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16 Apr 2013 16:47

In my previous post, I added a gif that showed the movement on Dickey's knuckler, and it vanished! Strange! To continue the Dickey talk, he broke a fingernail in the 1st inning of the Bosox game he lost, and I think as the season goes he'll be fine. Good 60 Minutes segment on him here.

During the 1970 All Star game Pete Rose came around 3rd and plowed into Ray Fosse with full force, dislocating Fosse's shoulder. Rose was unapologetic because Fosse was completely blocking the plate. Fosse recovered and in later years joked about the incident, "well, that's football", though has been somewhat bitter about it for years, considering it was an all-star game and Rose completely took him out. Here it is on YouTube.

After Posey was injured there was talk of finally changing the rules. One suggestion was that the catcher could not straddle the 3rd base line with both feet - essentially blocking the plate, unless the throw caused him to move there. But this could also leave the catcher in potentially more vulnerable body positions.
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01 Oct 2013 13:48

The 2013 MLB playoffs are upon us. I hope there are some fans out there.

In the [color="Navy"]NL[/color] we have:

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh in one wildcard game. This is the first time in many years the Pirates have been. Home field helps, but the Reds are probably a better team. Winner takes on St. Louis.

The other series has the LA Dodgers taking on Atlanta, who somewhat backed into the playoffs. Dodgers have maybe the most solid team in MLB, position for position.

In the [color="DarkRed"]AL[/color] we have:

Tampa Bay at Cleveland in the single game wild card. The Indians won a lot of games late against easy competition, but TB is hot as well. Winner goes to Boston.

The other series is Detroit and Oakland. Im a big A's fan, but their schedule was fairly weak late, and if Verlander pitches like he's capable...

As to predictions, the NL seems like an LA-St.Louis showdown, and I like the Dodgers. Though I'd love to see the Pirates beat the Reds and win some games.

The AL is more intriguing. If Tampa gets past the Indians, they are a well run club with playoff experience, and a good rotation. This could give Boston some fits. Detroit and Oakland alone should be fun to watch.

Overall I think Boston is the team to beat, if Clay Buckholz pitches like he's capable, the Redsox pitching is very solid, with consistent hitters, and will be hard to stop.
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01 Oct 2013 19:21

I don't pay much attention to baseball, but will root for the Indians being I lived in Cleveland for several years many moons ago. (I went to a couple of games at the old Cleveland stadium, the peanut gallery bleachers in the outfield were a blast.)

Otherwise I'm a Mariners fan, being I also lived in Seattle for quite a few years.
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11 Oct 2013 19:30

We're down to four teams.

I have to like the RedSox over the Tigers, though the way Verlander pitched last night, no one will hit him.

The consensus is the Dodgers over the Cardinals, but the way St. Louis is playing, and especially pitching, I am not writing them off.
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11 Oct 2013 19:55

Alpe d'Huez wrote:We're down to four teams.

I have to like the RedSox over the Tigers, though the way Verlander pitched last night, no one will hit him.

The consensus is the Dodgers over the Cardinals, but the way St. Louis is playing, and especially pitching, I am not writing them off.


Verlander was simply awesome from what I saw while mainly watching the Giants lose again. Agree with your view of who the 'favorites' are, but I'll be contrary and pick the Tigers and Cards to go through.
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12 Oct 2013 18:20

I'm sure the Tigers would love to get revenge on the Cardinals from a few years ago when Leyland didn't pitch Kenny Rogers, saving him, figuring Verlander would get them home. And Verlander, then a rookie, buckled under pressure.
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12 Oct 2013 22:57

Holy ****, that ninth inning by Rosenthal was unbelievable!! Couldn't have been more than maybe 12 pitches to strike out three. I don't think any of the batters touched the ball - one of them was 101 mph.

But watching a team trying to grind out a 1-0 is not really what the neutral fan wants to see, though it has a certain charm for soccer fans, who regularly go through the stress of desperately hanging on to the slimmest of leads.

Something like a 10-8 would be more fun, though.
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13 Oct 2013 20:32

Detroit and Boston tonite. Last night was classic and this series promises to be great.

GO TIGERS
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14 Oct 2013 17:01

We, last nights game 2 of the ALCS was something!
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27 Oct 2013 08:54

can't believe no one is talking about the World Series…. no Sox or Card fans?

okay, a plea from me: if anybody is watching it in europe, where? i've had ESPN America forever and they stopped broadcasting this past summer :(

ta!
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27 Oct 2013 13:46

thirteen wrote:can't believe no one is talking about the World Series…. no Sox or Card fans?

okay, a plea from me: if anybody is watching it in europe, where? i've had ESPN America forever and they stopped broadcasting this past summer :(

ta!


Hey there, baseball buddy!:) The way last night finished was really something! No WS game has previously ever been decided on an 'obstruction' call by an umpire. I think the decision was correct.

Ok, here is where/how you can find links to baseball streams.

First, you need to install Streamtorrent, it's quick and easy, I've used it for years.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/File-Sharing/Stream-Torrent.shtml

Then, go here -

http://forum.wiziwig.eu/forums/22-MLB-Baseball

When you follow the link at the top of this forum page that says 'streaming', you'll get a page like this, which shows today's links -

http://forum.wiziwig.eu/threads/86150-Streaming-MLB-Today-Sunday-October-27

I usually select the link with the highest 'k' rate, which usually means the best picture. However, I've been watching recent games on the C-sports link because I've found that stream to be the most reliable, as well as without all those damn commercials. Expect a stream to take about 3 minutes to load and buffer.

Didn't we wind up texting during last year's WS? :confused:
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27 Oct 2013 16:34

That was some ending! I want the Sox, but after hearing the explanation of the rule, I think it was the right call. The only question is when Middlebrooks lifted his legs he was moving them out of the baseline, or moving them in the way of Craig who was inside the line, but that's what the umps saw as a rule violation, as he did block the path.

What a crappy way to lose a game though.

I said entering the playoffs that the RedSox chances rested a lot on the arm of Clay Buckholz. He was looking like a Cy Young winner early in the season before getting hurt. After returning in September, he was hot/cold. How he pitches tonight will go a long way to determining this series. Sox lose tonight, Im not sure they can dig their way out of a 3-1 hole, though they would have Lester in Game 5, and Lackey & Peavy in 6, 7 at Fenway, and both pitch better at home.
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27 Oct 2013 17:05

Amsterhammer wrote:Hey there, baseball buddy!:) The way last night finished was really something! No WS game has previously ever been decided on an 'obstruction' call by an umpire. I think the decision was correct.

Ok, here is where/how you can find links to baseball streams.

First, you need to install Streamtorrent, it's quick and easy, I've used it for years.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/File-Sharing/Stream-Torrent.shtml

alas, only for Windows :(
Didn't we wind up texting during last year's WS? :confused:

we did and it's killing me that we're not this time around!

i've been travelling too much and barely got here from the states before i was off to the UK, then back here, and go back to the states just in time to miss the whole series… trying desperately to get back on track whichever time zone i'm in and it sucks… i want to watch this!

if i had only thought ahead, i would have worked my trip to leave from Amsterdam and caught the last game with you :D
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28 Oct 2013 00:38

Alpe d'Huez wrote:What a crappy way to lose a game though.


agreed, as i also believe it was the correct call.

lost in post-game analysis of the interference call is the heads up play of daniel nava. had nava not hustled the way he did to get to the ball to make the throw (and what a sweet throw home it was!), the interference call would have made no difference.

go cardinals!
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28 Oct 2013 06:43

I hope the Cardinals win. Red Sox beat the Ray's, the team I used to follow, last time I tuned into a World Series. I don't watch much baseball anymore but the last game sounded like a crazy finish. Too much cycling and other sports to watch.
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30 Oct 2013 22:47

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01 Nov 2013 23:43

Congrats to the Boston Redsox. From last to first, and that was after losing a few key players to injury to boot. Three World Series championships in 9 years.
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12 Sep 2014 17:01

Not one post all season?

Barring an unforeseen collapse, I'm looking forward to my Nats finishing top of the NL. I consider the NL-E title a given at this point. A Nats - Angels WS would be appealing, but when do the two best teams actually make it to the final?
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12 Sep 2014 17:23

I was going to post after the trade deadline, as my team was in 1st place then and the best in MLB (Oakland A's), but it didn't happen.

I didn't like the Cespedas for Lester trade when it happened, and since then, wow. Don't get me wrong, Lester is great, but the trade seemed to fly in the face of Billy Beane's sabermetrics. Of course in hindsight it's easy for me to say that. Gray & Kazmir have both pitched too many innings, Doolittle hurt, other guys playing hurt. But the collapse of the A's has been more than alarming. 8 games up at one point, best record in the majors, and by far the greatest run differential. Now, it looks like they may not even make the playoffs and could finish 10 games back. Just stunning. :(

I too like the Nats. I like the way they play. I'd like to see a Nats-Orioles series, but I kinda like the Angels too. I also think the Dodgers are going to be tough for anyone to get through, though last year Kershaw, as great as he is, was very average in the playoffs.
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12 Sep 2014 17:39

Amsterhammer wrote:Not one post all season?

Barring an unforeseen collapse, I'm looking forward to my Nats finishing top of the NL. I consider the NL-E title a given at this point. A Nats - Angels WS would be appealing, but when do the two best teams actually make it to the final?


I would have posted but this year has been ...really hard to watch for a Red Sox fan. I don't like to lose and this year it has not gone well.

The Nationals look like a strong team.

I like the A's also and that has been hell to watch.

I would not mind to see the Nationals take it all. It would be good for the game in my opinion.

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