Open Thread: World Series Game Seven


How crazy was that game last night? One of the best I’ve ever seen, hands down. The whole series in general has been one of the best I’ve ever seen, I’d probably put it right behind the 2001 World Series (the outcome sucked, but holy cow was it entertaining). I was too young to really appreciate the 1986 or 1991 World Series. We can only hope tonight’s game is half as good as last night’s. Yay baseball!

Anyway, here is your thread for the night. Game Seven starts at 8pm ET and can be seen on FOX, and there are no other local sports teams in action. No excuse for not watching now. Talk about the game or anything else you want here. Enjoy.

(video of Gary Thorne’s great call (“Hello Game Seven! Goodbye Home Run!”) via ESPN Front Row)

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Brian S. says:

    Sharks-Red Wings tonight.

    • jayd808 says:

      Exactly. I don’t get the enthusiasm for any of this.

      Yay Baseball?!!! You’re a few heat shields short of reentry Rocket Dan.

  2. Kevin says:

    If the Cards win tonight..we’ll have to listen to baseball punidits and fans talk about how the Cardinals have won it twice in five years while the Yanks only won once with less money blah blah.
    On the other hand, Texas winning and NOlan Ryan will be a champion again..yuck.

  3. Daniel says:

    Entertaining Series yes, but dont you think the quality of play has been sub-par for a world series?

  4. Greg says:

    That sucked

  5. S says:

    how much would the cards chances of winning be if they had a healthy Wainwright?

  6. U Thant says:

    Can someone give a good reason why Gary Thorn is not the FOX play-by-play guy? And no, nepotism is not a good reason.

  7. Greg says:

    Carpenter seems up immediately

  8. The Big City of Dreams says:


  9. Greg says:

    Carpenter looks awful

  10. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Not good

  11. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Berkman is a statue out there

  12. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Chris Carpenter has come out really flat…

  13. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Freese has to be taking here…

  14. Mike Axisa says:

    This game would kill me if I was a Cardinals or Rangers fan.

  15. Stratman9652 says:

    The good news is… nothing in this game will surprise anyone.

  16. Greg says:

    Here we go again!

  17. The Big City of Dreams says:


  18. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    David Freese, the St Louis kid.

  19. Sarah says:

    David Freese is all sorts of adorable and awesome.

  20. Chen Meng Wang says:

    This dude is just unconscious at the plate right now…

  21. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    CJ Wilson will earn or lose $20M depending on how good of a LOOGY he is tonight…

    /Buster Olney’d

  22. FIPster Doofus says:

    David Freese is both beyond baseball and written in the stars.

  23. S says:

    WS 2011 championship motto “We didn’t win because we were good, we won cause we just sucked the least”

  24. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I hate that music teacher. I’ve been trying to pitch a virtual perfect game for years…

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    I’ve been playing baseball video games my entire life, and I’ve thrown TWO perfect games. That no talent ass clown knows nothing about the game and wins a million bucks in two weeks? Fuck him.

  26. FIPster Doofus says:

    Bill Hall #feared

  27. Greg says:

    Pen has to be warming. He doesn not look good.

  28. Sarah says:

    Is EJax a better choice at this point?

  29. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    How is someone like Jerry Layne umpiring game 7 of the world series? Do they not remember his disaster in the ALDS?

  30. Stratman9652 says:

    Is it just me or does Kinsler get picked off A LOT? If I remember correctly he got picked of a couple time last year in the ALCS. I think he was Kerry Wood’s favorite target when he went on his pick off spree last year.

  31. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Pastadivingandrus is getting to be as fun as Pastadivingpedroia.

  32. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I was really hoping to see some to the Carpenter trash talk I’ve been hearing so much about.

  33. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hughe Jackman is the man.

  34. mbonzo says:

    Holy shit Craig.

  35. Greg says:

    Allen Craig has done it again!

  36. David N says:

    Why wasn’t Craig bunting? You have to play small ball in the World Series!

  37. Mike Axisa says:

    Effin’ Allen Craig man.

  38. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Tex catches that…

  39. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    OT: what happened to Marcus Thames? I know he was injured after he was signed, but what happens now? Is he just released, or what?

  40. Mike Axisa says:

    Big Carp really settled down.

  41. Chen Meng Wang says:

    How did Atlanta agree to that trade and then not sign Tex to a long term deal? I still don’t understand.

  42. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Slow doesn’t even begin to explain the speed of Yadier Molina.

  43. Mike Axisa says:

    Gotta pinch-hit here. Too good an opportunity to pass up.

  44. Mike Axisa says:

    That bunt was so dumb. Inexcusably dumb.

  45. Greg says:

    Scott Feldman is now in for Harrison

  46. Nhat says:

    At least Russa is not conservative, he remove Furcal and Schumaker from the top, perhaps he read this RAP. I am still upset that Girad did not move up Posada and inserted Montero for Martin.

  47. Mike Axisa says:

    Huh, Jon Daniels is from Queens. I had no idea.

  48. Pat D says:

    I know I’m a few innings behind on this, but when you call Michael Young “one of the best players in franchise history,” well, that says a great deal about how shitty your franchise has been.

  49. Kevin says:

    And you thought Girardi liked giving away outs for free. WHy would you keep bunting when you’re up in the count?

  50. David N says:

    Wow, 3 blown saves in one game for the Rangers bullpen last night. That’s ugly.

  51. Greg says:

    Big opportunity for the Cards

  52. David N says:

    Actually, Joe Buck, Berkman had a pretty damn good postseason last year. I’d say he made an impact.

  53. Sarah says:

    Are they going to IBB Freese?

  54. Sarah says:

    If Feldman walks Yadi…

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      I’m kind of laughing.. I’ve been rooting for the Cardinals anyway just cause I hate the Antlers and Claw.

  55. Mike Axisa says:

    And that’s why you don’t walk the bases loaded. Molina’s OBP > Freese’s AVG.

  56. Greg says:

    Walked him

  57. Greg says:

    Remember in our game with Jerry Layne, CC wasnt getting that pitch either.

  58. David N says:

    That take took balls.

  59. BK2ATL says:

    Ump blew that call. It was a strike.

    • David N says:

      If he’s consistent (and it seems like he has been in not giving the outside corner, but I don’t have anything hard to back that up), doesn’t really matter.

      • BK2ATL says:

        It’s not a consistent strike zone tonight. But, that was directly over the corner of the plate, knee high. One of those “perfect” pitches. The ump just blew it.

        It was funny how McCaraver was running his mouth….until the replays. Then he shut up. His partner pretty much conceded that the umpire missed it.

        • David N says:

          Yeah, I’m not sure about the consistency any more after seeing this past inning.

          But I still say that I’d rather have a consistent ump with a flawed zone than a guy who will call a pitch on the corner one way in one spot and another way in another spot. My mind always goes back to the Berkman at-bat in Game 2 LDS last year. Yeah, the pitch was on the corner, but the umpire hadn’t been calling the inside corner a strike all night – that wasn’t the time to start.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Russell Martin gets that called a strike because he can actually frame pitches.

  60. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    So if CJ:

    gives up a hit -10M
    gives up a slam -20M
    gets a K +15M
    gets an out +7M
    walks in another run -13M

  61. Greg says:

    3 walks (1 intentional) and a hit by pitch

  62. Greg says:

    He hit him!

  63. Pat D says:

    CJ Wilson just cost himself about $7 million with that pitch.


  64. Sarah says:

    It might be written in the stars for the Cardinals.

  65. BK2ATL says:

    Ummm no Wilson in the Bronx please.

  66. Stratman9652 says:

    To think, the Rangers were one strike away from winning the World Series TWICE last night.

  67. Sarah says:

    CJ Wilson is the new Sergio Mitre for the Yankees next fall? As long as he’s cheap…

  68. Greg says:

    That would have been out

  69. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Nice Catch.

  70. Greg says:

    And once again Allen Craig makes another big play, this time with the glove.

  71. Jerome S. says:

    While I agree that 2001 was probably a better world series (I was only five at the time), don’t you think that this might be the better overall season? IMO, 2011 is the most entertaining season I’ve watched… but then again, I’m only 15.

  72. Karl Krawfid says:

    All 3 Molina bros can have 2 world series rings after tonight.

    Bengie got one with the Rangers when the Giants won.

    Bengie and Jose were both on the 2002 Angels.

    Jose was on the 2009 Yanks.

    Yadi can get 2 with the Cards.


  73. Greg says:

    Rangers staff has issued 40 walks in this Series.

    Breaks the ’97 Marlins record for most all time.

  74. Sarah says:

    CJ Wilson could be nice looking if he ditched the ridiculous facial hair and bathed.

  75. Chen Meng Wang says:

    TLR should be slapped if he brings Authur Rhohdes in.

  76. Pat D says:

    Posnanski ran a Twitter poll asking for best player in Rangers franchise history.

    Old Hoss Radbourn replied, “Woodrow F. Call.”

    Epic win.

  77. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    So, if the Cards hold on, who gets the MVP? It has to be either Berkman or Freese, right? Could we see 2 MVPs maybe?


  78. Sarah says:

    More bunts!

  79. mbonzo says:

    Here comes that great bullpen.

  80. Sarah says:

    Why no Scrabble?

  81. Greg says:

    Washington wastes Chavez to bring up Torrealba.

  82. Greg says:

    Scrabble will face Hamilton whenever the time comes.

  83. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    “Now the Rangers are trailing by 3 where the bunt is a good play” – McCarver

  84. Chen Meng Wang says:

    To me the bunt even for a hit when your down by three and there’s already one out is a bad move. Especially when your a guy with some power.

  85. Sarah says:

    Scrabble might some day be a starter? Or is Buck making crap up?

  86. Pat D says:

    My mother is rooting for the Rangers because she doesn’t like the National League.

    I mean, I don’t either, but she seems to have forgotten that these Rangers beat the Yankees last year in the ALCS.

    Plus, I mean, we’re Democrats, so, ya know…

    • Sarah says:

      I had this exact conversation with a friend and fellow Yankee fan on FB the other day. He said he has been known to root for the Red Sox in the World Series because he doesn’t like NL baseball. I countered that was unacceptable and to learn to like NL baseball.

      • David N says:

        It is NEVER acceptable to pull for the Red Sox in the World Series. Ever. Even if they’re playing the Phillies (the appropriate action in that scenario is to take a sudden interest in cricket).

        • Sarah says:

          I know! You can see why I was trying to fix this as soon as I learned of it!

        • Chen Meng Wang says:

          Before the season my best friend(who is a Met fan) and I said if the “experts” are right and it’s a Sox Philly World Series we were just going to pretend that there was no World Series and hoped to hell we’d have football to be interested in.

        • Pat D says:

          My dad rooted for the Red Sox in 1986.

          Quite frankly, I think that was understandable. That Mets team was so easily hateable, especially when you’re a Yankees fan.

          • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

            I was not alive in 1986, so I don’t know how valid my opinion is but I would have rooted for the Mets. Simply because when it comes down to it, they were playing the Red Sox. THE RED SOX.

            • Pat D says:

              Yea, it was definitely a “you had to be there” situation to understand it.

              That Red Sox team wasn’t so filled with assholes and douchebags, despite the presence of Clemens and Jim Rice and Bob Stanley (who just sucked, as he proved in Game 6).

              That Mets team was filled with young hot-dog types (Straw, Doc, HoJo, Kevin Mitchell, Roger McDowell), d-bag vets like Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez and Ray Knight, annoying pitchers like El Sid and Jesse Orosco, and an out and out degenerate called Lenny Dykstra.

  87. Mike Axisa says:

    Cardinals are in the same spot the Rangers were in last night. Six outs to get, up three runs.

  88. mbonzo says:

    Berkman seems to be getting all sorts of luck out there.

  89. swishers fauxhawk says:

    lol wtf

  90. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hahaha, god if that wasn’t a ball then Berkman is out by a good ten yards.

  91. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Wow, the Rangers are averaging just under six walks per game. That is just terrible.

  92. Greg says:

    Insurance for the Cards!

  93. swishers fauxhawk says:

    This one just might be over.

  94. Sarah says:

    Oh Yadi. You RBI stat padder.

  95. Pat D says:

    OK, we have to start calling that the Nolan Ryan Face.

  96. Virgil Earp says:

    For the life of me I’ll never figure out why we let a guy like Big Puma go in favor of Nick Swisher. Berkman has put Swisher to shame this postseason and we certainly could have used him protecting Robbie Cano.

  97. Greg says:

    Questionable move here

  98. Mike Axisa says:

    Take the name off the back of the jersey, and I’d swear that was Joba pitching for the Cardinals right now.

  99. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I was kind of hoping for a game like last night tonight…

  100. David N says:

    11 (10 currently) vs. 27. Ah, those numbers are music to my ears.

  101. David N says:

    That is a LOT of defensive changes….

  102. David N says:

    And there’s the sad Nolan Ryan face.

  103. swishers fauxhawk says:

    At least Nelson Cruz will always get free beers in St. Louis.

  104. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Congrats to the St. Louis Cardinals…11 World Series. You’re almost there ;)

  105. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Congrats Cards

  106. David N says:

    Not going to lie, I’m pretty jealous of Cardinals fans right now.

  107. mbonzo says:

    Awesome, Freese for MVP.

  108. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    How about them Cards. Seriously.

  109. BK2ATL says:

    Congrats to the Cards!!!!

    Now onto the Hot Stove!!!

    Pujols signs….where?

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Pujols stays in St. Louis, Fielder goes to the Nationals, or maybe Miami, CJ comes to NY or Texas, EJax goes to the other.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Pujols re-signs.

      • BK2ATL says:

        I’m not sure that the Cards meet Pujols’ number. And he’s truly earned his next contract. He deserves to be paid.

        I’m thinking, if not STL, then Chicago Cubs, LA Angels, and Toronto.

        Washington could make the splash, to team Pujols with that young squad in need of a true leader. Florida doesn’t have the money, but Ozzie would love to make that splash teaming Pujols with Hanley and LoMo, and that young starting rotation. I don’t see why Pujols would entertain these, but you never know with baseball.

        One last thing, 3 years in a row, Cliff Lee’s team doesn’t win the WS, after going into the postseason as the overall favorite. Bad luck maybe? But on 3 separate teams?

  110. Pat D says:

    Flipped to the BYU/TCU football game which is being played in Cowboys Stadium. Seeing a bunch of Rangers fans looking sad and hugging and crying.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I feel good.

  111. David N says:

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a Texas-sized choke job.

  112. karma says:

    this is karma for the death of that rangers fan

  113. Chen Meng Wang says:

    TLR’s reaction was hysterical it looked like he got struck by
    lightning or shot while the ball was in the air.

  114. Pat D says:

    Ron Washington joins a group populated by Hughie Jennings, Wilbert Robinson, Charlie Grimm, Joe Cronin, Burt Shotton, Charlie Dressen, Al Lopez, Yogi Berra and Mike Hargrove.

  115. Sarah says:

    Does Wash lose his job this off-season?

  116. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Selig visibly reading a congratulatory speech off the script. #lol

  117. Greg says:

    Freese is the MVP.

  118. S says:

    Can Selig retire please, or get lost in the mall when he goes on his morning walk.

  119. Sarah says:

    Wait, Freese gets a car too? I think he can afford to buy his own car.

    • mbonzo says:

      That car is probably worth $115K, Freese probably makes $350K for the last 3 years after taxes. He could probably afford it, but thats still a lot of money for him.

  120. David N says:

    Now I don’t have to watch Ron Washington dancing like he’s desperate for a bathroom. Life is good.

  121. pat says:

    David Freese. Probably getting laid tonight.

  122. karma says:

    watching all 7 games of this series proved to me that God exists.

  123. David N says:

    Standing by for the “Hitler finds out the Rangers choked away the World Series” video.

  124. RANGERS CHOKE says:


  125. Sarah says:

    Ron Washington “We didn’t give them anything, they beat us.” Well, except today you gave them two runs.

  126. special kid says:

    thanks both teams !

  127. BK2ATL says:

    If anyone’s up, stumbled across a link to Yu Darvish pitching live right now in the JPL.


    I see what the hype’s about.

  128. I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

    I’ve become a full on Texas/Nolan Ryan hater. So I am happy. Fuck them.

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