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post #31 of 105
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CTGuy, Can you explain the genesis of your allegiance to the Redsox if you are from RI? If you're from NYC, you cheer those damn Yankees and if you're from MA you cheer for the Red Sox. But, how does it work if you live in New England? Is there some invisible Mason-Dixie line running through New England that separates those towns supporting the Red Sox vs. the Yankees?
post #32 of 105
I think a great deal of NE supports the Sox... probably most of CT perhaps excepting the areas immediately bordering NYC, but that is my mileage anyways. Pats probably draw fans from an even larger radius.
post #33 of 105
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History was made tonight, Baby.
No, history was not made tonight. Despite the near-obsession of sports commentators with that word, virtually nothing that happens in sports is history. It's entertainment.
post #34 of 105
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Can you explain the genesis of your allegiance to the Redsox if you are from RI? If you're from NYC, you cheer those damn Yankees and if you're from MA you cheer for the Red Sox. But, how does it work if you live in New England? Is there some invisible Mason-Dixie line running through New England that separates those towns supporting the Red Sox vs. the Yankees?
The line is around New Haven.  South and west is Yankees territory; north and east is Red Sox country.  Rhode Island clearly falls into the latter.
post #35 of 105
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Who would have thought of sending David Ortiz to try to steal second base?
That was one of the funniest things ever. David Ortiz. It's like one of those martial arts movies when the hero pulls out a fighting style that everyone thought was just a myth. I hope I get to eat my words tonight. Go Sox.
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No, history was not made tonight. Despite the near-obsession of sports commentators with that word, virtually nothing that happens in sports is history. It's entertainment.
True. I mean, look at what is happening in the Sudan as we speak. Still, do you *need* to rain on the parade?
post #36 of 105
Wow- what a Series. Best baseball I've seen played in a while... And I'm glad it wasn't a sweep. National League I want the Cards to win. Residual animosity toward Jeff Kent, being a Giants fan. But man it's fun to watch Beltran, Berkman, Backe, and Lidge. Maybe I just need to get over it and pretend Kent's not on the team.
post #37 of 105
ARod's Hand of God moment was pretty damn funny. HOF player, but not someone you want backing you up in a fight. I'm willing to back up my talk. Any red sox fans want to place a friendly wager on tonight's game?
post #38 of 105
Can someone explain why Jeter had to go back to FIRST after the A-Rod interference play? If A-Rod's out, Jeter still advances to second. Is going back to first some kind of penalty for the interference? Also, the previous night -- the popup bunt attempt that Posada caught. Would the Infield Fly Rule have applied to that, or should he have let it drop to get the double play?
post #39 of 105
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Some one should tell A-Rod that cheaters never prosper.
The most embarrassing aspect of that incident is not that everyone now knows that A-Rod is a cheater, it's that everyone now knows that he slaps like a girl.  Seriously, he looked like a socialite trying to protect her Louis Vuitton handbag from a purse snatcher.
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No, history was not made tonight. Despite the near-obsession of sports commentators with that word, virtually nothing that happens in sports is history. It's entertainment.
Granted, the outcome of the series between the Yankees and the Red Sox is not nearly as important as the situation in the Middle East, but to fans, it is much more than mere "entertainment."  At its very best -- and the 2004 ALCS certainly qualifies, regardless of what happens tonight -- sports is an encapsulation of the experience of life itself, with all of its triumphs and tragedies, highs and lows, all unfolding with glorious unpredictability in real time.  For that reason, sports can cause a grown man to act like a little kid, hug another man he has never met, and bawl his eyes out in celebration or mourning.  Show me a movie or concert that can do that.
post #40 of 105
Leo: Interference results in the play not happening basically, runners cannot advance. Let's do an extreme example. Let's say instead of swatting the ball, A-rod ran out of the baseline and tackled Arroyo, and the ball was pinned under him, and he held him there until Jeter scored. Obviously this isn't fair to the opposing team whether or not the runner is called out for interference. My boss mentioned a case where Reggie Jackson did a similar move in the World Series.
post #41 of 105
A-Rod is a punk; his actions on the basepath last night only serve to underscore that notion. Last night's game was indeed historic; specifically it falls within the category of sports history. Here's hoping for another evening of historic proportions. Go Sox.
post #42 of 105
I don't understand why red sox fans are so bitter at ARod. If they want to blame somebody, they should blame the owner, John Henry, who could have completed the deal for another 15 million.
post #43 of 105
The Astros and Cardinals are tied at 4 going into the bottom of the 9th. Edited to correct status of game.
post #44 of 105
OK, now the Astros and Cardinals are in extra innings. I'm stuck at the office now, so anything that pushes back the start of the Yankees and Red Sox is fine by me.
post #45 of 105
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I don't understand why red sox fans are so bitter at ARod. If they want to blame somebody, they should blame the owner, John Henry, who could have completed the deal for another 15 million.
Not so much bitter as having seen his character a bit closer up lately (this year). Just ask Bronson & Jason. He's a big tough guy til someone gets in his face. Frankly, I'm fine with our current lineup, sans ARod. PS: To be fair (and balanced) on the other side, Pedro is also a punk. Difference is, he's our punk.  
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