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who's watching?

na (NA), Thursday, 1 April 2021 19:28 (four months ago) link

I watching

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 1 April 2021 19:29 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

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

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:03 (four months ago) link

the suarez experiment at ss not going well

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

Lol omg, I missed that

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

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

, Friday, 2 April 2021 02:36 (three months ago) link

Heh, did you watch BS today too?

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 2 April 2021 02:45 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

is that like a cylon?

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 2 April 2021 04:58 (three months ago) link

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

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 3 April 2021 05:09 (three months ago) link

Ty Buttrey walking away from baseball!

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

Who else is watching the Ohtani game?

Van Horn Street, Monday, 5 April 2021 00:40 (three months ago) link

pretty good first inning

Wayne Grotski (symsymsym), Monday, 5 April 2021 01:12 (three months ago) link

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

Van Horn Street, Monday, 5 April 2021 01:19 (three months ago) link

He is ridiculous.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 5 April 2021 01:58 (three months ago) link

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

frogbs, Monday, 5 April 2021 02:14 (three months ago) link

Well that was a series of events

Van Horn Street, Monday, 5 April 2021 02:37 (three months ago) link

Sounds like he was ok at least.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 5 April 2021 05:08 (three months ago) link

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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

na (NA), Monday, 5 April 2021 20:09 (three months ago) link

oops

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EyP_Af8WgAQaHpi?format=jpg&name=900x900

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:19 (three months ago) link

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

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 01:45 (three months ago) link

it only took eight innings for the mets to met

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 02:03 (three months ago) link

first seven innings were great!

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 02:13 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

Trout is on a mission.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:31 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

i hate ads on pitchers mounds

, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 23:24 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 04:51 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

I don’t hear militaristic overtones with the word ‘Guardian’ but maybe it’s an americanism I’m missing.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:14 (one week ago) link

were the new york guardians also named after traffic monuments?

, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:49 (one week ago) link

combined with the team colors I think it's meant as a reference to the Red Guards

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 23 July 2021 15:55 (one week ago) link

the cleveland redguards vs the cincinnati khajiit

, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:59 (one week ago) link

Cleveland Tire Fires (nb, I like Cleveland).

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:32 (one week ago) link

fans and newspapers should immediately start calling them the G’s obv

Tracer Hand, Friday, 23 July 2021 16:50 (one week ago) link

Everyone hated the Nationals when they were named

not at all how I recall it

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 23 July 2021 18:49 (one week ago) link

everyone hated the W logo iirc, nevermind the Expos->miami->loria shellgame

Apparently Jacobs Field will henceforth be referred to as The G Spot.

henry s, Friday, 23 July 2021 19:25 (one week ago) link

hell yeah

I love the isometric look of the baseball logo

francisF, Saturday, 24 July 2021 00:53 (one week ago) link

I vaguely remembered today that the start of Major League is a scene setting montage of Cleveland landmarks.
I wondered if these Guardian statues were in that sequence.
It turns out that the very first shot of the film is a pan down one of the statues.

treefell, Saturday, 24 July 2021 07:06 (one week ago) link

rangers in eight games since the all-star break:

0-8

.160/.227/.244 with 13 runs in 260 PA (this OPS is 40 points lower than any single hitter with a minimum of 200 PA)

9.00 ERA, 61 runs allowed (60 earned), .304/.357/.596 against in 60 IP/277 PA (this OPS against is higher than all but eight single hitters with 200+ PA)

mookieproof, Saturday, 24 July 2021 13:42 (one week ago) link

After failing to score in the 2nd inning of today’s game against the Astros, the Rangers have gone 97 innings without leading their opponent. They have just surpassed the 1977 Atlanta Braves who went 96 innings without a lead.

mookieproof, Sunday, 25 July 2021 19:18 (one week ago) link

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ocregister.com/2021/07/26/angels-still-have-no-timeline-for-mike-trouts-return/amp/

trout’s return still up in the air

k3vin k., Tuesday, 27 July 2021 10:14 (five days ago) link

this trout business feels to me like it's an achilles thing and he/they're scared he's going to tear it if he comes back

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:13 (five days ago) link

uh, can this even be possible

BREAKING: The Los Angeles Dodgers are making significant progress on a deal that would send them star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a prospect-laden return, sources tell ESPN.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021

Michael F Gill, Friday, 30 July 2021 00:25 (two days ago) link

i guess it can

BREAKING: The Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a massive prospect haul, sources tell ESPN. The blockbuster of blockbusters is going to happen.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021

Michael F Gill, Friday, 30 July 2021 01:07 (two days ago) link

Are the Dodgers that embarrassed that they might lose the division for the first time in nearly a decade? They've only been 20 games over .500 since 2013.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 30 July 2021 01:15 (two days ago) link

they've got money and they're fuckin spending it -- and this time, at least, on non-sex offenders

also they have nice uniforms

mookieproof, Friday, 30 July 2021 01:35 (two days ago) link

middle finger

brimstead, Friday, 30 July 2021 02:05 (two days ago) link

not to you mookie, lol

brimstead, Friday, 30 July 2021 02:06 (two days ago) link

Scherzer, Buehler, and Kershaw. that will be formidable in the playoffs

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 30 July 2021 02:40 (two days ago) link

Dodgers acting like they're in our fantasy league this year! this is nuts

More trades happening.

Andy K, Friday, 30 July 2021 19:03 (two days ago) link

holy shit, nick madrigal for a year and 2 months of craig kimbrel

, Friday, 30 July 2021 19:10 (two days ago) link

very consistent pattern this deadline of teams willing to give up touted prospects w/ many years of control for less than a few seasons of a high level player in order to try and win it this year. maybe a one year blip or perhaps a shifting in valuation a bit of what a push for a title is worth vs the allure of prospects w/ only a handful or so of teams really even trying to go for it

jesus luzardo for starling marte
josiah gray & kiebert ruiz for scherzer/turner
nick madrigal for craig kimbrel
austin martin & simeon woods richardson for jose berrios
spencer howard for kyle gibson/ian kennedy

pretty much all current or ex top 100 prospects & a few of them much higher than that

J0rdan S., Friday, 30 July 2021 19:12 (two days ago) link

Orioles said to be demanding very high price for Tanner Scott and Paul Fry and at this rate, who knows, maybe they'll get it

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 30 July 2021 19:41 (two days ago) link

Goddamn Ricketts family. I expected two of the big three (Rizzo, Bryant and Baez) to be traded, but I never thought they'd blow all three. If I had any confidence that these cheapskates would be opening their wallets for free agents I'd feel a little better... but this fucking sucks.

While I'm glad I never subscribed to their bullshit Marquee platform, I kinda wish I did only to cancel it now.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 30 July 2021 19:54 (two days ago) link

Giants do a move afterall and get Kris Bryant.

Bee OK, Friday, 30 July 2021 20:00 (two days ago) link

MLB Network has been the greatest thing today, this trading deadline has been the best since i became a MLB fan.

Bee OK, Friday, 30 July 2021 20:15 (two days ago) link

I was feeling a (very) tiny bit of solace in seeing that we might have at least gotten Bart out of the SF deal, but apparently not? Terrible trade.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 30 July 2021 20:25 (two days ago) link

RIP Chicago Cubes. it was a fun dynasty

frogbs, Friday, 30 July 2021 20:27 (two days ago) link

seems better to get something for the dudes now and then possibly re-sign them. i'll miss baez the most, he was my favorite. but also maybe this is the push i need to stop paying attention to the cubs and being mixed up with the ricketts.

also the white sox are looking pretty good so who cares

na (NA), Friday, 30 July 2021 20:32 (two days ago) link

yeah the sox look great. annoying to see Baez go for a currently injured prospect to go.

i just have such little faith in the Ricketts opening the wallets for them again later. maybe i'll be pleasantly surprised. just harder to watch through the eyes of my 9 year-old, who literally cried when he heard the Rizzo news.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 30 July 2021 20:40 (two days ago) link

awe, that sucks for kids. when i first heard it was Bart i was thinking Zaidi lost it and made no sense. of course the Giants were not giving up Bart for a rental.

Bee OK, Friday, 30 July 2021 20:43 (two days ago) link

baez is a super-fun player but he also has a career 102 wRC+ and .303 OBP. a *lot* of his value depends on his defense. i'd be leery of signing him long-term.

it made sense for the cubs to trade those guys today; the real capitulation was when they dumped darvish.

i wonder if impending labor strife had any impact on all this? probably not much, because i don't think anyone knows what's going to happen

mookieproof, Friday, 30 July 2021 20:58 (two days ago) link

cannot remember a crazier deadline than that, i still can't keep everything straight

, Friday, 30 July 2021 21:06 (two days ago) link

Cubs vs Nats starts in a hour and half and will be the saddest game of the season.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 30 July 2021 21:27 (two days ago) link

Really hate the Berrios deal. A lot to cough up considering the Jays have three teams ahead of them for the last wildcard spot.

- why did the cardinals acquire jon lester and j.a. happ?
- did the rockies do nothing?

mookieproof, Friday, 30 July 2021 21:50 (two days ago) link

so, like, who's on the cubs now

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 30 July 2021 22:00 (two days ago) link

jason heyward toils on

mookieproof, Friday, 30 July 2021 22:03 (two days ago) link

willson contreras is still a cub, i am surprised to learn

rockies traded mychal givens

, Friday, 30 July 2021 22:35 (two days ago) link

Jon fucking Lester, maaaaaan

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 30 July 2021 23:20 (two days ago) link

I thought he wasn’t allowed to pitch without David Ross?

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 30 July 2021 23:20 (two days ago) link

Orioles said to be demanding very high price for Tanner Scott and Paul Fry and at this rate, who knows, maybe they'll get it

apparently they didn't

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 30 July 2021 23:35 (two days ago) link

Really hate the Berrios deal. A lot to cough up considering the Jays have three teams ahead of them for the last wildcard spot.

― FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, July 30, 2021 5:41 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

He'll be a Blue Jay next season if I understand correctly.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 30 July 2021 23:39 (two days ago) link

He will (assuming no work stoppage)


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