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(Deadspin)   Koji Uehara's game-ending World Series pickoff was exciting and unexpected. Even more so in Spanish   (deadspin.com) divider line 56
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2013-10-28 05:44:29 AM  
I don't think I've ever seen Uehara that pumped up before. That is both strange and amusing. Dude deserves it, he's arguably a better closer than Pap was

/certainly less douchey
 
2013-10-28 05:49:03 AM  

somedude210: I don't think I've ever seen Uehara that pumped up before. That is both strange and amusing. Dude deserves it, he's arguably a better closer than Pap was

/certainly less douchey


My brother (who's pretty farking smart) tells me that Uehara has the best record in getting batters out than any pitcher in history.  Don't know if that's still true (he told me that at the end of the regular season) but he's pretty much as  dominant a pitcher as anyone I've seen.
 
2013-10-28 05:52:37 AM  

MartinD-35: My brother (who's pretty farking smart) tells me that Uehara has the best record in getting batters out than any pitcher in history.  Don't know if that's still true (he told me that at the end of the regular season) but he's pretty much as  dominant a pitcher as anyone I've seen.


He only start closing back in July, right?
 
2013-10-28 05:56:13 AM  
I understood about one word in four, and I already like those guys better than either the FOX announcers or the ESPN radio guys. Increíble!
 
2013-10-28 05:56:37 AM  
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!
 
2013-10-28 06:22:05 AM  
¡Increíble!
 
2013-10-28 06:29:32 AM  
I don't speak Spanish but I'm pretty sure I'd rather listen to these two guys call the game in Spanish over having to listen to Buck and McCarver.
 
2013-10-28 07:43:28 AM  
Meh, I liked him better when he was Communications Officer.
 
2013-10-28 07:59:27 AM  

foo monkey: Meh, I liked him better when he was Communications Officer.


And female....
 
2013-10-28 08:01:00 AM  
I'm going to say that Game 7 is going to end with a home run taken away because of "execssive celebration".
 
2013-10-28 08:10:44 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: I'm going to say that Game 7 is going to end with a home run taken away because of "execssive celebration".


I wonder what the ruling would be if it came to Game 7, bottom of the ninth, Sox down by a run with a man on first and two outs. Batter hits a shot over the Monster, fans go ape shiat and rush the field, keeping the runner and batter from reaching home before being swept up in the mob...

/Wouldn't be the craziest ending of this Series
 
2013-10-28 08:15:49 AM  

tommyl66: OtherLittleGuy: I'm going to say that Game 7 is going to end with a home run taken away because of "execssive celebration".

I wonder what the ruling would be if it came to Game 7, bottom of the ninth, Sox down by a run with a man on first and two outs. Batter hits a shot over the Monster, fans go ape shiat and rush the field, keeping the runner and batter from reaching home before being swept up in the mob...

/Wouldn't be the craziest ending of this Series


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Approves.
 
2013-10-28 08:23:35 AM  

IlGreven: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x304]
Approves.


Did anybody ever tell him he looked like a penis in that hat?

/A boner, if you will
 
2013-10-28 08:36:59 AM  
It was fun to watch and totally unexpected.  I thought Koji was going to explode.
 
2013-10-28 08:51:22 AM  
Also expected to Fox Sports, as they missed the shot and just caught the ump making the call.
 
2013-10-28 09:04:55 AM  
Well, that may be the last time a Cardinal runner on first base late in a game tries to take a big lead on Koji Uehara. Didn't realize how fast that throw to first was. For a 38 year old pitcher, Uehara is awesome as a closer. And I like him better than previous high profile closers Keith Foulke or Jonathan Papelbon. Uehara just goes out there and does his job. I got tired of watching Pap's Grumpy Cat face at the mound.
 
2013-10-28 09:20:52 AM  

skinink: Well, that may be the last time a Cardinal runner on first base late in a game tries to take a big lead on Koji Uehara. Didn't realize how fast that throw to first was. For a 38 year old pitcher, Uehara is awesome as a closer. And I like him better than previous high profile closers Keith Foulke or Jonathan Papelbon. Uehara just goes out there and does his job. I got tired of watching Pap's Grumpy Cat face at the mound.


Yup!  He works quick and well.
 
2013-10-28 09:27:14 AM  
Good thing the camera was pointed at someone in the stands when the game-winning pickoff was happening.
 
2013-10-28 09:41:11 AM  

tommyl66: OtherLittleGuy: I'm going to say that Game 7 is going to end with a home run taken away because of "execssive celebration".

I wonder what the ruling would be if it came to Game 7, bottom of the ninth, Sox down by a run with a man on first and two outs. Batter hits a shot over the Monster, fans go ape shiat and rush the field, keeping the runner and batter from reaching home before being swept up in the mob...

/Wouldn't be the craziest ending of this Series


It's been done, although not on the WS level:

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2013-10-28 09:48:25 AM  

skinink: Well, that may be the last time a Cardinal runner on first base late in a game tries to take a big lead on Koji Uehara. Didn't realize how fast that throw to first was. For a 38 year old pitcher, Uehara is awesome as a closer. And I like him better than previous high profile closers Keith Foulke or Jonathan Papelbon. Uehara just goes out there and does his job. I got tired of watching Pap's Grumpy Cat face at the mound.


foulke was awesome in 2004. I think he spent his whole arm that postseason... Was never the same after that.

I agree about papsmear tho...
 
2013-10-28 09:55:52 AM  

Demetrius: I don't speak Spanish but I'm pretty sure I'd rather listen to these two guys call the game in Spanish over having to listen to Buck and McCarver.


^This

Hoopy Frood: I understood about one word in four, and I already like those guys better than either the FOX announcers or the ESPN radio guys. Increíble!


^and This
 
2013-10-28 10:16:49 AM  

Big Beef Burrito: Good thing the camera was pointed at someone in the stands when the game-winning pickoff was happening.


And don't forget McCarver's brilliant analysis:

"You don't hold the runner here!  You're up by two, not one.  The runner's not important."
 
2013-10-28 10:45:21 AM  

Hoopy Frood: I understood about one word in four, and I already like those guys better than either the FOX announcers or the ESPN radio guys. Increíble!


Way better than Joe Buck.
 
2013-10-28 10:49:55 AM  

NeoCortex42: Big Beef Burrito: Good thing the camera was pointed at someone in the stands when the game-winning pickoff was happening.

And don't forget McCarver's brilliant analysis:

"You don't hold the runner here!  You're up by two, not one.  The runner's not important."


Makes me wonder -- what are the odds of a pick-off versus the odds of throwing the ball into the stands?  And, even if you do throw it into the stands, they get what, one base?  If the runner isn't important and giving the runner 2nd base doesn't matter, why would throwing the ball away be a bad thing?  In short, what is the down side of trying to hold the runner?
 
2013-10-28 11:07:14 AM  

meanmutton: NeoCortex42: Big Beef Burrito: Good thing the camera was pointed at someone in the stands when the game-winning pickoff was happening.

And don't forget McCarver's brilliant analysis:

"You don't hold the runner here!  You're up by two, not one.  The runner's not important."

Makes me wonder -- what are the odds of a pick-off versus the odds of throwing the ball into the stands?  And, even if you do throw it into the stands, they get what, one base?  If the runner isn't important and giving the runner 2nd base doesn't matter, why would throwing the ball away be a bad thing?  In short, what is the down side of trying to hold the runner?


If Breslow were the pitcher, that ball would have hit a baby in the face about 14 rows behind the dugout.  If Salty were somehow catching and made a snap throw to first after a pitch, Napoli would have fallen on top of Wong and would have done The Worm right on Wong's back.  Napoli would have gotten called for a 18 bases worth of interference and Wong would have scored, and Beltran and Holliday would have been awarded 4 bases each to win the game.  After winning, the umpires would insist that the bases are loaded to start game 5 and John Lester has to wear a pink dress.

Prediction: Game 7 will be tied in the bottom of the 9th and a routine ground ball will roll into Pete Kozma's glove and he holds it while the winning run scores.  Kozma will rip off his Cardinals uniform to display a Red Sox uniform and he'll be first to hoist the trophy.

/It's a weird series anyways, why not this?
 
2013-10-28 11:07:17 AM  
I'm STILL mad at the Orioles for trading him.  "Hey, lets keep Kevin Gregg and get rid of our best reliever.  That makes perfect sense."
 
2013-10-28 11:08:14 AM  

meanmutton: NeoCortex42: Big Beef Burrito: Good thing the camera was pointed at someone in the stands when the game-winning pickoff was happening.

And don't forget McCarver's brilliant analysis:

"You don't hold the runner here!  You're up by two, not one.  The runner's not important."

Makes me wonder -- what are the odds of a pick-off versus the odds of throwing the ball into the stands?  And, even if you do throw it into the stands, they get what, one base?  If the runner isn't important and giving the runner 2nd base doesn't matter, why would throwing the ball away be a bad thing?  In short, what is the down side of trying to hold the runner?


According to McCarver, it seemed like they should have just let him take second without a throw.  So I see no downside at all to trying to pick him off.

At least it was a nice change of pace for an ill-advised throw to actually win the game, instead of giving up a run.
 
2013-10-28 11:15:16 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: meanmutton: NeoCortex42: Big Beef Burrito: Good thing the camera was pointed at someone in the stands when the game-winning pickoff was happening.

And don't forget McCarver's brilliant analysis:

"You don't hold the runner here!  You're up by two, not one.  The runner's not important."

Makes me wonder -- what are the odds of a pick-off versus the odds of throwing the ball into the stands?  And, even if you do throw it into the stands, they get what, one base?  If the runner isn't important and giving the runner 2nd base doesn't matter, why would throwing the ball away be a bad thing?  In short, what is the down side of trying to hold the runner?

If Breslow were the pitcher, that ball would have hit a baby in the face about 14 rows behind the dugout.  If Salty were somehow catching and made a snap throw to first after a pitch, Napoli would have fallen on top of Wong and would have done The Worm right on Wong's back.  Napoli would have gotten called for a 18 bases worth of interference and Wong would have scored, and Beltran and Holliday would have been awarded 4 bases each to win the game.  After winning, the umpires would insist that the bases are loaded to start game 5 and John Lester has to wear a pink dress.

Prediction: Game 7 will be tied in the bottom of the 9th and a routine ground ball will roll into Pete Kozma's glove and he holds it while the winning run scores.  Kozma will rip off his Cardinals uniform to display a Red Sox uniform and he'll be first to hoist the trophy.

/It's a weird series anyways, why not this?



BAH GAWD KING, he's wearing a RED SOX uniform!
 
2013-10-28 11:15:26 AM  

NeoCortex42: meanmutton: NeoCortex42: Big Beef Burrito: Good thing the camera was pointed at someone in the stands when the game-winning pickoff was happening.

And don't forget McCarver's brilliant analysis:

"You don't hold the runner here!  You're up by two, not one.  The runner's not important."

Makes me wonder -- what are the odds of a pick-off versus the odds of throwing the ball into the stands?  And, even if you do throw it into the stands, they get what, one base?  If the runner isn't important and giving the runner 2nd base doesn't matter, why would throwing the ball away be a bad thing?  In short, what is the down side of trying to hold the runner?

According to McCarver, it seemed like they should have just let him take second without a throw.  So I see no downside at all to trying to pick him off.

At least it was a nice change of pace for an ill-advised throw to actually win the game, instead of giving up a run.


Its worth a shot. Say the ball gets by, and Wong gets to second base. Big deal. Beltran is the bigger threat as a HR ties the game.

Uehara used his Six Sigma Black Belt to take Beltran out of the equation entirely. Good show.
 
2013-10-28 11:32:59 AM  
Where's his damn beard?
 
2013-10-28 11:38:19 AM  

Hoopy Frood: I understood about one word in four, and I already like those guys better than either the FOX announcers or the ESPN radio guys. Increíble!


Watch more sports with Spanish-speaking announcers, and you'll be amazed how quickly you pick up on things. It won't make you fluent overnight or anything, but your Spanish will improve.
 
2013-10-28 11:53:53 AM  
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2013-10-28 11:57:36 AM  
this world series has me excited about baseball again
 
2013-10-28 12:11:47 PM  

meanmutton: In short, what is the down side of trying to hold the runner?


A defensive gap on the right side of the infield with Beltran batting from the left side of the plate. I think McCarver (or Buck) said you could drive a truck through it. To me it doesn't make a difference, though, because a ball on the ground through that gap doesn't score Wong anyway.
 
2013-10-28 12:31:03 PM  

ltdanman44: this world series has me excited about baseball again


It has been fun, I thought it would go seven and still think it will
 
2013-10-28 12:33:01 PM  

NeoCortex42: Big Beef Burrito: Good thing the camera was pointed at someone in the stands when the game-winning pickoff was happening.

And don't forget McCarver's brilliant analysis:

"You don't hold the runner here!  You're up by two, not one.  The runner's not important."


I enjoyed his lambasting of Lackey (I think) for throwing a curve ball on a 2-2 count, saying you should be throwing your best pitch to ensure you stay out of a 3-2 count. The next inning he lauded Lackey for throwing a curve ball "at the proper time this time"... which happened to be another 2-2 count.
 
2013-10-28 12:37:20 PM  

tommyl66: NeoCortex42: Big Beef Burrito: Good thing the camera was pointed at someone in the stands when the game-winning pickoff was happening.

And don't forget McCarver's brilliant analysis:

"You don't hold the runner here!  You're up by two, not one.  The runner's not important."

I enjoyed his lambasting of Lackey (I think) for throwing a curve ball on a 2-2 count, saying you should be throwing your best pitch to ensure you stay out of a 3-2 count. The next inning he lauded Lackey for throwing a curve ball "at the proper time this time"... which happened to be another 2-2 count.


McBlabber is just dottering and annoying.
 
2013-10-28 12:38:32 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: Prediction: Game 7 will be tied in the bottom of the 9th and a routine ground ball will roll into Pete Kozma's glove and he holds it while the winning run scores. Kozma will rip off his Cardinals uniform to display a Red Sox uniform and he'll be first to hoist the trophy.

/It's a weird series anyways, why not this?


I assume this is after Matheny starts arguing with the umpire in the middle of an at-bat, distracting the ump from seeing Beltran sneak up behind Uehara and throwing the rosin bag in his eyes and leading to a wild pitch?

/We need Brutus Beefcake on the sidelines, threatening to cut the Sox beards
 
2013-10-28 12:43:14 PM  

tommyl66: Nana's Vibrator: Prediction: Game 7 will be tied in the bottom of the 9th and a routine ground ball will roll into Pete Kozma's glove and he holds it while the winning run scores. Kozma will rip off his Cardinals uniform to display a Red Sox uniform and he'll be first to hoist the trophy.

/It's a weird series anyways, why not this?

I assume this is after Matheny starts arguing with the umpire in the middle of an at-bat, distracting the ump from seeing Beltran sneak up behind Uehara and throwing the rosin bag in his eyes and leading to a wild pitch?

/We need Brutus Beefcake on the sidelines, threatening to cut the Sox beards


With the hedge shears...
 
2013-10-28 01:20:12 PM  

Publikwerks: tommyl66: Nana's Vibrator: Prediction: Game 7 will be tied in the bottom of the 9th and a routine ground ball will roll into Pete Kozma's glove and he holds it while the winning run scores. Kozma will rip off his Cardinals uniform to display a Red Sox uniform and he'll be first to hoist the trophy.

/It's a weird series anyways, why not this?

I assume this is after Matheny starts arguing with the umpire in the middle of an at-bat, distracting the ump from seeing Beltran sneak up behind Uehara and throwing the rosin bag in his eyes and leading to a wild pitch?

/We need Brutus Beefcake on the sidelines, threatening to cut the Sox beards

With the hedge shears...


and spray paint
 
2013-10-28 02:14:59 PM  

Demetrius: I don't speak Spanish but I'm pretty sure I'd rather listen to these two guys call the game in Spanish over having to listen to Buck and McCarver.


I think Gus Johnson is the worst announcer we have in sports today.

Second-place? Buck and McCarver. Each end of the spectrum; almost equally as bad.
 
2013-10-28 02:18:28 PM  
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition pick-off attempt!

/Uehara's three weapons are fear and surprise and ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical dedication to the pope...
 
2013-10-28 02:27:42 PM  

WinoRhino: meanmutton: In short, what is the down side of trying to hold the runner?

A defensive gap on the right side of the infield with Beltran batting from the left side of the plate. I think McCarver (or Buck) said you could drive a truck through it. To me it doesn't make a difference, though, because a ball on the ground through that gap doesn't score Wong anyway.


Well, not holding the runner might let the 1B get to that ball.  Or the 2B, who might be a step or two farther into the hole now that he's not worried about the double play or a steal of 2nd
 
2013-10-28 02:34:32 PM  
Game 3: obstruction.  Game 4: pickoff.  Game 5: ???

This series is getting straight-up goofy, and I couldn't be happier.
 
2013-10-28 02:39:34 PM  

lecavalier: Demetrius: I don't speak Spanish but I'm pretty sure I'd rather listen to these two guys call the game in Spanish over having to listen to Buck and McCarver.

I think Gus Johnson is the worst announcer we have in sports today.

Second-place? Buck and McCarver. Each end of the spectrum; almost equally as bad.


I was listening on Sirius/XM Saturday night.  The old guy Cardinals announcer they had was beyond painful to listen to.  It was impossible to listen to him.  I wound up listening on a bad reception station over listening to him.  I don't know who he is, but damn.
 
2013-10-28 02:55:43 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Game 3: obstruction.  Game 4: pickoff.  Game 5: ???


A blackout with the bases loaded and the winning run at bat? :P
 
2013-10-28 03:05:43 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Game 3: obstruction.  Game 4: pickoff.  Game 5: ???

This series is getting straight-up goofy, and I couldn't be happier.


Balk.
 
2013-10-28 03:45:07 PM  

Demetrius: lecavalier: Demetrius: I don't speak Spanish but I'm pretty sure I'd rather listen to these two guys call the game in Spanish over having to listen to Buck and McCarver.

I think Gus Johnson is the worst announcer we have in sports today.

Second-place? Buck and McCarver. Each end of the spectrum; almost equally as bad.

I was listening on Sirius/XM Saturday night.  The old guy Cardinals announcer they had was beyond painful to listen to.  It was impossible to listen to him.  I wound up listening on a bad reception station over listening to him.  I don't know who he is, but damn.


Mike Shannon, probably, who I believe played on the same team with McCarver in the 60s. They were both on the club in the 60s, but I don't know if McCarver was traded to Philly before Shannon came up or not. Anyway, he's been the radio guy for at least 40 years at this point and habitually drinks himself into incoherency by about the 6th inning. He's like your boozy uncle telling crazy stories that eventually ramble off into half-remembered jokes about people who've been dead for the last decade at least. But he's a St. Louis native, was a player on a World Series champion team, worked for decades with Jack Buck, and owns a big restaurant/bar about two blocks from the stadium, so everybody in town still claims to love him.

They have Dan McLaughlin and Al Hrabosky on the TV broadcasts during the season. John Rooney is Shannon's partner in the booth. They also some times bring in Mike Claiborne, who's absolutely terrible, and Ricky Horton, who's probably the best guy announcing Cards games these days.
 
2013-10-28 03:46:24 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Olympic Trolling Judge: Game 3: obstruction.  Game 4: pickoff.  Game 5: ???

This series is getting straight-up goofy, and I couldn't be happier.

Balk.


Ya, a bases-loaded Balk to win or tie the game in the bottom of the 9th is coming.

That or David Ortiz finally takes off his mask and shows everyone that he's been Mo Vaughn this entire time.

/They're never in the same place at the same time!
 
2013-10-28 03:48:12 PM  

Demetrius: lecavalier: Demetrius: I don't speak Spanish but I'm pretty sure I'd rather listen to these two guys call the game in Spanish over having to listen to Buck and McCarver.

I think Gus Johnson is the worst announcer we have in sports today.

Second-place? Buck and McCarver. Each end of the spectrum; almost equally as bad.

I was listening on Sirius/XM Saturday night.  The old guy Cardinals announcer they had was beyond painful to listen to.  It was impossible to listen to him.  I wound up listening on a bad reception station over listening to him.  I don't know who he is, but damn.


Yeah, he's awful. Thankful XM has the Sox guys, too. Dave and Joe are pretty good.
 
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