NLCS Game One: Phillies @ Dodgers

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2009 NLCSTwo full days after the Phillies made a remarkable comeback against Huston Street and the Rockies in Game Four of the National League Division Series, the Championship is finally ready to get underway. It’s not as bad as the brutal four day layoff the Yankees and Angels have to endure, but it’s bad enough.

In case you forgot, this year’s NLCS is a rematch of last year’s NLCS, except the Dodgers have home field advantage this year, not the Phillies. Cole Hamels will start the series off for the Phightin’s, the same way he did last year. Los Angeles will counter with the Clayton Kershaw, who graduated high school just three years ago. Since their lineup is loaded with lefty power hitters, the Phillies might have their hands full with young southpaw, who held lefties to a .173-.237-.252 batting line this year.

TBS is carrying the game (and the entire series), with first pitch scheduled for 8:07pm ET. Here’s the lineups:

Philadelphia
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Shane Victorino, CF
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Jayson Werth, RF
Raul Ibanez, LF
Pedro Feliz, 3B
Carlos Ruiz, C
Cole Hamels, SP (10-11, 4.32 regular season)

Los Angeles
Rafael Furcal, SS
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
Manny Ramirez, LF
James Loney, 1B
Casey Blake, 3B
Ronnie Belliard, 2B
Russell Martin, C
Clayton Kershaw, SP (8-8, 2.79 regular season)

Use this thread to chat about the game, or whatever else you please. Just make sure you follow the guidelines and be cool to each other.

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  • Dela G

    should be a good series.

    How come no one has noticed that manny ramirez hasn’t hit a home run in eons?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    OMFG BALLOON BOY!

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      AKA BOX IN ATTIC BOY!

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Sounds like my dates. Aroused? Yes, very.

  • nathan

    Brace yourself for some unconditional fawning at the greatness of Joe Torre..

    he

    — who negotiated his contract when Grady little was still manager
    — who now has a new tiff with a new ownership
    — who is the reason Ethier, Kemp, Kershaw, Billingsley matured
    — who is the reason above 4 were drafted years back and waiting for Torre to uncork their potential
    — who is so brilliant that he starts Padilla 2 times this series

    oh by the way, Tom Verducci pack ur bags to LA, Joe Green tea is ready with his’ Dodger Year’ stories

    the one where he will talk abt
    — Manny’s female drugs
    — Kemp’s tea habbit
    — Ethier’s comb

    anything else discussed in the clubhouse…

    here come the lovers

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Gammons said on yesterday’s Michael kay show that he’s miserable out there, and all sorts of shit will be coming out after the season.

      http://a.espnradio.com/station.....091014.mp3

      (about 1/3 through)

  • http://thechuckknoblog.com TheChuckKnoblog

    Look at Tim flashing the Leather!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Celebrity Jeopardy

    Kareem Abdul Jabar: I went to UCLA for $400
    Alex Trebek: This dude said this about this
    KAJ: Who is Kareem Abdul Jabar?
    AT: NO! You said it, but it was about Bill Walton!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I saw that. It was HILARIOUS. Best moment in Celebrity Jeopardy history that didn’t involve Will Ferrell or Darrell Hammond.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        I am going to have to find this on Youtube at some point.

    • Jose

      I would’ve given him that as an acceptable answer.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I was just trying to figure out what happened, then I realized that you guys most have taken down this post once? Either that or I’m going insane…..and you will be reaping all the benefits.

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

      I hit publish by accident earlier.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You have shamed us all.

  • Salty Buggah

    Had a 300 page book to read and essay to write on it by 11 tonight. I hadn’t even started the book yet. I ask the professor for an extention, he tells me its due at 11 no matter what. So, I tell the best looking girl in the class to ask the professor for more time. He extends the due date until Saturday night. AWESOME!

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      That’s…

      Wow.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      There was this girl in my Latin II class. Easily the best looking girl in the class, but also easily the worst at Latin. When called on she rarely got a question right, and in one-on-one dialog she was pretty bad.

      I definitely peered over her shoulder and saw B+s and As on her tests and quizzes.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Question #8 Translate.

        Q. Et tu Brute.
        A. Do me, you Brutus of a professor.

        A+

      • Accent Shallow

        Joe, did you read any Juvenal in your Latin classes?

        /when well-born girls go crazy for pig-sticking upcountry . . .

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Weird. Same thing happened to me except I tutored the girl, did some of her homework and expected to at least get a handy in exchange for the solid grades I got her. Nothing. The closest I ever got was her saying, “Leave me alone, stalker”. Was bad day. :(

        • Accent Shallow

          To be fair, you were peering in her bedroom window from a ladder after she’d gone to bed.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            Fames est optimus coquus.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Tu stultus es.

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                That’s the second time!

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    It looks like the rosters for the Dominican Winter League is slowing leaking out. Just Cleveland affiliated players are known, but I would guess there will be a flood of announcements tonight, being that the league starts tomorrow and all.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Just saw the TBS pregame for the first time ever:

    Dennis Eckersley and David Wells look like morons. Fellas, go hire stylists.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Yeah, there’s a reason I don’t watch pregames

      • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        The sartorial selections of the co-hosts? Such a girl.

        • Greg G.

          I don’t care how they look…I don’t watch them because they’re Eckersley and Wells.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      They try to recreate their basketball studio crew. It doesn’t work. Barkley is the best. He says outrageous stuff, but he really, really knows his basketball. That’s where someone like Wells or Kruk falls short, they say outrageous things, but they’re idiots about their sport.

      • vin

        I know he’s not part of TBS’s baseball crew, but now that you made the comparison… Kenny Smith kind of reminds me of Harold Reynolds.

        Tries to be interesting and informative, but for some reason I never really take him seriously.

        Not sure if The Jet is a sexual harasser.

      • Ferb

        Excuse me, Andy, But when has Barkley ever made actual basketball points that were oblivious to anyone who studies the game. Yeah, he make points about the sport to those who never watch any other basketball related media other than the NBA on TNT events. He is without a doubt a racist basket case that everyone loves to laugh at.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          He is without a doubt a racist basket case that everyone loves to laugh at.

          Barkley is a “racist basket case”?

          Examples/evidence, please? I missed that one.

          • Ferb

            Are you serious? WOW, this is really sad to see how the ever-hip and cool TSJC is blinded into naivety by his color shades of judgement.

            Okay, I guess to be fair he’s not a hateful bigot but he does have a significant tendency to use race to argue his points outside the basketball arena. Most of his statements would easily be branded hateful racist retoric if he was not some goofy ex- ballplayer in a manner of other goofball ex-jocks.

            Still, if you need examples there have been so many it’s hard to imagine you have never notice it before. But there was the incident of him claiming a large portion of McCain voters were racists; there was the time he went on a rant about his ex-college, Auburn signing a coach due mainly to racist school officials.
            Also, he has claimed our former president George Bush was a racist and the list goes on and on.

            All, in all, I ‘m not going to demand this guy to be fired but please don’t proclaim him anything more than a lovable goofy idiot. Although, at times he does say pretty smart stuff on the game of basketball.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Are you serious? WOW, this is really sad to see how the ever-hip and cool TSJC is blinded into naivety by his color shades of judgement.

              Okay, I guess to be fair he’s not a hateful bigot…

              So, then, your original statement that he’s a “racist basket case” was wrong, then. Thanks for being up front about it.

              …but he does have a significant tendency to use race to argue his points outside the basketball arena.

              Doesn’t make him a racist. Speaking about racial issues does not make him a racist. Race influences and impacts America in a great number of ways, so using race to argue his points is neither racist nor wrongheaded.

              Most of his statements would easily be branded hateful racist retoric if he was not some goofy ex- ballplayer in a manner of other goofball ex-jocks.

              I doubt that.

              Still, if you need examples there have been so many it’s hard to imagine you have never notice it before. But there was the incident of him claiming a large portion of McCain voters were racists

              A large portion of them ARE racists.

              there was the time he went on a rant about his ex-college, Auburn signing a coach due mainly to racist school officials.

              There is significant reason to believe Turner Gill, a black man married to a white woman, played a large factor in Auburn not choosing to hire him. Barkley is not the only one who has spoken out on that issue; just the other day, ESPN Outside the Lines did a show about the topic. Are they racists too?

              Also, he has claimed our former president George Bush was a racist and the list goes on and on.

              I’d like to see the specific text of that. Was he talking about Bush specifically, or about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which is a more intricate issue and which is most definitely racially tinged? Elaborate.

              All, in all, I ‘m not going to demand this guy to be fired but please don’t proclaim him anything more than a lovable goofy idiot.

              I didn’t. I didn’t proclaim him anything. YOU proclaimed him a racist basket case, and then immediately backtracked from that. So, whatevs.

    • ROBTEN

      I see a golden cross-over opportunity…

      Coming up on the next episode of Project Runway, baseball announcers who are tired of a wardrobe as dumb as their comments!

  • Jose

    Any picks for NLCS MVP?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Nick Swisher.

      • Jose

        Nah, he is my AL Cy Young and NL Rookie of the Year pick.

        • Mike Pop

          Manny.

        • vin

          Can’t beat that ERA.

    • chuck

      ethier

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        No, you have to pick one.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          I lol’d.

      • ROBTEN

        Or

        /Kierkegaard’ed

    • vin

      Kershaw

  • Riddering

    No matter who wins this series, we’ll be seeing dishtowels in the WS. So sad.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      That’s OK, I plan on bringing my pots and pans to the ballpark.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yup.

      You’re talking about Manny and Pedro, right?

      • Riddering

        Who but?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    A baseball game?!?! What sort of novel concept is this?!!

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I H-A-T-E these long breaks between series. Ruins the flow of everything. You just start forgetting about Baseball, and then they play again.

      • Accent Shallow

        Yeah. Couldn’t they have pushed each series up a few days, once the combatants were known?

        /Hey, inappropriate war metaphors work for football.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          SPARTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANS!!!!!!!!!

          /DrewBrees’d

  • Dela G
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      +1

    • vin

      Awesome.

    • Joey

      Heh, who knew I’d enjoy poetry so much

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Nice find.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      haha that is the shit.

  • Riddering

    The Phillies are just a bunch of ballplayers.

  • Mike Pop

    Hey Ron Darling, go pay your bills!

    http://www.realgmbaseball.com/rgmow.php?aid=17092

    • Riddering

      It happens to the best of us.

      /Jeter’d

  • A-Rod is my dad AKA The Evil Empire

    Phillies or Dodgers? Who do you want to play?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      @jaydestro said it well on Twitter:

      Not sure I could handle the emotional consequences of Mattingly win a World Series in a uniform other than the Yankees

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Mattingly is a jinx.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Jinxes are the hobgoblins of inferior minds.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Ok.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Don Mattingly is a coincidence.

            • ROBTEN

              Nick Swisher is a causation.

            • Marcus

              Like rain on your wedding day.

    • Jose

      Dodgers. I think it was TSJC who said something along the lines of “Monster destroying the one who created it.”

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I don’t remember ever saying anything like that.

        FWIW, though, I did have Yankees over Dodgers as my projection back in April.

        http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-319452

        • Jose

          Sorry for the misattribution. I can’t remember who said it then, maybe I completely made that up. Who knows what goes on in my head.

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

      I want to see Yanks-Dodgers because of the historical stuff. Phillies are a better matchup I think. All those lefty hitters against CC and Andy, shitty bullpen, not much SP beyond Lee and Hamels.

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        The thing about the Phils that I like is the lack of a 6 hour plane ride.

        • Mike Pop

          Lee and Hamels are a better front two than the Dodgers have though.

          Either way, we have the advantage but they are both very good teams.

    • Riddering

      Dodgers.

      I want to see Tex make Padilla cry.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Dodgers, because I want to win and they’re the lesser team. From a purely Baseball standpoint, they’re the easier draw. I really don’t give a fuck about Torre and all the sidebar drama, I’ll leave that up to the media.

      I actually heard Kay say today that ‘many in the Yankee brass don’t want to face Torre’ for fear of the embarrassment if he won. It was some of the worst thinking I’ve ever heard.

  • Joey

    There’s the first “fisted” of the night!

    • Riddering

      Sunday was so long ago I’d almost forgotten about fisting balls.

      • ROBTEN

        TMI

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        … nah, too easy.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Ooooof. Manny is fucking shot.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    It’s sad that 45 F is actually warmer than it is outside.

    THE FUCKITy FUCK FUCK BATMAN!?

  • samuel k bronkowitz

    Chip doesn’t seem as excited with the Twins not playing.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    In response to the constant (justified) criticism of the announcers in baseball: I wouldn’t exactly call MNF’s experiment with Dennis Miller a success, but I’m not sure the model is wrong. Why not add someone to inject a little humor (intentional, that is) into a broadcast and a personality that is willing to call out the others on the stupid, often inaccurate crap they say?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Frank Caliendo.

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        George Lopez.

        BOOM

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but, maybe that wouldn’t be the worst idea ever. Bad idea? Probably, but it might not be broadcast genocide.

        I’m thinking if we’re going to get batshit insane, why not Emmitt Smith? He’s likely to be legitimately retarded, he’s funny as hell and he has a short fuse.

        • ROBTEN

          Given who they hire as announcers, they’d get Dane Cook. He’s the Red Sox of comedians.

          (On a serious note, I’d vote for Tracy Morgan.)

          • Ferb

            On a sad note, anyone who thinks Tracy Morgan is funny enough to be elected to such a special opportunity.

            Tracy morgan, really?!?!

            /Kyle’d

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I’m with ROBTEN.

              Tracy Morgan = Funny

              • Ferb

                tsjc= real bad taste in comedians

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  To each his own, I guess.

                  He’s hilarious on 30 Rock and had his moments on SNL.

                • pat

                  I’m Brian Fellows!!!!!!!

                • pat

                  Brian Fellows

    • ROBTEN

      Why not just have announcers that don’t say stupid, often inaccurate crap?

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        That’s getting greedy.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      God forbid someone who doesn’t take themselves or the game too seriously ever be allowed near a Football game. That’s one of the many reasons I’m not a big Football fan.

  • Senor A. Boy
  • Mike Pop

    He’s not 37 because he didn’t play till later in his career.

  • Mike Pop

    There’s Loney’s power!

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

    That’s just the second homer Loney’s hit at home all year. Eight in the last two seasons now.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    dodgers are hitting bombs, even the outs, against Hamels.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Mets have a new set of bricks to sell, if anyone’s interested.

    https://secure.mlb.com/nym/ballpark/citifield_fanwalk_form.jsp

    I know what you’re thinking, but they’re really, really nice bricks. The type you be proud to have hold down a stack of papers that you have no intention of ever going through on your desk.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      They’re counting on Seinfeld buying 20,000 of them.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        At $400 a piece, that’s about what he earns standing around breathing for 3 minutes.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Cole Hamels looks like he auditioned for a role in Twilight before the game.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      “C’mon Cole. You got to pound the outside!”

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I’d make a comment but Ashmore would kill me.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Funny, this showed up as a comment.

    • Accent Shallow

      He looks like he appeals to teenage girls?

  • Mike Pop

    Manny goes yard this inning.

  • B

    Who are the announcers for today’s game in LA?

    • Mike Pop

      Chip Caray, Buck Martinez, and Ron Darling.

  • Tank the Frank
    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Better than George Lopez…

  • Rey22

    Ah, of course, what would a TBS series be without all the fisting..

  • Dela G

    ruiz murdered that ball

    wow

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Carlos Ruiz-wood.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Cole Hamels: feared at the plate.

    • chriskeo

      That doesn’t happen very often, I think Kershaw is a little roughed up after the shot by Ruiz.

  • Mike Pop

    This game just got out of hand fast.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      It really jumped up a notch!

      • ROBTEN

        Yeah, there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Yea, ROBTEN, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. You should find yourself a safehouse or a relative close by. Lay low for a while. You’re probably wanted for murder.

      • Mike Pop
        • Mike Pop

          This is pretty funny too.

          http://twitter.com/RonBurgundy/status/3168220610

          Man, I do anything to avoid studying.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          That’s bush league. If you were a man, I’d punch you. I’d punch you right in the mouth.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Joe Torre = Grady Little

  • JM

    Kershaw was flat out not effective. So far, 90 pitches and it was about a 50/50 B/S Ratio.

    • Zack

      Are you saying he’s not concentrating out there? Not focused? Should be in AAA? Not a big game pitcher? Feels like he can’t lose his rotation spot? Too big of an ego? etc etc

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Don’t blow it, Cole.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      You’re in the process of blowing it, Cole.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Blown.

        I wish Caray would’ve gotten half as excited for Rodriguez/Teixeira’s homers as he did for that one.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      He’s gonna blow it.

  • Riddering

    Wow. That was Knoblauchian.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Chase…seriously? Wtf?

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Did they just play “Mr. Brightside” for Manny?

  • crapulent aka I said good day sir

    I hate that whole towel thing. They never did that in Brooklyn. Asses. I’m so glad we don’t do that crap in the Bronx.

    • Mike Pop

      Not as bad as the ‘terrible towel’

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

    It’s about time Manny did that to someone other than the Yankees.

  • Riddering

    Manny performs on cue.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    That’s on you, Chase.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Nah, I think Ethier would have been safe anyhow. All it did was give Hamels the luxury of an open base.

  • Ivan

    Surprise he threw him a breaking ball there considering Manny has had trouble catching to the fastball.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Manny Ramirez is good at baseball.

  • Mike Pop

    :looks up, thanks Mo that Manny isn’t on Boston anymore:

  • Dela G

    wow that FOX gun is messed up

    it just said cole hamels threw 99!!!

    HAHA

    • Dela G

      TBS i mean

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Since when are the Bearcats ranked 8th? Maybe the Big East isn’t so craptastic anymore.

    And I’m getting very tired of this Blackberry ad.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Cinci, WVA, UConn, USF, Rutgers, Louisville, Pitt… they’ve got some decent quality teams there. Syracuse is the only real pushover.

      The thing that holds them back is that they’re only an 8 team football conference… they should have at least 10 teams to really have a larger national presence, or better yet 12 to have a championship game; but they have 8 more teams in the conference for basketball that don’t have a D1 football team (except for ND), so they can’t really add 2 or 4 more football teams without making the basketball conference more unworkably large than it already is.

      • Mike Pop

        tommie, who is the best wide receiver in this class, Dez Bryant?

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Nick Swisher.

          • Mike Pop

            Damnit man, can’t you be serious!

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Fine.

              Jeff Adrien.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Oh and, no, I can’t.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Bryant is the most physical, I’d say. Reminds me of a Dwayne Bowe; he’s a bit shorter but a bit faster, but the game is similar.

          I’d say:
          1) Bryant
          2) Arrelious Benn
          3) Marty Gilyard
          4) Brandon LaFell
          5) Patrick Williams

          A good 40 time at the combine can push any of them right up to the top, though.

          • Mike Pop

            Yeah, I’m a big fan of Dez.

            Thanks for the input.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            It’s not a super dynamite class, though. I’d say maybe three of them can be first rounders, tops. I’d be surprised if more than, say, 7 WRs go in the first two rounds.

            • Mike Pop

              What position(s) would you say is the deepest in this class?

              Trying to make it to the draft this year, depending on if some friends can figure out their schedules.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                I love the depth on the D-Line, both DE and DT.

                Carlos Dunlap, Greg Hardy, Brandon Graham, George Selvie, Jason Worldis, Jeremy Beal, Ricky Sapp, Corey Wooten, Jerry Hughes, Eric Moncur at DE.

                Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Terrance Cody, Arthur Jones, Geno Atkins, Boo Robinson, Vince Oghobaase, Jeff Fitzgerald at DT.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Arrelious is such an awesome name.

  • Dela G

    good to know that i was the cause of manny breaking out of the slump

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-627042

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    The good thing here is, if Hamels ends up blowing this lead, it plays right into the Phillies strengths.

    /Kruk’d

    • Ivan

      Because the Phillies have little to no weakness.

  • Dela G

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand hamels is walking himself right into trouble

    • Dela G

      i guess he is now walking right into the showers

  • Mike Pop

    Dodgers win this game.

  • Ivan

    I’ll be honest, outside of Lidge, I don’t trust that Phillies BP, and that’s not saying much.

    • Tom Zig

      You trust Lidge?

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Cole…wtf? I’m not happy with you right now. I expected this from JA Haap…not you.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    So, Jon Heyman says

    “There is growing sentiment around baseball that Joba Chamberlain will be a reliever next year, especially after he looked great in that role in the Division Series.”

    He pitched less than 2 innings. Unbelievable. The B-Jobbers will seize on anything.

    • Mike Pop

      Some guy I was talking to the other night was like ‘Joba doesn’t have to think out there! That’s where he belongs! He can just do what he does, throw!”

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Didn’t post but

          (insert picture of David Cone here)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      “There is growing sentiment around baseball” = “I think this following statement is true, and I only talk to other idiots who also think it’s true, so I’m running with it”

      • pat

        Also I kind of doubt people throughout baseball are sitting around wondering what Joba Chamberlain’s 2010 role with the Yankees will be. I hate these fuckers.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          And even if they were wondering, who gives a fuck if they’re not with the Yankees? The Yankees are committed to him being a starter–as they should be.

          • ROBTEN

            But, how can you guys deny growing sentiment?

            I mean, it’s sentiment.

            And, for mo’s sake, it’s growing!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      “There is growing sentiment around baseball that Joba Chamberlain will be a reliever next year, especially after he looked great in that role in the Division Series.”

      There is growing sentiment around Capitol Hill that the health care reform bill will include Death Panels, especially after a careful reading of the bill doesn’t specifically ban or outlaw Death Panels.

      • pat

        Love the Death Panels.

      • Ferb

        there is a growing sentiment around RAB that tsjc hates conservatives and can’t comprehend how to make fun of liberals.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’m not getting into that out of respect for the blog commenters who want to refrain from political discussions.

          If you can find a liberal example of large groups of people latching onto a meme that is laughably stupid like the Death Panels thing was, give it to me and I’ll be glad to make fun of it relentlessly.

          • Ferb

            I’m not getting into that out of respect for the blog commenters who want to refrain from political discussions.

            ….ummm, then why do YOU always bring politics into this conservation, tsjc? Seriously, you are without doubt an intellectual fellow but never can find anything to mock on the left. I know assurdly you could find plenty to riddicule the left but will never attempt because you get your news from unbiased sources like NBC. And no

            • Ferb

              and no I’m not some right-wing Fox news nut, either smart guy. So don’t even bother with some tired joke on that subject.

              All I ask is some respect for conservative bloggers that you riddicule every chance you get.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                All I ask is some respect for conservative bloggers that you riddicule every chance you get.

                What conservative bloggers do I ridicule? Glenn Beck? I ridicule him because he’s a moron and everyone knows it, even conservatives. And for the record, earlier this week in a convo about broadcasting v. narrowcasting, I chided both Beck and Olbermann for pandering to counterintellectualism when contrasted with someone like Bill Moyers on PBS.

                I have a problem not with conservatives, but with counterintellectualism. Many modern conservative voices have latched on to counterintellectualism for reasons that are beyond me. When you say dumn shit, you are therefore subject to ridicule.

              • pat

                If somebody thinks the President is supporting a health care bill that plans on systematically killing elderly people you should be mocked.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              And I don’t always bring politics into the conversation, for the record. Making fun of dumb people for being dumb enough to believe that death panels are real is not “bringing politics into the conversation”.

              It’s bringing DUMB PEOPLE into the conversation. There’s a difference. I respect people for having any political viewpoint they choose, but I don’t respect people for being dumb and refusing to choose to be smart.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I know you’re playing the LHP/LHH match up here, Charlie, but shouldn’t you be going to a strike out guy here?

  • Dela G

    lol at the spelling error

    “1988 Wolrd Series Game 1″

  • Dela G

    that was a big walk there by thome

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    This will not end well for Haap.

    • Mike Pop

      Wrong.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Glad I was.

        Cole let me down tonight.

  • Dela G

    rafael furcal FTL

  • aj

    Opinions on Joe Torre? Or am I too late for that.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Good guy, decent manager but highly overrated, stepped into the right place at the right time.

      • aj

        Does the book he wrote change the way you feel about him?

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Didn’t read it.

        • Ferb

          absolutely!! His image of being a descent, honest and honrable man went down the toilet after his cowardice and traitorous actions in his disgusting tell-all book. Lost a lot of respect for #6.

  • aj

    Miguel Cairo pinch hitting, I never thought i’d hear that.

  • GG

    Is there still no word on what the deal for tomorrow is? I’m not in New York but from looking at everything its seems a certainty there won’t be baseball in the Bronx

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Via LoHud:

      Rain and drizzle will be in the New York metro area most of the day on Friday before the Angels and the Yankees meet for Game 1. Temperatures will be in the low 40s by the scheduled game time, but with the moisture and winds ranging from 20 to 25 mph, RealFeel Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Well, what do you expect, they’re not going to postpone the game a full day in advance, they’re going to pray to Mo that a window opens up so they can get the game in.

      • GG

        Yea….what day you think they actually get game 1 in?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Dunno.

    • pat

      MR. G JUST TOLD ME THE WEATHER WILL ABATE LONG ENOUGH TO GET THE GAME IN TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Sounds great… Keep fucking that chicken, buddy.

        /Non-11-o’clock-news’d

  • Dela G

    I love that Jay-Z Hollywood song. Good to hear it on the tv

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Is J-Rod still with the organization? Anyone else think he could be a decent bench option for ’10?

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

    Chan Ho Park with the GritBeard.

  • Dela G

    haha chan ho park

    good to see him stealing money from baseball again

  • Salty Buggah

    Heh Chan Ho Park. My Calc always asked me if he “still” plays for the Yankees anytime I brought the Yanks up or wore my Yanks gear. I’d tell him no and that he never played for the Yanks but next week, he’ll end up asking the same question again.

    • Salty Buggah

      *calc teacher

    • Dela G

      your calc can talk?

      and i thought i was ballin with the ti-89 titanium

      • Salty Buggah

        Heh, no I fixed it above

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        ietc

  • Dela G

    chan ho park can still throw 96!!!???!!!

    Holy shit

    • Landon Alger

      where have you been since 2008

      • Dela G

        i’ve been stuck in the boondocks :(

        • Landon Alger

          i understand how that feels… reminds me of my middle school years

          • Dela G

            lol i am in my final college year and i move to new york in june!

  • Dela G

    wow this strike zone is the tighest strike zone ever

    i feel so sorry for the pitchers

  • Dela G

    rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraul ibanez says fuck yo couch sherril

  • AndrewYF

    Was Joe sleeping in the dugout when Sherrill walked the first two batters of the game? How do you leave that reliever in there in a 1-run game?

    • crapulent aka I said good day sir

      I am always surprised when Torre is not sleeping in the dugout…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You know how those senior citizens love their naps…

        • ROBTEN

          Is this another one of your liberal “jokes” about death panels, smart guy? Maybe if you stopped watching NBC news for two minutes you’d find something to really joke about, like global warming.

          /ferb’d

  • bonestock94

    Torre just blew that game

  • Dela G

    dodgers making a comeback now…

  • PaulF

    I hope the Yankees get by the Angels, because these pitching staffs both look hittable.

  • Dela G

    man broxton is like the NL’s joel zumaya with better control

    that’s a scary thing

    6’4 290! wow

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

    I’d love for Broxton to be a Yankee.

    • Dela G

      BUT I THOUGHT TEH UNTOUCHABLE BARD WAS BETTAH!!!

      NO WEAKNESSES!!! [/kruk’d

  • Ivan

    When I think of Brad Lidge, I think of this: http://i15.photobucket.com/alb....._Owned.jpg

    • Dela G

      i was at that game

      i believe it was game 5 of the nlcs.

      The place became so silent, you could hear a pin drop

  • Ivan

    Yo Lidge Slider has types of movement.

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