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Old 03-27-07, 09:31 AM   #1
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Play Ball!!!

...it's almost time for real baseball.....and this could be the year....
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for the steroid taking, striking and ending the world series, spoiled cheating losers to lose a few more fans and slide further down the popularity polls? I do not see the fascination with baseball. But that is just me. I would rather watch high school football than pro baseball.
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I predict it will be the usual for the Astros.
-Lackluster start to the season
-Have a comeback at the last possible moment in the season to make the playoffs.
-Lose to the Cards.
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for the steroid taking, striking and ending the world series, spoiled cheating losers to lose a few more fans and slide further down the popularity polls? I do not see the fascination with baseball. But that is just me. I would rather watch high school football than pro baseball.

baseball is a thinking man's game......those who can't get into it aren't thinking hard enough
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Go Sox!!!!!!
Yeah, WHITE SOX!



Actually.... it's GO CARDS, first. The Fight Sox are the only Chicago team I'll root for.

Let's just make sure Tony LaRussa catches a cab from now on. What an idiot falling asleep in an intersection and then blowing a .09. Baseball genius, maybe. Real life genius, highly doubtful!
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I think it is a travesty that a roided out jerk is gonna hold the home run record.
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Used to follow MLB avidly. But two strikes, and I was out.

I did go see the Cards play once in 1995 when I lived in St. Louis. $5 seat in centerfield. $7.50 for a tiny tray of nachos and a small soda. Place was nearly empty. Just wanted to be able to say that I had been to one major league game. But it was actually one more than I care to see.

Edit: I did used to go see the Durham Bulls play when I lived in Raleigh. That was always fun, and those guys always seemed to be playing their hearts out, for that one big break, but also for the love of the game.

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I'm a Cards fan so last year was really good for me. This year probably not so much. Seems a lot of players leave after a team wins the Series lately. But I enjoy going to our local AAA games and having a couple locally brewed beers and a bag of peanuts more than the majors anyway.
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I think it is a travesty that a roided out jerk is gonna hold the home run record.
True.

But I think it's more the jerk part of that that upsets most.

In football, nobody cares that roided out jerks hold and/or are breaking all the records. Heck, if you're Shawn Merriman, they vote you defensive player of the year, despite you missing 1/4 of the season on a steroid violation.

Baseball gets treated different because it's such a part of the fabric of the last 130+ years of American history. Football and basketball are the rowdy kids who get a pass for boys just being boys.

In any case, if you focus on home runs, the game is lame. An awesome pitchers dual is the best game to catch live. The game moves faster and people tend to pay more attention. A slugfest can get boring. YMMV
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for the steroid taking, striking and ending the world series, spoiled cheating losers to lose a few more fans and slide further down the popularity polls? I do not see the fascination with baseball. But that is just me. I would rather watch high school football than pro baseball.
I was going to add - 3rd year in a row that the players maul and beat up their fans And now I'll add it

NM! I read that as basketball - despite having read it twice
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I think it is a travesty that a roided out jerk is gonna hold the home run record.
+5000


What ever happened to him anyways. he seems to have dropped off of the radar - as people who commit heinous crines like him and Snoop Dog and other football players tend to.
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Used to follow MLB avidly. But two strikes, and I was out.

I did go see the Cards play once in 1995 when I lived in St. Louis. $5 seat in centerfield. $7.50 for a tiny tray of nachos and a small soda. Place was nearly empty. Just wanted to be able to say that I had been to one major league game. But it was actually one more than I care to see.

Edit: I did used to go see the Durham Bulls play when I lived in Raleigh. That was always fun, and those guys always seemed to be playing their hearts out, for that one big break, but also for the love of the game.
....that makes me sad.....

.....a baseball might be the most perfectly created plaything made by man. i drive with one hand and hold a baseball in the other, moving it around, feeling the seams and leather....
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Does anyone know Dale Earnhardt Jr's Batting Avg.? It might help me get more interested in MLB.
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Baseball is fun to play, but excruciatingly painful for me to watch. In the famous words of a friend of mine who responded to an offer of free tickets to an Orioles' game a few years back:

"Let me think...

Baseball?...
Death?...

Death?...
Baseball?...

I think I'll go with death."


I do "get" all the thinking and strategy involved, but ever since the era where managers have taken to switching pitchers with every batter in the late innings of close games, the game has lost something. Now I am completely apathetic, and have more time to do more productive things - like watching my grass grow.
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Does anyone know Dale Earnhardt Jr's Batting Avg.? It might help me get more interested in MLB.
They do not have a batting average in hockey...... that I know of anyway.
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....that makes me sad.....

.....a baseball might be the most perfectly created plaything made by man. i drive with one hand and hold a baseball in the other, moving it around, feeling the seams and leather....
Mmmm. Baseball p0rn.

I used to love baseball. I just can't get worked up over it anymore. Maybe it's a personal thing, too. <shrug>

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....that makes me sad.....

.....a baseball might be the most perfectly created plaything made by man. i drive with one hand and hold a baseball in the other, moving it around, feeling the seams and leather....
Gaylord Perry did the same thing except he had sand paper in the other hand.

How are you going to feel when Barry Bonds breaks the homerun record?
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Baseball is fun to play, but excruciatingly painful for me to watch. In the famous words of a friend of mine who responded to an offer of free tickets to an Orioles' game a few years back:

"Let me think...

Baseball?...
Death?...

Death?...
Baseball?...

I think I'll go with death."


I do "get" all the thinking and strategy involved, but ever since the era where managers have taken to switching pitchers with every batter in the late innings of close games, the game has lost something. Now I am completely apathetic, and have more time to do more productive things - like watching my grass grow.
Or watching paint dry. Oh, wait, you already did that this year.
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They do not have a batting average in hockey...... that I know of anyway.
I heard he averages like 10 rebounds a game!
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Gaylord Perry did the same thing except he had sand paper in the other hand.

How are you going to feel when Barry Bonds breaks the homerun record?
As a fairly big baseball fan, I can say I will be fairly apathetic that Bonds is breaking the record. If he had an ounce of class in that fat head of his, his pursuit of the record would be a season long celebration. Instead, he's obfuscated (note I did not say admitted or tested positive) regarding the HGH and steroid issues. His own teammates can't stand him. When he hit his 500th homer, the only one to greet him at the plate was the batboy, his son. His fellow players remained on the bench. (I think it was his 500th... may have to recheck that).

Baseball has always had jerks. The two career leaders in hits, Rose and Cobb, were respectively a gambler who was/is banned from the MLB ranks and a racist jack@ss bully.

Baseball has also had good guys. Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Curt Flood, Roberto Clemente, and the list goes on and on.

It has had its 'beloved' cheats, such as the above mentioned Gaylord Perry. Personality goes a long way.

The start of April is always somewhat special. Opening Day. It's just a great two word phrase that means it's time to catch a game.

As always, YMMV, especially to those who gave up on the game...
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As a fairly big baseball fan, I can say I will be fairly apathetic that Bonds is breaking the record. If he had an ounce of class in that fat head of his, his pursuit of the record would be a season long celebration. Instead, he's obfuscated (note I did not say admitted or tested positive) regarding the HGH and steroid issues. His own teammates can't stand him. When he hit his 500th homer, the only one to greet him at the plate was the batboy, his son. His fellow players remained on the bench. (I think it was his 500th... may have to recheck that).

Baseball has always had jerks. The two career leaders in hits, Rose and Cobb, were respectively a gambler who was/is banned from the MLB ranks and a racist jack@ss bully.

Baseball has also had good guys. Hank Greenberg, Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Curt Flood, Roberto Clemente, and the list goes on and on.

It has had its 'beloved' cheats, such as the above mentioned Gaylord Perry. Personality goes a long way.

The start of April is always somewhat special. Opening Day. It's just a great two word phrase that means it's time to catch a game.

As always, YMMV, especially to those who gave up on the game...
I agree 100%

I was unfair with my Gaylord Perry reference. I don't think he ever used sand paper. He did and admittedly so use the "spitball." Although, I don't think that was blatant cheating. He had better spit than the others. I respect Gaylord Perry and honor him.

It would seem MLB would have done something to stop Bonds from breaking the record. The tainting of various records is bad enough without a suspected performance enhancing user sitting atop a record where the original holder set the record with "blood, sweat, and tears."
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mmkay. I plead ignorance. What is "YMMV"? <curious Vega look>
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