• World Series Game Four Thread: Because MJ Needs A Place For His Stream Of Consciousness Ranting

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    Headline says it all…

    …anyone that wants a place to rant, feel free to do it here.

    -Posted by MJ

    Comments on World Series Game Four Thread: Because MJ Needs A Place For His Stream Of Consciousness Ranting

    1. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:38 pm

      I can’t stand it anymore. CC has absolutely nothing tonight, the homeplate umpire is blatantly calling a pro-Philly game, Johnny Damon’s defense is awful, Joe Blanton is OWNING the Yanks and now that fat bastard Ryan Howard scored from second when he never should’ve stolen a base in the first place.

    2. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:39 pm

      The Yanks are fucked in this game. No offense and their starter can’t get anything done.

    3. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:41 pm

      I’d also like to point out that Jorge Posada never ceases to amaze me. He has to be one of the worst catchers in baseball. Inconsistent arm, poor glove, the more-than-occasional brain fart. That run is on him; since he only plays for his bat, it’s on him to get it back.

    4. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:45 pm

      Mark Teixeira and/or Robinson Cano owe Alex Rodriguez an apology in advance for how much shit he’s going to take when the Yanks lose this World Series and A-Rod’s hitting under .150. If either of those morons do anything this week, we might have ourselves a parade but it doesn’t look good…

    5. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:46 pm

      This game has the feel of Games 3/5 of the ALCS: awful results for Yankee hitters.

    6. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:47 pm

      Sabathia strikes out trying to bunt…that’s 6 K’s in 4.1 IP for fatso Blanton who, incidentally, looks a bit like Peter Abraham, except with blond hair.

    7. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:49 pm

      SWISHER SCORES. Wow, Ibanez’s arm is as bad as Damon’s apparently.

    8. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:50 pm

      Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if no-glove Johnny had dollar signs dancing in his head right now? Think of the free agency pay-day, Johnny. You need a hit you dumb bastard.

    9. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:51 pm

      Johnny apparently likes the $75 steak lifestyle. Good boy.

    10. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:53 pm

      Ball 1 on Teixeira was in the same spot as Strike 3 in his previous AB.

      Although I don’t advocate replays on balls and strikes, I do advocate for MLB forcing uniformity on the strikezone. Seriously, why is this part of the game so subjective? Why is that acceptable?

    11. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:54 pm

      Teixeira hasn’t done shit since Game 2 of the ALDS. I love his glove and I can’t complain about his production in the regular season but his non-existence in October leaves a lot to be desired.

    12. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:56 pm

      Damnit, Alex is just missing right now. He’s ice cold, even when he must know that they can’t pitch him inside anymore because of the 3 HBP’s. His swing seems a bit longer and he’s not whipping the bat for line drive singles like he did against the Twins/Angels.

    13. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:58 pm

      OK CC, new lease on life. For shit’s sake, just try to pound the zone and get at least 6 more outs if you can.

    14. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 9:59 pm

      Robbie could’ve gotten that…

    15. clintfsu813
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:00 pm

      Hey bro..just checkin in. I feel ya on the damn umps. Its like they’re trying their damndest to make this series close. We gotta close the door on Blanton and get CC a good lead. Hes not on his game tonight.

    16. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:02 pm

      CC just has NOTHING tonight. No command.

    17. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:03 pm

      I never believed that CC was a “bad” playoff pitcher. I always felt like his teams overused him in the regular season and that he was always just gassed in October. I’m wondering if he’s reached that point now and that instead of having nothing in the first week of October, he’s just got nothing in the final week of October/first of November instead…

    18. Corey
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:04 pm

      @ MJ:
      I could see that

    19. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:06 pm

      CC got lucky on that Utley pop-up. 1st/2nd and no outs is recipe for disaster. Not that CC’s getting many grounders but now we’re set up for a GIDP from Howard.

    20. Corey
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:07 pm

      Note from watching the game so far: Strike Zone has been incredibly big this game

    21. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:07 pm

      That’s two P-6′s. OK, I’d be happy to see a third one in a row now on Werth.

    22. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:08 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Note from watching the game so far: Strike Zone has been incredibly big this game

      I’d clarify that it has not only been big but inconsistent. Low/inside on lefties isn’t being called on Philly but being called on Yanks.

    23. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:09 pm

      CC’s only got 4-5 outs left in him. Come on Big Daddy, bear down.

    24. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:09 pm

      First swing/miss on low pitch tonight for CC.

    25. Corey
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:10 pm

      MJ wrote:

      ow/inside on lefties isn’t being called on Philly but being called on Yanks.

      low and away as well…that strike out pitch on Posada was a foot outside on fox’s pitch imaging system

    26. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:11 pm

      @ Corey:
      Agreed. In general, the home plate ump has done a shit job tonight in calling a fair AND a consistent zone.

      Incidentally, the collective decision to issue a warning to both teams stinks.

    27. Corey
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:12 pm

      @ MJ:
      do u think they hit a-rod on purpose?

    28. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:12 pm

      I’ll say this much for Big Daddy though, even thought he doesn’t have dick tonight, he’s still hanging in and trying to battle. This is as instructive for young guys like #62 as anything else.

    29. Raf
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:12 pm

      Checking in, hopefully the Yanks hold on and win this game

    30. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:14 pm

      @ Corey:
      I can’t see WHY they’d hit him on purpose so, in that sense, the warning is unwarranted. I agree with McCarver that there was no intent.

      On the other hand, I think 3 HBP’s in a span of 5 (or 6?) AB’s is pretty fishy.

      I’d suggest Burnett plunks either Utley or Werth tomorrow in order to force another umpire warning. That way it takes the HBP out of play tomorrow but we strike first.

    31. Corey
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:15 pm

      lol found a bug in mlb.com’s gameday. Apparantly, A-Rod his hitting .344 with 7 homers and 30 rbi in 96 november AB’s.

    32. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:16 pm

      Considering Posada is a complete hack behind home plate, I’d suggest he STFU while at the dish and just focus on hitting the baseball. You’re not doing your struggling starter any favors by douching up the umpire any further.

    33. Corey
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:17 pm

      MJ wrote:

      I can’t see WHY they’d hit him on purpose so, in that sense, the warning is unwarranted. I agree with McCarver that there was no intent.

      I wonder if it’s just a personal thing towards A-Rod. As we’ve seen, he’s not the most lovable guy.

    34. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:17 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Apparantly, A-Rod his hitting .344 with 7 homers and 30 rbi in 96 november AB’s.

      LOL. Hopefully he hits 7 HR’s between today and tomorrow and gets it done!

    35. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:17 pm

      Corey wrote:

      I wonder if it’s just a personal thing towards A-Rod. As we’ve seen, he’s not the most lovable guy.

      True, but was he HBP in May during interleague vs. PHI?

    36. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:18 pm

      Cano swings at the first pitch, what else is new.

      Cano has been nothing short of horrible in October, just like Teixeira. It’s killing me.

    37. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:19 pm

      Blanton’s got 7K through 5.1 IP. Remarkable that this fatty is dominating the Yanks like that. I just don’t see how.

    38. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:20 pm

      Doesn’t even run hard to first? Cano is infuriating right now.

    39. Corey
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:20 pm

      MJ wrote:

      True, but was he HBP in May during interleague vs. PHI?

      He wasn’t hot in May like he is during this post season. I could see them thinking why waste 4 pitches with this guy.

    40. Corey
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:21 pm

      MJ wrote:

      Blanton’s got 7K through 5.1 IP. Remarkable that this fatty is dominating the Yanks like that. I just don’t see how.

      4ER in 5.2 IP is hardly dominating now…

    41. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:25 pm

      Infuriating inning. Joe Blanton is Cy Young tonight. Either that or the Yanks hitters’ just don’t understand the meaning of showing up and playing games.

    42. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:29 pm

      Corey wrote:

      He wasn’t hot in May like he is during this post season. I could see them thinking why waste 4 pitches with this guy.

      True, but then that would implicitly mean that it’s not a “personal” thing and it’s just a “hot” thing.

    43. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:30 pm

      Come on Big Daddy, hang in there for at least 2 more outs.

    44. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:32 pm

      Oof, that was the quickest inning of the night for CC. Does he have 3 more outs in him?

    45. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:37 pm

      Under a picture of Chan-Ho Park should be the caption:

      “National League: Giving washed-up scrubs a place to reinvent themselves since 1995.”

    46. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:40 pm

      I’ll give Chan-Ho credit on that one, he had Damon badly fooled.

      Now it’s Teixeira’s turn to show off his remarkably consistent futility at the plate.

    47. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:41 pm

      I’m all for being patient at the plate but I’m not for staring at a fastball down the middle when that’s what they’ve started you with for every one of your AB’s….

    48. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:41 pm

      Wow, Teixeira really, really and I mean REALLY sucks.

    49. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:47 pm

      Come on Big Daddy, just find a way to get three more outs.

    50. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:48 pm

      Come on Big Daddy, just find a way to get two more outs.

    51. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:49 pm

      Come on Big Daddy, just find a way to get one more out.

    52. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:52 pm

      Safe to say that Utley owns Sabathia.

    53. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:54 pm

      Dunno how I feel about taking Sabathia out when, even with nothing tonight, he’s gotten Howard out.

      Big spot for Marte. I don’t feel too confident.

    54. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 10:57 pm

      I’ll give Marte credit, he’s been the exact opposite in October of everything he was from the day he arrived in New York last July.

      Credit is due to Girardi and Eiland for finding a way to let him back into the family.

    55. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:01 pm

      A-Rod is all out of sorts in this WS. Looks a lot like the 2006 ALDS version of himself with bad swings…

    56. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:05 pm

      Buck and McCarver keep on talking about how both teams are using multiple signs from the catcher, even with no one on base. Does that mean both teams know the other has a CF camera stealing signs?

    57. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:07 pm

      Posada is the world’s worst baserunner. I find him to be imminently unlikeable as a baseball player at this point. He’s rapidly approaching Nady/#62 territory for me. Guy’s just a total space cadet.

    58. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:10 pm

      Well folks, this game is over. #62 looks like he’s coming in for Werth-Ibanez-Feliz.

      This sucks.

    59. ken
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:13 pm

      just get past werth then it should be ok

    60. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:15 pm

      Imagine that, #62 actually used fastballs to get an out. Wouldn’t that revelation have been useful while he was wasting innings from July-September?

    61. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:16 pm

      Remarkaby, #62 forgot about that strikeout of Werth and is now back to a steady diet of crappy sliders.

    62. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:18 pm

      Tim McCarver setting up the ironic failure of #62: a bad secondary pitch is on its way…

    63. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:19 pm

      What else is new, #62 shits the bed.

      This game was 4 outs away from done and, as usual, the Yanks fucking blow it.

      Of course, none of this would be the case if Teixeira and Cano didn’t suck so goddamn bad.

    64. November 1st, 2009 | 11:19 pm

      Joba Fucking Chamberlain.

    65. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:20 pm

      Cano/#62 to any team that wants them. Bad players, bad work ethic. Don’t want either on my team anymore.

    66. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:21 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Joba Fucking Chamberlain.

      I hate him so much, I can’t even explain it. I haven’t hated a Yankee this much since I really can’t remember when.

    67. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:23 pm

      Joe Blanton, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and #62 all appearing in one game = Yankee loss.

      Way to waste CC’s gutty performance guys.

    68. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:24 pm

      Now watch that piece of garbage Lidge dominate us. Just watch. Yankee hitters are gutless losers.

    69. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:27 pm

      0-2 in CC’s starts, Cliff Lee tomorrow, and AJ/Pettitte lined up to do something they haven’t done this year.

      World Series just ended, thanks to Teixeira, Cano and #62.

    70. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:32 pm

      Damon just needs to remember that free agency pays World Series hitters handsomely.

    71. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:34 pm

      Good AB by Damon.

      Normally I’d be happy to see Teixeira up there but only Cano sucks more than Teixeira right now so you can guarantee a pussy’s approach to strikes 1 and 2 and then looking at #3.

    72. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:35 pm

      Come on Teixeira, it’s there for you on a silver platter. You stupid horse-faced bastard, it’s your turn to finally do something.

    73. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:37 pm

      I understand it’s at the ump’s discretion but how many HBP’s does Philly get away with.

      I reiterate my belief that AJ Burnett should plunk either Utley or Werth early in tomorrow’s game in order to prompt the warning before Philly can do it again.

    74. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:37 pm

      Come on Alex, think back to ALDS Game 1. Nice, easy swing. Little single does it.

    75. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:38 pm

      Alex is simply the best. I hate everyone that hates him.

    76. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:39 pm

      For the millionth time, please Lord, let Mariano Rivera perform as he has performed countless times before. Please let Mariano get three quick, quiet outs in the bottom of the 9th.

    77. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:41 pm

      Posada’s baserunning blunder aside (yes, another one…), that makes up for the run he gave up when Howard stole 2B on him.

    78. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:42 pm

      For the millionth time, please Lord, let Mariano Rivera perform as he has performed countless times before. Please let Mariano get three quick, quiet outs in the bottom of the 9th.

    79. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:46 pm

      It’s not that what they say is so wrong or baseball-inaccurate, it’s that they say things as if to will them to fruition.

      Would McCarver and Buck like for me to walk around saying things like “Gee, I hope a safe doesn’t fall on your heads as you walk around town tomorrow.”

      Annoying bastards.

    80. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:46 pm

      Come on Mo, just one more out. Please, please, just get me one more out.

    81. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:47 pm

      One more strike Mo. Come on buddy.

    82. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:47 pm

      I LOVE MARIANO

    83. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:48 pm

      13 pitches and 5 outs later (over two games), Rivera can safely tell Jimmy Rollins that he and the Phillies have figured NOTHING out.

    84. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:50 pm

      OK, I kept myself fairly bad company and came off as an obsessed, pessimistic psychopath.

      It’s OK, whatever works.

      Magic # = 1.

    85. November 1st, 2009 | 11:53 pm

      Hey, MJ, keep it up – you’re usually good for a win when you do!

    86. yanksofny
      November 1st, 2009 | 11:55 pm

      @ MJ:
      MJ wrote:

      0-2 in CC’s starts, Cliff Lee tomorrow, and AJ/Pettitte lined up to do something they haven’t done this year.
      World Series just ended, thanks to Teixeira, Cano and #62.

      open mouth, insert foot?

    87. Evan3457
      November 2nd, 2009 | 12:20 am

      MJ, after reading through this quickly, let me say something about your commentary.

      For the most part, it’s very astute, but, like everyone else, you have your blind spots. I see this from many, many posters, where ever I look. Including me.

      You cannot give up on a game before it’s over. I’ve seen too many games like this one in my 40 years of being a Yankee fan. I’ve learned that there are crushing disappointments and fantastic, unbelievable rescues at the last moment.

      There is no clock in baseball. The game is really, never over…until the last man is out. That’s why baseball is the greatest of the major sports.

      MJ wrote:

      OK, I kept myself fairly bad company and came off as an obsessed, pessimistic psychopath.

      It’s OK, whatever works.

      Magic # = 1.

      I wouldn’t worry about it overly much. I see it in so many. Even a little in myself. It’s just that after 40 years of doing it, I’ve gained a slight bit of perspective.

      You really can’t win every year. It’s not always the manager’s fault. Every team has its heroes and bobos.

      Even the Bronx Zoo had Ed Figueroa, who never, ever pitched a good game in the post-season in 3 years with them.

      Teams have stars, and they have players with flaws. The team with the fewest, or that conceals them best, wins it all, unless another team gets unusually lucky. It is perfectly possible to win titles with some mediocre players, even bad players, in starting roles.

      And one last thing: it is a very rare loss that is one person’s fault alone. Every dog has his day. Even Cano; even Joba.

    88. MJ
      November 2nd, 2009 | 6:36 am

      @ Evan3457:
      I never said I don’t have blind spots. I openly admit to hating Xavier Nady and #62 and I’ve grown to dislike Jorge Posada as well. Hatred is clearly a blind spot.

      I guess, just as Steve opens himself up to critique/criticism in his blogs, I have done the same by exposing myself in these threads. In that sense, you’ve merely taken your shots that I’ve allowed you to take.

      I’m not sure if you’re being condescending here so I’ll refrain from accusing you of it but I’m not sure I like your tone, either.

      Anyway, we don’t know eachother so it doesn’t really matter. As long as the Yanks finish off the Phils, that’ll be fine with me. I’ve certainly endured worse than being given a backhanded compliment by a Trek fan, dorks that you all are.

    89. clintfsu813
      November 2nd, 2009 | 7:59 am

      @ MJ:
      Dude, its all good. The headline says it all..a place for your/our ranting. Everything you wrote is what happens in all of our heads in a game like this. There are highs (Damon, CC, Arod) and lows (Joba, Tex, Cano). This game was nucking futs. I stillllll cant believe what happened. But thats why this team is special. They’ve been doing it all year. When the haters start telling us how we (hopefully) bought a Championship…we tell em… Money doesnt buy heart, or guts. And this team has both. Suck it haters…suck it long..suck it hard. Screw going back to NY..lets nail this bitch down tonight!

    90. Evan3457
      November 2nd, 2009 | 8:10 am

      MJ wrote:

      @ Evan3457:

      I’m not sure if you’re being condescending here so I’ll refrain from accusing you of it but I’m not sure I like your tone, either.

      No condescension meant at all. I meant what I said. There were no intentional shots in my post. All the things I “accused” you of, I have been “guilty” of in my time. And I see them everywhere I look. Check out a game thread anywhere people are allowed to post what they really feel, and you’ll stuff as emotional as your postings in that thread. Check out a SOSH game thread, for example.

      In time, even players who are struggling, like Posada was earlier last night, or like Joba has at times in the playoffs, will get their moment to shine. When a team wins a title, its hard for a player who has any significant playing time to get through the whole season without making a significant contribution; even a crucial contribution.

      Anyway, the reward for your “investment” in this team is at hand. With any luck, some time between now and Thursday night/early Friday morning.

    91. Corey
      November 2nd, 2009 | 9:19 am

      MJ wrote:

      Anyway, we don’t know eachother so it doesn’t really matter. As long as the Yanks finish off the Phils, that’ll be fine with me. I’ve certainly endured worse than being given a backhanded compliment by a Trek fan, dorks that you all are.

      lol, took it too personally IMO, bro. He’s kind of right, and is just saying that you don’t have to jump off the deep end on every bad play as baseball is an emotional roller coaster. I don’t think he was really making it out to be a bad thing…in fact I’d wager he was trying to help since you were legitimatly in distress.. I mean, you said Blanton was dominating the Yanks last night and even called him Cy Young. But, the thing is, that’s how you watch baseball. I can’t really say anything, since I understand it. I feel the emotions too. I’d bet that Evan does as well. I mean, we wouldn’t all be here all the time if we didn’t, right? Anyway, just tryin to clarify some beef between 2 good fellow fans.

    92. MJ
      November 2nd, 2009 | 9:44 am

      @ Evan3457:
      My apologies to you. I sincerely should’ve read your post with a more honest (and less defensive eye).

      @ clintfsu813:
      Couldn’t agree more. I’d love to beat ‘em on their field and to beat their best pitcher just so we can say we did. I’m all for adding to the psychological reservoir of success so beating the Angels (finally) and possibly beating Cliff Lee would be a nice bit of positive emotional baggage to carry around next year.

      @ Corey:
      Agreed. I was wrong for jumping to that conclusion and I apologize to Evan (and to everyone else) for sounding like a dick.

    93. clintfsu813
      November 2nd, 2009 | 9:53 am

      I was wrong for jumping to that conclusion and I apologize to Evan (and to everyone else) for sounding like a dick

      Thats what makes us Yankee fans right? At least thats what everyone thinks, lol. (P.S. Philly fans suck my balls)

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