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Good work, Nats. Damn good work. Enjoy your time off.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:10 am 
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MizzouRah wrote:
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Yeah Harper is great but you know he’s got to be pissed watching his former team advanced to the NLCS.


He could care less and has 330 million reasons why. :P

I'm sure he would have loved to postpone possibly and even bigger payday after going to the WS. No doubt Harper is breaking things with a baseball bat right about now. At least he probably won't get booed anymore in DC. :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:14 pm 
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Listening to a podcast.

They're going to talk to someone about a theory that they're not using the same juiced balls in the postseason that they were using during the regular season.


So why would they do that? It would disadvantage the Indians, Yankees, Astros and Dodgers.

Actually the only two playoffs teams which were outside the top 10 teams in total HRs are Washington at #13 with 231 HRs and Cardinals at #24 with 210 HRs.

The WC teams were the A's at #5 and Brewers at #7.

Certainly the HRs helped teams get to the playoffs. But already Indians and Dodgers have been knocked out, two of the top teams in HRs.

Of course the best pitchers are pitching more innings in a series than they would over a 4-7 game stretch in the regular season.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:19 pm 
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Congratulations to the Washington fans, that was a straight out ASS WHOOPIN!!!

Bye to Ozuna, and please do something with Fowler like give him away even if it means adding a prospect.

Bring up Dylan Carlson and Lane Thomas, you could have Carlson/Bader/Thomas. Gorman isn't ready yet, but he's our future at 3B.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:07 am 
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Listening to a podcast.

They're going to talk to someone about a theory that they're not using the same juiced balls in the postseason that they were using during the regular season.



The balls are different. The data on that is clear. The theories are regarding whether it's intentional or simply a fluctuation in the quality of the baseballs. Either way there are some serious issues at play.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:15 am 
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What a weird and exciting WS. Who would have thought Nats would make the ultimate comeback once they were down 2-3 and facing elimination in HOU? A resilient team, good pitching and key hitting. Strasbourg was key yesterday going almost the distance, Scherzer and even Greinke were good tonight despite having a losing record in his past five appearances.

Only one victory combined for the Stros between Greinke, Verlander and G. Cole. Hard to think WAS barely made it past the wild card series and here they are now. Champs.


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Houston was suppose to be one of the best teams in half a century by some metrics.

So were the Dodgers for that matter.

They're going to have to pay Cole and Correa.

Otherwise, massive underachievement if they only win 1 WS after amassing all this talent.


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I enjoyed the series, even if it wasn't the most dramatic, largely because I like both of the teams involved. So happy for those old, hardcore DC baseball fans who weathered years without a team. Tom Boswell has one of the game's great writers (and boosters) for decades, and guys like him who championed DC baseball for decades deserve to really bask in this win.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:04 am 
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So happy for the Washington Nationals and their fans!!! First World Series... reminds me of another team.... hmmmm... oh yeah the Blues. :)

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Game 7 winning pitcher Patrick Corbin, graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High and proud native of Clay, New York -- both about 25 minutes from my house!

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It's absolutely crazy how nuts this place is for the Texans and Astros (and Rockets, really). During every playoff game, I can just open my back door and listen for the shouts and hoots from any random house party on my block. I have a green belt behind me, so you hear that "distant partying" going on on the breeze with every score or big hit.

I went to the Raiders @ Texans game this past weekend, and the crowd instantly turned from Texans cheering to "LET'S GO ASTROS <clap clap clap clap clap>!!!" chant leaving the stadium. Everybody you run into had Astros or Texans gear on. Random people ask you in the grocery store what your prediction is, and starts talking about Cole or Verlander or Altuve, etc.

Last night? Deathly silent. It was like a scene from Night of the Comet. I couldn't hear a THING outside as I watched the wheels fall off, and this morning everybody looks like they didn't sleep at all.

Not sure whether to call for a suicide watch on the whole area, but this was a brutal series loss and lost opportunity.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:27 pm 
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MizzouRah wrote:
So happy for the Washington Nationals and their fans!!! First World Series... reminds me of another team.... hmmmm... oh yeah the Blues. :)

I see the similarities. Worst teams half way thru the season, Blues at least get Berube to change the room while Martinez stays. Then the resiliency appears in key games during the playoffs. Great win for both teams.


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So happy for the Washington Nationals and their fans!!! First World Series... reminds me of another team.... hmmmm... oh yeah the Blues. :)


Bull's-eye on that analogy!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:42 am 
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Can’t say I’m the biggest Nats fan, but. . . Went to the first ever Nats game at RFK Stadium with my parents, and also went to the first ever Nats game at the proper Nats stadium with my Dad (Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk-off homer to beat the Braves in a weird, one-game series to inaugurate the stadium). My sister and brother-in-law have a 15-game Sunday plan, and for my aging Father, well, he can’t watch the Nats anymore because it’s too stressful and they always find a way to fail.

For a team that has lost in the first round of the playoffs so often, and after so many better seasons, and in such awful ways, to then turn around and have what is by many measures likely the most improbable, come-from-behind season / wildcard game / game 4-5 / World Series win, is really amazing. The sweep of the Cards is the only outlier! Behind in the 7th or 8th in every elimination game, on the road in game 5 and game 7 - crazy. And for the fans who go to games and have seen so many game 5 failures at home, to have the first World Series games in Washington since 1933 and LOSE ALL THREE! Wow.

Sadly, I couldn’t make myself get up at 2:00AM here in Germany, or even 1AM once we went off of summer time last week, to watch the games live. I really wanted to for game 7, but it would have been an awful idea. So I was reduced to looking at the scores all playoffs when I woke up in the morning, usually less than an hour after the game ended, and waiting for the Condensed Game version to appear on my sports app, but it was still a thrilling ride.

I hope they have a great parade down Constitution Ave. tomorrow.


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Good for the league and the Astros organization for throwing the book at cheaters. Both Hinch and Luhnow were fired even the GM tried to denied any knowledge of sign stealing. When rumors spread as a GM, you should stay the ship amid the waves coming at you.

And a city that’s not immune to cheating, A. Cora manager of the Bosox, seems to be the next victim as rumors say that he even perfected the art of sign stealing particularly in 2018 when they won the WS.


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Good for the league and the Astros organization for throwing the book at cheaters. Both Hinch and Luhnow were fired even the GM tried to denied any knowledge of sign stealing. When rumors spread as a GM, you should stay the ship amid the waves coming at you.

And a city that’s not immune to cheating, A. Cora manager of the Bosox, seems to be the next victim as rumors say that he even perfected the art of sign stealing particularly in 2018 when they won the WS.


Perhaps I’ve said it before but I played against Cora in the minors. Wasn’t a fan. If they cheated let em burn.

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Was it the BoSox who made the headlines about stealing signs with Apple watches?


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51 Giants were stealing signs for the last month plus and everyone knew it.

Where is the justice?


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51 Giants were stealing signs for the last month plus and everyone knew it.

Where is the justice?


Those bastards!

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Was it the BoSox who made the headlines about stealing signs with Apple watches?


Yes. That's why it's especially bad for them since they were already warned.


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51 Giants were stealing signs for the last month plus and everyone knew it.

Where is the justice?


Those bastards!


Bastards indeed. They had a telescope and knew how to use it.

https://nypost.com/2002/07/29/51-giants ... ng-scheme/

It was Franks, armed with a military field scope, who allegedly ran the Giants’ sign-stealing operation from the team clubhouse in center field of the old Polo Grounds.

Franks relayed the stolen signs using a buzzer system between the clubhouse and nearby bullpen to backup catcher Sal Yvars who then tipped off Giant hitters.




The mlb thingy told the Dodgers not to comment on Astros sign stealing. Does that also apply to any living members of the 51 Dodgers who were also f***ed by sign stealing?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:36 pm 
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Diablo25 wrote:
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Good for the league and the Astros organization for throwing the book at cheaters. Both Hinch and Luhnow were fired even the GM tried to denied any knowledge of sign stealing. When rumors spread as a GM, you should stay the ship amid the waves coming at you.

And a city that’s not immune to cheating, A. Cora manager of the Bosox, seems to be the next victim as rumors say that he even perfected the art of sign stealing particularly in 2018 when they won the WS.


Perhaps I’ve said it before but I played against Cora in the minors. Wasn’t a fan. If they cheated let em burn.

Cora’s gone according to news reports.


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Good for the league and the Astros organization for throwing the book at cheaters. Both Hinch and Luhnow were fired even the GM tried to denied any knowledge of sign stealing. When rumors spread as a GM, you should stay the ship amid the waves coming at you.

And a city that’s not immune to cheating, A. Cora manager of the Bosox, seems to be the next victim as rumors say that he even perfected the art of sign stealing particularly in 2018 when they won the WS.


Perhaps I’ve said it before but I played against Cora in the minors. Wasn’t a fan. If they cheated let em burn.

Cora’s gone according to news reports.

It’s best for both parties. Still, the league will come down hard on him once all the facts are gathered including his years as Astros manager.

In other news, J. Donaldson finds a new home in Minny signing a four year deal. If he can stay injury free and contribute as much as he did in ATL he will be a good voice for this young team.


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Cora was the bench coach with the Astros and then became the Red Sox manager and brought over the cheating. This is the most talk of the Red Sox off-season all winter and they are trying to trade an MVP winner in Mookie Betts. That is how far the Red Sox have dropped in interest in this city.

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Power move by Manfred. Handled this situation with decisiveness, authority and integrity, at least from this outsider's perspective.

Can you imagine the owner pandering and dilly-dallying Selig would have done in this situation if he was still commish? Baseball fans should shudder at the thought.

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