The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!!

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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/03 00:05:38 (permalink)
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For me, the perfect ending for the NLCS would be at Turner Field: the Bucs go one up in the top of the 9th. on a missed call at home plate, then serve a heap "Grilli Cheese" to those smug Tomahawk Choppers.

But, the Braves won't get past the Dodgers.  Too bad.  So sad.

I hope your prediction is wrong. " />
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/03 12:36:06 (permalink)
Year in and year out, nobody screws up like the Cubs! <frowny face and wagging finger here>
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/03 13:16:06 (permalink)
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/03 15:54:49 (permalink)
It actually doesnt surprise me from the CUBS.  Ron Santo WAS like Ernie Banks he was a MR CUB.  The team treated him poorly in life and have continued in death.  I am glad the Santo family got the stuff back and not the flubbies.
 
 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/03 16:10:54 (permalink)
You won't hear from Yankee fans but for the faint sobs in the distance.

Living in Yankee territory I'll tell you that the curse of Don Mattingly will take care of the Dodgers.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/03 16:54:39 (permalink)
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You won't hear from Yankee fans but for the faint sobs in the distance.

Living in Yankee territory I'll tell you that the curse of Don Mattingly will take care of the Dodgers.


Wow, CC, I'd never heard of that one.  But, sure enough.
 
Truth be known, I think Giradi should be Manager of the Year.  Despite crushing injuries - Texiera, A-Roid, Jeter, Granderson, etc. - he led the Yanks to a winning season in the most competitive division in MLB.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/04 09:16:28 (permalink)
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Given the Reds' collapse against the Giants last year and the Pirates this year, I wonder how much of Cincinnati is screaming "Dusty must go!!" this morning.
I was saying that they hired him after the CUBS fired him.

DUSTY and El Chokeo I mean KWAY-toe must go.
Looks like half your wish will come true, at least for now.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/04 14:03:51 (permalink)
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Given the Reds' collapse against the Giants last year and the Pirates this year, I wonder how much of Cincinnati is screaming "Dusty must go!!" this morning.
I was saying that they hired him after the CUBS fired him.

DUSTY and El Chokeo I mean KWAY-toe must go.
Looks like half your wish will come true, at least for now.

 
I love the PART of the story that said the decision came from the top.  That is partially true, Walt Jockety and JOE MORGAN were in the stands at Pittsburgh when Dusty and KWAY-toe choked again, Joe was not happy, so neither was Walt.
 
I wonder if Walt still has strings on LaRusa????  That would seriously piss off some REDS fans!
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/04 14:32:00 (permalink)
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/04 15:30:29 (permalink)
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/04 16:14:44 (permalink)
Pirates 7-1, and the series is tied at one apiece. Next game Sunday at PNC Park.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/04 17:38:43 (permalink)
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Pirates 7-1, and the series is tied at one apiece. Next game Sunday at PNC Park.


I wonder that the crowd will be wearing?  Gold?  Black?  Or home White? 
 
I'm sure it will be the same color as the Bucs uniform of the day.
 
I sure hope they have the same energy level as they had for Cincy.  That relentless cheering, yelling, singing, and chanting was truly something I had never seen in baseball.  Wow! 
 
Good for the Burgh! 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/04 17:49:58 (permalink)
As long as my Giants aren't in it I'm rooting for lleechef's team
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/04 18:12:26 (permalink)
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For me, the perfect ending for the NLCS would be at Turner Field: the Bucs go one up in the top of the 9th. on a missed call at home plate, then serve a heap "Grilli Cheese" to those smug Tomahawk Choppers.

But, the Braves won't get past the Dodgers.  Too bad.  So sad.

I hope your prediction is wrong. " />


I based it on Kershaw and Grienke.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/04 19:45:44 (permalink)
Beat the DEVIL outta those Rays!

Go Sox...

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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/05 09:32:43 (permalink)
Random thoughts:
 
Harold Reyonlds and Mitch Williams rock as analysts on MLB channel.
 
Stick a fork in the A's.
 
And the Rays, too unless Price pulls off a miracle today.
 
If Cabrera spends the off-season in a Pilates Studio he could hit .360/60/160 next year.  Can that guy lay the barrel on the ball or what!
 
The Dodgers need to hire Tony Perez to talk with Puig "Cubano a Cubano"; his swing looks like Swiss cheese these days.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/07 18:18:04 (permalink)
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For me, the perfect ending for the NLCS would be at Turner Field: the Bucs go one up in the top of the 9th. on a missed call at home plate, then serve a heap "Grilli Cheese" to those smug Tomahawk Choppers.

But, the Braves won't get past the Dodgers.  Too bad.  So sad.

I hope your prediction is wrong. " />


I based it on Kershaw and Grienke.

Your prediction is based on good information; whereas, my hope is based on "emotion."
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/07 18:26:40 (permalink)
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MetroplexJim

For me, the perfect ending for the NLCS would be at Turner Field: the Bucs go one up in the top of the 9th. on a missed call at home plate, then serve a heap "Grilli Cheese" to those smug Tomahawk Choppers.

But, the Braves won't get past the Dodgers.  Too bad.  So sad.

I hope your prediction is wrong. " />


I based it on Kershaw and Grienke.

Your prediction is based on good information; whereas, my hope is based on "emotion."


Mattingly is rolling the dice with Kershaw on short rest.  He doesn't want to go back to Atlanta.
 
Meanwhile, my Buccos had better start Cole Wednesday in St. Louis.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/08 08:59:21 (permalink)
Mattingly's gamble paid off:  Kershaw gave him 6 innings with 0 ER's.  Now he and Greinke will both be well-rested for (I hope) the Bucs.
 
BTW:  as I recall, Alston used Koufax on short rest several times in the several Dodger WS' in the '60's.  And the wonderous Koufax always performed wonderously.  Koufax was, by far, the best I ever saw - and I have seen Spahn, Marichal, Gibson, Seaver, Ryan, Carlton, Palmer, Johnson, Martinez, Maddux, and Kershaw - all HOF/HOF quality.  But, "Koo-Foo" was THE ONE.  
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/08 11:18:34 (permalink)
Given Kershaw's youth it's not difficult to imagine that he could possibly someday be mentioned as an equal to Koufax, should he continue to pitch as he has.
 
I see that Cole will indeed be starting Wednesday and he'll have a full 4 days of rest.  I wonder what adjustments the Cardinals will make.
 
Then again, Adam Wainwright will have had 5 days off.  No break for the Pirates there.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/12 12:24:55 (permalink)
Looks like my Red Sox are the last Roadfood team standing.

Well...it's very difficult to think of my friend Paws as a no-good SOB without laughing ...but until further notice Paws you're a no-good SOB....





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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/13 09:26:57 (permalink)
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Given Kershaw's youth it's not difficult to imagine that he could possibly someday be mentioned as an equal to Koufax, should he continue to pitch as he has.



Koufax quit at his peak at 30.  In his last four seasons he averaged 24-6, 300+ K, ERA < 2, with a WHIP < 1.  We will never see that again.
 
BTW: His lifetime post-season ERA in 4 WS was 0.95 with a 0.825 WHIP.
 
This is not a rap on Kershaw - so far, a HOF-quality pitcher and a kid I root for as a local boy (Highland Park, Dallas) - but he is not "The Left Arm of God".  In that, there was only one. 
 
Really, you had to see it in person. 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/13 14:03:01 (permalink)
Stomp on his tail (accidentally of course) and make him cry like a little girl today...

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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/13 17:59:43 (permalink)
MetroplexJimThis is not a rap on Kershaw - so far, a HOF-quality pitcher and a kid I root for as a local boy (Highland Park, Dallas) - but he is not "The Left Arm of God".  In that, there was only one.
The game has changed so much in the 47 years since Koufax's last pitch that it makes comparisons difficult and in some cases unfair.  For me the best way to look at it is to see how a player stacks up against his peers, especially when there's a significant time component.
 
Having written that, does Willie Davis catch the fly that Ethier missed in Game 1?
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/14 10:51:11 (permalink)
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MetroplexJimThis is not a rap on Kershaw - so far, a HOF-quality pitcher and a kid I root for as a local boy (Highland Park, Dallas) - but he is not "The Left Arm of God".  In that, there was only one.
Having written that, does Willie Davis catch the fly that Ethier missed in Game 1?


Herd to say:  Davis was faster, but Ethier has better hands.
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/14 12:01:07 (permalink)
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MetroplexJimThis is not a rap on Kershaw - so far, a HOF-quality pitcher and a kid I root for as a local boy (Highland Park, Dallas) - but he is not "The Left Arm of God".  In that, there was only one.

The game has changed so much in the 47 years since Koufax's last pitch that it makes comparisons difficult and in some cases unfair.  For me the best way to look at it is to see how a player stacks up against his peers, especially when there's a significant time component.



What you say is largely true.  By today's standards, the finest hitters the 6'2/210# Koufax faced were "smallish" by today's standards, e.g: - Mays (5'10/180), Mantle (5'11/195), & Aaron (6'/180).  And, three years after Koufax retired, the mound was lowered.
 
All that said, Koufax was strictly fastball and curve.  I've never seen anyone faster - including Ryan - than him and he was the only pitcher who had such a hop on the #1 that you could see it from the stands.  His #2 was a true 12 to 6 that came in shoulder-level and broke down to the knees as it crossed the plate.  Again, you truly had to see it.  Who knows how he would have done off the lower mound; perhaps he would have developed a change and a slider and been even more dominant.
 
And I'm saying all this as a diehard Pirate fan who grew up "hating" the Dodgers.
 

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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/18 09:04:25 (permalink)
The Dodgers have their back against the wall, but have hope as Kershaw gets the ball today.  This might be a bit tedious, but here are his mechanics:
 

 
And here is Koufax:
 

 
Both are the same size, both are left-handed pitchers.  Pretend you're Carlos Beltran, who would you rather face?
 
According to one of my heros, Willie Stargell:  "Trying to hit Koufax is like trying to drink coffee with a fork".  In this clip, Mays describes his fastball, Brock his curve.  You really had to see him in person ... to appreciate the poetry.
 
 
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/18 16:54:42 (permalink)
Hey drinking coffee with a fork is EASY if you freeze the coffee first 
 
I would not want to be a batter vs kershaw OR Koufax, heck the movement on the modern baseball nowdays is totally amazing and the way the pitchers figure out how to manipulate the ball just that tiny bit to get it to drop or run or chase
 
I would NOT want to hit against them, hell it stopped being fun trying to hit college level pitchers, I can't imagine 90-105 mph pitches, especially high and tight.
 
(Where's CC's smiley quivering under a chair little guy when I need him)
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Re:The Crack of the Bat; The Opening of the Wallets: BASEBALL 2013!!! 2013/10/18 19:02:46 (permalink)
In about 24 hours the Red Sox will be Champions of the American League & headed to win the World Series.
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