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      Reply #600: Sep 25, 2012 04:29:47 pm
      The A's lost in extra innings, frustrating as hell. :( 9 games to go now, and we have a 2 games lead on the Angels.

      It will be a nervous end to the season... 6 of these games are against the best team in the AL (Texas Rangers) and the other 3 against the Mariners, who are crap but seem to play better against the A's for some reason (or should I say, the A's play worse against them - the games between A's and M's this season have usually been among the most boring of all)
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      Reply #601: Oct 02, 2012 06:37:24 am
      The Oakland Athletics are in the playoffs!!! Love it!
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      Reply #602: Oct 02, 2012 02:47:46 pm
      The Oakland Athletics are in the playoffs!!! Love it!

      So are the Yankees!!! Love it!   ;D
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      Reply #603: Oct 02, 2012 09:30:05 pm
      So are the Yankees!!! Love it!   ;D
      Hey bronx.  I have an extra for tonight's game.  Check your PM box
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      Reply #604: Oct 03, 2012 12:54:40 am
      The Oakland Athletics are in the playoffs!!! Love it!

      Love it as well, not that I'm a fan or anything, just cool to see. Perfect timing considering the movie a little while ago as well! Watching ESPN earlier, there's a few pundits out there who really think the A's are a team not many will want to meet in the playoffs. Not that that means anything, but shows there's the respect there.

      Hope they do alright... apart from when they meet the Yankees ;)
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      Reply #605: Oct 03, 2012 02:32:00 am
      Top 8.  Redsox lead 2-1.  See what happens when they allow a Met fan in.  My 7 year old son is loving Yankee Stadium though. 
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      Reply #606: Oct 03, 2012 01:56:11 pm
      Top 8.  Redsox lead 2-1.   

      Yankees WIN.....Thaaaaaaaaaaaa Yankees WIN
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      Reply #607: Oct 03, 2012 03:48:26 pm
      Love it as well, not that I'm a fan or anything, just cool to see. Perfect timing considering the movie a little while ago as well! Watching ESPN earlier, there's a few pundits out there who really think the A's are a team not many will want to meet in the playoffs. Not that that means anything, but shows there's the respect there.

      Hope they do alright... apart from when they meet the Yankees ;)

      It's awesome! At the start of the season there were people saying the A's would lose over 100 games, after trading away the likes of Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey. This is a team that consists mostly of rookies (the ENTIRE rotation is made of rookies at the moment - Parker, Milone, Straily, Griffin and Blackley) and/or total unknowns. I love it!

      To make things even better, the A's are now tied with the Rangers for the AL West lead. Last game of the regular season will therefore be a battle for the AL crown. I can't wait!

      By the way, a MLB.TV account was the best purchase I made this year. Love how there is a baseball game nearly every day. I'm gonna miss it immensely when the season ends!
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      Reply #608: Oct 03, 2012 05:30:41 pm
      Oakland is the FIRST PLAYOFF team in baseball history that had over 100 games started by rookie pitchers.  The next best was like 68 by a Dodger team in the 1950's

      Great accomplishment.
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      Reply #609: Oct 03, 2012 11:53:56 pm
      AL WEST CHAMPIONS!!! HELL YEAH!!!
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      Reply #610: Oct 04, 2012 01:05:40 am
      AL WEST CHAMPIONS!!! HELL YEAH!!!

      Nice job, sweeping Texas to win the division. 

      Now the real season starts.

      Yanks 5-1 over BoSox lookin to wrap it up ,gotta stay out of that wildcard game. Like Russian roulette
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      Reply #611: Oct 04, 2012 04:25:31 pm
      Great season..... I'm always amazed how after 162 games it comes down to the last day for so many teams. Unreal.

      Props to Miguel Cabrera, AL Triple Crown and missed the MLB Triple Crown by .006 B/A.

      I also have to point out how many haters were getting on Jeter when he got 3000 hits. People saying he shouldn't make the HOF and will never hit over 280 again.  Well he just hit 316 w/ 216 hits which were more hits than the Triple Crown winner. 

      Am I the only one who knew Bobby V in Boston was a BAD idea?  What sucks is the Yanks played Boston for the last series of the season and it meant nothing. I'll admit, I like when the Red Sox are good because it makes the rivalry better. Maybe I'm a purist.

      But, Lets go Yanks and maybe A-Rod will actually contribute this year instead of batting .120 in the post season.
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      Reply #612: Oct 04, 2012 05:39:10 pm
      Anyone else notice that yet again, another team misses the playoffs due to the bullshit Divisional structure. In the AL both Tampa Bay and the LA Angels have better records than Detroit, but because Detroit won their division they go to the playoffs.

      Another failure due to the need of an antiquated Divisional structure.
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      Reply #613: Oct 04, 2012 07:54:54 pm
      Great season..... I'm always amazed how after 162 games it comes down to the last day for so many teams. Unreal.

      Props to Miguel Cabrera, AL Triple Crown and missed the MLB Triple Crown by .006 B/A.

      I also have to point out how many haters were getting on Jeter when he got 3000 hits. People saying he shouldn't make the HOF and will never hit over 280 again.  Well he just hit 316 w/ 216 hits which were more hits than the Triple Crown winner. 

      Am I the only one who knew Bobby V in Boston was a BAD idea?  What sucks is the Yanks played Boston for the last series of the season and it meant nothing. I'll admit, I like when the Red Sox are good because it makes the rivalry better. Maybe I'm a purist.

      But, Lets go Yanks and maybe A-Rod will actually contribute this year instead of batting .120 in the post season.

      I had thought about that a few times this season as I watched Jeter doing his thing. Had a great season once again.

      And I agree, though we had Baltimore(!?) right on our tails the whole season, its just not the same when its not Boston. Though beating the living sh*t out of them on the last day regardless of position will never get old! :D
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      Reply #614: Oct 12, 2012 12:05:23 am
      Anyone catch that O's- Yanks game last night.  Girardi pinch-hit for A-Roid in the bottom of the 9th down 2-1, brought on Ibanez who hits a game tying HR.  Then Ibanez hits the winning HR in the 12th inning.   One of the gutsiest manager moves I've ever seen.  Sitting down a future Hall of Famer for a 39 yr old journeyman.  I was shocked.  Then to have Ibanez hit 2 HR's to win , WoW.   A-Roid has got to be sick.

      I think A-roid is finished, outside of 2009 , his Yankee post-season numbers are awful.  Steroids have caught up to him. 

      Oakland A's staved off elimination with a dramatic 3-run 9th to beat the Tigers. The A's just never die, gotta love that. Game 5 tonight, I got to try and stay up for that, even if I fall asleep at work tomorrow. Looks like your team is for real Diego. Of course they're no match for the mighty Bronx Bombers.  ;)

      Giants became the first team in history to lose the first 2 at home and come back to win 3 on the road. Poor Reds . Home teams went 0-5.

      Jason Werth just hit a 9th inning walk-off HR for the Nationals to tie the series 2-2.  Game 5 Tomorrow

      What a great day for baseball.  FOUR elimination games in one day.

      Go Yanks !!!!    Wrap it up tonight and CC starts Game 1
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      Reply #615: Oct 17, 2012 03:27:31 pm
      After the awful disappointment of Game 5 loss against the Tigers, I can finally bear to talk about Baseball again.

      And Justin Verlander... he's unreal, out of this world. Another nearly complete game for him in this playoffs, ridiculously effective too.
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      Reply #616: Oct 23, 2012 02:29:15 pm
      SF Giants in the World Series :(

      Come on Tigers!
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      Reply #617: Oct 26, 2012 09:15:57 pm
      Anyone watching the World Series?

      Giants won the first two games. I like Verlander but I was pissed off for seeing him suck so much in the WS, after having almost single handedly eliminated the A's.

      Come on Tigers, don't let the dark side of the Bay Area to win the whole thing... I have faith!
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      Reply #618: Nov 14, 2012 03:34:27 am
      Blues jays lining up a trade to get Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from the Marlins for number of prospects. Nice to have something to be excited about coming into the spring.
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      Reply #619: Jan 11, 2013 10:52:01 pm
      HUUUUUGE Blue Jays trade. Took basically the whole Marlins lineup (all their good players anyway). I'd be glad for the now lonely Giancarlo Stanton to come to Philadelphia (my team).
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      Reply #620: Mar 20, 2013 03:47:06 pm
      Can't wait for the new season to start. Spring training is... erm... fun... but gets really boring after a while.

      Been reading "The Boys of Summer" by Roger Kahn, about the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 50's. Sports writing at its best. Makes me want to go back in time and watch those guys - Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Joe Black and all the others. It's a shame the Dodgers moved away from Brooklyn.
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      Reply #621: Apr 04, 2013 06:04:10 pm
      Baseball season started this weekend... the A's lost their 9th consecutive opening day game, an American League record. They also lost badly in the 2nd game against the Mariners but finally won a game in the third time of trying last night. Jed Lowrie is looking great so far.
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      Reply #622: Jul 23, 2013 11:57:52 pm
      Ah....Yet again another reason why Baseball is going down the tubes.  Ryan Braun...suspended for PED's.  The same guy who last year, failed a test and due to a clerical error, in which he ruined an innocent mans life, was reinstated and the positive test overturned, has failed ANOTHER drug test and has admitted he lied and used. Of course only after he ruined a lab techs life and did everything in his power to blame that poor lab technician and slam him in the press and in public.

      These guys just lie and lie and lie and attack people who accuse them, then when the evidence is overwhelming....they admit what they did, then cry and ask for forgivness.  I dont think their is a word in the dictionary to define how much disgust and contempt I have for these players and Baseball.

      When friends and family ask me "Why do you follow Liverpool?"..."Why do you watch European Football?"  I point to any number of instances that show how US Sport is going downhill and every year I am vindicated.  Baseball has been SHIT for years.
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      Reply #623: Jul 31, 2013 06:16:35 pm
      ^ ^ ^

      Add A-roid to that, could be facing a lifetime ban. So much for the HR record Alex. Couldn't happen to a bigger dirt-bag. 

      Then compare to Derek Jeter, comes back from 3 month injury and first pitch back, BOOM, HR. So Jeteresque.  Easily best Yankee of his time. First ballot HOF. Without question.

      What a difference in class between the two.
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      Reply #624: Jul 31, 2013 08:41:32 pm
      As someone who only recently started to watch baseball, I can't say I've known the game before the PED scandals... so recent news do not affect as much as it probably does to guys like you two. However, it is a shame to see the discussion of such a beautiful game revolving around cheating, bans, and stuff like that - it's annoying and truly saddening.

      I still think a greater debate over PEDs is necessary, I think the definition of a thing such as 'doping' is quite subjective and up for discussion. Anyway, it's undeniable that the ethics and the image of the game have been severely damage with all these scandals in recent years.

      By the way, what do you guys think of Barry Bonds omission in the HOF?
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      Reply #625: Jul 31, 2013 10:11:17 pm
      As someone who only recently started to watch baseball, I can't say I've known the game before the PED scandals... so recent news do not affect as much as it probably does to guys like you two. However, it is a shame to see the discussion of such a beautiful game revolving around cheating, bans, and stuff like that - it's annoying and truly saddening.

      I still think a greater debate over PEDs is necessary, I think the definition of a thing such as 'doping' is quite subjective and up for discussion. Anyway, it's undeniable that the ethics and the image of the game have been severely damage with all these scandals in recent years.

      By the way, what do you guys think of Barry Bonds omission in the HOF?

      First off, Bonds should NOT be in HOF. Neither Mark McGuire or Sosa or any of those guys. Although MLB is just as responsible for this mess as the players are.

      Here is my theory.  I'll try and be as brief as possible. Goes back to the strike of 1995. It was the FIRST time the World Series was not played in history of the sport. Hell they even played them during WW2.  MLB took a tremendous PR hit for this. Fans stayed away. MLB needed something to create a new interest in the game. 

      Roger Maris had the single season HR record with 61. In 162 games. (also Mickey Mantle hit 54 that year, before some injuries late in the season) Babe Ruth had the record before , in 1927, I believe, with 60, but it was a 154 game schedule then. Lots of true MLB fans still believed Ruth was the HR king, as he did it in less games. MLB the put an asterix next to Maris' record. Kinda to appease both sides of the argument. A little off track here.

      MLB believed that a similar HR chase to the record would increase popularity, and it did. In 1998 Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa both passed Maris record in the same season. If memory serves, Mark hit 70 and Sammy 68 that year. But the popularity of the race itself seemed to bring MLB back to the front page, as the NFL had and still has passed MLB in the States. 

      I believe MLB knew exactly what was going on. It was no secret these guys were juicing. But the fans didn't really care, because it was exciting and the casual fan loved the fact that the game had become all offense. Personally , a well pitched 2-1 or 1-0 game is more exciting than a 8-7 game. But I'm more of a traditionalist. 

      Now think about it, Ruth's record stood over from 1927-1961. Then Maris record stood from 1961-1998. We are talking decades. Then all of a sudden TWO guys break it in the same year, couldn't be coincidence. Then similar HR numbers continued to happen and Bonds hit 73. Now even casual fans started thinking, something's wrong here. Even guys that would avg 10-15 HR's a season were suddenly hitting 40-50. We all know training methods have improved since the 60's but this was ridiculous. 

      Fact is MLB wanted this, it brought huge amounts of attention on the game, and attendance increased. They basically turned a blind eye to the whole situation because of the money they were making.

      In a nutshell, MLB allowed, or even encouraged this to happen. For PROFIT. Then it just got so out of hand they had to step in and "appear" to put a stop to it. Even though, in reality , they were responsible for it. Kinda get what i'm sayin?

      I think it is sad Diego, but I also believe that baseball in 2013 is closer to what it was supposed to be. So in that way, it's better. Old phrase "good pitching always beats good hitting" is back. It's getting back now to what it used to be like.

      Hope this answers some of your questions.

      If you get a chance, I know recently MLB has put dozens of full game broadcasts on U-Tube. Mostly World Series and playoffs. Going all the way back to the 1950's. 

      Search under the MLBClassics channel.

      This was always one of my favorites,I was at this game and the atmosphere was indescribable. Yankees win first WS in 18 years. The crowds are just not like this anymore. Maybe compare Anfield in the 70's and 80's to now.

      1996 World Series, Game 6: Braves @ Yankees
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      Reply #626: Aug 01, 2013 01:31:54 am
      As someone who only recently started to watch baseball, I can't say I've known the game before the PED scandals... so recent news do not affect as much as it probably does to guys like you two. However, it is a shame to see the discussion of such a beautiful game revolving around cheating, bans, and stuff like that - it's annoying and truly saddening.

      I still think a greater debate over PEDs is necessary, I think the definition of a thing such as 'doping' is quite subjective and up for discussion. Anyway, it's undeniable that the ethics and the image of the game have been severely damage with all these scandals in recent years.

      By the way, what do you guys think of Barry Bonds omission in the HOF?
      If your really Interested in Baseball and its history, watch the Documentary "Baseball" by Ken Burns. It gives the complete history of the game and it shows why its considered the "National Pastime".  Plus its a GREAT documentary.

      As to the PEDS debate, like Bronx said.... The HR chase between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire in 1998, brought Baseball back from the 94/95 strike.  Sosa hit 66 and McGwire hit 70. But then people asked questions. You had a record when in the span of 78 years had one guy break it, then in the span of 3 seasons the original record was broken 6 times by 3 different players. The 3 players were also the size of an NFL linebacker.  One of the players, Barry Bonds DOUBLED his slugging % AFTER THE AGE OF 36 than his first 5 years of playing when he was 21-25.  That is unheard of.

      You had players who were a mid 200 hitter for the first 12 years of their career, then they were hitting 350 in their mid to late 30's. Pitchers who had a 80 mph fastball were then throwing 98-100+ and racking up 20 win seasons and having crazy strike out totals.

      Let me put it this way. It would be like David Beckham coming back to the EPL and scoring 25 goals a season over the next 5 seasons....You dont double and triple your performance at the end of your career.

      As to A-Rod. He should be banned. He lied NUMEROUS times. He came clean a few years ago, got some sh*t for it then it was over. Now, he is lying AGAIN and has done some big time obstruction. Apparantly he destroyed documents and lied to investigators. Personally I think he is a scumbag. He thinks he is bigger than the game. If The Boss was still alive I bet A-Rod would of been traded years ago.  I hope he is banned so the Yanks can dump his contract and get some good players.
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      Reply #627: Aug 05, 2013 12:25:20 am
      A-Rod looks like he is getting a 215 game suspension...He wont play until 2015.  Good. Maybe the Yanks can get a solid 3rd Baseman who WANTS to play for the Yankees and will actually hit the ball in the playoffs.

      Cant stand A-Rod. Baseball would be so much better without him. Baseball is going down hill. Strikes, mega contracts, collective bargaing, sh*t owners, corporate sponsors, high ticket proces, PEDS....every time the game comes back and people fall in love with it again, Baseball finds a way to shoot itself in the foot.

      If Baseball wants to come back they need to make some hard changes.  Stop expansion, fold the teams that make no money and have no fans in the seats. Cut the season from 164 games to 82. Create 2 leagues w/ relegation and promotion to make the games more meaningful.  Impose Salary caps and make standard contracts for no more than 4 years and cut salaries by 70%. GET RID OF THE DH!!! Monthly, mandatory drug screens for every player. Players get caught using drugs they get 2yr suspension no pay. 2nd offense Ban for life and void the contract and lose MLB pension. Its very easy to stop the drugs.
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      Reply #628: Aug 08, 2013 04:16:07 pm
      I am going to my second Major League Baseball game tomorrow (first one was in May in Washington v Phillies) where get to see my Jays play Diego's A's in Toronto
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      Reply #629: Sep 21, 2013 02:26:50 pm
      Boston Red Sox have won their league/division, congrats FSG let's hope it's catching.

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