Had to start this one after that game in Philly today.... Incredible.
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Great story/performance, Halladay enters the baseball Pantheon.
from SI: Halladay, the best pitcher in baseball, threw a no-hitter in his first-ever postseason performance, an outing that was one of the best games you could ever see but may not even have been his best outing of the year considering he threw a perfect game against the Marlins back on May 29. It was surely the best-timed, though, as it got the postseason favorite off to a rousing October start and lefty Cincy with its mouths wide open.
Yeah, also because he's pitching for the win not the no-hitter, if you follow me. What a monster. Phillies looking awfully strong. My experience, Phil, is that your team always wins the World Series the year you move away.
the other thing that was awesome about it was the timing, literally. the game started at 5 and was over at 7:40. Everyone got to see it in Philly. Little kids, wives, etc. It wasn't finishing at midnight so that only the dedicated were up watching. That added to the special community feel of it.
OK even I don't have the gall to taunt the poor and devastated Boston fans anymore this season. Time to bump this thread and resume the MLB Playoff Smackdown Talk.
Hey Yankees Fans!!!
Is Lady GAGA allowed back in the locker room or are you back to buying religious books from Madonna in exchange for sex?
Ok... Cole about to take the hill. Another long night of baseball.
Does anybody else just wish that the stupid umpires would actually call some strikes on the corners so that these great pitchers aren't forced to pitch to a 6in x 6in square and hope that the hitters don't hit the ball too hard? I don't need to see great pitchers from both sides squeezed on the strike zone every single night. Plus the games take forever to play.
Verlander was awesome last night TC. At some point he just realized that he was not going to get any calls on the corners so he figured he would just bring the hellfire early and let em try to hit it.
Some pitchers (Smoltz) always get their certain pitch joust OUTSIDE the corner called as strikes. Then, some umps never call anything right on the line a strike. However, I prefer humans in real time to machines and replays in every sport. The players play live and by eye, the refs/umps should also.
I've always thought baseball would be much more exciting if pick off moves were counted as balls to the hitter. It kills the mood to sit through 4 or 5 throws to first base in a row. Pitchers would have to ration them if they were counted as a ball (pitch out of the strike zone). They are aren't they?
Only reason I don't like the Phillies as much is that they just won it. Nothing personal, just like to see someone win that hasn't recently or ever. Texas is my preference at this point, but regardless it's all good. A Phillies repeat would be OK I guess.. Enjoy the games folks
Good thing you don't work for the networks. They are probably getting their nooses tied right about now.
These guys signed up to broadcast baseball. And its good baseball. The pennant race was historic and full of drama. 3 series went to 5 games. And in the end the teams who were better and more balanced won. The phills can't hit in the second half -2nd year running. I watch a lot of NL east games and their players (besides werth last year and Pence) do not finish strong. And the yanks can't pitch.
IF all you knew of baseball was watching espn and other national network broadcast you would probably think MLB is made up of 3 teams.
It has been really good. The Phillies punish mistakes but really don't force good pitchers to throw hittable pitches. They make it way too easy for good pitchers to mow them down with a minimum of effort. I hear you on the coverage. It took a World Series win for the Phillies to start even showing up on national games. If its the Brewers and the Tigers, though, you and I may be the only ones watching outside of Michigan (and TC's house) and Wisconsin. And it will be about 20 degrees at night by the time those games start!
Who do you normally pull for out there?
Normally, its Nats and Rockies. I am not even going to try to prdict thee WS at this point. Both LCS are looking good though.
In things like the NCAA tourney, people always pull for the "upset", but then won't watch MLB playoffs when the "cinderalla" wins.
.........after the last two days of baseball in our house, I decided to post in this thread.
After the game in Detroit with the Yankees/Tigers I was really worried that my Tigers were out. The game in NY, well......... It was a nail biter for me!!
After the win in YN, I figured we were planning for a Phillies/Tigers World Series
Watching the Friday night game, was brutal. On one hand, the Phillies held the Cards to one run, which was good game. On the other hand I think Kenski has something with the forced pitching.
I'll do my best to console Phil, ........
Lions are 4-0 too. Can anyone imagine if the Tigers and Lions both won championships? Mets and Giants did it in 86.. while I was living there, just after I moved there full time after college. It was beyond awesome. Wings are looking good again too..
Don't get ahead of yourself with the Lions.
Growing up, I remember rooting for the Tigers (especially Mark the Bird Fidrych) and mosdef the RedWings, but I don't recall ever being a Lion Fan.
Football season was all about the Spartans or Wolverines. If into Pro Football, the Packers or Vikings, but .........Lions? Really?
Back to the OT........