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The [non existent] National League Pennant Races

Posted by keithosaunders on August 4, 2017

Baseball in the modern age is nothing short of depressing.  First of all these games are interminable.  Each steroidally-enhanced pitcher takes a year between pitches before walking the ballpark.  Throw in catcher’s and coaches visits to the mound and you’ve got yourself a snooze fest.  I honestly don’t see how anyone can watch a regular season game in real time.
The National League playoff picture is all but set thanks to a top heavy western division.  The Dodgers are on a hot streak that hasn’t been seen in baseball in decades, and the Diamondbacks and Rockies seemed poised to secure the two wild card slots.  The Nationals have wrapped up the East, leaving us with a tepid Central division race figured to be won in a cakewalk by last year’s champion Cubs.
I find it depressing how at this time of year, teams are either buyers or sellers, thus eliminating the chances of a late season playoff run from an underdog. I hate to say it but I’m for adding more playoff teams.  Who cares at this point?  The integrity of the playoffs is already ruined, can we at least have some decent races?  Let’s throw caution to the wind and go the way of the NHL & NBA.  8 playoff teams in each league, baby!

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For the 11th time: Cardinals

Posted by keithosaunders on October 29, 2011

David Freese is the new Jeter.  I hate him!  (kidding — he seems like a good guy)  What a dream post season he had — how is he ever going to top it, or even equal it?  I guess that’s a good problem to have.

I feel bad for the Rangers, and especially for their fans.  What that must have feel like to have victory snatched from them in that way.  I hope the Rangers have a chance to get back to the Series, but I have a feeling this is going to take a lot out of them, and let’s face it– like Verdun said, their pitching is not that good.  Feliz and Ogando alone cost them the Series, but you also have to look at C.J. Wilson.  Terrible job out of him!  He’ll be gone anyway — good riddance.  I hope he goes to the Yankees. 

Chris Carpenter is indeed a great pitcher — tremendous job out of him on short rest.  He seems like a miserable person, though, as does LaRussa.  That’s why I really wanted the Rangers to win.  The Cards have won enough — 11 Series and 18 pennants.  Still, I must give it up to St Louis.  What a pennant race and playoff run they had.

The Cardinals remind me a little of the 2002 Angels, another offensive-minded club  They’re a team full of gamers that played gutty and hard-nosed ball.  The main difference between the two being the Cards won despite their manager, whereas the Angels had a great manager in Mike Scioscia.  

The thing that makes me mad is that LaRussa’s over-managing style has been vindicated and that we will see much more of the same from all too many clubs in ’12.  It’s fun to watch these games in the postseason, but they are death when it comes to a mid-June A’s-Royals matchup.

So now we must say goodbye to that greatest of sports and turn our attention to football.  Here in the Bay Area the fans and media are crazed with the early season success of the 49ers, who at this writing are 6-1.  One of the radio hosts has them finishing at 13-3!  I don’t know about that, but I do know that I am ready for some football! 

Cmon, trainer, get in the mosh pit!

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Take me out to the ballgame

Posted by keithosaunders on May 5, 2010

When I was a young boy I wasn’t that interested in watching or following baseball.  I liked the Dodgers, as did every other kid growing up in Los Angeles, and I always enjoyed when my father would take us kids to a game, but I didn’t become a rabid baseball fan — counting down the days until opening day, knowing all the stats,and closely following the playoff races —  until I was 17.  

What I did enjoy, however, was the idea of baseball.  I liked that it was every day and that it had order.  The pitchers pitched in a certain order — even the teams, in those days, came into town in a certain order.  You could count on home stands featuring Cubs/Pirates/Cardinals, or Met/Expos/Phillies.  In the Western division you would have groupings of Astros/Braves/Reds.  Year after year they would group the teams this way. I loved that.

After dinner, I would go out into the languid Cali summer night to our backyard and listen to Vin Scully announce that evening’s Dodger game on my transistor radio while I shot baskets.  Don’t you know that to this day he is still announcing for the Dodgers and he still sounds great.  He has been their announcer for the entire 50 years of my life. (and then some!)  

In those days radio and television broadcasts still had a good deal of whimy.  They coul dbe corny, but there was an earnetness to it that I miss.   There wasn’t the heaviness and humorless air that exists today on a FOX or even a local broadcast.  The Dodgers used to open all of their radio broadcasts by playing a song called “It’s A Beautiful Day For A Ballgame.”  Picture a chorus singing to a two-beat accompaniment infused with banjo and ukulele. 

It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame..

for a ball game today,

the fans are out to get a ticket or two,

from Walla Walla Washington to Kalamazoo

It’s a beautiful day for a home run,

but even a triple’s OK,

we’re going to cheer…

and boo…

and raise a hullaballu

at the ball game today

at the ballgame

the wonderful ballgame

todayyyyyy!

Of course I loved that song.  How could you not?  The Mets have one too which they still play called Meet the Mets.  Their version, however has been updated to include synthesizers so it doesn’t have the retro feel of the Dodger song.  But the synths are so out of date (circa early 80s) that their theme has become corny as well.  I like it in the same way I feel nostalgic for the cookie cutter ballparks of the early 70s — Three Rivers, Riverfront, and Atlanta Fulton County Stadium.

Next: My OCD infatuation with the early 70s Dodger radio commercials.  IN the meantime I would love to hear from you, the reader, about any such songs, or traditions  from your local teams from back in the day.

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