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1 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 6:24 pm

Big man for the big win tonight.

2 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:09 pm

Let's hope the Yanks are playing to win tonight.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:12 pm

Word up. This is a big one...

4 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:21 pm

Looooong inning for the big fella ...

5 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:21 pm

Yikes...26 pitches. Let's hope the bullpen is well rested.

6 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:27 pm

Damn. soclose

7 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:43 pm

Woo hoo, Marcus!

8 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:43 pm


9 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:43 pm


10 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:43 pm

Nice pickup, that Marcus Thames.

11 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:43 pm

Marcus Welby, HR

12 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 7:59 pm

Heads up base running Zobrist. Thanks.

13 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:00 pm

Looks like this is going to be a grind from CC tonight.

14 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:04 pm

I'm pretty sure Swish swears at the top of his lungs every time he makes an out.

15 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:05 pm

[14] I've noticed the same thing.

16 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:08 pm

C'mon Robbie.

17 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:11 pm


18 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:15 pm

Serious question: would you rather have the Yankees add a top flight play-by-play man or an ace pitcher?

19 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:21 pm

[18] How bout Orel Hershiser? 2 birds with one stone. ; )
I'll take the ace pitcher, please.

20 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:22 pm

[19] Starters do have four days off...no reason Cliff Lee can't pitch every fifth day and do play by play the other four.

21 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:32 pm

[20] I've heard a lot of different announcers on MLBtv the last couple of months and my impression is that most of them are terrible. And mabye Cliff Lee makes Sterling sound like Scully.

22 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:34 pm

GG ripped that one down the line. Nice.

23 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:34 pm

[21] And just think about who we'll be getting to do the announcing in the playoffs.

Come back Michael Kay, all is forgiven! Well, not all.

24 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:36 pm

Who's this new shorstop kid?

25 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:38 pm

[23] If the radio synched with the tv I would listen to Sterling and Waldman over ANYONE that does the playoffs. That's for Modamn sure.

26 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:40 pm

Way to go Swish. okay, no double plays, let's make it hurt now.

27 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:40 pm

Bring the score truck, baby

28 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:41 pm

Your turn Mark.

29 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:41 pm

bring it, bring it

30 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:42 pm


31 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:43 pm

What's the rumpus? Seems like a quiet game thread for a battle of the Aces..everyone just waiting for the playoffs?

32 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:45 pm

Very good job laying off that 2-2 slider.

33 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:45 pm

31) Yankee fans, Jake.

34 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:45 pm

Good take. Up to the slumping Whadda ya know, Mr. Cano.

35 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:45 pm

Hit one in the seats, Robbie!

36 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:47 pm

son of a

37 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:47 pm

Thames Time

38 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:47 pm

[25] I think back to growing up in NJ in the late 80's and how many games I listened to on the radio.

I can only imagine that if Sterling and Waldman had been doing the radio play-by-play back then, I'd have become a Mets fan.

Thank Mo for the technology that allows me to watch almost every game on MLB.tv AND to choose the away announcers for those few games that I have to listen to when they are blacked out live.

39 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:48 pm

First two pitches to Thames are 96 fastballs, now he'll K him with soft stuff

40 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:48 pm

Serioulsy, he'll K him going with the breaking ball

41 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:49 pm

Fourth pitch, misses 97 fastball. Still, he's going soft.

42 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:49 pm


43 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:49 pm

Shave and a haircut, two bits.

That's frustrating for the Yankees but I give Price a lot of credit there.

44 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:50 pm

I'm so disappointed.

45 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:51 pm

Well, we got one there ... still, hoped for more than that.

46 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:51 pm

Ugh, could've used at least one more there!

47 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:52 pm

[38] i think back to growing up in NY in the late 80's and listening to obscure heavy metal on the radio from NJ. WSOU!!! : )

48 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:53 pm

[43] You go, Bo Diddley!

49 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:55 pm

[38] I experienced much of the 1980s on the radio. Loved Messer, Gordon with some Scooter mixed in. Then, in the late 1980s, Greenwald and Hutton were also very good. I also loved Sterling and Johnstone (Sterling was actually the serious one).

50 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:55 pm

Yanks may regret that fifth inning.

51 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:55 pm

Okay, CC, now your turn to get tough.

52 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:56 pm

I knew last inning would screw us I just didn't think it would happen so soon. C'mon, Big Fella!

53 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:56 pm

THat's a big K.

54 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:57 pm

[47] DUDE!!!


Right after the Celtic Heritage Hour!!!

Which was also AWESOME.

Seton Hall University Radio ... what's great is Seton Hall's a Catholic University and that Metal show played some CRAZY shit.

That's where I heard Venom and Slayer and Hellhammer and Overkill (man, did they ever play that 1st album), tons of great stuff.

Still don't know how they got away with that ...

55 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:58 pm

Fucking Lame.

56 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 8:59 pm

bad break..and hey, you, fuck willy aybar

57 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:00 pm

[54] missy collazzo & rockin' roman. shit, i never knew it was a catholic university. my grandma may not have approved, haha!

funny - i was tracking marimba today and mentioned the 1st overkill album to my engineer! hilarious. that album ruled and still rules. i used to carry it to school with my, i loved it sooo much. their new album is all kinds of *amazing*! i'm going to see them - with forbidden - in november. cannot. fucking. wait.

bear down, big bear!!! get outta this with the lead...

58 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:02 pm


59 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:02 pm

C.C. was living on the edge all game...Rays making him pay now.

60 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:02 pm

Aybar my ass. Guy is a piece of shit.

61 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:03 pm

Here comes the squeeze.

62 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:04 pm

[58] took the word right outta my mouth...

63 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:05 pm

Bases loaded, 1 out, and they get nothing, and now this. Yuck.

64 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:05 pm

We might regret not trying to win last night

65 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:07 pm

One of the rare disappointing outings from CC.

66 Evil Empire   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:08 pm

I'm pretty well convinced that the winner of this game wins the east, given the disparate schedules ahead and that it will be a 2.5 or a .5 game lead after tonight. Damn this game is making me crazy.

67 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:09 pm

[66] Also, if Rays win, they own the tiebreaker.

68 Evil Empire   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:10 pm

[64] Girardi might regret pitch Chad gaudin last night!

69 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:11 pm


70 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:11 pm

goddamn motherfucking bullshit.

fuck the heck???

71 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:11 pm

Bull fucking shit.

72 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:12 pm

[68] Anyone a Simpsons fan? Remember the episode where Homer makes a complaint to Mr. Burns about the applies in the vending machine? I feel like Girardi is Burns, the apples are Gaudin, and we're Homer.

"Oh, don't worry, there'll be plenty more of your precious Chad Gaudin...."

73 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:12 pm

[68] And Moseley. And Albaladejo. No one can honestly say with a straight face that Girardi was trying to win that game.

74 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:12 pm

Give it back, blue. Balls

75 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:12 pm

[68] It's a real shame that the Yankees essentially lost three games to the Rays in September with Guadin or Mitre on the mound. Yankees are going to regret their casual attitude about this pennant race.

76 Evil Empire   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:13 pm

[67] true but with a .5 game lead and the rays playing the Mariners, orioles and Royals for 10 games and the yanks playing the sox for 6 and the jays for 3 there's just no way the Yanks could make a half game hold up. Hopefully joba can get out of this and we can get to price

77 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:13 pm

This is going to go down in flames, not having a good feeling about Joba here.

78 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:14 pm

[76] They'd not only have to make it hold, but actually add to it because the 1/2 game isn't in the loss column.

79 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:14 pm

C.C. may have just lost the Cy Young award too.

80 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:15 pm

what, no go-dan?

color me shocked!

81 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:15 pm


82 Evil Empire   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:15 pm

[67] William my point that I poorly addressed in [76] is that the Rays won't need the tie breaker by winning tonight.

And after those 2 runs off joba they will win.

83 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:16 pm

Way to go Joba, you fat fuck.

84 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:16 pm

great work, joba.


85 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:16 pm

If they keep it 6-3 Yanks will come back and win this one yet.

86 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:16 pm

[82] I don't think so either, but it's just another nail in the coffin the Yankees seem so happy to be laying in.

87 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:17 pm

There's the Joba I know.

88 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:17 pm

I just hope Price got too much rest this inning.

89 rbj   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:18 pm


90 Evil Empire   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:18 pm

[78] the Rays won't need the tie breaker. Fuck that piece of shit schedule maker. Everyone knew the royals would suck and boston would be above .500.

What I can't understand is why aren't the rays playing at least playing the jays in the last series. This is utter horseshit.

91 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:18 pm

[86] If the Yankees lose game five in Minnesota or game seven in Tampa, can it at least be assured that Girardi won't come back?

92 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:18 pm

Good work Joba.

93 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:18 pm

Well, fuck this noise.

I'm out.

94 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:18 pm

Joba's low leverage numbers really don't mean a thing after seeing him blow up here.

95 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:19 pm

Weird that CC went away from the heater against the bottom of the order, like Flaherty just said.

96 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:19 pm

Bottom line is you can't walk hitters like Shoppach and Rodriguez and expect to win.

97 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:19 pm

Longoria is going yard here.

98 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:19 pm

[91] I hoping that will be our consolation prize.

99 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:20 pm

Missed it by that much.

100 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:21 pm

Bah. The Yanks can still win the division. I would have signed up for a split 4 days ago. The fact that they won the first 2 games and then spit the bit is just a kick in the balls. Ya just can't predict.......

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101 Evil Empire   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:21 pm

Ok that throwing the grass in the air stuff from Harold Reynolds was pretty useful.

102 Evil Empire   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:23 pm

Looks like the Rays have a score battleship.

103 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:24 pm

Holy crow. Yanks were winning when I went to go do the dishes.

That was a quick turnaround.

104 Evil Empire   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:25 pm

So is Carla pavano going to Kenny Rogers us?

105 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:28 pm

Jeter really expanded the zone in this AB.

106 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:28 pm

WTF, they just gave up SEVEN runs in one inning?? Is this another part of the battle-losing-war-winning strategy that I don't yet understand? A bit of "rope-a-dope" to lull them into false confidence??

107 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:29 pm

[106] The Yankees have been treating September like a month long Dunkirk.

108 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:30 pm

[106] I know, what a shock. I thought I was reading the box score wrong.

109 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:32 pm

please hit a 6-run grand-and-a-half slam here, tex!

110 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:32 pm

Kay is an imbecile.

111 Evil Empire   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:33 pm

FUCK. First pitch? Nice approach.

112 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:33 pm

One of the biggest things holding the Yankees back has been Tex inability to get a big hit.

113 Just Fair   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:33 pm

Sounded good. Bollocks!

114 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:33 pm

Damn. It was almost a mirror of the top of the frame, with the two-rally and two walks.

115 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:34 pm

I am really growing tired of Teixeira and him swinging at the first pitch after every walk. It doesn't work for him!

116 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:37 pm

When the epitaph of the Yankees season is written, I have a feeling these games they didn’t try to win are going to be a big part of the story.

117 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:37 pm

nothing like a leadoff walk to precede the coming 2-run jomerun...

118 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:38 pm

We haven't suffered enough? Now Javy?

119 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:40 pm

Oh Jesus.

120 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:41 pm

Eject him ump, that was clearly intentional. And suspend him for the rest of the year to send a message to the rest of baseball.

121 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:43 pm

javy's in rare form.

i smell double digits...

122 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:43 pm

Okay, this if kind of funny to watch.

123 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:43 pm

[120] See? He's a headhunter!

I think it's all a ploy to get Brackman in the game...

124 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:43 pm

Watching this team essentially quit on games really makes me uneasy...it feels like the Yankees have been hijacked.

125 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:43 pm

that's gotta be some kinda record...

126 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:44 pm

Wait a second, what? Did he just hit three straight batters?

127 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:44 pm

I come in to see Javy channel his inner Dock Ellis...

128 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:45 pm

On the bright side, Javy hasn't given up a homer yet

129 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:45 pm

[124] william, you tend to overreact, no offense. But you're dead on. This has been the drizzling shits. I don't get it.

130 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:46 pm

[125] I don't think it is a record.

131 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:46 pm


132 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:47 pm

[129] None taken.

133 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:48 pm

This is a disastrous game. Most disappointing performance.

134 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:49 pm

What's Melky Cabrera up to these days?

135 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:49 pm

[125] I am pretty sure Dizzy Dean hit a bunch more in a row...on purpose.

136 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:52 pm

[125] Actually, according to Baseball Almanac, three is the record for an inning, so it must be for consecutive batters as well.

137 jjmerlock   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:53 pm

How bad is it now?

Obviously, I've been as hard on Girardi as anyone these last few months. And he's still on my shit list for what he's done in games previous.

I was spared watching this steaming dump of a game (I'm wiped out and have been sleeping) - but I'm wondering if he doesn't have much blame tonight?

You have the lead with your ace on the mound - your ace completely shits the bed and is part of a freaking 7 spot? Girardi actually goes to one of the "premium(ish)" guys before the 7th, and that guy shits the bed, too?

Is this on Girardi, or is it how it looks from afar - completely on CC and Joba?

Is there something not in the box score here?

138 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:53 pm

[134] About 250

His batting average, that is. His weight may be higher.

139 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:55 pm

[135] I though Phil Neikro did too...

[133] I don't think I am alone but i HATE teams that don't go all out for the division..actually, I've come to think that the regular season banner is much more impressive than winning the WS..in the old days the "pennant" was such a big deal...the soccer leagues in Europe have it right: play one long season and the team at the top at the end is champs. Then have side tournaments for everyone to have some chance at hardware.

Or maybe I'm just turning into Murray Chass...

140 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:56 pm

Looks like the internets picked up on my Dock Ellis reference :-p

141 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:57 pm

[137] I can't blame Girardi for that train wreck of a 5th. I blame him for taking the foot off the gas to a degree where this game became a must win for division hopes, but that's neither here nor there I guess. I mean, maybe you pull CC earlier, but you can't win there.

142 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:58 pm

Hey, Tokyo - how did Andy Phillips do with the Rakuten Eagles this year? Is he going to stay in Japan next year?

143 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 9:58 pm

[140] Isn't he the dude on the Pirates that was stoned out of his mind and started hitting guys? LSD maybe?

144 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:00 pm

[143] OK, I mixed things up- stoned on LSD when he threw a perfect game, and in another game he hit the first three batters of a game to prove some kind of point about his team not being tough enough.

145 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:02 pm

Yay! More Javy!

146 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:02 pm

[139] I am right with you. In fact, even if they win the World Series, I don't think the season is a complete success. It really bothers me that the Yankees are no longer run by the notion of winning for winning's sake.

147 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:04 pm

[143] The story as I remember it was that Ellis thought that the Pirates "feared" the Reds. To make a point that the Reds weren't the big and bad club that they were made out to be Ellis decided to plunk every Red in the lineup. He was unsuccessful.

He did pitch a no hitter on LSD, IIRC he got the days screwed up, and thought he was off. So he dropped a couple hits of acid, and got the call that he was supposed to pitch that day.

148 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:07 pm

[142] I believe he's under the Mendoza Line in limited action..but Rakuten in last place, not much PR this season..

[146] yeah, it's made the end of the season kind of boring now..i want pennant races!!

149 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:10 pm

[142] Phillips did not do well at all; .198-2-12 (.296/.283). Darrell Rasner went 5-10, 4.54

150 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:13 pm

[148] Thanks. Limited action because he sucked, or because he was injured?

I guess if he's struggling in Japan, he was never going to stick in the big leagues.

151 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:13 pm

I'll be embarassed if the Yankees celebrate the Wild Card.

152 The Hawk   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:14 pm

Hey just wanted to drop in for some quick naysaying before bed.

Here's my contribution: I don't see the Yanks making it to the World Series, much less winning it.

Maybe I'll have reason to change that assessment by season's end.

153 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:14 pm

Its always funny to hear Kay read the company line. For a while it

154 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:14 pm

[149] Thanks. How about Aaron Guiel? Is he still with Yakult?

155 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:15 pm

It isn't so much that you don't celebrate the WC, Kay, it's that some players feel that the team shouldn't "settle" for the WC when the division is there for the taking.

156 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:15 pm

[153] For a while it was that Nick Johnson was a fabulous idea. Now its that playing for the wild card is perfectly fine.

157 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:16 pm

[149] I think he was injured...pretty boring season here though, My Yakult Swallows barely at .500 so I lost interest..


158 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:20 pm
159 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:21 pm
160 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:21 pm
161 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:23 pm

If the Yankees aren't going to try to win these games, they really need to give us better than Michael Kay.

162 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:23 pm

[158] LOL. Good ol' Ralph Malph!

Thanks the link. I had been checking JapanBaseball.com, but their player pages have been down for awhile now.

163 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:24 pm

Perhaps Joe doesn't remember what a total fucking disaster Joe was in the playoffs last year with two lefties out of the pen.

164 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:25 pm

[163] *kay doesn't remember

165 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:25 pm

I would imagine that playing baseball in Japan has to be a pretty cool experience. Games just have a different atmosphere out there.

166 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:26 pm

[160] Wow, Andy Phillips hardly played at all. He only played half a season last year, because he in the US for the first half, and played even less this year. Do you know what kind of injury he had?

167 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:29 pm

[165] I would love to attend a baseball game in Japan sometime.

168 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:32 pm

[165][167] Bandbox ballparks (Jingu Stadium where Yakult play is AAA size, very cozy), drumming, trumpets and chanting from first to last pitch, beer girls with kegs on their backs everywhere, hot bowls of noodles available..and sac bunts in the first inning!! Great fun all around :)

169 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:34 pm

[167] Me too! Ever since I read Whiting's "You Gotta Have Wa!"

170 Raf   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:39 pm

[166] I don't know what kind of injury he had, but in NPB, there's a minor league system; that's where Phillips was playing.

[167] I went to a Baystars - Tigers game earlier this year (@ Yokohama), I had a great time. Tigers fans are really into it.

171 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:47 pm

[170] Yokohama are pretty bad every season..love that old stardium though, right on the edge of Chinatown and the Kannai drinking-area. Every stadium should be in the center of town like that.

Tigers fans are wildest in Japan, very rowdy. I hear they like brawling with the Hiroshima Carp fans (who are known to be gangster-related..)

172 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2010 10:56 pm

[171] Baseball hooligans?

Battlefield Baseball?

173 Bellota   ~  Sep 23, 2010 11:05 pm

[168] I had the opportunity to see a pre-season game in 2009 between the Hanshin Tigers and Oryx Buffaloes. I experienced all you related including the launching of thousands of balloons during the break in the seventh inning. How long would the gathering of the balloons take without delaying the game? Not much more than the usual time our ads take up before play resumes. Out of centerfield came a small army of teens that gathered up the used balloons.

One perhaps disconcerting note is the net that extends down both sides of the foul line that keeps balls and bats from flying into the stands. It is better to sit higher so as not to have to watch the game through a net.

One final note - I liked the tribute displays to Ichiro and H. Matsui in the gift shop area.

I like the way the japanese play the game and present the game to the fans. Go if you can. BTW, there is no booing - wouldn't be polite.

174 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 23, 2010 11:24 pm

[173] You wonder how they would take a game like tonight... stone silence? Or would booing be more interesting than before?

I can't stand it; half the team is coasting by permission of the manager and the other half is "disturbed" by it, but not riled up enough apparently to kick some ass. I want to give up and watch my Jets, but they've become complete assholes (when the owner becomes the good guy on the team, there is a real problem that no one wants to admit), then the Knicks have the opposite problem with a better team and an asshole owner.

How do I relieve my pent-up aggression and competitiveness here, draw the f@#$ out of some art?

175 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 24, 2010 12:03 am

[174] That's the recipe, get that comic done! :) 

Melo still an option..please, tell me he's coming to MSG???

176 Raf   ~  Sep 24, 2010 12:36 am
177 Raf   ~  Sep 24, 2010 12:37 am

dang, doesn't look like it'll show up

178 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 24, 2010 1:05 am

[175] I'll work on it, but I'm also producing some more short films, so it'll be a little while...

Carmelo wants to come, but I'm not sure how likely it'll be. I'm hearing Denver will practically sell him straight up for cash (@$65 mil) which I'm not sure is allowed, but if it were then he'd be destined for NY as long as they can dump Curry. But as I said before, Carmelo alone's not the answer, they need a legit center to anchor the post and allow Melo, Amar'e and company to do their thing. Shaq is OPP, Yao may never play again, Ilgaukus OPP, Camby OPP, Kwame Brown's a stiff, etc. etc. I don't consider anyone under 7ft a legit NBA center unless they're monsters like Zo was, and a lot of the 7-footers in the game now don't dominate in the post anymore (or never have).

Then there's the fact that Mike D'Antoni's the wrong guy to lead a team that was already soft on defense before he got there. If they had chosen Mark Jackson, they might still have lost a lot of games, but I'll bet a lot more heads would have been flown. Plus he might have been able to pull in some of the crew from his heyday and bring some of that old jail ball flavor back.

It all comes down to the owner being a real scumbag douche to the point you'd believe Al Davis could run the Knicks better than he can, and who wants to play for a douche like him (unless you hand over a cool $100 mil, far more than your worth, but hey he's a douche and doesn't know or care about that)? If LeBron did one thing right during that whole fiasco, it was to back away from the Knicks.

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