Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by PrincessLeppard, Jan 7, 2012.
LONG LIVE THE KING!!!!
I hope it's not overshadowed by Melky Cabrera's positive drug test.
Dammit, Melky. I power voted you to the All-Star game.
You were the first one I thought of when the news about Melky broke PL. Stupid!!
Here's hoping the Perfect Game will overshadow Melky's stupidity and Congratulations to Hernandez on one incredable achievement!!!
I don't have cable so I don't know what's happening on tv, but Felix is still the top story on ESPN mobile.
My mlb.tv feed must be about one minute behind the actual game, cuz I just got spoiled on twitter. It was a good spoil, so it's cool.
Also, the Astros and Cubs are apparently mathematically eliminated now. Both due to the Giants. I used to be huge fans of both those teams (and will still root for the Cubs, should they ever make the post-season again), so it's sad to see them out of it this early.
Cubs are about three years away from fixing the mess they are in. But with Epstein and Hoyer in charge, they at least have sound management to guide them for once.
Frankly, it would be outstanding for Baseball if the Cubs could win it all. In the past 8 years, we've had jinxes elminated for the Red Sox, White Sox and Giants. All MLB needs is for the Indians and Cubs to win and all the jinxes will be gone.
Had my 1st visit to the $650,000,000 Marlins Park last night.
1) As a baseball team the Marlins are bad. They fell behind early, fought their way to a lead, then their relief pitching blew it in the 8th. They tried to rally in the 9th, but couldn't.
2) This is sad, because they play in one of the most impressive buildings I've ever been in. It is one of the sports gems, IMO, and a welcome addition to the South Florida sports scene & the area in general. Marlins Park is beautiful, airy and spacious, fan friendly and a delightful place to view the sport it was built for. It offers one amenity I've never seen in any other sports arena: a kiosk that serves nothing but gluten free products, including beer (Red Bridge & Omission). Since I've been a celiac since at least 1980 this is huge. Watching the game while gnawing on a hot dog and slurping a beer is what it's all about, IMO...
3) Parking can be a pain, but I found a place to park very close to Marlin's Park for less than the Marlin's going rate. I had no problems getting in or out, plus I got to take a short walk in East Little Havana. Most places seem to be run by folks from El Salvador. It ain't the richest part of town. I had no problems at all. Most area residence seemed glad to have folks going to the game. Plus, about half of the City of Miami PD were on the scene. All was peaceful and friendly. I can see this place eventually helping the area. It may take awhile, but it looks like it actually could happen. I hope so.
4) I'd heard that it was a very Spanish oriented building. English signage was rare. Not so. English seems to predominate, but, the stadium & it's surrounds are appropriately bi-lingual, as Miami should be. I had zero problems in that regard. I don't think anyone will. they've done a superior job for everyone.
I've more to say, but I'm still trying to sort it all out. To say I was favorably impressed is an understatement. I did not know what to make of the place, but my feelings before going were somewhat negative. No more. I love Marlin's Park. I think that it will eventually become one of the jewels of Miami and of the sport itself. It is that good.
Went to the Nats Cubs game last night. It was a home run derby. Cubs have to do something about pitching. Man, they went through a gazillion pitchers. Usually in DC, there are a ton of Cubs fans in attendance, and you see almost as much blue as red. Not so much last night. I do like the Cubbies (unless they are playing the Nats).
Still holding my breath here in DC. I am going to Atlanta to the Nats Braves game on the 16th.
I like that whacked out sculpture thing in center field. Very voidy.
Speaking of the Cubs, I was watching the Cubs/Giants game on WGN over the weekend and there were EMPTY SEATS at Wrigley. I can't remember the last time I saw that.
I know, I tried to get tickets at Wrigley for several season to no avail.
It's September and the Orioles are tied for 1st place. I'm scared to think too far ahead.
Sad part is, I haven't paid attention to baseball in at least 5 years or so. Not only do I not know who most of the Orioles are, I don't know much about the rest of the players. I should brush up in case....well....if it's...um...ever needed.
I've often thought that about the Mariners--keeping up with the players just in case. I know King Felix and that, alas, has been sufficient lately.
BTW, I used to live in Maryland when I was a kid and rooted for the Orioles when they played Pittsburgh in the world series.
I have vague memories of the 79 WS. I remember not knowing anything about what the WS was, and when people were all abuzz about the Orioles going to the WS, I first thought it was something that went on for months, lol.
I think I jinxed the Orioles. Maybe I shouldn't post anything optimistic until...um...ever?
I think this could be one of the most exciting Pennant Races in years. So much is so close and undecided.
For those of us w/teams out of it and who adore Baseball, it's gonna be fun!!!
For those w/teams in the hunt...Good Luck and remember that Vacumn Cleaners are our friends to clean up the stuffing after you've torn that pillow or Teddy Bear to pieces.
Whatever happens, I'm happy that it's fun to watch the Phillies again. Because it wasn't for much of the season. And when your team is spending eleventy billion dollars on payroll, last place is a tough pill to swallow.
I heart my Reds.
Giants/Reds for NL Playoffs!
With the Giants winning in four, of course.
And the Giants winning the World Series on my birthday, naturally.
Dream on, sweet thing.
Your team all ready won two years ago. Time for some new blood to win the World Series....RED blood!!! GO REDS!!!!!!
I'm going to be in San Francisco the weekend the playoffs start. But my friend is getting married. I suppose I have to go to the wedding.
I grew up rooting for the Reds, but now that I live in DC, I can't help but root for the Nats as well. It's exciting both the Nats and the Reds appear playoff-bound. Since they're becoming more likely to wind up with the top 2 records in the NL, they'll both have home field advantage in the NLDS and won't have to play each other. Now if they were to both win their NLDS series, it's going to be a tough NLCS for me. I don't want to root against either team! I don't care as much for the AL, so I'll likely end up cheering for the NL team in the World Series (unless it's St. Louis or Atlanta). Having said that, I did grow up rooting for the Tigers (my mom is a Reds fan and my dad is a Tigers fan) and would love to see them prevail over the White Sox for the AL Central title. If they somehow managed to make it into the World Series and they were playing against either the Nats or Reds, I'd probably be unable to pick a side. (I'm sure it would be war between my parents!)
Assuming the Giants win the West and the Braves win the 1 game wildcard playoff:
Nationals vs Giants
Reds vs Braves
Assuming the Giants win the West and the Cardinals/Pirates/Brewers win the 1 game wildcard playoff:
Nationals vs Cardinals/Pirates/Brewers
Reds vs Giants
Assuming the Giants win the West and the Dodgers win the 1 game wildcard playoff:
Nationals (if best NL record) vs Dodgers
Reds vs Giants
Nationals vs Giants
Reds (if best NL record) vs Dodgers
I am beyond disgusted and angry over the entire Yunel Escobar situation. Disgusted over what he did, but angry beyond angry that writing an Anti Gay Slur on your Black line underneath your eyes in Spanish, then getting caught, only gets you a Three Game Suspension!?!?!?!
And now the fan who was the one who posted the photos of Escobar w/this slur on him, is now scared of what could happen to him at the next Jays game and is thinking of turning in his Season Tickets. That would be beyond sad, as what he did, was the action of a real fan IMO.
We don't need this happening. Especially now w/the various Pennant Races being so close and exciting. I would hope that MLB would step in and strongly advise the Jays this dweeb needs to be gone for the rest of the Season. Not for what's a slap on the wrist.
Ugh. Sorry that guy plays for your team. And he only got three days? Meh. I hope at least his salary was docked for those days as well.
Of course, the Braves rather quietly hired back Roger McDowell as their pitching coach after that disaster in AT&T Park. So homophobia seems to be semi-tolerated in some places.
But a lot of teams contributed videos to the "It Gets Better" campaign. (The Giants did the first one. )
PL - he is out for 3 games without pay. Le sigh ... another black eye on the organization.
I heard his pay for the last two games and the one tomorrow is going to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance and another organization that helps Gay and Lesbian Youth.
Regardless, three games suspension is *not* enough and that poor excuse (and I mean that literally...) of a Press Conference yesterday was a laugh and a half. What was it Deb? About fifteen minutes of him going on and on about how many people he "knows" who are Gay. Like his Barber...And his Interior Decorator...And about seven or eight others.
Then he says that it's not a big deal in the Spanish Culture. Uh huh. Last time I looked, Toronto's not in Puerto Rico (I think that's where he's from)
Then to make matters even a bit worse, Jason Frasor during the Pre Game show on Sportsnet answers the question on how he felt about all of this in a matter that just had Mom and me rolling our eyes in disgust. He obviously thinks from the way he answered it's funny and no big deal.
The first game home after this Road Trip should be rather interesting.
Ugh. Went to post that Heather should ban me from ever tuning into Reds games online because every single time I seem to end up watching Votto strike out. No idea why I'm apparently a jinx!
But I'm sad/disgusted to hear about Escobar. Especially being Puerto Rican myself.
ETA - OMG, I know that word and had no idea it actually meant faggot!!! I've heard it way, way too often in that case. Not that it justifies what he did...
Unfortunately that is one of the first Spanish words I learned and the people using it knew exactly what it meant. Working in kitchens can be nasty.
I just told this story to my native Spanish speaking husband from Mexico, and he knows of no alternate meaning for that word. Maricon means faggot, queer, pansy. In some countries, they use pato or patito (which also means duck or duckling) for faggot, but maricon does not mean duck.Why would he write "you're a duck" anyway.
What an idiot. So he is saying that calling people names is not a big deal in the Spanish speaking cultures. Riiiight.
Nationals need one win to clinch a playoff spot and I am going tomorrow! I went Sunday in Atlanta and they lost.
Joey wasn't quite himself for a few games due to all the time he missed but his bat has been heating up lately so you may not see him strike out as much if you decide to watch again. Unless the Reds lose every single time you watch, I will not ban you from watching my guys, LOL
My Reds have finally broken the 90 win mark (only the Reds and Nats have hit that mark so far this season ) and the magic number is now THREE for them to clinch the NL Central title. PLEASE do it on Friday night when I'm there so I can see it in person again!!!!
McDowell wasn't hired back because he was never actually fired. He was suspended, first by the Braves and then by MLB, for two weeks. I don't know what exactly happened (I looked it up on Wikipedia but I don't know what part of the allegations was substantiated) so I can't say if this was reasonable or not. If the allegations were all or mostly true, he should be out of baseball.
Yunel Escobar has always been an idiot, which is why he was traded to Toronto to begin with; the Braves didn't want him around. Maybe the Blue Jays can find another taker for him, but it'll get progressively more difficult to find someone willing to take on someone like that.
Baseball suspensions tend to be short, I guess because the MLBPA is so strong. Still, the short suspension Escobar received sends the wrong message - to him and to the public. It would have been better to give him a longer suspension, even if it were ultimately shortened on appeal.
Re It Gets Better: when it started out the focus was on LGBT kids, they were the target audience and the videos were mainly by unknown people. As it became bigger and more famous people got involved, it seemed to become less LGBT-oriented and more of a general anti-bullying initiative. I'm not sure that I'd consider participation to be support of the original objectives of the project.
The Giants It Gets Better specifically mentions GLBT youth. Maybe it's because they're from SF.
Giants magic number is 5.
That's good, then - not that there's anything wrong with an anti-bullying initiative, but I did feel the message of the original campaign was kind of swept aside at times. And it sometimes seems like baseball culture is less progressive when it comes to gay rights compared to other sports, so I'm happy that's not the case everywhere. Now if we could just get a baseball player to write up something like Chris Kluwe's letter and columns...
BTW, do you have the link to the Giants' It Gets Better video?
Anyone else wondering just how high Rob's floating off the ground right now on his way home after seeing the Nats clinch at the very least a Wild Card spot? (As I understand it from what the commentators are saying during the massacre of the Jays at the hands of the Yankees going on at the moment...) Aaron must also be in the same situation right now too.
And the Reds also clinched a Wild Card at the very least too tonight?
If so...Congrats to Heather and the rest of the Reds fans around here and to Rob, Aaron and the rest of the Nationals/Expos fans around here. If what I've heard was right, you're off to October Baseball!!
I was cheering for the Nationals because they were playing the Dodgers. I didn't realize it clinched them a spot.
Giants magic number is 3. *fingerscrossed*
Thanks Aragorn! Yes, the Reds indeed clinched at the very least a wild card spot for the playoffs and I LOVED seeing that little X appear next to their name on the MLB homepage indicating they're now postseason bound! The Reds Magic Number is now 2 for them to win the NL Central so they should be able to do that at home now. I'm hoping the Cards lose tomorrow afternoon so the Reds can then win and clinch the division tomorrow night here in Cincy. I'm going to be there and I REALLY want to see them clinch again! There is nothing like watching your team go totally bonkers after winning the division and I want to see that again SO bad tomorrow. GO REDS!!!
Congrats Rob on your Nats clinching their spot today too!
I could have been at the game last night where the Nats beat the Dodgers to clinch at least a wild card spot. There was a Groupon late last month for several different Nats games. I had a few friends who were interested in going and we'd settled on the game scheduled for last night against the Dodgers. Unfortunately by the time I went to purchase the Groupon, it had sold out. Oh well. Clinching at least a wild card spot used to have a little more significance. As it stands now, clinching a wild card spot is only a guarantee for a 1 game playoff for the right to play one of the division champs. I'll be more excited next week assuming they're able to clinch the NL East and therefore avoid the 1 game playoff!
We took a risk and got tickets today for NLDS home games 2 and 3 when they went on sale. Let's hope they make it that far!
I also grew up rooting for the Reds so happy to see them in the playoffs too!
Thanks to Heather's Reds beating up on the Dodgers today, the Giants clinched the NL West with their win tonight.
That win more importantly clinched the NL Central title for my Reds so I am BEYOND stoked for my guys right now!! I cannot wait to go to the game tomorrow night and buy some 2012 NL Central championship gear! Not going crazy because I hope there's more gear to buy later in the post season....
In the epic fail department though, you gotta love our local Fox Sports Ohio asshats who promoted ALL DAY LONG that they would have live post game stuff if the Reds clinched today and then EPICALLY DID NOT SHOW A DARN THING because of an alleged transmission failure. They're supposedly going to air the celebration on Monday evening now which is kind of like celebrating New Year's Eve at 12:45 AM. Yeah, thanks for nothing jerks. EPIC.FAIL.
Yeah. I have to watch the mlb.tv feed on my computer, and they cut off the celebration as the guys went into the clubhouse. Apparently, Brian Wilson danced to "Gangnam Style" and I missed it.
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