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Old 03-26-2019, 06:48 PM
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Noah Syndergaard should have taken a page from Ryan Braun's playbook in regards to his dislike of the Mets trip to Syracuse. His boy DeGrom got paid though.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/sport...ip/3272605002/

Don't know what he could have done. Would have had to be more creative than forgetting a passport. Syracuse isn't in Canada, is it?

The season starts in 47.5 hrs! Not that I'm counting.

NL Central Picks this year:

Cardinals - 94
Cubs - 92 (WC)
Brewers - 87
Reds - 83
Pirates - 81

Used to never miss an opening day at the ballpark. Went 14 years in a row at one point. Obviously childcare is an issue now but aside from that it's just become such a frat party style drunk fest in the parking lot for people who are going to their one and only game of the year. Heading to the game on Sunday though.
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:56 PM
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I can't wait for Thursday afternoon GBDad.


As for the Mets, as you know I am a Mets fan. That being said Thor should just shut up and pitch. For God's sake he works every 5 days and has been off for over 5 months. Him bitching for his pal DeGrom's contract irked me too. DeGrom was going to make 17 million this season. The Mets have had a long string of bad big contracts lately and to be honest, deGrom is a wafe. I call him the Buttless Wonder. I love watching him pitch but I can see him breaking down quickly. He is not as big and strong as Verlander or Syndeguard
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The waif, deGrom , throws 6 shutout innings against a tough nats team on opening day. Sherzer is already behind him in the Cy Young voting! Great pitchers duel that the Mets win 2-0. But of course the NY media is focused on the Yanks beating the AA Orioles. The Yankees first 12 games are against a couple of AL speed bumps.
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:56 PM
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So great to see actual baseball actually being played! Was rooting for deGrom and he didn't disappoint for my fantasy team. Good win for the Brew Crew on opening day. Yelich homered, Chacin pitched well, Hader threw gas, and Cain robbed a game tying homer to end it. Picked up right where they left off last year!
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So great to see actual baseball actually being played! Was rooting for deGrom and he didn't disappoint for my fantasy team. Good win for the Brew Crew on opening day. Yelich homered, Chacin pitched well, Hader threw gas, and Cain robbed a game tying homer to end it. Picked up right where they left off last year!



Saw that catch and knew you would be happy GBDAD. Loooong opening day game for you. I told you the day the brewers got Yelich that he was a total playa! Thank God he is out of the NL East
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Bryce Harper's return to DC last night. Vociferously booed! To be expected. The funny thing is to hear all of the analysts and talk show hosts saying how surprised they were at the reaction and that the Nats fans should be ashamed of themselves. Saying that the fans should understand that the Nationals made basically a token attempt at resigning him and anyone would have left given the contract specifics from each side. That works if a player signs across the country and comes back with his new team 3 years later. Everyone for the most part understands leaving for the biggest money. But don't do it going to a division rival.

When Brett Favre was traded to the Jets, Jets jerseys popped up all over town and local TV carried every Jets game that season. A little different because he was traded. But had he signed with the Saints after that one year with the Jets and came back to play in Green Bay he would have received a standing ovation - loud and long. He signed with the Vikings. The greatest player in Packers history was booed for 3.5 hours. Would have been the same had he signed with the Bears.

When Prince Fielder left the Brewers he went to the Tigers. More money. Brewers made a token offer. He came to Milwaukee with the Tigers and got a standing ovation. If he signed with the Cubs????? Let's be honest, we need to enjoy Christian Yelich while we can. No way, no how, can the Brewers resign him when his contract is up in 3 years. If he goes home to California, goes to the Yankees or Red Sox, the Mets, or joins Harper in Philly he'll see the love when he returns to American Family Field (might as well get used to saying that). Sign with the Cubs or the Cardinals?......Think Brewers fans are going to take that kindly?
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I feel like Randy Quaid in the Major League movies. Remember them?

"Wild Thing, you make my butt sting."


The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-3 and swept the Cincinnati Reds for the first time since 1969. Pirates starter Chris Archer gave up a home run to Derek Dietrich, who stood in the batter's box a little too long for Archer's liking.

The response was that next time Dietrich was up Archer threw at him - or more aptly, threw a pitch behind him. That sparked a warning by the home plate umpire to Archer and a warning to both benches - but that pretty much cleared them anyway.

The Reds' manager got up and into the umpire's face and was summarily executed. That's when Yaisei Puig lost his mind and went at Archer.

Now I'm not saying that Archer was right, but he did something that was a lot like happened between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers way back in 2009. He rallied his team to come back and steal the game - and the series.

In that NHL game I referred to, the Pens were down by 3 in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when Talbot dropped the gloves against Daniel Carcillo. He summarily lost that fight and as he was escorted to the penalty box to the jeers of the Flyers' fans he raised him finger to his lips and shushed the crowd.

The show was not for them though. Instead, it awoke a sleeping giant and rallied his team's bench. Long story short, the Pens came back and the Flyers got to work on their golf games early.

So fast forward to yesterday, the effect was similar - if a bit earlier in the season. Like I said though, it was significant.

The Pirates are expected to finish last in their division this year. On paper their payroll looks like the ownership team led by tightwad Bob Nutting has handcuffed general manager Neil Huntington to signing a squad of replacement players.

Attendance last year was down by SEVEN FIGURES and debate among the local sports scene is that true fans need to boycott the team. No amount of fireworks after a Saturday night game, free T-shirts and bobbleheads on Friday nights or Kid's Sundays is going to bring them back. My wife is among them.

It's farcical along the lines of Major League - though I don't think anybody wants to see a cardboard cutout of a naked team owner in the clubhouse. I still don't think they have the collective passion to do something that crazy to amp themselves up over the course of the season. OTOH they're not being led by a banker in a baseball uniform anymore. I hope that manager Clint Hurdle can harness the passion that erupted from the bench yesterday.

As for me, I find myself feel like Randy Quaid in the second Major League movie: something about that brawl on a Sunday afternoon sparked something in me. I'm going to be taking more notice of what the Pirates do this season.

I just hope they don't disappoint me in August like they always seem to do.
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Saw that! Love me a good ol' fashioned donnybrook! Pirates have a pretty good team. Little surprised the Reds are off to a 1-8 start. Delighted at the Cubs early struggles.

Major League is an all time classic. Major League 2 was better than a lot of people gave it credit for. As for Major League 3, I'll defer to Bob Uecker, Harry Doyle himself. During a game broadcast one time someone was asking Uke about the Major League movies. Uke says, "You ever see Major League 3?" To which the person said, no. "Well don't! That thing was so bad it was being shown on airplanes the day after we finished it."
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In other baseball news.........friggen idiots!




https://nypost.com/2019/04/09/baseba...ea-gone-wrong/
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In other baseball news.........friggen idiots!


https://nypost.com/2019/04/09/baseba...ea-gone-wrong/
Unbelievable that no one stood up and said, "Maybe this isn't the best idea!"

From Chicago......

https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/...ing-tone-deaf/

Isn't there a saying that those who refuse to acknowledge the past are doomed to repeat it? The uber-sensitive, easy to offend, snowflake millennials and social media are going to destroy us. Clearly this sign was on display to show a glimpse of the past and how far we've come since 1945.

If I came across that with my daughter I'd use it as a teaching moment to show that women didn't always have the opportunities that are available to her. And yes, perhaps there is still work to be done in that regard, but things like this should be a reminder to never take a back seat to anyone, keep working hard, not let anyone tell you you can't do something. But no! The first reaction these days has to be OUTRAGE!!!! Social media campaigns!!!! Rallies!!!
Boycott the Cubs!!! Someone has to PAY!!! What did Donald Trump know and when did he know it!!!
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