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Bubba Dawg
01-20-2011, 09:36 PM
Pitchers and catchers report for the Braves 02/14/11.

I can't wait.

The Braves with win the Pennant this year.


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Bubba Dawg
01-20-2011, 09:39 PM
When Football is over, Baseball is next.

I know. Daytona 500. NCAA B-Ball Tournament.

But Baseball ain't that far away.

patriot45
01-21-2011, 12:10 AM
When Football is over, Baseball is next.

I know. Daytona 500. NCAA B-Ball Tournament.

But Baseball ain't that far away.

I can't wait either! I finally won something! I rule at baseball! :cool::D

m00
01-21-2011, 01:43 AM
When Football is over, Baseball is next.

I know. Daytona 500. NCAA B-Ball Tournament.

But Baseball ain't that far away.

Honestly, I don't get sports in general... but I *really* don't get baseball. Can you explain the appeal?

ralph wiggum
01-21-2011, 09:25 AM
Honestly, I don't get sports in general... but I *really* don't get baseball. Can you explain the appeal?

I don't have time to write a book but, baseball is the best sport ever. Football has passed baseball in popularity, likely due in part to the short attention span of the general public.

I'll try & write a quick synopsis explaining my reasoning if I have time...

NJCardFan
01-21-2011, 11:33 AM
Pitchers and catchers report for the Braves 02/14/11.

I can't wait.

The Braves with win the Pennant this year.


http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQgcOen3kAm7Q5q85yLJ5DhhjIPxJJI0 ulWEwIsLLFQv7t-wwFo

Delusional much? You guys couldn't hold a 7 game lead last season and now you expect to beat a team with arguably 4 of the top pitchers in the league? Good luck with that. :D Seriously, the only team that will beat the Phillies this season will be the Phillies.

Rebel Yell
01-21-2011, 12:31 PM
Delusional much? You guys couldn't hold a 7 game lead last season and now you expect to beat a team with arguably 4 of the top pitchers in the league? Good luck with that. :D Seriously, the only team that will beat the Phillies this season will be the Phillies.

Are we using that qualifier againd this year?:rolleyes:

Molon Labe
01-21-2011, 03:09 PM
http://www.laminatedvisuals.com/images/mlb-new-york-yankees-framed-picture-BA11F.jpg

Math even a Chowda' head can do

Bubba Dawg
01-21-2011, 07:39 PM
Honestly, I don't get sports in general... but I *really* don't get baseball. Can you explain the appeal?

It's a beautiful game. It is also timeless. The pacing is slow and deliberate. There is strategy involved in every aspect of the game. Decisions are made based on stats after stats after stats on top of stats. There are 9 position players and each position required a different set of abilities.

Sure, you throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball. You run the bases. Basic stuff. But everybody is pushing the competition to the nth degree. How far can the runner lead off the base without getting picked off? Was that his good pickoff move or does he have a better one? Will there be a pitchout?

What's the count on the batter? What is this pitcher's best pitch? What will he throw?

Strength matters, but then so does speed and finesse. Quickness matters. Watching a shortstop like Ozzie Smith go deep into the hold and make a circus catch on a grounder and then throw out the runner by less than half a step is a thing of beauty to behold.

Hitting a major league pitcher's fastball is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. And major league pitchers change speeds and throw wicked breaking balls that dance and drop and move in ungodly ways.

The best hitters will get a hit in about 3 of every ten at bats. It's that difficult. And yet they manage to do it. And when runs are scored and then tallied, a 5 to 4 or a 2 to 1 game is not unusual. When the runs are scored, you appreciate them. You savor them. Then you worry about getting or maintaining a lead. You worry about everything.

The field is beautiful. The ballpark is usually a thing of beauty. Wrigley Field. Fenway Park. And the new generation of dedicated baseball parks are great.

Minor League baseball is also wonderful. Smaller parks. Cheaper admission. Cold beer. Hot dogs. And your guys to root for.

In baseball you are close to the game. You can see and hear, and sometimes touch the players. You can catch a foul ball and maybe get a player to sign it.

You can get nacho's and cheese. You can see a good old fashioned baseball rhubarb and cheer or boo when the manager gets thrown out by the umpire. You can boo the umpire and he will hear you.

Baseball is artful and powerful, graceful and fast. When your team wins, you cheer because you were right there with them. When they lose you say, wait till tomorrow.

George Will wrote a book called Men at Work about baseball. Check it out. Stephen King wrote a book about the Red Sox (He is a huge fan.) with some other guy about the year the Red Sox won the Series and reversed the curse. Thing is, they started writing the book in spring training and didn't know if the Red Sox would even make the playoffs. It worked out for them.

Baseball is a great game. It may not be for everyone, and such is life. But for those of us who love it, and who played it on any level from sandlot to the majors, the date when Pitchers and Catchers report is a big deal.

Come with me sometime to a Braves game. I'll buy you a beer.

Bubba Dawg
01-21-2011, 07:41 PM
Delusional much? You guys couldn't hold a 7 game lead last season and now you expect to beat a team with arguably 4 of the top pitchers in the league? Good luck with that. :D Seriously, the only team that will beat the Phillies this season will be the Phillies.

Ya gotta believe. :p

This will be a great year for the Braves. Win the division. Then the pennant. I figure the Phillies for the wildcard.

Bubba Dawg
01-21-2011, 07:42 PM
I can't wait either! I finally won something! I rule at baseball! :cool::D

Sorry Gringo. This year Bubba is takin' it to The House.....:p

fettpett
01-21-2011, 09:39 PM
It's a beautiful game. It is also timeless. The pacing is slow and deliberate. There is strategy involved in every aspect of the game. Decisions are made based on stats after stats after stats on top of stats. There are 9 position players and each position required a different set of abilities.

Sure, you throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball. You run the bases. Basic stuff. But everybody is pushing the competition to the nth degree. How far can the runner lead off the base without getting picked off? Was that his good pickoff move or does he have a better one? Will there be a pitchout?

What's the count on the batter? What is this pitcher's best pitch? What will he throw?

Strength matters, but then so does speed and finesse. Quickness matters. Watching a shortstop like Ozzie Smith go deep into the hold and make a circus catch on a grounder and then throw out the runner by less than half a step is a thing of beauty to behold.

Hitting a major league pitcher's fastball is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. And major league pitchers change speeds and throw wicked breaking balls that dance and drop and move in ungodly ways.

The best hitters will get a hit in about 3 of every ten at bats. It's that difficult. And yet they manage to do it. And when runs are scored and then tallied, a 5 to 4 or a 2 to 1 game is not unusual. When the runs are scored, you appreciate them. You savor them. Then you worry about getting or maintaining a lead. You worry about everything.

The field is beautiful. The ballpark is usually a thing of beauty. Wrigley Field. Fenway Park. And the new generation of dedicated baseball parks are great.

Minor League baseball is also wonderful. Smaller parks. Cheaper admission. Cold beer. Hot dogs. And your guys to root for.

In baseball you are close to the game. You can see and hear, and sometimes touch the players. You can catch a foul ball and maybe get a player to sign it.

You can get nacho's and cheese. You can see a good old fashioned baseball rhubarb and cheer or boo when the manager gets thrown out by the umpire. You can boo the umpire and he will hear you.

Baseball is artful and powerful, graceful and fast. When your team wins, you cheer because you were right there with them. When they lose you say, wait till tomorrow.

George Will wrote a book called Men at Work about baseball. Check it out. Stephen King wrote a book about the Red Sox (He is a huge fan.) with some other guy about the year the Red Sox won the Series and reversed the curse. Thing is, they started writing the book in spring training and didn't know if the Red Sox would even make the playoffs. It worked out for them.

Baseball is a great game. It may not be for everyone, and such is life. But for those of us who love it, and who played it on any level from sandlot to the majors, the date when Pitchers and Catchers report is a big deal.

Come with me sometime to a Braves game. I'll buy you a beer.

bah...it's a boring ass game played by whiney, bitchy millionaires, with teams owned by whiney ass billionaires who wont follow the NFL lead and create a system that promotes the sport by strengthening revenue sharing.

As Rush said about Socialism, it' only works in the NFL. However it would work for the MLB t

patriot45
01-21-2011, 10:14 PM
Sorry Gringo. This year Bubba is takin' it to The House.....:p

Let me bathe in this year! You can try for next year!:D

NJCardFan
01-22-2011, 01:37 AM
Are we using that qualifier againd this year?:rolleyes:

Why not? It's true.

jendf
01-22-2011, 07:18 PM
So excited for baseball season to start! I already have spring training tickets for the D-backs at their new facility in Scottsdale.

We hit rock bottom last season so we can only go up from here. I hope. :eek: :D

NJCardFan
01-22-2011, 08:16 PM
So excited for baseball season to start! I already have spring training tickets for the D-backs at their new facility in Scottsdale.

We hit rock bottom last season so we can only go up from here. I hope. :eek: :D

That's a shame because I think this leaves Tucson without any spring training.

SaintLouieWoman
01-22-2011, 10:28 PM
I don't have time to write a book but, baseball is the best sport ever. Football has passed baseball in popularity, likely due in part to the short attention span of the general public.

I'll try & write a quick synopsis explaining my reasoning if I have time...

It's hard to explain the love of baseball. I think it's tradition. My great uncles and my father and mother were all St Louis Cardinal fans. I've always loved the history of the Cardinal team. No matter how they do in a particular season, the fans always support them. Most seasons they've done well.

I can't get into baseball here in Florida. I could care less about the Rays. Their fans don't support them even in a winning year. I was looking forward to spring training and had hoped to go to a few games, but sadly I'll be having knee surgery about the same time as the start of spring training. So I guess my first visit to a spring training game will have to wait til 2012.

jendf
01-22-2011, 11:56 PM
That's a shame because I think this leaves Tucson without any spring training.

Yeah, I can't remember the specifics but Tucson fought pretty hard to keep them there if memory serves.

NJCardFan
01-23-2011, 01:25 AM
Yeah, I can't remember the specifics but Tucson fought pretty hard to keep them there if memory serves.
And the Sox and Rox are gone as well aren't they? I think the White Sox are in Florida now.

NJCardFan
01-23-2011, 01:28 AM
It's hard to explain the love of baseball. I think it's tradition. My great uncles and my father and mother were all St Louis Cardinal fans. I've always loved the history of the Cardinal team. No matter how they do in a particular season, the fans always support them. Most seasons they've done well.

I can't get into baseball here in Florida. I could care less about the Rays. Their fans don't support them even in a winning year. I was looking forward to spring training and had hoped to go to a few games, but sadly I'll be having knee surgery about the same time as the start of spring training. So I guess my first visit to a spring training game will have to wait til 2012.

Baseball is a great game but it's losing it's charm. Baseball used to be the game where a family of 4 could go see a major league sport without breaking the bank. I know, at least in Philly, 4 of the cheapest tickets are close to $100. Then there's the $20 for parking and if you want to eat, I hope you brought a fat wallet. I used to love going to the park to see a game but with people growing increasingly ignorant in public, I tend to not go anymore. And there's no more player loyalty. I remember in the 70's, I used to love to keep score(had my own scorebook) and I used to be able to give you the Phillies lineup before the game began because it didn't change except for the day's pitcher. Not like that anymore.

jendf
01-23-2011, 09:18 AM
And the Sox and Rox are gone as well aren't they? I think the White Sox are in Florida now.

Rockies are in the same facility as the D-backs in Scottsdale. The White Sox play in Phoenix too.

NJCardFan
01-23-2011, 02:47 PM
That's a shame because TEP(if it's still named that) is a nice facility.

Bubba Dawg
01-23-2011, 03:42 PM
Baseball is a great game but it's losing it's charm. Baseball used to be the game where a family of 4 could go see a major league sport without breaking the bank. I know, at least in Philly, 4 of the cheapest tickets are close to $100. Then there's the $20 for parking and if you want to eat, I hope you brought a fat wallet. I used to love going to the park to see a game but with people growing increasingly ignorant in public, I tend to not go anymore. And there's no more player loyalty. I remember in the 70's, I used to love to keep score(had my own scorebook) and I used to be able to give you the Phillies lineup before the game began because it didn't change except for the day's pitcher. Not like that anymore.

Tickets at a major league park, parking and snacks really add up.

My favorite Ballpark used to be the old Wolfson Park in Jacksonville Florida. The (Jax) Expo's played there, now it's the Suns. Cheap tickets were available. Beer, soft drinks, hots dogs, etc. weren't that bad. And it was a pretty ballpark.


I'm gonna check out the Gwinnett County Braves. They are the AAA Braves affiliate. It's been a while since I've been to a minor league game but the quality of baseball is good and the prices aren't (or at least weren't) that bad.

SaintLouieWoman
01-23-2011, 04:03 PM
Baseball is a great game but it's losing it's charm. Baseball used to be the game where a family of 4 could go see a major league sport without breaking the bank. I know, at least in Philly, 4 of the cheapest tickets are close to $100. Then there's the $20 for parking and if you want to eat, I hope you brought a fat wallet. I used to love going to the park to see a game but with people growing increasingly ignorant in public, I tend to not go anymore. And there's no more player loyalty. I remember in the 70's, I used to love to keep score(had my own scorebook) and I used to be able to give you the Phillies lineup before the game began because it didn't change except for the day's pitcher. Not like that anymore.

Wow, everything on the East coast is higher. I just looked up some sample ticket pricing for the 2011 STL Cards season. I couldn't find the individual priced tickets, but here's the price of a package deal-----food, drinks and ticket to game. It's definitely a better deal at about $92. I think the cheapest non-package tickets are about $20, maybe lower.

There are benefits to living in "flyover country".



AMENITIES

Tickets sold individually, BOA Club can accommodate up to 250 A 2 hour all-you-can-eat buffet that includes hot dogs, bratwurst, two additional entrees, salad, pasta station, nachos, cookies and brownies Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Select, Wine* Beer service will begin one-and-a-half hours prior to scheduled game time and be available through the middle of the 8th inning* Coca-Cola products & O'Doul's (available throughout the game) Closed-circuit televisions Private restrooms Buffet will begin one hour prior to scheduled game time

Bubba Dawg
01-23-2011, 07:09 PM
Wow, everything on the East coast is higher. I just looked up some sample ticket pricing for the 2011 STL Cards season. I couldn't find the individual priced tickets, but here's the price of a package deal-----food, drinks and ticket to game. It's definitely a better deal at about $92. I think the cheapest non-package tickets are about $20, maybe lower.

There are benefits to living in "flyover country".

I'm Bi-Coastal as long as you consider the Chattahoochee River ofi be one of the coasts. :cool::D

NJCardFan
01-23-2011, 09:55 PM
Here's what's great about baseball. Variety. Aside from the Yankees run, you basically have someone different winning the World Series. Since 2000, you've had 9 different teams win the World Series(Yanks, D-Backs, Angels, Red Sox, Marlins, White Sox, Phillies, Cardinals, and Giants). Compare that with the NBA where in the last 30 years, only 8 different teams have won the NBA title compared to 19 different MLB teams have won in that same time period.