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who's watching?

na (NA), Thursday, 1 April 2021 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

I watching

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 1 April 2021 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

Well, that was an unfortunate typo to start off the season

Go crads

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 1 April 2021 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

i watched some of blue jays/yankees until my kids commandeered the TV, then a bit of pirates/cubs until my stream crapped out for the second time

na (NA), Thursday, 1 April 2021 19:56 (two weeks ago) link

crads/reds starting in the snow at cinci in a few

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:03 (two weeks ago) link

the suarez experiment at ss not going well

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:30 (two weeks ago) link

that Yankees/jays game was a fun one!

apparently the fans in RF decided to taunt Hernandez with racist taunts. that was before he tied the game.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:24 (two weeks ago) link

the yankees are continuing their anti-clutchness from last season i see.

xp yikes, given that and the (much lesser wrong) giancarlo stanton boos, maybe yankee stadium should reduce to 0% capacity.

voodoo chili, Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

also judge made a catch at the wall and a fan tried to take the ball out of his glove

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:56 (two weeks ago) link

Lol omg, I missed that

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 1 April 2021 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

cubs and pirates combined to use 15 pitchers in a (nine-inning) opening day game

meanwhile, tyler glasnow has a third pitch

mookieproof, Friday, 2 April 2021 02:02 (one week ago) link

don't think i'm a fan of "bally sports"

, Friday, 2 April 2021 02:36 (one week ago) link

Heh, did you watch BS today too?

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 2 April 2021 02:45 (one week ago) link

watching LAA/CWS right now

the thing i understand the least is the grey bar at the bottom of the screen that's almost as big as the score bug itself

, Friday, 2 April 2021 02:55 (one week ago) link

also don't understand why they need to play a "wizard casts an ice spell" sound effect every time a chyron appears

, Friday, 2 April 2021 02:57 (one week ago) link

is that like a cylon?

Yermin Mercedes first start in the majors: 5 hits, 4 rbi.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 April 2021 05:09 (one week ago) link

Ty Buttrey walking away from baseball!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 3 April 2021 19:58 (one week ago) link

Who else is watching the Ohtani game?

Van Horn Street, Monday, 5 April 2021 00:40 (one week ago) link

pretty good first inning

Wayne Grotski (symsymsym), Monday, 5 April 2021 01:12 (one week ago) link

Both the hardest hit home run of the weekend and the fastest pitch.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 5 April 2021 01:19 (one week ago) link

He is ridiculous.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 5 April 2021 01:58 (one week ago) link

don't think I've heard a HR make that sound before

frogbs, Monday, 5 April 2021 02:14 (one week ago) link

Well that was a series of events

Van Horn Street, Monday, 5 April 2021 02:37 (one week ago) link

Sounds like he was ok at least.

i watched the first couple of innings of that game, is he always that wild (pitching-wise)?

na (NA), Monday, 5 April 2021 14:04 (one week ago) link

In his first 50 innings he hasn’t been that wild, but he doesn’t top tier command yet. I think Maddon let him pitch a little further so that he could gain confidence, which resulted in more walks than anticipated but also that great strikeout turned 2 runs sequence.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 5 April 2021 20:03 (one week ago) link

it made me nervous, lots of 98+ mph fastballs whizzing towards batters' heads

na (NA), Monday, 5 April 2021 20:09 (one week ago) link

Woah the boos at Angel's Stadium for the Astros.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 01:45 (one week ago) link

it only took eight innings for the mets to met

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 02:03 (one week ago) link

first seven innings were great!

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 02:13 (one week ago) link

this video kinda cracks me up tbh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w-WovPLDQM

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 07:24 (one week ago) link

Trout is on a mission.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:31 (one week ago) link

Ohtani waving goodbye to Trout baseball from 2B... pic.twitter.com/wud9LlASLt

— Andrew Mah (@Mahster) April 6, 2021

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:37 (one week ago) link

i think i may be getting ohtani fever. the guy is electric. even when he strikes people out in the 3rd inning he's pumping his fist and yelling shit, i love it

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:50 (one week ago) link

btw i checked out more of the jomboy channel (a couple posts up) and i feel like it's a little bit of a brodown, but much less so than other sports dudes, and the "analysis" of fights, weird plays, fans making plays, players saying bad words (pretty much any player caught on film saying ANY words, in fact), and pretty much any other weird baseball thing is pretty great.

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:52 (one week ago) link

i'm so bad at lip reading, so it's nice to know that someone out there is convincingly figuring out what they're all yelling at each other

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:53 (one week ago) link

There is a lot to love with jomboy, his breakdown of Kevin Mather rotary club fiasco was fantastic.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 21:04 (one week ago) link

jomboy has bro tendencies, sure, but he seems like a genuine guy. a good way to avoid the bro-ishness is to avoid any video/audio where one of the other guys from his network appears

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 21:09 (one week ago) link

Yeah, started listening to a podcast episode that featured Trevor Plouffe and he couldn't stop himself from saying he got laid that morning.

On the other hand, O'Brien's been celebrating Kim Ng's promotion, wearing shirts that say 'Women belong in sports' and been pretty vindictive of personnel with assault allegations.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 21:13 (one week ago) link

rougned odor to the yankees

not really sure why -- he's good for nothing except homers and he can't play short, where the yankees are actually thin -- but apparently the rangers are paying (perhaps literally) all of the remaining $27m he's owed, so hey why not

anyway lol he has to shave now

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 21:41 (one week ago) link

xxxxxxps i don't really like castellanos (apart from his role in thom brennaman's downfall, of course) but i think if you plunk a guy you have to accept being flexed on in a situation like that

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 21:51 (one week ago) link

i hate ads on pitchers mounds

, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 23:24 (one week ago) link

I mean, I don’t get what the original skipping things was about. Dude seems like he was trying to provoke shit from the onset.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 00:08 (one week ago) link

10 Ks for Sandy Alcantara, through 5 IP. iirc, 9 of those were swinging strikes, and none were in the strike zone

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 00:26 (one week ago) link

steve shasta's a's are in quite a hole

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 04:51 (one week ago) link

Have only checked out a couple box scores and of course since I have been ignoring baseball the Reds start 5-1 with the most runs they have ever scored in the first 6 games. Figures...

Did not realize until a couple days ago that Naquin had ended up a Red. The two times I saw him play live for Cleveland he had great games both getting a couple hits and making really nice plays in the outfield. Seems like a guy that had the talent to make that next step but it never happened.

Never know, sometimes guys like that it finally clicks and they have some a few good seasons in their 30s.

earlnash, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 23:36 (one week ago) link

my man jameson taillon's first start in 23 months: 4.2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 74 pitches

unfortunately two of the hits were homers. love to see former pirates thrive in the AL east

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 April 2021 00:06 (one week ago) link

the ultimate Jomboy is the Amir Garrett vs. the entire Pirates fight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU-ESpiwV4o

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 8 April 2021 15:13 (one week ago) link

the lip reading is good because it shows that even at the highest levels, trash talk is just as dumb and repetitive as a pickup basketball game

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 8 April 2021 15:14 (one week ago) link

i am listening to the cardinals home opener pre-show, listening to the organ player go wild as the clydesdales trot around the perimeter of the field. no video feed yet, but hopefully they'll show it when the broadcast starts in a few minutes.

i love this. mike shannon is already incomprehensible.

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 8 April 2021 19:47 (one week ago) link

shannon rambling on about how the cardinal fans are the best of all time as the home crowd politely cheered the introduction of the brewers coaches and special assistants, leading to an ovation for kolten wong in his first time back at busch. the best fans in baseball, we indoctrinate ourselves with our earnest respect

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 8 April 2021 19:59 (one week ago) link

the ovation for kolten wong was so earnest and so well-earned that he cried throughout his entire 4-pitch walk from wainwright

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 8 April 2021 20:19 (one week ago) link

maybe they should just let the brewers start every inning with a guy on second, out of respect and gentlemanly fair play

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 8 April 2021 21:04 (one week ago) link

disre2pectful of wainwright not to groove a fastball to wong like he did for jetes

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 April 2021 22:26 (one week ago) link

"maybe they should just let the brewers start every inning with a guy on second, out of respect and gentlemanly fair play"

AKA Bill Hall rule

earlnash, Friday, 9 April 2021 05:13 (six days ago) link

Thinking the Angels might make the playoffs this season.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 10 April 2021 00:39 (five days ago) link

if i managed the giants, who had yesterday off, i might not have let 35yo johnny cueto throw 118 pitches in his second start of the season

mookieproof, Saturday, 10 April 2021 00:41 (five days ago) link

But are you a good looking ex-catcher who said 'uh-uh nice ok' when explained analytics and probabilities?

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:29 (five days ago) link

Nyy lookin shaky af

calstars, Saturday, 10 April 2021 18:25 (five days ago) link

going to get buried in "mets don't give degrom run support" discourse if they lose, but trevor rogers might actually be really good now

, Saturday, 10 April 2021 19:04 (five days ago) link

taylor tyler trevor rogers

, Saturday, 10 April 2021 19:06 (five days ago) link

I like the Padres players but I find it impossible to root for a team still using military camo for a uniform.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:45 (five days ago) link

Can’t cheer for a team you can’t see!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:57 (five days ago) link

"mets don't give degrom run support" discourse

it *is* pretty funny/amazing tho, along with the mets bullpen in degrom starts

mookieproof, Saturday, 10 April 2021 22:15 (five days ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/UHLcCSU.png

calstars, Sunday, 11 April 2021 15:38 (four days ago) link

not that unexpected, i guess, but i just watched arenado do a perfect DP turn as the SS (in a shift) in a 6-4-3, dragging his foot over second base as he took the toss and then throwing it over to first.

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 00:00 (two days ago) link

giolito was v. good but bieber was just lights-out

9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 K, 113 P, 85 ST, game score 91

31 batters, 24 first-pitch strikes, *one* 3-ball count, *one* runner reached second, don't have an exact count but he went 0-2 on more than half the guys he faced

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 02:50 (yesterday) link

also the 3-ball count/walk came with two outs in the ninth against the reigning AL MVP

super impressive

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 04:00 (yesterday) link

damn

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 07:15 (yesterday) link

Yadi is catching his 2000th game today, 6th all-time.

kinda feel like starting a Cardinals specific thread and being the only who posts in it. Morbs was always against the shared division threads anyway, and i want a place where i can share high-rez pictures of yadi and willie mcgee without shame

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 17:07 (yesterday) link

Nyy lookin shaky af

― calstars, Saturday, April 10, 2021 1:25 PM (four days ago) bookmarkflaglink

who knew that only doing the bare minimum to improve your team for two offseasons in a row would be a bad thing?

voodoo chili, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 17:16 (yesterday) link

I would never shame you for sharing your Willie McGee pics!

the problem is, willie mcgee pics quickly lead to john nogowski pics

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 17:40 (yesterday) link

Totally inappropriate.

Of the five guys who got there first (2,000 games), three are in the HOF (I-Rod, Fisk, Carter), two aren't (Bob Boone, Jason Kendall). I thought that might be in and of itself decisive, but no. He's almost dead-even with Kendall in bWAR, so who knows.

clemenza, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 18:19 (yesterday) link

kendall's HOF case suffers from playing for small market teams, and not having a HOF-level standout skill. his defense was always good, but i'm not sure he was ever regarded as elite like the current hall of famer yadier molina(i could be wrong)

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 18:44 (yesterday) link

One thing that Molina might have going for him is that he's the first to do it with one team; probably my own bias speaking, but I think at the margins HOF voters are a little less enthusiastic about itinerant careers.

clemenza, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 19:43 (yesterday) link

Speaking of which I just learned Jed Lowrie is on his 4th separate stint with Oakland

, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 19:50 (yesterday) link

the Rolaids "Fourth Time Around" award

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 20:03 (yesterday) link

yankees are gonna come in fourth, but at least they'll be under the luxury tax

voodoo chili, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 20:25 (yesterday) link

Baseball should install a Lux Interior tax on the oldest and least cool teams.

clemenza, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 20:31 (yesterday) link

cubs are sucking it up pretty bad to start the season too. not surprising, though i expected the pitching to be the main problem, not the offense

na (NA), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 20:38 (yesterday) link

i’m calling it - 7 inning games are better

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 21:15 (yesterday) link

Out with you

, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 21:34 (yesterday) link

Please someone stop the Red Sox

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 15 April 2021 03:44 (eight hours ago) link

Paging Carlos Rodon

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 15 April 2021 03:49 (eight hours ago) link


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