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Ripken defines “student of the game.” What parts? All of them. One year he called pitches from shortstop in a pennant race.
In theory the A's would appear to have a slight advantage here, maybe 60/40; they have home field and the pitching matchup looks pretty close to even.
One year he called pitches from shortstop in a pennant race.
Thought I would pass along this photo
Vegas has it 51-49 for the Tigers. So you're saying there's a chance...
5 PM starts also mean pitchers throw into and through shadows. How batters ever hit the ball I have no idea.
BART strike would be nearly 7 hours after first pitch, so not a likely factor tonight. But if the A's are still playing next week . . .
[ ] Tigers score 6 runs in the first inning and the rest of the game is a sad farce.
Hard to hate the Tigers in any way, even though they technically ARE a big-spending team like L.A., New York, or Boston.
On the bright side, if the Tigers win the Series it's not like roving gangs of rioting and looting thugs can destroy the downtown area any worse.
I would argue that makes them a team to root for. One of the biggest complaints here on BTF is that owners are too cheap. They refuse to spend and create artificial budgets. So "small" market teams like the Twins keep their salaries low even though they have a billionaire owner who could spend more.
The Tigers have just such an owner. He does so even though the town is right in the middle of market size for MLB. He spends the way we talk about wanting an owner to spend (whether that spending is always wise is another story).
Came across the following while trying to google the umpires for tonight's game.
umpire chokes manager
Something seems seriously wrong with Miguel Cabrera.
particularly if they can take down the Red Sox.
It won't matter with the A's as they will find some way to lose. They have the anti-home field advantage with the Coliseum.
And why did he throw the pitcher out of the game?
Lineup has Peralta at SS and Kelly in LF.
He didn't. That's a TERRIBLE article that completely fails to understand what was going on there. The umpire called a balk -- his arm signal was directing the runner on first to move to second, not tossing the pitcher out of the game. Then the manager comes out to argue, ump does the standard baseball ritual of listening for awhile and then says "okay, you've said your piece, I've heard enough, I'm turning my back now, you have five seconds to get back to your dugout." Up until this point nobody has done anything wrong. The manager refuses to move, so ump tosses him -- also well within his rights. (Even if you think he shouldn't have, it certainly isn't anything unheard of.) THEN the manager, after having been tossed, charges the ump and very intentionally gives him a big chest bump as an attempted 'show of dominance,' (amusingly, this sort of thing happens a surprising amount in Asian baseball even though you'll never see it in MLB, not since the days of Sweet Lou at least). That is the point at which the ump grabs him by the neck to push him away.
Honestly, although the ump was clearly out of line in grabbing the manager the way he did, I tend to think the manager was the more guilty party. What he did was a direct and serious provocation, not just the typical "curse out the ump" stuff or even the face-to-face yelling of Weaver or Piniella. The ump was done, walking away, and then the manager actively charged at him to make physical contact. Inexcusable, no matter how dumb the balk call might have been.
That's a TERRIBLE article that completely fails to understand what was going on there. The umpire called a balk -- his arm signal was directing the runner on first to move to second, not tossing the pitcher out of the game.
I am glad you think that, because as a Tigers fan, I am convince the JV 2013 will show and give up 6 runs in 5 innings.
Even with Callaspo at 2B the A's have a much better defense.
A's fans have had in way, way worse in the postseason over the past 15 years and they're all upbeat
I'm trying to think of a team I've hated more than this year's Tigers, and am failing.
I hope the A's win 37-2.
[ ] Audible swear-word ([ ] Audible swear-word from Balfour)
Go get 'em TIGERS! Let's keep avenging 1972!
Then, in the championship series, the mustache-gang A's beat the Tigers 3 games to 2 in one of the most exciting playoff series OF ALL TIME.
[ ] fan interference w/ [ ] idiot runs on field. And call it [ ] fan involved with play?
If check box inflation is an issue for you??.
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