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    I cringe at the thought of a possible LA/NY WS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonofSouthie View Post
    I cringe at the thought of a possible LA/NY WS.
    LA/Hou is the best possible WS at this point. It avoids ChC, NYY, and Was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommAvHusky View Post

    Choke franchise.
    that's what happens when you build a stadium right next to an ocean
    a legend and an out of work bum look a lot alike, daddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    I don't think you can blame Cleveland. I think you have to blame Francona. He sold his soul to the devil to come back from the 0-3 deficit to the Yankees in 2004, breaking the curse of the Bambino. But the price is a lifetime of blowing big series leads in the post-season.
    The Sox came back from 1-3 down (v Cleveland) in the 2007 ALCS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    The Sox came back from 1-3 down (v Cleveland) in the 2007 ALCS.
    Yeah but the benefit purchased by Francona with his soul was non-transferable.
    That community is already in the process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where non-conformity with the accepted creed, political as well as religious, is a mark of disaffection; where denunciation, without specification or backing, takes the place of evidence; where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent; where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists, to win or lose.

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    Nationalolololols! Strike 3, passed ball, runner gets to first and run scores, Cubs now up by 2.
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    Death, taxes, the Nationals completely melting down in game 5 at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bronconick View Post
    Death, taxes, the Nationals completely melting down in game 5 at home.
    That hit down the 3rd base line was a wicked hit. The rest of the inning, though....wow.
    Never really developed a taste for tequila. Kind of hard to understand how you make a drink out of something that sharp, inhospitable. Now, bourbon is easy to understand.
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    Re: MLB 2017: Playoffs, World Series, and Off-season.

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    The last four Cubs have reached base on an intentional walk, a passed-ball strikeout, catcher’s interference and a hit by pitch.

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    I am willing to bet never before in baseball history have four batters in a row reached on this sequence of events.

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    None of the 2.73m half innings in our db have even had all 4 of these events. 22 w/ 3. Only 5 games had all 4.
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    Werth... What you doing?!

    Complete whiff on a relatively routine play.

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    Unreal.

    And now a completely missed line drive for another run.
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    This game is bananas. And everything one could want in an elimination game.

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    That call was HUGE. I didn't expect it overturned, despite the overturn being the right call. Wow.
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    Cubs advance 9-8.

    MLB has to like their final 4 teams, given the markets involved.

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    Enjoyed Harper looking like a fool striking out to end the game. Was waiting for Papelbon to come out of the stands and choke him.
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    Its odd to me talking about the Nationals not winning a series. As a Twins fan we went through that while winning 6 division titles, and just 1 series (02).

    At least now the Twins arent pretending they are good. So the failure to to succeed in the postseason is less painful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonofSouthie View Post
    Enjoyed Harper looking like a fool striking out to end the game. Was waiting for Papelbon to come out of the stands and choke him.
    That was a nasty pitch.
    That community is already in the process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where non-conformity with the accepted creed, political as well as religious, is a mark of disaffection; where denunciation, without specification or backing, takes the place of evidence; where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent; where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists, to win or lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    That was a nasty pitch.
    Boy was it.

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    From today's WaPo, but it is a timeless piece:

    BY [EXHAUSTED POST SPORTS BEAT WRITER]

    Amid the spent cups and discarded [PIECES OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT] strewn around the [WASHINGTON SPORTS TEAM] locker room were a pile of fractured hopes, attempts at rationalization and general bewilderment.

    Another promising [SPORT] season came to a premature end last night as the [WASHINGTON SPORTS FRANCHISE] fell to the [TEAM WITH A WORSE REGULAR SEASON RECORD], eliminating them from the playoffs. The ending was especially bitter, as the game was decided when [FLUKE PLAY] gave the [WASHINGTON OPPONENT] the lead and [WASHINGTON TEAM] was unable to recover.

    Thus, another [SPRING/SUMMER/FALL/WINTER] that began with such promise and ambition for the [WASHINGTON SPORTS TEAM] and their fans ends in yet another [SPRING/SUMMER/FALL/WINTER] of discontent, with [WASHINGTON SPORTS TEAM] and [ITS FRONT OFFICE EXECUTIVE] confronting familiar questions in search of better answers.


    “We’re close,” [FRONT OFFICE EXECUTIVE] said. “Anyone that watched us all season long can see that. We just have to figure out how to get over the hump to win in [MONTH OF THIS SPORT’S PLAYOFFS].”

    While some fans quibbled with [OFFICIATING/UMPIRING CALL] in the deciding game, others took issue with [COACH/MANAGER]’s decision to [EMPLOY A STRATEGY THAT MADE NO SENSE TO ANYONE WATCHING].

    Asked afterward about the choice, [COACH/MANAGER] expressed no regrets.

    “That’s how we did things all season and we weren’t going to change,” he said.

    Like their fans, [WASHINGTON SPORTS TEAM] players struggled to explain why they were unable to replicate their regular season success in the playoffs. After [SPORTS VERB]ing [HIGH NUMBER] of [SPORTS STATISTICS] in the regular season, [TEAM’S TOP-PAID PLAYER] managed just [VERY LOW NUMBER] of [SAME SPORTS STATISTIC] in the playoffs.


    “Credit to [CLEARLY INFERIOR TEAM], they made the plays when they had to,” [UNDER-PERFORMING STAR] said. “In the playoffs it’s all about execution and they executed better.”

    Still, [QUOTABLE PLAYER] insisted that this year’s playoff failure should not be linked to [SIMILARLY CRUSHING FAILURE IN RECENT PAST].

    “This had nothing to do with [YEAR OF SIMILARLY CRUSHING FAILURE],” [QUOTABLE PLAYER] said quietly, as teammates sat staring off into space. “Every season is unique.”

    [TEAM FRONT-OFFICE EXECUTIVE] took a long view amid the disappointment.

    “We like the direction we’re heading,” [TEAM EXECUTIVE] said. “Obviously we’re disappointed, but this team is built to succeed for years to come.”

    Throughout the region, amid speculation of ticket price hikes for next season, [TEAM COLORS]-clad fans expressed disappointment and frustration, though clung to warm memories of the regular season.


    “I can’t believe it’s over,” said [FAN WHO HOPEFULLY WASN’T QUOTED IN LAST YEAR’S STORY]. “But I’ll never forget [HIGHLIGHT FROM PRECEDING REGULAR SEASON] and now it’s onto [WASHINGTON SPORTS TEAM WHOSE SEASON BEGINS NEXT].”

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