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2021-05-06 6:41:02 PM  
I want to see a wide angle shot showing when the catcher started running to third. I'm pretty sure he should have stopped halfway when it became clear that there was no play at third.
 
2021-05-06 7:00:51 PM  
Lol.

I'd bunt on the shift every time just to hear them cry about the made up unwritten rules I was breaking.
 
2021-05-06 7:20:37 PM  

edmo: I'd bunt on the shift every time just to hear them cry about the made up unwritten rules I was breaking.


1) Curt Schilling is a clown.

2) I am still butthurt at how the Padres, circa 1999, bunted on him in like, the 8th inning, to ruin his no hitter.  Dude was cashing folks and dude bunts on him.  "we had a guy on first, I was just advancing the runner...."

3) the "is Curt Schilling a HOFer or not?", this game pops up.    "what if, what if, what if, that kid hadnt bunted?!??"
 
2021-05-06 7:29:15 PM  
Davis' bunt single breaks up Schilling's perfect game in 2001
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2001.  Bottom 8th.  Perfect game bid.

Ben Davis:  162 (ironic) games over 7 seasons.  4 teams.  career .237 hitter.

and, he only played 161 games in 6 seasons.  One appearance in 1998.
 
2021-05-06 7:35:01 PM  

rickythepenguin: edmo: I'd bunt on the shift every time just to hear them cry about the made up unwritten rules I was breaking.

1) Curt Schilling is a clown.

2) I am still butthurt at how the Padres, circa 1999, bunted on him in like, the 8th inning, to ruin his no hitter.  Dude was cashing folks and dude bunts on him.  "we had a guy on first, I was just advancing the runner...."

3) the "is Curt Schilling a HOFer or not?", this game pops up.    "what if, what if, what if, that kid hadnt bunted?!??"


Almost man, the post below yours shows it was perfect game so no runners.  Make the decision to bunt on him worse.   Fark Curt Schilling but he didn't deserve that.
 
2021-05-06 8:06:32 PM  

PluckYew: rickythepenguin: edmo: I'd bunt on the shift every time just to hear them cry about the made up unwritten rules I was breaking.

1) Curt Schilling is a clown.

2) I am still butthurt at how the Padres, circa 1999, bunted on him in like, the 8th inning, to ruin his no hitter.  Dude was cashing folks and dude bunts on him.  "we had a guy on first, I was just advancing the runner...."

3) the "is Curt Schilling a HOFer or not?", this game pops up.    "what if, what if, what if, that kid hadnt bunted?!??"

Almost man, the post below yours shows it was perfect game so no runners.  Make the decision to bunt on him worse.   Fark Curt Schilling but he didn't deserve that.


Agreed. I love baseball history... and THAT is the single most 'immoral' action I've ever seen. No violence, just... asshole behavior, in a meaningless game, standings-wise.
 
2021-05-06 8:56:03 PM  

Jedekai: PluckYew: rickythepenguin: edmo: I'd bunt on the shift every time just to hear them cry about the made up unwritten rules I was breaking.

1) Curt Schilling is a clown.

2) I am still butthurt at how the Padres, circa 1999, bunted on him in like, the 8th inning, to ruin his no hitter.  Dude was cashing folks and dude bunts on him.  "we had a guy on first, I was just advancing the runner...."

3) the "is Curt Schilling a HOFer or not?", this game pops up.    "what if, what if, what if, that kid hadnt bunted?!??"

Almost man, the post below yours shows it was perfect game so no runners.  Make the decision to bunt on him worse.   Fark Curt Schilling but he didn't deserve that.

Agreed. I love baseball history... and THAT is the single most 'immoral' action I've ever seen. No violence, just... asshole behavior, in a meaningless game, standings-wise.


It was a 2-0 game. Was he supposed to not try to bring the tying run to the plate?

If it were 9-0, maybe that'd be different.
 
2021-05-06 9:00:14 PM  

rickythepenguin: 2) I am still butthurt at how the Padres, circa 1999, bunted on him in like, the 8th inning, to ruin his no hitter.


Jedekai: Agreed. I love baseball history... and THAT is the single most 'immoral' action I've ever seen.


You're both crazy. There, I said it. Do you both get worked into a lather when someone bunts to beat the shift? And why is it not breaking "unwritten rules" to have a shift in the first place? I mean technically you can have players positioned ANYWHERE on the field you want. But isn't that employing some sort of unorthodox technique as a response to the hitter's ability? Isn't that exactly what the batter did here? You wanna shift? Great, I am bunting down the third baseline all damn day. I **loved** when David Ortiz did this to beat the shift once. I loved it more than any of his game winning homers. (Okay maybe not that much, but you get it.)

What if the guy bunted in the 4th inning? No one would give a shiat. But ooooohhh... Schilling was CLOSE to doing it!  So you know, we should just hand it to him. Hey, everyone, he's CLOSE to doing something great, that's good enough! Don't TRY to beat him anymore. Don't give it your all. Don't try to out-strategize him. Yes, bunting is perfectly legal and can help you win the game, which is the actual goal, but not anymore! The goal of the game is to ensure Curt goes all the way with this thing.

Take a damn lesson from Ted Williams. He hit over .400, NOT .39966. He didn't take the offer to sit out the last two games. He was insulted by it. Ted had declared, "I want to have more than my toenails on the line." Williams didn't want to hit .400 by the rounding of a number, and truth be told, .39955 is not .400.  I guess 8 innings was good enough for Curt, though, right? I'm sure we all know how he feels about people getting handed things they haven't "earned" right? I mean, setting aside business loans.

You want a no-hitter? You want a perfect game? Prevent the other team from getting a hit or on base. That's IT.
 
2021-05-06 9:34:00 PM  

PluckYew: rickythepenguin: edmo: I'd bunt on the shift every time just to hear them cry about the made up unwritten rules I was breaking.

1) Curt Schilling is a clown.

2) I am still butthurt at how the Padres, circa 1999, bunted on him in like, the 8th inning, to ruin his no hitter.  Dude was cashing folks and dude bunts on him.  "we had a guy on first, I was just advancing the runner...."

3) the "is Curt Schilling a HOFer or not?", this game pops up.    "what if, what if, what if, that kid hadnt bunted?!??"

Almost man, the post below yours shows it was perfect game so no runners.  Make the decision to bunt on him worse.   Fark Curt Schilling but he didn't deserve that.


A pitcher deserves exactly as much or as little as his pitching and the team's defense earns vs the batters he faces. No more. No less. A perfectly executed and unfieldable bunt is no different from any other hit and if the defense can't prevent it, runner on base. Period.
 
2021-05-06 9:34:45 PM  

Jedekai: PluckYew: rickythepenguin: edmo: I'd bunt on the shift every time just to hear them cry about the made up unwritten rules I was breaking.

1) Curt Schilling is a clown.

2) I am still butthurt at how the Padres, circa 1999, bunted on him in like, the 8th inning, to ruin his no hitter.  Dude was cashing folks and dude bunts on him.  "we had a guy on first, I was just advancing the runner...."

3) the "is Curt Schilling a HOFer or not?", this game pops up.    "what if, what if, what if, that kid hadnt bunted?!??"

Almost man, the post below yours shows it was perfect game so no runners.  Make the decision to bunt on him worse.   Fark Curt Schilling but he didn't deserve that.

Agreed. I love baseball history... and THAT is the single most 'immoral' action I've ever seen. No violence, just... asshole behavior, in a meaningless game, standings-wise.


Have your team play defense
 
2021-05-06 10:38:16 PM  
Great base running. First baseman had his thumbs up his ass on that play.
The Astros need to rethink their organizational approach. They got caught cheating (which has been part of the game for ever) by going about it in a non baseball way and they're gonna pay for it for a long time. They need to address the culture they created.
Too bad; guys I knew who played in that organization liked it there fir the most part.
 
2021-05-07 12:27:46 AM  

detonator: Great base running. First baseman had his thumbs up his ass on that play.
The Astros need to rethink their organizational approach. They got caught cheating (which has been part of the game for ever) by going about it in a non baseball way and they're gonna pay for it for a long time. They need to address the culture they created.
Too bad; guys I knew who played in that organization liked it there fir the most part.


No, they don't.  Instead, the franchise needs to be pulled and Houston banned from ever having another baseball team in perpetuity.
 
2021-05-07 12:38:58 AM  

NEDM: detonator: Great base running. First baseman had his thumbs up his ass on that play.
The Astros need to rethink their organizational approach. They got caught cheating (which has been part of the game for ever) by going about it in a non baseball way and they're gonna pay for it for a long time. They need to address the culture they created.
Too bad; guys I knew who played in that organization liked it there fir the most part.

No, they don't.  Instead, the franchise needs to be pulled and Houston banned from ever having another baseball team in perpetuity.


I'll play along...
Nope. The just got caught cheating in a non-baseball way. People have been stealing signs since they created the game. They used technology that wasn't allowed for that use. They were too blatant about how they did it. Steroid use is another example of non-baseball cheating.
I'm not a fan of any team btw. I love the game, and I agree what they did was ridiculously wrong. But stuff like that has been going on forever. There's stories about the 1951 NY Giants stealing signs from the centerfield clubhouse with binoculars and hand signals to help them come back from 13 games out late in the season, for example.
I think that with them getting caught in such an open way, and no real attempt to make amends on the franchise's part speaks louder about the culture they have.
 
2021-05-07 9:47:53 AM  
I love that hesitation rounding third and seeing the catcher going the wrong way and imagining the runner thinking "Heeeeeyyyy" before taking off for home.
 
2021-05-07 11:04:23 AM  
The most WTF part of that? The pitcher standing there watching the play at second and not covering home. What a maroon.
 
2021-05-07 11:52:57 AM  
WhackingDay: The most WTF part of that? The pitcher standing there watching the play at second and not covering home. What a maroon.

"But I was told that the shift worked!"
 
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