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It just occurred to me that six of the eight teams in the playoffs wear royal blue caps. The Dodgers and Rangers wear the darker shade, and the Royals, Cubs, Mets and Blue Jays the lighter one. That's got to be noteworthy, especially with how much we harp on the league for so many teams using navy and black.

Of note, there has never been a World Series matchup featuring two royal blue caps.

Saw a guy on the bus wearing a Graphite Jays cap and I forgot how bad those hats were. They look like a minor league affiliate of the Blue Jays. Compared to the pretty hats they wear now it's amazing how much worse they are.

Can you even imagine those uniforms playing in a postseason game?

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Part of the problem for Seattle is that their position player development has been about as awful as Baltimore's pitcher development has been. It's easy to say that they should go into a rebuild, but then you look at Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley, Mike Zunino, among others, and see that they have simply stalled out there, and have to wonder just what is going on. Some of it also has to do with Safeco being an extreme pitcher's park, too. The Mariners retool that offense year after year, yet much like an inverted version of the Rockies, they still end up having one of the worst offenses in baseball every season. At some point, it ceases to be a fluke where, every time Seattle has high buzz coming into the season, they promptly crap the bed and are out of contention by the middle of May.

Teams have shown though that you can win in a pitcher's park (Giants, Dodgers, Tigers, Mets, etc.) and the 2000/2001 Mariners showed the Mariners themselves can win in that park. Plus, Nelson Cruz just had a big year in that park.

I think their troubles have less to do with the stadium and more to do with an ineffective approach to offensive development. Though, it's of course a variety of factors and not one single thing.

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Boy, sure looks like Colby Rasmus is eating his Wheaties this postseason. Three homers in three games.

And is Texas-Toronto a duel or what? This thing might not ever end. What a game.

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This Royals team kinda reminds me of the 03 Giants. Lost a heartbreaking 7 game World Series the year before, came into the current season with a lot of hype, basically led the division wire to wire and entered the post season considered one of the top contenders, and then got bounced in three games by the Wild Card Marlins.

Baseball is funny, man. It's unpredictable, but it's not like we haven't seen some of these types of scenarios before.

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I hate sports

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As far as the best interests of this postseason are concerned, this Texas-Toronto series is on the verge of being a full-blown disaster.

EDIT: oh my g-d this is so bad. Instant replay exists now and this kind of stuff still happens.

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The Texas Rangers are gonna lose the WS again to the Cardinals, aren't they?

Oh please don't wish that evil. That's still probably the most heartbreaking series I've seen in recent memory, and I'm not even a Rangers fan.

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The Texas Rangers are gonna lose the WS again to the Cardinals, aren't they?

Oh please don't wish that evil. That's still probably the most heartbreaking series I've seen in recent memory, and I'm not even a Rangers fan.

I honestly don't even want the Rangers in the WS again.

HOW many damn times do we have to see Prince Fielder do nothing in the playoffs and yet advance because of his teammates?

As far as the best interests of this postseason are concerned, this Texas-Toronto series is on the verge of being a full-blown disaster.

Damn Rangers.

The teams you want to see succeed don't. The teams you want out move on.

Texas is 3-0 in the playoffs against teams not named the Yankees.

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This Royals team kinda reminds me of the 03 Giants. Lost a heartbreaking 7 game World Series the year before, came into the current season with a lot of hype, basically led the division wire to wire and entered the post season considered one of the top contenders, and then got bounced in three games by the Wild Card Marlins.

Baseball is funny, man. It's unpredictable, but it's not like we haven't seen some of these types of scenarios before.

I was thinking as this game went on, the Blue Jays are sadly reminding me of the 2000 White Sox. I guess the difference would be that the Blue Jays caught fire in the second half, whereas the Sox built their lead in the early part of the season before all their pitchers' arms started falling off.

The Sox powerful offense didn't do much in the first two games at Comiskey. They lost an extra inning heartbreaker in game 1. They went to Seattle for game 3 and ended up swept. I got that same feeling for the Jays - that there likely won't be another game played at the Rogers Center this year. The big difference is that massive injuries had the Sox limping into the playoffs, so it wasn't totally unexpected (though nobody expected the bats to go to sleep). The Jays, on the other hand, sprinted in to the playoffs and looked like the best team in baseball. Baseball is a fickle bitch sometimes.

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TheOldRoman: The 2000 playoffs were such a letdown.

We thought it was gonna be the year of some new blood in October. Oakland, White Sox, Giants, Cardinals (Cards were not the team everyone rooted against back then). Hell, it was the first time since 1990 we had an NLCS without the Braves. Seattle with A-Rod!

Alas, end up with a Subway Series not many were excited for at the time.

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That game was, at the risk of sounding like Fishplatter/Crownking, heartbreaking. I don't even know how to quantify it. Just, ugh.

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I honestly don't even want the Rangers in the WS again.

So SabresRule7361 doesn't just hate teams that win championships, he hates teams that get to the championship round and lose, too. Any team with any kind of tangible success must immediately become despised. Interesting.

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As far as the best interests of this postseason are concerned, this Texas-Toronto series is on the verge of being a full-blown disaster.

EDIT: oh my g-d this is so bad. Instant replay exists now and this kind of stuff still happens.

CQ57_RkU8AAInBX.jpg

I was screaming and cussing as much as anyone else at that, but, looking back, he was safe. The bag extends further than it appears (the left corner is in shadow). At best, it's inconclusive. They made the right call.

@FGM: The US broadcasters have exclusive playoff broadcast rights, so we're not gonna see Buck and Pat at all this postseason. It was that way in the '90s, too.

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The Texas Rangers are gonna lose the WS again to the Cardinals, aren't they?

Oh please don't wish that evil. That's still probably the most heartbreaking series I've seen in recent memory, and I'm not even a Rangers fan.
I honestly don't even want the Rangers in the WS again.

Eh, I'm totally cool with any of the four AL teams going. I don't really have a horse in the race and the Yankees are gone, so I'm just rooting for good games and am fine with who ever takes the pennant.

....I'd just really rather they not fall victim to the St. Louis troll-saw.

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Enjoy the 2-0 win tonight, Cards fans. And the 8-6 win tomorrow whenever Hammel touches the ball.

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It just occurred to me that six of the eight teams in the playoffs wear royal blue caps. The Dodgers and Rangers wear the darker shade, and the Royals, Cubs, Mets and Blue Jays the lighter one. That's got to be noteworthy, especially with how much we harp on the league for so many teams using navy and black.

Of note, there has never been a World Series matchup featuring two royal blue caps.

Sounds like another narrative the Cardinals can ruin!

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Strop has been bent over a rail by the Cardinals all season. Better bring him out there in a 2-0 game to keep the lead clos-

Oh. Yeah, great decision, Joe.

Cubs bats were non-existent. Moment was too big for them, as may be the series. Cardinals fans are going to ruin my life.

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Strop has been bent over a rail by the Cardinals all season. Better bring him out there in a 2-0 game to keep the lead clos-

Oh. Yeah, great decision, Joe.

Cubs bats were non-existent. Moment was too big for them, as may be the series. Cardinals fans are going to ruin my life.

*makes chopping motion in direction of crotch*

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According to the Cardinal Way manual, the appropriate reaction for tonight's win should be to observe a policeman shooting a minority, smell one another's farts while gently commenting on the delicate flavor, and placing flowers at the grave of their latest dead player.

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