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Rangers and Cardinals Fight to the Death

Last night was amazing.  That’s there really is to say.  I’m honestly hard pressed to find the words to describe what I watched.

Yes… Beavis and Butt-Head made their triumphant return to television last night and it was amazing.  But… I’m not here to talk about that.

Last night also gave us one of the greatest World Series games in recent memory, if not ever.  It’s was unbelievable what transpired into the early hours of Friday morning.  I watched it as it happened, seen all the replays and listened to all of the analysis and still can’t believe it happened.

The Rangers found a way to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by blowing two, two run leads in the bottom of the 9th and 10th innings and then gave up a game winning home run to David Freese.  It was very Cleveland like of them and as such, I feel their pain.

Now the Cardinals and Rangers face off in a do or die game 7.  All hands are on deck in what is one of the most intense and dramatic events in all of sports.  Nothing beats a game 7 in baseball, a Stanley Cup Final game 7 is the lone exception.  Every pitch, every hit, every run matters.  I can’t wait to see what these two teams have in store for us tonight.  It’s been a great series so far and may very well go down as one of the best we ‘ve ever seen.  It’s been back and forth the entire time and depending on what happens tonight it may solidify its position near the top.

If you’re a baseball fan, you couldn’t ask for a better ending to a season.  Do you realize it’s been 10 years since we’ve seen a game 7?  10 Years!  We’re more than over due for this.

When these two teams take the field tonight, all that separates one of them from a place in history is 27 outs.  Rest assured, those outs won’t come easy.  They’ll be highly contested and nerve rattling from the start.  Eventually someone is going to come through and be the hero.  After that 27th out is made the party will officially be on for one team.  For the other, a long cold winter full of nightmares and what if’s. 

Twenty-seven outs…  That’s all that stands in the way of greatness.

 

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Wordless Wednesday… World Series Edition

For the record, I’m taking the Rangers.  They have “the look.”  I fully expect the Cardinals to make this a series, though.  They’re riding the waves of some serious momentum.  It should be fun…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick Thoughts on a Tuesday…

I don’t have a lot of time today.  First off, work has been crazy of late.  We’ve reached peak season so my days are spent doing actual work rather than sitting in my cubicle, bored out of my mind, trying to come up with ideas and writing all day long.

Second, I can’t start anything too elaborate and finish it when I get home because well… I’m not entirely sure I’m going to go home and have internet access.  In the continuing saga that has been me versus my internet, we have reached a new stage of warfare.  I do believe this is AT&T’s version of trench warfare.  Any and all access to the internet has been eliminated due to a city-wide network problem. 

According to the two service tech that came out to my apartment on Sunday, I’m not the only one having this issue and it “should be rectified soon.”  Apparently rectify soon meant I get to go from having dial-up modem speed to no internet at all.  I swear to God, I’m about two more days away from using this space as a weapon against AT&T.  Full on blogosphere and Twitter onslaught… oh, it’s coming.  Don’t continue to mess with me AT&T… you won’t like me when I’m angry.

Anyways, here are a few quick thoughts I have for today:

1.  The Tigers are done.  I know the Rangers still have to win two more games, but with that lineup, bullpen, and the injuries the Tigers are dealing with right now I don’t see how the Rangers blow this.  In fact, I don’t see how they don;t lose the whole damn thing.

2.  Milwaukee and St. Louis is going to go seven games and the ride is going to be fun.  These teams hate one another.  I’m openly rooting for the Brewers.  They went all in with Fielder in what is more than likely his last season in Milwaukee and as someone who knows the pain of losing stars to free agency, I hope it works out for them.  My only issue with the Brewers is when they get a lead it’s like a party, when they fall behind they lose all energy and just look depressing.  That’s not a good sign.

3.  The Lions… wow!  They’re for real.  That team is absolutely scary on both sides of the ball.  The only thing they really have going against them is inexperience on a larger stage (something that showed last night early in the game) and the fact that they share a division with the Packers.  How awesome does that Thanksgiving Day matchup look right now.  Oh, and for everyone that was crying out for the Lions to lose the Thanksgiving Day game when they were awful… shove it.  This is why they kept it.  It was only a matter of time.

4.  The NBA cancelled the first two weeks of the season.  Why don’t they just do us all a favor and go ahead and cancel the first three months while they’re at it.  That’s where this is headed and to try to pretend like it’s not it a total joke.  We aren’t getting NBA basketball until at least January, if at all… Not that anyone cares, but we should.  This is the best crop of talent in at least a decade and we might lose a complete year of it.  If I were you I’d start placing bets now on which star player is going to pull a Shawn Kemp and come into training camp at 300+ lbs.  Right now, my money is on either Vince Carter, he was headed there already, or Carmello Anthony.

5.  Marcus Bernard… what the hell were you thinking?  Idiot.

6.  AT&T… I hate you.

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Predicting the Baseball’s Second Half

So, if this site has proved anything at all, it’s that when it comes to making predictions… I’m not so good.  Whether it be playoffs, or home run derbys, or skills challenges, or March Madness, I’ve come to learn that all of my predictions turn out to be wrong (ok, not all of them, but at this point it seems like most of them).  So, it would only be natural to continue my excellence in prognostication for all of your amusement.  I present to you my predictions for the second half of the 2011 Major League Baseball season, via a question and answer format.

1.  Can the Indians hold off the Tigers and win the AL Central?: I want to say yes, but my head is telling me to say no.  I don’t think they’ll take a gamble and make a big impact move to get a legit right-handed bat that can make an impact in the lineup or a top of the rotation starter.  Their most likely move will come from another Triple A call up.  On the other hand, the Tigers have a solid lineup with some legit power bats in it that can drive in runs (Cabrera, Martinez, Peralta, Ordonez’s decaying corpse), Justin Verlander at the top of their rotaion along with Max Scherzer, and if they feel like they need to make a move, they’ll make it.  The Tigers aren’t afraid to add salary.  The Indians are.  I think that will be the difference, but I still think it will come down to the wire.  Also… don’t rule out the White Sox… or the Twins.

2.  Will the Pirates pull off the impossible and make the playoffs?: I think they can.  Right now they’re only a game out of first place, they’re over .500 for the first time in 20+ years, and they have quality pitching.  In all honesty, they’re a lot like the Indians and have been one of this season’s great stories.  I think they’re less likely to keep up this pace though.  The Pirates are even more talent deprived than the Indians, plus, the Brewers, Cardinals, and Reds could all get hot and pull away from the pack.  So no, the Pirates won’t make the playoffs, but… they’ll finish over .500.  Baby steps Pittsburgh… baby steps.

3.  Can Jose Bautista do the unthinkable and hit 60 home runs?:  This one is tough.  Last year he hit 54.  So far this season his is at 31 and the kicker is, he’s ahead of last year’s pace.  The only problem is that I don’t think he’ll get the opportunities.  He plays in the same division as the Yankees, Rays, and Red Sox.  All three teams are vying for two playoff spots and they’ll be seeing a lot of the Blue Jays down the stretch.  None of them are going to let Bautista beat them.  They’ll walk him and take their chances with Aaron Hill and Adam Lind.  To answer a second, inevitable question… Bautista should be the MVP, crappy team be damned.  Any other team would sacrifice a small child for a chance to get Bautista into their lineup.  Doesn’t that make him the most valuable?

4.  What big names can we expect to be moved before the trade deadline?:  This is another tough one.  There are so many teams still in the thick of things that I don’t believe there will be many big names on the trading block.  I think the most likely big name is Carlos Beltran.  He’s playing well and you can’t overlook what he did for Houston a few years ago in the same situation.  Speaking of Houston, I think for the right package they might be willing to let go of Hunter Pence.  He’s due for a raise and as a rebuilding team, Houston might want to start over with prospects.  The biggest question mark will be Jose Reyes.  He’ll either be a Met, or he’ll be a Giant.  He fits both ball parks well and the Giants could desperately use a new short stop and an offensive spark.  Stay tuned.

5.  Will we see the real Albert Pujols before things are all said and done?:  Simply put, yes.  Albert Pujols is about as a consistent a hitter we have ever seen.  First half struggles and injuries aside, if Pujols is healthy eventually he is going to hit.  There’s no question about it.

6.  Which team currently “out of the race” or close to it is primed to make a Colorado Rockies type push?:  The most likely candidates when you look in my opinion are the Rockies, Twins, and surprisingly… the Nationals.  The problem for two of these teams, Rockies and Nationals, is that the leaders of their divisions are juggernauts.  Does anyone foresee the Phillies or Giants collapsing any time soon?  I think the most likely candidate is the Twins.  Yes, 6.5 games back at this point isn’t “out of it” status per say, but considering where they’ve been this year and where they are now, I think they could take the central if they can get Mauer hitting and straighten out their bullpen issues.

7.  Derek Jeter is the Yankees leadoff hitter.  Will he be batting leadoff in October?:  No.  I think now that the pursuit for 3000 is over the Yankees can begin to better evaluate their stance on Jeter.  I think come October he’ll be batting either 2nd, his natural place in the order, or batting 7th or 8th.  It shouldn’t be seen as a slap in the face.  It’s just a simple reality.  Jeter is old and is a liability batting leadoff and batting near the top.  I think he would serve the Yankees better in the bottom third.

8.  Who wins the divisions and the wildcards?:  In the AL your division winners will be the Yankees, Tigers, and Rangers.  In the NL, the division winners will be the Phillies, Brewers, and Giants.  The wild cards, the Red Sox and the Braves.

9.  Going a step further, how will the playoffs play out?:  The AL will see the Rangers topple the Yankees and the Red Sox beat the Tigers.  In the NL, the Brewers will beat the Phillies, and the Giants will beat the Braves.  In the LCS’s the Red Sox will beat the Rangers, Brewers will somehow find a way to beat the Giants.  In the World Series… Red Sox over Brewers in 6…ugh

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And the WWF Plot Thickens…

Do you hear that?  If you listen carefully you can hear it off in the distance.  That my friends is the sound of jaws hitting the floor.  More specifically the jaws of the New York Yankees and their fans hitting the floor.  They have been bamboozled… and it’s awesome.

I make no apologies.  I don’t live in New York, I didn’t grow up in New York, therefore, I hate New York.  More importantly, I hate the Yankees.  Seeing them and their fans not get their way and the subsequent shocked denial is about as entertaining as watching a 4-year-old throw a temper tantrum in the toy aisle of Target.  I love it, I relish it.  Granted, this is going to make my home life a living hell.  The Yankee Loving Fiance is none to pleased about the recent developments.  If I’m not careful over the next 24 hours I might take a fork to the forehead… or worse. Continue reading

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