4:58 pm October 28, 2009, by David O'Brien
October 31st, 20099:13 pm
Good point, Jim. It’s the freakin’ WORLD SERIES, not a West Coast Pac-10 somewhat-rivalry game.
October 31st, 20099:16 pm
It is a rivalry game, the winner controls the Pac-10, and need I remind you I am a USC alum, and I am not a fan of either the Phillies or the yankees I’ll get around to that game when this one is over
October 31st, 20099:17 pm
… that said, amazing if USC loses yet again in the state of Oregon. And they’re losing now.
Don’t look now, but the Vols are impressive. And if you don’t think Kiffin is going to bring in some hellacious recruiting classes, you’re fooling yourself.
Alright, let’s do this. First pitch, finally.
October 31st, 20099:18 pm
I hate having the WS with two teams in the same region… Thats why the Wild Card winner should play their division leader…
Vinings Jim (probably less Vinings now)
October 31st, 20099:19 pm
DOB – I agree completely – however, just having flown for four hours, I am somewhat at the mercy of my hostess – I will soon get another TV going…
October 31st, 20099:21 pm
cabravesfan: I didn’t realize you were an SC alum. A friend of mine, from my little redneck high school in Kansas, played linebacker at SC in the late ’80s. Matt Gee. He gave a couple of us his tix for most home games the year I lived out there, so we went to several of them, including the 1989 Rose Bowl (USC vs. Michigan, Michigan won — but USC then beat Michigan in the 1990 Rose Bowl.)
October 31st, 20099:22 pm
There is a lot of time left in the game
October 31st, 20099:25 pm
I sure hope all of you got your free black jack taco
October 31st, 20099:26 pm
I ma a 4th generation alum- great grandmother graduated in 1924…
The name is vaguely familiar (I’ve been going to games for almost 25 years)- Been to the last 6 bowl games too (including the 2004 Orange Bowl- that was a lot of fun)
Rollins getting on like that … oh, that’s not at all good for Yankees. I thought Pettitte was due to get knocked around a little, and I believe it’ll happen.
I hate having the WS with two teams in the same region… Thats why the Wild Card winner should play their division leader… — Jurrjens4NLCY
October 31st, 20099:32 pm
Javy Vazquez & Kelly Johnson for Derrek Lee & Carlos Marmol?
October 31st, 20099:33 pm
Great atmosphere here tonight in Philly, as always for big games here. Pearl Jam’s playing across the street right now, by the way. Their third night at the old Spectrum….
cabravesfan: Look it up. Matt Gee was good. Four-year letterman and a team captain his senior year. He was also roommates with Todd Marinovich as freshmen. Oh, the stories he could tell….
October 31st, 20099:34 pm
October 31st, 20099:39 pm
I will. Now, Todd Marinovich I remember
18 Wheels of Love
October 31st, 20099:44 pm
You gotta call it Southern Cal, not SC or USC. The real USC was founded in 1801 in South Carolina…regardless of how we are or aren’t playing tonight. You can’t argue with history. Hehe.
This World Series is between 2 eastern teams. I don’t like that, and I know Fox doesn’t like that.
2 West, 1 Central and 1 Eastern team made the playoffs
1 West: 1 Central and 2 Eastern teams made the playoffs
There is a 37% chance of an all West or East WS, 25% chance of all Central WS. However if the wild card faces the division leader (Dodgers vs. Rockies/Yankees vs. Red Sox), you have 2 West, 2 Central, and 2 Eastern teams. Giving the world a 66% chance to not have an all one region WS…
October 31st, 20099:47 pm
Was that a balk?
October 31st, 20099:49 pm
Which is too bad for you, as I consider you to have won that bet. (Random)
you’re a lot more generous than I would be, I would consider him to have lost
October 31st, 20099:50 pm
VJ, keep count of how many expletives come out of cab’s mouth during the second half.
October 31st, 20099:56 pm
Seated next to Tom Haudricourt of Milwaukee, and I’d just said to him about Werth: Such a good player. So important to this team. And they got him for nothing.
October 31st, 20099:57 pm
Please! Anything but “Southern Cal”!
I think that is impossible…the count is already too high
October 31st, 200910:03 pm
15 of Werth’s 36 HR’s were away from the bankers box.
October 31st, 200910:05 pm
Wheels coming off for Pettitte? One swing away from blowing this open…
Braves never did make an announcement about Dave Wallace being hired as minor league pitching coordinator. But that could be a great hire for them. Talking to some writers here about how good he was with Boston and Seattle. Given the good arms the Braves have in their lower minors, Teheran and a few others, that’s a smart move, to get someone with his background and resume to oversee their development.
They might have reassessed and sought to upgrade in that role after a couple of promising young Braves pitching prospects had some difficulties in the past year or two. But I don’t know, that’s just me speculating.
October 31st, 200910:10 pm
Soph – having had about 15 minutes sleep since midnight, my counting skills are not at optimal levels… I did note a string of a certain word eight times in a row a bit earlier…
i wish Jeff Francouer had been our Jayson Werth
October 31st, 200910:22 pm
One of those pitchers I referred to was lefty Cole Rohrbough, who’s spent two-plus seasons in A-ball and had a 5.77 ARA and 1.513 WHIP this year at Myrtle.
Here’s what Frank Wren said when I asked about him the day after the Braves’ season ended:
“He had a disappointing season in that he had a tough time kind of getting deep into games. [Rohrbough had only 117 innings in 23 games including 22 starts]. He still has great stuff, still has the real good curveball…. Some of it we felt was mechanical, and some of it was related to having a lot of nagging injuries the year before and not having a consistent season.”
And then there was Zeke Spruill, the second-round draft pick in 2008 from Marietta who got a $600,000 signing bonus. The 19-year-old was 8-6 with a 3.03 ERA in 20 games at Rome this season before being sent back to rookie ball for reasons the Braves won’t divulge.
We’d heard they didn’t like the way he was going about some things.
All that Wren would say about it was this: “He got sent back down … to correct some things.”
To which I replied, not mechanical things? “To correct some things,” he repeated.
Wren lauded Spruill’s ability, however: “He has as good a pure stuff as just about any of our pitchers. He has great sink to his fastball. He’s got a prototypical pitcher’s body. He was an all-star in the Sally league in his first full season out. He’s doing a good job.”
October 31st, 200910:28 pm
Johnny Damon’s thinking, damn, that ball’s out of Yankee Stadium.
October 31st, 200910:31 pm
Georgia Tech’s gonna drop half-a-hundred on Vandy….
Moby Grape (October 31st, 2009 9:49 pm): “you’re a lot more generous than I would be, I would consider him to have lost”
Yeah, well, I might be singing a different tune if there had been anything riding on it.
October 31st, 200910:32 pm
Yunnel must be at the game. I hear him whistling.
October 31st, 200910:34 pm
I think that hit the bottom of the camera (in which case it’s a homer), but I don’t have a big high-def screen to view it on here. What do you guys see?
October 31st, 200910:35 pm
Well, there’s my answer. Home run. Huge call via replay. And they got it right (you could see it pretty clearly on that last replay they showed).
A-Bomb from A-Rod
October 31st, 200910:36 pm
Yeah, and that took soooo much time.
October 31st, 200910:37 pm
It was definitely a HR.
I am rooting for Yankees ~_~
I don’t like either team honestly, but I dislike Yankees less than I do Phillies, so I am rooting for them ~_~
Franchise-record 17 homers for the Yankees in this postseason.
And it’s the sixth for A-Rod, which ties Bernie Williams’ 1996 franchise postseason record.
October 31st, 200910:38 pm
All I have to say is….black uniform modifications equals a black eye. Apparently. I hope CMR is over his using modified uniforms to motivate the team kick. I certainly am. I was over by halfway thru the 1st qtr of the Bama game. That was last year, for the uninformed. I mean, I knew we would lose with this easily being the worst team UGA has fielded in 5 years but damn. Way to keep it interesting. You notice how other teams, even if they are way lesser teams than their opponent, usually play their rivals or highly ranked in conference teams very tough and keep the game close (See UT/Bama Bama/Auburn all years except 08, all other SEC teams vs FL, etc). Not us. The gators own us year after year. Anyway, I wanted them to keep it close but never in a million years did I seriously think they’d win. And honestly, since our season is already done, I’d rather lose that one close than win it and help out a bunch of other teams I hate (Tech, USC, Texas) but no…never ever want to lose to the gators that ugly. Fire ………… someone.
Baseball? Psh. I’m watching USC lose. Hey, I need something to make me feel better.
Oh and speaking of unis…how heinous was that black and orange crap UT trotted out today? Yikes. Ugggggleeeee! And I agree, DOB. The minute the Bama/UT game was over I had my “uh oh” moment about UT now having a poor man’s Nick Saban at the helm. After those 2 back to back games giving Bama and Florida all they wanted….things are suddenly looking up for the future of the Vols. He’s crazy as hell but apparently he knows how to motivate and improve his team week after week…and he’s got a helluva support staff.
Anyone know what Tommy Tuberville is doing these days?
Hey Jim and cab, glad to see you made it, Jim…it seems?
Let’s not discuss 1996.
October 31st, 200910:39 pm
Damn what a post. Sorry DOB, didn’t mean to write my own blog. Apparently I had a lot to say.
October 31st, 200910:41 pm
I remember back in June talking about a Phil – Yank WS and how it would be a HR galore…
October 31st, 200910:42 pm
RHR: No need to apologize. Good post. Love the passion.
And I agree with you on Kiffin and Vols. Look out.
Vinings Jim (soon to be Venice (Beach) Jim)
October 31st, 200910:45 pm
RHR – I did – very long 48 hours, and tricky to relax while handing out candy (as cabravesfan keeps tiny dog from shredding trick-or-treaters)
October 31st, 200910:54 pm
What in the world happened to Hamels since last year?
A lefty AL pitcher gets a big hit off him there. Weak.
October 31st, 200910:55 pm
DOB took a ride today on a Dyna-wide low rider and loved it…still looking, want to make the right pick. He didn’t have a street Bob in stock.
Victorino should hire ol’ Andruw to give him lessons in how to dive FORWARD to catch those, not lean and slide backwards.
October 31st, 200910:56 pm
Victor knew he couldn’t catch it, why slide?
October 31st, 200910:57 pm
I guess I’m rooting for the Yankees now, GO Yanks.
October 31st, 200910:58 pm
Final GT 56 and vandy 31
That man in the commercial needs to come out and talk to Hamels
October 31st, 200910:59 pm
Bill, was that the 2010 Wide Glide, or the Low Rider? I like both, but I really like that new Wide Glide. I rented a Low Rider in Phoenix last year, rode up to Jerome and Sedona on it.
But test ride the Fat Bob or the Street Bob. You’ll love either. I like the feel of my Street Bob much more than I did the Low Rider (not to mention the 103 c.i. engine I have in it, ’stead of the standard 96).
You better slow down on that Halloween candy.
October 31st, 200911:01 pm
I think I’ll switch over to the USC/Oregon game for a few.
Victorino slides in too many unnecessary situations.
October 31st, 200911:03 pm
Spare yourself the ugliness…
October 31st, 200911:05 pm
Super Mac Victorino slides in too many unnecessary situations.
True…that or head-to-head combat…
Night. And that was so not a homer for Rodregez (don’t know how to spell that off hand, and don’t care to learn at the moment. Matter of fact, I’d rather type a whole bunch of unnecessary words instead of looking up how to spell that…). BMac has had two reviews and not one of them has been called a homer…one of ‘em coulda been…I think. But of course I’ll always take a free double…
October 31st, 200911:06 pm
cab – whoa! What happened?
It was a 2010 low rider . Is yours a 96? I have a friend thats got a 96 for sell with 17,000 miles on it . Thought about buying it. Its smooth. I’m going back Monday and I’ll look at the Wide Glide. Thanks for any tips. I’m new at this.
October 31st, 200911:07 pm
lol McFann, you don’t want to call him A-Rod?
October 31st, 200911:08 pm
LOL Tater, I almost made myself sick on halloween candy thursday night, haven’t eaten a single piece since.
Who saw this blowout coming for USC? Not me. Yikes. Condolences, cab. I know exactly how you feel. Today.
Who is winning the baseball game?
October 31st, 200911:09 pm
Soph lol McFann, you don’t want to call him A-Rod?
October 31st, 200911:15 pm
So much for my ‘all teams play their in-conference rivals tough’ theory, huh?
RHR, 50% off Whoppers tomorrow. Post-Halloween clearance sales at Walgreens, CVS, Target, and more.
October 31st, 200911:16 pm
Knock em out Yanks!
October 31st, 200911:17 pm
After the WS, I can go back to disliking Yanks ~_~
For now, they can curb stomp Phils and I will be
October 31st, 200911:18 pm
I could be wrong, but I have a hard time even imagining the Phils beating this Yankee team. I hope they do, but it will be a pleasant surprise if it happens.
Ugh Soph, my stomach just turned. No thanks. On all of it.
October 31st, 200911:20 pm
J. A. Happ!
Victorino should hire ol’ Andruw to give him lessons in how to dive DOB
Nah, Andruw is an amateur compared to “WaynefromUtah” Freel. Learn from the best.
October 31st, 200911:22 pm
Swisher stood and admired that like he’s done it a bunch of times in October….
October 31st, 200911:27 pm
THAT was no cheapie.
October 31st, 200911:29 pm
Thats just like Werth to purposely miss the charity sign!
P. W. Hjort
October 31st, 200911:36 pm
I have a source in Rome who told me Zeke was sent down for two reasons. One, he had some endurance issues. Two, and mainly, it was a disciplinary move. He was apparently constantly showing up late for meetings and practices.
October 31st, 200911:38 pm
I hope CMR is over his using modified uniforms to motivate the team kick. I certainly am
I actually like using different uniforms. It’s exciting for both fans and players. People use the argument “They’re too worried about what they look like and not worried about how they play” as if teams (all players and the entire coaching staff) are laboring all week over what shade of black, what color the chin straps should be, etc.
I think it’s more like CMR mentioning to the equipment manager “Let’s do black helmets. Find someone who can do it and give them our measurements. ‘kay, practice time!”
As long as that’s not the ONLY tactic used to motivate the team, which it sometimes seems is the case with CMR, I enjoy it. It’s refreshing for fans and players alike.
October 31st, 200911:40 pm
That being said, we obviously have a lot of issues that were so embarrassingly exposed (or re-exposed) today.
October 31st, 200911:43 pm
WRT Rohrbough, I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that he’s suffered with clinical depression over the past two seasons. He’s recently a father and rarely gets to see his child. At one point he considered quitting baseball.
October 31st, 200911:45 pm
I really like Rohrbough. A couple of seasons ago I was following his and Tommy Hanson’s numbers in the minors, and I thought he would be the bigger star.
October 31st, 200911:49 pm
October 31st, 200911:51 pm
Not about Rohrbough (still believe he will be a good pitcher!) – reacting to turning on the WS game
cab – sorry.
Freakin’ Yankees. Argh.
October 31st, 200911:52 pm
So do you re-think decision to go with Blanton in Game 4 if you’re Charlie Manuel? I do. I think they’ll pound Blanton and be up 3-1, then no way Phillies win the series. I know Lee’s never gone on short rest, but so what? If they don’t win Game 4, to me they have no chance to win the series.
October 31st, 200911:54 pm
How ’bout this stat: In two of the Phillies’ first three trips to the World Series, they won Game 1 before losing the next four games in a row. In 1915, when they won the opener at Boston, and again in 1983, win they won the opener at Baltimore.
Pardon my ignorance on the topic, but why is it some pitchers (Sabathia) can pitch on short rest, when Lee can’t pitch on 4 days rest?
October 31st, 200911:56 pm
Yeah, barring a comeback – I’d say the Phils have to go with Lee next game. No question.
I don’t think they can win if they don’t give Lee 3 starts. They might have if Pedro won Game 2, but he didn’t.
October 31st, 200911:59 pm
Looks like history is going to repeat itself…I wanted the Phils to represent the NL.
November 1st, 200912:00 am
That was UGLY. Oh well, at least we lost to the better team this time…
November 1st, 200912:02 am
If there was snow here, Philly fans would’ve thrown snowballs at the Michael Jackson impersonator on top of the dugout with the green mascot between innings.
November 1st, 200912:03 am
and on that note I am off to bed…
October 31st, 2009
Agreed….weird settin here cheering for the stankies..lol
November 1st, 200912:06 am
Hey, but at least I had a helluva good roast pork sandwich at Tony Luke’s here at the stadium before the game. Almost as good as the ones at Tommy DiNic’s in the Reading Terminal downtown. Almost.
November 1st, 200912:07 am
Oy. They’re bashing the Phillies to death.
November 1st, 200912:08 am
good for them
November 1st, 200912:09 am
I was getting a bit of a kick out of the bowling/pitching discussion there; sounded a bit like cricket, didn’t it? (All I know about cricket is what I’ve heard watching television shows I like, mostly on PBS.)
Nick from PA
November 1st, 200912:12 am
where’s ryan howard?
The bowling/pitching thing was the FOX guys. DOB is spared that there in the press box
November 1st, 200912:14 am
In the batter’s box
November 1st, 200912:15 am
In the dugout.
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