Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Spirit of '77
2008-10-09 12:41
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to


Sadly the Royals and Yankees will be watching from home, but the Phillies and Dodgers are set to square off in the NLCS for the fourth time since 1977 (and first since 1983). I think the Dodgers will take this in six games, their two loses coming the games started by Cole Hamels. My preview of Game 1, which pits Hamels against impending free agent Derek Lowe, is up on

2008-10-09 13:48:20
1.   underdog
Weird to think the guy on the left now coaches for LA and the guy on the right coaches for the Phillies. I always liked Davey Lopes when I was little... but this thing is ON, Davey.
2008-10-09 14:07:32
2.   Cliff Corcoran
1 That's why I chose those cards.
2008-10-09 14:25:09
3.   Alex Belth
Did you hear those two dudes still sniping at each other about the bad call in Game 3 of the 77 playoffs?
2008-10-09 14:42:04
4.   underdog
2 Yeah, d'oh - my 1 was brought to you by Captain Obvious. :-)

3 Yeah, Bowa is apparently still upset about that call. Too funny. It's surprising, too, because usually Larry is so even-keeled. :-/

2008-10-09 17:32:17
5.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
knocked out with a cold last night, watched Game 3 1977 World Serious. Lopes at 2B for the Dodgers, Dusty Baker hit a 3-run dinger..
..and the announcing! kept expecting Keith Jackson to bust out "The Grandaddy of 'em all"..
..and a crazy interview with Thurman Munson before Game 3 where he says he's "finished" with New York and wants out..umm, quite a distraction from the "captain" before a World Series game...
2008-10-09 17:57:36
6.   tommyl
Wow, even when he's not playing for the Sox I still shiver with fear every time Manny comes up to bat.
2008-10-09 17:57:42
7.   OldYanksFan
Anyone watching the game?
Derek Lowe: Worthy pitcher or NL bottom feeder?
2008-10-09 18:10:21
8.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
7 ESPN gamecast + Rob Neyer chat..good substitute for watching live on tv..
2008-10-09 19:05:48
9.   bartap74
Why isn't this game on TBS?
2008-10-09 19:21:31
10.   bartap74
Never mind. Found it on FOX.
2008-10-09 22:42:18
11.   underdog
7 Lowe had one bad inning tonight but he's been the best pitcher in baseball over past two months. An ERA under 1.50. He's absolutely clutch when it counts. He's basically been a total bargain for the Dodgers. He's been one of the most reliable and durable (no DL stints) pitchers in baseball in the time he's been with LA. In short, I'm going to miss him, and frankly think the Yanks would be dumb to not go after him this winter, especially if they can't grab Sabathia. IMHO. He's getting up there so a long term contract would seem risky, but again he's been durable and is a sinkerballer.
2008-10-09 23:40:43
12.   Mattpat11
It was nice listening to Buck and McCarver repeatedly refer to Nomar as if he were still relevant. It brings back memories of a simpler time.
2008-10-10 07:08:45
13.   Shaun P
11 And underdog would love to see the Dodgers pick up the Yanks' 1st round draft pick. =)

7 No no no a thousand times no to Derek Lowe. Pitching is not the Yanks' problem.

2008-10-10 07:13:22
14.   williamnyy23
13 Now wait...pitching was not the biggest problem last season, but since when is an ERA+ of 100 ok? Who knows if the Yankees can quickly ramp their offense back up to 115 OPS+ levels? If they don't, then pitching most certainly is a problem.
2008-10-10 10:02:45
15.   underdog
13 Well, I'd like to see them get someone's first round pick for him, that's for sure. Isn't the Yanks pick protected though? Or am I wrong? Anyway, I think the Yanks could use another pitcher because there are a couple of question marks in the rotation and he's solid. But it's up to you. Wait, no it's not up to you, it's up to Cashman. ;-)

Comment status: comments have been closed. Baseball Toaster is now out of business.