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On 9/21/2019 at 7:54 AM, burghfan said:

If the Cards keep winning they have nothing to worry about.

But, shit you didn't say we had to win every damn game.

Last three game - Cards v Cubs (cubs own us for what we just did a week ago)

Last Four games - 1 Brewers v Red (10-1 most likely) 3- v Rockies

Doesn't look good for the Birds. 

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On 9/26/2019 at 11:44 AM, Jimmy James said:

But, shit you didn't say we had to win every damn game.

Last three game - Cards v Cubs (cubs own us for what we just did a week ago)

Last Four games - 1 Brewers v Red (10-1 most likely) 3- v Rockies

Doesn't look good for the Birds. 

Saw that the Cubs are resting most of their big guns so they are trying to help the Cards.

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3 hours ago, sonicramone said:

Welcome to Cincinnati....where our football and baseball seasons end in September.

Now now, don't be like that, your football team is still playing for a high draft pick.

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16 hours ago, burghfan said:

Now now, don't be like that, your football team is still playing for a high draft pick.

Even the Dolphins are better at that than us!!

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/01/casey-bat-poem-baseball-modern-era/

Casey @ the Bat,’ a poem for baseball in the modern era

By Mitchell Nathanson 

Oct. 1, 2019 at 3:02 p.m. EDT

Mitchell Nathanson is a professor at Villanova and the author of a forthcoming biography of the pitcher and author Jim Bouton.

 

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;

The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play.

And then when Cooney whiffed again, the eighteenth K that night,

A sickly silence fell, for somehow baseball wasn’t right.

 

A straggling few got up and left, annoyed they even came;

And most who stayed were kind of drunk or wagered on the game.

Yet still to come was Casey, whom the fans had long extolled,

Though at the age of 31 the metrics deemed him old.

 

But first ahead of him was Flynn, a player much accursed;

His BABIP was atrocious, and his WAR was even worse.

Another guy came up as well, his name recalled by few;

Confusion sowed by double switches made in hour two.

 

But Flynn defied the numbers, making contact with the ball;

And sent it on a mighty arc — it caromed off the wall.

“The guy should be on third,” a salty graybeard spat and cursed,

As Flynn removed his batting gloves, a jogger still at first.

 

The other guy? A double by the waiver-wire addition;

(His former owner dumping salary without contrition);

And when the blaring music stopped, fans noticed what occurred,

Instead of crossing o’er the plate, young Flynn was still at third.

 

As Casey stepped into the box, the scoreboard roared “Make Noise!”;

The crowd most surely would’ve done, if not for all their toys.

About 5,000 hometown fans were checking in on Twitter;

So most remained oblivious to Casey as the hitter.

 

Ten thousand eyes were elsewhere as he scratched upon the dirt;

And Velcro-strapped his gloves and touched six places on his shirt.

And kissed his bat, then tapped the plate nine times or maybe 10;

Then from the box did Casey step, and start it all again.

 

The pitcher’s antics on the mound were also quite a show;

Whole seasons seemed to pass before he hinted at a throw.

Yet here it came, the cowhide sphere, arriving at great speed;

“Strike one,” the umpire firmly called. But PitchTrax disagreed.

 

The fans who watched it on their phones could see it plain: outside;

Unless their phones had zero bars, or batteries had died.

“Kill him! Kill the umpire!” the fans all stood and roared;

At least so roared the older ones, the younger ones seemed bored.

 

Two strikes remained. The oldsters, stressed, began to wring their hands;

While younger fans, in hour four, sped toward concession stands.

Then Casey dug in once again; the second spheroid flew;

But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, “Strike Two.”

 

“Fraud!” cried the maddened few at the blue-clad, rule-bound fools,

While waving off the heady clouds sent up from nearby Juuls.

Now, Casey’s face grew stern and cold, the fans all rose as one;

As midnight neared their hope was clear: just let the game be done.

 

As Casey runs the metrics, and adjusts his swing for lift;

The fielders check their little cards, and drift into a shift.

And now the pitcher fires a rocket off, despite his ample gut;

And now the air is shattered by great Casey’s uppercut.

 

Oh, somewhere in this favored land, the sport's as it used to be;

And fans still hang on Casey’s fate, not exit velocity.

That era’s gone — don’t cry into your $15 beer;

While all the laughing children shout, “Football season’s here!”

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https://www.theringer.com/2019/10/8/20904151/minnesota-twins-new-york-yankees-sweep-playoffs-alds

The Minnesota Twins lost to the Yankees on Monday night by a score of 5-1. It is their 16th consecutive postseason loss, dating back to 2004, 13 of them at the hands of the Yankees.

 

This really is a remarkable statistic.  My son and I got into a discussion as to how this was possible for the Twins to lose so many playoff games in a row...and more so, how they could lose so many in a row to the Yankee.   By the end of the discussion, we both shrugged our shoulders without ever coming close to a reasonable answer....other than, that's baseball for ya.

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8 hours ago, sonicramone said:

https://www.theringer.com/2019/10/8/20904151/minnesota-twins-new-york-yankees-sweep-playoffs-alds

The Minnesota Twins lost to the Yankees on Monday night by a score of 5-1. It is their 16th consecutive postseason loss, dating back to 2004, 13 of them at the hands of the Yankees.

 

This really is a remarkable statistic.  My son and I got into a discussion as to how this was possible for the Twins to lose so many playoff games in a row...and more so, how they could lose so many in a row to the Yankee.   By the end of the discussion, we both shrugged our shoulders without ever coming close to a reasonable answer....other than, that's baseball for ya.

I didn't know that Marvin Lewis managed the Twins in the postseason.

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On 10/1/2019 at 3:17 PM, sonicramone said:

Welcome to Cincinnati....where our football and baseball seasons end in September.

I grew up in Lexington, KY - huge Reds fan, but man those Bengals.... I try so hard. LOL

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Just got back from the longest vacation I have ever taken. Paperwork a mile high to finish, but guess what happens at 4:00 today? 

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Who doesn’t love a good outfield relay play?

 

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You don't see that very often in this day and age. Perfect. 

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47 minutes ago, Jimmy James said:

I know it's still early but....

 

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I just read on ESPN.COM that the Braves are taking steps to reduce the tomahawk chop in game 5, pretty sure the Cards scoring 10 in the top of the first will do that and that wasn't part of the plan.

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Hi all. I have been lurking but not posting as I am incredibly busy with work and life. But I have to stop by to share this.

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51 minutes ago, JudgeBrown said:

Hi all. I have been lurking but not posting as I am incredibly busy with work and life. But I have to stop by to share this.

Welcome back JB. Your humor has been missed.  

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Well, I'm glad a nice aroma has overtaken the stench of politics in DC. Still, DC-area sports fans suck. They have two championship caliber teams and still all they care/dream about is the horrid Deadskins. The big news in town isn't the Nats, it's the coaching change for the Deadskins & what that means. This town eats, lives, breathes the putrid Deadskins. I'm an Os fan, but I'll root for the "home" team. Go Nats! Fuck the Deadskins.

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Fans in NYC, Chicago & the Bay area never struggle with loyalty & love, but it's different in the DC/Baltimore area. A large portion of MD exists around the Beltway & loyalties are frayed. It's a different dynamic.

 

Baltimore Fans Struggle with Rooting for Nationals

https://www.baltimorebaseball.com/2019/10/08/orioles-fans-struggle-nationals-question-former-orioles-featured-braves-cards-series/?fbclid=IwAR0Zi7moGDSAJ6x6DYHzRs5kquE7fjsK-3rIzzb1fBI6Fb1uXglKW_FepPg

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The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Thursday that they have fired manager Gabe Kapler.

The announcement brings to an end a lengthy 11-day evaluation from Phillies owner John Middleton, who took control of the decision-making process from GM Matt Klentak. Middleton reportedly flew to his players’ offseason homes to interview them about Kapler.

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