At least he didn't do anything stupid, like spill a drink.
posted by BoKnows at 05:02 PM on November 29
What a crazy series. An obstruction call to win a game. A game ending pick off. Ortiz hitting everything. The Cardinals abandoning their offensive approach to winning games. Really, really good pitching all around. Ortiz hitting everything. Beltran robbing a grand slam. Pedroia's stab on the obstruction play. Wacha dominant until game 6 of WS. Gomes 3-run shot. Ortiz. Gold Glovers, Waino and Yadi letting a ball drop between them.
While the officiating was complex at times, I thought the series was called fairly and most importantly - correctly.
I was hoping for more Molina v. Baserunner matchups. I think it's time to shave. I would've stopped pitching to Ortiz in game 3. Having 3 games in the NL prevents Napoli from batting next and you can roll the dice on the walk. It's the World Series - fuck pitch counts. I <3 AL managers in NL parks. I watched the series on BT Sports - I hope I never have to hear Rick Sutcliffe ever again. But I guess that's what I said about McCarver last year.
All in all, a great ending to the season. This to me was a classic World Series pairing which I want to see again and again. But next time, I want to change the ending a little.
posted by BoKnows at 01:20 AM on October 31
And how many times do you see that called?
Rarely. No question. But based on the unavoidable (pun intended) offseason discussion, we may see it called much more. Or not at all.
....unless the SS appeared to make a special effort after the slide to delay the runner
But that's exactly not the rule. Intent and/or special effort does not matter. And I think that's the hard part to understand. Why don't we see this rule called more often? Because it rarely happens. But that doesn't make it less than a rule.
Anyway, it was only GM3. Lots more to be played. Good luck to all, fans of both teams. I believe these are the two teams that deserve to be in this series. Win or lose, I freaking love this game.
posted by BoKnows at 07:25 PM on October 27
The other point I think that needs to be thrown in: When this play occurs at 2nd base - because of a baserunner stealing from 1st, and a shortstop trying to apply a tag (that went into center) - would this still be such a discussion? Or would it just be acknowledged that the runner moves to 3rd?
If not, then I don't see how a rule change is needed. If the anger or question of the rule only occurs by fans in big games (read: WS GM3), then it's just sour grapes.
posted by BoKnows at 06:41 PM on October 27
To me, it looked like Craig stepped toward 2nd just to get his feet arranged in the right position to run or get back to 3rd, depending on where the ball ended up. Had he stayed near the chalk, he had an open path to the plate, would have been out by 10 feet instead of the 15 by which he should have been out without obstruction, would have won the bonehead of the game for trying to score on the play (had Boston come back), and in general had the St. Louis fans yelling about the obstruction.
I guess I don't understand this sentence. If there was no obstruction, Craig would've been safe by 15 feet. The obstruction was the reason it became a bang bang play.
posted by BoKnows at 06:33 PM on October 27
And really, aside from all of that, it was a pretty flipping good baseball game.
posted by BoKnows at 01:37 PM on October 27
Dude, you can use my name. I'm not sure if you're saying I'm a hypocrite, but I stand by those words. And everything I've written in multiple places said that the Red Sox made mistakes that cost them the game.
I didn't use your name because I didn't think it mattered. Those are some good words (bold) that can be applied all over the sports world in times of controversy.
And no, I didn't miss your other comments at all - I think you have a very solid understanding of why the call was made the way it was. Like it or not, it was the right call. I think you've also done a great job of pointing out the other factors that contributed to the gaffe.
And I'm not comparing those two exact plays - I'm suggesting that better play, by both teams in their respective flubs, would significantly reduce the bullshit little league baseball we've seen during this series.
I think Farrell mismanaged the game. I think Salty made a bad decision. I think Middlebrooks 1st priority was the ball - he seemed to be glued to the bag.
Unfortunately for the BoSox, all those things put WMB in a position that he could do nothing to prevent.
posted by BoKnows at 01:29 PM on October 27
Funny, the simplest solution would've been for Middlebanks to just catch the ball. Especially after gm2, you'd think the coaching staff would've stressed the idea of 'catching/blocking the ball first, apply tag second'.
That said, Farrell did not have his best defense on the field, and the result proved that.
It was a tough call, but it was the right call.
Quoted from a Red Sox fan regarding GM1 fubs by the Cardinals: "I understand being upset, but from what I've read they almost seem to insinuate it shouldn't have been overturned. This wasn't a borderline call. And though it's disappointing, I can't imagine anyone not believing getting the call right is more important.
The cardinals should forget about the corrected call and the mystery substance and just play better. They're a good team. I'm sure we'll see that before the series is over."
The cardinals should forget about the corrected call and the mystery substance and just play better. They're a good team. I'm sure we'll see that before the series is over."
The Red Sox should just play better.
posted by BoKnows at 12:30 PM on October 27
It's like MLB quickly wrote that in and said "Here, look!"
posted by BoKnows at 12:32 AM on October 27
Ok, maybe a little for Pujols and a little for rcade's bitter brew, but that's all. What do you think I'm some kind of jerk or something?
posted by BoKnows at 09:31 PM on October 19
If they were my own, there's no doubt karma would strike sooner, rather than later. I think the idea behind that sentence was acknowledging the young age of the club and the potentials that are ahead. But I'm realistic and understand that the Cards have quite a battle left in front of them. I don't see them as a lock in the WS at all. I do however, see them as a contender in the Central Division and NL for the short, foreseeable future. The Reds and Pirates are definite contenders as well.
posted by BoKnows at 05:35 PM on October 19
Wouldn't it be more accurate to say the hate is for people who think they are the only team with a passionate fanbase?
I agree with that. I personally can appreciate one's individual love for their team - as I have my own. I don't think I've ever heard anyone suggest that the Card's fans are the only passionate fanbase in baseball. I didn't hear that while growing up in StL, and not since I've moved. But having those other fanbases complain because StL loves it's team so, so much, is silly. I love my team and hate yours, but I don't hate your team because of it's fans. There are plenty of other reasons for that. :)
posted by BoKnows at 04:55 PM on October 19
Ok, maybe a little for Pujols. But that's it.
posted by BoKnows at 04:34 PM on October 19
I hope the Cardinals kick some AL ass so everyone can continue to hate the Cardinals for things like:
Having passionate fans and embracing the franchises history and all that mean, terrible stuff that people seem so pissed about. Guess the new fad here is to couple on to your favorite deadspin writer and pretend its a song you've been singing all along. But the fancy music and words aren't fooling anyone, really. It just boils down to "your team sucks and I hope they lose, because my team isn't playing anymore this season". Funny thing is, the reason for this new found irritation seemingly has very little to do with the actual game of baseball, and more with how the flyover state conducts it's business. Huh. Whatever. I promise if I get to celebrate a 12 th WS in a couple weeks, I won't be considering your feelings at all. It's fucking baseball.
posted by BoKnows at 12:31 PM on October 19
Chuck Norris would survive. Barely.
posted by BoKnows at 01:07 PM on October 17
.....(but I suspect otherwise).
Really? C'mon man.
posted by BoKnows at 01:49 PM on October 12
I'm in. Thanks for the invite!
posted by BoKnows at 02:34 PM on September 14
Pitt in 6
Chi in 6
posted by BoKnows at 12:42 PM on June 01
PITT in 6
BOS in 7
CHI in 6
LA in 5
posted by BoKnows at 01:26 PM on May 14
Pitt in 6
Mont in 5
NYR in 7
Bos in 6
Chi in 5
Ana in 6
SJ in 6
STL in 7
posted by BoKnows at 01:00 PM on April 30
Great story, thanks for posting.
I'd like to think that Justin's actions would be the norm, rather than the exception. But either way, good for him, he made someone's day. I wish that happened more.
(Did anyone else see the story of the dad and son that mocked the little girl at the bus stop? Disgusting and sad.)
posted by BoKnows at 11:01 PM on December 05
Should we do a poll or something?
posted by BoKnows at 04:17 PM on November 29
Incredible streak of 24 straight seasons with at least one brother on Minn. football team comes to an end.
posted by BoKnows at 11:18 PM on October 26
San Fran in 6
I really have no idea with this pick. As was with the last round as well, apparently.
posted by BoKnows at 12:27 AM on October 24
2012 MLB Postseason Infographic
posted by BoKnows at 09:17 PM on October 13
"Miraculous." - Adam Wainwright
posted by BoKnows at 08:56 PM on October 13
Yanks in 6
Cards in 7
posted by BoKnows at 08:52 PM on October 13
Detroit in 5
Baltimore in 5
St. Louis in 4
San Francisco in 5
posted by BoKnows at 02:02 PM on October 06
St. Louis by 6
Baltimore by 1
posted by BoKnows at 03:53 PM on October 05
Imagine if you were a Red Sox fan.
posted by BoKnows at 10:40 PM on October 04
In my teens and twenties, I found it very easy to spring for a game - NHL, NFL, MLB, whatever. Dropping $150 wasn't too detrimental to my budget. But now, as a married man and father of two, that $150 easily gets to $250, at least. And I don't buy programs or souvenirs. We have to limit the food purchase choices and usually bring our own whenever we can. We sit in the upper decks and look for nights that do promotional giveaways or discounted tickets.
To me, it's far from easy for a family of four on a budget to afford that, often. Once or twice, maybe.
The at-home experience works great for us. There's not parking issues, no bathroom lines, no overpriced food or paraphernalia. No need for binoculars or trying to restrain an 18 month old confined to a shared seat. No worry of said 18 month old throwing popcorn in a stranger's hair! No drunks, no fights, no profanity (Well, maybe).
Don't get me wrong though, I love a live event. I'm a big Blues fan and have spent a lot of time at the old barn. If I could go, I would. And if the product that was being presented to me made it more possible, again I would.
But it's not, so Best Buy, here I come.
posted by BoKnows at 02:57 PM on September 06
The 31 Arrests Of The NFL Off-Season.
posted by BoKnows at 06:14 PM on July 24
This thread seems to get more bloated* each time I refresh.
Fact is, Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky and a handful of Penn State VIPs were directly involved in either child molestation, or covering it up. Money was exchanged, a local prosecutor is missing and presumed dead. If there ever was a time to slap the death sentence on to a football program, this is it. If there ever was an example of a football program, and it's well being, being placed before an academic degree, this is also it. The kicker is that JoPa seemed to project the opposite throughout his career. And for me, his few mistakes outweigh his positive contributions.
Funny how some argue that the 'death sentence' would be draconian or misapplied because Paterno's dead or Sandusky's in jail. And the argument used is apocalyptic in nature, suggesting that this will kill the community, destroy the school, devalue a degree's integrity. Seems a wee-bit exaggerated. May as well just nuke the place, I guess.
The football program would recover. The community would be fine. An academic degree from Penn State will maintain it's value.
Penn Sate officials deserve every ounce of penalty they receive due to this heinous act. I feel bad for any innocent casualties, but not enough to place their successful futures in front of kids who have had theirs taken away. I'm personally outraged because there is any debate at all over this.
*I comment with no intention of having it stop here.
posted by BoKnows at 02:59 PM on July 17
Kings in 5
posted by BoKnows at 05:33 PM on May 29
Sorry, real fans, it just ain't about you any more.
Is this a direct response to the Fenway debate or is this a general statement?
posted by BoKnows at 04:34 PM on May 17
No way man.
No way man.
I felt the same about Busch II in St. Louis. As did my dad about Sportsman's Park/Busch I. But Busch III is nice, and it already has a rich history. I'm pretty sure the next generation will fall in love with it and create those memories.
Sometimes you just got to retire an inadequate facility, never mind the success and/or history achieved in it.
I recall a few years ago reading that the annual cost of operating/maintaining Wrigley was ridiculously high compared to the new parks. And that it would be very cost effective long-term to tear it down and build a new stadium. Seems like that would be reason #1 if true.
(So, to sum up, I like Busch.)
posted by BoKnows at 02:52 AM on May 17
New York in 6
LA Kings in 5
posted by BoKnows at 11:36 AM on May 13
I'd like to point out that all these statistics are being thrown about and I'm not involved in any way.
You spelled 'jumble of numbers' wrong.
posted by BoKnows at 03:40 PM on May 08
He's had slumps before, but when it starts to click, it usually does so in a big way. I think Angel fans will not be disappointed in the long term. After all, he didn't get all the money up front, right?
(But I really like the Miramax logo. And that " Optimized for Stereo Sound" speaker thing. That's cool.)
posted by BoKnows at 10:00 PM on April 29
Washington in 7
Philly in 6
St. Louie in 6
Phoenix in 7
posted by BoKnows at 01:50 AM on April 27
So I should pick green then?
posted by BoKnows at 01:46 AM on April 27
I see a table of stats and my mind says grum. Simple as that.
I seem to have lost the ability to create even a comment lately, I'll just go back to hovering.
posted by BoKnows at 12:28 AM on April 27
So, I didn't read the article simply because grum weighed in and I trust him. But hey grum, can you do red jerseys next? Then blue?
I'd like to know which jersey I should pick out in the next men's league.
posted by BoKnows at 11:25 PM on April 26
The NHL's Updated "Because It's the Cup" Playoff Ads.
Add you own below!
posted by BoKnows at 10:22 PM on April 22
Interesting thought, Howard.
I interpreted it as: Would one rather be shot dead, then live with that stigma? If so, then it might be.
posted by BoKnows at 01:01 AM on April 14
Vancouver in 5
St Louis in 5
Nashville in 7
Chicago in 7
NY Rangers in 6
Boston in 7
Pittsburgh in 7
NJ Devils in 6
posted by BoKnows at 06:35 PM on April 10
Why does something so blatant require so much replay and discussion? The ref was right there.
posted by BoKnows at 01:09 AM on March 24
Ah, Ye olde Pirate Cures. Rum.
Maybe by 'joy back into the game.' he meant, 'ball bunted into my face.' He may like it, I don't really know. It's not for us to judge.
posted by BoKnows at 10:19 PM on March 03
And seriously, St. Louis media (and portions of the fanbase), get over it.
Do I have to? I really don't want to at all. I still have grudges against quite a few former St. Louis sports personalities that I intend on keeping. And the Pujols thing is just the most recent so I'm not prepared at all to let it go.
Btw, who was that arbitrator that ruled Scott Stevens was just compensation for Brendan Shanahan? I'm still pissed about that. Oh and Mike Keenan too, that SOB, running #99 out-of-town.
I'll be fine. But I'm not gonna get over it for a while. Then again, if the worst thing I do is enjoy a cartoon with a little snicker, then buzz off, it doesn't seem like it would bother you much.
Go Cards! Hey Pujols, Your Team Sucks!
posted by BoKnows at 10:11 PM on March 03
Jokes of questionable taste are still very much told with impunity. By comedians. In clubs or on stage in a room full of adults that understand that they are jokes. Maybe not right, and certainly not PC, but it happens nonetheless.
But when those jokes are told by a high school football coach/guidance counselor to 15 year old boys in a locker room, it seems way off base.
posted by BoKnows at 10:18 PM on November 16
Going to a Saudi Arabian mall sounds about as much fun as hunting with a game warden.
posted by BoKnows at 10:18 PM on October 15
The Brewers lost this game with defense.
Interesting. Because I didn't see their offense or pitching produce anything. I did see the Cards doing everything well - pitching, batting, fielding, etc...
I doubt Estrada would have even pitched if you don't have those errors.
That's pretty hard to say. Grienke was in need of help at some point. Holden pointed out that he had no K's. There were only, I think, 2 swings-and-misses against him through his 5 innings. The Cards were putting a lot of balls in play.
Here's the way I see it. When one reads a headline that says "Brewers Blow Game 5 with 4 Errors", it suggests that the outcome of the game would have been different if it were not for those errors. I don't see that as being the case. Yes, the Brewers had 4 errors, but I don't see them winning that game either way.
posted by BoKnows at 09:59 PM on October 15
My intent is to point out that nothing should be taken from the Cards' effort to win Game 5. The media can blame errors by the Brewers as the cause, but the Cards put together a solid performance in the field, at the plate, on the mound and again, had a lights out bullpen.
posted by BoKnows at 01:25 PM on October 15
They sure did, but I'm referring to the two runs that were charged to Grienke. 1 in the 2nd and 1 in the 4th. That was enough for the Cards. If the Brewers had scored more runs to make the errors relevant to the outcome, then I can see the point of the fielding errors = Game 5 loss. But at this point, the Cards simply outplayed the Brew Crew both offensively and defensively.
Let's not leave out the 2 runs charged to Estrada either.
posted by BoKnows at 12:40 PM on October 15
2 earned runs from Grienke, which is 1 more than the Cards needed to win. The errors, at the end, played no role in the Brewers loss. It just provides an avenue of shifting the blame. Or, maybe the Cards just played better baseball? Maybe they deserve a little credit?
posted by BoKnows at 12:06 PM on October 15
posted by BoKnows at 09:24 PM on March 21
but I didn't threaten to ban him. He was warned to stop and chose to press the issue and quit, thinking he'd be banned anyway.
I read your last warning and interpreted a ban. That was my fault. I also conveniently didn't read your explanation that bperk pointed out. Maybe I should have defined it as throwing your weight around instead of as a specific result.
Do we really need to know -- over several comments -- that he holds these people in contempt?
Nope. But holding the commenter in contempt isn't improving anything either. As yerfatma said in a different thread : perfect parity would be boring as hell
posted by BoKnows at 02:29 PM on October 15
People can believe what they want to believe, yet still treat others with respect.
I believe that. I don't believe that all organized religions allow their patrons to believe that.
posted by BoKnows at 02:08 PM on October 15
Maybe I do underestimate religion. Maybe I had overestimated it in past. Either way, your interpretations of God's ideals are your own and in an FPP like this, expect strong opposition. Seems like you were ready to brandish that hammer fairly quickly. Given that redliner has over 1500+ posts, I thought he deserves a little benefit of the doubt. You can't ask people to adjust their belief system in order to post here. I understand you don't want this site to mimic comments on Youtube, but gees, let the discussion happen before you start thinning the herd.
I don't own a bible, but that passage is great. Maybe we should talk to some gay and lesbian people and see how they feel about that? See if they feel welcomed in all christian communities.
12 years of Catholic school and all I learned was there's humanity in everyone and it's worth cherishing.
That, I personally agree with and is probably the only lesson I took from my structured education.
But I was so specific because when I was in school (not that long ago-I'm 32), any manner of alternative lifestyle was taboo. Gay, lesbian, trans-gender, pre-marital sex, etc...was simply not accepted. You would go to hell. Simple and done. My point is that that belief still exists, it's not that old.
posted by BoKnows at 01:55 PM on October 15
I was raised Catholic and didn't learn until a few years ago that the priest who offered me an altar boy position molested the kids who said yes. One killed himself in his 20s. So I personally regard their tutelage on dignity to be, at best, problematic.
I'm not defending the education or the clergy. I'm just saying that a very large portion of that belief system (and most Christian-based belief systems) would not accept trans-gender identities let alone the care of their personal dignities. Their God would never say that. Hence, the strong opposing opinions.
posted by BoKnows at 11:20 AM on October 15
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