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Greeting dear and valued friends! I reckon whoever said, 'tis the season to be jolly' was drunk at the time and was really meaning October Postseason Baseball and not Christmas! After all, is the

Unfortunately, she didn’t make the team. 😔 Can’t handle the outside curveball...

Go Dodgers!

So, currently we know that Houston beat Chicago 6-1 in Game 1 (I missed the game but my son said it was boring). I'm watching Tampa Bay play really well in Game 1 of their ALDS matchup with Boston, leading 5-0 in the 7th after Randy Arozerena stole home! My God...seriously, who does that? I've read that Ty Cobb did it 50 times in his career (yes, true) but it's something we never see in the modern game!

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Go Giants! I’m very excited to watch them to play the dodgers in the NLCS. At the same time, I’m terrified. Either way it should be a hell of a series. 

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Dodgers all the way.  They acquired two players from my team (Nats), so I hope they get another ring.  Scherzer was not too happy to be taken off the mound last night!  Also, don't slap his ass.

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10 hours ago, JohnS said:

So, currently we know that Houston beat Chicago 6-1 in Game 1 (I missed the game but my son said it was boring). I'm watching Tampa Bay play really well in Game 1 of their ALDS matchup with Boston, leading 5-0 in the 7th after Randy Arozerena stole home! My God...seriously, who does that? I've read that Ty Cobb did it 50 times in his career (yes, true) but it's something we never see in the modern game!

you know, i really think he did that so much because he would just drop kick the catcher and they would lose the ball lol.....it was definitely all about the collision.....ricky henderson was probably the best base stealer of all time and he only did it 4 times.....so theres definitely somethign there....interesting point you bring up 

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12 hours ago, JohnS said:

Randy Arozerena stole home!

I have been watching baseball for more decades than I would care to admit, and I had never seen this in real time.     It required the perfect combination of a left-handed pitcher (who could not see third base during his delivery) with a long slow windup, a shift that kept the third baseman far away from the base, a super-fast runner, and a batter alert enough to back away and not swing at the pitch.

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Dodger fan checking in, this is the best time of the year, going to be such a tough series against the Giants. A lot of what ifs with injuries, but there is no crying in baseball, so gotta roll with who you got, just feel bad for Kersh and Muncy, going out right at the end.

 Ditto, the steal home was outrageous! So amazing to watch.

On a personal level, baseball keeps me and my sons connected, 2 of my 3 boys are away at university and it is fun to trade texts while the games are going on, when Taylor hit the walkoff, it was a great moment to share. I might have to consider world series tickets this year, if the Dodgers can make it, I will have to cut back on my cigar budget though :)

Cheers

 

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I’m rooting to see the Southsiders take on the dodgers.  The transformation of that franchise has been amazing, and they’re definitely the team having the best time paying baseball.  Sucks that my Blue Jays didn’t even make it to the WC game, but they’re going to be a force next year. 

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17 minutes ago, Shrimpchips said:

I’m rooting to see the Southsiders take on the dodgers.  The transformation of that franchise has been amazing, and they’re definitely the team having the best time paying baseball.  Sucks that my Blue Jays didn’t even make it to the WC game, but they’re going to be a force next year. 

Blue Jays have quite the nucleus to be very good down the road!

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6 hours ago, Lord Verulam said:

you know, i really think he did that so much because he would just drop kick the catcher and they would lose the ball lol.....it was definitely all about the collision.....ricky henderson was probably the best base stealer of all time and he only did it 4 times.....so there's definitely something there....interesting point you bring up 

I think the audaciousness of it all is what is even more incredible. Randy Arozarena might have set the momentum to with this series against Boston just on that move!

5 hours ago, Cairo said:

I have been watching baseball for more decades than I would care to admit, and I had never seen this in real time.     It required the perfect combination of a left-handed pitcher (who could not see third base during his delivery) with a long slow windup, a shift that kept the third baseman far away from the base, a super-fast runner, and a batter alert enough to back away and not swing at the pitch.

I'm with you at @Cairo, when I saw it in real-time I had to back-track and question myself,as in, "what did I just witness there?". Everything has to go right for a steal of home. In that situation the pitcher will throw home low below the knees but Josh Taylor, pitching for Boston, I felt panicked and overthrew the ball and it went too high for the catcher to bring the ball down in time for Arozarena's slide.

3 hours ago, armada_crew said:

 Ditto, the steal home was outrageous! So amazing to watch.

On a personal level, baseball keeps me and my sons connected, 2 of my 3 boys are away at university and it is fun to trade texts while the games are going on, when Taylor hit the walkoff, it was a great moment to share. I might have to consider world series tickets this year, if the Dodgers can make it, I will have to cut back on my cigar budget though :)

Cheers

I too am enjoying this Postseason series with my son. There's already much to discuss!

 

Anyway, here's some sobering or exciting facts, based on your viewpoint, about Game 1 of 5-game Postseason Series:

• In postseason history, teams taking a 1-0 lead in any best-of-five series have gone on to win the series 101 of 140 times (72%).

• In Division Series with the current 2-2-1 format, teams winning Game 1 in their home ballpark have advanced 33 of 43 times (77%). This excludes 2020, when the Division Series were played at neutral sites.

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The giants-Dodgers game is living up to its billing so far!!! Who would have guessed Buster’s oppo taco on a 3-0 count?! 
Also that double play by La Stella/Crawford was an instant classic! 

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7 minutes ago, Kaptain Karl said:

Logan freaking Webb. What a domination!!!!!!!!!!

The Beatles once sang that 'happiness is a warm gun', but the happiness derived from a starting pitcher getting 2-out strikeouts, with a runner in scoring position, in consecutive innings when they've gone through the line-up a third time...well, that is a happiness that is quite another thing!

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8 hours ago, Kaptain Karl said:

Logan freaking Webb. What a domination!!!!!!!!!!

Webb was dealing for sure. Great comand last night. I am hoping its a long series for entertainment value. 

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I do not watch any MLB if/once the Yankees are out of postseason contention. Can’t do it. Once the Yanks are out the season is officially over/irrelevant. I’m a typical a-hole.  😂 

I am also a Jets fan. Context/expectations matter as if I did the same thing there it would be a 1-2 week season for me every year and I like watching football too much. 

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We will watch any teams play. The game of baseball is fantastic to me, especially because I have an obsession about the rules. Two books sit in the room where we watch it. Love it when guys get pissed at the umpires too. 
 

Another thing I love is reporters or color guys when they say hilarious things about a hit. We call a straight up in the air hit for an infield out an “elephant’s ass” from when we were growing up. I remember a guy saying, “I hear they have movies on that flight”.

CB

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20 hours ago, JohnS said:

The Beatles once sang that 'happiness is a warm gun', but the happiness derived from a starting pitcher getting 2-out strikeouts, with a runner in scoring position, in consecutive innings when they've gone through the line-up a third time...well, that is a happiness that is quite another thing!

I'm guessing this you below right now...

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That was just an incredible start. The Giants have had some legendary postseason starts from Tim Lincecum and MadBum, but none were against a team near the caliber as the Dodgers. Just an incredible performance!!!

And yes I've been on cloud nine, I dont think anyone saw Webb becoming this good this year! (you could say that for about 12-15 Giants players!)

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Indeed, well said. Game 1 of the SF-LA series was so good, that even though I'm having a 'downtime' day on a Sunday (here) from the work week (i.e. I'm a little tired physically), I'm colloquially 'super-pumped' for Game 2 starting in 20 minutes (from the time of posting this)!

It makes it more fun that my young adult son, (George) will be joining me to watch the game.

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That’s awesome!!! I have a feeling this is going to be a very tight, 1 run ball game all the way through. Gausman has his fastball working real well today, if he can get the split working it’ll be another rough way for the Dodgers line up. 
And of course we have Angel Hernandez calling balls and strikes (that call against Ruf was awful!)

42 minutes ago, JohnS said:

Indeed, well said. Game 1 of the SF-LA series was so good, that even though I'm having a 'downtime' day on a Sunday (here) from the work week (i.e. I'm a little tired physically), I'm colloquially 'super-pumped' for Game 2 starting in 20 minutes (from the time of posting this)!

It makes it more fun that my young adult son, (George) will be joining me to watch the game.

 

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I didn't think that Kevin Gausman pitched that badly today in Game 2. The Dodgers opened up the game in the 6th innings and now we're onto the all-important game three!

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The Dodgers are my true love. They have the most talented team possibly ever. With that being said, the hated Giants are also outstanding and refused to go away all season, and may very well take us down. With this said, if the Dodgers don’t win it all, it’s a massive disappointment given our payroll and stacked roster.

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11 hours ago, JohnS said:

I didn't think that Kevin Gausman pitched that badly today in Game 2. The Dodgers opened up the game in the 6th innings and now we're onto the all-important game three!

No he wasn’t bad but he wasn’t particularly sharp. I agree with Kapler taking him out in the 6th. Our bullpen laid a gigantic egg, which is rare for how good our bullpen is. 
I don’t think the Giants would have won that game if different decisions were made or Angel Hernandez figured out how to call a good game. We were not executing crisp, quality AB’s like we normally do and just didn’t look sharp all the way around. 
The Giants have beaten a number Hall of Fame pitchers in the postseason before so I don’t think tomorrow’s game is a gimme, no matter how insanely good Scherzer is. 

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