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  1. rbenzon

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    I tip my Yankee cap to a long-time rival and nemesis, David "Big Papi" Ortiz, whose number was retired by Boston recently.

    Even last year, his last season at age 41, his numbers did not clamor for retirement: 317 BA, 38 HRs, 127 RBI!

    I still hate the Sox—and all Boston/New England teams. :D But as a fan of the game, much respect to a first-ballot HOFer.

    Pedro Martinez pens a nice tribute article: https://theplayerstribune.com/pedro-martinez-david-ortiz-number-retirement/
     
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    Ortiz deserves all the accolades coming his way. Big-time gamer who repeatedly rose to the occasion.

    Like a Yankee we know (let's call him A-Rod), he, too, was embroiled in the 'roids scandal. Unlike the Yankee we know, he was never proven to have "cheated," quotes intended.

    A definite Hall of Famer in any case. I may be in the minority, but I prefer to judge players by the numbers they produced on the field. Cooperatown is littered with so many shady characters that injecting morality in the discussion smacks of hypocrisy.
     
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    We are in the minority, indeed. The majority's self-righteous masturbation blind them from marveling at the greats, such as (OT) Lebron. I am no 'Bron fan, but greatness cannot be denied by a PR faux pas and/or futile GOAT debates.

    Back to baseball, another 'roid-diminished legend is Barry Bonds. The only hitter who had a better career WAR was The Babe. Just for size, Bonds had a WAR of 162. Babe's was 183. And of the active players, the highest is Pujols, with a career WAR of 100.

    Of course, WAR isn't everything. Big Papi isn't up there in career WAR, but he is no doubt one of Boston's most clutch hitters. Thankfully, he didn't just burn the Yankees; he burned everyone. :) And although there is no argument that Ted Williams was the best to put on a Sox uniform, Big Papi brought that starved city three championships.

    Much respect to Big Papi. And glad "we don't have to face him" any more. :) Salute!
     
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    Finally put my MLB subscription to good use with the live stream of the Home Run Derby.

    Twins' Bour hit 22 in the first round, which was the most in the entire Derby, except Judge came through with 23 to advance.

    Gary Sanchez did his teammate a favor by ousting defending champ, Mike Stanton, in the first round.

    But here's the bottom line: There were 130+ home runs hit in the derby, but only four went over 500 feet—all by the new Home Run Derby champ, Aaron Judge! :)
     
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    he was just a monster out there. even in the final round, he still had 2 minutes to spare when he beat the score of the other finalist... too easy...
     
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    If Chapman didn't blow that lead in game 1 of the series in Fenway, the Yanks would have won this one 3-1.. & reduced the lead of the red sox to 1.5 games...... god , I hate the red sox.. :(:mad:
     
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    hahaha!

    my hatred isn't as intense because my boston hatred is divided into their four teams :D which started with my 80s loathing of the celtics. :)

    i am a student and fan of native americans, whose decimation started in new england—so yeah, my hatred goes way back. haha.
     
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    how about them Red Sox putting Apple Watches into good use?! :)
     
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    ^ it was bound to happen. Of course, I didnt wish it to happen against NYY & by all teams, Boston!
     
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    It's past 3am here in Manila and I just witnessed history. Aaron Judge sets the new record for most homeruns by a rookie—50! (And counting.)

    Screenshot 2017-09-26 03.33.02.png

    I have watched every one of his homeruns this season. And each time, he puts his head down and runs the bases; no bat flips or pausing to admire his home run. Tip of the cap to him. All Rise—here comes the Judge!
     
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    ^ yup. he broke a lot of records this year.. both good & bad. but mostly good. :) On to the playoffs!!! if they get the winner take all wild card game, anything can happen in a series with the Indians.. I like the yankees chances now with their bullpen finally clicking and their offense peaking at the right time. let's just hope their starters can hold on.
     
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    The wild card will not be shoo-in, seeing how the Twins have gone on a roll since the Yanks swept them. I am hoping that AL East comes down to the wire. The Astros@Sox finale will have bearing on AL home field advantage, so hopefully that series gasses both teams. :)

    But I too like NY's chances on anything beyond a one-game playoff. My new New Era cap arrived on the day NY clinched. So I am ready for a long playoff run. Don't make me subscribe to the playoff package for one game! :)
     
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    And so the playoffs begin. Glad to have gotten this far in a *rebuilding* year.

    October. When heroes are born. I love this game!
     
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    Up next: the powerouse Indians. Can the Yankees overachieve? Aaron says "I'll be the judge." :)
     
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    yesterday was like a Game 7. Girardi trotting out his deep bullpen to pull off the win.
     
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    How can you guys enjoy watching baseball? Postseason baseball is so fn stressful, even when your team wins.
     
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    Instead of being rewarded for a sterling effort on the road, the Yankees instead managed to snatch defeat from the throes of victory. Thanks to Joe Girardi, who inexplicably failed to challenge the HBP walk that should have been the final out of the pivotal sixth inning, the Bombers are on the brink of elimination.

    I know hindsight always makes for 20/20 Vision, but Girardi should have called for a review of Lonnie Chisenhall’s at-bat, especially since he still had two challenges to use. And his postgame explanations don’t make sense. One, he said he didn’t want to disrupt the rhythm of pitcher Chad Green by challenging a call. Excuse me, but that means the Yankees should be constrained from ever issuing a challeng. Not true; they led MLB in successful challenges. Two, he said there was no indication that Chisenhall was not hit by pitch. Not true as well; catcher Gary Sanchez was clearly signaling the dugout that the call was wrong.

    Bottom line, Girardi wasted his charges’ exertions, and the Yankees now appear to have a long vacation ahead of them.
     
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    That was nothing. Must've been worse being up 3-1 last year in the WS. :) So enjoy every bit of it.

    As I've said before, I love love love baseball because it's egalitarian; anybody can be a hero. You can't say the same about the NBA, or the NFL, where the stars predictably take the winning basket, or hail mary pass. And in baseball, plenty of wild card teams have won WS championships, whereas in the NBA, no 8th seed has ever won it all. None.

    With a little luck, Girardi gets a longer vacation. The Boss would've challenged... Girardi's contract renewal. Joe must go!

    The Yankees could've started another dynasty. Instead, Girardi ensured that they died nasty. Grrrr! :mad:
     
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