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There are three nights left in the 2007 Major League Baseball season. The National League has seven teams within spitting distance of the four playoff spots (five of them could end up with exactly the same record), and we could conceivably see one-game tiebreakers through next Thursday. Those in charge of stadiums, planning TV schedules, managing local hotels, are dealing the best they can with the unclear schedule. Considering also the myriad noteable records set this year, it's hard not to call this the most exciting MLB season ever.
posted by Plutor (102 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
"it's hard not to call this the most exciting MLB season ever."
unless of course you are a Orioles fan.

shakes his head.
posted by ShawnString at 12:43 PM on September 28, 2007


"exciting MLB season"

isn't that an oxymoron?
posted by matt_od at 12:47 PM on September 28, 2007


LOL, matt_od, baseball is teh boring!!!!!

PS - why are you here, in this thread?
posted by ORthey at 12:50 PM on September 28, 2007 [3 favorites]


I sort of think that the Nationals are in control of the NL east. Hopefully they will give the Phillies the shaming they deserve.
posted by exogenous at 12:51 PM on September 28, 2007


If the Mets don't make the playoffs, it would be the second-greatest collapse in MLB history. (See note at end.)
posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:51 PM on September 28, 2007


I gotta say, if that's the case, I can easily understand why I'm finding myself drawn to the sport all of a sudden after 27 years of ignoring it. Shit's been pretty exciting recently for new yorkers, to say the least. huh, maybe I'll wind up being a baseball fan.

*
posted by shmegegge at 12:52 PM on September 28, 2007


You mean that they keep playing baseball after Football season starts? Who knew?
posted by octothorpe at 12:52 PM on September 28, 2007


Is this 'baseball' anything like cricket?
posted by malaprohibita at 12:53 PM on September 28, 2007


And when Garrett Olsen became the first ballplayer from Cal Poly to become a Major Leaguer in a dozen years, suddenly everybody in San Luis Obispo, California became Orioles fans. Now THAT was a waste of enthusiasm.
posted by wendell at 12:57 PM on September 28, 2007


PS - why are you here, in this thread?

Because LOL, baseball is teh boring!!!!!

(T-ball, on the other hand, is much better. No boring waits during several consecutive strikeouts. It's a fracking hit every at-bat.)
posted by GuyZero at 12:59 PM on September 28, 2007


Guyzero, I and every other elementary school loser in the world who clumsily struck out at t-ball hate you.
posted by shmegegge at 1:02 PM on September 28, 2007 [2 favorites]


huh, maybe I'll wind up being a baseball fan.

Resistence is futile.
posted by rtha at 1:05 PM on September 28, 2007


Yankees suck!
posted by kuujjuarapik at 1:09 PM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


Is this 'baseball' anything like cricket?

I believe it's a derivative of rounders.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:09 PM on September 28, 2007


How do you strike out at t-ball? I was a clumsy elementary school loser too, but come on. IT'S SITTING STILL. RIGHT THERE. JUST HIT IT WITH THE BAT.
posted by cortex at 1:10 PM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


Dice-K -- good luck tonight!
posted by ericb at 1:12 PM on September 28, 2007


My kid's league only applied the t-ball strike-out rules during playoffs. But the first game was, indeed, awesome. 20 swings and finally a dribbling grounder.

Then I got off the field and the kids started playing.
posted by GuyZero at 1:13 PM on September 28, 2007


"it's hard not to call this the most exciting MLB season ever."
unless of course you are a Orioles fan.


That's my exact feeling being a Cardinals fan. It's hard to fathom, given last year's heroics.

That said, yeah, it's shaping up as a pretty exciting season. And I'm not even really that into baseball. Playoffs should be good this year.
posted by Brak at 1:14 PM on September 28, 2007


A graph of the National League race with playoff chances and today's games impact.
posted by kendroberts at 1:16 PM on September 28, 2007


I'm not a big fan, but I sure enjoyed the fact that the Nationals played a short walk from my house. I went to three games this year, probably an all-time high, once on someone else's ticket (thanks exogenous!), and once, to the last game at RFK, just to get a souvenier ticket and free t-shirt for my brother--I didn't even stay for the game. The new stadium is taking shape, and I look forward to going to a game or two there.
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:17 PM on September 28, 2007


If the Mets don't make the playoffs, it would be the second-greatest collapse in MLB history.

I am STUNNED to find the 1978 Red Sox seventh on that list. I was sure they would be much closer to the top.
posted by briank at 1:19 PM on September 28, 2007


As a Cardinals fan this year is anti-climatic.

My only recourse is to root against the Cubs.
posted by rfbjames at 1:21 PM on September 28, 2007


Your favorite professional sports league sucks.
posted by brain_drain at 1:22 PM on September 28, 2007


I sort of think that the Nationals are in control of the NL east. Hopefully they will give the Phillies the shaming they deserve.

Maybe they can do to the Phils what they did to my Mets. This has been a really heartbreaking September for New Yorkers. Well, the ones with hearts, at least. The season starts again in the NL East tonight, and it only lasts 3 games.
posted by uncleozzy at 1:32 PM on September 28, 2007


I swear to god, one of these days the Mets really are going to kill me. I thought it was bad in 98 when they lost the last five games to miss the playoffs by one game, but it turns out it can get worse.

I know this team doesn't deserve to make the post-season this year, but if they miss it it will be the one of the most disappointing seasons I've ever been through.

And to think, everyone was talking about David Wright for MVP. Ha!
posted by hobgadling at 1:33 PM on September 28, 2007


I like your graph kendroberts. Have the Mets gone from having a 96.8% chance to having a 54.5% chance in two days?? Let's go Rockies.
posted by jamesonandwater at 1:33 PM on September 28, 2007


PS - why are you here, in this thread?

OOO SNARK!
I mean snap.
posted by matt_od at 1:34 PM on September 28, 2007


I'm with Brak and rfbjames. Our Redbirds haven't played with the kind of quality that the Lou is accustomed to. If only we hadn't been plagued with injuries, things might be different. That being said, I plan on watching a lot of playoff ball, not only because I'm a fan and it's exciting, but also to savor the inevitable melt down of the Cubbies. How sweet that will be.
posted by friendlyjuan at 1:35 PM on September 28, 2007


Go Phillies!
posted by desuetude at 1:35 PM on September 28, 2007


Hopefully, if the Cubs make it, they will have already gotten the inexplicable need to choke out of the way. It's maddening to watch your team do everything it can to not make the post-season yet somehow find one's magic number at 2.

/me wishes he was still living a mere four blocks from Wrigley.
posted by Fezboy! at 1:36 PM on September 28, 2007


Yankees! Yankees! Anyone think they can pull it off and win the AL East?

I'll just duck my head in anticipation of the inevitable "Well, with their payroll..." comments.
posted by jstef at 1:41 PM on September 28, 2007


I've been to more baseball games this year than any in my life, including four this week. I was listening to the radio call when Prince Fielder became the youngest player in National League history to hit 50 home runs (and was in there when he tied the team record).

To me, a baseball game involves the emotions like a movie does. You have no control over the action, but it can make you feel emotional highs and lows. I've never been high-fived by strangers in my life, except when the Brewers came back against the Mets, or when a fresh call up from triple A hit a home run with 2 outs in the ninth to bring the game within one.
posted by drezdn at 1:41 PM on September 28, 2007


And depending on how things go during the next three days, I fully intend to purge myself of following baseball as of October 1st. Fantasy football is fun, but I just don't enjoy it/get insanely frustrated by it like I do with baseball.
posted by drezdn at 1:45 PM on September 28, 2007


As a die-hard fan of both the Cubs and the Indians, this October is going to be the death of me. (And I'm not convinced that the world won't be ending soon anyway.)
posted by prosthezis at 1:47 PM on September 28, 2007


Yankees suck!
posted by ericb at 1:47 PM on September 28, 2007 [5 favorites]


jamesonandwater, thanks. In the last 2 days (before today) 11 games had an impact on the Mets' playoff chances, 10 of which went against the Mets. Their odds fell from 91% to 54.5%.
posted by kendroberts at 1:47 PM on September 28, 2007


Stoopid Mets!
posted by Mister_A at 1:47 PM on September 28, 2007


Where's Mayor Curley defending his beloved Sox? C'mon, man, you know they're gonna find some way to blow the Division title ;).
posted by mkultra at 1:53 PM on September 28, 2007


The Diamondbacks and Rockies are playing each other for the next three games, so they can't finish with the same record. The most we can hope for is a 4-team tie.
posted by one_bean at 2:10 PM on September 28, 2007


Now more than ever they are the Mehts.
posted by vrakatar at 2:10 PM on September 28, 2007


You folks with dogs still in the hunt can go suck it. I'm with the folks at Plunk Biggio, just hoping Craig finds a way to get beaned three times in the next three days to get the all-time record he so richly deserves. Maybe some helpful pitchers could emulate Brett Favre giving a handout to Michael Strahan... but then again, Craig probably wouldn't want an asterisk on his record.
posted by John Smallberries at 2:30 PM on September 28, 2007


Watching the Cubs melt down against the Marlins this week has been painful, to say the least. They're just barely ahead of the Brewers.

It reminds me of their heart-crushing defeat 3 years ago at the hands of the Marlins. It was the 7th game of the NLCS, the Cubs' last chance at the World Series. I was in this crowd that night. When I got off the eL at Addison, there was an electricity in the air. Sheffield, Waveland, and Addison surrounding Wrigley field had been closed to car traffic, because there were so many thousands of people outside the ballpark.

Then the Cubs lost. And there was total, complete, silence. Thousands of people, not saying word, walking down every area street. No traffic moving, just people. I couldn't make my way onto a train, because the lines at the stations were a block long. I ended up walking about 2.5 miles home.
posted by ninjew at 2:39 PM on September 28, 2007


If "exciting" = "painful", yes.

All the same, I'm a Mets fan who is not giving up until the last game. After all in 2006 the Cardinals and Tigers had lousy Septembers, as did the 2005 White Sox, and the 2000 Yankees.

So the playoffs and ultimate victory are still possible. And it would be even more exciting if the Mets & Phillies could meet up in the NLCS (with the Mets winning of course).

posted by Rarebit Fiend at 2:41 PM on September 28, 2007


Plunk Biggio is my new band name.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:43 PM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think I need some steroids just to keep up with all the excitement.
posted by phaedon at 2:46 PM on September 28, 2007


Huh. Baseball. Do they still play that?

(Go Mets!)
posted by perilous at 3:01 PM on September 28, 2007


I am a Cubs fan. They're making this last week of the season way too exciting for me. All I can say is, I am so glad the Brewers end the season playing a team that needs to win and not one that's already been eliminated or already clinched and is resting all the good players.
posted by SisterHavana at 3:05 PM on September 28, 2007


PS - why are you here, in this thread?

Perhaps seeking enlightenment? As am I!

Now then, is baseball the one with the small white ball?
posted by telstar at 3:06 PM on September 28, 2007


No, that's Lance Armstrong.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 3:15 PM on September 28, 2007 [3 favorites]


Now then, is baseball the one with the small white ball?

no, that's ping pong. now there's a sport!
posted by matt_od at 3:15 PM on September 28, 2007


The Tigers were looking great mid-season; their collapse is only the 16th-worst all-time.

The "so damn likable" Curtis Granderson had a good year. He's the third player in Major League history with 20 or more doubles (37), triples (23), homers (23), and steals (23) in a season, and the first one since Willie Mays in 1957 (Frank "Wildfire" Schulte did it in 1911). He's the first player since 1947 with 23 doubles in a season. He made a great catch against the Red Sox and had an inside-the-park home run against the Yankees (he's almost at third before Matsui gets to the ball).
posted by kirkaracha at 3:28 PM on September 28, 2007


I have to say, the Rockies have made it fun this year. Even if they don't make the playoffs, the fact that they are even close at this time of year is fun. They are also playing good fundamental baseball and doing all the basics right. They have committed the fewest errors of any team. I went to one game this year, and they really look like they're having fun. I like this team better than any in the past because they seem to play more as a team rather than a collective of talent. Watch that Troy Tulowitski, kid's gonna be awesome.
posted by Eekacat at 3:32 PM on September 28, 2007


Fuck the Mets. Go Phillies!
posted by desuetude at 3:36 PM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


I miss my Expos.
posted by hangashore at 3:37 PM on September 28, 2007


Fucking Mets.

I swear to god, one of these days the Mets really are going to kill me. I thought it was bad in 98 when they lost the last five games to miss the playoffs by one game, but it turns out it can get worse.

You and me both, brother.

*desperately remembers 1986*
posted by languagehat at 4:18 PM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


Yankees suck!
posted by newdaddy at 4:37 PM on September 28, 2007 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Yankees suck!
posted by newdaddy at 4:38 PM on September 28, 2007


You a Tigers fan, Kirkaracha? It's been killer watching them fold in slo-mo. I've had to become a reluctant Angels fan (really, I just need to root for someone who can beat the Yankees).
posted by klangklangston at 4:43 PM on September 28, 2007


let's not forget that the American League races have been over for a while ...

Am I the only one who thinks that MLB playoff races have been ruined by the new (1994) format?

I'll admit that the wild-card format technically gets more teams involved, but the races seem diluted and less exciting by the fact that a division *loser* often becomes the wild-card winner.

In all of the Bonds retrospective crap that they've been showing in the SF Bay Area recently, what's been interesting to me is the favorite teams of the past 20 years or so.

More than even some of the great (OK, "good") Giants playoff teams that made the playoffs (87, 02, etc.), the 93 team is likely remembered the most fondly. They won 103 games and lost the NL West to the Braves by a game. No playoffs.

Has there been as *good* a playoff race since?

Of course, if the Giants 87 and 02 teams had different endings, they'd be remembered differently, but there's something to be said about shutting some of the better teams out of the playoffs, *if* the goal is to have good playoff races (which is/was one of my favorite parts of the baseball season).

The Mets "collapse" is quite fun, however. Keep it coming. Go Phillies!
posted by mrgrimm at 5:24 PM on September 28, 2007


"it's hard not to call this the most exciting MLB season ever."
unless of course you are a Orioles fan.


Let's not let the awful September obscure that there was a lot to like about the Orioles this season -- the rise of Erik Bedard as legitimate staff ace, the improbable Jeremy Guthrie, Markakis continuing to stick, just to start. We outscored the opposition well into August and beat the Yankees a ton.

Also, Plutor, you forgot that this year Micah Owings had the best batting season by a pitcher in the history of baseball.
posted by escabeche at 5:43 PM on September 28, 2007


As a blue jays fan, I want the unbalanced schedule to die.

I hate being in the same division as the Evil Empire, and Evil Empire Jr.

Yes the Jays did spend a lot of money for a few years, but it was a blip in history compared to the squads of mercenaries they have to face every frickin' year.
posted by Deep Dish at 6:09 PM on September 28, 2007


You a Tigers fan, Kirkaracha?

My best friend's a longtime Tigers fan (Al Kaline's his all-time favorite baseball player), so I follow along. (I was really rooting for them to break the all-time loss record a couple of years ago; they were 55-106 in 2002. If you're going to suck that bad, you might as well be the suckiest team of all time, and just getting to the World Series so soon after that was pretty impressive.) Granderson had a great season, plus my buddy and I have a lot of fun saying "Grrrrrrrrrranderson!" when we watch Tigers games. (We also drink a lot of beer.)

I love playoff baseball, always love going to games, and I root for the Giants since they're my home team, but I don't have a regular team. (There are too many games for my raised-on-football brain to follow.) I pick teams in the playoffs and have a somewhat Machiavellian system for determining who to root for.

It was the 7th game of the NLCS, the Cubs' last chance at the World Series.

Well, technically they had a chance, but they lost the NLCS in Game 6 when they blew a 3-0 lead in the top of the eighth 5 outs away from their first World Series since 1945. A crushing defeat like that is psychologically devastating and Game 7 is often a formality. (I was rooting for the Cubs.) By the way, I feel that Steve Bartman's interference didn't cost them the game, their mental breakdown as a result of it did. The Marlins didn't score on the play, the next pitch was a wild pitch, and then the wheels fell off.

I was also rooting for the Red Sox that year when they blew a 5-2 lead five outs from the World Series in Game 7 of the ALCS against the fuckin' Yankees. (I really wanted that potential Cubs-Red Sox matchup.) I knew the Red Sox were going to lose when Pedro Martinez started the 8th.

The year before I was rooting for the Giants when they blew a 5-0 lead with one out in the bottom of the seventh in Game 6 of the World Series. (I still love Dusty Baker despite his being the manager in both this game the the Cubs game.)

Lesson: I am the Job of the baseball playoffs. Find out who I'm rooting for and bet big the other way.
posted by kirkaracha at 6:46 PM on September 28, 2007


Jimmy Rollins set the record for plate appearances in a season.

Albert Pujols is the only player to hit 30 HR and drivein 100 runs in each of his first 7 seasons.

I'm hoping he can also get to 100 runs.

I haven't bothered to read the thread so pardon if this has already been mentioned.
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 7:14 PM on September 28, 2007


Yankees! Yankees! Anyone think they can pull it off and win the AL East?

Not so much. Red Sox are AL champs after the Yankees blew a huge lead and lost on a bunt.
posted by jeremias at 8:04 PM on September 28, 2007


...clears throat and prepares best John Sterling voice: Thuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhh Yankees lose!
Thuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhh Yankees lose!
posted by horsemuth at 8:11 PM on September 28, 2007


Cue Steve Goodman!
posted by NoMich at 8:24 PM on September 28, 2007


Cubs clinch!
posted by Sailormom at 8:33 PM on September 28, 2007


Cue Steve Goodman!

Your 2007 NL Central Division Champions... The Chicago Cubs!
posted by SisterHavana at 8:36 PM on September 28, 2007


Cubs webcam (you may want to scroll down and turn off the Steve Goodman, but only a Hitler fan would do that).
posted by NoMich at 8:44 PM on September 28, 2007


Being a Mets fan is many things... frustrating, infuriating, exasperating, enraging and sometimes exciting in an 'oh hell, don't let them blow it this time' way.

But it's never boring.

I grew up watching the only team in baseball (ok, fine, other than the Phillies) who could conceivably win OR lose any given game right up to the final out.

Totally losing their division in the last 3 games after being atop it the whole damned year, though. *shakes head* I'm surprised more fans aren't dropping dead from coronaries right in the stands.

Fans were actually weeping on the train home from the game this evening. It was pathetic.
posted by zarq at 8:53 PM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


As big a tool as Schilling is, it was nice to see him and Mike Timlin spraying champagne on the fans who waited in Fenway Park for an hour and a half to see if the Orioles would beat the Yankees or not.

Congratulations to the Red Sox for their first AL East Division championship since 1995; however, no one really remembers the division champions, or even the League champions, after the World Series is over.
posted by yhbc at 8:59 PM on September 28, 2007


I grew up a Cubs fan which explains why I really don't get into baseball that much anymore. I think the last time I payed attention to what was going on was 1998(?) with the Cubs/Giants. I think there was an earthquake that year. After that it was clear that even God was against the Cubs.
posted by Sailormom at 9:06 PM on September 28, 2007


May whoever the Cubs face in the playoffs sweep them.

Yes, I'm still bitter.
posted by drezdn at 9:35 PM on September 28, 2007


Congratulations to the Red Sox for their first AL East Division championship since 1995; however, no one really remembers the division champions, or even the League champions, after the World Series is over.

Buddy, here in Boston, we relish all and every win.

Go Sox for your AL East win!!!

Any win is "our win."

Woo-hoo.

BTW --- Yankees Suck!!!
posted by ericb at 10:15 PM on September 28, 2007


BTW --- Yankees Suck!!!

The Yankees WILL ALWAYS S-U-C-K!!!
posted by ericb at 10:31 PM on September 28, 2007


You and me both, brother.

Me three.

As our boys entered the month sporting a substantial lead, the question I kept asking myself was how, oh how, would the Mets find a way to blow this one?

They never fail to disappoint.

Maybe I'm already dead.
posted by Opposite George at 10:48 PM on September 28, 2007


"My best friend's a longtime Tigers fan (Al Kaline's his all-time favorite baseball player), so I follow along. (I was really rooting for them to break the all-time loss record a couple of years ago; they were 55-106 in 2002. If you're going to suck that bad, you might as well be the suckiest team of all time, and just getting to the World Series so soon after that was pretty impressive.) Granderson had a great season, plus my buddy and I have a lot of fun saying "Grrrrrrrrrranderson!" when we watch Tigers games. (We also drink a lot of beer.)"

Yeah, around here it was all "Please don't let them be the suckiest team of all time!"

There's a lot of pronunciation fun on the Tigers, from Granderson to Placido Polanco, and my favorite: Maaaaglio Ordoñññññez, the Samson of swat. Plus, we had kah-razy Chef and "Pudge," whose video intro had him saying "I like books about boats and planes" in the most earnest voice imaginable.

It was a decent season, though a shame they folded late. I have to confess that I'm the type of fan who only follows one team for winning, and keep track of everyone else on a sliding scale of antipathy, generally anchored by a prevailing interest in the suffering of Yankees fans.

At least Craig Monroe's going to the playoffs.
posted by klangklangston at 11:19 PM on September 28, 2007


it's hard not to call this the most exciting MLB season ever.

the 1967 american league race was just as exciting
posted by pyramid termite at 1:38 AM on September 29, 2007


Maybe I'm already dead.

I'm going to give serious consideration to this possibility. I'm just glad I wasn't on that train back from Shea with all the weeping fans. I'd rather break down in privacy.

the 1967 american league race was just as exciting

And just as maddening for me. I was a Twins fan back then.
posted by languagehat at 6:12 AM on September 29, 2007


Every season is the most exciting one ever. Because you already know how the earlier ones turned out.
posted by Eideteker at 6:18 AM on September 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


My buddy and I went to see the Tigers play the A's at the beginning of September. The Tigers were leading 7-0 in the fifth and their pitcher was working on a perfect game, with 43 pitches after four innings. He gave up a single and immediately got rattled, but the Tigers still led 7-2 at the end of the inning. The A's scored three in the bottom of the seventh and tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Then in the bottom of the 10th the A's had a guy on first and tried what looked like a hit-and-run, but the batter blooped a single into shallow left field. The runner from first was already rounding second when the ball landed, and since it landed in such a weird location he was halfway between third and home by the time the A's got to the ball, so he scored easily and the A's won. I felt bad for the Tigers but it was a great, exciting game.
posted by kirkaracha at 8:19 AM on September 29, 2007


This year also brought us the first player with a hyphenated name and the longest last name in MLB history (pic).

And I'd like to thank the Mets for obscuring the historic collapse of the Mariners. 3 game lead in the wild card and 1 game out of first on August 24, effectively done two weeks later.
posted by dw at 9:25 AM on September 29, 2007


Where's Mayor Curley defending his beloved Sox? C'mon, man, you know they're gonna find some way to blow the Division title ;).

Red Sox clinch AL East after Yankees' loss! Bwahahahaha!!!
posted by ericb at 9:34 AM on September 29, 2007


Dear God, would you please stop not liking the Cubs? P L E A S E?? Pretty Please? I promise I will be good!!! Oh, and I live in Oklahoma, see? there are Cub's fans everywhere so it would mean so much to so many in so many places. Come on God. hmmmm... Maybe if I write an email to the Pope, would that help? Or if I be real nice to goats maybe?
posted by BillsR100 at 10:54 AM on September 29, 2007


Fuck the Cubs and the Red Sox. Lamest fans in the world.

Go Indians!
posted by mrgrimm at 11:38 AM on September 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


How insightful.
posted by NoMich at 12:37 PM on September 29, 2007


languagehat, at least you can remember 86. I was only 4 when that happened. The best Mets memories I have are from 2000, and we all remember how that turned out.

It almost surprises me that the fans were crying on the train last night. Personally, at this point I wasn't even surprised by any of this. After the last month, how could anyone be?
posted by hobgadling at 3:42 PM on September 29, 2007


Go Indians!

Who?
posted by ericb at 4:08 PM on September 29, 2007


I don't understand why more people are not making laudatory exclamations regarding the Phillies. This question is rhetorical, except to Phillies fans, who should feel free to jump in.

I would also like to add, for the record, "fuck the Nationals."
posted by desuetude at 9:36 PM on September 29, 2007


The Red Sox are God's chosen team!
posted by Rancid Badger at 9:59 PM on September 29, 2007


SpoFi's baseball guru, grum@work, breaks down the National League scenarios.
posted by NoMich at 7:03 AM on September 30, 2007


Goddammit, why must I be a Mets fan.
posted by languagehat at 12:26 PM on September 30, 2007


Well, looks like OG's fall hiking season's officially started.
Jesus Christ Jesus Christ Jesus Christ!
posted by Opposite George at 3:47 PM on September 30, 2007


Languagehat, this Brewers fan shares your pain.

Dear Diamondbacks, please decimate the Cubs.
posted by drezdn at 4:15 PM on September 30, 2007


Man, the Rockies know how to make things exciting! After thumping the Diamondbacks yesterday, they squeak out a close one today. We Rockies fans have had to put up with stupid player deals, goofy management, and never having any pitching. We do have a beautiful ballpark with a great view, and the best sunsets in Baseball. Bad thing is we get a lot of Cubs fans at home games when the Cubs are visiting.

Finally we get a team that's growing up. Winning 20 games in September and 13 of the last 14 has made it fun. There are no real superstars on the team, but there is a lot of talent, and they aren't dependent on just one guy to make plays. They've really earned their chance against San Diego tomorrow, and even if they lose I think they can say they've had a successful season.
posted by Eekacat at 5:22 PM on September 30, 2007


Dear Diamondbacks, please decimate the Cubs.

You want them knocked down by only 10%?
posted by NoMich at 6:50 PM on September 30, 2007


You want them knocked down by only 10%?

why not? that'd be enough to give them a losing record
posted by pyramid termite at 7:06 PM on September 30, 2007



You want them knocked down by only 10%?


That should be enough.

Bad thing is we get a lot of Cubs fans at home games when the Cubs are visiting.

We get this too, but the worst thing is that we pretty much get them at all of our games because they can't afford to go to Wrigley Field.
posted by drezdn at 7:12 PM on September 30, 2007


I don't understand why more people are not making laudatory exclamations regarding the Phillies.
Because Phillies fans are overwhelmingly obnoxious douchebags.
posted by exogenous at 5:19 AM on October 1, 2007


The Padres and Rockies have a one-game playoff tonight for the NL wildcard.

The NL East Champion Phillies' Jimmy Rollins also joined the 20/20/20/20 club this year, joining Schulte, Mays, and Granderson.
posted by kirkaracha at 6:45 AM on October 1, 2007


exogenous, you are incorrect. It's Eagles fans who are the obnoxious douchebags, as everyone knows. (How is this relevant to baseball? Because I have to hear their goddamn chanting even at Phillies games.)
posted by desuetude at 9:22 AM on October 1, 2007


Dear Diamondbacks, please decimate the Cubs.

No, please don't, because then we'll all have to hear about how great a manager Bob Melvin is.

Interesting that it's Melvin (M's manager from 2003-2004) vs. Piniella (M's manager from 1993-2002). The guy who abused the starting pitching vs. the guy who abused the bullpen.

Because Phillies fans are overwhelmingly obnoxious douchebags.

Phillies fans are Yankees fans with 25 fewer World Series trophies. Eagles fans are Cowboys fans with no Lombardi trophies. No, wait. They're Millwall fans with no Lombardi trophies.
posted by dw at 4:59 PM on October 1, 2007


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