The best day in MLB postseason action and I missed most of it

The best day in MLB postseason action and I missed most of it
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I just saw this play:

 

 

I mean, what an incredible play to erase the leadoff double on a pretty bad baserunning error by the pinch-runner, Collin Cowgill. It was a damn fine throw from the new center fielder, Jarrod Dyson, who fittingly came in for defensive purposes.

Since I'm a teacher, I didn't have the luxury of following all the baseball action today closely.  Friday happened to be the one day of the postseason when we were guaranteed to see four playoff games between all the teams that were still alive; the National League set started and the American Leaguers were playing game two of their divisional series.

The day started with me tired as hell but remembering that OH YEAH, the Tigers and Orioles were playing early!  I recall being surprised that Justin Verlander was throwing so slow (following on Gameday):

 

 

The Tigers held the lead late, but their bullpen couldn't hold and gave up a go-ahead bases-clearing double by their former player, Delmon Young. Now they're down 2-0 in the series heading back to Detroit, and they could be eliminated as early as Sunday.

The next game, I missed most of as well, but I paid enough attention to notice that Jake Peavy was no-hitting the Washington Nationals for a while in DC. He eventually lost the no-hitter and the bullpen made things interesting late, but the Giants ended up winning the series opener.

I got home in time to check in on the last half of the Cardinals-Dodgers game in Los Angeles. Adam Wainwright coughed up a bunch of runs early, and the Cardinals were done big, but then Clayton Kershaw ate some Kryptonite in between innings:

Jake Arrieta also temporarily broke Cubs Twitter by congratulating Matt Carpenter (both of them went to TCU, by the way)...

 

 

The Dodgers made it close but no cigar as they lost to Cardinals Black Magic in their series opener. That's three one-run games with the last game still to be completed.

 

Speaking of the last game, Royals starter Yordano Ventura was tossing fireballs just a few miles south of the black magic zone:

 

 

He didn't even flinch, just so easy to toss the ball that fast for the rookie. Cubs prospect Kris Bryant got some sweet seats to see this first-hand:

I also saw Josh Hamilton almost decapitate catcher Salvador Perez with a bad backswing. That was very scary for a bit, but I guess Perez passed the on-field concussion tests because he stayed in the game after collecting himself.  Another extra-inning game for the Royals. Another 11th inning miracle, this time from Eric Hosmer:

 

Baseball, man. Worth staying up for.

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  • Somewhat surprising, other than the Os, the lower seeds won, which is big in a 3 out of 5 (especially with KC heading home 2-0).

    But with you noting that you couldn't catch most of it, how does MLB expect anyone to catch most of it with games on 3 different networks?

    And, for Bryant's picture, about the only thing he got into good focus was the video screen, which I guess Ricketts can guarantee he might have more opportunity to see, but I guess that's baseball today. I suppose, from the LF board, he was in Anaheim, but it looks like that setup is now the same everywhere.

  • In reply to jack:

    I think most Cubs fans who like baseball will still be focused on the action on the field. The video screen is nice so you can see replays, which is my primary concern.

    I also hate that the postseason games are on random channels but they probably have a business plan that makes that more profitable. Otherwise it doesn't make much sense eh?

  • In reply to Rice Cube:

    They must have found a better way to shake down Fox. Once most of the games went to cable, TBS had the early rounds,* and then Fox had one LCS and the World Series.Maybe Fox found a need to get more programming on Fox Sports 1.

    But that doesn't seem much different than the NFL shaking down CBS to produce and run the Thursday NFL Network game (which have been so bad, even the radio announcers on Westwood One have said the games have been atrocious; I heard that in the middle of the second quarter of the Green Bay-Minnesota game).

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    *I used to say it served TBS right that most of the then first round series only went 3 games. That was after TBS wouldn't let the local stations run playoffs. I seem to remember that the 2003 playoffs were on WGN, even though it was the ESPN feed.

  • In reply to jack:

    I don't know for sure but it seems like WCIU and WGN may have negotiated simulcast rights with ESPN so that if the Bears, for example, are on MNF, you can see the game locally on one of the broadcast channels. Not as sure about the Cubs and Sunday Night Baseball.

  • In reply to Rice Cube:

    NFL I'm sure was a result of the blackout rules (you sell out, you show it locally). I'm not sure what the announced repeal of those rules means. However, there seemed to be a pecking order, i.e. ABC7 got first dibs (since Disney owns both ABC and ESPN), but if they didn't want it, WCIU or occasionally WGN got them. Similarly, the Thursday games used to go to MY50, but now that CBS has all the Thursday games, that isn't going to happen.

    On the other hand, as I alluded before, TBS said when it got the rights that it would not show baseball games over the air.

    I guess St. L v. LAD on MLB Network takes care of the problem that SF at W is now in the 16th, presumably still on Fox Sports 1. Gives you the "what if" if you believe the fumer doing the radio commentary that they should have overturned Posey out at the plate (or, conversely, if Zimmerman had not been pulled with 2 out in the 9th).

  • FYI according to this:

    http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-postseason-fast-start.html

    MLB postseason TV ratings are doing okay. They might even set some records, which is impressive given that they are competing head to head against a full slate of college football and Sunday NFL. Baseball will be okay. The issue might be getting new fans into the mix, but until the older fans die off one by one, baseball should be fine.

  • In reply to Rice Cube:

    That article didn't sound that good. A comparison of Fox Sports 1 over 14 months of Fox Sports 1 programming doesn't mean much, especially since FS1's draw as Speed was essentially NASCAR and MMA.

    TBS may be up, but as usual, they got 2 3 and outs.

    If baseball is depending on older fans, I doubt that as many of them have all the sports cable packages and all device packages needed to see all of this.

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