MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

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MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby jake » Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:24 pm

Following along from previous years...

In case anyone wants to talk baseball without the distraction (or annoyance) of fantasy FATS or that kind of nonsense, here's a thread for honest to goodness hardball talk.

Some talking points: Who's your pick to win it all this year? Will the Yankees continue to be inadequate (or, in other words, suck)? Will Detroit be fearsome with that loaded lineup? And how bout them Cubbies? What's your team? What are your fondest baseball memories? Let's hear it.

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Postby dogface » Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:58 pm

I post this because I see the jays swept the Red Sox.

I laugh.

Wang has started twice already with 2 wins. I have to appreciate him now, as post season he seems to well, choke.

I did notice the new coach took the Wanger out of the game after two back to back base hits. Good. That's what flibbidyflap joe flibbidyflap torre should have done.

Joba Chamberlain is like watching good porn. You know what to expect and you get it, right on the money.

Oh and the sox got swept.
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby jake » Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:15 pm

Yeah it was a bad swing through Canada no doubt about it. I don't want to say the Japan trip had anything to do with it, but I remember a similar April malaise for the Yankees when they opened in the land of the rising sun.

Anyhow, this weekend will be telling, poochface. After Wang, your SP look really, really bad. Granted Pettit needs to get some innings in, but Moose, Hughes, and Kennedy? I don't believe the Yankees make the playoffs.

And Joba is a tool.
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby jake » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:34 pm

Red Sox vs Yankees at Fenway Friday night, Saturday 7 AM here. Chien-Ming Wang (that's a "ch" sound when you write it like this) against Clay Bucholz. Will Wang pitch well in a big game or will he crumble as usual? C'mon Clay! Let's go Sox!!!
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby dogface » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:31 am

Will Wang pitch well in a big game or will he crumble as usual?


Why was THAT a big game?

Wang does well throughout the reg season. He chokes in the playoffs.

Get that straight.

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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby jake » Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:22 pm

Fair point. I guess I've fallen victim to the ESPN-created Red Sox vs Yankees rivalry. No game is a big game in April. Thanks for setting the record straight.

Thought Wang was efficient, but as I said in the MLHO2 thread, the Sox hit the ball well, just right at Yankees fielders. How many sharp line drives were caught in the outfield? A fair few. But you can't argue with Chien (said with a "ch") Ming. 20 wins this season won't be a stretch...

So I wake up this morning at 8 for the replay. They are showing the Wang game. It's in the 7th. I wait around for ten or twenty minutes until ESPN puts the thing up about the rain delay. I go back to bed and get up at 9:30. They are showing the Wang game again but now it's in the 2nd inning. I check online and see the Sox have won 4-3. That was my morning.

Wang does well throughout the reg season. He chokes in the playoffs.

Don't think that will be a problem this season, dogface.
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby Dr. McCoy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:56 pm

The game was delayed for two hours in the 8th. They showed the Wang game until it started again. Papellbon was awesome.
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby jake » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:16 pm

Dr. McCoy wrote:Papellbon was awesome.

Yeah. He's the best. I'd take him over Joba Chamberlain any day.
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby jake » Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:39 pm

So it would appear that after Wang, the Yankees fans (and by that I mean 95% of the local population) have very little to be excited about regarding their starters. Moose is done. Kennedy and Hughes are either too young or not good enough. And Pettit is not yet there. Hopefully the Rocket will come back to right the ship. :lol:

And to that guy who buried the Ortiz T-shirt in the new Yankees Stadium: Keep yer trap shut! He's off bragging to his friends and the press gets word of it and that's that. Just keep your mouth shut and let the T-shirt do its work. Now we'll never know...
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby dogface » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:50 pm

That was one long and frustrating game. The Yankees couldn't score in a whorehouse, leaving how many guys on base? 5? 7? Jaysus.

The Sox put runnners on base and knocked them home. If the Yanks had done that, they'd probably STILL be playing. They were doing everything but getting RBIs.

All in all, the Wang game from a day or so back was better.

I prefer watching games that the Yankees win.

You know how it is. :lol:
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby dogface » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:11 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUgrYECiGPw&NR=1
Jake, you might enjoy this clip from youtube. Matt Damon from 2007 on Letterman; a red socks fan doing some gloating.

Good stuff. I know the feeling.
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby jake » Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:18 am

Thanks for the clip, dogface. I never knew Damon was such a card. And I guess the fact that he's a Red Sox fan should make me a fan. "How's your summer going?" :lol:

Don't know if you know, and I'm mixing threads here, but I have a certain third baseman on my fantasy squad this year--first overall pick--so it makes me dislike him somewhat less. However, I can still jeer him when he has an 0-5 night like last night. But when he hits a HR like he's done tonight against the Rays, I can shout, "Alright! I mean, damn!"

BTW, The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are now just the Rays. The local press has rendered Ray as "a ray of light". I thought the sea creature Ray was a cooler nickname personally. Are they those Rays (as in "happy rays of sunshine") back home as well? What's the story?
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby Dr. McCoy » Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:36 am

Matt Damon. For some reason, I was expecting to see Johnny Damon.
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby dogface » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:29 am

Good to see the Yanks putting runs on the board.

Did I see local tv showing an ad for a Pirates game later this week?

Also, today is Jackie Robinson Day, or maybe tomorrow. I read/heard something about players being allowed to wear Jackie's old number. That would be cool. 61 I believe.

edit:

number 42 actually.
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Re: MLB 2008 General Discussion Thread

Postby jake » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:19 am

dogface wrote:Did I see local tv showing an ad for a Pirates game later this week?

Also, today is Jackie Robinson Day, or maybe tomorrow. I read/heard something about players being allowed to wear Jackie's old number. That would be cool. 61 I believe.

Indeed. I think they are showing the Pirates and Dodgers. The Yankees must be off. So they focus on Hong-chi Kuo and Chin-long Hu. I was thinking that maybe they're showing the Dodgers game to honor Jackie Robinson, but more likely it's because the Yankees are off and people here want to watch their countrymen on the Dodgers. I dunno. I hope the Pirates win of course! I love me the Buccos! (My NL team.)

Forget the Yankees win against the lowly Rays--still need someone to look into the name--how about the Sox 9th inning comeback against Borowski and Cleveland in a rematch of the ALCS? How Borowski keeps his job I have no idea. Anyhow, Lugo with the double, Crisp moves him over to third, then Pedroia brings him home with the sac fly. Tie game. Ortiz with the single, Ellsbury in to run for him, then Manny, the former Indian, with the game winning HR. Papelbon sets them down in the bottom of the ninth and that's game. The Red Sox win! \:D/
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