Oct
22

Open Thread: World Series Game Thread

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Alrighty then. (Doug Pensinger/Getty)

It’s a best-of-five World Series now, and the next three games are in Texas. Elias says that of the 53 World Series that have been tied at a game apiece, the winner of Game Three has won the title 37 times (69.8%). The Rangers are running Matt Harrison out there for the first time in ten days while the Cardinals counter with Kyle Lohse. His last start was nine days ago. I expect there to be more offense with the ballpark switch (and suckier pitchers), but I hope it’s another tight game like the first two.

Here’s your open thread for the night, which you can use to talk about the World Series or anything else on your mind. All three hockey locals are in action as well. You folks know what to do by now, so have at it.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Dino Velvet

    NY Post use Khadafyi downfall to make fun of ARod.

    Front page says Libyans had more “hits” than Alex.

    (NSFW) http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypos.....102111.jpg

    • Esteban

      Any time is a good time to bash Arod for the NYP.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Second year in a row I’m in NYC this weekend, planned weeks ago as an in case there’s a game in the Bronx …

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Don’t plan on going to NYC next year! You’re “cursing” the team!

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        It worked just fine in ’09.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Ah, you said second year in a row, so I assumed it was just 2010 and 2011.

          • Paul VuvuZuvella

            True. My bad. Second year I’m without a date for the party…but what a Knockout in ’09 ;)

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Wow. On http://espn.go.com/ they’re asking is Albert Pujols (0 for 6, one walk, and missed cutoff in game two) currently choking?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I’m sure his poor world series performance will cost him AT LEAST $30 million in his next contract.

      /Olney’d

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Ha! I remember him saying that. At least in regards to C.J Wilson.

  • Esteban

    The media’s self-righteous and self-important bitching and moaning over Albert Pujols not doing interviews after Game 2 was ridiculous. How many fans care what Pujols was ‘thinking’ when he made that error? I’m sure he wasn’t trying to make that error. As for that stuff about accountability, what, are the media the accountability police? The only reason younger players were ‘forced’ to do interviews instead of Pujols is because the media forced those interviews.

  • Esteban

    Rangers fans must absolutely hate Allen Craig at this point.

    Did Joe Buck just say that Craig is a star? Is there any truth to that?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Not really at all. But he had a nice season in a small 200 AB sample, 11 Hrs, 40 RBI, .315/.362/.555/.917

      • Esteban

        Yeah, I was wondering about if he was a prospect at all. He’s already 27, so I can’t imagine he’s thought of THAT highly if he was a part time player this year.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I loved hearing all that cheering in Texas after that home run…

  • Greg

    Allan Craig’s 3 at bats

    RBI single, RBI single, solo home run

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    “This game will not end 1-0.”

    Bet accepted.

  • Esteban

    Ughhh boss asked me to get stuff done for Monday morning. I thought I was done with HW.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Homework? Thanks for reminding me…

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Josh Hamilton is now 0/8 this WS. What a CHOKER!!!!!!!!

  • S

    Here that “The ABC’s of pitching” somebody buy a few dozen copies and give them to Hughes, Burnett, and the three B’s

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Hopefully at least one of them is watching this game and they heard that. You never know.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Woah. David Murphy does look kinda like Scott Brosius.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    8:56 PM Eastern Time, Joe Buck brings up the 2004 ALCS and explains EVERYTHING about it.

    • Esteban

      2004 is relevant to every game, you know that.

    • Brian S.

      How the hell was that tied into this game?

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Ian Kinsler stealing a base in the ninth inning, just like Dave Roberts did in Game 4 of the ’04 ALCS!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Oooh a 2004 reference. I was worried we wouldn’t get one after they didn’t mention it in the first 2 games…

  • Darren

    It would have been nice for the country to see Cano’s defense out there. Kinsler is playing like throw up.

    • Brian S.

      Kinsler is a much better defender than Cano.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        It’s the grit

  • Darren

    ha! let the record show that I posted that before the horrid throw on the Holliday double play ball

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Man, I’m so glad MLB puts their best umpires on the field and gives them access to the correct call in the biggest game of the year…

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Someone really needs to gif Nolan there.

    • David N

      Somewhere, someone has to be maintaining a Nolan Ryan .gif database. There are so many great opportunities.

  • pat

    Jeff Mathis makes that throw.

    /Sciocia’d

  • maeby

    Not really rooting for anyone in particular but the Card’s closer, Motte, went to my high school, which is pretty awesome. Really happy for him, so I hope he does well.

  • Baseball Jesus

    Lohse=burnett

  • Baseball Jesus

    Its like watching AJ pitch after the yanks score 5

  • David N

    Well that changed in a hurry.

  • James A

    I don’t think the Yankees are going to be looking for another lefty on a multi year deal, (awesome play by Holliday btw), is there any chance Mike Gonzalez, neither a type A or B, would sign a one year deal? He’s got filthy stuff, and I know he’s best friends with Soriano. When they were together with Atlanta in 2009 they were dominant, it would be nice to have a non-Boone option and maybe to see Sori smile once in a while

  • David N

    Mathis would have scored.

    /Soscia’d

  • Kevin

    I still say the Cards have this game in the bag.

  • James A

    So the Pac-12 championship game is on December 2nd, the BCS national championship game is on January 9th, and they can’t fit in an 8 team playoff? Give me a break

    • Paulies Favorite Water Cooler

      Was hoping for 7 or 8 undefeated teams this year so it would kind of force their hand to adapt a playoff, but those undefeated’s usually start dropping like flies. These school’s have gotten away without a playoff for how long now? It’s really going to take something radical to force a change. When Alabama, Stanford, Boise st., Clemson, and Oklahoma st all finish with 0 losses, how can you justify a computer dictating the 2 best teams from that field? A non- playoff system in college football is just about the greatest travesty going on in sports right now.

  • Kevin

    Stick a fork in Texas folks…wish it was another NL team but so it goes!

  • Karl Krawfid

    man what a horrible game.

  • tom

    This is shaping up as one of those 15-14 games.

    Which, as I recall, tthe pundits kept telling the Yankees would never happen in the post-season, because the pitching is always so good.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I just realized Lance Lynn bears a striking resemblance to Jobber, all the way to having the same number.

    Only difference is Lynn has longer hair.

  • Baseball Jesus

    Napoli = juicer

  • Baseball Jesus

    This guy sucks like joba good call

  • David N

    This whole series has been one big YCPB.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Holy shit

  • http://twitter.com/#!/DiscGolfHero the tenth inning stretch

    Wow, Pujols is choking.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    The Cards should have bunted there because smallball wins in the playoffs.

  • Baseball Jesus

    Pujols would look great out in rf for the yanks or just stick tex fat ass out there

  • David N

    Albert is good at baseball. Holy crap did he get around on that one.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Tim McCarver just called Albert Pujols “El Hambre,” which is Spanish for “The Famine.”

    • David N

      He did just get feasted on….

      • David N

        Wow, just realized that this was one heck of an analogy fail. I’m not even going to try to fix it. Just disregard.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/DiscGolfHero the tenth inning stretch

      As much as I hate to stick up for McCarver, he said “El hombre” which means “The Man.”

    • S

      after tonight I bet he’ll be called “Ave de la Muerte” (bird of death)

  • Baseball Jesus

    Ogando is ugly like paul oneill ugly

  • Baseball Jesus

    Ogando washes his face with a brillo pad

  • James A

    pujols’s was ridiculous, but still not impressive as what mark reynolds did earlier this year
    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=17762937

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Is all this Yorvit Torrealba’s fault? Or is Russel Martin the only catcher we blame for pitchers giving up runs?

  • Kevin

    Back to back World Series losses..not bad NOlan Ryan

  • Gonzo

    Is this Pujols guy any good? I was born two days ago and I was under the impression he sucked.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Albert Pujols earned an extra $30-$50M with his two home run performance today.

    /Olney’d

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    John Heyman says Pujols is the greatest right handed hitter of all time.
    http://twitter.com/#!/SI_JonHe.....5052962816

    Agree? Disagree?

    • S

      One of the greatest, but not the greatest

    • Pat D

      Don’t think there was ever anyone better than Hornsby. DiMaggio and ARod were/are pretty good, too.

      • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

        I wouldn’t put Alex Rodriguez in the same class as any of the names mentioned. He’s not quite the hitter for average that those guys are. Pujols has a career average (.328) 16 points higher the Alex (.302) also strikes out A LOT LESS. For the same reasons, he doesn’t approach the others mentioned.

        Is he far behind? Probably not, but he’s not on par with any of those. And if you want to compare Alex vs. Pujols head-to-head as contemporaries, compare their postseason numbers. Albert is exactly what a superstar is supposed to be in the clutch. Oh, and yes, it’s fair to bring that into the argument.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Jeter, Granderson, Cano, Teixeira, Rodriguez, Swisher, Montero, Martin, Gardner, and every other positional player on the Yankees need their own separate batting coach because they each have different swings.

    /McCarver’d

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Albert Pujols….that is all

  • David N

    Sign this man.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Albert is so good. So good.

  • Buster Olney

    This man just earned himself a $300-$400M contract.

    • Tom O

      Not talking to the media will cost him about $200M

      /Buster’d

  • Gonzo

    Reggie had the sense to do it in front of a home crowd.

  • Kevin

    Joel Shermen is already posting stats of Yankee players compared to Albert. You can put the stats of ANY current player next to Albert and they won’t look as good.

  • http://jukeofurl.wordpress.com Juke Early

    I had to switch away when Buck – rhymes w/Schmuck – started that crap. He and the Game 3 first base umpire need to be out of the game. That call was ridiculous— the fact it wasn’t even protested indicates either nobody knows the rule book, or it’s fixed. The clown pointed at firstbase to indicate Napoli hadn’t touched the bag — as if to say “tagging” doesn’t work. Idiots are ruling the roost and nobody is doing a thing about it. It is total bs to say it was “part of the game.”

    Death to all Yankee haters. On second thought —- add “slow painful…”

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      Yes, but instead Selig is worried more about destroying the playoff system and the regular season in one fell swoop with his insistence on adding another wild card team. Rather than dealing with the bigger issue of sub-par umpiring and steadfastly refusing to expand the use of instant replay. That play at first base is a perfect example of where else it should be used.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Didn’t watch the game-don’t care. Read the Pujols comments. Folks need to realize that we have Albert’s bat in Jesus Montero.

    Fact that time will show.

    Now what # is he going to have?

    • Monteroisdinero

      I say #12. or #20 unless people think Posada’s # will be retired which I don’t.

      • Bavarian Yankee

        I say give him #6 or retire it.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    damn, just saw the postgame presser with Pujols: his forearms gotta be thicker than my upper legs. Think about that what you want but I say that can’t be achieved without some help (yeah, you know what I mean).

    Anyway, good game by Pujols and the Cards.

    • V

      What is the point of beating around the bush? Just outright say “I think Pujols is on steroids” so I can mock you in the open.

      • Bavarian Yankee

        I think Pujols is (or at least was) on steroids :D

        People can tell me whatever they want but I don’t think forearms can become THAT thick without roids.

        • ArchStanton

          You can get pretty ripped with just legal supplements and working your tail off if you have the genetics and know what you’re doing. Not saying that’s the case with Pujols because I have no clue.

          • http://motorcyclist.com Motorcyclist

            You can tell with relative certainty by finding similar looking before and after roid photos. Of course, it can all be blamed on “lens flare.” :)