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lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
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Posted - 02/10/2013 :  15:58:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by markk

A spectacular season for the Yanks, despite all, they played valiantly. A Jeterless season, the A Rod fiasco, a bunch of substitute players playing above their potential, pitchers failing, and Joe Girardi juggling the whole thing. Mariano and Petite demonstrating their talents on and off the field. They are special,
in a way that could only be Yankee lore.
The Red Sox remarkable comeback using non all star players playing like all stars. But what is with that Cro Magnon look? Its like my high school team dyeing their hair blonde as a sign of unity.

Go Pirates.

It may be just because they CAN (wear beards)...and the Yankees CAN'T.


Remember 2004 and all the Red Sox beards ( I think it was a rather successful and unexpected year also )? It is somehow unifying...can't argue with success!

Yes..the Yanks almost pulled off an amazing comeback. Sox fans were nervous for a bit..just a little.

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Edited by - lemonade kid on 02/10/2013 15:59:50
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captain america and billy
Old Love

907 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2013 :  16:28:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Somehow,I don't think the whole Sox/Yanks rivalry/Yankees' "Evil Empire" thing will never quite be the same since the Sox miraculous victory over the quite storied Bronx Bombers in '04.Seems the moment the Bambino curse was "lifted",this piece of pro sports lore just hasn't been the same.Another factor here is the Sox relatively new found ability to keep up with the Yanks in the payroll department....
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markk
Old Love

USA
779 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2013 :  00:07:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Evil Empire ended with the failing health and ultimate passing of King George. No other reason. His sons have not shown the same passion nor willingness to spend the big bucks. The Sox were out of it last year and this year it was the Yanks. But by no means is this over
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underture
Fifth Love

479 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2013 :  16:23:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Rays pitching held up again in the elimination game vs. Cleveland and now we get a potentially exciting series vs. Boston. A big order to fill for Tampa to pull off the upset here, but they are peaking at the right time and maybe they have some magic left in the tank. They have made this another fun season to watch regardless of the outcome. Lots of love (and LoVE) to Maddon, Price, Longo and the rest...maybe Rodney has a few more arrows left in his quiver.

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markk
Old Love

USA
779 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2013 :  15:30:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, Bosox are mowin them down and the Rays are a pretty fine team.
You need to score at least 12 runs to beat the Sox at the Fens.
Looking forward to a Boston - Detroit series next. Baseball purists state Good pitching stops Good Hitting. Interesting.
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lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
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Posted - 07/10/2013 :  15:45:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BoSox are the most opportunistic and relentless hitting team in the majors...so much fun to watch. And the pitching aces & bullpen are stepping up at just the right time!

So long Rays.

Hello/goodbye to Tigers--moving on and up

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underture
Fifth Love

479 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2013 :  17:47:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rays stage another miraculous comeback to "stay solvent" in Joe Maddon's terms. Incredible game for Tampa fans with the topper being the walk-off homer actually landing in the Rays Touch Tank. Their chances of winning the series are still slim but again the Tampa Bay Rays make the sport enjoyable to watch regardless.

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lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
9451 Posts

Posted - 08/10/2013 :  18:01:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by underture

Rays stage another miraculous comeback to "stay solvent" in Joe Maddon's terms. Incredible game for Tampa fans with the topper being the walk-off homer actually landing in the Rays Touch Tank. Their chances of winning the series are still slim but again the Tampa Bay Rays make the sport enjoyable to watch regardless.

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Good series..hate sweeps!

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captain america and billy
Old Love

907 Posts

Posted - 09/10/2013 :  16:26:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Waiting with bated breath for Saturday night's ALCS SOx home opener against Oakland/Detroit.Ah,the televised sights of championship level of the nation's official pastime,my home squaud is involved and all along with that certain autumn smell in the air.A good time to be alive.A VERY good time.....
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underture
Fifth Love

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Posted - 09/10/2013 :  20:34:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by captain america and billy

Waiting with bated breath for Saturday night's ALCS SOx home opener against Oakland/Detroit.Ah,the televised sights of championship level of the nation's official pastime,my home squaud is involved and all along with that certain autumn smell in the air.A good time to be alive.A VERY good time.....



Disappointing that the Rays coughed up the lead on two garbage plays, but quite frankly they didn't swing it well enough to win this series. Boston has had an outstanding 2013 year and is deserving of their spot in the ALCS. Hope you enjoy it Capt. Unfortunately Fox doesn't have Rachel Nichols to provide in-game updates.

At least I'll get to sleep at normal hours now.

To close out the 2013 season I'll paraphrase Nez from the Monkees on Tour episode: "I'd like to thank the Rays for making it good".

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lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
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Posted - 20/10/2013 :  17:28:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Scrappy & relentless...the Red Sox are something!

Victorino’s Slam Sends Red Sox to World Series

RED SOX 5, TIGERS 2




BOSTON — In 2004, they wore their hair long and projected a goofy, irreverent manner.

Nine years later, they are bearded, bedraggled and relentless, a formula that has carried the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series.

The Red Sox are American League champions again, a title they earned with a dramatic 5-2 victory over Detroit in Game 6 of the league championship series Saturday night, mostly because of another grand slam off the Tigers’ suspect bullpen.

With Boston trailing by a run with one out in the seventh inning, Shane Victorino hit a blast off relief pitcher Jose Veras for the second grand slam of his postseason career. And for the fourth time in their storied history, and the second time in 10 seasons, the Red Sox will meet the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, completing a remarkable one-year transformation from worst to first in the American League.

The World Series will begin at Fenway Park on Wednesday

“Certainly, we hoped and prayed for it,” said the Red Sox’ chief executive and president, Larry Lucchino, who was on hand in St. Louis in 2004 when Boston won its first title in 86 years. “But we didn’t specifically plan for this. We never thought we could come so far so fast. We just wanted to get going in the right direction.”

That direction was up, out and over the wall, off the bat of the slumping Victorino.

Just as they did in Game 2 of this series, the Red Sox patiently waited for Detroit’s fearsome starter Max Scherzer to leave the game and then punished the Tigers’ bullpen. In Game 2, David Ortiz did the honors, with a game-tying shot. On Saturday, it was Victorino’s turn. He and Jim Thome are the only players to have hit two postseason grand slams.

“It was a special moment,” Victorino said. “It’s been a special year. We all battled, and special moments like this, you cherish it.”

Victorino, one of Boston’s many off-season additions who helped cleanse a toxic clubhouse from the two previous seasons, hit his other slam with Philadelphia in a National League division series in 2008; those Phillies went on to win the World Series.

Boston became the first team to have two grand slams in the seventh inning or later during one postseason, let alone one series.

Victorino’s blast on Saturday, which sailed over the Green Monster and into the dense pages of Red Sox history, came one at-bat after Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias botched a ball that could have ended the inning with a double play.

Before Victorino batted, John Henry, the Red Sox’ principal owner, went from his suite to the Red Sox’ baseball operations suite, which held his general manager, Ben Cherington, and Cherington’s staff.

“They told me he was going to hit a first-pitch curveball,” Henry said. “It wasn’t on the first pitch, but it was a curveball, and it was incredible. We all just went crazy.”

So did Victorino, who pumped his fist and jumped as the ball cleared the Green Monster and then pounded his chest as he rounded the bases.

“No disrespect to them,” Victorino said. “I hope they understand it was a special moment for me and for the city.”

David Ortiz echoed that after the game, jokingly referring to his profane but heartfelt declaration from April, when, after the Boston Marathon bombings, he swore during a ceremony at Fenway Park. On Saturday night, Ortiz addressed the joyous crowd with the same words — almost.

“This is our bleeeep city,” he said to roars of approval.

Victorino noted that he failed to get down a bunt in the third inning with runners on first and second and nobody out — Scherzer caught the ball in the air — and said the play weighed on him until he made up for it four innings later.

“That question was definitely in my head: how am I going to explain not getting the bunt down?” he said. “In a crucial situation, you’ve got to minimize the mistakes. Every single thing counts. It makes it that much more special. I knew all along this was going to be a special team.”

How special will be determined over the next 10 days as two great clubs face off again. This World Series will be a rematch of 2004, when Boston put to rest the curse that had supposedly been put on the team for its selling of Babe Ruth to the Yankees after the 1919 season.

The Cardinals and the Red Sox also met in the 1946 and 1967 Series, both of which St. Louis won in seven games. More recently, the Red Sox played in the World Series in 2007, sweeping Colorado in four games for their second title in a four-year span.


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Edited by - lemonade kid on 20/10/2013 17:29:00
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captain america and billy
Old Love

907 Posts

Posted - 21/10/2013 :  16:51:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Boston strong,brother,Boston strong.Sox in 6.HERE WE GO,RED SOX,HERE WE GO!!
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lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
9451 Posts

Posted - 22/10/2013 :  22:24:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Boston strong,brother,Boston strong.Sox in 6.HERE WE GO,RED SOX,HERE WE GO!!

So are you picking Sox in 6 against the Cardinals, capt'n? I am definitely picking the Sox, maybe in 7. They certainly had the Cardinals' number when the Sox won the World Series in '04--SWEEP!!

But we can't be cocky..only hopeful.



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markk
Old Love

USA
779 Posts

Posted - 22/10/2013 :  22:37:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, Sox are faves, but seems to be pretty even , both hitting and pitching. I believe 3 games are in St. Louis, w/o the DH. Do they start Ortiz at first and bench Napoli? A tough choice. Ortiz is a professional DH and nothing else.


On another tale, we DID beat Tom Brady. A fine day in NY Jetland.
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lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
9451 Posts

Posted - 28/10/2013 :  20:51:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ortiz plays first quite well..he is much more than a DH & turns out he can field and catch--be we knew that in Boston--he's played first base often...AND he is the heart and soul of the Sox. Turns out he can run and slide into home plate too!

Series tied. Going pretty much like the American League Championship--pretty entertaining. Who would have ever picked 2012's last place team, to be in the World Series in 2013...go SOX!

Still picking the Sox?...fingers crossed.

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