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Game 7 tonight at Shea. Let's hope it's a good one.
Where is everybody? No Queens Banter tonight?
2 I'd rather whatever material wealth I leave behind go towards helping people than lining the coffers of the likes of David Glass, Carl Pohlad, etc.
That was brilliant! How in the name of Stan Musial did the Cards ever get this far playing Juan Encarnacion everyday?!
And yes, I did just remember that Encarnacion was the starting RF for the Marlins in '03.
I'm gonna need some excitement in this game, or I'm not long for consciousness...
And of course, following the bunt, neither of them mentions that the odds of Belliard scoring just went from 43% down to 30%.
But when Ek. got HBP, the bunt turned into a complete waste.
Also, the fact that it's a game seven and Luis Gonzalez is involved makes me a little sick.
35 Hmm... it's the Mets, so the hero is going to come from the Todd Pratt/Robin Ventura/Mookie Wilson mold... I feel Michael Tucker.
Either that, or the Cardinals score 4 runs against Billy Wagner and make it a laugher.
Oliver says he feels good.
Endy. Who'd a thunk?
That was the clutchiest catch of the year. Beat's Melky's rob of Manny.
Holy sh*t! What a play by Endy!
Also, I wonder if A-Rod is watching the game. Just mentioned that because there has been over ten posts without a reference to him.
Call me a diehard fan. ;-)
Ha. Told you Chavez wouldn't do a thing.
one pitch out
76 What? How can you leave now?
It's starting to rain harder. If this game goes to extra innings, it's going to be sloppy.
No more of that! I gotta believe that there is one decent team in the NYC area, especially with the NBA about to get underway..
What's up Bklyn?
I'm hoping I'm wrong, and lookin' for a walk off double, bottom 9 Lo Duca. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it...
I have weird feeling that Shawn Green brought his 3 wood to the ballpark. Look for a line shot over the wall. Book it.
No love for Valentin? I had to say it.
I'm telling you, Shawn Green will get it done.
Here we go, Stormer, your boy gets his shot...
Well, he gave it a good try, a pellet down the line.
It is game 7, and it's the Mets. I guess it had to come to this.
I think you have to go to him here.
However, the way he has been pitching, it's a very tough decision for Willie this inning. It could go either way.
The Tigers are going to absolutely dominate the Cardinals.
I know why we lost now, we shoulda started Cairo over A-rod, Phillips over Sheff and DHed Sal Fasano and started Melky ....
On a positive note, the Tigers sweep the Cardinals like the Red Sox did two years ago. In fact, the Tigers CRUSH the Cardinals.
"Where was Wagner?"
Just get Beltran to the plate.
Don't get me started.
Doesn't really fit in the cadence, does it...
HUGE moment for Beltran right here...
Carlos: Okay guys, two outs, bottom of the ninth, bases loaded... game seven...
Now how could Beltran not be looking for the big curve?????
Wow. What a finish.
Condolences to the Mets' fans, and esp. to Simone's friend.
Well, that's it for the New York baseball fans.
From a Yankees perspective... so it IS possible for hitters on other to take curveballs for strike threes (See: A-Rod, Sheff, Giambi versus Verlander).
I can't wait for Weaver versus Rogers.
212 I accept them on behalf of my friend. I will be playing the role of therapist tomorrow as she mourns.
That and the Mets fans will have to stop dissing the Yankees! :-D
Unless Detroit forgets how to play baseball, with their long layoff...
I can't believe he went down looking.
Condolences to the Mets fans.
Too bad for Willie.
Please assemble a Wild Card level team for 2007. About 85 to 89 wins. A few more shot players. Throw in some never-weres. Don't worry. Just get in, and we'll get hot when it counts. Trust me.
A Die Hard Yankee Fan
Work tomorrow's going to be interesting. All those sad faces.
These are indeed the end of days, my friend...
That, to me, is an example of horrendous situational hitting. If he starts playing pepper there, anything could happen.
"I said the Cardinals are going to win the National League this year, and I'll give you another one nobody is talking about — the Detroit Tigers. They will win the World Series," Anderson said.
My point is, though, that it seemed as if he was looking for something rather than protecting, which is to say, reacting to the ball as pitched.
With one strike it seems appropriate to look for something; with two, it seems like the proper approach is to protect.
If this is unreasonable, please let me know how because I'm not trying to be.
It just seems to me that his approach was ill-suited to the situation. Why is that an unreasonable assessment?
Every week they focused on a fundamental or two and talked about execution.
I seem to remember learning about playing pepper and how that's a fundamental skill that every ballplayer should master.
My point is, I'm not expecting everyone to succeed each time, but I do expect every player to be fundamentally sound.
It seems to me that protecting the plate is a fundamental skill and that knowing when to rely on that skill is a matter of approach.
In other words, you can't control the outcome, but you can control the approach and that's all I ask from the players.
If you disagree with any of this, please let me know which part, because I'm open to the idea that I'm wrong.
Anyway, I'm not sure what else I can say. Perhaps the tone of my concerns isn't adequately conveyed on the screen--I'm not as traumatized by these things as you seem to think I am, but I do notice them because I take the game seriously.
Again, if you want to explain to me exactly why expecting players to be fundamentally sound is unrealistic or if you want to explain to me how Beltran's strikeout had nothing to do with approach, fine, I'm all ears.
I'm sorry I exasperate you so much.
"That may be the best pitch you see this AB!"
Turns out it was.
What was he looking for?--and I'm not asking that rhetorically, I'm really curious as to what his plan was, if any.
I realize players aren't perfect but that at-bat just seemed poorly planned and having a good plan is a skill I think hitters can develop.
And I don't mean to bring up Arod here but I'm going to just because that's the part of his game that exasperates me--he often seems to have no plan at the plate and that's a pet-peeve of mine.
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