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October 21, 2004

LET'S OBSERVE A MOMENT OF RESPECTFUL SILENCE

...in sympathy for the New York Yankers, and their epic choke.

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AUTHOR: Lou Bricant
EMAIL: daveblog@herald.com
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DATE: 10/21/2004 09:41:14 AM
AUTHOR: Lou Bricant
EMAIL: daveblog@herald.com
IP: 12.106.111.10
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DATE: 10/21/2004 09:41:14 AM

Go Sox!

*snicker*

Am I really first! ??? If Babe Ruth's curse is finally lifted, How'ze about the Cubbies? Is there really hope for the future? Go Cubbies! Go Cubbies! Go
Cubbies!!!

I'm sure that you wish to extend your deepest sympathies to your friend Gene Weingarten. What did you bet him this time? Will it be as fun as last time?

Fire away, I expect no mercy.

*Back to the bar*

I've never really kept up with baseball, and I don't understand a lot of it.
Since the Yankees are paid so much more, and supposed to be so much better, were't they supposed to win the playoffs? Maybe a sports afficianado could help me out with that one.

Epic Choke wbagnfarb.

Never has baseball made me so happy! Go Sox!

Dave,

Don't call Stephen King anytime soon or he will gloat all over the place.

OK, I can admit when I'm wrong. Earlier I stated that it's sweeter when the Yanks lose in the World Serious, but this was awfully tasty for a Yankee-hater.
Tasted just like chicken, slowly roasted over a spit on a beautiful deserted beach.

Jamester, that wasn't chicken.

Who's whose daddy NOW?! [evil grin]

Bloggers know (or can check) that I supported the Red Sox at the beginning of the series in a previous string. I have suffered at the hands (bats?) of the BoSox all my life.

To do what no team before has EVER done, in Yankee Stadium, is awe-inspiring.

No Babe, no goats, no nothing - except irrepressible spirit and determination - a team that NEVER gave up.

Dare I dream, again, about winning it all?

F'ing A, I will!

Hooray! The Yankees have to WATCH the World Series. I LOVE it. Please understand, I am not going to cheer for the Red Sox or the National League team. I just hate the Yankees and all their overrated, overpaid players. These guys are the ones making every player ask for more money and making all of the ticket prices go up.

*Silence Observed*

HEY!! Who ate my Goat?

Sorry Fish, I got hungry trying to remember which Redsox guy plays goaly in the full court press. He's good.

A 'moment' is too long.

Moments of respectful silence were broken by fits of laughter all over my town (in NY) when some rabid Yankmes fans awoke to find red socks on sticks all over their front yards
*giggles*
apparently in groups of 16 (2 eight packs if I'm not mistaken)
*giggles some more*

buying the best players does not guarantee fielding the best team.

Poor Spankeys.

The Redsox should milk this for all it's worth ... it may never happen again ...

My priest back home is a HUGE Red Sox fan. He must be dancing and cavorting with glee. I'd bet money he'll put a reference to it in his sermon this Sunday (which I'll miss, being in Russia, of course).

I, of course, hate the Yankees, so I'm rooting for the Sox. I want to see them beat the curse so we can all focus on the Cubbies instead. Poor, poor Cubbies1

I meant, "Poor, poor Cubbies!"

Great. Just freakin' great. Now I suppose that the fair and balanced political machine in Boston will want more of my tax money to hold some sort of parade/event for the Red Sox. Then they'll want more of my tax money to make more improvements to Fenway Park.

Not that I'm bitter or anything.

Way to not be bitter. At least it's not my tax money
*runs*

Yeah!!! I knew we could do it!!!

1918
+ 24 Manny
+ 34 Ortiz
+ 33 Veritek
- 5 NOmar
_____________
2004!

Yes, it's childish, but for right now, it's fun to have my hopes up before they're brutally crushed to the ground like a cigarette butt.

Back in the 70's, Mike Royko (noted Chicago columnist and dead guy) successfully predicted the winner of every single World Series using the "Ex-Cub Factor". The team with most ex-Cubs ultimately loses the Series. Dats da fact, Jack.

Any of you bloglits have a line the Ex-Cub Factor? I have been out of Chicago too long, and I am having trouble remembering who was a Cub (by remembering how Harry Carry mis-pronounced their name) and who wasn't (by remembering how Harry Carry mangled their name).

"Dave Barry backwards is Evad Yrrab, how about that Stoney?"

*grabs a cold Bud and gets all nostalgic*

This proves once and for all that the Cubs are the cursed team of the MLB.

My first post...

Dave Barry takes a leave of absence and the Red Sox win the playoffs in the same day ???

What kind of alternate world have I landed in ???

Last night, I shut the game off in the 6th inning because it was coming up on bedtime. I just had to take it on faith that the Red Sox would hold on to their 7 run lead come morning [this is the Red Sox we're talking 'bout here].

Then, I dreaded showing up to work where all of my bosses are Yankees fans and rubbed Aaron Boone's home run in my face...

The poetic forces of the universe converged on Yankee stadium last night where "The Curse", if it ain't over, certainly didn't help the Yankees.

To all Red Sox fans: in future games against the Yankees, your rally cry should be

"Who's your Daddy?"

I just hate the Yankees and all their overrated, overpaid players. These guys are the ones making every player ask for more money and making all of the ticket prices go up.

Jessica, sorry to say it but that is a pretty stupid analysis of the situation. The Yankees are making other players ask for more money? Good one. Have you ever heard of Scott Boras? Look him up and then get back to me.

The curse isn't over yet. Remember: It states that Boston is allowed to reach the World Series. They just aren't allowed to win it. The winner of Astros-Cardinals still awaits.

I was VERY excited for the Sox last night. But I'm still hanging on a thread here for the Cards.

Go Cards! Please!

Warning, serious analysis
Yeah, mtvcdm (what does that stand for anyway?), people always seem to forget the "curse" is that the BoSox can't win the Pennant, not beat the Yahnkees... Although that has been morphed into the curse definition too. Besides, we who keep watching and supporting teams are really the ones who keep enabling inflated salaries, so we're really the ones to blame. But then again, who wants to blame themselves?

Okay, now to the funny stuff. All I can say is "Watch out for the goat."

Cant wait to watch the red sux lose the ws just like they did in 86. go national league - you rule!!

teams I would root for the Yankees instead of:
1) killer robots from the future
2) North Korean All-Stars
that is all.
(go Cards)

We may have lost to Boston, but I still make more money than any of you here!!!! (except maybe for Dave!)

You can call us "chokers" or worse... but how did your sissy-girl teams do this year? Florida Marlins? Cubs? Phillies, Tampa? Etc. Etc.

The Yankees rule, and will always rule, because we're from NYC!!!! The Sox had better win the World Series this year, because next year, it's our turn again

memo to Joe Torre: got any calls from Steinbrenner in the last 12 hours?
oh, and last! (so far)

Jeff M - Scott Boras

Yes, he's evil, but the Yenks are a major factor in perpetuating the unbalanced baseball economy.

But then I'm a Royal's fan, so I'm bitter....

(Jonny Damon - Bosox - ex-Royal, Carlos Beltran - Houston - ex-Royal and Boras client - Jeff Suppan - Cardinals - ex-Royal ...)

Pablo:

You sound like my husband! HUGE Royals fan, hates Boras, etc. etc.

Personally, I'm hoping the Cardinals win it all.

Ha ha, Steve Stone's last name is STONE. Ha ha.

I really feel sorry for the families of all those Red Sox fans who had one or more memebers clinging to life in the hopes they could see the Sox in the Series one more time before they die. If the Sox don't lose to the NL winner the population of New England should decrease dramatically, Right?

I really feel sorry for the families of all those Red Sox fans who had one or more memebers clinging to life in the hopes they could see the Sox in the Series one more time before they die. If the Sox don't lose to the NL winner the population of New England should decrease dramatically, Right?

I don't see why all you'all Royals fans hate the Yankees - I mean, you've been a Yankees farm team for the last 50 years or so..
As for the upcoming de-population of N.E., (a) they'll die happy, and (b) better to go now, on top of your game, as it were. Life just doesn't get any better, really.

For anyone who's interested, crow tastes terrible.

For Cards Fans

Here's an e-mail that's been flying around St. Louis today. If you're (not your) a longtime Cards fan...have tissues ready.

BUSCH STADIUM IS NOT OUR HOUSE...

So I will not waste your time this morning talking about the importance of the Cardinals protecting our house in Game 7 of the NLCS. I will not broach the obscenity of seeing Houston players spilling champagne on our living-room carpet.

Busch Stadium is not our house. It's much more important than that.

It's where many of us watched our first game, caught our first foul ball, begged for our first autograph.

It's where Gibby ruled the mound, where Brock ran like the wind, and where Ozzie made all the folks go crazy.

It's where the El Birdos dominated, where Sutter struck out the last batter of 1982, where Mike Shannon has worked since the joint opened in 1966.

The Ol' Redhead managed there. Stan the Man played his harmonica there. The White Rat led us back to glory there.

This is where Gussie drove the Clydesdales, where Willie McGee tracked down fly balls, where Joaquin Andujar summed up his philosophy of life in one simple word: Youneverknow.


This is where Big Mac smacked No. 70, where Tommy Lawless flipped his bat, where GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY...BRUMMER'S STEALING HOME!!!!!!!

This is where the greatest St. Louis team in Busch Stadium's history performed. That's right, the 2004 Cardinals. They had the best home-record, the best record in baseball. Right on that field.

Ted Simmons played there. Kenny Boyer managed there. And a beloved old man in a bright red jacket told a mournful nation why it was good and right to play baseball after Sept. 11.

My friends, Jack Buck's coffin rested on that field. Daryl Kile pitched his last game there. And many of us cannot walk into that stadium without thinking of loved ones who are no longer with us.

Not today. We don't lose today.

Not against the Houston Astros. Not against a wild-card team. Not in Busch Stadium. No it's not our house.

It's simply the place where our memories congregate, where our baseball dreams are stored, where the voices of millions of fans and the ghosts of seasons past await their call to arms.

Folks, it's time to wake 'em up.

Pablo et al: folks, check the records. Look at the biggest budget-busting contracts. In the 70s Georgie was the main culprit, but now it is lackwits like Tom Hicks in Texas and Murdoch or whoever was in charge of the Dodgers when they signed those idiotic deals.

The owners like those of your beloved Royals -- plus Detroit, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and the rest who take the money from the Yankees, Mets & Red Sox and put it in their own pockets or their other businesses rather than INTO THEIR TEAMS where it was meant to go are the ones who bear at least equal responsibility for unbalancing baseball.

And besides, if you know what you're doing you can win with a smaller payroll -- look at Minnesota this year.

Sly: hate to be cynical but Busch was one of the first of those hideous 70s cookie cutter fields (like Riverfront & Three Rivers) that ruined baseball until the new Camden Yards-style parks made a comeback. So don't expect me to shed tears for your CARPET. That said, good luck tonight because I know how much it means to you. But remember, unlike the Cards & the Red Sox, the Astros have never won ANYTHING, so don't expect a cakewalk.

*thumbs nose 2 hours northeastward*

Oh, and Anne, sorry, but you're wrong. The Curse of the Bambino is that the Red Sox can't WIN the World Series. They CAN win the pennant, and have, sevearl times, the last time 18 years ago. (Does the name Bill Buckner ring any bells? *g*)

I should check out the ex-Cub factor thing. I usually just notice how many ex-Braves there are hangin' around.

Okay, ya had your moment of silence.
Now? Bwaaahaaahaaaahaaahaaaaahahhaahhhaaaaaa! *Inhale*
Bwaaahaaahaaaahaaahaaaaahahhaahhhaaaaaa!
Beautiful jpeg there, Doug!
Bwaaahaaahaaaahaaahaaaaahahhaahhhaaaaaa!
Go Sox!
Wish I could stay up late enough to watch all the games. Evil money-grubbing TV empire.
Bwaaahaaahaaaahaaahaaaaahahhaahhhaaaaaa!

Oh, on the ex-cubs factor, who does the rest of the field look?

uhhhh
That should be "how does the rest of the field look?"

The Red Sox have two ex-Cubs: Mark Bellhorn (2002-2003) and Bill Mueller (2001-2002).

Checking Cards & Astros now. Yeah, I have no life. *g*

Jeff, it hasn't been exactly a cakewalk to this point. And Roger Clemens scares the hell out of me. I've been envisioning his elbow getting a touch of the augue (my grandma's word) tonight. Nothing permanent....just something that will last for 4 hours or so. And, I've been envisioning Beltran getting allergies and having sneezing fits everytime he goes up to bat. I've been doing my part....now it's (not its) up to Murders Row.

The Cardinals have three ex-Cubs: Ray King (1999), Julian Tavarez (2001), and Tony Womack (2003).

The Astros have just one ex-Cub: Jose Vizcaino (1991-1993).

Now, these might be a bit off, since I'm going by the rosters on the official MLB sites, and I don't know how those might change for the World Series. But as it stands, looks like Boston fans better be rooting for the Cards tonight! *g*

Had to share this bit of a comment from a former NYer:
"the Yankees are not the same as they used to be. They are like the league's Draco Malfoy, who wins at Quiddich because he can afford the fanciest flying broomstick"

I wish I had said that!

Thanks Shannon!
Looks a little like it might be a Presidential race series - Mass vs Tx...

Waxwing, ditto what you said! Draco Malfoy - that's priceless!

Do any other fans do anything like this? I'm getting ready to go meet some friends to watch the game. I put on my jersey and jeans; and started to put on my rally beads. Then I remembered, I've only worn them for games 4 and 5, which we lost. I didn't have them on yesterday...and we won. So, I'm not going to wear them tonight to help the Cards win.

A guy at work said his wife usually sits on the couch on on his right side. Last night she sat on the left and we won....so, tonight, she's going to sit on the left.

Yup...it's all about the fans.

*snork*

Hey! What we wear and where we sit DOES matter!!! Why else do I have this enormous collection of jerseys.
Do you have your World Series shoes yet?

Anne from Way The Hell Up The Page, mtvcdm is an acronym of MTV Celebrity Deathmatch, my favorite show when I first picked a screen name. The show's dead, but I still use it because it's easier just to remember one screen name across the entire Internet. That and general apathy towards revamping a screen name every few years to reflect my current favorite show (which has since switched to Futurama and then X-Play, a video game review show on G4TechTV).

Although if I did use an X-Play name, it would likely be 'Dik Dik'. (Don't ask. Seriously. Do not ask.)

Jeff, How exactly do other teams take money from the Yankees? In baseball all gate money goes to the home team. Between gate money, Yankee souvenir money, and media money the Yankees make more money than any other team in the American League. I don't know about the National League because I don't know how the Mets or the Dodgers or others fare at the gate. In football the gate money is split between both teams. All I am saying is that if other teams with a smaller market want to compete for players, they have to come up with much more cash from basically nowhere to sign them. THEREFORE, a player cannot be enticed away, nor his contract bought (because it costs too much) from the Yankees. Other players want this kind of cash too, wouldn't you? They use agents to ask for MORE money. If the team wants them, they sign them. Then the team asks ME for more money to walk in the gate. I have been a baseball fan for a long time, but I may not be for much longer because: 1. PeeWee baseball is more important now.; 2. It is an expensive habit.; 3. It is a frustrating habit.

Finally, I don't care who what's his name is. Most players now are a bunch of greedy, sissies who go on the DL for a hang nail. There is no loyalty or team pride amongst players, and I don't want my sons to worship them and be disappointed every year when their favorite players leave for a big contract in Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and New York.

Anyone in St. Louis not watching the NLCS is a hedonistic pig. What a game! I am also glad the Sox won. You gotta love the fact that George "big money" Steinbrenner will be watching this from afar. Although I do like Torre (ex-card). Go St. Louis!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Go Sox. Went to a Brewers-Cardinals game once in Milwaukee. Asked LaRussa for an autograph in the same manner anyone else would. What does Tony LaRussa do in response to a kid asking for his autograph?

What else? He flips me off. A pillar of classiness, that LaRussa.

Now, as a Cubs fan, I actually am quite indifferent towards the Cardinals, choosing to root against the Brewers instead. (I still attend Brewers games against random teams, but I'm there to just soak in a game.) It's LaRussa and LaRussa alone I have the vendetta against.

mtvcdm: Don't blame you! I root for the Cards as part of my "hometown" dedication. I never liked the guy. He's as arrogant as they come. If Joe 'Torre' had the ownership the TL has now, he'd still be here and we'd have a few more World series banners hanging in our rafters. He's SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO smart. Actually Dave Duncan is the real problem, but they are attatched at the rear posterior. I will however celebrate our current success, but it is in spite of TL and DD not b/c of them.

mtvcdm: Don't blame you! I root for the Cards as part of my "hometown" dedication. I never liked the guy. He's as arrogant as they come. If Joe 'Torre' had the ownership the TL has now, he'd still be here and we'd have a few more World series banners hanging in our rafters. He's SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO smart. Actually Dave Duncan is the real problem, but they are attatched at the rear posterior. I will however celebrate our current success, but it is in spite of TL and DD not b/c of them.

OOPS

Apparently, not wearing the rally beads did the trick.

Yeee hawwwww.

I'm hoarse from cheering and beat from working for the win. It's been a long week.

And I've had encounters with LaRussa that have been much different from those cited above and have viewed him as a class act. I haven't agreed with all of his coaching decisions. Tonight, I would have left Tavarez in and held off on Isringhausen. That is apparently why I'm not a coach with a team going to the World Series and LaRussa is.

See y'all in Boston.

I agree slyeyes, Isriring..... however the hell you spell it; scares the hell out of me.

No more big contracts from Atlanta. The evil AOL beancounters did away with big contracts, player development...
Great to be an Atlanta team owned by a NY company. X-(
Jeez, I miss Uncle Ted...

Oh yeah, and the draft classes of 1998, 1999, 2000...

Go Kansas City Wizards! You are the kings of the soccer field!

"Yankers"? Was that intentional?

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