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Temba, his eyes Red!

Temba, his eyes Red!

Hi folks. Haven't posted in awhile. But I gotta speak.

 

I had my ticket, I cruised through security, was all set to get on board and head on down to Schadenfreude City, where the bums are gone and the baseball is pretty. And then last night happened. Arrggghhh!

 

The past 10 days had been so nice. First off, there was no more Cubs baseball. That felt good right? Getting that 800 lb Volstad off your back? I know I appreciated it. Then Ryan Dempster and his stupid Harry Carry impersonation went ass over teacup for a whole 3 innings as the A's beat the Rangers for the AL West, sending the Rangers home early. Liked that. And then, shock among shocks, a Dusty Baker managed team blew a commanding lead in the playoffs. Nice to be on the other end of that. Right? And we were treated to all 4 divisional series going 5 games. I didn't like seeing the A's go down and the Yankees and their obnoxious press corps tried to hijack the playoffs with this huge Alex Rodriguez got PH for nonsense, ( A 38 year old slumping third sacker who was 0-11 with 9 K's got pinch hit for and this is shocking news???!!?) but this was historic playoff baseball. AND IT SHOULD HAVE ENDED WITH THE CARDINALS GETTING BOUNCED OUT ON THEIR SLIGHTLY ABOVE MEDIOCRE ASSES! AND IT DIDN'T!

 

Everyone is now rushing to praise the Cardinals. What tenacity! What resiliancy. Never say die! Heart of a champion! To that I say Please! Spare me! Gag! and My ass....

The Nats absolutely blew that game. 8 walks. 8 Walks leading to 4 runs. 8 walks leading to four runs (including 2, the margin of the win.) in the 9th inning. All while having a 6-0 lead. And now the media is going to go to the story that isn't- which is the lack of Stephen Strasburg. Just don't! Don't go there. A 6-0 lead with 20 game winner on the mound. Ross Detwhiler, who pitched in Strasburg's place, threw a gem. Strasburg not being there is/was immaterial.

 

These lucky bastards! First that awful infield fly rule. Now this damn game? I know I know, they took advantage of the opportunity, every reliever coming out of the pen throws between 96-100 mph. ( How come this Trevor Rosenthal can come up, throw nothing but smoke and look like a monster and Alberto Cabrera comes up, throws nothing but mid 90's, and look like a mess?) And Matheney is much more likable and tolerable than Tony the Lawyer. But spare me. OK Beltran is doing his Beltran thing, but David Descalso and Pete Kozma? Yeesh....

 

So now I'm a Giants fan. At least for the 6 gut punching games until the Cardinals weasel their way into the World series. And then Verlander will somehow mysteriously get hurt. And then the world series. And even though none of their teams win over 90 games the Cardinals can brag about winning 3 World Series in 6 years and talk about a dynasty. See the frustration here? They didn't even win 90 games. They shouldn't have even been in the playoffs. Just like last year. And they're going to accomplish history!!!!

Well, in spite of the Cardinals and their absolutely insipid fans, these playoffs have been nothing short of outstanding. Methinks Cubs Den should be in on the action. So, Starting with tomorrow's game 1 of the NLDS, look for some NLDS and ALDS wraps. Probably a different format, but we should be discussing them. It's historic baseball, an it will be fun to talk about good baseball games. Even if the blood curdling Cardinals win. Which they obviously are.

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  • Great article, felzz. Freaking Cardinals. They're ruining the post-season for me. I see them beating the Giants in 5.

  • Well said Felzz. I ain't going to worry about it anymore, no more cheering against this luckfest of a sports team. I'm looking at the positives. First, the Cubs are no longer the choke team. The Nationals made the 03 Cubs look like wannabe's when it comes to choking. Nice job Davey. Was he trying to throw the game? They tie it in the ninth, and he pitches to the kid with the pitcher up next, 2 outs, one guy left in the bullpen, and one pinch hitter available, who hadn't hit in 3 weeks. Every move he made or didn't make was the wrong one.
    Two, this should give Cub fans hope. The Cardinals show that you don't really have to be that good in baseball to make waves. We have players better than Descalso and Kozma(career OPS .652 and career average .236 in the freaking minor leagues). We have pitchers better than Wainright and Lynn. They give every team hope that you just need to play good for a couple months, sneak in the tourney, and get real lucky at the right spots.
    The Giants should smoke this team, they are much better. But what St. Louis shows is the way baseball is set up anymore, luck is a huge factor. Cubs are in the right division and they have lots of money to spend. Some day things will line up right for Cub fans. And really, when the Cubs get to the Series, as Dale says, it will be history. No matter if the luckbirds win 5 titles in a row, it will never be what it will when the Cubs are there. That is why Cardinal fans hate us so much.

  • In not sport should a game be decided by an odd rule by an offical

  • I will be pulling the Giants as well, but am not comfortable calling the Cards success a result of just luck. The cold hard truth is that St. Louis is where this organization is trying to get. They pull for each other, buy into the right way to play the game, grind out at bats, and bring up minor league players who do the same when needed. One time may be lucky, but doing it year after year demands due credit. When the Cubs reach that level, it will not be luck.

  • Yeah I agree the Cards have consistently been "just good enough" for to long to be considered "Lucky".... But I certainly share Felz's frustration with their success and luck certainly seems to be on their side. Granted, sometimes you make your own luck.

    Was choked, plain and simple. Some dumb calls and decisions helped that along. Unfortunately, that Strasburg story isn't going away....

    Disappointed that Oakland or Baltimore one didn't make it. Now there's no real underdog to root for. Since I despise the Cards, Yankees, and Tigers, I'm all in on the Giants,

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    The Cardinals are like Jason from those horror movies. They don't freaking die, and the sequels are more annoying than the original.

  • It's my fault the Retardinals won. When the Nats took a 6-0 lead, I took to my facebook page to rub it in the faces of all of my friends that are Cardinal fans. It was around that time that they scored their 1st run. Sensing that I had inadvertently shifted the momentum the Cardinals way I quickly deleted my post, but it was too late. The damage had been done. Here's hoping the Giants can do what the Nats could not do and I will do my best to wait until the series is over before talking smack....

  • Giants & Yankees in World Series.....

    A-Rod and his $29 million contract on the bench..... will we see the same with Pujols someday?.....

    Marmol trade value going up with these relievers blowing games in post season.....

    If the Giants win the World Series, will Soriano buy himself a winter coat next summer ?......

    Haren is staying with the Angels under a new contract......and McCarthy will stay with the A's.....

    Only "Tommy John" type of pitchers will want to play for the Cubs in 2013......

    If you have Josh Hamilton on your Fantasy Team...trade him.....once he leaves Texas, his career will dive.......

    Cubs Pitchers next season will resemble a M * A * S * H unit ........

    Best return of prospects for a Cubs player now...James Russell......

    If Volstad does return as a Cub....he needs to sign a min. contract....he gave us nothing for the money he earned.....

    Expect 2013 as the year Reds starting pitchers hit the DL and disappear from MLB......

    Joey Votto, what happen to you?....

    Paul Konerko, you were never the same since Jeff plunked you......

    Will we see the day when Ricketts puts seats above the bleachers?

    Only 131 days until Cubs Opening Day.....

    Only 132 days until the Cubs are out of pennant race

  • In the 9th, with 2 outs and (I think) 2 strikes, the camera zoomed in on the Nat's closer, Storen, and he looked like me on a roller coaster (a bit of vertigo in the best of circumstances). He was literally quivering. Yeah, give the Cards credit for accepting gifts; many teams don't. But that was a choke.

    The good news for me. The Giants are my second favorite team behind the Cubs - have been for decades. And after I lived near Detroit for a few years and went to a lot of games, I like the Tigers. So at least I get to cheer for 2 teams I really like against the two (or at least two of the) teams I hate the most.

    Go Giants, go Tigers. And please make me choose between those two and not between the evil empires.

  • Who knew it could be so bloody hard to kill a Cardinal?

    And an "infield fly" that could have been caught by the LF? Geez.... and it is not as if I was batting...

  • WA pitchers were so Cub-like. Big lead, start nibbling, getting behind in the count, walking people, then lay pitches into Beltran. All I could think of was, "seen this before at Wrigley too many times!", and I knew right then WA's chances were dripping down the proverbial drain.

  • I'm certainly not trying to chalk all the Cardinal success up to luck. Far from it. There's a lot to admire about what the Cardinals do. But the whole doesn't add up to the sum of it's parts here....

    I stand behind when I say that the '06 team was the worst team to ever win the World Series. 83 wins. Fine. Then last year's team gets in on the last day and gets the benefit of Ron Washington's utter goofiness. Now this year's 88 win team. They're fundamentally awesome and they take advantage of other team's mistakes.
    But when you think of a "mini-dynasty" which you're more than justified in saying if the Cardinals win this year, you think of juggernaut teams. This team never went above 90 wins......yet we're the ones who sound stupid saying that a team that won 3 out of the last 6 World Series wasn't very good....

    Go Giants

  • Well, if it makes you feel any better, St louis did lose one of the two worthwhile things to do if forced to visit there, the INternational Bowling Hall of Fame and museum moved to Texas a year or so ago. I don't really know what the other reason to visit there was, but it might have been something to do with taking a riverboat to Memphis.

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