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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

4-09-2013 OMNICHATTER

The Astrodome opened today in 1965. Houston will honor its memory by playing in the retractable roofed stadium of Safeco Field…

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   201. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:27 PM (#4409126)
*flip*
   202. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:27 PM (#4409127)
Providence is a cool town. At least judging from that one afternoon I spent there in 2001.
   203. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:27 PM (#4409128)
I need to pick a surrogate rooting interest. Hm. Braves? Nats? A's? Giants? Tigers? (Good god, I can't believe I just said that...)
   204. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:28 PM (#4409129)
I also recommend the Orkney scotches, but if you get the Scapa, make sure it's the 16 year old one. You won't go wrong with any of the Highland Park stuff.
   205. Lassus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:28 PM (#4409130)
John Buck, who has been decidedly awesome, still swings at too many 1st pitches.
   206. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:28 PM (#4409131)
Yeah, I really love the strong, peaty scotches with a lot of character. What's the point of a good scotch, otherwise?

That's sorta my attitude--might as well drink Irish.
   207. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:28 PM (#4409133)
These marlins aren't quite as shitty as i want them to be. They seem to still have a little hope and positive energy. I'm too impatient. I want them to already be hopeless and dispirited.
   208. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4409134)
I need to pick a surrogate rooting interest. Hm. Braves? Nats?
NATS FOR GOD'S SAKE NATS.

(Honestly, I'm downright scared of the Braves right now. They seem have created the Kwisatz Haderach by joining the Upton brothers together on the same team.)
   209. Bourbon Samurai in America Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4409135)
Were I to eat chain pizza, which I do maybe once every two or three years, I would eat pizza hut, because if I am ordering chain pizza, it isn't because I want pizza, it is because I want grease dough with some pepperoni on it.

I am drinking rebel yell.
   210. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4409136)
I need to pick a surrogate rooting interest. Hm. Braves? Nats? A's? Giants? Tigers? (Good god, I can't believe I just said that...)

A's, of course.

That's sorta my attitude--might as well drink Irish.

I like the peaty stuff, too. Depends on my mood.
   211. Bourbon Samurai in America Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:30 PM (#4409137)
Honestly, I'm downright scared of the Braves right now.


co-signed. I'll be at game one friday with my best various good luck gear on.
   212. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:30 PM (#4409138)
Friggin' Paul Konerko. JUST END YOUR DAMN CAREER ALREADY, FOR GOD'S SAKE.

6-5 Nats. We're going to have to claw and scratch for this one.
   213. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:30 PM (#4409139)
A's might be the easiest, since I have no feelings whatsoever about any teams in the AL West.
   214. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:31 PM (#4409140)
These marlins aren't quite as shitty as i want them to be. They seem to still have a little hope and positive energy. I'm too impatient. I want them to already be hopeless and dispirited.

Now this is a man that can hold a grudge!
   215. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:31 PM (#4409141)
Alex Rios is kind of tall and Tyler Clippard has lots of zits.
   216. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:31 PM (#4409142)
What'd Konerko do?
   217. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:32 PM (#4409143)
What'd Konerko do?
Three-run homer. Off a pretty good Clippard pitch, too -- up and in on the strike zone, not a meatball in any way.
   218. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:32 PM (#4409144)
Oh, I get it. I can't get used to this interleague games in April thing.
   219. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:32 PM (#4409145)
Come on Nick Hundley, finish the Dodgers off. Make Vin Scully cry!
   220. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4409147)
Are the Sox still wearing those 1982 unis they had on the other day? That was badass in a retro sort of way.
   221. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4409148)
Are the Sox still wearing those 1982 unis they had on the other day? That was badass in a retro sort of way.

Wake me up when they wear the shorts again.

Stupid Nick Hundley. Jerk.
   222. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4409149)
Come on Nick Hundley, finish the Dodgers off. Make Vin Scully cry!
I could almost (ALMOST) get over the massive disappointment of the Nats collapsing and failing to make the postseason if the Dodgers and Angels also collapsed as well. I have an irrational dislike of their big-spending ways.

Irrational because, for whatever reason, I don't hold such things against the Yankees nearly as much.

I think I just dislike California on general principle.
   223. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4409150)
Chris Denorfia! It's former A's outfielder night in SD! And they are killing the Dodgers!
   224. JJ1986 Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4409151)
I like the Padres more, but it's hard to root against the Dodgers while listening to Scully.
   225. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4409152)
Travis Wood is probably in the 44th percentile of this Cubs lineup.
   226. RollingWave Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:35 PM (#4409154)
God doesn't have anything to do with it.


Well they do have Mariano River on the team....


   227. Mike A Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:35 PM (#4409155)
I was a bit harsh on the Brave offense, but it's mostly been the Freeman (now hurt) and J Upton show. A few of the backups have hit pretty well, but Heyward, Simmons, other Upton, Francisco, and Uggla have been pretty awful. I guess when five of your starters look so bad it tends to skew your judgment.

Gattis is a cool story, but I have doubts on him keeping it up.
   228. DA Baracus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:35 PM (#4409156)
Things I understandably keep forgetting: Jon Rauch is 6'11".
   229. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:36 PM (#4409157)
Irrational because, for whatever reason, I don't hold such things against the Yankees nearly as much.

Sort of like hating the Borg for being the Borg, or something. What's the point? That's what they are.
   230. JJ1986 Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4409159)
Don Mattingly really likes changing pitchers.
   231. cardsfanboy Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4409160)
Not to jinx it or anything, but after 5 innings, the Cardinals have only sent up 15 batters.
   232. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4409161)
Brewers throwing the ball around a bit. The Cubs may yet avoid the shutout.
   233. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4409162)
oh c'mon
   234. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:39 PM (#4409163)
Yeah, but they've put 5 runners on base that've been erased via GIDP, right cfb?
   235. DA Baracus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:39 PM (#4409164)
Heyward, Simmons, other Upton, Francisco, and Uggla have been pretty awful.


Yeah, but Uggla is awful to start with.
   236. cardsfanboy Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:40 PM (#4409166)
Yeah, but they've put 5 runners on base that've been erased via GIDP, right cfb?


I wish(that they had put anyone on base)
   237. OsunaSakata Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:40 PM (#4409167)
Are the Sox still wearing those 1982 unis they had on the other day? That was badass in a retro sort of way.


Only for Sunday home games.
   238. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:41 PM (#4409169)
Donnie Veal is a Reggie Cleveland All-Star candidate.
   239. DA Baracus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:41 PM (#4409170)
Craig Kimbrel wasn't very good in spring training and hasn't been so far this year.

Damn what a play by Ramiro Pena.
   240. Lassus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:41 PM (#4409171)
Now that was a fart of a sacrifice attempt, Marlins.
   241. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:41 PM (#4409172)
Ah, the scintillating RBI groundout from Rizzo.
   242. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:42 PM (#4409173)
surprised that weeks wasn't stupid and throw home. figured they would just keep tossing the ball around aimlessly
   243. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:42 PM (#4409174)
Donnie Veal is a Reggie Cleveland All-Star candidate.

You think so? I always assumed he was black.
   244. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:42 PM (#4409175)
Craig Kimbrel wasn't very good in spring training and hasn't been so far this year.
[rubs his hands together with evil satisfaction]
   245. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:43 PM (#4409176)
Will Venable finishes off the Dodgers.
   246. Brian White Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:44 PM (#4409178)
Damn what a play by Ramiro Pena.


Can you explain? I'm only following the box score.
   247. RollingWave Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:44 PM (#4409179)
Cervelli so far is doing what I thought his upside could do, aka get on base and hit for a decent enough average.

Granted, hits against Brett Myers shouldn't count these days
   248. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4409181)
You think so? I always assumed he was black

Interesting, I thought it was such a white bread name I was surprised when I saw him.
   249. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4409182)
So the Padres are counting coup on the Dodgers and the Yanks are current brutalizing the Indians (how akin to actual American history!) by a football score margin. Nice.
   250. Gamingboy Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:47 PM (#4409185)
Hey, uh, it's a little early for me, but Arroyo has done a perfect five innings.
   251. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:48 PM (#4409186)
Denard Span is currently looking like a genius acquisition for the Nats by Mike Rizzo. Guy has a Bonds-like command of the strike zone...albeit without the whole "Bonds-like power" bit.
   252. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:49 PM (#4409188)
Interesting, I thought it was such a white bread name I was surprised when I saw him.
White bread vibe for me too, but then that's because the name makes me think he's the older brother of George Michael's girlfriend from Arrested Development.
   253. Gamingboy Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4409191)
Denard Span is currently looking like a genius acquisition for the Nats by Mike Rizzo. Guy has a Bonds-like command of the strike zone...albeit without the whole "Bonds-like power" bit.


Send him over to the National Institute of Health or something. I'm sure they've got something that can add that.
   254. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4409192)
Maybe I don't get the "whitebread vibe" on Veal 'cause he's a Cub product, so I was seeing profiles of him from early on in his minor league career.
   255. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4409193)
Salt the wound Padres!
   256. Bourbon Samurai in America Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4409194)
Chris Denorfia! It's former A's outfielder night in SD! And they are killing the Dodgers!


I was SURE Denorfia would be a huge pickup for the A's. Ah well.
   257. Der-K is now fully whelmed! Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:53 PM (#4409198)
Because of the pizza talk, funny takedown of the papa johns guy: Link
   258. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM (#4409199)
Send him over to the National Institute of Health or something. I'm sure they've got something that can add that.
Right, can't he get a medical exemption from MLB if it's for participation in some clinical trials down at the Medical Center campus?
   259. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM (#4409200)
I was SURE Denorfia would be a huge pickup for the A's. Ah well.

He's a decent enough player, but he never seemed healthy when he was in Oakland. Ah well. All that bad luck seems behind us now, thankfully.
   260. spike Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM (#4409201)
@246, I gather he caught a popped up bunt attempt and doubled the runner off first. Did not see it though.
   261. Red Menace Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM (#4409202)
Arroyo loses the perfecto and no-hitter, and now he's on the ropes.
   262. cardsfanboy Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM (#4409203)
Descalso with a double to lead off the 6th....first man to reach base for the Cardinals vaunted offense today.
   263. RollingWave Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM (#4409204)
Stop the Press! the Yankees are .500 again!!!

(granted, I will say that if Cervelli can do his league average hitter impression and it turns out that Vernon Wells doesn't suck, this Yankees team maybe less depressing than I thought.)
   264. Gamingboy Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:55 PM (#4409205)
Nevermind, he's given up a hit.
   265. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:58 PM (#4409211)
Nice to see Drew Storen not looking chumpish in a critical situation here.
   266. cardsfanboy Posted: April 09, 2013 at 09:58 PM (#4409212)
Matt Adams with the pinch hit homerun... have to love that bench.
   267. DA Baracus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:05 PM (#4409216)
Can you explain? I'm only following the box score.


Brantly bunted but did so late and Pena read it as soon as he started to square up and came charging in. Brantly tried to pull back, but popped up and Pena caught in on the run and doubled up Solano at first. Outstanding anticipation and reaction (he was expecting a ground ball).
   268. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:05 PM (#4409217)
Adam LaRoche: "Slump? What slump?"

(blistering shot off Matt Thornton for his second homer of the night)
   269. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:06 PM (#4409218)
LaRoche is back baby!
   270. zonk Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:06 PM (#4409220)
So, Fergie sounds like he might actually make a decent color guy in the booth...
   271. Gamingboy Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:07 PM (#4409221)
Stop the Press! the Yankees are .500 again!!!



And it moves them ahead of the Orioles in the AL East. Crap. This season started with such promise, and now it's starting to go down the tubes, and, and....


Baby Walrus to the rescue.
   272. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:09 PM (#4409227)
So, Fergie sounds like he might actually make a decent color guy in the booth...
Speaking of which, a big revelation for me was hearing Jamie Moyer make an appearance in the booth with the Mariners' TV team yesterday (it was their home opener and he threw out the first pitch). He was INCREDIBLY ENTERTAINING. He sounds and talks like a cross between John C. Reilly and The Dude from The Big Lebowski. He was bursting with hilarious, amusing baseball anecdotes (including how he would 'cheat' to get favorable calls from the ump by loudly announcing what he intended to throw when the ump came out to break up a mound visit), just full of life. I instantly wanted him to be the M's color guy.
   273. zonk Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:10 PM (#4409229)
Maybe I don't get the "whitebread vibe" on Veal 'cause he's a Cub product, so I was seeing profiles of him from early on in his minor league career.


He was a decent prospect once-upon-a-time -- back when the Cubs farm system was pretty vaunted (or at least, at the tail end of those salad days).
   274. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:13 PM (#4409230)
Matt Thornton was so many closers ago I didn't know he was still on the team.
   275. zonk Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:13 PM (#4409231)
And we're in business.
   276. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:14 PM (#4409232)
Well, the Cubs won't get a better chance than this.
   277. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:15 PM (#4409233)
Just looked up Matt Thornton and he only has 23 career saves, scattered throughout the years. I'd've guessed twice that. I could've sworn he was the closer for awhile.
   278. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:17 PM (#4409234)
Another RBI groundout. When you're a Cub fan, these are the moments you watch for.
   279. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:18 PM (#4409236)
Switching to Giants/Rockies. I have Lincecum on my fantasy team, so I may be just torturing myself tonight.
   280. zonk Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:19 PM (#4409237)
That was a decent AB by Castro -- Peralta threw a couple really nice pitches with him down 0-2
   281. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4409238)
Okay, Rafael Soriano may kind of suck.
   282. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4409239)
Speaking of "several closers ago," Mike Gonzalez just came in for the Brewers. Forgotten he'd even existed. They introduced him as "Michael."
   283. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4409240)
Rizzo with the game-tying double against the lefty!
   284. zonk Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4409241)
Rizzo off a lefty!

Gotta like that.
   285. Spectral Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:21 PM (#4409242)
Yeah, if someone called about Soriano, Rizzo would listen...

(Raphael and Mike, not the Cubs of similar names.)
   286. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:21 PM (#4409243)
Aaaaand that's it for Gonzalez. Time for also-former-closer Axford. Who the hell IS the Crew's closer now, anyway?
   287. Bourbon Samurai in America Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:21 PM (#4409244)
what the hell soriano
   288. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4409246)
*DEEP BREATH*

These are not easy wins for the Nats early on.
   289. Spectral Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4409247)
What's the deal with Soriano throwing in the high 80s on fastballs? Is he just kind of shot?
   290. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4409248)
Who the hell IS the Crew's closer now, anyway?

Some guy name Jim Henderson
   291. Spectral Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4409249)
Oops, double post. Sorry.
   292. Bourbon Samurai in America Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4409250)
jesus. way to make that interesting.
   293. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4409251)
I'll be at nats braves on friday and sunday. I'm excited to add a new stadium to the list, and one that isn't likely to go out of business like most of my other stadiums.

   294. zonk Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:23 PM (#4409252)
Some guy name Jim Henderson


Did Doug Henry make the team?
   295. cardsfanboy Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:23 PM (#4409253)
Kozma with a double.(if someone besides Molina on base, probably score a run).... I know everyone here loves him. :)
   296. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4409255)
I sure hope that Soriano isn't one of these guys who gets his payday and then goes on a mental vacation for the rest of his life.
   297. Bourbon Samurai in America Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4409256)
Kozma.... I know everyone here loves him. :)


#### Pete Kozma
   298. Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:25 PM (#4409257)
Axford's allowed at least one homer in every game he's pitched this year. In view of both weather and opposition, I predict that streak ends tonight.
   299. Esoteric Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:25 PM (#4409258)
#### Pete Kozma
With the barbed prong of Satan.
   300. Spectral Posted: April 09, 2013 at 10:25 PM (#4409259)
I'll be at nats braves on friday and sunday.


Awesome! I'm going to try to make it out to a game this weekend, depends what my people are up to though.
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