Stupid Baseball

How does it do it? How does this stupid game with it’s screwed up owners and its overpaid players and its clueless Commissioner and all the other crap it piles on our heads to try to get us to stop watching somehow manage to align the stars just right to make it irresistable? I gave up the pretense of ignoring baseball in August, but it had gotten to the point where I even forgot there was an All-Star Game this year.

But the baseball gods put together an incredible set of Division Series, in which only the easy elimination of the Twins was predictable. Cubs-Braves was a nail-biter with the Cubs finally winning a post-season series. Marlins-Giants? Awesome! (How many times do you end a series on a play at the plate like that??) And, of course, every game but the 2nd of the Oakland-Boston series was super intense.

Of course, I was sitting there screaming at the TV in the 9th. What kind of INSANE managing was that?? One out, the winning run on second, first base open, your best sinkerball pitcher in the game, and you pull in the infield??? Lowe saved Grady Little’s ass last night! At least it took my mind off the STUPID Fox announcers. God, I miss having Sox radio.

And now, it’s Red Sox versus Yankees for the League Championship. Clemens’ last post-season, and he’s pitching against his old team–a come-from-behind, never-say-die Sox team (the only one to beat the 2-0 series deficit TWICE).

Hello, my name is Lester. I’m a baseball-holic.

I can’t quit anytime I want.

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16 Responses to Stupid Baseball

  1. Ric The Schmuck says:

    Baseball has a way of doing that to a guy.
    You’re right (as usual), the Game is soo great that even the people that run it can’t competely screw it up.
    And oh yeah….

  2. Playoffs

    There’s not a team left that I care much about although there is one I despise. Therefore, I have decided…

  3. Cableman says:

    Speaking of the clueless Commissioner… Since it worked in CA, why not start a national campaign to ‘recall’ Bud Selig?
    Didn’t he want to drop the Twins franchise? If the Twins are that bad and made it to the playoffs, what does that say about the other teams in their division, eh Mr. (and I use that term loosely) Selig?

  4. Alteredboy says:

    Who needs a curse when you can COWBOY UP! That game ruled last night! I agree that the Fox announcers have got to go. When they were criticizing Manny Ramirez for pointing at the bench when he hit that HR was making me mad. Come on, he did not have an RBI up until that point the whole series. I would have been pointing fingers in every direction if that were me.

  5. domino says:

    OMG, that was an incredible game. It feels like 1975 or 1986 all over again. I am a born again baseball fan.

  6. Sorrento says:

    OMFG!!! I can’t believe they did it. I couldn’t believe it when they didn’t pull the guy after the first walk. I thought I was going to pop a vessel. I had a headache after it was over from praying and holding my breath and walking around, leaving the room.. well, you get the picture. but WE WON!!!!!!!! Now bring on the asprin and the (booooo hissss) the Yanks.

  7. Solonor says:

    AB: If he’d been pointing at the OAKLAND bench or at the pitcher, that would have been one thing, but good grief. They sounded like he committed a capital offense for watching a pivotal homerun! They probably would have complained about Fisk for standing there waiving the ball fair, instead of running!! Puh-leeze. Then they wouldn’t get off it!

  8. Ric The Schmuck says:

    Tim McCarver is the Anti-Christ! And I don’t even know if he called the game. (I actually don’t know. One of the guys sounded like him, but I never paid attention when they said who the broadcasters were.) Even if it wasn’t him, it was his foul influence upon his networks commentators. I remember kinda feeling bad for him back when Deion Sanders dumped the ice water on him back after that World Series, but now I see why…. He is a smug, arrogant, whiny crybaby that is a pox upon the baseball world. Or something like that.

  9. Solonor says:

    It wasn’t him, but if I can’t have Joe Castiglione, I want Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. ESPN needs to cover all the games. How’s THAT for being a whiny crybaby!

  10. Christine says:

    I agree about the Fox announcers…can’t stand them! Luckily, we are able to turn down the sound and listen to Joe and Jerry.

    I’m still walking on air from last night…and my throat still hurts from cheering! I was yelling so loudly that they probably heard me all the way to Oakland!

  11. Linkmeister says:

    It was Brennaman and Lyons doing the broadcasting last night. I don’t like either of them. I can live with Buck and McCarver if I don’t listen to Tim.

  12. wKen says:

    Baseball sucks only slightly less than tennis, golf, hockey or auto racing. Who cares which multi-millionaire, steroid modified, rude , uneducated group of humans can hit more balls sufficiently to avoid having them caught and allowing them to run around a diamond more times than any other such group. Spectator sports are for people who wish to live vicariously through others. I have a life.

    Football, on the other hand , rules. Go 49ers!

  13. Solonor says:

    Congratulations! That wins the coveted BITE ME award! :p

  14. Ric The Schmuck says:

    And bite me, too! 🙂

  15. Alteredboy says:

    Oh yeah, Terrell Owens is a fine example of a professionalism. What do you call four 49er defensive backs in the endzone?…statues
    j/k I have a friend that loves the niners and I give him crap all the time. 🙂

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