support Arod.
thee end.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 05, 2009, 09:49:02 AM
World Baseball Classic II just starting now on MLB.com

China @ Japan in the first game, with the next great pitching star "Yu Darvish" on the mound for Japan.

Who's ya got ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 05, 2009, 11:22:46 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
World Baseball Classic II just starting now on MLB.com

China @ Japan in the first game, with the next great pitching star "Yu Darvish" on the mound for Japan.

Who's ya got ?


So YOU'RE the guy who watches the WBC!!!!

I knew there must be a reason why they had it again!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 05, 2009, 01:30:25 PM
Meanwhile back back at regular Spring Training, the LA Dodgers have finally re-signed Manny "Being Manny" Ramirez.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 07, 2009, 03:13:49 AM
I want Cuba to win.

Viva Fidel!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 07, 2009, 03:16:31 AM
On a change of topic, who should I support in Major League Baseball?

Is there any team that's a bit like Villa who have a glorious history but aren't worshipped-by-the-media-wankers like the Yankees (America's Man Ure)?

Are there any British or, better still, Brummie players in it?

If not, due to the Hispanic influence on the game, there must at least be a few players called Villa!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 07, 2009, 10:53:21 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
On a change of topic, who should I support in Major League Baseball?

Is there any team that's a bit like Villa who have a glorious history but aren't worshipped-by-the-media-wankers like the Yankees (America's Man Ure)?

Are there any British or, better still, Brummie players in it?

If not, due to the Hispanic influence on the game, there must at least be a few players called Villa!


Surprisingly there's never been a MLB player called "Villa". The closest are:-

From To
2004 2004 Eduardo Villacis
2000 2004 Brandon Villafuerte
2006 2008 Carlos Villanueva
1990 1993 Hector Villanueva
2003 2008 Oscar Villarreal

The last Brit that I remember in MLB is Lance Painter. He was born in Bedford but retired in 2003.

Probably the most well known Brit to have played was Bobby Thompson of the New York Giants. He hit the "Shot heard round the world" that lead to the most famous commentary in baseball history "the Giants win the pennant! the Giants win the pennant!". (A few years ago I had a letter regarding Bobby Thompson published in the Daily Telegraph.)

As for a team to follow, here's some suggestions:-

Boston Red Sox - Well, I would say that !!

Cleveland Indians - Although Randy's got nothing to do with them, they are in Cleveland so there's a slight Villa connection. Also if you ever visit the city there's the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame as an added bonus. On the downside they've got a stupid name and a racist logo.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Great history without any real recent success, compelling player (Manny "Being Manny" Ramirez) and manager (Joe Torre). Seem poised to challenge for the title in the near future.

Tampa Bay Rays - A group of young players lead by a slightly off the wall manager. Last season they finished above the Red Sox and Yankees before eventually losing in the World Series. Seem set to challenge for years to come. Probably the most Villa-like team.


Don't go for...........................

Washington Nationals - complete no-hopers

Baltimore Orioles & Toronto Blue Jays - in the same division as the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays, so they've no chance.

New York Yankees - The Evil Empire. They're Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal rolled into one.

Chicago Cubs - For sadists only
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 07, 2009, 11:59:33 AM
I wonder if I should support the Cubs as I support the Bears and Cubs are baby Bears?
I am thinking of Cleveland as I think they were the first team to have a black player (I might be wrong though). Don't think I'll pick Red Sox sorry. They seem too popular to me.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 07, 2009, 12:57:30 PM
In all honesty, if you are just picking up baseball, you can't root for the Redsox or Yankees.

Sorry UKR, but the Redsox eclipsed the Yankees as the ultimate frontrunner team a while back, and the Yankees are the team that everyone just hates.

(I am a Yankee fan, grew up one and still live 30 minutes from the stadium.  Closest pro-stadium to my home by a long shot)

But in reality, Yankees, Redsox are out.

Cubs are kind of the trendy Chicago team.  If you like to follow Chicago, I would go White Sox.

If I were you I would take two things into account.

1) Pick a team that is in a city that you may actually want to visit if you come over here.

2) Pick a team that has a following, so you may actually meet another fan someday.

(Trust me, as a Villa fan, it gets lonely when no one at the pub even knows what your team is, and people keep asking "is that like arsenal?")

I would say the short list may go...

Mets- They play in New York, and even though I HATE the Mets, no one is ever going to accuse you of jumping on the bandwagon.  Plus they play in NY (kinda)...

Phillies- yeah they won the WS, but trust me, no one is gonna accuse you of being a follower.  The fan base is rabid, and it's still a team that you can get into.  Even though they won the WS, they aren't thought of as a sure thing (this is a lot different than football)

Angels/ Dodgers/ -  LA is cool.

White Sox/ Cubs- Chicago is cool, your'e already a bears fan.  I would suggest the Sox, but you seem to be more into the Cubs, and it's a better stadium experiance.

Oakland A's- Cool City too.  Always a decent squad.


Clevo is a bad choice.

Cleveland is not the first team to have a black player, and trust me, you will NEVER EVER EVER EVER- EVER want to go to cleveland for anything!

Also, no Tampa Bay.  You don't want to go to Tampa Bay... Trust me on that... and the team doesn't even play in Tampa Bay anyway... They play in a worse city across the bridge.  (For now...)


Bottom line is this.  Go with your heart.  



(and the best looking hat)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 07, 2009, 08:00:26 PM
Cheers for advice.

I think I will go for the Chicago teams, Chicago looks nice (they had lots of adverts up a year or so back in our city centre cos it's twinned with Birmingham).

I assume they are different conferences (like Jets/Giants) so I can follow both, or is that cheating?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 07, 2009, 11:06:47 PM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Cheers for advice.


I assume they are different conferences (like Jets/Giants) so I can follow both, or is that cheating?


American league and National league.

In the National league the pitchers bat.  In the American league they have a designated hitter, and the pitcher doesn't bat.

The cubs are national league.


And no, you can't follow both.

You are actually required to like one and extremely dislike the other.

I am a yankee fan and I hate the Mets more than I hate the redsox.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 08, 2009, 02:58:06 AM
I have been on this site to try to decide (seeing as nasty pmarachi won't let me have two teams!)...

http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-a-Baseball-Team-to-Support

I think I am going to follow the advice and watch some games before deciding which team appeals to me.

Unfortunately, as I only tend to watch about one baseball match every three years this may take some time!

I have found out the American for "Glory-Hunter". It's "Front-Runner".

I will drop it casually into a H&V thread and see if anyone knows what I'm on about!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 08, 2009, 08:24:53 AM
Yesterday saw one of history's greatest sporting upsets as Holland beat the Dominican Republic (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090307&content_id=3935460&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb) in the World Baseball Classic.

This is as much of an upset as if, say................. the Dominican Republic beat Holland at football !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 08, 2009, 08:30:55 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Clevo is a bad choice.

Cleveland is not the first team to have a black player, and trust me, you will NEVER EVER EVER EVER- EVER want to go to cleveland for anything!


They were the second team to have a black player in the post-war era. Larry Doby joined them a matter of weeks after Jackie Robinson had joined the Dodgers. They also brought in the legendary Satchel Paige as well.

As I mentioned, Cleveland has the RnR Hall of Fame. That's gotta count for something.


Whilst, like football, you can only support one team, you can have a passing interest in a team from the other league. As long as there's no rivalry with your main team. Eg, I also take an interest in the Milwaukee Brewers (because the have the best commentator and a friend of mine lives in Milwaukee) and the Atlanta Braves (because they were the first team I saw a lot of on TV and they used to play in Boston).
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 08, 2009, 06:31:42 PM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I have been on this site to try to decide (seeing as nasty pmarachi won't let me have two teams!)...

http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-a-Baseball-Team-to-Support

I think I am going to follow the advice and watch some games before deciding which team appeals to me.

Unfortunately, as I only tend to watch about one baseball match every three years this may take some time!

I have found out the American for "Glory-Hunter". It's "Front-Runner".

I will drop it casually into a H&V thread and see if anyone knows what I'm on about!



HAHAHA

hell!

You can root for 5 teams if you want!

But seriously, follow your gut.  












and pick a cool hat...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 11, 2009, 07:48:03 AM
Well done to the Dutch team from Holland in the Netherlands. They only went and beat the Dominican Republic again last night, knocking their opponents out and booking themselves a surprising place in the next round.

Highlights (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200903113971741)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 11, 2009, 09:17:00 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Well done to the Dutch team from Holland in the Netherlands. They only went and beat the Dominican Republic again last night, knocking their opponents out and booking themselves a surprising place in the next round.

Highlights (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200903113971741)


It is so odd that this is going on.  They don't talk about it on the radio the tv or anything.  It's like it's not even going on.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 11, 2009, 10:49:10 PM
Quote from: "IanB"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Well done to the Dutch team from Holland in the Netherlands.


That line makes me chuckle!


Where were they from again?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 11, 2009, 11:54:02 PM
Quote from: "IanB"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Quote from: "IanB"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Well done to the Dutch team from Holland in the Netherlands.


That line makes me chuckle!


Where were they from again?


Haarlem I think.


Ah, where the Globetrotters come from.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 12, 2009, 09:24:55 AM
Quote from: "IanB"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Well done to the Dutch team from Holland in the Netherlands.


That line makes me chuckle!


It makes just as much sense as "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim", which is a real Major League Baseball team.

It's like Wolves becoming "The Wolverhampton Wanderers of Birmingham"
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 12, 2009, 09:37:48 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "IanB"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Well done to the Dutch team from Holland in the Netherlands.


That line makes me chuckle!


It makes just as much sense as "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim", which is a real Major League Baseball team.

It's like Wolves becoming "The Wolverhampton Wanderers of Birmingham"


But the LAA is a weird situation.  They were the Anahiem Angels, and Anahiem is like 30 minutes or less from LA (which in the US is very very close), and then the city of Los Angeles sued them to put the LA in (I am pretty sure), because they accepted money from the city of LA.

It is stupid, and it is weird.

Not as weird as the New York Giants and New York Jets, who both play in New Jersey.

And keep in mind, the Tampa Bay Rays don't play in Tampa...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 12, 2009, 09:41:50 AM
Actually, I was wrong.  It is actually much dumber than I thought...

Quote

An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Los Angeles in 1961. Then the Los Angeles Angels, the team was based at Los Angeles' Wrigley Field (not to be confused with Chicago's stadium of the same name). The team has gone through several name changes in their history, first changing to the California Angels in 1965 to emphasize their status as the only AL team in California. When The Walt Disney Company took control in 1997, it extensively renovated Angel Stadium on the condition that both the stadium's name and the team's name contain the word "Anaheim." Disney was hoping to capitalize on the proximity of nearby Disneyland to enhance the tourism in the area, and thus the team became the Anaheim Angels.

In 2005, new owner Arte Moreno wanted to include "Los Angeles" in the team's name, in order to better tap into the Los Angeles media market, the second largest in the country. In compliance with the terms of its lease with the city of Anaheim, the team changed its name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Hotly disputed when initially announced, the change was eventually upheld in court and still stands as of 2008, though the team usually refers to itself as simply the Angels in its home media market.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 13, 2009, 12:05:25 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"

And keep in mind, the Tampa Bay Rays don't play in Tampa...


The Rays do play in the "Tampa Bay Area", its just that they play in St Pete rather than Tampa.

If they were the "Tampa Rays" it'd be wrong but I think "Tampa Bay Rays" is technically correct.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 13, 2009, 12:44:54 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "pmarachi"

And keep in mind, the Tampa Bay Rays don't play in Tampa...


The Rays do play in the "Tampa Bay Area", its just that they play in St Pete rather than Tampa.

If they were the "Tampa Rays" it'd be wrong but I think "Tampa Bay Rays" is technically correct.


Oh, I thought Tampa Bay was the actual town.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on March 13, 2009, 01:06:28 PM
On a smaller note:-

Rushden & Diamonds don't play in Rushden, they play in Irthingborough...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 13, 2009, 08:56:59 PM
I thought they played in Diamonds.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 13, 2009, 09:27:08 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Oh, I thought Tampa Bay was the actual town.


Da Wiki is all knowing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on March 13, 2009, 10:10:17 PM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I thought they played in Diamonds.


No, that's baseball...

They were formed through a merger between Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds hence the name and location. I dimly recall that they are popularly known as The Murderers in non league circles on account of this but I may be wrong.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 14, 2009, 03:51:37 PM
there is no sort of oraganized baseball at all in England?

Nothing?
In the states if you looked, you could find a cricket match, a rugby match, even a curling facility.

I didn't realize that there was nothing.

That actually makes UK redsox knowledge of baseball even more impressive.


I am a big baseball fan and consider myself pretty up to par on baseball, but this guy, from England blows me out of the water...



(too bad he likes the redsox)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 14, 2009, 04:07:09 PM
There is some baseball in UK but it seems to be just ex-pats on US military bases playing.

http://www.trymysport.co.uk/baseball_softball.htm

When Villa signed Archie Hunter, wasn't he originally signed as a baseball player?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 15, 2009, 11:34:19 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


I didn't realize that there was nothing.

That actually makes UK redsox knowledge of baseball even more impressive.

I am a big baseball fan and consider myself pretty up to par on baseball, but this guy, from England blows me out of the water...

(too bad he likes the redsox)


The cheque's in the post
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 20, 2009, 12:59:20 PM
Forget "Manny-being-Manny", here's "Manny-being-Freddie"

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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 23, 2009, 01:16:54 PM
So much for "America's Pastime".................

The final of the World Baseball Classic will be between Japan and Korea (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090322&content_id=4049190&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 24, 2009, 11:52:37 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
So much for "America's Pastime".................

The final of the World Baseball Classic will be between Japan and Korea (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090322&content_id=4049190&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)


That thing is still going on?!?!?!

You would be pretty hard pressed to find this final game on TV.

What's it going to be on? ESPN 6?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 24, 2009, 01:29:41 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
So much for "America's Pastime".................

The final of the World Baseball Classic will be between Japan and Korea (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090322&content_id=4049190&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)


That thing is still going on?!?!?!

You would be pretty hard pressed to find this final game on TV.

What's it going to be on? ESPN 6?


I think that the semi's & final (won by Japan in extra innings) were shown on ESPN itself. Not only that, ESPN's frontline announcers were used.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 24, 2009, 08:47:32 PM
How did Scotland get on?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 25, 2009, 06:04:13 PM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
How did Scotland get on?


Glasgow born Bobby Thomson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Thomson) would have been their star player but he's 85 now.

He was probably Britain's finest baseball player.

However, Exeter born Henry Chadwick (http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers/detail.jsp?playerId=492558) is probably the most important Brit in the sport's history.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on March 26, 2009, 03:34:48 AM
Been a Red Sox fan since the early 90s. I will get to Fenway one day, dammit!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 29, 2009, 12:16:12 PM
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
Been a Red Sox fan since the early 90s. I will get to Fenway one day, dammit!


Its well worth the effort PWS.

THEEEEEE greatest sporting venue of them all

(http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/research/pqg-annual-conference/images/Fenway_Park.jpg)

Fenway was the first ballpark I went to (back in 1997). Due to a cock up by the ticket booth (yep, back then you could just turn up and pay on the door) my seat location was moved to row 5, right behind home plate. I was closer to the batter than the pitcher was.


I'll be at Fenway for 10 games in July. The first of those games will be the 200th Major League game that I've attended.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 29, 2009, 12:59:18 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


I'll be at Fenway for 10 games in July. The first of those games will be the 200th Major League game that I've attended.


I live 30 minutes or less from Yankee stadium, Ihave had various season ticket packages over the last 5 years, and you have still probably been to more baseball games than I have...


Are you going to check out the new Yankee stadium when you come across?

I have 4 games planned there as of now, and I am sure I will go more once the initial "newness" of the stadium wears off and people are more willing to sell tickets at a reasonable price.

Probably spend quite a few games at Stan's Sports Bar across the street from the stadium...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 30, 2009, 09:43:39 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


I'll be at Fenway for 10 games in July. The first of those games will be the 200th Major League game that I've attended.


I live 30 minutes or less from Yankee stadium, Ihave had various season ticket packages over the last 5 years, and you have still probably been to more baseball games than I have...


Are you going to check out the new Yankee stadium when you come across?


I have 4 games planned there as of now, and I am sure I will go more once the initial "newness" of the stadium wears off and people are more willing to sell tickets at a reasonable price.

Probably spend quite a few games at Stan's Sports Bar across the street from the stadium...


I won't get to the new "Death Star" this season. The travel company I sometimes use wanted me to come over for a NYC/Cooperstown combo but I couldn't seem to make the flights and finances work.

I've been to Stan's a few times as well. I really like that row of shops and bars underneath the traintracks.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 31, 2009, 10:27:58 AM
Get your European Baseball coverage HERE (http://www.mister-baseball.com/european-cup-preview-nettunoanzio-italy/)

No UK representative, but I think that H&V should get behind "LEGIONaire Regensburg"
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 05, 2009, 10:05:12 AM
Its 5 April 2009 and its opening day of the 2009 Major League Baseball season.

The first game is the Atlanta Braves @Philadelphia Phillies (live on Setanta and t'interweb but I don't think there's any terrestrial coverage)

So its time for the pre-season predictions...........

AL East - Rays
AL Central - Indians
AL West - Angels
AL Wild Card - Red Sox

NL East - Mets
NL Central -  Cubs
NL West - Dodgers
NL Wild Card - Phillies

World Series - Dodgers over Indians
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on April 05, 2009, 01:24:28 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Its 5 April 2009 and its opening day of the 2009 Major League Baseball season.

The first game is the Atlanta Braves @Philadelphia Phillies (live on Setanta and t'interweb but I don't think there's and terrestrial coverage)

So its time for the pre-season predictions...........

AL East - Rays
AL Central - Indians
AL West - Angels
AL Wild Card - Red Sox

NL East - Mets
NL Central -  Cubs
NL West - Dodgers
NL Wild Card - Phillies

World Series - Dodgers over Indians



al east- yanks
al central- white sox
al west - angels
wild card- sox

nl east- phillies
nl central- cubs
nl west- dodgers
nl wild card- marlins

WS- Cubs/ Yanks
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 06, 2009, 09:49:45 PM
I think that I already need to take back may "Indians in The Series" prediction

Also, is anyone using mlb.com for video ?

Their new player is sh1t, a real step backwards


Just watched Mets @ Reds on ESPNAmerica

That's exactly what Omar had planned when he signed Santana, Putz & K-Rod. I can't see them having as many late inning meltdowns this season.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on April 06, 2009, 10:03:34 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
Been a Red Sox fan since the early 90s. I will get to Fenway one day, dammit!


Its well worth the effort PWS.

THEEEEEE greatest sporting venue of them all

(http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/research/pqg-annual-conference/images/Fenway_Park.jpg)

Fenway was the first ballpark I went to (back in 1997). Due to a cock up by the ticket booth (yep, back then you could just turn up and pay on the door) my seat location was moved to row 5, right behind home plate. I was closer to the batter than the pitcher was.


I'll be at Fenway for 10 games in July. The first of those games will be the 200th Major League game that I've attended.


Bas***d! <evilgrin>

Wish I could afford to go over, I'll have to stick with watching games on NASN.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on April 07, 2009, 10:57:54 AM
you really cant beat the AL East for stadiums

fenway, camden yards, and old and now new yankee stadium.

you could do all 3 in three or four days too.


Toronto has a great park too, where you can actually get a hotel room and watch the game from the balcony.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 07, 2009, 01:58:39 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Toronto has a great park too, where you can actually get a hotel room and watch the game from the balcony.


Or get up to other things by the windows, as some people have been spotted doing !!


I really like Camden Yards. This year will be one of the few that I don't go there for a game.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pauliewalnuts on April 07, 2009, 02:23:09 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Toronto has a great park too, where you can actually get a hotel room and watch the game from the balcony.


Or get up to other things by the windows, as some people have been spotted doing !!


I really like Camden Yards. This year will be one of the few that I don't go there for a game.


I was working in Maryland and in Baltimore a fair bit when they were building Camden Yards, would like to go back there for a game.

I've been to Fenway Park, back in 1987, and also went to see the Twins play at home, forget the name of it, indoor stadium, the something Dome.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 08, 2009, 12:31:36 PM
Quote from: "pauliewalnuts"


I've been to Fenway Park, back in 1987, and also went to see the Twins play at home, forget the name of it, indoor stadium, the something Dome.


That'll be the "Metrodome". The Twins will be moving out soon to their own purpose built ballpark about a mile across town. I had a wander by the building site last spring.

Whilst in Minneapolis last year I also went to a St Paul Saints game. Excellent entertainment.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 08, 2009, 12:50:21 PM
One of baseball's most famous fans died last weekend

No matter what you might think about Keith Olbermann, this is a superb segment about his Mom (http://jezebel.com/5202402/diamonds-were-this-girls-best-friend)

Its also a great opportunity to mention one of the great baseball names.... Chuck Knoblauch !!
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Post by: Drummond on April 08, 2009, 01:28:52 PM
I wonder which MLB team is the closest to where I live.
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Post by: usav on April 09, 2009, 02:12:30 AM
Quote from: "Drummond"
I wonder which MLB team is the closest to where I live.


Without a doubt, the Boston Red Sox.
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Post by: PeterWithesShin on April 09, 2009, 04:57:59 PM
This has prob been mentioned already, but am I right in thinking 5 aren't covering baseball anymore?

Even though I watched NASN more, still had a soft spot for 5. Mind, never the same since the Toddmeister left.
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on April 09, 2009, 05:56:50 PM
Kansas City Royals to win the World Series
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 10, 2009, 10:27:53 AM
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
This has prob been mentioned already, but am I right in thinking 5 aren't covering baseball anymore?

Even though I watched NASN more, still had a soft spot for 5. Mind, never the same since the Toddmeister left.


You're correct, "Five" have dropped baseball. They were key in my early years as a baseball fan and I watched every game they did for several years. Those two games a week were the only baseball we got here in the UK for ages.

"Five" even did a feature on me one night, which I must get round to putting on Youtube at some point.

You're right about Todd Macklin, he was a superb co-presenter. The programme was never the same after he left.

I stopped being a regular watcher of "Five's" coverage when NASN started and then MLB.tv made all games available.

There were rumours that the BBC might pick baseball up but nothing came of that.

I'm actually in the notice period for cancelling my Setanta subscription (which includes NASN/ESPNAmerica).

I was planning on just using the MLB.tv online service this season. However, MLB.tv is crap at the moment. They've had a bust up with Microsoft and are trying to get a "Flash" player system to work. It's been chaos so far. The picture's jumpy, it freezes and they're very slow making the archive available.

The old system was great. I could use WMRecorder to capture the video streams and then watching them at my leisure. The flash player won't allow this.

I might have to withdraw my cancellation of Setanta if MLB don't get things sorted soon.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 10, 2009, 10:33:43 AM
A sad bit of news this morning

R.I.P. Nick Adenhart (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090409&content_id=4179446&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

(http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2009/04/09/pXxz3MdK.jpg)
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Post by: PeterWithesShin on April 10, 2009, 06:03:58 PM
Thanks for the update re Five etc mate. Really disappointed because Five probably turned a number of people into ball fans. And Macklin was the best expert they ever had. I remember Tommy Boyd on it!

And a real shame about Adenhart, horrible someone so young goes.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 14, 2009, 09:15:22 AM
R.I.P. one of baseball's true characters -  Mark "The Bird" Fidrych (http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/041309_Mark_Fidrych_dies_at_Mass_home)

(http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/2009/04/custom_1239659179748_Mark-Fidrych-Biography-2.jpg)


........and one of its great voices - Harry Kalas (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090413&content_id=4249036&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

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Post by: UK Redsox on April 16, 2009, 01:44:24 PM
At last someone is fighting back against enforced patriotism (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/04/15/yankees-lawsuit.ap/index.html) at baseball games.

I love baseball but all that "Star Spangled Banner" and "Gold Bless America" stuff gets on my nerves.

On a similar note, whenever they hold one of the (increasingly regular) military parades at Villa Park, I'm the bloke sat down reading the paper.

Militarism like religion has no place in sport.
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Post by: pmarachi on April 18, 2009, 02:20:34 PM
The New Yankee Stadium is awesome!

Pics soon once I figure out how to put them up.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 19, 2009, 07:42:16 AM
Indians 22, Yankees 4

That's the kind of result I like to see !!

Highlights (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200904194208413)
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Post by: pmarachi on April 19, 2009, 01:10:39 PM
how did Wang manage to give up 8 runs in one inning?

The guy was once a Cy Young canidate!!!

hey, let me know when the Redsox are a .500 team.

Because the Yankees are!

HA!

"Redsox: the official favorite team of girls that don't really have a favorite team"
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Post by: pmarachi on April 21, 2009, 11:46:29 AM
going to yankee stadium today if the rain holds out.  The place is so amazing that I just can't stay away.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 21, 2009, 09:06:16 PM
Hey pmarachi, where's the pics of the new Death Star ?
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Post by: pmarachi on April 22, 2009, 08:40:08 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Hey pmarachi, where's the pics of the new Death Star ?


I only have a few grainy pics on my bb that I uploaded to facebook (which I joined recently).

They are not as good when on the computer screen as I imagined.  
I am going back soon though and will actually remember my camera next time.

(feel free to add me on the facespace and take a look though, Paul Marachi)

The place reminds me of a cross between Citizens Bank Park and Camden Yards
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 22, 2009, 02:00:28 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
[

(feel free to add me on the facespace and take a look though, Paul Marachi)

The place reminds me of a cross between Citizens Bank Park and Camden Yards


I can't be doing with Facebook
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Post by: Drummond on April 22, 2009, 04:21:17 PM
So, which is the best ballpark? Wrigley Field?
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 22, 2009, 09:08:06 PM
Quote from: "Drummond"
So, which is the best ballpark? Wrigley Field?


An absolute dump. Great history and atmosphere but, as of my last visit, the Cubs made no effort to keep the place clean and well maintained.

I did a press thing at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown after my 30 ballparks in 32 days trip. I told the crowd that Wrigley was the worst of the lot. I was lucky to get out alive.

Having said all that, guess where I'll be on Friday week ..... yep, Wrigley.

My favourites are........

Old ballparks - Fenway Park (Boston). No surprise there but the Sox management have made the most of the limited space available.

New ballparks - Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore). The standard by which all new ballparks are measured.



The worst for me are.......

Old ballparks - Wrigley (pending a re-visit next week)

New ballparks - Comerica (Detroit). My first visit was only three months after it opened and the concrete was already crumbling. They should never have left Tiger Stadium. That place was an absolute classic.
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Post by: pmarachi on April 22, 2009, 11:45:16 PM
Everyone likes Camden yards the best.

The same people who did Camden Yards did yankee stadium.

I am telling you!

You need to get there!

You are only gonna be a 4 drive when you are in Boston!

It's worth it!





I was actually thinking, you know what's a great thing to do while in Boston?




Pack your stuff and go home!
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 23, 2009, 07:54:49 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Everyone likes Camden yards the best.

The same people who did Camden Yards did yankee stadium.

I am telling you!

You need to get there!

You are only gonna be a 4 drive when you are in Boston!

It's worth it!


This is one of the rare years when I don't go to Baltimore. I usually try to catch a few games there during my trips. Its a great place to see the Sox on the road.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 25, 2009, 05:29:02 AM
Just got back to the hotel after watching Toronto's 14-0 hammering of the Chi Sox.

Despite it being 24 hours since I left the UK, I stayed to the end just in case there was a historic 15 run rally.

1 game down and 8 to go on this trip [plus Seattle @ Chicago MLS next Saturday)
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Post by: pmarachi on April 25, 2009, 12:09:19 PM
did you catch any of the yankee/sox game?!?!?!

WOW

it was a great game.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 25, 2009, 01:37:47 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
did you catch any of the yankee/sox game?!?!?!

WOW

it was a great game.


I was scoreboard watching between innings at The Cell.

Yankees v Sox games, whether at Fenway or the Death Star, have the best sporting atmosphere you can get.
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Post by: pmarachi on April 25, 2009, 10:35:40 PM
So I did a count today while out shopping with the wife & son.

I live 30 minutes from Yankee Stadium, and 3 hours from Fenway.

I counted:

Yankee Hats: 4

Red Sox Hats: 13

All the Yankee hats were on men.  All the Redsox hats were on women (except one).  One of them was pink.

pink...
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 26, 2009, 04:22:04 AM
So Yankee fans, how'd today's game go ?!?

Oh yes, just a blown 6 run lead.

Meanwhile I was sat in The Cell freezing my bollocks off (85 degrees at 2pm but 42 degrees by 7pm) as the Chi Sox got their revenge for last night's hammering by beating the Blue Jays 10-2.

Tomorrow its Doc Halladay for the Jays, so the slugfests should come to an abrupt end.
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Post by: pmarachi on April 26, 2009, 01:39:50 PM
what other stadiums are you going to on this trip?

Do you take photos of all of your trips?

This would make a great book.  A guy from England comes to the US for the love of baseball, and documents the trips.
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Post by: pmarachi on April 27, 2009, 01:59:55 AM
watching a Yankee/Sox game is annoying.

Joe Morgan is horrible.

I know that the media LOVES the redsox and everything, and I know that the yankees are like the "bad guys", but these commentators literally think the sox can do no wrong.

It has become so trendy to be a sox fan that it is really hard to watch them play.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 27, 2009, 03:07:50 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
watching a Yankee/Sox game is annoying.

Joe Morgan is horrible.

I know that the media LOVES the redsox and everything, and I know that the yankees are like the "bad guys", but these commentators literally think the sox can do no wrong.

It has become so trendy to be a sox fan that it is really hard to watch them play.


The one thing I'll say about Joe Morgan is that he's not as bad as Tim McCarver.

I like it that ESPN have added Steve Phillips to the Sunday Night team. I expect he has to bite his tongue whenever Jo makes one of his regular blunders.

Having said that, I met Joe in Cooperstown a few years back and he was really interesting to talk to.

Great steal of home by Jacoby
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 27, 2009, 03:10:50 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
what other stadiums are you going to on this trip?

Do you take photos of all of your trips?

This would make a great book.  A guy from England comes to the US for the love of baseball, and documents the trips.


Photos of a fat bald bloke in front of various ballparks. Yep, that's what the world wants to see

Didn't I send PM you links to some photos from Minnesota last year and to the article that the Hall fo Fame did on me ?

Also, as mentioned before, I must get round to uploading to Youtube the feature that "Five" did on me a few years back.

As for the ballparks on this trip.

So far its been three games at US Cellular. Next up is three Sox @ Indians at whatever they call The Jake in Cleveland these days.

Then its back here to Chicago for three at Wrigley Field
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Post by: pmarachi on April 27, 2009, 12:13:12 PM
you sent me the article, and I would love to see pictures of anything at pmarachi@gmail.com
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Post by: PeterWithesShin on April 27, 2009, 05:53:09 PM
Did enjoy the game last night. I don't mind Miller & Morgan, but that may be because I am so used to hearing them.

(http://nationofone.mlblogs.com/sweep.jpg)
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Post by: pmarachi on April 27, 2009, 11:10:08 PM
is everyone in England a Redsox fan like everyone in America is an Arsenal fan?
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 28, 2009, 03:52:32 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
is everyone in England a Redsox fan like everyone in America is an Arsenal fan?


Remember, I've been a Sox fan since before they were good. I was told at the time that I was letting myself in for a lifetime of hurt but it turned out to be just seven years.

Its a good job that my first game wasn't at Wrigley !!

Anyhow, I was at the Sox 11th consecutive win tonight. A 3 run homer by J-Bay off K-Wood in the 9th and then (after a few dodgy moments) the Save by P-Bon.

This followed a great pitching duel between Tim "He's even older than me" Wakefield and Cliff "how the hell did he ever with a Cy Young award" Lee.

I see that the Yankees lost in Detroit (Twin towns Baghdad and Beirut), so all it good in the world.
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Post by: PeterWithesShin on April 29, 2009, 07:18:38 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
is everyone in England a Redsox fan like everyone in America is an Arsenal fan?


Like a lot of Brits, I really started following baseball in 97 when Channel 5 started showing it. I chose the Red Sox to support as they seemed the US version of Villa. Great history but more likely to give a life of broken promises. Probably also helped the fac tthe Toddmeister was a Sox fan so talked about the history etc so I learned more about them than any other team.
I nearly chose the Mariners because I loved watching Griffey, Randy etc. Bizarrely, since we won the WS, I've been a much less "dedicated" fan than I was. I only now rarely check results, standings, news etc. Long gone are the days when I watched every game I could knew most of the players in each league. Still want to go to Fenway one day though. And the wankees to combust <evilgrin>
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 29, 2009, 09:10:50 PM
Yoooooooouk [Kevin Youkilis] entering Progressive Field in Cleveland this afternoon

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Prog4.jpg)

Progressive Field in Cleveland photos

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Prog1.jpg)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Prog2.jpg)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Prog3.jpg)

US Cellular Field in Chicago photos

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Cell1.jpg)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Cell3.jpg)
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Post by: SteveN on April 29, 2009, 09:57:58 PM
Just watched short highlights of Red Sox Indians game.  Is it unusual to see so many errors as was made by the Red Sox?
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Post by: pmarachi on April 30, 2009, 12:08:46 AM
the media here in the new york tristate area (NY, NJ, CT) calls the Redsox nation "Aryan Nation", which I always manage to get a good laugh at.

It doesn't matter what team you follow, as long as you like baseball, I just think it's funny that so many people from England seem to be Sox fans.
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 30, 2009, 04:32:47 AM
I got my second ever foul ball tonight. A diving one handed catch of a screaming foul by David "Big Papi" Ortiz in the top of the first inning.

(Any video of me just picking the ball up as it rolled along the floor is an optical illusion !!).

After that I watched the Sox come back from 5-0 down to beat the Indians in extra innings with Jon Van Every's first career Major League Home Run and a tense save from P-Bon.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 01, 2009, 05:28:05 AM
Today was the first of my three games at Wrigley.

As I've mentioned before, this is one of my least favourite ballparks. However, the Cubs seem to have at last started doing some basic maintenance. The place was a lot cleaner than I remember, it had been painted and even the restrooms were clean and rust free.

Cubs are still losing, so some things don't change
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 06, 2009, 09:32:50 AM
So far this season......... Sox 5, Evil Empire 0

The A-Rod circus should be back in the Bronx this week.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 08, 2009, 07:50:22 AM
Manny, Manny, Manny ............ what were you thinking

Oh wait, it's Manny, so he wasn't thinking !

The way things are going Rey Ordonez may yet get elected to the Hall of Fame. I doubt that any of the stars will
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 08, 2009, 02:41:13 PM
R.I.P. Dom DiMaggio (http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/30637260/). Dead at 92.

Brother of some other bloke who was pretty good at baseball (and married some actress) !!
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Post by: pmarachi on May 09, 2009, 02:27:06 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
So far this season......... Sox 5, Evil Empire 0

The A-Rod circus should be back in the Bronx this week.



Arod.

First pitch.

3 RUN HOMER!!!








Also, isn't it funny that the Mitchell Report (made by someone with ties to the sox) didn't pick up on Manny juicing?  The problem with that report for everyone who watches baseball is that you can't make a report like that if you have ties to a team.  It just won't work...
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 09, 2009, 10:33:54 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
So far this season......... Sox 5, Evil Empire 0

The A-Rod circus should be back in the Bronx this week.



Arod.

First pitch.

3 RUN HOMER!!!

Also, isn't it funny that the Mitchell Report (made by someone with ties to the sox) didn't pick up on Manny juicing?  The problem with that report for everyone who watches baseball is that you can't make a report like that if you have ties to a team.  It just won't work...



The thing about the former Mr Madonna is that he's so good its difficult for even a Sox fan like me to work up any hatred. Despite all that's gone on I have loved it if he'd have been able (like he wanted to before the Union butted in) to join the Sox.

Yes' the Boston connection to the report gave me doubts as well. However, at the time the only people talking were Canseco and McNamee so it was really only people with connections to those two or BALCO that got fingered.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 10, 2009, 06:00:15 PM
Wrigley Field, Chicago. Home of your 1908 World Series winners

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/00-Wrigley-1.gif)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/00-Wrigley-2.gif)
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Post by: cdbullyweefan on May 10, 2009, 06:24:22 PM
Why have they got an India flag there?
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on May 11, 2009, 04:41:13 PM
Are the mighty Royals still top of their group?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 13, 2009, 09:39:28 AM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Are the mighty Royals still top of their group?


Yep, in a virtual tie with Detroit.

They're one of the surprises of the season so far, mainly thanks to the great pitching of Zach Grienke.
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on May 13, 2009, 01:07:53 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Are the mighty Royals still top of their group?


Yep, in a virtual tie with Detroit.

They're one of the surprises of the season so far, mainly thanks to the great pitching of Zach Grienke.


That and my suburb support!

*Winky*
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Post by: pmarachi on May 15, 2009, 01:07:35 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Are the mighty Royals still top of their group?


Yep, in a virtual tie with Detroit.

They're one of the surprises of the season so far, mainly thanks to the great pitching of Zach Grienke.


they won't make the playoffs...
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on May 15, 2009, 09:09:46 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Are the mighty Royals still top of their group?


Yep, in a virtual tie with Detroit.

They're one of the surprises of the season so far, mainly thanks to the great pitching of Zach Grienke.


they won't make the playoffs...


Yes we will! We are the by far the greatest (Baseball) team, the world has ever seen!
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Post by: pmarachi on May 15, 2009, 12:07:32 PM
this is amazing...

Wait for it.  Wait for it.

http://withleather.uproxx.com/2009/05/official-scorer-this-guy-sucks
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Post by: usav on May 15, 2009, 02:07:50 PM
How can you get to the semi-pros and be that bad?
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Post by: VillaZogmariner on May 15, 2009, 09:58:58 PM
Can't access that site at work - what happens?
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Post by: pmarachi on May 16, 2009, 12:30:57 PM
Quote from: "usav"
How can you get to the semi-pros and be that bad?


you got me...

I mean seriously, a middleschool kid who has never played before could intentionally walk someone...

Was he high? Drunk?
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Post by: Dave Cooper please on May 16, 2009, 09:03:38 PM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Can't access that site at work - what happens?


I've watched it twice and I still have no idea!
The pitcher does some girlie throws and then the other team start celebrating, don't know why!
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Post by: cdbullyweefan on May 16, 2009, 11:49:45 PM
Isn't throwing the ball away a bit cowardly?

Reminds me of the Aussies' greatest disgrace in cricket...


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Post by: pmarachi on May 17, 2009, 01:26:57 AM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Can't access that site at work - what happens?


I've watched it twice and I still have no idea!
The pitcher does some girlie throws and then the other team start celebrating, don't know why!


then I think you are in the wrong thread.
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Post by: Dave Cooper please on May 17, 2009, 04:09:02 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Can't access that site at work - what happens?


I've watched it twice and I still have no idea!
The pitcher does some girlie throws and then the other team start celebrating, don't know why!


then I think you are in the wrong thread.


But I like this thread. It's sort of like looking at one of those 'Magic Eye' pictures, you spend ages staring at it trying to work out what it is, then suddenly it seems to become clear and then, bang, no it's gone again.
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Post by: pmarachi on May 17, 2009, 05:56:53 PM
Arod game winning home run!

Yesterday was a great day!
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 18, 2009, 09:22:13 AM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Can't access that site at work - what happens?


I've watched it twice and I still have no idea!
The pitcher does some girlie throws and then the other team start celebrating, don't know why!


A wild pitch on an intentional walk that forces in the winning run.

Perfectly straightforward as far as I'm concerned.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 18, 2009, 09:22:53 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Arod game winning home run!

Yesterday was a great day!


He might be an egotistical knob but he's good
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Post by: pmarachi on May 20, 2009, 12:27:36 PM
7 in a row for the Bronx Bombers!

I am going on Thursday.  My wife got us tickets for the Mohegan Sun bar (the bar in centerfield) and seats in the lower level behind home plate.

It would be great if they were going for win number 9.


(my wife only goes to like 2 games a year and has absolutely no clue what the hell is even going on)
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Post by: joe_c on May 20, 2009, 01:07:47 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Can't access that site at work - what happens?


I've watched it twice and I still have no idea!
The pitcher does some girlie throws and then the other team start celebrating, don't know why!


A wild pitch on an intentional walk that forces in the winning run.

Perfectly straightforward as far as I'm concerned.


The first game I ever went to (Royals at Cubs) had a similar incident with the Cubs trying to bring the pitcher to the plate with two out and a runner on third so it can happen to the best of us too.
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Post by: PeterWithesShin on May 21, 2009, 01:13:45 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Isn't throwing the ball away a bit cowardly?


A bit like a football team conceding a late penalty and kicking the ball out the ground to ensure time running out and it couldn't be taken. Leading to the introduction of the concept of injury time.
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Post by: PeterWithesShin on May 21, 2009, 01:14:38 AM
I still love that baseball coach from the minors who went mental during a game. Can't remember his name or I'd post a link.
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Post by: usav on May 21, 2009, 01:49:34 AM
Big Papi just just got his first homer of the seasons - looking good for my Sox.

Of course, that will mean nothing to all but the few of us on here who care.
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Post by: pmarachi on May 21, 2009, 01:56:10 AM
throwing away the ball like in the video is not done on purpose.

the guy stinks.

You can intentionally walk someone to get to the next better or to put a man on first to better your chances of the double play.

It's pretty much baseball 101.

The fact that they screwed up an intentional walk and lost the game is insanity.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 21, 2009, 07:34:11 AM
Quote from: "usav"
Big Papi just just got his first homer of the seasons - looking good for my Sox.


This happened just a few hours after I removed Ortiz's name from my signature. Therefore, I'm claiming credit for his change in fortunes.

I'm sure Papi's gearing up for a power outburst. Maybe during the 10 game homestand commencing Friday 3rd July !!
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Post by: cdbullyweefan on May 21, 2009, 05:23:36 PM
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Isn't throwing the ball away a bit cowardly?


A bit like a football team conceding a late penalty and kicking the ball out the ground to ensure time running out and it couldn't be taken. Leading to the introduction of the concept of injury time.


Wonder what team would behave in such a dispicable manner?
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Post by: pmarachi on May 22, 2009, 03:26:53 PM
OK,

I actually took my camera with me to Yankee Stadium this time.

Pretty much because my wife only goes to the stadium like once maybe twice a year and since she doesn't know what the hell is going on, the pictures are her favorite part.

Anyway, here they are.

http://good-times.webshots.com/album/572283846OFWVzp

You can see the OLD stadium in the background of a few pics.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 22, 2009, 10:43:57 PM
Good pics. Pity that bloke in the Yankees top kept getting in the shot !!
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Post by: PeterWithesShin on May 22, 2009, 11:07:18 PM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Isn't throwing the ball away a bit cowardly?


A bit like a football team conceding a late penalty and kicking the ball out the ground to ensure time running out and it couldn't be taken. Leading to the introduction of the concept of injury time.


Wonder what team would behave in such a dispicable manner?


I have no idea. <winky>
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Post by: pmarachi on May 24, 2009, 11:47:37 AM
Yankess are now tied for second with the sox.

Both NY teams really came through yesterday

Thank God!



(I can't wait till today is over so I don't have to root for the Mets any longer)
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 27, 2009, 08:06:13 AM
Looks like Matt Wieters will make his debut for the Orioles this week.

Could this be the move that turns their season around and allows them to challenge for the AL East title ?

Well............ no, of course it isn't. Baltimore would need to sign Pujols, A-Rod, Grienke and Santana to have any hope.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 27, 2009, 11:44:45 AM
the problem with baseball is there is too many teams and not enough real talent.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 27, 2009, 01:04:00 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
the problem with baseball is there is too many teams and not enough real talent.


I don't buy the "too many teams argument"

There's over 300 million people in the USA. (Add to that, the rest of North/Latin American and Japan.)

Even allowing for the females in the total, that's plenty large enough a pool to find 750 Major League calibre players
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 28, 2009, 01:24:17 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "pmarachi"
the problem with baseball is there is too many teams and not enough real talent.


I don't buy the "too many teams argument"

There's over 300 million people in the USA. (Add to that, the rest of North/Latin American and Japan.)

Even allowing for the females in the total, that's plenty large enough a pool to find 750 Major League calibre players


I don't know.

There are 330 million people, but the country is HUGE.  The size doesn't allow for too many big rivals.


I don't think there are enough players to have enough good teams.  Case in point, look at how bad the last place teams are every year.

We don't have a relegation of any kind, so there is no penalty for being the worst team year after year.

The Pirates are gonna be in the MLB next year no matter what.

Maybe my argument is misplaced.  Maybe it's not the players, but maybe its certain teams, that don't have ownership that wants to win.

Two years ago, Florida got more money in the luxury tax payouts than they spent on their entire payroll (this team never does too bad, but thats in SPITE of the ownership and not because of it).
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 28, 2009, 08:10:48 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"

I don't think there are enough players to have enough good teams.  Case in point, look at how bad the last place teams are every year.

We don't have a relegation of any kind, so there is no penalty for being the worst team year after year.

The Pirates are gonna be in the MLB next year no matter what.

Maybe my argument is misplaced.  Maybe it's not the players, but maybe its certain teams, that don't have ownership that wants to win.

Two years ago, Florida got more money in the luxury tax payouts than they spent on their entire payroll (this team never does too bad, but thats in SPITE of the ownership and not because of it).


You're right about the impact that having no relegation has. All teams (well maybe not Pittsburgh & Washington) set out with the aim of succeeding. However, they know that if the season starts badly they can dump contracts knowing that however bad they become they'll still be competing at the same level next year.

This is true of all professional sports in the Colonies as far as I know. You're whole concept is different to ours.

Its strange really that in a country that's the centre of capitalism, where achieving success is celebrated; that when it comes to sport, your system is, well....... communist.

The whole aim is to redistribute the wealth (through revenue sharing, luxury tax and create parity (through the draft system).


Meanwhile, Zambrano loses it big time (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=4756801)

Nevermind, I'm sure that his calm, cool and collected manager will have a quiet word with the guy.
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Post by: pmarachi on May 28, 2009, 10:36:59 PM
but I think that what you mentioned above is one of the reasons that College Football is as big as pro-football and why college basketball is twice as big as pro-basketball.

By essentially eliminating the talent pool for college baseball, pro-baseball has stayed afloat.
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Post by: pmarachi on May 30, 2009, 12:10:21 PM
FINALLY!!!

1st Place!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 30, 2009, 12:17:41 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
FINALLY!!!

1st Place!


The BJ's (oo err missus !) slump means that the AL East has taken on a more familiar look.

Meanwhile the Rockies have removed a Hurdle (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4215575)

Not much of a shock there. If you ignore their incredible run at the end of the 2007 season, Clint's not been a major success.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 01, 2009, 02:08:06 AM
So, Carl Pavano decided to show up this year, huh?


Also, I'm having surgery on June 15 for my shoulder (the other one if you are paying attention).

Perfect timing to go to a bunch of Yankee games right? Since I won't be working and all!  Get the full cast off on the 18th! can take a shower!
I should be all set to go, right?


WRONG!!!

Only one day game during my whole entire short term leave!  Actually only one home game I can attend at all!!!

What are the odds?!?!

Thursday June 18th Vs. The Nationals.

What did I do to deserve this!?!?!?!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 01, 2009, 08:34:02 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Only one day game during my whole entire short term leave!  Actually only one home game I can attend at all!!!

What are the odds?!?!

Thursday June 18th Vs. The Nationals.

What did I do to deserve this!?!?!?!


At least you're guaranteed to see a victory for the Highlanders
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Post by: joe_c on June 01, 2009, 12:52:14 PM
Baseball team racks up football score. (http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/31033982/)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 01, 2009, 03:03:14 PM
Quote from: "joe_c"
Baseball team racks up football score. (http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/31033982/)


Its great to see this type of thing happen. One thing that I hate about US sports is their aversion to "running up the score" (since the winning team was 32-0 up after 5 innings I suspect that the game was called after seven).

When given the opportunity it should be every sportsperson's duty to score as many point as possible and humiliate the opposition.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 04, 2009, 07:58:34 AM
Atlanta Braves release Tom Glavine (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4228623)

Glavine's just had a rehab start in the Minors and said he was ready to make his MLB return. However, rather than reinstate him, Atlanta cut him instead; thus saving $3.5m.

In the off season the Braves let John Smoltz leave, now they've dumped Glavine. The legend that was the Braves pitching staff is now at an end.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 04, 2009, 11:38:17 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Atlanta Braves release Tom Glavine (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4228623)

Glavine's just had a rehab start in the Minors and said he was ready to make his MLB return. However, rather than reinstate him, Atlanta cut him instead; thus saving $3.5m.

In the off season the Braves let John Smoltz leave, now they've dumped Glavine. The legend that was the Braves pitching staff is now at an end.


WOW

I just came on here to post the exact same thing.

I really still can't believe it.

The guy has been around and pitching since well before I even followed baseball.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 05, 2009, 08:20:19 AM
Congratulations to Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson on becoming the 24th (and probably last) pitcher to win 300 games in the Major Leagues.

He might be an 'orrible bastard but he's been one hell of a pitcher.

Video (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=4879491)


Back in 2000 I was on the field in Phoenix as part of the pre-game ceremony before a Diamondbacks game. Randy had lost the previous day and was sat in the dugout. I aimed my video camera at him as I walked past. The scowl I recorded is incredible; its a wonder that the lens didn't shatter.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 05, 2009, 09:04:57 AM
Can't believe that I missed this yesterday

35th Anniversary of 10 cent beer night (http://deadspin.com/5278916/relive-the-majesty-and-terror-of-ten+cent-beer-night)

For those not familiar with this story, the outcome was what you'd expect when a ballpark charges just 10 cents per beer; which even 35 years ago was cheap.
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Post by: pmarachi on June 05, 2009, 11:08:12 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Can't believe that I missed this yesterday

35th Anniversary of 10 cent beer night (http://deadspin.com/5278916/relive-the-majesty-and-terror-of-ten+cent-beer-night)

For those not familiar with this story, the outcome was what you'd expect when a ballpark charges just 10 cents per beer; which even 35 years ago was cheap.


hahaha

WOW
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 06, 2009, 10:20:38 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Can't believe that I missed this yesterday

35th Anniversary of 10 cent beer night (http://deadspin.com/5278916/relive-the-majesty-and-terror-of-ten+cent-beer-night)

For those not familiar with this story, the outcome was what you'd expect when a ballpark charges just 10 cents per beer; which even 35 years ago was cheap.


hahaha

WOW


"Disco Demolition Night" was even better
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Post by: pmarachi on June 09, 2009, 11:28:25 AM
yanks/sox starts today
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 09, 2009, 12:54:03 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
yanks/sox starts today


With the Highlanders in far better form than last time. Now's the time for Papi to return to form
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 10, 2009, 07:53:15 AM
..... and so he did !!!!!!


Big Papi home run (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=4951305)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 10, 2009, 12:10:03 PM
Not to take anything away from Beckett, because he was great, but Burnett was AWFUL...

How is this guy a starter while Hughes isn't?
I don't get it...

Also, tonight is Wang, which should be awful.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 10, 2009, 01:12:23 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Also, tonight is Wang, which should be awful.


Isn't the "English" language wonderful. "Wang" and "Kaka" send Americans into hysterics.
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Post by: Olneythelonely on June 10, 2009, 02:22:47 PM
What's the sport they play during Summer in the USA?
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Post by: joe_c on June 10, 2009, 04:57:10 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Also, tonight is Wang, which should be awful.


Isn't the "English" language wonderful. "Wang" and "Kaka" send Americans into hysterics.


They think pants should be worn on the outside so they're not in the best position to mock.
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Post by: pmarachi on June 11, 2009, 01:23:08 AM
Quote from: "olneythelonely"
What's the sport they play during Summer in the USA?


USA: Baseball
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Post by: pmarachi on June 11, 2009, 01:24:12 AM
on a serious note, I STILL laugh when I say Wang.

Not just because he sucks, but, you know... WANG?!?!?!


Speaking of which, how the HELL is he a starter and Hughes is coming out of the bullpen?!?!?!
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 11, 2009, 07:45:17 AM
7 games and 7 Sox wins !!
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Post by: pmarachi on June 11, 2009, 11:31:03 AM
We have to win a game here!

C'MON!!!

But seriously, wow what a great game!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 12, 2009, 07:46:47 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
We have to win a game here!

C'MON!!!



[Lee Corso]"Not so fast my friend!!"[/Lee Corso] (plus finger-wagging thingy)

That's 8 zip to the Sox against the Highlanders this season.

Papi with an opposite field home run. That's surely a sign that his slump is ending.

I suppose that I'm now a Mets fan for a few days whilst they visit the Death Star.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 13, 2009, 09:17:59 AM
C'mon Luis, you's gotsta make that catch
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 15, 2009, 11:59:33 AM
Yankees beat the Mets 15-0!

I went to the Parade in my neighborhood yesterday and the little league teams came out.

Little League is baseball for the kids.

Usually the kids all wear different uniforms of different teams. The Indians, Marlins etc.  They wear the Tshirt and the hat.


In my town the Little league has all the MLB teams, but NO redsox team.  Instead they have 3 yankee teams, red, blue, and black.

that's the way you do it!
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 15, 2009, 12:03:49 PM
I think that the Nationals and Pirates would struggle against any of your town's Little League teams
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Post by: PeterWithesShin on June 15, 2009, 02:26:23 PM
I always take the piss out of the rags/bitter birds etc when they are relegated by saying they play in the little league.

And how come no one wants to wear the shirt of a team that does actually win the World Series occassionally? <winky>
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 16, 2009, 08:44:41 AM
Joe Morgan in yet another commentary controversy (http://deadspin.com/5290951/it-wasnt-so-joe)

Having met Joe, he seems like a nice guy (albeit a bit difficult to talk to due to his crossed-eyes). He was also one of the all time great second basemen. However, as a commentator he's truly horrible, unwilling to embrace changes to the sport, getting facts wrong, bringing every story back to himself and, as in the above case, embellishing his involvement in events.

The only commentator that I can think of who's worse than Joe is Tim McCarver.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 16, 2009, 01:12:22 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Joe Morgan in yet another commentary controversy (http://deadspin.com/5290951/it-wasnt-so-joe)

Having met Joe, he seems like a nice guy (albeit a bit difficult to talk to due to his crossed-eyes). He was also one of the all time great second basemen. However, as a commentator he's truly horrible, unwilling to embrace changes to the sport, getting facts wrong, bringing every story back to himself and, as in the above case, embellishing his involvement in events.

The only commentator that I can think of who's worse than Joe is Tim McCarver.


Joe Buck.

Joe Buck is the 3rd worst...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 17, 2009, 08:02:46 AM
Sammy Sosa tested positive for drugs (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/sports/baseball/17doping.html?_r=1&hp)

No shit, Sherlock !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 17, 2009, 11:52:38 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Sammy Sosa tested positive for drugs (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/sports/baseball/17doping.html?_r=1&hp)

No shit, Sherlock !!


right?!?!
I feel like we already knew this...

You may like this...


After sugery on Tuesday, I am getting my hard cast off and soft cast put on on Thursday morning.

First stop after this is done?

Yankee Stadium!

I can barely move.  I am hoping to get handicap seats!  Which should be a step up from the bleachers.
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Post by: usav on June 17, 2009, 03:28:16 PM
Quote from: "IanB"
What are the bleachers, Paul?


Cheap seats at the furthest point away from home base.  Usually just metal bench seats (no back support)
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 18, 2009, 07:57:26 AM
I've only ever sat in the bleachers once, at (what was then called) Jacobs Field in Cleveland, right under the big scoreboard. A horrible place to watch a game, especially on a hot summer afternoon.

Going to just 10-20 games a year I prefer to pay extra for a decent seat.
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Post by: pmarachi on June 18, 2009, 11:24:20 AM
there are bleachers and then there are "the bleachers".

The Bleachers are bleacher section 203.

It's the greatest support seats in all of baseball.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleacher_Creatures
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 18, 2009, 12:22:30 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
there are bleachers and then there are "the bleachers".

The Bleachers are bleacher section 203.

It's the greatest support seats in all of baseball.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleacher_Creatures


It might be a good place to sit if you're out with your mates and having a few beers, however, as a place to watch the actual game from, bleachers stink.
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Post by: PeterWithesShin on June 18, 2009, 03:42:38 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
there are bleachers and then there are "the bleachers".

The Bleachers are bleacher section 203.

It's the greatest support seats in all of baseball.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleacher_Creatures


Are they the ones who sing to the players and use the same 2 songs for all the players? And one of them isn't even "one ........ there's only one ......." no imagination these yanks.

edited to add: Although the gang bang song is quite amusing.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 19, 2009, 09:47:59 PM
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
Quote from: "pmarachi"
there are bleachers and then there are "the bleachers".

The Bleachers are bleacher section 203.

It's the greatest support seats in all of baseball.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleacher_Creatures


Are they the ones who sing to the players and use the same 2 songs for all the players? And one of them isn't even "one ........ there's only one ......." no imagination these yanks.

edited to add: Although the gang bang song is quite amusing.


In America we don't serenade our players.

Not that I am for or against singing to show support, but we don't really do that over here.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 21, 2009, 10:33:44 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


In America we don't serenade our players.

Not that I am for or against singing to show support, but we don't really do that over here.


What about the "roll call" by the Highlanders fans in the bleachers ?

"Derek Jeter .. clap clap clap.. Derek Jeter .. clap clap clap.... " etc
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 21, 2009, 12:56:12 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "pmarachi"


In America we don't serenade our players.

Not that I am for or against singing to show support, but we don't really do that over here.


What about the "roll call" by the Highlanders fans in the bleachers ?

"Derek Jeter .. clap clap clap.. Derek Jeter .. clap clap clap.... " etc


that's very far from a song.  we may chant, but we don't song.

I wish we did sing, it probably would add to the fun.


In other news, I just started using twitter.  It's actually really cool for sports scores and updates.  I'm sure your news doesn't cover much MLB.  I would give it a shot.

literally play by play right to your phone.l
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 22, 2009, 08:03:23 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"



In other news, I just started using twitter.  It's actually really cool for sports scores and updates.  I'm sure your news doesn't cover much MLB.  I would give it a shot.

literally play by play right to your phone.l


Twitter? ...... I only just met her !

I'm not even on Facebook and you expect me to be tweeting, twittering, twatting or whatever its called
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 22, 2009, 12:37:49 PM
its completely different.

hey, it's amazing for effortless sports scores and play by play.

but if you don't want to check it out, your loss...
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 24, 2009, 07:47:57 AM
"Welcome to Miami......."

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I'm surprised that a Marlins fan would take on a Yankee fan in Miami. Surely the home team supporters were outnumbered.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 24, 2009, 07:52:22 AM
Now playing for Homer Simpson's favourite team, the Albuquerque Isotopes**...... Manny Ramirez !!

(http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/apmegasports/200906232056753990729-pf.rp600x350.jpg)

Its strange how he's banned from Major League Baseball but can play for a Dodgers' Minor League team


[** Yes, they are named after the Simpsons episode where the team owner tries to move the Springfield Isotopes to Albuquerque]
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 24, 2009, 12:35:46 PM
If I ever get into a fight with my kid around, someone kill me.

What an ass.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 25, 2009, 11:10:51 AM
ESPN America, which was part of the Setanta pack is now being included in the Sky channel packs.

Therefore, in the UK, head over to Channel 417 for your baseball fix !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 26, 2009, 09:32:29 AM
Good to see John Smoltz back in action, albeit in a losing performance.

Hopefully I'll get to see one or two Smoltz starts during my visit to Boston starting July 4th weekend.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 27, 2009, 03:00:17 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Good to see John Smoltz back in action, albeit in a losing performance.

Hopefully I'll get to see one or two Smoltz starts during my visit to Boston starting July 4th weekend.



I will be at Yankee Stadium July 3rd and 4th.

If you are in the area, I may have an extra ticket on the 3rd in a luxury box if my sister has her baby this week and her husband can't go.

Free of charge to those coming from other countries.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 28, 2009, 10:51:39 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Good to see John Smoltz back in action, albeit in a losing performance.

Hopefully I'll get to see one or two Smoltz starts during my visit to Boston starting July 4th weekend.



I will be at Yankee Stadium July 3rd and 4th.

If you are in the area, I may have an extra ticket on the 3rd in a luxury box if my sister has her baby this week and her husband can't go.

Free of charge to those coming from other countries.


Thanks for the offer but I'm at Fenway on 3rd & 4th (well, and 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th actually)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 30, 2009, 07:24:49 AM
I love extra inning West Coast games. Just got to watch last couple of innings of the Dodgers "walk off" win over the Rockies
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 01, 2009, 02:41:18 PM
I fell alseep last night, but the Sox were up 10-1.

They won, right?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 02, 2009, 08:10:53 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
I fell alseep last night, but the Sox were up 10-1.

They won, right?


F$% off

Anyhow, Sox won last night and are still 2.5 games ahead of the Highlanders (even after the latter's 7 game winning streak).

I head for London this afternoon, then tomorrow its off to Boston for 10 games at the greatest ballpark of them all



Altogether now ... "Youuuuuuuuuuk" !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 02, 2009, 08:53:32 AM
While you are at that little stadium with the rest of Arayn Nation, I will be sitting comfortably in a luxury box (first time ever in a luxury box, so I will take pictures), with a Pina Colada, in the air condition.

I hear it's supposed to be 86 degrees...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 04, 2009, 03:06:46 PM
I have pictrues from the Luxury Box at Yankee Stadium up on my Facebook.

I will put them into a real album for you guys without FB when I get chance tomorrow.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?id=582432311&ref=profile
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 04, 2009, 03:08:46 PM
sorry.  

I guess that link isn't going to work like that...

You can find me by searching Paul Marachi or pmarachi@gmail.com if you want to see them
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on July 04, 2009, 04:47:56 PM
I don't use facebook too often, but just sent you a friends request as i'd like a butchers at the evil empire boxes <winky>

First name will show as Ped in the request.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 04, 2009, 10:55:10 PM
Two games in Boston and two defeats for the Red Sox.

Add to that, everyone here is celebrating victory over the British !!

Not a good day
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 05, 2009, 04:28:16 PM
Lester's going for the Sox this afternoon, so there's a good chance that they'll avoid a sweep by the Mariners.


EDIT - And so they did. Although it had more to do with a meltdown form the Mariners ballpen than Lester
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 09, 2009, 04:18:23 PM
"By far the greatest ballpark the world has ever seen......."

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Fen2.jpg)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Fen3.jpg)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Fen6.jpg)



Monday saw the first game back at Fenway Park for Nomar "Mr Mia Hamm" Garciaparra since he was traded during the 2004 season (ie prior to the Sox winning the World Series].

Nomar received a standing ovation before his first plate appearance. It was far different to the response that Roger "The Rocket" Clemons received when he first came back to Boston with the Blue Jays in 1997 (a game which I was also at).

"Nomahhhhhhh"


(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Fen5.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 10, 2009, 10:19:32 PM
you only say that because you haven't been to the new Yankee stadium.

I'm telling you, leave Arayn Nation for a day and come to the dark side...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 11, 2009, 04:31:32 PM
I've just been watching the highlights of Jonathan Sanchez's no-hitter for the Giants last night.

Very impressive, especially considering he wouldn't even be in the rotation if the Unit wasn't injured.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Yeltzer on July 14, 2009, 10:20:41 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
ESPN America, which was part of the Setanta pack is now being included in the Sky channel packs.

Therefore, in the UK, head over to Channel 417 for your baseball fix !!


unfortunately only until 3rd august when their coverage gets shunted to the new channel which has the premier league rights so you'll have to fork out £9/month but you will get the odd footy game, baseball and college football. I'm definitely tempted but loving the free baseball
on sky in the intervening period. Nice move
by espn to promote their stuff.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on July 14, 2009, 10:22:54 PM
All-Star game tonight. Watched the HR Derby yeaterday and the old gits/celeb game. Billy Bob Thornton played like he was 80, those nights with Angelina must have taken it out of him.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 15, 2009, 08:16:01 AM
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
All-Star game tonight. Watched the HR Derby yeaterday and the old gits/celeb game. Billy Bob Thornton played like he was 80, those nights with Angelina must have taken it out of him.


Nelly looked like he knew what he was doing though

Plus there was the sexiest sight ever on a baseball field .......

(http://cdn.buzznet.com/media/jjr/headlines/2009/07/shawn-johnson-softball-flip.jpg)


As for the rest of the festivities.....

Home Run Derby (that's "Der-by" not "Dar-by") - Definitely a let down after last year's spectacular performance by Josh Hamilton (even though he didn't win). Good to see that the contest was won this time by Prince "World's Fattest Vegetarian" Fielder.

There were a couple of good shots by Albert, but Mr Puggles wasn't that impressive. As for Brandon Inge...... luckily he had a sense of humour about his complete failure to hit a single homer.

All Star Game - I've only watched a few highlights so far but I see that Pap got the Win, Mariano the Save and Albert committed an Error.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on July 15, 2009, 03:46:54 PM
I actually got bored of the HR Durby, it went on for some 3 hours so I stopped paying any attention to it. It wasfunnywhen they let that girl get on 1st so as she could backflip steal 2nd, but she only looks about 14! There were a couple ofblonde softball players who looked hot. And Nelly doing his best Andruw Jones flipcatch trick.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 16, 2009, 07:19:00 AM
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
I actually got bored of the HR Durby, it went on for some 3 hours so I stopped paying any attention to it. It wasfunnywhen they let that girl get on 1st so as she could backflip steal 2nd, but she only looks about 14! There were a couple ofblonde softball players who looked hot. And Nelly doing his best Andruw Jones flipcatch trick.


I watched the HRD of Sky+ with a lot of fast forwarding. Its not as exciting without the steroid boost.

Shawn Johnson is 17, so it's ok to drool this side of the pond.

As for softball players, the new guard can't compare to Jennie Finch

(http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/pr/subs/swimsuit/images/05_jfinch_02.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 16, 2009, 11:34:37 AM
The Homerun Derby is probably the most boring thing on TV...

I take that back, the All Star game is actually worse.

Watched about 5 minutes of the HR derby, then I realized I had been watching for 20 minutes and only seen one batter.  And what was that crap on the ball??!?!

I mean come on ESPN...
That was stupid.


No one wants to play in these things, and ESPN really wants us all to think that it's more popular than it is.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 16, 2009, 12:45:38 PM
I forgot to post this on Sunday......

30th Anniversary of "Disco Demolition Night"

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Here's the great Keith Olbermann's feature from the 25th Anniversary

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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 17, 2009, 07:45:38 AM
Whenever I'm in NYC I try to catch a Brooklyn Cyclones game. However, I was not there 9 months ago ! (http://www.brooklyncyclones.com/news/topstories/index.html?article_id=637)

Minor League Baseball is great
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 23, 2009, 11:32:12 AM
What annoys me the most, is that if the Yankess could have split the 8 games with the sox, we would be 6 games ahead in first instead of 2.

It's the race to see who DOESN'T have to play the Angels.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 24, 2009, 01:23:16 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
What annoys me the most, is that if the Yankess could have split the 8 games with the sox, we would be 6 games ahead in first instead of 2.

It's the race to see who DOESN'T have to play the Angels.


I've no problem with the Sox finishing second and playing the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in California".

YEAR   OPPONENT              PLAYOFF          Result
2008   Los Angeles Angels    ALDS             3-1
2007   Los Angeles Angels    ALDS             3-0
2004   Anaheim Angels        ALDS             3-0


Congratulations to Mark Buehrle of the Obama Sox on his "Perfect Game".

27 Up & 27 Down (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5699295)

(Unfortunately commentary on the above comes from one of the worst commentators in any sport "Hawk" Harrelson. Truly cringeworthy)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on July 24, 2009, 08:26:15 PM
Genuine question.

On SSN this morning they showed a pitcher who had managed a no-hitter. I know what this is, no batter got even to first base, right?

So, given that apparently Obama was impressed enough to phone the bloke, how rare is a no-hitter? And for those of you who also know cricket, is it rarer than a hat-trick for a bowler?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 24, 2009, 10:40:47 PM
it wasn't a no hitter, it was an actual Perfect Game.

A no hitter is very rare, but a perfect game is like near impossible.

There have actually only been 18 perfect games in baseball history.

To sum it up, it is a no hitter, where NO ONE touches base.  That means no one walks or gets hit with a pitch either.

When a perfect game is going on, in the 9th inning, every baseball fan stops what they are doing and tunes in.  (it just sucks that it was a day game)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 24, 2009, 10:43:40 PM
got this from a random website.

"On occasion sportsbooks list futures odds on prospective individual achievements but handicapping no-hitters is not one of them. The odds would be in the millions as no-hitters only coming along every few thousand games or so. "

Keep in mind, this is even MORE rare, because it wasn't a no hitter, it was an actual perfect game.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 25, 2009, 11:50:59 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"

To sum it up, it is a no hitter, where NO ONE touches base.  That means no one walks or gets hit with a pitch either.



I assume that's a typo and you meant to say "perfect game".
"No-hitters" can have loads of people reach first base via walks (Nolan Ryan's no-hitters are prime examples) or errors.
Given the circumstances that was some catch by Dewayne Wise in the 9th

For those that are interested in seeing the game, it'll be shown on ESPN America (Sky 417) at noon today at at 2pm tomorrow.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on July 25, 2009, 01:08:41 PM
Cheers folks, so it was pretty special then.

Has there ever been a game when both pitchers have pitched no-hitters? Or even come close?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 25, 2009, 01:41:29 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "pmarachi"

To sum it up, it is a no hitter, where NO ONE touches base.  That means no one walks or gets hit with a pitch either.



I assume that's a typo and you meant to say "perfect game".
"No-hitters" can have loads of people reach first base via walks (Nolan Ryan's no-hitters are prime examples) or errors.
Given the circumstances that was some catch by Dewayne Wise in the 9th

For those that are interested in seeing the game, it'll be shown on ESPN America (Sky 417) at noon today at at 2pm tomorrow.


What I was trying to say is that it is a no hitter (so think of what makes up a no hitter, then add to that), NO ONE touches base.

So, it is a No Hitter, EXCEPT that no one touches base. (maybe that is more clear).
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 25, 2009, 07:32:33 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


What I was trying to say is that it is a no hitter (so think of what makes up a no hitter, then add to that), NO ONE touches base.

So, it is a No Hitter, EXCEPT that no one touches base. (maybe that is more clear).


OK, I see what you were trying to get at now

Have you ever been at a No-No ?

The closest I've come was a one-hitter by Pedro I think ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 27, 2009, 11:14:26 AM
no, never been.  In fact, I have only watched one entire no hitter in my life.  

I missed half of the David Wells no hitter in 1998, was in college in Philadelphia (pre-YES network) and didn't see Cone in 1999, Was out for the day of the Gooden in 1996.

The only complete no hitter I have ever watched, from the first to last pitch, was Jim Abbott in 1993.

Which was amazing, because as you remember, but I doubt many other people would is that Abbott had only one arm.

ONE ARM!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 27, 2009, 08:33:24 PM
After months of rumours its now public that A-Rod has upgraded from Madonna to Kate Hudson

(http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/07/26/alg_arod-kate.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on July 27, 2009, 08:42:04 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Cheers folks, so it was pretty special then.

Has there ever been a game when both pitchers have pitched no-hitters? Or even come close?


IIRC it's nigh on impossible as the odds are high that if both pitched no hitters the score would be 0-0 after 9 innings and would go into extra innings, so it wouldn't qualify as a complete game as relief pitchers would appear at some stage. If that makes sense and I remember everything right. I'm sure there have been pitchers who pitched 9 hitless innings but don't have a no hitter given them as the score finished 0-0. I'm so glad I started trying to explain, i'm confusing myself now.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 28, 2009, 12:27:48 AM
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Cheers folks, so it was pretty special then.

Has there ever been a game when both pitchers have pitched no-hitters? Or even come close?


IIRC it's nigh on impossible as the odds are high that if both pitched no hitters the score would be 0-0 after 9 innings and would go into extra innings, so it wouldn't qualify as a complete game as relief pitchers would appear at some stage. If that makes sense and I remember everything right. I'm sure there have been pitchers who pitched 9 hitless innings but don't have a no hitter given them as the score finished 0-0. I'm so glad I started trying to explain, i'm confusing myself now.


This is true, but there is always the slight possibility that this could happen (no hitter, not a perfect game) and the winning run could get walked in.

You may lose 1-0, but there was no H

I doubt it has ever happened though.

Also, if it is 9 innings in, and you haven't given up a hit yet, there is NO WAY anyone is taking you out of a game.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on July 28, 2009, 12:59:46 AM
There have been a handful of instances of pitchers throwing a no-hitter and still ending up on the losing side.

Quote from: "Wikipedia"
No-hitters in a losing cause

Unlike a perfect game, in which no batters reach base, in regular no-hitters batters can reach base in other ways, such as a walk, an error, or a hit batsman. Thus it is possible to lose a no-hitter. On April 23, 1964, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt .45s became the only pitcher to lose a complete game no-hitter in nine innings when he was beaten 1-0 by Cincinnati. The winning run was scored by Pete Rose in the top of the ninth inning via an error, groundout, and another error. In 1967, Steve Barber and Stu Miller of the Baltimore Orioles pitched a combined no-hitter, but lost 2-1 to the Detroit Tigers.

Because the home team does not bat in the ninth inning when it is already leading, a visiting pitcher (or pitchers) may complete a full game without allowing a hit but not be credited with an official no-hitter because they pitched only 8 innings. This happened most recently on June 28, 2008, when Jered Weaver and José Arredondo of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim threw 8 no-hit innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, but lost the game 1-0 and are not credited with a no-hitter. This is the first near no-hitter of this kind in which more than one pitcher was involved. Previously, Silver King (1890), Andy Hawkins (1990), and Matt Young (1992) pitched complete games without allowing a hit, but pitched only 8 innings as the losing pitcher from the visiting team, and thus are not credited with a no-hitter.


I remember watching Mike Mussina retire the first 26 Red Sox batters and was one strike away from a perfect game before a soft Carl Everett single ruined it. When Channel 5 showed the baseball I always used to set myself the task of staying awake while a perfect game was still a possibility and that was one of the few games I saw all the way through unless I didn't have to be at work the next day.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 28, 2009, 08:40:42 AM
Details of all 18 Perfect Games (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/07/24/ranking.perfection/index.html)

Another even rarer baseball event occurred yesterday, Josh Willingham of the Washington Natinals* hit two Grand Slams in one game (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090727&content_id=6090838&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb). This was only the 13th time it had happened.

One piece of baseball video that I've never been able to track down is Fernando Tatis (then of the St Louis Cardinals) hitting two Grand Slams in the same inning of the same. I know that both were off the pitching of Chan Ho Park but don't let that lessen the achievement.


(* and yes, that's what I meant to type. pmarachi will know what I'm getting at)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on July 28, 2009, 12:30:36 PM
Grand slam = home run with someone on all the bases right?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 28, 2009, 12:38:55 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Grand slam = home run with someone on all the bases right?


That is correct
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 29, 2009, 08:03:47 AM
Wow, Buerhle nearly did it again. He retired the first 17 Twins batters he faced yesterday.

That make 45 consecutive outs and all time MLB record.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: mollyig on July 29, 2009, 08:18:34 AM
I have decided I'm an Orioles fan, 'cause we were in Maryland last year and my surname begins with an O'S and they are the O's.  Unfortunately we didn't get to go to a game while we were over, but hopefully next time.

I have, however, taken to switching over to espn america when there is nothing else on, although this could be frustration that nothing is happening on sky sports news that is of any interest.

Saw the match that Buerhle struck everyone out (or whatever the technical term is).  Very impressive.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 29, 2009, 08:24:20 AM
You might regret becoming an O's fan.

They've got a great ballpark and I like Baltimore (as long as you stay away from "The Wire" areas !!) but they're in the same division as my Red Sox, pmarachi's Yankees and also the Rays.

Therefore in order for them to stand a chance of making the playoffs everything has to go right during a season.

With the emergence of Wieters, Jones and Markakis, there's a glimmer of hope but don't go holding your breath for a World Series.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: mollyig on July 29, 2009, 08:42:34 AM
I'm well used to following teams that never quite deliver!  ;)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 29, 2009, 08:55:36 AM
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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on July 29, 2009, 10:46:32 AM
Quote from: "mollyig"
I have decided I'm an Orioles fan, 'cause we were in Maryland last year and my surname begins with an O'S and they are the O's.  Unfortunately we didn't get to go to a game while we were over, but hopefully next time.



Welcome to the fanclub!

On March 31st last year I wrote:

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Baltimore Orioles because it sounds a bit rude.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 29, 2009, 11:31:58 AM
The Yankees were actually the original Baltimore Orioles.

Orioles are a decent choice for the stadium alone.  I wouldn't worry about the Ray's long term, but it is rought to be in the same divison as the Yankees and Redsox, but if that's who you like, that's who you like.

They also have one of the best hat's I have ever seen.  The old 80's orioles hat is absolutely amazing!

I wish I could get one.

http://www.weblo.com/asset_images/large/d_backs_stros_phils_fish_46bceaee1d062.jpg
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 31, 2009, 08:28:41 AM
Before, pmarachi starts.............. yes, I know that Manny and Papi have just been named as having failed the 2003 drug tests.

However, I don't give a flying feck. After 80 odd years of waiting I don't care what it took to win the World Series

Here's some comments from Manny & Papi (courtesy of the great Olbermann's blog)

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Ortiz - with some help in the phrasing, but this is doubtlessly him - issues a statement of confession:

    "One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me -- I will not hide and I will not make excuses."


Meanwhile MLB.Com quotes Ramirez, before the Dodgers-Cards in St. Louis:

    "If you guys want to talk about the game and what happens now, I can sit and talk for two hours. But something happened six years ago, I don't want to talk about that. If you want more information, you have the number for the union. Call them."


A slight difference in approach from the two people concerned
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 31, 2009, 11:57:16 AM
I dont care, I always like Ortiz and Manny.

I am not going to say anything to anyone who didn't act like it was the end of the world when Arod admitted it.

And all of the Mets Fa- oooops I mean Sox Fans where I live must have known this was coming.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 31, 2009, 10:13:25 PM
It's "non-waiver trade deadline day" in MLB. Here's the latest news

Jake Peavy (http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/news/story?id=4369814) - Padres to White Sox
A bit of a surprise this one because Jake turned down a move to Chicago earlier in the season

Jarod Washburn  (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4368815) - Mariners to Tigers
I thought that he'd end up with the Yankees

And now for the big one.........

Victor Martinez (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4369463) - Indians to Red Sox
The Sox get the slugger they need and do it without giving up Clay Buchholz. Nice work by Theo.


And in a surprising non-trade, Doc Halladay is staying with the Blue Jays.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 03, 2009, 11:24:17 AM
Melky Cabrera of the Yankees hits for the cycle!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: London Villan on August 03, 2009, 11:46:21 AM
I've been dipping in and out of the baseball on ESPN. Got a basic understanding of the rules... just so many game to keep a track of!

One thing, what does RBI mean??
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on August 03, 2009, 12:23:41 PM
Quote from: "London Villan"


One thing, what does RBI mean??


I know this one I think.

RBI = Runs batted in, if someone is on a base when you are batting and they get home after you have hit it you are credited with an RBI - right?

That leads me to my own question, what is a 'sacrifice fly'?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on August 03, 2009, 12:32:56 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "London Villan"


One thing, what does RBI mean??


I know this one I think.

RBI = Runs batted in, if someone is on a base when you are batting and they get home after you have hit it you are credited with an RBI - right?

That leads me to my own question, what is a 'sacrifice fly'?


With less than two outs and a runner on third, the batter can sky one into the outfield where he will be caught out but the runner on third can advance home and score a run as long as he doesn't advance from third base until the ball is actually caught. He can still be tagged out at home plate if the fielder throws home before he gets there.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 03, 2009, 12:34:53 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "London Villan"


One thing, what does RBI mean??


I know this one I think.

RBI = Runs batted in, if someone is on a base when you are batting and they get home after you have hit it you are credited with an RBI - right?

That leads me to my own question, what is a 'sacrifice fly'?


RBI - Close enough (you don't necessarily have to get a "hit" or even make contact with the ball to get an RBI)

Sac Fly - Runner on third base with less than two outs. Batter hits the ball in the air and it is caught by one of the fielders (normally an outfielder). The runner on third base can leave the base as soon as the ball is caught and try to run to home plate before the fielder's throw gets there.


Anyone (apart from pmarachi) care to have a go at explaining the "Infield Fly" rule ?!?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on August 03, 2009, 12:43:03 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"

Anyone (apart from pmarachi) care to have a go at explaining the "Infield Fly" rule ?!?


With less than two outs and runners on first, first and second or bases loaded, if a batter hits a flyball in the infield, the umpire will call an automatic out meaning the runners on bases can stay where they are.

The reason for this is that in days gone by unscrupulous players would deliberately let the ball drop or drop a catch in the infield forcing the runners on their respective bases to have to attempt to reach the next base and the fielding side have a chance to record two or more outs rather than just the one.

How did I do? Does that make sense to anyone other than UK Redsox or P Marachi? In fact, does that make sense to UK Redsox or P Marachi?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 03, 2009, 01:17:13 PM
Sounds about right to me
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 04, 2009, 12:05:41 AM
is there anywhere to catch a live game over there at all?

One of my goals in life is to get my wife to go to Europe.  Then convince her to go to England instead of Spain, France or Italy...

Then convince her to go to Brimingham instead of London.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 04, 2009, 07:33:35 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
is there anywhere to catch a live game over there at all?


You mean in person ?

I wouldn't bother in the UK, but here's the local Brum Nine

Birmingham Maple Leafs (http://www.baseballsoftballuk.com/show_team.php?team_id=332)

From the looks of the standings, even the Pittsburgh Pirates might beat them.

Holland and Italy are the main places for playing baseball in Europe

Here's an extract from a short history of the game in the UK

Quote
1847 First played in GB by touring teams

1890 Baseball Association of GB formed

1934 Baseball started in North West. Sir John Moore of Littlewoods starts the NBA National Baseball Association.

1936 Professional leagues formed, Derby, Manchester, Stoke, Preston & Aston Villa

1937 First Baseball camp at Aston Villa, Pro league games attracting crowds of 30k

1938 England beat USA in the first World Amateur Championships. School leagues formed.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 06, 2009, 09:29:44 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Cheers folks, so it was pretty special then.

Has there ever been a game when both pitchers have pitched no-hitters? Or even come close?


IIRC it's nigh on impossible as the odds are high that if both pitched no hitters the score would be 0-0 after 9 innings and would go into extra innings, so it wouldn't qualify as a complete game as relief pitchers would appear at some stage. If that makes sense and I remember everything right. I'm sure there have been pitchers who pitched 9 hitless innings but don't have a no hitter given them as the score finished 0-0. I'm so glad I started trying to explain, i'm confusing myself now.


This is true, but there is always the slight possibility that this could happen (no hitter, not a perfect game) and the winning run could get walked in.

You may lose 1-0, but there was no H

I doubt it has ever happened though.

Also, if it is 9 innings in, and you haven't given up a hit yet, there is NO WAY anyone is taking you out of a game.


Here's the closest that there's been to a double no-no

Da Wiki

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On September 9, 1965, Koufax became the sixth pitcher of the modern era to throw a perfect game, the first by a left-hander since 1880. The game was Koufax's fourth no-hitter, setting a Major League record (subsequently broken by Nolan Ryan). Koufax struck out 14 batters, the most recorded in a perfect game. The game also featured a quality performance by the opposing pitcher, Bob Hendley of the Cubs. Hendley pitched a one-hitter and allowed only two batters to reach base. Both pitchers had no-hitters intact until the seventh inning.

In one of baseball's great statistical and score-keeping anomalies, this has been the only nine-inning major league game where both teams combined for one hit. The game's only run, scored by the Dodgers, was unearned. The Dodger run was scored without a recorded at bat—Lou Johnson walked, reached second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third, and scored when the throw to get him out at third went wild


Movin' on....... apparently there's some minor series of games starting in the Bronx tonight.

Can the Sox stretch there season record against the Highlanders to 9 - 0 ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 07, 2009, 07:42:13 AM
Oh well, guess not then

Sox 6, Highlanders 13
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 07, 2009, 11:59:17 AM
oh, they played last night?

I must have missed it....


was it a good game?

How did Texeria do? The guy who the Sox GM said was now cursing the yankees.  The one on the all star team.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 09, 2009, 09:11:25 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
oh, they played last night?

I must have missed it....


was it a good game?

How did Texeria do? The guy who the Sox GM said was now cursing the yankees.  The one on the all star team.


I think they must have called the games off........ or maybe I'm just blanking them out
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 09, 2009, 03:53:59 PM
oh, they are still playing?

I should pay more attention I guess...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 09, 2009, 03:55:35 PM
btw, I felt bad for that young Japanese kid.

Poor guy got put into probably the most stressfull situation that any player in the majors will face this year.

First major league game.

Only to give up the game winner in the 15th to arguably the best player in the game.

I hope someone told him he did a good job regardless.

Because other than that HR he did.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 09, 2009, 03:56:42 PM
WAIT!

I take it back.

I think the sox should put him on Waivers...












(I like the guy and we could use a new starter)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 12, 2009, 11:23:45 AM
Advice for Kevin Youkilis:

If you decide to charge the mound at a pitcher who is half your weight, don't let him turn the tables on you and throw you on your ass.  Also, never, never throw your helmet at the pitcher when you are charging.

HAHAHAHA
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 12, 2009, 01:12:02 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Advice for Kevin Youkilis:

If you decide to charge the mound at a pitcher who is half your weight, don't let him turn the tables on you and throw you on your ass.  Also, never, never throw your helmet at the pitcher when you are charging.

HAHAHAHA


I watched that as well.

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As Youk started out I was thinking that he was going to pummel Porcello, but that was a great sidestep and take-down by the pitcher.

Luckily Porcello didn't go all "Nolan Ryan" on Youk !!

Nolan Ryan v Robin Ventura (http://www.cylive.com/viewRow.do?rowid=28827&tableid=22548&p=1&t=&vt=&q=) (poor quality video but its the best I can find)

NB - Nolan Ryan was 46 at the time. 20 years older than Ventura !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 18, 2009, 07:44:56 AM
Pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4403920) signs for the Washington Nationals for $15.1m over four years.

Thanks to the draft system operated by Major League Baseball (and the other professional US sports), Strasburg had to sign with the Nationals or sit out until next year's draft. He was not allowed to go to the team of his choice and he was not allowed to go to the team that offered him the most money.

If Strasburg had been born in another part of the world he could have signed for the highest bidder (as happens with Cuban defectors).

In my opinion, the draft system is a restraint of trade. I'm amazed that it hasn't been overturned by legal action.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on August 18, 2009, 08:52:44 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
In my opinion, the draft system is a restraint of trade. I'm amazed that it hasn't been overturned by legal action.


I like the draft system partly for it providing a socialist lifeboat in an ocean of capitalism but also as it does seem to help to prevent the same domination by a small cabal we endure here and in Europe in football.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 18, 2009, 12:02:53 PM
I have to be honest, I love the idea of a draft.

I think it helps to keep the playing field level.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 18, 2009, 01:44:01 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
I have to be honest, I love the idea of a draft.

I think it helps to keep the playing field level.


But why should Strasburg get less money as an American baseball phenom than he would if he was say, a British baseball phenom (not that there's been one since Bobby Thomson !!) ?

The draft system seems to go against the normal US principles of business
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 19, 2009, 03:42:46 AM
well yeah, there are errors in the system.  I think everyone should have to go into the draft, whether you are cuban, american, or whatever...

The idea behind the draft is a good one.  Could it be better? yeah, but the idea is good.

Going against the normal US prinicples of business? I mean... sure... whatever that means.

This is baseball.

If there was no draft every year the top prospects would go to the Yankees, Dodgers, Mets and Redsox.

This allows for the smaller teams to compete as well.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 19, 2009, 07:51:36 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


If there was no draft every year the top prospects would go to the Yankees, Dodgers, Mets and Redsox.

This allows for the smaller teams to compete as well.


Has someone explained this to the Pittsburgh Pirates ?

Also, wouldn't it be good to see Strasburg pitching in meaningful games rather than for the Natinals ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 19, 2009, 12:37:46 PM
yeah, I would love to have this Strasburg cat on my team.  No doubt!

But to a Nationals fan, Nationals games are meaningful.

To a Padres fan, Padres games are meaningful.
To a Royals fan, Royals games are meaningful.
To a Cardinals fan, Cardinals games are meaningful.

To a Pirates fan, Pirates games are... Well there is one exception...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 22, 2009, 01:07:40 PM
I HATE when my favorite team gives up 11 runs to their arch-rivals!!!










But it does help when they score 20 runs on 23 hits and win 20-11!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 09, 2009, 11:05:07 AM
(http://cache-foo.gawkerassets.com/gawker/assets/images/11/2009/09/340x_stinkypujols.jpg)

And congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates on their 17th consecutive losing season
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on September 09, 2009, 12:52:07 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
And congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates on their 17th consecutive losing season


Why thank you.   We didn't want to get too greedy, the City of Champions is already home to the Stanely Cup and the Vince Lombardi Superbowl trophies, a third would have been taking the piss.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 20, 2009, 08:09:23 PM
Daily Mail - Twitter Clamp Down (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1214734/Trick-Tweet-Twitter-launches-crackdown-millions-duped-fake-accounts.html)

Quote
Twitter has decided to act after Tony La Russa, the coach of an obscure American baseball team, launched a legal action over a fake account. He claimed that postings in which he appeared to make light of the death of two of his players had been ‘hurtful’.


That "obscure baseball team" will be your 10 time World Series champion St Louis Cardinals.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on September 22, 2009, 12:23:57 AM
Obscure baseball team?!?!?!

The Cardinals?!?!

WOW....



Anyways, I am REALLY glad that the yankees decided this was the best time to take their foot off the gas.

Great....
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 22, 2009, 01:26:57 AM
I can't remember... did I ever get round to picking a team to support?

I want a team that's not particularly fashionable but still not complete shite and has a long and proud history, a bit like Da Bears and Villa. Preferably it should be one that hasn't relocated 75 times.

Any ideas?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 22, 2009, 01:28:27 AM
Just reading above, about Pittsburgh's lengthy bad run of form. Does baseball have a draft and salary cap to try to prevent the same teams winning / losing every year?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on September 22, 2009, 01:30:41 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I can't remember... did I ever get round to picking a team to support?

I want a team that's not particularly fashionable but still not complete shite and has a long and proud history, a bit like Da Bears and Villa. Preferably it should be one that hasn't relocated 75 times.

Any ideas?


Up until  a few years ago the Red Sox were the team I figured were most like Villa. I suppose you could go for the Cubbies. for the past 90 odd years they make small heath look successful!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 22, 2009, 01:55:12 AM
I don't want somebody completely rubbish though! The Red Sox seem a bit to successful and popular for my liking.

I'm quite tempted by the Brewers cos their name makes me think of beer. Are they any good?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 22, 2009, 08:55:45 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Just reading above, about Pittsburgh's lengthy bad run of form. Does baseball have a draft and salary cap to try to prevent the same teams winning / losing every year?


There's a draft system that means that "theoretically" the best young players should go to the worst teams. However, unlike in the NFL, it could be several years before such players are ready for the Major Leagues.

There's no salary cap as such but there is a "revenue sharing" scheme which means that small-market teams (ie with less TV and advertising revenue) get money from a central pot to add to their salary budget.

However, in the case of the Pirates.....

1) They're absolutely shit at identifying good young players
2) They received $40m in "revenue sharing" this season but spent only $20m on players salaries.


Although the Pirates have a 17 season losing streak, they're way behind the Philadelphia Phillies in terms of futility.

The Phillies snuck over .500 in 1932 (78 wins & 76 losses). However, surrounding that year they had 30 consecutive losing seasons !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 22, 2009, 09:02:26 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I don't want somebody completely rubbish though! The Red Sox seem a bit to successful and popular for my liking.

I'm quite tempted by the Brewers cos their name makes me think of beer. Are they any good?


The Brewers are reasonably good (in fact very good last year), with a great ballpark and fans (one of my best friends is a season ticket holder).

They also have the greatest baseball broadcaster of them all

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Post by: pmarachi on September 22, 2009, 11:59:53 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I don't want somebody completely rubbish though! The Red Sox seem a bit to successful and popular for my liking.

I'm quite tempted by the Brewers cos their name makes me think of beer. Are they any good?


But you wan't a team that is in a city you would actually want to visit and maybe catch a game.

Eliminating the Yankees and Redsox as too popular, and eliminating the Dodgers and Giants as teams that moved (although they aren't moving again), you have few choices.


I would consider:

The Angels
The Mets
The Cubs
The White Sox
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 22, 2009, 01:55:22 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Eliminating the Yankees and Redsox as too popular, and eliminating the Dodgers and Giants as teams that moved (although they aren't moving again), you have few choices.


I would consider:

The Angels
The Mets
The Cubs
The White Sox



That was over 50 years ago. Does anyone really care anymore that they originated in Brooklyn and New York ?


For new supporters the Arizona Diamondbacks are a possibility or how about the St Louis Cardinals ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 22, 2009, 10:32:31 PM
After extensive research (ok two minutes Googling) I have decided on my team. They are old like Villa and come from a city I might actually one day visit (if I ever get any money). This is on the basis that my preferred NFL team plays in the same city so I can kill two birds with one stone.

My team is... Chicago White Sox.

So... are we any good?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 22, 2009, 10:36:07 PM
I've thought of another baseball query. I understand teams play absolutely loads of matches, and for lots of consecutive days.

With the sheer size of America, don't they all get knackered with all that travelling? Do they arrange it so that teams play lots of home games in a row then lots of away games in similar places or are they expected to play in Chicago one day, LA the next, Tampa Bay the next? If so baseball must cause more ecological damage than China!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on September 22, 2009, 10:36:47 PM
I believe their fans like to invade the field and attack umpires and players.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on September 22, 2009, 10:42:30 PM
Red Sox fans.

(http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/7003/redsoxfan9bh.jpg)

White Sox fans


(http://assets.espn.go.com/media/mlb/2002/0919/photo/a_attack_i.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 22, 2009, 10:58:33 PM
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
I believe their fans like to invade the field and attack umpires and players.


Oh dear they sound like Blose. Oh well, I've picked them now. They breaks yer 'eart, Tom but...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on September 22, 2009, 11:35:41 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I don't want somebody completely rubbish though! The Red Sox seem a bit to successful and popular for my liking.

I'm quite tempted by the Brewers cos their name makes me think of beer. Are they any good?


The Brewers are reasonably good (in fact very good last year), with a great ballpark and fans (one of my best friends is a season ticket holder).

They also have the greatest baseball broadcaster of them all

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Not to mention the Sausage Race

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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on September 22, 2009, 11:56:27 PM
The White Sox are a good choice.

I mean I hate them, but they are good choice.



And btw, the answer to "Does anyone care about the Giants and Dodgers moving?"

OH YEAH!

People really never let that go.

Both teams left in the exact same year.

In fact, Citifield, the new Mets Ballpark is in fact a tribute t the Dodgers

The Giants and Dodgers fans, most of them at least, had t wait almost 20 years for the Mets to come around to actually root for a team.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 23, 2009, 09:57:27 AM
Quote from: "joe_c"


Not to mention the Sausage Race

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I knew there was video somewhere of Randall Simon actually getting a hit !!!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 23, 2009, 10:00:25 AM
The White Sox have one other reasonably famous fan......

(http://spikesup.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/barack-obama-white-sox1.jpg) (http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2009/05/16/Obama%20on%20sideline%20two-thumb-300x353.jpg)



However they do have the third worst (after Tim McCarver & Joe Morgan) commentator in Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.

Hey Ken, you can shove it up your arse.......... YESSSSSSSS !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 24, 2009, 08:51:30 AM
After years of people trying to save it,Tiger Stadium (http://freep.com/article/20090921/NEWS01/90921062/1050/sports02/Old-Tiger-Stadium-is-no-more) was finally demolished yesterday.

This was one of my favourite ballparks. The overhanging upper deck behind home plate was a great place to watch baseball
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on September 26, 2009, 11:30:37 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
After years of people trying to save it,Tiger Stadium (http://freep.com/article/20090921/NEWS01/90921062/1050/sports02/Old-Tiger-Stadium-is-no-more) was finally demolished yesterday.

This was one of my favourite ballparks. The overhanging upper deck behind home plate was a great place to watch baseball


Never got to see it.

Can you list the best parks you went to and why?

Maybe just your top 3 as a "stadiums to go to before you die" type thing.

(leave out yankee and fenway, because for me that's not a travel type thing)

I would have never thought t go to see Tiger Stadium.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 27, 2009, 01:13:45 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
After years of people trying to save it,Tiger Stadium (http://freep.com/article/20090921/NEWS01/90921062/1050/sports02/Old-Tiger-Stadium-is-no-more) was finally demolished yesterday.

This was one of my favourite ballparks. The overhanging upper deck behind home plate was a great place to watch baseball


Never got to see it.

Can you list the best parks you went to and why?

Maybe just your top 3 as a "stadiums to go to before you die" type thing.

(leave out yankee and fenway, because for me that's not a travel type thing)

I would have never thought t go to see Tiger Stadium.



PNC Park - Pittsburgh

Great ballpark, spectacular views, crap baseball team
(handy for the Warhol Museum and an easy walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge from downtown)

Its right next to Heinz Field as well. On one of my trips I did Baseball on the Saturday afternoon followed by College Football in the evening. Then on the Sunday I was at the NFL game in the afternoon and baseball that night.

Pac Bell / AT&T Park (or whatever its called these days) - San Francisco

Great looking ballpark. However, everythings very expensive.

Petco - San Diego


Its in San Diego...... what else matters


If you haven't been to Wrigley, then thats a must-see. However, its really a dump.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on September 28, 2009, 11:35:01 AM
well, the Yankees took the AL East
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 28, 2009, 08:01:14 PM
I don't know much about baseball but I know I don't like the Yankees.

Man U scum!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 29, 2009, 08:13:46 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I don't know much about baseball but I know I don't like the Yankees.

Man U scum!


It also pisses me off that people here in the UK wear Yankees clothing and haven't got a clue about the team.

A mate of mine wears a Yankees hat regularly and couldn't name a single player
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on September 29, 2009, 06:51:08 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I don't know much about baseball but I know I don't like the Yankees.

Man U scum!


It also pisses me off that people here in the UK wear Yankees clothing and haven't got a clue about the team.

A mate of mine wears a Yankees hat regularly and couldn't name a single player


I see that though around town with White Sox, Dodgers, Mets and Red Sox. Years ago I used to ask if the they liked baseball. I soon stopped bothering.
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Post by: jeff on September 29, 2009, 08:06:56 PM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
I believe their fans like to invade the field and attack umpires and players.


Oh dear they sound like Blose. Oh well, I've picked them now. They breaks yer 'eart, Tom but...


They also had 8 players banned for throwing the world series in about 1919 I beleive.

My mate is a Cubs fan and his bro is a white sox fan. It is such a happy house hold.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: jeff on September 29, 2009, 08:09:23 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I don't know much about baseball but I know I don't like the Yankees.

Man U scum!


It also pisses me off that people here in the UK wear Yankees clothing and haven't got a clue about the team.

A mate of mine wears a Yankees hat regularly and couldn't name a single player


I do own a Yankees top. But then again I am a Yankees fan.

To my defence I didn't know all about the history when I started supporting them.
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Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 29, 2009, 08:19:32 PM
Quote from: "jeff"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
I believe their fans like to invade the field and attack umpires and players.


Oh dear they sound like Blose. Oh well, I've picked them now. They breaks yer 'eart, Tom but...


They also had 8 players banned for throwing the world series in about 1919 I beleive.

My mate is a Cubs fan and his bro is a white sox fan. It is such a happy house hold.


That's one of the few baseball facts I already knew... the old Jewish gangster mentions it in Godfather 2.
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Post by: pmarachi on September 30, 2009, 02:11:01 AM
Quote from: jeff
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I don't know much about baseball but I know I don't like the Yankees.

Man U scum!


It also pisses me off that people here in the UK wear Yankees clothing and haven't got a clue about the team.

A mate of mine wears a Yankees hat regularly and couldn't name a single player


I do own a Yankees top. But then again I am a Yankees fan.

To my defence I didn't know all about the history when I started supporting them.[/quote]


There is nothing wrong with the Yankees history, wear that top proudly.

We have the best owner in the game and possibly the ONLY owner in all of sports that truly cares more about winning than making money.

We aren't a Johnny-come-lately team as much as anyone likes to think so.  We may actually be the opposite of that and the most hated team in sports.  The kind of team other fans hate, but other players want to play for.

We are hated for our passion and for winning too much, while Aryan Nation over in Boston is applauded for being "the peoples team" and routinely do the things they accuse the yankees of (highest beer prices, parking prices, etc.)

We are classy. Plain and Simple.




And by the way, in America, we have front runners and girls wearing baseball hats that can't name a player.

but we just call them Redsox fans

p.s.  The hats are usually PINK!


p.s #2 UK REDSOX Don't get mad!  haha
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 30, 2009, 03:34:32 AM
Uh oh what have I started!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on September 30, 2009, 03:38:44 AM
Notice how much anti Red Sox pm posts. I think this run of being in the Red Sox shadow is getting to him ;-)

Can I still enjoy a 3-0 and you fucked it up chant?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 30, 2009, 08:20:12 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


There is nothing wrong with the Yankees history, wear that top proudly.

We have the best owner in the game and possibly the ONLY owner in all of sports that truly cares more about winning than making money.


I can't argue about the New York Highlanders' history but ............

That owner will be friend of Richard Nixon and convicted felon George Steinbrenner (if you need one reason to hate the Highlanders, there it is).

Despite playing in a publicly funded ballpark the Highlanders have the most expensive ticket prices in baseball
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 01, 2009, 11:49:51 AM
I bet the avg fan gets into Yankee Stadium for a smaller price than Fenway.

My ten game package has a $10 face value.  How many tickets at That little stadium have a $10 face value?

Look, if you live in the UK I don't blame you for being a sox fan.  If you were a sox fan in 2001 I don't blame you for being a sox fan either.

But when you live here, especially in the northeast, it is the ULTIMATE frontrunner team.

I don't think you guys could understand.  I live 30 minutes from yankee stadium, and 3 hours from Fenway.

I never saw a sox hat growing up, and now sox hats outnumber yankee/mets hats 3:1

EVERYWHERE you go, people that you know don't watch baseball are wearing Sox hats.  Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania etc...

It's absurd.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on October 01, 2009, 03:15:40 PM
All I can say pm is i've followed the Red Sox since 97 when we got live baseball on TV here in the UK.

I chose the Red Sox because it seemed they had a great history but shite present and always seemed to cock it up when the big chance came. Made them sound like the Villa so they became my team. Those were the days where Mo Vaughn was the star.

I fully expected to never see them win the World Series.

I've no doubt people have latched onto the Red Sox success, especially in the US (glory hunters if you like) but the Yankees have had that in the UK for as long as i've been following baseball so it's hardly unique.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 02, 2009, 01:18:56 AM
It's not the Sox I hate so much, it's Boston.
If you come over here, come during the season and I will get us Yanks/Sux tickets at the Stadium.

But man, I hate Boston...

I hate the rotary circles
I hate the accents
I hate the cobblestone streets

I hate that their Clam Chowder is white
I hate the big dig
I hate the horrible airport

I hate the Pats (the team almost moved because they had NO fans, then they win the SB, and everyone acts like they always cared... they didn't)

I hate the way they put an Irish Flag and a Shamrock on everything (wrong country guys...)

I hate the Bruins and how they stole the whalers song

I hate BC, Boston College.  It isn't IN Boston and it is a University, not a College.

I hate Harvard, and how they call it Hawvood

I hate Southie and how everyone who lives their is a yuppie living out their hood dreams

I hate the Pizza in the north end
I hate the Celtics and Larry Bird

I hate New Balance sneakers
I hate Samuel Adams beer
I hate the "tall ships"
I hate Quincy Market

I hate the popcorn, and the chips

I hate the way people who live where I live say they live "Right between Bston and New York".  If you are 20 minutes from Manhattan, and 3 hours from Boston, you aren't in between... sorry.


WOW

That felt good!

Don't get me started on New Hampshire!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on October 02, 2009, 01:29:10 AM
Stop sitting on the fence and tell us all whether you like Boston!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on October 02, 2009, 02:25:53 AM
pm doth protest too much, methinks he loves Boston really ;-)

I'd love to take you up on the offer, but if I ever get over to the states i'm pretty sure you can guess where my destination would be!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 02, 2009, 08:37:00 AM
Quote from: "PeterWithesShin"
All I can say pm is i've followed the Red Sox since 97 when we got live baseball on TV here in the UK.

I chose the Red Sox because it seemed they had a great history but shite present and always seemed to cock it up when the big chance came. Made them sound like the Villa so they became my team. Those were the days where Mo Vaughn was the star.

I fully expected to never see them win the World Series.

I've no doubt people have latched onto the Red Sox success, especially in the US (glory hunters if you like) but the Yankees have had that in the UK for as long as i've been following baseball so it's hardly unique.


What he said ^^^^^


I've been a baseball fan since the early '90's from watching John Olerud's quest for .400 on "Screensport" (I think that was the channel's name) but did not settle on Boston as my team until my first visit stateside in 1997.

From then until 2004, all my baseball friends (especially the Highlanders fans) thought I was out of my mind to choose the Red Sox of my own free will as an adult.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 02, 2009, 11:46:44 AM
hey, guys...

Just s you know, I am joking.


(kinda)


HAHAHA

And let's be honest, UK Redsx fan is a bigger sox fan than I am a Yankee fan.

He is in the damn baseball hall of fame!!!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 03, 2009, 12:59:24 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
hey, guys...

Just s you know, I am joking.


(kinda)


HAHAHA

And let's be honest, UK Redsx fan is a bigger sox fan than I am a Yankee fan.

He is in the damn baseball hall of fame!!!


Hopefully we'll get to meet up in NYC one day so I can buy you a hot dog. I'll be the one in the Michael Vick jersey** !!!!


(** seriously, I have actually got a Vick Atlanta Falcons jersey. Going cheap if anyone wants it )
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 03, 2009, 05:53:11 PM
HA!

I had his shoes in like 2004
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on October 03, 2009, 09:56:05 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


Hopefully we'll get to meat up in NYC one day so I can buy you a hot dog.


Oh now. that just HAS to be a gay euphemism.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 04, 2009, 10:58:17 AM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


Hopefully we'll get to meat up in NYC one day so I can buy you a hot dog.


Oh now. that just HAS to be a gay euphemism.


Proof again that us accountant types can't spell !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 06, 2009, 11:29:59 AM
Tigers (Porcello) @ Twins (Baker) today in a winner takes all matchup to see who gets the final playoff spot.

The playoff line up is

American League

New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers or Minnesota Twins
Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels

National League

Colorado Rockies v Philadelphia Phillies
St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Eckybloke on October 07, 2009, 06:19:45 PM
I'm a Yankees fan simply because we went past Yankee Stadium on a boat ride round Manhattan and it looked cool.

So what's the odds on a Yankees/Dodgers final?

Torre looks like he's done well again.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 07, 2009, 09:58:20 PM
Looks like the Phillies will take Game 1 v the Rockies.

Twins beat Tigers last night, so they face the Highlanders
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 08, 2009, 09:28:41 AM
Highlanders looked worryingly good in Game 1
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 08, 2009, 09:32:49 AM
Ted Williams' frozen head used for batting practice (http://www.examiner.com/x-5585-Offbeat-News-Examiner~y2009m10d7-Frozen-Ted-Williams-head-allegedly-used-for-batting-practice)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 08, 2009, 11:52:29 AM
I am still scared of the playoffs and the Twins after last night.

Maybe I am negative, but I see the Yankees losing to the Angels in 5, and a Cardinals/Angels world series.


If I had my wish, it would be a Yankee/Dodgers WS, where Arod hits the walkoff homerun and as he runs the bases he stares down Joe Torre.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pdiddybaby on October 08, 2009, 12:04:52 PM
I like baseball a lot but one thing confuses me, how can they play games like the Phillies yesterday, starting at lunchtime and get a full house.

Can people in the States really get time off work that easy ?

If in football you had a lunchtime KO in the working week we would barely get 20k at VP
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 08, 2009, 01:04:12 PM
Quote from: "pdiddybaby"
I like baseball a lot but one thing confuses me, how can they play games like the Phillies yesterday, starting at lunchtime and get a full house.

Can people in the States really get time off work that easy ?

If in football you had a lunchtime KO in the working week we would barely get 20k at VP



Selling out at any time of the day wouldn't be a problem in the playoffs (apart from Atlanta in the late 90's / early 00's when they got so used to playoff baseball people didn't go to the games)

Not everywhere sells out that easy for regular season games. The Red Sox sell out every game and (before they instituted the ultra-expensive seats) the Highlanders sold out a lot as well.

However, if you fancy watching a game in places like DC, Tampa or Miami, you could be the only one there.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Drummond on October 08, 2009, 03:24:56 PM
'World' Series! hahahahaha

:-)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on October 08, 2009, 07:52:18 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Ted Williams' frozen head used for batting practice (http://www.examiner.com/x-5585-Offbeat-News-Examiner~y2009m10d7-Frozen-Ted-Williams-head-allegedly-used-for-batting-practice)


Quote
The book says the head in the deep freeze was balanced on an empty can of Bumble Bee brand tuna to keep it from sticking to the bottom of its case.

Once, an Alcor employee tried to remove the head from the can by swinging at it with a monkey wrench. The technician missed the can but smacked Williams' head spraying "tiny pieces of frozen head" around the lab, the book says.


The Splendid Splinters :(
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 09, 2009, 11:53:02 AM
if you had a football game with a Monday 1pm kickoff, every NFL team minus 3 or 4 would have a sellout crowd, even if it was just a random game.

Baseball will do it in the playoffs, but there are baseball games on weekdays at 1pm during the regular season pretty much every other week, and for the Yankees and Redsox, they will sell out.

I myself have taken vacation days to go to Yankee games.  

With my old job my boss and I went to every single day game (1 pm start) for two years in a row with, company tickets (right behind home plate).

With the Subway system here it is pretty easy to get in and out.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 09, 2009, 11:55:37 AM
Quote from: "Drummond"
'World' Series! hahahahaha

:-)


Remember its called the "World" Series because Americans ARE that arrogant
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on October 09, 2009, 01:03:13 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Drummond"
'World' Series! hahahahaha

:-)


Remember its called the "World" Series because Americans ARE that arrogant


And I say again, the winners of the World Series probably are justifid in claiming to be the best team in the world.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on October 10, 2009, 05:23:30 AM
MLB also probably has 90+% of the worlds best baseball players in it.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 10, 2009, 01:32:03 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Drummond"
'World' Series! hahahahaha

:-)


Remember its called the "World" Series because Americans ARE that arrogant


so don't watch it.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on October 11, 2009, 01:14:39 PM
Quote from: "joe_c"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Drummond"
'World' Series! hahahahaha

:-)


Remember its called the "World" Series because Americans ARE that arrogant


And I say again, the winners of the World Series probably are justifid in claiming to be the best team in the world.

Maybe. But I've never heard of an England v Scotland football match or England v Australia cricket match in the 19th century being referred to as a World Cup or Series, etc.
The title might have been accurate but would have been unnecessarily arrogant.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: SteveN on October 11, 2009, 07:04:42 PM
I could be wrong but I thought it was called the World Series because at the start it was sponsored by a newspaper called The World.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: HTFCacc2007 on October 11, 2009, 08:48:27 PM
Very interesting game between the Red Sox and Angels. Sox 6-4 up at the top of the 9th, Angels currently 7-6 up now with 2 outs :)

C'mon the Angels :)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on October 11, 2009, 09:01:08 PM
That went very bad very quickly. MLB Gamecast is a very strange way to watch a game.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 12, 2009, 08:34:24 AM
Quote from: "SteveN"
I could be wrong but I thought it was called the World Series because at the start it was sponsored by a newspaper called The World.


I hope that was meant as an ironic post

If not, yep you're wrong
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 12, 2009, 08:35:56 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Drummond"
'World' Series! hahahahaha

:-)


Remember its called the "World" Series because Americans ARE that arrogant


so don't watch it.


I thought it had been cancelled this year.

I've just checked the Red Sox fixture for the rest of October and they don't appear to have any more games. Surely that can't be right !!


PS - luckily I've been away surfing for a few days and didn't see a minute of the ALDS debacle
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: SteveN on October 12, 2009, 08:40:45 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "SteveN"
I could be wrong but I thought it was called the World Series because at the start it was sponsored by a newspaper called The World.


I hope that was meant as an ironic post

If not, yep you're wrong

 
I don't do ironic, I thought I read somewhere that was true but happy to stand corrected.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 12, 2009, 12:08:07 PM
I have to go to Iceland from Thursday to Sunday.

I can't believe I am going to miss one, and maybe two of the ALCS games.


I also have to say that the TBS announcers were crap.
They made Joe Morgan and Joe Buck look good.  I have never heard anything so bad.

They literally knew NOTHING of the players on the field.

I heard this more than once:

"Former Yankee... Contreras at the plate..."

UMMMMMMMMM.... Worng Contreras jackass!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 12, 2009, 12:39:08 PM
Quote from: "SteveN"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "SteveN"
I could be wrong but I thought it was called the World Series because at the start it was sponsored by a newspaper called The World.


I hope that was meant as an ironic post

If not, yep you're wrong

 
I don't do ironic, I thought I read somewhere that was true but happy to stand corrected.


Copied from Snopes to save me writing this out again.

Quote
Somewhere along the way (the earliest citing I've found so far is from 1991), people have picked up the notion that the fall classic, baseball's World Series, is so named not because the victors are considered the world's champions, but because the contest was originally sponsored by the New York World newspaper. Perhaps this belief springs from today's hyper-commercial sporting climate, in which nearly all athletic championships and sports stadiums are named for corporate sponsors, or perhaps it springs from the incongruity of the winners of a contest featuring only teams from North America being declared "world champions," but so prevalent is this erroneous belief that it is now regularly cited as a "fact," despite a complete lack of any supporting evidence.

The New York World never had anything to do with the World Series, however, other than being one of the many newspapers to report the results.


A classic myth of the internet age.

No doubt when the 2009 "World Series" begins the Telegraph and BBC (two organisations who I've moaned at previously) will spout the same "myth" one more.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 13, 2009, 11:49:03 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "SteveN"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "SteveN"
I could be wrong but I thought it was called the World Series because at the start it was sponsored by a newspaper called The World.


I hope that was meant as an ironic post

If not, yep you're wrong

 
I don't do ironic, I thought I read somewhere that was true but happy to stand corrected.


Copied from Snopes to save me writing this out again.

Quote
Somewhere along the way (the earliest citing I've found so far is from 1991), people have picked up the notion that the fall classic, baseball's World Series, is so named not because the victors are considered the world's champions, but because the contest was originally sponsored by the New York World newspaper. Perhaps this belief springs from today's hyper-commercial sporting climate, in which nearly all athletic championships and sports stadiums are named for corporate sponsors, or perhaps it springs from the incongruity of the winners of a contest featuring only teams from North America being declared "world champions," but so prevalent is this erroneous belief that it is now regularly cited as a "fact," despite a complete lack of any supporting evidence.

The New York World never had anything to do with the World Series, however, other than being one of the many newspapers to report the results.


A classic myth of the internet age.

No doubt when the 2009 "World Series" begins the Telegraph and BBC (two organisations who I've moaned at previously) will spout the same "myth" one more.


If the same announcers from the ALDS are calling the game, this will be the least of your worries.

I am almost shocked that they knew which team was which.

I have never seen announcers who knew so little about baseball.  I could have done better job and I know pretty much nothing.
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Post by: cdbullyweefan on October 13, 2009, 07:24:18 PM
Cubs file for bankruptcy. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091012/ts_nm/us_tribune_cubs)

Not exactly sure what this means... will they be kicked out of the league or re-locate, or does it depend who buys the team?
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Post by: Yeltzer on October 14, 2009, 02:40:05 PM
Ok, so I know most of the basics of baseball and enjoy watching on espn. They mentioned in the last Rockies/phillies game about "intentionally walking to first base"

can some kind soul explain a) how this is done and b) what the benefits are to the fielding team

ta
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: damon loves JT on October 14, 2009, 02:42:38 PM
Quote from: "Yeltzer"
Ok, so I know most of the basics of baseball and enjoy watching on espn. They mentioned in the last Rockies/phillies game about "intentionally walking to first base"

can some kind soul explain a) how this is done and b) what the benefits are to the fielding team

ta


It leaves me wondering whether it's possible to walk accidentally to first base. Maybe you meant to walk to third, but got lost
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Post by: usav on October 14, 2009, 03:57:24 PM
Quote from: "Yeltzer"
Ok, so I know most of the basics of baseball and enjoy watching on espn. They mentioned in the last Rockies/phillies game about "intentionally walking to first base"

can some kind soul explain a) how this is done and b) what the benefits are to the fielding team

ta


It means that the team that is fielding (pitching) do not want to pitch to the guy at bat as they suspect he may well clobber the ball out of the park.   They would rather give him a free walk to first (by intentionally pitching wide straight to the catcher), so they can pitch to the next batter instead.

It's a tactic used more often than you would imagine, especially if one or two bases are already loaded with 1 or 2 outs - the theory being that you try and get the next guy out rather than risk a multi-run score.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 14, 2009, 07:40:12 PM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Cubs file for bankruptcy. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091012/ts_nm/us_tribune_cubs)

Not exactly sure what this means... will they be kicked out of the league or re-locate, or does it depend who buys the team?


Remember that this is in the USA. Therefore, by "bankruptcy" they actually mean "bankruptcy protection".

A buyer has been in place for months. Using Chapter 11 will allow the Tribune to sell the Cubs (and Wrigley I assume) without the buyer being liable for any of Tribune's debts.

And no, they won't move or be kicked out of the league. In fact the only effect on the Cubs will be positive. The uncertain situation with Tribune has meant there ability to sign players has been hindered. Once the sale goes through, the Cubs will have money to spend on even more imaginative ways of completely fecking things up.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 15, 2009, 12:51:02 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Cubs file for bankruptcy. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091012/ts_nm/us_tribune_cubs)

Not exactly sure what this means... will they be kicked out of the league or re-locate, or does it depend who buys the team?


in a weird way...

this can actually only help the cubs.

I bet the state would step in and buy them before they let them go anywhere.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Yeltzer on October 16, 2009, 10:07:22 PM
Phillies looking good in game 2 of the NLCS. Glorious day in LA too. Would love a Phillies-Yankees World Series....
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 17, 2009, 08:49:10 AM
Quote from: "Yeltzer"
Phillies looking good in game 2 of the NLCS. Glorious day in LA too. Would love a Phillies-Yankees World Series....


Well they we're....... until they took Pedro out and handed the game over the the bullpen.

I guess Manuel was worried about "doing a Grady Little" by leaving Pedro in there too long. However, he'd only given up something like 2 hits over 87 pitches.

I see that the Highlanders won their first game against the Angels.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: jeff on October 18, 2009, 02:26:44 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


I see that the Highlanders won their first game against the Angels.


and the second!

It could still go all tits up though.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 18, 2009, 03:05:39 PM
Quote from: "jeff"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"


I see that the Highlanders won their first game against the Angels.


and the second!

It could still go all tits up though.


We can only hope !
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 20, 2009, 12:40:13 AM
I would like to point out that I don't root against teams when my team is out.

I may root for a particular team, but I don't root against a team.


As a Yankee fan, I have a little class.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 20, 2009, 10:02:00 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
I would like to point out that I don't root against teams when my team is out.

I may root for a particular team, but I don't root against a team.


As a Yankee fan, I have a little class.



So, if by some cruel twist of fate Small Heath Alliance made the FA Cup final, you're telling me that you wouldn't be wanting them to lose ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Yeltzer on October 21, 2009, 07:48:55 PM
Yankees have a 3-1 lead with 3 to play then. Phillies can seal their second consecutive place in the World Series later tonight.

Phillies-Yankees would be dandy
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: RogerS on October 21, 2009, 08:39:27 PM
Quote from: "Yeltzer"
Yankees have a 3-1 lead with 3 to play then. Phillies can seal their second consecutive place in the World Series later tonight.

Phillies-Yankees would be dandy


Not if your an Angels or a Dodgers fan, it wouldn't!

I watched the Yankees at the Angels last night. Have to say (IMO) the Angels were on the receiving end of some very dodgy refereeing decisions. Bit like watching the Villa really.

Logically, it's looking very much like a Yankees/Phillies World Series, though.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 22, 2009, 09:30:42 AM
Quote from: "RogerS"


I watched the Yankees at the Angels last night. Have to say (IMO) the Angels were on the receiving end of some very dodgy refereeing decisions. Bit like watching the Villa really.

Logically, it's looking very much like a Yankees/Phillies World Series, though.


The standard of post-season umpiring has been terrible.

In the game you mention, both Highlanders'** players were off base when they were tagged, so both should have been out.

The Phillies hammered the Dodgers last night to win the NLCS 4-1 and give them the chance to defend their title (probably against the Highlanders)


(** Just in case anyone's wondering why I call the New York American League team the "Highlanders", I'm just following the tradition of this forum of referring my team's mail enemy/rival by one of their previous names)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 22, 2009, 11:38:26 AM
yeah, the umpiring was terrible, but lets not act like it was one way favring the yankees.

YEah, Swisher should have been tagged out at second.  But they called him safe.

Then when he scored they took the run away and said he didn't tag up.  Which replay shows he definitely did.

Didn't tag up? I mean just say "We made the wrong call earlier and so we didn't want to count the run"

The wierdest part is that despite three or four TERRIBLE calls, neither Scosia (angels coach) or Girardi (Yankees coach) argued any of those calls...

Maybe because it was a blowout, I don't know, but why wouldn't either of them argue any of that?

Also, WOW the strike zones were terrible.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 22, 2009, 11:38:58 AM
yeah, the umpiring was terrible, but lets not act like it was one way favring the yankees.

YEah, Swisher should have been tagged out at second.  But they called him safe.

Then when he scored they took the run away and said he didn't tag up.  Which replay shows he definitely did.

Didn't tag up? I mean just say "We made the wrong call earlier and so we didn't want to count the run"

The wierdest part is that despite three or four TERRIBLE calls, neither Scosia (angels coach) or Girardi (Yankees coach) argued any of those calls...

Maybe because it was a blowout, I don't know, but why wouldn't either of them argue any of that?

Also, WOW the strike zones were terrible.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 22, 2009, 02:44:06 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Then when he scored they took the run away and said he didn't tag up.  Which replay shows he definitely did.

Didn't tag up? I mean just say "We made the wrong call earlier and so we didn't want to count the run"


Tagging up's a bit like off-side, whereby the official is expected to be looking in two places at once.

Its also something that could be easily decided using replay. After all, what does it matter if a game lasts an extra few minutes in order to get the calls right.

Umpiring does seem to have gone down hill since MLB broke the union.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 22, 2009, 02:45:11 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
yeah, the umpiring was terrible, but lets not act like it was one way favring the yankees.


Bloody hell, that Brett guy gets everywhere
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 22, 2009, 05:18:28 PM
Yay Phils.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 23, 2009, 07:51:55 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
Yay Phils.


They celebrated in style !!

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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: RogerS on October 23, 2009, 09:50:53 PM
Some more piss-poor umpiring decisions (for both sides) in game 5 Angels/Yankies last night then?

The Halos hang on to take it back to New York for game 6. I fear they are just postponing the enevitable though.

Anyone else of the opinion that the umpiring has been pretty dire in some of the post season games?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 26, 2009, 08:56:14 AM
The Highlanders finally saw off the Angels last night to set up a World Series against the Phillies.


C'mon Philadelphia !!



For over $1billion, you'd have thought the builders of the new Death Star would have used decent concrete !!

(http://cache-10.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/11/2009/10/500x_articleLarge.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 26, 2009, 11:06:41 AM
I don't think you want to go tit for tat with a yankee stadium vs. fenway convo.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 26, 2009, 11:35:43 AM
It seems that concrete problems in new stadiums are common.

I was at Comerica in Detroit just a few weeks after the ballpark opened and there was crumbling concrete in several places.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 28, 2009, 08:07:37 AM
World Series starts tonight (weather permitting)

So, who's ya got ?

If Cliff Lee can best CC tonight then I wouldn't be surprised to see the Phillies win. However, I've got a horrible feeling that the Highlanders will take the series
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 28, 2009, 09:58:21 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
It seems that concrete problems in new stadiums are common.

I was at Comerica in Detroit just a few weeks after the ballpark opened and there was crumbling concrete in several places.


it's actually because it is cheaper to make concrete with a larger air to solid ratio.

They use less actual concrete, and it is lighter to ship.  So concrete being used now will not last as long as cncrete used 25 years ago, or 50 years ago even.

I read a big article about it a year or so ago.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: puppyfeat on October 28, 2009, 11:03:22 AM
Come on Phillies!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on October 28, 2009, 12:10:36 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
I read a big article about it a year or so ago.


Must have been riveting.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2009, 07:48:50 AM
Game one goes to.............

(http://www.hobartpulp.com/website/april/phanatic1.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Yeltzer on October 29, 2009, 07:50:42 AM
Philadelphia. 6-1.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2009, 08:10:21 AM
To celebrate the start of the World Series, here's a feature on baseball's all-time hottest "WAGs"

Baseball WAGs (http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-28/baseballs-sexiest-teammates#gallery=902;page=1)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2009, 08:24:07 AM
Game 1 highlights (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=7100597)


Cliff Lee makes this World Series lark look easy (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=7100235)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 29, 2009, 10:10:11 AM
I wonder if when Joe Girardi decided to use almost every pitcher in the bulllpen in an already ut of reach game if someone tapped him on the shoulder and said "hey Joe, you know we play tomorrow too, right?"

The guy is horrible.

Even with all the wins, we would have more with pretty much any other manager.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2009, 12:44:02 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
I wonder if when Joe Girardi decided to use almost every pitcher in the bulllpen in an already ut of reach game if someone tapped him on the shoulder and said "hey Joe, you know we play tomorrow too, right?"

The guy is horrible.

Even with all the wins, we would have more with pretty much any other manager.


On the other side, why did Lee go the full nine when the Phillies could have sent anyone out there (even Brad Lidge) for the 9th and still won.

As an aside, I once assisted in the stalking of Joe Girardi whilst he was playing for the Cubs.

A mate's girlfriend had a major crush on Girardi. We were in San Francisco for a Cubs @ Giants game and staked out the team hotel until we got Joe to have his photo taken with her.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 30, 2009, 10:43:33 AM
HAHA

I once went to a wedding and their was a guy who looked like George Steinbrenner (it wasn't him, but he LOOKED just like him).

My friend and I followed him around all night and kept bothering him to take pictures with us.
He played along at first.

But two hours later  the booze was flowing and on pictures 22, 23, 24 etc he started to get annoyed.

My wife was also a little annoyed.

But man, I got some great pictures.

You got to understand!!! HE LOOKED JUST LIKE GEORGE STEINBRENNER!!!

(some of the pics are on my facebook if anyone wants to see)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 02, 2009, 07:51:29 AM
It looks like pmarachi's Highlanders are heading towards the title.

It doesn't look like even A-Rod can balls this up now
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on November 02, 2009, 11:55:05 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
It looks like pmarachi's Highlanders are heading towards the title.

It doesn't look like even A-Rod can balls this up now


I mean seriously, when are people going to realize how good arod is and stop this stuff?

How much more "clutch" do you have to be than this guy has been in this potseason?

Keep in mind, the series is not over.  Cliff Lee is a killer, and then you just need two more.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on November 02, 2009, 11:56:32 AM
Oh, I will be away for work in Orlando FL for the next week, so if the Yankees fall apart and blow it, that's why I won't be posting about it.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 02, 2009, 12:38:31 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


I mean seriously, when are people going to realize how good arod is and stop this stuff?

How much more "clutch" do you have to be than this guy has been in this potseason?


What "stuff"?

I know full well that A-Rod was having a great postseason. However, he (according to ESPNRadio) then became the first player ever to strike out three times in each of the first three games of the World Series.

BTW, I'm a big A-Rod fan back from his days in Seattle (I have the replica jersey to prove it) and would have be very pleased if he had joined the Red Sox (as he wanted to do before the Players' Union vetoed the deal).

He also seems more relaxed and not so image conscious now that his drug use is out in the open. He doesn't have to worry about appearances now and can concentrate on crushing the ball like he did for the Mariners.

Why so jumpy ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Bad English on November 02, 2009, 12:42:16 PM
My single contribution to this thread will be "Could we rename it to 'Baseball'"? That would make my decade.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 03, 2009, 09:51:35 AM
Phillies won game five, so its back to New York now with the Highlanders leading 3-2
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 05, 2009, 07:18:41 AM
Congratulations to pmarachi's Highlanders on winning the 2009 World Series 4 games to 2 over the Phillies.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on November 07, 2009, 05:48:10 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "pmarachi"


I mean seriously, when are people going to realize how good arod is and stop this stuff?

How much more "clutch" do you have to be than this guy has been in this potseason?


What "stuff"?

I know full well that A-Rod was having a great postseason. However, he (according to ESPNRadio) then became the first player ever to strike out three times in each of the first three games of the World Series.

BTW, I'm a big A-Rod fan back from his days in Seattle (I have the replica jersey to prove it) and would have be very pleased if he had joined the Red Sox (as he wanted to do before the Players' Union vetoed the deal).

He also seems more relaxed and not so image conscious now that his drug use is out in the open. He doesn't have to worry about appearances now and can concentrate on crushing the ball like he did for the Mariners.

Why so jumpy ?


Oh, I know you're and arod fan, you have told me in the past.

I thought you were saying it in a mocking tone toward all those supposed Yankee fans that for some reason booed him for the last few years.

That's what I meant.

It drives me nuts when Yankee fans trash the guy.  I mean even after the WS, I heard people saying things like "yeah, well lets see what he does next year" and "Well, his season avg wasn't that good"

I just don't get it?
Why won't these fans just support him?!?

BTW, thanks for the congrats!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 04, 2009, 08:29:13 AM
Red Sox sign Shortstop Marco Scutaro (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091203&content_id=7754398&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

Great news. Scutaro has been one of my favourite players since he was featured in the 2001 documentary about the Minor Leagues, "A Player to be Named Later".

Dustin Pedroia will now not be asked to switch from Second Base to Shortstop
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on December 04, 2009, 11:52:35 AM
I like Scutaro

The Phillies signed Polanco

And the rumor is the Mets asked for info on Matsui.  Nt sure why they would though...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 04, 2009, 12:44:03 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


And the rumor is the Mets asked for info on Matsui.  Nt sure why they would though...


The way the Mets are run, they'll probably sign "Kaz" rather than "Hideki" !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 15, 2009, 02:03:02 PM
No doubt you're all paying close attention to the off season baseball moves but just in case there's a few who aren't, here's a summary


Completed Trade
Curtis Granderson - Tigers to Yankees
Edwin Jackson - Tigers to D'Backs
Ian Kennedy - Yankees to D'Backs
Prospects - Yankees & D'Backs to Tigers

Expected Trade (EDIT - Cancelled due to Lowell being injured)
Mike Lowell - Red Sox to Rangers
Max Ramirez - Rangers to Red Sox

Expected Trade (this is the biggy!!) (EDIT - Now Confirmed)
Roy Halladay - Blue Jays to Phillies
Cliff Lee - Phillies to Mariners
Prospects - Phillies & Mariners to Blue Jays

The first time ever that two Cy Young Award winners (ie Halladay and Lee) have in effect been traded for each other.


Expected Free Agent Signings
John Lackey - Angels to Red Sox (EDIT - Now Confirmed)
Hideki Matsui - Yankees to Angels (EDIT - Now Confirmed)
Mike Cameron - Brewers to Red Sox (EDIT - Now Confirmed)

Still in Limbo
Jason Bay
Matt Holliday
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on December 20, 2009, 01:53:35 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
No doubt you're all paying close attention to the off season baseball moves but just in case there's a few who aren't, here's a summary


Completed Trade
Curtis Granderson - Tigers to Yankees
Edwin Jackson - Tigers to D'Backs
Ian Kennedy - Yankees to D'Backs
Prospects - Yankees & D'Backs to Tigers

Expected Trade
Mike Lowell - Red Sox to Rangers
Max Ramirez - Rangers to Red Sox

Expected Trade (this is the biggy!!) (EDIT - Now Confirmed)
Roy Halladay - Blue Jays to Phillies
Cliff Lee - Phillies to Mariners
Prospects - Phillies & Mariners to Blue Jays

The first time ever that two Cy Young Award winners (ie Halladay and Lee) have in effect been traded for each other.


Expected Free Agent Signings
John Lackey - Angels to Red Sox (EDIT - Now Confirmed)
Hideki Matsui - Yankees to Angels (EDIT - Now Confirmed)
Mike Cameron - Brewers to Red Sox (EDIT - Now Confirmed)

Still in Limbo
Jason Bay
Matt Holliday


you missed Phil Coke Yankees to Dbacks

And this is the one I am upset about from that same Granderson trade: Austin Jackson is gone too!!!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 21, 2009, 10:38:27 AM
Completed Trade
One man's problem (Bradley) - Cubs to Mariners
Another man's problem (Silva) - Mariners to Cubs
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on December 22, 2009, 11:32:55 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Complete Trade
One man's problem (Bradley) - Cubs to Mariners
Another man's problem (Silva) - Mariners to Cubs


this has regret and relief written all over it...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 06, 2010, 09:55:01 AM
Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson retires after a 22 year career. (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4799462)

Not a cuddly personality but a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer

How hard did the Unit throw ?

Well, just ask this dove !!

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Matt Holliday re-signs with the Cardinals for 7 years and $120m (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4799313). Now they have to work on a contract extension for Albert Pujols.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 07, 2010, 12:59:25 AM
I don't understand how someone can get into the baseball hall of fame on the SECOND try.

I mean do these players get BETTER between voting?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 07, 2010, 01:41:49 AM
Just ordered my Yankee tickets.  

Is it time for the season to start yet?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 07, 2010, 08:42:23 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
I don't understand how someone can get into the baseball hall of fame on the SECOND try.

I mean do these players get BETTER between voting?


What ? Have you forgot all those home runs Andre Dawson hit during the 2009 season ?


The HOF elections always amaze me. As far as I'm concerned, BBWA voting** should be a one-and-done system. A player is either a HOF'r or they're not

(** I've no problem with some kind of Veteran's Committee to correct the worst omissions. However, their decisions can be just as mystifying)

With regard to this year's elections.

Andre Dawson was elected but as far as I'm concerned he was nowhere near as good as Tim Raines, who wasn't.

As for the failure to elect Roberto Alomar in his first year or eligibility. This can only be due to some voters seeking to punish him again for the Hirschbeck incident, for which he served his ban and for which Hirschbeck has forgiven him to such an extent that he publicly endorsed Alomar's candidacy.

Alomar's the best second baseman since Joe Morgan.

I expect that Alomar and Bert "Be Home" Blyleven will be enshrined next year.

The lack of support for the Crime Dog surprised me. Maybe it was because he only hit 493 home runs rather than crossing the 500 threshold or maybe its because voters didn't look closely enough at his career and failed to see how consistently good he was.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 07, 2010, 12:22:07 PM
Hirschbeck actually lives in the town I grew up in.  He used to come to the Italian Delli I worked at when I was like 14 years old.  He was a really really nice guy.


I agree.  It's like these writers feel they need to make people wait or something.  It should be a one and done.

But they als are turning it into a Hall of Allstars.

What do you think?

I think Hall of Famers should be like no brainers.

You should be able to just hear the name and KNOW right off the bat "yea! this guy is HOF"
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 07, 2010, 02:28:10 PM
Some HOF's are no-brainers

As long as no steroid related stuff comes up in the next five years, Maddux, Glavine, Unit, Pedro and Biggio should be first ballot elections.

Roberto Alomar should have fallen into this category as well.

However, so candidates require more thought/analysis, eg Edgar, Crime Dog, Schilling etc

Then there's the whole steroid group to consider (Barry, Rocket, Sammy, Raffy, Big Mac etc)

The problem is that the HOF is decided upon be just the writers. I know that rules have been relaxed now so that web based writers can join the BBWAA but they still seem to be deliberately excluding those writers who lean towards statistical analysis.

16 out of 18 web based writers up for consideration in 2007 were let in (why Gammons had to wait until that point is beyond me) but the organisation chose to exclude Rob Neyer and Keith Law, ie the two most stat orientated writers.


Regards

UK Redsox - Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame Inaugural Class of 2001
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 07, 2010, 09:39:05 PM
my take is that if its not a no brainer, you shouldn't be in the hall of fame.

The steroid era players are gonna cause some interesting debate though...

I have never been to the hall of fame, which is odd, considering I live like 15 miles out of NYC and it couldn't be more than 4 hours away from me.


That is awesome that you are in the HOF.

Just out of curiousity, does that honor award you any benefit as far as going to games?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 08, 2010, 08:50:39 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"



That is awesome that you are in the HOF.

Just out of curiousity, does that honor award you any benefit as far as going to games?


Although I did get to give a speech during the 2001 HOF Induction weekend it was in the museum theatre rather than on the main stage.

However, the only lasting benefit is that there's one page profile about me in the Hall of Fame Library. However, its not on display and you have to ask to see it.

I know its there because a friend asked to see it during a visit to Cooperstown last year.



A mate of mine who was inducted the same day does however have a great baseball related benefit that he was given by the Umpires.

Players with more than a certain number of years service (ten I think), umpires and some team officials are given a "Gold Pass" that gets them into any MLB game for free. My mate negotiated a marketing deal for the umpires to meet with fans/corporate sponsors before games (for a fee of course). In thanks for this the umpires arranged for MLB to issue my mate a "Gold Pass".

As far as I'm aware its the only one ever issued to someone who didn't work directly in/for MLB.

The seats that the pass gets are normally great (usually in the scouts or player's family sections). I've been lucky enough to benefit several times.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 11, 2010, 09:51:48 AM
Derek Jeter to marry Minka Kelly (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/baseball/mlb/01/10/jeter.wedding.ap/index.html)


(http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/news/00029183.jpg)

OK, so its not quite DiMaggio marrying Monroe, but its close.

Jeter's had his pick of the world's finest beauties over the years (inc Mariah Carey, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson plus at least one Miss Universe) but I can't argue with his final choice

(http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/images/10/28/minka-kelly.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 12, 2010, 07:15:49 AM
Mark McGwire 'fesses up at last that he took steroids ........ but only for medical reasons of course




NB - He's only doing this now because he has a job with the Cardinals this coming season.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 18, 2010, 03:06:37 PM
Jose Offerman loses it

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FF to 45 seconds for the punch

Not much contact there
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on January 18, 2010, 08:14:48 PM
What team is that, the ground looks empty?

Does Birmingham City have a baseball franchise?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on January 19, 2010, 05:52:41 AM
Shouldn't that clip be in the WWE thread, it looked about as real as their punches are!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 19, 2010, 08:08:46 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
What team is that, the ground looks empty?

Does Birmingham City have a baseball franchise?


It was a Dominican Winter League game. Offerman has now been banned for life from baseball in that country
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 22, 2010, 12:42:04 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
What team is that, the ground looks empty?

Does Birmingham City have a baseball franchise?


It was a Dominican Winter League game. Offerman has now been banned for life from baseball in that country


so he's gonna miss out on the big bucks...



Hey, just throwing this out there...

If anyone on this board/thread plans on coming to NYC this summer and wants to go to a Yankee game, let me know.  I will definitely extend the invite to anyone who wants to go bleachers and sit with me and my friends.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 02, 2010, 02:02:18 PM
Any of you who accidentally stumbled upon baseball on Five will have heard Jon Miller commentating

He's just been elected to the Hall of Fame

http://community.baseballhall.org/Page.aspx?pid=627
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 12, 2010, 10:14:36 AM
Tom Glavine has announced his retirement.

This means that only John Smoltz is left from the great Atlanta Braves rotation of the '90's (and he currently is an unsigned Free Agent)

Frank "The Big Hurt" Thomas has also retired.

Both can start writing speeches for their Hall of Fame induction because they're certs for Cooperstown
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: tim on February 20, 2010, 09:48:25 AM
Hey 'those in the know'.
I'm going to be in San Francisco in April for a few days - 3rd to the 8th and wondered if there is any baseball on to watch - would love to go to a  game but obviously only being there a few days limits what's available. Any suggestions?
Also any NFL type action to check out around the same time?
Thanks in advance...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 20, 2010, 10:03:24 AM
The regular season starts in April

Oakland are playing at home 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th April.

You'll have no trouble getting a ticket to see them play.

Their ballpark is very easy to get to on the "BART" (ie light rail system). It has its own station.

On Sat 3rd April San Francisco are playing at Oakland in a pre-season game.


Link for tickets

http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=oak


The NFL and College football seasons are over now
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: tim on February 22, 2010, 05:38:11 PM
Good info, thanks. We don't have much of a plan as yet but it'll be great if we can fit a game in, I'll check that link out now...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 22, 2010, 11:41:41 PM
Yanks get Chan Ho Park for 1.2  Which I consider a steal.

Damon goes to the Tigers, which he now claims was his first choice all along 5 years ago.

I still love Johnny, but c'mon maaaannnn
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 23, 2010, 07:19:55 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"

Damon goes to the Tigers, which he now claims was his first choice all along 5 years ago.

I still love Johnny, but c'mon maaaannnn


Now known as the "Craig Gardner History Revision Theory"
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 04, 2010, 08:41:37 AM
Spring Training games have begun.

Currently listening to Mets @ Braves from yesterday via MLB.com.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: tim on March 10, 2010, 07:38:24 PM
Hello again 'those in the know',
Thanks for your previous info, I also found this - worth going to does anyone think?
 http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?orgid=2139&agency=MLB&pid=6679205
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 11, 2010, 01:56:16 AM
Quote from: "tim"
Hello again 'those in the know',
Thanks for your previous info, I also found this - worth going to does anyone think?
 http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?orgid=2139&agency=MLB&pid=6679205


should be a cool game to check out.  Interleague play, on a sunday, noon start.

You may be able to get these tickets pretty cheap on stubhub.com from some season ticket holders.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 11, 2010, 08:37:28 AM
Quote from: "tim"
Hello again 'those in the know',
Thanks for your previous info, I also found this - worth going to does anyone think?
 http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?orgid=2139&agency=MLB&pid=6679205


Remember that's a pre-season "Spring Training" warm up game, so some (if not most) of the main players may be missing. However, it should be a great opportunity to see one of the best ballparks at a cheap price.

Hopefully you'll get to see one of my new favorite players, Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval

(http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2009/writers/ted_keith/08/12/nl.wildcard/pablo-sandoval.jpg) (http://rootzoo.com/uploads/group_photo_uploads/12475974481149902133.jpg)

Proof once again that baseball is the game for us fat buggers
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 11, 2010, 10:06:39 AM
No more Nomar (http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb/news/story?id=4981701)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 15, 2010, 01:03:28 AM
so, myself and about 15 friends are going to the Yankees game on April 16th (section 203 of course) and my one good friend, Khalid Washin-better not type it, is going to propose to his girlfriend on the screen in the 7th inning stretch!

Such a horribly great idea...

I can't wait.



(and yes, I plan on being one of the 50,000 people chanting "just say no! just say no!")
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 15, 2010, 01:07:12 AM
Make sure to post the vid on here... unless she says yes, obviously!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 16, 2010, 10:26:01 AM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
Make sure to post the vid on here... unless she says yes, obviously!


Oh! I will!

He asked us "Do you think it's a good idea?"

My wife said no, My friends girlfriends said no, my mother and sister said no.

Of course we told him YES!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 16, 2010, 12:42:17 PM
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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 16, 2010, 12:44:07 PM
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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: tim on March 17, 2010, 08:15:08 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "tim"
Hello again 'those in the know',
Thanks for your previous info, I also found this - worth going to does anyone think?
 http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?orgid=2139&agency=MLB&pid=6679205


Remember that's a pre-season "Spring Training" warm up game, so some (if not most) of the main players may be missing. However, it should be a great opportunity to see one of the best ballparks at a cheap price.

Hopefully you'll get to see one of my new favorite players, Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval


Cool - got ourselves a couple of tickets for this. Not too concerned about the possiblity of some main players missing due to not knowing enough about baseball to really know who they are anyway! Basically just looking forward to checking out a great park and experiencing something new. Should be a good afternoon..!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 19, 2010, 08:06:35 AM
Is anyone playing any Fantasy Baseball this season ?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 20, 2010, 11:48:30 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Is anyone playing any Fantasy Baseball this season ?


I've never done a fantasy league of any kind.

If I did do one, it would be football (of either variety), as they have fewer games and it is weekly.

Baseball seems like it would be WAY too much work just to keep up since they play pretty much every single day.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 21, 2010, 10:09:32 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


Baseball seems like it would be WAY too much work just to keep up since they play pretty much every single day.


Rather than keeping his best five starters, one of my mates adds/drops pitchers everyday depending on who's starting.

He's retired, so he's got the time but I'd never be able to keep a track of what was going on using that method.

However, it seems to work. He won two years ago and was runner up last year (topped the regular season standing but lost the playoff final).
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 25, 2010, 10:57:50 AM
Phil Hughes is the 5th Yankees starter.

Joba to the Bullpen.

And will probably take Mo's place when Mo retires as the best closer of all time.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 25, 2010, 01:50:55 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Phil Hughes is the 5th Yankees starter.

Joba to the Bullpen.

And will probably take Mo's place when Mo retires as the best closer of all time.


Why has it taken the Highlanders this long to figure out that Joba's not cut out to be a starter ?

Joba is to Mo now, as Mo was to John Wetteland
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 26, 2010, 01:35:58 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Phil Hughes is the 5th Yankees starter.

Joba to the Bullpen.

And will probably take Mo's place when Mo retires as the best closer of all time.


Why has it taken the Highlanders this long to figure out that Joba's not cut out to be a starter ?

Joba is to Mo now, as Mo was to John Wetteland


Well I think the problem is that people have this attitude that being a starter is all that matters.

But in reality, a solid setup man who can do your 7th and 8th every time (with mo at 9th) means a whole lot too.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 31, 2010, 01:50:33 PM
The season starts this weekend, so who's ya got ????

My predictions.................

AL East - Highlanders
AL Central - Twins
AL West - Angels (would have chosen the Mariners until they signed Milton Bradley)
AL Wild Card - Red Sox

NL East - Phillies
NL Central - Cardinals
NL West - Rockies
NL Wild Card - Dodgers

World Series - Highlanders over Rockies (but hopefully not!!)


NL MVP - Albert Pujols
NL MVP (Non-Albert Division) - Troy Tulowitzki

AL MVP - Joe Mauer

NL Cy Young - Roy Halladay
AL Cy Young - Zach Greinke
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on April 01, 2010, 11:35:32 AM
AL East - Yankees
AL Central - Tigers
AL West - Angels
AL Wild Card - Twins  (I would have gone sox, but I wanted to make our predictions different)

NL East - Phillies
NL Central - Cardinals
NL West - Rockies
NL Wild Card - Braves

World Series - Yankees/Phillies

Winner: Phillies
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on April 01, 2010, 11:56:03 AM
The Royals to win the lot.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 05, 2010, 03:47:24 PM
The Sox come from behind to defeat the Yankees 9-7 in  the season's curtain opener.

Most other teams start their season today beginning at about 6pm BST. Live in the UK on ESPNAmerica (if you're signed up to ESPN for their Premier League games, you'll get this channel as well) and on MLB.com
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 05, 2010, 10:03:38 PM
Candidate for defensive play of the year already

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(Video by my mate Penfold in the USA)

Welcome to the big leagues Jason Heyward. Baseball's most hyped hitting prospect homers in his first Major League at bat

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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 05, 2010, 10:16:18 PM
Two home runs today for Albert Pujols.

By the time his career is over I think he'll rank as the second greatest player ever after Babe Ruth

(NB - unless Albert also becomes a MLB calibre pitcher, he'll never oust the Babe from the number 1 slot)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on April 14, 2010, 11:31:32 AM
Been gone a few weeks.

Went to Boston and caught two Yankee games at Fenway and then went with the wife and son to Tampa for- ummm I mean Disney world in Orlando.

(and maybe my first time in Tampa for one Yankee Rays games before going to Miami)

My first home game is on Friday.

Which is the one my friend is going to propose at.

hahahaha
What a horribly great idea!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on April 17, 2010, 02:08:08 PM
New pics up on my facebook from Yankee Stadium courtesy of my wife, who goes to like 1 game a year and takes 200 pics.

Her going to one game a year means I kind of miss the actual game once a year...

Going back on Sunday to properly watch the game.

Oh, and my friend got engaged, message on the HUGE screen in front of the entire cheering stadium.  I got pics of that up too.

Unfortunately no one booed or screamed "just say no" or anything, which is kind of a shame...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 17, 2010, 06:23:05 PM
Brings back memories of when the lions got married at Villa Park (before Bella had all the "work" done !!)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 17, 2010, 06:23:05 PM
Brings back memories of when the lions got married at Villa Park (before Bella had all the "work" done !!)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 18, 2010, 02:36:30 PM
Signs of intelligent life at Yankee Stadium

(http://cache-03.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/11/2010/04/500x_nickjohnsonalien.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on April 28, 2010, 01:40:52 AM
So the season has been moving along quite well.

Vasquez has been a disaster.

But I really can't complain...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 28, 2010, 08:22:10 AM
Get well soon to Bob Uecker (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100427&content_id=9609948&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

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I was lucky enough to meet Bob in Milwaukee a few years back.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 28, 2010, 08:29:38 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
So the season has been moving along quite well.

Vasquez has been a disaster.

But I really can't complain...


Bringing in Vasquez was a surprise to me. He wasn't really any good the last time he played in da Bronx.

It appears that the Sox have started to get their act together at last but I don't know how much longer they can keep faith in Big Papi.

With JD struggling as well, they're lacking thump in the lineup. Someone like Adrian Gonzalez is needed desperately but the Padres' good start means that there's no way they'll trade him at the moment.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 05, 2010, 08:56:56 AM
Farewell to baseball radio legend Ernie Harwell, dead at 92

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5163285



Ernie was so good on the radio that the Brooklyn Dodgers actually traded a player to Atlanta to obtain his services.

From the golden age of baseball on the radio (the era of Mel Allen, Red Barber, Harry Carey, Curt Gowdy et al), only Vin Scully of the LA (formerly Brooklyn) Dodgers now remains.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on May 05, 2010, 03:43:40 PM
I was excited to see this thread and then remembered I'm a Cubs fan. Not having the best season so far lol. Maybe I'll reply in July...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 06, 2010, 07:55:04 AM
Quote from: "H00513R"
I was excited to see this thread


Wow, no ones ever been excited to see one of my threads before, apart maybe from one's that contain excessive use of photos of Maria Kirilenko.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on May 06, 2010, 03:40:51 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "H00513R"
I was excited to see this thread


Wow, no ones ever been excited to see one of my threads before, apart maybe from one's that contain excessive use of photos of Maria Kirilenko.


There...this should do it:

(http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/449/mariakirilenko01.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 07, 2010, 07:52:32 AM
Welcome my Hoosier friend, that is the kind of response that will serve you well on H&V.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 07, 2010, 07:53:49 AM
Farewell to Robin Roberts

Phillies great dies aged 83 (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100506&content_id=9840888&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on May 07, 2010, 08:01:27 AM
One of the good things about being here in Oz is that when they show the MLB over here it's at a reasonable hour (lunchtime) so I'm starting to get back into it again.

Watched the Rays/Mariners game yesterday - Seattle not doing too well at the moment it seems!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 07, 2010, 08:09:42 AM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
One of the good things about being here in Oz is that when they show the MLB over here it's at a reasonable hour (lunchtime) so I'm starting to get back into it again.

Watched the Rays/Mariners game yesterday - Seattle not doing too well at the moment it seems!


With all the changes they made during the off-season, the Mariners were a popular pick to win the AL West. However, despite their excellent pitching (on paper at least), their chances are hurt by a batting lineup that lacks thump.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 07, 2010, 08:12:18 AM
Looks like my Sox might be getting their act together at last by sweeping the "Los Angeles Juan Pablos of Anaheim".

Next up, a weekend series against some bunch of nobodies from the Bronx.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on May 07, 2010, 08:15:17 AM
Excellent pitching was ok until the 8th, then they replaced Cliff with someone else and he was fucking useless.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 07, 2010, 08:33:50 AM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Excellent pitching was ok until the 8th, then they replaced Cliff with someone else and he was fucking useless.


To be fair to the Mariners, they were playing the Rays, who are the best team at the moment
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on May 07, 2010, 01:26:04 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Looks like my Sox might be getting their act together at last by sweeping the "Los Angeles Juan Pablos of Anaheim".

Next up, a weekend series against some bunch of nobodies from the Bronx.


That will be a better test as the Angels are complete and utter rubbish at the moment.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 08, 2010, 10:46:47 AM
Quote from: "usav"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Looks like my Sox might be getting their act together at last by sweeping the "Los Angeles Juan Pablos of Anaheim".

Next up, a weekend series against some bunch of nobodies from the Bronx.


That will be a better test as the Angels are complete and utter rubbish at the moment.


First game didn't go too well for the Sox
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 09, 2010, 10:57:06 AM
OK, this season's shot already

Paul, you have permission to gloat
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 10, 2010, 07:32:07 AM
The A's Dallas Braden pitches just the 19th "Perfect Game" in MLB history. 27 up and 27 down.

Not only that, he did it against the Tampa Rays, the best team in baseball.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7936873


Take that A-Rod !! (http://news.bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/other_mlb/view/20100510alex_rodriguez_sticks_out_on_dallas_bradens_big_day/srvc=home&position=recent)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 12, 2010, 11:53:30 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
The A's Dallas Braden pitches just the 19th "Perfect Game" in MLB history. 27 up and 27 down.

Not only that, he did it against the Tampa Rays, the best team in baseball.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7936873


Take that A-Rod !! (http://news.bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/other_mlb/view/20100510alex_rodriguez_sticks_out_on_dallas_bradens_big_day/srvc=home&position=recent)



This Braden guy is annoying.  First he attacks arod and acts ike a baby over a made up rule, then he acts like "I showed him!" when he pitched a perfect game.

The thing is, Arod never had a beef with him.  The beef was ALWAYS Braden going after Arod.

Why?  He was trying to make a name for himself.

Well he pitched a perfect game, and now he has a name for himsef, so what des he do? He attacks Arod MORE?!?!?!

What a hack.

two things:

1) He wouldn't have done this to Jeter.  HE picked on Arod because he knew it was easy as Arod is disiked all over the league.  it's ike shooting a deer in a cage.

2) He pitched a perfect game and that is great, but did anyone see it?  68 mph fastballs?  Only 9 swinging strikes (I'm pretty sure it was 9, may have been 6)? more bats on balls than any game this year?  Sounds like he may owe a thank you to the fielders doesn't it?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 13, 2010, 08:42:41 AM
With regard to the Braden/A-Rod incident.

I'm struggling to see what A-Rod did wrong.

If Braden had actually been stood on the mound it might have been different.

The problem is that A-Rod has broken so many "written rules" .........

eg, slapping the ball out of Arroyo's hand, which was rightly called as interference.

eg, yelling to distract the Blue Jays fielder during a game I was at in Toronto.

........ that he'll never get the benefit of the doubt regarding "unwritten rules".
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jon Crofts on May 13, 2010, 01:25:25 PM
Going to a game Tuesday night Cubs v Rockies at Wrigley Field, Chicago, looking forward to it.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 13, 2010, 03:13:16 PM
Quote from: "Jon Crofts"
Going to a game Tuesday night Cubs v Rockies at Wrigley Field, Chicago, looking forward to it.


The Cubs have finally carried out some basic maintenance at Wrigley, so its not the dump that it once was.

I was there last season for a couple of games and will be back there again in July.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on May 13, 2010, 05:05:08 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
With regard to the Braden/A-Rod incident.

I'm struggling to see what A-Rod did wrong.

If Braden had actually been stood on the mound it might have been different.

The problem is that A-Rod has broken so many "written rules" .........

eg, slapping the ball out of Arroyo's hand, which was rightly called as interference.

eg, yelling to distract the Blue Jays fielder during a game I was at in Toronto.

........ that he'll never get the benefit of the doubt regarding "unwritten rules".


A-Rod is a prick, pure and simple. He should know better as those "unwritten rules" have a long and established position in baseball. That being said, some players (and I personally) don't agree with all of them. I've been having a big debate about when bunting is "allowed" during a perfect/No Hitter game. I feel like it's always allowed and the pitcher/team needs to earn every out. But some feel it's bad form. I guess each their own.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on May 13, 2010, 05:18:44 PM
Quote from: "Jon Crofts"
Going to a game Tuesday night Cubs v Rockies at Wrigley Field, Chicago, looking forward to it.


Just watch for falling cement and you'll be fine.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 13, 2010, 11:30:18 PM
Quote from: "H00513R"


A-Rod is a prick, pure and simple. He should know better as those "unwritten rules" have a long and established position in baseball. That being said, some players (and I personally) don't agree with all of them. I've been having a big debate about when bunting is "allowed" during a perfect/No Hitter game. I feel like it's always allowed and the pitcher/team needs to earn every out. But some feel it's bad form. I guess each their own.


ummm

I never heard of this particular unwritten rule and payers calling all the stations said the same thing.  Never heard the "rule".

The reason you have never seen a player do it before is because with dugouts diagnolly placed, the only chance for this to happen is when a plalyer needs to go from third to first, which is essentially never.

But I am down with this.  People who want to have a go at Arod are going to doo it no matter what.

The guy threw a temper tantrum because he wanted attention.


As for bunting, I think it IS "allowed" in a no hitter, because bunting is essentially about advancing a runner, and the player runs the 50/50 shot of being tagged out.

That being said, if I was a player, I wouldn't be comfortable doing it in the 8th or the 9th inning in a no hitter.  You are gonna get a lot of flack for it, and if the game isn't on the line, do you really need to?


I remember a few years ago, and I forget who they were playing, but the Phillies own Jimmy Rollins had his base hit streak going and he had not had a hit in this particular game, and he had walked twice.  Well it was his last at bat, and the pitcher was intentionally walking him.  Threw out two balls, real wide.  Again, I foroget who the manager was, but the manager came out to the mound and told the pitcher to throw a strike and give the guy a chance to at least hit the ball.
 Jimmy did get that hit btw.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 13, 2010, 11:32:13 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "Jon Crofts"
Going to a game Tuesday night Cubs v Rockies at Wrigley Field, Chicago, looking forward to it.


The Cubs have finally carried out some basic maintenance at Wrigley, so its not the dump that it once was.

I was there last season for a couple of games and will be back there again in July.


You coming to see our new Death Star this year?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on May 14, 2010, 01:06:21 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
The A's Dallas Braden pitches just the 19th "Perfect Game" in MLB history. 27 up and 27 down.

Not only that, he did it against the Tampa Rays, the best team in baseball.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7936873


Take that A-Rod !! (http://news.bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/other_mlb/view/20100510alex_rodriguez_sticks_out_on_dallas_bradens_big_day/srvc=home&position=recent)



This Braden guy is annoying.  First he attacks arod and acts ike a baby over a made up rule, then he acts like "I showed him!" when he pitched a perfect game.

The thing is, Arod never had a beef with him.  The beef was ALWAYS Braden going after Arod.

Why?  He was trying to make a name for himself.

Well he pitched a perfect game, and now he has a name for himsef, so what des he do? He attacks Arod MORE?!?!?!

What a hack.

two things:

1) He wouldn't have done this to Jeter.  HE picked on Arod because he knew it was easy as Arod is disiked all over the league.  it's ike shooting a deer in a cage.

2) He pitched a perfect game and that is great, but did anyone see it?  68 mph fastballs?  Only 9 swinging strikes (I'm pretty sure it was 9, may have been 6)? more bats on balls than any game this year?  Sounds like he may owe a thank you to the fielders doesn't it?


The link shows all the outs and all but one or two looked pretty routine so the fielders weren't that much of a factor in my humble, deeply inexpert opinion.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 14, 2010, 08:11:14 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


You coming to see our new Death Star this year?


Yep, two Mariners @ Highlanders games at the end of next month
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 14, 2010, 08:31:54 AM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
The Royals to win the lot.


Just not with Trey Hillman as their manager

Ned Yost replaces Hillman (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100513&content_id=10022886&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on May 14, 2010, 03:25:27 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "H00513R"


A-Rod is a prick, pure and simple. He should know better as those "unwritten rules" have a long and established position in baseball. That being said, some players (and I personally) don't agree with all of them. I've been having a big debate about when bunting is "allowed" during a perfect/No Hitter game. I feel like it's always allowed and the pitcher/team needs to earn every out. But some feel it's bad form. I guess each their own.


ummm

I never heard of this particular unwritten rule and payers calling all the stations said the same thing.  Never heard the "rule".

The reason you have never seen a player do it before is because with dugouts diagnolly placed, the only chance for this to happen is when a plalyer needs to go from third to first, which is essentially never.

But I am down with this.  People who want to have a go at Arod are going to doo it no matter what.

The guy threw a temper tantrum because he wanted attention.


As for bunting, I think it IS "allowed" in a no hitter, because bunting is essentially about advancing a runner, and the player runs the 50/50 shot of being tagged out.

That being said, if I was a player, I wouldn't be comfortable doing it in the 8th or the 9th inning in a no hitter.  You are gonna get a lot of flack for it, and if the game isn't on the line, do you really need to?


I remember a few years ago, and I forget who they were playing, but the Phillies own Jimmy Rollins had his base hit streak going and he had not had a hit in this particular game, and he had walked twice.  Well it was his last at bat, and the pitcher was intentionally walking him.  Threw out two balls, real wide.  Again, I foroget who the manager was, but the manager came out to the mound and told the pitcher to throw a strike and give the guy a chance to at least hit the ball.

 Jimmy did get that hit btw.


Braden definitely acted like a 5 year old, but you'll almost never see it (even if they are in the path of the mound). The only one I can remember doing it is A. J. Pierzynski. He has done it just to piss people off lol.

The difference I think in the Rollins example is that the pitcher was intentionally trying to not let him get a hit for the streak. Why else would the manager get mad about it? With bunting during a PG or NH, it's hard to tell if the player is trying to break it up or just want a man on. Touchy subject to be sure, and if you do bunt in the 8th or 9th, be sure to duck next time up!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on May 14, 2010, 03:26:42 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
The Royals to win the lot.


Just not with Trey Hillman as their manager

Ned Yost replaces Hillman (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100513&content_id=10022886&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)


Won't make any difference. They are basically a team of White Sox cast-offs.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: jeff on May 16, 2010, 01:05:04 AM
I'm just watching ESPN and it the Yankees Vs The Twins, Pettite is pitching and it reminded me of a discussion I had with 2 mates of mine after the last world series 1 of them is a Cubs fan the other is a White Sox fan.

Andy Pettite hall of famer or not?

We all came to the conclusion he has got to be mainly on his post season record 4 rings etc..

What does everyone else think?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 16, 2010, 12:06:23 PM
Quote from: "jeff"
I'm just watching ESPN and it the Yankees Vs The Twins, Pettite is pitching and it reminded me of a discussion I had with 2 mates of mine after the last world series 1 of them is a Cubs fan the other is a White Sox fan.

Andy Pettite hall of famer or not?

We all came to the conclusion he has got to be mainly on his post season record 4 rings etc..

What does everyone else think?



There's been a lot of attention on the Yankees' "core four" this year.

Jeter and Mo are clearly first-ballot HOF'ers. Any one who doesn't vote for them should have their voting rights revoked.

As for Andy and Jorge, the case is not quite do clear cut but I'd still say "yes" to both of them.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: jeff on May 16, 2010, 12:35:15 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "jeff"
I'm just watching ESPN and it the Yankees Vs The Twins, Pettite is pitching and it reminded me of a discussion I had with 2 mates of mine after the last world series 1 of them is a Cubs fan the other is a White Sox fan.

Andy Pettite hall of famer or not?

We all came to the conclusion he has got to be mainly on his post season record 4 rings etc..

What does everyone else think?



There's been a lot of attention on the Yankees' "core four" this year.

Jeter and Mo are clearly first-ballot HOF'ers. Any one who doesn't vote for them should have their voting rights revoked.

As for Andy and Jorge, the case is not quite do clear cut but I'd still say "yes" to both of them.



Jeter is a legend and I can't think of a single player I would have ahead of him over the last 10 years. Even when there was ARod, Nomar and Jeter battling it out for best AL shortstop I would of had him above all of them. Just because he leads the team so well.

Mo is the hammer of God. I dont think anyone will ever be as successful with essentially one pitch! everyone knows whats coming but no one seems to be able to handle it.

Andy's post season record is great and for a player who has never really been an ace he is a great game 2 guy.

Jorge has had to compete with first Girardi to get into the team then with Pudge and Varitek to be the best catcher.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 19, 2010, 10:52:14 AM
Quote from: "jeff"
I'm just watching ESPN and it the Yankees Vs The Twins, Pettite is pitching and it reminded me of a discussion I had with 2 mates of mine after the last world series 1 of them is a Cubs fan the other is a White Sox fan.

Andy Pettite hall of famer or not?

We all came to the conclusion he has got to be mainly on his post season record 4 rings etc..

What does everyone else think?


I love Andy Pettite, but I don't think anyone who has been found to have taken PED's shoud be in the hall of fame.

I don't want to have the "everyone did it" argument.  If you have been found to have definitely taken a PED, I don't think you should be there.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 19, 2010, 10:53:46 AM
Quote from: "jeff"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "jeff"
I'm just watching ESPN and it the Yankees Vs The Twins, Pettite is pitching and it reminded me of a discussion I had with 2 mates of mine after the last world series 1 of them is a Cubs fan the other is a White Sox fan.

Andy Pettite hall of famer or not?

We all came to the conclusion he has got to be mainly on his post season record 4 rings etc..

What does everyone else think?



There's been a lot of attention on the Yankees' "core four" this year.

Jeter and Mo are clearly first-ballot HOF'ers. Any one who doesn't vote for them should have their voting rights revoked.

As for Andy and Jorge, the case is not quite do clear cut but I'd still say "yes" to both of them.



Jeter is a legend and I can't think of a single player I would have ahead of him over the last 10 years. Even when there was ARod, Nomar and Jeter battling it out for best AL shortstop I would of had him above all of them. Just because he leads the team so well.

Mo is the hammer of God. I dont think anyone will ever be as successful with essentially one pitch! everyone knows whats coming but no one seems to be able to handle it.

Andy's post season record is great and for a player who has never really been an ace he is a great game 2 guy.

Jorge has had to compete with first Girardi to get into the team then with Pudge and Varitek to be the best catcher.


And now that Cervelli is batting a million...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 19, 2010, 10:57:36 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "pmarachi"


You coming to see our new Death Star this year?


Yep, two Mariners @ Highlanders games at the end of next month


I may be at that Wednesday night game too
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: evalast1910 on May 19, 2010, 12:54:24 PM
Since I got back from America I do enjoy baseball. All I can say is...

LETS GO REDSOX!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on May 19, 2010, 02:09:54 PM
Quote from: "jeff"
I'm just watching ESPN and it the Yankees Vs The Twins, Pettite is pitching and it reminded me of a discussion I had with 2 mates of mine after the last world series 1 of them is a Cubs fan the other is a White Sox fan.

Andy Pettite hall of famer or not?

We all came to the conclusion he has got to be mainly on his post season record 4 rings etc..

What does everyone else think?


I don't think he makes it. The rings are nice, but his ERA of 3.89 would be the worst in the HOF. He does have over 2,000 Ks and over 232 wins though. I guess it will depend on if he sticks around a little longer. 250+ wins would really help his case.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 19, 2010, 07:09:01 PM
Quote from: "H00513R"
Quote from: "jeff"
I'm just watching ESPN and it the Yankees Vs The Twins, Pettite is pitching and it reminded me of a discussion I had with 2 mates of mine after the last world series 1 of them is a Cubs fan the other is a White Sox fan.

Andy Pettite hall of famer or not?

We all came to the conclusion he has got to be mainly on his post season record 4 rings etc..

What does everyone else think?


I don't think he makes it. The rings are nice, but his ERA of 3.89 would be the worst in the HOF. He does have over 2,000 Ks and over 232 wins though. I guess it will depend on if he sticks around a little longer. 250+ wins would really help his case.


if he could pull a 15 win season at his age, that would be great.

Getting above 250 is going to be hard.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on May 19, 2010, 07:27:34 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "H00513R"
Quote from: "jeff"
I'm just watching ESPN and it the Yankees Vs The Twins, Pettite is pitching and it reminded me of a discussion I had with 2 mates of mine after the last world series 1 of them is a Cubs fan the other is a White Sox fan.

Andy Pettite hall of famer or not?

We all came to the conclusion he has got to be mainly on his post season record 4 rings etc..

What does everyone else think?


I don't think he makes it. The rings are nice, but his ERA of 3.89 would be the worst in the HOF. He does have over 2,000 Ks and over 232 wins though. I guess it will depend on if he sticks around a little longer. 250+ wins would really help his case.


if he could pull a 15 win season at his age, that would be great.

Getting above 250 is going to be hard.


His record should have been 234, not 232. He has gotten to 14 wins the past 2 seasons and is 5-0 this year. The biggest thing he has going for him is that he's on the Yankees. It's doable, but I'm surprised he's lasted this long. Must be the PEDs...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jon Crofts on May 20, 2010, 02:58:57 AM
Cracking night at Wrigley Field last night for the Cubs v Rockies game, my first MLB game.  Seats 3 from the front in left field almost got hit by a broken bat.

Castro for the Cubs impressed as did Kosuke Fukudome for his name alone

Game over & off to Bernies across the street to catch the second period of the Blackhawks game which they won 4-2 away at San Jose, game 2 of the Play Offs.

I'll stick up some pics & video Thursday/Friday.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 20, 2010, 08:47:46 AM
Glad you enjoyed it Jon.

The facilities at Wrigley might not be great but the atmosphere and history make it worth it.

Also, with the "L" right next to the ballpark, getting in and out is really easy
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: jeff on May 21, 2010, 12:27:16 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"


I don't want to have the "everyone did it" argument.  If you have been found to have definitely taken a PED, I don't think you should be there.


I completly agree with you on the PED's but its gonna happen there is no way they are not going to admit Barry Bonds, So the precident will be set.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 23, 2010, 07:17:06 PM
Jose Lima dead at 37

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5212413

(http://umpbump.com/press/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/joselima1.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 23, 2010, 07:17:07 PM
Jose Lima dead at 37

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5212413

(http://umpbump.com/press/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/joselima1.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 27, 2010, 02:55:10 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "H00513R"
Quote from: "jeff"
I'm just watching ESPN and it the Yankees Vs The Twins, Pettite is pitching and it reminded me of a discussion I had with 2 mates of mine after the last world series 1 of them is a Cubs fan the other is a White Sox fan.

Andy Pettite hall of famer or not?

We all came to the conclusion he has got to be mainly on his post season record 4 rings etc..

What does everyone else think?


I don't think he makes it. The rings are nice, but his ERA of 3.89 would be the worst in the HOF. He does have over 2,000 Ks and over 232 wins though. I guess it will depend on if he sticks around a little longer. 250+ wins would really help his case.


if he could pull a 15 win season at his age, that would be great.

Getting above 250 is going to be hard.


And Pettite throws 8 of the best innings I have ever seen him throw.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on May 27, 2010, 07:12:49 PM
Man pleads guilty to vomiting on fans (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5218267)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 27, 2010, 09:56:31 PM
I'm in Boston for four Royals @ Sox games

Dice-K is pitching for the Sox tonight, so it'll be an interesting albeit stressful evening.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 30, 2010, 02:36:45 PM
Yesterday was quite some day in baseball............

Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitches the 20th Perfect Game in mlb history.

This is the first time in over 120 years that there have been two PG's in one season

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/news/halladay_perfecto/index.jsp


Kendry Morales of the Angels hits a walk off Grand Slam and then breaks his leg in the celebration (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100529&content_id=10569596&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

Yankees blow a ten run lead against the Indians

As for me I was at the Redsox 1-0 win over the Royals. A Typical defeat for Zach Greinke. He only gives up one run still loses.

Gil Meche is injured so it'll be Bruce Chen pitching for the Royals tonight. Hopefully a slugfest will occur
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on May 30, 2010, 02:50:36 PM
What is a Perfect Game?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 30, 2010, 03:35:13 PM
I was at the Yankee game yesterday in a luxury box.  I must have eaten 14 pieces of free pizza...

Joe Girardi over managed them again.

I said this last year, countless times, and I say it again.  They win in spite of JG, not because of him.

He has managed them to a loss or to a closing the gap and almost losing a lead than he has managed them to a come back or to a come from behind closing the gap loss.

He used Mitre and Marte for one batter each while up by 5?!?!?!  WHY?!?!?

And then put in Joba on no rest with no warm up?!?!  Why?!?!?

He's a mess...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on May 30, 2010, 04:34:52 PM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
What is a Perfect Game?


Ooh, ooh! Miss. I know this Miss.

It's when a pitcher gets all the batters out without a single one of them even getting to first base.
Three up. three down in every innings.

That's right isn't it?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: hilts_coolerking on May 30, 2010, 04:41:43 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
What is a Perfect Game?


Ooh, ooh! Miss. I know this Miss.

It's when a pitcher gets all the batters out without a single one of them even getting to first base.
Three up. three down in every innings.

That's right isn't it?


I think that's right.  Amazing, given the number of baseball games there must have been over the years, that it has only happened twenty times.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on May 30, 2010, 05:32:32 PM
Quote from: "Dave Cooper"
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
What is a Perfect Game?


Ooh, ooh! Miss. I know this Miss.

It's when a pitcher gets all the batters out without a single one of them even getting to first base.
Three up. three down in every innings.

That's right isn't it?


Gold Star for Dave Cooper
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on May 31, 2010, 12:11:27 AM
Thanks Dave!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on May 31, 2010, 12:30:52 PM
a perfect game is like the holy grail of pitching.


this may shed some light.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_game
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 03, 2010, 07:51:12 AM
Ken Griffey Jr retires (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100602&content_id=10725878&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

Happy trails to one of the greatest players of them all.

This season has not been a good one for Junior. He should have bowed out at the end of last year.

Sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer.

(http://i.cdn.turner.com/sivault/si_online/covers/images/1990/0507_large.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 03, 2010, 07:56:17 AM
Incredibly, there should have been another "Perfect Game" yesterday but the umpire mistakenly called the last batter safe at First Base

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100602&content_id=10727590&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Legion on June 04, 2010, 06:45:30 PM
Freeze-frame (http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=49993)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on June 04, 2010, 08:15:31 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Incredibly, there should have been another "Perfect Game" yesterday but the umpire mistakenly called the last batter safe at First Base

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100602&content_id=10727590&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb


I feel for everyone involved. Joyce (the ump) seems more upset than Galarraga! He definitely should have gotten the Perfect-o but I guess Selig isn't going to overturn it.

Here is a vid of Joyce crying as Galarraga hands him the starting line-up:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100603&content_id=10754978&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb&affiliateId=facebook_share
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 04, 2010, 09:42:09 PM
All credit to Joyce and Galarraga for the way they've conducted themselves since this happened.

Can you imagine the uproar if Joe West had made the blown call ?

Bud can't change the ruling. That would be too much of a precedent to set. However, hopefully this event will help break down his anti-replay stance.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: jeff on June 05, 2010, 03:12:22 AM
I saw the footage of this today and it is an awful call by Joyce, I have to say though the reaction of Galarraga was amazing just a rye smile at the decision. Some of our footballer should look at that.

A perfect game is such a special thing and to have it denied by a umpire on the last out with such a bad call is shocking. To just smile and walk away puts into perspective a linesman getting a mouthfull for getting an offside wrong.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 05, 2010, 06:06:39 PM
A few pics from my recent Boston trip

Fenway Park

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/S7002912.jpg)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/S7002852.jpg)


Controversial umpire Joe West and Royals coach Rusty Kuntz

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/S7002896.jpg)

Red Sox Closer, Jonathan Papelbon

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/S7002841.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Legion on June 05, 2010, 06:08:32 PM
Rusty Kuntz. Cue immature sniggering.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 05, 2010, 06:12:56 PM
Quote from: "Legion"
Rusty Kuntz. Cue immature sniggering.


I'm sure there must have been games when Rusty Kuntz was coaching, Randy "Big Unit" Johnson pitching and Chuck Knoblauch batting (and yes, its pronounced "knob lock")
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 05, 2010, 06:38:29 PM
A video from my recent trip

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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on June 06, 2010, 02:27:43 AM
Finally you've been to see a proper baseball team play!

YOU ROYALS!!!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 06, 2010, 10:37:28 AM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Finally you've been to see a proper baseball team play!

YOU ROYALS!!!


I was just updating my list of baseball games attended (now up to 213) and since the final four games I saw last season were KC @ Sox, that means I've now seen your Royals eight games in a row.

I'll be seeing the Royals again next month, for two games against the Chicago White Sox
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on June 06, 2010, 11:10:42 AM
At some point I will make it to Kansas.

But for now I'll settle with being in Oz.

[/dorothy]
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 06, 2010, 11:59:06 AM
When arranging my own Red Sox trips its easier to get tickets to see them against crap (or less well supported) teams, whether home or away.

In the last couple of years I've seen them away at Oakland, Baltimore, Toronto and Minnesota and at home against Seattle, Oakland and KC (twice).

Watching Sox v Yanks games is an experience but tickets can be expensive and in short supply.

If I want to go to a major Sox home game, I do have a contact who can get me a ticket, but I'd have to pay way over face value.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 08, 2010, 10:02:09 AM
Congratulations to Bryce Harper on being the number one selection in the 2010 MLB draft (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100607&content_id=10914964&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

He was selected by the Washington Natinals*, who had first pick because they had the worst record last season. He'll now be sent to the Minor Leagues

I still don't understand how such drafts are legal. They're clearly "restraint of trade"

This would be the equivalent in England of say, the next Wayne Rooney (aged 16 but clearly ready to play at the highest level), ready to sign his first pro contract and being told sorry you can't sign for Everton, you have to sign for Portsmouth and they'll then lend you to Brentford for a couple of years.

Also, because Harper is American and thus subject to the draft system, he'll be paid probably only 20% of what an equivalent Latin American player or Cuban defector might get.


The Natinals* had the first pick last year as well. That player, pitcher Stephen Strasburg, will make his Major League debut tonight. This has probably been the most hyped debut in baseball history.

Strasburg was clearly the Natinals* best pitcher in Spring Training and ready to start in the Majors straight away. However, he was kept in the Minor Leagues until now in order to reduce the amount of money the Natinals* have to pay him.


* and yes, the "o" has been deliberately left out by me (but not by them)

(http://inside224a.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/ept_sports_mlb_experts-54271263-1240160708.jpg)
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Post by: pmarachi on June 08, 2010, 11:52:22 AM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
All credit to Joyce and Galarraga for the way they've conducted themselves since this happened.


you know what Joyce could have done better?

Made the right call the first time, or asked one of his other umpires since he is the lead ump.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 08, 2010, 11:54:50 AM
Are you still going to the house that God* built on June 30th?

I am going to be there for a friends birthday, but we should definitely grab a beer.



*God is George, obviously
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on June 08, 2010, 12:37:23 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
All credit to Joyce and Galarraga for the way they've conducted themselves since this happened.


you know what Joyce could have done better?


Because you are perfect and never make a mistake, right?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 08, 2010, 03:14:21 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
Are you still going to the house that God* built on June 30th?

I am going to be there for a friends birthday, but we should definitely grab a beer.



*God is George, obviously


Yep, I'll be at the "Death Star" for the games on 29th & 30th June.

I'll be in section 420B, up top behind home plate.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on June 08, 2010, 04:12:06 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Congratulations to Bryce Harper on being the number one selection in the 2010 MLB draft (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100607&content_id=10914964&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

He was selected by the Washington Natinals*, who had first pick because they had the worst record last season. He'll now be sent to the Minor Leagues

I still don't understand how such drafts are legal. They're clearly "restraint of trade"

This would be the equivalent in England of say, the next Wayne Rooney (aged 16 but clearly ready to play at the highest level), ready to sign his first pro contract and being told sorry you can't sign for Everton, you have to sign for Portsmouth and they'll then lend you to Brentford for a couple of years.

Also, because Harper is American and thus subject to the draft system, he'll be paid probably only 20% of what an equivalent Latin American player or Cuban defector might get.


The Natinals* had the first pick last year as well. That player, pitcher Stephen Strasburg, will make his Major League debut tonight. This has probably been the most hyped debut in baseball history.

Strasburg was clearly the Natinals* best pitcher in Spring Training and ready to start in the Majors straight away. However, he was kept in the Minor Leagues until now in order to reduce the amount of money the Natinals* have to pay him.


* and yes, the "o" has been deliberately left out by me (but not by them)


Your 200+ games is impressive! Probably more than 90% of Americans lol.

As to the quoted post - this helps with keeping teams competitive. Baseball only has a "Luxury Tax" which discourages over signing of top talent. Then you only have to worry about the high picks busting or management making wrong decisions. Who would want to have a Big 4 in baseball? I know there is still the Yankees (and then everyone else) but really if you look at WS winners there have been a wide representation throughout the years. (Of course every league will have their bottom feeders.)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 09, 2010, 08:09:08 AM
Stephen Strasburg - Do believe the hype !!

14 strikeouts in a debut win (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100608&content_id=10944784&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

I didn't think that there was any way that Strasburg could live up to the hype that preceded his debut, but he did.

Fourteen strikeouts is impressive at any stage of a career but, on a debut ? That's unheard of.

He was hitting 101mph on the radar gun at times and his curveball was a thing to behold. Spectacular
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 09, 2010, 11:47:27 AM
More evidence against the Abner Doubleday myth

Baseball in 18th Century England (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/06/01/lords.museum.baseball.cricket/index.html?hpt=C1)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on June 09, 2010, 04:17:54 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Stephen Strasburg - Do believe the hype !!

14 strikeouts in a debut win (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100608&content_id=10944784&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

I didn't think that there was any way that Strasburg could live up to the hype that preceded his debut, but he did.

Fourteen strikeouts is impressive at any stage of a career but, on a debut ? That's unheard of.

He was hitting 101mph on the radar gun at times and his curveball was a thing to behold. Spectacular


He was indeed impressive. I won't reserve his HOF spot though until he pitches against an actual good team as the Pirates are horrible.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on June 10, 2010, 02:54:23 PM
Big Z looked great for the Cubbies last night...well, I guess getting 9 runs in support helps!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on June 10, 2010, 02:55:18 PM
Quote from: "H00513R"
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Stephen Strasburg - Do believe the hype !!

14 strikeouts in a debut win (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100608&content_id=10944784&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

I didn't think that there was any way that Strasburg could live up to the hype that preceded his debut, but he did.

Fourteen strikeouts is impressive at any stage of a career but, on a debut ? That's unheard of.

He was hitting 101mph on the radar gun at times and his curveball was a thing to behold. Spectacular


He was indeed impressive. I won't reserve his HOF spot though until he pitches against an actual good team as the Pirates are horrible.


yes they are!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 11, 2010, 09:34:07 AM
Strasburg gets to face the Indians next, so a similar performance might be possible
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 13, 2010, 02:30:42 PM
Boston's Daniel Nava hits a Grand Slam Home Run on the first pitch he faces in the Major Leagues (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100612&content_id=11104724&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on June 14, 2010, 02:48:02 PM
Ted Lilly had a no-no into the 9th last night and ex-Cub scum Juan Pierre muffed it up. Now I hate him even more.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 16, 2010, 03:36:54 AM
yanks beat the phillies!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 16, 2010, 08:16:54 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
yanks beat the phillies!


Double whammy for me. A win for the Highlanders and a defeat for Doc Halladay of my Fantasy Team
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 19, 2010, 09:30:59 AM
Manny returns to Fenway (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9140631)

A "mixed" reception and a strike out to end the game


Strasmania continues (http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9140631)

Three starts, two wins, no losses, 30+ strikeouts.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 24, 2010, 11:13:52 AM
Roger, you still going to Yankee Stadium on June 30th?

I am going to be there with a friend's 30th birthday party.

Love the friend, can't stand the friend's other friends.

I will tell you what, I will let you buy me a beer.

email me if you want pmarachi@gmail.com
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on June 25, 2010, 09:22:12 PM
Paul, I've emailed you
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on June 30, 2010, 11:42:03 AM
UkRedsox,  You went to the new stadium...

So, no pictures? No comments? I am shocked!

Well see you tonight.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 01, 2010, 08:47:28 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
UkRedsox,  You went to the new stadium...

So, no pictures? No comments? I am shocked!

Well see you tonight.


(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/ukrpm.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 02, 2010, 02:44:24 AM
who is that handsome guy with you?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on July 02, 2010, 03:19:42 AM
By the looks of it Carew needs to get to work on that bottom S!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 02, 2010, 11:37:06 AM
sometimes I feel like the movement of this particular thread to the "sports" section and away from off topic marked it's demise.

Arod hits 595 yeasterday.
I guess they decided not to get swept by the team with the worst road record in baseball by breaking a tie in the 8th inning with Arods two run shot.

Anyone see the reds/cubs highlights? See that slide that wasn't close? I will post video of it in a few days once it's available (I forget who it was).  Pretty funny.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 02, 2010, 07:56:17 PM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
sometimes I feel like the movement of this particular thread to the "sports" section and away from off topic marked it's demise.


I don't like that the "Sports " threads were moved. It was far better when all the Off Topic stuff was mixed in together
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 05, 2010, 01:43:12 PM
i dont think anyone knows it's here.

I searched for this thread one day, because I just assumed it was deleted in some anti-"rounders" moment or something.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 05, 2010, 10:10:13 PM
Do we have any Chicago Cubs fans ?

If so, my commiserations, you team stinks....... stinks !!

I was at their 14 - 3 demolition by Cincinnati yesterday. The Reds hit 9 home runs !
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 09, 2010, 03:39:22 AM
I've been at three Giants @ Brewers games this week.

I love Miller Park but the Brewers stinks.......... stink !!

I leave tomorrow for Chicago and the final two games of my trip (Royals @ White Sox)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on July 09, 2010, 06:35:02 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
I've been at three Giants @ Brewers games this week.

I love Miller Park but the Brewers stinks.......... stink !!

I leave tomorrow for Chicago and the final two games of my trip (Royals @ White Sox)


You'll see the Sox pull into first for sure. Can't believe they were 9.5 out a short while ago and now can hit the top. Enjoy!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 12, 2010, 01:17:53 AM
Bob Shepherd dead at 99.

Yankee Stadium announcer from 1951-2007

"Now batting, number two.... Derek Je-tah, number two"
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on July 12, 2010, 03:18:01 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Do we have any Chicago Cubs fans ?

If so, my commiserations, you team stinks....... stinks !!

I was at their 14 - 3 demolition by Cincinnati yesterday. The Reds hit 9 home runs !


Yep, I'm one of them - I'm hoping they'll dump some payroll and go with some younger guys who are hungry. I'm also still hoping for a late run as anything goes in the NL Central! :) Good to see the Reds competing again though.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 13, 2010, 01:14:23 AM
so, I have a work trip to Boston next week and they sent us the agenda.  I finally read it and saw this:

"Please note that on Tuesday, July 20 we have planned an exciting off site dinner event at Fenway Park.  Be sure to bring your camera as you will have the opportunity to meet some Major League Baseball Legends and also explore Fenway Park!"


It's like a double edged sword.  As a baseball fan, part of me is excited.

But the thought of meeting a "former great redsox" makes me sick to my stomach and my soul...
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 13, 2010, 07:51:38 AM
Quote from: "pmarachi"
so, I have a work trip to Boston next week and they sent us the agenda.  I finally read it and saw this:

"Please note that on Tuesday, July 20 we have planned an exciting off site dinner event at Fenway Park.  Be sure to bring your camera as you will have the opportunity to meet some Major League Baseball Legends and also explore Fenway Park!"


It's like a double edged sword.  As a baseball fan, part of me is excited.

But the thought of meeting a "former great redsox" makes me sick to my stomach and my soul...


C'mon, if I can visit the Death Star (and deal with the dodgy characters found in nearby bars), you can face Fenway !!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 13, 2010, 11:53:07 AM
yeah, I have to admit, those guys you met there sucked...



No seriously, they did.

But as for Fenway, I am kind of excited.  I actually got tickets to Sporting/Celtic to be played at Fenway the next night too, which I am more excited about.

I will take my camera to Fenway for you and post it up on my Facebook.
If I can get a picture of Wade Boggs on a horse, I will tag you in it.

(oooops wrong Boggs team)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 13, 2010, 02:54:49 PM
George Steinbrenner, dead at 80

Quote
Jul 13, 9:50 AM EDT

AP source: Yankees' George Steinbrenner dies at 80

By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- A person close to George Steinbrenner tells The Associated Press that the New York Yankees' owner died Tuesday morning.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made the announcement.



EDIT - Steinbrenner family have now confirmed George's death

(http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2010/0713/mlb_george_steinbrenner_576.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on July 13, 2010, 03:55:31 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
George Steinbrenner, dead at 80

Quote
Jul 13, 9:50 AM EDT

AP source: Yankees' George Steinbrenner dies at 80

By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- A person close to George Steinbrenner tells The Associated Press that the New York Yankees' owner died Tuesday morning.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made the announcement.



EDIT - Steinbrenner family have now confirmed George's death

(http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2010/0713/mlb_george_steinbrenner_576.jpg)



I will never have a heart attack. I give them.
-George Steinbrenner

He's come full circle.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: evalast1910 on July 13, 2010, 04:57:42 PM
RIP.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 14, 2010, 11:19:36 AM
RIP George Steinbrenner

The radio over here has been 24-7 George.  People calling up with their favorite George stories.  The guy was a hard person to work for, mainly because he only cared about winning.  The thing is, this WIN no matter what attitude wasn't for personal gain, it was really for the fans.  He just wanted people to like him.

My favorite George stories I have heard on the radio in the last 24 hours.

The Yankees are boarding a plane to Cleveland for a series with the Indians.  Someone notices that there is a man and two young boys all decked out in yankees gear on the plane.  One of the players asks the PR director who it is, because families weren't allowed to travel with the team.  The PR director just says "I was told they are friends of George".  Turns out that George read a story in the newspaper about a woman who died leaving her husband and two kids.  The article was about how she had a horrible accident etc...  Well George bought them out for a weekend as a chance to get away for a while.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 14, 2010, 11:22:55 AM
Story #2

George used to drive around the stadium when he was in NY during off hours because he was a little "neurotic" at times, and liked for things to be perfect.  Well He sees a kid spray painting on a building.  He pulls up quietly, sneeks up behind the kid, grabs his arm, and asks him what he doing.  The kid is like 12 or so.  

Instead of calling the police, he takes the kid inside, gets him a job as a bat boy.  When he is 16 he makes sure the same kid gets a job on the field crew.  Every time this kid earns a new position, George makes sure he gets it.  The kid is now 35 and still works for the yankees and credits George for changing his life.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 14, 2010, 11:26:14 AM
Story #3

George used to read the newspaper and hear about people dying and how the family didn't have money to bury them and would send a letter saying "it's all taken care of", and it would be.



But he was HARD to work for.  He expected the best.

He once saw a vendor walk by with pretzels, grabbed one of the cart and screamed at the guy "YOU CALL THIS FRESH!?!?! THIS ISN'T EVEN HOT!!! YOU EXPECT MY YANKEE FANS TO BE HAPPY PAYING FOR THIS!?!?!?"


The best quote he ever had was: "I'm George Steinbrenner... I will never have a heart attack, I cause them"
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 14, 2010, 11:41:55 AM
It'll be "Good George" stories for a while but I suspect that the "Bad George" stories will be with us soon.

By the way, Tony Kornheiser did a great George summary at the start of his radio show yesterday

Link (http://www.stationcaster.com/clicktrack/index.mp3?media=%2Fstations%2Fwtem%2Fmedia%2Fmpeg%2FJuly_13_2010_The_Tony_Kornheiser_Show_Part_1-1279048235.mp3&usecat=580&subscribed=true&title=July+13+2010+The+Tony+Kornheiser+Show+Part+1&ext=.mp3)

George bit starts at 04:55 into the show
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 14, 2010, 12:04:10 PM
Da Beeb actually mentioned George's death in the 06:30 sports report this morning.

However, they also said that the NL beat the AL in the All Star Game; "the traditional curtain raiser for the season".

That'll be the season that's already half over ! (head slappy emoticon)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: jeff on July 16, 2010, 08:09:43 PM
RIP George
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 17, 2010, 01:07:38 PM
He's another pic from my recent trip Stateside.

Andruw Jones scratching his balls

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/AJ.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on July 18, 2010, 10:36:42 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
He's another pic from my recent trip Stateside.

Andruw Jones scratching his balls

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/AJ.jpg)


Now THAT'S baseball!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 21, 2010, 08:07:58 AM
Cubs manager Lou Piniella to retire at the end of the season (http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/story?id=5395615)

Farewell to the king of the managerial meltdown

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Post by: UK Redsox on July 21, 2010, 08:42:39 AM
Ouch !!

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Post by: H00513R on July 21, 2010, 07:38:45 PM
Don't forget him getting into a shoving match with Ron Dibble!
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 22, 2010, 09:23:44 AM
Bring me the arm of Lefty O'Doul (http://deadspin.com/5592981/bring-me-the-arm-of-lefty-odoul)

(http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/11/2010/07/500x_mn-ostler21_ph2__0501990094.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 22, 2010, 09:28:10 AM
Farewell to "The Major", Ralph Houk, dead at 90

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/ralph-houk-dies-at-90/article1647918/

Managed the Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers

(http://www.sonsofsamhorn.net/wiki/images/d/dc/Houk.jpg) (http://thebsreport.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/houk.jpg)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on July 22, 2010, 02:34:06 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Bring me the arm of Lefty O'Doul (http://deadspin.com/5592981/bring-me-the-arm-of-lefty-odoul)

(http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/11/2010/07/500x_mn-ostler21_ph2__0501990094.jpg)


I did this with a horrible sweater of my mother-in-laws that I rescued out of the yard sale. We sent it around the US for a year and then made a scrapbook out of it.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 24, 2010, 04:36:47 PM
this has been a rough season for the Yankees.

Their jersey is like a huge death memorial at this point.

I already sent this to UK Redsox, but I went for a dinner/tour of fenway the other night for work, and I met a few famous Sox (one was also a yankee), so here is my take on these guys:

They gave us all 4 balls and 4 sox hats (which I obviously didn't take) and bought out some players to sign some stuff.

Jim Rice: kind of an asshole, but from the stories I heard, I don't blame him. I know that when he first got there fans racially abused him. He was probably thinking "yeah... They gave me a hard time and now these white boys want me to sign their shit'. My father loved Jim Rice (even though he was a yankee fan) and actually has 3 framed pictures at home. A jim rice pic, jackie robinson pic and a mickey mantle pic. So I got him a signed ball and when he asked me how he was I told him "he was a great guy, really nice!". Figured I would keep the ghost alive.

Dennis Eckersly: he was OK. He was a little creepy with the girls, which was funny (we have quite a few very very attractive women at our company), and he was pretty drunk. I wanted to tell him that the sox shouldn't have traded him for Bill Buckner, but I bit my tongue. He was the only one who would personalize a ball he signed. When I walked up I jokingly said "you were a redsox? I thought you were an A?". He laughed and signed my ball "Dennis Eckersley Oakland A's Pitcher -dennis eckersley".

Luis Tiant: I was excited about him. Although I wasn't alive yet, he was a yankee for a few years. We didn't know who would be there, but I was wearing a yankee hat and was probably the only person there (with about 15 sox fans and 15 yankee fans in the group of 200) who knew he was even a yankee.  I asked him to sign my yankee hat. He did it the whole time shaking his head and giving me a dirty look. Not in a joking way, he was really annoyed with me. Oh well! After I laughed I googled him to see if his time in NY ended poorly and couldn't find anything. My dad said it didn't end bad, he was popular and overall left with a good record. I did notice however that he had a half full bottle of Jack Daniels under the table.  The guy was really angry to be there. Wouldn't make eye contact or anything with anyone.

John Longbord: awesome guy. Seriously. The whole time he was just like "Free booze! Gorgeous women waiting on line to meet me! This is the life!". He stuck around for an hour after the others left just taking pics, eating and drinking. Telling stories and jokes. Taking pics of himself with people on HIS camera! Really cool. I was really impressed with him.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 25, 2010, 11:04:44 AM
Brooks Conrad is becoming the stuff of legend

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100724&content_id=12593746&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 27, 2010, 08:39:06 AM
Tampa's Matt Garza throws a No Hitter

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/news/garza_nohitter/index.jsp

He faced the minimum 27 batters. One guy walked but he was thrown outs as part of a double-play
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 27, 2010, 11:05:20 AM
this no hitter stuff is getting nuts.  That is the SIXTH this year!


(yeah, 5 on paper, but 6 in reality)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 31, 2010, 02:45:36 PM
It's "non-waiver" trade deadline day in MLB.

This is the last day that teams can swap players without the rest of the league having the opportunity to claim the players involved.

Recently we've seen the following moves:-

Cliff Lee - Mariners to Rangers
Roy Oswalt - Astros to Phillies**
Asutin Kearns - Indians to Yankees
Jorge Cantu - Marlins to Rangers
Matt Capps - Natinals to Twins


Rumoured to be moving today:-

Lance Berkman - Astros (poss to Yankees)
Adam Dunn - Natinals
Ted Lilly - Cubs (poss to Dodgers)



In other recent news; the Orioles sign Buck Showalter as Manager. Pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg of the Natinals goes on the DL





** if they'd have just kept Cliff Lee in the first place they wouldn't have had to trade for another pitcher now
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on August 02, 2010, 01:02:48 AM
Sorry to see Lilly and not Zambrano go, but Lilly could return to the Cubbies next year. So glad Theriot is gone.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on August 02, 2010, 12:23:03 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"

Roy Oswalt - Astros to Phillies**
** if they'd have just kept Cliff Lee in the first place they wouldn't have had to trade for another pitcher now


and Cole Hamels is proving why no one wanted him last year when Halladay was on the block....wish they'd kept Lee and sent Hamels and Blanton packing.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 04, 2010, 08:08:20 AM
OK Paul, I'm conceding this season to the Highlanders/Rays.

With Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuk on the DL and possibly out for the season, the Sox are fecked
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 05, 2010, 07:40:00 AM
A-Roid finally reaches 600 home runs

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100804&content_id=13011408&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on August 05, 2010, 08:08:59 AM
So what is the difference then between a no-hitter and a perfect game?
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on August 05, 2010, 09:04:41 AM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
So what is the difference then between a no-hitter and a perfect game?


In a perfect game no batter reaches base at all - 27 at bats, 27 outs. No hits, walks, errors etc

In a no hitter the pitcher could give up a walk or hit-by-pitch,  or a batter could reach base on an error.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 05, 2010, 11:15:05 AM
cpngrats tp Arod on his 600


However, with the whole roid era, I don't think these things can possibly mean as much as they should.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on August 05, 2010, 11:46:46 AM
Thanks for the explanation.
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on August 05, 2010, 12:04:42 PM
At Bats per Home Run leaders (http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/at_bats_per_home_run_career.shtml)
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 06, 2010, 07:56:25 AM
Quote from: "jkreejoh"
At Bats per Home Run leaders (http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/at_bats_per_home_run_career.shtml)


A top 15 of Hall of Famers, possible Hall of Famers*, drug cheats and............. Russell Branyan

Russell Branyan ????????????????


(* I think that Howard and Dunn have an outside chance of making the HOF)

PS - http://www.baseball-reference.com/ is the D's B's for baseball stats

for baseball news its http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/files/newsstand/
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 06, 2010, 07:57:15 AM
Youk will have surgery on his hand today, so that's him out for the season.

If the Sox make the playoffs now it'll be an all-time great comeback
Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 06, 2010, 10:46:04 AM
Candidate for the greatest catch ever. From the Japanese leagues, earlier this week

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Title: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 06, 2010, 11:41:34 AM
Yanks/Sox weekend...

I bet anything that now that the sox are down and out, the yanks drop 3...


And I won't be going to any of the games.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 10, 2010, 11:24:42 AM
Bo doesn't know chivalry (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100809&content_id=13241938&notebook_id=13257288&vkey=notebook_hou&fext=.jsp&c_id=hou)

Methinks he won't be getting any for a while !!


Also, Sox 2, Highlanders 2 over the weekend
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on August 10, 2010, 02:42:19 PM
Sacking Milt Thompson and acquiring Oswalt seems to have worked for the Phils. Now they just need to get (and stay) healthy for the pennant-run.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on August 10, 2010, 08:19:55 PM
There are 3 types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, & those who wonder what happens. -Tommy Lasorda
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 13, 2010, 08:45:06 AM
Chipper Jones has torn his ACL and is out for the rest of the season.

He'd already hinted at retiring after this year, so this could be it.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5458167

Start working on your Hall of Fame speech Larry
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 17, 2010, 08:00:38 AM
The Washington Nati(o)nals sign 17 year old phenom Bryce Harper for $9.9m

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5468993
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 18, 2010, 08:47:59 AM
Farewell to Britain's greatest Baseball player, Glasgow born Bobby Thomson dead at 86

(http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/pics/bobby_thomson_autograph.jpg)

In 1951 Thomson hitting the home run that one the National League title for the New York Giants in a play-off against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The home run (in typically understated American fashion) became know as "The shot heard round the world" and lead to Russ Hodges' legendary call of "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrI7dVj90zs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrI7dVj90zs)

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=5471194

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Thomson
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 18, 2010, 11:49:03 AM
He was was born in Glasgow?

I never knew that.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 18, 2010, 01:31:26 PM
He was was born in Glasgow?

I never knew that.

Yep

A couple of year's ago, the Daily Telegraph did a feature on British born or raised sportstars in the States.

Amongst the various basketball players (Leol Deng, John Ameche etc) and NFL kickers (John Smith, Mick Luckhurst) they mentioned some baseball player that even I'd never heard of.

Therefore, I wrote in saying that they'd missed the most famous of them all and reminded them of the story of Thomson's home run in 1951.

The next week, The Telegraph printer my letter together with a photo (of Bobby that is, not me !!)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 23, 2010, 01:18:47 AM
well the yankees beat seatlle today with a villa score.

10-0

And with a worse manager.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on August 23, 2010, 03:15:45 PM
Cubs manager Lou Piniella retires. Thanks for taking us to the playoffs 2 out of your 4 years!

Door closes on Piniella's managerial career
http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100822&content_id=13777148&vkey=news_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 25, 2010, 01:58:08 AM
it's free home run day in Toronto!

Yanks have a 10 run lead in the 6th with 5 HR's!!

Maybe a couple more?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 30, 2010, 12:43:01 PM
It looks like Manny will be traded from the Dodgers to the White Sox in exchange for, well.......... nothing!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/news/story?id=5510704

Just shows how much Manny has fallen when he becomes an August salary dump.

Manny and Ozzie in the same clubhouse is going to be interesting
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 02, 2010, 11:02:43 AM
Nyjer Morgan gets pummelled

http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/09/01/nyjer-morgan-charges-mound-setting-off-brawl-between-nationals/?ncid=edlinkusspor00000004


(NB - "Nyjer" is my favourite name in sports. Naming a kid after "New York" and "New Jersey" is superb. Its time that some kids in the West Midlands were named "Wolbir".)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 06, 2010, 08:03:06 AM
The NL West leading Padres have now lost 10 straight games. The longest losing streak by a first place team in almost 80 years.

They're now just one game ahead of the Giants

Meanwhile, my Sox lost a third straight game to the Chi Sox as the latter continue to press the Twins in the AL Central
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on September 07, 2010, 10:31:18 PM
I feel so sorry for Padres... it also keeps reminding me of when Villa blew 4th spot :(
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on September 08, 2010, 01:39:58 AM
I always kind of dug the Padres...
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 08, 2010, 08:35:09 AM
Trevor Hoffmann (now of the Brewers but most famously of the aforementioned Padres) has become the first pitcher to achieve 600 Saves

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100907&content_id=14424616&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

After the struggles he's had in Milwaukee this year, I didn't think he was going to make it.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 17, 2010, 08:19:23 AM
Jeter the Cheater

http://joeposnanski.si.com/2010/09/16/the-jeter-school-of-acting/
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 21, 2010, 01:26:06 PM
The campaign to get rid of maple bats will intensify now

Cubs player Tyler Colvin impaled by broken bat and hospitalized (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0920-cubs-marlins-chicago--20100919,0,1996915.story)

Quote
Colvin was coming home from third on Welington Castillo's RBI double, watching the ball in flight, when the sharp part of the broken bat hit him in the chest, inches from his heart and jugular vein. He swatted away the bat, which did not stick, and was treated immediately in the dugout.

Colvin was listed in stable condition Sunday night in the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. A tube was inserted into his chest to prevent a collapsed lung. He'll remain hospitalized for two or three days, and his promising rookie season is over. The Cubs said he was fortunate to elude a much more serious injury.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: H00513R on September 21, 2010, 08:32:32 PM
The campaign to get rid of maple bats will intensify now

Cubs player Tyler Colvin impaled by broken bat and hospitalized (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0920-cubs-marlins-chicago--20100919,0,1996915.story)

He was seriously competing for ROY too. That sucks.

Quote
Colvin was coming home from third on Welington Castillo's RBI double, watching the ball in flight, when the sharp part of the broken bat hit him in the chest, inches from his heart and jugular vein. He swatted away the bat, which did not stick, and was treated immediately in the dugout.

Colvin was listed in stable condition Sunday night in the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. A tube was inserted into his chest to prevent a collapsed lung. He'll remain hospitalized for two or three days, and his promising rookie season is over. The Cubs said he was fortunate to elude a much more serious injury.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on September 21, 2010, 09:05:20 PM
Colvin & Byrd were probably the only two Cubs having respectable seasons
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 02, 2010, 12:29:17 PM
Getting ready for playoff baseball...



The way the Yanks are playing, I see a first round sweep coming.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 02, 2010, 11:43:00 PM
Phillies set with 3-man rotation of Halladay, Oswalt & Hamels and everybody healthy. Bring 'em on. Just have to send Bobby Cox off into retirement.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 03, 2010, 12:33:56 PM
Today's the final day of the regular season but there's still plenty to play for in regarding the NL West and the NL Wildcard

If you fancy a brain meltdown, try reading all the possibilities here...............

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101002&content_id=15343306&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

In the AL East, although both the Highlanders and Rays have made the playoffs, results of their games today (New York v Boston and Tampa v Kansas City) will determine who they play in the first round of the playoff and which of them would have home field advantage for any ALCS meeting
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 06, 2010, 02:36:01 PM
Playoffs start today

Who's ya got ?

I'm going for

ALDS: Rays over Rangers
ALDS: Yankees over Twins

ALCS: Rays over Yankees

NLDS: Giants over Braves
NLDS: Phillies over Reds

NLCS: Phillies over Giants

WS: Rays over Phillies
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 07, 2010, 08:19:36 AM
What's up Doc ?

In his post-season debut, Roy Halladay throws just the second No-Hitter in playoff/WS history

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101006&content_id=15455266&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 08, 2010, 08:15:15 AM
OK, so my pick of the Rays is not looking so good
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 08, 2010, 12:05:51 PM
WOW!  I am shocked by the Rays, but I think that the Yanks may actually be able to beat the Rangers (should they not drop their pants to the Twins in the next few days).

But I still don't see them winning the WS. 

I think a Yanks/Giants world series would be cool (just for the history), but I don't think either team can make it there.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: cdbullyweefan on October 08, 2010, 12:44:33 PM
Anyone but Yankees please.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 08, 2010, 09:28:45 PM
I heart Roy Halladay
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 12, 2010, 08:19:46 AM
Giants wraps up their series against the Braves, so it's a happy retirement to Bobby Cox

Lincecum against Halladay will be a hell of a match up in game one of the NLCS

The way that the schedule stacks up, as long as there's no rainouts, the Phillies can start Halladay, Hamels or Oswalt in 12 of the potential 14 games they have left. That will be difficult for any opponent to handle
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on October 14, 2010, 10:56:39 PM
Urgh, the Yankees and Phillies are in title games again... I loathe both teams, especially Jason Werth and Phil Hughes. Please let it be Rangers vs Giants in the WS, it will be a pitching-dual, no-one wants to see the Yankees win another WS...


Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 15, 2010, 12:01:47 AM
Urgh, the Yankees and Phillies are in title games again... I loathe both teams, especially Jason Werth and Phil Hughes. Please let it be Rangers vs Giants in the WS, it will be a pitching-dual, no-one wants to see the Yankees win another WS...



Except for us Yankee fans.

Love them or hate them, people care about the Yankees.

No one cares about the rangers

I would love a Giants/Yankees WS.  That would be cool.

But I have a feeling it's texas/phillies...
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on October 15, 2010, 04:34:52 PM
Urgh, the Yankees and Phillies are in title games again... I loathe both teams, especially Jason Werth and Phil Hughes. Please let it be Rangers vs Giants in the WS, it will be a pitching-dual, no-one wants to see the Yankees win another WS...

In spite of their recent successes the Phillies are baseball's losingest team in history - and Phillies fans have endured enough years of dreadful baseball to deserve our time at the top.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 16, 2010, 11:08:03 AM

No one cares about the rangers

I would love a Giants/Yankees WS.  That would be cool.

But I have a feeling it's texas/phillies...

A Rangers v Giants Series would be another victory over those people who go on about how a few teams dominate baseball and how the NFL has such great parity than anyone has a chance (OK, maybe not the Lions)

Giants v Highlanders would be a nostalgia-fest of epic proportions.


BTW the DVD I ordered of Ken Burns' "Baseball - The Tenth Inning" arrived this week and is pencilled in for a viewing sometime this weekend
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on October 16, 2010, 11:56:20 PM
Oh dear, Texas Rangers, why do you let me and everyone else down (apart from Yankees fans, of course)? I went to sleep last night at 3am with the Rangers up 5-0 going into the 6th inning. Sabathia was dropped because his pitching wasn't very good and was replaced by Joda Chamberlain (an MLB player who actually wears his cap properly); Rangers batting and pitching was great, unlike the Yankees who's offense or defense never got going. I fall to sleep thinking that the Rangers would cruise to victory and go 1-0 up in the ALCS... the next morning I wake up, go onto MLB.com to find out how many runs the Rangers eventually won by, I stare in shock as I read the Yankees score FIVE runs in the 8th and come from behind to win 6-5. That didn't start my day off very well I must say; you simply don't throw away a five run lead in such an important game.

Well done to the Yankees though.

Watching game 2 now... thankfully it looks like the Rangers have mentally recovered, up 7-2 (five run lead... uh-oh). It looks like they'll be going back to New York with the series tied 1-1.

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on October 19, 2010, 02:55:51 PM
50 Cent 0-8 George W Bush

Fantastic win for the Rangers last night... Cliff Lee is an awesome pitcher. Lots of pressure on the Yankees going into game 4 in da Bronx.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on October 20, 2010, 01:47:19 PM
Come on the Rangers!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on October 20, 2010, 07:12:55 PM
Bronx Bombers? More like Bronx Babies... the only bombers in da Bronx are the Rangers. What is it, 18 runs in Yankee Stadium in the last 2 games... that has to be a record and I can't see it being beaten anytime soon.

Would be awesome if the Rangers wrapped it up tonight, winning all three games in Yankee Stadium winning the series 4-1, that'll leave all the Yankee fans into suicide mode. Draw ya curtains, put your cars in da garage, the guidos of NJ and NY could get a bit rowdy tonight...

My Giants vs Rangers dream WS looks like it might still happen hopefully.

P.S. Got to lol @ Giradi and A.J. Twat. Letting the Rangers have a free base run, then after disrespecting Molina, he goes and hits a home run. That was pretty funny to watch.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 21, 2010, 08:11:57 AM
After the comeback by my Red Sox from 3 games down against the Highlanders in 2004, I'm not ruling them out yet against the Ex-Senators.

The Evil Empire won last night to force a game 6 back in Arlington. However, if the Highlanders do win that game, Texas still has Cliff in reserve for the finale.

Giants look to be in a very strong position now against the Phils. It's "Doc" v "Freak" again tonight in the possible clincher
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 22, 2010, 03:15:28 PM
Bronx Bombers? More like Bronx Babies... the only bombers in da Bronx are the Rangers.

2 things

Joke number wasn't funny, unless it ws trying to be funny by being not funny, in that case it would be brilliant.

I am a Rangers fan myself (Cris Drury's dad was actually my hockey coach as a kid), but they stink.  The yankees are in the ALCS, so that doesn't make sense.




I fully expect the yankees to lose tonight by the way.
I really want SF to win the WS (I'm assuming NYY don't make it).  I also want Lincecum to come out to the mound with his hair in corn rows with the song "I Feel Like Making Love" blaring from the sound system.  that would be amazing.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 23, 2010, 11:35:27 AM

I fully expect the yankees to lose tonight by the way.
I really want SF to win the WS (I'm assuming NYY don't make it).  I also want Lincecum to come out to the mound with his hair in corn rows with the song "I Feel Like Making Love" blaring from the sound system.  that would be amazing.

You were right Paul !!

Congrats to the Washington Senators Texas Rangers. Not only is it great that they beat the Highlanders, they also made their first World Series just a few months after the despicable Tom Hicks was ousted as owner.

I also hope that the Giants make it thro' as well.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on October 23, 2010, 12:06:00 PM
Awesome. Yankees eliminated, Rangers through to the WS after beating the best two teams in the MLB - they fully deserve it and I'm happy for them. Now, all we need is the Giants to finish off the phillies tonight.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 23, 2010, 01:04:51 PM
A Giants supporting mate of mine lives just 20 mins or so from Arlington and I know I can get tickets for the games thro's other sources.

The question is, do I blow next year's baseball budget on the flights and tickets ?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on October 23, 2010, 01:16:55 PM
lol, don't blow all your money on the Rangers home games in the World Series. Save your money for next season. How many times do you go and watch baseball games in America each year?

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 23, 2010, 04:26:13 PM
lol, don't blow all your money on the Rangers home games in the World Series. Save your money for next season. How many times do you go and watch baseball games in America each year?



I'm normally Stateside twice a season. Once for a few games in Boston and then later on I meet up with some mates for a couple of weeks travelling round to various ballparks.

I also used to do an NFL/MLB/NCAA combo trip in September (one of which was 15 games in 11 days. 4x NFL, 2x NCAA Football and 9x MLB)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on October 23, 2010, 05:30:06 PM
lol, don't blow all your money on the Rangers home games in the World Series. Save your money for next season. How many times do you go and watch baseball games in America each year?



I'm normally Stateside twice a season. Once for a few games in Boston and then later on I meet up with some mates for a couple of weeks travelling round to various ballparks.

I also used to do an NFL/MLB/NCAA combo trip in September (one of which was 15 games in 11 days. 4x NFL, 2x NCAA Football and 9x MLB)
Ah, sounds good. Travelling through different states is one of my favourite things to do... I did a roadtrip with a mate in the summer starting out from NC all the way down to Miami stopping in some great cites and towns along the way, went to Braves game too which was cool.

Will be near the Tampa area in Spring... might go to a Rays game but I feel the stiupid dome would ruin the experience ha. Might just go to a Miami Heat or Orlando Magic game instead...
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 23, 2010, 10:57:42 PM
I don't mind the Trop. Its nowhere near as bad a people make out.

I'll concede that the roof'd too low for baseball and the location's not great. However, from a game watching point of view, it's fine.

I've been on the playing surface and even that's not as bad as the commentators make out

I have two mates who are season ticket holders for the Rays, so I've a standing invite to visit. However, the last time I checked, the cost of flights was ridiculous. Rather than fly to Tampa, it was actually cheaper to book an all-in trip to Disney (inc flights, hotel and theme park entry) and then ignore Mickey Mouse and head down to St Pete
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on October 24, 2010, 11:49:53 AM
I don't know who I am rooting for in the WS...

I like both teams a lot.
I think I like the Rangers a little more though.

R-
Next time you come to The Almighty Yankee Stadium, You have to sit in the bleachers.  No more leaving me for the good seats!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 24, 2010, 02:13:55 PM
"The Giants win the pennant.............. the Giants win the pennant"

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on October 24, 2010, 03:55:25 PM
Of course Joe Buck would use that line.  What a tit.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 26, 2010, 08:02:20 AM
Of course Joe Buck would use that line.  What a tit.

Sensibly, Jon Miller steered clear of using "TGWTP... TGWTP" on the Giants radio broadcast.

I don't mind Joe Buck, its McCarver that I can't stand (he's almost as bad as Joe Morgan). However, would Joe be so high profile if his dad wasn't one of the all time greats ?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 27, 2010, 08:33:55 AM
World Series starts tonight

Who's ya got ?

Which will be most effective, the Giants' pitching lead by "The Freak" or the Rangers' hitting lead by "The Junkie" ?

I'll say, Texas in 6 games
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: taylorsworkrate on October 27, 2010, 05:58:09 PM
I'll go Giants in 6.

The freak to pitch a no hitter in his second game of the series.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on October 27, 2010, 08:46:06 PM
I think it'll go to 7 games... can't pick a winner though.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 28, 2010, 08:24:36 AM
Wow, with Freak against Cliff, I wasn't expecting a slugfest

More after I've watched the game
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2010, 07:32:17 AM
2 zip San Fran

Great pitching from both starters but then a total meltdown by the Texas bullpen.

Series moves to Arlington on Saturday with the Rangers in a deep hole
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 01, 2010, 07:52:49 AM
3 - 1 Giants.

Yesterday was not a good day for the sports fans of North Texas
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on November 01, 2010, 04:24:50 PM
Rangers appear to struggling much more than I thought against the Giants. Lets see if they can get it together for a do or die match tonight.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 01, 2010, 07:50:16 PM
Interesting feature on Sky News earlier comparing the US Mid Term elections to the World Series. SF being the bastion of liberal America and Texas being a hotbed of right wing nuttery (not that a Murdoch channel put it in those words)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: joe_c on November 02, 2010, 12:47:02 AM
Madison Bumgarner? Seriously?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 02, 2010, 07:58:19 AM
Madison Bumgarner? Seriously?

Shame that he never got to pitch to Chuck Knoblauch

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 02, 2010, 08:01:25 AM
The Giants win game 5 to take the Series 4 games to 1

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101101&content_id=15949454&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb


Well done to The Freak and the rest of the team in winning their first title since 1954 and their first ever whilst based in San Fran

(http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/media/ALeqM5j6DsptJWt49cnkN_dy2pWWQ127ig?docId=photo_1288667168325-1-0&size=l)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on November 02, 2010, 03:44:51 PM
Well done Giants on their first World Series since moving to San Francisco. I must say I don't think too many people would of expected this to happen back in August when they were behind in the National League wildcard chase with San Diego cruising in their division.

Oh well, another great season in the MLB... roll on the 2011 season...
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 05, 2010, 07:57:25 AM
A sad start to the "hot-stove" season

Sparky Anderson dead at 76

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5764168

Managed both the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds (the "Big Red Machine" team of Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench) to World Series titles.

(http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2010/11/04/hBM8vYBw.jpg)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 09, 2010, 08:26:36 AM
The end of "Jon & Joe"

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_1x1mvb2W23Q/SilL0WYbC4I/AAAAAAAABjA/iIq-Memp4EU/s400/Joe-Morgan_2.jpg)

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5782045

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Jon Miller and Joe Morgan's 21-year run on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" is over.

Morgan's contract is expiring and he will not be renewed. Miller's contract is also expiring though he may remain at ESPN working the "Sunday Night Baseball" series and postseason baseball for ESPN Radio.

There was a time when the only baseball available on UK TV was Channel 4's broadcast of the ESPN Sunday Night Game with Jon and Joe in the booth.

Jon Miller remains one of my favourite commentators but I gradually came to realise that Joe talked absolute bollocks and tried to bring every story back to himself.

However, having met Joe a few years back, I will say he is a really interesting guy to talk to.

So far I've not met Jon. The closest I came was in Montreal back in 2000. Jon was recording his pregame intro in the broadcast booth whilst I was being given a guided tour of the press box by the Expos PR guy.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on November 09, 2010, 10:20:08 PM
Thank God Joe Morgan is gone.

I can't believe he lasted as long as he did.  He was truly an insult to broadcasting.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: PeterWithesShin on November 09, 2010, 11:26:55 PM
I used to enjoy their commentary, especially in the early days of C4 coverage. Despite at the time being new to the game, for the most part I could follow what they were on about. I reckon that they, and of course the legend that is Todd Macklin, are a big reason baseball got a decent following in this country.

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 10, 2010, 11:16:40 AM
I used to enjoy their commentary, especially in the early days of C4 coverage. Despite at the time being new to the game, for the most part I could follow what they were on about. I reckon that they, and of course the legend that is Todd Macklin, are a big reason baseball got a decent following in this country.



Todd & Johnny were the best pairing on Five's baseball coverage, even if they did get my name wrong when they did a feature on me back in 2000.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 03, 2010, 01:24:02 PM
Cubs legend Ron Santo dead at 70

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Santo

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 04, 2010, 07:55:36 PM
Looks like the Red Sox might be about to trade for Adrian Gonzalez

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb/news/story?id=5882356

This will definitely help their offense for 2011.

I expect that Youk will now move back to Third Base and Beltre's days in Boston are over.

Now, either trade for Justin Upton or sign Carl Crawford
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on December 04, 2010, 10:42:46 PM
I expect that Youk will now move back to Third Base and Beltre's days in Boston are over.

Are you sure after one season?  I don't think Youk will go anywhere, but I thought Beltre was a good signing, so it's hard to see him going so soon.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 05, 2010, 12:06:21 PM
Beltre is a free agent and is looking for more in terms of money and years that the Sox are willing to offer to a player in his early thirties.

He took a one year deal in Boston last off-season in preference to a multi-year deal from the A's

And now, in the least shocking news of the off-season, it appears that the Highlanders will be re-signing Derek Jeter ("Number 2............. Jeter......... Number 2")

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=5884052
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 06, 2010, 01:30:31 PM
Jayson Werth bids farewell to competitive baseball and signs a 7 year, $126m contract with the Washington Natinals

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5888329
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on December 06, 2010, 05:03:43 PM
lol what a career move for Jason Werth... it's all about $$$ these days.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on December 06, 2010, 09:58:26 PM
I can't believe the Werth signing.  That came out of left field to me.

I am really glad Jeter is coming back.  I wasn't sure how I was going to explain that to my 3 year old had he left.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 07, 2010, 08:27:32 AM
Despite yet another change in its make up the Hall of Fame "Veterans Committee" remains a joke.

I've no problem with Pat Gillick being elected. He did a great job as a General Manager, especially with Toronto and Philly.

I can make a case for not electing "The Boss" but I thought that he'd get in. My real complaint is the ongoing failure to elect Marvin Miller.

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Voting from the Veterans Committee for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame (12 of 16 votes needed for election):

• Pat Gillick (13 votes, 81.25 percent)
• Marvin Miller (11 votes, 68.75 percent)
• Dave Concepcion (8 votes, 50 percent)
• Fewer than 8 votes: Ted Simmons, Vida Blue, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Al Oliver, Rusty Staub and George Steinbrenner.


http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hof11/news/story?id=5890610
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on December 07, 2010, 11:52:47 PM
Cliff Lee to the Nats now?! What on earth is going on lol. I heard his wife hates New York fans for some reason.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 08, 2010, 07:58:09 AM
Cliff Lee to the Nats now?! What on earth is going on lol. I heard his wife hates New York fans for some reason.

Some Highlanders fans gave Mrs Lee verbal abuse during the Rangers @ Highlanders playoff series
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 09, 2010, 10:30:28 AM
It looks like the Sox might also be close to signing Carl Crawford

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb/news/story?id=5901372

An outfield rotation of Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, JD Drew and Mike Cameron looks pretty good on paper

Add to this, the presence of A-Gon and things are looking pretty good in Boston.

However, as always, it'll be how the starting pitching performs that matters most
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on December 09, 2010, 10:49:31 PM
I never want to hear a redsox fan ever say the yankees "buy their championships"


BTW, quick quiz question:

Last year only ONE team had more homegrown players than the Yankees.  Who was that team?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 10, 2010, 10:20:32 AM
I never want to hear a redsox fan ever say the yankees "buy their championships"


BTW, quick quiz question:

Last year only ONE team had more homegrown players than the Yankees.  Who was that team?

I see nothing wrong with "buying a championship". I've more of a problem with the draft system.

Here's a good article by Olbermann regarding how acting like the Sox and Highlanders is nothing new

http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/12/110_years_of_buying_the_best.html


As for your quiz............ off the top of my head and without googling, I'll go for the Royals or Rays

http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/12/110_years_of_buying_the_best.html
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 12, 2010, 03:03:48 PM
Ticket booked for eight Sox games at Fenway next season

(Loads of smiling, clapping emoticon thingys)

BA have a link up with the hotel I normally stay at. I'd prefer to fly with AA but using BA almost halves my flight/hotel costs.

Hopefully there will be no industrial action. I'm flying around the time of Kate & Willy's wedding. I'm banking on UNITE not risking a strike that week for fear of an "off with their heads" situation.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 14, 2010, 08:06:05 AM
Cliff Lee signs with the Phillies

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove10/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=5918008

I didn't see that one coming
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on December 15, 2010, 10:52:08 AM
yeah, I didn't see that coming either.

Nothing much anyone could do.  He wanted to be there and took less money to make it happen. 

People here are trashing Cashman, but I don't see how this could possibly be his fault.

And the only team with more homegrown players the last year the yanks won the world series was actually the Rockies.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 16, 2010, 08:21:50 AM
Farewell to Bob "Rapid Robert" Feller, dead at 92

(http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2010/1215/mlb_e_bob_feller_obit_b1_576.jpg)

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=kurkjian_tim&id=5900647

Pitching legend and, even though he was white, a leading proponent of the integration of US sports
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 16, 2010, 08:21:49 PM
Blimey, a baseball thread... fantastic, i've been on H and V for ages and never seen this!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 16, 2010, 08:26:39 PM
Oh and don't laugh, i'm a big Cubs fan.. I went to Wrigley 10 years ago and have loved them ever since, I haven't made it yet but the drive to Chicago is 15 hours away, I keep trying to convince the wife we should go for the shopping! ;)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on December 16, 2010, 11:21:24 PM
Cubs are a cool team to follow.  It will make it that much better when they win.

I am planning on bringing my son to the stadium for the first time this year.  He is really excited.  He's 2.5 years old and ALL he talks about is "Me and daddy are going to YANKEE STADDDDDDIUUUUUM".

It's great.  He even carries around a picture.

The only question now is, do I put him in a good seat, or use the ticket package I get in the bleachers...

Might as well go all in and throw him into the bleachers, right?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 17, 2010, 07:39:12 AM
Oh and don't laugh, i'm a big Cubs fan.. I went to Wrigley 10 years ago and have loved them ever since, I haven't made it yet but the drive to Chicago is 15 hours away, I keep trying to convince the wife we should go for the shopping! ;)

Welcome to the thread and commiserations on being a Cubs fan. I've sure things will work out one of these centuries.

You were at Wrigley ten years ago and liked it ?!? (or were you so beered up, you didn't notice that it was a dump ?)

If you work your way thro' this thread you'll see that, originally,  Wrigley wasn't one of my favourite ballparks (and making a comment to that effect nearly had me run out of a press conference I was giving in Cooperstown).

However, in the last couple of years they at last seem to me doing some maintenance and making the most of what they have, rather than just relying on the "wow" factor.

Not long now until "Pitchers & Catchers" and the start of a season that will obviously end in a Red Sox versus Phillies World Series.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 17, 2010, 07:39:41 AM
Cubs are a cool team to follow.  It will make it that much better when they win.

I am planning on bringing my son to the stadium for the first time this year.  He is really excited.  He's 2.5 years old and ALL he talks about is "Me and daddy are going to YANKEE STADDDDDDIUUUUUM".

It's great.  He even carries around a picture.

The only question now is, do I put him in a good seat, or use the ticket package I get in the bleachers...

Might as well go all in and throw him into the bleachers, right?

Don't forget to take him to "Stan's" first !!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 17, 2010, 07:57:36 AM
Boston sign another bald, fat guy. There's hope for me yet

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb/news/story?id=5926886

Bobby Jenks joins the Red Sox Nation

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on December 17, 2010, 08:42:09 AM
Cliff Lee signs with the Phillies
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove10/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=5918008

Thank you Santa!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 19, 2010, 03:07:56 AM
Oh and don't laugh, i'm a big Cubs fan.. I went to Wrigley 10 years ago and have loved them ever since, I haven't made it yet but the drive to Chicago is 15 hours away, I keep trying to convince the wife we should go for the shopping! ;)

Welcome to the thread and commiserations on being a Cubs fan. I've sure things will work out one of these centuries.

You were at Wrigley ten years ago and liked it ?!? (or were you so beered up, you didn't notice that it was a dump ?)

If you work your way thro' this thread you'll see that, originally,  Wrigley wasn't one of my favourite ballparks (and making a comment to that effect nearly had me run out of a press conference I was giving in Cooperstown).

However, in the last couple of years they at last seem to me doing some maintenance and making the most of what they have, rather than just relying on the "wow" factor.

Not long now until "Pitchers & Catchers" and the start of a season that will obviously end in a Red Sox versus Phillies World Series.

Give the Cubs a few years and we will have a stronger team, as long as they move Hendry on from GM soon otherwise it could be next century but being a Villa fan as well I have to be the eternal optimist.

As for Wrigley, I had been to a few ballparks and they all seemed so sterile, I loved the feel of the place, the stadium and it was a day game (a doubleheader against the Dodgers all for $10) the atmosphere, the stands reminded me of the old trinity and it was a true american tradition. I'm sure Fenway has a similar character that cannot be transferred into the new ballparks, and that is what I love about baseball... you are watching the game in the same surrounding as it was years ago. Next time you go to Chicago give it another chance, i'm sure it will be more enjoyable for you.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 19, 2010, 04:45:10 PM

As for Wrigley, I had been to a few ballparks and they all seemed so sterile, I loved the feel of the place, the stadium and it was a day game (a doubleheader against the Dodgers all for $10) the atmosphere, the stands reminded me of the old trinity and it was a true american tradition. I'm sure Fenway has a similar character that cannot be transferred into the new ballparks, and that is what I love about baseball... you are watching the game in the same surrounding as it was years ago. Next time you go to Chicago give it another chance, i'm sure it will be more enjoyable for you.

I've been to Wrigley the last two seasons and there's definitely an improvement in the way that the place is being looked after.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 19, 2010, 05:05:30 PM
Royals seem like they'll be trading Zach Greinke to the Brewers

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5935586

That removes the last reason to watch Kansas City

Milwaukee should suit Zach. Given his past troubles, a major market wouldn't have been good for him
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 19, 2010, 09:14:18 PM

As for Wrigley, I had been to a few ballparks and they all seemed so sterile, I loved the feel of the place, the stadium and it was a day game (a doubleheader against the Dodgers all for $10) the atmosphere, the stands reminded me of the old trinity and it was a true american tradition. I'm sure Fenway has a similar character that cannot be transferred into the new ballparks, and that is what I love about baseball... you are watching the game in the same surrounding as it was years ago. Next time you go to Chicago give it another chance, i'm sure it will be more enjoyable for you.

I've been to Wrigley the last two seasons and there's definitely an improvement in the way that the place is being looked after.

Great stuff UK Redsox, hope you had a great time... as for the Cubs if their farm system is as good as they say it is and once we off load some of the big salaries we might be contenders again, except for when it comes to the playoffs!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 06, 2011, 08:04:42 AM
Congratulations to Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven on their election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hof11/news/story?id=5991808

The voters gave a resounding "No" to those players guilty/suspected of P.E.D. use.


Next year's list of new eligible candidates is pretty poor, so Barry Larkin should make it in.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 10, 2011, 08:48:54 AM
I see that the kid killed in the Tucson shootings was Dallas Green's granddaughter
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on January 10, 2011, 05:56:43 PM
I see that the kid killed in the Tucson shootings was Dallas Green's granddaughter

Such a tragic loss, she was born on September 11th 2001 and unnecessarily died because she enjoyed politics and wanted to go and meet a member of congress as she had recently joined her student council.

Was her Grandfather the scout for the Dodgers?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 11, 2011, 08:42:19 AM

Was her Grandfather the scout for the Dodgers?

I think that being manager of the Phillies, Yankees and Mets trumps being "scout for the Dodgers", buy yes, that't the guy
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 12, 2011, 08:15:15 AM
After visiting the "Louisville Slugger Museum Shop", please remember that bats MUST go in your checked luggage

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/115/309924706_8be3783d66.jpg)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on January 12, 2011, 04:29:29 PM
Was her Grandfather the scout for the Dodgers?

I believe her father is the one who's the Dodgers' scout.

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on January 14, 2011, 09:03:56 PM
After visiting the "Louisville Slugger Museum Shop", please remember that bats MUST go in your checked luggage

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/115/309924706_8be3783d66.jpg)

Where did you find that image?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 15, 2011, 09:50:20 AM

Where did you find that image?

Baseball Think Factory. My second stop of the day (after ESPN) in my baseball reading

http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/files/newsstand/discussion/image_of_the_day_louisville_airports_problem/
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on January 18, 2011, 05:00:07 PM
Around a month to go before the start of spring training, anyone getting excited about the new season?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on January 19, 2011, 01:00:50 AM
After visiting the "Louisville Slugger Museum Shop", please remember that bats MUST go in your checked luggage

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/115/309924706_8be3783d66.jpg)

This is amazing!

I am getting excited for the season!

The yankees signed... uh.... Rafael Soriano?!?!  For 11.3 mill per for 3?  with an opt out after 2 years?

ummmmmmm.......


In other news, April 16th will be my son's first Yankee game (Rangers).  He's pumped.  He's also 3, and doesn't understand how the yankees are going to play the Rangers, since the rangers are a hockey team...
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 19, 2011, 01:53:50 PM
Bad news for H&V's Royals fans, Gill Meche has had to retire

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/01/18/2591854/royals-meche-announces-retirement.html
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 23, 2011, 12:14:37 PM
Tampa Bay Rays turning into Red Sox South by signing both Manny and Johnny

http://www.foxsportsflorida.com/01/22/11/New-additions-bring-excitement-back-to-T/layout_raysblog.html?blockID=395953&feedID=3722
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 08, 2011, 09:55:32 PM
Happy "Truck Day" everybody

(http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2011/02/08/1__1297168840_7052.jpg)

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2011/02/its_truck_day.html
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on February 09, 2011, 08:44:51 AM
Why do so many baseball players take drugs? Surely the game is about timing and natural talent more than raw speed? Obviously I can work out why competitors roid up in cycling or athletics.

For a time the game became less about timing and stringing together base hits ("let's get a rally going") and more about power. The sluggers took over the game.

In the past, one of the measures of a home-run hitters' value as a team player was to multiply his number of homeruns by 3 - if his RBI (runs batted in) total was less than the HR X 3 figure - he was considered less of a team player.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 09, 2011, 12:17:55 PM
There's also the advantage that users of steroids and HGH get in terms of recovering from injuries and delaying/reducing the effects age related wear and tear.

The 1990s and early 2000s were a period when many older players were having unprecedented success. The fact that there are no longer so many successful players in their late 30s is a good indicator that many of those who enjoyed success during the "Steroid Era", wouldn't have still been in the game without chemical assistance.


It appears that as far as the media and public are concerned, use of steroids/HGH only really matters in baseball. There's nowhere near the outrage when a NFL or NBA player tests positive.

IMO this is because people view baseball as something that they could do themselves if they'd had a bit of luck or a bit more talent. The players are (apart from the odd physical freak and steroid user) the size of the man in the street. NFL and NBA players however are just so much bigger than most people that its hard to relate to them.

There's also the fact that statistics and the way they they're affected by P.E.D. use only matters in baseball. Very few people can quote NFL or NBA stats, but most sports fans Stateside would immediately know what was meant by "714", "755" and "61" without even having to explain the context.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 09, 2011, 11:29:16 PM
Not to repeat all that has been written, but MLB loved that big hit homerun stuff, and encouraged by not discouraging the drugs.  The bigger the hits, the bigger the ratings.

But the other side is a LONG grueling schedule, with teams full of guys who used up most of their energy getting out of triple A ball.

The avg juicer isn't Big Papi and Arod, it's some journey man pitcher on his 10th season or some utility player who knows the minute that shoulder or knee causes him to miss a game, it's all over.

Anyone who has even just experimented with any Test (not hgh, that stuff just builds size) knows that the stuff will make you do ANYTHING better.  The stuff will even improve your eye hand coordination and bat speed.  you could bench press every single day and not be sore.  Stuff is amazing.

Unfortunately like all great things, it kills you as well...
Title: Baseball
Post by: cdbullyweefan on February 09, 2011, 11:38:34 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 14, 2011, 08:50:14 AM
First workouts for Pitchers & Catchers today.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 14, 2011, 10:40:55 PM
First workouts for Pitchers & Catchers today.


Have you seen any pics of CC?  He lost a TON of weight.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 15, 2011, 07:43:32 AM
CC needed to drop some pounds to help hime carry the dead weight that is the rest of the Yankees starting rotation.

Forget "Spahn & Sain and pray for rain", its "Sabathia and Hughes then we get the Blues". I'm not that sure about Phil Hughes either.

Even Keith Olbermann is pessimistic about the 2011 Highlanders

http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/archives/2011/02/pitchers_and_catchers_report_n.html
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 17, 2011, 08:35:13 PM
Albert and his agent have stuck to their deadline and called of talks for the season.

Apparently, the Cards' offer to Pujols was below the amount paid to A-Rod, Mauer, CC, Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee.

St Louis are taking a real risk here. Albert could quite easily end up with the Cubs if the Cards act cheap
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on February 19, 2011, 08:26:04 PM
Albert and his agent have stuck to their deadline and called of talks for the season.

Apparently, the Cards' offer to Pujols was below the amount paid to A-Rod, Mauer, CC, Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee.

St Louis are taking a real risk here. Albert could quite easily end up with the Cubs if the Cards act cheap

The media over here keeps mentioning Pujols coming to the Cubs if nothing happens with the Cards, do you think they have linked them together because of the rivalry and to put the Cards front office under pressure or can you see him actually playing in the North Side of Chicago?

I'd be happy if he came North but can't see it happening!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 20, 2011, 10:20:17 AM
The media over here keeps mentioning Pujols coming to the Cubs if nothing happens with the Cards, do you think they have linked them together because of the rivalry and to put the Cards front office under pressure or can you see him actually playing in the North Side of Chicago?

I'd be happy if he came North but can't see it happening!

It's a process of elimination really. If you look at the clubs that might interest Albert and then consider their First Base set up...............

Highlanders - Teixeira on a long term deal
Phillies - Howard on a long term deal
Red Sox - Gonzalez on a long term deal that should be announced on or around opening day
Mets - Club and ownership in chaos due to the Wilpon's involvement with Bernie Madoff
Dodgers - Club and ownership in chaos due to the McCourt's divorce.

That leaves one club with a vacancy at First Base, money to spend and a new owner looking to make a big signing.................. the Cubs
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Situation on February 20, 2011, 07:13:12 PM
Albert Pujols is such a classy player, St Louis need him more than he needs them.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on February 22, 2011, 08:37:24 AM

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 22, 2011, 10:03:02 AM
Altogether now............. "Third Base !!"
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on February 22, 2011, 12:23:04 PM
Braves look like they could use someone at 1B.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 22, 2011, 12:27:46 PM
I thought that the Braves had high hopes for Freddie Freeman ?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on February 22, 2011, 05:35:31 PM



I love that sketch, well the Cubs have to see how Pena gets on this season and they are clearing some wages off the payroll at the end of 2011 so maybe he will move to the Cubs.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 24, 2011, 07:38:18 AM
In the first major injury blow of Spring Training, it appears that the Card' Adam Wainwright will be out for the season

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/cliff_corcoran/02/23/adam.wainwright/index.html
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 24, 2011, 09:02:10 AM
He's smarrrrrrrrrrrrrrter than the average catcher (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/sports/baseball/24yogi.html?_r=4&hp=&pagewanted=print)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on February 27, 2011, 08:58:32 PM
He's smarrrrrrrrrrrrrrter than the average catcher (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/sports/baseball/24yogi.html?_r=4&hp=&pagewanted=print)

What is this story about UKRS?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 27, 2011, 09:19:18 PM
He's smarrrrrrrrrrrrrrter than the average catcher (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/sports/baseball/24yogi.html?_r=4&hp=&pagewanted=print)

What is this story about UKRS?



It was just a story about Yogi being at the Highlanders Spring Training again this year.

It was free-to-read when I found it but I guess it became part of the NYT's subscription after a day or so.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 28, 2011, 07:32:27 AM
(http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/0227/mlb_dukesniderts_576.jpg)

Duke Snider dead at 84

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=6164805

http://uk.video.yahoo.com/watch/456784
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on March 03, 2011, 11:22:18 AM
hey guys, I don't know where else to put this, but since I spend more time on this thread than any other one, I figure here would be a good place.

I just signed up for St. Baldricks, which is a charity to raise money for children's cancer research.

You set a goal and if you hit it, you shave your head.

People also add in extra to make you do stupid things.  I will let the highest bidder pick my clothes (prom dress, red sox uni, whatever) and wear it on stage in this arena in front of about 8,000 people.

Well whatever.  it is all here....

http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/participantid/442255


You have all been spammed I guess...

Now go back to your daily routine.

p.s.  The red sox suck
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on March 24, 2011, 05:09:56 PM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Barry Bonds on here, he's heading back to court!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 25, 2011, 11:25:20 AM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Barry Bonds on here, he's heading back to court!

I'm numb to the whole PED, BALCO, Bonds, Clemens, Sosa etc thing now and don't pay that much attention to it.

Its obvious that some players cheated but we'll never really know who, how or how much.

Although I'd still like to see Bonds and Clemens get done by the Feds (for being obnoxious arrogant arseholes, if nothing else), I can't work up any excitement in the court cases themselves.


-------------------------------------------

"The Defendant settles down in court, ready to defend himself against allegations of lying about using body-altering drugs"

(http://www.drunkenbleachers.com/images/blog/barry_bonds.jpg)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on March 28, 2011, 03:09:29 AM
Great picture, he looks a bit like serena williams
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 30, 2011, 10:54:57 AM
Say goodbye to Longo's little friend !! (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Longoria-says-AK-47-stolen-from-house-is-8216-;_ylt=AtUOoHjfDtzGn7kdbL8CdMsRvLYF?urn=mlb-wp1608)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on March 31, 2011, 09:20:00 AM
Happy Opening Day everybody

Who's ya got for 2011 ?


I'll go for............

AL East - Red Sox
AL Central - White Sox
AL West - Rangers
AL Wild Card - Yankees

NL East - Braves
NL Central - Reds
NL West - Rockies
NL Wild Card - Phillies

World Series - Red Sox over Braves

AL MVP - A-Rod
NL MVP - Car-Go

AL Cy - CC Sabathia
NL Cy - Ubaldo Jimenez
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on March 31, 2011, 10:54:16 AM
NL East - Phillies

World Series - Phillies over Red Sox

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on March 31, 2011, 11:33:45 AM
The Royals will win them all.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on March 31, 2011, 04:53:17 PM
Braves v White Sox in the World Series for me, with the Braves winning in 6 games.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 01, 2011, 12:25:18 PM
Just listened to the Brewers opening game

Uecker is still great
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on April 01, 2011, 07:23:21 PM
Opening day for the Cubs, this is the year!









right?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on April 01, 2011, 07:36:00 PM
Opening day for the Cubs, this is the year!
Given that they are playing the Pirates, they will probably get off to a great start.   Read into that absolutely nothing.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on April 02, 2011, 02:39:33 AM
Opening day for the Cubs, this is the year!
Given that they are playing the Pirates, they will probably get off to a great start.   Read into that absolutely nothing.

Not the start the cubs were looking for!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Louzie0 on April 02, 2011, 02:51:55 AM
are the pirates like, really bad?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on April 02, 2011, 03:48:30 AM
are the pirates like, really bad?

They haven't had a 'winning' season in 15 years.   Winning = won more games than they lost.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 02, 2011, 08:19:09 PM
are the pirates like, really bad?

They haven't had a 'winning' season in 15 years.   Winning = won more games than they lost.

The Curse of the Bondsino ?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 04, 2011, 08:44:12 PM
Message to a certain team in Boston... "THE SEASON'S FECKING STARTED !!"
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 06, 2011, 08:12:28 AM
A Phillies fan, a Mets fan, & a Yankees fan are climbing a mountain & arguing about who loves his team more.

The Mets fan insists he is the most loyal. He shouts ''This is for the Mets!'' & jumps off the mountain.

Not to be outdone, the Philllies fan is next to profess his love for his team. He shouts "This is for the Phillies!!!" & pushes the Yankees fan off the mountain.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on April 06, 2011, 12:59:42 PM
Message to a certain team in Boston... "THE SEASON'S FECKING STARTED !!"

Lost again last night 0-4.  Nightmare.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 06, 2011, 02:50:00 PM
Cole Hamels crashed and burned in his debut:

IP      H      R      ER   HB    BB
2.2     7     6        6     1     2
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on April 06, 2011, 06:03:52 PM
A Phillies fan, a Mets fan, & a Yankees fan are climbing a mountain & arguing about who loves his team more.

The Mets fan insists he is the most loyal. He shouts ''This is for the Mets!'' & jumps off the mountain.

Not to be outdone, the Philllies fan is next to profess his love for his team. He shouts "This is for the Phillies!!!" & pushes the Yankees fan off the mountain.

Nice one, i'll use that
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 07, 2011, 08:06:26 AM
Fat Boy Blanton got the bats behind him after a Hamels-like performance against the Mets yesterday - pitches 3 scoreless innings then gives up 7 runs in 1.1 innings:

                          IP      H    R    ER    BB    K    HR    
J. Blanton    4.1     10    7      7       2    6    1    

The bats always seem to be silent when Hamels is crashing and burning.....   
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on April 07, 2011, 10:05:54 AM
Anybody got any idea what the Comrade's posts actually mean?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 07, 2011, 11:48:18 AM
I'll translate:

Joe Blanton pitched 4 and 1/3 innings* (IP) during which time the Mets got 10 hits (H) and scored 7 runs (R), 7 of which they earned** (ER).  He also walked (W) two batters, struck out (KO) 6 and gave up a home run (HR).

*To be credited with pitching all or part of an inning, a pitcher must record at least one out. Blanton faced a number of betters in the 5th inning but omnly managed to record one out. It is not uncommon for a pitcher t6o face a number of batters in an inning and record 0 outs - the box score will simply state "Pitcher X faced # batters in the #th inning"

** In simple terms, an earned run is recorded when a team scores a run that is not the result of an error by the opposing team - i.e. they earned it.

The stats are the best thing about baseball!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on April 07, 2011, 12:22:58 PM
Ta, what's 'BB' though?

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: VillaZogmariner on April 07, 2011, 12:23:40 PM
A gun?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 07, 2011, 12:26:20 PM
Ta, what's 'BB' though?

It is another way of expressing a "walk". BB = "Base on Balls" or in the full "Batter reached base on balls"

In baseball pitching, a "ball" is like a "no-ball" in cricket. 
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Dave Cooper please on April 07, 2011, 12:30:14 PM
Got you.
I understand the rules, it's a pretty simple game really, I just never got all those numbers and letter on the scoreboards!
Hitting the batter gives a walk as well doesn't it? Does that come under 'BB'?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 07, 2011, 02:53:47 PM
Hitting the batter gives a walk as well doesn't it? Does that come under 'BB'?

Kind of - hitting the batter is called a "hit by pitch" (HBP) or "hit batsmen" (HB) - and you get to go to first base like a walk.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on April 07, 2011, 07:13:05 PM
Hitting the batter gives a walk as well doesn't it? Does that come under 'BB'?

Kind of - hitting the batter is called a "hit by pitch" (HBP) or "hit batsmen" (HB) - and you get to go to first base like a walk.
Sounds like a leg bye. The BB comes after 4 balls doesn't it? (so long as they're not in the box thing).
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on April 07, 2011, 09:20:20 PM
Boston 0 - 6, that is not good... come on Red Sox don't give the Yankees the pennant that easily.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 08, 2011, 08:08:23 AM
The BB comes after 4 balls doesn't it? (so long as they're not in the box thing).

That's right - the box thing is "the strike zone"
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 08, 2011, 08:09:33 AM
Boston 0 - 6, that is not good... come on Red Sox don't give the Yankees the pennant that easily.

This is getting bloody stupid now.

I was looking for the Red Sox to give me some much needed relief from the Villa debacle. However, things in Boston are looking just as bad (without the threat of relegation, of course).

If they don't sort things out soon, they'll have one pissed of Brit yelling at them from the Fenway stands at the end of  the month
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 08, 2011, 08:12:22 AM
Phillies 11 - 0 Mets

Made me day.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 08, 2011, 12:56:06 PM
Phillies 11 - 0 Mets

Made me day.

With Doc pitching, that was 10 runs more than they required
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 08, 2011, 12:58:06 PM
With Doc pitching, that was 10 runs more than they required

Yep - the should've saved some for the next time Hamels starts.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on April 08, 2011, 08:00:26 PM
Red Sox v Yankees is on in Canada and it's a great game so far, hopefully the sox get the sweep this weekend.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 09, 2011, 10:39:17 AM
OK, who had April 8 in the "Manny-being-Manny" sweepstakes ?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=6311407

Manny gets busted for PEDs for a second time and decides to retire.


In other news, the Sox resurgence has begun !! a 156 and 6 season is now on the cards
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 09, 2011, 12:09:52 PM
Ta, what's 'BB' though?



(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_P1aSfh7IEUE/TTTgeekG7qI/AAAAAAAABPg/PYeRIvVhifY/s1600/brigitte+bardot+interview.jpg)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on April 09, 2011, 04:17:40 PM
What a class act Manny is!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 14, 2011, 09:06:41 AM
Barry Bonds "Guilty"........... well, kind of !!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6347014
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on April 14, 2011, 04:16:16 PM
Barry Bonds "Guilty"........... well, kind of !!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6347014

I'm sure they'll throw it out next month.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 15, 2011, 04:00:39 PM
Barry Bonds "Guilty"........... well, kind of !!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6347014

I'm sure they'll throw it out next month.

Just in time for the start of Rocket's trial for lying to Congress
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on April 15, 2011, 04:27:38 PM
Not that it would happen but if they both went down and ended up in the same jail they would have a great ball team.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 16, 2011, 09:49:01 AM
2 and fecking 10 !!

I'm going to have some serious words with the Boston nine when I see them in a couple of weeks
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on April 16, 2011, 04:24:39 PM
2 and fecking 10 !!

I'm going to have some serious words with the Boston nine when I see them in a couple of weeks

I watched the Jays game on canadian tv and the sox looked good for a while but something is not right there, almost like the Villa
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 16, 2011, 05:41:26 PM
Not that it would happen but if they both went down and ended up in the same jail they would have a great ball team.

Reminiscent of Charlie Sheen's character in the film Major League

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on April 17, 2011, 12:41:40 PM
I took my 3 year old son to his first Yankee game at the stadium yesterday.  It ended up being rainy and about 40 degrees F.  (because of the weather we got free tickets to another game (which is customary when the Yankees play an official game in the rain).

But the Yankees won, so it was good.  He had a good time until about the 2nd pitch in the first inning when he realized that Mariano Rivera wasn't going to be in. 

He then asked me every 1.5 seconds when Mo was coming in...

...for 4 hours in the rain.


It was also probably the most costly game I have ever been too.

As for the Redsox (I haven't been on here in a while), they will be fine... unfortunately.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on April 17, 2011, 12:51:38 PM
Found this online.  Take it with a grain of salt though since I pay $12.00 for Yankee tickets and have never really paid more (but I now do pay $35 to park...)

From CNBC for 2011:
The highest non-premium ticket prices are the Boston Red Sox ($53.38), the New York Yankees ($51.83), the Chicago Cubs ($46.90 and the Chicago White Sox ($40.67).

The lowest non-premium ticket prices are the Pittsburgh Pirates ($15.30), San Diego Padres ($15.45), Arizona Diamondbacks ($15.74) and the Los Angeles Angels ($17.13).

The highest raises on non-premium ticket prices as compared to last year are the San Francisco Giants (14.1%), Detroit Tigers (10.3%), Philadelphia Phillies (10%) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (10%).

The most expensive beers are sold by the Boston Red Sox (60.4 cents an oz.), New York Yankees (50 cents an ounce) and the St. Louis Cardinals (54.1 cents an oz.)

The cheapest beers are sold by the Arizona Diamondbacks (28.6 cents an oz.), Pittsburgh Pirates (31.2 cents an oz.), Texas Rangers (31.2 cents an oz.), Philadelphia Phillies (32.1 cents an oz.) and Los Angeles Angels (32.1 cents an oz.)

The most expensive hot dogs are sold by the New York Mets ($5.50), Toronto Blue Jays ($5.11).

The cheapest hot dogs are sold by the Cincinnati Reds ($1), Baltimore Orioles ($2).

The most expensive parking is the New York Yankees ($35), Boston Red Sox ($27), Chicago Cubs ($25) and the Chicago White Sox ($23).

The cheapest parking is the Tampa Bay Rays ($0), Washington Nationals ($5), Detroit Tigers ($5), Minnesota Twins ($6) and the Kansas City Royals ($6).
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 17, 2011, 07:52:54 PM
I tend to do the same at Baseball as I do at Villa, i smuggle in food and drink.

During my epic 30 ballparks in 32 days trip back in 2000, we rated the food quality & price at each of them. If anyone wants to sponsor me to update the research, please let me know
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 19, 2011, 08:06:39 AM
Time for the Phillies to get rid of Blanton.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 19, 2011, 09:39:55 AM
Time for the Phillies to get rid of Blanton.

I know that he's been struggling but 2 earned runs over 7 innings against the Brewers seems OK. In fact, I think it qualifies as a "Quality Start".
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 22, 2011, 07:13:42 AM
One of the best things (well probably the only good thing) about being in the office by 06:15 these days is that I get to watch some of the West Coast games live.

This morning it was the Sox 11 inning victory over the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Orange County California". A preview of the one of the match-ups I'll see in Boston soon
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on April 29, 2011, 06:25:59 PM
Now, live from Boston Masserchewsex, its Ulysses Karl Redsox ............

This evening will be game number one out of eight of my annual pilgramage to Fenway Park as the Sox entertain Ichiro Suziki and the Seattle Mariners. However before that I'm going to hop on the "T" and go to Northeastern University's game against William & Mary (in keeping with today's Royal theme on H&V).

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Post by: The Left Side on April 29, 2011, 07:32:29 PM
Now, live from Boston Masserchewsex, its Ulysses Karl Redsox ............

This evening will be game number one out of eight of my annual pilgramage to Fenway Park as the Sox entertain Ichiro Suziki and the Seattle Mariners. However before that I'm going to hop on the "T" and go to Northeastern University's game against William & Mary (in keeping with today's Royal theme on H&V).



Enjoy the day, hope the sox show up for you.
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Post by: The Left Side on April 30, 2011, 03:22:13 AM
Mariners 7 Red Sox 6 in the bottom of the 7th
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Post by: UK Redsox on April 30, 2011, 12:36:28 PM
Bobby Jenks stinks...... stinks !!

The Sox were pretty awful, relying on two homers by reserve outfielder Mike Cameron, to get a lead only for Dice-K to go down injured and then for Jenks to blow the game.

Watching Ichiro is always great. He now has over 3500 hits when combining his career in Japan and the USA and is a lock for the Hall of Fame.

The game at Northeastern was far more entertaining.

Its Virginia @ Boston College this afternoon followed by more stress at Fenway tonight
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Post by: The Left Side on April 30, 2011, 08:59:14 PM
Bobby Jenks stinks...... stinks !!

The Sox were pretty awful, relying on two homers by reserve outfielder Mike Cameron, to get a lead only for Dice-K to go down injured and then for Jenks to blow the game.

Watching Ichiro is always great. He now has over 3500 hits when combining his career in Japan and the USA and is a lock for the Hall of Fame.

The game at Northeastern was far more entertaining.

Its Virginia @ Boston College this afternoon followed by more stress at Fenway tonight

Best of luck and yes Ichiro is quality, I always enjoy watching him
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on April 30, 2011, 11:00:02 PM
Phillies place lardass Blanton on the DL. Good.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 01, 2011, 03:45:44 AM
I thought that my Minor League baseball trip wasn't until June but the Red Sox wouldn't be able to beat the Alberquerque Isotopes at the moment.

They loaded the bases twice tonight and had runners on in most innings, but still couldn't score.

I'm seriously considering bailing on at least one Sox game and splashing out for a Bruins ticket instead on Wednesday.
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Post by: The Left Side on May 02, 2011, 02:33:00 AM
They will turn it around, the locals won't stand for it for too long and they will bring in someone new.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 02, 2011, 02:45:16 AM
They will turn it around, the locals won't stand for it for too long and they will bring in someone new.

Well, they managed to win today despite the best efforts of Bobby Jenks to screw things up again. Wake pitched well in a spot start for the ill Buchholz, leaving with a 2-0 lead only to see Jenks blow the lead.

Carl Crawford finally showed some signs of life by driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth (the runner being at third thanks to a costly rare misplay by the great Ichiro).
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 03, 2011, 02:45:19 PM
Things continued to get better last night at Fenway with Papi hitting his first homer for a month and the team finally solving Jerad Weaver, who'd been the best pitcher in baseball so far this season.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 05, 2011, 05:09:30 PM
I left the Bruins game with them leading 4-1 with three minutes to play (so I missed them scoring on a Power Play at long last). I already knew that the Sox game was is a delay, so I was confident of seeing some baseball.
 
However, I never expected to see 8 innings worth and to still be in Fenway at 02:45. There were only a few hundred of us left at the end (the place looked like Cleveland !!).
 
I was sat right behind homeplate for most the time I was there. I'll have to check mlb.com later to see if I made the TV.
 
Just about to head over to Fenway again now for todays game.
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Post by: The Left Side on May 05, 2011, 05:22:40 PM
If you find some pictures, post them and did you take a camera yourself?
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 05, 2011, 05:37:01 PM
If you find some pictures, post them and did you take a camera yourself?

Yes, I took pics. I'll post some here at some point or upload to Facebook (PM me your Facebook info if you like)
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Post by: pmarachi on May 07, 2011, 04:40:31 PM
They will turn it around, the locals won't stand for it for too long and they will bring in someone new.

I just got a great image of a bunch of sox fans storming up to a castle on a hill, with picks and rakes demanding a change!

HAHA

Seriously, stop sweating it.  The sox will be fine (unfortunately) and will still be in the run for a playoff spot come August/September...
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Post by: The Left Side on May 07, 2011, 06:15:49 PM
If you find some pictures, post them and did you take a camera yourself?

Yes, I took pics. I'll post some here at some point or upload to Facebook (PM me your Facebook info if you like)

I'm not on FB but post them whenever you get chance, it must have been quite a unique atmosphere
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 16, 2011, 10:10:03 AM
I wish that my boss would pay me this well not to work for him

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Bobby-Bonilla-begins-earning-$30m-from-mets-051411 (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Bobby-Bonilla-begins-earning-$30m-from-mets-051411)
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Post by: pmarachi on May 18, 2011, 01:01:45 AM
A friend of mine said this the other day, and I have to say I agree...

Regarding Jorge Posada

"Why is everyone making such a big deal? The best thing Jorge has done for the team this year was to take himself out of the f#$%ing lineup"
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Post by: The Left Side on May 18, 2011, 03:30:59 AM
A friend of mine said this the other day, and I have to say I agree...

Regarding Jorge Posada

"Why is everyone making such a big deal? The best thing Jorge has done for the team this year was to take himself out of the f#$%ing lineup"

He should consider himself lucky he is given a spot in the lineup, him Girardi have never got on though
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 18, 2011, 07:27:53 AM
I'll be at the Death Star next month for three games, so I'm sure that the Highlanders will be back on form by them just to annoy me !!
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 18, 2011, 07:36:33 AM
RIP Harmon Killebrew

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-obit-killebrew
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Post by: The Left Side on May 19, 2011, 05:05:50 PM
Red Sox vs the Cubs this weekend, any predictions UK Redsox?
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 20, 2011, 08:13:11 AM
Red Sox vs the Cubs this weekend, any predictions UK Redsox?

This was a series that I looked at attending but I was already booked up for the Waters gig tonight and, of course, the end of season Villa victory over Liverpool.

Seeing the Cubs at Fenway would have been great.

The way that the Sox' offense is playing at the moment, they should be able to handle the Cubs. However, this run can't lat forever and the Sox are also struggling for starting pitching. Add to that, Daniel Bard's appearances from the bullpen are starting to worry me almost as much as Papelbon's.

Bard gave up back-to-back homers last night and then Pap loaded the bases in the ninth. Good to see Crawford coming thro' with the walk-off hit.
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Post by: The Left Side on May 20, 2011, 05:00:34 PM
Well I think the sox will win 2-1 in the series, we are desperately in need of good pitching and give it another season we should be a reasonable division contender again, we just swept the marlins but that isn't saying much, It would be great to be there as they haven't met since 1918 but it would need some open wallet surgery after!
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 21, 2011, 10:08:41 AM
So Cubbies, how was your trip back to Fenway after 93 years away?

"Cap Anson, Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo....... Can you here me Ron Santo? Your boys took one he'll of a beating"

I even managed to get a win for my Fantasy team out of Jon Lester, which wasn't to be expected when giving up 5 runs and 12 hits over 6 innings.

A-Gon is starting to look like the player we expected at last.
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Post by: The Left Side on May 21, 2011, 09:26:00 PM
I was watching it and there was a great atmosphere, the sox bats got hot and the cubs couldn't keep going. I still think it the sox will win the series 2-1 but we need some pitchers.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 22, 2011, 11:26:36 AM
There's your one game TLS. Even though the Sox did send out the Pawtucket pitching staff.

I see that the Sox have designated Daniel Nava for assignment. Still, if he never makes it back to the Majors, he'll always be remembered for hitting a Grand Slam on the first ever pitch he saw.
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Post by: The Left Side on May 22, 2011, 04:59:44 PM
Wow, the sox turned winning easily into as defeat, we weren't even close and then there is the weirdest inning with errors and some bizarre decisions, plus some very cold weather in Boston.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 23, 2011, 08:03:48 AM
Well I think the sox will win 2-1 in the series,

Spot on
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Post by: The Left Side on May 24, 2011, 03:41:13 AM
Wish I had been wrong, did you see Byrd getting beaned in the face?
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 24, 2011, 08:09:10 AM
Wish I had been wrong, did you see Byrd getting beaned in the face?

Yep, he was lucky to get away with just fractures. He could easily have lost his eye.

Meanwhile, Cleveland keep on rolling and are now 30-15. How long can they keep this up ?
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Post by: The Left Side on May 24, 2011, 06:08:17 PM
Joboo! is the answer, he help them bats!
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 25, 2011, 07:46:06 AM
From the film but quite apt for this season

Quote
All right people, we got 10 minutes 'till game time, let's all gather 'round. I'm not much for giving inspirational addresses, but I'd just like to point out that every newspaper in the country has picked us to finish last. The local press seems to think that we'd save everyone the time and trouble if we just went out and shot ourselves. Me, I'm for wasting sportswriters' time. So I figured we ought to hang around for a while and see if we can give 'em all a nice big shitburger to eat!
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Post by: The Left Side on May 25, 2011, 10:23:10 PM
Quality speech, quality movie
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 28, 2011, 11:11:04 AM
It took a while but order is now restored

A L East                   W   L   Pct   GB   

 Boston Red Sox   29   22   .569   --   
 New York Yankees   27   22   .551   1.0   
 Tampa Bay Rays   27   23   .540   1.5   
 Toronto Blue Jays   25   26   .490   4.0   
 Baltimore Orioles   24   25   .490   4.0   
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 29, 2011, 01:11:55 PM
If you find some pictures, post them and did you take a camera yourself?

Yes, I took pics. I'll post some here at some point or upload to Facebook (PM me your Facebook info if you like)

I'm not on FB but post them whenever you get chance, it must have been quite a unique atmosphere


A month late I know, but here are some pics taken in the expensive seats during the 13 inning, 2:45am finishing Angels @ Red Sox marathon game.

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Boston%202011/Boston20111.jpg)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Boston%202011/Boston20112.jpg)

I was so close that I was by the Radar guy

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/ukredsox/Boston%202011/Boston20113.jpg)
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Post by: The Left Side on May 29, 2011, 05:30:28 PM
Sadly nothing has come up unless I am missing something
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 30, 2011, 12:40:29 PM
Sadly nothing has come up unless I am missing something

Sorry, I reorganised my Photobucket albums which seemed to screw up the links.

They should be fixed now
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Post by: The Left Side on May 30, 2011, 09:07:44 PM
Great stuff, Fenway looks fantastic even if there aren't many there.
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Post by: UK Redsox on May 31, 2011, 08:26:42 AM
Great stuff, Fenway looks fantastic even if there aren't many there.

I was surprised at how many were left at 02:45 in the morning considering it was a weeknight.

Getting up for the next day's game (a 13:35 start) was an effort for me. I dread to think what it was like for the players and grounds crew
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 02, 2011, 02:45:21 PM
Centuries after we invented the game of baseball, Britain will finally get a chance to qualify for the World Baseball Classic

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110601&content_id=19867988&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 02, 2011, 03:23:12 PM
I may have asked this before, but  does anybody on here play in one of the UK baseball leagues?
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 03, 2011, 07:43:31 AM
I may have asked this before, but  does anybody on here play in one of the UK baseball leagues?

There's nothing anywhere near me.

If I'd had the chance to play as a kid (which I might have done if Rank Xerox had had a different policy about sending employee's families Stateside), I'd have been a slugging 1B/DH well on my way to Cooperstown by now
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Post by: pmarachi on June 03, 2011, 11:40:35 AM
I may have asked this before, but  does anybody on here play in one of the UK baseball leagues?

There's nothing anywhere near me.

If I'd had the chance to play as a kid (which I might have done if Rank Xerox had had a different policy about sending employee's families Stateside), I'd have been a slugging 1B/DH well on my way to Cooperstown by now

Do you ever go to the batting cages or anything? Or have you literally NEVER played?

And I am definitely not going to be able to make that Wed. Yanks/Sox game.  I have a project due for my class on Thursday.  I wish they were also playing a Friday game...
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 03, 2011, 12:17:49 PM
If I'd had the chance to play as a kid (which I might have done if Rank Xerox had had a different policy about sending employee's families Stateside), I'd have been a slugging 1B/DH well on my way to Cooperstown by now

Did you ever "have a catch" with anyone?
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 03, 2011, 01:24:17 PM
I've been in a batting cage a few times in Cooperstown.

The only proper game of "catch" (ie with gloves), took place in a Chicago sports store. Unsurprisingly, me and my mates were asked to leave.

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Post by: UK Redsox on June 03, 2011, 01:30:41 PM

And I am definitely not going to be able to make that Wed. Yanks/Sox game.  I have a project due for my class on Thursday.  I wish they were also playing a Friday game...

I will down a beer in your honor at Stans before I enter the Death Star. As you know, I try not to spend a cent inside the building.
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Post by: The Left Side on June 03, 2011, 05:52:39 PM

And I am definitely not going to be able to make that Wed. Yanks/Sox game.  I have a project due for my class on Thursday.  I wish they were also playing a Friday game...

I will down a beer in your honor at Stans before I enter the Death Star. As you know, I try not to spend a cent inside the building.

Good for you.
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Post by: pmarachi on June 09, 2011, 01:48:59 AM

And I am definitely not going to be able to make that Wed. Yanks/Sox game.  I have a project due for my class on Thursday.  I wish they were also playing a Friday game...

The worst part is that I was actually offered tickets for this game at about 5pm and still couldn't make it...

oh, and  Billy's is the new Stan's

I will down a beer in your honor at Stans before I enter the Death Star. As you know, I try not to spend a cent inside the building.
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Post by: The Left Side on June 09, 2011, 03:42:35 AM
Cubs finally win their first in 8 games, this is going to be a long season.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 09, 2011, 07:46:39 AM
Who would have imagined that the Phillies would have the best record in the Majors with Lee and Oswalt going a combined 8-9? 
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 09, 2011, 03:45:37 PM
The Sox @ Highlanders series is going well so far.

Tonight its CC against Beckett. Therefore, I'm not expecting the high scoring games of the last two nights to be repeated.

Tomorrow I'm off to Philly for a couple of games
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Post by: The Left Side on June 09, 2011, 07:18:03 PM
The Sox @ Highlanders series is going well so far.

Tonight its CC against Beckett. Therefore, I'm not expecting the high scoring games of the last two nights to be repeated.

Tomorrow I'm off to Philly for a couple of games

Cheers the Cubs on for me, they need all the help they can get.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 12, 2011, 12:53:03 PM
Hey TLS, your Cubbies are really bad but there is hope. Darwin Barney looks ok at the plate but he'll need to improve his defends. Starlin Castro has star potential as well.

I dropped lucky and saw Halladay and Lee in the two games here in Philly.

I'm now Sat in Philly station about to head to Balmer to meet some friends for a week of Minor League games in Maryland and Virginia.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 13, 2011, 08:22:22 AM
I'm now Sat in Philly station about to head to Balmer to meet some friends for a week of Minor League games in Maryland and Virginia.

Are you going to Salem? Lovely part of the world SW Virginia - if you get the chance, take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 13, 2011, 08:42:27 PM
I'm now Sat in Philly station about to head to Balmer to meet some friends for a week of Minor League games in Maryland and Virginia.

Are you going to Salem? Lovely part of the world SW Virginia - if you get the chance, take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.

The Minor League games that I'll be attending are in/near Potomac, Bowie, Richmond, Norfolk and Aberdeen.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 13, 2011, 08:54:50 PM
Just about to head off to see the Myrtle Beach Pelicans @ Potomac Nationals.

Here's hoping that there's been a last minute promotion of phenom Bryce Harper from the level below up to the PotNats
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Post by: The Left Side on June 15, 2011, 03:32:27 AM
Indeed Barney, Castro and Colvin could be the future of the team we just need to get rid of the deadwood... bit like the Villa really!
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 15, 2011, 08:32:06 AM
I <3 Cole Hamels.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 16, 2011, 08:27:05 PM
The Minor League part of the trip is going well. As mentioned on the Celeb thread, I met Mr Belding from "Saved by the bell" at the Richmond game last night. I'm currently in Norfolk ahead of a Tide game.

Tomorrow we'll be in Aberdeen for opening day of the Ironbirds season. We're hoping to gor an appearance by Cal Ripken.
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Post by: usav on June 16, 2011, 09:30:19 PM
Nevermind all that nonesense, the Pirates are above .500.

Yes, I said the Pirates are above .500.
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 17, 2011, 08:35:11 AM
Yes, I said the Pirates are above .500.

We are fam-uh-lee, look how good the Pirates can be....
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Post by: Comrade Blitz on June 17, 2011, 08:36:37 AM
I read this morning that the Phillies were playing Seattle.....and thought for a second, "When did the Pilots come back?"

#SeniorMoment
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Post by: pmarachi on June 17, 2011, 02:23:32 PM
I am just going to come out and say this...

If the Yankees fire Joe Girardi today and hire Terry Francona, not only will I not protest, but I will personally cash out my 401K and fund a F@#king parade.

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Post by: The Left Side on June 18, 2011, 04:27:57 AM
Cubbies beat the evil empire at Wrigley, great day now do it again... twice more
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 19, 2011, 09:12:15 PM
Oh well, my trip's almost over.

I'm currently sat in Washington/Dulles Airport ahead of my flight home.

Free wi-fi (are you listening Heathrow ?).

I really enjoyed the Minor League part of the trip, especially Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. That place is way too good just to be used for a Short-Season Single A team.

More when I'm back home
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 19, 2011, 09:17:04 PM
I read this morning that the Phillies were playing Seattle.....and thought for a second, "When did the Pilots come back?"

#SeniorMoment

I'm a bit of a collector of Jim Bouton & Seattle Pilots stuff. "Ball Four" was one of the first baseball books I read and I still consider it the best.

I have signed photos and cards of Jim in all his uniforms except from his short-lived 1978 comeback with the Braves. I also have two rare Pilots games on audio cassette and various scorecards, player cards etc.

I'd also recommend Jim's other books; such as "I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally" (which covers the trouble that Ball Four got him into with MLB) and "Foul Ball" which deal with his efforts to save/restore the ballpark in Pittsfield, up-state New York

Baseball geek, moi ?!?
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 23, 2011, 08:45:33 AM
St Louis lost again yesterday.

It'll be interesting to see how well they hang in there whilst Albert is injured
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Post by: The Left Side on June 23, 2011, 10:31:15 PM
Cincy for the NL Central unless the cubs can stop making errors.
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Post by: brice jovial on June 24, 2011, 12:00:47 AM
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals

D'backs to win this

NY mets won to

have a nice double bet here
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 24, 2011, 08:04:37 AM
The Natinals win 11 out of their last 12 games, so what does their manager, Jim Riggleman do?

.............. he quits, that's what he does.

Before the last game he apparently told his boss that if the team didn't sign him up for next season, he'd quit.

The Nats called his bluff and accepted his resignation.

Yes, Riggleman seemed to have the previously 'orrible Nats heading in the right direction but he was hardly the second coming of Miller Huggins or Joe McCarthy and wasn't really in a position to hold the team to ransom like this.
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Post by: UK Redsox on June 28, 2011, 12:33:32 PM
Let's hope that this idea doesn't catch on at Villa Park

(http://l.yimg.com/a/p/sp/editorial_image/ed/eda314505bb57f5c2fc6e2acc452ad4a/photo_yes_this_man_shaved_a_joe_mauer_jersey_into_his_back_hair.jpg)
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Post by: The Left Side on June 28, 2011, 11:07:10 PM
That is just nasty, i'm glad I am not eating
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Post by: UK Redsox on July 04, 2011, 01:46:08 PM
2011 All Star teams announced

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110703&content_id=21335168&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Paul Konerko and Andrew McCutchen are the most notable omissions for me
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Post by: The Left Side on July 04, 2011, 06:16:49 PM
Jeter gets into the line up because he is Derek Jeter.
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Post by: usav on July 05, 2011, 04:49:41 PM
Jeter gets into the line up because he is Derek Jeter.

That has to be the only reason.    Ridiculous.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 3 games over .500   Woo hoo!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 06, 2011, 02:42:31 AM
Jeter gets into the line up because he is Derek Jeter.

Don't get mad at Derek...

He didn't do it.

I mean this fan voting thing is stupid.  Jason Varitek has been voted into more than one all star game, and jeter is in this one.
All-Star games are dumb and all, but this is just getting STUPID
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on July 06, 2011, 02:48:57 AM
Why don't they go on the best stats, instead of the most popular system.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 07, 2011, 11:23:28 AM
Why don't they go on the best stats, instead of the most popular system.

That'll cause even more arguments....... Sabrs at dawn !
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 07, 2011, 03:41:44 PM
From ABCNews...................

Quote
Q. Has anyone ever reached 3,000 hits before Derek Jeter?

A. No. No one has ever done it. Ever. Except for the 27 other guys who did it.

Q. Doesn't Derek Jeter's tenure with the Yankees exemplify the kind of loyalty rarely seen in sports these days?

A. Yes. Derek Jeter has played for the Yankees and only for the Yankees for 16 years. He has regularly turned down offers to play for less elsewhere. He selflessly accepted a near record-setting 10-year, 180 million dollar contract (during which time he led the Yankees to a single World Series title). And when that contract was over, he showed great charity and generosity by forcing the Yankees to overpay him again.

Q. Is Derek Jeter the greatest Yankee ever?

A. Unquestionably. No other Yankee held significant records before Jeter (if you exclude home runs, games-played-in-a-row, hit streaks, etc). And they didn't really win much before him.

Q. How important is Jeter's gentlemanly behavior off the field?

A. Very. Derek Jeter hasn't been involved in a single embarrassing marital episode. Not one. If Derek Jeter has taught us one thing, it is the true nobility in not ever getting married. Hear that boys and girls?

Q. Isn't Jeter the glue that holds the Yankees together?

A. Absolutely. And that glue has such residual adhesiveness that when he was injured this year, and unable to take the field, the Yankees played their best baseball of the season. That is some awesome glue.

Q. As Captain, hasn't he established an extraordinarily high standard for sportsmanship in the clubhouse?

A. Yes. At a minimum, until a verdict is reachedin the Clemens trial, it is absolutely true to say no Yankee has ever been convicted of lying to Congress about taking steroids and HGH. And under Jeter's leadership, no Yankee has refused to play for two games in a row.

Q. Is this record more significant because Jeter is a Yankee, and the Yankees represent something special to America?

A. Yes. If you have never been out of New York, it is totally reasonable to think people outside New York are obsessed with the Yankees. America LOVES them (if by America you mean New York, north Jersey and Connecticut south of Hartford.) And relatively speaking (relative to being punched in the throat), people outside New York do not resent the overwhelmingly disproportionate coverage given to the Yankees.

(Disclaimer: The author actually thinks Derek Jeter is really good baseball player, and a first ballot Hall of Famer. He just hears a bit too much about the guy every now and then)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 08, 2011, 01:02:42 PM
Although the media may be saying that Jeter is sitting on 2998 hits, it should also be noted that he's actually already at 3183.

Over his career, Jeter has 185 hits in the playoffs and World Series.

I've never really understood why baseball statistics exclude a player's post-season performances.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Legion on July 08, 2011, 06:59:46 PM
Texas Rangers fan dies in seat fall (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14084162)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Legion on July 08, 2011, 07:00:11 PM
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on July 08, 2011, 08:28:41 PM
Such a shame as his son was right there to witness it, RIP.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on July 09, 2011, 09:20:50 PM
Not sure how to do the shorter links

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110614&content_id=20463750&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb (http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110614&content_id=20463750&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)

But Jeter gets 3000 with a home run, fair play but I still don't like 'em.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 10, 2011, 05:10:14 PM
Grudging congrats to Derek Jeter on his 3000th (really 3185th) hit.

As mentioned above, no one in the history of baseball apart from the 27 other players who did it before him have ever had 3000 hits.

NB - Just imagine how many hits Ichiro would have had if he'd have started his career in MLB rather than playing all those years in Japan first. I think that he'd have had a shot at catching Cobb and maybe even Rose
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on July 12, 2011, 07:41:25 PM
There were some big hits in the Home Run Derby last night, they changed the format a little and it wasn't quietly entertaining but tonight's game should be better.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Louzie0 on July 12, 2011, 07:57:22 PM
OK, UK and Left Side, I get Jeter. He's an amalgram of John Terry, David Beckham, Alex Ferguson and Adele.

But he's getting older all the time.  heh heh heh...er, just thought of something.

Is he Bobby Charlton? If he is, grit your teeth and prepare for another 40 years.



 
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on July 13, 2011, 04:47:02 PM
I hope he goes quietly into retirement and stays away from the limelight but I have the feeling he will be all across the North American media and they will love him even more.

Plus it was the All Star game last night, NL 5 AL 1 so the first game of the 2011 World Series will be held at Wrigley Field, I can't wait... oh hang on the Cubs are crap, so see you in Philadelphia then!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 14, 2011, 01:10:12 AM
From ABCNews...................

Quote
Q. Has anyone ever reached 3,000 hits before Derek Jeter?

A. No. No one has ever done it. Ever. Except for the 27 other guys who did it.

Q. Doesn't Derek Jeter's tenure with the Yankees exemplify the kind of loyalty rarely seen in sports these days?

A. Yes. Derek Jeter has played for the Yankees and only for the Yankees for 16 years. He has regularly turned down offers to play for less elsewhere. He selflessly accepted a near record-setting 10-year, 180 million dollar contract (during which time he led the Yankees to a single World Series title). And when that contract was over, he showed great charity and generosity by forcing the Yankees to overpay him again.

Q. Is Derek Jeter the greatest Yankee ever?

A. Unquestionably. No other Yankee held significant records before Jeter (if you exclude home runs, games-played-in-a-row, hit streaks, etc). And they didn't really win much before him.

Q. How important is Jeter's gentlemanly behavior off the field?

A. Very. Derek Jeter hasn't been involved in a single embarrassing marital episode. Not one. If Derek Jeter has taught us one thing, it is the true nobility in not ever getting married. Hear that boys and girls?

Q. Isn't Jeter the glue that holds the Yankees together?

A. Absolutely. And that glue has such residual adhesiveness that when he was injured this year, and unable to take the field, the Yankees played their best baseball of the season. That is some awesome glue.

Q. As Captain, hasn't he established an extraordinarily high standard for sportsmanship in the clubhouse?

A. Yes. At a minimum, until a verdict is reachedin the Clemens trial, it is absolutely true to say no Yankee has ever been convicted of lying to Congress about taking steroids and HGH. And under Jeter's leadership, no Yankee has refused to play for two games in a row.

Q. Is this record more significant because Jeter is a Yankee, and the Yankees represent something special to America?

A. Yes. If you have never been out of New York, it is totally reasonable to think people outside New York are obsessed with the Yankees. America LOVES them (if by America you mean New York, north Jersey and Connecticut south of Hartford.) And relatively speaking (relative to being punched in the throat), people outside New York do not resent the overwhelmingly disproportionate coverage given to the Yankees.

(Disclaimer: The author actually thinks Derek Jeter is really good baseball player, and a first ballot Hall of Famer. He just hears a bit too much about the guy every now and then)

I don't get the joke...

Derek Jeter is for some odd reason hated around the league all of a sudden, and I am not sure why...
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 14, 2011, 01:14:55 AM
Not sure how to do the shorter links

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110614&content_id=20463750&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb (http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110614&content_id=20463750&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)

But Jeter gets 3000 with a home run, fair play but I still don't like 'em.

Weird... why would you not like him?
I can understand not caring about him, saying he isn't the player he was, or saying you hate how good he was against your team he was in his prime...

But I don't understand how you can have something against him.

Also, it wasn't just a HR.
It was a day he went 5 for 5 (with that HR and the 3000th hit) and batted in the game winning RBI!

I mean that was WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY more than just an impressive day!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 14, 2011, 05:43:41 PM

Weird... why would you not like him?
I can understand not caring about him, saying he isn't the player he was, or saying you hate how good he was against your team he was in his prime...

But I don't understand how you can have something against him.

Because he's Derek Jeter and he plays for the Evil Empire. What more reason do we need.

However, in my case its more jealousy rather than dislike
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 15, 2011, 12:52:13 PM

Weird... why would you not like him?
I can understand not caring about him, saying he isn't the player he was, or saying you hate how good he was against your team he was in his prime...

But I don't understand how you can have something against him.

Because he's Derek Jeter and he plays for the Evil Empire. What more reason do we need.

However, in my case its more jealousy rather than dislike

What is strange is that I know a LOT of sox fans, and they all joke around about Jeter, but they all say that they actually like him.  He's a pretty likeable guy.

Just like I don't know a Yankee fan who actually doesn't like Dustin Pedroia.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 16, 2011, 11:01:41 AM
One think that I like about Jeter is that he didn't make the mistake than many sports superstars do; that is getting married at an early age. With all the time on the road and temptations available, its not surprising that athlete's marriages get into trouble.

Jeter however has has his pick of some of the USA's (actually, the world's) top babes over the years without the fear of alimony. He also appears to be going about his business in a "safe" manner (something that the likes of Shawn Kemp and Travis Henry failed to do)

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/sports/The_Many_Girlfriends_of_Derek_Jeter.html

As I said earlier.................. jealousy
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 16, 2011, 03:00:21 PM
In all honesty, Jeter is just Classy.

At least as much so as a professional athlete can be.

But one thing I have noticed, especially with the whole Eck thing, is how different we view rivals here.

As a Yankee fan, I was overjoyed with the Damon signing.  I mean why? He was past his prime, had no arm, his bat had struggled... BUT he was the pride and joy of the sox fans.  I wanted him in pinstripes BAD. (he prove to be a very good yankee anyway)

Just like when the news hit that the sox had been trying to get Mo, and it didn't work out.  Every sox fan I know was like "DAMN!"  Not as much because they really wanted him, but more because it is taking the pride of the yankees fans and putting him into an away shirt with a name on his back.

There is nothing better than the back and forth between players, and the love/hate/love that it causes. 
Maybe it is different, because we don't live as close to each other as you guys do (I don't get any Boston stations here, just Hartford and New Yotk), but still, I love that stuff...
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 18, 2011, 08:06:54 AM
Boston 1, Tampa 0

16 innings in 5 Hours 44 minutes

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=310717130&teams=boston-red-sox-vs-tampa-bay-rays


The Sox really are making a habit of late finishes this season. (I was at their 2:45am finishing game in Boston and their 2am finishing game in the Bronx)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 19, 2011, 11:44:07 AM
One of the season's weirdest stories............ http://www.suntimes.com/sports/6466649-419/fielders-trade-nine-players-release-14-others.html

... just got weirder............. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/18/minor-league-announcer-quits-while-hes-on-the-air



Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 20, 2011, 12:25:02 PM
WOW!

Now if only someone was actually listening...
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 25, 2011, 08:34:46 AM
Do we have any Seattle Mariners on here ?

If so, wtf has happened to your team ?

15 losses on the trot with games to come against the Yankees & Rays. This string of losses could easily get to 20+
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jon Crofts on July 25, 2011, 06:15:58 PM
I was in NYC yesterday, the billboards were awash with Jeter 3000 stuff, I had no idea what it was all about until I watched ESPN last night, had a quick read of this & Google'd Derek Jeter.

So from what I can gather he has only ever played for the damned Yankees, started his career in MLB in 1995 & is the first Yankee ever to reach 3000 hits.  So in 16 seasons, 162 games per season thats 2592 games he could have played in.  With 9 innings in each of those 2592 games thats the opportunity to hit the ball some 23328 times assuming the ball was pitched at him only the once, which is highly unlikely so lets give him the benefit of the doubt and say it was twice making the 'opportunity' 46656 times to hit the ball.

Jeter hit it 3000 times out of a possible 46,656.

Bit crap really isn't he?

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: taylorsworkrate on July 25, 2011, 06:20:31 PM
I was in NYC yesterday, the billboards were awash with Jeter 3000 stuff, I had no idea what it was all about until I watched ESPN last night, had a quick read of this & Google'd Derek Jeter.

So from what I can gather he has only ever played for the damned Yankees, started his career in MLB in 1995 & is the first Yankee ever to reach 3000 hits.  So in 16 seasons, 162 games per season thats 2592 games he could have played in.  With 9 innings in each of those 2592 games thats the opportunity to hit the ball some 23328 times assuming the ball was pitched at him only the once, which is highly unlikely so lets give him the benefit of the doubt and say it was twice making the 'opportunity' 46656 times to hit the ball.

Jeter hit it 3000 times out of a possible 46,656.

Bit crap really isn't he?



Love it, and I quite enjoy baseball.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jon Crofts on July 25, 2011, 06:30:17 PM
Derek Jeter, the Ian Ormondroyd of MLB.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 26, 2011, 07:39:23 AM
Bit crap really isn't he?



Crap ? No

Overrated ? Definitely (especially on defense)

"Hits" and "batting average" are archaic measures of success anyway

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on July 26, 2011, 11:32:31 AM
The best part of Derek Jeter is that if you walked up to him and said this stuff to his face, he wouldn't punch you like 99% of other athletes, he would just shrug his shoulders and say "yeah, I guess maybe I am overrated", then put his arm around Minka Kelly and walk away.

Is he as good as he was 5 years ago? No. 
I just don't get why you should hold that against him...

Bottom Line, He has over 3,000 hits.
He has been (and I HATE this word, but it is true) CLUTCH in the playoffs.
Is just a good guy in a league with a lot of jerk offs.

Bottom line, I am happy he is a yankee, and when my 4 year old swings a bat in the street, I am glad he pretends to be Derek Jeter.

::End serious emotional rant here::

But I have to be honest, I know he's only 3 and a half, but he's no Jeter.  His swing sucks.  He looks more like Kevin Yuklis the way his little hands hold the bat.


Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 27, 2011, 01:04:42 PM
How about this for a bad call

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110727&content_id=22363652&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jon Crofts on July 27, 2011, 03:29:32 PM
Watched the Yankees game downtown last night, the Mariners went down again in the Bronx, 17 losses on the trot now, probably 18 by the end of this evening. 

That CC fella doesn't exactly look like an athlete but was very effective.

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 27, 2011, 03:42:45 PM
Watched the Yankees game downtown last night, the Mariners went down again in the Bronx, 17 losses on the trot now, probably 18 by the end of this evening. 

That CC fella doesn't exactly look like an athlete but was very effective.



Apparently CC used to date Serena. Can you imagine how strong/big their kids would have been ?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Jon Crofts on July 27, 2011, 04:21:28 PM
Strong/big?  Say what you mean, chubby!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 28, 2011, 07:50:56 AM
A couple of major events yesterday

Ervin Santana, no hitter for the Angels v Indians

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=17341609&topic_id=8878746&c_id=mlb


The Mariners actually win a game, ending their losing streak at 17

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_07_27_seamlb_nyamlb_1&mode=wrap


Also, the Mets trade Carlos Beltran to the Giants

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110727&content_id=22385614&vkey=tradedeadline2011&c_id=mlb






Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 29, 2011, 08:49:15 AM
Hideki Irabu dead at 42

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/sports/baseball/ex-yankee-hideki-irabu-is-dead-at-42.html

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on July 29, 2011, 08:55:35 AM
How about this for a bad call

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110727&content_id=22363652&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Same old Atlanta Braves - the Umps still treat them like Ted Turner's Self-Proclaimed America's Team.

I hate them.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on July 29, 2011, 08:57:57 AM
I wish that I could be paid what Jeter makes for getting my job right only .312 of the time (that's his career batting average).

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 30, 2011, 10:22:31 AM
Good move by the Phillies in trading for Hunter Pence.

I know that the new Astros owner wants the payroll cut (sound familiar ?) but I'd have thought they'd have kept Pence
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: Comrade Blitz on July 30, 2011, 10:36:13 PM
Now the Phillies just need to sort out Kendrick or hope Oswalt comes back on form.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on July 31, 2011, 12:18:55 PM
Knowing that the AL Central is horrible this year, the Indians decide to go for it and trade the farm for Umbaldo Jiminez

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/6818623/mlb-cleveland-indians-take-chance-ubaldo-jimenez

Meanwhile the Red Sox' search for another starter falters due to concerns over Rich Harden's medical reports (personally, I think that they might have dodged a bullet there).
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 01, 2011, 08:34:10 AM
Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet........ Rich Harden would have been bad, but Eric Bedard could be worse
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on August 04, 2011, 04:26:12 AM
I see my Pirates have left it late in the season to return to form.

Meanwhile, my Red Sox go from strength to strength.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 04, 2011, 06:59:48 AM
I see my Pirates have left it late in the season to return to form.

Meanwhile, my Red Sox go from strength to strength.

Its a shame about the Pirates. Although I never really thought they'd make the playoffs, I did think that they'd crack .500 for the first time since 'Ol Big 'Ead left. However, they now appear to be in full crash n burn mode.

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: usav on August 04, 2011, 01:15:49 PM
The pitching was the only thing holding them together.  The offence was too weak.....if they fix that next year, who knows?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 04, 2011, 02:52:31 PM
I just hope that the Brew Crew hold off the Cardinals in the NL Central. Not that I've got anything against the Cards, its just Tony La Russa that I dislike.

The Brewers are my number two team due to a friend of mine being a Season Ticket holder at Miller Park and because Uecker is my favorite announcer
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 05, 2011, 03:53:52 PM
Infield Triple

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=17585257
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on August 06, 2011, 05:19:43 AM
Been away for three weeks and just read the stats made on Jeter and thought it was great, as for the Cubs they have won their 6th straight game (unbelievable) and Campana got an infield homer quite easily!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on August 08, 2011, 11:37:07 AM
yanks/sox 2nd inning, ball goes to outfield and the infield fly rule is called...

Why?

I can't remember a year where there have been so many blatantly BAD calls made.  Calls that as they are happening, you are thinking "Well... this is obviously not right".  Not just for the yankees, but for all of baseball.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 08, 2011, 01:10:05 PM
How about the one where Pedroia was trying for a double, Robinson Cano (dontcha know) clearly tagged his hand and yet the Umpire called him safe ?

Buck and McCarver also thought it was safe, but I gave up taking any notice of those two years ago
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on August 19, 2011, 05:53:51 PM
Thank God and the baby Jesus for that, the Cubs dismiss Jim Hendry after 9 years as an awful GM... I hope this means we get a decent guy now!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 19, 2011, 07:13:13 PM
Thank God and the baby Jesus for that, the Cubs dismiss Jim Hendry after 9 years as an awful GM... I hope this means we get a decent guy now!

Let's see if his replacement can get someone to take Soriano and Big Z, off their hands
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: taylorsworkrate on August 19, 2011, 07:17:08 PM
Watched a bit of the little league world series yesterday.

Quite entertaining.

Can any of the baseball experts here tell me if any of the current MLB stars played in it?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 19, 2011, 07:20:20 PM
Watched a bit of the little league world series yesterday.

Quite entertaining.

Can any of the baseball experts here tell me if any of the current MLB stars played in it?

Jason Varitek did. In fact he played in the LLWS, CWS and WS

(http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/images/stories08/Jason+Veritek+Little+League+Headshot.jpg)

Sean Burroughs did as well, but his MLB career never lived up to the hype.

There was a good article on this very subject on one of the US sites this week.

I'll go and look for it
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 19, 2011, 07:21:34 PM
Found it

http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/24915/best-little-leaguers-to-become-big-leaguers


..... and a more detailed list

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/legendary/little_league_world_series_major_league_world_series.shtml
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 19, 2011, 07:22:52 PM
BTW, the LLWS has more reason to include the "W" than the WS itself, seeing as teams from all over the globe compete
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: taylorsworkrate on August 19, 2011, 07:40:07 PM
Cheers UK REDSOX.

I've always found it interesting how strongly the US values its school / college sports.

Could never see something similar over here being given as much coverage.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 22, 2011, 12:10:42 PM
I don't think that Middle/High School Baseball gets much interest. The LLWS teams aren't school based as far as I know.

High School football however, is a different matter. Its an obsession in places like Texas

(http://www.beyondhollywood.com/gallery/stills3/qdig-files/converted-images/minka-kelly-080423/med_minka-kelly-cheerleader-1.jpg)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on August 26, 2011, 12:13:03 PM
The Yankees set a MLB record with 3 Grand Slams in a game

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18450689

I expected that the previous record would have been more than two. After all, Fernando Tatis once his two Grad Slams in the same inning

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats11.shtml
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on August 26, 2011, 03:48:24 PM
Good stats UK Redsox, shame it was the yankees who had to break it.
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Post by: The Left Side on August 30, 2011, 08:50:25 PM
Did anyone see the kid at the Mets game who got a line drive to the face, ouch!! They haven't said how he is but there was a lot of blood, hope he is ok?
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Post by: UK Redsox on August 31, 2011, 07:49:17 AM
I'm surprised that more people in the stands don't get hurt. Especially those in the premium seats just outside the protective netting at most ballparks
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Post by: UK Redsox on August 31, 2011, 09:07:28 AM
Apparently Derek Jeter has split up with Minka Kelly.

So, which startlet does he move on to next ?

I'd suggest that he takes a shot at Mila Kunis or Jessica Lucas.

It must be hell being Derek Jeter................ Number Two................ Jeter

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Post by: UK Redsox on September 01, 2011, 11:36:31 AM
The Netherlands are looking to host some MLB games in 2014

http://www.mister-baseball.com/netherlands-present-bid-book-mlb-week-york/

Has anyone here ever been to Hoofddorp ?
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Post by: The Left Side on September 01, 2011, 08:34:58 PM
The Netherlands are looking to host some MLB games in 2014

http://www.mister-baseball.com/netherlands-present-bid-book-mlb-week-york/

Has anyone here ever been to Hoofddorp ?

No but I wish I had, and I love dutch girls they are very liberal thinkers!
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 02, 2011, 08:00:20 AM
I 'll suggest to my mate who runs a Sports Travel company that he market this as .................

"Come to Holland to see the pros in action............ and watch some Baseball"
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Post by: The Left Side on September 02, 2011, 09:10:14 PM
Sounds good to me
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 03, 2011, 11:27:19 AM
I'll keep an eye on how the plans progress, with the aim of having a "H&V Hardball and Hookers Tour" in 2014
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Post by: The Left Side on September 17, 2011, 03:01:24 AM
Another losing season for the Pirates, that makes it 19 and an MLB record.
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 19, 2011, 08:28:58 PM
The Sox are going to blow this.

After their poor performance against the Rays, they're now losing to the awful O's.


In better news, I've somehow managed to make the final in my Fantasy Baseball League.
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Post by: The Left Side on September 20, 2011, 05:29:35 PM
Good response from the Sox in game two last night and well done to Mo Rivera last night for the record setting save, he has only blown something like 73 saves in over 700 attempts, not bad but just as shame he plays for that lot!
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Post by: usav on September 21, 2011, 02:05:35 PM
What the fuck are the Red Sox doing?   Bloody hell.
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 22, 2011, 09:20:21 AM
What the fuck are the Red Sox doing?   Bloody hell.

This is shaping up to be the biggest regular season collapse of all time

However, even though they lost again yesterday, thanks to the Rays losing a double-header to the Highlanders, the Sox actually increased their Wild Card lead to 2.5 games
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Post by: usav on September 22, 2011, 01:55:01 PM
What the fuck are the Red Sox doing?   Bloody hell.

This is shaping up to be the biggest regular season collapse of all time

However, even though they lost again yesterday, thanks to the Rays losing a double-header to the Highlanders, the Sox actually increased their Wild Card lead to 2.5 games

Didn't the Mets blow a really big lead a few years ago with something like 15 games left, they lost 14?
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 22, 2011, 03:18:52 PM

Didn't the Mets blow a really big lead a few years ago with something like 15 games left, they lost 14?

Possibly 2007..........

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2007 Mets miss playoffs

What the math says: 499-to-1 against. The Mets' playoff probability peaked at 99.80 percent after the action of Sept. 12, when they held a 7-game lead over the Phillies with 16 games to play, and some favorable wild-card permutations as a backup.

Aggravating circumstances: Willie Randolph's clubhouse imploding; for better or for worse, this team will be used for quite some time as the example of the importance of clubhouse chemistry. Most of the damage came at the hands of the lowly Nationals and Marlins, and much of it before record-setting home crowds, while Tom Glavine finished things off with the least -- and hopefully not last -- start of his career.

Mitigating circumstances: Mathematically (as in every other sense) this was a catastrophe: The Mets' 99.80 percent chance to reach the playoffs was the second-highest figure ever by a team that failed to do so. However, there was perhaps no one signature moment or game; the loss to the Marlins in Game 162 was a symbolic in a way, but it was also an anticlimactic affair that was over by the middle of the 1st inning. Nor was the National League a great league; the Mets' only real enemies were themselves.


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Post by: UK Redsox on September 22, 2011, 03:20:46 PM
100 year ago today on 22 Sep 1911, Cy Young won his 511th and final game.

It was the record then, it is the record now and it'll be the record forever.

The must be the least likely record to to ever be broken in any sport.

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Post by: The Left Side on September 22, 2011, 05:10:14 PM
100 year ago today on 22 Sep 1911, Cy Young won his 511th and final game.

It was the record then, it is the record now and it'll be the record forever.

The must be the least likely record to to ever be broken in any sport.



Blimey that is some record, who is 2nd on the list?

I know it is always a big thing if a pitcher reaches 300, but 511!!
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 23, 2011, 08:43:03 AM
Walter Johnson is second with 417



Pitchers with 300 or more career wins (Regular Season)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/300_win_club

The active pitcher with the most wins is Tim Wakefield of the Sox with 200
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Post by: The Left Side on September 23, 2011, 09:37:11 PM
Nice Stats!
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 24, 2011, 12:47:00 PM
Nice Stats!

Thanks. I've been in the gym a lot lately ;)
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 28, 2011, 12:42:13 PM
Both Wild Card places have come down to the final day

Tampa and Boston are tied at 90-71 in the AL

St Louis and Atlanta are tied at 89-72 in the NL

The final games are:-

BOS @ BAL
TB @ NYY

STL @ HOU
PHI @ ATL

Based on those matchups, I'll predict that Boston and St Louis make it through
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Post by: taylorsworkrate on September 28, 2011, 05:19:24 PM
Watched an excellent documentary online called Catching Hell.

Its about the Steve Bartman incident in 03.  Really shocking the treatment he received from so called fans.  Hopefully the Cub fans who were so vile and aggressive towards Bartman at the time, effectively ruining his life, feel ashamed of themselves.

 
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Post by: The Left Side on September 28, 2011, 05:39:48 PM
As a cubs fan the incident isn't one of my favourites but I do feel bad for Bartman, the players still had opportunities to win the game that night but he is the scapegoat (no pun intended). I will have to keep an eye out for that documentary as it sounds interesting!

As for the Wildcards I can see the both leagues having a one game play off on Thursday but if I were a betting man, it would be Boston and the Cardinals going through!
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Post by: taylorsworkrate on September 28, 2011, 06:08:09 PM
As a cubs fan the incident isn't one of my favourites but I do feel bad for Bartman, the players still had opportunities to win the game that night but he is the scapegoat (no pun intended). I will have to keep an eye out for that documentary as it sounds interesting!

As for the Wildcards I can see the both leagues having a one game play off on Thursday but if I were a betting man, it would be Boston and the Cardinals going through!

The doc was shown in the states last night, but is already on Youtube.

You're right, its amazing that despite the Cubs giving up 8 runs in the 8th inning that Bartman took the brunt of the blame.
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Post by: The Left Side on September 29, 2011, 01:12:29 AM
Cheers I will look out for that
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Post by: UK Redsox on September 29, 2011, 07:37:26 AM
The Red Sox and Braves both succeeded in completing their dramatic September collapses and missed the playoffs.

The Sox blew the lead in the 9th with Pap on for the save. Meanwhile the Rays came back from 7-0 down against the Highlanders before winning in the 12th.

My Yankee supporting, Tampa living mate will no doubt be firing off some "witty" emails to me today
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Post by: The Left Side on September 29, 2011, 08:51:17 PM
I do hope the Rays win the ALCS now, the Yankees could have put them to bed last night but Girardi didn't pick Rivera to close them out, in the words of Kevin Keegan, I would love it if they beat them!
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Post by: The Left Side on October 01, 2011, 02:50:01 AM
Lots of goings on tonight, the Rays wallop the Rangers 9-0 in Arlington after the ceremonial pitch was thrown by the son of the fan who died at the ballpark in July. Francona and the Red Sox go there separate ways and he is already being linked with the manager's jobs in North and South Chicago. And to top it all off it is raining buckets in the bronx, so we have a big rain delay, it will be late one... oh and come on Detroit!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 01, 2011, 10:30:26 AM
I see that the Tiggers @ Highlanders game was suspended in the 2nd.

However, rather than finishing the game early this afternoon, they're just restarting at 8:30pm and pushing Game 2 back a day. And we think that TV controls sport over here ...........


Sad to see Tito Jr leave the Sox but it was inevitable really after that collapse. I've no idea who will replace him.

As Lefty mentioned above, Tito to the Chi Sox or Cubbies would be likely.

Just think that if both Tito and Theo were to jump to the Cubs and bring them a World Series title. Those two would then deserve a whole wing of the Hall of Fame dedicated to them
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Post by: The Left Side on October 01, 2011, 02:48:47 PM
Fingers crossed they do UK Red Sox!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 01, 2011, 10:36:36 PM
Good win for my second team, the Brewers.

If there'd been a Sox v Brewers series, I was planning to go to the games in Milwaukee.
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Post by: The Left Side on October 05, 2011, 03:20:14 AM
Good win for my second team, the Brewers.

If there'd been a Sox v Brewers series, I was planning to go to the games in Milwaukee.

So the Rays squeak into the playoffs but go out at the first hurdle, shame really!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 06, 2011, 08:19:58 AM
When you just HAVE to be able to watch the game.........................

http://www.westallisnow.com/news/man-calls-911-after-missing-remote-to-watch-brewers-game-131067753.html
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 06, 2011, 08:26:53 AM
So, we have deciding game fives in three out of four Divisional Series.

Just as we all predicted at the start of the season, the Tigers v Highlanders series comes down to a pitching matchup of.................... Doug Fister v Ivan Nova !?!

Seriously, I know that Nova has been a revelation and that Fister has been excellent since his trade from Seattle, but its hardly Verlander versus Sabathia.

Out of my core group of baseball buddies, just two of us are without a horse in the playoff race (ie the two Red Sox fans). Even my two Tampa season ticket holder friends are imports from elsewhere in the States (like most people in Tampa), one from Detroit and one from NYC.
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Post by: The Left Side on October 06, 2011, 05:16:09 PM
Great story on the remote control loss, thanks for posting I will be sharing that one.

Come on the Tigers, Phillies and Snakes!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 08, 2011, 12:10:01 PM
You're League Championship Series matchups (that's semi-finals in real money) .................

Tigers v Rangers

Brewers v Cardinals

The fifth game of the Cardinals v Phillies was a pitching classic, with Chris Carpenter pitching a complete game, 1-0 shut out against Doc Halladay.

The Brewers coughed up a lead in the ninth but won it in the tenth thanks to an RBI from "T Plush"
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Post by: taylorsworkrate on October 08, 2011, 05:55:31 PM
Must say I have immensely enjoyed the playoffs so far.

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Post by: The Left Side on October 08, 2011, 10:53:56 PM
Me too TWR, but as the NL will be represented by the Cards or Brewers from the central league and me being a cub fan and all I have to go for the Tigers. It is petty but I can't support either although having an NL team win it would be nice but come on Detroit.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 11, 2011, 11:08:20 AM
If Puggles keeps playing like he did yesterday, Milwaukee are done for.
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Post by: The Left Side on October 12, 2011, 03:01:38 AM
Puggles, I hope it isn't obvious?
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 12, 2011, 07:46:53 AM
Puggles, I hope it isn't obvious?

You'd prefer Poo-Holes ?
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 12, 2011, 07:48:54 AM
In other news, its looking more and more likely that Theo Epstein will be leaving the Red Sox to join the Cubs.

This is a great more for him in my opinion. If he fails in Chicago, he's done no worse than anyone else in the past 103 years. However, if Theo did bring a title to the North Side he's go down as the greatest Baseball Executive ever.
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Post by: The Left Side on October 12, 2011, 08:31:43 PM
In other news, its looking more and more likely that Theo Epstein will be leaving the Red Sox to join the Cubs.

This is a great more for him in my opinion. If he fails in Chicago, he's done no worse than anyone else in the past 103 years. However, if Theo did bring a title to the North Side he's go down as the greatest Baseball Executive ever.

Hoo-ray to this news, I just hope he doesn't go for the multi year big contracts but saying that anything is better than Hendry. Good news!
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Post by: usav on October 12, 2011, 11:21:38 PM
In other news, its looking more and more likely that Theo Epstein will be leaving the Red Sox to join the Cubs.

This is a great more for him in my opinion. If he fails in Chicago, he's done no worse than anyone else in the past 103 years. However, if Theo did bring a title to the North Side he's go down as the greatest Baseball Executive ever.

What's your gut feeling on what the Sox will do in terms of GM and manager?
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Post by: The Left Side on October 13, 2011, 03:14:45 AM
Jim Hendry is looking for work!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 13, 2011, 07:11:18 AM
In other news, its looking more and more likely that Theo Epstein will be leaving the Red Sox to join the Cubs.

This is a great more for him in my opinion. If he fails in Chicago, he's done no worse than anyone else in the past 103 years. However, if Theo did bring a title to the North Side he's go down as the greatest Baseball Executive ever.

What's your gut feeling on what the Sox will do in terms of GM and manager?

Assuming that Martin O'Neil doesn't want the job.......................

The GM will be an inside promotion of Ben Cherrington. He stood in for Theo at recent meetings and was also Co-GM during Theo's "Gorilla Suit" sabbatical a few years back.

As for Manager, I really haven't got a clue.
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Post by: usav on October 13, 2011, 04:00:26 PM
As for Manager, I really haven't got a clue.

Joe Maddon?   Not sure he would want it though.
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Post by: pmarachi on October 14, 2011, 12:21:38 AM
I have never seen a city turn on players and managers the way the city of Boston does.

I have said this many times throughout the years. 

This latest Francona bash session is absurd.  Purely classless of the media in Boston.

Also, David Ortiz, hate to break the news to you, but the Yankees don't want you.



*Also, who wants to bet that if Ortiz leaves the sox, that the fact that he did steroids becomes news again? Once he isn't under the protection of MLB's Golden Team, I bet people will suddenly want answers...
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Post by: pmarachi on October 14, 2011, 12:22:47 AM
Also, can the yankees fire Girardi already?

Tito is on the market!  Let's get him! NOW!!!
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Post by: pmarachi on October 14, 2011, 12:44:22 AM
Not that I am not enjoying this Redsox Fan and Media Meltdown, but this article by someone from the Arayan Nation actually makes some good points about the current sox situation and why it is a big deal (and how the media isn't helping)

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7095696/the-collapse-red-sox

It is from one of the guys who started Fire Joe Morgan, which I always thought was funny.
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 14, 2011, 12:43:02 PM
Bill Simmons' Grantland.com is becoming one of my regular reads

Also, Dan Shaughnessy was very scathing about the whole Sox set up, including the owners involvement with Liverpool

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2011/10/13/theo_epsteins_departure_latest_sign_on_chaos_with_red_sox/

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Now we’ve all had enough with Roush Racing and Liverpool soccer. Yankee fans never had to worry about George Steinbrenner taking his eyes off the prize in the interest of building ships.

Try this on with your pink hat: On the final night of the regular season, while the Sox were playing in Baltimore, fighting for their playoff lives, virtual ads during the baseball broadcast reminded you to watch Liverpool-Wolverhampton the next day at 4 p.m. That’s the same time that the Sox would have been playing their one-game playoff against Tampa Bay on TBS.

Got that? On Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., the geniuses at NESN wanted you to watch soccer - instead of a one-game playoff involving the Red Sox.

Consistent with this insult, NESN the next day cut away from analysis of a postmortem press conference featuring Terry Francona and Theo Epstein (remember them?) at Fenway. While NESN rival Comcast went knee-deep into analysis, the Sox flagship TV station went to soccer.

Wow.
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Post by: pmarachi on October 15, 2011, 02:01:18 AM
Never thought I would say this, but I have to defend NESN on this one.

1) They didn't have the rights to the next sox game.  What should they do?  Not air the soccer game because the sox are on a different channel?

2) They had the liverpool game scheduled.  The Sox season was over.  Finished.  No analysis was bringing it back.  What analysis could be done (that hadn't been done already) that soon?  People may have been waiting to watch the liverpool game (I doubt it since everyone here is an arsenal fan anyway), but would it be fair to those people to cancel the scheduled program for a talking head nonsense forum?
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Post by: The Left Side on October 16, 2011, 03:39:12 AM
Looks like the Rangers are headed to the Series!
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Post by: taylorsworkrate on October 16, 2011, 03:44:23 AM
Looks like the Rangers are headed to the Series!

Gonna be very tough to beat.  Especially at home.

Their lineup is so deep.

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Post by: The Left Side on October 16, 2011, 03:48:37 AM
12 - 4 up now in the end of the 6th
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 17, 2011, 07:54:30 AM
St Louis won last night, so its the Cardinals versus the Rangers in the Series.

I'll be rooting for Texas due to an irrational disliking of Tony LaRussa
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Post by: The Left Side on October 17, 2011, 06:10:18 PM
Me too, Texas all the way for several reasons.. firstly Arlington is a great place and the Ballpark is quality and seeing those lovely Texan ladies smile always brightens my day up. Secondly, I don't like the Cards!
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Post by: The Left Side on October 21, 2011, 03:48:03 AM
Texas could be making a game of it in the bottom of the 9th!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 21, 2011, 02:25:04 PM
The Rangers did more than "make a game of it"

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19928499

Great game by Elvis & Ian, both defensively and running the bases
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Post by: pmarachi on October 21, 2011, 05:19:57 PM
I would LOVE for the Rangers to win

St. Louis is pretty much the favorite team of anyone in the midwest who lives in an area without a team.  For a long time, it was even the furthest pro team to the west, so people grow up Cards fans.

When we have a work meeting, I hear so much about the Cardinals that I don't know if I can handle them winning.
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Post by: The Left Side on October 22, 2011, 03:13:53 AM
Yes it was a great game and i was going to come back on and mention it didn't, let's hope it goes to game 7 and the Rangers win it in there back yard!
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Post by: The Left Side on October 22, 2011, 04:39:27 AM
Epstein has officially resigned from the Red Sox, there is a shock... there is a press conference on Tuesday!
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 23, 2011, 11:56:41 AM
I think that this Pujols guy might have a future in the sport


http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_10_22_slnmlb_texmlb_1&mode=video

5 Hits, 4 Runs, 6 RBI, 3 Homers

Not a bad night's work


Although I'd prefer the Rangers to win, I'll be walking around Wembley this afternoon in my Pujols jersey
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 25, 2011, 12:40:20 PM
Theo says farewell..................

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/10/25/farewell_red_sox_nation/?p1=News_links


Meanwhile, the Rangers are one win away from winning the World Series
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Post by: The Left Side on October 26, 2011, 02:21:27 AM
Both good news for me, but it could all go pear shaped if the Cards come back and Theo turns out to be a goat, fingers crossed!

So UK RedSox how do you feel about Theo going, now it has finally been confirmed?
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 26, 2011, 08:03:39 AM
Both good news for me, but it could all go pear shaped if the Cards come back and Theo turns out to be a goat, fingers crossed!

So UK RedSox how do you feel about Theo going, now it has finally been confirmed?

It was probably time for Theo to move on. Nothing he could do in Boston could ever match 2004.

Also, his recent free-agent signings (eg Lackey & Crawford) haven't panned out.

Having said that, the guy will never have to pay for a drink or meal in Boston for as long as he lives.
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Post by: The Left Side on October 27, 2011, 03:34:37 AM
Hoyer joins the Cubs from the Padres as new GM so the old crew from fenway are back together at wrigley.
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Post by: The Left Side on October 28, 2011, 03:05:48 AM
A real ding dong game 6 going on right now, the Rangers edge it in the 6th inning.
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Post by: taylorsworkrate on October 28, 2011, 03:08:56 AM
This World Series deserves a game 7,

If only because of been watching the games during my night shift.
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Post by: taylorsworkrate on October 28, 2011, 05:46:46 AM
WHAT. A. GAME
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Post by: UK Redsox on October 28, 2011, 07:45:05 AM
Wow.............. the greatest Game 6 since............... well, that one in 1986 that I don't want to think about.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/mlb/2011/10/27/102711_ws_tex_stl_gm6_recap.SportsIllustrated/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a2

Could be a contender for the best televised World Series game ever
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Post by: Woofles The Wonder Dog on October 28, 2011, 10:23:18 PM
I had forgotten what a great game Baseball is. I haven't watched a game since 1986 - I was a Mets fan - when I left America. But on a whim started watching the LCS and got hooked again. Last night was just magic - hope the Cardinals stuff the Rangers tonight!

BTW, I was shocked at Nolan Ryan. I know folk change over 26 years but I saw a lean mean pitcher play for the Astros at Philadelphia in '85 and I can't make the transition to what he looks like now.
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Post by: joe_c on October 28, 2011, 10:45:38 PM
Started watching but nodded off with the score at 4-4 in the fifth or sixth. Woke up with the Rangers 7-4 up and nodded off again. Woke up again with the score at 7-5 and Texas a strike away from victory... and promptly nodded off once more and didn't find out how things had panned out until this afternoon. Well done me. Hoping for better luck tonight and at least it isn't a school night.
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Post by: The Left Side on October 29, 2011, 03:15:08 AM
Well at the moment the Cards lead 5-2 and the Rangers look out of it but who knows what will happen next!!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on October 29, 2011, 04:23:25 AM
Redbirds win, fair play to them but Texas will be kicking themselves!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2011, 11:53:02 AM
Congrats to the Cards players and supporters (no way will I congratulate La Russa)

However, in agreement with TLS, the Rangers blew this big time. OK, so there was no one specific, defining play like the Buckner incident but they kept on coming up with new ways of screwing up game 6.

After that, there was no way that I could see them winning game 7.

Hot Stove time
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 29, 2011, 01:44:19 PM
La Russa might be a great manager but here's a post-Game 7 quote that gives me even more reason to dislike him.............

"“The game has never seen a better catcher than Yadier Molina.”

Where to start..............

Johnny Bench, Roy Campanella, Gary Carter, Pudge Fisk, Pudge Rodriguez, Yogi Berra, Jorge Posada, Mike Piazza................ the list goes on of catchers that were better than Yadier Molina.

Yadier's not even the best catcher in the game today. I'd take Buster Posey over him. I'd take a fit Joe Mauer and I'd take Mike Napoli.

Hell, Yadier might not even be the best catcher in his only family.

Add to that, the greatest catcher ever, John Gibson, didn't even play in MLB

(http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/photo/history/negro_leagues/player/gibson_josh_1.jpg)


Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on October 29, 2011, 09:26:58 PM
So who is going to move in the off season then, any guesses, wishes, ITK tips?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on October 30, 2011, 12:09:00 AM
Can Albert Pujols play Right Back ?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 01, 2011, 07:53:11 AM
La Russa retires

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7173381/tony-la-russa-st-louis-cardinals-says-retiring


A certainty for the Baseball Hall of Fame because I fully expect that there'll be double standards regarding PEDs (ie the players get punished whilst the enabling managers get away with it).


Meanwhile, CC decides not to opt for free agency and re-ups with the Highlanders by adding another year and another $30m to his contract.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 02, 2011, 09:19:33 AM
For Sale............................... the Los Angeles Dodgers

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/baseball/mlb/11/02/mccourt.dodgers.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a3&eref=sihp


The"Car Park Attendant" finally throw in the towel
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on November 03, 2011, 02:42:34 AM
Quade gets the boot from the Cubs and the Cards are talking to Ryno, it is going to be a good off season.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 10, 2011, 08:43:18 AM
Washington National's Catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped in Venezuela.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7214102/washington-nationals-wilson-ramos-kidnapped-home-venezuela
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on November 11, 2011, 01:25:48 AM
Washington National's Catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped in Venezuela.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7214102/washington-nationals-wilson-ramos-kidnapped-home-venezuela

with the JoePa drama, he picked a bad week to get kidnapped...
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 11, 2011, 07:36:43 AM
To paraphrase a quote from 2001

[Jo Moore] "A good time to bury bad news" [/Jo Moore]
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 12, 2011, 09:28:53 AM
Wilson Ramos has been rescued

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7222317/wilson-ramos-washington-nationals-found-alive-well-kidnapping


In the first major move of the hot-stove league, Papelbon is leaving the Sox for the Phillies

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2011/11/cherington_red.html

(http://mlblogszozone.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/papelbon.jpg)

The atmosphere when Pap took the mound at Fenway was incredible..............




............ however, when he actually started pitching, he was scary. Yes, he normally got the desired result but it always looked more difficult than it should have.


I wonder what entry music Pap will use in Philly
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on November 12, 2011, 08:42:43 PM
The Phillies get even stronger, oh well!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 17, 2011, 12:45:58 PM
London, Ontario........................................


(http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Rippers1.jpg)

http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/2011/11/pro-baseball-team-named/

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London’s moniker in the Frontier Baseball League (FBL) will officially be the Rippers with a logo bearing a resemblance to Jack the Ripper, an infamous late-19th century serial killer from London, England, who preyed on female prostitutes.

Aside from the contentious name, the timing of the announcement coincided with Wear Purple Day in London, an initiative that aims to raise awareness about issues relating to women abuse.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on November 18, 2011, 01:18:47 AM
Well it is different, in the MLB the Cubs name Dale Sveum as their new manager!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 18, 2011, 07:45:10 AM
Well it is different, in the MLB the Cubs name Dale Sveum as their new manager!

Could be a good hire. Sveum should have got the Brewers job permanently a few years back after a successful spell as "interim"
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 18, 2011, 07:54:51 AM
The Houston Astros have been sold and will be switched to the American League

This will mean inter-league games every day of the season and probably an extra Wild Card spot
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on November 19, 2011, 09:49:20 PM
The Houston Astros have been sold and will be switched to the American League

This will mean inter-league games every day of the season and probably an extra Wild Card spot

Plus it brings balance of 15 teams to both leagues, and finally the cubs can regain their rightful place of 5th and last place in the NL central!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on November 19, 2011, 10:21:50 PM
My favorite part of the Paplebon saga is that everyone in Boston is now RIPPING him and claiming they never liked him in the first place.

Which isn't really a shocker, but it is still funny.


(because it is blatantly not true)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on November 20, 2011, 03:54:03 AM
My favorite part of the Paplebon saga is that everyone in Boston is now RIPPING him and claiming they never liked him in the first place.

Which isn't really a shocker, but it is still funny.


(because it is blatantly not true)

What are they saying about him?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 21, 2011, 01:03:12 PM
Greg Halman, 24. Stabbed to death; allegedly by his brother

Baseball player with the Seattle Mariners

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45383682/ns/today-today_news/t/mariners-greg-halman-stabbed-death-brother-arrested/#.TspLf8P7iWZ
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on November 27, 2011, 01:05:24 PM
downgraded the yankee tickets again this year.

9 games for $90 package.

Grandstand, not bleachers. 

between the kids and school, I just couldn't do the big ones anymore.  And the 3 year old in the bleachers didn't go over so well with the wife last year.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 27, 2011, 08:24:35 PM
I read that they'd upped the bleacher prices in the Death Star anyway, so sitting out there isn't as good a deal as it used to be
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on November 28, 2011, 10:10:29 AM
I read that they'd upped the bleacher prices in the Death Star anyway, so sitting out there isn't as good a deal as it used to be

Lowered them for the plans, (mine are $10 per game), but upped them as single tickets.  But the upped price is below the national average for increases.

I have to be honest, the ticket price is never the most costly part of baseball.  Not even close.  I have never spent more than $55 on a ticket and usually spend $15-20 per game or less. 

It isn't like NFL, where you usually can't get a seat for under $200, and you freeze your peanuts off the whole time.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on November 30, 2011, 11:39:01 AM
So, Bobby V?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on November 30, 2011, 01:57:24 PM
So, Bobby V?

Better that Dickie V at least

Valentine will be interesting and divisive.

Timmy likes him ..................... http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7296774/mlb-red-sox-one-kind-bobby-valentine

Murray hates him ................ http://www.murraychass.com/?p=4056
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on December 02, 2011, 11:49:50 AM
I just don't get it.

He's from where I live, and is a local New York area guy (who is now labeled a New England guy, funny how that works!), from Stamford.  He has a few bars and people seem to like him.

But the thing is, he is "very Bobby V".  Or should I say "VERY BOBBBBBY VEEEEEE!!!!"

Don't know if the players are going to want to win a WS and have it all heaped on the V-man.  He likes the spotlight too much for a big market winning team.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 02, 2011, 12:06:44 PM
Two of my mates are from Stamford and are very much New Yorkers rather than New Englanders

From a sporting standpoint, I'd say that New England starts somewhere between New Haven and Hartford

Probably around....................................

(http://content.sportslogos.net/logos/38/1038/full/roaa40hjxcslggpk81u55ny76.gif)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 05, 2011, 11:29:38 AM
Reyes joins the Miami Marlins on a 6 year contract for $110m, I think it said, discuss!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 05, 2011, 01:32:14 PM
Reyes joins the Miami Marlins on a 6 year contract for $110m, I think it said, discuss!

What's the Over/Under on how many games he plays before blowing his hamstring ?

I guess this means no A-Pu for Miami

It looks like I'll be in Miami for a couple of games in June
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 06, 2011, 08:29:33 AM
Here's one for our Chicago fans....................

Ron Santo elected to the Hall of Fame

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/18943/happy-sad-ron-santo-finally-gets-hall-call


I've only seen clips of Santo playing and haven't studied his stats, therefore I can't comment on whether he is HOF worthy. However, he did seem to be a bit of a self-promoter, campaigning for a place in the Hall (Bert Blyleven strikes me as similar). Maybe that is what kept him out for so long.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 06, 2011, 04:47:16 PM
Yes a legend amongst the Cubs faithful, sadly he passed away at the beginning of last season... he also used to comment on WGN radio.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 08, 2011, 04:43:18 PM
Christmas is a time for Angels if you are Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, and they say there is a recession on!!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 09, 2011, 07:46:06 AM
http://espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove11/story/_/id/7330869/los-angeles-angels-shock-world-ink-albert-pujols-cj-wilson

A-Pu to the Angels makes very good sense. Giving a ten year contract to a....... cough...... 31 year old...... cough to play in the NL (Cards, Cubs, Marlins) would have been a major risk.

Now, Puggles can play at 1B for four or five years before moving to DH.

I think that the LAAoA have overpaid for Wilson. He's a solid 2 or 3 but not worth ace money
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 09, 2011, 10:35:36 AM
So where will Prince Fielder end up, anyone want to make a guess?
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 09, 2011, 11:10:16 AM
If Prince goes to the Cubs then the NL Central is suddenly very competitive between the Cubs, Cards and Brewers
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 09, 2011, 03:44:23 PM
If Prince goes to the Cubs then the NL Central is suddenly very competitive between the Cubs, Cards and Brewers

I heard that rumour too and if it happens I just hope they don't give him an 8 year contract like Soriano.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 11, 2011, 02:43:52 PM
NL MVP Ryan Braun reportedly tests positive for PEDs

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/135386013.html
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 13, 2011, 08:47:30 PM
Furcal signs a 2 year extension with the Cards, plus there are lots of smaller moves around the MLB.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 13, 2011, 10:52:27 PM
Looks like Kelly Shoppach is returning to the Red Sox. This probably means that Captain Tek is done in Boston.

With Salty and Lavernaway, the Sox now have a pretty good catching trio.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 14, 2011, 08:06:00 AM
It must be hell being Derek Jeter (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/jeter_booty_hauls_smU8lFebpsBGJXpyHoMKSN)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 14, 2011, 08:15:24 AM
Somehow, Tim McCarver has been elected to the broadcasters wing of the Hall of Fame.

This is the most ridiculous election I've heard of.

McCarver is right down there with Joe Morgan as the worst broadcaster ever

http://www.hannibal.net/opinions/x652776706/Diamond-Dirt-Tim-McCarver-is-not-a-Hall-of-Famer

Quote
This is nothing more than a circumstantial election to the hall of fame.

McCarver just happened to broadcast many postseason and significant games over the years and I guess that’s what got the attention of those who elect the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

Hopefully next year a real broadcaster, a broadcaster who has done his job with excellence, will be elected.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 17, 2011, 02:51:40 AM
It must be hell being Derek Jeter (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/jeter_booty_hauls_smU8lFebpsBGJXpyHoMKSN)

Classy guy
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 17, 2011, 09:37:40 AM
Bonds avoids jail, gets two years probation

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7360235/barry-bonds-sentenced-two-years-probation-30-days-house-arrest
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on December 20, 2011, 02:32:53 AM
Where will he go?

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111219&content_id=26194904&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 20, 2011, 07:41:24 AM
Texas is my guess

I expect Darvish to do a lot better in MLB than Dice-K, Irabu etc.

Not only is he physically bigger than other Japanese pitchers (remember he's only half Japanese) but his parents met whilst at college in the USA, so he's likely to be more attuned American language and customs.


EDIT - Rangers win right to talk to Yu

http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/7371152/texas-rangers-acquire-rights-negotiate-yu-darvish

(NB - found this out after my original post)
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on December 29, 2011, 03:17:38 PM
Red Sox trade for A's closer Andrew Bailey

http://m.espn.go.com/mlb/story?storyId=7397557

A replacement for Pap
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: The Left Side on January 06, 2012, 02:08:19 AM
Crazy Carlos Zambrano is off to Miami from the Cubs, who end up having to pay 15 of the $18million he is owed this year (that is right out of the Villa Park trading school), in return we get Chris Volstad. Might be worth it in the end!
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 06, 2012, 08:39:51 AM
Price has still not signed anywhere.

The Washington Natinals now look like favourites for his services
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 09, 2012, 01:38:50 PM
2012 HOF announcement is today

Likely that Barry Larkin will get in, but that's all
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 09, 2012, 10:13:36 PM
Yep, it was just Larkin that was elected. Jack Morris and Jeff Bagwell missed out again.

Next year it's the big one..... Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Piazza

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 10, 2012, 08:05:03 AM
Jorge Posada retires

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/tom_verducci/01/07/posada.retires/index.html?sct=mlb_t2_a11
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 15, 2012, 10:28:34 AM
The Highlanders remake their shaky rotation by trading for Michael Pineda of the Mariners and signing free-agent Hideki Kuroda, formerly of the Dodgers.

The latter is a surprise, given that it was widely believed that Kuroda would only pitch for a West Coast team or return to Japan.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 19, 2012, 12:38:13 PM
Yu Darvish has signed with the Texas Rangers

http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/7476104/texas-rangers-japanese-pitcher-yu-darvish-agree-six-year-60m-deal

Jamie Moyer signs for the Rockies at age 49

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7476975/jamie-moyer-49-signs-colorado-rockies-minor-league-deal
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 22, 2012, 12:32:18 AM
Yet another baseball player is not who they said they were.

First it was Miami's "Leo Nunez" now it's the Indians' "Fausto Carmona"

http://m.espn.go.com/mlb/story?storyId=7484132
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on January 25, 2012, 06:54:14 AM
Prince of Motown

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7498284/detroit-tigers-reportedly-land-prince-fielder-214m-offer

With the Red Sox, Highlanders, Phillies and Angels set at First Base; the Dodgers and Mets skint and the Cubs rebuilding; there weren't many places for Fielder to go. Therefore Boras has worked his magic again to get over $200m
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 02, 2012, 12:11:07 PM
Tony Plush on ice !

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120201&content_id=26547172&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 04, 2012, 11:25:33 AM
Josh Hamilton has had an alcohol relapse.

Whilst acknowledging that his health comes first, it'll be interesting to see how this affect the Rangers' approach to the upcoming contract negotiations.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 08, 2012, 02:24:16 PM
Looks like the Telegraph editorial staff were struggling to fill space in their sports section today.

Why else would there be an article about baseball books on the back page

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/baseball/9067303/As-baseball-inspires-another-gripping-tale-in-the-US-where-are-the-novels-to-express-our-love-for-cricket.html
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 11, 2012, 12:47:06 PM
Baseball NFL merger

http://bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1402552&position=0
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 14, 2012, 07:25:55 AM
Yoenis Cespedes, signs for the A's.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7570918/yoenis-cespedes-agrees-4-year-36-million-deal-oakland-athletics
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 20, 2012, 10:46:16 PM
Got a new computer, and couldn't get on here for a while, then I forgot to once I could...

Been a while.

Ortiz signs with A's for like 150 bucks....
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 21, 2012, 07:50:23 AM
Got a new computer, and couldn't get on here for a while, then I forgot to once I could...

Been a while.

Ortiz signs with A's for like 150 bucks....

Hey Paul, glad that you're back.

I take it you meant that MannyBManny has signed with the A's rather than Papi ?

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7594873/manny-ramirez-agrees-deal-oakland-as
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: UK Redsox on February 24, 2012, 07:39:56 AM
Ryan Braun has won his appeal against a suspension for using PEDs


http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7608360/milwaukee-brewers-ryan-braun-wins-appeal-50-game-suspension

Just read the report and it appears that an arbitrator may have thrown out the case because of a "chain of custody" problem (full details of the ruling haven't yet been released).

Its going to be interesting to see how Braun reacts when reporters ask why his sample was positive.

As a semi-Brewers fan, in one way I'm happy that he'll be available to play. However, on first glance, it does look like he might have got away with cheating.

I see that MLB is considering appealing the ruling. Therefore, this specific case isn't over yet.

It may also lead to other players who have failed tests (cough...... Manny Being Manny...... cough) appealing on similar grounds.


The ruling could also have implications in the wider sporting world if it turns out that chain-of-custody and testing procedures have not been adhered to elsewhere.
Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 24, 2012, 05:26:23 PM
Got a new computer, and couldn't get on here for a while, then I forgot to once I could...

Been a while.

Ortiz signs with A's for like 150 bucks....

Hey Paul, glad that you're back.

I take it you meant that MannyBManny has signed with the A's rather than Papi ?

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7594873/manny-ramirez-agrees-deal-oakland-as

Yes, this is in fact what I meant.

Title: Re: I know none of you care but ........ (the Baseball thread)
Post by: pmarachi on February 24, 2012, 05:32:20 PM