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    Re: Baseball 2011

    Watching the Angels blow leads two days in a row has significantly made me loose interest in this season.


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    Re: Baseball 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    Watching the Angels blow leads two days in a row has significantly made me loose interest in this season.
    I'm happy that the Royals are 2-1 (above .500 for the first time since May of 2009), but there are still some glaring weaknesses. Like defense (5 errors already in 3 games), and clutch hitting. Having a lineup that produces little pop is frustrating. We need at least 3 hits to produce 1 run. Maybe the power will come over time.

    Congrats to Aaron Crow, who is from the Kansas City area (went to University of Missouri) on his first ML win. Got out of a bases loaded jam. Soria with the save.
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    Boy, there are a lot of teams making a lot of errors already...I thought that was the point of spring training. Apparently not. My old high school coach, if he were alive, would be spinning in his grave, and there would be a lot of big leaguers taking laps around the field.

    I said before the season the big question for the Red Sox was going to be pitching, and, voila, so far they haven't shown any. Lackey got shelled yesterday, and Lester wasn't that impressive the day before.

    On the brighter side, I snatched a fifth row ticket to the Sox-A's game in Oakland in a couple of weeks--a benefit of the 12:35 start time.

    RDF, tell them to keep up the good work!

    RB, I think you're right about that series--and I think it was on Gene Mauch to take the trip back on the plane to rally the team together and get them pumped for the next game. From all accounts, the flight back was a funeral trip, and that may have set the stage for what happened next.

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    The wind's blowing out at Wrigley today. Let's see how well Matt Garza does for the Cubs. Mike Quade has moved Starling Castro into the leadoff spot.

    My neighbor works at Wrigley Field, and today on the way back from our walk to Target we ran into him on his way to work. He looked pretty nice in his Cubs work attire. I hardly recognized him, Having a job at Wrigley Field has done my neighbor so much good, both emotionally, and physically. I could see it in his face, and in his newfound happiness.

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    Re: Baseball 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    Watching the Angels blow leads two days in a row has significantly made me loose interest in this season.
    Just say to yourself...It's still early.

    Lather, rinse and repeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wotan View Post
    Boy, there are a lot of teams making a lot of errors already...I thought that was the point of spring training. Apparently not. My old high school coach, if he were alive, would be spinning in his grave, and there would be a lot of big leaguers taking laps around the field.

    I said before the season the big question for the Red Sox was going to be pitching, and, voila, so far they haven't shown any. Lackey got shelled yesterday, and Lester wasn't that impressive the day before.

    On the brighter side, I snatched a fifth row ticket to the Sox-A's game in Oakland in a couple of weeks--a benefit of the 12:35 start time.

    RDF, tell them to keep up the good work!

    RB, I think you're right about that series--and I think it was on Gene Mauch to take the trip back on the plane to rally the team together and get them pumped for the next game. From all accounts, the flight back was a funeral trip, and that may have set the stage for what happened next.
    Agreed, although the Angels were a star-laden veteran team at that point, and you wonder why they would have needed that.

    People forget that Wally Joyner, a rookie, was a key to that team during the season, and his staph infection that kept him out of the lineup didn't help eiither.

    Yeah, RDF...keep up the good work.,,,after today, please.

    Good for you on getting that ticket, Wotan!

    You might guess that watching Lackey struggle has me drowning in tears.

    And I concur on the errors. And many of them just stupid mental lapses...why do they have sprng training anyway, you wonder?

    I've decided to keep an interested eye on the Baltimore Orioles, who as I write this, are on the cusp of sweeping Tampa Bay. Caught much of the series this weekend on Extra Innings Free Preview, and the O's bear watching. And Guerrero is still swinging at anything that moves.

    Late add, 4:22 PM PDT...the Angels, in honor of their 50 years celebration, have apparently reassembled the famed Arson Squad bullpen from the 1970's.

    ARRRRGGHHH!!!

    Well, enjoy the 3-1 start, RDF. Not every bullpen you face will offer free gift-wrapping service, though.
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    I can see the Orioles pulling out all the stops and finishing at or close to .500 this season; it all depends on their pitching.

    The Red Sox keep their losing streak alive, and once again serve up a couple of gopher balls to the Rangers. Maybe I should wear an A's jersey when I go.

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    Hi guys. So i have a bit of a problem here and ive dealt with it for a long time but i thought i'd finally try to do something about it and was hoping that my friendly fellow mice-chatters would be a little more welcoming/helpful than if i were to ask anyone else for help, but anyway!

    I don't know how to follow baseball!!! there its out there! *puts on police riot protection gear*

    is there anyone that'd be willing to help explain and give me tips so that i wont be such a noob to this sport?

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    Well, first off welcome. Here are the rules of the game
    Baseball rules - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I'd start with that first. If you have any questions, just ask. We have very knowledgeable fans here who love the game.
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    My Royals win 3 straight against the Angels (sorry Halo fans) after losing Opening Day. Matt Treanor hits a walkoff HR in the 13th inning. A week ago, he was a Texas Ranger and was picked up by the Royals.

    Tim Collins gets his first major league victory. He's got nasty stuff. Big arm on a 5'7" body. We've had hot starts to the season before, but its nice when the team is actually headed towards the right direction with the young guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TortugaNinja View Post
    Hi guys. So i have a bit of a problem here and ive dealt with it for a long time but i thought i'd finally try to do something about it and was hoping that my friendly fellow mice-chatters would be a little more welcoming/helpful than if i were to ask anyone else for help, but anyway!

    I don't know how to follow baseball!!! there its out there! *puts on police riot protection gear*

    is there anyone that'd be willing to help explain and give me tips so that i wont be such a noob to this sport?
    I'd say watch a lot of games. The announcers, for the most part are pretty knowledgeable. Some of them explain the finer points of the game as they announce the games.

    Not quite sure where you live, and which teams you may pick up on your television. It used to be only local teams were broadcast. However, nowadays many teams are broadcast. As you watch, over time, you will get to know the players, and may perhaps start to like one particular team or player.

    Keep in mind, that baseball is a very slowpaced game. It is actually quite different watching on television, versus actually going to a game in person.

    I actually learned the game when I played it as child. So watching it was a natural progression. I guess a lot of kids don't grow up playing the game today, as we did in the 50's and 60's. There was always a game in every schoolyard, or emptylot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TortugaNinja View Post
    Hi guys. So i have a bit of a problem here and ive dealt with it for a long time but i thought i'd finally try to do something about it and was hoping that my friendly fellow mice-chatters would be a little more welcoming/helpful than if i were to ask anyone else for help, but anyway!
    Riot protection gear? Great heavens, no! Anyone threatens you like that, you let us know, and we will form a protective cordon around you.

    We don't know where you live, but you shouldn't be too far from a minor league park; I would recommend trying to get to a game, and bring a radio to listen to the game. The radio broadcasters are always more descriptive, and combining that with what you see is a good way to start getting a feel for all that is, and the greatness of, baseball.

    (In fact, in the olden days when Ned Martin did Red Sox broadcasts, that is exactly what I would do--watch the game with the sound off and the radio on).

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    I think I'm going to have to go to some Rangers games this year. I've been in Dallas three years now and the only games I've seen in person were two games when the Dodgers played interleague two seasons ago. I like the players and watch them on TV, but it's time to get out there. Hopefully they will have improved the food situation there.

    Still not convinced that the Rangers starting pitching is good enough, but at least against the Red Sox, their strategy of scoring more than they give up has worked well. As for the Dodgers, it's nice to finally see another team playing worse defense than they are. For all the ridicule they've taken about Gibbons and Thames defensive abilities in left field, I haven't heard much said about the Giants sticking Aubrey Huff in right.

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    The Cubs drew 26,292 fans yesterday on a cold April day, and that fact made the papers today. Why? Because it was the lowest attendance at the park since 2002. My Chicago SunTimes reported than the average cost of a Wrigley Field ticket is $52.56. I guess people are saving their money for better weather. There were more seagulls in the center field bleachers than there were Cubs fans.
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    Barbaraann, that's very sad news. Think of the kids they could have given tickets away to--they would have filled the park, and they would have had the time of their lives.

    While I qualify as a really old dude by recalling ticket prices which today would seem unthinkable, I do decry the cost of tickets at venues such as Wrigley, New Yankee, and Fenway. Everyone should be able to go to a game, get a hot dog, a coke, some popcorn, and a program.

    Back when I was a director for a financial services company, we used to get a bunch of "underprivileged" kids together and take them to a game or two--which became even more special once the company bought a box at (then) PacBell Park.

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