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2013-04-13 05:43:54 AM
I watched the A's sweep the Astros in Houston on MLB.com.
 
2013-04-13 06:27:08 AM
People still watch baseball?
 
2013-04-13 07:39:26 AM
Goddamndogassastros.
 
2013-04-13 09:14:36 AM
They can eat my dick. Stupid DH. fark Bud Selig in his wrinkled old ass.
 
2013-04-13 09:37:42 AM

MmmmBacon: People still watch baseball?


Lots. You're probably thinking of the people who only watch when the local team is winning. Like in Houston.
 
2013-04-13 10:22:49 AM

edmo: You're probably thinking of the people who only watch when the local team is winning. Like in Houston.


Hey now! I've been suffering since the days of the Big Red Machine...which was comprised of a lot of former Goddamndogassastros.
 
2013-04-13 10:33:13 AM
Lastros

Why did they foist them off upon the AL West anyway. Did they really think putting them in the same division with Texas Rangers would make that big a difference?
 
2013-04-13 11:13:55 AM
Generation_D: Lastros

Why did they foist them off upon the AL West anyway. Did they really think putting them in the same division with Texas Rangers would make that big a difference?

I wanted the Brewers back.  Or, you know, leave things as is and knock off the Interleague shiat.
 
2013-04-13 11:16:14 AM
+1 on the Major Leauge quote from the late great Bob Ueker.


/Must be the front row.
 
2013-04-13 11:55:39 AM
What I HAVE noticed is that it's still April, and nothing counts in April. Call me in June, when things start to get a little more serious.
 
2013-04-13 12:09:31 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: edmo: You're probably thinking of the people who only watch when the local team is winning. Like in Houston.

Hey now! I've been suffering since the days of the Big Red Machine...which was comprised of a lot of former Goddamndogassastros.


You can't say god damn on the air!

/doesn't matter, nobody's listening anyway
 
2013-04-13 12:44:58 PM

MmmmBacon: People still watch baseball?


Your mom seems to like having it on.

EatenTheSun: Stupid DH.


Gonna have to get over it some time.

Generation_D: Why did they foist them off upon the AL West anyway.


More balanced schedule.

whistleridge: What I HAVE noticed is that it's still April, and nothing counts in April. Call me in June, when things start to get a little more serious.


^
 
2013-04-13 12:46:34 PM

Darth_Lukecash: +1 on the Major Leauge quote from the late great Bob Ueker.


/Must be the front row.


He's very much alive.
 
2013-04-13 12:47:50 PM

Darth_Lukecash: +1 on the Major Leauge quote from the late great Bob Ueker.


/Must be the front row.


I think I miss him as much as I miss Abe Vigoda. RIP
 
2013-04-13 12:47:54 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-13 12:49:13 PM

edmo: MmmmBacon: People still watch baseball?

Lots. You're probably thinking of the people who only watch when the local team is winning. Like in Houston.


That's not fair.  Plenty of people watched for years when they weren't winning.  Now no one is watching because the new management let one cable company hijack the rights to the games.  However, I'm sure that if they were winning this year then the public demand would get them to come to a carriage agreement.  Not that it did for the Rockets, but they're very much the third team in the city.
 
2013-04-13 12:53:39 PM
Guys guys GUYS! The important thing here is that the Angels are in last place & Josh Hamilton is batting .176.
 
2013-04-13 12:55:11 PM

Yes please: Now no one is watching because the new management let one cable company hijack the rights to the games.


Pretty sure that's the case everywhere.  It has lessened my interest in Rockies games, since the only reason to have cable is sports and I can watch Monday and Thursday night football at the local watering hole.

/that said, the Rockies don't look too bad either.  Unfortunately, it is a 162-game season.
 
2013-04-13 12:58:02 PM
Has any team been around as long as the Astros without winning a world series?  I know the Cubs haven't won since the late 19th century or whatever, but at least they've done it before.
 
2013-04-13 12:59:34 PM
Worst team in baseball at this point? The Marlins.

Also apparently they lose a lot.
 
2013-04-13 01:06:13 PM

Richard Roma: Has any team been around as long as the Astros without winning a world series?  I know the Cubs haven't won since the late 19th century or whatever, but at least they've done it before.


Teams (in order of age, oldest first), that have never won a World Series:
Rangers, Astros, Padres, Expos/Nats*, Mariners*, Brewers, Rockies, Rays

*indicates never even been
 
2013-04-13 01:06:36 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Pretty sure that's the case everywhere.  It has lessened my interest in Rockies games, since the only reason to have cable is sports and I can watch Monday and Thursday night football at the local watering hole.


The specter of it is certainly going to lessen my interest in my team (Cubs) since I live out of market (which really just means "has another cable provider").  I already can only see the 1 in 4ish games which aren't on cable, losing those if WGN doesn't get a renewed TV contract and relying solely on the radio package/occasional "game of the week" stuff on Fox - it will really suck.
 
2013-04-13 01:07:35 PM
No one should check standings until June. At which point the Astros will likely be 25 games back.
 
2013-04-13 01:09:38 PM
bah, list fail.. Brewers are older than the Mariners
 
2013-04-13 01:14:02 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: AliceBToklasLives: Pretty sure that's the case everywhere.  It has lessened my interest in Rockies games, since the only reason to have cable is sports and I can watch Monday and Thursday night football at the local watering hole.

The specter of it is certainly going to lessen my interest in my team (Cubs) since I live out of market (which really just means "has another cable provider").  I already can only see the 1 in 4ish games which aren't on cable, losing those if WGN doesn't get a renewed TV contract and relying solely on the radio package/occasional "game of the week" stuff on Fox - it will really suck.


I have access to exactly 0 Rockies games, setting aside probably 1/2 a dozen at most Game-of-the-Week appearances.  Plus (and this also common throughout the league) the games are covered by the team (via Root), which means unmitigated homerism is written into the announcers' contracts.

/Then again, attendance is at an all-time high, and I do attend several games a year even when they suck, so maybe the cable deal is worth it
//BTW - Cubs are on Fox right now
 
2013-04-13 01:23:51 PM

AliceBToklasLives: //BTW - Cubs are on Fox right now


I am very upset with them right now. I an living in Baltimore so I get MASN (which has Nat and O's games) with my normal cable package. Because the Nats Braves game is on Fox it means that it will not be on MASN or MLB season ticket.
Fox is currently showing Boston V Tampa and the Nats game is nowhere to be found.

Fark you Fox!!!
 
2013-04-13 01:24:52 PM

The Bestest: bah, list fail.. Brewers are older than the Mariners


To be fair, the Brewers *are* the Mariners.  Well, the Pilots, anyway.
 
2013-04-13 01:35:13 PM

Generation_D: Lastros

Why did they foist them off upon the AL West anyway. Did they really think putting them in the same division with Texas Rangers would make that big a difference?


To bring down the average travel times for the Rangers as sort of an "I'm sorry for making you guys play two hours out of your time zone so much every year.  Hope that hasn't been hurting you in free agency!!"
 
2013-04-13 01:36:56 PM

Di Atribe: Guys guys GUYS! The important thing here is that the Angels are in last place & Josh Hamilton is batting .176.


Delicious.  With 14 K's.

I wonder what his excuse is this time?  Red Bull?  Caffeine?  Too much butter on his toast?  Not enough salt on his french fries?
 
2013-04-13 01:39:53 PM

Yes please: edmo: MmmmBacon: People still watch baseball?

Lots. You're probably thinking of the people who only watch when the local team is winning. Like in Houston.

That's not fair.  Plenty of people watched for years when they weren't winning.  Now no one is watching because the new management let one cable company hijack the rights to the games.  However, I'm sure that if they were winning this year then the public demand would get them to come to a carriage agreement.  Not that it did for the Rockets, but they're very much the third team in the city.


Yes, we are also fans that saw the previous owner pretty much pull what the marlins pulled after their World Series appearance (albeit over a longer period of time) and hire a gm that pretty much made us a minor league team for the Phillies.  I think the greater issue with the cable company isn't that one one company has the rights, but that they currently are only shown on the Comcast sports network (excluding nationally televised games) so 60% of the city can't watch them.

As far as the Rockets are concerned, the expectations before the season were absolute zero and the hype that would have been made in the city by the Harden deal was mostly stolen by the start of the Comcast/other TV providers standoff that prevented most of the city from seeing games.

The Bestest: Generation_D: Why did they foist them off upon the AL West anyway.

More balanced schedule.


For who?
 
2013-04-13 01:41:19 PM

Slow To Return: I wonder what his excuse is this time? Red Bull? Caffeine? Too much butter on his toast? Not enough salt on his french fries?


Ocean air. Too much animal sauce on his in n out burger. Too sunny. Living in a baseball town is too stressful.
 
2013-04-13 01:43:25 PM
 
2013-04-13 01:44:01 PM

Di Atribe: Slow To Return: I wonder what his excuse is this time? Red Bull? Caffeine? Too much butter on his toast? Not enough salt on his french fries?

Ocean air. Too much animal sauce on his in n out burger. Too sunny. Living in a

baseball cocaine town is too stressful.

FTFY
 
2013-04-13 01:46:48 PM
They can't be much worse than the Brewers this year. My goodness, do they suck
 
2013-04-13 01:47:15 PM

ATRDCI: The Bestest: Generation_D: Why did they foist them off upon the AL West anyway.

More balanced schedule.

For who?


For everyone.  Prior to last year the AL West had four teams and the NL Central had six.  Which meant there was one division in each league that played a completely different number of in/out of division games than the other two.
 
2013-04-13 01:52:42 PM

Di Atribe: Living in a baseball town is too stressful.


nice
 
2013-04-13 01:57:50 PM

Yes please: For everyone. Prior to last year the AL West had four teams and the NL Central had six. Which meant there was one division in each league that played a completely different number of in/out of division games than the other two.


Which meant different teams had inherently different odds of making the playoffs independent of team performance. An AL West team inherently had 1-in-4 odds of a playoff bid by way of the division crown; an AL Central or AL East team inherently had 1-in-5 odds.
 
2013-04-13 02:11:22 PM
Gosling * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-04-13 01:57:50 PM Yes please: For everyone. Prior to last year the AL West had four teams and the NL Central had six. Which meant there was one division in each league that played a completely different number of in/out of division games than the other two. Which meant different teams had inherently different odds of making the playoffs independent of team performance. An AL West team inherently had 1-in-4 odds of a playoff bid by way of the division crown; an AL Central or AL East team inherently had 1-in-5 odds.
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Yeah, but NL central where the Astros came from had 6 teams but just about everyone in it sucks.
 
2013-04-13 02:35:59 PM

AliceBToklasLives: I have access to exactly 0 Rockies games, setting aside probably 1/2 a dozen at most Game-of-the-Week appearances.  Plus (and this also common throughout the league) the games are covered by the team (via Root), which means unmitigated homerism is written into the announcers' contracts.

/Then again, attendance is at an all-time high, and I do attend several games a year even when they suck, so maybe the cable deal is worth it
//BTW - Cubs are on Fox right now


I haven't checked out Root yet...or heard of it until right now with your comment and a google search (and it doesn't seem to apply for my region sadly).  Though I do get to see any Cubs-Brewers game since I'm in their FSN region.  It boils down to whether I want to shell out for the MLBtv package to stream the games or not.  

/Yeah, watching it now - first game I've been able to watch in its entirety this year between work and TV schedule stuff.  Amusing to watch McCarver abuse Samardzija's name all game.
//I think he called him Jim LeFebvre in the first inning...
 
2013-04-13 03:26:19 PM
cdn1.sbnation.com
 
2013-04-13 03:59:17 PM

The Bestest: Gonna have to get over it some time.


I got over it by no longer watching baseball.
 
2013-04-13 04:36:04 PM
Just because I'm bored:

The Houston Astros lead the league in striking out. Their hitters have struck out 108 times, which is 23 times more than the next closest team.

The Tampa Bay Rays have struck out the least. They've struck out 50 times.

Houston is 7th in the league in runs scored per game. Tampa is 13th.
 
2013-04-13 04:41:17 PM

DeWayne Mann: The Houston Astros lead the league in striking out. Their hitters have struck out 108 times, which is 23 times more than the next closest team.


23 times?  That's barely a Brett Wallace.  1 for 21, 17 Ks.
 
2013-04-13 05:38:59 PM

Di Atribe: Slow To Return: I wonder what his excuse is this time? Red Bull? Caffeine? Too much butter on his toast? Not enough salt on his french fries?

Ocean air. Too much animal sauce on his in n out burger. Too sunny. Living in a baseball town is too stressful.


The Rangers have renamed Arlington "Baseball Town". Of course, they hafta be, after what Jerry did to the football team next door for the next six years.
 
2013-04-13 06:00:29 PM
So....uhhhh......anyone watching Matt Harvey?
 
2013-04-13 06:12:02 PM
I, for one, enjoy watching Wallace Wallacing.  I watched Wallace Wallace 5 times in one game where the rest of the Astros scored 15 points.

Go 'Stros.
 
2013-04-13 08:09:01 PM
I think the Astros will start to turn things around now that they get to play my Seattle Mariners a bunch of times a year. The Mariners can bring any team out of a funk.
 
2013-04-14 05:10:10 PM
Houston is only slightly better than Miami and Atlanta when it comes to having shiatty fans. Do the Rockets even sell out their games?
 
2013-04-14 10:46:54 PM

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: The Rangers have renamed Arlington "Baseball Town". Of course, they hafta be, after what Jerry did to the football team next door for the next six years.


Wow. Did you lift that off of Leno all by yourself, big boy?
 
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