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(Arizona Sports)   As the Dodgers advance in the playoffs, hopefully they won't be unnerved by the fact that next season the Arizona Diamondbacks will be grittier, meaner, nastier, raggeder. "It's an eye for an eye"   (arizonasports.com) divider line 63
    More: Spiffy, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, playoffs, Kevin Towers, NL West  
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2013-10-09 11:14:57 AM
That's kinda harsh.  Who pissed in their pool?
 
2013-10-09 11:16:45 AM
You don't have to retaliate, Towers.  Many of those Dodgers manage to get hurt all by themselves.
 
2013-10-09 11:23:15 AM
Yeah yeah yeah, he said the same shiat last year. I'll believe it when I see it.

/Kevin Towers is vastly overrated
 
2013-10-09 11:32:00 AM
Toward the end of the season, the L.A. Dodgers clubbed six home runs in an 8-1 drubbing of the D-backs, which was a game that saw the eventual NL West champs look a little too comfortable in the dugout.

"I was sitting behind home plate that game and when it showed up on the Diamondvision of stuffing bananas down their throats, I felt like we were a punching bag," Towers told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday. "Literally, if I would have had a carton of baseballs I would have fired them into the dugout from where I was sitting behind home plate.


Oh FFS.  You guys are worse than Brian McCann and the Braves.  Just cut the biatching and moaning already.
 
2013-10-09 11:34:22 AM
Arizona D-Bags better call the waaaaaambulance.
 
2013-10-09 11:45:43 AM

Super Chronic: Toward the end of the season, the L.A. Dodgers clubbed six home runs in an 8-1 drubbing of the D-backs, which was a game that saw the eventual NL West champs look a little too comfortable in the dugout.

"I was sitting behind home plate that game and when it showed up on the Diamondvision of stuffing bananas down their throats, I felt like we were a punching bag," Towers told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday. "Literally, if I would have had a carton of baseballs I would have fired them into the dugout from where I was sitting behind home plate.

Oh FFS.  You guys are worse than Brian McCann and the Braves.  Just cut the biatching and moaning already.


The D-Backs get pissy about anyone who "shows them up."  McCann only hates Latinos.
 
2013-10-09 12:10:32 PM
Are diamonjdback fans allowed to clap in this guys ballpark?
 
2013-10-09 12:33:35 PM
Only one proven way to get grittier, by sign the grittiest grinder to ever scrap - David Eckstein.
 
2013-10-09 12:41:48 PM
Maybe you shouldn't have traded away your resident head hunting psychopath to the Padres, who now have the two worst Dodger haters on the same roster? I wonder if they sit around the clubhouse just complaining about 405 traffic, smog, and studio accountants?
 
2013-10-09 12:54:48 PM
padres and rockies are non-contenders.

giants and dodgers are finally to the point of killing each other.

dbacks win the west next year.
 
2013-10-09 01:01:28 PM
"You'd think the GM comes down and makes it a point to talk to the staff about it that at we need to start protecting our own and doing things differently," he said. "Probably a week later Goldy gets dinged, and no retaliation. It's like 'wait a minute.'

I don't think Towers knows how baseball works.

Goldschmidt got hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count with 2 outs in the first inning, with the cleanup hitter on deck.  Not exactly the ideal time to plug someone.

Just because someone gets hit by a pitch, doesn't mean it was intentional and warrants retaliation.  And if Towers is so big on retaliation, why did he trade away Kennedy, the only guy on the team who retaliated against the Dodgers this year?  (See: June 11 game)
 
2013-10-09 01:12:21 PM
Diamondback hitters were hit by a pitch 43 times this season. That's the fourth lowest total in the NL.

Diamondback pitchers hit opposing batters 60 times. That's the fifth most in the NL.
 
2013-10-09 01:18:58 PM

Super Chronic: Toward the end of the season, the L.A. Dodgers clubbed six home runs in an 8-1 drubbing of the D-backs, which was a game that saw the eventual NL West champs look a little too comfortable in the dugout.

"I was sitting behind home plate that game and when it showed up on the Diamondvision of stuffing bananas down their throats, I felt like we were a punching bag," Towers told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday. "Literally, if I would have had a carton of baseballs I would have fired them into the dugout from where I was sitting behind home plate.

Oh FFS.  You guys are worse than Brian McCann and the Braves.  Just cut the biatching and moaning already.


I guess I'm not familiar with the unwritten rule of not eating bananas in the dugout if you're winning.
 
2013-10-09 01:29:16 PM

Foxxinnia: I guess I'm not familiar with the unwritten rule of not eating bananas in the dugout if you're winning.


Especially not if your nickname is King Kong and they feed you bananas whenever you do something big, not just when the Dbacks are in town.

/Don't want the opposing team to celebrate when you give up 3 homers to the same guy?  Don't give up 3 homers to the same guy.
 
2013-10-09 01:31:00 PM
Good luck getting the benefit of the doubt from umpires next season, dumbass.
 
2013-10-09 01:43:22 PM

DeWayne Mann: Diamondback hitters were hit by a pitch 43 times this season. That's the fourth lowest total in the NL.

Diamondback pitchers hit opposing batters 60 times. That's the fifth most in the NL.


Oh yeah? Well......... Zack Greinke.......... and.......... pools.......... and........ and........ and........things?
 
2013-10-09 01:53:37 PM

Rex_Banner: DeWayne Mann: Diamondback hitters were hit by a pitch 43 times this season. That's the fourth lowest total in the NL.

Diamondback pitchers hit opposing batters 60 times. That's the fifth most in the NL.

Oh yeah? Well......... Zack Greinke.......... and.......... pools.......... and........ and........ and........things?


You know, you might have a point there.

(Side note: thanks to interleague, we get this fun little fact: The average NL team was hit by 56 pitches. The average NL team threw 54 HBPs.)

Here's a list of every NL team that hit opponents more than they got hit:

D-backs
Phillies
Mets
Giants
Rockies
Padres

Considering every one of those teams went to the playoffs this year except the D-backs, the message is clear: they need to hit more guys.
 
2013-10-09 02:03:06 PM

DeWayne Mann: Phillies


To be fair, that's because the vast majority of the Phillies' pitching staff couldn't find the plate if it had a blinking neon arrow over it. And yes, that includes Roy Halladay, who hit 10 batters himself.

(Actually, looking at the stats now, Hamels somehow hit 9 as well. Yeesh.)
 
2013-10-09 02:07:32 PM

DeWayne Mann: Here's a list of every NL team that hit opponents more than they got hit:

D-backs
Phillies
Mets
Giants
Rockies
Padres


Considering the Pirates got AJ Burnett, I'm amazed they're not on this list.
 
2013-10-09 02:09:46 PM

Obscure Login: Only one proven way to get grittier, by sign the grittiest grinder to ever scrap - David Eckstein.



the scrappiest way to grind grit, is the get the grungiest gritter to scruff that muff.
 
2013-10-09 02:17:35 PM

idesofmarch: DeWayne Mann: Here's a list of every NL team that hit opponents more than they got hit:

D-backs
Phillies
Mets
Giants
Rockies
Padres

Considering the Pirates got AJ Burnett, I'm amazed they're not on this list.


Actually, and I have no idea what this might mean, but you'll note that none of the Central is on that list. Yet everyone in the Central gets hit pretty frequently. Here are their ranks in batter HBPs:

Pirates - 1
Reds - 2
Brewers - 3
Cubs - 4
Cardinals - 5

Here are their ranks in THROWN HBPs:

Pirates - 1
Reds - 2
Cardinals - 3
Cubs - 4
Brewers - 13

Stupid Brewers.

But they were all hit at least as often as they hit their opponents (the Cards had equal numbers). Weird.
 
2013-10-09 02:17:36 PM

DeWayne Mann: Rex_Banner: DeWayne Mann: Diamondback hitters were hit by a pitch 43 times this season. That's the fourth lowest total in the NL.

Diamondback pitchers hit opposing batters 60 times. That's the fifth most in the NL.

Oh yeah? Well......... Zack Greinke.......... and.......... pools.......... and........ and........ and........things?

You know, you might have a point there.

(Side note: thanks to interleague, we get this fun little fact: The average NL team was hit by 56 pitches. The average NL team threw 54 HBPs.)

Here's a list of every NL team that hit opponents more than they got hit:

D-backs
Phillies
Mets
Giants
Rockies
Padres

Considering every one of those teams went to the playoffs this year except the D-backs, the message is clear: they need to hit more guys.


Wow, I guess everyone in the NL Central are just paragons of virtue, while the NL West are headhunting psychopaths. It is funny that the Braves and Dodgers start running away w/ their division, so the bitter haters start plunking them in response.
 
2013-10-09 02:20:38 PM

Trocadero: It is funny that the Braves and Dodgers start running away w/ their division, so the bitter haters start plunking them in response.


The Braves were the only NL playoff team that got hit less than the average team...and that was by 1. So you may be right.

Amusingly, the Dodgers were hit 57 times (6th most) and hit opponents 43 times (4th fewest). Clearly, they weren't gritty enough to win.
 
2013-10-09 02:31:46 PM

DeWayne Mann: Trocadero: It is funny that the Braves and Dodgers start running away w/ their division, so the bitter haters start plunking them in response.

The Braves were the only NL playoff team that got hit less than the average team...and that was by 1. So you may be right.

Amusingly, the Dodgers were hit 57 times (6th most) and hit opponents 43 times (4th fewest). Clearly, they weren't gritty enough to win.


Once Grienke got his collar bone broken, there was probably a mandate to never, ever plunk someone. If I were managing the Diamondbacks, I'd hire Anderson Silva to lean over the plate when Kershaw pitches, and let nature take its course.
 
2013-10-09 02:41:45 PM
This debate matters very little, the D-bags are focusing on the wrong team, and I'm fine with that. The Giants are taking the NL West next year. Check the stats. The Giants had the best record against the NL West but a more difficult schedule overall. Get ready fot he orange and black to be winning quite a bit more tings in the coming seasons.
 
2013-10-09 02:43:22 PM

Trocadero: Once Grienke got his collar bone broken, there was probably a mandate to never, ever plunk someone. If I were managing the Diamondbacks, I'd hire Anderson Silva to lean over the plate when Kershaw pitches, and let nature take its course.


Why? So he could loop around like an idiot, bob his head in the wrong direction and get KTFO?
 
2013-10-09 02:59:40 PM
Rather than hitting opposing batters the D-backs might consider hitting the ball. Baseball statistics prove that the team that scores more runs than their opponents wins more games. Arizona'shiatting this year was dead average.

D-backs OPS: .715
League Avg OPS: .714

And what's all this talk about bananas? What the hell does that have to do with anything?
 
2013-10-09 03:35:55 PM

red5ish: Rather than hitting opposing batters the D-backs might consider hitting the ball. Baseball statistics prove that the team that scores more runs than their opponents wins more games. Arizona'shiatting this year was dead average.

D-backs OPS: .715
League Avg OPS: .714

And what's all this talk about bananas? What the hell does that have to do with anything?


As a White Sox fan I am extremely envious of this mythical "average" offense.
 
2013-10-09 03:54:43 PM

Ackbarican_Idol: That's kinda harsh.  Who pissed in their pool?


Diamondbacks Player: They Peed in our pool, man!
Coach Sobchak: That's right dude. They peed in your farking pool.
 
2013-10-09 04:43:38 PM
The Diamondbacks seem determined to bring an NFL sensibility to baseball.  It's all grit, determination, manliness, and demonstrating dominance like some musk ox stamping its hooves.  Too much Gibson, maybe.  Better invest in some pitching and more timely hitting, IMO.  Unless they wake up and understand what sport they're in, they'll be playing in the No Fun League West again next year.
 
2013-10-09 04:49:26 PM

red5ish: Arizona'shiatting this year was dead average.


Once again, Fark's filter is strangely appropriate here.
 
2013-10-09 06:27:15 PM

DeWayne Mann: Rex_Banner: DeWayne Mann: Diamondback hitters were hit by a pitch 43 times this season. That's the fourth lowest total in the NL.

Diamondback pitchers hit opposing batters 60 times. That's the fifth most in the NL.

Oh yeah? Well......... Zack Greinke.......... and.......... pools.......... and........ and........ and........things?

You know, you might have a point there.

(Side note: thanks to interleague, we get this fun little fact: The average NL team was hit by 56 pitches. The average NL team threw 54 HBPs.)

Here's a list of every NL team that hit opponents more than they got hit:

D-backs
Phillies
Mets
Giants
Rockies
Padres

Considering every one of those teams went to the playoffs this year except the D-backs, the message is clear: they need to hit more guys.


I like Kevin Towers thinking on this.  In 2013, the D-Backs pitchers were 21st in MLB in OPS against (.731). Let's solve this by putting more runners on base.
 
2013-10-09 08:12:09 PM

scandalrag: I like Kevin Towers thinking on this. In 2013, the D-Backs pitchers were 21st in MLB in OPS against (.731). Let's solve this by putting more runners on base.


I'm not entirely convinced that people like Towers actually realize that hitting a player in retaliation puts them on base.
 
2013-10-09 08:20:42 PM
Can I has Pirates thred?
 
2013-10-09 08:27:42 PM
A.J. has always been about team.
 
2013-10-09 08:36:15 PM

derpy: Can I has Pirates thred?


uncleacid: A.J. has always been about team.


There you guys are.Hey,whatta we doin' here?
 
2013-10-09 08:39:03 PM
Hey, Girardi signed a 4 year extension. No can has, Cubs. Not yours.
 
2013-10-09 08:44:25 PM
No can has Cardinals (savaging the pathetic Pirates) thread?

Freese!  2-0!
 
2013-10-09 08:45:49 PM

BadJazz: No can has Cardinals (savaging the pathetic Pirates) thread?

Freese!  2-0!


2-0 in the 3rd of a Game 5 (of 5) is hardly a savaging.
 
2013-10-09 08:51:01 PM

The Bestest: BadJazz: No can has Cardinals (savaging the pathetic Pirates) thread?

Freese!  2-0!

2-0 in the 3rd of a Game 5 (of 5) is hardly a savaging.


There's still time.
 
2013-10-09 08:54:47 PM
I was gifted totalfark so don't blame me for there not being a game five thread.
 
2013-10-09 08:58:00 PM

uncleacid: I was gifted totalfark so don't blame me for there not being a game five thread.


If there is not a FARK thread.This game doesn't count.Right?
 
2013-10-09 08:59:43 PM
I completely and entirely, without let nor hindrance, place all of the blame for there not being a game five thread on uncleacid.
 
2013-10-09 09:02:17 PM

W.C.fields forever: uncleacid: I was gifted totalfark so don't blame me for there not being a game five thread.

If there is not a FARK thread.This game doesn't count.Right?


I don't think that rule takes effect until next year........
 
2013-10-09 09:16:02 PM
Some awesome defense so far.
 
2013-10-09 09:45:57 PM
So this is what you guys are using as the Game 5 thread?  You have my sympathies.
 
2013-10-09 09:52:39 PM
Stick a fork in 'em.
 
2013-10-09 09:54:14 PM
Why did they pull Cole?  Doesn't make sense - can someone explain that to me?

Are they saving him for next year?
 
2013-10-09 10:09:19 PM
A Pittsburgh Pirate just made a good postseason record.
 
2013-10-09 10:23:08 PM
Cardinal fan here and that was a bad call at first.
 
2013-10-09 10:26:55 PM

BadJazz: Cardinal fan here and that was a bad call at first.


Watching that super slow mo version...  damn that was close.  I think he was safe, but It's hard to tell the way the runners foot came up to the bag.

I don't even know.
 
2013-10-09 10:29:44 PM
Big Matt Adams!    hahahaha
 
2013-10-09 10:30:04 PM
Well, dang.  GG.
 
2013-10-09 10:34:20 PM
I was hoping the Dodgers would play the Pirates.  Bummer.  At least Wainwright won't be available to pitch Game 1.
 
2013-10-09 10:36:16 PM
IN THE FACE
 
2013-10-09 10:36:52 PM

Scruffinator: IN THE FACE


Aww, further replay showed it hit him in the chest.  So close...
 
2013-10-09 10:37:58 PM
Scott Ferall is about to kill himself on air.

heheheheheheh
 
2013-10-09 10:49:20 PM
MY BRACKET LIVES!

Now I need the Tigers to finish off the A's to be perfect in the LDS.
 
2013-10-09 10:49:39 PM
Well, nice try, Pirates.

Was pullin for ya.

/my bracket was not
 
2013-10-09 10:50:36 PM
Congrats to the Pirates for putting up a good fight.  You got farther than any team in the last 20 years, and you probably got farther than the Steelers will this year.

As for the other team, may you be swept by the Doyers.
 
2013-10-09 10:56:12 PM
A fine series by both teams.  And Ferall just slit his wrists live on air.
 
2013-10-09 11:29:44 PM
Go Pens
 
2013-10-10 02:35:49 AM
Dude was so offended by the knavery of those insufferable mountebanks that his monocle literally popped out and landed in a dixie-cup of chaw spit
 
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