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The Sports Guy's Diary of NLCS Game 7


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http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story...=simmons/061020

I laughed my ass off the entire time reading this, all leading up to the quote of the column:

"8:57 -- Our NLCS MVP: Jeff Suppan. Never have five words summed up the quality of a league that perfectly."

Classic Sports Guy.

It's only classic Sports Guy if there are innumerable references to NFL gambling, Boston area sports teams, and the fact he's some sort of big shot now... <_<

Give me Deadspin 19 times a week.

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What made it worse is that the two of them were pulling for the Cardinals blatently.

That's Tank for you. Always playing the media bias card. :D

The ESPN radio guys were excellent. It wasn't Miller and Morgan it was Dave Campbell and the name of the other guy escapes me but they did a great job. It was disappointing to come home from work and switch over to the FOX broadcastof the games. It's too bad there's a delay between the two broadcasts. You can't watch FOX while listening to ESPN unless you don't mind the action not matching the game call.

Tough loss Tank. I thought your guys would win it all but the injuries to your pitching staff caught up with you.

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"Something to keep in mind -- it's raining lightly. The infield could be very wet on ground balls."

:notworthy:

Greatest McCarver Quote Evar.

Better than...

"Roy Oswalt is a drop and drive pitcher. What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple."

...?

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What made it worse is that the two of them were pulling for the Cardinals blatently.

That's Tank for you. Always playing the media bias card. :D

The ESPN radio guys were excellent. It wasn't Miller and Morgan it was Dave Campbell and the name of the other guy escapes me but they did a great job. It was disappointing to come home from work and switch over to the FOX broadcastof the games. It's too bad there's a delay between the two broadcasts. You can't watch FOX while listening to ESPN unless you don't mind the action not matching the game call.

Tough loss Tank. I thought your guys would win it all but the injuries to your pitching staff caught up with you.

YEah that delay is annoying, but if you could not detct a Cardinal Bias from the Cardinals annopuncer and teh ex Cardinal Ctahcer you must not have been listening.

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The ESPN radio guys...Dave Campbell and the name of the other guy escapes...
Dan Shulman...best in the business.

I guess if you weren't obviously for the Mets, you were obviously for the opposition. Sounds like a political thread. :P

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The ESPN radio guys...Dave Campbell and the name of the other guy escapes...
Dan Shulman...best in the business.

As a Blue Jay fan, I can admit I didn't know how good we had it when we had Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez doing the play-by-play and colour, respectively. Terrific tandem, and everything since has paled in comparison.

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What made it worse is that the two of them were pulling for the Cardinals blatently.

That's Tank for you. Always playing the media bias card. :D

The ESPN radio guys were excellent. It wasn't Miller and Morgan it was Dave Campbell and the name of the other guy escapes me but they did a great job. It was disappointing to come home from work and switch over to the FOX broadcastof the games. It's too bad there's a delay between the two broadcasts. You can't watch FOX while listening to ESPN unless you don't mind the action not matching the game call.

Tough loss Tank. I thought your guys would win it all but the injuries to your pitching staff caught up with you.

YEah that delay is annoying, but if you could not detct a Cardinal Bias from the Cardinals annopuncer and teh ex Cardinal Ctahcer you must not have been listening.

Tank, as I've said before, I'm pretty sure lots of fans who have significant interest on one side or the other find the announcing bad and biased.

Usually I find Buck to be reverse biased (aka rooting for the team that's playing the Cards) when he's doing a national game that involves the Cards. I chalk it up to him trying to hide his real bias.

McCarver I never notice a real Cards bias or a reverse bias (though sometimes he seems to root for the other team to me).

I didn't think Buck was real bad with the reverse bias thing this time, but I certainly don't think he was rooting for the Cards in his announcing. Go listen to the end of the game again.

That's not the voice of someone who is openly and obviously rooting for the team that won.

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Sports Guy's been kinda ignorant for a while. Rip me if you want for defending Pujols some more, but...

"5:22 -- With two outs in the first, Albert Pujols comes up to a round of boos. Win or lose, he has been the breakout star of this playoffs as everyone collectively realized that he's kind of a jerk. Barry Bonds, move on over! There's a new sheriff in Jerk Town!

5:34 -- Classic Quadruple-A play: Pujols pops up to the mound to end in the inning, only Delgado tries to catch it with the nonchalance of someone trying to catch a baby that has been thrown from the 10th floor of a building ... and ends up booting it 40 feet for a two-base error. One highlight: The replay of Pujols jogging to first, then only being able to reach second base on the error as Buck says, "You see him not hustling out of the box. He would not have gone further than second on the play." Way to make excuses for one of your St. Louis boys, Joe. Sure you would have announced it the exact same way for Manny Ramirez. Right."

Um, he said some stuff that was more or less true about Glavine after being supremely frustrated. He's one of the biggest competitors in the game and he was frustrated. Besides, he was doing something nobody ever wants to do and putting the blame on himself and his team instead of just making the excuse of the other guy was really good. Either way, one incident does not make a guy a jerk. There's far more events that prove otherwise. When actually confronted by a reporter in St. Louis about his attitude, Pujols admitted he has been troubled by the death of his uncle who helped to raise him and who he was very close to. When the reporter said, hm, okay, but this attitude has been there longer than that, Albert responded by with some concern and a desire to change that. He's a great player, a great guy, who maybe got a little too full of himself, but when it was pointed out to him, he didn't like it one bit and wanted to tone it down. But whatever.

Of course, that's just jumping to a conclusion without being totally informed. The second entry was just plain ignorant. It's been reported all series wrong that Albert had a bad hamstring and has been yelled at from the dugout on groundballs where they thing he's running too hard. Of course he was gonna be jogging on an easy infield popup. I also thought it was poor announcing by Buck not to reiterate that (though he's right, he would not have likely made it to third either way).

I'm sure I'll have other complaints along the way. I mean, I already find the quad-A sentiment ridiculously ignorant and your standard better than thou attitude of his.

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The quad A jokes are annoying, but because its not true (cause it is, the AL is so much better right now) but because its not like these things don't go in cycles. In the 70s there were the same jokes about the AL i'm sure. It seems like everyone that makes the NL sucks jokes believes that the NL has always sucked, and they should contract the entire league. It'll reverse soon. The Mets have the money and the young guys to get it going. The Cubs have the money. You never know.

If you look at the history of the all-star game (I know, not the best indicator, but its one) or the World series, you'll see dominace on either side for a period of time. Right now, all the money is in the AL. They spend, they attract the hitters, and attract the pitchers. Its just how it is now.

The tides will turn the other way and i'm sure the strongest AL fans will agree that'll happen.

As for the pujols is a jerk stuff and the next barry bonds. It may be a joke. But Barry Bonds didn't adopt a kid with down syndrome when he didn't have to. Barry Bonds doesn't have a foundation for downs syndrome. Albert plays for 3 things. God. The fans of St. Louis. And himself. He doesn't play for ESP-NY. He doesn't play for the national media. The guy has every proformance ridiculed more than any other other player outside of New York or Boston, which is the fault of the St. Louis media. (which can be just as obscene as the NY-Boston media about the Cardinals.) I think he has a right to be cranky every now and then.

And Bill Simmons, I love his writing. But you want bias reporting, look no further. But he says what he is. You know going in he's a fan of all things Boston/New England. If you don't like it, you shouldn't read it. I like him dispite that.

And STL, I said this last year or 2 years ago here. There is no reason for anyone outside of St. Louis to like the Cardinals. We have a jerk manager, we don't play entertaining baseball to the casual viewer, and we're up against this year's cinderella. Plus, they are good. I still have cub fans tell me everyday that its a fluke they are in it.

Anyway...so much for Detroit in 3 games huh?

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It has not been as cyclical as you think; the American League has traditionally been the more dominate of the 2 leagues. There have only been 2 decades in which the NL has won more World Series than the AL. That would be the 1900's, which was the first decade of play for the American League, and the 1960's. The 1980's were tied 5 a piece other than that the AL has won more World Series in every other decade. The AL has won 59 World Series to the NL's 42. That's .584 winning percentage or to put in Regular season baseball terms a 94-95 win team.

Unlike the 60's and early 70's though the AL has a huge advantage over the NL now and that is the DH. In the 70's the DH was just beginning and hadn't yet developed into what it is today. Now the Dh is a top money position filled with top sluggers. That means deeper lineup for AL teams. When the play the NL the NL team either can't match the AL lineup because they have a regular bench player as DH or if it's in an NL park the AL has a top hitter on the bench to come into the game and hit later. The DH can also attract top pitchers in their prime because they want to test themselves against the best lineups. The National League is the destination for old washed up pitchers who want to pitch a couple more years and pad their win column. As for money I would say both teams are about equal in that regard.

I'm not saying the NL will always be this bad. It will get more even in a few years that said I think because of the DH the NL will not have the dominance over the AL like the AL does over the NL this year.

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