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#161 Rick N. Backer

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 09:21 AM

Wish me luck.  I’m trying out for the Sox.  I haven’t played baseball competitively since the mid-80s, but I was a left-handed pitcher.

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 09:24 AM

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I love how MLB has blocked teams from retribution against the Asterisks, e.g. long suspension for Joe Kelly. Prop up the cheaters Manfred.
Oh and a nice touch giving them 10 games against the worst franchise in all of pro sports, the Mariners. That's by far the most against any opponent. That's a guaranteed 8 or 9 wins in a 60 games season (Asterisks are 23-2 vs. Seattle last 25 games). MLB obviously trying to help them get the division so it can be said "Look, they're just really good, they've won without cheating this year".
All teams have 10 games against their divisional opponents.
My bad. My distaste for the Asterisks and infinite sadness as a Mariners fan got the better of me.

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 10:28 PM

I hope this bullshit season ends tomorrow.   But if it doesn't, they should put windmills between every base and plywood with a clown's face painted on it with an open hole for the mouth behind the plate; it would entertain the morons and draw better ratings.  Because f**k baseball as we knew it.

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 12:37 AM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 16 August 2020 - 10:28 PM, said:

I hope this bullshit season ends tomorrow.   But if it doesn't, they should put windmills between every base and plywood with a clown's face painted on it with an open hole for the mouth behind the plate; it would entertain the morons and draw better ratings.  Because f**k baseball as we knew it.
Well the A's just swept the Giants, putting up a fifteen run cherry on top today.  If these are the results, I hope the changes are permanent.  :lol:

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 06:56 AM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 16 August 2020 - 10:28 PM, said:

I hope this bullshit season ends tomorrow.   But if it doesn't, they should put windmills between every base and plywood with a clown's face painted on it with an open hole for the mouth behind the plate; it would entertain the morons and draw better ratings.  Because f**k baseball as we knew it.

I dunno; I can't tell what he really thinks about this season. :rage:

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 08:32 AM

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:
The unwritten rules of baseball should be written down, so they can be mocked for the anachronistic nonsense they are.

Still, Tatis is lucky it turned out the way it did.  Even for a player as good as he is, the run expectancy with a swing on that pitch is less than with a take.  It was not only a poor percentage play but cost him the trust of his manager, who gave him a take sign.  For this rash act of insurrection, he should immediately be traded to the Cubs for Daniel Descalso, a high percentage player who would never think of breaking the unwritten rules, having come up in an organization who does things the right way.

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 09:43 AM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 20 August 2020 - 08:32 AM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:
The unwritten rules of baseball should be written down, so they can be mocked for the anachronistic nonsense they are.

Still, Tatis is lucky it turned out the way it did.  Even for a player as good as he is, the run expectancy with a swing on that pitch is less than with a take.  It was not only a poor percentage play but cost him the trust of his manager, who gave him a take sign.  For this rash act of insurrection, he should immediately be traded to the Cubs for Daniel Descalso, a high percentage player who would never think of breaking the unwritten rules, having come up in an organization who does things the right way.

Despite the /sarcasm/ and the totally unwarranted crack at the Holy St. Louis Cardinals, I agree with this ^^^. Those rules are nonsense. I'll repeat what Mike Wilbon said: "if you don't want to get taken deep, throw a better pitch."

Ignoring the take sign is maybe a problem, but that's a team issue, not an integrity of baseball's code issue. Tatis did what the fans wanted to see him do.

"We play to win the game."

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 10:06 AM

View PostNova Carmina, on 20 August 2020 - 09:43 AM, said:

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 20 August 2020 - 08:32 AM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:
The unwritten rules of baseball should be written down, so they can be mocked for the anachronistic nonsense they are.

Still, Tatis is lucky it turned out the way it did.  Even for a player as good as he is, the run expectancy with a swing on that pitch is less than with a take.  It was not only a poor percentage play but cost him the trust of his manager, who gave him a take sign.  For this rash act of insurrection, he should immediately be traded to the Cubs for Daniel Descalso, a high percentage player who would never think of breaking the unwritten rules, having come up in an organization who does things the right way.

Despite the /sarcasm/ and the totally unwarranted crack at the Holy St. Louis Cardinals, I agree with this ^^^. Those rules are nonsense. I'll repeat what Mike Wilbon said: "if you don't want to get taken deep, throw a better pitch."

Ignoring the take sign is maybe a problem, but that's a team issue, not an integrity of baseball's code issue. Tatis did what the fans wanted to see him do.

"We play to win the game."
Woodward (from the Rangers) is the same manager whose team didn't pursue a foul popup so that Mike Minor could get to 200 strikeouts last year.   A true guardian of the "integrity" of the game.

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 10:17 AM

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

I've never heard that rule (taking a pitch with a lead), and it sounds pretty dumb to me.  I'm all for not running up the score on teams, but at the same time, I think it's MORE demeaning to a team to stop trying.  Sports are also filled with examples of teams coming back from, say, 28-3 deficits in the third quarter of a Super Bowl.  ( :hi: LABT).  If you're hitting, and the pitcher throws an obvious strike, you swing.  I've never liked the Boggs rule of not swinging at the first pitch, or the take with a 3-0 count rule.  How about hitters learn the strike zone, show some discipline, and make the pitcher do his job?  If he grooves one, swing the bat.

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 10:32 AM

View PostRick N. Backer, on 20 August 2020 - 10:17 AM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

I've never heard that rule (taking a pitch with a lead), and it sounds pretty dumb to me.  I'm all for not running up the score on teams, but at the same time, I think it's MORE demeaning to a team to stop trying.  Sports are also filled with examples of teams coming back from, say, 28-3 deficits in the third quarter of a Super Bowl.  ( :hi: LABT).  If you're hitting, and the pitcher throws an obvious strike, you swing.  I've never liked the Boggs rule of not swinging at the first pitch, or the take with a 3-0 count rule.  How about hitters learn the strike zone, show some discipline, and make the pitcher do his job?  If he grooves one, swing the bat.
And we're talking about professional sports, here, where contracts are built around incentives, and awards are given for stats with little regard to context.  Why should a player be encouraged to pass on an opportunity to perform the job he's paid to do?

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 10:48 AM

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 10:32 AM, said:

View PostRick N. Backer, on 20 August 2020 - 10:17 AM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

I've never heard that rule (taking a pitch with a lead), and it sounds pretty dumb to me.  I'm all for not running up the score on teams, but at the same time, I think it's MORE demeaning to a team to stop trying.  Sports are also filled with examples of teams coming back from, say, 28-3 deficits in the third quarter of a Super Bowl.  ( :hi: LABT).  If you're hitting, and the pitcher throws an obvious strike, you swing.  I've never liked the Boggs rule of not swinging at the first pitch, or the take with a 3-0 count rule.  How about hitters learn the strike zone, show some discipline, and make the pitcher do his job?  If he grooves one, swing the bat.
And we're talking about professional sports, here, where contracts are built around incentives, and awards are given for stats with little regard to context.  Why should a player be encouraged to pass on an opportunity to perform the job he's paid to do?
I was going to make the point that it does matter the level that the sport is being played, but it's not youth sports or even a paid for minor conference preconference football game between Alabama and the Citadel, they all have access to the same player pool, and it's not like the Rangers had a pitcher throwing.  

I did see a reference to 28-3, is that the average score of a Red Sox game this year?

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 10:53 AM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 20 August 2020 - 10:48 AM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 10:32 AM, said:

View PostRick N. Backer, on 20 August 2020 - 10:17 AM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

I've never heard that rule (taking a pitch with a lead), and it sounds pretty dumb to me.  I'm all for not running up the score on teams, but at the same time, I think it's MORE demeaning to a team to stop trying.  Sports are also filled with examples of teams coming back from, say, 28-3 deficits in the third quarter of a Super Bowl.  ( :hi: LABT).  If you're hitting, and the pitcher throws an obvious strike, you swing.  I've never liked the Boggs rule of not swinging at the first pitch, or the take with a 3-0 count rule.  How about hitters learn the strike zone, show some discipline, and make the pitcher do his job?  If he grooves one, swing the bat.
And we're talking about professional sports, here, where contracts are built around incentives, and awards are given for stats with little regard to context.  Why should a player be encouraged to pass on an opportunity to perform the job he's paid to do?
I was going to make the point that it does matter the level that the sport is being played, but it's not youth sports or even a paid for minor conference preconference football game between Alabama and the Citadel, they all have access to the same player pool, and it's not like the Rangers had a pitcher throwing.  

I did see a reference to 28-3, is that the average score of a Red Sox game this year?

Their offense isn't that good this year.

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 11:02 AM

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View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

I've never heard that rule (taking a pitch with a lead), and it sounds pretty dumb to me.  I'm all for not running up the score on teams, but at the same time, I think it's MORE demeaning to a team to stop trying.  Sports are also filled with examples of teams coming back from, say, 28-3 deficits in the third quarter of a Super Bowl.  ( :hi: LABT).  If you're hitting, and the pitcher throws an obvious strike, you swing.  I've never liked the Boggs rule of not swinging at the first pitch, or the take with a 3-0 count rule.  How about hitters learn the strike zone, show some discipline, and make the pitcher do his job?  If he grooves one, swing the bat.
And we're talking about professional sports, here, where contracts are built around incentives, and awards are given for stats with little regard to context.  Why should a player be encouraged to pass on an opportunity to perform the job he's paid to do?
I was going to make the point that it does matter the level that the sport is being played, but it's not youth sports or even a paid for minor conference preconference football game between Alabama and the Citadel, they all have access to the same player pool, and it's not like the Rangers had a pitcher throwing.  

I did see a reference to 28-3, is that the average score of a Red Sox game this year?

Their offense isn't that good this year.
I was being nice, because of the mutual respect between Boston teams and their foes (Yankee fans notwithstanding).

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 11:34 AM

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View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

I've never heard that rule (taking a pitch with a lead), and it sounds pretty dumb to me.  I'm all for not running up the score on teams, but at the same time, I think it's MORE demeaning to a team to stop trying.  Sports are also filled with examples of teams coming back from, say, 28-3 deficits in the third quarter of a Super Bowl.  ( :hi: LABT).  If you're hitting, and the pitcher throws an obvious strike, you swing.  I've never liked the Boggs rule of not swinging at the first pitch, or the take with a 3-0 count rule.  How about hitters learn the strike zone, show some discipline, and make the pitcher do his job?  If he grooves one, swing the bat.
And we're talking about professional sports, here, where contracts are built around incentives, and awards are given for stats with little regard to context.  Why should a player be encouraged to pass on an opportunity to perform the job he's paid to do?
I was going to make the point that it does matter the level that the sport is being played, but it's not youth sports or even a paid for minor conference preconference football game between Alabama and the Citadel, they all have access to the same player pool, and it's not like the Rangers had a pitcher throwing.  

I did see a reference to 28-3, is that the average score of a Red Sox game this year?

Their offense isn't that good this year.
I was being nice, because of the mutual respect between Boston teams and their foes (Yankee fans notwithstanding).

Yeah, I saw that the Cubs were in first place.  You must be so proud.  Sort of like that time when my family went out for a round of miniature golf and I won.  I almost had a couple of holes-in-one too!

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 11:57 AM

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View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

I've never heard that rule (taking a pitch with a lead), and it sounds pretty dumb to me.  I'm all for not running up the score on teams, but at the same time, I think it's MORE demeaning to a team to stop trying.  Sports are also filled with examples of teams coming back from, say, 28-3 deficits in the third quarter of a Super Bowl.  ( :hi: LABT).  If you're hitting, and the pitcher throws an obvious strike, you swing.  I've never liked the Boggs rule of not swinging at the first pitch, or the take with a 3-0 count rule.  How about hitters learn the strike zone, show some discipline, and make the pitcher do his job?  If he grooves one, swing the bat.
And we're talking about professional sports, here, where contracts are built around incentives, and awards are given for stats with little regard to context.  Why should a player be encouraged to pass on an opportunity to perform the job he's paid to do?
I was going to make the point that it does matter the level that the sport is being played, but it's not youth sports or even a paid for minor conference preconference football game between Alabama and the Citadel, they all have access to the same player pool, and it's not like the Rangers had a pitcher throwing.  

I did see a reference to 28-3, is that the average score of a Red Sox game this year?

Their offense isn't that good this year.
I was being nice, because of the mutual respect between Boston teams and their foes (Yankee fans notwithstanding).

Yeah, I saw that the Cubs were in first place.  You must be so proud.  Sort of like that time when my family went out for a round of miniature golf and I won.  I almost had a couple of holes-in-one too!
There's the magnanimity Boston fans are so known for.

It's gotta be nice to have a baseball team in town that within the period of 2018-2020 exhibits two different aspects of the maxim "if you're not cheating, you're not trying".   At least we know your football coach will never give up.

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I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

I've never heard that rule (taking a pitch with a lead), and it sounds pretty dumb to me.  I'm all for not running up the score on teams, but at the same time, I think it's MORE demeaning to a team to stop trying.  Sports are also filled with examples of teams coming back from, say, 28-3 deficits in the third quarter of a Super Bowl.  ( :hi: LABT).  If you're hitting, and the pitcher throws an obvious strike, you swing.  I've never liked the Boggs rule of not swinging at the first pitch, or the take with a 3-0 count rule.  How about hitters learn the strike zone, show some discipline, and make the pitcher do his job?  If he grooves one, swing the bat.
And we're talking about professional sports, here, where contracts are built around incentives, and awards are given for stats with little regard to context.  Why should a player be encouraged to pass on an opportunity to perform the job he's paid to do?
I was going to make the point that it does matter the level that the sport is being played, but it's not youth sports or even a paid for minor conference preconference football game between Alabama and the Citadel, they all have access to the same player pool, and it's not like the Rangers had a pitcher throwing.  

I did see a reference to 28-3, is that the average score of a Red Sox game this year?

Their offense isn't that good this year.
I was being nice, because of the mutual respect between Boston teams and their foes (Yankee fans notwithstanding).

Yeah, I saw that the Cubs were in first place.  You must be so proud.  Sort of like that time when my family went out for a round of miniature golf and I won.  I almost had a couple of holes-in-one too!
There's the magnanimity Boston fans are so known for.

It's gotta be nice to have a baseball team in town that within the period of 2018-2020 exhibits two different aspects of the maxim "if you're not cheating, you're not trying".   At least we know your football coach will never give up.

"Magnanimity?"  Your irony-meter must have just exploded.

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They all make to much money.   haha Well not this season , but they do usually play 162 games.

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View PostRick N. Backer, on 20 August 2020 - 12:00 PM, said:

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 20 August 2020 - 11:57 AM, said:

View PostRick N. Backer, on 20 August 2020 - 11:34 AM, said:

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 20 August 2020 - 11:02 AM, said:

View PostRick N. Backer, on 20 August 2020 - 10:53 AM, said:

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 20 August 2020 - 10:48 AM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 10:32 AM, said:

View PostRick N. Backer, on 20 August 2020 - 10:17 AM, said:

View Postgoose, on 20 August 2020 - 08:14 AM, said:

I'm curious about y'all's take on the Tatis, Jr. grand slam controversy.  If you missed it, here's the details...

SD Padres are up 10-3 on the Rangers in the top of the 8th.  With one out and the bases loaded, Fernando gets to a 3-0 count, meaning there's high odds that the next pitch is down the pipe.  Sure enough, he gets a pitch that is low in the zone and he jacks it.  He is later criticized by the Rangers manager, as well as his own, for breaking an unwritten rule of taking a pitch when you have a lead.

https://www.sbnation...ers-controversy

ETA:  Tatis stole 3rd up 6-0 the next day.  :lol:

I've never heard that rule (taking a pitch with a lead), and it sounds pretty dumb to me.  I'm all for not running up the score on teams, but at the same time, I think it's MORE demeaning to a team to stop trying.  Sports are also filled with examples of teams coming back from, say, 28-3 deficits in the third quarter of a Super Bowl.  ( :hi: LABT).  If you're hitting, and the pitcher throws an obvious strike, you swing.  I've never liked the Boggs rule of not swinging at the first pitch, or the take with a 3-0 count rule.  How about hitters learn the strike zone, show some discipline, and make the pitcher do his job?  If he grooves one, swing the bat.
And we're talking about professional sports, here, where contracts are built around incentives, and awards are given for stats with little regard to context.  Why should a player be encouraged to pass on an opportunity to perform the job he's paid to do?
I was going to make the point that it does matter the level that the sport is being played, but it's not youth sports or even a paid for minor conference preconference football game between Alabama and the Citadel, they all have access to the same player pool, and it's not like the Rangers had a pitcher throwing.  

I did see a reference to 28-3, is that the average score of a Red Sox game this year?

Their offense isn't that good this year.
I was being nice, because of the mutual respect between Boston teams and their foes (Yankee fans notwithstanding).

Yeah, I saw that the Cubs were in first place.  You must be so proud.  Sort of like that time when my family went out for a round of miniature golf and I won.  I almost had a couple of holes-in-one too!
There's the magnanimity Boston fans are so known for.

It's gotta be nice to have a baseball team in town that within the period of 2018-2020 exhibits two different aspects of the maxim "if you're not cheating, you're not trying".   At least we know your football coach will never give up.

"Magnanimity?"  Your irony-meter must have just exploded.
It did.  It was never designed to handle "magnanimity" and "Boston fans" in the same sentence.  Then again, how could it have been?




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