Colby Lewis vs Jaime Garcia
Not a good start for the Cards.
and, like St. Louis weather, just wait a couple minutes and it'll change
Oh, balls. I'm pulling for the red birds to cause pain to my neighbors.
conversely, I'm pulling for them so as not to cause pain to my neighbors
Which ever way this one works out....
Great bunt there...
and Twins fans know great bunts*
*and crappy ones too, for that matter
I'm definitely Cardinals in this one--partly because I want them to win and partly because I want game 7.
A friend of ours told me that Frankie D told his class that the world series should be a three game set.
Yeah, watching this series has been torture. It would have been so much better if it had been over last week. Pfft.
I know, right? If the yankees had been playing this would have been so much better for the universe.
Ok, slow this game down so that I can get home and see a good chunk of it.
Speed the game up so that I can watch all of it before I have to go to bed!
Punto! Just good enough to turn two.
Yeah, but he didn't try to break his bat this time.
That was pretty weak.
Sorry I didn't post this, dudes, but it's been kind of a big day.
I was headhunted by my old company, and they're giving me enough to bring me back. My FIL was headhunted by a plant in Michigan, and they're giving him ludicrous money so he'll be off in about two weeks. Winning all around.
1. congrats on getting more money. Does that mean you'll continue to receive free things?
2. I have never seen the term "ludicrous money" and "Michigan" in the same sentence.
Ha! Okay, that's fair, but he'll be making about $120 an hour, which seems pretty ludicrous to this poor artist.
That is ludicrous. I made that much for two days in Buffalo once. It was pretty awesome. (also got paid $40/hour for my travel time. My travel time! and I got drunk with FTLT.) Consulting rules.
Oh, and yes, this means I will continue getting free things, and I don't even have to feel guilty about it.
Just don't forget that dibs I called on a PS3. There's beer in it for you. 😉
I would be willing to extend an interest-free, permanent loan for any future PS3s.
Just kidding, I'll just find the right truck.
Three words. Rip Hamilton's contract.
That was even more odd because it was "ludicrous money" and "Detroit" together.
Ben Wallace, anyone?
I was headhunted by a couple who saw a piece of mine 3 years ago, but passed on it because of it's scale. Here's the rub, they bought a new house with a perfect spot for it. She was thrilled I still had it. I was thrilled she remembered (and didn't balk) at my original price tag.
Thrills all around.
Got the call yesterday. They stopped by today. I thought she might tear up, she was so excited. Kinda weird, really. I liked it.
(Honestly? I'm not that crazy about the painting.)
Ha! So this was an unmitigated success.
It was an unexpected turn of events.
Indigo Vertigo 56"x 78"
Congrats! I love it when a plan comes together.
Hey, I also got a job offer letter in the mail today! I knew that one was coming, though.
Nobody cares about you, GreekHouse.
That's because he's only gonna be around for the first night, anyway.
That made me LOL. For realz.
Geez, with all this going on, I hope its my turn to get a job offer tomorrow.
There will probably be an opening in the Citadel math department next year!
Leaving so soon?
Probably. They knew this might happen when they hired me.
Congrats! I love it when academics leave their starter jobs!
Yes, I could really go for a job offer anytime. Hell, I could even go for a job opening.
Amusingly enough, I'm probably getting a job offer from my old company tomorrow. I'm still mulling it over, but I really don't like my new job, and most of the upper management I didn't like have now left and the top manager is one of my best work friends. It's a bump in pay, but they did me pretty dirty last time I was there...
It's a lot to think about.
Michael corleone gif
Heh. I said that line to the Milkmaid (who didn't get the reference...sigh).
And, congrats Milkman! I love it when you're dragged back into making money. (I'm out of pique misspellings on this one.)
Yeah, I never wanted to go back to the company, but this is one of the most successful stores in the company, they came after me, and I thoroughly liked all three hiring managers I met, so it should be a good deal in the long term.
I have a possibility looming with the Diamondbacks in the meantime, but that's a long hiring process and probably a long shot, although I've gotten an interview.
I don't know about the rest of the divisions in a team, but working as a baseball analyst (i.e. the type the Twins don't really have) means you get [redacted] for pay because demand vastly outstrips supply.
So, you're staying in AZ and the FiL is moving to Michigan?
Oh, and congrats on the employment.
I'll say this for Buck, he didn't Gordo that flyball. I did, however.
Me too. It's not the first time this postseason I've done that with a Pujols flyball.
But I'll say this for Buck, his reaction had it been way out would have been the same.
That's a good point.
"Here's a flyball to left. And it goes all the way out of the stadium. Home run."
Poor, stupid Holliday.
This is the worst Cardinal defense I've ever seen. They're making Punto's play look amazing.
Also, gross on that ankle turn.
Which is funny because I was just about to say the Cardinals are killing the Rangers on bunt defense. Then it was foul, and then the next thing happened.
Uh oh. Rangers better hope they win tonight, because it doesn't look like they will have He-Man Napoli tomorrow.
Lots of great LaRussa gifs coming from this game, as well.
Holliday made that last flyball look routine. Probably because it was.
Did Joe Buck just say "Jim Carter" or did I imagine that?
Its hard to say. In my experience, there is never any imagination involved with Joe Buck.
I like the infrared cam, but I don't think it was particularly useful in that case. None of the base changed color when Berkman stepped on it either.
If you looked really closely, you can see where the base changes color from his spikes.
So you can!
Is it too much to ask for strong defense in the World Series? Sigh.
Not if you're a Cardinals fan. If it weren't for crappy defense, they wouldn't have won it on 2006.
+15 minutes of PFP.
This defense is tremendous tonight.
Is Joe Buck going to be announcing the UFC fight in November? That would suck.
Why do I enjoy watching Punto fail so much now? What did he ever do to me?
I keep rooting for him to get his head together and foul off a dozen pitches. It's more useful if he's batting 9th, though.
Just in time to see LNP whiff. No attempted bat breaking.
OK, that made me laugh.
That made me stop laughing. 🙁
Oh, for the love...
Yeah, for as good as this series has been, this game is a big ol' stinker.
Another all star defensive effort
Timmay: "when you play defense poorly enough, runners are destined to score."
Ok that was quality.
That should be proven out in Detroit next year.
It was gospel in Minneapolis this season past.
Oh yeah. Somehow, I've managed to totally forget he was ever in town.
Del was hardly the only butcher in town. The whole infield was chopped liver.
No question, but I made him my poster boy for all that sucked this year, being my least favorite Twin of ever, and all.
How stupid was not pinch-hitting there?
I dunno. They've got the lead. Lewis is their dude (I think). It's still early. You wouldn't go to the 'pen in a regular season game there, right?
In the regular season, it doesn't generally matter if you lose two games in a row. The Rangers can win tonight and should do everything they can to maximize that.
What happens to the win probability if the rangers had scored another run there? A two run lead after 5 isn't insurmountable, but it is much bigger than one.
Looks like a 12% increase.
I just don't know that I agree it's a good idea for the Rangers to go to their bullpen for five innings.
Holland is in the bullpen though. I don't think he would have had enough time to come in the bottom of the fourth, but he could conceivably pitch the fifth through eighth or ninth innings.
Oops, I got confused about which inning it was. Just shift everything forward an inning.
Surely Ogando cannot continue to get gotten?
I guess Holland used to pitch out of the bullpen, I didn't know that. Still, sometimes I think it's really easy to out-smart yourself in these situations. Holland just threw a bunch the other day. Sure, he was good, but that doesn't mean he's immune to fatigue.
And sure, pinch-hitting for Lewis increases your odds, but there's still a pretty big (certainly >50%) chance that you still get nothing out of that situation. I think it was reasonable for Wash to stick with Lewis. We'll see, I guess.
I can't believe how casually the announcers regard going to the bullpen after three innings. Also, it's pretty amazing that the Cards only gave up one run in that inning where they gave the Rangers 5 outs.
Wait, what? Who is coming in, tony?
CC to bS: I added some more data to the historical comparisons to Cuddyer in the CoC. It got bumped off the recent LTE list with all the World Series excitement.
Cool. I will look later and no doubt beat the dead horse some more. Fun discussion.
My DVR just crashed. This is bogus.
Alright, it's back. That was scary there for a minute.
Winnipeg beat the Flyers 9-8 tonight. I guess we've got bad defense all around the country.
Yeah, but they had to fly in some of that defense from Canada.
And realistically, both the American half and the Canadian half were largely Russian.
I wonder if that's the first time an NHL team has scored that many goals and lost.
There has to be some crazy outlier way back, but it's got to be right up there.
No team play index at hockey-reference.com 🙁
Sometimes as a hitter you find a place where no one plays. Like the bleachers.
Nice swinging hunt.
De-fense! Clap! Clap!
Oh mercy, this is some terrible baseball.
What is the record for errors in a w.s. game?
Boots of Spanish Tejas Leather
No redemption for Freese. He hasn't been arrested.
It seems our pinch-hitter question has been answered...
Best chance for a strikeout walk.
Boo on walking in a run in the WS.
Tie games are supposed to be less annoying than this.
Ha! Holliday, you're the biggest chode of the game so far.
Ogando has pretty much locked up series goat, however.
I spookied that walk. WOW on the pickoff.
i'd definitely like a better angle on that, FOX. nice play though, for sure.
I enjoyed Punto's reaction to the attempt. "OOOOHHHH, SHIT!"
That is what I thought too.
I want to see Napoli's bloody sock.
Ooh, check out the pottymouth on Napoli! (Seriously, when will FOX learn on those post-big-event closeups?)
I would trade Butters straight up for this Angel cast-off.
Scioscia, former catcher, knows a good one when he sees one.
Open base for punto. IBB him.
Ogando sucks balls.
I did not spooky the walk of LNP
He's always had the ability to take the occasional walk, but at 0-2 I figured he was toast.
batting in front of the pitcher, it's always a possibility.
Throw some feckin' strikes, Arlington!
Ogando is the new Mitch Williams
EDIT: ha! i didn't think that would work
I see what you did there.
Thanks. It was a semi-inspired bit.
I don't know what's next:
how's that grab ya?
So, is Emily deschanel preggers for real?
I think she was. Wikipedia says first kid born in September. Considering these were filmed a while ago...
Yes, and don't ask me how I know that.
Two big Yankees fans visiting our house tonight. Upon seeing that I was watching baseball, they asked who was playing.
Biting my lip here.
Here's your big chance to go all "Vinnie!" on 'em. Do it, ya mook.
You probably should have just punched them in the face and thrown them out on the street instead, for being annoying.
One even did the "we were a failure" routine.
She's an attractive female, but a croquet mallet to the skull was still considered.
The best thing about that homer is that there was no chance for an error.
You beat me by >--< that much.
The pitch to Cruz sure looked like an error to me.
Heh. Well, it was close to a non-error, and tonight we take what we can get...
I nearly choked on beer.
Amy winehouse jpg.
I don't think it was too soon even before she died.
It certainly wasn't a shock that she went that way.
Was it a shock that there were no drugs involved?
She was five times above the legal limit. Even without illicit drugs, that's getting yourself pretty damned drugged. What was she drinking, lighter fluid?
2.5 Liters of vodka apparently
Friggin' hell. I lost my shit one night on one-fifth that and never went back.
Well, those are two interesting ways of not giving up an error.
I was actually waiting for them to make it two really, really interesting ways to still somehow commit one.
I assume there were Cardinals fans bobbling the home run balls all over the place.
I'm guessing a Bud was spilled on the second one.
Wake me up when spring training starts.
The Rangers have some serious lumber in their line-up.
I think this might be the last game of the year.
I think I'm cheering for the Rangers (I'm happy either way) but this game is tainting the 2011 series, which up until now was maybe the best since 2001. I guess all the best ones end in 1 now.
Just now was the first time I ever noticed the Arch displayed on the field. How long has that been there?
At least all series.
Multiple years I imagine. I remember it during the All-Star game, whenever that was.
I figured this was a pretty half-baked miss on my part. Maybe I used to know it was there and forgot.
What would happen if first basemen started blocking the path back to first base on pick-offs the way that Beltre blocked Holliday? Not sure what to think about that play.
Seems like one of those "great baseball plays" that shouldn't be allowed.
I don't think it was any worse than Holliday taking out Andrus instead of reaching for the bag at all on the earlier non-double play.
True. I'd forgotten about that one. I would've called interference on both, potentially. Then again, I wouldn't really expect either of those things to ever get called generally, so it's probably best this way.
I feel that way about that play, too.
I've seen it done.
Reminds me a bit of Hrbek/Gant, though in a much smaller way.
I was thinking there was some rule about that, but no one's mentioned it, so...
Joe or Tim? They're not even sure there are rules to this game.
Crappy technique by nominal on the wild pitch. Lazy backhand effort.
ThNks, Droid. "Molina".
Dang, I was wondering what the hell you meant with that word choice.
What an implosion by stl
Thought: Napoli is Matthew Lecroy's Platonic Ideal.
Hit AND throw.
Beard, Catcher, but hits better. I guess I didn't look into handedness.
Lecoy's superior, in every way.
Sadly, our baseball season only seems to have about an hour left. 🙁
With tonight's defense, it could be longer.
Better make it count.
vote hungry joe
(sorry, that'll be my last WW reference.)
Voting Update Day 5
Twins (Stan, beaten to a pulp, day 1)
Rays (Villager, killed for being a "richer", night 1)
Yankees (Wolf, made into bad chilli, day 2)
Phillies (Villager, killed by gay lap dogs, night 2)
Diamondbacks (Kyle, died of food poisoning, night 2)
Brewers (Wolf, killed by Butters' dancing, day 3)
Tigers (Villager, killed by flying Kenny, night 3)
Cardinals (4) voting for Rangers
cheaptoy voting for Hungry Joe
Hungry Joe (1)
Rangers (7) voting for Cardinals
8 votes needed for a majority. 1 hour until NIGHT.
I would say the Twins were beaten on day -100.
So, you're saying hj and cheapies still have a chance?!
The way these two teams are playing defense? You never know!
Rays killed for being "richer"?
Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
I suppose it would have made more sense to put the Yankees in that slot, but I did that in kind of a hurry.
Change it to "Rays killed for having four dozen fans." Any other reason is intellectually dishonest.
"Not maximizing universal utility".
Dammit, GH, you just gave my awesome demise away to the Tigers.
This is going to be an awesome comeback.
Unfortunately, LNP was double-switched out and won't be a part of it.
I was trying so hard to will him into a 2R double down the line before he took that walk off Ogando.
He will be there for game 7.
An extraneous God Bless America performance! Suddenly these Yankee drones are right at home.
The best part about GBA for me is that I turn off my receiver when it starts, then realize that silence is infinitely better than listing to BuckMcCarver and leave it off.
I have to say, this dude's voice made it alright, even if it's kind of pointless.
One thing I like about it, it goes quicker than the anthem.
What doesn't? Thick as a Brick, I guess.
Well, I'll just say Rob Halford could be down there singing it and I'd still mute it out of principle. I, too, miss Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
I miss Ronan Tynan. Tue Yanks never won in a year in which he sang GBA.
I was thinking that maybe LaRussa should have put in Lynn just to IBB the first batter.
+1 phone call
Mercifully quick rendition. Please bring back "Take me out to the ball game"
With a win tonight, the Stars, Mavs, and Rangers will have won a championship since the last Cowboys Super Bowl win.
Most Cowboys fans don't follow those sports, though.
Don't forget the TEXAS LONGHORNS!!!!!11
(No, please do.)
How dare you attack 'merica's team. How. Dare. You. /pistolsatdawn
+1 My Son is an Average Student at Tom Landry Middle School bumper sticker
Gimme 10cc's of 'I see what you did there'...
yeah, this one isn't really inspired.
Hold on...does this mean that the Dallas and Boston areas have won all four major championships since Minnesota last won one?
I almost mentioned them, but they didn't fit my narrative.
I don't think they fit much of anyone's narrative, since there was basically no coverage of it.
hey, it was on ESPN.
Also ESPN Alternate on my dish.
Surely there have been more than eight championships since 1991.
*crunching numbers in head*
Nope, I don't think so.
It's only major if Boston wins. QED.
OH, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
fight, fight, fight!
*changes spoons password*
*bans sean and takes on all the webmastering*
*thinks about it, and reinstates sean*
As great as it is to have Stan the Man and Teddy F. Ballgame on my Diamond Mind team (entering the 1947 season), I'm going to continue to be infuriated that I can't seem to even make the postseason (let alone win it).
man, i forgot what a good game log was like...
Here they come!
I love you, Allen Craig.
No way. Wash would use his CLOSER for more than 3 outs? I don't believe you, timmay.
No. Order is restored.
The Yankee fans are gone. Parting words - not even with snark - "This Ranger-Cardinals series is pretty good, surprisingly."
Did Tony Gwynn eat some other Hall of Famers? Wowsers.
It seems to me he ate his young, cause I haven't heard Tony Gwynn, Jr.'s name in years now.
Layaway is baaack. So the twins CAN afford cuddy.
Layaway. For those with maxed out credit cards.
FOX is excelling at showing terrible replay angles tonight.
They're in full-on NFL mode these days.
They keep showing that replay of him being safe at first and every time, it looks like he's going to be out.
Descalso made it to first faster than Molina to second.
Good time for jay's first hit. Come on furcal.
How bout an anti-climactic ending to the inning instead?
I imagine Punto would've done that.
These Cards are positively Twins-like in their ability to squander chances.
right. the 2011 twins hardly got chances to squander.
But they channeled the 2011 Twins in defense and fundamentals
Who seemingly channeled the '62 Mets.
The way Motte brings his hands together mid-delivery fascinates me.
I'd feel better about the Cards chances if they had more people up before Pujols--or if there was somebody other than The Riot.
Hero/Goat time. Only one can be Kirby, the other Liebrandt.
Milt and zooomx.2 looking for the tie in the Bracket.
Oops, I have no idea how I got zooomx.2 instead of the creator.
If Feliz nails this down here, Napoli's gotta be WS MVP, right?
Feliz making it interesting.
How funny would a Craig HR be here?
Absolutely noooo bias here 😉
I would like that.
Stupid series is already three games too long.
Cardinals fans agree.
by the way, this didn't come out as sarcastic as i would've liked.
Wow, Craig, how do you watch that go by?
Froze him with a terrible pitch.
Wait, Freese is a hometown kid? Why have I not been told this before.
You will soon get tired of hearing this.
/Apologies if that was sarcasm.
Time for Pujols to call the hit & run!
I want the WS to end with him thrown out at third base.
His St. Louis career, even!
Strike 3 to Craig was a meatball, good god.
If Pujols was as good as Babe Ruth, he would try to steal third right here.
HOLY SHIT. HOLY SHIT. HOLY SHIT. HOLY SHIT.
Fucking LaRussa cackling like an evil genius over there.
Yeesh, nice play at the wall there.
Wasn't a double at least
Texas needed a No Triples defense
No kidding. Just awful by Cruz.
How about that.
I thought, I've never seen the last out of the WS made on a catch at the wall.
HOLY BALLS! HOLY BALLS!
wowzers! what a game
Those Yankees fans were right!
They're gone, wooooooo
I LOVE BASEBALL.
That's what I thought, too. Tremendous defense by Cruz.
C'mon Nelson, give up your body and get that ball!
OMG, I have a class that starts in 8 hours, but how can I go to bed now?
Eight hours? You are still good.
Your students don't care. Why should you?
It's definitely easier to teach a class on not enough sleep than it is to sit through a class--that's for sure.
so, if the team run out of pinch hitters, the game ends in a tie?
No, but Rick Aguilera might have to bat.
Nah, it'll be Lyle Kohse.
Game 8* is back in Texas on Sunday night.
That would be true bonus baseball.
Extra innings could mean extra errors!
So uh, walks will haunt, right?
This is nuts. The way this game was going and the way the Cardinals have been since early September, I had a feeling after that three-run inning that it wasn't going to be enough, but wow, what a game!
The Vin Scully call on Freese's hit: "Well, I'll be a son of a bitch."
I can't wait for darren Oliver to get whalloped in the bottom of the frame.
heh. well, yeah.
MVP: Napoli Hamilton.
Heh, that was my first thought. The perfect redemption story!
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!
Well, I'm going to bed now.
Redemption thy name is you gotta be kidding me.
spookied. Well, actually I told my MIL that was about to happen. I guess that's not spookying.
Heh, now Lyle Kohse can be the final batter. Good thing the Cardinals have a 8-man bullpen and a 2-man bench.
Damn you Jason Hamilton!
Gleeman was thinking it might be a football score. If 9-7 holds, that counts. So would 10-9.
but really, anything that's not 1-0 works.
I HATE NARRATIVES.
Do you think in about 30 years, we'll really enjoy watching the Tollbot manage in October?
Will the camera focus on him after every play showing how excited he is?
Did Kinsler just baptize Hamilton? What the hell was that?
Re. Demp. Tion.
I thought they were gonna make out.
Yeah, it was...something.
YOU MISSED IT!
I caught that. Seriously, what goes through a fan's head in that moment? Beltre knows he missed it. It was six rows up.
Now the pitcher can bunt!
oh fracking hell...a bunt.
if the Rangers were playing normal defense, that's an out
Oh, mama. This is too good.
This is probably reminding Darren Oliver about when he blew the crucial game in the 1936 Negro Leagues World Series.
Awesome. A pinch-bunter for a pinch-bunter.
Best manager of his generation! A modern day John McGraw!
That almost one-ups his intentional walking reliever. Almost. LaRussa would love to have a 98 man roster.
No, then he'd feel an obligation to play most of them.
Laird and Jackson played tonight by having their names read.
Wait...did LaRussa just burn 1 of the 2 guys he has left?
Jackson wasn't going to pitch tonight, he's needed for the 4th inning and the first out of the 5th tomorrow night.
I think he still has Rhodes, Carpenter, and Westbrook left. Maybe another reliever because he finds those guys way more valuable than bench players.
Lohse must've learned his bunting from the Twins. That could've been a triple play.
Had to get it past Beltre, who was charging hard. Not a bad effort, I'd say, provided it wasn't just a big eff up.
Okay, a series-clinching Triple Play would be something.
Lohse could teach LNP a thing or two.
I still cannot believe this is happening.
Really Tim, you can't just check the scorecard... Oh, right, La Russa. Never mind.
Pujols is going to get a shot.
Just fuck you Frank DeFord!
God damn, Pujols on deck? I want to see him Lidge whoever is pitching and send this series to game 7.
Hmm, evidently the demise of the 2011 game logs has been greatly exaggerated. We're damn near to 400 LTE's here, which is about a week's worth of late-season Twins game logs.
But the ratings for this series are terrible!
The final Twins game log was 85% Rays/Red Sox. That one holds the current record for most LTEs: 492.
I blame that on the lack of Punto and Loshe
Theriot should just take three pitches and let Albert bat.
Yeah and then they do that.
This is how a World Series should hinge. Wash will probably IBB him.
Can't say I blame him, but yeah, boo.
Walk Pujols to get to Berkman. Is he going to bring in a lefty?
Yeah, I was about to question that weird decision.
Berkman for almost all the marbles.
Berkman for almost all the marbles Tostitos.
Hold on, folks!
i was trying to think who was sponsoring this.
I think it's sponsored by the X Factor.
Now Pujols can get thrown out trying to steal second
The Dread Pirate is en fuego tonight.
The no-doubles defense screws them up both times.
I'll never tire of this.
Jeebus, ain't this game going to never end?
Wow. Buck and McCarver actually made sense on that one.
wow. just wow. what a game!
Un bertin believable
This is the damnedest game I've ever seen.
Seriously, Wash, why walk the tough righty to get to a (less tough, but) tough lefty with a righthander on the mound?
With the platoon advantage against Pujols versus opposite against Berkman, it was probably a... wash.
This is like Game 163 but crazier. Does either team have Bobby Keppel left in their pen?
Wowsers, I'd forgotten how important a part of that he was.
I could watch that game every day for the rest of my life.
His only MLB win!
Edited to add: Oh, and I bumped into him at Pepitos the week before.
Can I name drop? My friend Todd who's friends with Charlie Day spent Monday night hanging out with Wil Wheaton for the birthday party of the little Asian guy from Mythbusters. Does it get any bigger?
I think it's a good thing I'm not friends with Charlie Day because I would spend every time together singing from the Nightman Cometh.
Yeah, the red birds are destined to win this one, right?
This might be the second best world series game ever played on October 27/28th
Ron Washington is an idiot if even timmay cam figure it out.
More free baseball.
This is awesome. Play all night!
When baseball is at its best.... Just wow.
This game is incredible.
I want an eleventh inning with both teams scoring, and a twelfth inning with both teams scoring, and a thirteenth inning...
Tony is going to look like a genius for having a 16-man bullpen.
final score 21-20 in 16 innings.
Losing team went for two and failed?
after 15 innings they are required to, I think.
Napoli is going to hit a homer here
Just two relievers left for Wash. We might see a position player pitching soon.
Well, the Cards have Rhodes and Boggs left in the bullpen. So...I'd say Westbrook might have to pitch a full inning.
Here comes señor Kraut again.
I enjoyed watching Feldman wander around like a clown trying to pretend he was going to hit. I'm sure spooky can act better than that.
High praise. Thanks, Will!
I keed. I keed. You were the first actor to come to mind.
They knew he wasn't going to hit when he started swinging it by the barrel.
A double switch or two would have been rather smart. But Wash is the one managing.
Perkins & Cuddyer are currently arguing about if they should have walked Pujols. Perkins understands you don't, and understands that they should have gone to the left handed reliever. I know which one I would want for player manager.
Fuck you, Joe Buck. How dare you steal that call.
How appropriate. He owes everything to pops.
This is an orgy of ridiculously inefficient management.
Of coooourse he has to copy his dad. Can't blame him, but it wasn't even close.
That's pretty awesome. Good on the hometown boy.
You just knew Buck was going there.
Buck, do not besmirch the famous home run call of...
...okay, he's your dad...I'll give you a pass.
Although in fairness to your dad, you do it really shittily.
Yeah, it was just a terrible copy. If he had done it well, then I wouldn't mind, since it was his dad. But no, awful.
Was it said with a tone that made him sound annoyed he has to call another baseball game tomorrow?
It just sounded rehearsed and planned, like all his game-ending calls do. He has no ability to sound spontaneous.
Just with little emotion and different pacing.
He said it with no emotion at all. I'm not a fan of either of these teams, but I am all sorts of jacked up because that was one hell of a ball game. If you can't get your blood pressure up over a game like this then I'm pretty sure you're dead.
Joe Buck rips off his old man.
I'm glad the sound is off.
I couldn't believe he said, especially when he seems to hate being compared to Jack.
Good God, they are ripping all of his clothes off!
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.
You know Joe Buck was sitting on that call the past 3 innings just DYING to use it.
1 uniform sacrificed in that celebration.
If they'd just sacrifice Punto instead, I'd be free to cheer for them.
+1 scrappy sacrifice.
It seems like Punto would be more likely to be sacrificed if Kinsler was his teammate.
Oh man I love baseball.
Wash, that's why you double switch before you have to take out one of your good relievers.
I suppose he kind of had to do that after dropping a routine pop up.
That ball was scalded.
The best part was how he refrained from celebrating until it was well over the fence.
I think the best part of the game log is how irritated is that Joe Buck ripped off his Dad. I can't stop smiling.
At least Buck knew to shut up for awhile there and let the crowd tell the story.
I was going to say this almost to the word.
That was a great decision, and an underrated one when announcers do it.
Best when it's Hawk.
It's awesome when it's Hawk. It's almost worth watching Hawk-called games just for that. Almost.
Indeed. Especially when you randomly hear him cough in the background so you know he's still around and just pouting.
It's the only thing Buck does well, so I'm inclined to not even praise him for it. Plus, really, he's had how long to come up with a different call for a walk-off win in a World Series game? I mean, if he's going to pre-meditate that sort of thing since he shows absolutely no joy in announcing the games. NOW GET OFF MY LAWN!!!
Hey, I'm right there sharing the lawn with you (that sort of ruins the point, but whatever). Buck is an unmitigated disaster, but at least he doesn't feel the need to say a lot. Sure, it's because he's not interested in what's happening, but still...
I'm glad this game ended good, because it started off terribly. Now I can finally go to bed so I can stay up for tomorrow's Game 7, brought to you by fucking Frank Deford.
In other news, bS is really happy.
In my Brackef for the challenge, here was my prediction for the WS: (Yankees changed to Rangers though, and the Colby Rasmus error is corrected.)
World Series: STL, 7 (Each game is won by the home team, Game 5 is the only blowout. Game 6 is won by an 11th-inning John Jay HR. In game 7, Pujols gets an out when he pulls Cruz off the bag and the ump didn't see it that way. Series MVP Chris Carpenter pitches 10 innings in game 7 and Nick Punto, pinch-hitting in the 10th with the bases loaded, bats in the winning run, sliding safely into first to avoid the Young tag which would have extended the game to the 11th.)
I count tonight as winning: Freese is close enough to Jay for me.
Game Seven. Let's get it on.
Had to happen. This series is one of the greats.
I may have to buy the DVD BluRay cloud access package for this series* in 20 years, and I'm not even a fan of either team. This isn't 1991 with near-perfect playing close, like game 163 part 1: the one we don't talk about. This is like the good game 163 turned into a seven-game series: crazy, mistake-riddled, redemption-filled**, addled-manager-addled buzzsaw of unpredictable and preposterous. These WPA graphs have turns too sharp to be rollercoasters.
*Hell, from game 160 of the regular-season on.
**Freese! Hometown boy with run-allowing awful error that almost loses team the World Series makes up for it!
Wildest. World Series. Game. Ever.
New LTE record. We've had over 600 LTEs today.
"How did this happen?" - Tim McCarver
That should be his epitaph.
This comment has already made me giggle two or three separate times.
What a game. I'm hoping they can top it tomorrow.
With what? The stunning return of Stan Musial?
Lohse with the 10-inning, 1-0 shutout.
Finally, a pitcher BlackJack can respect! You know, for one or two weeks.
I was thinking more like a Carpenter no-hitter on three days rest, and a 0-1 win for the Cards on a Pujols walkoff tater in the bottom of the ninth.
Pierzynski's presence on the postgame keeps my mute finger busy.
I enjoyed Eric Karros stating that he says things redundantly.
FOX was so impressed with Buck's stolen line that it was the only sound byte they used on the replay. Thanks, FOX!
Can it really be stolen from his old man? Inherited, perhaps.
The thing I really can't believe LaRussa got away with was emptying the bench, getting down two runs, and having Descalso, Jay, and the pitcher's spot due up. Nine friggin' lives.
Small sample size.
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