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August 22, 2006
BASEBALL: NLCS Preview?

Grand slam and 7 RBI, Albert Pujols.

Grand slam, Carlos Delgado.

7-5 and the fifth inning not over yet.

Mets' and Cardinals' pitching: priceless.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:32 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Do I get any points for benching Maine on my fantasy team for tonight's game?

Posted by: Attila (Pillage Idiot) at August 22, 2006 9:03 PM

Attila-

Hell, yes. Good move.

Oh, and the pricelessness got even pricelessnesser.

(Or something like that.)

The Beltranator goes deep in the bottom of the 9th . . . off Izzy.

8-7 Mets. Yessssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Mike at August 22, 2006 10:11 PM

I know you guys are all Mets fans (or mostly so), but as someone who grew up a Cardinals fan I have to honestly say... the Cardinals are in BIG trouble.

Posted by: maddirishman at August 23, 2006 12:24 PM

Yeah, as a general rule, when you lose a game where you had a six-run lead and Pujols drives in seven runs, you got a problem.

Posted by: The Crank at August 23, 2006 12:35 PM

Notwithstanding his "diving catch" off Reyes in the 1st (in which he turned a routine, humpback liner into a near-triple before recovering . . . barely), that dude you've got in LF is a butcher.

His horrendous drop of the Reyes pop-up in the 6th was a key play.

Posted by: Mike at August 23, 2006 2:53 PM

Chris Duncan season OPS: 1.073 (i know, 170 AB)

Preston Wilson season OPS: .712

Well, at least there's one bright spot in the outfield. (Juan Encarnacion is not a bright spot). However, this bright spot is indeed a butcher with the glove. But hey, defense really doesn't matter much.

And Mark Mulder pretty much screwed any lucrative free agent contract he had coming after this, his last year of indentured servitude.

Posted by: jcombs at August 23, 2006 8:27 PM

I thought it was odd to see LaRussa pinch hit So Taguchi for him in the 9th.

Then again, I think LaRussa often outmanages himself, so it shouldn't be a surprise.

Posted by: Mike at August 23, 2006 11:22 PM

Mike, LaRussa ia an idiot. You of all people should know, a George Will book does not a genius make. He is the white Dusty, a manager whose making is a media driven myth. Stupid managers need the most love! Kidding aside, one world series with the crew he had in the late 80's? Torre would have had 3, Bobby the V 4. LaRussa is Madden, Einhorn is Finkle, LaRussa an ass.

Posted by: abe at August 24, 2006 8:22 AM

Abe-

Ohhhh, I know. I razz him all the time. The Genius.

Didn't Wlie E. Coyote also refer to himself as such?

And What Is Up with the freakin shades in the dugout during a night game??? Is he a blind singer on his nights off?

Posted by: Mike at August 24, 2006 11:40 AM
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