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9nufc9
23-03-2007, 05:51 AM
Have we got any Baseball fans out there?

The new season kicks off in 9 days. Last season's World Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, start at home to the NY Mets in possibly the best opening fixture of the weekend.

My team, the Los Angeles Dodgers start at Milwaulkee. Some quality acquisitions to go with the quality line up already here should see us in the comp come September/October.

Discuss all Baseball here :)

smithy
23-03-2007, 12:11 PM
I support the New York Yankees , they've been in a bit of a decline in recent seasons but I'm sure they be back this season :wink: I hate the fact that it's never shown at a decent time , not even highlights :roll:

9nufc9
23-03-2007, 08:16 PM
We're lucky over here. We get the ESPN Channel on our PayTV subscription so we get alot of live games and the highlights on SportCenter.

The time difference works out well because the games usually kick off about 9am here.

justme!
23-03-2007, 10:46 PM
I'm going to watch a game in NY, don't know which one yet but I'll find and tell you guys what I think.

I have never watched a game of baseball in my life, just played rounders at school!!

9nufc9
01-04-2007, 12:24 AM
New baseball season kicks off in just under 24 hours :D

Big Jono
01-04-2007, 02:12 AM
I went to a Yankees game in NY once, it OWNED!

9nufc9
02-04-2007, 03:53 AM
First two games of the season have been completed...

New York Mets 6 - 1 St. Louis Cardinals

San Fransico Giants 5 - 8 Oakland Athletics

All other games kick off tomorrow.

smithy
02-04-2007, 11:10 AM
I'm surprised the Oakland Athletics won :shock:

9nufc9
03-04-2007, 05:18 AM
Dodgers smashed 7 - 1 in our opening game Vs. Milwaulkee :(

Jeff Kent scored our only run in the second innning.

mrtz
06-04-2007, 03:21 PM
I'm moving to New York City in August, so even though I'm a Red Sox fan, I guess I will have to support the Yankees now, especially since the University I'm attending is in the Bronx.

Lot's of interest for this season...

Will Bonds overtake Aaron?
Will A-Rod have a better season?
Is Dice-K the real deal for Boston?
Will the Cards repeat?
How will Randy Johnson fair back in Arizona?
and of course, Where will The Rocket Roger Clemens play?

9nufc9
07-04-2007, 05:31 AM
Dodgers got up 2 - 1 today over Western rivals, the San Francisco Giants :)

justme!
12-04-2007, 05:08 PM
Went to see Yankees v Tampa Bay, my first baseball game. I knew it was a huge thing in America and really I can't see all the hyoe surrounding it maybe it's because I am used to seeing high tempo games with a lot of contact. I don't particularly like cricket, but this was 10x times worse they changed every few minutes. I didn't really see long hits, only about 3-4 and that was the only good bits in the game!

Anyway, I took some pictures:

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smithy
12-04-2007, 05:51 PM
Thanks for the pics JM , very nice ,8)

Did you not enjoy the game then ? or wasn't it what you thought ?

Millsy
12-04-2007, 05:51 PM
good pics justme! looked like a good game - you were a very long way up!

justme!
12-04-2007, 09:29 PM
Thanks for the pics JM , very nice ,8)

Did you not enjoy the game then ? or wasn't it what you thought ?

Glad you like the pics :)

I didn't enjoy it as much as the Ice Hockey that's for sure. I guess there wasn't a lot of action going on, only Strike 1...Strike 2...and then he hits a diddly shot and someone catches it. I guess I was expecting it to be a lot faster and them to hit really long shots etc of which I only saw a few! It didn't have me on the edge of my seat like other sports do :roll:

Adam - It was high but I have a good zoom hahaha :P :wink:

Hoop45
12-04-2007, 09:46 PM
I'd agree with that. Baseball is probably the only sport i just can't be doing with.

9nufc9
12-04-2007, 10:59 PM
baseball is for women

Pipedown sitcrome!

Great pics JM :) Shame it wasn't a better game for you because it really is a great sport in its finest.

rkredslfc
14-04-2007, 07:44 AM
Yeah Dice-K was outshone in his first start at Fenway up urs Red Sox. Carn the Yankees.

smithy
22-04-2007, 11:37 AM
Cannot believe that the Yankees lost 7-5 to the flippin Red Sox :evil:

9nufc9
22-04-2007, 11:40 AM
Second day in a row you've lost to them.

Choked 2 days ago. I think the Yankees were 6 - 2 ahead (or similar) and ended up losing 7 - 6.

The Dodgers roll on however, great form :)

mrtz
22-04-2007, 09:08 PM
Scary when Rivera is out of form like he is now. That can only mean that by playoff time, he'll be untouchable. Bad news for my Red Sox!

smithy
23-04-2007, 11:04 AM
Someone please tell me it was a bad dream that I had that the Yankees lost AGAIN to Boston 7-6 :(

9nufc9
27-04-2007, 03:56 AM
How long before Bonds reaches 756 do you think, Mrtz?

Hit #741 last night against the Dodgers.

So far it's 3 - 3 at the bottom of the 6th, he hasn't done anything yet.

rkredslfc
30-04-2007, 10:40 AM
yankees sox the other day at fenway when rivera thrw that really bad inning and we lost the game 6-7

mrtz
30-04-2007, 01:07 PM
Bonds to take the home run crown... I'm thinking some time in late September or early October... With the form he's in now... It's hard to say who'll pitch to him or not.

rkredslfc
30-04-2007, 08:47 PM
yeah my yankees are sitting last in our division

smithy
01-05-2007, 11:26 AM
I'm not enjoying this season , when is the Yankees season gonna turn :roll:

Norwich Tang
11-05-2007, 08:46 AM
Oakland Athletics to win the World Series :D ,8)

mrtz
11-05-2007, 01:12 PM
Oakland A's win 17-3!!!

...

Over the Royals...

Never mind...

Milwaukee Brewers still winning, we'll see if games vs. the Mets and Braves put them back into place... last place.

9nufc9
21-05-2007, 05:31 AM
Another loss for the Dodgers today, makes it 3 on the trot :(

rkredslfc
03-06-2007, 09:09 AM
yeah we played well (NYY) yesterday but couldn't put it together tday gee proctor F***** that inning when they got in front again

nickcat0
19-06-2007, 09:01 AM
To enjoy baseball to the full , you've got to appreciate the subtlety and the tactical battles .

My wife has family just outside Toronto , so we always take in a few games when we visit . I've been over 5 times and probably been to about 20 games .

rkredslfc
20-06-2007, 10:27 AM
I haven't caught a game in ages what's going on?

9nufc9
21-06-2007, 06:36 AM
Red Sox are leading the Yankees by a country mile.

rkredslfc
22-06-2007, 10:17 PM
yeah Yanks have got to stay in the wildcard race. Win games and hope the others lose.

9nufc9
23-06-2007, 12:11 PM
Barry Bonds is only 6 Home runs away from all the time Home run record. He hit his 749th today against the Yankees.

phieffect
13-07-2007, 08:37 AM
bonds will break the record
then when everyone hates him for it he'll play the victim

oh well Mariners to win the world series ,8)

mrtz
13-07-2007, 02:47 PM
Mariners?! :lol::lol::lol:

It's all about the Red Sox.

Looks like Barry is on pace to take the home run crown by late September/early October... as I said. ,;)

twmcat
13-07-2007, 11:55 PM
OK - I'm going to sound stupid here to you lot, but what is a home run, and why is it that eveyone thinks that the Bonds guy is on drugs?

9nufc9
15-07-2007, 02:21 AM
A home run is when you hit the ball over the fence on the full, just like a 6 in cricket. The boundaries are a bit bigger in baseball though.

Just search on youtube for Home Runs, Twm :)

nickcat0
15-07-2007, 10:58 AM
OK - I'm going to sound stupid here to you lot, but what is a home run, and why is it that eveyone thinks that the Bonds guy is on drugs?

See above post for description of a homer .

As for Barry Bonds ........ well it has been established that in the late 90's various MLB players were using steroids etc.
Some players have admitted it , others have been named in other player's testimonies and autobiographies e.g. Jose Canseco's book , and Jason Giambi's admission of guilt .
During the late 90's there was a sudden increase in the number of homers being hit .
Maris' single season record of 61 had stood for over 35 years , but in the space of about 5 years , several players overtook this mark culminating in Bonds hitting 72 .
Amazingly since the advent of drug testing in the MLB , the numbers of homers being hit has decreased .
Although I don't believe Bonds has ever failed a drugs test , his body shape did change in the late 90's , he suddenly started hitting 60 / 70 homers a year as opposed to 40 per year ..... therefore many have concluded that he must have been juiced .

This is a very quick summary , and for all you pedants out there , I know that the truth about the "drug era" and balco investigation is far more complicated and involved .

keempee
18-07-2007, 05:29 AM
dodgers will win it all this year!

mrtz
18-07-2007, 05:37 AM
Philly's!!! 10,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! losses...

mrtz
05-08-2007, 05:51 PM
Barry Bonds just tied the home run record. Can take the lead Monday night.

KimKallstrom
07-08-2007, 03:37 PM
Anyone see Glavine get to 300 wins the other night?

mrtz
07-08-2007, 03:40 PM
Yes. Glavine is brilliant. Shame he has bad timing that he had to reach 300 when Bonds tied the record, and Rodriguez getting 500. Still, after Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson, Tom Glavine is my favourite pitcher.

Italianduke
07-08-2007, 05:29 PM
Can't understand that sport honestly.

Can't understand how they can play like 200 matches a season.

mrtz
07-08-2007, 05:38 PM
Sometimes 2 times a day. :P

That's why they have around 30 people on their roster. It's a sport where you can excel even if you're fat, as long as you have a strong arm. :P I'm not as passionate about it as most Americans, but I watch it from time to time.

http://sports.gearlive.com/blogimages/bartolo_colon.jpg
Fat and slow, but throws rockets.

mrtz
08-08-2007, 03:53 AM
Well done, Barry Bonds just broke the HR record. Despite all the controversy, this was an incredible moment. Congratulations. Living legend.

nickcat0
08-08-2007, 09:08 AM
Well done, Barry Bonds just broke the HR record. Despite all the controversy, this was an incredible moment. Congratulations. Living legend.

He's never actually tested positive , so I think you've got to give him all the credit . Plus , remember that in his youth he was a great Outfielder , and a threat on the bases .

Wonder if in 5 or 6 seasons time A-Rod will overtake him .

KimKallstrom
08-08-2007, 12:28 PM
I'd imagine we will.He's on course.

Well done Barry.

mrtz
08-08-2007, 05:11 PM
I will not be surprised if ARod reaches 800 home runs before he retires. Plus he is an excellent 3rd baseman/short stop. He's 32 right now, and should have 10-12 more years in him. He is at 500 now. He should hit between 30-45 in the next 7 years, and probably 20 in his last 5.

Big Jono
08-08-2007, 06:01 PM
ARod is a legend, will eclipse Barry Bonds IMO too.

And hes a true athlete, not a big slugger who just gets fat in the outfield between at-bats.

rkredslfc
08-08-2007, 09:00 PM
A-Rod is pure class and should beat /bonds plus what man grows 3 US shoe sizes between age 27-37?

Millsy
26-09-2007, 04:46 PM
I was in San Francisco when Bonds got 755 and 756 and noone wanted him too. I think thats why the Giants didn't renew his contract for next season.

mrtz
27-09-2007, 01:39 AM
Giants didn't renew his contract because they know it's time to move on from Bonds. They're not getting much production from him on defense so they'll probably try to invest on a good outfielder who is much younger. They're in the National League so the Designated Hitter rule won't apply. Expect Bonds to move to the American League as a DH.

Yankees clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight, and the NL is still crazy close with about 4 teams still in the running for the wildcard. I've officially given my support to the San Diego Padres in the NL and with me being in the Bronx, I'll have to support the Yankees as well.

mrtz
16-10-2007, 06:03 AM
:lol: Colorado Rockies are in the World Series! :lol:

9nufc9
16-10-2007, 06:15 AM
They've been simply brilliant, unbeaten in 22 games now I think it is. It's holidays over here so i've been watching the Baseball and NFL non-stop ,;)

They kept the D'Backs to something like 9 runs in the whole series. Simply awesome pitching and defence.

mrtz
16-10-2007, 03:09 PM
5 Earned runs is 7 post season games. That's an insane number for the Rockies. Too bad they'll probably be eaten alive by The Red Sox or the Indians.

9nufc9
22-10-2007, 04:51 AM
Red Sox have done it again.

3 - 1 down and on the brink of defeat, they fought back and won the Series 4 - 3.

Red Sox v Rockies in the World Series.

nickcat0
22-10-2007, 01:16 PM
Should be a great World Series , Rockies are on an incredible roll , what is it 22 wins out of the last 23 games ? And of course the BoSox are just stacked with talent ; Big Papi and Manny to hit , Schill and Becks as SP's , and Gagne and Papelbon to close .

My worry is that the Rockies may have cooled off with their 8 day lay-off , allowing the Sox an easy win . Hope that's not the case and it goes 7 .

mrtz
25-10-2007, 12:27 AM
Right now, the Fall Classic has begun. Josh Beckett pitches for the heavily favoured Boston Red Sox. It'll be interesting to see how he performs as he was hammered in their regular season meeting.

I'm cheering for the Rockies right now. Not because I live in the Bronx. The Yankees are okay, but the Padres are my team, first and foremost. I've been changing teams a lot my whole life, now I've settles with the Pads.

Anyway, I'm cheering for the Rockies as my home state is right below them (New Mexico). Not looking forward to possible rookie mistake by the young Colorado team as compared to the experienced Red Sox team. Ramirez, Ortiz, and Varitek are still there from their last championship. They have an insane starting pitching arsenal of Beckett, Schilling and Matsuzaka. Their bullpen is solid with Okujima and Papelbon ready and waiting. Odds are in favor of the Red Sox, but you can't count out the hearts of Matt Holiday, and of course, Mr. Colorado himself, Todd Helton. Jeff Francis gets the nod to go head to head with Beckett tonight, and the game is about to start so I am off.

Prediction for tonight: Red Sox 6 - 3 Rockies
Red Sox to take a 1-0 series lead.

Hoop45
25-10-2007, 10:18 AM
13-1 Red Sox :shock:

9nufc9
25-10-2007, 10:33 AM
This mornings game was boring. Was over after 4 or 5 innings.

mrtz
25-10-2007, 12:50 PM
Josh Beckett was absolutely dominant. Six strike-outs in the first three innings was both beautiful and painful to watch. I'm surprised the Rockies were able to salvage a run, to be honest. Complete and utter ownage by the BoSox last night. They exploited the inexperience and nerves of the Rockies and got it done by getting hit after hit. Rockies have to shape up, and fast.

9nufc9
26-10-2007, 04:08 AM
Red Sox just won Game 2.

Finished 2 - 1.

mrtz
26-10-2007, 01:50 PM
Another superb pitching performance by the BoSox. Schilling, and his bullpen were dominant all night, hardly giving any chances to the Rockies. Schilling looked shaky early on with Colorado taking the lead, but he definitely recovered and showed why he is the greatest post-season pitcher of his generation. Papelbon was just lights out, and I have nothing but praises for the young lad. Rockies pitching did their job as well. Limiting the Red Sox to just 2 runs isn't easy; unfortunately, the batting didn't show up.

Interesting to see if they can bounce back when the series goes to Denver and now that the pitchers have to step up to the plate to bat.

Big question is: Who will the Red Sox play at first base? The ever reliable and the deadliest batter David Ortiz; or their hottest bat and quick base runner Kevin Youklis?

nickcat0
26-10-2007, 03:46 PM
Yep , another 3 great pitching performances by the Sox ; although the Rockies weren't too shabby either .
I love great pitching duels .

If I was the manager of the Sox , I'd play Ortiz if it is a righty pitching and Youklis if it's a lefty . Although I suspect Francona will go with Ortiz no matter what .

mrtz
26-10-2007, 06:41 PM
Gotta agree with you there 100% I love superb pitching over high powered offense. Nothing like watching Beckett with a well placed curve to strike out the batter looking; or Papelbon smoking a batter like it was nothing.

You may be right there. Probably have to go with Papi on this one over Youk. I'd rather have Ortiz in the flow of the game being a home run threat with every at bat than keeping Youklis' hot streak. Youk could be a good pinch hitter though to replace Matsuzaka in a crucial at bat. BoSox still have to be the favourites coming into Denver, but I'm crossing my fingers for a Rockies comeback.

nickcat0
27-10-2007, 10:57 AM
Gotta agree with you there 100% I love superb pitching over high powered offense. Nothing like watching Beckett with a well placed curve to strike out the batter looking; or Papelbon smoking a batter like it was nothing.



I was in Canada in 2006 , and as usual took in a few games at the Dome . Usually end up with tickets down the first baseline , but for one game , managed to get tickets right behind home plate and about 6 rows back .
Awesome to see how much the ball breaks and to get a real feel for what the batter faces . Roy Halladay( Blue Jays ) and Jamie Moyer ( Mariners ) were the starting pitchers , and to see such quality up close from right behind the plate was amazing .

mrtz
29-10-2007, 03:44 AM
Well done by the Red Sox. They swept the Rockies in convincing fashion, and Jonathan Papelbon was once again lights out. He got my MVP vote, but fair play to Lowell who won it. To hit over .400 in the World Series is impressive, but I think grabbing 3 saves with no runs is much better.

nickcat0
29-10-2007, 05:07 PM
Well done by the Red Sox. They swept the Rockies in convincing fashion, and Jonathan Papelbon was once again lights out. He got my MVP vote, but fair play to Lowell who won it. To hit over .400 in the World Series is impressive, but I think grabbing 3 saves with no runs is much better.

Got to agree with you ....... 3 for 3 in save opprtunities ; twice coming in with only a 1 run lead ;having to get more than 3 outs ; inheriting 2 runners who didn't score . The guy was awesome .

9nufc9
30-10-2007, 11:55 PM
A-Rod has left the Yanks :shock:

mrtz
31-10-2007, 01:50 AM
Yup. ARod opted out of his contract a few days ago which will be a double slap in the face of the Yankee organization. Joe Torre rejected a contract offer and looks to be headed to the LA Dodgers. Joe Girrardi has been offered the job of Yankee manager so it'll be interesting to see how he'll start over after 12 years of Joe.

9nufc9
10-12-2007, 11:30 PM
The Brewers have signed Gagne from the Red Sox on a 1 year deal. He was my favourite player while he was at the Dodgers before he left for the Sox :(

mrtz
10-12-2007, 11:40 PM
Gagne was lights out when he was at the Dodgers, no doubt about it. Injuries have plagued him, though, and he hasn't recovered well. He was a flop at Boston, and for his sake, I'm hoping he does well in Milwaukee. Red Sox look to be close to making a deal with Minnesota ace Johan Santana. Their pitching rotation (barring injuries) would be insanely unstoppable.

1. Josh Beckett
2. Johan Santana
3. Daisuke Matsuzaka
4. Curt Schilling

They'll be able to push Tim Wakefield to the bullpen on middle relief. If that happens, their bullpen will boast:

Tim Wakefield
Hideki Okajima
Mike Timlin
Julian Tavarez
along with closer Jonathan Papelbon.

:lol: It's not even fair anymore :lol::lol:

9nufc9
10-12-2007, 11:42 PM
:lol:

I've never liked Tim Wakefield. His slow knuckleballs really annoy me :P

Is David Ortiz playing on?

mrtz
10-12-2007, 11:46 PM
:lol: Knuckle curves are crazy! Him and Mussina are great at it, but I prefer smoke pitchers like Schilling, Johnson, Rivera, Clemens and Papelbon.

Yup, Papi is there to stay (to the dismay of Yankee fans everywhere :lol:)

Him and Beckett are Yankee kryptonite.

Only gotten to being a Yankee fan when I moved to the Bronx, to be honest. I've always liked the Padres and the Diamondbacks (as a new franchise). I loved the World Series winning D-Backs led by probably my all-time favorite player: Luis Gonzales