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A-Rod strikes out to end Yankee Season
mlb.com ^ | 6 October 2011 | Alex Rodriguez

Posted on 10/06/2011 8:49:45 PM PDT by Vigilanteman

A-Rod just stuck out swinging to give Detroit the series and a trip to the ALCS finals. Final score 3-2.


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To: txroadkill

You wouldn’t have been there last year without Lee


101 posted on 10/07/2011 5:07:51 AM PDT by Post5203 (Our political class have sullied a good man's name...Washington)
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To: kempster

Yeah I was more concerned about the Tigers facing the Rays than I am the Rangers.


102 posted on 10/07/2011 5:13:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (MLB Playoff thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2786167/posts)
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To: Vigilanteman

Woo Hoo! Summer is still alive and kicking in MI!


103 posted on 10/07/2011 5:31:32 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: cripplecreek

Well, ain’t THIS gonna be fun!

I start my new job in Texas on Monday (when, hopefully the Tigers will be up 2-0!) Can’t wait to hear the comments when I unpack my foam “Tiger Paw” for office decoration.


104 posted on 10/07/2011 5:49:27 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: cripplecreek

Is it a 2-3-2 series? If so, I hate having 3 straight games at any one location....It is extremely hard to sweep 3 in a row at home.


105 posted on 10/07/2011 5:55:59 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: UB355

“I thought the announcers were pretty neutral.”

Can you send me some of what you were smoking? There was a distinct difference between the call of the Det homers vs the Yank homers.....And, the dissappointment was extremely evident when Jeter’s fly didn’t make it out.

Not only were they biased, they were simply really shitty announchers. I guess I didn’t realize how good Mario and Rod are.......


106 posted on 10/07/2011 6:49:45 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: cripplecreek

Here is my guess at the rotation:

1. JV
2. Porcello
3. Fister
4. JV
5. Max
6. Fister
7. JV


107 posted on 10/07/2011 7:21:57 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: cripplecreek

I hate the Yankees, but I believe the Rangers would have had a better chance to make the Series by playing them instead of the Tigers. Tigers own the Rangers, and I am rooting for the Rangers.


108 posted on 10/07/2011 7:27:19 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: quantim; cripplecreek

“Go Red Wings! Go Tigers! Go Lions! Go Pistons! Go Wolverines! Go Spartans!”

Hey, if you are upstream of creek, then I have to ask, HOW ON EARTH DID YOU FORGET THE WMU BRONCOS! You need to git to the reeducation camp!


109 posted on 10/07/2011 8:03:36 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: rbmillerjr

“LOL, Losers always turn into history professors.”

I have to laugh at the Yankee haters here on this thread...as if the Yankees have suffered. Sure, I like the Yankees, but if they lose a championship, it doesn’t matter. They’ve won plenty....that was my purpose of posting. I have a feeling they’re not losing any sleep (or their homes) over the loss yesterday.


110 posted on 10/07/2011 1:54:22 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Hey A-Rod, cheer up. It ain’t so bad...you’ll always have Madonna. GO TIGERS!


111 posted on 10/07/2011 4:22:11 PM PDT by equaviator ( "There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: nutmeg

Best news in long time.


112 posted on 10/07/2011 4:36:08 PM PDT by Mears
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To: FreeReign

Alfonso Soriano was a real postseason disappointment with the Yankees. Check out his 2003 numbers, for example . . . 26 Ks in 71 at-bats over 17 games. He bought himself a ticket out of town with that performance.


113 posted on 10/07/2011 6:39:43 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Carry_Okie
Good one. You probably remember that great Giant team of 1962 featured the first Japanese born player to ever play in the major leagues, a fair to decent relief pitcher named Masanori Murakami, I believe.

Me, I loved the Cubs, especially Lou Brock. It broke my heart when they traded him to St. Louis, and my allegiance followed him.

That is, until 1968, when the Tigers bested them in the series with two infielders who, if I recall, were sub .200 with their batting average. One of them was Ray Oyler, the best fielding shortstop I ever saw play until Ozzie Smith came along. Mayo Smith made a really gutsy move benching him except as a defensive replacement to get an extra bat into the lineup.

Of course, it wasn't just the St. Louis loss in the 1968 World Series than made me switch my allegiance back to the Cubs, it was the awesome year the Cubs had in 1969. They were a better team than many World Series winners, but unfortunately the Mets fielded an even better team that year. If they ever write a book about the greatest second place teams in history, the 1969 Cubs will merit their own chapter. As, I am sure, will at least one Giants team from that era. I'm not sure which one, but I'd vote for the 1963 edition.

114 posted on 10/07/2011 7:07:37 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

Yippee for the Tigers happy for them.


115 posted on 10/07/2011 7:13:54 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (So how did Charlie Weiss get to be on Dancing With The Stars?)
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To: Carry_Okie
I have to correct myself on Giant's trivia:

1. Masanori Murakami didn't debut until the 1964 season.
2. The best also-ran edition of the Giants in that era was probably 1965.

Amazing what you think the brain holds after all these years, then you have to look it up to check it. But I did remember the best runner up Giants was in Murakami's first full year, didn't I?

Having spent a long time in Japan, I do remember there was much consternation when Hideo Nomo first came up, that there would be another 20 year plus drought of Japanese players if he didn't achieve the star status which Murakami reached for but came up short.

116 posted on 10/07/2011 7:21:06 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman
Masanori Murakami didn't debut until the 1964 season.

Makes more sense. I didn't remember him being on the Series team but was willing to take your word for it. As I recall, he was supposed to 'save the day' but didn't. He was OK, but not stellar.

The best also-ran edition of the Giants in that era was probably 1965.

It seemed to be either the Dodgers or the Cards that came out on top with the Giants perennially second. I especially remember the tragic frustration of watching Mays trying to hit Koufax. Drysdale was good, but Koufax... It sucked. :-)

I always had this schizophrenic impression of Japanese baseball, that they were better as teams than we wanted to think we were, but then, when they got here they didn't do that well as individuals. Very different from the Cuban stars.

117 posted on 10/07/2011 7:50:32 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Carry_Okie
Murakami also had the bad luck of coming up just as the pitcher's era was at its peak. Had he come in at his peak just half a decade later, he may have caught on and had a respectable career. Certainly not outstanding, but respectable.

You just think about the great pitching in that era and wonder how they did it. Drysdale was certainly a Hall of Fame class pitcher as was Juan Marichal, Bob Gibson and others but stack any of them up against a guy like Koufax and they just weren't that impressive. Not that they weren't outstanding pitchers, just that the talent pool was that deep.

I think they generally consider 1968 the last of the pitcher's era. They lowered the mound and shrunk the strike zone and, of course, it had its intended effect. But I still think the effect was less than watering down the pitching talent with expansion and the retirement of some of the great pitching talent of that era.

It really makes me wonder how the idiots can keep a guy like Ron Santo out of the Hall of Fame when he spent so much of his career in that era and still managed a higher lifetime batting average than Mike Schmidt, who many rank as THE best third baseman to ever play the game. Santo's fielding skills were close to Schmidt and, if you take into account the much better pitching talent which he faced, his batting skills weren't too far off either.

118 posted on 10/07/2011 9:06:28 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

“...1968, when the Tigers bested them in the series with two infielders who, if I recall, were sub .200 with their batting average. One of them was Ray Oyler,”

The other sub-.200 BA in that regular lineup would’ve been the net average of all batting pitchers except for Earl Wilson (12 HR) or Don Wert at 3rd base.

Ray wore no.1 and Wert wore no. 8...Earl Wilson (12)

Mayo Smith made a great call by moving centerfielder Mickey Stanley (24) to shortstop just before the Tigers went on to win the ‘68 World Series in St. Louis. Mayo Smith wore no. 10.

Jim “Jim” Leyland brought it all back when he benched JV in their final victory over the Yankees Thursday night.

This years Tigers should go all the way with Jim making the call.

Actually, Jim Leyland looks alot like Mayo Smith to me.

Jim for MVP!


119 posted on 10/08/2011 6:30:15 AM PDT by equaviator ( "There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: equaviator

“Hey A-Rod, cheer up. It ain’t so bad...you’ll always have Madonna.”

You HAVE to be kidding...right? Unlike you, he is laughing all the way to the bank! LOL!

2011 salary... Alex Rodriguez $32,000,000


120 posted on 10/08/2011 8:53:49 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: toldyou

Okay then, send her over to me...for a day.


121 posted on 10/08/2011 9:09:52 PM PDT by equaviator ( "There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: equaviator

“Okay then, send her over to me...for a day.”

I’m sure she’d be with you if you were making $32,000,000 per year. lol

Anyhow, you have not been keeping up with the gossip columns! If they had an affair, it started and ended in 2008.

;)


122 posted on 10/08/2011 9:25:25 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: toldyou

32 million? That’s way to much. All I need is to have the floors done, some shirts ironed, some windows washed, the driveway shoveled, the oven cleaned, some fresh linens, socks and underwear...and I’ll flip for Thai food.

She used to be local to this area way back when. Maybe she’d remember me from some of those big parties inside the Hampton Barn...Whoa, Nellie!


123 posted on 10/09/2011 8:55:13 AM PDT by equaviator ( "There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Neverforget01

Baseball sucks. I’d rather watch paint dry.


124 posted on 10/09/2011 6:51:55 PM PDT by jarofants
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