15 Sep 2016
thats all I have to say abou that.
Sep 16, 2016 @ 07:04:56
was in bed, checking my phone on the game in the 8th when Ramirez grounded out, thought he was going to go deep then, couple batters after Ortiz did, would have made it 5-4 but I was wrong. Then I fell asleep. Good story to wake up to. Sox haven’t had many of these moments, they lose virtually all one run games, was starting to wonder if they were in midst of choking away the small lead. Tonight will be interesting, shut down starter Buchy will likely put them in the hole in the first few innings by about 5 runs.
Sep 18, 2016 @ 08:16:59
Sep 18, 2016 @ 22:22:42
I think “inexperienced” is what he means. The Yankees are starting a lot of rookies these days and they haven’t experienced a game like a meaningful late season one in Fenway. Different animal than AAA.
Sep 19, 2016 @ 07:22:53
what a different vibe on the team, kudos on getting rid of the old so quickly. Time will tell how good, how quick but really a different team.
Sep 20, 2016 @ 10:35:31
BTW – was “thats all I have to say abou that.” a Forrest Gump reference ? I like it.
Sep 21, 2016 @ 17:27:45
Yup it certainly was.
Sep 22, 2016 @ 07:34:26
Hope you managed your rising expectations before the series in Fenway. You guys were definitely playing with house money going into that series. Anyway, take out Toronto the next few nights for us, will ya?
Sep 23, 2016 @ 14:15:51
You guys took the drama away with that 8-game winning streak 5.5 lead with 10 to play should be an easy coast home.
Don’t expect the Yankees to help this weekend our rotation is Mitchell, TBD, and Pineda. It probably won’t scare too many Toronto hitters.
Sep 23, 2016 @ 14:42:09
I forgot it is four games, Sabathia is pithing too. That changes everything….
Sep 22, 2016 @ 17:58:17
How much is it worth to you?
Sep 22, 2016 @ 18:02:18
Apologies for the hijacking, but I wanted to call your attention to the following articles by Jason Stark over at ESPN:
Title: If three teams tie for NL wild card, it’s going to get crazy
Teams: Mets, Giants, Cardinals
Title: Six-team tie?! AL wild-card craziness could make NL look tame
Teams: Blue Jays, Orioles, Tigers, Astros, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners
Note: For sanity’s sake, he really only looked at a four-way tie: Blue Jays, Orioles, Tigers, Astros
Kind of makes your head spin a little, doesn’t it?
BTW, MLB could avoid this potential agita by simply expanding each league to 16 teams, realigning the leagues into four divisions of four teams each, and simply doing away with the wild card Just sayin’.
Sep 23, 2016 @ 14:13:12
I would love to see some of these scenarios. That could be a lot of fun.
We’ve talked about this before and I suspect we get the expansion to 32 teams and divisions like the nfl soon. Once the NHL proves that Vegas works, baseball will be ready to go there and a team in San Antonio could make a lot of sense.
So right now it is a max of 43 games and a minimum of 26 in the playoffs. If they realigned like you mentioned and went with division winners only in the playoffs and made the first round best of seven, they would be at a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 35. I can’t see the TV networks accepting that decrease, even if it is a cleaner format and probably much more interesting match ups.
Sep 23, 2016 @ 15:50:31
Even if the NFL were to have great success in Vegas, I don’t think MLB would be able to bring themselves to do it. MLB’s attitude towards gambling differs markedly from the NFL’s, for good historical reasons. I think San Antonio makes sense, provided there is enough interest in baseball there (we’re still talking football country, after all). The population appears to be large enough. A few days ago I would have said that Charlotte was a strong contender, but all the recent negative news might give MLB pause. MLB will first have to definitively settle the Oakland and Tampa situations before turning their attention towards expansion.
A wild scenario I’d love to see happen (but never will): If the Athletics were to leave Oakland, have them return to Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Metro area can support two teams — they did so before and could do so again. If DC/Baltimore can support two teams, so can Philadelphia. The As didn’t leave because the area lacked the population to support two teams, they left because after Connie Mack traded off the stars who won 3 pennants and two WS from 1929-1931, the team cratered for over two decades, until they left for KC prior to the 1955 season. By the Summer of 1954, it was clear they were going to go bankrupt; that’s why they were sold. For most of the 54 seasons that the As and Phillies shared the same market, the As were the more popular (and successful) team. But Mack was always short of money. He blew up the team that won 4 pennants in 3 WS from 1910-1914 for the reason he blew up the core of the 1929-1931 team: lack of funds. That latter As team was arguably one of the greatest teams of all time. Offensively, they were considered around the league to be the equal of the Ruth/Gehrig Yankees; defensively they were much the better team (Gehrig, for example, was defensively a very poor first basemen). Their starting pitching was superior. The 1929-1931 As were generally considered by contemporary Al players at the time to be on par with the 1926-1928 Yankees. Yet many lists of Greatest Baseball Teams Ever will include the 1927 Yankees at or near the top, while at the same omitting, say, the 1929 As altogether. When people think of storied MLB franchises, they tend to think of the Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox and Yankees. I would argue the As deserve more serious consideration; they’ve had some great teams (1910-1914, 1929-1931, 1972-1974, 1988-1990). They’ve also always had money problems — in Philadelphia, in Kansas City and now in Oakland. It almost seems as if they’ve been preordained by Fate to always suffer from a lack of funds.
Sep 23, 2016 @ 17:11:27
I don’t think a team will be placed in North Carolina again unless they repeal that bathroom bill. The ACC, which is about as North Carolina as they come, just pulled all its championships out of the state. No way MLB gets near that. I think, like everything else in baseball, it will come down to what city has the biggest checkbook. Manfred was in Texas the other day saying that the Rangers need a new stadium to be competitive. Never mind that the current stadium is just over 20 years old. MLB wants more money for ownership and the city that cuts the biggest expansion check and presents the best revenue picture will win.
Philly would be a great place to have a second team. NYC would be a great place to put a third team. Neither will happen because of territorial rights and the lessons clubs learned from watching the Nationals take revenues from the Orioles when they moved into the DC area. But you are absolutely right about the A’s, after the Yankees and Cardinals, they have won more World Series titles than any club.
One of my favorite A’s stories is from the beginning when they were trying to make a smash in Philly so they signed Nap Lajoie away from the Phillies. Problem was free agency didn’t exist and the Phillies sued saying this violated the reserve clause. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided the Phillies were right and Lajoie was to be returned to them. The A’s though realized that the judgement was only enforceable in Pennsylvania, so they sold Lajoie to Cleveland. Until the 1903 agreement was signed between the AL and NL Lajoie had to avoid entering Pennsylvania so he would be sent to Atlantic City when the Cleveland Bluebirds (as they were called then) came to play the A’s in Philly. Lajoie became so popular in Cleveland that they were renamed the Naps and he became player manager.
Sep 23, 2016 @ 17:26:46
I completely forgot about the bathroom bill controversy — yet another impediment Charlotte would need to overcome.
Yup, territorial rights are a huge obstacle. That’s the main reason why I wrote it will never happen.
I’d read the story about Nap Lajoie long ago. It’s a great story.
IMO, the whole stadium issue has gotten way out of hand. We’ve got professional sports teams across the country essentially expecting the taxpayers to pay for (or at least subsidize) enormously expensive stadiums and then, 20 years later, they want the taxpayers to pay for yet another one.
Sep 23, 2016 @ 18:39:43
Amen to that.
The Yankees are trying to get NYC to allow them to refinance the bonds issued to pay for the Stadium at lower, tax-free, rates. I have a niece who teaches in a school not far from there where they are begging for resources to just meet basic education levels. As much as I love sports, I can’t understand why any municipality would give a cent towards any stadium. Far too many bigger needs should come first.