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  posted on 5/4/2010 at 10:28 PM
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That is sad. He always seemed like a class act. It's been sort of a bad patch for great baseball announcers. Skip Caray, Harry Kalas, now Ernie Harwell. Bob Uecker is recovering from heart surgery and will miss the next three months.


I was thinking about that today....watched a documentary about Fergie Jenkins in like '71, the year he won the Cy Young. I lived and died with the Cubs then, and it was like taking a Time Machine back to my youth....Jack Brickhouse announcing the games, those horrible unis with the elastic waistbands, all the players had huge sideburns and afros or bad hair.....remembered it like it was like yesterday.

Harwell, Kalas, Uecker, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse...they don't make 'em like that anymore.

Today I thought that Harry Caray wouldn't be able to get a job announcing today. That sucks.

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  posted on 5/4/2010 at 10:37 PM
Fergie threw 30 - count 'em, 30 - complete games in '71.

And 325 innings. Went 24-13 with a 2.77 ERA and 263 strikeouts. It was his sixth 20 win season in a row. In WRIGLEY FIELD.

2 years later he won 25 games pitching for Texas and threw 325 innings with a 2.82 ERA and 225 strikeouts and 29 complete games. What a stud.

Wonder how much he would've made today?

 

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  posted on 5/4/2010 at 10:38 PM
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That is sad. He always seemed like a class act. It's been sort of a bad patch for great baseball announcers. Skip Caray, Harry Kalas, now Ernie Harwell. Bob Uecker is recovering from heart surgery and will miss the next three months.


I was thinking about that today....watched a documentary about Fergie Jenkins in like '71, the year he won the Cy Young. I lived and died with the Cubs then, and it was like taking a Time Machine back to my youth....Jack Brickhouse announcing the games, those horrible unis with the elastic waistbands, all the players had huge sideburns and afros or bad hair.....remembered it like it was like yesterday.

Harwell, Kalas, Uecker, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse...they don't make 'em like that anymore.

Today I thought that Harry Caray wouldn't be able to get a job announcing today. That sucks.

[Edited on 5/5/2010 by brofan]


I've seen that, and would love to see it again. Jenkins, Santo, Hundley, Kessinger, Billy Williams, ect, and how they all had one thing in common - their collective hatred of Leo Durocher. I loved the part with Pepitone ragging on the first base ump in that Brooklyn accent. "You know something Jim? You're a pain in my ass" and on and on. That was a great time in baseball.

 

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That is sad. He always seemed like a class act. It's been sort of a bad patch for great baseball announcers. Skip Caray, Harry Kalas, now Ernie Harwell. Bob Uecker is recovering from heart surgery and will miss the next three months.


I was thinking about that today....watched a documentary about Fergie Jenkins in like '71, the year he won the Cy Young. I lived and died with the Cubs then, and it was like taking a Time Machine back to my youth....Jack Brickhouse announcing the games, those horrible unis with the elastic waistbands, all the players had huge sideburns and afros or bad hair.....remembered it like it was like yesterday.

Harwell, Kalas, Uecker, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse...they don't make 'em like that anymore.

Today I thought that Harry Caray wouldn't be able to get a job announcing today. That sucks.

[Edited on 5/5/2010 by brofan]


I've seen that, and would love to see it again. Jenkins, Santo, Hundley, Kessinger, Billy Williams, ect, and how they all had one thing in common - their collective hatred of Leo Durocher. I loved the part with Pepitone ragging on the first base ump in that Brooklyn accent. "You know something Jim? You're a pain in my ass" and on and on. That was a great time in baseball.


Yup, they hated Leo's guts. But like a fellow employee said when we got a new operations manager at GE that we unanimously hated, "We never been more unified as a team!"

Pepitone was a classic - almost the exact opposite of the guy he replaced, Ernie Banks, who was my idol.

Still is.

 

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  posted on 5/4/2010 at 10:57 PM
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That is sad. He always seemed like a class act. It's been sort of a bad patch for great baseball announcers. Skip Caray, Harry Kalas, now Ernie Harwell. Bob Uecker is recovering from heart surgery and will miss the next three months.


I was thinking about that today....watched a documentary about Fergie Jenkins in like '71, the year he won the Cy Young. I lived and died with the Cubs then, and it was like taking a Time Machine back to my youth....Jack Brickhouse announcing the games, those horrible unis with the elastic waistbands, all the players had huge sideburns and afros or bad hair.....remembered it like it was like yesterday.

Harwell, Kalas, Uecker, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse...they don't make 'em like that anymore.

Today I thought that Harry Caray wouldn't be able to get a job announcing today. That sucks.

[Edited on 5/5/2010 by brofan]


I've seen that, and would love to see it again. Jenkins, Santo, Hundley, Kessinger, Billy Williams, ect, and how they all had one thing in common - their collective hatred of Leo Durocher. I loved the part with Pepitone ragging on the first base ump in that Brooklyn accent. "You know something Jim? You're a pain in my ass" and on and on. That was a great time in baseball.


Yup, they hated Leo's guts. But like a fellow employee said when we got a new operations manager at GE that we unanimously hated, "We never been more unified as a team!"

Pepitone was a classic - almost the exact opposite of the guy he replaced, Ernie Banks, who was my idol.

Still is.


I remember watching Pepitone playing for the Astros, where he had a pretty good half season starting in RF. The fans loved him and the team got a kick out of him, but back in the day the Astros were running the team like Army boot camp...not Pepi's style, so he "retired" in mid-stream. Actually a pretty shrewd move on his part. He had the balls to walk away, rolled the dice on another team signing him.

 

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That is sad. He always seemed like a class act. It's been sort of a bad patch for great baseball announcers. Skip Caray, Harry Kalas, now Ernie Harwell. Bob Uecker is recovering from heart surgery and will miss the next three months.


I was thinking about that today....watched a documentary about Fergie Jenkins in like '71, the year he won the Cy Young. I lived and died with the Cubs then, and it was like taking a Time Machine back to my youth....Jack Brickhouse announcing the games, those horrible unis with the elastic waistbands, all the players had huge sideburns and afros or bad hair.....remembered it like it was like yesterday.

Harwell, Kalas, Uecker, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse...they don't make 'em like that anymore.

Today I thought that Harry Caray wouldn't be able to get a job announcing today. That sucks.

[Edited on 5/5/2010 by brofan]


I've seen that, and would love to see it again. Jenkins, Santo, Hundley, Kessinger, Billy Williams, ect, and how they all had one thing in common - their collective hatred of Leo Durocher. I loved the part with Pepitone ragging on the first base ump in that Brooklyn accent. "You know something Jim? You're a pain in my ass" and on and on. That was a great time in baseball.


Yup, they hated Leo's guts. But like a fellow employee said when we got a new operations manager at GE that we unanimously hated, "We never been more unified as a team!"

Pepitone was a classic - almost the exact opposite of the guy he replaced, Ernie Banks, who was my idol.

Still is.


I remember watching Pepitone playing for the Astros, where he had a pretty good half season starting in RF. The fans loved him and the team got a kick out of him, but back in the day the Astros were running the team like Army boot camp...not Pepi's style, so he "retired" in mid-stream. Actually a pretty shrewd move on his part. He had the balls to walk away, rolled the dice on another team signing him.


What did he say in Ball Four? If you f*ck up, pull up lame, or fake a pulled hamstring. Something like that.

That dude liked to party. He was legendary on Rush Street in Chicago.

 

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  posted on 5/4/2010 at 11:21 PM
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That is sad. He always seemed like a class act. It's been sort of a bad patch for great baseball announcers. Skip Caray, Harry Kalas, now Ernie Harwell. Bob Uecker is recovering from heart surgery and will miss the next three months.


I was thinking about that today....watched a documentary about Fergie Jenkins in like '71, the year he won the Cy Young. I lived and died with the Cubs then, and it was like taking a Time Machine back to my youth....Jack Brickhouse announcing the games, those horrible unis with the elastic waistbands, all the players had huge sideburns and afros or bad hair.....remembered it like it was like yesterday.

Harwell, Kalas, Uecker, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse...they don't make 'em like that anymore.

Today I thought that Harry Caray wouldn't be able to get a job announcing today. That sucks.

[Edited on 5/5/2010 by brofan]


I've seen that, and would love to see it again. Jenkins, Santo, Hundley, Kessinger, Billy Williams, ect, and how they all had one thing in common - their collective hatred of Leo Durocher. I loved the part with Pepitone ragging on the first base ump in that Brooklyn accent. "You know something Jim? You're a pain in my ass" and on and on. That was a great time in baseball.


Yup, they hated Leo's guts. But like a fellow employee said when we got a new operations manager at GE that we unanimously hated, "We never been more unified as a team!"

Pepitone was a classic - almost the exact opposite of the guy he replaced, Ernie Banks, who was my idol.

Still is.


I remember watching Pepitone playing for the Astros, where he had a pretty good half season starting in RF. The fans loved him and the team got a kick out of him, but back in the day the Astros were running the team like Army boot camp...not Pepi's style, so he "retired" in mid-stream. Actually a pretty shrewd move on his part. He had the balls to walk away, rolled the dice on another team signing him.


What did he say in Ball Four? If you f*ck up, pull up lame, or fake a pulled hamstring. Something like that.

That dude liked to party. He was legendary on Rush Street in Chicago.


I don't remember that part, but it sounds like something he would have put in the book he wrote. If you ever find a copy, be sure to check it out. He was a total mess, and held nothing back in that one. Almost too honest. Great book!

 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 05:48 AM
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What did he say in Ball Four? If you f*ck up, pull up lame, or fake a pulled hamstring. Something like that.

That dude liked to party. He was legendary on Rush Street in Chicago.



I'm looking at that book on my bookshelf right now. Haven't read it in years. I could use a good laugh today.

 
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  posted on 5/6/2010 at 11:51 AM
Phillies icon Robin Roberts, who was a key member of the 1950 Whiz Kids, died this morning at his Temple Terrace, Fla., home from natural causes, the Phillies said. Roberts was 83.

He spent 14 years with the Phillies (1948-61) posting a 234-199 record, before stints with Baltimore, Houston and Chicago, compiling a 286-245 record with a 3.41 ERA for his 19-year career. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

"Dad didnít miss a Phillies game on television, including last night. He really loved this team and was so thrilled that he was included in the World Series festivities the last two years," said his son, Jim. "Heíd sit there and would comment, 'Did you see Jimmy make that play... Chase can really play this gameÖ My man Jayson is some kind of an athleteÖ Did you see that change-up from Cole... How strong is Ryan... Roy makes pitching look so easy and it isnítÖ I wish I had Bradís slider... Shane can fly, canít he?.'"

Funeral arrangements are pending. The Phillies will hold a moment of silence to honor Roberts before today's game against St. Louis.

Robertsí No. 36 jersey will hang in the Phillies dugout beginning today and will remain throughout the season, both at Citizens Bank Park and on the road. Beginning with tomorrow nightís game, players will wear #36 on the right sleeve of their jerseys throughout the remainder of the season. The Phillies 1950 pennant also will be hung at half-mast.

Roberts started three games on the final five days of the 1950 season and was the winning pitcher in a victory over the Dodgers that gave the Phillies their first pennant in 35 years. Roberts won 20 games that season, becoming the teamís first 20-game winner since Grovery Cleveland Alexander in 1917.

Roberts was born in Springfield, Ill., and attended Michigan State University to play basketball, not baseball. He was a two-time captain of the hoops team but his professional future was in baseball.

He made his big-league debut on June 18, 1948.

Roberts was a workhorse as the Phillies made the 1950 World Series and continued their success. Between 1950 and 1955 Roberts won 20 games each season, leading the NL in victories from 1952 to 1955. Six times he led the league in games started, five times in complete games and innings pitched, and once pitched 28 complete games in a row.

Roberts won a career-high 28 games in 1952. In 1953, he went 23-16 and lead the NL in strikeouts with 198.

He was sold to the Yankees after the 1961 season and has his Phillies jersey retired before a spring training game against the Yankees in Clearwater. It was the first jersey retired by the team.

After his big-league career ended in 1966 with the Cubs, he pitched for the Reading Phillies in 1967 before retiring.

He then coached the University of South Florida baseball team from 1977-85.

He is survived by four sons, Robin Jr. and Debra, Blue Bell, Pa.; Dan, Temple Terrace; Rick and Sharon, Athens, Ga.; Jimmy and Christie, Temple Terrace; one brother, John and Norma, Springfield, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Robin C. Roberts, Evan Roberts, Sabrina Loviner, Alex Roberts, Ian Roberts, Curtis Roberts and Jennifer Roberts; and one great-grandson, Ryan.

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/Robin_Roberts_dies_at_83.html

 

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  posted on 5/6/2010 at 01:04 PM
Damn lono.


Can't believe he was 83. I met him at a baseball card show probably 25 or 30 years ago in Detroit. I was very well-read in baseball history for a kid and I brought up the 1950 Whiz Kids World Series season to him.

You shoulda seen his face light up.

RIP Sir.

 
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  posted on 5/6/2010 at 10:25 PM
RIP Robin Roberts.

 

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  posted on 5/7/2010 at 05:44 AM
My father always talked about that last game of 1950 with the Dodgers.

R.I.P., Robin.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 06:16 AM
Zack Greinke has a 2.51 ERA.


And he's 0 and 4.

 
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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 07:18 AM
Anyone see the Yanks / Red Sox game last night? I believe Josh Beckett ran out of Yankees to throw at so he took a shot at a peanut vendor. What an ass. Can't believe nobody charged the mound.
 
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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 08:55 AM
I don't know, but even with the bases loaded, I think he was throwing at the Yankees. He totally lost his cool. He went at Cervelli's head twice - once right after Cervelli called time. He threw way up and in to Teixeira. And to top it off, Beckett was smirking after each throw way inside. Even after he hit Cano and Jeter. He had that fecking little jerk-off smirk.

Lee's right, he was throwing at the Yanks as sure as hell.

I'm going to be slightly perturbed if Pedroia or Youk isn't hit in the last two games of this series.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 09:38 AM
That's true about the splitter. And with the bases loaded, a guy could argue that he wasn't throwing at them...but it was the smirk after each throw that got me. Especially the throws at Cerevlli's head. And then Jeter getting it in the back...it just all seemed too much.

And you're totally right, the announcers today and tomorrow will be all over this...

I guess in the long run, the Yanks got in Beckett's head and came away with a W....that's the important thing...

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 10:16 AM
The DH should be repealed. Beckett should have to get in there and hit. Now one of his teammates will have to take the medicine for him.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 10:26 AM
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The DH should be repealed. Beckett should have to get in there and hit. Now one of his teammates will have to take the medicine for him.

Agreed.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 10:53 AM
SF Giants 17-11... 1/2 game back of the Padres....

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 10:59 AM
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The DH should be repealed. Beckett should have to get in there and hit. Now one of his teammates will have to take the medicine for him.


The DH ruined AL baseball.....There was something really different about the American League before that rule. The way they played the game was so different than the NL. They simply took that away to try to make it nothing but a power game. I like that the pitcher bats. I like when the unexpected pitcher hits a ball into the gap...or hit some dead duck HR that barely clears the fence...yeah they strike out a lot...so that's part of the game

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 11:03 AM
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They looked pretty piseed about it when Sportcenter was showing the highlights. Really pissed actually.

 
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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 01:02 PM
Yeah, after Jeter got hit, the whole dugout was on the top step ready to go...you could tell they weren't happy.

We'll see how today goes...should be an intense ballgame.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 03:27 PM
The Braves suck

 

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The DH ruined AL baseball.....There was something really different about the American League before that rule. The way they played the game was so different than the NL. They simply took that away to try to make it nothing but a power game. I like that the pitcher bats. I like when the unexpected pitcher hits a ball into the gap...or hit some dead duck HR that barely clears the fence...yeah they strike out a lot...so that's part of the game


All good points. In addition, I feel that every player in the lineup should have to play a defensive position. Half the game is on the defensive side, so it doesn't make sense to exempt one player.

 

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The DH should be repealed. Beckett should have to get in there and hit. Now one of his teammates will have to take the medicine for him.


The DH ruined AL baseball.....There was something really different about the American League before that rule. The way they played the game was so different than the NL. They simply took that away to try to make it nothing but a power game. I like that the pitcher bats. I like when the unexpected pitcher hits a ball into the gap...or hit some dead duck HR that barely clears the fence...yeah they strike out a lot...so that's part of the game


All good points. In addition, I feel that every player in the lineup should have to play a defensive position. Half the game is on the defensive side, so it doesn't make sense to exempt one player.


It also requires two sets of rules during the World Series because the DH rule follows which park they play in....I could care less about the all star game...but that get affected too...and they need to change that the All Star game gives the winning league home field advantage. That should be rotated every year....Why should some player who might help his league win the All star game but may not even play in the world series be the person to determine which league get home field advantage. They also need to get rid of the first round of playoffs and make the payoff series best of 5. Soon we'll be playing the world series in December in Colorado in 5 feet of snow. The World Series need to end before the last week of October. They also need to bring back the once a month Sunday Double Header. That would shorten the season by about 2 weeks and give the fans a treat 2 for 1 games

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