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Title: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: AugustWest on March 14, 2014, 05:13:26 pm
Are we doing baseball this year?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: miles on March 14, 2014, 05:17:31 pm
I'm in.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on March 14, 2014, 08:29:32 pm
I look forward to finishing in second or third yet again.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on April 04, 2014, 01:59:49 pm
Hey! I'm going to a baseball game today! Fuck yeah!

Also, I'm going to post this picture for LFM every chance I get.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BkFDD0VCMAAixD0.jpg)
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on April 04, 2014, 04:27:41 pm
A brief conversation I had on Facebook yesterday when a friend checked in from the stadium.

"Here's to starting the season off with a sweep of the NYY."

"Ah yes, the salad days of April when hopes haven't yet been dashed."

"Hey now... Well you are right.."
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on April 26, 2014, 08:21:29 am
Is it football season yet?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on April 26, 2014, 11:14:51 pm
Is it football season yet?

We must remain patient.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on May 26, 2014, 02:38:33 pm
Guess who had Josh Beckett on his bench this weekend, and therefore got nothing out of his no-hitter?

(Not that it made a huge difference. I won the W, K, and ERA categories anyway. Might have helped with WHIP though. But still, it's the principle of the thing.)
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 02, 2014, 01:26:55 pm
It's the last week of our regular season, so probably time to post a status.


Good luck evry'buddy!
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: AugustWest on September 02, 2014, 07:54:38 pm
But I haven' t adjusted my lineup since April...
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 08, 2014, 02:51:28 pm
The playoffs are here! First round:
Banana Town (Carlos) vs. Angels of Death (uh, I don't know who this is)
Sumo Shortstops (AW) vs. Oakey Blues (Ash)

Owensboro (Greg) and Marrrnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs (miles) have first-round byes.
Good luck everyone, and "Ulf Dahlen" please identify yourself.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 15, 2014, 01:23:53 pm
Not gonna happen. First round results:

Angels of Death 7, Banana Town 3
Sumo Shortstops 7, Oakey Blues 3

Semi-finals:
Sumo Shortstops (AW) vs Marrrrrrrnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs (Miles)
Owensboro (Greg) vs Angels (still don't know who this is)

Good luck youse mugs.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 22, 2014, 09:04:14 pm
Semi-final results:
Marrrrrrnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs 7, Sumo Shortstops 1. No repeat for you!
Owensboro 7, Angels of Death 2.

So it's Owensboro Greg vs. Miles for the champeenship. According to my records neither of them has won a TOUAMB fantasy baseball title. Good luck, gentlemen.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 29, 2014, 01:23:47 pm
Congrats to Miles and his Marrrrrrrrrnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs who defeated Owensboro Greg 6-3 to win the TOUAMB fantasy baseball championship. Not only his first championship, but first time in the top 3 in any TOUAMB fantasy league.

AW defeats Angels of Death 6-4 to take third place. Which is good, because I still don't know who Angels of Death is, which would have made it awkward to put on my historical winners' list.

Good season everyone. In other baseball news, I was at Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter yesterday. First time I've seen one of those in person. It was just about the most awesome thing ever.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: AugustWest on September 29, 2014, 01:51:27 pm
Congrats to Miles and his Marrrrrrrrrnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs who defeated Owensboro Greg 6-3 to win the TOUAMB fantasy baseball championship. Not only his first championship, but first time in the top 3 in any TOUAMB fantasy league.

AW defeats Angels of Death 6-4 to take third place. Which is good, because I still don't know who Angels of Death is, which would have made it awkward to put on my historical winners' list.

Good season everyone. In other baseball news, I was at Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter yesterday. First time I've seen one of those in person. It was just about the most awesome thing ever.

Proof that laissez-faire management works, sort of.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: miles on September 29, 2014, 04:45:37 pm
I ended up in 4th place last year but somehow pulled off the best regular season record. My point is I haven't been completely terrible at this before this season.

But yeah, feels kinda good. It was the only thing yesterday that kept me from dissolving into tears, watching King Felix leave the mound after dominating through 5 innings, only to have Oakland suddenly to decide not to suck anymore and clinch the final playoff spot.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: AugustWest on September 29, 2014, 06:18:50 pm

Also, jealous of The Mayor getting to see a MLB no-no live.

Oh yeah, that.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on March 31, 2015, 02:01:19 pm
If there's a thread for 2015 fantasy baseball, I can't find it. Excuuuuuuuuuuuuse meeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Looks like we have 9 teams at the moment. Draft tomorrow night. Anyone else want to pile in to give us an even number of teams?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on April 09, 2015, 04:29:27 pm
Looks like I have not previously posted about Hardball Passport, a site that helps you track all the baseball games you've been to. (They have similar sites for football and basketball. No hockey, yet, but it may come along eventually.) This was already fun as hell for a big baseball nerd like me.
http://hardballpassport.com/traveler/carlosdelvaca

This year they added a premium option that aggregates the stats for major league games you've attended. So now I know things like "When I've seen Stephen Strasburg pitch, his ERA is an absurd 1.41." It also gives you a breakout of Hall of Famers you've seen in person.

HOF (times seen): Cal Ripken (7), Mike Schmidt (4), Ozzie Smith (4), Steve Carlton (3), Roberto Alomar (2), Craig Biggio (2), Rod Carew (2), Barry Larkin (2), Paul Molitor (2), Eddie Murray (2), Johnny Bench (1), Dennis Eckersley (1), Tom Glavine (1), Greg Maddux (1), Pedro Martinez (1), Jim Palmer (1), Tony Perez (1), Jim Rice (1), Ryne Sandberg (1), Willie Stargell (1), Dave Winfield (1), Carl Yastrzemski (1), Robin Yount (1)

Discussion of this with some people in the office got me to look up this game I went to at Fenway when I was 10. Holy SHIT look at these lineups.
http://hardballpassport.com/game/19800807-mil-bos
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on May 15, 2015, 02:43:51 pm
They're saying last night's rain delay in San Diego is only the fifth rain delay in the history of Petco Park. (Plus there was that one time they delayed a game because of bees.)

I find this especially amusing because I was at the previous one, in 2011. Ash, it was the night before we went to the Angels game. And my San Diego friend Mike, who was at that game with us, was at Petco last night. So five rain delays in 12 seasons, he was at two of them (at least). Go figure.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on May 15, 2015, 05:33:15 pm
Yeah, he could get the state to pay for him to go to Padres games to help relieve the drought.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on May 21, 2015, 07:25:20 am
It's raining in California. That's good news, right?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on June 12, 2015, 01:38:48 pm
I am off to Detroit tomorrow for this year's big dumb baseball weekend. Justin Verlander is making his first start back off the DL. That may well be ultimately disappointing, and he's not quite the guy he was a few years ago, but still: that's cool. Also, I picked him up in our fantasy league.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on June 12, 2015, 04:25:33 pm
Did you pick up his girlfriend too?

That's a different sort of fantasy league.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on June 15, 2015, 01:14:28 pm
Say, who's that flying up the standings in the Achewood Memorial Fantasy Baseball League? Why, it's the team from Banana Town.

Comerica Park is pretty nice--has the good view of the city skyline, not unlike Pittsburgh. Tons of bells and whistles, including a carousel AND a ferris wheel. Good beer, OK food. Verlander was OK for his first start off the DL. Miguel Cabrera is a good hitter.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 01, 2015, 01:08:41 pm
There are but two weeks left in our regular season.

Marrrners and Owensboro have clinched playoff spots already.
The next four spots are currently occupied by Atlanta, the Shortstops, Angels o' Death, and Oakey Blues.

Banana Town 7.5 games out in the 7 spot, and with two weeks left that's a lot of ground to make up. So the playoff field may be practically set already.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: miles on September 02, 2015, 03:29:24 am
Looks like I have not previously posted about Hardball Passport, a site that helps you track all the baseball games you've been to. (They have similar sites for football and basketball. No hockey, yet, but it may come along eventually.) This was already fun as hell for a big baseball nerd like me.
http://hardballpassport.com/traveler/carlosdelvaca

This year they added a premium option that aggregates the stats for major league games you've attended. So now I know things like "When I've seen Stephen Strasburg pitch, his ERA is an absurd 1.41." It also gives you a breakout of Hall of Famers you've seen in person.

HOF (times seen): Cal Ripken (7), Mike Schmidt (4), Ozzie Smith (4), Steve Carlton (3), Roberto Alomar (2), Craig Biggio (2), Rod Carew (2), Barry Larkin (2), Paul Molitor (2), Eddie Murray (2), Johnny Bench (1), Dennis Eckersley (1), Tom Glavine (1), Greg Maddux (1), Pedro Martinez (1), Jim Palmer (1), Tony Perez (1), Jim Rice (1), Ryne Sandberg (1), Willie Stargell (1), Dave Winfield (1), Carl Yastrzemski (1), Robin Yount (1)

Discussion of this with some people in the office got me to look up this game I went to at Fenway when I was 10. Holy SHIT look at these lineups.
http://hardballpassport.com/game/19800807-mil-bos

This, by the way, is awesome. The disappointing thing for me though is that so far I can only find one ticket stub for a Mariners game during their Kingdome years, but it was an Orioles game so I have at least one HOFer. I'll have another next year when Griffey is inducted. I went to so many games in the 80s and 90s but most of the details are gone.

Football site is cool, too.

Has anyone here been to an MLB HOF induction ceremony?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 02, 2015, 07:48:27 pm
Has anyone here been to an MLB HOF induction ceremony?

Nope. I went to the HOF in roughly 1997 but just on a random day.

Perhaps if and when someone is inducted as a National (Bryce Harper?), I'll do that.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 02, 2015, 08:49:16 pm
I'll be calling you in about 3 weeks, then. I will also call you when they award him NL MVP at the end of the season.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 03, 2015, 01:26:22 pm
They give that hardware to guys on teams that shit their ##### to the Mets?

They gave it to Mike Schmidt in 1986, didn't they? (Also that Phillies team didn't exactly mess up, those Mets were just absurdly good.)

It's one of those years where the best individual candidates are mostly on non-playoff teams. If the Snakes somehow manage to make a run and take the NL West, perhaps he gets it.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on September 04, 2015, 09:22:59 pm
Plus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are going to watch HOUSTON and TEXAS make the playoffs which is just totally fuck*ng embarrassing.

Hey!
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 08, 2015, 01:43:31 pm
Last week of the fantasy baseball regular season.

The Atlanta Braves (ugh, terrible team name, sorry) have also clinched a playoff spot.

Banana Town is 4 GB of the Sumo Shortstops for the last spot. A tall order to make that up not playing head-to-head, but stranger things have happened I guess.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 08, 2015, 08:09:01 pm
Are you offering to throw our game? Then's fightin' words. Let's you and AW fight.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 09, 2015, 12:57:01 pm
Screw it, I'm never watching baseball again, after last night's debacle.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 10, 2015, 12:30:39 pm
Yeah, I was highly skeptical of Posnanski's article calling the Papelbon trade the worst thing, but now I can't help but wonder. Of course, if Storen is so fragile that being moved to the 8th inning makes him fall apart, he probably has no business being a big-league pitcher at all, but what do I know.

Speaking of which, I could not fuck*ng believe that Williams put him in the game last night. Were I managing the team, the only way Storen would have pitched last night (after the Tuesday debacle) is if the game went 18 innings or so. Let him have a couple days off, then have him work out his issues on the road.

But no. Williams was clearly thinking "Gotta show faith in the guy! Get right back on the hoss!" Bang, two-run homer, Strasburg takes the loss. As I tweeted at the time, "ALL THE PROFANITIES"
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 10, 2015, 12:34:24 pm
On a more pleasant note, as you are probably aware I am in the process of going to all the major league baseball stadiums (typically one per season at this point). I am planning on Miami next year, but as my daughter wants to go and we want to specifically see the Nats there, there's only one series on next year's schedule that would work, in May. And I got to thinking, what if she's in a school play or there's something else going on that we can't go then? What's plan B?

Don't want to go to Miami without her, save it for another season.
Planning on taking the family to SF the next year.
I have friends in Colorado, but there's that conference that was supposed to be there and got cancelled, I'm holding out hope that it gets rescheduled and I get to go there on the company's nickel.

That leaves me with only three choices. Just three! And that blew my mind a little bit. Really getting close to the end of this quest.
Milwaukee, Tampa, and Phoenix. None of which are places I'm super-enthused about going, but I'd make it fun somehow.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 10, 2015, 05:39:51 pm
(my vote is for the Carolina league (http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=l122) as your start.)

Yea, verily. The plan is to revisit some that I haven't been to already (Boston being first on that list--I went there when I was 10). And concurrently hit more minor league parks, starting with the Carolina League and the Appalachian League. The Appy League is way down there, but is supposedly home to some of the most picturesque little ballparks around.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 15, 2015, 12:47:44 pm
No miracle comeback for Banana Town. So the first round of the playoffs are like so:

Oakey Blues (Ash) vs. Angels of Death (Ulf??)
Owensboro (Greg) vs. Sumo Shortstops (AW)

bye: Marrrrnerrrrrrs (miles), Atlanta (Kevin??)

I still don't know who Angels of Death and Atlanta are by board-names, so speak up if that's you or someone associated with you.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 21, 2015, 01:02:47 pm
First round playoff results:
Oakey Blues 5, Angels of Death 4
Owensboro 8, Sumos 2

Semi-finals:
Marrrrrrnerrrrrrs (miles) vs Oakey Blues (Ash)
Owensboro (Greg) vs Atlanta (Kevin?)
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 28, 2015, 12:24:07 pm
Not only that, you made it out of the semis.

Oakey Blues 9, Marrrnerrrrs 1
Owensboro 5, Sumos 4


Ash vs. Owensboro Greg for the champeenship.
AW vs. whoever Kevin is for third place.

Good luck yinz. Try not to let your closer choke your MVP candidate.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 28, 2015, 05:50:06 pm
They just announced that Papelbon has accepted the league's 3-game suspension for plunking Machado, and the team has suspended him 4 games for the business with Harper. So he's done for the year. That's a good thing; I think there might have been a mass walk-out if he had come in to pitch today.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 29, 2015, 12:49:33 pm
It's all good, I've taken my share of cheap shots at the Mets and the Braves. As I've said previously, if LFM did nothing but tweet pictures of Screech falling down at me for the next two weeks, I wouldn't blame him one bit.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 29, 2015, 04:38:30 pm
Seems like every effort to tweak the baseball playoffs is a reaction to some perceived injustice, in which an inferior team won something. Too many wild card teams winning the World Series? Let's make the wild card harder by adding another team! But eventually an 88-win team will squeak in, then get hot and win the whole thing... oh wait, that happened already.

If you want the best team to win, the only solution is to scrap the playoffs altogether and declare the team with the best regular-season record the champion. (As a fan of the Washington Nationals, I'd like to retroactively impose this rule back to 2012, please.) Good enough for the EPL, why not us? Oh, because the playoffs make a shit-ton of money.

I feel bad for fans of whatever team loses the NL wild card game, be it the Pirates or Cubs. Those teams have both had great seasons, but one of them will wash out before they even really got started.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: KeithHernandez on October 05, 2015, 04:45:27 am
As a person who has not seen a pitch of baseball this year and who has lived in LA for a month and a day, let me just say.....haha, suck it OC! 

Did I do this right?  Or in LA do you just route for whatever team is the best?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on October 05, 2015, 12:24:16 pm
A tad anti-climactic: Owensboro 8, Oakey Blues 1, to give Owensboro Greg his first championship. He finished second last year and third the year before, so next year he'll finish in zeroth place. Second place is Ash's highest-ever baseball finish.

Third place: Atlanta 6, Marrrrners 3. I still don't know who Kevin is, but good job, you.

Thanks for playing everybody.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on October 05, 2015, 12:28:14 pm
In other baseball news:

No one cares about your fantasy team. But: when Sergio Romo was credited with a hold late yesterday, it resulted in my losing the championship in my other league, where I was going for back-to-back titles. Curse you, Sergio.

Max Scherzer sure did throw a no-hitter on Saturday! That was awesome! There was a certain amount of shit-talking from Mets fans (nice no-hitter! enjoy watching the playoffs from home!), which I kind of expected and am OK with. But there was some guy on Twitter, his bio said he's a Tigers fan, who was going on and on about how Max didn't come through for the team when it mattered, this wasn't a real Mets line-up, it doesn't matter because you missed the playoffs. Kind of sad. My FB and Twitter feeds are full of floods, people getting shot, police brutality, and my own country bombing a fuck*ng hospital and trying to act like it's no big deal. And you want to tell me I shouldn't be happy that a pitcher for my favorite team threw a no-hitter? Sheesh.

I shall be rooting for Toronto and whoever wins the NL wild card game in this playoff.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on October 05, 2015, 05:43:30 pm
Yeah, I don't want to say I'm happy that Williams got fired, but it beats the alternative. I wish he just hadn't sucked so much as a manager. I hope they replace him with someone who knows how to manage a pitching staff, say Bud Black.

My endorsing Toronto is further proof that I'm over my Phillies fandom. I have a thing for long-suffering fan bases, they seem like a fun team, and I have a good friend in Toronto who's enjoying their run tremendously.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on October 08, 2015, 11:51:49 pm
Well we're all pretty excited about the Astros here in Houston. First time in the post season in a decade. I like Jim Brewer's Take (https://vid.me/nEcc/comedian-jim-breuer-on-the-astros).
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on October 09, 2015, 12:52:18 pm
I always have sympathy with long-suffering fan bases, so I think the Astros' run has been great. My only caveat: it's easy to think "Even if they get knocked out early, this team is just starting its run and they'll be back in the playoffs next year, probably for several years." Ideally, yes, but you never know what's going to happen, and the metaphorical bus could just as easily drive off a metaphorical cliff next season. For your sake, I hope not.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on October 12, 2015, 07:59:14 am
I always have sympathy with long-suffering fan bases, so I think the Astros' run has been great. My only caveat: it's easy to think "Even if they get knocked out early, this team is just starting its run and they'll be back in the playoffs next year, probably for several years." Ideally, yes, but you never know what's going to happen, and the metaphorical bus could just as easily drive off a metaphorical cliff next season. For your sake, I hope not.

No, the bus won't drive off a cliff, just all of the players will get off the bus. Unless it's the bus that takes them to New York, Los Angeles, or Boston. Because that's what happens to plucky overachieving teams these days. There are no dynasties in low rent towns like Houston. Basically the entire league is a farm club for the rich teams like the Yankees is what I am saying.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on February 05, 2016, 01:59:31 am
I always have sympathy with long-suffering fan bases, so I think the Astros' run has been great. My only caveat: it's easy to think "Even if they get knocked out early, this team is just starting its run and they'll be back in the playoffs next year, probably for several years." Ideally, yes, but you never know what's going to happen, and the metaphorical bus could just as easily drive off a metaphorical cliff next season. For your sake, I hope not.

No, the bus won't drive off a cliff, just all of the players will get off the bus. Unless it's the bus that takes them to New York, Los Angeles, or Boston. Because that's what happens to plucky overachieving teams these days. There are no dynasties in low rent towns like Houston. Basically the entire league is a farm club for the rich teams like the Yankees is what I am saying.

I have a friend who's son was drafted by the Yankees and he'll be leaving for his first professional training camp in a couple of weeks. She posted a photo of him in his uniform.

Here's the comment I didn't leave.

"New York Yankees. The best team in the history of Major League Baseball. 27 World Championships, wow. Although, to be fair, I really don't know how good they are at developing young talent for themselves. Honestly they mostly build their team by poaching the best players from other teams once they've already proven themselves. You can do that when you have so much more money than every other team.

This is not a knock against your son, of course. I'm just saying, at the Major League level the Yankees players are the best of the best, but most of them didn't start out as Yankees.

Look forward to seeing him playing in the World Series. By the way, where have they assigned him?"


For some reason I'm worried that this might offend some people.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on February 06, 2016, 02:24:47 am
They did develop Jeter, Posada, and Mariano Rivera on their own. Andy Pettite came up with them too.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on February 08, 2016, 10:06:02 pm
They did develop Jeter, Posada, and Mariano Rivera on their own. Andy Pettite came up with them too.

I'm sure that many of their players are homegrown, but there can be no doubt that they poach players from the rest of the league at will.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on March 25, 2016, 03:04:26 pm
So when are we drafting? Or are we holding out for a couple more teams first?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: iron_felix on March 28, 2016, 05:57:06 am
If you all haven't drafted yet I'd like to get back into this.  I'll need to make a new account; my old one seems to be trapped in Yahoo! Purgatory after so many years of disuse.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on May 10, 2016, 12:57:44 pm
It's a FUCK YOU FRIDAY! On a Monday!
https://twitter.com/dcsportsbog/status/729856085855748096
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on May 10, 2016, 07:15:28 pm
Yet another American double standard: We don't like punk athletes like Harper who are flashy and obnoxious! Act like you've been there before! Don't show anyone up! Just win! Behave like...

Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. Who are SOOOOO BORING omg.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: KeithHernandez on May 10, 2016, 09:27:53 pm
Odd despair inspiring Angel Fact of the day: Pujols is signed through 2021. Trout is signed through 2020. THE FUCKS.

Haha, that's stupid.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: AugustWest on May 11, 2016, 02:29:25 am
it will still be far far better than this Pujols deal.

As a St Louis sports fan, here's hoping the Rams deal works out just as well.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on May 27, 2016, 01:24:05 pm
A while back I posted about Hardball Passport, a site which allows you to track baseball games you've been to.

The good news is that the site's been redesigned, and relaunched as Sports Passport (sportspassport.com), with all their previous sites under one roof. So you can put in MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, minor league baseball, NCAA football and men's hoops, and they even added MLS.

The bad news: their old hosting company abruptly turned everything off and shut their doors, and unfortunately the Passport guys didn't have an off-site backup of the old site's database. Meaning that anyone wanting to go to the new site has to enter all their shit AGAIN.

Also, at the moment they only go back to 1990 for most sports, and only 2012 for minor league games. But presumably that'll be improved over time.

I got all my MLB games re-entered, except for the seven pre-1990 games, which I'm itching to do because that's where the awesome "Hall of Famers Seen" mostly come from. Got a bunch of hockey and soccer games still to jam in there. http://sportspassport.com/traveler/carlosdelvaca/stats
I am also the "mayor" of Nationals Park, and will take over RFK Stadium once I enter the DC United games.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: theinevitable on May 27, 2016, 06:37:04 pm
Damn, you really are the mayor
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on July 18, 2016, 12:59:39 pm
Back at the end of April I went to a Sunday Nats-Twins game. We left after the 12th inning. The Nats won in 16.

Yesterday I went to the Nats-Pirates game. We left after the 11th inning. The Nats lost in 18.

Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on July 18, 2016, 02:33:49 pm
True. I used to be one of those "I NEVER leave the game early!" guys, but between kids, aging parents, and getting old myself, I have my limits now.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on July 18, 2016, 09:01:54 pm
The Astros are doing well this season. I can't afford to go see them, but I wish I could next week when they are giving away Evan Gattis Gnomes. GNOMES!
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on July 19, 2016, 12:32:14 pm
GNOMES!

Two years ago the Nats gave away a Jayson Werth gnome, which came into being in no small part because some goofy fan on Twitter photoshopped Werth's face onto a garden gnome. (Given his hair and beard it was a natural fit.) I don't know if that was the first gnome giveaway in MLB, but it was right up there. And it was THE hottest giveaway item I think I can ever remember.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on August 25, 2016, 01:04:57 pm
So the Nats are in the midst of getting their ass handed to them by the Orioles--they lost two in Baltimore, and then last night in DC they were down 10-3 going into the bottom of the 9th, scored five runs and had the go-ahead run at the plate but lost 10-8. Nonetheless, they are up 7 games on those giraffey bastard, 10 games on the Mets who everyone thought was going to win the division this year, and according to the people who calculate such things they have a 98% chance to win the division. Granted, the pitching has carried us all year, but has been kind of shitty lately, which is disconcerting, and Strasburg went on the DL with what we all hope is a minor thing that will let him come back in time for the playoffs but we don't know for sure.

Anyway. To listen to the Nats fans on Twitter talk about it, you'd think we're in the midst of an epic collapse. One guy is seriously like "I'd rather have the team lose 100 games than be inconsistent like this." Oh FFS. I sat through those 100-loss seasons and they sucked [Todd voice] BALLS. The team was a joke and everyone was miserable. No, they're not the Cubs or the late-90s Yankees, and yes the chances are reasonable that they'll lose in the first round of the playoffs. On the other hand, Strasburg could come back, and he Scherzer and Roark could all pitch lights-out in the playoffs and we win the whole fuckin' thing! There's a chance of that, and I like that much better than no chance. Dammit, people, enjoy this while you can.

I don't get our fans. They either don't understand baseball (it's a long-ass season and even the best teams have some down times), or they're so stuck in the football mentality that they act like every loss dooms the season. It's tiresome.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on August 27, 2016, 02:59:58 am
[Todd voice] BALLS!

Weak ass 95 decibals, just like the weak ass Nats fans, amirite!
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 21, 2016, 12:56:34 pm
Your fantasy baseball semi-finals:

Banana Town (yours truly) vs. Owensboro (Greg)
Atlanta (Kevin?) vs. DTO 13 (Brian?)

As is increasingly the case, I don't know Kevin or Brian--are they board members, or friends thereof. Kevin even came in third in the baseball league last year. AFAIK this is Brian's first time in one of our leagues.

Hey AW, is Owenbsoro Greg on the Twitters by any chance?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: AugustWest on September 21, 2016, 01:32:02 pm
Your fantasy baseball semi-finals:

Banana Town (yours truly) vs. Owensboro (Greg)
Atlanta (Kevin?) vs. DTO 13 (Brian?)

As is increasingly the case, I don't know Kevin or Brian--are they board members, or friends thereof. Kevin even came in third in the baseball league last year. AFAIK this is Brian's first time in one of our leagues.

Hey AW, is Owenbsoro Greg on the Twitters by any chance?

Doubt it, but I'll find out.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 26, 2016, 12:30:07 pm
Nanner Town 7, Owensboro 4
DTO 5, Barves 4


Good luck, Brian, whoever you are.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on October 03, 2016, 01:24:07 am
Banana Town 8, DTO 2. Congrats to me for finally winning a TOUAMB fantasy sports league after finishing second and third a whole bunch of times. First time Brian (who I stiill don't know who that is) has competed in our league, to my knowledge, and definitely the first time he's placed.
Third place: Owensboro 10, Atlanta 0. Way to show up at the end, there, Atlanta. Owensboro Greg finishes in the top three in baseball for the fourth year running.

Great jorb everyone. On to the real baseball playoffs. If you don't have a rooting interest, I suggest the Washington Nationals. Think how happy your friend The Mayor will be if they win!
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on October 13, 2016, 06:30:06 pm
I've been mostly calm through the playoffs so far, but we've got less than six hours to go to the start of game 5 and I'm starting to freak out a little bit.

(At least, calm with regards to being nervous. When Jose Lobaton hit the home run in game 2, I yelled so loud and so long that I had to stop and catch my breath.)
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on October 13, 2016, 08:17:57 pm
I have a good friend in Toronto, so yeah that would be fun. Not sure I know any Indians fans. The Indians look like the weaker team (though they did just sweep the Red Sox, didn't they), so I'd prefer that matchup to some degree.

Of course even if they do win tonight, the Nats would have the daunting task of beating the Cubs before they'd get to the Series. I give them maybe a 25% chance of doing that, given the Cubs' overall awesomeness and the Nats' starting pitching woes. But you never know. Frankly, whoever knocks off the Cubs would be such a national villain that it kind of has to happen.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: KeithHernandez on October 13, 2016, 10:21:21 pm
Wouldn't them winning take all the heat off?

Also, as a Red Sox fan my whole life, who took mushrooms the first time in the 2003 alcs (I had already tried Coke and weed, didn't realize eating mushrooms in a shit ass apartment and watching baseball might be a bad idea) and kinda never got over, hey, rooting for sports teams is the stupidest shit in the world (the strongest take away from that trip), uh, the Cubs don't want to win right?  It will be like post-2004 Red Sox but at least a little worse?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on October 14, 2016, 01:20:53 pm
I am so hoping the Cubs shit the bed in a devastating way.

Not with you there, at least for now. I want them to beat the ever-living crap out of the Dodgers.

Cubs vs. Blue Jays would be the most US vs. Canada series ever, more so than '92/'93.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: pmcd9 on December 22, 2016, 11:53:54 pm
Shortly after my moment of glory an old guy in a cart rolled up and told me to get back to field level where I belonged.

As I was reading I thought "I wonder if he's supposed to be up there?" Thanks for not leaving me in suspense.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on March 07, 2017, 09:18:07 pm
What's the dealio with this year's league?
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: miles on March 10, 2017, 06:53:13 am
Oh yeah, that's coming up soon. I'd offer to take lead but my new-ish job is kicking my ass so I'd probably fuck it up somehow, forget to set the draft or something. But count me in.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on August 11, 2017, 01:23:24 pm
Thankfully, no one noticed that I accidentally waived Aroldis Chapman.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 18, 2017, 12:36:26 pm
Hello, it is time for a fantasy baseball playoff

DTO 13 (Brian??) vs. Louisville Sluggers (G Jennings??)
NYY (John Gomes???) vs. NOTANYGOOD (K Jennings??)

Is it just me or is no one in the playoffs actually a member of the board
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Asherdan on September 18, 2017, 03:56:56 pm
All I know is I took the pipe so hard this year.
Title: Re: What about it, boys (and girls) of summer?
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 18, 2017, 04:35:13 pm
I managed to dig myself a big hole early in the season, and ran out of time to climb out of it. Oh well.

Probably shouldn't have let myself get into the football league as I really no longer give any fucks whatsoever about football. But it's there and I'm in it so I will attempt to play it out. Hell, I could go 2-0 tonight if things break my way.