Open 10/4 playoff discussion thread

Conor · October 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm · Filed Under General baseball 

Random questions I’ve had while watching the playoffs…

• How many people at the Rays’ game could name five Rays players before this season?

• Do the Brewers weigh more than any other team?

• How many pieces of gum does Francona go through per game?

• Is that Scott Boras right behind home plate at the Angels’ games?

• Why does Brett Myers have better plate discipline than most of our hitters?

• How much would you pay to show Frank Caliendo your impression of Chuck Liddell?

• Does Craig Sager own a mirror?

• What are the Cubs going to blame it on this time?


Games today:

Phillies @ Brewers (Moyer vs. Bush) 3:30 p.m.

Cubs @ Dodgers (Harden vs. Kuroda) 7:00 p.m.

Go to town…


36 Responses to “Open 10/4 playoff discussion thread”

  1. MattThompson on October 4th, 2008 2:20 pm

    • Is that Scott Boras right behind home plate at the Angels’ games?

    I was thinking the exact same thing! Teixeira is a Boras client, so I’m willing to bet it is him.

  2. hincandenza on October 4th, 2008 2:24 pm

    Sounds like you know, but it is Scott Boras in the little pit behind home plate at the Angels games. He represents Dice-K who was the game 2 pitcher, and for that matter a number of Red Sox players like Jason Varitek. Unhappily, because when Boras represents too many players he can be like Hollywood agents, forcing you to give a role to another actor as a condition of employing a bigger star.

    I will pay cash money to the first player interviewed post-game on TBS by Sager to ignore his question and simply ask him “Do you dress in the dark?!”

  3. Sports on a Schtick on October 4th, 2008 2:24 pm

    Yep, that’s Scott Boras. Doing something nefarious no doubt.

    Craig Sager does own a mirror. It tells him he is the fairest one of all.

  4. galaxieboi on October 4th, 2008 2:39 pm

    Woot. Go Jamie.

  5. DAMellen on October 4th, 2008 3:15 pm

    Billy goats!

  6. bakomariner on October 4th, 2008 3:42 pm

    I wish this wasn’t an elimination game. I want the Brewers to win, but Moyer is my all-time favorite pitcher…

    And am I the only one that enjoys watching the Angels lose about as much as I enjoy watching the Ms win?

  7. bakomariner on October 4th, 2008 3:54 pm

    Moyer looks baaaaaad…

  8. Conor on October 4th, 2008 3:57 pm

    And am I the only one that enjoys watching the Angels lose about as much as I enjoy watching the Ms win?


  9. bakomariner on October 4th, 2008 4:03 pm

    Thanks for the link Conor…Jeff and I are one and the same. Last night was awesome…K-Rod is so overhyped…I loved seeing him get rocked…

  10. killer_ewok18 on October 4th, 2008 4:10 pm

    Is Sager the guy with the dueling pinstripes.

  11. bratman on October 4th, 2008 4:20 pm

    Very exciting thread. Go Jamie / Sweet Lou!

  12. MattThompson on October 4th, 2008 4:54 pm

    With every bad at-bat or baserunning gaffe by Hart, the more plausible Dave’s offseason reload plan becomes.

  13. msb on October 4th, 2008 5:52 pm

    Not going to go for the Myers/hitting badness.
    now that he has been extended, Lou.

  14. msb on October 4th, 2008 5:53 pm

    Jamie rights the ship, keeps them down to just two runs, but gets no run support, and shaky bullpen relief.

    gosh, that sounds familiar.

  15. pinball1973 on October 4th, 2008 6:02 pm

    Last question: Fukudome. I can’t say what’s wrong, myself (I don’t see Cubs games), even though the Cubs are all flat as pancakes.

  16. msb on October 4th, 2008 6:06 pm

    so, between game 2 and game 3, JaBreka Cameron had the fourth Cammie child.

    wonder if that might have had anything to do with his uncharacteristic play on thursday.

  17. Mid80sRighty on October 4th, 2008 6:30 pm

    I think Craig Sager is trying to do his best Don Cherry impersonation…

  18. MattThompson on October 4th, 2008 7:04 pm

    Hey, it’s the ex-Mariner theater with Salomon Torres pitching to Greg Dobbs!

    Aaaand, Dobbs singles to Cameron in center.

  19. G-Man on October 4th, 2008 7:04 pm

    Why did they hit for Moyer in the top of the fifth? His numbers don’t look bad, but I wasn’t watching then.

  20. scott19 on October 4th, 2008 7:48 pm

    Yes, thanks for the link Conor! I was nearly jumping through the roof with joy the other day when Evan Longoria went yard in his first two post-season at-bats…yet knew I would probably get gonged for going off-topic by expressing said joy in the middle of a GM thread. 🙂

    BTW, it looks like the “Freeway” or “L” Series possibilities have been dashed for this season…

  21. Joe C on October 4th, 2008 8:10 pm

    “How much would you pay to show Frank Caliendo your impression of Chuck Liddell?”

    That made me laugh out loud. I’d pay more to show Chuck Armstrong doing an impression of Frank Caliendo my impression of Chuck Liddell.

  22. joser on October 4th, 2008 8:24 pm

    And am I the only one that enjoys watching the Angels lose about as much as I enjoy watching the Ms win?

    You know, last night I was at a bar where the Red Sox – Angels game was going on and it was excruciating because I hate both teams. But I decided to cheer for the Angels for two reasons: (1) just about everybody else in the bar was cheering for the Red Sox, and I guarantee you not a single one of them has ever been to Boston or cheered for the Sox prior to 2004 (in fact I’m sure a few of them had a bunch of Yankee gear in a closet somewhere dating back to the late ’90s) and (2) I think the Rays will have an easier time with the Angels than they’ll have facing the Red Sox, and the Angels are the only one of the AL teams I’m interested in seeing in the WS. (The others already have rings from earlier in the decade)

    Meanwhile, I’d be happy with just about any of the NL teams, but I’m cheering for the Brewers.

  23. killer_ewok18 on October 4th, 2008 10:18 pm

    You know what’s depressing?

    The Cubs have gone 100 years without winning a world series. The Mariners have only been around since 1977.

    I’m going to go cut myself now.

  24. MattThompson on October 4th, 2008 10:23 pm

    Well, sorry Lou. It would have been cool to see him in a WS.

  25. Colm on October 4th, 2008 11:19 pm
  26. TomTuttle on October 4th, 2008 11:42 pm

    The awesome one.

  27. sm3346 on October 5th, 2008 12:15 am

    I was actually at the Dodger game tonight (I have an internship with the team) and the energy at the stadium reminded me of the playoff run in ’95. Though it does hit a soft spot in my heart to see Lou lose another playoff series…

  28. Evan on October 5th, 2008 1:36 am

    The latter Don Cherry. And that pic is the tamest thing I’ve ever seen him wear.

  29. MedicineHat on October 5th, 2008 8:20 am

    Because clubhouse chemistry is so important:

    from an article:

    Only a year ago these Dodgers were done in by a divided clubhouse, a rift between young players and veterans that seemed irreparable. Vestiges of that division still remain, even with Torre’s sage leadership.

    “There’s some separation between the young guys and the veterans,” Blake admitted while drenched in champagne. “Hopefully [this series win] will help things out. I just try to go about my business. If any of the younger guys wants to talk to me, I’m available.”

    So far, Blake said, only a few players have made a passing attempt to pick his brain.

  30. SequimRealEstate on October 5th, 2008 9:04 am

    This is the kind of manager I want. Read paragraphs 6,7.
    fixed horribly mangled link to the best of my ability

  31. RotatorCuff on October 5th, 2008 9:28 am

    Yes that was Boras and it was nice to see our next GM sitting next to Ned Colletti at the Dodger game last night.

    Kim Ng.

    I really hope she gets the job.

  32. Mid80sRighty on October 5th, 2008 12:17 pm

    Here’s a little better pic of Don Cherry
    Also, I agree, RotatorCuff. Seems to me she would fit the Mariners on multiple fronts. Not only would she be a good GM (knows the contract system inside and out, heavy into player development, stat head) but she’d also be a good pick from a marketing standpoint as well (first woman GM, asian).

  33. Karen on October 5th, 2008 4:51 pm

    Maybe the Dodgers are going to kick Nick Colletti to the curb (a few years too late, after some of his infamous free agent signings), and you’re looking at the Dodger’s next GM next to him, RotatorCuff.

    And since Nick Colletti will be free then to sign with anyone, I’m sure Chuck ‘N Howie would be interested, and probably use the same hiring technique they did the last time, have a nice informal chat and hire the guy.

    They probably think they’ve counted coup on both the Angels (and possibly, if this scenario comes to pass) the Dodgers, snatching executives away right under the Cal. teams’ noses.

  34. Karen on October 5th, 2008 4:55 pm

    On another “Hockey Night in Canada” show, I saw Don Cherry wearing a jacket that looked like a fluorescent yellow tartan, or possibly a fluorescent Pendleton blanket.

    I’ll bet hockey fans either couldn’t take their eyes off it in nauseated fascination, or couldn’t look more than a nanosecond once because it was like looking at a strobe light….

  35. scott19 on October 5th, 2008 6:47 pm

    Cherry is a total hoot when it comes to fashion. I remember the suit he was wearing as a “tribute” to the Oilers a couple of years ago during the Stanley Cup Finals — a black-and-white jacket with a matching tie that had a print of what appeared to be compact discs on it. Not quite sure just how the CDs were related to Edmonton’s run that year…but I guess somewhere in Don’s World, they were.

  36. Adam S on October 5th, 2008 10:50 pm

    I was actually at the Dodger game tonight (I have an internship with the team)
    What do you do for your internship? I ask because I was there as well as my cousin works for the Dodgers and I was using his comps. I was probably sitting near you actually.

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