Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
In All the Excitement, Perspective
2007-10-04 15:51
by Mark T.R. Donohue

You know what I think the biggest story of this series is so far? It's not Clint Hurdle's sudden Midas touch for weird, counterintuitive subtitutions working out for the best. It's not the violent and painful ineptitude of all Phillies pitchers everywhere. It's not Matt Holliday's sexy, sexy chin scar.

It's that the two teams entered the playoffs on similar hot streaks and have reacted to them in opposite fashions. The Phillies, with a history of failures and collapses and a fanbase so abused that it lashes out like an caged animal, felt pressure. Lots of pressure. The magic of their comeback against the Mets came with a lot of weight and responsibility attached to it because long before any of the current Phils put on a uniform their forebears made choking hard a cheesesteak-linked trait. The Rockies? They have no history. What do they have to worry about? Their biggest problem right now is getting teams to stop intentionally walking Todd Helton so their waited-for-it-long-and-boy-is-it-now-sweet homegrown veteran can get a game-winner one of these days.

Originally noted by Toaster MVP Bob Timmerman but worth repeating here: The Rockies have voted a full playoff share, potentially as much as $300,000, to the widow and family of late minor-league first base coach Mike Coolbaugh.

2007-10-04 16:02:20
1.   bhsportsguy
Ijust posted this on DT but here is how it broke down last year and no, I don't mean this to be a jinx but assuming they get to the next round.

World Series Champions
St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players' Pool: $20,016,735.81; value of each full share: $362,173.07) - The Cardinals awarded 48 full shares, 7.133 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

American League Champions
Detroit Tigers (Share of Players' Pool: $13,344,490.54; value of each full share: $291,667.68) - The Tigers awarded 39 full shares, 6.67 partial shares and nine cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up
New York Mets (Share of Players' Pool: $6,672,245.27; value of each full share: $124,429.60) - The Mets awarded 40 full shares, 13.333 partial shares and six cash awards.

Oakland Athletics (Share of Players' Pool: $6,672,245.27; value of each full share: $140,624.90) - The A's awarded 41 full shares, 5.80 partial shares and 14 cash awards.

2007-10-04 16:04:17
2.   Mark T.R. Donohue
1 Not a jinx at all. In fact, very helpful, thank you.
2007-10-04 16:06:46
3.   Mark T.R. Donohue
What's crazy is how different the meanings of a playoff share end up being to all those who get one in a given year. If the Rockies win the World Series, the Coolbaughs are set for years, Troy Tulowitzki makes twice as much money as he would have otherwise this season... and Todd Helton just has a little bit more kindling to throw on the fire.
2007-10-04 16:10:24
4.   bhsportsguy
I'm afraid to go back to BB.
2007-10-04 17:22:01
5.   bhsportsguy
3 Not sure you saw this but is the town still Broncos and everything else is barely mentioned?

Normally a key divisional game at home against the Chargers would be the big sports event but with the possibility of clinching an NLCS spot this weekend, I assume that will be second on the agenda.

2007-10-04 17:46:08
6.   Daniel Zappala
Helton can give me his share ... I could sure use it more than he can. Todd -- call me.
2007-10-04 17:50:41
7.   Daniel Zappala
Bronx Banter needs to clean up its act. Yankee fans get so out of hand, it gives the Toaster a bad name compared to most other blogs here.
2007-10-04 19:50:03
8.   3rd gen yankee fan
7 Yeah we are just the scourge of the Toaster. The burnt crumbs on the bottom, in fact. Personally, I'm not accepting your artificial morality. Lighten up, bud.
2007-10-04 19:52:58
9.   3rd gen yankee fan
7 And btw, if Alex or Cliff think we're a problem, I have no doubt that they will let us know. And their wishes will be respected.
2007-10-05 03:42:43
10.   RIYank
9 Or Ken.

But, yeah, having 1200+ comments for a blow-out loss probably does give the Toaster a bad name, compared to the other Toaster blogs.

2007-10-05 08:13:35
11.   Woden325
5 The Rockies have been leading off the sports news in Colorado Springs, which is extremely unusual.

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