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Here Comes the Series. There Go the Losers.

Posted by Radatz on October 22, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (6)

The run to the World Series was mostly exciting in both leagues, but it had its flops too. Focus here on the fun stuff:

Flop #1 far and away was Cleveland. Best team in the AL, streaking, they took the first 2 from NY at home (the second with an incredible comeback). Then they went to NY needing one win, lost a 1-0 duel, then got blown out and returned home to get hammered again. Three in a row. Shades of last season. Francona's stock fell like the DOW in 1929.

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Post-ALDS/NLDS Managerial Trophies

Posted by Radatz on October 13, 2017 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (1)

The 2017 MLB playoffs have showcased thus far both managerial brilliance and managerial ineptitude. The latter has resulted in one firing, that of John Farrell. We present here some of the award-winning performances.

Worst Manager in the Playoffs Award:

That would be none other than Farrell who, gifted one of the best farm systems in baseball plus a Yankee-like payroll has, since 2014, finished last twice and...

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Same Ole Same Ole

Posted by JDIN827 on October 12, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (6)

In such a short period of time, its back to the same old thing in The Land.  Back to Wait Till Next Year.  Back to (now not one) another Championship in another sport, please before I kick the bucket.

Truly could NOT believe this latest collapse (reminds me of 2007).  Didnt watch the last two games.  Couldn't bear to watch the losing again.  Like so many times these past 53 years, almost getting there and ZOINK...Buh Bye!  Had a short respite i...

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Remember What I've Always Told Ya?

Posted by JDIN827 on October 7, 2017 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (5)

Remember what I've always told you for years and years and years?

Neva, Neva, Eva, Underestimate the heart of a Clevelander and her teams!


Houston, ya got a problem!

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Tribe! 

Wahoooooo! Chief, That Is!

Posted by JDIN827 on September 29, 2017 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (6)

101 Wins, Second Most in Franchise History!

The ONLY TEAM in MLB with THREE Pitchers that have 17 or more Wins and 195 or more Strikeouts!

Winners of 32 of the Last 35 Games!

League-Leading Extra Base Hit Total  at 90!  (Ramirez)

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Chickens Roosting?

Posted by Radatz on July 29, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (3)

It sure takes a while for the locals to figure things out.

All the ink now is negative on the Red Sox. Following the expose' of David Price's apparently team-backed vulgar rant against broadcast analyst Dennis Eckersley, there's been nothing but red ink. It's deserved. Eck is hailed as perhaps the only honest local analyst in a hermitically-sealed media chamber where John Henry owns the TV outlet and one Boston newspaper, plus has his employees sprinkled into spo...

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Posted by JDIN827 on July 23, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (8)

Seems the word in Cleveland for not one, but now TWO of our sports team is dyfunctional. 

I'd say after Kyrie, is DISS function.  Again, another sports star takes a dump on Cleveland and her most loyal and passionate fan base.  Lebron has always held us hostage.  Jim Thome left us for more $$$ and got a statue at Jacobs Field.  Browns players leave the team and tell the world they are relieved. 

As one of those most passion...

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A Baseball Story for All Star Night

Posted by Radatz on July 11, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (11)

I grew up with a guy we called Ghost. He was red-haired and freckled, and had to avoid sun or turn into a lobster, hence "Ghost." He went to BC undergrad, then law school. He spent a lot of time in Boston. In fact, the front page photo when the Red Sox won the pennant in 1967 (when we were still in high school) featured him and others holding Jim Lonborg on their shoulders. Two years later at Woodstock, he would manage to somehow end up on the album cover. He's clearly visible, ba...

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So Long Jumpin' Gene

Posted by Radatz on July 6, 2017 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (8)

You don't remember him but I do. His name was Gene Conley, and he passed away at 86. Who was this guy, you ask?

He was an amazing athlete. To me, he was the sub center for the Boston Celtics at their peak, winning 3 rings. He was no small part of it. Russell called him the meanest player he ever played against, and he played against him every day in practice. Johnny Most dubbed him Jumpin' Gene. In the 1959-60 season, with probably the best team Boston ever put o...

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The Halfway Point

Posted by Radatz on July 2, 2017 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (4)

A day before the 4th, we're close enough to the actual halfway point for jazz. Some are at 81 games, some over, some under. So it begs the obligatory summary. How do the divisions look? Predictably not as unpredictable as perhaps a month ago, but still with some surprises.

ALE: John Farrell blessed the Red Sox with his absence for a couple of games this past week and the team responded predictably, playing their best ball of the season so far. They opened a 3-gam...

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