Oct
22

World Series Game 1: Phils @ Rays

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It seems like pitchers and catchers reported to camp just yesterday, but here we are, 219 days later getting ready for Game One of the Fall Classic. We’ve already been well versed in Tampa Bay’s worst-to-first story, and we all know that the city of Philadelphia hasn’t won a championship in the four major sports since the 76ers took home the title during the 1982-83 season, so really all that’s left is to watch the games.

The Phillies have already managed to lose a World Series to the Yanks, Red Sox, Orioles & Blue Jays in their history, and the Rays will look to complete the AL East sweep starting tonight with Scott Kazmir on the mound. The third longest tenured Ray is the fifth youngest player on the team, and hasn’t looked right for a good month now. This is no time for excuses though, he just has to get it done now.

Taken two picks after Kazmir in the first round of the 2002 draft, Cole Hamels looks to continue his superb postseason pitching tonight, except now he’ll be facing a real lineup instead of those wimpy NL offenses. The Phils haven’t played a game in a week, so there figures to be some rust early on. Simulated games and extra BP can only do so much.

The pre-game ceremonies start at 8pm, with the game to follow afterwards. Joe Buck & Timmy McCarver have the call on FOX. Yippee.

Philadelphia
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF Jayson Werth, RF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, LF
6. Jayson Werth, RF Shane Victorino, CF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Chris Coste, DH
9. Carlos Ruiz, C
- Cole Hamels, P (14-10, 3.09)

Tampa Bay
1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. BJ Upton, CF
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. Evan Longoria, 3B
5. Carl Crawford, LF
6. Willy Aybar, DH
7. Dioner Navarro, C
8. Ben Zobrist, RF
9. Jason Bartlett, SS
- Scott Kazmir, P (12-8, 3.49)

I’m going to throw my predicition out here for the record: Rays in 6, with the Phils winning only Hamels’ starts. If the Rays win tonight, get the brooms out. MVP … let’s say … Carlos Pena.

Categories : Game Threads
  • jsbrendog

    rays in 7 mvp longoria you heard it here first kids

  • Steve

    Phillies have been around over 100 years, and watch them get swept by a team thats been in Baseball for about 5 minutes.

    Oh, the pain.

  • E-ROC

    Go Phillies! Phillies in 5

  • Steve

    “Report: Yanks Have Interest in Aaron Rowand

    Written by: Frank Russo

    Our sources down in Tampa have informed us that the Yankees will be exploring trade possibilities with the Giants for center fielder Aaron Rowand. It is pretty well known that the Giants are interested in upgrading their hitting, which was anemic at times last season, and the Yankees could send a package of players for the speedy outfielder.

    It remains unclear as to what it would take to bring Rowand, one of the Majors best center fielders, to the Bronx, and no, Robinson Cano’s name has not been mentioned in any possible trade for him.”

    http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=3292

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Ah, wonderful. That’s all they need, another underperforming overpaid player on the decline. And Rowand’s rather avg defensively, he just makes lots of flashy catches crashing into the wall.

      Unless they can get him for dirt cheap, stay far, far away.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        But he’ll increase our gritbeard/clutchiness quotient by a factor of ten. It’s our only hope to catch the Sox.

      • Steve

        . . . and we’ve seen how well those wall crashers age with the guy we have playing LF now.

        BTW-Anyone know Rowand’s +/- rating?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          In the crease, or during power plays?

          • Steve

            Whatever one you got.

            BTW-I loved the name change. Too bad you didn’t keep it.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              Ask, and ye shall receive.

              • Steve

                If you had blonde hair and a vagina, I’d marry you.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                  If I had blond hair and a vagina I’d be Keyshia Cole.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Phillies in 7. MVP – Wait for it… BRAD LIDGE. Yeah, that’s right.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.
      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        I half did it because I believe it, and I half did it to give you opportunity to post that again.

      • Ivan

        Again Mike LOL.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          It just doesn’t get old.

          • Slugger27

            most things do, but ur right…. somehow this doesnt

  • Steve

    I hope everyone has seen this by now, but just in case you haven’t

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAfiiQEyzjw

    No, that wasn’t a Bud Light commercial. It actually happened.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah I saw that. The ref squared up, set his feet and everything.

      • 27 this year

        What the hell was up with that? Anyone want to explain to me the after game reactions?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          They said he was in the proper position and was defending himself.

          coughbullshitcough

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            *cough* BLOWJOB! *cough* *cough* BLOWJOB! *cough*
            *cough* EAT ME! *cough* *cough* EAT ME! *cough*

          • Steve

            He had $500 on the game and he was defending his wallet.

            • Mike Pop

              more like a couple g’s

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I’m perplexed (and quite pleased) as to how this was one of the video responses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?w.....43nGHDbDm0

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.
        • Mike Pop

          Lol …If that is a woman it looks like she was beaten with an ugly stick…

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Dude, Liz Hurley is one of the hottest older chics around: http://www.nypost.com/photos/g.....hoto05.htm

          • Slugger27

            lord have mercy

          • Mike Pop

            She was a model and god damn in Bedazzled also

  • Mike Pop

    Would Scott Baker for Cano work Mike ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Maybe, but then they open a big hole at 2B. They’re better off keeping Cano. Plus I don’t think the Twins would take on the rest of Cano’s deal.

  • Jake H

    Rays in 6. MVP Carl Crawford.

  • Mike Pop

    Did Tex just say he wants to play for the Yankees next season on this espn show right now ?

  • Mike Pop

    Does anyone know why Joba doesnt talk to his mom anymore ?

    http://baseball.realgm.com/src....._sons_dui/

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Because she basically abandoned him as a kid, she took off and left him Harlan. She didn’t bother to come looking for him until he blew up.

      • Mike Pop

        Oh ook thanks

      • Steve

        Here’s a story on what happened in the Chamberlain family, including her side of the story.

        http://journalstar.com/article.....txt#cancel

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          FWIW, I personally have been misquoted twice in that newspaper. The Lincoln “Urinal”-Star is a crappy, crappy newspaper. I’m not claiming anything in there is false (didn’t read it), I’m just saying I take everything in there with a big grain of salt.

  • E-ROC

    I am so tired of Buck and McCarver. Are there any other broadcasters available to do the World Series? Enough already.

  • Mike Pop

    Scotty Kaz gonna get bombed tonight with all those lefties..Howard and Utley both go deep tonight

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Nice, free tacos again.

  • Joseph M

    I always pull for the American League so I hope the Rays win, but I think the Phils will take it in 6. It’s hard for me to root against the Phils after the beating they put on Torre’s Dodgers.

  • Ivan

    Hey Jamal, are ya kinda worried about the expectation of the Blazers? Im still worried about the health of Oden and they are very young.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Give me youth every single time when it comes to basketball. They also play in a conference with championship contenders in the Lakers, Spurs, Suns, Hornets and Rockets. Trust me, they are going to grow up real fast.

      Unfortunately, I think Greg Oden has to prove he’s durable, so there’s nothing I can say to that.

      As to their expectations, I just hope they remember that as much as they creeped up on unsuspecting teams last year, that shit is not happening this year. People know now.

      • Ivan

        Yea people are not gonna take them lightly like last season. Oden is really the key cuz of his defense inside the paint.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          That’s always the last to come, in my opinion. It’s going to be a massacre when he faces Timmy and Yao for the first time.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Experience is a thing you never have until right after you need it.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    So which Ray gets the biggest ovation during introductions? Gotta be Longoria, no?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Greg Vaughn?

  • A.D.

    Is Ruiz any good defensively…because his offensive numbers were scary this year, worse than Varitek scary

    • Ivan

      He’s solid. Not Jose Molina good though.

  • E-ROC

    LOL, Carl Crawford even jogs fast.

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike, if Jesus Montero has a terrific year in 09, would he crack the top ten? Especially if he makes improvements to his defense?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Sure, he’d had to make some real strides defensively though.

  • A.D.

    Zobrist in RF…WTF?

    • Ivan

      Going against a lefty, but you might as well go with Badelli.

      • A.D.

        Baldelli >>> Zobrist

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Most of baseball >>> Zobrist

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Brutal, just brutal job on the National Anthem.

    And weren’t there five Backstreet Boys?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Good God my ears … the goggles, they do nothing!

      • Joe

        Fall Out Boy? Fall Out Boy? Where the devil is Fall Out Boy? That shot cost us a million dollars!

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Choda Boy >>> Fallout Boy

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Did you just drop a Choda Boy reference? Hah.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              Scroll down. I went there again.

    • Ivan

      I think so.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I think one of ‘em, Joey, is still in rehab.

      I like gossip, fuck off.

      • Ivan

        Isn’t Joey from Nsync?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I thought that was Baby Huey.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I hate to use lol and lmao, shit like that, but I laughed at loud at that one.

      • Joe

        Was Joey that bad one?

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Yeah, the douchebag that wore sunglasses in every possible venue.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            I’m waiting for you guys to start discussing Sixteen Candles and Tiger Beat.

  • Joe

    Dear God, End it!

  • E-ROC

    Why do singers always put their twist on the National Anthem? However, Backstreet Boys did a good job.

  • A.D.

    Coste as the DH….really thats the best they could come up with. Let Matt Stairs hit, yeah hes a lefty, but probably still a better hitter than Coste

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Coste hit .296-.363-.519 against RHP this year.

      • A.D.

        in 81 at-bats, not a whole lot

  • Ivan

    Everytime you look at a Pop group, you tell yourself, I know nobody in that group can beat me in a fight.

    • E-ROC

      Justin Timberlake is intimidating.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        I don’t wanna sound like a queer or nothin, but I think Depeche Mode was pretty fuckin sweet!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Heh, did you hear the Phillies’ motto during the WS?

    “Why can’t us?”

    That’s awesome.

    • E-ROC

      “He hate me”

    • Ivan

      That’s kinda wack.

      Mario Duncan had one of the best Motto’s though.

      “We Play Today, We Win Today”.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        You forgot the “Das It.”

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Tampa Bay’s motto: We play today, we win today, we go to Hooters.

    • Joe

      That’s not true

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I saw it on ESPN somewhere … I think it was Neyer.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I can’t believe I’m about to watch a World Series game in The Trop.

    • Mike Pop

      I know its ridiculous.. Should be in Yankee stadium

      • Ivan

        soon my friend, soon.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Bet you never thought the Trop would be able to top the scintillating 1994 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Southeast Division Sub-Regional, eh?

  • E-ROC

    24 will be on the tube in 30 days!

  • A.D.
    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, where would the Sox be without what Schilling did for them this year?

  • Ivan

    Yo whats up with Brett Farve and him talking to Matt Millen and etc? Whats up with that situation.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Who’s the bigger AHOTW (Ass-Hat of the Week), Curt Schilling or Brett Fav-ruh?

      http://thevinceblackshow.com/images/asshat.jpg

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I don’t think there’s anything to it, the media’s making way too much of it. He’s not on the Packers, he doesn’t have a playbook, what does it matter?

      • Steve H

        Because he keeps changing his story. At first the call never happened, then it was a hunting call, now they talked football, and there were other people in the room. Had he been honest from the outset, I would believe that there is nothing to it, however, his lies up front make it look like he’s hiding something.

      • Steve

        I’m with you. This is the kind of story that the media runs with for 2 weeks that fans couldn’t care less about.

  • Mike Pop

    I keep hearing Derek Lee might be available, I dont understand why he would be but should he be considered an option if hes available ? What would we have to give up and dont forget he has a ntc so we might have to give him some extra cash

    • Ivan

      I wouldn’t mind Derek Lee on the Team. Tremendous glove and a good hitter. Probably might take a good piece(s) to get him.

      • Mike Pop

        According to Tim Dierkes he says it wont take a real good piece.. He has 2 yrs 26 mill remaining which is nice.. Tex is obv the first choice but Lee is awesome and could be a nice stopgap for Montero or w.e

  • Ivan

    Speaking of Bad elbows and needing TJS, Carson Palmer might need TJS. Is that a first? That’s realling interesting if a QB got TJS.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nah. Delhomme just had a few years ago.

    • A.D.

      Del Homme was the first

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Love me some CF cam.

  • E-ROC

    That’s a different camera angle.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    FOX’s “Keys to the Game”:

    Philadelphia Phillies: Lineup behind Cole Hamels.
    The Phillies scored the second most runs in the National league (799).

    Tampa Bay Rays: Take advantage of the home field.
    The Rays had the best home record in all of the Major Leagues in 2008 (57-24).

    God damn you people.

    • Ivan

      Hold on The Phils were second in the NL in runs scored despite only scoring 799. Less than 800 runs. That’s surprising.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Get ready for a 10-min McCarverRant on the shift.

  • E-ROC

    That was close.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    The first time I ever heard of the “New Kids on the Block” was when Eminem shitted on them in the Marshal Mathers album. I forgot the song, but the lyrics were: “New Kids on the Block suck a lot of @#$%/ boy-girl groups make me sick…”

    • Ivan

      Speaking of Em, he’s comin out with an album soon. I can’t fuckin wait. Considering his last album was subpar (for his standards) and the couple years off, I think he’s motivated to do some serious sick tracks.

      To me that dude is underrated.

      • Mike Pop

        Love EM i led an argument on here months ago saying he was the best and my fav rapper but ppl hated me for it(yes it was u tsjc).. Em and Gangstarr i dig alot man

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          And why did I shit on your musical tastes? Because I’m Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones!

  • A.D.

    C Ya

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Yikes, where was that pitch?

  • E-ROC

    Utley!

  • Ivan

    Chase Utley doing the damn thang.

  • Mike Pop

    Rays were gonna dominate this series eh ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      They better enjoy this game, ’cause they ain’t winning nothing when Hamels isn’t pitching.

      • Mike Pop

        You are wrong my friend you are wrong =)

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        You can’t see Jamie Moyer stealing one? Then again, the Rays did look real patient against Daisuke Matsuzaka, so maybe Moyer will be no problem.

        • Mike Pop

          Dude what bout Blanton or Myers.. There is no reason to think Blanton cant pitch well enough to get the win against them

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Moyer? Hells no. They see tougher pitches in BP.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            But Moyers pitches like Mike Mussina, and he just won 20 games.

      • Ivan

        I think the Phils have a chance but I’ll be surprise if the Rays don’t win this series.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I always like when managers never react to something during a postseason game, what phonies. ;)

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I want to hear what Joe Buck has to say about the cowbells. He’ll see what happens if he talks shit about a Brooklyn dude.

    • Ivan

      Brooklyn people are all over the world. Chris Rock once said that if you scream “Is Brooklyn in the house” you gonna here some reaction whether in TB or India.

      • Steve

        Its been said that one in every 7 Americans could trace their family roots back to Brooklyn.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Manhattan keeps on makin’ in
          Brooklyn keeps on takin’ it
          Bronx keeps creatin’ in
          And Queens keeps on FAKIN’ IT!

  • Mike Pop

    Upton was mad excited to announce his name

  • A.D.

    haha crawford screwed up

  • Mike Pop

    Wtf howard lol

  • A.D.

    Someone has to get to 1B

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    AkiGrit right there. How did no other team bid on that guy? Amazing.

    • Joe

      Werent we busy bidding on Kei Igawa?

      • A.D.

        and not needing an infielder

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Well that’s just unfair. Did the Yankees need an infielder for the 2007 season? Obviously they didn’t, so why spend millions for a backup infielder?

    • Mike Pop

      Didnt Aki hit like 20 or 30 Homers in Japan a year ?

    • E-ROC

      AkiGrit, lol.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Anyone see The Strangers? I watched it last night … started off scary, but then got kinda lame.

    • Joe

      Yeah, You should check out Dead space for Ps3. It’s scary as all hell

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Yeah, I saw it Friday night. It’s such BS. The “true events” it’s based off of is when the director was a kid and a girl knocked on his door asking for a person who was not there. The actual movie is based on some crime novels that are inspired by the Manson murders.

      A sequel is going to start filming next year.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I figured there would be a sequel. They left the door open for at the end of the movie.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season.

  • A.D.

    Victorino, media crush

  • A.D.

    God what a shit baseball park, hopefully this WS helps Tampa get a new stadium

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    “I think it’s safe to say the players on these teams are looking for different rings.”

    ***facepalm***

    • Steve

      Onion rings?

  • Ivan

    Wow Kazmir you BB Feliz.

  • UWS

    You know, aside from that one game against the Red Sox Kazmir hasn’t really impressed lately.

    • Mike Pop

      Ya and not going deep hurts his ranking as a top starter.. Last season he was great tho. He dominated the Sox last season if i remember corrrectly

  • A.D.

    Victorino looked around, figuring he was out

  • Mike Pop

    After this performance we might be able to get Kazmir for Zambrano but ill settle for Balfour or JP Howell

    • A.D.

      No way Zambrano is ripping up winter ball, we don’t need CC we got little Z

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That story’s a bunch of crap. They’ve been ringing the cowbell at the Trop long before Sternberg got there.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Stu Sternberg = Bruce Dickinson

  • Mike Pop

    Victorino is shaking up Kaz

  • A.D.

    And they’re stealing the 80/20 formula from business

  • Mike Pop

    Why run there ?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    You don’t run on the Bossman. Victorino is so teh grit.

  • Steve

    Upton is such a fucking stud.

  • A.D.

    Ruiz slugging was lower than his OBP this year, yike.

    Victorino gunned down, suprising

  • Ivan

    You know what, just watching this postseason and watching the yankee this season, CMW is one of the most underrated players in baseball.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Isn’t the 80-20 formula when you are not fully statisfied with your significant other, so you dump then looking for something better and realize that you sacrificed most of the good you had before just to chase that one thing you were missing?

  • A.D.

    MLB network?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Are they seriously not going to show a replay of the throw? Wow, go FOX.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Heh, Longoria just got his first taste of Hamels’ change.

  • Mike Pop

    Phillies gonna lock up Hamels soon ?

    • A.D.

      they should

  • Mike Pop

    Where would you rank Garza for the Rays Starting pitchers(lets include Price) ? Garza has potential to be better than Shields right ? Hes gotta be 2 or 3 right ?
    Kazmir
    Price
    Garza

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Kazmir = ace
      Garza = ace
      Price = ace
      Shields = really really really good #2
      Sonnanstine = #3
      Jackson = #3

      • Mike Pop

        Wang=ace
        Joba=ace
        Hughes=1 or 2
        CC=Ace
        Burnett=Really good 2
        Kennedy=4

        We got them beat baby !

        • Ivan

          Burnett=Really good 2

          Really? I mean Really.

          • Mike Pop

            Yes he is

            • Steve H

              Isn’t, and has never been.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Burnett=Really good 2 in the NL

            Fixed.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Hughes has a higher ceiling than CMW.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Yup. Hughes and Joba both have cathedral ceilings.

      • Steve H

        Kazmir an ace? I know that wins are overrated, but the guys has had 10-13 wins a year for 4 years now and doesn’t throw nearly enough innings (part of the reason for the low win total) to be an ace. If the Rays are on a losing streak, they can’t rely on Kazmir to end it, they can rely on Kazmir to throw 5 innings and hope that the bullpen holds up.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          You know, his team kinda did suck asscheeks for the 9 of the past 10 years. I’m just saying.

          • Steve H

            I agree with that to a point, but is he truly an ace? There are a ton of pitchers who pitched for shitty teams who managed more than 10-13 wins a year. He’s a 5 inning pitcher with command issues. I think he could potentially develop into an ace as he’s still young, but in no way would I consider him an ace right now.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              I see what you’re selling: that as nasty as he is, his small frame and inability to go deep may be a crimp in his acey-ness going forward.

              In a related story, the Yankee fans throwing around “Hey, let’s trade for Roy Oswalt” are clinically insane.

              • Steve H

                Please tell me that the Yankee fans throwing this around thinks it’s 2003.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                  Sadly, no.

    • Ivan

      Mines

      Shields
      Kazmir(can flip flop him and Garza)
      Garza
      Price

      • Ivan

        Sheer talent

        Price
        Kazmir
        Garza
        Shields.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    A check swing plop job?

    Hahahahaha

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Take your pick: Clay Buchholz, Phil Hughes or Tim Alderson.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That order.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I would’ve flip-flopped Buchholz and Hughes. Maybe I’m just reading too much into the tweaks Boston made to his mechanics.

        • Mike Pop

          Mike you would trade Hughes for Clay ?

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Straight up? Probably not. Hughes is a few years younger, and who knows what’s up with Buchholz’s mechanics. Clay’s stuff is way better though.

          • giselle

            yea, i like hughes better than buchholz, but maybe thats just my laptop speaking.

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Command is just as good, and he has better off-speed stuff.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Also, he throws harder than 91-MPH.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                Clay Buchholz is Chinese.

                • Mike Pop

                  That doesnt matter jerk stay relevant

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                  YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH YOU EMINEM LOVING BASTARD!

                • Mike Pop

                  Lol loved how you changed your name after whatever his name was got at you bout staying relevant

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                  I do it all for the kids. I’m an entertainer.

          • Ivan

            Nah I wouldn’t. Clay and Hughes are similar. Buchholz has the sick Change, Hughes has the sick Curve. I think Hughes FB might be better.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              I think Clay’s hammer is every bit as good as Hughes’ own. Clay also has Hughes beat on the heater when he can command it. It may be straight, but he can paint that mother fucker when he’s on.

              • Ivan

                Hughes FB has much more movement which helps get those GB’s. Hughes change up really is holding him back.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Yeah, but I’d take Clay’s command and velocity of the heater over Hughes’ movement. His non-Chinese ass can’t even throw harder than 91-MPH!!1!1!uno!!

                • Ivan

                  Isn’t Hughes Command better than Buchholz with the FB.

        • Steve H

          Plus, (and I hate making this joke in the wake of the Joba incident) with Bucholz you always have to worry about his criminal past. Though if you need a new computer, he can get you a good deal.

    • Ivan

      Well I persoanlly take Hughes over Clay but that can go either way really.

  • A.D.

    so they start Zobrist 20 days later after being the “hottest hitter on the team” instead of Baldelli…why?

  • Mike Pop

    You all know I have a mancrush on AJ

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Pierzynski?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I was thinking Hinch.

        • Steve H

          I was thinking Feeley myself.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Wasn’t one of the people on Saved By the Bell named A.J. or something? I never watched that show.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Dude, everyone watched Saved By The Bell.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              I swear upon all that is holy, I’ve seen exactly 2 minutes of that show (accumulated in 1 second bursts as I turn the channel past it) in my life.

              Mario Lopez was on Broadway and I was all “Who the fuck is that”? and my friends looked at me in disbelief for the rest of the night. The black girl was in some movie and I was like, “Who’s that, she’s kinda cute?” No lie.

              • Joe

                That would be Lisa Turtle

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                  I’d hit that.

          • Joe

            Yeah Right!

          • Steve H

            A.C.!!!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh look, Ryan Howard strikes out on a breaking ball a foot off the plate. You could have guessed it.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      MVP.

      Seriously, fuck life if Albert Pujols does not win that award.

      • A.D.

        Pujols didn’t lead his team to the postseason he cant be the mvp !!!!!1!!

      • Mike Pop

        He beat em out 2 years ago for it too, and to think it was the same type of situation

      • Ivan

        It’s one thing losing the MVP to Bonds, that’s cool. But you can’t give it to Howard over Pujols.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    The Phils are going to regret letting Kazmir off the hook inning after inning like this.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, I was checking the threads from earlier today; you guys really owned the shit out of that Chris C. fellow.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Chris C = Billy Madison

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Zobrist with a hit. Maddon’s a genius.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    AkiGrit. Bases loaded with Bossman, Pena & Longoria due up.

  • Mike Pop

    Upton grit ? Where was it

  • Ivan

    Upton there’s not much you can do.

  • UWS

    Wow, that was downright Jeter ARod-esque.

  • Mike Pop

    Yes im gonna say it Jamal cuz BJ just pulled an A-Rod

    • Ivan

      A-Rod has now become a punch line.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    PeteAbe:

    So take advantage and get somebody young and cool to sing the National Anthem. Rihanna and T.I., for instance.

    I know he’s just using his name as an example, but come on, you want Tip fucking Harris singing the national anthem? Really?

    Speaking of which, anybody listened to Paper Trail yet? I got it but haven’t listened to it as of yet.

    • E-ROC

      Classic

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Stars and stripes/
      Freedom fo’ life/
      Got them bald eagles all night, baby/
      You can have whatever you like….
      I said you can have whatever you like….
      Aaaay…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    BJ Upton is obviously not clutch. They should trade him for Shane Victorino.

    • Ivan

      Stop picking on Victorino. He’s a solid player. Of course players like him are gonna get overrated, but he’s a solid player and he can play on my team.

      • Mike Pop

        Wow is Victorino your boyfriend

        • Mike Pop

          Your gonna be like that britney britney fan except with Victorino..
          Just leave him alone you bastards !!! Leave him alone

          • Ivan

            I was kidding when I say don’t pick on him.

        • Ivan

          Yea I got a thing for Hawaiians.

          Seriously I understand what Mike thinking. Yes he’s gotten overrated but he’s a solid player.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Are they booing B.J. Upton?

    • Mike Pop

      Man o man Tampa is starting to become alot like New York real quick

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Booo-urns

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That was a helluva play by Zobrist.

    • UWS

      Yeah, what the hell was Upton doing on that play?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Dare we start an RAB Fantasy Basketball League? I’ve never played and would be at a marked disadvantage.

    • Ivan

      You like basketball Mike or know basketball?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Not really. All I know is what I pick up in passing on Sportscenter. I heard this LeJames kid if pretty solid.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Is Detlef Schrempf still playing?

          • Mike Pop

            Lol na Dirk is the only German left I believe

        • Ivan

          He’s iight. He’s no Mike James.

  • Mike Pop

    Phillies looking good that time off hasnt showed just YET

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Are we really going to have to listen to the Rocky music after each half-inning ends?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Heh, John McCain is using the Rocky music all the time now. Just like Hillary Clinton did earlier in the spring. That cracks me the fuck up.

      I always want to remind them, “Psssst… Rocky lost. To the black guy.”

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Which are you guys more excited about: the prequel to “300″, “Sin City 2″ or “Watchmen”?

    I haven’t read any of the respective comics, but I loved the “Sin City” and “300″ flicks. Personally, I’m more excited about the former’s sequel.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Sin City 2, easy. 300 was good, but not great.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Sin City was the gayest film ever. Gayer than Brokeback. No gay person walking the earth is as gay as that gay ass movie was.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Sorry… Meant to say 300. (having two conversations at once.)

          I have no problem with Sin City.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Oh, okay then. You’re still gay.

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Only guys insecure with their sexualities think 300 is gay. That was the manliest film ever. That kick was uber-manly. Those dudes had to lift trucks to train. Lift. Fucking. Trucks.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              It was boring as shit and had no point other than for a bunch of guys the get sweaty and walk in slow motion with their shirts off.

              Gayer than Top Gun.

              • Joe

                In what way was it boring?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.
              • Joe

                ridiculous!

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          You know what? YOU’RE GAY!!!

          There, how you like them apples?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            And when it’s over say “Oooh, what a lovely tea party.”

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          The only person more wrong than you are, right now, was Hitler.

          • http://www.mvn.com/milb-yankees Ashish Skaria

            “This is Sparta” is one of the best lines in a movie ever. Maybe the best line in a movie ever is “Immortality, take it, it’s yours!”

    • Ivan

      Sin City 2 I can’t wait for. 300 was pretty good but slightly overrated.

  • http://www.mvn.com/milb-yankees Ashish Skaria

    Que pasa que yo no te veo

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Uh, unless I don’t know my nation’s language, I have no idea what you are saying, dude.

    • Joe

      Whats up with the I something something something

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        He said something passed that he didn’t see.

  • Ivan

    WOW McCarver.

  • E-ROC

    “Pack the bags, light the lights, curves are coming left and right.” Tim McCarver’s a lyricist.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Listening to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver attempt to make a joke is so fucking painful.

  • Ivan

    Anybody watching SAW V?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I Netflix’ed it. Not worth the price of admission I imagine.

      • Ivan

        Those Saw movies are so overrated. I didn’t even think the 1st ine was that good.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        No, SAW V is the one that’s coming out this Friday.

        You need to watch SAW III again to get SAW IV, it’s near imperative.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I’ve seen the first four, and based on those I’m guessing this one isn’t worth my $12. Worth a spot in the Netflix queue, though.

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Oh, my bad, I didn’t know you had that option for a flick that wasn’t on DVD as of yet.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              Yeah, it’s just a placeholder. It saves you a copy when it does come out in DVD.

              It tried the “watch for your computer” thing the other day, it’s pretty sweet. Surprisingly good quality. Can’t use Firefox though, which sucks.

              • UWS

                Can’t use it on Macs, either, though. Right?

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  I dunno. PC 4 EVA!!!

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Hell yes. And Meagan Good is in it? Hot damn!

      • Ivan

        That’s like the only reason to watch it.

      • Ivan

        That chick has some of the best sets of tits you’ll ever see.

        • Mike Pop

          Lol Good is sexy as hell.. anyone watching south park right now ? Its funny shit // im flippin back and forth

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Nah, as soon as this game ends I’ll pull it up on South Park Studios.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Or South Park Zone.

  • Ivan

    That’s Nasty.

  • E-ROC

    Just plain filthy!

  • Mike Pop

    Hamels is the best postseason pitcha ever

    • Mike Pop

      i jinced him

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Jason Bartlettaco.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    He’s still not Chinese.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Akinori Iwagrita.

  • Mike Pop

    Hate to be a pain in the ass but New thread ?

  • Mike Pop

    South Park or Family Guy ?

  • Joe

    What’s up with that little twist of Upton’s ankle?