Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
World Series Game 1
2007-10-24 17:03
by Mark T.R. Donohue
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2007-10-24 17:07:56
1.   trainwreck
They are bragging that Jeff Francis got a 1210 on his SAT.
2007-10-24 17:09:50
2.   KG16
Uh-oh, Byrnes just said, "I'm turning into a stats guy"... that could be all kinds of fun.
2007-10-24 17:09:52
3.   Andrew Shimmin
How could anybody not love Eric Byrnes?
2007-10-24 17:13:39
4.   Ken Arneson
3 Try having him on your own team for awhile, where you have to endure things like him being so gung-ho about crashing into a catcher that he forgets to do little things like touching home plate. In a playoff game. For a run that would win the series for you.
2007-10-24 17:14:21
5.   KG16
4 - we'll trade you him for Juan Pierre
2007-10-24 17:14:29
6.   Mark T.R. Donohue
OK, who's nervous?

Not me, that's for sure! No way! Not nervous at all! Uh-uh!

2007-10-24 17:15:36
7.   Philip Michaels
3 If you've ever seen him forget to touch home plate, thereby costing your team a critical run in a playoff game, it's alarmingly easy.
2007-10-24 17:16:22
8.   Philip Michaels
4 The only reason Ken typed his response faster than mine is because I had to go back and edit out all my swears.
2007-10-24 17:16:53
9.   KG16
Francona is going to get fined again for not wearing his uniform.
2007-10-24 17:18:48
10.   Ken Arneson
5 Well, thankfully, my team already traded him away. And now have nothing to show for that trade, which is already a better deal than trading him away for Juan Pierre.
2007-10-24 17:20:59
11.   Ken Arneson
Does anyone else feel very relieved when you find out a group is performing the national anthem instead of an individual singer?
2007-10-24 17:21:16
12.   Bluebleeder87
Lets the chewing begin....
2007-10-24 17:22:33
13.   ToyCannon
He didn't have that PVL going for him back then. I'm not even an A's fan and I still hate bad Giambi for letting Jeter wear a halo when I was rooting for them.
2007-10-24 17:23:17
14.   Hallux Valgus
I like how the pregame montage felt the need to take a dig at Dodger fans by saying they leave early.
oh wait, did I say "like?" I meant to say, "go screw, Fox."
2007-10-24 17:23:44
15.   Andrew Shimmin
Until the group gussies it up. I guess I should be glad there wasn't an Imperial March counter-melody.
2007-10-24 17:24:00
16.   spudrph
John Williams is "the epitome of our culture"?

I, for one, resent the whole "Who are these Rockies" meme. If you've been following baseball, you know who at least a few of these Rockies are. I had Tulowitski on my roto team, for Pete's sake.

Not that that means I can spell his name.

2007-10-24 17:25:32
17.   Bluebleeder87
you know, "Byrnsie" is half bad as a broadcaster.
2007-10-24 17:25:42
18.   spudrph
And, I'm sorry, World Series play did not make Koufax a legend.
2007-10-24 17:27:48
19.   spudrph
I like Byrnesie, though. He is one of the few who seems to say what he thinks. Although, like with players like Drew and Nixon and Pete Reiser, it must be incredibly frustrating to watch talent missing months with injuries.
2007-10-24 17:29:43
20.   Bluebleeder87

that should be, ISN'T have bad as a broadcaster. I actually enjoy his announcing.

2007-10-24 17:31:17
21.   spudrph
There's going to be a Terminator series? Why?
2007-10-24 17:31:32
22.   Andrew Shimmin
Half bad?! The only problem with Byrnes's announcing is that he hasn't yet found a way to work a somersault in, after each comment. Probably stupid Fox won't let him.


2007-10-24 17:32:20
23.   spudrph
Nice. Helton fought the urge to glam up the lineup with little cutesie comments.
2007-10-24 17:32:21
24.   Bob Timmermann
Is saying some "is half bad" the complement of saying the person "isn't half bad"?

Does the "half bad" announcer + "not half bad" announcer = one average announcer?

2007-10-24 17:33:54
25.   El Lay Dave
3 We Dodger fans instead have Jason Repko who is so gung-ho that he crashes into teammates and adversely affects entire seasons.
2007-10-24 17:37:54
26.   spudrph
25 On the other hand, we Red Sox fans have JD Drew, who stayed healthy and adversely affected the entire season.
2007-10-24 17:38:34
27.   Andrew Shimmin
Repko:Byrnes::Harry Connick Jr.:Duke Ellington
2007-10-24 17:38:55
28.   Ken Arneson
Ooh, wide strike zone.
2007-10-24 17:39:09
29.   Bluebleeder87
if Beckett gets that call all night, he's gonna have plenty of strike outs.
2007-10-24 17:39:18
30.   El Lay Dave
26 Game 6 of the ALCS notwithstanding? Kept you from winning 100 games? My heart is not bleeding for you. :)
2007-10-24 17:39:20
31.   spudrph
Or, actually, right off the corner.

CAN we have a rulebook strike zone just once in my life, please?

2007-10-24 17:39:54
32.   Hallux Valgus
Francis had better get that call, too.
2007-10-24 17:40:07
33.   Bob Timmermann
Pitch #2 to Matsui had no speed attached.

It was a ghost pitch.

2007-10-24 17:40:16
34.   spudrph
30 I know. I expect no pity from anyone. I was just trying to make a lame segue.
2007-10-24 17:40:21
35.   Bob Timmermann
Never mind, it was retroactively made 97 mph
2007-10-24 17:41:19
36.   Bluebleeder87

I thought flame throwers didn't get that "generous strike zone"

2007-10-24 17:44:04
37.   spudrph
2007-10-24 17:45:47
38.   spudrph
Something that drives me bananas is the notion that Beckett gets that call because he "has good control", but Dice K won't because he "has control problems". That's a load of crap. The pitch is a strike or it isn't, and it shouldn't matter who is on the mound.
2007-10-24 17:46:02
39.   KG16
27 - those are fighting words, I think, if I could only remember how to do those right... dang things kept me out of one of those high faluting colleges with a football team in the Pac-10
2007-10-24 17:46:33
40.   spudrph
I hope Josh is watching this.
2007-10-24 17:47:31
41.   KG16
I hate Boston.
2007-10-24 17:47:32
42.   Hallux Valgus
oh lord. what a nightmare beginning.
2007-10-24 17:47:37
43.   RIYank
Yuck. Why, lord, why did it have to be Pedroia?
2007-10-24 17:47:43
44.   ToyCannon
I hate to go Scott Long here but what is the deal with male necklaces?

Pedroia go boom

2007-10-24 17:47:50
45.   spudrph
WHOOPS. DP strikes again.
2007-10-24 17:47:56
46.   KG16
I do love Pedoria though
2007-10-24 17:49:13
47.   spudrph
Well, this looks promising.
2007-10-24 17:50:02
48.   KG16
so, what are the odds the Dodgers can trade Kent for Pedoria, straight up?
2007-10-24 17:50:09
49.   ToyCannon
Get used to it. That 3rd best ERA in the majors in the 2nd half is about to take a beating against a real offensive baseball team that isn't scared of it's own shadow like the Phillies were.
2007-10-24 17:50:19
50.   El Lay Dave
Oooh. That's not a good start for the Rockies.
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2007-10-24 17:50:32
51.   RIYank
46 Why, may I ask???
2007-10-24 17:52:35
52.   El Lay Dave
The DH in the nine hole for the Rockies, especially in a WS game, looks so strange. I do believe Tommy Lasorda did the same thing, though, in the '78 series, with Vic Davalillo. The Dodgers lost that WS.
2007-10-24 17:53:00
53.   Bluebleeder87
Francis is probably thinking, we ain't in Kansas anymore.
2007-10-24 17:53:25
54.   KG16
51 - because I'm stuck trying to bring myself to root for Jeff Kent as a second baseman. Other than that, I'm not sure... I pretty much feel about the Red Sox how I feel about los yanquis
2007-10-24 17:54:22
55.   Mark T.R. Donohue
That was generous.
2007-10-24 17:54:38
56.   Eric Stephen
Does Fox have the crowd microphones turned up way too high? Then again, downing out Buck/McCarver isn't all bad.
2007-10-24 17:54:58
57.   ToyCannon
They used Lacy/Monday/Lacy and none of them batted 9th according to baseball reference.
2007-10-24 17:56:05
58.   RIYank
54 Ok.
I'm very anti-RedSox, of course, but I don't hold the laundry against individual players. But I really don't like Pedroia at all.

But if you meant, he's a good player, no argument there.

2007-10-24 17:57:42
59.   El Lay Dave
51 I like .317/.380/.442 from a cheap, barely-24 year old, 2B.
2007-10-24 17:59:32
60.   KG16
Yo! Barkeep!
2007-10-24 17:59:37
61.   Bluebleeder87
J.D. Drew all of a sudden is hot, not good.
2007-10-24 18:00:59
62.   El Lay Dave
57 Now you made me look! In 1978 MLB was still under the every other year DH for the whole WS rule, so here's Davalillo, DH, hitting ninth, in Dodger Stadium.

2007-10-24 18:01:38
63.   spudrph
52 It is wierd, seeing that, as an AL fan. Like it was an afterthought.
2007-10-24 18:02:12
64.   Bluebleeder87
Jocoby Ellsbury looks like my cousin Jorge.
2007-10-24 18:03:02
65.   Hallux Valgus
great defense. great.
2007-10-24 18:03:06
66.   spudrph
That was a nice pick, there.
2007-10-24 18:03:42
67.   Mike Carminati
52 If memory serves, Baker used Shawon Dunston as a DH batting ninth for SF, and LaRussa may have used So Taguchi that way last year.
2007-10-24 18:03:42
68.   KG16
When was the last time that a manager waived the use of the DH? I mean before the game. Has it ever happened?
2007-10-24 18:03:45
69.   Mark T.R. Donohue
At the very least the defensive play should restore some confidence. That is the kind of play the Rockies have been making routinely the whole run.
2007-10-24 18:03:49
70.   dianagramr
Apodaca Honeymoon
2007-10-24 18:03:57
71.   vockins
Well, if nothing else, that was slick.
2007-10-24 18:05:04
72.   spudrph
62 Was Mota already playing OF? He seems to me like he would be a picture perfect, all hit no field, DH candidate.
2007-10-24 18:05:11
73.   Eric Stephen
I can't figure out what McCarver said earlier in the first after Ortiz attempted to bunt. I had to rewind to make sure I heard it right. Here's the quote:

"Here's a guy who disdains the [OBP]. He hates the {OBP]. Bunting a guy over in the first? Shocking."

I don't think McCarver understands on base percentage. Or the words hate or disdain.

2007-10-24 18:06:03
74.   capdodger
Hey... If the rain gets heavier before the middle of the fifth, the Rocks might get to skip Beckett.
2007-10-24 18:06:47
75.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Didn't a pitch in that same place get called a strike in the first inning?
2007-10-24 18:07:34
76.   dianagramr
hmmjm ...... Gibson's record 17Ks might be in jeopardy
2007-10-24 18:07:37
77.   ToyCannon
Nice, I only looked at the Yankee home games. I didn't even remember they used to do it that way until you mentioned it.
2007-10-24 18:08:20
78.   Hallux Valgus
2007-10-24 18:08:32
79.   RIYank
That's a double; Pedroia's was a homer. Go figure.
2007-10-24 18:08:39
80.   Mark T.R. Donohue
At Coors that would have been an out.
2007-10-24 18:09:16
81.   Bluebleeder87
Jeff Francis pitch sequence isn't what it was in Phillie, in Phillie he was:

Curve ball, Curve ball, fastball or fastball, curve ball, curveball (some change ups also I think). Maybe I'm wrong but his pitch sequence isn't what it was in the Phillie series were he had a no-no for a few innings. I guess he's also leaving the ball high.

ps later on during that Phillie game he started throwing more fastballs, but he was masterful in the Philadelphia game.

2007-10-24 18:09:24
82.   ToyCannon
He'd have to pitch more then 7 innings and throw 120 pitches. Does anyone do that anymore?
2007-10-24 18:09:33
83.   spudrph
68 Good question. The only DH monkeyshines I can recall is Weaver, naming the previous day's SP as his DH, having no intention of letting him hit, so he can pinch hit with the appropriate handed hitter at the right time.

They changed the rule to say that the DH had to bat at least once before pinch hitting.

2007-10-24 18:09:55
84.   capdodger
Heh. Funny shot there of a limp flag after McCarver blames the wind for keeping the ball in the park.

You go, boys and girls in the truck.

2007-10-24 18:10:13
85.   Yankees Brasil
Am I too late??


2007-10-24 18:10:45
86.   dianagramr
must be fun when a ball hits the ladder on the green monster
2007-10-24 18:10:50
87.   KG16
good lord, he's going to go for what, 27 Ks tonight?
2007-10-24 18:11:25
88.   RIYank
Oh, hey!

Baseball is very strange.

2007-10-24 18:11:28
89.   Mark T.R. Donohue
2007-10-24 18:11:45
90.   El Lay Dave
72 Not over Dusty Baker and Reggie Smith he wasn't. Catfish Hunter was starting and Davalillo was the left-handed counterpart to Mota.
2007-10-24 18:12:24
91.   Bluebleeder87
really nice COME BACK inning for the Rockies, if anything it re-stores the confidence of a very young Rockies team.
2007-10-24 18:12:57
92.   Hallux Valgus
alright, now THAT settles them down. right? RIGHT?
2007-10-24 18:14:27
93.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Well, Jeff Francis often has starts where he gets cuffed around a bit in the first and settles down to pitch multiple shutout innings. Let's hope that is the case tonight.
2007-10-24 18:14:32
94.   El Lay Dave
The Rox can put up a lot of runs if they continue the alternating K-2B-K-2B pattern, with every inning after this one starting with a 2B.
2007-10-24 18:15:04
95.   Bluebleeder87
81 part II

the BoSox have better hitters also though.

2007-10-24 18:15:24
96.   El Lay Dave
Pattern didn't even last for the amount of time it took me to type!
2007-10-24 18:15:34
97.   KG16
Dang, I was seriously hoping that we were done with Dane Cook this post season
2007-10-24 18:15:48
98.   dianagramr
ugh .... more dane cook?
2007-10-24 18:17:04
99.   ToyCannon
In 78 Lee Lacy was the RH slugger off the bench. He had the 3rd highest OPS+ on the team.
2007-10-24 18:18:40
100.   Eric Stephen
97 I really hope this series goes 7 games, if only because that would be on November 1, perhaps proving the Dane Cook Theorem wrong that there is, in fact, more than one October.
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2007-10-24 18:19:15
101.   Scott Long
I just want to defend myself a bit. I see that Toy Cannon used my name as a verb. As much as I do like that, I have never done the "what's the deal with that" Seinfeld-esque comedy entry into a bit. I'm not really an observation comic. Having said that, the necklaces are ridiculous. My wife hates necklaces on men, loves baseball, so it's a difficult mix for her.
2007-10-24 18:19:21
102.   Bluebleeder87
Ellsbury looked like Nintendo baseball (old version) when he stroke out, he ran back to the dugout ever so speedy.
2007-10-24 18:20:11
103.   Hallux Valgus
psh. all of these "sexiest whatever alive" contests are politics man, politics. I'm still pissed I was left off of Barbara Walters 10 most fascinating people list last year. and the year 28 years before that.
2007-10-24 18:21:50
104.   Scott Long
Oh and for those that are interested, I have a defending Dane Cook piece coming up when I get a chance to finish it. No really. Before you hate me for it, let me give my reasons in the piece.

Wow, a tease for my blog in the comments section. How gauche.

2007-10-24 18:22:18
105.   Eric Stephen
Anyone that picks "Shawshank Redemption" as their favorite movie is a good egg. You go, Jeff Francis.
2007-10-24 18:22:36
106.   KG16
Someone should tell Joe that the Jimmy Buffett song they were playing is CHEESE burger in paradise, not hamburger.
2007-10-24 18:23:11
107.   El Lay Dave
67 You memory serves partially.

Baker used Dunston, Shinjo and Feliz as his DHs, ALL batting 9th. SF lost that WS, as we all remember.

LaRussa's DHs, Duncan and Speizo both hit 2nd. Taguchi did hit 9th once, but played in the field. (He is probably perverse enough to batter pitchers 8th, but DHs 9th, though.)

2007-10-24 18:24:59
108.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Letting Taveras field that ball was a terrible mistake.
2007-10-24 18:25:11
109.   dianagramr
a dave magadan sighting!
2007-10-24 18:25:31
110.   Hallux Valgus
Dear Tim,
Willy does indeed have a strong arm.
anyone who has seen the Rockies this year.
2007-10-24 18:25:45
111.   Mike Carminati
107 I'll take it. By the way, where was Holliday on that Ortiz hit?
2007-10-24 18:26:26
112.   RIYank
108 Wow, it really was (seeing it on replay).
2007-10-24 18:26:30
113.   dianagramr

worst CF arm in the last 20 years:
Bernie Williams
Johnny Damon
Willy Taveras
Juan Pierre

other ...

2007-10-24 18:27:12
114.   Mike Carminati
108 112 Again, where was Holliday? Was he set up down the line or something?
2007-10-24 18:27:49
115.   spudrph
104 I look forward to reading it. I like Dane, personally.
2007-10-24 18:28:14
116.   Mike Carminati
113 Garry Maddox at the end of his career needed help just to get to the cutoff man.
2007-10-24 18:28:37
117.   Mark T.R. Donohue
This is going to be a good series.

If the Red Sox didn't have Josh Beckett, it would be even better.

2007-10-24 18:28:39
118.   RIYank
Didn't Holliday and Taveras get to the ball at about the same time? They were out there together.
2007-10-24 18:29:29
119.   dianagramr
Hmmm .... my version of h*ll ...

Dane Cook singing "This is Our Country"

2007-10-24 18:30:44
120.   Eric Stephen
Liberty Mutual's ads remind me of MC Escher.
2007-10-24 18:30:45
121.   Hallux Valgus
113 once again, just because he is small and fast, don't be fooled by thinking Willy Taveras has a weak arm. That is just not true.
2007-10-24 18:31:18
122.   El Lay Dave
Joe Ferguson would have demanded to make that throw.
2007-10-24 18:31:58
123.   Bob Timmermann
NL designated hitters have hit 10 home runs in World Series play.

Gorman Thomas is coded incorrectly.

AL DHs have just 9. But I can't figure out how to make the list just come up with World Series games.

2007-10-24 18:32:26
124.   Bluebleeder87
I'll take it. By the way, where was Holliday on that Ortiz hit?

maybe because the field is wet & Holliday running for force could have caused an injury to him self or Tavares.

2007-10-24 18:32:31
125.   El Lay Dave
108 vs. 121 ???
2007-10-24 18:32:43
126.   Mike Carminati
118 Taveras has a better angle. Holliday would have had to grab the ball and throw against his momentum. I just replayed it and Holliday was playing Ortiz to go the other way, but unless he fell down as the ball was hit, I don;t understand how he couldn't get to that ball before it got to the wall.
2007-10-24 18:32:45
127.   yankz
119 A Dane and Chip Caray duet...
2007-10-24 18:33:15
128.   RIYank
121 That was a bad throw, though.
2007-10-24 18:33:28
129.   spudrph
They're not going to cancel this game, even if it's a monsoon.
2007-10-24 18:34:51
130.   dianagramr

Even Gorilla Monsoon ???

2007-10-24 18:35:03
131.   Mike Carminati
119 Good analogy: Cook is the Melloncamp of comedy.
2007-10-24 18:35:44
132.   Bluebleeder87

I agree with you Valgus, he was a very respectable arm in my opinion.

2007-10-24 18:35:45
133.   Hallux Valgus
128 it was a bad throw, but not because of his arm, at all. It looked to me like the outfielders were just confused and it threw him off. I asked this before- why in the hell is Spilborghs not in the outfield? He's better defensively than Hawpe and Holliday. Would those two just not be comfortable at DH?
2007-10-24 18:35:54
134.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Francis has to have a good inning here.

Whoever said Willy Taveras has a good arm, you're crazy. Willy Taveras's arm is like the rest of him save his speed: it sucks.

2007-10-24 18:37:34
135.   vockins
119 , 120 Things I will never buy because of the 2007 MLB playoff advertisements.

1. Sharp Televisions
2. Chevrolet Trucks

2007-10-24 18:37:35
136.   Mike Carminati
133 I get the impression that Hurdle is using the DH as a replacement for the pitcher batting, i.e., batting ninth, not in the field. He probably thinks it's less disruptive to his lineup. My attitude is any lineup with Taveras leading off could use disrupting.
2007-10-24 18:38:44
137.   yankz
135 Frank TV DVDs
2007-10-24 18:39:06
138.   Bluebleeder87

He's got a good enough arm Mark (above average if you ask me) & I think the wet field has more to do with that play than you guys are saying.

2007-10-24 18:40:11
139.   El Lay Dave
The radio coverage is ESPN, so color commentary by McCarver or Morgan; that choice ranks right up there with firing squad vs. electric chair.
2007-10-24 18:40:47
140.   Bob Timmermann
The Rockies used Taveras as a DH three times this season. Spilborghs played DH twice. Baker twice. Holliday and Helton once each.
2007-10-24 18:40:53
141.   Hallux Valgus
hah! there was Joe Buck saying jub jub.
2007-10-24 18:41:41
142.   yankz
141 Care to share the context?
2007-10-24 18:41:47
143.   Bob Timmermann
I listened to Morgan on the way home. He was awful. Especially because for the World Series, he is likely told to "dumb down" his comments.

The mind reels.

2007-10-24 18:42:46
144.   KG16
138 - your perspective is skewed by spending a season watching Pierre.

139 - what's the lethal injection option?

2007-10-24 18:42:50
145.   yankz
Taveras' assists over the past 3 years: 10, 9, 7.
2007-10-24 18:42:50
146.   Mike Carminati
Schmidt would have had that.
2007-10-24 18:43:06
147.   Hallux Valgus
"That was (um, someone talking about the weather. I think Chris Meyers), our own little jub jub."

If anyone is not aware, Conan O'Brien convinced him to say it during a broadcast.

2007-10-24 18:43:37
148.   El Lay Dave
136 I think Dusty Baker thought like that in 2002. Taking strategy tips from Dusty is not advised.

Taveras may have zero power, but his .367 OBP this season is OK enough to lead off. But I would move Matsui to ninth to keep the speedsters together and move a better bat - Tulowitzki for example - into the two spot.

2007-10-24 18:44:04
149.   yankz
147 Thank you very much. Now Conan donates $1,000 to a charity of Buck's choice.
2007-10-24 18:44:28
150.   Hallux Valgus
134 there is no way in hell that Taveras's arm is comparable to the others on that list. I think you're judgement is clouded by the fact that you hated him when he came over from the Astros (note: so did I)
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2007-10-24 18:44:50
151.   Bluebleeder87
Really nice inning for Francis, YES!!
2007-10-24 18:46:33
152.   El Lay Dave
143 "The mind reels."
... like a tilted slot machine.
2007-10-24 18:46:34
153.   dianagramr
2007-10-24 18:47:25
154.   Bluebleeder87
Taveras' assists over the past 3 years: 10, 9, 7.

That's 10,9 & 7 more than our little Juanito Pierre!

2007-10-24 18:47:31
155.   El Lay Dave
140 Congratulations on spelling the Colorado centerfielder's name correctly!
2007-10-24 18:48:01
156.   yankz
Buck's surprisingly bearable appearance on Conan:

Though I do recommend skipping the replay of Papelbon's "dance."

2007-10-24 18:49:12
157.   ToyCannon
My memory tells me that I used to like Tim McCarver, my brain tells me that I used to be an idiot if that memory is accurate.
2007-10-24 18:49:53
158.   RIYank
Man. Ks and wallbangers.
2007-10-24 18:49:58
159.   Bob Timmermann
I overcame that personal demon of mine. It took a lot of effort and a visit from a deprogrammer.
2007-10-24 18:50:18
160.   dianagramr

McCarver was great, until he started reading how great he was ...

2007-10-24 18:51:02
161.   Bob Timmermann
McCarver was bearable when he started out. Then he started to read his own press clippings and he became a caricature of himself.
2007-10-24 18:51:40
162.   Bob Timmermann
I was great until I read dianagramr's posts and copied them.
2007-10-24 18:51:49
163.   dianagramr


2007-10-24 18:51:50
164.   El Lay Dave
159 One can only imagine what it would take for peaches. Institutionalization? Exorcist?
2007-10-24 18:52:38
165.   dianagramr

... and I actually self-edited my "he became a parody of himself"

2007-10-24 18:52:39
166.   Bluebleeder87
the Ump has a scewed (sp) strike zone!
2007-10-24 18:53:21
167.   El Lay Dave
144 Rick Monday?
2007-10-24 18:54:11
168.   Hallux Valgus
didn't a pitcher used to have to tuck a necklace in? I remember Oil Can Boyd used to have to do that a lot.
2007-10-24 18:54:45
169.   Bob Timmermann
The other 17 home runs to lead off the first inning of a World Series game before tonight:

2007-10-24 18:55:04
170.   Mike Carminati
161 McCarver was a rookie broadcaster for the Phils the year after he retired and was pretty good. Then he got cut when the team changed stations/owners--his was the only contract with the old channel. The next time I saw him he was doing Mets (WOR) games and had worked his way onto some national games and was a blowhard who was at least somewhat more knowledgable than today. Hell, Gammons was revelatory in his day, a hundred years ago.
2007-10-24 18:55:24
171.   Bluebleeder87
whoa, what a long horrible swing by Brad Hawpe, just awful.
2007-10-24 18:56:09
172.   yankz
169 Yeah, well, Jeter's was on the first pitch!
2007-10-24 18:57:45
173.   El Lay Dave
51 pitches for Beckett, under 13/IP. 104 pitches / 8 IP would be very, very nice for the Sox.
2007-10-24 18:59:28
174.   Bob Timmermann
Most of the players with the leadoff homers in the World Series were pretty good.

And then again, there's Wayne Garrett.

2007-10-24 18:59:44
175.   D4P
Tim McCarver is the kinda guy who thinks more runs score in innings with leadoff walks than with leadoff homeruns.
2007-10-24 19:00:19
176.   Bluebleeder87
Youkilis seems to be more RF'd conscious in this game no? Josh Wilker?
2007-10-24 19:00:49
177.   spudrph
That reminds me, I hate the "neighborhood play" too.
2007-10-24 19:01:10
178.   Mike Carminati
175 Yeah, that was classic. Actually, he said leadoff HRs lead to more multi-run innings than leadoff walks. Well, of course! You already have a run.
2007-10-24 19:01:46
179.   El Lay Dave
169 I see Don Buford's is the only other Game 1.
2007-10-24 19:02:33
180.   vockins
169 Man, Catfish Hunter sucks.
2007-10-24 19:03:40
181.   Mark T.R. Donohue
David Ortiz makes Todd Helton look like a tiny man.
2007-10-24 19:05:04
182.   D4P
Red Sox win World Series, Patriots cheat their way to Super Bowl ring: is it too early to pick the Celtics to win the NBA title...?
2007-10-24 19:05:50
183.   spudrph
No, Tim, it was off the corner.
2007-10-24 19:05:52
184.   Bluebleeder87
I think the Ump said HEH! instead of STRIKE, just now.
2007-10-24 19:06:06
185.   El Lay Dave
178 Except he was surprised to find that out.

175 178 It has to be worded very carefully. A leadoff HR is more likely to lead to a multi-run that a leadoff walk (rate stat), but more multi-run innings start with a leadoff walk (counting stat) than a leadoff HR because leadoff walks happen much more often. The way 175 is worded, it might be true, ¿quién sabe?

2007-10-24 19:06:27
186.   Bob Timmermann
If the Celtics win the NBA title this year, I really will go make a trip to Mac Court.

As it is, I bought a round trip to Munich for January.

2007-10-24 19:07:10
187.   D4P
David Ortiz makes Todd Helton look like a tiny man

David's not sure whether he took roids or not. I mean, he took stuff and all, but he's not sure what it was.

Sometimes I blindly pour chemicals into a syringe and shoot up. Not knowing what I'm injecting is a big part of the fun!

2007-10-24 19:07:13
188.   El Lay Dave
184 Maybe he was channeling ARod.
2007-10-24 19:08:14
189.   D4P
Darn. You'll be sorry when Miltie goes on and on about how great "The Pit" is.
2007-10-24 19:08:15
190.   yankz
Thank god Ortiz runs like he's wearing a dirty diaper!
2007-10-24 19:08:51
191.   El Lay Dave
187 In your (and my) world, a 1210 SAT isn't exceptional, either.
2007-10-24 19:09:53
192.   Bluebleeder87
uh oh, this could be a very bad inning for Francis...
2007-10-24 19:10:22
193.   spudrph
187 AFAIK, Ortiz has always been a big man. Have you heard him connected to any steroid stories?
2007-10-24 19:10:38
194.   RIYank
190 I guess his knee hurts.
2007-10-24 19:11:23
195.   Mike Carminati
I love when they intentionally walk the bases loaded and then walk the next batter. Stupidest play in baseball.
2007-10-24 19:11:27
196.   El Lay Dave
Francis' last batter no matter what?
2007-10-24 19:11:29
197.   D4P
Have you heard him connected to any steroid stories?

Not other than his admission that he took stuff but doesn't know whether it was roids or not.

2007-10-24 19:13:01
198.   Eric Stephen
Well, the Red Sox won Game 1 of the ALCS in blowout fashion, and look who won that series!

Oh wait.

2007-10-24 19:13:02
199.   spudrph
It was NOT interfered with by a fan. Are these two watching the game?
2007-10-24 19:14:25
200.   Bluebleeder87
Not to much damage but with a 6 run lead & Beckett pitching it seems like Mt. Everest!
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2007-10-24 19:14:42
201.   spudrph
197 I must have missed that.

Ortiz is running like a big, slow guy, but I can't see a noticable limp.

2007-10-24 19:14:56
202.   yankz
198 Don't worry. Boston wins games 1-3, Coloradon wins 4-7.

Oh, the things I'd do for that to actually happen.

2007-10-24 19:16:05
203.   El Lay Dave
197 These were the quotes I saw:

"I tell you, I don't know too much about steroids, but I started listening about steroids when they started to bring that (expletive) up," Ortiz told the paper. "I started realizing and getting to know a little bit about it. You've got to be careful.

"I used to buy a protein shake in my country. I don't do that anymore because they don't have the approval for that here, so I know that, so I'm off buying things at the GNC back in the Dominican (Republic). But it can happen anytime, it can happen. I don't know. I don't know if I drank something in my youth, not knowing it."

2007-10-24 19:17:58
204.   El Lay Dave
I forgot he'd likely face the left-handed Drew even if he didn't get Varitek.

So, how does U. Jiménez vs. C. Schilling figure to play out?

2007-10-24 19:21:02
205.   spudrph
203 Thanks for those.

That's a whole lot different than injecting something without knowing what it is.

Because our Congress is a bunch of useless whores, it is true that you have no idea what is in dietary supplements and vitamins in this country. I can only imagine it is worse in the Dominican Republic.

2007-10-24 19:21:30
206.   Eric Stephen
I don't like that the caps of the combatants have the World Series logo on the side.
2007-10-24 19:21:54
207.   Mike Carminati
That 3-2 pitch looked pretty good.
2007-10-24 19:23:13
208.   El Lay Dave
205 You're welcome.
Congress is useless only because they are not your whores.
2007-10-24 19:23:16
209.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Let it hit you, Willy!
2007-10-24 19:23:37
210.   dianagramr

You can hide black smudges under the brim ...

2007-10-24 19:23:52
211.   Bluebleeder87

Ubaldo Jimenez if he throws strikes can be overpowering so I really hope he throws strikes.

2007-10-24 19:25:04
212.   El Lay Dave
211 But how will Schilling top the bloody jock?
2007-10-24 19:25:05
213.   spudrph
And a stunning grand slam it was, too.

If Kaz Matsui is hitting grand slams off of you, you know you're not a World Series bound team.

2007-10-24 19:26:07
214.   Bluebleeder87

Schilling is Schilling so I hope the Rox lay off his splitter & concentrate on his 88-90 MPH. (very hittable)

2007-10-24 19:27:28
215.   El Lay Dave
212 er, sock

ewww, as they say in IM land.

2007-10-24 19:27:48
216.   Bluebleeder87
Kaz Matsui looks WAY over matched by Beckett.
2007-10-24 19:28:21
217.   spudrph
I saw that volcano and immediately thought, "They're advertising Dianetics again"?
2007-10-24 19:29:41
218.   sporky
215 - I was going to say...
2007-10-24 19:30:03
219.   spudrph
215 I just had a personal surgical procedure, so I am having current experience with the way you wrote it the first time.
2007-10-24 19:30:23
220.   Bob Timmermann
I thought this was an episode of "House" for a while.
2007-10-24 19:31:13
221.   spudrph
Nice play there.
2007-10-24 19:31:46
222.   Mike Carminati
Don't the Sox teach their kids how to bunt in the minors?
2007-10-24 19:31:51
223.   Bluebleeder87
Morales throw to Tulo looked like a freezebie
2007-10-24 19:32:05
224.   spudrph
A "tracer", Tim? It lit up? Really?
2007-10-24 19:32:13
225.   El Lay Dave
219 Overshare! :)
2007-10-24 19:33:09
226.   yankz
220 He sees dead people!
2007-10-24 19:33:14
227.   El Lay Dave
218 That will come up a lot in public health though, I'd bet.
2007-10-24 19:33:25
228.   spudrph
222 Haven't you read the book? "Real Sox don't bunt"?

Seriously, it's damn hard to deaden the cheese this kid is chuckin'

2007-10-24 19:34:54
229.   Mike Carminati
That's the same move that they called a balk on Carlton all the time.
2007-10-24 19:34:59
230.   underdog
Wait, how does that free taco at Taco Bell thing work? The first stolen base and everyone gets a free taco? Like anytime you want, you just say, "there was a stolen base in the world series and I want my taco?" Or do you have to be in a Taco Bell right at the moment a stolen base occurred?

This is all just thinking out loud, since I hate Taco Bell.

2007-10-24 19:35:05
231.   spudrph
225 I know, Dave. Sorry. It was just too good to not bring up.
2007-10-24 19:35:19
232.   El Lay Dave
224 Some of us are old enough to remember tracers that have nothing to do with lights.

I seriously doubt that one could sell that as a toy today.

2007-10-24 19:35:28
233.   underdog
That was a Taco Balk.™
2007-10-24 19:35:34
234.   Mike Carminati
228 Hey, Ortiz was bunting in the first. Then again, he came up with the Twins.
2007-10-24 19:35:48
235.   KG16
A good what, minute, on the Taco Bell taco because of a balk?

Anyone else expect him to finish the sentence "bright future for Franklin Morales" with "probably with the Yankees or Red Sox"?

2007-10-24 19:35:52
236.   Bob Timmermann
First World Series balk in 11 years. David Weathers is now off the hook!
2007-10-24 19:36:48
237.   yankz
229 You mean this?

2007-10-24 19:37:01
238.   Bluebleeder87
It's official, I don't like "Youk" as the natives call him.
2007-10-24 19:37:11
239.   spudrph
MGR: "How's he throwin'?"

CATCHER: "I don't know. I haven't caught that many."

2007-10-24 19:37:13
240.   Bob Timmermann
The tacos would have to be redeemed during a specific time frame on a specific day.
2007-10-24 19:37:14
241.   Hallux Valgus
I really don't want to know the person who is watching this game for the prospect of a free 79 cent taco.

Kevin Youkilis grumble grumble grumble

2007-10-24 19:37:31
242.   Mike Carminati
That Montague explanation of the balk is the same thing they always called on Carlton. I remember some explanation of an invisible dividing line between first and home and making sure you were on the 1B side of it.
2007-10-24 19:37:47
243.   El Lay Dave
231 I know you had to go for it. But I involuntarily cringed when I read it. Just like when someone says the word "castration".
2007-10-24 19:38:18
244.   dianagramr

Could the tacos be redeemed for a more competitive game?

2007-10-24 19:38:19
245.   underdog
So... what else is on?
2007-10-24 19:38:37
246.   spudrph
232 I was thinking WWII tracer bullets, myself. But whatever.
2007-10-24 19:40:05
247.   El Lay Dave
Well, not a bad idea to get the kid's feet wet when already down five, and get his first appearance against Ortiz out of the way, but geez.
2007-10-24 19:40:07
248.   underdog
240 So, National Julio Lugo Stolen Base Commemorative Taco Day?

Someone put a taco in Joe Buck's mouth.

Hope the Rockies come back in the next one. Make you BoSox fans sweat a little, at least.

2007-10-24 19:40:15
249.   Bob Timmermann
I can keep people entertained now by regaling them with tales of me making my appointment to go to the DMV tomorrow.

It went like this. I typed my name into the website and it said I could come in tomorrow at 8:30 am.

Yeah, that story ain't helping.

2007-10-24 19:40:16
250.   Hallux Valgus
245 in 20 minutes, a realiy show about Criss Angel starts, along with a reality show about models and a reality show about kids. I think you'll be staying right here, thank you very much.
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2007-10-24 19:40:39
251.   dianagramr
Clint doing the day's Sudoku puzzle ...
2007-10-24 19:41:18
252.   Hallux Valgus
hmm, maybe that kid thing isn't all bad...
2007-10-24 19:41:24
253.   El Lay Dave
246 We are playing "what the hell did Tim McCarver mean?", an utterly fruitless pursuit.
2007-10-24 19:41:27
254.   underdog
Jeez Louize. Those bloops and flicks are maddening for the Rockies, I'm sure.

Okay, night everyone.

2007-10-24 19:41:29
255.   spudrph
243 I understand. It actually isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

It did give my wife a chance to crack off a few good one liners. Since she helped me manicure the area in question the night before, she went to work the next day dying for someone to ask her what she did the night before.

2007-10-24 19:42:37
256.   Hallux Valgus
weird. I don't remember the Rockies facing the Cubs.
2007-10-24 19:42:58
257.   Hallux Valgus
but it must be true, since Joe Buck thinks it's a good point.
2007-10-24 19:43:06
258.   underdog
Wow, Ken Rosenthal just seriously dissed the NL, the Cubs, the DBacks and the Rockies, all in just a couple of sentences. Nicely done, Ken! Here's your damned taco.
2007-10-24 19:43:10
259.   Mike Carminati
Rosnthal just said the Rockies played the Cubs in the first round. It was the Phillies. How can these shmoes get that one wrong?
2007-10-24 19:43:19
260.   El Lay Dave
250 Isn't Franklin Morales in the WS already a reality show about a kid?
2007-10-24 19:43:19
261.   Bob Timmermann
I'm not letting Ken Rosenthal book any of my travel.
2007-10-24 19:43:25
262.   spudrph
"Worth looking ahead to tomorrow night..."

because God knows y'all ain't going to keep watching this turkey.

2007-10-24 19:43:31
263.   sporky
256 - I thought I was hearing things.
2007-10-24 19:43:34
264.   Bluebleeder87
If anything, Gagne will probably make an appearance today no?
2007-10-24 19:43:35
265.   KG16
I'm sorry, how exactly is the team that wins the most games in the league considered "just not very good"?

Last I checked, winning the most games in the regular season means that you were the best team in the league during the regular season.

And don't give me no talk of pythag

2007-10-24 19:45:19
266.   underdog
256/257 - Two idiots make a truth, like two wrongs making a right.

Why am I still here? Hm, the Louis Malle festival continues on TCM. I think I'll switch to that.


2007-10-24 19:45:24
267.   El Lay Dave
Geez, walk Varitek and try J. D. as the escape hatch.
2007-10-24 19:45:31
268.   Bob Timmermann
I do enjoy how from one game an entire series will be determined.

I remember the first two games of the 1996 World Series and how the Yankees were just considered cannon fodder for the Braves.

I remember all the back to last week when the Red Sox were doomed after losing Game 2 in the ALCS.

2007-10-24 19:46:05
269.   Mike Carminati
Most lopsided WS game: NYY over NYG 18-4, 10/2/1936.
2007-10-24 19:46:30
270.   spudrph
259 Well, the Phillies were gone so fast, it's easy to make that mistake.

Seriously, though-this is their JOB. Everybody on here has day jobs, and we all knew-within seconds-that it was the Phils.

This is their JOB, for pity's sake. They should know the last 10 years' playoff teams by heart! I don't, but then again, this is not my PROFESSION.

2007-10-24 19:46:36
271.   Hallux Valgus
265 because they're from the national league. The national league is lucky they don't play the winner of AAA, according to most writers. Really, the Rockies should just thank the Sox for the opportunity to tour Fenway. Kiss the ring!
2007-10-24 19:49:22
272.   sporky
CSI is on SpikeTV. Hmm.
2007-10-24 19:49:34
273.   Bob Timmermann
Why were the Red Sox players wishing the Yankees well against the Cardinals after Game 3 in 2004?

The NLCS wasn't over and on the day of Game 3 of the ALCS, the Cardinals lead Houston 2-1.

2007-10-24 19:49:50
274.   Bluebleeder87
I stand by my comment: ROCKIES IN 6!!!
2007-10-24 19:50:27
275.   yankz
273 Did that really happen? Wow.
2007-10-24 19:50:36
276.   spudrph
265 Well, if you win the most games in your league, I don't think your Pythag will be that far off.

But of course, everything is determined by how you do in the magical postseason series, according to Tweedletim and Tweedlejoe.

2007-10-24 19:50:38
277.   dianagramr

isn't this how we ended up in Iraq?

2007-10-24 19:51:38
278.   Mike Carminati
270 It happens only once every 14 years, I remember when the Phils make the playoffs.
2007-10-24 19:51:42
279.   spudrph
275 I read that somewhere, too.
2007-10-24 19:52:01
280.   El Lay Dave
The wildly inferior National League has won exactly 50% of the last six World Series. Why would it possibly be in Fox's interest to denigrate the Rockies? They are part of the show THEY ARE TRYING TO SELL for at least three more games.
2007-10-24 19:52:04
281.   Hallux Valgus
276 "Tweedletim and Tweedlejoe"

ha! nice.

2007-10-24 19:52:34
282.   yankz
The Yankees won game 3 of the 04 ALCS 19-8. So...momentum, blowouts, etc. mean nothing.
2007-10-24 19:52:38
283.   Bob Timmermann
Not quite, but Robert Novak is ready to out me as a CIA operative I hear.

But I'm jumping the gun on him.

I believe Tim McCarver is actually an operative for the NSA.

2007-10-24 19:53:41
284.   Mike Carminati
283 NSA=Not So Astute?
2007-10-24 19:53:46
285.   KG16
268 - well, in defense of Boston being declared dead, the series officially started when Cleveland won a road game... sorry, couldn't help it.
2007-10-24 19:53:54
286.   Hallux Valgus
is there a more useless thing in the entire world than blimp? I can't think of one.
2007-10-24 19:55:05
287.   spudrph
Is this the same Speier who couldn't stick with Toronto?
2007-10-24 19:55:06
288.   Mike Carminati
286 Hint, they're broadcasting the game.
2007-10-24 19:55:08
289.   underdog
Hah. You guys are funnier than the Louis Malle film.

But the movie is funnier than the game. And shorter, it appears.

2007-10-24 19:55:08
290.   dianagramr

especially a blimp advertising for DirectTV, which will never get the rights to the game they are hovering over?

2007-10-24 19:56:04
291.   KG16
ok, time to turn on the PS2 and dream of getting the PS3...
2007-10-24 19:56:26
292.   Mike Carminati
287 That was Justin, not Ryan.
2007-10-24 19:56:41
293.   El Lay Dave
286 You're asking this in the midst of a Tim McCarver performance?
2007-10-24 19:57:04
294.   underdog
Look, the Rockies were extremely due for a loss, and figured to have it be a bad one. And were rusty. And facing likely the hottest pitcher in baseball. This game, and even this blowout, are not a surprise. Nor a sure sign of how the rest will go.

I'm saying this to Tweedlejoe and Tweedletim, who can't hear me anyway.

Sacre bleu. Sacre bleh, I mean.

2007-10-24 19:57:26
295.   Bob Timmermann
Ryan Speier has only played for Colorado in the majors.

Justin Speier has the guy who has been around the block, down the street, and up the chute.

2007-10-24 19:58:36
296.   vockins
The World Series patches aren't nearly big enough. Again.

I'm not satisfied until they can be read unmagnified from the blimp.

2007-10-24 19:58:52
297.   Bluebleeder87
2007-10-24 19:59:09
298.   spudrph
295 Thanks. The results are similar, so I couldn't be sure. At least it wasn't Chris, I know that.
2007-10-24 19:59:17
299.   Hallux Valgus
288 that was my first thought too, but I'm not so sure. Especially because I often pass the Goodyear blimp landing field in Carson, and I think of all the cool stuff you could do with the space, like low income housing, or a sweet water slide. you couldn't use Joe Buck's space for a water slide.
2007-10-24 19:59:41
300.   Andrew Shimmin
Maybe it'll start raining hard enough to get this monstrosity called if he just walks a few more. . .
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2007-10-24 20:00:02
301.   yankz
274 I STAND BY MINE (202 )!
2007-10-24 20:00:22
302.   Bluebleeder87

If you ask me, they looked pretty good (some of them) against the mighty Beckett.

2007-10-24 20:00:25
303.   sporky
I could get some ice cream before the next inning starts.
2007-10-24 20:00:31
304.   Mike Carminati
Hope this translates. There have been just 13 WS games more lopsided than this one so far:

Diff GameWinner RWinner GameLoser RLoser yearID DateNum
14 NYA 18 NY1 4 1936 19361002
13 ARI 15 NYA 2 2001 20011103
13 NYA 16 PIT 3 1960 19601006
12 DET 13 SLN 1 1968 19681009
12 NYA 12 PIT 0 1960 19601012
12 NYA 13 NY1 1 1951 19511009
12 SFN 16 ANA 4 2002 20021024
12 SLN 13 ML4 1 1982 19821019
11 ATL 12 NYA 1 1996 19961020
11 CHA 11 LAN 0 1959 19591001
11 KCA 11 SLN 0 1985 19851027
11 PHA 13 NY1 2 1911 19111026
11 SLN 11 DET 0 1934 19341009

2007-10-24 20:00:32
305.   El Lay Dave
287 "couldn't stick" is a bit harsh for a middle reliever who left to sign a 4 years/$18M FA contract.
2007-10-24 20:00:37
306.   Hallux Valgus
this, more than a loss, what what worried me most. Not the blow out- the running through of the bullpen.
2007-10-24 20:00:41
307.   Andrew Shimmin
299- You could sell his organs on the black market.
2007-10-24 20:02:57
308.   Andrew Shimmin
Leave it to Herges to spoil a perfectly good plan.
2007-10-24 20:03:11
309.   dianagramr
g'night all ....
2007-10-24 20:03:11
310.   Mike Carminati
304 Make that 9 games.
2007-10-24 20:03:46
311.   Mike Carminati
304 Make that 9 games.
2007-10-24 20:04:28
312.   Hallux Valgus
307 and then use the money to build a water slide!
2007-10-24 20:04:29
313.   Bob Timmermann
In more exciting news, I succeeded in getting my DMV appointment back to 9:40 am.
2007-10-24 20:05:38
314.   El Lay Dave
299 You could use Buck/McCarver's space for Vin Scully, however. Or Costas/Leiter maybe.
2007-10-24 20:07:17
315.   Bob Timmermann
I'm afraid that all Bob Costas would do now is whine about the DH, the wild card, and tell tales of Mickey Mantle.
2007-10-24 20:07:34
316.   Sam DC
Well, hopefully the Rockies can stay patient, grind out some at bats, chip away, and me and four other people on the East Coast can still be watching when this game ends at 2:45 in the morning.
2007-10-24 20:07:47
317.   El Lay Dave
311 MORE lopsided? Make that three games.
2007-10-24 20:08:31
318.   El Lay Dave
315 Still an improvement.
2007-10-24 20:09:13
319.   El Lay Dave
306 Herges for 3 1/3 IP!
2007-10-24 20:10:28
320.   Bob Timmermann
I don't see why the Rockies don't use Hawkins and Affeldt and Fuentes for an inning each. They need the work.
2007-10-24 20:12:09
321.   Mike Carminati
317 You know what I meant.

By the way, this is currently the most lopsided game 1 all time. Atl-NYY 1996 (11-1) and White Sox-Dodgers 1959 (11-0) currently hold the "record" and both those teams eventually lost theor Series.

2007-10-24 20:14:38
322.   Bob Timmermann
And I would add that the 1959 Dodgers were viewed as one of the worst teams ever to make it to the World Series.
2007-10-24 20:16:04
323.   Hallux Valgus
Royce Clayton really wants a free taco
2007-10-24 20:16:15
324.   Mike Carminati
Nothing like listening to a barely audible Royce Clayton discussing a crappy Taco Bell promotion.
2007-10-24 20:16:18
325.   Bob Timmermann
It's scary that Royce Clayton is actually making sense.
2007-10-24 20:16:23
326.   El Lay Dave
321 Yes, I knew, but I thought it was more interesting that the lopsidedness had been topped only thrice.

Or maybe you posted before that last walk. :)

2007-10-24 20:17:04
327.   Hallux Valgus
is that really a "win?" a free taco bell taco?
2007-10-24 20:18:20
328.   El Lay Dave
320 Hawkins would be good. The Rockies need someone who can tell the Sox that he put a spell on them, because they're his.
2007-10-24 20:18:41
329.   El Lay Dave
327 It's a win for global warming.
2007-10-24 20:19:06
330.   Andrew Shimmin
The next person who says "taco" gets an envelope full of anthrax in the mail.
2007-10-24 20:21:10
331.   Hallux Valgus
330 better than getting an, um, never mind.
2007-10-24 20:21:45
332.   El Lay Dave
I'd love to see someone try to steal a base for that promotion though. It would either be a boneheaded play for the Rockies down 12 runs - might give McCarver an aneurysm - or a severe case of rubbing it in by the Sox. What Sox batter would be going down after that?
2007-10-24 20:22:50
333.   Hallux Valgus
I vote for aneurysm.
2007-10-24 20:31:44
334.   Bob Timmermann
I think the three stages of a young player are not as much fun as the five stages of death.

I got so angry once when I tried to bargain with a depressed person that I just refused to believe that the guy wouldn't believe what I was saying so I just gave up.

2007-10-24 20:31:58
335.   Hallux Valgus
alright, Fox, you have to stop showing that kid having a seizure.
2007-10-24 20:33:55
336.   Bob Timmermann
Speaking as Baseball Toaster's resident epileptic, that kid is really having something more akin to St. Vitus Dance.
2007-10-24 20:33:55
337.   Mike Carminati
335 He's excited because the Sox have only won one other time in his lifetime.
2007-10-24 20:36:11
338.   Andrew Shimmin
It's not a wrong note if you hold it lo-o-o-o-o-ong enough. . .
2007-10-24 20:36:14
339.   Hallux Valgus
alright Fox, you have to stop showing that kid having St. Vitus Dance
2007-10-24 20:36:22
340.   Mike Carminati
Sheez, Ashanti's around 18. She looks like she's been through rehab and is ready to join Diana Ross in the old age home. Nice cracking note there, by the way.
2007-10-24 20:37:17
341.   Bob Timmermann
Now you just have to wait for someone who has St. Vitus Dance to complain.
2007-10-24 20:37:21
342.   Hallux Valgus
Ashanti is 27
2007-10-24 20:38:12
343.   Mike Carminati
She looks 47.
2007-10-24 20:38:13
344.   Eric Stephen
340 Ashanti is 27.
2007-10-24 20:40:09
345.   El Lay Dave
344 She looks 47. ;)
2007-10-24 20:41:02
346.   Mike Carminati
343 It's like deja vu all over again.
2007-10-24 20:41:42
347.   Mike Carminati
When Lugo has a good game, you know you're beat.
2007-10-24 20:41:56
348.   El Lay Dave
336 Any reference to St. Vitus Dance automatically brings Little Willie John (and the Blasters) to my mind:

A-when ya take me in your arms
To talk romance
My heart starts doin' the St. Vitus dance

And I'm pantin'
And I'm shakin'

2007-10-24 20:49:23
349.   Bob Timmermann
You know I've been to a lot of Japanese baseball games.

They don't play koto music during them.

2007-10-24 20:52:55
350.   dzzrtRatt
348 Love that song.

This game fits right into my plans. Rox in five. The guys needed a game to see live pitching. Now they've got it. Plus, their embarrassed and pissed. They will come after the Sox tomorrow and tear them up.

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2007-10-24 20:54:34
351.   Bob Timmermann
You forget how dispirited the Rockies are because they just found out that they were supposed to play the Cubs in the first round instead of the Phillies.
2007-10-24 20:57:12
352.   Mike Carminati
351 They never corrected that, right?

350 I believe that's "Shakin'", right? Dave Alvin had a great solo album a few years back.

2007-10-24 20:59:38
353.   ToyCannon
According to Mr. Buck, Todd Helton has been as good a hitter on the road as he's been at home. Does anyone do their homework around here?

I wish the Clipper game was at least on TV. I gave up the game to watch the WS. How bad can a WS game be that I'd rather be watching the Clippers?

2007-10-24 21:01:02
354.   ToyCannon
I always thought that Dave's brothers head would bounce off during the Blaster shows.
2007-10-24 21:04:44
355.   Mike Carminati
Hey, i saw those margin of victories stats somewhere, but I can't remember where...Way to stay on top of things, Fox! I guess they had to do all those Taco Bell promos instead.
2007-10-24 21:08:29
356.   Bluebleeder87
13 is an unlucky # BoSox don't forget that!!
2007-10-24 21:09:57
357.   Bluebleeder87
Youkilis looks like a spanish conquistador with that beard.
2007-10-24 21:10:57
358.   Mike Carminati
Does anyone on the Sox not have crazy facial and/or top-o'-the-head hair?
2007-10-24 21:11:59
359.   Bluebleeder87
We'll get 'em tomorrow Mark T.R. Donohue don't sweat it.
2007-10-24 21:22:26
360.   Suffering Bruin
Last time I was at a sports bar, the Rockies swept the Dodgers in painful fashion. Tonight, I'm at a sports bar and I'm never going back!

Folks, we (and I do mean "we") are one win away from tying this up. That's the best thing that happened tonight.

2007-10-24 21:24:13
361.   dzzrtRatt
354 Did anyone outside of LA ever see the Blasters? They ran the city for a few years in the 80s, but they never seemed to pick up a following anywhere else.

Phil Alvin made a great solo album, too, called "Unsung Stories." I had the tape and played it constantly. It has never, to my knowledge, been released on a CD.

Just one game MTRD. This series is going to work out fine.

2007-10-24 21:48:57
362.   underdog
361 I did. And just saw Dave Alvin play with the Knitters a couple of weeks ago. Good stuff.

Is the game still on? It seemed eternal enough when I stopped watching 2 hrs ago.

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