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nickalero99

2013 World Series

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The Cardinals were many people's favorites in this series, but I just watched these Red Sox defy what "should" have happened in pitcher matchups to beat a team with likely the best starting pitching in baseball.

First couple innings they are already back at it with the assist of an error and Wainright is looking quite shaky. Last to WS champs?

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Wish Hunter could have pulled out the same thing Beltran just did.

The ball he hit just now looked alot better hit than the one VS Det. I thought it was clearing the bullpens.
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Agreed but it's downright frigid weather for baseball right now in Boston. Not going to see a whole lot of carry.

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As horrible as it seems for the neutral spectator, I think the Red Sox will get to Wacha in game two.

And then they just have to beat Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn to sweep them.

Unless Waino can come back on short rest for Game 4.

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Boston's rotation might be a slight mess now, but honestly there wouldn't be much drop off from Buccholz to Doubront. St.Louis hit .238 vs lefties (vs .280 against righties) in the regular season. Vs Lester (and honestly, as a whole) St.Louis looked lost at the plate. Buccholz has been leaving so many pitches up in the zone, that the only real bad thing about his injury is that Peavy might be set up to pitch a game 7. He has been pretty poor in the playoffs over his career, all though he did pitch well vs Tampa. I think if there was a game 7, the Sox would just use Peavy for minimal innings and then Doubront the second he got into trouble.

That's all a bit future thinking though. If the Red Sox win tonight, this series is close to over. I'm normally fairly pessimistic just because if I'm wrong, I'm happy, but if the Sox win tonight I see this series as over. I think Lester is going to win game 5 single handedly. Boston will miss not having one of Papi/Napoli in St.Louis, but this has the looks of a 5 game series if they win tonight.

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Posted · Hidden by Patrick Bateman, October 25, 2013 - No reason given · Report post

I enjoy watching John Lackey have success about as much as I enjoy watching someone do curls in a squat rack, or driving next to asian women.

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Back, back, back, back....GONE

Another Pappi home run that wouldn't be a home run any where else.

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Back, back, back, back....GONE

Another Pappi home run that wouldn't be a home run any where else.

Right. He's a bum who only hits them at Fenway, and is a complete fabrication of that field.

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Cards showed their resolve last night. If the Sox had finished off that game, I don't think the series would have made it past 5. Good win for them for sure. Wacha/Martinez/Rosenthal were filthy.

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Back, back, back, back....GONE

Is Pappi sitting the next three games?

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Back, back, back, back....GONE

Is Pappi sitting the next three games?

No, he is likely going to start Game 3 at first.

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Back, back, back, back....GONE

Is Pappi sitting the next three games?

No, he is likely going to start Game 3 at first.

Yeah, heard they cannot take his bat out of the lineup and Napoli will sit. At least game 3.

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So we were having a discussion about the fans, the "Red Sox Nation"...what I also call the "Back Bay Distressed Nation" for the number of distressed hats you see in crowd shots, and this isnt really a knock on them as much as it is a knock on what baseball has become.

When I was growing up and even into my 20's, a baseball game was part of a narrative of a 162-game season, but at the core of that single event was the game itself. It seems these days, that baseball because of new stadiums in great downtown "scene" locations has become 81 home "events" and it attracts less and less seamheads, but more of the people who want a popular scene, but the problem is that the price to attends what to a baseball fan is just 1 of 162, has been driven hard by the "demand" for those who are going to a different event.

So just speaking to your own hometowns, are there any of these teams, stadiums, events that its solely about baseball and the team? When I think around the league, what I see on TV, etc...the one that pops out in my mind are the A's.

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I can't speak for other cities, but as you mentioned, Oakland still caters to the casual baseball fan. Might be due to the lesser known product they put on the field, even though they're in the playoffs more often than not but it is very enjoyable, seats available anywhere at a reasonable price, seat prices have gone up yearly, but not enough to keep the working class at home. Field level, directly behind home plate, those seats you see during every pitch from the center field cam are $40, bleacher seats are still only $9 per game. Food prices have gone up a tic, but looking at what is offered, well worth it IMO. We tend to bring most of our own food and drinks, no cans, no glass, but Tupperware is allowed..

Pre game and batting practice are excellent for the fans, players interact with the fans, kids allowed at the field level rail to attempt autographs from those players who are nice enough to give them as well as shagging foul balls for souvenirs ....yea, Oakland is a great place to watch a baseball game..

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Back, back, back, back....GONE

Is Pappi sitting the next three games?

No, he is likely going to start Game 3 at first.

Yeah, heard they cannot take his bat out of the lineup and Napoli will sit. At least game 3.

Of all the Sox bats, the last one I'd want to remove from the lineup is Napoli's. If I was managing the team, I'd put Papi at 1B and Napoli behind the dish. Let Ross ride the pine.

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Back, back, back, back....GONE

Is Pappi sitting the next three games?

No, he is likely going to start Game 3 at first.

Yeah, heard they cannot take his bat out of the lineup and Napoli will sit. At least game 3.

Of all the Sox bats, the last one I'd want to remove from the lineup is Napoli's. If I was managing the team, I'd put Papi at 1B and Napoli behind the dish. Let Ross ride the pine.

Napoli catching would be a risky proposition since he didn't start there all year. Probably hasn't practiced throwing from the catcher position at all or did any research on opposing batter's tendency's. He was already a fringe defensive catcher to start with....a year off and all of a sudden starting in the world series? hmmm...

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As big of a loss Napoli is to the Red Sox the Cardinals lose Craig as well...

Kelly against a patient team that forces him to throw strikes could be a disaster. I think he will walk a batter per inning or so tomorrow, but hopefully he can weasel out with double plays and limit the damage.

I have absoloutely no idea what to expect with Peavy. I remember early on in the season I remembered him having a good year. Then at the deadline there was talk of the Cards getting him and I was excited. I guess he fell apart at the end of the season?

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