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Oakland played great baseball last night and Sonny Grey pitched like a veteran. Great baseball game; classic pitcher's duel. Things should get very interesting in Detroit Monday night.

To Danny, I apologize for starting the postseason baseball thread. However, since I am not a fan of football, basketball, hockey, etc., I am mathematically eliminated from talking about any other game. Smile

I did get to see a game at the Friendly Confines and the fans were great: very knowledgeable about baseball and very friendly. Before the Red Sox ended the Curse of the Bambino, I had always wished for a Cubs-Red Sox World Series. remember that up until then, the Sox hadn't won a Series since 1918 and the Cubs since 1908. It would have been a Series for the ages.

Just curious Danny, I think Wrigley is a jewel and it's the only surviving ball park from the Federal League (1914-1915) and was actually the home of the Chicago Whales. Anyhow, what are your thoughts about the changes ownership wants to make to Wrigley?

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Bucs now one game away from the NLCS!
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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I stand corrected, Vlad. Nice win tonight.
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Lots of history there. First Super Bowl was there no?

I was in Spain and guess what? They don't tear down history in the name of progress.
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Game 5 for the Pirates. Tomorrow.
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Looks like Oakland is in pretty good shape against Detroit. My crystal ball is perhaps more accurate than I thought.
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Scherzer works out of an 8th inning bases-loaded, no-out jam without giving up a run to preserve a one-run lead. Nails!
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Looks like a Game 5 for Oakland and Detroit. But, as you noted after the first game, Oakland won't have to face Scherzer again.
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Do or die time for the Bucs, who are 2—1 underdogs in game 5 against Wainright.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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It looks extremely rocky for the Pittsburgh nine this night.l.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Kudos to the St. Louis Cardinals! This was a hard fought series and I am very proud of my Pirates. They are are a young team and no one in baseball expected them to get past .500 in the regular season. They won 94 games and took the NLDS to game 5 against a VERY seasoned, tough Cardinals team; the Pirates have nothing to be ashamed of and I believe that they will only get stronger in the coming seasons!

Now, who to root for in the remaining series? LOL!!

I really like the Cardinals' chances against the Dodgers in the NLCS, and besides, they represent the NL Central - the BEST division in the National League! BIG thanks to the Dodgers for knocking out the Braves! I HATE that franchise and that stoooopid tomahawk chop nonsense. Kershaw for the Dodgers is going to be a huge factor in the NLCS. I hope to see a Wainwright-Kershaw matchup.

American League: The A's are a TOUGH team! I hate their ballpark but I love their never give up spirit. That said, I used to live near Detroit so there is a touch of loyalty there.

There are two franchises I loathe in baseball: The Yankees (though I respect their storied past) and the Braves. Neither team is in the post season so I can just relax and enjoy watching great postseason baseball.
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My Cards-Athletics World Series is still intact. A's play tiebreaker tonight.

I still think the Pirates have a real shot at winning it all next year.

Oh, and I was just thinking about this random/funny story as I was watching the game last night. This past summer, I had tickets to a Reds game against the Pirates (in Cincinnati). I was about five rows up from the field, down the left field line. For some reason, my brother and I were just enjoyed watching Starling Marte in left field. He seems like a cool guy, and it was fun to watch him in between plays. Well, one time, one of the Reds hitters smacked a homerun. All the fireworks shot off and everything, etc. The next batter came into the box and started his AB. Well, about two pitches in, a random left-over firework shot off and scared the s*** out of Marte. He jumped up and looked around like "WTF was that!!!???" And then me and my brother started making jokes about how he's afraid to play in Cincinnati now. Smile

Also, it's not like anybody cares, but I have a private YouTube video. I took it during a different Reds game. It was against the Braves, bottom on the ninth inning. The Reds were down by one run, and I just had the feeling like something extraordinary was about to happen. So, I pulled out my camera and recorded the entire frame. The video is ten minutes long, but it's very entertaining. Watch this walk-off win against Atlanta:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBDMfa5JGHQ
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Hey Satellite,

Love the video!!! As you know, we Pirate fans are not too fond of Atlanta. The Marte story is classic. I just wish something would have scared him into hitting in the NLDS.

I'm rooting for the A's in the ALCS even though there was the geographical factor with Detroit. The Athletics have such an interesting history dating back to the birth of the American League in 1901. As you might know Connie Mack was the A's manager for 50 years and he was holding fire sales long before the now defunct losing Pirates were. In 1910 an 1911 the A's boasted the "$100,000 Infield" - how times have changed - and in 1912 Mack dumped them all. Same thing in 1929 to 1931, GREAT teams featuring Jimmie "The Beast" Foxx, Al Simmons, Lefty Grove, etc. In 1932, dumped! They move to KC in the 50's, then to California not long after. Ack, seeing pictures of those A's teams in the early 70's in those porn 'staches cracks me up, but, great teams then too.

Anyhow, it's going to be a great game tonight between Oakland and Detroit!

Credit to the Dodgers for coming out of nowhere and taking the NL West though it is a weaker division than the NL Central. That said, The Dodgers payroll sickens me and I hope St. Louis gives 'em hell.

You are a classy fan Satellite. You know that there is little love between the Reds and Pirates dating back to the 1970s yet you've been very gracious and thanks man for not kicking us when we're down. Smile

All the best,
Vlad

PS: Since I don't like football, no need to console me on the Steelers LOL As far as I am concerned, sports is over for me every year in October and begins again when I hear the words "pitchers and catchers report."
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For lovers of baseball history, the franchises remaining just guarantee classic matches...Dodgers & Cards, Red Sox & A's or Tigers...just awesome.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Verlander perfect through 5 1/3.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Jinxed him...17th batter walks!
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Verlander is scary when he gets in his groove. Both league championship series are going to be tough. In the AL, Boston has been dominant as evidenced by their record, and both the Red Sox and Dodgers dispatched their League Division Series comparatively easily. The Cardinals and Tigers has to go the whole five. But each is a series between small market and lower payroll versus large market huge payroll teams.

In the NLCS I'm rooting for the Cardinals. I do think that series will go to seven as long as Mattingly's Dodgers execute; I saw a bit of frustration there during the Atlanta series in games that the Dodgers won but could have won more easily if plays were executed properly. You simply cannot allow the Cardinals the tiniest break or they will murder you. Wainwright and rookie Wacha are tough; Joe Kelly is no slouch either, so, a tough rotation for the Cardinals. So are Kershaw and Greinke, but, the Cardinals won the toughest division in the NL without being a home run hitting or base stealing team. They play very cool under pressure and any Cardinal hitter can do damage. In game 5, the real killer was that 2 run shot by David Freese. The guy isn't exactly a slugger but it was enough to psychologically take it from my Bucs. So, Cards in seven in the NLCS unless the fruestration of not executing sets in, then it's the Cardinals in six.

ALCS: Have to give the pitching edge to the Tigers on this one just with Verlander and Scherzer. Miguel Cabrera is playing at about 75 percent so while he is dangerous, he is not playing as well as last year due to injuries and he is the keystone in the Tigers' batting order, so, offensively, the edge goes to Boston. Jim Leyland MAY be the lynchpin that either holds the Tigers together or breaks the whole show. I have a lot of friends who are rabid Tiger fans and they have had the same complaints about Leyland that Pittsburgh had in that he sometimes makes decisions that mystify and turn out to be the wrong decisions or worse, the right decisions at the wrong time if that makes any sense.For example, in the 1990 NLCS Leyland started former reds pitcher Ted Power who the Bucs had acquired during the season FROM the Reds. All of that year, the Pirates were nothing short of dominant offensively and defensively. Leyland's reasoning for breaking a rotation that destroyed other teams and going with Power? He argued that Ted Power knew the Reds hitters so well that Power would have an edge. Power pitched 2 and 1/3 then gave way to Zane Smith. The Pirates lost the game 2-1 and the series 4-2. Ted Power was not a starter. He was a set up man. Will Leyland pull something similar? Only the baseball deities know. Boston on the other hand aren't as hungry as the Tigers and their payroll is astronomical. When they finally won the series to break "The Curse," something seemed to change in Boston and they took on a more - forgive me - Yankees approach to the game.

Tigers in 7 but it's going to be a battle all the way and much of the series will rest on Verlander and Scherzer.

WS: Cardinals and Tigers, Cardinals win it in 6.

Best,
Vlad

PS: To football fans, as I did last year, I'll disappear from sports talk after the World Series. I promise Smile
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Vlad-

I agree completely with your analysis, except for your world series prediction. I think the Tigers will take it in 7.
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Is it just me, or has baseball suddenly got more popular this year than it has in the past decade?

And right now, Vlad, I fully agree with your WS prediction. The Cardinals are just too good, as they have proven time and time again over...guess how long? The past decade.

I always assumed that Pujols was the Cardinals entire team. Boy, was I wrong. They've gotten better without him, more well-rounded. And meanwhile, Pujols is looking like a selfish, egotistical idiot. He left the Cards right afer they had won the WS a few years ago, just so he could take more money with a sub-par Angels team. Ridiculous!

Oh, and I am officially labeling Chris Davis (Orioles) as a history-blocker. He stopped Cabrera from winning two consecutive Triple Crown awards, which has never been done before. And it was only by a handful of homeruns!!!!
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I think the Dodgers will get past the Cards...Grienke & Kershaw are too good of a 1-2 punch, and they've got a number of bats, too.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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