Tuesday, September 20, 2005

It's a Walkoff

How great of a feeling must it be to hit a walkoff homerun into the Yankee Stadium bleachers in the heat of an intense playoff race in September? That's gotta be one of the all-time greatest feelings on Earth. I'm sure Bubba Crosby's feet still haven't even touched the ground.

The Yankees pulled to within a half-game of the rival Sawx last night as a result of Wang's stellar pitching, Crosby's moonshot and Tampa's win over Boston (though Tampa tried to blow it by pitching to Big Papi -- just stop that, stop it). Red-hot Cleveland also moved a step closer to history, pulling to within two and a half (men) games of the White Sox, whose lead only a month ago was thought to be insurmountable.

Throw in the division race out West and the American League and National League Wild Card races, and this is the best baseball season since at least the 1994 strike. Funny, but I said that last year and the year before as well. This sport, once left for dead, has been getting better and better every season for the last few years, and I'm predicting one day our heads will all explode.

But it's going to be anticlimactic because these teams jockeying for position don't play each for the rest of the year. Oh, wait, it's just the opposite -- the Yankees finish the season against the Sawx and the Injuns close out the slate against the ChiSox (the Angels and A's play three more, but in the second to last series of the season). Whose job is it to make the schedule, and more importantly, whose job is it to get down in front of him and blow him 'til his dong falls off from maximum stimulation?

I was going to write a whole treatise on the ridiculousness of this season, but I'm a bit strapped for time right now. So instead, let's turn this into an OPEN POST: What are your thoughts on this exciting season and how it'll play out for the rest of the month?

Slack Link of the Day: Good news, Chapelle's Show is coming back! Bad news, he's not in it anymore! Watch this clip, funny stuff.

Slack Mersh of the Day: This is Donnie's favorite commercial, perhaps because he's a big fan of disco music and public works. Strangely, both of those statements are true. Play with sound.

Slack Song of the Day: Over on the Live Music Blog, Justin put up a link to a great blog that pretty much does what I do in this section of the morning post, only better and more in-depth. So I've included a link to Best Show Ever in the right-hand toolbar, and I'd suggest you check it out as often as it's updated (unfortunately not daily).

Yesterday, the man behind the site put up a great version of Cream's Crossroads from Oakland on 10/4/68. Three weeks and 37 years after this show, I'll be seeing the original power trio in the Garden!

And finally...I'm Oscar (dot-com).


At 9:45 AM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

Now that the Brewers went and crapped out against Houston I can more fully appreciate the rest of baseball. Plus my football team is taking the year off.

Anyway, I think the Red Sox and White Sox are both going to miss the playoffs, which is really quite amazing. And it should be a great stretch run. My flag football season starts on Wednesday and last year some of the best times we had were watching the stretch run and playoffs in the post game bar, with everyone in there hanging on every pitch. There's nothing like it.

And there are so many great series left to watch too, so it could happen every night.

Chicago (even northsiders) are just beside themselves with the White Sox. It's like the cubs sense of gloom and doom has shifted over there. Not that white sox fans are an overly optimistic bunch, but they certainly didn't see this coming. I'm loving it. Although it would be nice to have some playoff baseball here.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger MDS said...

I think the Indians are going to catch the White Sox, but the White Sox are still going to win the wild card. I really don't want the Red Sox in the playoffs. I was just about ready to put a gun to my head last season having to watch every single ESPN talking head fellate every single player on the Red Sox. I'm much more a football fan than a baseball fan, and I still get angry every time I think about the time I turned on the ESPNews postgame review of Monday Night Football, when Sean Salisbury discussed three plays of the game and then said, "These are the only three plays I watched because I was more interested in the Red Sox."

At 10:27 AM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

While the White Sox will probably back into the WC, I also think they may fall completely apart if Cleveland catches them. They look awful out there. Slumped shoulders, no energy. If they can take the next 2 from the tribe it may wake them up, but they're not a dominant team by any stretch, and their offense is wretched. They're a few offensive slumps away from imploding completely, which is why I think that the WC is not a sure thing if they lose the division.

If Cleveland catches them, bank on a tailspin.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

Wow, I hadn't looked at the A's in a while. So it's either the Central loser or the East loser for the WC. In that case, I think the Yanks and Sox probably both get in. Bummer.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

Regarding your question about whose job it is to make the schedule, I believe that this was the first year that the MLB season was scheduled by computer. Before being replaced by a machine, a husband & wife team had been building the schedule by hand for a number of years. SI ran a little piece about it earlier this year.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger ethan said...

it's cool in that commercial how they take rocks and make giant dildos. i love technology.

i think the tribe peaked too early to do anything in the playoffs if they get there. i think the yanks and sox get in, but i need to see how the chisox respond to last nite's heartbreaker before i make a decision on them.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Way to take a stand, Ethan...I am gonna wait til the end of the season before I make my predictions as to who's gonna make it.

The schedule is amazing this year...I'd like to see every team NOT play ALL division teams 19 times a year, but that's not the schedule makers fault, it's the fault of the schedule inputters, aka MLB. I think you should play two teams in your division 19 times (rivals, amended every year)and the other two something like 12 or 15 times, and then take those extra 6 or 12 games and play other teams. I don't need to see the Rays 19 times a year, thanks.

Anyway, I think the Yanks win the East, Angels win the West, and Inuns and White Sox take the other two spots -- but I'm gonna go with Ethan and say I am not sure who's gonna win the Central. I'll take a stand though and say the Sox, because that's who I picked before the season started. Fun times in the MLB.

Sean Salisbury has jumped the shark.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Chilly Jackwater said...

Thanks for the link, Ace. Love the Bobby pictures, too. Remember the old "Bobby Spit On Me" t-shirts they used to sell in the lots? My friends and I loved those. We also loved the Bobby "a-HEAH!" he'd do when he really got into it at the end of "Sunshine Daydream." You know what I'm talking about? Listen to any Sugar Mags and he does it. What the hell is that all about?

By the way, as an O's fan, let me be the first to say this to you: "When does hockey season start?" The O's went down quicker this year than six Stoli-O and sodas thru Tara Reid.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger ethan said...

what can i say ace, i'm a bold, bold man. especially after turning the MNF game off last nite with a 13-0 lead and 4 minutes left.

over in the NL, i'm sticking with the astros since i picked them for the WC weeks ago.

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous BPP said...

Crazy guess here, but i dont see the ChiSox winning more than 2 more games (frankly i could see them losing every game the rest of the season) and finishing up to five games behind the Indians in the Central, as the Indians beat them six in a row to end the season. Somehow Papi will hit just enough homeruns to get the Sox in and the Yanks and the Red Sox will end up in the ALCS...again.
And the Angels in the West, only to lose 3-0 to whomever they play.

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

That commercial could only be better if it were a claymation nuclear reactor with claymation eyes and smiling mouth.

That, encircled by claymation children of every nationality holding hands with the angelic glow of radioactive fallout. . . (sighs wistfully)

Now back to baseball or softball or whatever.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Jason Mulgrew said...

AL EAST: Boston
AL CENTRAL: Cleveland
AL WEST: California

Also, my "word verification" to publish this comment is "pussy". Swear to god.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger The Bourbon Samurai said...

I'm a big A's fan, and I've never watched a more schizophrenic team in my life. They are either totally dominating or terrible for weeks on end. They'll drop 17 on you one day, and then struggle to score 2 runs for a week.

I'll be interested to see how San Diego does in the playoffs-they do have Jake Peavy and a wicked bullpen. They could win a game.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger ethan said...

the cards should be praying for the stros to win the WC - if not, then they will play the fish/phils while the braves would get to play the dads.

they really have to do something about that retarded playoff format where two teams from the same division can't play each other in the first round.

on top of that change, they should maybe just rank the playoff teams 1-4 based on season records and have 1-4, 2-3 play. arguments could be against this but otherwise (given that first change) you would have the cards playing the stros and the braves getting the padres.

alos, my verification says "whale's vagina". that's weird, huh?

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous HANDSTAND said...

I think Boston's season officially ended when one of their outfielders tore his achilles while rounding the bases on someone else's home run. I mean, does that happen to anyone else but the Red Sox?

WHEN the Yanks win the AL East, I sure as shit hope we don't have to open against the Indians. That team is scary good.

At 1:06 PM, Blogger ethan said...

however the yanks make it, it seems likely they'll be playing an AL central team. if they make the WC, they'll play the AL central winner (who'll have a better record than the AL west winner). if they take the AL east and the tribe takes the wild card, that's who they'll play. the only way to play the a's/angels is for the yanks to win the division and for boston to take the WC - which seems like the unlikliest (sp?) scenario at this point.

At 2:29 PM, Blogger jp said...

This is how it plays out:

Sox win the East by 3
Injuns win the Central by 1
Pale Hose win the WC by 2

Yankums are on the outside looking in.

Georgie's head implodes.

That is all.


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