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LCS Day 2 OMNICHATTER: ALCS Game 2 and NLCS Game 1

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Sorry, got a little carried away there.

4 PM: Detroit Tigers (Anibal Sanchez) @ New York Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda), TBS. DET leads 1-0.
8 PM: St. Louis Cardinals (Lance Lynn) @ San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner), FOX. Game 1 of Best-Of-7.

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   1. bunyon Posted: October 14, 2012 at 07:05 AM (#4269260)
I'll start this off by saying I went to bed after the 8th last night. Early morning and it looking over.

Glad I did't miss anything.
   2. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 07:33 AM (#4269264)
It's not over until the fat lady (or Valverde) sings.
   3. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: October 14, 2012 at 09:11 AM (#4269285)
Bunyon, me too. I'm appalled.
   4. bunyon Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM (#4269334)
Well, zop, I did catch a nice pass of Io and its shadow by the great red spot. That was probably nicer than watching a HOFer break his ankle.
   5. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM (#4269358)
a DET-SFG series will have an Annibel v Maddy matchup? Girls' softball!
   6. Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM (#4269363)
After the Nats game on friday, I gave my self a one day baseball time out. looks like i missed a crazy game.
   7. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM (#4269388)
Go, Giants.
   8. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4269425)
Surfing the web and watching MLB network I sense an inevitability about the Tigers in this series the I think is misguided. Certainly they should be favorites but they've got issues. The offense is still top heavy and no one in Detroit can feel good with any ninth inning lead. The other thing the MLBN guys were talking about was the daunting task the Yankees have facing Verlander. While that is true its not like the Yankees are sending some schlub to the mound, Sabathia is close to Verlanders equal and has shown an ability to be very effective on shorty rest in the past.

I'd take the Tigers without much hesitation but I don't think we should be at all surprised if the Yanks win this thing.
   9. McCoy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4269429)
My heart is just not in this playoffs anymore. I've got nothing to watch or be interested in. Bud Selig has failed me. He should create a round robin tournament where all teams get to play and if you get eliminated you get a second chance to win it all. Get to it, Selig.
   10. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4269455)
Jose, Hughes is facing Verlander, not Sabathia.
   11. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:41 PM (#4269463)
The Tigers are winning the World Series. The baseball Gods were even willing to take out Jeter to clear the path. There is no stopping them.
   12. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:45 PM (#4269465)
Jose, Hughes is facing Verlander, not Sabathia.


They're going with Sabathia in game four. That surprises me. I didn't even think to check it, I just assumed that if Kuroda was comin back on short rest so was CC.

I stand by the general point though. I don't think the Yanks are as doomed as they seem.
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:45 PM (#4269467)
Jose, Hughes is facing Verlander, not Sabathia.

Anything can happen in any given game, but that Game 3 matchup makes today pretty much a must-win for the Yankees.
   14. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4269469)
Leyland wouldn't say Valverde is done. He's coming back in, and as long as that's the case, the Yankees are going to win the series. Also, the Tigers still can't hit for crap. Girardi using Hughes against Verlander and Sabathia separately is a great move. Sabathia will eat the Tigers alive--his games are guaranteed wins.
   15. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4269470)
Yankees need a repeat of the 2000 ALCS Game 2. Their lineup is impotent this postseason.
   16. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4269486)
Leyland wouldn't say Valverde is done.

He didn't exactly say "he's my closer, and I'm sinking or swimming with him" either. I think there's a decent chance Benoit becomes the closer and Valverde joins Dotel and Coke as 6th-8th inning guys. Not that Benoit is any great shakes either, but at least he's not Valverde.
   17. Crosseyed and Painless Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:13 PM (#4269493)
Leyland wouldn't say Valverde is done. He's coming back in, and as long as that's the case, the Yankees are going to win the series. Also, the Tigers still can't hit for crap. Girardi using Hughes against Verlander and Sabathia separately is a great move. Sabathia will eat the Tigers alive--his games are guaranteed wins.


A+ sandbagging.
   18. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4269505)
You want to hear the funniest thing about today's game? As of right now, the Yanks are listed at -142 with a pitcher who's never started on short rest in his entire life. It's amazing what effect a simple uniform can have on the betting public.
   19. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4269510)
Yankees need a repeat of the 2000 ALCS Game 2. Their lineup is impotent this postseason.

Well, I've checked the latest news reports about 10 times now in eager anticipation, but unfortunately I still haven't seen any notices about the Tigers signing Arthur Rhodes.
   20. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:27 PM (#4269536)
Text from my friend:

"People have always loved Derek Jeter's ankles. But what happens when Derek Jeter's ankles say 'No more'?"
   21. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM (#4269543)
I'd take the Tigers without much hesitation but I don't think we should be at all surprised if the Yanks win this thing.
I would be pretty stunned if the Yankees won the series. That's not reverse jinx or my loathing of the team talking, it seems like the Yankees are (a) playing really badly (b) having some injury issues (c) hurt by the scheduling. The third point is somewhat their own fault (if you win Game 4 of the ALDS, no one starts on short rest and CC starts yesterday) and point (a) is, at least in theory, fixable, but I haven't seen any indication they're going to turn it around.

Granted that they could beat Verlander, today seems pretty must win for the Yankees. If they lose, they're looking at Verlander going, at home, to put them down 3-0, which is basically game over.
   22. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM (#4269545)
CHECKLIST:
Conradian Play []
Web Gem [ ]
1-2-3-4-5-6 inning [ ]
Strike Out of Side [ ]
2+ pitching changes in single half-inning [ ]
Dramatic late-inning homer [ ]
Stolen base [ ]
Blown call [ ]
Blown call costs game [ ]
Caught stealing []
Idiot runs on the field [ ]
Regular-season starter warms up in bullpen [ ]
Game goes into extras [ ]
Shapeshifting strikezone [ ]
Replay review [ ]
Inning-Ending DP [ ]
Play at the plate [ ]
Baserunning blunder [ ]
Bunt [ ]
THIS TRAIN! [X]
Verlander in dugout [ ]
Sabathia in dugout [ ]
Trout mentioned (fish or ballplayer) [ ]
Miguel Cabrera does something awesome [ ]
Ichiro does something awesome [ ]
A-Rod strikes out (assuming he even plays) [ ]
A-Rod PH for OR pinch-hits [ ]
Raul Ibanez is a effing clutch god [ ]
Image of Girardi looking at binder [ ]
Shutdown inning [ ]
TBS has typo [ ]
Game goes past midnight [ ]
Girardi's playing career mentioned [ ]
Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter talked about [ ]
Yankee Stadium has large swaths of empty seats [ ] (If it's beyond the Legends Seats [ ])
Prince Fielder goes deep [ ]
Announcers talk about Derek Jeter like he died or something [ ]
Valverde meltdown [ ]
Balk [ ]
Reggie Jackson is in the crowd [ ]
WILD BRIAN WILSON APPEARS [ ]
Cardinals crazy comeback retrospective [ ]
FREESE! [ ]
Pitcher gets a hit [ ]
Buster Posey does something awesome [ ]
Barry Bonds mentioned [ ]
FOX personality pointed out in crowd [ ]
NFL reference (beyond reference to NFL on FOX commercials) [ ]
Reference to McCarver's singing album [ ]
Mark McGwire mentioned by name [ ]
Willie Mays is in the crowd [ ]
Triples alley [ ]
Ball goes into McCovey cove [ ]
Pujols mentioned [ ]
"Catching Molina Brother" [ ]
FOX introduces us to a commercial that becomes a meme [ ]
God Bless America is shown on TV [ ]
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver spend extended amount of time talking about Jeter [ ]
"Torture" mentioned [ ]
Cardinals are behind at any point [ ]
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4269560)
I'm sure this was mentioned somewhere else, but I hadn't seen it mentioned until today. All four managers in the post season were catchers in their playing day (note: for me bb-ref isn't working properly when typing in the name Bruce Bochy, but he was a catcher also :) )
   24. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4269573)
Sportsnet in Canada is using TBS's feed instead of Sutcliffe. I could kiss the person responsible for this.

Edit: No, they just used TBS for the seven minutes of pregame show. That's a sucker punch.
   25. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4269578)
It appears Craig Sager has gone with Winter Camoflauge pinstripe today.
   26. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4269581)
Well, I doubt Anibal Sanchez is effective against the Yankees.
   27. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM (#4269583)
Well, I doubt Anibal Sanchez is effective against the Yankees.
If Anibal Sanchez is not effective today, he should be released.
   28. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4269584)
I am so far beyond sick of this "I hate my team" bullshit from Yankee fans. They won 95 ####### games and then won their first postseason series in highly dramatic fashion. If you can't root for a 95-win team in Game two of the ALCS, just quit baseball.

EDIT: This originally quoted Larry M, but that was wrong and unfair because his post was just pessimism and reverse-jinxing. Still, there's been a ton of I hate my team-ism around these parts.
   29. bobm Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:13 PM (#4269586)
Smoltz mentioned "shutdown innings" in the Kuroda profile just before first pitch.
   30. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4269587)
What about the guy who can't root for an 87-win team? I think fans of both teams are pretty down right now, and for good reason, relatively speaking. Granted, I suppose it is marginally more defensible to be down on the 87-win team.
   31. I Am Not a Number Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4269589)
Smoltz loves his shutdown innings. It's a song he sings every broadcast. It's certainly gotten stale.
   32. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4269590)
What about the guy who can't root for an 87-win team?
You mean the 87-win team with Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and Austin Jackson and Max Scherzer? And a guy with the name Al Albuquerque? Yeah, if you can't root for them, you've got a problem.
   33. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4269591)

Smoltz mentioned "shutdown innings" in the Kuroda profile just before first pitch.

I more have it as in an actual shutdown inning, not necessarily mentioning it.
   34. fra paolo Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4269592)
If you can't root for a 95-win team in Game two of the ALCS, just quit baseball.

Larry plays the 'low expectations' game as effectively as anyone on Primer. As his comments suggest, he is supremely confident, in fact, of winning this game.

EDIT: Your edit trumps my post!
   35. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4269593)
I'm sure this was mentioned somewhere else, but I hadn't seen it mentioned until today. All four managers in the post season were catchers in their playing day (note: for me bb-ref isn't working properly when typing in the name Bruce Bochy, but he was a catcher also :) )


Since 98% of managers were once catchers, this is no surprise. OK, not literally true, but in addition to those 4, Bob Melvin and Fredi Gonzalez were also catchers. And among the close also rans, Mike Scioscia and Joe Maddon.
   36. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4269594)
If you can't root for a 95-win team in Game two of the ALCS, just quit baseball.
I take issue with this. I root for them, I want them to win, passionately. But I don't like this team. They have a nummber of flaws, and they have been playing, pretty much since Labor Day, like they want to make sure everyone in baseball has a chance to see them over-and-over-and-over again. That's not fun to watch.

It seems like a lot of people object to this, but I don't really see why. Liking a team and hoping they win are not one in the same.
   37. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4269595)
Since 98% of managers were once catchers, this is no surprise. OK, not literally true, but in addition to those 4, Bob Melvin and Fredi Gonzalez were also catchers. And among the close also rans, Mike Scioscia and Joe Maddon.
The funny thing is how new this is. Back in the 70s, managers were all former middle infielders.
   38. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4269596)
####### pathetic, Cano.

At least pretend you want to be here ...

   39. Tim D Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4269598)
Well Detroit won 88 so that changes everything.
   40. Tim D Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4269600)
Sanchez no-hitter mention
   41. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4269601)
Since 98% of managers were once catchers, this is no surprise. OK, not literally true, but in addition to those 4, Bob Melvin and Fredi Gonzalez were also catchers. And among the close also rans, Mike Scioscia and Joe Maddon.

The funny thing is how new this is. Back in the 70s, managers were all former middle infielders.


And you never seem to have any pitchers managing...


Sanchez No-No [X]
   42. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4269602)
As his comments suggest, he is supremely confident, in fact, of winning this game.
...

No, I'm pretty sure the Yankees are done. I'm pretty crushed by Friday night, and last night was a smackdown on top of it. I'm surprised I'm watching, I'll just be hurt more if they do more of that "can't get a fly ball" ####.

I am so far beyond sick of this "I hate my team" ######## from Yankee fans.
I don't hate the Yankees. They just frustrate the hell out of me. They seem to become more "all-or-nothing" every season. I watch baseball to be entertained, and they don't excite me as much as they used to. I was much more entertained by the Nats this year, because they didn't carry the same expectation.
   43. I Am Not a Number Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4269603)
Sanchez is doing well hitting the blue box. Not so good getting the calls, though.
   44. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4269604)
But I don't like this team. They have a nummber of flaws,
Flaws! They have flaws. Oh come on. They have a team ERA+ of 109 and a team OPS+ of 112. They were fourth in the league in RA/G and second in RS/G. You have no idea what an actually flawed team looks like.
   45. Tim D Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4269605)
Walk the clutch god. Wise. The most feared man in the Yankees lineup is Raul Ibanez. Who knew.
   46. JJ1986 Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4269607)
For some reason, I am totally incapable of separating Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco in my mind.
   47. cardsfanboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM (#4269608)
And you never seem to have any pitchers managing...


I'm pretty certain Bud Black is the only one.
   48. Tim D Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM (#4269609)
Way to pick it, Anibal!
   49. Lassus Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM (#4269610)
That neat fielding play was totally ruined by that basketball announcer.
   50. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4269613)
Cano is now 0-for-his-last-23. That is the longest hitless streak in NYY postseason history.


From Alex B. over at Bronx Banter.

Yeah, that about sums things up.
   51. I Am Not a Number Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4269615)
Black AND Farrell.
   52. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4269617)
You have Ichiro! CC Sabathia! Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Robinson Cano, David Robertson, Russell Martin. You had Derek Jeter. Yankees fans seem to like Andy Pettitte for some reason, and his comeback was a great story. That is a team obviously worth rooting for, and they rewarded your rooting interest with 95 wins and a fabulous ALDS.
   53. I am going to be Frank Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4269618)
Would Joe Buck do both the Giants-49ers game and the Cardinals-Giants game? That would cap off a perfect sports day (I'm assuming the Yankees offense will continue to be inept).
   54. cardsfanboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4269619)
Flaws! They have flaws. Oh come on. They have a team ERA+ of 109 and a team OPS+ of 112. They were fourth in the league in RA/G and second in RS/G. You have no idea what an actually flawed team looks like.


Flaws on a Yankee team means they don't have any all star caliber players on the bench.
   55. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4269620)
Too late to add something for Buck helicoptering over from Candlestick to AT&T Park [ ]?

Edit: [53], I'm assuming yes.
   56. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4269621)
Flaws! They have flaws. Oh come on. They have a team ERA+ of 109 and a team OPS+ of 112. They were fourth in the league in RA/G and second in RS/G. You have no idea what an actually flawed team looks like.
I think we're just going to have to agree to disagree on this. The 2012 Yankees are not, obviously, in rational terms going to be confused with the '62 Mets or even the 2012 Astros. But fandom is not an entirely rational thing.
   57. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4269623)
Black AND Farrell.


Yes, reasonably sure they are the only ones.
   58. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4269624)
You have Ichiro! CC Sabathia! Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Robinson Cano, David Robertson, Russell Martin. You had Derek Jeter. Yankees fans seem to like Andy Pettitte for some reason, and his comeback was a great story. That is a team obviously worth rooting for, and they rewarded your rooting interest with 95 wins and a fabulous ALDS.
That was not a fabulous ALDS. That was two teams trying to not win.

They were much better than expected early on, and that was really fun. But then they collapsed after the All-Star Break, and that made the pennant race more of an "Oh ####, don't blow this" ordeal than "What great, close baseball!"
   59. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4269625)
They just frustrate the hell out of me. They seem to become more "all-or-nothing" every season.
They also seem to be in the playoffs every season. The problem, it seems to me, is that Yankee FANS are becoming more "all-or-nothing" every season. For everyone else, the playoffs are a thrill. For Yankee fans... Oh, the playoffs? Lame. Call me when we're up 3 games in the World Series.
   60. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4269626)
Too late to add something for Buck helicoptering over from Candlestick to AT&T Park [ ]?


Is he at Candlestick? I'm not getting that game today...
   61. cardsfanboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4269627)
Would Joe Buck do both the Giants-49ers game and the Cardinals-Giants game? That would cap off a perfect sports day (I'm assuming the Yankees offense will continue to be inept).


Yes he will, but not sure how that qualifies as a perfect sports day.
   62. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4269628)
I'm pretty certain Bud Black is the only one.
Historically, Clark Griffith (1491-1367) is probably the best pitcher who managed.
   63. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4269629)
HIROKI!!!
   64. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4269630)
Deleon can't hit the low ball because he has trouble swinging the bat below his gut.

/Ben Wright
   65. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4269631)
But fandom is not an entirely rational thing.
No, and I'm happy to let this drop after a bit.

But when you're being irrational, sometimes it's worth thinking about whether it might be better not to be irrational. Also, sometimes it's worth thinking about whether your feelings are based on Yankee fan privilege that is kind of unpleasant for other people to read.

That's the condescending version of my point. I should edit it and make it less condescending, but I'm tired. take it for what it is.
   66. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4269632)
Well Detroit won 88 so that changes everything.


I have so little confidence in them that I took a win away from them!
   67. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4269633)
Kuroda looks fantastic so far.
   68. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4269634)
Perhaps this just a cynical Yankee fan talking, but "Fister was fantastic last night. He left the bases loaded three times!" seem like contrary statements to me.
   69. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4269635)
Strikeout of side [X]
   70. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4269636)
In recent times, Roger Craig was a fairly highly-regarded manager who was a pitcher.

It seems like Kuroda is getting more calls than Sanchez in the early going.
   71. I am going to be Frank Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4269638)
Yes he will, but not sure how that qualifies as a perfect sports day.


I'm a Yankee fan. A very pessimistic Yankee fan.
   72. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4269639)
But when you're being irrational, sometimes it's worth thinking about whether it might be better not to be irrational.
I'm also content to let it drop, but I do think it's important to note that if I* were capable of being non-irrational about my fandom, I would've done it a long time ago.

*Or, let's be honest here, any of us
   73. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4269640)
Another way of putting it. I'm obviously lucky to be a Red Sox fan in the current economic arrangement of baseball. The last two years have sucked as hell, but I have two pretty strict fandom rules for the Red Sox. (1) Don't complain about being a Red Sox fan and (2) Enjoy it when the Red Sox win. Failing to enjoy winning can only happen when you've inculcated fan privilege to such a degree that you've lost track of what rooting for another team would be like.

(And now I have dropped it.)
   74. Tim D Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4269641)
Managers who were pitchers. Grifith, Lasorda, Roger Craig, Bob Lemon. Who else?
   75. I Am Not a Number Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4269645)
Didn't ARod used to be good at baseball?
   76. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4269646)
A guy with Baltimore was a pitcher - I'll look it up and edit.

EDIT: Ray Miller. I remember him as moving up from pitching coach to manage the O's, but I see that he also managed the Twins, just before Tom Kelly.
   77. fra paolo Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4269647)
A-rod looked like he was sticking his tongue out at Sanchez after that called third strike. I think it was just his chewing gum.
   78. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4269648)

Managers who were pitchers. Grifith, Lasorda, Roger Craig, Bob Lemon. Who else?

Well, in the early days it was relatively common for the player/manager to pitch. Spalding, for example, pitched and managed (and played outfield).
   79. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4269649)
A-Rod Strikes out [X]
   80. Swedish Chef Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4269650)
So Kuroda turns into prime Maddux on short rest....
   81. Tim D Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4269651)
Bamberger?
   82. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4269652)
Larry Rothschild was not much of a pitcher (8.1 IP, 5.40 ERA) nor much of a manager (205-291) but he's on the list.
   83. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4269653)
Brett Gardner could have done that ...
   84. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4269655)
A guy with Baltimore was a pitcher - I'll look it up and edit.
Bamberger?
   85. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4269656)
Well, maybe that will get Cornflake going.
   86. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4269657)
Dear god, not only is Joe Buck working both games, but if he doesn't arrive in time, we'll get THIS:

Neil Best @sportswatch

If Fox's Joe Buck is delayed in arriving at AT&T Park in time for NLCS Game 1 from Giants-49ers game, Tim McCarver will start game solo.


(Tip of the hat to Deadspin, emphasis mine)
   87. fra paolo Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM (#4269659)
Infante is not having a good series.
   88. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM (#4269660)
That replay of Swisher not running - jogging - running - aaah running to first would make a fun .gif.
   89. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM (#4269661)
Argh.

Sigh.
   90. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4269662)
This is an observation rather than a complaint, but I feel like Nix has hit, literally, nothing but ball to the warning track in the playoffs. I mean, truly, to the warning track every time.
   91. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4269664)
That was almost a you-gotta-figure moment.
   92. Swedish Chef Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4269665)
This is an observation rather than a complaint, but I feel like Nix has hit, literally, nothing but ball to the warning track in the playoffs. I mean, literally, to the warning track every time.

Doping must be awfully tempting for such a guy.
   93. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM (#4269667)
Doping must be awfully tempting for such a guy.
There's an assumption being made here.
   94. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM (#4269669)
And I said I'd stop, but I want to clarify. I'm not saying I'm annoyed at reverse-jinxing or pessimism or complaining. That's all fandom. There's a tipping point somewhere between that normal fandom and I hate my team-ism where I get annoyed. Ok, sorry, done, Really.

Done.

Until maybe Tuesday or something.
   95. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4269670)
Kuroda, or Bob Gibson? Hard to tell.
   96. Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4269671)
"7 strikeouts in 3 innnings? Pffft, wimp."
-Fister
   97. Tim D Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4269672)
Sure glad Kuroda is on short rest. He would would be really tough if he had that extra day. Hopefully he will hit a wall....... somewhere.
   98. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4269673)
The Tigers look like a Dusty Baker-managed Cubs team at the plate right now.
   99. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM (#4269674)
Ok, sorry, done, Really.
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   100. Swedish Chef Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4269675)
Apparently Kuroda doesn't turn into Maddux on short rest, he turns into Bugs Bunny.
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