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myhoneyhoney
05-10-2012, 03:07 AM
My hubby's heart is broken, his favorite pitcher of all time (I tease him and call him his man crush) Mariano Rivera is most likely done for the season.

HeatherC
05-10-2012, 05:03 AM
Mariano Rivera is the only Yankee that I like so I was bummed to hear about his injury. :(

My Reds are still hanging in there and starting to play some great baseball. Jay Bruce has been on fire and the other guys are all starting to hit again too. My next game is on Saturday and I'm hoping for a fun time at the ballpark. It's Joey Votto bobblehead night so I know that part will be awesome! :biggrinbo

BTW-My fantasy baseball team is now in second place in my division! Started off slow but the guys have heated up lately. WOOT! :cheer2:

Cloudy_Gumdrops
05-10-2012, 05:16 AM
Ervin Santana finally won a game. Miracles!

I'm glad my boys finally decided to start hitting. Gods, I'm soooo hoping for a repeat of 2002.

KHenry14
05-10-2012, 08:52 AM
Gods, I'm soooo hoping for a repeat of 2002.

Uh, us Giants fans beg to differ...;)

PrincessLeppard
05-10-2012, 06:13 PM
Uh, us Giants fans beg to differ...;)

Well, at the moment, the post season isn't looking good. I think if they can make the play-offs, I will be pleased.

Timmy was vintage Timmy for the first three innings last night and then :fragile:

Le sigh.

Still hoping to see him pitch when I go out there next week to my Brian Wilson gnome, though. :)

PrincessLeppard
05-14-2012, 01:11 AM
So MLB Network pretty much shows only the Yankees, and ESPN can't get enough of the Rangers, apparently.

I'd like to see some of the 28 other teams....

milanessa
05-14-2012, 01:56 PM
So MLB Network pretty much shows only the Yankees, and ESPN can't get enough of the Rangers, apparently.

I'd like to see some of the 28 other teams....

Might not be worth it to you but MLB Extra Innings shows most games.

PrincessLeppard
05-14-2012, 09:04 PM
If I was ever at home and not working 50340398 jobs, it would be totally worth it. :)

HeatherC
05-15-2012, 05:00 AM
Joey Votto hit a walk off GS last night right in the middle of the awesome Once Upon a Time season finale. Life doesn't get any better than that for me, LMAO :rofl: :cheer: :lol: :cheer2:

AragornElessar
05-17-2012, 08:43 PM
No one talking about the ugly, ugly ending of the Jays game the other night? When the Home Plate Ump basically gave the Devil Rays the win by calling two very obvious balls strikes on Brett Lawrie in a one run game in the ninth inning. Then when he got called out, Brett threw his batting helmet to the ground and the way it bounced, it ended up hitting the umpire.

Now it's pretty obvious it was not intentional, but still can't do that to an Umpire. Brett apologized for it in the post game scrum, but we all knew he would be getting suspended. What shocked me is I really thought he'd get nailed w/a pretty long suspension, but Brett only got four games.

That to me speaks volumes on how MLB higher ups felt about the entire thing. No, you can't "attack" an umpire, but at the same time it was pretty obvious when looking at those two pitches they were no way, no how and in no known universe strikes. Not only that, but also pretty obvious Brett didn't intend to hit the guy w/his helmet and that it was just the way the thing bounced off the turf, but you still can't "attack" an umpire, so...

It wouldn't shock me in the slightest if that Ump's taken aside and given a bit of a talking to that no one finds out about unless it gets leaked. Someone doing a stunt like that in such a tight game does not serve the game or MLB well at all and brings up the specter once again of teams having Umpires in their "pockets". Just a huge mess all around.

And it almost got worse as some twit in the crowd decided to show his anger over the entire thing by throwing his glass of beer at the Umpire at the end of the game as the officials were all headed off the field. Hit him square in the chest too. Now thankfully people in the crowd were able to make sure that guy was unable to get to the Ump, and also to keep him there until the Police could get there and then escort the twit out of the Dome, but considering what the mood of the crowd was at that particular moment in time...

That one incident could have been the spark to something far worse. Things were ugly enough w/out something far worse happening.

And this just hit the various sites and Sports networks...

CBC Sports ~ Blue Jay Brett Lawrie drops appeal, will serve suspension (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/story/2012/05/17/sp-lawrie-suspension.html)

KHenry14
05-17-2012, 09:09 PM
AE, what you may not know is that the umpire, Bill Miller, is widely regarded to be among the bottom three worst umpires, along with the horrid Joe West and Angel Martinez. So the bad calls are no surprise to anyone who follows baseball. It's a shame that lousy umps are allowed to keep their jobs when the whole world knows of their incompetence. MLB will tell you that their punishment is to not work the post-season, which is a financial hit to the umps, but IMO, that's not good enough.

AragornElessar
05-17-2012, 09:24 PM
No, I did not know that about that guy KHenry. Knew about the other two though.

As you said, why on earth these idiots are kept around is beyond idiotic. How do twits like this help give the game a good image and not allowing them to work the Post Season is only a slap on the wrist to guys like this.

Beyond sad.

professordeb
05-18-2012, 04:28 PM
AE: I watched that game and was just about as livid as Brett. Those two calls were sooooooooo badly done that even *I* could have made the correct call. Sheesh, I am really getting sick to death with the obvious bad calls I'm seeing in sports in 2012 -- hockey, lacrosse, baseball. I mean, one bad call I can live with but back to back? No way, no how.
Interesting how the home plate ump for last night's game called a very different strike zone.

KHenry14
05-19-2012, 03:10 AM
Well, it's hard to believe, MLB actually suspended an umpire today. It wasn't Bill Miller who screwed over Brett Lowrie, but it's something:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/umpire-bob-davidson-suspended-one-game-poor-situation-165346691.html

professordeb
05-19-2012, 02:32 PM
Well, it's hard to believe, MLB actually suspended an umpire today. It wasn't Bill Miller who screwed over Brett Lowrie, but it's something:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/umpire-bob-davidson-suspended-one-game-poor-situation-165346691.html

Too little, too late. What really gets me is that when players and/or staff "cross the line", we usually see the result and hear about suspensions shortly thereafter. However, when it comes to game officials -- and I don't mean just baseball but any sport I watch -- we seldom hear anything being done to get them to "toe the line". IF, and that's a big IF, some discipline occurs, we next to never hear about it or there are rumours that a certain person got a talking to about their call/lack of call.

I'm still royally ticked -- more than 2 months later -- at some very shoddy calling in our playoff hockey games. We had about 5 goals called off in 4 different games -- two of them in a rather pivotal game. Then in the 3rd OT of game six, the refs are letting pretty much everything go that would normally just be a 2 minute minor. Well that told the other team that it is OPEN Season on head hunting and head hunt they did. A blatant high stick to the face that produced bleeding from the nose. Normally would be at least a double minor of 4 minutes but more likely a 5 minute major. Neither ref has the balls to make the call cause they "are letting the boys decide the game". Sure :rolleyes: one team is there is play hockey, the other is gooning it at home in front of their rather rabid fans. Blatant actions that would warrant a penalty any other time doesn't get called. So what happened to the ref who waved off two goals in one game -- that were actually good goals and pretty much everyone in the rink knew it? I "heard" he got spoken to about his rather one-sided calling for the game. Hmmm, big whopping deal. You know how some people say that you don't have to just beat the other team but the officials too -- well in this series it was true. And yep, still pissed off about it ... two months later.
OK, stepping off my soapbox now.