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Sooooo I was looking around and didn't see a baseball thread, and thought we needed one.
I'm a dbacks fan, probably the only one in all of Iowa. They were the first MLB team I ever saw play, so they're my team now. 1-1 on the year with St Louis coming up again today.
I'm a Cubs fan by default, everyone in my family has always been. I root for the Rangers and like to watch them whenever I have free time though because being at that ballpark was probably one of the funnest live events of my life.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Yu's game last night was great. 1 out away from perfection.
Yeah, I was a little sad for him that he couldn't finish that out. He's a stud though. I was never more emotionally invested in a non Cubs game than I was for the Rangers-Cards World Series. That was rough.
Big Reds fan here. Really feel like we have a good team this year barring a slew of injuries. Arguably the best bullpen in baseball has me pumped.
I have been a Cubs fan my whole life, back to when I was a kid in the 60's and you got two baseball games on TV each week - the Game of the Week on NBC with Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubeck and then the Sunday Cubs game on KCRG with Jack Brickhouse. When I lived in Chicago, I was a season ticketholder for a couple of years, including 2003. I was at the Bartman game and I have the tickets to the World Series that should have been played at Wrigley Field that year.
It is going to be a long season, I am afraid, but I have some faith that Theo is moving them in the right direction.
Life is hard. It's really hard if you're stupid.
Damn you were at the Bartman game? That's cool. Have you ever seen that ESPN documentary Catching Hell? I felt bad for that poor bastard after that happened. I'd be interested to hear your first hand account of that fateful night.
My account would be simple - the ball would have been a very difficult play, there were other people that went after it, too, and then Moises "I never saw a whine I didn't like" Alou and Dusty "How do I keep getting manager jobs" Baker went ballistic.
Seriously, after that play, we still had a 3-0 lead and only needed 5 outs to get to the World Series. A REAL manager would have gotten out there and gotten his team under control and moved on, instead of feeding the meltdown. Then, when a change had to be made (Baker SUCKS at managing a pitching staff), he sent Dave Veres down to the bullpen (he jogged down there with a cup of coffee in his hand) who threw a few pitches and went in. The other season ticketholders around me and I were all pissed because he wasn't even warmed up and he also had Matt Clement available. So, I put that game completely on Baker and I knew from the way that game went, that we had no chance to win Game 7. And, FTR, we would have beaten the Yankees, too, if Baker could have stayed out of the way.
Edit: I should add that Veres hadn't gotten anybody out since like July, or at least that is the way it seemed.
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At the Bartman game, wasn't the very next play and easy grounder to shortstop that he let roll under his glove?
And as a Yankee fan, it's going to be a long ride if the replacements don't pick it up (and our pitching). Half our team is injured right now, and they did not find an adequate replacement for Russel Martin behind the plate. 9/10 of the top home run hitters from last year are either on the DL or no longer with the team.
Probably wasn't a DP ball, but it should have been an easy out, which would have made the score 3-1, 2 outs and only a man on first.
One of my overriding memories to that game is the guy who had the seat next to me, Tom from Rockford, looking up to me at the end of the inning (one that went from 3-0 with only 5 outs for a WS to 8-3) with this pained look on his face and saying, "What just happened?"
I wasn't there or anything, but this is what I took away from the documentary as well. If Moises wouldn't have freaked out like he did, Bartman isn't infamous today.
Also, for those of you interested in such things, the Diamondbacks beat the Cardinals last night 10-9 in 16. The game went until something like 1230 or 1am Central Time. Good times.
I didn't have a problem with the Cubs until the Bartman incident. At that moment I lost all respect for their organization and how they handled the media, instead of offering an apology and inviting him to the clubhouse or anything, they blew up the ball instead. I lost respect for the teamthe way Moises/Baker handled it, and their collapse. And I lost respect for the fanbase, to outcast one of their own even though the guy next to him said "I went for the ball too, that could have been me." in "Catching Hell."
That being said. I am very pleased with the Red Sox start. No better way to start a season than going for a sweep in the Bronx.
I was watching with my mom and I was pretty young at the time but I remember saying to her that I didn't think Alou was going to make that catch. Then it all fell apart and I was just thinking to myself wtf is going on?
My recallection of the game was I had just called my kids down to watch history in the making. The Cubs were going to win their first National League pennant in my lifetime. Then the Bartman incident, which at the time I didn't think was all that big of a deal and still don't to this day. It was the team that fell apart after that. Bad pitching, fielding errors etc. Bartman had nothing to do with that. After that game, I also knew they wouldn't win game 7. I felt really bad for Bartman at that time and watching Catching Hell, I felt even worse for him.
Braves win! ATL 4 chi 1
oh like beating the Cubs is hard
Upvoted for truth.
15-0 Reds over the Nationals last night. Daddy likes.
The Cubs will be bad this year as the makeover continues. It doesn't help when your best pitcher and best player start the season on the DL, either.
Yeah, I still hope they'll be able to move Garza sometime this season though.
The Yanks are missing Jeter, ARod, Granderson, and will be without Texieria until June. My sympathy for the cubs plight is lacking.
The difference being that the Cubs' missing players aren't quite ready for a nursing home yet.
Braves beat the Cubs again.
Braves win with both Upton brothers homering in the 9th!
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