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This is a forum to discuss the rich athletic tradition of Baseball.

My only request is for your collaboration in making this board a healthy forum for the discussion of the game, both current and past. The focus will be on Major League Baseball, but please do not shy away from discussion of T-Ball to Minor League level play regardless of in the USA/Canada or abroad.

I hope to commission a fantasy league next year (again) and encourage those interested to participate.

gygax! (gygax!), Sunday, 9 November 2003 21:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My ILB name is gygax! I'm 31, I live in San Francisco and I root for the Giants.

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Willie Mays
Current players: Barry Bonds or Vladimir Guerrero
Minor leaguer: Delmon Young
Non-hall of famer: Scott Radinsky (White Sox/Dodgers/Cardinal reliever who moonlighted as a hardcore punkrock singer for Scared Straight)
Manager: Jim Leyland
Book: Moneyball (sorry)
Website: Baseball Prospectus
Writers: Bill James, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer
Movie: The Bad News Bears or Experiment In Terror
Favorite announcers: Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper
Ballpark: PacBell Park
Playing Experience: Little League, retired due to poor eyesight.
Positions Played: Center Field.
Ball Parks Visited: The Qwurph (Quaalcom/Jack Murphy), Dodger Stadium, Candlestick, Oakland Coliseum, Pac Bell Park
Best Game attended: Giants vs. St. Louis, 10/14/02, Game 5, Giants come from behind to win the pennant and head to the World Series.
Best Offensive Player: Barry Bonds
Best Defensive Player: Vladimir Guerrero
Best Current Pitcher: Mark Prior
Favorite outfield ever: Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke
Areas of Interest (baseball): Sabermetrics/stats, National League, Outfield assists
Favorite Quote (baseball): “I knew we were in for a long season when we lined up for the national anthem on opening day and one of my players said 'Every time I hear that song I have a bad game'."
- Jim Leyland

gygax! (gygax!), Sunday, 9 November 2003 21:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

gygax you're crazy!

cinniblount (James Blount), Sunday, 9 November 2003 22:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's about time!

L(E^24) (Leee), Sunday, 9 November 2003 23:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

who are you guys? take the poll!

gygax! (gygax!), Sunday, 9 November 2003 23:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

All you need to know about me:
http://espn.go.com/i/mlb/profiles/players/5587.jpg

L(E^24) (Leee), Monday, 10 November 2003 00:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My ILB name is hstencil. I'm 28, I live in New York City and I root for the Cubs and White Sox (or whomever is playing against the Yankees, Braves or Mets).

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Willie Mays or Ted Williams
Current players: Magglio Ordonez
Minor leaguer: N/A
Non-hall of famer: Shoeless Joe Jackson (they could never prove he took the money)
Manager: Earl Weaver
Book: Eight Men Out
Website: espn.com
Writers: anybody who's not on the Tribune payroll
Movie: Major League (so bad it's good)
Favorite announcers: Steve Stone or anyone without Caray as a last name
Ballpark: Wrigley Field for ambiance, ComiskeyUS Cellular for fans (the non-psychotic field chargin' ones)
Playing Experience: N/A
Positions Played: I was a soda/peanut vendor at Wrigley Field at the end of the '98 season, usually upper deck.
Ball Parks Visited: Wrigley Field, Comiskey (I have not been since it's been renamed), Fenway, Yankee Stadium, Fulton County Stadium (RIP), Memorial Stadium (RIP), whatever the old one in Cincy was called (RIP), and I've driven by the Jake, old Tiger Stadium, and the old stadium in Milwaukee (RIP).
Best Game attended: probably Mike Cameron's 4-homer game, Mariners vs. White Sox, sometime in '02.
Best Offensive Player: Barry Bonds
Best Defensive Player: dunno who I'd pick
Best Current Pitcher: Esteban Loaiza
Areas of Interest (baseball): all
Favorite Quote (baseball): "I did not bet on baseball" -Pete Rose.

hstencil, Monday, 10 November 2003 02:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hi, I'm calstars. I'm 28, I live in New York City and I root for the Yankees. NYC is my home town, and I suffered through the 80s, my childhood, when they couldn't get it together despite Henderson, Winfield, and Mattingly, so don't give me no 'fair weather friend' bull. My dad pulled me from school and took me to every opening day game from '81 through '87.

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Gary Carter
Current players: Bernie Williams
Non-hall of famer: Don Mattingly
Manager: Lou Pinella
Website: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/
Movie: The Natural
Favorite announcers: Phil Rizzuto
Playing Experience: Little League.
Positions Played: 3B, 1B.
Best Current Pitcher: David Wells
Favorite outfield ever: Tim Raines, Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield.

calstars (calstars), Monday, 10 November 2003 03:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My name is Ess. I root for the Giants due to birth and natural inclination toward prolonged suffering. I live in Chicago, though, and this last playoff run finally inspired me to buy a Cubs t-shirt. My aesthetic positions lean toward weird sidearm pitchers and National League ball. I think the best home run call of all time is "Touch 'em all."

Ess, Monday, 10 November 2003 16:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My ILB name is mookieproof. I'm 32, live in Washington, DC and root for the Pirates insofar as that is worthwhile. Do not mention Francisco Cabrera or Sid Bream to me.

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Willie Stargell
Current players: ehh, probably Bonds. Wish he weren't such a dick, though.
Non-hall of famer: Willie McGee (distant second: Dave Parker)
Manager: Joe Torre
Book: Lawrence Ritter, The Glory of Our Times. Also the 1986 SI baseball preview, which featured a conversation on hitting between Ted Williams, Don Mattingly, and Wade Boggs
Writer: Roger Angell
Movie: Bull Durham (but it bothers me that Tim Robbins can't throw)
Favorite announcers: John Miller, Vin Scully ("azure skies here at Chavez Ravine...")
Ballpark: PNC Park
Playing Experience: Little League/high school/American Legion ball/DC Beltway league
Positions Played: mainly IF, but everything except catcher (stopped pitching after LL, though)
Ball Parks Visited: Three Rivers Stadium, PNC Park, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, SkyDome, le Stade Olympique, Pac Bell Park, Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Veteran's Stadium
Best Game attended: Yankees at Orioles, 16 August 2003. Yankees win 5-4 in 12 innings after a missed batting out-of-order, blown Rivera save, and botched rundown; the final out was a rookie falling down fifteen feet short of an uncovered home plate
Best Offensive Player: Barry Bonds
Best Defensive Player: Andruw Jones
Best Current Pitcher: Mariano Rivera
Favorite outfield ever: Vince Coleman, Willie McGee, Andy Van Slyke
Areas of Interest (baseball): Sabermetrics/stats, GOOD FUNDAMENTAL PLAY
Favorite Quotes (baseball): "I never saw a fucking ball go out of a fucking ballpark so fucking fast in my fucking life." - Leo Durocher on Willie Mays' first home run, 1951. Also: "Baseball is like church--many attend, but few understand." - variously attributed.

mookieproof (mookieproof), Monday, 10 November 2003 16:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I guess I can stand to update my profile.

Hall of famer: Willie Mays
Current players: Bonds, THE MIGHTY MUELLER
Minor leaguer: Boof Bonser (the name!)
Non-hall of famer: Mike Krukow
Manager: Durocher: whoever currently helms the Giants
Book: Moneyball
Website: espn.com
Writers: Peter Gammons
Movie: Field of Dreams
Favorite announcers: Mike Krukow, Jon Miller, Ted Robinson, Greg Papa
Ballpark: SBC Park (but I was there back when it was called Pac Bell, maaaan!)
Playing Experience: none
Ball Parks Visited: Candlestick, Pac Bell Park
Best Game attended: Giants vs. Twins '03: JT Snow hits splash homer over my section while I am searching for a nice hot dog.
Best Offensive Player: Barry Bonds BILL MUELLER
Best Defensive Player: Jose Cruz Jr. during the regular season
Best Current Pitcher: Jason Schmidt
Favorite outfield ever: the Alous
Areas of Interest (baseball): switch- and slap-hitting powerless third basemen with slick gloves and weak teeth

L(E^24) (Leee), Monday, 10 November 2003 21:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Chris, 29. Worcester, Ma. Lifelong, diehard Red Sox fan.

Hall of famer: Ted Williams, Ozzie Smith, Brooks Robinson
Current players: Vlad, Nomah, Berkman.
Minor leaguer: Kevin Youkilis
Non-hall of famer: Jim Rice
Manager: Joe Torre, Whitey Herzog
Book: The Art of Hitting
Website: espn.com
Writers: Peter Gammons, Stark.
Movie: Field of Dreams, The Natural, Bad News Bears, The Sandlot
Favorite announcers: Jerry Remy, Jon Miller
Ballpark: Fenway
Playing Experience: 23 years. Retired from mens league ball this past summer due to chronic hip and knee problems.
Postions Played : Third Base, Catcher in the early years through high school.
Ball Parks Visited: Fenway
Best Game attended: Too many to list.
Best Offensive Player: Albert Pujols
Best Defensive Player: Andruw Jones
Best Current Pitcher: Barry Zito
Favorite outfield ever: Yaz, Lynn, Evans
Areas of Interest (baseball): everything
Fav Quote : “You and your curly haired boyfriend!” Mr. Carl Everett.

Chris Hungus (Chris V), Tuesday, 11 November 2003 14:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hi, I'm Adam. I'm 25 and I live in Berkeley, CA.

I don't know anything about baseball, but I am here to learn.

My only significant baseball experience is that I was sat in a bar in NYC when Mark McGwire did...that thing that he did. I'm not sure how seminal that was, but everyone went crazy and I kind of felt like a part of something.

Hopefully, if I learn about baseball, I will be able to read Dom Delillo's "Underworld" and Michael Chabon's "Summerland" and appreciate them both to the fullest.

I'm not sure yet if I like the A's or The Giants, but the A's adverts in BART stations are kind of funny. Time will tell.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Thursday, 13 November 2003 01:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

@d@m:

read "moneyball" by michael lewis... wait, i will lend you my copy tomorrow!

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 13 November 2003 03:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

and welcome all!

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 13 November 2003 16:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Teams: Cubs & Reds and to a much lesser extent Yankees
Teams I hate: DODGERS…I’ve been loving the fact they have sucked for over ten years. I also don’t like the Mets and that 86 club is about the most hateable single club ever.
Hall of famer: Johnny Bench, George Brett
Current players: Mariano Rivera, Sammy Sosa, Randy Johnson
Minor leaguer: Razor Shines
Non-hall of famer: Mark Grace (Ryno will be in the hall soon enough. Pete should be in, but he bet on baseball and has to admit it someday.)
Manager: Sparky Anderson, Joe Torre
Book: Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball by George Will
Website: baseballreference.com
Writers: ?
Movie: Bull Durham, Eight Men Out
Favorite announcers: Joe Morgan & Jon Miller (TV – Bob Costas should be doing baseball again.) Marty Brennaman & Joe Nuxhall (Radio – Reds)
Ballpark: Wrigley
Playing Experience: JV High School…mf’ers cut me sophmore year even though I hit two HRs in summerball.
Postions Played : DH – I am a defensive liability.
Ball Parks Visited: Wrigley, Riverfront (Reds), Old & New Commiskey (W-Sox), Tiger Stadium, Busch Stadium (Cards), County Stadium (Brewers)
Best Game attended: The Reds/Cards game I saw when Eric Davis robbed Jack Clark of an HR. Davis did it again the next night.
Best Offensive Player: Bonds, but I hate to give him credit.
Best Defensive Player: Torii Hunter
Best Current Pitcher: Mariano Rivera
Favorite outfield ever: ? Have to think about this one, my teams never had an overwhelming good outfield. That one that the Expos had during the strike year with Alou, Larry Walker & Marquis Grissom was pretty good.
Areas of Interest (baseball): everything
Fav Quote : "It could be, it might be, It is! A home run! Holy cow!" Harry Caray

earlnash, Thursday, 13 November 2003 23:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Razor Shines = excellent call

mookieproof (mookieproof), Friday, 14 November 2003 13:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Razor Shines was still able to do billboards in Indianapolis even a few years after he quit playing, which has to be unique for a minor league ball player.

The guy had the coolest sports name this side of Cortez Kennedy.

earlnash, Friday, 14 November 2003 14:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I can't believe that Leee has never been to the NetAss

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 14 November 2003 18:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

and now BOOF!!!

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 14 November 2003 21:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Through the magic of sabremetrics, I discovered I am 95.54% apathetic about the A's.

Leee Majors (Leee), Friday, 14 November 2003 21:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Hey fellers. Pleased to see this forum exists. My name is Jim and I'm a writer based in Chicago. Still reeling (a bit) from the Cubs spectacular demise. Early last year I picked up on something special and ended up attending 13 games @ Wrigley, including the June 1 game against the Devil Rays which saw Slamuel Sosa ejected in the bottom of the first for using a corked bat. I am a father of three, so my time is limited and often rely on others with more free time to keep me apprised of important mlb developments. Last year, I proudly watched as my daughter finally began to "get" baseball. We'd hop on our bikes and ride over to Wrigley frequently. It was tremendous. I suppose I should also say I was one of two coaches for my daughter's championship softball team last year. I'm no psycho parent, but I did enjoy winning.

Faves - quickly and without much thought:

Hall of famer: Ted Williams
Current players: Mark Prior, Sosa, Rondell White and others . . .
Minor leaguer: I don't know . . . Angel Guzman?
Non-hall of famer: Ron Santo (for sheer perseverance)
Manager: Herman Franks (first guy I remember and he kicked dirt on an umpire back in '70s and the mental image has never been erased.)
Book: I wish I had the time to read books.
Website: redbird nation (believe it or not)
Writers: I really dug Richard Ben Cramer's What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?
Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Favorite announcers: Pat Hughes and Ron Santo (warts and all)
Ballpark: Wrigley Field. I would go every day if I could swing it financially.
Playing Experience: storied Little League career into high-school fizzle-out when the speed of my fastball was no longer anything special.
Positions Played: All.
Ball Parks Visited: Wrigley, new Comiskey, old County Stadium (Mil.), old Riverdump ('natti), Busch (for a Who concert).
Best Game attended: Cubs/Cards - September 2, 2003 - 14 innings - ends on Sosa blast. This initiated their playoff run.
Best Current Pitcher: Mark Prior
Favorite outfield ever: Vlad/Sosa/Patterson (fantasy outfield for 2004).
Areas of Interest (baseball): Cubs erasing legacy of lossfulness.

gusbot (eternal_fields), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 16:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


And I just now thought of my favorite quote: "Let's play two." - Ernie Banks. Ernie, you have summarized my thoughts eloquently.

gusbot (eternal_fields), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 17:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

welcome gusbot! another "...bot_5000" from the midwest that I thought was somebody else!

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 17:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Tep, 28, Red Sox fan who hasn't lived in New England for seven years and won't ever do so again. But there have been Boston baseball fans in my family for as long as there's been Boston baseball; it just can't be helped.

Hall of famer: Ted Williams and Johnny Bench.
Current players: Jason Varitek and Johnny Damon; Torii Hunter.
Minor leaguer: Man, I haven't been to a minor league game since the 80s :/
Non-hall of famer: OIL. CAN. BOYYYYYYD!
Manager: Theo Epstein, Lou Piniella.
Book: Man, there are many. I took a class called "Baseball and Myth," as an undergraduate. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, maybe, or The Natural. Summerland would be my favorite if I were twenty years younger. I'll go with The Great American Novel, though, Philip Roth.
Website: Between Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com's Page 2, I get about all I have time for except at the start of spring training, the start of the season, the All-Star break, and the end of the season/postseason.
Writers: W.P. Kinsella, even when he's cheesy.
Movie: I still insist Meet John Doe is a baseball movie, but I'll go with Bad News Bears.
Favorite announcers: I don't get enough baseball television coverage to have a preference, unfortunately. I'm not crazy about the Fox folks, but they could be worse.
Ballpark: Fenway.
Playing Experience: Zip, zilch, nada.
Ball Parks Visited: Fenway dozens of times, Yankee Stadium.
Best Game attended: I saw Yaz play twice, man. Okay, so I hardly remember it -- I was 8 when he retired, and one of the games was when I was 3 or 4. But I was still there!
Best Current Pitcher: I'm hoping Curt Schilling.
Favorite Quote (baseball): Red Sox love aside, there's just something about "The Giants win the pennant."

Tep (ktepi), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 19:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hi I'm Mitch in Magic City, 24, live in New York. I grew up in Tulsa, OK as a Cubs fan thanks to WGN. I used to hate the American league. I went to college in Boston and, in spite of myself, became a Red Sox fan. I might move to LA next year and look forward to the Dodgers and returning to the National League
Hall of famer: Mickey Mantle
Current players: Anyone who doesn't wear batting gloves
Minor leaguer: Freddy Garcia (I think that is his name)
Non-hall of famer: Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson
Manager: Whitey Herzog
Writers: i love the authority of Gammons
Movie: Bull Durham
Favorite announcers: Steve Stone and his tips for the youngsters
Ballpark: Wrigley
Playing Experience: Catcher until 8th grade.
Ball Parks Visited: Fenway , Yankee Stadium, Shea, The Vet, Busch, Wrigley, Olympic, Wherever the Angels play.
Best Game attended: Red Sox at Yankees this season, tight great game and then the worst ending ever, the yanks win on an infield dribbler.
Best Current Pitcher: Zito.

Mitch in Magic City (ano ano), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 20:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Welcome gusbot! 2001 is a great baseball movie, innit? I love the part where HAL's got a perfect game going into the 8th, and Dave and the other guy doing play-by-play try to talk about it w/o jinxing HAL but HAL can read their lips! Talk about a boner!

Leee Trevino (Leee), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 22:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like the part where HAL's all "I'm afraid I can't do that, Meat."

Tep (ktepi), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 22:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


Leee, that one ape in the opening sequence has a nice stroke.

gusbot (eternal_fields), Thursday, 4 December 2003 19:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Are we talking about Helena Bonham Carter all of a sudden? ;)

http://images.usatoday.com/news/_photos/2001-07-22-apes2.jpg

Leee Trevino (Leee), Friday, 5 December 2003 06:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


nearly . . .

http://www.megabass.it/doc/images/bonzo03.jpg

gusbot (eternal_fields), Friday, 5 December 2003 07:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My ILB name is Eisbär. I'm 32, I currently live in Hoboken though I am originally from central New Jersey, and I root for the Phillies and the Yankees.
Favorites:

Hall of famer: Reggie Jackson
Current players: Bobby Abreu, Mike Lieberthal, and Andy Petitte
Non-hall of famer: Tug McGraw (do I need to explain this, really?)
Manager: Dallas Green
Book: The Boys of Brooklyn
Writers: Bill Conlon, Moss Klein, Mike Lupica
Movie: i don't watch baseball movies
Favorite announcers: Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn, Bill White and Phil Rizzuto (i like comedy)
Ballpark: Yankees Stadium
Playing Experience: eh?
Ball Parks Visited: Veterans Stadium, Shea Stadium, Yankees Stadium
Best Game attended: Padres vs. Phillies, sometime in 1978, because it was the first ballgame I'd attended and the Phillies won.
Best Offensive Player: Mike Schmidt
Best Defensive Player: Craig Nettles
Best Current Pitcher: Andy Petitte
Favorite outfield ever: Bake McBride, Garry Maddox ... um, Greg Luzinski (ok, maybe not Greg Luzinski)
Areas of Interest (baseball): Defense stats
Favorite Quote (baseball): “You can observe a lot by watching."
- Yogi Berra

Eisbär (llamasfur), Thursday, 11 December 2003 17:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Welcome Eisbar, our first true Yankees fan!

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 11 December 2003 19:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hello, my ILB (and M for the matter) is metfigga. I live in the Bay Area and support the Yankees (although the way this offseason is going I'm about ready to register myself as a full-fledged Giants fan). Gary Sheffield, Kevin Brown, what's next Dave Winfield? ugh.

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Mike Schmidt
Current players: Bernie Williams and Mariano Rivera
Non-hall of famer: Don Mattingly
Manager: Joe Torre
Website: http://www.npb-bis.com/jp/
Writers: Rob Neyer
Movie: The Natural (filmed at War Memorial Staduim in Buffalo)
Favorite announcers: Mike Krukow Jon Miller
Ballpark: PacBell Park
Playing Experience: Little League, retired due to stopping more groundballs with my face than my glove.
Positions Played: short stop
Ball Parks Visited: Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Jacobs Field, Dodger Stadium, Oakland Coliseum, Pac Bell Park, Edison Field (is that what Anaheim still calls it?), Candlestick Park (former Giants stadium), Riverfront Coliseum (former Reds stadium), Exhibition Stadium (former Blue Jays stadium)
Best Game attended: Yankees vs Mets 2000 Subway Series game 1. Jose Vizcaino wins it in the 12th and Jeter throws out Perez at the plate.
Best Offensive Player: Barry Bonds
Best Defensive Player: not sure
Best Current Pitcher: Mark Prior
Areas of Interest (baseball): Being at the game, Starting a baseball-oriented business (promotional items)
Favorite Quote (baseball): "Maybe. " credited to Tom Hicks
When asked if he overpaid on the record-shattering $252 million megadeal that brought SS Alex Rodriguez to the Rangers

metfigga (metfigga), Tuesday, 16 December 2003 22:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Welcome metfigga!

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 16 December 2003 23:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Kris, live in Jamaica Plain, MA, A's fan since 1983

Hall of famer: Rickey Henderson
Current players: Rickey Henderson
Minor leaguer: Rickie Weeks
Non-hall of famer: Dwayne Murphy
Manager: Buck Showalter
Book: Bill James Abstracts
Website: ESPN
Writers: Bill James
Movie: The Bad News Bears, Major League
Favorite announcers: Bill King
Ballpark: (pre - Mt. Davis) Oakland Coliseum
Playing Experience: Little League
Positions Played: shortstop, pitcher, 1b
Ball Parks Visited: Oakland, Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Candlestick, Pac Bell
Best Game attended: Division series 2003, game 1 A's - Red Sox (Ramon Hernandez bunts home Eric Chavez)
Best Offensive Player: Barry Bonds
Best Defensive Player: Mike Cameron
Best Current Pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Favorite outfield ever: Rickey Henderson, Dwayne Murphy, Tony Armas
Areas of Interest (baseball): yup

Kris (aqueduct), Wednesday, 17 December 2003 20:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hall of famer: Rickey Henderson

Rickey's not that fast, Kris. :)

Leee Iacocca (Leee), Wednesday, 17 December 2003 21:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hall of famer: Lou Brock
Current players: Pujols. And the left side of Cardinals infield.
Non-hall of famer: Rex Hudler. Willie "Peanut Head" McGee.
Manager: Whitey.
Movie: Major League.
Favorite announcers: Jack Buck. Mike Shannon.
Playing Experience: Little League, I repeatedly stepped in the bucket.
Positions Played: Outfield. Bench.
Ball Parks Visited: Busch, Yankee Stadium.
Best Offensive Player: I hate Barry Bonds
Best Defensive Player: the flashy Jimmy Edmonds
Best Current Pitcher: I hate Mark Prior too
Favorite outfield ever: Vince Coleman, McGee, Andy Van Slyke
Areas of Interest (baseball): Sabermetrics/stats, National League, Outfield assists
Favorite Quote (baseball): “I hope Prior takes a line drive to the forehead and we never have to see him again." -- Steve Kline
Favorite non-Cardinal: Tony Gwynn
Misc: Branch Rickey's former house was in the neighborhood I grew up in. (I mention this whenever Kris posts.)

bnw (bnw), Friday, 26 December 2003 21:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(whoops, I really don't care about Sabermeterics. I forgot to cut out that part of gygaxor's post. Outfield assists are plenty hott tho.)

bnw (bnw), Friday, 26 December 2003 21:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

welcome bnw!

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 29 December 2003 23:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
howdy all. check in timetotime from work, but till now, have yet to post. I follow the NL mainly. Heres my pathetic plight. Pirates fan for life> Was witness to 1971 game i dont remember cuz i was too young, loved 1979 at the perfect age to love a team age 9, withstood the 80's coke fiascos, bad records, etc, and the early 90s teams that redeemed my passion only to have it gloriously crushed by that fuck whose name i wont mention that left no mark on baseball other than that pocksore. the glory years of my team have been too few for such a proud franchise and it dont look like its gonna get any better anytime soon. i predict 100 losses for the pirates in 2004. gimme some love please.

HALL OF FAME FAV: Roberto Clemente
CURRNT PLAYRS: Marquis Grissom, Brian Giles, Oliver Perez
NON HALL OF FAMER: Dave"Cobra" Parker (who will be in soon) Jose"Chico" Lind (who wont be in soon)
MANAGER: Jack McKeon is the best manager in the last 25 years.
BOOK: Dont Look Back, The story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige
WRITERS: Mike Lupica, Hal McCoy, Hunter Thompson
MOVIE: umm, not many stand out...Angels in the Outfield.
Favorite ANNOUNCERS: Ernie Harwell is may all time fav. Marty Brennaman & Joe Nuxall, Richie Ashburn, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Prince.
BALLPARK: PNC Park
PLAYING EXP.: excellent wiffle ball skills
BALL PARKS Visited: Riverfront and Grebt American, Three Rivers and PNC, Shea Stadium
BEST GAME ATTENDED: 9/7/93 Double header, Reds/Cards,.. First game tied record for most pitchers in a 9 inning game,..Second game saw Hard HItten Mark Whitten bang 4 homers, with the last being of Rob Dibble.
BEST Offensive Player: currently, Manny Rameriz
BEST Defensive Player: currently, Jack Wilson
BEST Current Pitcher: Josh Beckett, Mark Prior
FAVORITE OUTFIELD EVER: Bonds/Van Slyke/Bonilla
AREAS OF INTEREST WITHIN (baseball): personality disorders/loners on teams/ practical jokers on teams/etc.
FAVORITE QUOTE(baseball): “Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching."
." - Leroy "Satchel" Paige


thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Saturday, 24 January 2004 17:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i'm otto midnight and i'm a recovering sox fan. it's still not safe to say the G-R-A-D-Y word around me yet. i'm currently in chicago and eagerly await the one trip the sox make to this city each year.

Hall of famer: the ECK
Current players: varitek, he's the hub around which the bosox revolve.
Minor leaguer: i can only hope and pray that oil can boyd is still slinging the pea in some podunk town somewhere.
Non-hall of famer: oil can boyd.
Manager: the other joe morgan.
Book: ball four is prettygood.
Website: the mick's liver, can't stop the bleeding
Writers: gammons, verducci
Movie: give me a bowl of popcorn, a six pack of coke and any bad news bears movie and i'll have a good time.
Favorite announcers: jon miller, the late joe castiglione, the late ned martin ("mercy...")
Ballpark: FENWAY
Playing Experience: little league, stopped playing for the same reason gygax! did
Positions Played: pitcher, 1st base, left field.
Ball Parks Visited: FENWAY, wrigley, the cell, olympic stadium. drove past the new one in detroit but didn't stop in as they weren't playing any games there on that particular thanksgiving weekend.
Best Game attended: pedro strikes out 15 (16? 17?) tampa bay devil rays and loses. great f'ing game. part of a bachelor party. great f'ing weekend.
Best Offensive Player: a-rod, could be manny.
Best Defensive Player: eesh, too many. the one i always get a charge out of is when vlad guerrero pops that howitzer to nail a guy on the paths.
Best Current Pitcher: i hoping it's schilling.
Favorite outfield ever: jim ed rice in left, tony armas in center, dewey evans in right. one of the scariest bunch of right handers in one lineup ever.
Areas of Interest (baseball): hidden ball tricks, suicide squeeze, or a well executed deke off the wall in left at fenway will put a hop in my step every time.
Favorite Quote (baseball): "that's what you get when you build a stadium on the ocean." - oil can boyd reacting to a game delay due to fog in cleveland.

otto midnight, Monday, 26 January 2004 16:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

God bless the Cobra (I grew up in Pittsburgh right around the same time as you, Thomas) but he's not going into the Hall. He was great five-tool player, but between the coke, his somewhat prickly personality, and the numbers not quite being there, he's not a hall of famer.

How about that throw in the All-Star Game, though?

mookieproof (mookieproof), Monday, 26 January 2004 17:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Could you imagine what someone like Parker if they played today, with the weighttraining, bad pitching and small stadiums, what kind of numbers he would have put up?

earlnash, Monday, 26 January 2004 19:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Because I'm a star and I'm a David."

--Dave Parker on why he wore a Star of David chain

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 17:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i once had a dream that the local dairy queen became an upscale joint and i happened to be walking by and noticed DP lounging out front sipping some white wine and i could hardly contain myself. ""Cobra! Cobra! ..Cobra!" ..he nodded in my direction cooly.

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 20:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i be dyson. many of you already be familiar avec moi.
i live in toronto. root for the j's obv.
am not very familair with much outside of the al east but there seems to be enough yankees + bo' sox fans/haters that it won't be a problem.
i loath the yanks.
i lerve wells (vernon, not david) + halliday.
also used to play an outstanding 2b, but sucked at hitting.

dyson (dyson), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 18:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hi and welcome everyone!

thomas, love your outfield pick!
otto, thanks for stopping by!
dyson, i'm thinking the Jays should compete well with in the AL East.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 19:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Jays would make a sexy AL Wild Card darkhorse this year.

Leee Majors (Leee), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 22:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

have I mentioned... ppppppppppadres?

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 22:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

and good luck to your o's this year, sir.
*snickers*

dyson (dyson), Saturday, 21 February 2004 02:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Favorite Team: Brewers, Cardinals, Mariners, Cubs, Red Sox, White Sox
Hall of famer: Hank Aaron
Current players: A.Pujols, I.Rodriguez, D.Willis, I.Suzuki, R.Sexson, S.Podsednik
Minor leaguer: Prince Fielder
Non-hall of famer: M.Fidrych
Manager: T.LaRussa
Book: some book I read when I was a kid like You Make the Call: weird baseball rule dilemmas. I read that like 50 times
Website: just ESPN, any geekier than that and I'd succumb.
Writers: Neyer, Stein.
Movie: Bang the Drum Slowly.
Favorite announcers: gotta be Uecker when he's drunk.
Ballpark: Fenway, old Comiskey.
Playing Experience: Played from 2nd grade to 9th.
Positions Played: Catcher, Pitcher (poor), 1st, 3rd (not great), outfield (eh), pinch runner (amazing).
Ball Parks Visited: County Stadium, Miller Park, Fenway, old and new Comiskey.
Best Game attended: watching Luis Tiant pitch for the Portland Mavericks (red white and blue bases, the whole thing) on his comeback tour before he went back up to the Red Sox, he musta gone 285, completely awesome.
Best Offensive Player: Barry Bonds
Best Defensive Player: Ichiro
Best Current Pitcher: J.Beckett
Areas of Interest: theoretical, practical, symbolic.

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Sunday, 22 February 2004 02:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"and good luck to your o's this year, sir.
*snickers* "

yeah, well...yo mama.

jq higgins, Sunday, 22 February 2004 21:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

what we need is a tampa fan to complete the pecking (mocking) order¡

dyson (dyson), Sunday, 22 February 2004 22:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hi, I'm mattbot.

Favorite Team: Cubs (five outs), Red Sox (five outs), whoever's playing the Yankees.
Current players: Mark Prior, Bonds (esp. when facing each other, *plunk*)
Minor leaguer: There was a guy named Cosby playing with the local Angels A-ball affiliate that made some nice diving grabs in CF. Plus his name was Cosby, got a lot of mileage out of that one. Otherwise, osprey-killa Jae Kuk Ryu, I guess.
Book: Moneyball
Website: Baseball Prospectus
Writers: Rob Neyer, but I don't know many.
Ballpark: Wrigley
Playing Experience: tee ball through little league (13-ish)
Positions Played: 1B, SS.
Ball Parks Visited: Wrigley, Milwaukee County Stadium (deceased), Kaufmann, Busch, Metrodome
Best Game attended: Cubs losing to Reds 17-0 in like 1988 or so at Wrigley. Eric Davis had a monster game if I recall.
Best Offensive Player: Barry Bonds
Best Defensive Player: Hidalgo maybe?
Best Current Pitcher: Prior, Schmidt, maybe Beckett.
Areas of Interest: typical n00b stathead interests: obp, whip, clutch double plays (I'm formulating a new Karrosmetric)

mattbot (mattbot), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 04:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hi! i'm maura, i'm 28, i live in new york city. i was raised a mets fan by two queens-bred parents, but after a stint at mlb.com last year where i produced the devil rays' site, i became quite endeared to them. (i've never seen them play in person, though, because of said occupation. which is now, i should note, in the 'previous employment' section of the resume, so any site malfunctions any of you experience aren't my fault!) my most memorable experience at a baseball game had to be getting spit on by someone at veterans stadium a week after i moved to philadelphia. i've never been to yankee stadium (screw those guys), but i have been to shea, the vet, wrigley, fenway, the new comiskey/the cell, and citibank park, home of the long island ducks. anyone want to go to a game at the new phillies stadium this season?

maura (maura), Monday, 1 March 2004 02:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hurrah¡ a d-rays fan¡

dyson (dyson), Monday, 1 March 2004 05:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

welcome maura! i had no idea you used to be involved with mlb.com. i check that site every few days for their unique content. and for someone who doesn't watch games on TV, i think their live action interface is great, as are their game recaps. i can't tell you how many times i came home from the park to go straight to the sfgiants.com site to rewatch the highlights. at any rate, it's very nice to have you around.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 1 March 2004 06:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i like what mlb does with their sites too.
the nhl sites blow in comparison.

dyson (dyson), Monday, 1 March 2004 06:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i am definitely up for some phils games!

jq higgins, Monday, 1 March 2004 20:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Greetings baseball fans.
My name is Shaun, I root for the Yankees, and here are my stats:


These are favorites, not who I
Hall of famer: Satchel Paige
Current players:
Minor leaguer:
Non-hall of famers: Don Mattingly, Luis Sojo
Website: http://www.baseball-reference.com/
Movies: Major League
Favorite announcers: John Sterling
Ballpark: Fenway
Playing Experience: T-ball through 18 y/o Babe Ruth
Positions Played: 3b, catcher, OF
Ball Parks Visited: the vet, Yankee stadium, Fenway, Turner Field
Best Game(s) attended:

As a Yankees fan, it was Yankees-Phillies two years ago in New York; Yanks were down by 5 or 7 runs late, half the people left so we moved down to 4 or 5 rows behind the 3B dugout, the Yanks chipped away at the lead, tied it in the 9th and won it in the 11th or 12th.

As a baseball fan, it was Yanks-Red Sox in New York, either 2000 or 2001. Pedro Martinez struck out 17 batters- Chili Davis somehow hit a check swing opposite field homer in the second- it barely cleared the short porch in right- and this was the only hit of the game. Pedro pitched the most dominating game I've ever seen in person or on television. More dominating than Cone's or Wells' perfect games because he made hitters look so stupid.

Best Offensive Player: Bonds
Best Defensive Player: i honestly don't know
Best Current Pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Favorite outfield ever: , Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield
Areas of Interest (baseball): infield flies, double switches, bunting. just kidding- all of it.
Favorite Quote (baseball): Mike Piazza: "I'm not gay."

Shaun (shaun), Thursday, 25 March 2004 03:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

57 7th here, with an update, since my last username, 'calstars' was too similar to famous troll 'c-man.' Yankees fan.

Hall of famer: Gary Carter
Current players: The Big Unit, Curt Schilling
Non-hall of famer: Willie Randolph
Manager: Billy Martin
Favorite announcers: Phil Rizzuto WPIX IN THE HIZZOUSE
Ballpark: Yankee Stadium
Playing Experience: Pitcher
Positions Played: Pitcher, 1B, CF
Best Current Pitcher: The Big Unit
Favorite outfield ever: Don Baylor, Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield
Areas of Interest (baseball): Splitters, curves, sliders

57 7th (calstars), Saturday, 27 March 2004 00:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

As a baseball fan, it was Yanks-Red Sox in New York, either 2000 or 2001. Pedro Martinez struck out 17 batters- Chili Davis somehow hit a check swing opposite field homer in the second- it barely cleared the short porch in right- and this was the only hit of the game. Pedro pitched the most dominating game I've ever seen in person or on television. More dominating than Cone's or Wells' perfect games because he made hitters look so stupid.

it was 2000, widely regarded in boston as pedro's best game ever for the reason you stated- he DOMINATED that team for that game. 97 mph fastballs and 63 mph changeups. hard sliders, slurves and 12 to 6 curves all with pinpoint accuracy. the only other game like that was when he came out of the pen against the indians in the playoffs in 99(?) and the tribe was beat before he threw a pitch. he didn't have his stuff that game though, he was topping out at 89 against cleveland. beat them on guile and skill (and having mike hargrove in the opposite dugout certainly didn't hurt).

that pedro is gone now however.

otto midnight (otto midnight), Monday, 29 March 2004 13:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

!!!!

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 29 March 2004 14:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The thing with the fastballs Pedro threw in that game- they'd obviously be shit fast heading toward the plate, but about 3/4 of the way there, it looked (from the 4th or 5th row of the top tier, about halfway between home and 1st on the 1st base side) like the ball would slow down for a microsecond and then completely explode toward the batter.

He's what- 33 now? I don't know if I'd blame Grady for hanging his ass out to dry too much or if it's because he's just not big enough to hold up as a power pitcher until he's 40, or if he's going to recover and throw consistently in the mid 90s again.

Shaun (shaun), Monday, 29 March 2004 18:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

pete can still bring it. he was hitting 92/93 in spring training and still the globe was filled with columnists wondering if he'd lost his fastball. the thing we'll never see is the pedro who could put any pitch anywhere anytime and get it by the batter. he's still one of the top 3 pitchers in the league but i don't think he'll ever be THAT good again. i doubt i'll ever see a pitcher that dominating again. even last year he had (for him) an "off" year and his whip was 1.04. that was the highest it'd been since 1998.

otto midnight (otto midnight), Monday, 29 March 2004 18:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

He's still got to be in the top 3 pitchers for 7 innings. The Bosox bullpen blew at least 5 W's for him last year.

bnw (bnw), Monday, 29 March 2004 21:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

He had 11 no decisions last year which is too many considering the Sox hit so much. Lowe started and won three more games than Pedro, but with a 4.47 ERA. Obviously this was karmic justice for his manhandling of Don Zimmer.

YEAR G GS CG IP H R HR BB SO K/9 W L P/GS WHIP Avg Era
2003 29 29 3 186.2 147 52 7 47 206 9.93 14 4 97.9 1.04 .215 2.22

Shaun (shaun), Monday, 29 March 2004 22:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
hstencil, up for any $5 Mets seats or Cyclones bleachers?

My ILB name is Dr Morbius. I'm younger than John Franco, I live in Brooklyn and I root for the Mets.

Favorites:

Hall of Famer: George Thomas Seaver
Hall of Famer I've met: Monte Irvin
Current players: Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina
Minor leaguer: Kit Krieger, 1968 Vancouver Mounties
Non-hall of famers: Tug McGraw, Bill (Spaceman) Lee, Jim Bouton
Managers: Casey Stengel, Bobby Valentine
Hated team: NY Yankees (Satan's Squad)
Books: "Babe" and "Stengel," Robert W Creamer
"The Boys of Summer," Roger Kahn
"The Natural," Bernard Malamud (damn the movie to hell)
Website: Baseball Prospectus
Writers: Bill James, Rob Neyer, Derek Zumsteg
Movie: none. The Bad News Bears is too sentimental, and Bull Durham is about sex.
Favorite announcers: Lindsey Nelson (late), Gary Cohen
Worst shill/announcer: John Sterling
Ballpark: Shea Stadium, KeySpan Park
Playing Experience: ages 10-14, last chosen in pickup games.
Positions Played: deep right field.
Ball Parks Visited: Shea, Fenway, Wrigley, Yankee Stadium, Candlestick, PacBell, Oakland Coliseum, Coors, Camden Yards, Miller Park, assorted minor league parks, Estadio Latinoamericano en Havana (and 3 other Cuban sites)
Best Games attended: Mets-Giants playoff, Agbayani HR in 13, 10/7/2000; Mets-Arizona playoff, Todd Pratt HR in 10, 10/9/1999; Mets-Reds playoff, Rose brawl and near-riot, 10/8/1973
Best Offensive Player: Barry Bonds
Best Defensive Players: Mike Cameron, Keith Hernandez
Best Current Pitchers: Tim Hudson, Pedro Martinez
Favorite outfield ever: Kevin Mitchell, Mookie/Dykstra, Darryl Strawberry
Areas of Interest (baseball): Sabermetrics/stats, hidden ball trick, cup adjustment, middle relief, mythology
Favorite Quotes:
"The future ain't what it used to be." - L.P. Berra

and Lee Elia, 4/13/83:

http://www.chicagobarproject.com/Reviews/WrigleyField/Elia.htm

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 20:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

oh my god, that's brilliant.

John (jdahlem), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 20:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There's some site that actually has AUDIO of Elia's wee li'l tirade.

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 20:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

OK, I'm Brent, 30 years old, life-long Astros fan. I've been in baseball purgatory (Dallas) for three years, but I'll be moving back to Houston in August.


Hall of famer: Nolan Ryan
Current players: Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman
Non-hall of famer: Larry Andersen (traded for Jeff Bagwell and a certified flake with one of the best sliders of the 80s)
Manager: Larry Dierker
Book: Does the Bible count? (In the big inning... Gen 1:1)
Writers: Rob Neyer, Peter Gammons
Movie: Night Games, Starring Roy Scheider. Set in Houston. A cop tracking a serial killer finds a connection between the killings and the performance of an Astro relief pitcher. This might have gone straight to video.
Favorite announcers: Milo Hamilton, Vin Scully, Larry Dierker
Ballpark: Astrodome
Playing Experience: Little League, Pony League, two years sub-varsity in High School
Positions Played: Outfield, 3B
Ball Parks Visited: Astrodome, Minute Maid Park, the old Arlington Stadium, The Ballpark in Arlington, Busch Stadium, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium (no game), Fenway Park (no game).
Best Game attended: June of 94, Padres vs. Astros. Bagwell hits 3 home runs, including two in one inning. The guy in front of me caught the second one on the fly. Also, I was at the final MLB game played at the Astrodome. Kevin Spacey threw out the first pitch.
Best Offensive Player: Alber Pujols
Best Defensive Player: Richard Hidalgo
Best Current Pitcher: Mark Prior (w/ healthy achilles), Roy Oswalt
Favorite outfield ever: Billy Hatcher, Gerald Young, Kevin Bass
Areas of Interest (baseball): The abolition of the DH


boldbury, Thursday, 15 April 2004 03:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


I own the CD with the Elia tirade (a famous Lasorda one too, and a great Earl Weaver put-on):

http://www.counterpoint-music.com/specialties/volume1.html


The guy distributing it had legal problems a couple years ago, I can't vouch for your mail order.

I've never heard the "Baseball is like church..." quote attributed to anybody but Wes Westrum!

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 April 2004 12:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Hey all, I'm Hurlothrumbo, age = 30, resident of Brooklyn NY -- in childhood a Brewers fan (where I spent a formative chunk of my youth), but a Mets fan for about 20 years now.

I truly despise the Yankees, I have a soft spot for the Red Sox -- imagine that -- and I'm always happy to see the Braves get set down 27 in a row by the likes of Randy Johnson. Oh, hey, that happened last night, didn't it? What do you know?

I no longer attend major league games due to price and general distaste, but in cheerful hypocrisy I regularly patronize the Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees, even though the revenues end up in the same pockets. I believe the SI Yankees stadium is one of the greatest places I've ever seen a baseball game, if not the greatest.

Favorite live baseball experience: attending El Duque's last rehab start for the SI Yankees in 2001, sitting about 100 feet from the mound, and finally understanding what a serious, hardcore major-league curveball looks like.

Favorite books: Fireside Book of Baseball (original), Ball Four.

Hurlothrumbo (hurlothrumbo), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 14:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Hey. I've been posting around here for a few months now, but never noticed this introduction thread until today. Excitement.

My ILB name is Garrett Martin. I'm 28, have been in Boston for two years now, but was born and raised in and around Atlanta. Ergo Braves first, Red Sox way far down in second. My brother was a bat-boy for the White Sox during spring training in Sarasota back in '82 and '83, and they were my main AL team before moving to Boston. Also I won my fantasy league this year, and am still waiting for my $500 check, dammit.

Hall of famer: Hank Aaron
Current players: Brian Giles, Marcus Giles, Johan Santana
Minor leaguer: Andy Marte. Godspeed, little doodle.
Non-hall of famer: Dale Murphy
Manager: Bobby Cox
Website: Baseball Prospectus
Writers: Rob Neyer, Bill James
Movie: Major League
Favorite announcers: Pete Van Wieren and Skip Caray
Ballpark: Fenway
Playing Experience: one week of tee-ball when I was four
Positions Played: third right-fielder
Ball Parks Visited: Turner Field, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Fenway, Wrigley, Durham Athletic Park, whatever the Lookouts' place is called
Best Game attended: Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh, Game Seven of the NLCS, October 14, 1992. Just total fuckin' amazement. This annoying Iranian kid from my high school left this game after the eighth. What a dick.
Best Offensive Player: Albert Pujols
Best Defensive Player: Andruw Jones
Best Current Pitcher: Johan Santana
Favorite outfield ever: Ron Gant, Otis Nixon, David Justice

Garrett Martin (Garrett Martin), Thursday, 8 December 2005 14:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ooh I never did this.

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Roberto Clemente, Ricky Henderson.
Current players: Ichiro, Dontrelle Willis
Minor leaguer: ?
Non-hall of famer: Dick Allen
Manager: Ozzie Guillen (he cracks me up, sorry guys)
Book: Ball Four
Website: Athleticsnation.com
Writers: Eh
Movie: The Bad News Bears, probably
Favorite announcers: Bill King
Ballpark: PacBell Park
Playing Experience: Zip
Positions Played: None
Ball Parks Visited: The new-ish Seattle one, Wrigley, Fenway, Busch Stadium, Candlestick, Oakland Coliseum, Pac Bell Park
Best Game attended: A's vs. Yankees, regular season 2000? 2001?, pitching battle between Mulder and Mussina. Giambi ended it with a three run homer.
Best Offensive Player: Albert Pujols (would be Bonds if healthy)
Best Defensive Player: Jim Edmonds, maybe.
Best Current Pitcher: Johan Santana
Favorite outfield ever: Ricky Henderson, Dave Henderson, Jose Canseco.
Areas of Interest (baseball): the A's, arguing about the Hall of Fame and player valuation.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh wait my favorite baseball film is Eight Men Out.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hmm. I didn't do this either. I'm 28, originally from San Diego and currently live in Oakland.

Hall of Famer: Tony Gwynn
Non-Hall of Famer: Shoeless Joe Jackson

Current players: Khalil Greene, Manny Ramirez, Torii Hunter, Vlad Guerrero, Ichiro, Dave Ortiz, Jake Peavy, Pedro Martinez, Barry Zito, Greg Maddux, Huston Street

Minor leaguer: Pretty much any "AAAA player"

Manager: Bobby Cox, Bobby Valentine

Book: Moneyball is literally the only book about baseball I've ever read apart from like the Historical Baseball Abstract. Both are cool. Oh, I guess the first part of Underworld.

Website: Fire Joe Morgan, Baseball Musings

Writers: Eh

Movie: The Bad News Bears, easily.

Favorite announcers: Bill King, Vin Scully

Ballpark: Edwards Stadium at Cal

Playing Experience: Little League, street ball

Positions Played: Everything but pitcher and catcher.

Ball Parks Visited: Jack Murphy, Candlestick, Oakland Coliseum, Pac Bell Park

Best Game attended: Unfortunately, the game where Jeter made "the play" against the A's in the playoffs.

Best Offensive Player: Albert Pujols (would be Bonds if healthy)

Best Defensive Player: Andruw Jones I guess.

Best Current Pitcher: Johan Santana

Favorite outfield ever: Tony Gwynn, Marvell Wynne, Carmelo Martinez

Areas of Interest (baseball): the Padres, the A's, the NL West, arguing.

Hated teams: Sportswriters; Ex-Athlete Announcers/Columnists; The Dodgers; The other NL West teams; The Sox & Yanks; The '90s Braves; The Angels

I also have a mediocre Padres blog: metalsupply.blogspot.com.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Friday, 9 December 2005 08:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My ILX name is milo, my real name is Matt Powell.

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Ted Williams
Current players: Albert Pujols
Minor leaguer: anyone in the independent leagues
Non-hall of famer: Al 'The Mad Hungarian' Hrabosky
Manager: Bobby Valentine
Book: Ball Four
Website: BP and/or Neyer's Insider column
Writers: Rob Neyer
Movie: When It Was A Game
Favorite announcers: Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz (old Rangers radio announcers, I think Holtz died of cancer)
Ballpark:
old: Baker Bowl, Philly
contemporary: Fenway
new: PacBell
Playing Experience: none at all, I have no depth perception
Positions Played: I was a terrible shortstop in pickup games
Ball Parks Visited: Arlington Stadium, The Ballpark in Arlington
Best Game attended: Nolan Ryan's seventh no-hitter against the Blue Jays. First row, just past the third-base dugout, got Roberto Alomar's autograph before the game (last K of the night).
Best Offensive Player: Albert Pujols
Best Defensive Player: no clue
Best Current Pitcher: Roger Clemens
Favorite outfield ever: Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, any of the rotating left-fielders
Areas of Interest (baseball): hating Tom Hicks, history, aesthetics, rotisserie/gambling

Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Friday, 9 December 2005 19:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I never did this either:

Hall of famer: Ted Williams, Whitey Ford, Catfish Hunter (on the basis of having written very entertaining autobiographies. Performance-wise, Hunter is a borderline HOF'er at best)
Current players: Roy Halladay, Carlos Delgado, Barry Zito, Mo Rivera
Minor leaguer: ...
Non-hall of famer:
Manager: Cito Gaston ... for me to poop on!
Book: "Baseball Anecdotes" by Okrent and Wulf has been amusing me for 15 years
Website: BP, Yard Work, Baseball Reference, Retrosheet
Writers: Sheehan, Neyer, Paul Daugherty (writes about gen. sports incl. baseball)
Movie: ... haven't seen many ... can't pick one.
Favorite announcers: Tom Cheek (RIP), Dan Shulman, Vin Scully
Ballpark: Whatever they're calling the SF Giants' park these days
Playing Experience: pick-up games in junior high, many a softball tournament since
Positions Played: 3B, RF (I have a great arm, but have never been good at shagging flies, unfortunately)
Ball Parks Visited: Big O (not for a baseball game though), Exhibition Stadium, Skydome/Rogers Centre, Oakland Mausoleum, Dodger Stadium, PacBell/SBC/whatever it's called now, Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium
Best Game attended: vs Atlanta, it was 18-07-99, I sat in a luxury box with a bunch of friends (we won a contest), everyone got FUCKING BLITZED because the alcohol and food were free, the utterly worthless Joey Hamilton beat a very good Kevin Millwood on HANK AARON DAY at the ballpark (Hank was there, pregame ceremony, the works).

Either that or 04-09-92 vs Minnesota. The Jays set a record by getting ten consecutive hits in an inning (and won 16-5), the crowd was jacked because Dave Winfield had been talking smack in the papers about Toronto crowds not being loud enough.

Best Offensive Player: Bonds
Best Defensive Player: tough to give a first-hand opinion unless they play for your home team, so I'll pick Orlando Hudson at 2B. Non-home team player: Jim Edmonds seems to be a human highlight reel in CF.
Best Current Pitcher: Halladay (I'm biased)
Favorite outfield ever: I grew up with Bell, Moseby, Barfield, so I'll just say that. I swear I once saw Barfield throw out Rickey Henderson at home on a sac fly attempt ... from the warning track. Maybe my brain is distorting the truth since I was like 11 at the time, but I'm sticking to my story until proven otherwise (and maybe even then).
Areas of Interest (baseball): rotisserie, yelling at the TV during broadcasts, the usual

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 11 December 2005 00:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
Barry, I have a vague recollection of Barfield throwing out Henderson -- two of my favorite players involved on the same play.

Anyway...

Hall-of-Famer: Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax

Non-Hall-of-Famer: Ron LeFlore, Frank Tanana

Manager: Jim Leyland, Ozzie Guillen

Current players: Dontrelle Willis, Johan Santana, anyone who can steal over 40 bases on a yearly basis

Book: Can't remember the title -- it was mostly in-action shots of pitchers, likely published in the early '80s. Otherwise, anything with lots of numbers.

Website: ESPN

Writers: Peter Gammons, Bill James, Michael Rosenberg

Movie: The Bad News Bears

Favorite announcers: Worshipped Ernie Harwell, loved George Kell/Al Kaline, love Mario Impemba/Rod Allen, had a soft spot for Paciorek/Harrelson.

Ballpark: Tiger Stadium

Playing experience: Through high school, including little league (minor, major, senior) and summer travel teams in Koufax and Mack leagues, as well as fall leagues. 20-4 during high school seasons, CG wins against two top-ten ranked teams in the state my senior year, first-team all-conference. (Almost certain I once played against D3r3k Low3.) Recruited to play for a handful of very small colleges and could've walked on at the MAC school in my back yard but I had so much fun my last year that I didn't want to spend a couple years sitting or getting shelled. I wouldn't have made it past college, despite being left-handed, since I was 5'7"/150 and could only hit 85 with a well-timed gust of wind at my back. Besides, I had a year of music retail under my belt and I sure as hell wasn't going to mess with my path to great riches.

Positions played: P, OF, C. I loved running around outfields so much, even when there were broken bottles and railroad tracks running through them.

Ballparks visited: Tiger Stadium, Comiskey Park II, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, Edison Field.

First game: Tiger Stadium, 1983. Purchased an Expos batting helmet.

Best game attended: The last game at Tiger Stadium

Best offensive player: Ryan Howard

Best defensive player: Ichiro Suzuki

Best current pitcher: Johan Santana

Favorite outfield ever: Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Warren Cromartie

Areas of interest: Triples, bunts, delayed steals on AJ Pierzynski

Favorite quote: "90% of the game is half-mental" (or whatever)

Andy_K (Andy_K), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 12:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was raised in Flushing/Queens, so I've been a Mets fan for life. The ball through Buckner's legs is one of my first concrete memories (so much for those first 5+ years of my life...). I'm also a Royals fan, which started because I was so enamoured by the fountains at Royals Stadium when I was six years old.

Playing experience: Little league. I wasn't a very good player to say the least!

Favorite announcer: Gary Cohen

Favorite quote: "How did they do it? Mirrors."

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 13:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

My ILB name is hstencil. I'm 28, I live in New York City and I root for the Cubs and White Sox (or whomever is playing against the Yankees, Braves or Mets).

stence are you a mets fan now?

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 16:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yep. i hated the mets due to piazza and art howe, but i'm on board in the minaya era. viva los mets!

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 16:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

What didn't you like about Howe and Piazza.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 17:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

zaxxon25 aka Keith ... 36, I live outside of Boston but grew up in Southern NJ which puts my NL loyalties with the Phillies and my AL loyalties with the Red Sox.

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Robin Youth, Richie Ashburn
Current players: Hideki Matsui, Carl Crawford, any funky sidearm/submariner reliever (Bradford, Fuentes, etc)
Minor leaguer: don't really pay attention anymore
Non-hall of famer: Kent Tekulve, Jim Eisenreich, Chris Bosio, Todd Frohwirth
Manager: Jim Fregosi, especially when liquored up
Book: Nine Innings
Website: Baseball Prospectus
Writers: Jayson Stark was an excellent Philly writer while I was growing up
Movie: The Natural
Favorite announcers: Jerry Remy, that play-by-play guy in Seattle who just retired
Ballpark: Detroit (Comerica), Pittsburgh (PNC) are the best of the new bunch
Playing Experience: plenty o' whiffle ball
Positions Played: scorekeeper
Ball Parks Visited: almost all of them ... Fenway, Yankee, Skydome, Camden Yards & Memorial, Tropicana, Tigers & Comerica, Metrodome, US Cellular, Jacobs & Cleveland, Kauffman, Angels, Ameriquest, Safeco, Shea, Vets & Citizens Bank, Fulton County, Dolphins, Olympic & RFK, new & old Busch, Minute Maid, Riverfront, County & Miller, Three Rivers & PNC, Wrigley, Qualcomm, Dodgers, PacBell, Chase, Coors plus a bunch of minor league parks as well.
Best Game attended: How about memories ... scaring youngsters at Fenway by repeatedly claiming "I love Rafael Bournigal," sneaking into Yankee stadium with my sister, Skydome closing during a game, Toronto fan getting ejected from Tigers Stadium bleachers (the rowdiest crowd ever), the racket the wooden seats made in Cleveland, huge lighting storm in KC, Ichiro blasting one off the restaurant after I told Lisa he was a singles hitter, Jamaicans on 1st base side in the 700's at the Vet, the lovely usherettes at Olympic, farm day cow milking competition at Riverfront, hard liquor brought to your seat in Milwaukee, the frigid wind at Wrigley, strange WC fan vibe at Qualcomm, cross-sectional taunting at Chase (neither group a Snakes fan either), the musical taunting of Sox fans at Coors.
Best Defensive Player: not objective, but I enjoy those Torii Hunter moments.
Best Current Pitcher: objectively, Santana. not objectively, Papelbon.
Favorite outfield ever: Lenny Dykstra / Jim Eisenreich / Pete Incaviglia
Areas of Interest (baseball): 2nd baseman fielding the ball from the catcher after the warm-up throws
Favorite Quote (baseball): "With the Cardinals everybody would be reading the business section to see what their stocks were doing. You get to this locker room (Pirates) in the morning and everybody is looking at the sports page to see if Hulk Hogan won." -Andy Van Slyke

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 18:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i guess since i'm being scrutinized, i'll update:

My ILB name is hstencil. I'm 31, I live in New York CityBrooklyn and I root for the Cubs and White Sox (or whomever is playing against the Yankees, Braves or MetsTwins or A's).

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Willie Mays or Ted Williams
Current players: Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Paul Konerko
Minor leaguer: Rickey Henderson, heh
Non-hall of famer: Shoeless Joe Jackson (they could never prove he took the money)
Manager: Earl Weaver
Book: Eight Men Out, Crash: The Dick Allen Story
Website: espn.com, cantstopthebleeding.com
Writers: anybody who's not on the Tribune payroll
Movie: Major League (so bad it's good)
Favorite announcers: Steve Stone or anyone without Caray as a last name
Ballpark: Wrigley Field for ambiance, ComiskeyUS Cellular for fans (the non-psychotic field chargin' ones), Keyspan Park because its at Coney Island
Playing Experience: N/A
Positions Played: I was a soda/peanut vendor at Wrigley Field at the end of the '98 season, usually upper deck.
Ball Parks Visited: Wrigley Field, Comiskey (I have not been since it's been renamed), Fenway, Yankee Stadium, Fulton County Stadium (RIP), Memorial Stadium (RIP), whatever the old one in Cincy was called (RIP), and I've driven by the Jake, old Tiger Stadium, and the old stadium in Milwaukee (RIP).
Best Game attended: probably Mike Cameron's 4-homer game, Mariners vs. White Sox, sometime in '02. or Pedro's 12 strikeout game against the Astros last year.
Best Offensive Player: Barry BondsAlbert Pujols
Best Defensive Player: dunno who I'd pickAaron Rowand Faceplant
Best Current Pitcher: Esteban Loaizanot Johan
Areas of Interest (baseball): all
Favorite Quote (baseball): "I did not bet on baseball" -Pete Rose.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 18:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'll change my favorite quote to Stengel's "Good pitching stops good hitting, and vice-versa."

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 October 2006 18:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

My ilxor name is Van Horn Street. I'm 25 and live in Montreal. Root for the Giants and the France National Baseball team (I think their might be one).

Favorites:

Hall of famer: Willie Mays, Christy Mathewson.
Current players: Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Max Scherzer, Andrew McCutchen, Josh Donaldson.
Non-hall of famer: Barry Bonds.
Manager: Leyland, Bochy, Stengel.
Book: Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age
Writers: Joe Posnanski, Jonah Keri, Rob Neyer, Grant Brisbree, and the great duo of clemenza and Dr. Morbius.
Movie: Baseball by Ken Burns. Moneyball. The Battered Bastards of Baseball.
Favorite announcers: Kruk and Kuip. I've been enjoying the Mets' trio as well.
Ballpark: The Big O.
Playing Experience: Very little.
Ball Parks Visited: The Big O. Rogers Centre.
Best Game attended: One game in 1998 in which Guerrero scored a home run, the only I've seen. I can't even remember who it was against.
Best Offensive Player: Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig.
Best Defensive Player: Jason Heyward, Josh Donaldson.
Best Current Pitcher: Felix Hernandez, Chris Sale.
Areas of Interest (baseball): Reading Bee OK's comment when the Giants are losing. History. Statistics. Understanding America.
Favorite Quote (baseball): It ain't the heat, it's the humility. - Berra.
Baseball dream: Build a little baseball field somewhere in Dordogne.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 1 August 2014 05:10 (four years ago) Permalink

Hello all! I'm Larry, 45, and live in Austin. I post as UrbanShocker on Fangraphs.

Hall of famer: Greg Maddux
Current players: Puig?
Minor leaguer: Joc Pederson
Non-hall of famer: Andruw Jones
Manager: Earl Weaver
Book: Baseball When The Grass Was Real
Website: NotGraphs
Writers: Jonah Keri
Movie: Bull Durham
Favorite announcers: Orel
Ballpark: PacBell Park
Playing Experience: Little League. I made up for being slow by not being able to hit.
Positions Played: Outfield.
Ball Parks Visited: Dodger Stadium, Safeco, Angel Stadium, Oakland Coliseum, Pac Bell, Coors Field, The Ballpark Arlington, Minute Maid, The Ted, and going to Wrigley at the end of the month!
Best Game attended: Braves v Indians, Game 6!
Best Offensive Player: Miguel
Best Defensive Player: Simmons
Best Current Pitcher: Clayton
Favorite outfield ever: Chipper, Andruw and Sheff
Areas of Interest (baseball): Sabermetrics*
Favorite Quote (baseball): "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women and Irish whiskey, The other 10 percent I'll probably waste." Tug McGraw

*I am skeptical of some Sabermetric stats.

campreverb, Friday, 1 August 2014 12:16 (four years ago) Permalink

serious lols at this: Areas of Interest (baseball): Reading Bee OK's comment when the Giants are losing.

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 1 August 2014 16:33 (four years ago) Permalink

Thanks, VHS. Believe it or not, I just now figured out your display name. (Not the VHS acronym--I was going to say you'd have to know the Expos, but I see now that VH is still around. Had no idea.)

clemenza, Friday, 1 August 2014 17:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Found Andy K's playing background really interesting. I won't fill out the whole questionnaire, but I would like to make it a matter of public record that I was league MVP--well, tied with Jim Peardon, actually--when I was 13. And then, as Jim Bouton says, the big kids got out of school.

clemenza, Friday, 1 August 2014 17:38 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i would like jim in glasgow to answer these questions!

also:

Best offensive player: Ryan Howard

― Andy_K (Andy_K), Tuesday, October 3, 2006 8:01 AM (9 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

mookieproof, Friday, 17 June 2016 01:07 (two years ago) Permalink

2006!

Andy K, Friday, 17 June 2016 01:41 (two years ago) Permalink

^^^ andy amaro

mookieproof, Friday, 17 June 2016 04:31 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Quote this tweet with the VERY FIRST baseball player mannerism you copied as a kid.

— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) November 14, 2017

1. willie stargell's 'wind-up' while waiting for a pitch
2. probably john candelaria's delivery

even though both those dudes were left-handed and i am not

mookieproof, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:01 (one year ago) Permalink

my brother and i would play wiffle ball in our backyard (a home run was one that landed on the roof of the house or went over the fence parallel to the house) and we'd play as teams, but only the teams we were familiar with. he defaulted to the cubs, i'd wind up as whatever opponent they'd play. lots of Cubs vs Expos and Pirates games. not because those teams were our favorite opponents but because we had two plastic helmets in addition to the Cubs one, and those were the two teams.

I'm pretty certain that the first stance I copied was Tim Raines (only his right-handed stance, til i learned to bat from the left side as well a couple years later.)

pitching-wise, i can't remember who i copied.

our six-yr old currently copies Kris Bryant's stance pretty damn well.

omar little, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:50 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't know if I ever did so in actual games, but when I still played at 12 or 13, I'd imitate Carew's batting stance and Tiant's motion.

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:46 (one year ago) Permalink


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