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2018 MLB Postseason: The Hunt for <insert team color here> October

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Apathy is the rule of life up here.  You just kinda mull around from one day to the next hoping you won't wake up with stupid humidity in the summer causing the city to boil or randomly 10 feet of snow showing up overnight for the hell of it.

 

You just get used to it after a while and it's the norm. The pajama thing probably comes from a "why the hell bother" aspect of trying to dress up for travel or whatever.  especially through Logan. 

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Look, I've never claimed to get my fashion tips from The Epic Gentleman Like A Boss or whatever those men's fashion blogs are called, but jumping Jesus on a pogo stick, at least wear jeans and a sweater or something that wouldn't get you reprimanded at a low-end public high school. Or just wear a Tom Brady jersey, pajama pants, and never shut up about not being able to smoke, I don't know, do whatever, I haven't had a layover there in like two years anyway.

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2 minutes ago, the admiral said:

Look, I've never claimed to get my fashion tips from The Epic Gentleman Like A Boss or whatever those men's fashion blogs are called, but jumping Jesus on a pogo stick, at least wear jeans and a sweater or something that wouldn't get you reprimanded at a low-end public high school. Or just wear a Tom Brady jersey, pajama pants, and never shut up about not being able to smoke, I don't know, do whatever, I haven't had a layover there in like two years anyway.

 

To be fair, you're at an airport. Transit stations are the worst of the worst when it comes to this stuff.

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19 minutes ago, the admiral said:

I've only had layovers at Logan, but I will say that I have never seen more adults in pajamas after 9 a.m. than I have there. Everyone looks like crap and all the girls are overtly rude to their boyfriends. I'd probably like the actual city well enough, it just seems like Chicago with worse roads and worse food.

 

I went from Chicago to Boston on a trip summer 2011 and it was like going from Disney Paris to Bratislava. The only thing that softened the blow was the week I spent in Philadelphia in-between. 

 

 

Also, my girl’s dad is a born and raised Boston M :censored:. He’s essentially the real-life version of that “Hey red sawks, yah want yah bannah beack? Its gonnah cawst yah!” guy. Only he’s an auto mechanic so he bends people over regularly rather than just opportunistically. 

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Have we already done Rank Dumb Scumbags Of The Northeast Corridor here? Maryland idiots could be a dark horse for worst idiots.

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Alright, so here's where we're going with this.

 

@SabresRule7361 -- If you're going to keep posting in this thread (and other similar threads on this subforum), bring a viewpoint and opinion beyond reminding everyone that you don't like [insert big-market team that wins] here. If you can't do that, and you're only coming to post about how much you hate the Red Sox, stay out of the thread.

 

Everyone else -- Ignore and move along, contribute to a discussion about the MLB postseason or reasonable tangents. Let's get this thread back on track together.

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20 hours ago, McCarthy said:

Maybe it's because the city in which I live hasn't had a reason to care about October baseball in five calendar years or because I have that brain disorder that doesn't allow me to remember where FS1 is on my cable, but I just can't find any juice or other people who care about these playoffs. It all gives me weird flashbacks to being the one dumb loser in my town who had to leave high school parties so I could get home and watch the Oilers and Hurricanes on VS. Maybe baseball really is in trouble. 

 

It would be very easy to chalk this up to my team being eliminated in the first round, sure, but this year has been about as disinterested as I've ever been in playoff baseball that I can remember. Like, I can remember back around 2013-2014-ish when I would by psyched about those LDS days when there were four games on, and being annoyed when I would have to miss a game or two because I had to go to work and didn't really have the devices to watch the games later on, and, well, we've reached the LCS round and I literally haven't watched a single game in this round live. In fact, I think the only playoff games I've watched live have all been night games. 

 

And, I guess, I only have myself to blame for this. I used a different service than MLB.tv this year, and one of the (extremely unintentional) benefits I stumbled across from using the video player that I used, is that I could skip ahead five seconds by hitting my > button, which, you can see where I'm going here, I was basically able to skip out all the between-the-pitches nonsense that goes on. Helpful for watching a game in 1/3 of the time! Not so helpful in that, obviously, you can only do this after-the-fact, and so if you don't want to risk spoilers or whatever, you can't go anywhere online where spoilers for the game are likely to pop up. Can't talk about it with anyone in real-time either. I did this for much of the regular season and, well, I didn't talk about baseball as much with other people as I may have otherwise, I didn't actually keep up with some developments like I might have otherwise, and I completely messed with my long-held baseball watching ways to do so. Maybe not a bad thing; spending 3+ hours every night from April-Sept* watching baseball really does become impractical once you reach a certain age. Maybe I'm just starting to fall into my own state of disinterest with baseball; it can be hard to arse yourself when there's 162 games and then, if you're one of the lucky fans who gets to see his/her team go to the playoffs, it can all be over in a matter of 3-4 games that can be decided by coin flip margins. I feel like baseball more than any other sport has a weird knack for making the regular season feel completely like it wasn't worth it at all after you see the playoffs unfold (unless your team wins it all, of course). That's not recency bias; I've been around enough NHL and NFL postseasons to stand by that personal feeling. 

 

Or maybe my own expectations were what helped torpedo a great deal of my interest this season. As a Yankee fan, I knew 2018 wasn't going to be as exciting as 2017 was; the 2017 team wasn't expected to be a contender, and they ended up being one and nearly reaching the World Series. 2017 was probably the first time since 1995 where the Yankees were some kind of out-of-nowhere "underdog" type playoff team. That wasn't going to be the case again this year. I knew that coming in. It still felt like the most joyless, slog-like 100-win season I can remember. Maybe the Red Sox having their best regular season ever (and, probably, their best season ever period once this World Series is over) had something to do with that too. And I realize of course that the vast majority of you here would sign up for your team to have had the regular season the Yankees had as well; my own degree of being spoiled isn't lost on me. 

 

Ultimately, and I sure have been typing the :censored: out of my keyboard lately here and my apologies for that, my point basically is that, much as it's become something of a meme because of his tunnel-vision focus on it, to the detriment of some other problems that definitely exist in the sport, I think Rob Manfred has a legitimate point about trying to help with pace of play problems, because it's asking a great deal of fans to watch a 162-game season and expect them to be committing so much of their time every single day to do it. Asking too much, really. Now, are some of his ways of doing it going to make a real impact? I really don't know. I'm also not sure how you legislate some of the methods that have come into the sport over the years that helped in slowing the pace of the game down. You can't compare baseball game time length of today to what it was 80-100 years ago, obviously; totally different styles of play, and not nearly the same degree of complications for pitch selections, signs, and such. The fact that today's game features more three-true-outcomes type batters as well (more strikeouts + more walks = more pitches thrown) likely doesn't help either, but what can you really do about that? It's just the way the game has evolved. 

 

And that's fine, I guess. Everything evolves over the course of time. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse when it comes to sports and the effect it has on its fans. Maybe the way baseball has evolved has naturally led to something of a decline in its level of national interest. And maybe something in its future evolution, whatever direction it may go in, will bring it back to higher levels of national interest. I suppose that will be an interesting development to see unfold.

 

*more like from once the NHL playoffs are nearly over but you know what I mean

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Milwaukee cares and that's all that matters to me! Go Brewers!

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Brew Crew force a game seven!!!

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Not having to use Hader tonight may end up being huge for the Brewers. The Dodgers once again go into an elimination game looking to be in a bit of trouble. I don’t really understand this team. They always seem to play so lackluster and look so disinterested in the crunch. Like a lot of things with this team, it makes no sense. 

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...the Brewers are really gonna pull this off, aren't they?

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15 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

Not having to use Hader tonight may end up being huge for the Brewers. The Dodgers once again go into an elimination game looking to be in a bit of trouble. I don’t really understand this team. They always seem to play so lackluster and look so disinterested in the crunch. Like a lot of things with this team, it makes no sense. 

 

Dodgers have melted down when it mattered most the last three years...

Lose to NYM in 2015 NLDS

Lose to CHC in 2016 NLCS

Lose to HOU in 2017 World Series

 

Not sure if this year's Dodgers will be any different tomorrow night.

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27 minutes ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

...the Brewers are really gonna pull this off, aren't they?

 

As a Giants fan living in Milwaukee, this fills me with great joy!

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1 hour ago, neo_prankster said:

 

Dodgers have melted down when it mattered most the last three years...

Lose to NYM in 2015 NLDS

Lose to CHC in 2016 NLCS

Lose to HOU in 2017 World Series

 

Not sure if this year's Dodgers will be any different tomorrow night.

 

2013 and 2014 were also disappointing losses to Cardinals teams that I actually thought they matched up rather well against. It’s a strange level of ineptitude that has turned from being delightful to a little sad to watch. 

 

A win win tomorrow can change that, though. 

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Jeffress never should have been in that spot. He’s been unreliable all playoffs long.

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Since the Dodgers are going full wrestling heel this is pretty appropriate.

 

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22 hours ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

...the Brewers are really gonna pull this off, aren't they?

 

ohhh no they didn't get it...........

 

Ah, well. Go Dodgers, then!

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