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(ESPN)   The Pittsburgh Pirates - a) Are in first place, b) Have the best record in baseball, c) Are 22 games over .500, or d) All of the above?   (scores.espn.go.com) divider line 70
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2013-07-31 01:54:41 AM
A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.
 
2013-07-31 06:55:21 AM

Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams

 an utter disaster for MLB and television ratings.

FTFY.
 
2013-07-31 07:22:36 AM
My yinzer buddies are so confused right now. Steelers training camp has begun while the Pirates are still in contention -- many a befuddled hour is spent in front of an open closet door.
 
2013-07-31 07:32:04 AM

Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams aired on QVC.


Also FTFY
 
2013-07-31 07:32:48 AM

Man On A Mission: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams an utter disaster for MLB and television ratings.

FTFY.


And this is why the sport is in trouble.

You don't hear people talking about what matchup would give the best market for the Super Bowl.
 
2013-07-31 07:52:51 AM

Man On A Mission: utter disaster for MLB and television ratings.

FTFY.


I would watch the hell out of that and I'm a Red Sox fan.
 
2013-07-31 07:53:55 AM

UNC_Samurai: Man On A Mission: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams an utter disaster for MLB and television ratings.

FTFY.

And this is why the sport is in trouble.

You don't hear people talking about what matchup would give the best market for the Super Bowl.


Except every year when some smaller market teams are in contention.

Ravens-Falcons possibility: http://www.blowoutcards.com/forums/football/431300-would-ravens-falco n s-superbowl-nfls-worst-nightmare.html and http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/nfl-rapidreports/21563488/vegas-pul l ing-for-pats49ers-super-bowl-dreading-ravensfalcons

And that was just in two minutes of searching Google and remembering all the biatching from past years' threads. This happens in every sport every year a small market team gets within spitting distance of a title. It happens in the NFL just as much as in the MLB, NBA (good lord the whining about San Antonio), NHL, etc. Don't kid yourself.
 
2013-07-31 07:59:29 AM
Go Bucco's!
 
2013-07-31 08:01:25 AM

Tavillion: UNC_Samurai: Man On A Mission: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams an utter disaster for MLB and television ratings.

FTFY.

And this is why the sport is in trouble.

You don't hear people talking about what matchup would give the best market for the Super Bowl.

Except every year when some smaller market teams are in contention.

Ravens-Falcons possibility: http://www.blowoutcards.com/forums/football/431300-would-ravens-falco n s-superbowl-nfls-worst-nightmare.html and http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/nfl-rapidreports/21563488/vegas-pul l ing-for-pats49ers-super-bowl-dreading-ravensfalcons

And that was just in two minutes of searching Google and remembering all the biatching from past years' threads. This happens in every sport every year a small market team gets within spitting distance of a title. It happens in the NFL just as much as in the MLB, NBA (good lord the whining about San Antonio), NHL, etc. Don't kid yourself.


Okay, I'll give you the CBS article.  But it's still a drastically smaller level of noise compared to the barrage of media angst when the World Series, NBA Finals, BCS Championship, and Final Four get down to crunch time.  Hell, two of what should be the smallest-market teams - Green Bay and Pittsburgh - have two of the biggest fanbases.
 
2013-07-31 08:01:54 AM
fark yeah. Hell of a time for the Cards bats to go quiet, but I'll take it!
 
2013-07-31 08:03:05 AM
Good for them, but it's going to be Atlanta or St. Louis vs Detroit in the World Series.
 
2013-07-31 08:04:26 AM

Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.


True, but if we get that far I want to kick the snot out of one of the big boys.

/I have no idea how to handle a playoff series coming to town, and neither does anyone else
 
2013-07-31 08:07:26 AM
Well, it's been a pretty epic streak but it looks like it's coming to an end.  What, 20 years now without a winning season?  I remember going to a playoffs game at 3 rivers.  They lost, but still.
 
2013-07-31 08:10:14 AM
I remember running home from the bus stop to watch the playoff games in the early 90's.  I timed my road-trip well, taking the fam to the game this Sunday, should be a fun atmosphere. 14 hour car trip, better be worth it.
 
2013-07-31 08:12:49 AM
Photobucket is blocked at work. Someone please post a picture of "the slide" so that the uppity Pirates fans can be put back in their proper places.
 
2013-07-31 08:13:07 AM
And the Reds just keep sucking it up on the West Coast
 
2013-07-31 08:15:41 AM

Man On A Mission: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams an utter disaster for MLB and television ratings.

FTFY.


Wasn't the Yankees/Mets World Series one of the lowest rated television broadcasted World Series? That is what I heard anyway.
 
2013-07-31 08:23:30 AM

babysealclubber: And the Reds just keep sucking it up on the West Coast


Maybe they wanted to try out the old Pirates strategy of falling apart after the All-Star break. Then again they are still 4 games ahead for a Wild Card spot. (for now)
 
2013-07-31 08:25:48 AM

Lost Thought 00: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.

True, but if we get that far I want to kick the snot out of one of the big boys.

/I have no idea how to handle a playoff series coming to town, and neither does anyone else


Don't be so sure, I was 22 the last time Pittsburgh was this good (and in the playoffs) and still remember the '79 series (as both the Pirates and Steelers won that year, I was 9).

Us old farts remember and it'll be great if we get some new memories this year.
 
2013-07-31 08:27:44 AM
Dear Pittsburg Pirates,

Please knock the stuffings out of the Dodgers in the playoffs.

Sincerely,
San Francisco
 
2013-07-31 08:31:21 AM
I support any team that beats the farking cards.

/ Hates Cards nation
// The best fans in baseball? Lol
/// Only StL fan I can stand is the wifey
//// KC let's go eight in a row tonight
 
2013-07-31 08:33:07 AM
I have said it before, even as a Cardinals fan, if the Cards do not make it, I will be rooting for the Pirates.

But with that said, if a miracle happens and the Cards can win the next two games, they are back in first place and will have some momentum going in to Cincy this weekend.  Do I think that will happen?  The way the Cards are hitting and playing defense right now, no way.

There are still two months left and as any Cardinal fan will tell you, 1.5 games back on July 31st is nothing.  Try 10.5 back in August and still winning a WS.

Today is going to be a very interesting day.  More names are getting thrown around for trades and now that the Peavy domino has fallen, the market is set for pitchers.  Philly is crazy if they think they are getting Martinez, Wacha and Adams (the rumored asking price for Lee from the Cards).  I do think the Cards make a deal for a starter and a position player and would not be surprised at all by any trade announced today.  But I also would not be surprised if the Peavy deal was the last big deal of the week.
 
2013-07-31 08:36:12 AM

ongbok: Wasn't the Yankees/Mets World Series one of the lowest rated television broadcasted World Series? That is what I heard anyway.


Yes, it was the lowest rated World Series as far back as records go (1968). But since then, 8 of the last 10 World Series have been even lower, with last year's being the worst of them all at a 7.6.
 
2013-07-31 08:39:14 AM

Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams. fans who want to relive the 70's.


That might have been the last time when both teams were good.  There was also the early 1990's, but the Pirates didn't really have any playoff success then.
 
2013-07-31 09:06:44 AM
I won a nickel bet with my uncle when the Pirates came from behind against the Orioles in the WS. I don't think he spoke to me for the rest of the year.

/It's silly I know, but around that time I saw Dave Parker break his bat... on a check swing; blew my mind. I've seen ball players snap their bats like twigs (usually over a thigh) but I never saw one break just by stopping a swing.
 
2013-07-31 09:15:37 AM

Tired_of_the_BS: I won a nickel bet with my uncle when the Pirates came from behind against the Orioles in the WS. I don't think he spoke to me for the rest of the year.


There are some Steelers fans here in Baltimore that hate the Orioles more than the Ravens because of 71 and 79.  I'm not sure why they're upset since they won both of those.
 
2013-07-31 09:20:21 AM
Something something sign of the apocalypse.
 
2013-07-31 09:20:39 AM

Tired_of_the_BS: I won a nickel bet with my uncle when the Pirates came from behind against the Orioles in the WS. I don't think he spoke to me for the rest of the year.

/It's silly I know, but around that time I saw Dave Parker break his bat... on a check swing; blew my mind. I've seen ball players snap their bats like twigs (usually over a thigh) but I never saw one break just by stopping a swing.




Have you always been a high stakes gambler?
 
2013-07-31 09:22:29 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Have you always been a high stakes gambler?


Some people mean $500 when they say nickel.

I'm not judging....
 
2013-07-31 09:29:00 AM
RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER
 
2013-07-31 09:53:35 AM

The Muthaship: Mid_mo_mad_man: Have you always been a high stakes gambler?

Some people mean $500 when they say nickel.

I'm not judging....




Well I figured he meant a 5 sent coin.
He mentioned his uncle, O's/ Buc's WS etc
 
2013-07-31 09:54:44 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: The Muthaship: Mid_mo_mad_man: Have you always been a high stakes gambler?

Some people mean $500 when they say nickel.

I'm not judging....

Well I figured he meant a 5 sent coin.
He mentioned his uncle, O's/ Buc's WS etc


Just playing along, sir.
 
2013-07-31 09:55:48 AM

WinoRhino: ongbok: Wasn't the Yankees/Mets World Series one of the lowest rated television broadcasted World Series? That is what I heard anyway.

Yes, it was the lowest rated World Series as far back as records go (1968). But since then, 8 of the last 10 World Series have been even lower, with last year's being the worst of them all at a 7.6.


There's other factors there.  Maybe they could try not starting games at 8:30 at night, and give kids a chance at seeing the end of a game.

/they could also shorten the season and play the World Series the week before kids go back to school, but that's realistically never going to happen
 
2013-07-31 10:07:11 AM

FuLinHyu: Lost Thought 00: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.

True, but if we get that far I want to kick the snot out of one of the big boys.

/I have no idea how to handle a playoff series coming to town, and neither does anyone else

Don't be so sure, I was 22 the last time Pittsburgh was this good (and in the playoffs) and still remember the '79 series (as both the Pirates and Steelers won that year, I was 9).

Us old farts remember and it'll be great if we get some new memories this year.


Pffft

In 1960 the nuns let us leave early;  I heard Mazeroski's homer on KDKA AM
In 1971 I was still in the army - Google "conscription"
In 1979 I was at the final playoff game

/ my dad has been a fan for over 80 years
// old fart indeed
 
2013-07-31 10:09:35 AM

nekom: Well, it's been a pretty epic streak but it looks like it's coming to an end.  What, 20 years now without a winning season?  I remember going to a playoffs game at 3 rivers.  They lost, but still.


Yeah well, let's not jinx them.  Still, very impressive DH sweep of the Cards.
 
2013-07-31 10:10:54 AM
Very cool! Now they too can get bandwagon fans from across the country like the Steelers do!
 
2013-07-31 10:17:08 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Have you always been a high stakes gambler?


The Muthaship: Some people mean $500 when they say nickel.


Lol - actually it was for a nickel - it was the '71 series and I was pretty young. The funny part was, he hunted me down for the '79 Series and insisted on a five dollar bet, and got burned again. I really pissed him off when, feeling bad for him, I tried to refuse to take the money. I don't know if he ever really liked me after that... He was the first person I thought of when I first saw the word/definition to curmudgeon which was weird because he was quite a jolly fellow - except when he was alone with me. (I found out 30 years later he was the same way with my older brothers - I guess he wasn't too fond of being alone with kids).

/He passed away four years ago - WWII vet, 97yo iirc. A good man, quirks and all.
 
2013-07-31 10:28:30 AM

PghThermal: FuLinHyu: Lost Thought 00: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.

True, but if we get that far I want to kick the snot out of one of the big boys.

/I have no idea how to handle a playoff series coming to town, and neither does anyone else

Don't be so sure, I was 22 the last time Pittsburgh was this good (and in the playoffs) and still remember the '79 series (as both the Pirates and Steelers won that year, I was 9).

Us old farts remember and it'll be great if we get some new memories this year.

Pffft

In 1960 the nuns let us leave early;  I heard Mazeroski's homer on KDKA AM
In 1971 I was still in the army - Google "conscription

Not to insult your service but you was probaly drafted. It and conscription are not the same.

 
2013-07-31 10:31:33 AM

bluenote13: as any Cardinal fan will tell you, 1.5 games back on July 31st is nothing.  Try 10.5 back in August and still winning a WS.


even if you didn't farking ask.
 
2013-07-31 10:35:38 AM

Uncle Pooky: bluenote13: as any Cardinal fan will tell you, 1.5 games back on July 31st is nothing.  Try 10.5 back in August and still winning a WS.

even if you didn't farking ask.




Are you bad mouthing "The Best Fans in Baseball"? Shame on you!
 
2013-07-31 10:58:34 AM

UNC_Samurai: WinoRhino: ongbok: Wasn't the Yankees/Mets World Series one of the lowest rated television broadcasted World Series? That is what I heard anyway.

Yes, it was the lowest rated World Series as far back as records go (1968). But since then, 8 of the last 10 World Series have been even lower, with last year's being the worst of them all at a 7.6.

There's other factors there.  Maybe they could try not starting games at 8:30 at night, and give kids a chance at seeing the end of a game.

/they could also shorten the season and play the World Series the week before kids go back to school, but that's realistically never going to happen


Kids don't care, they're playing on their phones or ipads or whatever.

Ratings are down because there are 500 channels and more and more forms of entertainment that don't involve tv at all.
 
2013-07-31 11:01:50 AM
If you have the best record in baseball, you're definitely in first place, so A's out and D's looking better.  C sounds nicely specific and jives with B, so we'll stick with D for all of the above.

/or, how to pass a multiple choice test without actually knowing anything.
 
2013-07-31 11:08:53 AM
I too become desperately concerned whenever the World Series isnt between the Yankees and Dodgers. Baseball will never recover from any other matchups.
 
2013-07-31 11:12:59 AM

FuLinHyu: Lost Thought 00: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.

True, but if we get that far I want to kick the snot out of one of the big boys.

/I have no idea how to handle a playoff series coming to town, and neither does anyone else

Don't be so sure, I was 22 the last time Pittsburgh was this good (and in the playoffs) and still remember the '79 series (as both the Pirates and Steelers won that year, I was 9).

Us old farts remember and it'll be great if we get some new memories this year.


I was in second grade in 1971 when the World Series games were in the afternoon.

The nuns brought little televisions into all the classrooms so we could watch the games.

I think Sister Hilda Maire and Sister Mary Guido are cheering up in heaven.
 
2013-07-31 11:24:58 AM
I grew up watching the likes of Stargell, Robinson, Sanguillen and Ott at Three Rivers Stadium.

I've endured 105 loss seasons, Jason Thompson, Dale Berra, George Hendrick and "Operation Shutdown."

For the past two decades, the team has been woefully mismanaged both on and off the field.

Call me if they're in first place on September 1st and I'll get excited.  Until then, I'm not falling into the trap I've fallen into countless times before.
 
2013-07-31 11:41:32 AM
As a Cardinal fan, my begrudged congratulations for the Pirates' season thus far. You kicked our asses in Pittsburgh this season, and it looks like we've got ourselves a real division race.

/if past history is an indicator, go for the WC slot and clinch on the last day
//Cardinals tend to do much better when their backs are against the wall
///good luck
 
2013-07-31 11:53:26 AM

Cybernetic: Something something sign of the apocalypse.


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KingKauff: Photobucket is blocked at work. Someone please post a picture of "the slide" so that the uppity Pirates fans can be put back in their proper places.


Braves fan here... allow me:
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/BTW, did I mention I live in Pirates Country now?
//I try not to mention I'm a Braves fan around these parts
///it is weird to see the sports section of the Tribune-Review with a Pirates cover in July, however
 
2013-07-31 12:02:55 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: PghThermal: FuLinHyu: Lost Thought 00: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.

True, but if we get that far I want to kick the snot out of one of the big boys.

/I have no idea how to handle a playoff series coming to town, and neither does anyone else

Don't be so sure, I was 22 the last time Pittsburgh was this good (and in the playoffs) and still remember the '79 series (as both the Pirates and Steelers won that year, I was 9).

Us old farts remember and it'll be great if we get some new memories this year.

Pffft

In 1960 the nuns let us leave early;  I heard Mazeroski's homer on KDKA AM
In 1971 I was still in the army - Google "conscription

Not to insult your service but you was probaly drafted. It and conscription are not the same.



COMPLETE Fail as grammar Nazi


con·scrip·tion /kənˈskrɪpʃən/ [kuhn-skrip-shuhn] noun1compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service; draft.
 
2013-07-31 12:23:12 PM

SpaceDoubt: Mid_mo_mad_man: PghThermal: FuLinHyu: Lost Thought 00: Frederick: A Pittsburgh / Oakland World Series would be great for the underdog small market teams.

True, but if we get that far I want to kick the snot out of one of the big boys.

/I have no idea how to handle a playoff series coming to town, and neither does anyone else

Don't be so sure, I was 22 the last time Pittsburgh was this good (and in the playoffs) and still remember the '79 series (as both the Pirates and Steelers won that year, I was 9).

Us old farts remember and it'll be great if we get some new memories this year.

Pffft

In 1960 the nuns let us leave early;  I heard Mazeroski's homer on KDKA AM
In 1971 I was still in the army - Google "conscription

Not to insult your service but you was probaly drafted. It and conscription are not the same.


COMPLETE Fail as grammar Nazi


con·scrip·tion /kənˈskrɪpʃən/ [kuhn-skrip-shuhn] noun1compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service; draft.





Wasn't going grammar Nazi on anyone. In general usage conscription and a draft are not the same. a draft is done a system of rules and is suppose to fair. Conscription is when a army rolls in to a village and grabs men for it for example. Again not a grammar Nazi.
 
2013-07-31 12:29:37 PM
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