Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by PrincessLeppard, Jan 2, 2013.
Giants won again, YAY!
Terry Pendleton was notorious for doing that back in the 90s. During the (many, many) playoff games over that decade, he about damn near drove us crazy .
Braves vs. Senators tonight at 7:35 EDT, which should be a good matchup over the weekend; Braves are 8-1, and the Senators are 7-2.
ETA: Thought I'd post the link from the MLB website for both League's standings and basic overall Team Stats. I keep it bookmarked during the season to avoid wading through stupid web ads, pop-ups to subscribe, and all the other shit that ESPN and the many other sports sites insist on filling with cludge . Nice, clean, and easy-peasy.
Braves are really going for the tonight....top of the 9th, down by two with two men on base and two outs, and TIE THE GAME .
(of course, now that I'm posting about it, they'll probably give up a homer in bottom of the ninth)
I really need the Angels to stop sucking. I can only remain optimistic for so long.
How could you have doubted Eric O'Flaherty?
So they have McCann and Freeman on the DL, Gattis on first where he most certainly does not belong, 2/3 of the outfield hitting below .100 and half the infield not doing much better. So of course they win and Ramiro Peña is the one with the home run in extra innings. Naturally.
So what do you think of the fight that took out Zach Grienke? (Greinke?) I think the guy is a complete tool, but clearly in that situation he was not deliberately trying to hit what's his name.
The guy who charged the mound should be out for as long as Greinke (I looked it up ) is.
Now 10-1 (and with an 8-game WS, to boot!)
WRT the current winning streak, I think this may be the strongest start to a season that Atlanta's had since 1982/83
**feels like dancing, even though that's an impossibility right now**
ETA: Wikipedia is my friend today , I did a little bit of digging, and it was the 1982 Season -- that Spring, The Braves started off on fire, racking up a 13-game winning streak before losing a game. The only reason I remembered that tidbit of info is that the 1982 season was, for The Braves, one of the biggest roller-coaster rides in baseball history.
WRT Jeff Luria, I will be forever grateful to him for hiring that blithering idiot, Ozzie Guillen, and taking Ozzie and his equally moronic sons away from Chicago. He and his sons no longer pollute the TV and radio airwaves. Believe me, even when the Guillens had nothing to say, they said it on TV and radio endlessly. And, because he totally screwed up in Florida, he probably will not show his face around here for a long time.
Braves are now 11-1 after winning 9-0 today over the Nationals! They've won 9 straight!
*Finally*....This weekend gave us a look at the Jays all of the so called experts were saying we'd have back at the beginning of the month/Season. We should have won that game today too, but it's still a Series win w/us taking two out of the three games in KC.
Still not a win though, as on Friday night we lost Jose Reyes for an unknown period of time due to his ankle injury. Which was pretty nasty to watch happen. I honestly thought w/the way his leg went back, Jose had broken the thing. Apparently the swelling was too high for them to get a definitive answer one way or the other on if it's broken or not w/the MRI scan and X Rays.
This according to the Blue Jays Medical Staff BTW. As I said, we'll see, but it's still a pretty big loss for us this early in the Season.
On a brighter note....It was wonderful yesterday to see the real R.A. Dickey pitch. Hopefully those first two games were just trying to figure things out w/a new team and battery mate catching him and what we saw yesterday will be sticking around for the rest of year.
Guillen started off on the wrong foot when he praised Fidel Castro in an interview soon after he was hired. Miami, especially the northern part of Little Havana, is not the place to do that. Basically, it was downhill from there.
And, Loria, the man that knows everything, has stated that a team manager has nothing to do with how a team does. He's a most replaceable part. One more of Loria's more interesting observations. Nearly at the same level as his yearly insistence that his very low paid team is a playoff contender.
I had a feebie ticket to the Friday night loss to the Phillies. Great stadium. It still has the Gluten free food & beer, but a horrible team (2-10 start) takes much of the luster off of the affair. For all of that I might get another freebie ticket for tonight's game (the Nationals). If I can work it out to get the ticket, I'll go. I like the sport that much, plus, as a Red Sox fan since the 1940's (Boston Braves, too) I'm used to cheering for losing teams....
NJL (...Loria is the greatest source of the basic material used in making Milorganite fertilizer......)
I am about to post something I never thought I'd ever post on any Baseball thread at any MB I belong to now or in the past...
Way To Go Yankees!!!
YouTube ~ New York Yankees Play Sweet Caroline As Part of Tribute to Boston and the Sad Events of the Boston Marathon Bombings
Well Done Yankees!!
ETA ~ Article on the Tribute and the sign from outside Yankees Stadium tonight...
ABC News ~ New York Yankees Put Boston Rivalry Aside at Tonight’s Game
It's the top story at the time of this posting and the sound is far and above better than the YouTube video I linked to further up in the post.
Apparently a lot of other baseball teams had a moment of silence and also played Sweet Caroline for the people of Boston tonight because my Reds did that too. I love how much MLB comes together when tragedy hits one of their cities. GOOD JOB EVERYONE.
With their 6-3 win tonight (er, I guess that would be Last Night since it's now April 17th) over the Kansas City Royals...
...the Atlanta Braves are now 12-1
Their current Winning Streak is now at 10 Games!
When the Tigers won in 1984, they went 35-5 in their first 40 games. They pretty much played .500 ball the rest of the year, but it didn't matter because their lead was so huge from the start -- so this could be very good thing for your Braves.
Alas, all good things come to an end... at least 1. the Braves still haven't lost a game in which they've scored and 2. Luis Avilan's injury isn't serious.
I *knew* I shouldn't have made that gloating post .
Hi Cyn ::waves::
How 'bout them Tigers?!?
::ducks and runs::
The Braves are at the end of a stretch of 18 games of which 16 are on the road, including the three frozen games in Denver. That's a pretty tough task, even for a good team. Hopefully once they're back home they'll be in better form (and someone will stage an intervention for BJ Upton).
Patrick Chan! I didn't know you were a Braves fan!
I have it on best authority that Patrick Chan is.. wait for it... a Yankees fan. And I will find a way to photoshop a Yankees cap on his head if necessary.
I should have made use of the smilies in my previous post...
I would totally believe Patrick Chan is a Yankees fan.
Also, the Giants need to quit making stoopid mistakes. You're World Champions, boys, you don't complete miss line drives in the outfield. :doh:
Not the Blue Jays?
Meh. They did not show sufficient appreciation, such as sponsoring Patrick/inviting him to throw the first pitch in the home opener/having a Patrick Chan bobblehead night.
You know you'd go if they had a Chan bobblehead night. Until then, enjoy this substitute.
Of course he'a a Jays fan
Any one stay up to watch the epic 19 inning game last night? I think it ended at 3:45 my time.
No, I didn't watch. I gave up on baseball last night after Matt Cain gave up THREE home runs in one inning. Thankfully, the Giants recovered and won, as I found out this morning.
I didn't stay up for it (way too late for me!) but it was fun reading my Twitter feed this morning and seeing my early morning local news people all commenting on the still going game while they were getting up to start their day of work, LOL
The amazing thing is that a 19-inning game is still nowhere near the longest game ever.
Tim Hudson won no. 200 last night, in which he also hit a home run (and a double). That's winning it in style
My poor Jays. The injury bug has almost wiped out their starting 5, Ricky R can't seem to find his stuff that made him successful two seasons ago; the hitters seem to be hot and cold -- more cold than hot, unfortunately. Too many mistakes being made defensively. Please, please guys, get healthy and get winning.
You know something? When I heard they'd re hired Gibby, I had a bad feeling then about it and sure enough...
Of course the injuries don't help, but some of the screw ups made have been on things that's just plain and simple fundamental baseball basics you learn in Little League. The guy did an awful job the first time around as Jays Manager, so why would this time be any different?
This is one of those times when I *really* wish I'd been wrong, but sadly it's looking like I wasn't.
Oh and I think Romaro's done. None of his pitches are dependable anymore and his control is all over the place. I give credit to the Jays for giving him a good chance to redeem himself/figure out what's going on, but there comes a time when you need to cut your losses and I think that's come w/Ricky. I can see him being placed on Waivers by the Jays at some point this Season.
On a brighter side....Holy Red Sox crushing Boys!! Joey Bats *and* Lawrie both going over and out of the Green Monster in a 12-4 thumping of Boston? Pretty darned impressive and also a badly needed shot of confidence for the team.
RA Dickey recieved an Honourary Degree in Sacred Letters from Wycliffe College during their Commencement Ceremonies today. Wycliffe is a Christian College that trains Ministers. Yes, he talks about being a Christian and how hard it is to do that *and* be a MLB Player, but he also talks about how close he came to ending it all a few years ago due to the effects of his abuse when he was a child. Regardless of what you believe in, it's a very powerful address he gave here.
Sportsnet.ca ~ Dickey humbled by honourary degree
The Giants Ryan Vogelsong who is but has been sucking all year, was finally pitching a great game and broke his hand while batting.
Some twits are now saying this is a reason for the DH. Because a position player has never broken his hand while batting.
I hate the DH.
I am sorry to tell you this PL, but expect the National League to adopt the DH as early as next season. In the latest Owners Meeting the National League owners were strongly in favor of making the change, despite a 40 year resistance to doing so. I am not sure what sparked the change other than the owners want to standardize the rules between the leagues.
We can get rid of interleague play, too. Dammit.
I think a monkey can manage an American League team. No strategy at all.
Maybe Koko the gorilla .. not just any monkey in the zoo.
Obviously batting is the biggest risk that pitchers face it is well known that it leads to Tommy John surgeries, torn ACLs, and pitchers getting hit in the head. Pitchers must never be exposed to the dangers of batting and baserunning!
Anyway, the only argument in favor of adopting the DH in the NL is that it would allow NL teams to offer long-term contracts/extensions more than they do now; an AL team can always move an aging player to play DH, but NL teams can't. Still, if the goal is to even things out, a better solution would be to make both leagues DH-free. Alas, the MLBPA would never go for that. And yes, interleague also sucks, though it is fun to watch AL pitchers trying to hit.
Sorry about Vogelsong. He seems like a good guy.
I think the better option is ditching the DH altogether too, but since a bunch of AL teams signed a bunch of guys to bloated long term contracts, I agree, they won't go for it.
To me, though, the game asks you to bat AND field. If you can't do the latter, it's time to retire. Or the team takes their chances with that guy out in right field or something if they still want his bat.
If the NL does go to the DH, I will probably fall out of love with baseball like I did when the steroid scandal broke. I've been to a couple of AL games, and was mostly bored.
For the first time in 9 years, a game was ended by a walk off inside the park HR. The Giants Angel Pagan pulled it off today against the Rockies. Just a thrill to see him rounding the bases
Especially after that umpire blew two calls that cost the Giants earlier. I was worried he was going to call Pagan out at home.
Tim Flannery's reaction was priceless as well.
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