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Photo of the Year (Cub Collapse Spares No One)
Chicago Tribune ^ | October 16, 2003 | The Cruel Hand of Fate

Posted on 10/16/2003 7:15:41 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever


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KEYWORDS: choke; collapse; cubs; goat; loveablelosers; nopennantforyou
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1 posted on 10/16/2003 7:15:43 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: Rutles4Ever
Meanwhile, in the background it appears Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader stopped fighting long enough to mourn the Cubs loss too.
2 posted on 10/16/2003 7:21:50 AM PDT by The G Man (Wesley Clark is just Howard Dean in combat boots)
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To: Rutles4Ever
Heartbreaking. But I have to say, I'm happy Pudge gets to go to the World Series. What a great week to be a baseball fan.
3 posted on 10/16/2003 7:22:05 AM PDT by StrictTime
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To: StrictTime
Yes. Something on television to bring us together and forget, for a few hours, the insanity "out there".
4 posted on 10/16/2003 7:23:42 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Rutles4Ever

5 posted on 10/16/2003 7:26:10 AM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero, something's gonna happen..)
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To: Rutles4Ever
The only way I want Boston to win tonight is if they are going to lose the series on a Buckner.
6 posted on 10/16/2003 7:27:54 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Rutles4Ever
Thank the Hillary fan


7 posted on 10/16/2003 7:30:20 AM PDT by metalboy (Liberals-Nuke `em from orbit. It`s the only way to be sure.)
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To: StrictTime
Also great to see Jack McKeon managing in the Series, three years after he was let go for being "too old" by the Reds and then GM Jim "the Boy Blunder" Bowden.
8 posted on 10/16/2003 7:31:26 AM PDT by Corporate Law (<><)
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To: metalboy
Hahahahaha! Now that's funny.
9 posted on 10/16/2003 7:32:48 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush
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To: metalboy
You can thank Alou.

His juvenile reaction to not cathing the ball in FAN territory lost it for the cubs.

10 posted on 10/16/2003 7:33:39 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: metalboy
he should be harrassed just for that sweatshirt

for messing up the cub's, he shouldn't be blamed.
after all he wasn't the only one going for the ball

The Cub's have only themselves to blame.
to bad, I would have liked to see them go to the big show.
11 posted on 10/16/2003 7:34:15 AM PDT by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
God -- put a sock in it, will ya? About 90% of Cub fans are over it. You should be, too.
12 posted on 10/16/2003 7:39:44 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: metalboy
nice photoshop work!!
13 posted on 10/16/2003 7:40:08 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: vin-one
You do realize his shirt has been photoshopped don't you?
14 posted on 10/16/2003 7:40:11 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: StrictTime
I'm happy Pudge gets to go to the World Series. What a great week to be a baseball fan.

Yes. But it's just wrong to see Pudge in a Marlin uniform. Wrong! Just like it was wrong last weekend to see Emmit Smith in a Cardinal uniform. Wrong wrong wrong!

lol
15 posted on 10/16/2003 7:40:29 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Rutles4Ever
About 100% of the Cubs fans think the fan had something to do with the loss, whether they are "over it" or not. Being "over it" is not the point.

The point is they were wrong from the start.

And I will bring it up until they "get it".

Any Cubs fans who ever blamed that fan for anything are the ones who should have a sock, pal.

16 posted on 10/16/2003 7:42:23 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: The G Man
"Meanwhile, in the background it appears Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader stopped fighting long enough to mourn the Cubs loss too."

Nah! It looks like Hillary (that erstwhile, faithful Chicago-born Yankee fan), is taking her dildos home for another season.

17 posted on 10/16/2003 7:42:31 AM PDT by mass55th
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To: The G Man
Meanwhile, in the background it appears Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader stopped fighting long enough to mourn the Cubs loss too.

Either that, or they just got done with a tour of the Crayola factory.

18 posted on 10/16/2003 7:43:53 AM PDT by BSunday
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To: metalboy
Thank the Hillary fan

Right. He was on the mound for those 8 runs, right? Or was it that he was playing shortstop and bobbled a double play ball ?

19 posted on 10/16/2003 7:47:23 AM PDT by BSunday
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To: metalboy
Think of morons who post that picture.


20 posted on 10/16/2003 7:49:39 AM PDT by Protagoras (Hating Democrats doesn't make you a conservative.)
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To: Rutles4Ever
Santa in October?! Marketing gets earlier every year.
21 posted on 10/16/2003 7:52:04 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Phantom Lord
I thought It might have been, If the post had been done, by registered it would have been a dead giveaway
22 posted on 10/16/2003 7:53:41 AM PDT by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Major League Baseball should declare all seats within 20 feet of the field a 'geek-free' zone.

Steve Bartman has no excuse for what he did.

He's 26-years-old.

He's a baseball coach. He knows what's playable and not playable.

If he doesn't interfere with the play, it's a completely different ballgame.

Put a Marlin's cap on him and the ump calls interference.

Look at his picture, he's a 'geek'.

Don't cross the street anywhere near this guy. The sight of him is going to cause disappointed Cub fans to black-out behind the wheel. :^O

23 posted on 10/16/2003 8:03:41 AM PDT by 4Freedom (America is no longer the 'Land of Opportunity', it's the 'Land of Illegal Alien Opportunists'!!!)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Then do us a favor and bring it up with our lovely Democratic Gov. Blagojevich who quipped that he would refuse to pardon this guy if he ever committed a crime.

Do something useful with your little crusade and target a liberal politician with a big mouth instead of Free Republic.

And, yes, he did have SOMETHING to do with it. Any remedial course in situational pitching makes that clear. The debate is how much it contributed.

24 posted on 10/16/2003 8:09:01 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: Rutles4Ever
That's the drunk Santa Clause from Trading Places. Who was that, Dan Akroyd? He is trying to get the salmon out of his beard not the cubs loss out of his head.

Maybe the cubs should move to Buffalo and take up football.
25 posted on 10/16/2003 8:13:37 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: Rutles4Ever
Somewhere, Steve Goodman is weeping.
26 posted on 10/16/2003 8:14:50 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: metalboy
At first I thought it was the Tourist Guy who messed up the catch.
27 posted on 10/16/2003 8:17:04 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: metalboy
Does anyone feel sorry for that cubs fan? I just noticed he is wearing a "Hillary in 'O4" sweatshirt and I just NOT felt sorry for him anymore.
28 posted on 10/16/2003 8:17:39 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
You're trying to blame Alou for not catching that ball? Am I understanding you correctly?
29 posted on 10/16/2003 8:18:20 AM PDT by michaelt
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To: Cuttnhorse
Somewhere, Steve Goodman is weeping.

Don't you know it....

30 posted on 10/16/2003 8:19:10 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Rutles4Ever
My children will be devastated. Will SC now get hooked on oxy? Film at 11.
31 posted on 10/16/2003 8:19:30 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Oh now you're just getting whacky. Alou tried to get the call, something any athlete would do. Nothing went to him the rest of the game so you can't say he was thrown off, he played magnificently in game 7 though with good at bat and great defensive play. He's also the first guy to publicly say people shouldn't blame Steve, give credit where it's due.
32 posted on 10/16/2003 8:19:43 AM PDT by discostu (The Joan Wilder?!)
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To: BJungNan
He was not wearing a Hillary! sweatshirt. It's a Photoshop job.

I wonder how long it takes until this urban legend makes Snopes.com.
33 posted on 10/16/2003 8:19:43 AM PDT by michaelt
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To: metalboy
OMG, I didn't see this twerp's sweat shirt. He should be lynched by the fashion police.
34 posted on 10/16/2003 8:20:47 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
THEY'VE GOTTEN IT RED! YOU CAN STOP NOW!
35 posted on 10/16/2003 8:21:07 AM PDT by discostu (The Joan Wilder?!)
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To: gathersnomoss
Note to self. Hold comments on FR Photo of the Year until after reading PhotoShop capabilities. Duh.
36 posted on 10/16/2003 8:23:35 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: TomGuy
Yes. But it's just wrong to see Pudge in a Marlin uniform. Wrong! Just like it was wrong last weekend to see Emmit Smith in a Cardinal uniform. Wrong wrong wrong!

Did you see A-Rod at the game last night? It's poetic justice -- the Texas Rangers sign A-Rod for $246 million, and let Pudge go last year due to the money (even though he had signed for less than market value the time before), and there's A-Rod sitting in the stands, and Pudge going to the World Series!

37 posted on 10/16/2003 8:28:26 AM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: 4Freedom
The reason why interference wasn't called has nothing to do with the cap he wore. It has to do with where the ball would have landed without the fan action. Since that ball would have landed in the stands, there's no interference. If in the judgement of the umpire the ball would have landed on the field and the fan reached out of the stands to catch or deflect it, interference would have been called.
38 posted on 10/16/2003 8:33:58 AM PDT by RonF
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To: gathersnomoss
My personal favorite:



Can't vouch for authenticity
39 posted on 10/16/2003 8:40:44 AM PDT by Republican Red (Karmic hugs welcomed!)
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To: metalboy
OK, I have to ask: is the photo real, or was the Hillary stuff added?
40 posted on 10/16/2003 8:47:22 AM PDT by bobsatwork
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To: RonF
From all of the pictures I've seen, that ball falls right into Alou's glove without Steve's interference.

Umpires seldom call interference when it's the player's own fans that do the interfering.

Put a Marlin cap on that 'geek' and you have a different call.

Conversely, the 'geek' takes the catch away from a Marlin player, in an identical situation, and you have a different call.

41 posted on 10/16/2003 8:50:04 AM PDT by 4Freedom (America is no longer the 'Land of Opportunity', it's the 'Land of Illegal Alien Opportunists'!!!)
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To: Rutles4Ever
Baker lost the series by staying with his starters too long and placing his relievers in a position where they could make zero mistakes once they came into the game. Plain and simple the fan had nothing to do with it.
42 posted on 10/16/2003 8:54:29 AM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: StrictTime
"I'm happy Pudge gets to go to the World Series"


Thank you. For many years down in Texas his talent has wilted on the vine and not been recognized on a national level. Then they spend equal to the national debt to bring A-Rod down there, to be the savior and further sink Ivan into oblivion. He made his escape and was a major, major reason for the success of the Marlins. I was especially happy to see that A-Rod got seats in the front row of, at least, one of the division series where he could get a first hand view of a winner. All Ivan needed was a good supporting cast to display his wares. I wish him success in the "Series."

Red
43 posted on 10/16/2003 8:59:25 AM PDT by Redwood71
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To: Rutles4Ever
The Marlins are a better team than the Cubs.
44 posted on 10/16/2003 9:01:58 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Redwood71
Pudge rocks, I can honestly say that by midway through game three every time he stepped up to bat (especially with runners on) the Cubs fan got a sinking feeling. If the Marlins get 4 more wins he should get the MVP.
45 posted on 10/16/2003 9:03:35 AM PDT by discostu (The Joan Wilder?!)
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To: Rutles4Ever
I feel sorry for that guy. I'm a huge Cub fan but that guy didn't lose that game or the series. Baker lost that game and the 7th game with his horrible pitching management. He has always been known for not being able to manage pitchers and that's what did the Cubs in. I hope he was paying attention to what the Marlins manager did last night. Baker should have brought in either Clement or Zambrano in both games 6 and 7. What is he saving them for?? The World Series that they never made? You have to get there first and Dusty blew it. Problem is he's got such an ego on him he will never admit it. He has no learning curve because he already thinks he knows everything.
47 posted on 10/16/2003 9:08:06 AM PDT by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
This just in from Chicago.

This morning, 74-year-old Sadie McDermott had to be cut from her 1978 Cadillac Eldorado when it inexplicably crashed through the front of a 'Wrigleyville' Starbuck's Coffee Shop.

Local gas station attendants said that she was among hundreds of depressed and over-wrought Cub fans that had been 'cruising' the neighborhood, because they said they just couldn't sleep.

Emergency personnel said that poor Sadie just kept screaming, 'Please tell me I nailed that little, Latte-sipping, 'geek' bastard.'

Doctors say it will be some time before Ms. McDermott is in any condition to answer any questions, but investigators at the scene say they have an idea that they know who the little, Latte-sipping, geek bastard was that she was talking about and wished to inform all concerned citizens that she had missed him.

48 posted on 10/16/2003 9:11:14 AM PDT by 4Freedom (America is no longer the 'Land of Opportunity', it's the 'Land of Illegal Alien Opportunists'!!!)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
On the one hand:

If Alou had been allowed to catch that ball without interfernece (and he likely would have) there would have been 2 outs, nobody on, and Prior pitching from a windup, looking to close out the inning. Instead, Juan Pierre, who now has new life, shoots a double into right field after a long at-bat. So now it's one out, man on second, Prior pitching from the stretch, and beginning to throw too many pitches for that late in the game. In the back of his mind he is still pissed because he should be trying to get the third out with the bases empty instead of being in the predicament he is in.

On the other hand, just like with bad calls from umpires, good teams rise above things that are out of their control and don't look back. The Cubs folded like a cheap suit, getting bombed for eight runs, and that wasn't the fan's fault.
49 posted on 10/16/2003 9:12:54 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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