Oct
10

Open Thread: Yanks win even when they don’t play

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Evan Longoria (3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI) was the Yanks' best player today. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Yankees wrapped up their ALDS victory last night, but they won big today as well. The Rays topped the Rangers by the score of 5-2 this afternoon, forcing a Game Five on Tuesday night with Cliff Lee taking on David Price. That means that neither pitcher will be able to start Game One of the ALCS on Friday, and the earliest they’ll be available is for Game Three. Yeah, both could start Game Two on three day’s rest, but so far both clubs seem to be against pushing their aces like that. Either way, thanks for the win Tampa, you served your purpose. I wish you no luck in Game Five.

Anyway, here’s tonight’s open thread. The Reds will send Johnny Cueto to the mound to save their season against Cole Hamels and the Phillies at 8:07pm ET (TBS), while the Eagles and 49ers are the late NFL game (8:20pm, NBC). Talk about whatever you want here, just don’t be a dick.

Oh, and send in some mailbag questions using the Submit A Tip box in the sidebar. We spaced on that last week and we need some fresh post-ALDS questions. Thanks.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Why do these Charles Schwab ads have to be in that obnoxious animation?

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

      And really, what’s so wrong with a vineyard?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        /IronHorse bait’d

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          Oldie but goodie.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        a vineyard? Give me a break!

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        A lot of hard work would probably will be involved in that. I rather run a brothel. A bunny one !

      • Accent Shallow

        Seriously. A 60 year old white guy, and his dream isn’t to own a vineyard? Come the hell on.

    • Mullens

      I live in Ranger land in Southeastern Oklahoma. I have no desire to face the Rangers for two reasons. Too much stress on me and I think the Rays are a better draw. Rays may have been 3rd in the league in runs, but they score a lot of their runs by means of tack on runs. I’ve pretty much watched every single Ranger game and the combo of Wilson and Lee scares me much more than Price, Garza, and Shields. But it really doesnt matter. If the Yanks keep hitting and pitching the way they are, they will be fine. If our 8 hole continues to hit .500 and the team continues to hit with RISP…this team will be very tough to beat. I am for sure rooting for the Giants/Braves to beat the Phillies…those team can pitch, but my lord they cant hit. Only thing that scares me about the Braves is Eric Hinske…he always seems to be on a winning team…I miss that guy…

      • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

        Fun Fact: Eric Hinske has very little to do with how good the team he is on is.

        WAR of 0.4 with 2007 Red Sox, 0.8 with 2008 Rays, 0.0 with 2009 Yankees and 1.2 with 2010 Braves.

        • Captain Jack

          He lives in Oklahoma, we have to take it easy on him.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I’ve watched lterally nothing but baseball today and that’s all sorts of awesome.

    • Kit

      I haven’t either, even when I try and tune into The Simpsons, it’s about baseball. Meant to be? Meant to be.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      A few minutes before yesterday’s Rays/Rangers game, I clicked over to TBS.

      Seinfeld was on.

      The scene involved Big Stein.

      Tremendous.

  • Big Stein

    Mwaaahahahhahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahhahahahahahhaha!

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Today’s AL game yields the obvious question, though before I ask it for the general populace, I’d like to say that I myself like the Yankees chances against either of them, especially since their ace won’t be matched up against C.C., but I digress…

    Preferred ALCS foe – Rangers or Rays?

    I’ll say Rangers, since as we’ve seen just over the last two days, they’re wilting under the playoff pressure. They’ve still haven’t won a home playoff game in their franchise history. And if you remember the last time the Yankees played them, it was utter fucking agony to watch, but as little as a hit with RISP/hit with RISP there, and the Yankees possibly (probably) win two of three there. In fairness, Texas didn’t have Hamilton, but this time around, they won’t have a fucking village of relievers, either. Their hitting is better, the Rays pitching is better.

    That said, I expect the Rays to capitalize this time at home, so I’ll merely have to settle with the ALCS I predicted would come months ago…

    • Gonzo

      I think I like the idea of the Rangers going to Tampa, back to TX, back to Tampa, then back to TX to face the Yanks.

    • vin

      I think the Rangers are the more dangerous team. CC and Andy’s lefthandedness won’t be as much of an advantage against them since their best LH hitter after Hamilton is Murphy. Cruz, Young, Kinsler, Guerrerro are all tough righties.

      Cliff Lee, even if he would only start 2 games, is a guy I don’t want to see until his December press conference at YS3.

      The Rays are a good team, and their starting to hit their stride (amazing what not facing the lefties Lee and Wilson can do for their offense).

      They’re obviously deep, but that’s not as useful in the postseason. Especially when you throw a lefty at them…. which I expect them to have to deal with 5 out of the 7 games. Crawford, Pena, Jaso, Johnson, Joyce, and Brignac are all good hitters who are less effective against lefties.

      Price is great pitcher, but he’s more Francisco Liriano than Cliff Lee. He can be dealt with. Work the count, foul off some pitches, and try to get him out of the game.

      The Rays have the better bullpen, but the Yanks have seen them plenty – which should help.

      I have no idea who will win tomorrow. The Rays have the momentum, but the Rangers have Lee. Either way, it should be a great ALCS.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Stupid question. Under submit a tip what email would I put in?

    Thanks

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

      Just put any email in. Half of the submissions have fake email addy’s anyway.

      • MikeD

        You should not accept those.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Asked this earlier, but not too many people were around: how many teams have had an 0-2 series deficit in the LDS and come back to win? I know:

    1995 Seattle (against NYY)
    1999 Boston (against CLE)
    2001 NYY (against OAK)
    2003 Boston (against OAK)

    I feel like there’s one more but I can’t recall who it is. Also, has any team had a 2-0 lead in an LDS, had the series gone to 2-2, and then ended up winning? I think no, just from a precursory look at BB-Ref.

    Thanks all. :D

    • Ben

      Those are all the times a team has come back from 2-0 down in the DS.

      • Ben

        Also, you’re right, all the teams (those four) that have forced a game five after trailing 0-2 have won the series.

    • MikeD

      I think that’s it. I’m pretty sure that what the Rays are attempting to do has not been done, which is losing the first two in their home park and then coming back to win. I could be wrong on that, though.

      • Ben

        The Yankees did it in 2001.

        • MikeD

          The Yankees. I think I’ve heard of that team.

          Thanks!

          • Ben

            Yup, that was a great series. In game three there was Moose’s performance and the Jeter flip play. In game four they lit up Lidle behind El Duque, and an injured Clemens had a gutsy outing in game five.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              Zito pitched a two-hitter in Game 3 and lost. Because one of those hits was a HR by The Worst Player In Baseball History.

              • Ben

                Haha, did someone say that in a game thread?

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                  There was some recent post where people were hating on Posada. And early on in Game 1 of the DS, too. It’s absolutely AWFUL on Twitter when he isn’t perfect (not trying to say Posada is any good defensively, but even the best defensive catchers allow passed balls and people steal on them). I don’t think anyone called him the worst player in history, but someone definitely called him the most overrated player in baseball history.

                  • Ben

                    No matter what John Smoltz or Ron Darling would have us believe, the passed ball in game one was definitely a cross up. And, for the most part, the Yankees’ pitchers are not good at holding runners on, so Posada rarely has a chance to throw runners out.

                    Actually, there was one particular AB in game two where I thought Posada was fantastic. Pettitte struck out Valencia to end the inning. They had gone in on five straight pitches, with Pettitte always going with the first sign. Posada told him to shake, then went with the FB away. Very smart, and it worked to perfection.

                    With all that being said, Posada is not a good defensive catcher. But he more than makes up for it with his bat, and, at the very least, most of the pitchers seem comfortable with him.

    • JerseyDutch

      That’s it. I remember last night the TBS trio saying it has happened four times. (While they were secretly hoping for a fifth.)

      Don’t know about the second question. I can’t think offhand of any time that’s happened but admittedly by knowledge of the LDS is less than encyclopedic.

  • Alex S

    So did anyone see the mention of Sabermetrics on The Simpsons?

    • Kit

      Yup. Watching it now. Also loved the “Terry Francona is a girl” reference. Amused me.

  • All Star Carl

    Great defense continues for the Reds.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Does this mean the yankees will face “big game” shields in game 1? my god i hope so

    • YankeesJunkie

      Easier than Wilson

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        the yankees battered him the last time they faced him. I think he’s very overrated

    • Januz

      If the Rays win they will throw Garza not Shields on Friday.

  • ZZ

    Another SS today with a nice UZR hurting his team in the playoffs. Good to know Jeter’s defense hurts his team so much at short because of his UZR.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Are you serious with this comment? Come on, you’re better than that.

      • MikeD

        I took it as a joke. There is something to be said for being sure-handed, but range is critical.

      • ZZ

        I would take Derek Jeter’s defense over any of the other SS in the playoffs.

        I have been saying that since the playoffs started.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about the fact that you implied UZR is bad because someone who made a bad play has a generally solid UZR mark.

          • ZZ

            I was implying that Jeter’s defense is not bad because his UZR is bad especially when personally I put a different type of emphasis on defense in the playoffs.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Okay, that’s a little more clear.

              My take on Jeter’s defense: he’s great on the balls that he gets to, but he could get to more.

              • ZZ

                I agree. I also think Jeter makes more plays compared to other SS than people realize because of how great the routes he takes to the ball is especially on those in front of him.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  I agree he’s good on going up for the ball, but I don’t think it makes as much of a difference as you’re saying. He had the third fewest total chances in the AL and the two guys behind him played 20 fewer games (though Bartlett, fewest TC among qualifiers did have fewer chances per game than Jeter).

          • ZZ

            Also when I first mentioned I would take Jeter over anyone else, someone said we’ll see what costs their team first, range or lack of sure handedness.

            We saw what cost teams first in the playoffs so it was a response to that person.

            • ZZ

              There are other things other than sure-handedness I think Jeter is good at but just keeping it simple with that reference.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              In the short term, I think lack of sure handedness would cost a team more, whereas lack of range would hurt more over the long term. Still, though, lack of range could hurt a lot when there are grounders that could/should be fielded that leak into the OF, thus bringing a run in.

              • ZZ

                Also probably depends on the type of pitchers a team has in the playoffs.

        • Gonzo

          Left in the playoffs, or in the playoffs when they began? I say this because JJ Hardy is pretty good with the glove.

  • ZZ

    That’s why you do the jump throw Jimmy.

    Have to take notes from Jeter.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So the announcer said Cole’s W/L record was deceptive. Then why bring it up?

  • Carlosologist

    Ahaha Mike Scioscia made an appearance on The Simpsons.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Is anyone else surprised with the unwillingness to have pitchers go on three days rest.

    • MikeD

      If indeed they’re refusing I am surprised. In the case of Cliff Lee, he might be concerned he could injure himself right as he’s about to score big time as a free agent. CC, of course, did just the opposite.

      In Lee’s case, he did have a back issue, so it may be the team being careful here, wanting him to be at full rest.

      • Ben

        But Lee also didn’t do it last year, which leads me to believe that he likely just isn’t comfortable with the prospect of not having normal rest between starts.

        • MikeD

          True, although the question is Lee the one refusing to go on three days rest, or are his teams just not asking. Of course, he could come forward and tell the manager he can go on short rest and perhaps he did. More likely, he didn’t, and if the team senses he’s hesitant, they may not want to risk it. Having Cliff Lee lined up for game 5 is not a bad thing, but it does mess up the possibility of having him open the Championship series, which is good for the Yanks.

          • Kit

            He’s never done it before and in the case of the Phillies and the Rangers he was their best pitcher. They probably wouldn’t want to risk him getting hurt by sending him out there on short rest when he’s never done it before. It might affect him negatively and cost them the game/series. Though it is a bit suspicious that they were planning on going with a 3-man rotation and changed it suddenly. I guess he was uncomfortable.

            • MikeD

              The change from a 3-man to a 4-man does seem as if someone complained, and that would have to be the pitcher. The team may have also made the decision based on how Cliff Lee felt after his start, but it’s probably more of a Lee issue (on his side).

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

      Yes. But hey, it’s good for the Yanks.

    • first time lawng time

      No,because pitchers are spoiled pampered little brats.

      Except CC obviously. He’s a real man.

      • pete

        Yeah, dammit! I don’t care if your arm hurts and you can’t get anybody out because of it! Quit being a namby-pamby and get back on the mound!

        • Adam P

          /J.R Richard’d

    • Carlosologist

      Cliff Lee and David Price have no experience going on TDR, so I’m only really surprised that Washington hasn’t tried to run Lee into the ground.

    • Big Stein

      no, in Cliff Lee’s 9 year career, he has never-ever pitched on 3 days rest.

      So I can see why they’re hesitant to try something new during a short postseason series.

  • JerseyDutch

    They’re running the Mo and Joe commercial to death.

    Question: Do you think they have a region-specific version for each market?

    • first time lawng time

      Ehh I don’t think so. I think it’s just those 2 players because the Yankees are the reinging champs and all that.

      • JerseyDutch

        Then it’s probably not a very popular commercial in the greater Minneapolis area right now.

        • first time lawng time

          Question: Why would anyone voluntarily live in Minnesota?

          I have no sympathy for those people.

          • Gonzo

            People love it in Minnesota. Ever try to relocate someone from Minnesota? It’s damn near impossible.

          • Poopy Pants

            NYC is a disgusting place. Where do you live? I’m guessing Jersey or LI.

    • YankeesJunkie

      No, I am pretty sure it is universal.

    • vin

      FWIW, I’m in Vegas and that commercial has been airing.

  • MikeD

    I really want “Parker” to be caught in that commercial. He annoys me.

  • first time lawng time

    Alright, in honor of one of last night’s comments, I decided to do a “Top 3″ of funniest comments of the season. I haven’t been here the entire season so I might be missing some. Here are my top 3 funniest comments in no particular order:

    1. posada sucks lol whatevs
    2. The Jason Kubel Rant
    3. Carl Pavano’s Moustache

    Agree/Disagree?

    • first time lawng time

      Links don’t work.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Kindly DFA yourself.

    • first time lawng time
      • first time lawng time
        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          am I allowed to say I like my own comment about licking grits off Andy Pettitte’s face from that thread? D:

          • pete

            sure you can like it. But don’t you be talkin down my Kubel rant, woman. I’m mighty proud of that one.

    • JerseyDutch

      I just took another look at the Pavano’s mustache comment from last night. I have tears running down my face.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        OH GOD I FORGOT ABOUT THAT, AHAHAHAHHAHA

        (capslock check)

      • Ray the Anti-Handle

        I did not see the comment last night. Now I have and I’m laughing hysterically.

      • Accent Shallow

        Sweet merciful crap.

    • Total Dominication

      Nothing beats Taft.

      • first time lawng time

        I just saw that one. I forgot about it. That’s got to be the longest comment thread ever.

        • ultimate913

          What taft thing? Link me, please?

    • vin

      “It’s cousin Jason Kubel! ”

      Great line. I really love how it was total stream of consciousness, and that no one replied to it. It just sat there in all its randomness.

    • Sean C

      That Kubel rant is amazing. It’s like a free-writing exercise from the mind of a troubled, troubled woodsman.

    • MikeD

      I think we’ll have to bring this up with a larger group to see what we’ve missed.

      Yet it’ll be tough to beat out the lol whatevs (used in it’s proper format) and the Pavano ‘stache comment. I have to say, Pavano is probably in the lead.

      • Total Dominication

        Perhaps for individual comment, but the whole taft conversation is unsurpassed.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Instead of showing stuff from a video game, why don’t they just show an overhead/blimp/helicopter shot of the stadium?

    • All Star Carl

      mlb the show is the shit man.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I agree but if you want to show me the stadium, just show me the stadium, not it’s video game representation.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          should be “its” video game representation, sorry.

          • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

            They want to replicate the stadium look and overall atmosphere

    • vin

      Because there’s more advertising dollars in the video game scenario?

  • nathan

    Great job Tampa.

    Now go play a 15 inning 18 pitcher game.

    • YankeesJunkie

      43 innings. I want it to be a match up of back up catchers and no one else is available to pitch.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        ha if it goes 43 innings, they will have fans pitching

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          what fans

          /obligatory

          • Total Dominication

            IETCVVVVVVVVM

      • vin

        I’m hoping the dome leaks, and the soonest they can begin the game is Thursday. Cliff Lee / David Price would then only be able to pitch game 4 (and game 7 on short rest).

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      amen

  • Joe P

    Just guts from watching all the games — I think that both teams (TB and TEX) are equally weak in the starting pitching department. Price and Lee cancel each other out, then you pretty much have inconsistency after that. I’m more scared of the Texas lineup than TB right now, but then again if TB takes the best of 5 after being down 2-0 they have massive momentum. I don’t think it’s a “slam dunk” case for either team if you’re a Yankees fan. Forced to choose, I’d say that Texas looked really good against us last time out, and TB’s lineup has looked pretty weak lately. I think I’d rather see TB.

  • first time lawng time

    Fact: This is the first time in the history of the New York Yankees that the Yankees will advance to the ALCS as a Wild Card Winner.

    History not repeating itself. For. The. Win.

    • JerseyDutch

      We were only technically the wild card.

    • MikeD

      How many times have the Yankees been the Wild Card? I thought I read this was the 4th time, yet I can only think of three. The first in ’95. In 2007. In 2010. Is that it, or which one did I miss?

      • vin

        ’97

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        1997.

        • MikeD

          Ahh, yes. The Alomar game.

          • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

            Shh! Shh! We do not speak of it!

            Grabs head

            • MikeD

              The advantage of being a Yankee fan is we have tons of great memories and games. The downside is we’ve been in so many playoffs that there is bound to be a few painful ones. 1997 was the least painful one compared to the other two (which shall not be named).

              first time lawng time, be glad you were too young. I was, unfortunately, too old to block it out of my memory entirely, but I came close as I didn’t even remember that as a Wild Card year.

          • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

            Yeah Mo ‘choke’ in that game !

            *Duck*

          • first time lawng time

            What happened in that game?

            • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

              Do you really not know?

              • first time lawng time

                I was too young at the time to remember it now.

                • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

                  We had a ninth inning (I think ninth, anyway. Or was it 8th? Late inning anyway) lead against…uh…I for the life of me can’t remember the team, but we had a lead ingame five of the ALDS. Mo faced Sandy Alomar and gave up a game tying HR. They lost it on a game-winning hit not too long after.

                  As you can see, I’ve blocked out the details.

                  • first time lawng time

                    Oh. Thanks.

                    Sounds kinda like games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS doesn’t it?

                    Yeah that was probably below the belt.

  • Jon in CUO

    I’m hoping that a very healthy but very ineffective Cliff Lee gets knocked around by the Rays Tuesday. That way, he wouldn’t be able to shut down the Yankees in the ALCS and thereby make himself even richer this offseason. Plus I’d be able to catch a few ALCS games in Tampa, which would extend my ALCS attendance streak to three years in a row.

  • mustang

    The Yankees are in the ALCS, the NY Giants blowout the Texans and the Cowboys lose.
    I’M IN SPORTS UTOPIA !!!!

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    The stage is set for Big Game Moseley to shine in TX in game 2. Lee will beat Price on Tuesday!

    • Accent Shallow

      Why would Moseley be starting ALCS Game 2?

      Yikes.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        He is awesome !

        Yum.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    So, I missed the last half of Braves-Giants. Is it too late to be making fun of Brooks Conrad?

    • Carlosologist

      Nah. Knock yourself out.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      No, but you can also make fun of Bobby Cox for bring in Dunn to face Huff. Also, for TBS spinning a narrative that somehow losing Billy Wagner can be somewhat beneficial to the Braves.

    • first time lawng time

      What did he do? I didn’t watch the whole thing.

      • Carlosologist

        He made three errors, one of which led to the winning run for the Giants.

        • first time lawng time

          LOL what a loser. (Even though I wanted the Braves to win).

  • vin

    “In this case, neither condition applied. As someone else observed, there are only so many CC Sabathias. And Cliff Lee, for all his talents, probably isn’t one of them.”

    From Neyer’s blog.

    Writing about whether Lee (and Price) should’ve started game 4 on short rest.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Oh, cool, here is where my friends are hanging out tonight.

    Let me put it out there. I think the Yanks do not need to sign a single free agent next year – but should bring back DJ (3yrs) and Andy (1yr). I pass on Lee. I don’t want his decline years while I have AJ and CC’s decline years…and I want the payroll flexibility. If the scouts recommend, maybe a run at Yu, but that is risky too (unintended rhyme, not trying to go all Dr. Seuss on you.) Maybe one tight little trade for a middle of the rotation starter. Das it!

    • Gonzo

      I think if AJ could be counted on as a solid pitcher walking away from Lee would be easy. The problem is that there is no real FA pitcher in the next couple of years that is Yankee caliber. So, if Andy retires this year or after next year, you have a shakey back-end rotation and you might be forced to deal or rush a pitching prospect.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        Probably not being rationale here, but I think AJ has another “good” year in him, probably next year.

        2011 rotation: CC, Hughesie, Andy, AJ, and (Nova or Trade Candidate.) Saves spaces for Killer B’s. Enables us to bring in a FA OF in a couple of years too (maybe Swish or Grandy only play out their contracts.) For the trade candidate, Maybe Joba, Nova and CoJo or David Adams gets us a solid 3 with a salary commitment.

        • Gonzo

          Ok, I still think that rotation is kind of thin. Too many question marks for me. Andy missed time this year, AJ is AJ, and Hughes is great but still so young and will be pushing his innings limit in two consecutive years.

          I think that rotation sets you up for a higher probability of things going south. If that happens, expect to give too much up in a mid-season trade.

          • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

            true

            • Gonzo

              Awesome name.

    • Accent Shallow

      Seconded. I really don’t think Lee is going to age well, and he certainly doesn’t have the track record to deserve CC money.

  • MikeD

    Dynasty? Come on, TBS guys. Only the Yankees can use that term. I will allow the Oakland A’s on the 1970s to also use that term.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      What’s your definition of a Dynasty?

      • MikeD

        I don’t really have one, but I know for sure the current Phillies are not near having one yet. Red Sox fans from a few years ago were starting to chirp that they had one. Winning two World Series over four seasons does not even register.

        The Yankees winning four of five and three consecutively, led by the 1998 125-win team, as part of thirteen straight playoff appearances can be considered a dynasty. I put the 70s A’s in there since they won three straight World Championships as part of a five year period of dominance. I’m not sure that counts, but there is only one organization to win three straight World Series titles not named the Yankees. The A’s.

        Some might consider the Altanta Braves and its 14-straight division/playoff appearances one. Some ding them on the lack of World Series titles (save one).

        Dynasty is a term that should be reserved for truly significant runs. The Phillies are a ways off.

        There is only one Dynasty organization. That’s the NY Yankees. I would think Yankee fans have the highest bar to jump for them to consider a team a Dynasty. In hockey, Montreal had them. The Edmonton Oilers did, too, yet I’m now straying into other sports.

        What do you/others think?

        • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

          I think if you win 4-5 Div titles consecutively and also won minimum of 2 WS during those 4-5 years. I would consider it as a dynasty.

          arbitrary’d

          • MikeD

            I think that kind of sums it up. There is an arbitrary, or perhaps subjective, element at play here. It’s similar to asking fans who is a HOFer. Some have a higher bar than others.

            Bill James did an analysis (shocking!) of really good teams, and came to a conclusion (shocking, part 2!) that their period of dominance runs about five years. I consider this to be normal run of an excellent team, be it they win one World Series or two, or for that fact none. I don’t view the 1976-1981 Yankees a dynasty, but I do see them as the dominant team of that period.

            In most cases, in order for a team to be considered a dynasty, I want to see about decade long period of dominance. So the 90s/00s Yankees qualify. Yes, the Braves qualify, even if they are short on World Series titles.

            To me, there have been very, very few dynasties in baseball. It should be a very rare designation. The Yankees have been a dynasty organization, true to the definition, by maintaining power and influence and domination over a period of generations. Within that there have been several periods of dynasty teams for the Yankees, the most recent being the ’96 forward group. I think a lot of fans of other teams have always heard about dynasties, so they want their own dynasty, so latch onto the word when they have a nice run. I don’t see it that way.

            Yet, as you noted, it’s a bit arbitrary. My bar is set high on this one simply so we can recognize truly exceptional teams.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

      If they are referring to the Phillies, I’ll accept it. If they win the pennant that would be three straight, with a WS win in there, and four straight division titles. That’s enough for me–the Braves of the 90s-00s were a dynasty even with only one title.

  • All Star Carl

    Utley is afraid to throw the ball

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      Chuck Norris is never afraid of touching his. That’s the definition of an American hero!

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      he’s no Brooks Conrad :P

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    We’ve been saying all season that when this team starts firing on all cylinders, it’s going to be damn good. Well, it’s a small sample size, but it looks like that’s finally started to happen, and at the right time.

  • DTrainHell

    Aieeeee! Reds and Phillies in High Def. I feel like I am locked in a candy cane factory running at full capacity. Football or Mad Men here I come.

  • pat

    Way to give your guy a chance to catch the HR you idiots.

    • pat

      Wow, looks like Stubbs would have had that.

    • Accent Shallow

      I was at a game earlier this year where someone prevented Swisher from getting near a HR ball by attempting to catch it with a jacket.

      • pat

        I remember that. He was an idiot too.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Sheffield would have punched that guy and Paulie…well Paulie would just hit a water cooler. Swisher is not a True Yankee™©®!

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          He’s just a fourth outfielder!!!

  • Big Stein

    Twinkie Town MELTDOWN continues.

    http://www.twinkietown.com/201.....r-baseball

    Now, they want to break up the yankees, cluelessly forgetting the Yankees have been dominate through various periods before the current one.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      heh, I liked this comment though:

      The yankees are good for baseball as a whole…
      …but they are horrible for twins baseball.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        haha so true.

    • JohnnyC

      Eh…just contract the Twins. I’m sure they can use the new stadium for rock concerts and wrestling exhbitions.

    • JerseyDutch

      Their monpolisitic practices lead to despair in the smaller markets.

      This comment makes no sense. He makes it sound like we’re the only big-market team out there. We compete with other big-market teams for talent.

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

        Yeah, because it’s not like the more money the Yankees general, the more revenue sharing handouts the small market clubs get. Wait, what?

        • JerseyDutch

          That’s a good point, too. Why don’t they make better use of their revenue sharing money? I guess that ruins the narrative.

    • ultimate913

      This one makes me laugh:

      Along with a floor, I think overall player compensation could go up, along with more fair, competitive play across the league and all markets. It works for other major sports leagues, and would for MLB too.

      Haha. That’s the thing though. IT DOESN’T. This dude must have never heard of the Lakers(!!!!!), Spurs or Patriots.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Just read an article on MLB.com weighing the pros/cons of facing either the Rays or Rangers. I was kindly reminded of cowbells, artificial turf, and catwalks. Ummm, go Rangers?

  • dan

    here the deal.we play our game………we run the table

  • bronxmissles

    everybody got to the “TWinkie Town Meltdown” link and vote that the yankees are good for baseball

    • JerseyDutch

      Done. Let’s get a couple hundred ‘yes’ votes.

    • ultimate913

      Done.

    • MikeD

      Just saw this. I voted and we’re ahead 92-82 on “Are the Yankees Good for Baseball.” Not only did we beat them in the playoffs, we’re beating them in their poll.

      Need more votes.

    • SodaPopinski

      Vote

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Someone at work yesterday said two crazy things to me:

    1. If the Phillies don’t win the World Series, it will be an injustice because the Phllies are by far the best team in baseball.
    2. The Phillies are going to have Roy Halladay pitch on two days’ rest.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I hate to bring it up, but Derek Lowe threw 6 innings of 1 hit ball on 2 days rest in the year after 2003.

      But Halladay won’t be doing that.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        Lowe is pretty money in the playoff I think , 3ish era.

    • JerseyDutch

      1. If they’re the best team, they should have no problem winning the World Series.

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        Oh man, I should have said that.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      Did you ask the said person if he/she had an extra spliff for you.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Who is the biggest whiner/complainer?

    A. Mark Attanasio
    B. John Henry
    C. Mike Scioscia
    D. Halos Heaven
    E. Other (Please specify)

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

      E. Twinkie Town

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      Joe Maddon , but it maybe confirmation biased.

    • JerseyDutch

      E. Twins fans

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        I think it’s a classy organization but God they have awful, whiny fans. IMO.

        • JerseyDutch

          That’s the thing. I have so much respect for Gardenhire and their players seem like a decent lot in general… but their fans are the worst.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            Absolutely agreed. Gardenhire’s a class act, I really like a lot of their players, but ugh I cannot stand their fans. I know there are some good ones out there, no doubt, but as a whole they are passive-aggressive, whiny over everything, and desperately obsessed with the Yankees at all times to the point where it’s utterly pathetic.

            • Nigel Bangs

              +1

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      D.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      Danny Ainge

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Definitely, definitely D. I will forever think poorly of Angels fans because of that.

      • ZZ

        Halos Heaven is whining about the Yankees this year.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

          Well, Mo is still throwing spitballs, right?

        • JerseyDutch
          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            As Joe Queenan has noted, rooting for the Yankees is like “rooting for a pack of ravenous pit bulls in a showdown with a blind, one-legged bunny rabbit.”

            Oh how dare I grow up in NY near the Bronx and have a mom who was a huge Yankee fan!!!

            • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

              Well that’s one of the dumber quotes I’ve ever read.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          What? How? Why? That site’s the woooooooorst

    • Gonzo

      I go A. because he is a freaking owner and should know better.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      I can’t really make up my mind, I’m torn between Attanasio and Halos Heaven. I’m gonna go with Halos Heaven due their “Mo throws a spitter!”, “The yankees paid off the umps”, etc. etc.

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      D for now and forever (maybe). The fans at Twinkie Town are pretty annoying, but there were at least some sane voices there. I also found the lead writer (Jesse) at Twinkie Town to be fairly balanced (he at least acknowledged that the Berkman at-bat was a massive fail by the ump all around, including the blown strike calls before “the Yankee paid the umps” pitch).

      But those Angels fans, especially the writer, RevHalo, were awful. Much worse than the whining Twins fans. And they accused Mo of throwing a spitball. That’s unforgivable. May Mo have mercy on them for that baseless accusation.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      F. As in F them all.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        wise choice.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      D and E.

      Also secret answer F: Over the Monster

    • ultimate913

      D. Not even close. The Twins fans will calm down eventually. But as long as Hating Homers is run by that Rev Halofan that place will be the worst.

      I can honestly say that Rev Halofan seems like Hitler and has many followers blindly following him, doing wrong.*
      *Sorry if this comparison offends anyone.

  • bronxmissles

    E. Buck & McCarver

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Something exciting needs to happen in this game.

    • JerseyDutch

      It would be nice if the Reds could take one game if for no other reason than to deflate the Phillies fans a bit…

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      This game is SO FUCKING BORING my God

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yet I can’t look away. It’s like a slow motion car crash: you’re waiting for something cool to happen because it should–It’s a fuckin’ car crash after all, but nothing happens.

  • first time lawng time

    I would like to go on a rant about all of this Yankees bad for baseball and buying championships nonsense.

    1. The Yankees buy championships
    Well, last time I checked, there’s no World Series section at the Walmart downtown so IDK how the Yankees could “buy” a championship. Also, I’m pretty sure no player plays for free, so that means every single team pays a player, and the players EARN their championships, therefore, meaning that every single team in the history of the MLB has payed players to win championships for their franchises.

    2. The Yankees spend too much money of free agents, making things uncompetetive for small markets
    It’s not the Yankees’ fault that other teams have “poor” owners or owners unwilling to spend money on their teams. Also, the players that the Yankees offer money to don’t HAVE to sign with the Yankees. Noone is forcing them too. Some players, indeed, do sign with teams that do not, in fact, offer the most money (See: Felix Hernandez and LeBron James). Is it the Yankees fault that some players are greedy and take the most money? No. Is it the Yankees fault, some players dream of winning a championship and like the spotlight and New York has the best oppurtunities for that? Ehh, not really.

    Are the Yankees the only team that spends a lot of money on their players? Last I checked, Red Sox gave John Lackey a big fat contract, but is anyone complaining about that? No, because it didn’t turn out well like, say, CC Sabathia did for the Yankees.

    3. George Steinbrenner ruined baseball

    Basbell is a business. That is a fact. And George Steinbrenner simply perfected this business. The goal of a business is to generate a high revenue and make money. That is no different from the busniess of baseball. Signing good players means you’re building a better team. A better team means more fans will pay to watch you, more fans means more merchandise profits. More profits means more revenue and more money to spend on players. IT’S A CIRCLE PEOPLE GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS!

    And, for the record, I believe someone on here said it this past week:
    To the fans of small market teams out there, if you had an owner with a ton of cash willing to spend money on free agents and give you a team with the best possible chance to win a championship for you, you wouldn’t be complaining would you?

    And for the fun of it: a salaray cap will not prevent superstars from signing to one team together, resulting in a paycut. See: Miami Heat 2010 edition.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      is this the lol whatevs guy?

      • first time lawng time

        …No why?

        • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

          lol just wondering

          • first time lawng time

            Haha ok then.

    • ZZ

      LeBron spurned both the Knicks AND Yankees?

      Man that guy must really hate New York.

      • first time lawng time

        I was just using him as an example that even in salary capped sports, such as the NBA, players are willing to take paycuts to win and, not sign for the most money, therefore a salary wouldn’t necessarily “solve”** things.

        **Not that things need to be solved

    • bobtaco

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Pohlad

      Carl Pohlad owned the Twins for 25 years. Dude was the 114th richest person in American at $3.1 billion, according to the Forbes Magazine list.

      Like Steinbrenner, the ownership was a family affair, and his sons now run the team since he died in 2009. Pohlad had MORE money than GSS. He just never wanted to spend as much on players to win. Take that small market sh*t somewhere else Twins fans.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Just looked deeper into the Phillies. In Sept/Oct they beat Florida (80-82) 5 out of 6, Mets (79-83) Split 6 games, Washington (69-93) 5 out of 6, Milwaukee (77-85) 2 out of 3, Colorado (82-79) 1 game, LAD (80-82) 2 out of 3, and also played well against two winning teams: Atlanta; they beat 5 out of 6 and SD they swept 3 out of 3.

    Bring it.

    • ultimate913

      Slow your roll. We still got the championship series to worry about before we think about whatever NL team will get to the WS.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        you know, baseball managers are always thinking 3 innings ahead, and I’m always thinking about the series after the next one…

        • ultimate913

          There is no guarantee that there will be a next one after this series. Game 4 of the ALCS, I understand. But a series our Yankees might not get to? Let’s rewind there.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    And on this edition of name that writer!

    “The Yankees, of course, have a quality that was missing in the Twins and also seems to be lacking in the Texas Rangers, namely killer instinct.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Before I click through, I’m gonna guess Wally Matthews.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        haha it’s not even a link to the article. It’s a link to a picture.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, I figured that out, haha. Back on your game after the other day, eh?

          And, apparently I’m right. And I rule.

          • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

            haha yes, Mr. Imbrogno, I am. I had caffeine today. In fact I used not one but two HTML features on one phrase!

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              My mind? B-L-O-W-N.

              Also, I drive by the Bluefish’s stadium every time I go to class/played there once in HS. Yet, I haven’t been to a game in like..10 years. Woops.

              • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

                I drive by the LI Ducks stadium every day on my way to school. It’s literally a block away. Although I’ve never been inside the stadium, I hear it is nice. Although it’s quite freaky when they shoot off fireworks and you’re in the library doing work.

    • Kit

      Matthews, because I read the article earlier. *cheating*

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Did the announcer just say the Reds won 5 WS titles in the ’70s?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I can’t help it; I fucking love Cole Hamels.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      /Stark’d

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        /Man Crush’d is more like it.

    • Betty Lizard

      Get out of my mind!

    • first time lawng time

      May I ask why?

      From a girl’s point of view, I find him overrated and he looks like a dirty redneck.

      But that’s just my honest opinion of him. You, of course, are entitled to your own.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        It’s the pitching, really, haha. I’ve followed him pretty closely since he came up. A bunch of my friends when I was at Hofstra were from Philly, so they turned me on to him when he was in the minors/on his way up.

        • first time lawng time

          Haha yeah, but after last year’s WS, I really don’t think he’s that great.
          To tell you the truth, I would take Andy Pettitte over him anyday.

      • Kit

        I actually think he’s really hot. Can’t stand him though. If I ever got a chance to talk to him, I’d probably slap him first and then jump into a casual conversation.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          jump into a casual conversation.

          Oh is that what you kids are calling it these days? Got it.

          • Kit

            I’m sorry, I should’ve clarified, “casual conversation with our clothes off.” Fixed it.

        • Betty Lizard

          As I’ve said before, and will doubtless have the chance to say again, he has that “I’m a bad boy but I could be SO good . . . ” look.

          I’ll stop there.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          I think I’m the only girl who doesn’t think he’s hot. Probably cuz I’m into ~manlier men~

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Ha, he does kinda look like a girl with that hair.

          • first time lawng time

            Nope, you’re not the only one. Read above. I find him gross.

            I would take Melky AND Cano over him 7 days a week and twice on Sunday.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Cano? Yeah, I can see that. Melky? What about that man is physically attractive?

              • first time lawng time

                Haha. Can I be honest with you? Cano is more attractive and if I had to choose one of them, I’d go with Cano.

                I just think Melky is a little munchkin and HAS THE CUTEST LITTLE DIMPLES EVER!!!

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  If you say so, haha.

                  • first time lawng time

                    http://www.theyankeeu.com/wp-c....._.pie_.jpg

                    Tell me you do not find that cute in any way possible.

                    I dare you.

                    • first time lawng time

                      Hahahaha that’s from your website! I didn’t even realize that!

                    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                      I’ll give you credit since you got it from the site for which I write, haha. I will also say that the Yankee version of Melky is much more attractive than the Braves one.

                    • Kit

                      I agree with Matt. Yankee Melky was much cuter than Atlanta Melky. He lost his attractiveness.

                    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                      I think Melky looks cute in a little brother way there. Not a sexy/attractive way or whatever. That’s also the first time I ever thought Melky was cute in any way.

                    • first time lawng time

                      OMG I agree with all of you.
                      Fact: Yankee Melky = WAY WAY WAY cuter than Braves Melky.

                      Also, I just find him cute in a little dimply, munchkin way. Not the same way I find some of his former teammates cute…

                • Betty Lizard

                  Melky Cabrera is a doll.

          • Kit

            I like manlier men as well, but he’s just damn hot to me. According to my biochemistry professor (who casually met him at a bar once), he’s a bit girly. I’m not saying it’s true, but that’s what I was told.

            • first time lawng time

              His wife looks like a cheap skank to me. No offense to her or him. I was watching THS Baseball Wives on E! once, and she was on there.

              Yeah, she’s a hoe.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Well she did take off her clothes on national television for peanut butter.

                • first time lawng time

                  Wait did she really? Wow I didn’t even know that.

                  But that only strengthens my arguement.

                  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                    She was a contestant on the first “Survivor.”

        • MikeD

          Would this be an example of, ummm, foreplay???

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    cole hamels is good at baseball

  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    Phillies were just toally dominating during this series. They really made Cincy their bitch. Now Cincy knows how Minny feels.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      I think Cincy gave it away…and hey, it’s only Cincy.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      SF vs Philly will be one epic NLCS.

      Lincecum v. Halladay
      Cain v. Oswalt
      Sanchez v. Hamels
      Bumgarner v. Blanton(?)

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        Like

      • ultimate913

        Giants got the advantage there(which I think is a small one).

        But the Phillies offense just completely trumps the Giants offense. Completely. Trumps.

  • Carlosologist

    I wonder if the bubbly is on ice for the Phillies.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Is the goal of that BB Torch ad to use the most annoying song ever to help sell the product?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    People in Philly think that Ruiz is the best fastball hitter on the team?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That slider to Ruiz on 0-1 was insane. Wow.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    jay bruce sucks at fielding

    • first time lawng time

      Honestly, it seems like every team in the NLDS has screwed up with the fielding. It’s pathetic.

      I could be wrong, but I think the only error we has was Posada’s in Game 1.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        yep

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Okay Reds, time to make this shit interesting.

    • JerseyDutch

      Well, it is the MinorNational League, after all.

      That sounds about right with the errors. We’ve been pretty solid on defense so far.

      • JerseyDutch

        I think this reply went to the wrong post but you get the idea. :)

      • first time lawng time

        NL is an effing joke. They got the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Mets (LOL), Astros, PIRATES!, and other crappy teams.

        Yeah Phillies may have the best record, but that’s only because they’ve been feasting on scrubs that are no better than the Staten Island Yankees.

  • MikeD

    And over TwinkieTown, on the question “Are the Yankees Good for Baseball,” we’re ahead 92-82, at least as of ten minutes ago. Feel free to vote if you haven’t yet, so we can claim they can’t even beat us in their own poll!

    http://www.twinkietown.com/201…..r-baseball

    • MikeD

      Sorry, link problem. This one should work.

      http://www.twinkietown.com/201.....r-baseball

    • Januz

      Lets give some answers to these Yankee Questions.
      1: Are they good for baseball? Lets look at the Yankee MLB merchandise sold. The Yankee gear $$$$$$$$$ gets distributed to teams that are uncompetitive like Cleveland that can’t draw flies to Progressive Field. Where would they be without them?
      2: Do they have an unfair advantage due to their market size? Not in the least. Look at the Cubs. Chicago is not exactly Green Bay and they have not won in 100 years.
      3: If baseball is so uncompetitive, why do more teams win in MLB than the NBA. For example: The Lakers & Celtics are like the Southeastern Conference in Football thats how one sided the NBA is.

  • MikeD

    Phillies win. Yawn.

  • Carlosologist

    lol Reds.

  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    That was a ridiculously dominating performance by Hamels.

    • Betty Lizard

      It was awesome. I just wish Hamels wouldn’t be interviewed because the sound of his voice shatters my non-baseball fantasies.

      • first time lawng time

        Really? His face didn’t do that already?

        I’m sorry, that was really rude. You’re entitled to your opinions and I respect them. I just couldn’t resist a snaryky, jerky comment.

        • Betty Lizard

          Hee. No, that was funny!

          • first time lawng time

            OK good. I didn’t want to offend you or anything. I was just trying to be funny that’s all.

  • first time lawng time

    Fact: Phillies = overrated.

    While they may be good, they’ve been feasting on National League turds, that have been unable to expose their flaws.

    Yanks can take them.

    • JerseyDutch

      The Reds certainly weren’t competition.

      • first time lawng time

        Exactly. They’re just creating the illusion that they’re the best team in baseball, but that’s just because they played the Reds who probably wouldn’t be in the playoffs if they played in the AL.

        I may be completely wrong with that last line, because IDK their record. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    So their offense didn’t exactly set things on fire in this series but two of these three games were CGSHO from the Phillies’ pitchers… eesh.

    • Kit

      I thought the Reds had a shot at one at least. I’m massively disappointed.

      • Jerome S

        Nope. 2010 Red’s = 2006 Cards. Except this time what was supposed to happen, happened.

        • Kit

          They did have a shot at one. The bullpen just effed it up. So my disappointment still stands.

          • All Star Carl

            Bullpen messed it up? You mean the 5 unearned runs because of the shitty defense?

            • Kit

              That’s exactly what I mean. Didn’t mean to throw the bullpen in there. Wasn’t thinking.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Allow me to LOL @ anyone who predicted anything but a 3-game sweep by the Phillies.

        • Kit

          I knew they had no legitimate shot, but I’m not going to say I wasn’t hoping for a Reds win. Feel free to LOL, but it’s what I wanted. And I stand by it.

          • Kit

            Coming back and re-reading this it may have sounded kind of bitchy and it wasn’t my intention. I was just being hopeful. It obviously failed. Sorry ’bout that.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              I don’t thik it sounded bitchy at all. What I said originally was pretty bitchy, though… :/

              • Kit

                I didn’t think it did. I would’ve laughed too if I wasn’t so adamant about the Phillies being destroyed. My hatred gets in the way of common sense for me.

    • JerseyDutch

      The way the TBS announcers are talking about them, you’d think they were a juggernaut. Bring it, I says.

  • Esteban

    Who the hell was that Asian guy (not a player) spraying champagne?

    • first time lawng time

      CMW

      Kidding.

  • Avi

    A Yankees/Phillies World Series would make for AWESOME baseball theater.

    • Jerome S

      When was the last time two teams won back-to-back pennants simultaneously?

      • first time lawng time

        Dodgers/Yankees from the 70s?

      • All Star Carl

        Yanks Dodgers 77 78 I think

  • ultimate913

    Other fans are constantly complaining about the Yankees payroll and when they realize that a cap isn’t coming any time soon, they’ll change their argument to:

    HEY, YANKEES! STOP USING YOUR RESOURCES WISELY! HAND OUT 200 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTS TO MEDIOCORE PLAYERS. please?

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      The Yankee argument: Why don’t you use your share of our revenue to re-sign your own players?

  • Jerome S

    According to Marge, Mike Scioscia gained his super-managing powers when he got irradiated at the Springfield Nuclear Plant.