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    After 162 regular season games, I guess it’s time to start this thread.

    I am liking the Red Sox chances now (currently 10-0 in the 4th at New York). But even if they pull off this series, Houston is waiting for them. I will have to watch a NL playoff game to say anything smart about the National League.

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    Wow. What a massacre at New York. The thing I've worried about all along in the playoffs - pitching - was stellar for them. I missed Brock Holt completing the cycle because my kid had a concussion and I had to take him to the doctor

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    Red Sox finished off the Yankees but that 9th inning was closer than it should have been. Am concerned about the next series against the Astros.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paperback Writer View Post
    Red Sox finished off the Yankees but that 9th inning was closer than it should have been. Am concerned about the next series against the Astros.
    Having your closer put 3 runners on base without a hit isn’t good
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    Relief pitching has been the glaring problem for the Sox this year, with closing usually not an issue. Instead, they got 3 great innings of relief pitching (after a superb performance by Porcello) with an incredibly shaky performance by Kimbrel. That was way too close for comfort. But since I thought the Yankees were going to win this game, I will take it.

    The ALCS should be a great series. I could see either team winning in 6 games.

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    Crazy back and forth game tonight. Price lasted 5 innings, though he was very shaky at times. He did OK, but it won't help him shake his playoff reputation completely. Cole was also shaky at first, but superb the rest of the way. Crazy that Houston has both him and Verlander. Kimbrel is letting the ninth inning get away from him too much. I'd rather have his lights out than his managing near catastrophes.

    Happy they're going to Houston with a win.

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    I'll be at games 3 and 4. Cannot wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    I'll be at games 3 and 4. Cannot wait.


    I’ll be at game 4 but SRO though
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    We had fun last night. I sat next to some really cool Astros fans. They'd yell at people who lingered in the aisle, blocking our view. I jokingly told them, "I can't get away with that sort of thing. People always want to fight me when stuff like that happens."

    When Jackie Bradley Jr. was up in the 8th, a guy and gal decided to take selfies right our line of sight, so I said, "We're watching a game here. Save it for after the game." And he stuck his middle finger in my face and called me all sorts of names. At one point, I was afraid he was going to swing at me, so I stood up and told him not to touch me and to go sit down, which he did after several additional colorful words. Luckily, the guy was gone for Bradley's grand salami.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    We had fun last night. I sat next to some really cool Astros fans. They'd yell at people who lingered in the aisle, blocking our view. I jokingly told them, "I can't get away with that sort of thing. People always want to fight me when stuff like that happens."

    When Jackie Bradley Jr. was up in the 8th, a guy and gal decided to take selfies right our line of sight, so I said, "We're watching a game here. Save it for after the game." And he stuck his middle finger in my face and called me all sorts of names. At one point, I was afraid he was going to swing at me, so I stood up and told him not to touch me and to go sit down, which he did after several additional colorful words. Luckily, the guy was gone for Bradley's grand salami.
    I dont even want to know how you saw that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    I dont even want to know how you saw that.
    He let it all out on the field in the 8th. How could you miss it?

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    I should like for Kimbrel to find his zone back, thank you very much.

    What a great game to be at, Moliere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post


    All tied up
    Did you make it the whole game? I watched every out and drove back to San Antonio. I'm one tired puppy today.
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    funny how i tend to forget how much i hate the red sox until they aren't playing the yankees.
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    Sorrynotsorry SMR.

    I was not expecting a quick series like that. And especially not a game where Price outshone Verlander.

    Go Sox!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwestcoug View Post
    Sorrynotsorry SMR.

    I was not expecting a quick series like that. And especially not a game where Price outshone Verlander.

    Go Sox!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paperback Writer View Post
    When Cora went with Kimbrel for the 9th, I had flashbacks of 1986. I was sure the Astros would score.
    Yeah Cora managed his relief pitching so carefully I didn’t think he was going to go with Kimbrel. I expected they would let off him after last night. But he looked much better tonight. I hope he’s found his stuff again.

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    Dodgers and Red Sox. Thank goodness it wasn't Astros/Brewers.

    I've enjoyed seeing Kershaw have improved playoff performances here toward the end part of his career. Nice to see him get the last three outs tonight.
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    Should be a fun series, but I think the Sox win in 6.
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    Hard to root against Dave Roberts, who should be remembered eternally for the stolen base that started The ComebackTM. He has done a great job with the Dodgers.

    Red Sox are only slightly favored to win the WS. I wonder if people are skittish about Sale and Price. But I can't imagine the offense that mowed through the Astros will have too much of a problem with the Dodgers. Sox in 6 sounds about right.

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    ya'll are probably right, but I can hope can't I. After all it is the 30 anniversary of Kirk Gibson's home run

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    Lots of fun story lines between these two teams. Alex Cora was a fan favorite during his time in Dodger blue. He was a wizard at 2nd base and was always working 2-strike counts into walks. He and Dave Roberts were teammates for several years on the Blue, and were teammates in 04, when Roberts was traded to Boston at the trade deadline (a trade that set up the Stolen Base Heard Round the World). Cora is also involved in my favorite Dodger moment that i've witnessed in-person:

    During that '04 summer, I was in law school and was clerking in LV at a small firm. It was basically a two man firm, and they were still figuring out how to take full advantage of a full-time clerk and keep me busy. Early in the summer, both partners were gone and I was basically sitting around twiddling my thumbs for 8 hours a day. I get a text from my best friend from HS (also a Dodger fan) that basically says "This afternoon I'm driving from St. George to a Dodger game. Let me know if I should stop and pick you up." I looked around at an office with a paralegal who spent 8 hours a day meeting guys in Yahoo chat rooms and a receptionist who took calls and spent the rest of her time on ebaumsworld. I decided sneaking out the back door a few hours early couldn't hurt. My buddy picked me up and we drove straight through to Chavez Ravine.

    Dodgers were playing the Cubs, and we snagged some decent Loge seats along the first base side. I remember paying $45.00 for our tickets and feeling like that was a LOT of money to be dropping on a frolic to a baseball game. It all became worth it when I got to witness one of the great regular-season at bats of all time:


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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    ya'll are probably right, but I can hope can't I. After all it is the 30 anniversary of Kirk Gibson's home run
    And the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s last World Series victory with the Red Sox.
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    I didn't know that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    And the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s last World Series victory with the Red Sox.
    In 1978, I was a lunch guest (law firm summer clerk thing) where the host regaled us with his story about that game (the one that Ruth won as a pitcher--the Sox won the Series two days later), as he was in attendance. The 90-year-old host was a partner emeritus of the firm, and was largely responsible for driving out all the Latinos to make way for Dodger Stadium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Lots of fun story lines between these two teams. Alex Cora was a fan favorite during his time in Dodger blue. He was a wizard at 2nd base and was always working 2-strike counts into walks. He and Dave Roberts were teammates for several years on the Blue, and were teammates in 04, when Roberts was traded to Boston at the trade deadline (a trade that set up the Stolen Base Heard Round the World). Cora is also involved in my favorite Dodger moment that i've witnessed in-person:

    During that '04 summer, I was in law school and was clerking in LV at a small firm. It was basically a two man firm, and they were still figuring out how to take full advantage of a full-time clerk and keep me busy. Early in the summer, both partners were gone and I was basically sitting around twiddling my thumbs for 8 hours a day. I get a text from my best friend from HS (also a Dodger fan) that basically says "This afternoon I'm driving from St. George to a Dodger game. Let me know if I should stop and pick you up." I looked around at an office with a paralegal who spent 8 hours a day meeting guys in Yahoo chat rooms and a receptionist who took calls and spent the rest of her time on ebaumsworld. I decided sneaking out the back door a few hours early couldn't hurt. My buddy picked me up and we drove straight through to Chavez Ravine.

    Dodgers were playing the Cubs, and we snagged some decent Loge seats along the first base side. I remember paying $45.00 for our tickets and feeling like that was a LOT of money to be dropping on a frolic to a baseball game. It all became worth it when I got to witness one of the great regular-season at bats of all time:


    I remember that...but I thought it was against Arizona. That was awesome!

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