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2012 Games 162 OmniChatter

No spots will be at stake, but plenty of positioning will be, and, hey, there could be the first Triple Crown since ‘67, which is neat…

Chatter up!

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   1. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 03, 2012 at 07:11 AM (#4252112)
Game 161 was almost as good as last year's 162. The O's/Rays duel in the dome, the Yankees/Red Sox madness, the Dodgers/Giants thriller coming on the heels of the Cardinals loss that made it mean everything, and then the A's and Rangers.

I was thinking that Game 162 had a chance to match last year's, but the tag line is right. Only positioning is at stake, and although that positioning means a lot more than it used to, it's not the same as the win or go home tilts we saw last year.
   2. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 03, 2012 at 07:12 AM (#4252113)
Also...

It's a season ending series of de facto playoff games agains the Red Sox, and the Yankees have not drawn more than 41,000. Something is very wrong.

Trost and Levine destroyed the brand. ####### dumbshits
   3. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 03, 2012 at 07:31 AM (#4252125)
Trost and Levine destroyed the brand. ####### dumbshits
We all know you hate the new stadium--and there's some truth in there--but the idea that they "destroyed the brand" is so patently untrue that it entirely undermines the validity of any other point you're making re: NYS, current executive management, etc.
   4. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 03, 2012 at 07:34 AM (#4252126)
RB:
In 2007 this series would have been packed to the gills. You would not have been able to fit a pea into Yankee Stadium. Perhaps destroyed the "brand" is the wrong term. They irrevocably and utterly destroyed the experience of going to Yankee Stadium and the atmosphere of a big home game.

I was watching a Reds game sometime last week: the house was packed, loud, and into the game. I found myself thinking: "it would be cool of Yankee Stadium was ever like that." Then I realized...I'm wishing Yankee ####### Stadium had the atmosphere of Great American Ballpark!!
   5. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 03, 2012 at 07:44 AM (#4252127)
I'm with WJ here. I said in the chatter last night but the atmosphere at NYS, at least on TV, is for ####. Between the moat and the fact that the noise seems to be leave the stadium it always feels like I'm watching a game that had been delayed twice by rain and only a few diehards are left. Contrast that with the sound of the old place and it really is noticeable. Destroyed the brand is a bit much but at least on TV it's a vastly different experience.
   6. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 03, 2012 at 07:53 AM (#4252131)
It's hard to have a good atmosphere when the inner ring of seats closest to the field is always empty, because you can only sell them to corporations who have them just to have them, and even when people do show up, they are spending the whole game at the ####### buffet...
   7. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 03, 2012 at 07:55 AM (#4252133)
http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=2685727
   8. DKDC Posted: October 03, 2012 at 07:58 AM (#4252137)
Game 161 was almost as good as last year's 162.


Um, not even close. I'm sure fans of a few teams will remember last nights games, but IMO 2011's game 162 is something few baseball fans will ever forget.
   9. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 03, 2012 at 08:08 AM (#4252143)

Um, not even close.

Well that's just, like, your opinion man.
   10. hokieneer Posted: October 03, 2012 at 08:16 AM (#4252147)
Reds and Nats are currently tied for best record in the nl. Is the tiebreaker head to head?
   11. Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: October 03, 2012 at 08:37 AM (#4252156)
So depending on what happens today (and MAYBE tomorrow), Oakland can potentially end up with the 1, 2, 4, or 5 seed. That is something.

Reds and Nats are currently tied for best record in the nl. Is the tiebreaker head to head?

Yes, and the Nats have that.
   12. escabeche Posted: October 03, 2012 at 08:44 AM (#4252158)
Should Orioles fans be rooting for Oakland or Texas tonight?
   13. Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: October 03, 2012 at 08:49 AM (#4252161)
Should Orioles fans be rooting for Oakland or Texas tonight?

Doesn't really make a difference, as both of them own the tiebreaker against Baltimore. The Birds can end up 2, 4, or 5, but it isn't impacted by that game.

EDIT: I suppose the question for a Birds fan is, would you rather have to play the wildcard game against Texas or Oakland if it comes to that.
   14. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:03 AM (#4252168)
Let's go Nats! Let's go A's! Let's go O's!

This has a good chance of being my favorite baseball season ever.

   15. Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:12 AM (#4252175)
And as if all the possible scenarios in the A.L. aren't enough, it looks like Miggy is a lock for that Triple Crown unless Hamilton has a monster afternoon. Yep, this has been a pretty incredible season all around.
   16. DKDC Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4252176)
EDIT: I suppose the question for a Birds fan is, would you rather have to play the wildcard game against Texas or Oakland if it comes to that.


Given the likely wild card starters, I don't think this is close.

I'd rather face Milone/Straily than Darvish/Holland, even if the Rangers didn't have a much scarier lineup.

Go Rangers.
   17. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:16 AM (#4252180)
A's may start Brett Anderson, although that's a wild card in itself.
   18. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:32 AM (#4252196)
A's may start Brett Anderson, although that's a wild card in itself.

I think this is pretty likely. I'm optimistic neither Straily or Blackley will be getting postseason starts.

Speaking of Blackley, I'm really happy for him. I think his start last night went a long way to keeping him in the Big Leagues another year.
   19. bunyon Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:38 AM (#4252205)
Right. The A's may win the division - close to 50/50 in a one-gamer. BUT, no one is thinking the A's might be the best team in baseball. The Rangers, despite their struggles, have an argument to that.

So, you'd root for the Rangers.

On the other hand, if you win the play-in, you get the top seed. Which could be any of the Yankees, A's or Rangers (also the O's, but then this is moot). I'd rather play the better team in the one-off game and then the weaker team in the LDS. So, you'd rather root for the A's.
   20. DKDC Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:46 AM (#4252218)
The Yankees are going to win and they are going to be the top seed. They are the team I want the Orioles to face in the DS.
   21. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:52 AM (#4252228)
Yankees/Orioles ALDS would be awesome. The old rivalry from the 90s really returned this year.
   22. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 03, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4252232)
Plus, it would be a cool way to settle things between teams that finished a game apart. Better than a one game playoff, anyway!
   23. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 03, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4252248)
Let's go Nats! Let's go A's! Let's go O's!

This has a good chance of being my favorite baseball season ever.


A Yanks/Orioles ALCS and either of them playing the Nats in the World Series would be a dream outcome for me. But the main thing is to get rid of the Braves and the Cardinals as quickly as possible.
   24. salvomania Posted: October 03, 2012 at 10:40 AM (#4252288)
But the main thing is to get rid of the Braves and the Cardinals as quickly as possible.


I'm a Cardinal fan who even sort of agrees with this.
   25. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: October 03, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4252295)
It's a season ending series of de facto playoff games agains the Red Sox, and the Yankees have not drawn more than 41,000

Then I realized...I'm wishing Yankee ####### Stadium had the atmosphere of Great American Ballpark!!


GABP is a fun park when it's full. Actually, now that they have finally finished the first part of The Banks development, GABP is fun before, during, and after games. There's such a better atmosphere now that there are, you know, some people that live down there and nightclubs and restaurants next door to the stadium.
   26. dr. scott Posted: October 03, 2012 at 11:12 AM (#4252337)
The O.Co was rockin last night. It's pretty cavernous too. Hard to believe the new Yankee stadium could be worse, very sad if true.

I was thinking about calling in sick and going to the game but will have to "watch" from my phone. Go A's.
   27. McCoy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4252347)
I'll be at today's Nationals game. I'm not totally sure but I think someone just bailed on me so I do have an extra ticket if anyone wants it. The only issue is that it is a real physical ticket.
   28. UCCF Posted: October 03, 2012 at 11:35 AM (#4252369)
And as if all the possible scenarios in the A.L. aren't enough, it looks like Miggy is a lock for that Triple Crown unless Hamilton has a monster afternoon. Yep, this has been a pretty incredible season all around.

If Trout goes 5-for-5, he'll raise his average to .3297. Cabrera would then have to do better than 0-for-2 (which would leave him at .3296). Though would they round both to .330 and call it a tie, giving him the triple crown?

I'm very excited by this. I can't believe it's been 45 years - in the 45 years preceding the last Triple Crown, it happened 10 times (not counting Yaz), including twice each by Hornsby and Williams.

Up next - someone hits .400. Maybe that will be Trout.
   29. dr. scott Posted: October 03, 2012 at 11:38 AM (#4252373)
As far as I know they do not round. Best record no matter the number of decimal places wins. Which makes sense. It's not like there is a possible counting error to confine the number of significant digits in this case.
   30. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 03, 2012 at 11:40 AM (#4252376)
So is the tarp still up in the Coliseum for these games or are they letting in all the riff-raff?
   31. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4252401)
So is the tarp still up in the Coliseum for these games or are they letting in all the riff-raff?


I heard they won't take down the tarp until the World Series, although I'm sure if there's enough demand that will change.


Also, I'm preparing a GAME 162 CHECKLIST! Taking suggestions...
   32. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 12:21 PM (#4252434)
GAME 162 CHECKLIST:

Teddy Wins [ ] (Teddy appears to win but doesn't due to some type of technicality: [ ])
Orioles hold a 1-run lead at any point [ ]
Brad Pitt namechecked [ ]
Montage of Chris Davis' home run streak [ ]
Ball hits a cat-walk [ ]
Negatively or positively, Bobby Valentine goes out in a blaze of glory [ ]
One of the non-Pennant Chase or Triple Crown games ends up becoming extremely interesting [ ]
Chatter discussion somehow ends up going on a tangent about something other than baseball [X] (I'll get this out of the way)
Ichiro gets a hit [ ]
Dramatic home run in Oakland, the Bronx or St. Pete in the 7th inning or later [ ]
Somebody Ks 10+ people [ ]
TRIPLE CROWN [ ]
   33. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 03, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4252444)
Replay of Longoria's HR on a broadcast other than the Tampa game [ ]
Replay of Andino's hit on a broadcast other than the Boston game [ ]
Jeter fist pump [ ]
HR at NYS "wouldn't be a homer anywhere else" [ ]
Yankee Stadium organist plays "Chopsticks" for Ichiro's first at bat [ ] (is fired immediately [ ])
   34. JJ1986 Posted: October 03, 2012 at 12:37 PM (#4252450)
My prediction: Tampa gets up big early, Yankees notice and start pulling players, Orioles come back and win, Andrew Bailey gives up the game to scrubs anyway.
   35. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: October 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM (#4252461)
Question for people who've watched the A's a lot (as opposed to being mostly a radio fan, as I am)...
Stephen Drew took over at shortstop about a month ago. In 38 games, he has a 3.71 RF/G, with a .966 F%.
Drew took over from Cliff Pennington, who had a 4.54 / .979 over 93 games.

Pennington moved over to second base, where Jemile Weeks was 4.19 / .977.
In 31 games at 2b, Pennington is at 4.77 / .987.

So, is Pennington THAT much better in the field than Drew AND Weeks? Or what?
   36. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: October 03, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4252463)
So, is Pennington THAT much better in the field than Drew AND Weeks? Or what?

Pennington is a pretty great fielder. I think the A's will Drew walk and give him back the SS job next year.
   37. sardonic Posted: October 03, 2012 at 12:54 PM (#4252466)
A's player does the Bernie []
Someone gets pied []
   38. Guapo Posted: October 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4252469)
Is there anyone who is likely playing in their last game today? (Other than Bobby Valentine)
   39. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM (#4252476)
Bobby Abreu could very well be. Omar Vizquel, if he gets in the game.
   40. JJ1986 Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM (#4252482)
Is there anyone who is likely playing in their last game today? (Other than Bobby Valentine)


Omar Vizquel maybe. I think there was some noise that Carlos Lee might retire after the season.
   41. PS is probably angering Americans again Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4252484)
Does Ben Sheets count?
   42. Baldrick Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4252488)
What happened with Sheets? Was he always planning on only pitching one inning or did he get hurt? If the latter, that would be a terrible way to go out.
   43. Lassus Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM (#4252493)
Right. The A's may win the division - close to 50/50 in a one-gamer. BUT, no one is thinking the A's might be the best team in baseball. The Rangers, despite their struggles, have an argument to that.

For what it is worth, Francona said on PTI yesterday that his baseball brethren around the league want to face the As in a postseason less than anyone due to pitching and clicking on all cylinders.
   44. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:15 PM (#4252497)
Is Chipper playing today?

edit: Playoffs. D'uh. Nevermind.
   45. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:15 PM (#4252498)
Is there anyone who is likely playing in their last game today? (Other than Bobby Valentine)


Is Chipper playing today? Obviously he'll play in the post-season but regular season wise. (Coke to the Shooter)

Jason Giambi
Jim Thome
Darren Oliver

Would Leyland hang 'em up if Detroit wins it all?

   46. JJ1986 Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4252503)
Giambi is hurt.
   47. flournoy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4252509)
What happened with Sheets? Was he always planning on only pitching one inning or did he get hurt?


Planned. At least, I think so. I read that he'd go "an inning or two." I hope he didn't hurt himself in the process.
   48. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4252511)
GAME 162 CHECKLIST:

Teddy Wins [ ] (Teddy appears to win but doesn't due to some type of technicality: [ ])
Orioles hold a 1-run lead at any point [ ]
Brad Pitt namechecked [ ]
Montage of Chris Davis' home run streak [ ]
Ball hits a cat-walk [ ]
Negatively or positively, Bobby Valentine goes out in a blaze of glory [ ]
One of the non-Pennant Chase or Triple Crown games ends up becoming extremely interesting [ ]
Chatter discussion somehow ends up going on a tangent about something other than baseball [X] (I'll get this out of the way)
Ichiro gets a hit [ ]
Dramatic home run in Oakland, the Bronx or St. Pete in the 7th inning or later [ ]
Somebody Ks 10+ people [ ]
TRIPLE CROWN [ ]
A's player does the Bernie []
Someone gets pied []
Replay of Longoria's HR on a broadcast other than the Tampa game [ ]
Replay of Andino's hit on a broadcast other than the Boston game [ ]
Jeter fist pump [ ]
HR at NYS "wouldn't be a homer anywhere else" [ ]
Video of team watching game in clubhouse or jumbotron [ ]
   49. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:35 PM (#4252520)
There should be some day games on day 162.
   50. esseff Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4252521)
Somebody Ks 10+ people [ ]


Bonus if it's Shelby Miller in his first career start.
   51. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4252523)
Is there anyone who is likely playing in their last game today? (Other than Bobby Valentine)


Is Henry Blanco off of the DL? He's pretty obviously done. I have a suspicion that Jason Isringhausen will hang them up, though he could probably get a deal somewhere if he wanted to come back.
   52. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4252527)
There should be some day games on day 162.


Braves-Pirates playing now
Phillies-Nats playing now
Astros-Cubs 1:20 Local time
Rangers-A's 12:35
Mets-Marlins - 4:10
Angels-Mariners - 3:40
Rockies-Diamondbacks - 5:10

Other than those?
   53. McCoy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4252534)
Well, the hyper at the ballpark leans towards a teddy win today. He's got new shoes and everyone got ateddy pendant.
   54. Karl from NY Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4252543)

By the way, is everybody now happy with the schedule switcharound that the MLB regular season ends midweek instead of on a weekend? It's awesome to have all this going on midweek when there's no other sports news. Games 161, 162, 163, and the wild card play-in all get to take the spotlight rather than getting stuck under football's shadow.
   55. Gary Truth Serum Posted: October 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4252546)
Would Leyland hang 'em up if Detroit wins it all?

Wouldn't be his last game anyway if he does what TLR did and manage the All-Star Game the next season.
   56. Morph Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4252554)
The atmosphere at the new Yankees Stadium during the playoffs is still excellent. During the regular season, I'd say it is way less intense... but that isn't exactly the worst thing in the world. There is less fighting, for instance, and exiting the ballpark is much easier. I feel like the last couple of years of the old Stadium was actually pretty interesting culturally -- for a few years there, the Yankees drew four million fans. No one ever thought that could happen. Going to a Red Sox game was like a medieval carnival -- a festive, potentially violent atmosphere. The new Stadium is way different. As I said -- still extremely intense for the playoffs. I attended Game two of the '09 ALCS, and the experience was pretty equivalent to the old place. And it was cold, freezing night. Lon, theatrical game. Everyone stayed, pretty much. Television actually amplifies all the faults of the new place, during the regular season. The ridiculously overpriced box seats are empty. The ambience is terrible, as the field microphones pick up dead air. Previously affordable box seats down the lines are often unoccupied. The live experience of regular season games is much more lively than the atmosphere on television would indicate. It's not the old Stadium, though. Of course. Nothing could be.
   57. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4252559)
Twitter is telling me that Teddy won!
   58. Stevis Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4252562)
Indeed, so the Nats radio guys have said...and it is sparking a Nats rally.
   59. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4252566)
Is there anywhere we can get a stream of the president's race?
   60. McCoy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:11 PM (#4252567)
Teddy did win. A wrird philly phanatic like mascot knocked all the other presidents down.
   61. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:14 PM (#4252575)
Sadly, initial reports say that they did not take my idea:


Nationals Park, October 3rd:


It begins innocently enough, with George Washington taking an early lead, with Lincoln following close behind and Jefferson and Roosevelt about even behind them. But then, at the half way point, Teddy Roosevelt gets a burst of energy, overtaking first Jefferson, then Lincoln, and then, finally, George Washington. He speeds past everybody, onwards towards the finish line. "Chariots of Fire" begins to play. Jayson Werth comes from his position and begins to run alongside him, urging the Bull Moose to victory. But then, tragedy strikes: Teddy falls over flat onto his face ("Chariots of Fire" screeches to a halt). The crowd gasps, Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln get through. It appears that once again Teddy will fall. But then, the lights go dark, smoke rises, and then, suddenly, emerging from it comes a new competitor, coming out to evil organ music... the ANTI-PRESIDENT...
JEFFERSON.
FINIS.
DAVIS.

Davis, wielding a formidable looking Nerf Gun, shoots Washington, Jefferson and finally Lincoln. He takes up a microphone and announces to a stunned audience that the South has Risen Again and that from now on only he will be running the President's Race. All seems lost. But then, with Jayson Werth's help, Teddy is able to get to his feet, and then continues his run towards the finish line as the "Stars and Stripes Forever" begins to blare. Davis tries to shoot down Teddy, but YOU CAN'T KILL A BULL MOOSE WITH A SHORT GUN! Teddy tackles and defeats the Secessionist, and although an announcer says that the victory doesn't count due to outside interference, none care, the other three presidents- joined by Screech, Jayson Werth and a special cameo by Ken Burns- carry the triumphant Teddy Roosevelt off the field.

The Nationals forfeit due to a delay of game.


That would have been awesome.
   62. Baldrick Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM (#4252581)
Past a diving Jeter [ ]
   63. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4252583)
Teddy Wins [X] (Teddy appears to win but doesn't due to some type of technicality: [ ])
Orioles hold a 1-run lead at any point [ ]
Brad Pitt namechecked [ ]
Montage of Chris Davis' home run streak [ ]
Ball hits a cat-walk [ ]
Negatively or positively, Bobby Valentine goes out in a blaze of glory [ ]
One of the non-Pennant Chase or Triple Crown games ends up becoming extremely interesting [ ]
Chatter discussion somehow ends up going on a tangent about something other than baseball [X] (I'll get this out of the way)
Ichiro gets a hit [ ]
Dramatic home run in Oakland, the Bronx or St. Pete in the 7th inning or later [ ]
Somebody Ks 10+ people [ ]
TRIPLE CROWN [ ]
A's player does the Bernie []
Someone gets pied []
Replay of Longoria's HR on a broadcast other than the Tampa game [ ]
Replay of Andino's hit on a broadcast other than the Boston game [ ]
Jeter fist pump [ ]
HR at NYS "wouldn't be a homer anywhere else" [ ]
Video of team watching game in clubhouse or jumbotron [ ]
Ball goes past a diving Jeter [ ]

(after first page for this chatter, the list is set and will only be posted once per page unless there is a storm of checkmarks)
   64. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4252588)
We have video.
   65. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:37 PM (#4252599)
Wow, if you're Teddy, is that really how you want to win your first race? With help from the Phillie Phanatic?! The honorable thing for Teddy to do would have been to wait until the other presidents got up, or at least not pass them while they were down.
   66. esseff Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:39 PM (#4252603)
After #61, the video is anticlimactic.
   67. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:45 PM (#4252605)
Yeah, I love number 61.

I don't think Teddy should ever have won. They went too long with it to quit. Maybe there really was pressure coming from someplace.
   68. esseff Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM (#4252609)
162-game players for 2012:

Castro already in. Ichiro* and Adam Jones sure to follow. And Prince Fielder might as well, too, after playing the first 161.

Just missed by a game (or two, if they don't play today):

Butler, Miguel Cabrera, Gordon, Headley, Cano.

(* - Suzuki gets an asterisk because he missed two games with the Mariners but made them up by getting traded to a team that had played two fewer games at the time)
   69. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM (#4252612)
I think what they should do now is have ONLY Teddy win. He is at his highest height, so clearly they must now tear him down. Make him always win for a few seasons, until finally somebody starts having a "Make Teddy Lose" website.
   70. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:05 PM (#4252618)
Wow, if you're Teddy, is that really how you want to win your first race? With help from the Phillie Phanatic?!


He lost enough races that way, and I didn't see Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington helping him back up when he got blindsided.
   71. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:06 PM (#4252620)
I was hoping they'd hold off till after they won a championship, but what the heck. Good for Teddy! I am sure my wife will take credit as she tweeted at the Nats last night to complain (she has just learned twitter(

Also, Nats up 3-1! Hold one and get that #1 seed!
   72. esseff Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4252621)
Geez, one win and he's got a big head.

EDIT: Sadly, they all do.
   73. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4252622)
Very good for Jackson to have a confidence building start here. He's been wretched this month.
   74. Kiko Sakata Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4252623)
I think what they should do now is have ONLY Teddy win. He is at his highest height, so clearly they must now tear him down. Make him always win for a few seasons, until finally somebody starts having a "Make Teddy Lose" website.


They should start varying the Presidents who run. Who wouldn't love to see Millard Fillmore, Rutherford Hayes, and Chester Arthur in an epic sprint? And to get things started, for Opening Day next season, they should invite Presidents Carter, Clinton, Obama, and the two Bushes (and Romney, if he wins), and have them do a real live Presidents' Race. Obama vs. George W. in an actual race; who wouldn't love that (well, besides the Secret Service, maybe)?
   75. Swedish Chef Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4252624)
We in the gambling fraternity are shocked by this pervasive and shameless tampering with the Presidents' race!
   76. Kurt Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:13 PM (#4252626)
I don't think Teddy should ever have won. They went too long with it to quit. Maybe there really was pressure coming from someplace.

I didn't think he'd win either, but my guess is that after seven seasons, eighty games a year, they simply ran out of ideas for finding ways for him to lose. After leaving the tv on long enough after the football game on Sunday to see what the Simpsons is doing with their opening credits gag these days, I can sympathize.
   77. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4252632)
Well, here we go. The de-facto AL West championship game is about to start.
   78. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4252635)
I think what they should do now is have ONLY Teddy win. He is at his highest height, so clearly they must now tear him down. Make him always win for a few seasons, until finally somebody starts having a "Make Teddy Lose" website.


It's not enough to make him always win, there's a chance to do a full blown heel turn here. Have Teddy always win, but by flukes or outside interference. Then have the Phillie Phanatic and any other NL mascots you can get violently beat down the other three presidents while they cry out for Teddy to save them... but he apparently doesn't hear what's going on and he just wins the race. He then becomes arrogant, winning races running backwards and wearing a crown shaped like the world series trophy, oblivious to the fact that he's a fluke champion. Maybe he starts 'accidentally' tripping opposing presidents. Maybe some of the Nationals interfere to try and prevent Teddy from cheating to win, but they accidentally clothesline the wrong president and Teddy gains another empty victory. Soon the crowd starts chanting "die Teddy die" and throw trash on the field after another Teddy win, while he cups his ears and soaks up what he believes is the roar of a crowd that loves their champion.

It'd be a real shame if this became an ordinary race, might as well invert things.
   79. bunyon Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4252650)
All the living presidents? That would be cool, though I'm guessing Clinton would sucker punch them all only to lose when getting sidetracked with a ball girl.
   80. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4252651)
Griffin not looking good.
   81. DA Baracus Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4252663)
Awesome crowd in Oakland.
   82. flournoy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4252665)
So, assuming the Nationals hold on against the Phillies...

Friday:
STL at ATL

NLDS:
CIN vs. SFG
WAS vs. ATL/STL
   83. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4252666)
I'm just thinking of all of the people (and I was probably one of them) who were laughing at the Yoenis Céspedes promotional video that made the rounds last off-season. I think we can say with certainty that he's had the last laugh...
   84. bunyon Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4252667)
Nothing good comes from starting an ex-Cub dude.
   85. UCCF Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4252668)
Yeah, I love number 61.

Nice, but I think the idea of someone rising up to shoot Lincoln might have been... uncomfortable.
   86. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4252669)
Oakland takes the early lead.
   87. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4252670)
Does anyone know if we'll be able to watch the raw postseason feed on our MLBTV like last year?
   88. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4252673)
Kind of surprised they didn't send Cespedes home on Moss' double. Isn't he the fastest guy on the whole roster?
   89. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4252678)
He'd have been out by thirty feet if he'd been sent; it was a hustle double.
   90. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM (#4252679)
Whoo Nats! #1 seed! More importantly, my playoff tickets are the 10th!
   91. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:09 PM (#4252680)
Whoo Nats! #1 seed! More importantly, my playoff tickets are the 10th!


Most importantly, I win a six pack of my choice.
   92. Greg K Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:13 PM (#4252686)
Griffin's living up quite a bit. That seems like a bad thing.
   93. bunyon Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4252688)
According to the Gameday "scout", Griffin's effectiveness falls after pitch 45. Sounds like a long reliever posing as a starter.
   94. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4252689)
My playoff tickets to Baltimore are in the ALDS... so I either will be leaving this weekend, going next week, or not going at all. If I don't die from the stress before that.
   95. PreservedFish Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4252694)
According to the Gameday "scout",


ugh
   96. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4252695)
They should start varying the Presidents who run. Who wouldn't love to see Millard Fillmore, Rutherford Hayes, and Chester Arthur in an epic sprint? And to get things started, for Opening Day next season, they should invite Presidents Carter, Clinton, Obama, and the two Bushes (and Romney, if he wins), and have them do a real live Presidents' Race. Obama vs. George W. in an actual race; who wouldn't love that (well, besides the Secret Service, maybe)?


Would be fun to see Taft race.

   97. bunyon Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4252696)
Fish, don't talk like that. He's been having trouble relating to his daughter and all his friends are dying. Be nice.
   98. bunyon Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4252698)
Would be fun to see Taft race.


Least interesting Presidential race: Taft, Cleveland, FDR and John Adams.
   99. puck Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4252699)
So, Kimbrel finished with 116 K's and 231 BFP, right?
   100. Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM (#4252700)
Is it safe to say that a College-Age Ford would win every race?
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