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Beer and Queso / Re: College Basketball 2019
« on: March 17, 2019, 04:32:10 am »
Cincy gets another shot against the Coogs tomorrow in the AAC tourney championship game. It will be a real slobber-knocker. Always hear about how  it's tough to beat a team three times in a season. I love watching the Cougars play but I hate watching them shoot free throws.

The same could be said about watching any college or professional teams shoot free throws. It's like they've forgotten the meaning of free. They go tothe line with no plan, no routine, and really no chance to make more than about 65% of the free throws. Good teams shoot at least 70-75% from the line.

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Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:32:05 pm »
Waldo did the legwork and history says this is normal for McHugh so I’ve backed away from the edge a little bit.


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Thanks, Waldo. As I said, I wasn't worried yet. I do think that we're getting to the stage of spring training where he has to start pitching to results.

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Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:50:42 am »
I know half the people on this board will say don’t worry that it is just spring training. Well I’m sorry, if you are not concerned about McHugh at this point you need to be. It looks like he needs to be back in the bullpen and Peacock in the rotation.


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I am beginning to get concerned, but not overly. Yet. However, his next start will be very important in my opinion.

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Talk Zone / Re: Tom Seaver
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:58:05 am »
I saw Fred Gladding foul off several 0-2 pitches from Tom Terrific one night at the Dome. Fred Gladding was something like 1-63 in his big league career. But he made Seaver throw like 10 pitches to strike him out. Seaver always was a class act.

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Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:56:02 am »
I do blame Bregman. His ego is and will be a continuing potential problem. Second highest to Correa is good. Wait your fucking turn, and STFU.
Agreed. Gotta call out my LSU boy here, especially a former No. 8. You knew the ropes and the rules when you got in. If you want to use your stardom to act for the younger players, do it. But in the meantime, play ball and STFU.

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Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:51:22 am »
This one was pretty good from 12 years ago...

Indeed. I miss Yboddeus. The Ron Villone reference was killa!

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Beer and Queso / Re: College Basketball 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 07:48:29 pm »
All of them.

This. This right here.

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Beer and Queso / Re: College Basketball 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:54:17 pm »
He's on tape as much as admitting that he's done multiple deals for players. He has to be a goner if the administration has any integrity.

I just wonder how many coaches have done the same thing but were smart enough not to discuss it on a telephone.

Oh, he's a goner for sure. LSU President is a hard ass.

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Beer and Queso / Re: College Basketball 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:37:59 pm »
Well, I hate to say this, but it looks very bad for LSU basketball coach Will Wade. I was told by friend who also is a division 1 basketball coach that Wade was a cheater a good while ago, but I didn’t want to believe it. It’s a damn shame.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:38:33 am »
You sir are amazing.  So impressed with the detail of your research and your ability to find things that most folks would never even think to look for.  Glad you are on our side.

Truer words were never spoken. Nate fucking rocks.

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Talk Zone / Re: Rusty Staub in the bottom of the ninth
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:01:58 am »
Only resurrecting the thread, not Rusty himself.

The error that allowed those runs to score was by the usually reliable Roger Metzger.

Unconnected to the above but the NY Times article about Metzger's later encounter with a table saw.

And what would Carlos May's career have looked like if he hadn't lost his right thumb in a training accident while in the Marine Reserves in Aug. 1969? Even thumb-less, it wasn't shabby.

Was Carlos the only MLB player to ever where his birthday on his uni? "May 19"

Yes, I'm sure you knew Carlos was Lee May's brother.

Touched on in the thread but had Wilson gotten that 3rd no-no he would have joined Ryan, Koufax, Feller, Cy Young and Larry Corcoran as the only members of an exclusive clique with more than 2 no-hitters.

And finally why I sought this thread out in the first place was to post a link to this: Don Wilson's life and death, his career, how Clay Kirby was probably sympathizing with Wilson during the near no-hitter and why the Claude Osteen acquisition stunk for several reasons.

And it's a damn good article and I don't really give a flying fuck if someone might've previously linked to it in the past 8 years.

Why yes, I am having one of those stream of consciousness type mornings. How's yours?

Out. Standing.

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Heads among the haters must have absolutely exploded today.

Good for herand great for baseball. I am glad that she is still going to be on television. I find her insightful.

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Talk Zone / Re: Preseason Panic
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:33:30 pm »
Has the statue of limitations on this thread expired?

/golf clap/

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Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:32:20 pm »
Stroman should still be available. I don’t know how low Keuchel’s price would have to drop for Luhnow to give up that draft pick, but I bet it’s “pretty damn low.”

I agree. I think that the DK ship has sailed, for a port yet unknown..

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Beer and Queso / Re: Nashville
« on: March 02, 2019, 06:54:42 pm »
I like going to the old Ryman auditorium, where the Grand Ole Opry was held for many years. The tour was fun and getting the opportunity to stand in the same place where greats like Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb entertained was awe inspiring.

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Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: March 02, 2019, 06:37:41 am »
I am hoping for a little 1980 revenge in the WS.  Really still pissed off with the Phillies 5 run 8th inning in game 5. 

Might have even cried...  Hunt for Dead Red October (2 pings Vasilli, 2 pings)

It's way too fucking early to bring up 1980. Remember it as if it was yesterday. I took so much shit that year because I started bragging early in that game, and my friends who were Phightins fans gave me unmitigated shit for days.

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Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: February 23, 2019, 02:21:48 pm »
No kidding. Foul balls are not a problem, they are one of the compelling features of the game. A 10+ pitch at bat is entertainment gold to me. The pitcher with a “oh, got away with a mistake there” look or the hitter digging in and thinking “I just missed that, throw one more of those and I’m going to crush it”. High drama and quintessential baseball.

You're absolutely right. As a pitcher, I used to get more amped up when the number of pitches got to seven. I loved competing at that point, because, as you say, both the pitcher and the hitter have missed pitches and lived to hit another pitch.

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Talk Zone / Re: Bochy Announces Retirement
« on: February 19, 2019, 01:37:28 pm »
Even the years they won, they didn't really put together a great team. Just great manager + 2 great players and a bunch of cogs

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I was living out in Napa at the time and used to go to AT&T Park a lot. You're right that some of those Giants teams simply peaked at the right time because their overall season record was not great. He had good starting pitching in Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and MadBum. Buster Posey. Usually a good bully too.

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Talk Zone / Re: Bochy Announces Retirement
« on: February 19, 2019, 01:24:27 pm »
I always kind of thought he was the best manager out there over the last 10 years. Who's better Francona? Maddon?

You're correct. When I need a win, I want Bochy managing my team. Clearly the best manager in the game. What the Giants management has done to him the past five years is pathetic as far as talent procurement goes.

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros OF Defense
« on: February 18, 2019, 05:34:18 pm »
I agree with Noe. Cedeno.

Another vote for Cedeno.

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