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Our National Pastime

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 23 Oct 2010, 00:42

I'm not really that much of a baseball fan. Well, hell, I grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs where the old Senators stank so badly they were eventually moved to Minnesota and the second Senators stank so badly they moved to Texas and there was no team until a few years ago when the Expos stank so badly they got moved to Washington where, for the most part, they have continued to stink. Badly.

But, man, did I enjoy watching the Rangers tattoo the Yankees! I mean they just beat them in every friggin' way imaginable!

So this will be the first time in my entire life that my hometown team is in the World Series -- no, the Baltimore Orioles definitely did not count! -- and, damn, this is fun!

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Post by J sub D » 23 Oct 2010, 10:10

D.A. Ridgely wrote:I'm not really that much of a baseball fan. Well, hell, I grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs where the old Senators stank so badly they were eventually moved to Minnesota and the second Senators stank so badly they moved to Texas and there was no team until a few years ago when the Expos stank so badly they got moved to Washington where, for the most part, they have continued to stink. Badly.

But, man, did I enjoy watching the Rangers tattoo the Yankees! I mean they just beat them in every friggin' way imaginable!

So this will be the first time in my entire life that my hometown team is in the World Series -- no, the Baltimore Orioles definitely did not count! -- and, damn, this is fun!
For all the standard libertarian reasons I should hate every corporate welfare teat sucking major league baseball team. But I love my Tigers (won 2 out of 3 in World Series appearances in my lifetime) and especially love any team that kicks them some Yankee ass. Thank you and congratulations, Texas Rangers.
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Re: Our National Pastime

Post by Norbert Wronkletoad » 23 Oct 2010, 10:15

passersby were amazed by the tremendous quantities of fecal matter
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Post by J sub D » 23 Oct 2010, 10:33

Norbert Wronkletoad wrote:that's great! congrats!

now get ready to hear "lowest TV ratings of any world series" garbage from the same folks who created the conditions that enable the "low ratings".

have fun with it!

Jsub - that 35-5 start was really something back then. mein gott. they trounced everybody. loved that old stadium, too
The old stadium was one butt ugly structure from the exterior. But from inside it was the best baseball watching venue I've ever visited. Sitting close to the field? The rightfiel upper decy hung over fair territory, turning catchable long flies into home runs. '68 was the best series ever. Mickey Loclich, 3 starts, 3 complete games, 3 wins (outdueling Bob Gibson in game 7 on two days rest) and hitting his onlt major league home run.
incidentally, they filmed a scene in the hbo series, "hung" in the old stadium, i guess. Detroit doesn't look all that bad. it's one big meadow with cracked concrete, broken glass, and a shitload of ragweed. but it's a meadow nonetheless. the first green city
Those meadows are slowly but surely turning into forests. Vegetation is relentless. You can see it eating abandoned houses. Wildflowers are everywhere. We have a breeding family of beavers, foxes, pheasants, racoons, opussums, rabbits, falcons and other birds of prey all living in the city limits. The whitetails are advancing through the county parks system and should arrive in a year or two. If coyotes haven't taken up permanent residence yet (stealthy bastards they be) they will shortly. One thing made evident by the depopulation of Motown is that Mother Nature is just biding her time. As soon as we turn our backs she reclaims what is rightfully hers.
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Re: Our National Pastime

Post by Pham Nuwen » 25 Oct 2010, 00:47

I'm a Cubs fan. Therefore, I will not be taking part in this thread again. Ever. Farewell all.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 25 Oct 2010, 02:11

Pham Nuwen wrote:I'm a Cubs fan. Therefore, I will not be taking part in this thread again. Ever. Farewell all.
I'm starting to notice a pattern here, Pham. I mean, I can understand the paintball as playing out your aggressions athletically. The a priori terrible angel apocalypse movie you can dismiss as merely youthful experimentation. But a Cubs fan? You clearly have some serious self-harm issues that need to be addressed. If not for yourself, then for grylliade. We care about you man.
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Post by Mo » 25 Oct 2010, 16:42

I thought we already had a thread for football. No need for a second one.
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Post by Norbert Wronkletoad » 26 Oct 2010, 14:10

passersby were amazed by the tremendous quantities of fecal matter
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Post by Pham Nuwen » 26 Oct 2010, 17:40

Norbert Wronkletoad wrote:
Mo wrote:I thought we already had a thread for football. No need for a second one.

:)

do you remember the Peanuts where Linus and Charlie have that same discussion :)

Pham - ditto about the fandom. I get dad to tell me about listening to (and keeping score for) the 45 series.

and I met Jack Brickhouse's widow recently.

just glad cincynasty didn't get any farther. was never a fan of dusty (was always suspicious). And STEVE BARTMAN IS INNOCENT! it's Alou's fault for letting that get in his head. and then dusty screwed up. And all those twaddlenocks who got so wrapped up in "Prior and Wood". ugh.

srsly. the "Superfans" sketch is the chicago sports media. Listen to 670 WSCR, and mein gott.

A: "I think the Skins will beat the Bears on Sun. dammit"
B: "why do you hate the bears"

that probably happens in other media markets, but this is the #3 market and it isn't diluted between two different New Jersey based teams :)
That's actually pretty cool, Norbert. I was born over in Winfield actually. I was named after Ryne Sandberg but my dad hated the spelling so I ended up with Ryan. 84' was a good year.
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Re: Our National Pastime

Post by pistoffnick » 31 Oct 2010, 22:56

While I enjoy watching someone other than the (damn) Yankees in the World Series, I kind of wish it included, you know, the rest of the world. Beisbol is huge in latin america as well as japan.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 01 Nov 2010, 02:15

pistoffnick wrote:While I enjoy watching someone other than the (damn) Yankees in the World Series, I kind of wish it included, you know, the rest of the world. Beisbol is huge in latin america as well as japan.
Yeah we know. That's where the Yankees get all their best players.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 01 Nov 2010, 13:55

Hugh Akston wrote:
pistoffnick wrote:While I enjoy watching someone other than the (damn) Yankees in the World Series, I kind of wish it included, you know, the rest of the world. Beisbol is huge in latin america as well as japan.
Yeah we know. That's where the Yankees get all their best players.
Maybe he hadn't heard about Robinson, Clemente or Matsui?

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Post by Pham Nuwen » 01 Nov 2010, 15:04

pistoffnick wrote:While I enjoy watching someone other than the (damn) Yankees in the World Series, I kind of wish it included, you know, the rest of the world. Beisbol is huge in latin america as well as japan.
You're in favor of MassiveImmigration into the states? How do you feel about MassiveSubsidies? /lonewhacko
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Post by Solitudinarian » 01 Nov 2010, 17:53

Please allow me to paraphrase Bill Bryson and say: Baseball was invented to make all other forms of human endeavor seem interesting.
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Post by Kolohe » 01 Nov 2010, 17:56

Pham Nuwen wrote:
pistoffnick wrote:While I enjoy watching someone other than the (damn) Yankees in the World Series, I kind of wish it included, you know, the rest of the world. Beisbol is huge in latin america as well as japan.
You're in favor of MassiveImmigration into the states? How do you feel about MassiveSubsidies? /lonewhacko
Well, Beisbol Jefes do love their MassiveSubsidies
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Post by Warren » 01 Nov 2010, 20:41

Solitudinarian wrote:Please allow me to paraphrase Bill Bryson and say: Baseball was invented to make all other forms of human endeavor seem interesting.
Bill Bryson?
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Re: Our National Pastime

Post by JasonL » 01 Nov 2010, 22:56

I'm strictly opposed to the hegemon in baseball, so yay Giants!

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Re: Our National Pastime

Post by Solitudinarian » 02 Nov 2010, 06:39

Warren wrote:
Solitudinarian wrote:Please allow me to paraphrase Bill Bryson and say: Baseball was invented to make all other forms of human endeavor seem interesting.
Bill Bryson?
Ah, sí!
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Post by J sub D » 02 Nov 2010, 11:14

Red Barber wrote: Baseball is dull only to dull minds.
which is as true as any words ever penned.
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Re: Our National Pastime

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 02 Nov 2010, 11:38

Basketball is dance, football is an action movie, baseball is drama and soccer is a Swedish art film.

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Post by Kolohe » 02 Nov 2010, 11:53

Or, baseball is Agricultural, football is Industrial, Basketball is Post-Industrial, and Hockey is Canadian.
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Post by Kolohe » 09 Dec 2010, 19:53

when you wake up as the queen of the n=1 kingdom and mount your steed non sequiturius, do you look out upon all you survey and think “damn, it feels good to be a green idea sleeping furiously?" - dhex

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Re: Our National Pastime

Post by Hugh Akston » 09 Dec 2010, 20:00

Huh, Baltimore still has a team.
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Re: Our National Pastime

Post by Isaac Bartram » 09 Dec 2010, 23:37

D.A. Ridgely wrote:Basketball is dance, football is an action movie, baseball is drama and soccer is a Swedish art film.

I'm trying to figure out where that leaves Rugby Union and Australian Rules Football. :)

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Post by Sandy » 09 Dec 2010, 23:58

Isaac Bartram wrote:
D.A. Ridgely wrote:Basketball is dance, football is an action movie, baseball is drama and soccer is a Swedish art film.

I'm trying to figure out where that leaves Rugby Union and Australian Rules Football. :)
Peep shows?
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