The Post-season begins now

The ALDS starts tonight with games between the Tigers vs Orioles (at Oriole Park, Baltimore MD) and the Royals vs Angels (at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA). My picks are Tigers for reasons already stated and Royals. I picked Royals for the Wild Card and am sticking with them.

The NLDS starts Friday, October 3 with the Giants vs Nationals ( at Nationals Park, Washington DC) and Cardinals vs Dodgers (at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles CA). I had already picked the Dodgers and for the NL wild card I picked the Pirates who just happened to get shut out by Bumgarner. A rather amazing feat when you consider he also batted (NL = no DH). I am once again conflicted with my pick. The thing is I don’t follow the NL and have no particular likes or dislikes concerning either of these teams. The Nationals also have an amazing pitcher who in the very last game of the regular season pitched a no-hitter. Even though I said I would pick, I think for this game I will lean back, put my feet up, pop open a cold one and just enjoy watching baseball.

This series is a best of 5. I’ll be back when one team wins 3 if not before.

Yankees are out but baseball is still alive

The regular season is over and the post season is about to begin. Even though the Yankees are out of it, I am still baseball obsessed and will be posting my thoughts about the games ahead, including who I have decided to root for this post-season.

Most years, I root against the team that kept the Yankees out of the post-season, or beat them in the post-season, for instance if they didn’t make it past the ALDS or ALCS. Or the Red Sox. It’s always good to root against the Red Sox. This year however, the team that kept the Yankees out of the post-season was the Yankees. They just didn’t win enough games. There are some teams that I absolutely won’t root for, like the Braves, who aren’t in it, and the Orioles who are, but don’t have the most wins in the American League. An important fact that I had to bring out.

The final teams haven’t been decided, since they now have this stupid 1 game Wild Card playoff. The fourth team is YTBD. The teams competing are: Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s (9/30) in the AL and Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants (10/1) in the NL. I like the Oakland A’s, they were Hunter’s first team but they have Lester, which makes me want to hate them, but the Royals have Shields, which makes me want to root against them. I have the opposite problem with the NL teams. Pirates have Russell Martin, who is adorable, I mean a really good catcher and longtime favorite player of mine. The Giants have Buster Posey, who is also a really good catcher and fun to watch. The minuses here are the Giants are ORANGE and the Pirates are YELLOW. Also Russell has gone from being clean-shaven to a scruffy little thing. Since I promised to pick one I am going with the Royals (can’t get past the Lester dislike) and the Pirates (Russell is my boo!).

For the ALDS series between the Tigers and Orioles (starts 10/2), I am going with the Detroit Tigers, because, well Baltimore. The NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers (begins 10/3) is also hard, normally I would go with the Dodgers because they are the blue team, and the Cardinals failed to beat the Red Sox last year (the rivalry is alive!) and they have Don Mattingly. But they are LA soooo, all right, I talked myself into it, my pick is the Dodgers.

So there you have it. After the Wild Card is done, I’ll be back to pick my teams for the rest of the Division Series.

Listening to the games

I downloaded the app, MLB At Bat 11, in addition to being able to watch or listen (depending on what is available) to the games, there is a lot of info, after game you get this score board, box score, summary of the game, videos, news articles. Quite a nifty little app. At the bottom of Gameday is a link to the MLB.com articles about the game, once they’re posted on the site. Since the game was not televised today I listened to it. I had to listen to Pirates radio though, which was fine since I can’t stand John and Suzan.

This is how the Gameday scoreboard looks on my iPod touch. The other is the standings. Right now the Yankees are 1 3. Not a very good start to the season, good thing this is spring training. CC and Phil look good. Granderson is hitting well (triple in the first inning) and Gardner’s wrist looks like it has healed 100%. The other new pitchers seem to be throwing well, at least to my eye they do and Jesus has impressed me with his bat and his defensive skills. And if my co-worker keeps ‘teasing’ me about Jeter (‘How many hits does Jeter have? One.’ Me: If you knew why are you asking? ‘I’m just teasing you.’) I’m going to fucking kill him.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~😛

Rain, Rain and the Pirates, AGAIN!

Thursday, 3/11/2010 NY Yankees vs. Braves ~ Cancelled ~ Rain ~ This would have been the first evening game, and I even found the channel it was on so I could watch it. Then they go and cancel it because of the rain! For more details check out Bombers Beat.

Friday, 3/12/2010 NY Yankees vs. Washington Nationals ~ Cancelled ~ Rain

Saturday, 3/13/2010 NY Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles ~ 3-5 Yankees
NY Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers ~ 2-6 Detroit ~ Won one, lost one, maybe we should have given Johnny what he wanted?

Sunday, 3/14/2010 NY Yankees vs. Pittsburgh Pirates ~ 5-10 Pirates ~ These Bucs keep beating us! What is up with this? For a game recap click here. I did listen to some of this game on MLB Audio, but then I had to go to church. Probably would have been too depressing anyway. 

~~ and that’s all she wrote ~~

Standings: 

Grapefruit League
Team: NY Yankees; 
W-5, L-7, PCT .417, GB (what does this mean? Can anyone tell me?) 4.0

Dear New York Yankees, (the team)

Yes all of you, listen up! You know I love you, all of you (OK so I have my favorites, doesn’t everybody?) And everyone tells me that Spring Training games don’t count, which is a good thing since the Twins not only shut you out they scored 11 runs in the process. But they do MATTER, they matter to me and I’m sure they matter to other fans too.

Then the next day in a split squad you did good, shut out the Pirates 6-0 and beat the Phillies 7-5. Yesterday’s wasn’t to bad, even though you lost to the Pirates 12-7 it wasn’t a curbstomping like before. But with a split squad you beat them! What’s the problem, are you having difficulties playing nice together?

Today you play the Tigers, Johnny Damon won’t be playing, he stubbed his toe (?) and I would like you to win. If you don’t I will just repeat my new mantra, Spring training games don’t count.

Love, your devoted fan ~ Foxx

~~and that’s all she wrote~~