Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The pre-Post-season...

Hmmm... I guess that means it's still the baseball season.

Post-season starts next week and I can't believe they gave sold broadcast rights to the four 5-game divisional playoffs to TBS.  This is a cable station. People who don't have cable or dish or whatever, can't just turn on their TVs (assuming they've got the old converter box) and watch baseball playoffs. This is so stupid and exclusive, I can't believe it.

I hate playoffs. The World Series will end in early November. It will have already snowed in Minneapolis, perhaps in Boston, too. It's not a winter game. You can't find anybody on sports radio in SoFla who's still talking about baseball. Not even the Marlins, certainly not the Rays. It's all football, all the time, now basketball, even hockey is rearing its ugly head.

Luckily for me, two of my 5 fantasy teams are still alive... and looking strong:  OUTTA HERE! and Ray RAYS are both still standing.  Tough to decide on my roster this week as I'm over-weighted in Rays and they're out of contention.  Still I decided to go home with the guys who brought me... Longo, Zobie, CC, JB.  Thought they'd still be playing for pride & averages, not to mention Rays vs Yanks for the last 3 games of the season.  I like that match-up because one of my teams is sure to win! Still, when they play, I often find myself rooting for Rays.... underdogs, it would seem, but also young guys playing high-quality ball for low-quality money & respect.

In other great news, Adam Lind of the Blue Jays hit 3, yes 3 home-runs against Boston last night. He's playing against my Ray RAYS team, so his 21 points may kill me -- but 3-for-4 with four RBIs in Toronto's 8-7 win over Boston. He got two off Clay Buchholz and the third off Takashi Saito. When he got up in the ninth, Papelbon hit him hard on the elbow with his first pitch, the chicken way to pitch a guy with a hot bat. Clinched because Texas lost to Angels.

Loser Sox.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baseball season '09 is winding down

but at least the Yanks have clinched something. Not sure this is their year, though.... Torre's Dodgers may have an extra bit of vengefulness....

Rays end with a whimper, not a bang, although they wear their brave faces and try to salvage the endgame. Even Upton found his swing, with only 2 weeks left to use it. I hope this is sophomore slump, because there is so much good on this team only Floridians can watch regularly.  When we were in St. Pete a few weeks ago, I couldn't decide whose name I'd wear on my jersey, so I didn't buy one. Now I know it would be  ** ZOBRIST *the go-to guy for what you need.

Four of my 5 fantasy teams have made the playoffs, but Tampa's plunge has not helped my fortunes much. Interestingly, I learned much about managing, scheduling, and psyching-out from fielding 5 teams each week. Also, when points are doled out, you really know who's slumping or swinging.  Dalians, Nu D`Alians, Outta There! and Ray Rays are still standing, but I don't expect much (kind of like the Yankees).  Interesting watching my own online competitiveness, since I figure I'm playing against males 18-34.

In other news, just learned that Gabe Kapler is, but Gabe Gross isn't.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Baseball for Girls

I've been meaning to write this as a column for years; I'd better start before the '09 season is over.

     Which it may be for my dear Rays. 'los got 2 fingers busted by a Sabathia pitch that jumped off the bat & is out for the rest of the season. Just when he'd figured out how to hit... and the ump said he went around, so he didn't even get the ball call. Insult to injury, literally. 

     Gotta be a morale buster for the guys. Along with some other setbacks... like not having the same season they had last year and trading Kazmir just when they maybe needed him most... and Pat Burrell being the anti-DH. Need to have the RSox & Rangers melt down before this boat comes in. Zobie, they hardly knew ye!  My MVP...

Now the Yankees, on the other hand, are not such a huge embarrassment in my life this year. Happy for Joe Girardi, that he showed what he could do in NY, however he did it. Of course, it's true, throwing money at problem positions is always fun (except for Pat Burrell, who has National League disease).

Jeter's closing in on an amazing record, everyone is bringing something to the table, and the WSox are beating up on the RSox. Not sure if Bombers can beat Angels or Cards... or the obvious grudge match to come with Torre's Dodgers (think... "overcome with ambivalence"). Perhaps one more Series win for old George. 

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