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World Series Plausibly Live Blog
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 10/24/2007 5:24:00 PM
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Like we did on Sunday, I'll chime in with my thoughts here and there whenever something draws my attention - there may be some kid/dinner/bathtime/bedtime delays here and there. Please share your observations too.

And I'll start off with one from the pregame show. I get that John Williams is awesome - he's done quite a bit. Isn't calling him "maestro" sufficient enough to fete him? Was it also necessary to call him "the epitome of our culture?" Seems like they were laying it on a little thick, Yankees-singing-God-Bless-America-at-the-seventh-inning-stretch-style.


While we're waiting for the game to start, here's something completely unrelated. Did anyone catch Luis Gonzalez's rant on his way out the door from the Dodgers? (

He blames the Dodgers for playing "the kids" as the reason why they fell out of the race, even though said kids (he named Matt Kemp, James Loney, Andre Ethier and Russell Martin in particular) hit well. The money quote:

"If you look at our record, we had the best record in the National League at the All-Star break. And we brought up a lot of young kids, and when they brought the kids up, they did well. There's no doubt these are all great young players. They were hitting .340, .350. (James) Loney, Kemp, (Russell) Martin, Ethier -- they're all great players, but we weren't winning games. They're getting three and four hits, but you're not winning games.

"So in baseball a lot of times people look at the numbers instead of the results, and the results for us were we were not winning games, but that's what the organization wanted. They wanted to develop these young kids. And instead of us going out there and winning games, we ended up finishing in fourth place and the fans are ticked off, and the organization is now going to continue to this youth movement, which is great for them."

So, to get this right, that change in direction caused the problem, not players like Gonzo (and more appropriately, Nomar and Rafael Furcal) not hitting? Ok....
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 5:42:00 PM
I don't think you get it, Jeff. The young players were getting hits and producing runs, but the TEAM wasn't winning games. If there were more veterans, the team wouldn't have had as many hits, and without the hits, they probably wouldn't have scored as many runs, but they would have had more WINS. It's not about scoring runs or getting hits, it's about winning games. Who cares how many runs you score, or how few you allow if you're not winning? I don't care if you outscore the opposite 1000 to 0 over the course of the season, if you're not winning games, it's all for nought. Veterans win games. Period.
Posted by cliss at 10/24/2007 5:50:00 PM
Odd to see Ortiz attempt a bunt - but I think that's a direct reflection of how tough Francis can be on lefties, not a strategy.
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 5:54:00 PM
Happy to see another big hit by J.D. Drew, even though I'm rooting a little for the Rockies overall. I just don't get the hatred for him.
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 6:01:00 PM
I love Troy Tulowitzki, but it's pretty funny to me how the new consensus is that Ryan Braun is now the afterthought in the NL ROY conversation. Yes, you can make a pretty good case for Tulo, but look at Braun's numbers on offense, and remember that he didn't come up until May. The defensive difference is stark, but so is the offensive difference. At best, they should balance out.
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 6:11:00 PM
Joe Buck is such a Budweiser schill, it's ridiculous.
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 6:12:00 PM
I know this is an earth-shattering observation, but the advertisements/sponsors thrown out there are way over-the-top. In about one minute Fox mentioned the "Chevrolet Pre-Game Show", the "Dick's Sporting Goods Starting Lineup" and long looks at the Bank of America logo on the Red Sox dugout. Can't we watch just five minutes without getting all the ads?

Then again, I was watching the game it on my DVR, and was about ten minutes behind, so once the "real" commercials hit, I didn't have to watch them.
Posted by kennruby at 10/24/2007 6:57:00 PM
Buck killed me when he slammed T.O. in Green Bay when he pretended to moon the crowd.....Jeff at least your kids aren't Bon Jovi fans, my 4 year old loves "I love this town", if I had a nickel for every time I've heard it....
Last question for anyone, shamelessly I put this in as an "ask the expert", (yes a little late, i.e. this morning), I am in a 23 team league-1pt. for 10 yards rushing, 1 pt. 25 yards receiving, 4 pts. passing td, 6 pts. rushing td. I have Texans team QB., I can get Tenn team QB (i.e. Vince Young), should I do this, has to be in by 11:45 EST.....THANKS TO ANY OPINIONS IN ADVANCE, TAKE PITY FOR THE BON JOVI THING, LOL
Posted by kevinccp at 10/24/2007 7:16:00 PM
Kevin - My three-year old daughter's favorite song is "Allison Road" by the Gin Blossoms. I think I'd rather have Bon Jovi.
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 7:45:00 PM
Well, that was fun, for about three innings... I hope this isn't 2004 all over again, for competitive-ness sake.

Kevin - your AAE:

Yeah, I'd make that swap, and gamble on the upside. I know that HOU is getting Andre Johnson back, but I have to think at some point Young is going to scramble more. Also, TEN has already had their bye, HOU has not.
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 8:03:00 PM
"Ed Montague with the score 13-1 isn't going to give any gifts to the pitchers, it seems..."

Yeah, because the strike zone should change according to the score?

Go back to schilling for Taco Bell, Joe.
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 8:12:00 PM
Thanks Jeff,
Im 4-3 in this league, again 23 teams, I won it last year taking Brees really late (using rotowire) an drafting Colston after TO and Driver (u start 3 WR). Thanks, just don't tell your daughter what happened to the gin blossoms lead singer.....
Thanks again
Posted by kevinccp at 10/24/2007 8:13:00 PM
Yeah, that's a conversation I hope not to have.

Fortunately, the shows she watches have a lot of songs - pretty decent, for kids fare, too - Backyardigans and Jack's Big Music Show are her two shows.
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 9:30:00 PM
I'm a little late to the party, but I'm completely with you Jeff on Braun vs. Tulowitzki. Had a conversation with a co-worker after McCarver said that Tulowitzki, "probably will be NL ROY," and we both couldn't believe that not only has Tulowitzki become the favorite in the media, but that they make it seem like a foregone conclusion that he'll win. All you need to do is look at Braun's numbers and consider that he did all that damage in just 451 ABs.
Posted by uwmichael at 10/24/2007 9:49:00 PM
It's just another in the latest of narratives in the baseball media, right up there with "(fill in your team) could never afford or should want A-Rod should he opt out," and "... our team would never want Barry Bonds - he'd bring too many distractions to the team (like scoring runs)".... You can go to virtually any team's local papers for examples.
Posted by Erickson at 10/24/2007 11:20:00 PM
Tulo's defense is fantastic and he sure hit at home, but let's not forget this was a .256/.327/.393 guy away from Coors.

Does anyone like Joe Buck? Is it possible?
Posted by spianow at 10/25/2007 6:12:00 AM
And yet, Holiday Inn built an entire ad campaign around Joe Buck. Is that even possible? Go figure...
Posted by Erickson at 10/25/2007 8:37:00 AM
Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey:

If John Williams is the "epitome" of our culture what does that say about our culture?
Posted by flutiefan at 10/25/2007 9:55:00 AM
Holliday Inn should go back to that slacker guy Mark. I loved those ads.

Posted by spianow at 10/25/2007 1:04:00 PM
Man, I forgot about those - they were superb.
Posted by Erickson at 10/25/2007 2:39:00 PM

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