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ChuckElias Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:00am

Warning!! It's Baaaaaack!! Off-topic Baseball Thread '08 !!
 
PLAY BALL!!

Red Sox kicked off the 2008 regular season by playing against the Oakland A's this morning in Tokyo. Dice-K got the start (as Beckett is on the DL already :( ) and looked pretty shaky at the start. He gave up 2 runs in the 1st inning and struggled in the 2nd. He settled down and pitched very well into the 5th. Sox took a brief 3-2 lead, but then gave it back. Okajima came in and held down the fort long enough for Brandon Moss to tie it at 4-4 with a homer in the top of the ninth. Manny drove in 2 (and performed his first stand-and-stare routine) with a deep drive in the 10th. Papelbon did NOT look good in the bottom of the 10th, giving up a run. The only reason the A's didn't tie it in the 10th was that one of their rookies made a bonehead baserunning play, getting into a rundown between 2nd and 3rd instead of just staying at 2nd.

It sure doesn't feel like the regular season, since the game started at 6:05 on the east coast of the US. Plus, the Sox are going to come back to the States and then play some more exhibition games. But this one really does count, so I'm glad they pulled it out.

I also didn't like seeing all the sponsor logos on the hats and uniforms. I wonder if everybody is going to do this all season or if it's just part of the deal to play in Japan.

M&M Guy Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:08am

It's about time!

Where have you been? I've been looking out my window for the white smoke signalling a changing of thread curator, but I'm glad you're still on the job. (Besides, it's really hard driving and sticking my head out the window at the same time; people stare.)

fullor30 Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:19am

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckElias
PLAY BALL!!

Red Sox kicked off the 2008 regular season by playing against the Oakland A's this morning in Tokyo. Dice-K got the start (as Beckett is on the DL already :( ) and looked pretty shaky at the start. He gave up 2 runs in the 1st inning and struggled in the 2nd. He settled down and pitched very well into the 5th. Sox took a brief 3-2 lead, but then gave it back. Okajima came in and held down the fort long enough for Brandon Moss to tie it at 4-4 with a homer in the top of the ninth. Manny drove in 2 (and performed his first stand-and-stare routine) with a deep drive in the 10th. Papelbon did NOT look good in the bottom of the 10th, giving up a run. The only reason the A's didn't tie it in the 10th was that one of their rookies made a bonehead baserunning play, getting into a rundown between 2nd and 3rd instead of just staying at 2nd.

It sure doesn't feel like the regular season, since the game started at 6:05 on the east coast of the US. Plus, the Sox are going to come back to the States and then play some more exhibition games. But this one really does count, so I'm glad they pulled it out.

I also didn't like seeing all the sponsor logos on the hats and uniforms. I wonder if everybody is going to do this all season or if it's just part of the deal to play in Japan.


My Sox are white..........Go Chicago!

Dan_ref Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:26am

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
It's about time!

Where have you been? I've been looking out my window for the white smoke signalling a changing of thread curator, but I'm glad you're still on the job. (Besides, it's really hard driving and sticking my head out the window at the same time; people stare.)

I have this argument with my dog all the time... you don't actually need to stick your head out the window to see what's happening on the road.

http://www.danheller.com/images/Topi...car-window.jpg

M&M Guy Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:26am

Quote:

Originally Posted by fullor30
<strike>My Sox are white</strike>..........Go Chicago!

Fixed it for you.

Go Cubs! :)

Ch1town Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:35am

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
Go Cubs! :)

:rolleyes: We'll see...
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Fri. 20 at Chicago Cubs 2:20 PM Wrigley Field
Sat. 21 at Chicago Cubs TBD Wrigley Field
Sun. 22 at Chicago Cubs 2:20 PM Wrigley Field

Lcubed48 Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:36am

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
Fixed it for you.

Go Cubs! :)

AND NOW I'LL FIX IT FOR BOTH OF YOU.

GO CARDINALS!

M&M Guy Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:40am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dan_ref
I have this argument with my dog all the time... you don't actually need to stick your head out the window to see what's happening on the road.

http://www.danheller.com/images/Topi...car-window.jpg

:D

The next time you're arguing with your dog, ask him this: why is it they get mad when you blow in their face, but they love sticking their head out the car window while it's moving? <font size=1>(Apologies to whatever comedian said this first.)</font size>

It didn't take long for this off-topic thread to go off-topic, did it?

M&M Guy Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:41am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lcubed48
AND NOW I'LL FIX IT FOR BOTH OF YOU.

GO CARDINALS!

I didn't know you were a Stanford fan.

Lcubed48 Tue Mar 25, 2008 09:50am

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
I didn't know you were a Stanford fan.

I'm not. I am a fan of the 10 time World Champion STL LOUIS CARDINALS!

Lcubed48 Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:03am

The Cardinals or the Cardinal
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
I didn't know you were a Stanford fan.


I believe that the nickname for Stanford is the Cardinal (singular) not the Cardinals (plural).

M&M Guy Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:29am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lcubed48
I'm not. I am a fan of the 10 time World Champion <font color =red>STL LOUIS CARDINALS</font color>!

At least you can count, if you can't spell. :)

But 90% of those were sooooooo last century.

M&M Guy Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:31am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lcubed48
I believe that the nickname for Stanford is the Cardinal (singular) not the Cardinals (plural).

I knew that. I was surprised a St. Louis fan would know that, however. Maybe you're not a real St. Louis fan? :eek:

:D

grunewar Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:41am

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
But 90% of those were sooooooo last century.

As a N VA resident and long time Oriole's fan (i.e. titles last century).....and now, by default, a DC Nationals follower, the only thing we have to cheer for is to see which team will get to 90 or 100 losses quicker. Y'all can be thankful your even discussing, albeit in jest sometime, who will win a title! :p

Only excitement we really have during the year is when the Mets/Phillies or Redsox/Yankees come to town and kick our A$$es!

Let's hear it for the start of another lonnnng year! :rolleyes:

26 Year Gap Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:13am

I thought it was the Stanford Trees. You really can learn a lot on this site unless you are an oracle of some kind.

Mark Dexter Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:17am

I was originally against this whole starting-in-Japan thing, but I'm a fan of being a half-game ahead of the rest of the AL East already!

Mark Padgett Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:24am

When I was a kid (a few centuries ago), I used to go to a lot of White Sox games at Comiskey Park. In the men's rooms, they had urinal troughs that were the right height for kids. There was a sign above them that read "Future Shortstops". Just another memory of childhood.

I also remember one time at a night game when Norm Cash was with the Tigers and he went over by the 1st base dugout to catch a foul fly and some Sox fan threw his beer is Cash's face to prevent the play. The entire stadium cheered.

Here's a baseball trivia question for you guys. What MLB player was Luis Aparicio's father-in-law and what was the guy's nickname? BTW - Luis was my idol back then since I played shortstop in Little League. I had his autographed glove, too.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/play..._autograph.jpg

Jurassic Referee Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:08pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckElias
Manny drove in 2 (and performed his first stand-and-stare routine) with a deep drive in the 10th.

Manny just admired the hell out of that one, didn't he? :D

He showed great hustle getting to second on a stand-up double.

Jurassic Referee Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:09pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
Where have you been? I've been looking out my window for the white smoke signalling a changing of thread curator, but I'm glad you're still on the job.

He came <b>this</b> close........

M&M Guy Tue Mar 25, 2008 01:31pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jurassic Referee
Manny just admired the hell out of that one, didn't he? :D

He showed great hustle getting to second on a stand-up double.

Stand-up double?? He musta tripped coming in, because I saw him on the ground at second.

Actually, you gotta give him credit for his speed. He didn't leave the batter's box until the ball hit the wall, and still made it to second.

stripes Tue Mar 25, 2008 01:43pm

I can't wait for the REAL baseball to start playing...you know the league where the pitchers hit and everyone who bats has to play in the field...

socalreff Tue Mar 25, 2008 01:56pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Padgett
When I was a kid (a few centuries ago), I used to go to a lot of White Sox games at Comiskey Park. In the men's rooms, they had urinal troughs that were the right height for kids. There was a sign above them that read "Future Shortstops". Just another memory of childhood.

I also remember one time at a night game when Norm Cash was with the Tigers and he went over by the 1st base dugout to catch a foul fly and some Sox fan threw his beer is Cash's face to prevent the play. The entire stadium cheered.

Here's a baseball trivia question for you guys. What MLB player was Luis Aparicio's father-in-law and what was the guy's nickname? BTW - Luis was my idol back then since I played shortstop in Little League. I had his autographed glove, too.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/play..._autograph.jpg

Sonia's dad

grunewar Tue Mar 25, 2008 01:58pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jurassic Referee
Manny just admired the hell out of that one, didn't he? :D

He showed great hustle getting to second on a stand-up double.

I predict Manny has learned his lesson and won't stand at the plate and admire anymore of his hits the rest of his career! :D

M&M Guy Tue Mar 25, 2008 02:03pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by grunewar
I predict Manny has learned his lesson and won't stand at the plate and admire anymore of his hits the rest of his career! :D

That makes you about as good at prognostication as that damn rodent in Pennsylvania.

mick Tue Mar 25, 2008 03:45pm

http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/...l-tiger-01.jpg

M&M Guy Tue Mar 25, 2008 04:16pm

Those Tigers look dangerous. Glad we won't have to face them until October. :)

fullor30 Tue Mar 25, 2008 08:17pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Padgett
When I was a kid (a few centuries ago), I used to go to a lot of White Sox games at Comiskey Park. In the men's rooms, they had urinal troughs that were the right height for kids. There was a sign above them that read "Future Shortstops". Just another memory of childhood.

I also remember one time at a night game when Norm Cash was with the Tigers and he went over by the 1st base dugout to catch a foul fly and some Sox fan threw his beer is Cash's face to prevent the play. The entire stadium cheered.

Here's a baseball trivia question for you guys. What MLB player was Luis Aparicio's father-in-law and what was the guy's nickname? BTW - Luis was my idol back then since I played shortstop in Little League. I had his autographed glove, too.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/play..._autograph.jpg


Don't get me started!

Like a horse and carriage, coffee and cream, Martin and Lewis, Hope and Crosby, Lone ranger and Tonto......... the other half of arguably one the best double play combos in the history of baseball.

Hall of famer......... Jacob Nelson "Nellie" Fox

You got me stumped on Looie's father-in-law



http://i22.ebayimg.com/04/i/000/de/b0/c2bc_1.JPG

Mark T. DeNucci, Sr. Tue Mar 25, 2008 08:28pm

Go YANKEES!!

MTD, Sr.

26 Year Gap Tue Mar 25, 2008 08:33pm

Well, my team no longer exists.
 
http://content.answers.com/main/cont...s_super-41.jpg

fullor30 Tue Mar 25, 2008 08:59pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark T. DeNucci, Sr.
Go YANKEES!!

MTD, Sr.

what about these guys?

http://www.iamjacksdesign.com/images/tmh.png

Mark Padgett Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:12pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by fullor30
You got me stumped on Looie's father-in-law

"Jungle" Jim.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/play..._autograph.jpg

mick Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:48pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Padgett

Help me understand.
Rivera born in 1922
Sonja Llorente married Aparicio in 1956.
Does that work?

grunewar Wed Mar 26, 2008 07:03am

Quote:

Originally Posted by 26 Year Gap

So I take it you're not cheering for the Nats? ;)

fullor30 Wed Mar 26, 2008 07:04am

Quote:

Originally Posted by mick
Help me understand.
Rivera born in 1922
Sonja Llorente married Aparicio in 1956.
Does that work?


In Marks imagination................:p

I'm pretty well versed in White Sox history and I've never heard anything about Looie's father-in-law.

grunewar Wed Mar 26, 2008 07:04am

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
That makes you about as good at prognostication as that damn rodent in Pennsylvania.

You think that's bad......you should see my bracket! :eek:

Lcubed48 Wed Mar 26, 2008 09:33am

The Tree???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 26 Year Gap
I thought it was the Stanford Trees. You really can learn a lot on this site unless you are an oracle of some kind.

You're correct about the name. If I remember it correctly, it is "The Tree". It may also be the mascot.

Lcubed48 Wed Mar 26, 2008 09:40am

1908!!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
At least you can count, if you can't spell. :)

But 90% of those were sooooooo last century.

Your right about the fact that 90% of the Cardinals World Series wins being last century. It makes sense that a Cubbies fan would being living in the last century. After all 100 years since the Cubs last win is as good a reason as any.

M&M Guy Wed Mar 26, 2008 09:47am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lcubed48
Your right about the fact that 90% of the Cardinals World Series wins being last century. It makes sense that a Cubbies fan would being living in the last century. After all 100 years since the Cubs last win is as good a reason as any.

Actually, it's Cardinal fans that constantly bring up what happened last century. Cubbie fans have a tendancy to forget what did and didn't happen last century.

So, tell us how the Cardinals improved from their non-playoff roster of last season? :)

Lcubed48 Wed Mar 26, 2008 09:52am

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
I knew that. I was surprised a St. Louis fan would know that, however. Maybe you're not a real St. Louis fan? :eek:

:D

Since 1960. I've had the pleasure to attend ballgames in Sportsman's Park, and both of the Busch Stadiums. From Stan to Albert - Go Redbirds!

Lcubed48 Wed Mar 26, 2008 09:55am

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
Actually, it's Cardinal fans that constantly bring up what happened last century. Cubbie fans have a tendancy to forget what did and didn't happen last century.

So, tell us how the Cardinals improved from their non-playoff roster of last season? :)

Not by much unfortunately!

fullor30 Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:20am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Padgett

Yeh, right and this guy is Little Looie's Uncle.

http://4.forumer.com/uploads/bestofs...1168017335.jpg

Mark Padgett Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:57am

Quote:

Originally Posted by mick
Help me understand.
Rivera born in 1922
Sonja Llorente married Aparicio in 1956.
Does that work?

I guess the White Sox announcers from that era were wrong, then. But ya' gotta admit, it's a great nickname.

fullor30 Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:46am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Padgett
I guess the White Sox announcers from that era were wrong, then. But ya' gotta admit, it's a great nickname.

Methinks the years have clouded your recollection. I can't imagine any sox announcer saying Louie was playing on the same team as his father-in-law;)

Would Chita be Looie's Mother-in-law?

http://www.footlightsgallery.com/imagelg/chita.jpg

mick Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:52am

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Padgett
I guess the White Sox announcers from that era were wrong, then. But ya' gotta admit, it's a great nickname.

I wonder if Llorente's mother taught school.

Mark Padgett Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:53am

Quote:

Originally Posted by fullor30
Methinks the years have clouded your recollection. I can't imagine any sox announcer saying Louie was playing on the same team as his father-in-law;)

I remember both radio announcers, Bob Elson and Don Wells, mentioning it.

fullor30 Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:00pm

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Originally Posted by Mark Padgett
I remember both radio announcers, Bob Elson and Don Wells, mentioning it.

And Hillary remembers sniper fire.......:D


That was a 'Whiteowl wallop'........ if you remember those guys, you'll recall the commercial.

Mark Padgett Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:12pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by fullor30
And Hillary remembers sniper fire.......:D


That was a 'Whiteowl wallop'........ if you remember those guys, you'll recall the commercial.

I do remember the Whiteowl wallop! And....I called my cousin who still lives in Chicago and he said Rivera was Looie's uncle, not his father-in-law and their age difference wasn't that great. That's makes more sense.

fullor30 Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:52pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Padgett
I do remember the Whiteowl wallop! And....I called my cousin who still lives in Chicago and he said Rivera was Looie's uncle, not his father-in-law and their age difference wasn't that great. That's makes more sense.

As we speak, I'm e-mailing a published author and Sox historian for back up.

I may cry Uncle.

Name me the spokesman for the HFC ads "Call friendly ------ -------

mick Wed Mar 26, 2008 01:06pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Padgett
I do remember the Whiteowl wallop! And....I called my cousin who still lives in Chicago and he said Rivera was Looie's uncle, not his father-in-law and their age difference wasn't that great. That's makes more sense.

Aw, geez Padgett !
You still didn't answer your quiz.
Who was/is "Luis Aparicio's father-in-law and what was the guy's nickname?"
:cool:

mick Wed Mar 26, 2008 01:26pm

From detnew$.com - Cabrera.
 
Cabrera deal excites Tigers

With seven-year extension, team avoids free-agent battle for superstar.

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...51/1004/SPORTS

Mark Padgett Wed Mar 26, 2008 02:13pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by mick
Aw, geez Padgett !
You still didn't answer your quiz.
Who was/is "Luis Aparicio's father-in-law and what was the guy's nickname?"
:cool:

I think it was this guy, Hugo something. And his nickname was "The Human Rights Violation Kid".

http://www.rightblueeye.com/blog/wp-...chavez-apt.jpg

26 Year Gap Wed Mar 26, 2008 02:51pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by grunewar
So I take it you're not cheering for the Nats? ;)

I now golf. And I follow the EPL. I have gone to an occasional spring training game in Ft Myers, but I no longer even look at the standings. An anagram for former Expos owner Jeffrey LORIA is OLIAR.

ChuckElias Wed Mar 26, 2008 04:27pm

Red Sox lost this morning and Lester didn't look particularly good. Now they come back to California to play a 3-game exhibition series with the Dodgers, I think, including one game in the Colosseum. That should be fun to watch.

M&M Guy Wed Mar 26, 2008 04:32pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckElias
Red Sox lost this morning and Lester didn't look particularly good. Now they come back to California to play a 3-game exhibition series with the Dodgers, I think, including one game in the Colosseum. That should be fun to watch.

I didn't know they were doing that. Are they setting up a temporary fence, or will one of the outfields be a mile-and-a-half long?

fullor30 Wed Mar 26, 2008 06:27pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
I didn't know they were doing that. Are they setting up a temporary fence, or will one of the outfields be a mile-and-a-half long?

The wallyness of Wally Moon

Brings back old memories of the 'unibrow' who led the league in homers very early in the season.

You could use a weed whacker on those eyebrows

http://www.vintagecardtraders.com/vi...0topps-005.jpg

"And his best stretch, 1959-61, saw him put up a .310/.405/.485 batting line. That this was his best stretch is both a reason for acclaim and a factor that makes some revisionists undervalue his performance. The Dodgers during those years played in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, an Olympic track facility that worked for football but was beyond funkadelic for baseball. Look. The right field fence was near Tijuana, so it killed most lefties. The left field fence had to be squashed into the rectangle so it was only 251 feet from home plate. To try to balance that zaniness, the team put up a 40 to 42 foot screen, about 10% taller than Fenway's Green Monster. Wally Moon was able to launch occasional homers by looping to the opposite field with an inside-out swing, and people in L.A. took to calling those kinds of lazy high-arcing big flies "Moon Shots". To look at Moon historically, should we diminish our appreciation because it was such a ridiculous park configuration, or should we grant him a bit of reverence for figuring out how to overcome an equally ridiculous punishment for left-handed batters?"

Mark Padgett Wed Mar 26, 2008 07:18pm

Wally Moon might have had the worst unibrow, but White Sox pitcher Verle Tiefenthaler had the most mispronounced name.

Best sports name ever: NFL player Fair Hooker.

fullor30 Wed Mar 26, 2008 07:29pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Padgett
Wally Moon might have had the worst unibrow, but White Sox pitcher Verle Tiefenthaler had the most mispronounced name.

Best sports name ever: NFL player Fair Hooker.

Bad segue...........

Here's how you do it.

Another guy with bushy eyebrows and perhaps the goofiest looking guy in baseball until Wille 'ET' McGee came along.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y78/ChadFinn/6e_1.jpg

ChuckElias Fri Mar 28, 2008 01:28pm

Oh my!! Chris Russo on WFAN must be beside himself!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=280326294

Giants lose to their AAA affiliate. :eek:

Adam Fri Mar 28, 2008 01:43pm

Wow! Zito gave up all 4 runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Time for them to accept their role as spoilers this year in what will be the tightest race in baseball.

Dan_ref Fri Mar 28, 2008 01:48pm

The Giants farm team must be on the juice.

ChuckElias Fri Mar 28, 2008 01:56pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by M&M Guy
I didn't know they were doing that. Are they setting up a temporary fence, or will one of the outfields be a mile-and-a-half long?

According to MLB.com, they'll put in the outfield fence so that it reflects the dimensions that the Dodgers had when they first called the Colosseum home:

Quote:

201 feet down the left-field line to a 62-foot high fence, 300 feet into the right-field corner.

Dan_ref Fri Mar 28, 2008 01:57pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by fullor30
And Hillary remembers sniper fire.......:D

http://www.hillaryproject.com/images...rylie_400.jpeg

Adam Fri Mar 28, 2008 02:01pm

Hey, it was too dangerous for the President, so he sent Hillary and Sinbad. Sounds reasonable to me.

Dan_ref Fri Mar 28, 2008 02:10pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snaqwells
Hey, it was too dangerous for the President, so he sent Hillary and Sinbad. Sounds reasonable to me.

C'mon, they had Chelsea there to protect them. Who would shoot at Chelsea fergawdsake

26 Year Gap Fri Mar 28, 2008 03:46pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckElias
Oh my!! Chris Russo on WFAN must be beside himself!!http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=280326294

Giants lose to their AAA affiliate. :eek:

One is bad enough. I couldn't imagine TWO on the air.

ChuckElias Sun Mar 30, 2008 09:51am

Fun game last night in L.A. "The Red Sox beat the Dodgers 7-4 Saturday night before an announced crowd of 115,300 -- largest ever to watch a baseball game."

Pretty cool to see the place that packed for a baseball game. The field was ridiculous, only 201 feet to the left field fair pole. Neither team put anybody in the traditional left field position. The Dodgers basically used a 5-man infield for most of the game and moved their left-fielder to center. The Sox kept three outfielders, but moved Manny almost to center for most of the game. Anything that got through the infield on the left side was chased down by the shortstop most of the time.

Quote:

Jason Varitek's pregame forecast of doom:

"Wakie's a flyball pitcher. That's great," Varitek said some 3 hours before the game as he walked down the Coliseum tunnel and glanced toward the left-field screen.

Then, in his best broadcast voice, Varitek he intoned: "Dodgers 85, Red Sox 81."
Wallie Moon threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Duke Snyder was there. Very cool to see the old-timers.

The bad news of the night is that Papelbon gave up a homer in the ninth. :mad:

The Nationals kick off the season tonight in their new ballpark. But the real start of the season -- Opening Day -- is tomorrow!!

BillyMac Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:49am

Opening Day ???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckElias
But the real start of the season, Opening Day, is tomorrow!!

ChuckElias: I guess that you weren't in Japan last week? Wait a minute. Japan is on the other side of the International Date Line. Maybe Opening Day hasn't happened yet?

When I was a kid, it seemed that Opening Day always had the Cincinnati Redlegs playing at home, I believe a tribute to the fact that they were the oldest major league team. Now, I guess, any team can be the in the first game, based on projected cable television ratings?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opening_Day

mick Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:04pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckElias
The bad news of the night is that Papelbon gave up a homer in the ninth. :mad:

Quod erat demonstrandum.
It is what it is.

Dan_ref Sun Mar 30, 2008 03:14pm

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Originally Posted by ChuckElias
blah blah blah blah

I get it now... your goal is to wreck the baseball season for me with your tedious, irritating, inane and just plain down right annoying posts.

Your evil plan will not work!

http://img92.imageshack.us/img92/2341/drevilnf6.jpg

ChuckElias Sun Mar 30, 2008 04:50pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dan_ref
I get it now... your goal is to wreck the baseball season for me

You're just figuring this out?!?! Have you never read the off-topic baseball thread before now?

I'll make it up to you. Let me tell you about my annual ballpark trips with my college roommate. . .


Off-topic question in the off-topic thread: how come you're not in the tournament chat room with us cool kids?

mick Sun Mar 30, 2008 04:53pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckElias
You're just figuring this out?!?! Have you never read the off-topic baseball thread before now?

I'll make it up to you. Let me tell you about my annual ballpark trips with my college roommate. . .


Off-topic question in the off-topic thread: how come you're in the tournament chat room with us cool kids?

Chat room?

ChuckElias Sun Mar 30, 2008 04:58pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by mick
Chat room?

http://tinyurl.com/2jbppt

If you're interested, Mick.

Jurassic Referee Sun Mar 30, 2008 05:03pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckElias
Off-topic question in the off-topic thread: how come you're not in the tournament chat room with us cool kids?

Probably for the same reason that I'm not.....

mick Sun Mar 30, 2008 05:08pm

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Originally Posted by ChuckElias
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If you're interested, Mick.

Thanks, but I can't think fast enough, I t h i n k .

Dan_ref Sun Mar 30, 2008 07:03pm

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Originally Posted by ChuckElias
You're just figuring this out?!?! Have you never read the off-topic baseball thread before now?

Wanna buy a vowel?

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I'll make it up to you. Let me tell you about my annual ballpark trips with my college roommate. . .
Why don't you buy me a diet coke & bourbon instead?

btw, I hope you don't mind if I tell this story... Chuck & I had dinner at Hooters during a camp a few years ago and he kept his eyes shut the entire time. Except for when the check came and he pushed it to my side of the table.
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Off-topic question in the off-topic thread: how come you're not in the tournament chat room with us cool kids?
Geeze, I was changing the air in my tires. Sorry I missed it but hey, you know as well as I do how important it is keep up with this type of thing.

Mark Dexter Sun Mar 30, 2008 09:55pm

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Originally Posted by ChuckElias
The Nationals kick off the season tonight in their new ballpark. But the real start of the season -- Opening Day -- is tomorrow!!

Opening Day, Part III, perhaps?

Zimmerman had a heluva christening for the new park. Wish I could have been there for the game.

grunewar Mon Mar 31, 2008 06:16am

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Originally Posted by Mark Dexter
Opening Day, Part III, perhaps?

Zimmerman had a heluva christening for the new park. Wish I could have been there for the game.

Mark - I was at the Nats game last night. Great ending (after the stupid passed ball fiasco). Gorgeous park! Beautiful sight lines. You have to see the huge HD Video screen/scoreboard in person to believe it - amazing!! (yes, size matters :rolleyes:)

Now, let's hope their level of play continues to hold out......wishful thinking?! Sure!

mick Mon Mar 31, 2008 07:30am

Opening Day in Detroit.
No bull pen.

ChuckElias Mon Mar 31, 2008 08:19am

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Originally Posted by grunewar
Mark - I was at the Nats game last night. Great ending (after the stupid passed ball fiasco). Gorgeous park! Beautiful sight lines. You have to see the huge HD Video screen/scoreboard in person to believe it - amazing!! (yes, size matters :rolleyes:)

The park did look great. I'm hoping to get down there in August. And it looked pretty big in the outfield. Some of the newer ballparks (Philly and Houston, for example) seem to be intentionally small for more home runs. Lots of foul territory, too, which is good for pitchers.

I saw -- on Sportscenter, I think -- the Washington players coming on to the field for the first time before the game and they were "oooooing" and "aaaahhhhing" like little kids. It was kind of fun to see that kind of reaction from multi-millionaires.

grunewar Mon Mar 31, 2008 09:53am

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Originally Posted by ChuckElias
The park did look great. I'm hoping to get down there in August. And it looked pretty big in the outfield. Some of the newer ballparks (Philly and Houston, for example) seem to be intentionally small for more home runs. Lots of foul territory, too, which is good for pitchers.

I saw -- on Sportscenter, I think -- the Washington players coming on to the field for the first time before the game and they were "oooooing" and "aaaahhhhing" like little kids. It was kind of fun to see that kind of reaction from multi-millionaires.

Too early to tell if it's a pitcher's/hitter's park yet. As you note, lots of room to roam in the outfield though, so the Nats may go for a speed/slap hitting team vs long ballers. Time will tell.

Hope you make a game. As someone who's been to a great many parks myself, this is very impressive and worth a trip.

PS - Don't drive! Park at the ole RFK, tail gate, and take the free bus!

Mark Padgett Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:27am

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PS - Don't drive! Park at the ole RFK, tail gate, and take the free bus!

How appropriate. Weren't the Kennedys famous for a type of "tail gating", or was that "tail chasing"? And you might consider "not driving" also as good advice for them, at least for the one who still hangs around Washington. :rolleyes:

Dan_ref Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:40am

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How appropriate. Weren't the Kennedys famous for a type of "tail gating", or was that "tail chasing"? And you might consider "not driving" also as good advice for them, at least for the one who still hangs around Washington. :rolleyes:

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mick Mon Mar 31, 2008 01:40pm

Cabrera just went downtown. :)

fullor30 Mon Mar 31, 2008 02:37pm

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I do remember the Whiteowl wallop! And....I called my cousin who still lives in Chicago and he said Rivera was Looie's uncle, not his father-in-law and their age difference wasn't that great. That's makes more sense.

OK..............got the real poop. You and your cousin are oh fer two.

Looie married Jungle Jim's cousin.

Source: an author of several white sox history books.

26 Year Gap Mon Mar 31, 2008 02:39pm

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Definitely, he should be wearing stripes.

Dan_ref Mon Mar 31, 2008 05:25pm

Word for today: googely

http://www.popularmechanics.com/blog...s/4256812.html

Nevadaref Mon Mar 31, 2008 06:05pm

The Cubs started off the season in grand style. Both starting pitchers are outstanding and the game is scoreless heading into the ninth. The Cubs then send in Kerry Wood who surrenders three in the top of the inning, but miraculously get a three-run homer off Gagne in the bottom half to tie it up and force an extra inning.
Of course, the Cubs immediately give up another run in the 10th and lose 4-3.
The Cubs are off to their usual start. :p

Mark Dexter Mon Mar 31, 2008 07:12pm

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Originally Posted by grunewar
Mark - I was at the Nats game last night. Great ending (after the stupid passed ball fiasco). Gorgeous park! Beautiful sight lines. You have to see the huge HD Video screen/scoreboard in person to believe it - amazing!! (yes, size matters :rolleyes:)

Well, I had hoped to get tickets and drive in for the game, but I couldn't get through on tickets.com before they sold out. As a poor grad student, I wasn't about to pay $150/seat.

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Now, let's hope their level of play continues to hold out......wishful thinking?! Sure!
Probably. I've been saying that Opening Day will be the only time you'll see the Nats two games above .500 and the <s>Devil</s> Rays at the top of the AL East.

Mark Padgett Mon Mar 31, 2008 07:22pm

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Originally Posted by fullor30
OK..............got the real poop. You and your cousin are oh fer two.

Looie married Jungle Jim's cousin.

Source: an author of several white sox history books.

Hey - Jim was his uncle, his cousin, his father-in-law and his brother. They were from South Venezuela. :p

Nevadaref Mon Mar 31, 2008 07:52pm

More par for the course for the Cubs
 
Cubs' Zambrano leaves opener with cramp in right forearm

Associated Press


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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano left Monday's opener against the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh inning with a cramp in his right forearm, right after making a pickoff throw to second base.Milwaukee's Bill Hall hit a one-out double in the seventh, right after Zambrano made a catch of Ryan Braun's popup near the mound and had his feet cut out from under him by sliding Cubs' first baseman Derrek Lee.
Zambrano was not injured on that play. But minutes later, he picked Hall off second base and then grabbed at his right hand. A trainer came to the mound and minutes later, Carlos Marmol replaced Zambrano.
The Cubs lost 4-3 in 10 innings.

fullor30 Mon Mar 31, 2008 07:53pm

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Hey - Jim was his uncle, his cousin, his father-in-law and his brother. They were from South Venezuela. :p

Don't try and chuckle your way out of it, you were the guy who remembered Elson and Wells saying Jimbo was his F.I.L.:p

mick Tue Apr 01, 2008 07:36am

"Take Me Out To The Ball Game"
 
The song is 100 years-old this year. :)

rockyroad Tue Apr 01, 2008 09:56am

So the Mariners win their first game this season...at least we have a winning record for a while!!:o

mick Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:56pm

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So the Mariners win their first game this season...at least we have a winning record for a while!!:o

As always, .... this Tiger fan is hoping to reach .500.

mick Wed Apr 02, 2008 08:34am

Tigers go ahead of Red Sox.
 
Detroit Tigers have passed the Boston Red Sox and moved into 2nd place in the MLB "Buy a Championship Sweepstakes".

Adam Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:07am

Thanks to a day-one rainout that wiped out what would have been the first three innings of the season (Including a Pujols homerun) in which they trailed 5-1, the Rockies got a do-over and on day two and won their first game 2-1.

GarthB Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:14am

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So the Mariners win their first game this season...at least we have a winning record for a while!!:o

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

ChuckElias Wed Apr 02, 2008 09:47pm

Sox win, Yanks lose. Here's to many more such evenings in the next 6 months. :)

mick Thu Apr 03, 2008 02:56pm

Royals easily sweep Tigers in 3 games in Detroit.
Ooh, boy! And now the White Sox....

Go Heels!

Jurassic Referee Thu Apr 03, 2008 04:20pm

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Royals easily sweep Tigers in 3 games in Detroit.
Ooh, boy! And now the White Sox....

Go Heels!

Geeze Mick. 0-3 and they haven't played a Major League team yet....:p


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