World Series bound

For the first time since 1985 the Royals are going to the World Series. Last time they went, they won it all. While I am well aware that past performance doesn’t guarantee future success, I would not mind if the Royals won the World Series. Even if they did boo Cano and were rude to his family. It’s in the past and they beat the Orioles. Swept them actually, 4 games, 4 wins.

Right now I am waiting on the winner of the NLCS. The Giants and Cards are currently tied in the series and the Cards are ahead in this game. No sweep in this series, I am leaning in favor of the Giants, but I don’t really have a favorite.

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And the winners are ….

not the teams I picked. Well not all of them.

The Detroit Tigers were my pick and the Orioles swept them. I also picked the Dodgers and the Cardinals beat them, 3-1. On the other and, the Royals swept the Angels. Giants and Nationals, who I didn’t really care about, went 3-1, with the Giants advancing.

Next up the championship series. And the teams in it are, Kansas City Royals versus the Baltimore Orioles (Series starts 10-10). In the national league it’s the San Francisco Giants vs the Saint Louis Cardinals (Series starts 10-11).

My picks are as follows, Royals over Orioles. I don’t want the Royals to win as much as I want the Orioles to lose. Giants over Cardinals. Again I want the Cardinals to lose more than I want the Giants to win, the Cardinals were supposed to beat the Red Sox last year and failed. So they need to suffer defeat again.

After this series it will be the World Series. If things go the way I want, it’ll be a Royals vs Giants competition. I’m looking forward to it.

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.

Seriously people?

Tonight is the first game of the World Series, and despite my prediction from last night the Red Sox are killing the Cardinals. But there is something else I want to get off my chest.

FenwayYankeeStadiumWhen the Red Sox won the ALCS it was a jubilant moment. All of Red Sox Nation was leaping for joy and chanting, “Yankees Suck”. At least that was what I was told, I didn’t really believe it …. then I saw this picture. The person who posted it was proud of it, and several other people thought it was nice enough to repost it. I just want to say, “Are you _______ kidding me?”

First, with half their starting line up out with injuries, the Yankees ended up in third place, they were in the race for the post-season until the last week of regular season play. That is not a definition of a team that sucks. So NO they don’t suck.

Secondly, why are people so obsessed with the Yankees that they can’t give credit to the fine playing of their players? Every baseball player plays to make it to the World Series, it is considered baseball’s greatest accomplishment to make it to the World Series. So they have made it and what are their fans doing? Their fans can’t stop talking about the Yankees. Think about this, only one team in the American League goes to the World Series, so Red Sox fans could have posted a picture like this from any team, but they picked the Yankees.

E_CardIt’s stupid. For those of you who come back with a “NO WE’RE NOT OBSESSED WITH THE YANKEES.” Why do keep talking about them? Why don’t you just go cheer for your team and leave us the ____ alone? If the Yankees were in the World Series I wouldn’t be tearing down another team, I would be supporting my team every chance I got. Because with my team in World Series every other team (except the other team in the World Series) is irrelevant.

Now the game is over, 8-1 Red Sox. Ugh, and good night.

Red vs Red

The World Series starts tomorrow and it is the Cardinals versus the Red Sox. Both red teams. Someone asked me who I was rooting for, I told them I was rooting for the asteroid. That big piece of rock that is coming down from the sky and landing on top of Lackey, taking out both dugouts and Fenway park. Of course that is not going to happen, I don’t have that kind of power.

This is one of those situations where I couldn’t care less. On the Red Sox side is the intense rivalry between New York sports and New England sports. On the Cardinals side is the fact that they are dirty red birds and I don’t like birds, you see my dilemma.

So what is a girl to do? In my case I have The New York Yankees Fall Classic Collector’s Edition 1996-2001. It has 5 complete WS games and 2 bonus DVDs. That’s seven DVDs in total which will take me all the way through the series. Especially since the Cards are going to sweep the Red Sox.

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

Meanwhile, down in Georgia

It didn’t take long for the new playoff rules to spark controversy. Instead of the old way where the team that has the best record aside from the division winners plays in the Division Series, there is a one-game playoff, I guess between the next two best? I haven’t really explored it since the Yankees won the AL East and all is right with my world. One of these games was between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. I personally wanted the Braves to lose, I always want the Braves to lose (spits on the ground, pays a fine).

In the 8th inning the Cards were up by 3, the Braves had runners on 1st and 2nd, the Braves shortstop hit a pop-up to left field. The ball dropped between the Cardinals shortstop and the outfielder, bases loaded for the Braves – except – the umpire ruled Simmons out, citing the infield fly rule. As I understand it, the infield fly rule was instituted to protect the runners, players would let the ball drop then pick it up and get 2 force outs instead of just one out from catching the ball. Here’s rule, copied from SI.com

“An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort[emphasis added], when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule.

When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield Fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “[emphasis added] Infield Fly” for the benefit of the runners. If the ball is near the baselines, the umpire shall declare “Infield Fly, if Fair.”

The ball is alive and runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught, or retouch and advance after the ball is touched, the same as on any fly ball. If the hit becomes a foul ball, it is treated the same as any foul.

If a declared Infield Fly is allowed to fall untouched to the ground, and bounces foul before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball. If a declared Infield Fly falls untouched to the ground outside the baseline, and bounces fair before passing first or third base, it is an Infield Fly.

Rule 2.00 (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule the umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder— not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines. The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire’s judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire’s judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately.

When an infield fly rule is called, runners may advance at their own risk. If on an infield fly rule, the infielder intentionally drops a fair ball, the ball remains in play despite the provisions of Rule 6.05 (L). The infield fly rule takes precedence.”

I’m certainly not a baseball guru, or even a baseball geek, but from my reading of the rule and the play, it seems to me the rule was misapplied, the runners didn’t benefit and the reason the ball was not caught was apparently there was a misunderstanding between the two players as to whose ball it was. There is no way of knowing if this affected the outcome of the game, the Cardinals were up by three and would probably have won anyway. All this has really done is just create controversy and shown how classy Braves fans really are.

They threw trash on the field. Cups, bottles, pizza boxes, basically anything they could get their hands on. The umpires congregated in the middle of the field, out of reach and the players hid in their respective dugouts. The Braves manager said he was “a little disappointed” with the fans who threw things on the field. Did the fans not realize the problems that could cause for their own team? The grounds crew came out and cleaned up the field. The Braves went on to lose the game and Chipper Jones said good-bye.

Now I’ll bid you adieu, and just say, “Stay classy Atlanta” 😛

4/18 NY Yankees 5 vs Texas Rangers 2

Two historic events happened in baseball on Saturday, April 17.

Unhittable Ubaldo: Rockies ace Jimenez fires franchise first

The first no-hitter in Rockies franchise history. The team was playing the Braves, today the Braves won. He threw 128 pitches, several over 100 mph.

Unbelievable: Mets top Cards in 20th

Not the first time the Mets have played a game that reached 20 innings, the first time they won a game that went 20+ innings.

This is going to be another short post about the game, Andy Pettitte pitched 8 complete innings, 107 pitches, giving up just 2 runs in the 3rd inning. Mark Teixeira hit a home run in the third inning (his first of the season) and Jorge hit one in the seventh. Ramiro Pena was in for Derek Jeter and he got 2 RBIs also in the third inning, the other run was in the first inning. I wasn’t paying real close attention to the game since we had company.

So far this season the Yankees have won each of their series, the last one against Texas was a sweep.

Tuesday they will be in California, playing against the Oakland Athletics who are first in their division. Javier Vasquez is the starting pitcher. Hopefully, like his second start was better then his first, this one will be better then the last. I said to Kasey, maybe if he on the road, he’ll think the boos are from the opposing teams. During the eighth inning the pitching coach came out to the mound after Andy walked a batter. Someone wondered what he was saying to him, I said, “He’s saying ‘Andy, Joe West just called and he wants you to speed up the inning.'” Kasey laughed making a comment about how much mileage we’re going to get out of that quote.

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote