New York Yankees 2009 AL Champions!!!!!!
Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3751) 12 years ago
YES!!!!!!!!!!

The New York Yankees are the 2009 AL Champions!!!!!

Andy Pettitte was ON his game today and what a series it was!!!!!

Simply AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

[This message has been edited by Kyle L. Varnell (10/25/2009)]
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15076) 12 years ago
Yep, a pitch here and a pitch there... and the ump's successfully made sure that the "world serious" was an east coast TV success... no small market western US teams need apply.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5100) 12 years ago
Yes, because L.A. is such a small market.
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Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3751) 12 years ago
Do I detect a note of bitterness because somebody' team (who should never have been awarded to begin with) missed the playoffs there Richard?
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Posted by Shu (+1800) 12 years ago
Aw, who cares! We're in the midst of football season. Baseball shmaseball!

Here's a bit from the late, great George Carlin about football vs. baseball to further my point:

"Baseball and football are the two most popular spectator sports in this country. And, as such, it seems they ought to be able to tell us something about ourselves and our values. And maybe how those values have changed over the last 150 years. For those reasons I enjoy comparing baseball and football:

Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.
Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.

Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park. The baseball park!
Football is played on a GRIDIRON, in a STADIUM, sometimes called SOLDIER FIELD or WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM.

Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life.
Football begins in the fall, when everything is dying.

In football you wear a helmet
In baseball you wear a cap.

Football is concerned with downs. "What down is it?
Baseball is concerned with ups. "Who's up? Are you up? I'm not up! He's up!"

In football you recieve a penalty.
In baseball you make an error.

In football the specialist comes in to kick.
In baseball the specialist comes in to relieve somebody.

Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, piling on, personal fouls, late hitting, and unnecessary roughness.
Baseball has the sacrifice.

Football is played in any kind of weather: Rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog...can't see the game, don't know if there is a game going on; mud on the field...can't read the uniforms, can't read the yard markers, the struggle will continue!
In baseball if it rains, we don't go out to play. "I can't go out! It's raining out!"

Baseball has the seventh-inning stretch.
Football has the two-minute warning

Baseball has no time limit: "We don't know when it's gonna end!"
Football is rigidly timed, and it will end "even if we have to go to sudden death."

In baseball, during the game, in the stands, there's kind of a picnic feeling. Emotions may run high or low, but there's not that much unpleasantness.
In football, during the game in the stands, you can be sure that at least twenty-seven times you were perfectly capable of taking the life of a fellow human being

And finally, the objectives of the the two games are completely different:

In football, the object is for the quarterback, otherwise known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his recievers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use the shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy's defensive line.

In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! "I hope I'll be safe at home!""
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6113) 12 years ago
Richard is still a hardcore Denver Zephyrs fan, Kyle. You can't blame him for having sour grapes for a truncated "Mocktober."

Shu - do you enjoy steak? Do you also enjoy fried chicken?

Why limit yourself to just one?

[This message has been edited by Brian A. Reed (10/26/2009)]
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17663) 12 years ago
Defending World Champions versus Best Team Money Can Buy.

This is going to be a Series for the ages!
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Posted by Derf Bergman (+589) 12 years ago
Shu, just in case you're interested, Carlin was laughing at both football and baseball. Not trying to make one better over and against the other.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6113) 12 years ago
Good luck, Phillies.

Represent, El Duro. Represent.
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Posted by Shu (+1800) 12 years ago
Shu - do you enjoy steak? Do you also enjoy fried chicken?

Why limit yourself to just one?


Brian,

I don't know if that's a fair comparison. Yes, I enjoy both steak and chicken but I just have never cared much for baseball, though I like most other sports.

Why? Well, it just isn't as action-packed and fast as the other more popular sports are. There are too many slow-and-boring moments in a baseball game compared to other games. That plus I'm an Oakland Raider fan and, because they have to share their stadium with the A's, they are forced to play their games on infield dirt most of the year, which sucks.

Anyway, to each their own - enjoy what's left of the MLB season, I just don't care, myself.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6113) 12 years ago
To each their own, but baseball doesn't need to be like football to be great (and vice versa). Football is already like football - why try to improve upon perfection? Baseball is what it is and it's fantastic.

A similar parallel:

I love Cowboy football.

I also love Cowgirl basketball.

They're completely different, but I love them both. Same goes with CCDHS track or Pioneer baseball.
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Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3751) 12 years ago
......versus Best Team Money Can Buy


Gunnar, that's a tired & weak comment to make.

Number 1: ALL teams that have won a World Series have "Bought" them otherwise you'd have a bunch of people playing for free and last I checked, nobody is.

Number 2: What do you expect a team to do with the money they make? Put in under a mattress? Save it for a rainy day? They can and should spend it how they see fit to spend it.

Next.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15076) 12 years ago
Do I detect a note of bitterness because somebody' team (who should never have been awarded to begin with) missed the playoffs there Richard?


Well, I wouldn't call it "bitterness". It's not that big of a deal to me.

But I am still hung up on a pitch in the top of the ninth in the Rockies-Phillies series with two outs and a full count that sure looked like strike three to me. And there were a couple of questionable calls in the Twins-Yankee series.

But, I guess it is what it is. Guess I have to go for the Phillies as I can't stand the Yankees.
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Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3751) 12 years ago
Oh I agree that there were plenty of blown calls this post season (the Third Base Posada/Cano Two Out Two-Step comes to mind) but I don't think there's some sort of cabal of people manipulating the game to see a specific team make it to the Series.

[This message has been edited by Kyle L. Varnell (10/26/2009)]
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6113) 12 years ago
You have a point, Kyle. But then again, having a payroll (208M) that's nearly half again as large as the next team (Mets - 145M) does give you some advantages.

I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but it's worth noting. Everything about the Yankees - and maybe most of MLB now, I don't know - seems contrived. It's kind of disconcerting that the Game 1 starters (Sabathia and Lee) were on the same Cleveland Indians team that was a game away from the World Series TWO seasons ago.

It's the nature of the beast, I know. But still.

But with the money the Yankees make, you'd think the Steinbrenners would be able to pay for their own stadium (instead of getting NYC taxpayers to foot the bulk of the bill).

Funny that they have a new stadium before they have a new WTC.
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Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3751) 12 years ago
You have a point, Kyle. But then again, having a payroll (208M) that's nearly half again as large as the next team (Mets - 145M) does give you some advantage

I agree completely.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6113) 12 years ago
I figured you would, Kyle.

The NFL and NBA both have salary caps. Both leagues are presently more successful - and seem to have a brighter future than - MLB.

MLB needs to address this if they hope to remain competitive. "Tradition" can only go so far.
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Posted by JCF (+399) 12 years ago
Damn Yankees. Guess I will have to root for the Phillies now. When it comes to baseball, my motto is: anybody but the Yankees. For basketball, its anyone but the Lakers.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10013) 12 years ago
Go Phillies!!! Sorry Kyle, I just hate those damn Yankees too much.
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Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3751) 12 years ago
You're not the only one Webmaster.
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Posted by Nathan Jessup (+53) 12 years ago
What do Yankee fans use as birth control................Their personalities. AWWW YEAH. I went there

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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1910) 12 years ago
The Yanks are due for a massive chokefest.
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Posted by Tom Masa (+2107) 12 years ago
Go Yankees
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Posted by Derf Bergman (+589) 12 years ago
The Yankees are the only team that could ever make me pull for the National League. Phillies!
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Posted by C. Wilkes (+145) 12 years ago
I am glad that this is almost over. It won't be long now before I can watch my programs without the worry of being interrupted by baseball. Don't get me wrong there is nothing better than watching a good game in person, but really how many games do we need. It's about like basketball. You don't need a series to see who the best is. Just compare their records for the year, put the top two together and have a game. One night and it's all over.
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Posted by T Brown (+483) 12 years ago
I'm going to have to agree with Shu guys. I just don't like baseball. Never have, never will. Football is definately the better sport....nuff said!
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