Humdingers, Thrillas and MLB’s Final Four

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BobLee
October14/ 2016

Now there are Four…. Two of Major League Baseball’s most storied franchises with large national fan bases…. one from Canada (that has won two World Championships since either of the “storied franchises” have) …. And the 4th one “from Cleveland”.

As you know, I watched over 150 MLB games since early April. 97% involved “my St Louis Cardinals” and whoever they were playing. MLB is the only pro sports league I much care about. I retain more trivia about “baseball” than all other sports combined. That said ….

Despite watching their three game “clean sweep” of the Red Sox, I cannot name one Cleveland Indian. Is Charlie “Wild Thing” Sheen still Wild Thingpitching for’em? Did you know that nice polite black guy that does those insurance commercials played “Pedro Cerrano” the voodoo outfielder in Major League? Where was I ?……..

Is Al “Flip” Rosen still an Indian? … Herb Score? … Bob Feller? … Rocky Colavito? And that catcher that Pete Rose ran over in an All-Star Game. OK, that’s all I got. …. Wait, they do have that UNCCH guy – Andrew Miller. He’s really good.

IF the Indians get past “the Canadian team” into The Fall Classic you just KNOW we’ll hear from …… “The Pissed-off Sons of Sitting Bull” or whoever that protest the use of “Native American team names / logos”…. the Anti-Redskins people. I’m not totally opposed to thNocAHomaeir cause, but I think we have a few 100s more pressing issues in America these days. Like our survival as a nation…. DUH!

Whatever happened to that Atlanta Braves mascot – Chief Noc-A-Homa? …. Aaahhh, the good ol’ days.

You either watched or you didn’t but there were some HUMDINGERs the past week or so in the Division Playoffs. As tense and as dramatic sports moments as one could ask for…. WHY I DO LOVE BASEBALL.

I watched most of these late-inning HUMDINGERs live which is the only way to really appreciate them. Seeing replays isn’t nearly the same.

The final two Cubs/Giants games and the entire Dodger/Nats series were THRILLAS. Former NCState kid now a Nats – Trea Turner – is now a bona-fide MLB “young star”.

I don’t “hate” or even “dislike” any sports teams especially any MLB teams. I do despise a certain species of fans but all teams have those vermin. Even being a Cardinals fan I don’t dislike the Cubs as most Cards fans do. My dear friend the late Clyde King was with the Yankees for years so no Yankee-hate by me.

ASIDE: Speaking of “hating teams”…. This week I had a very dear / good guy tell me he “hates NC State”. His passion got me curious so I delved into what he really meant. Turns out his “hate” is for the jackass fan faction (that all school have). I got him to sheepishly admit he does NOT “hate” Roman Gabriel, Lou Pucillo, Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson, Paul Coder, Jim Ritcher, Trea Turner, etc. He only knows Bob Kennel thru this website so we didn’t go there.

I had no “favorite” when the playoffs started and so none now. The TV ad sales guy are thrilled the Cubs / Dodgers are playing…. Not nearly as thrilled with Indians / “that Canadian team”. Cubs/ Dodgers will draw mucho viewers from casual fandom. The World Series will likely draw less viewers than the Cubs/Dodgers.

You just know the TV guys were hoping for Cubs vs Red Sox….

I get tired of the whole Cubs Curse blah blah schtick. I was tired of the Red Sox Curse thing before it ended. I like Joe Maddon and I’ve seen a lot of the Cubs as they played “my Cardinals” 19 times this season. That series was 10-9 Cubs. The Cubs seem like “good kids having fun playing baseball”. If they were Cardinals I would like them even better.

The Dodgers are fine. Kershaw seems like a good guy…. and Corey Seager. I know he is/was wonderful but I hope we don’t get memories of Vin Scully 24/7. On games from Dodger Stadium I do cringe at seeing that weasel Larry King sitting behind home plate for every game. Yuck!

“That Canadian team” a/k/a “The Blue Jays” is “potent”. I think 2, maybe 3, of them actually speak English – Tulo and Donalson with the ponytail. The rest are various Hispanic dialects. Does Bautista use black shoepolish on his beard?

In keeping with my tradition now in its 3rd year…. I don’t watch The NFL other than bits/pieces. It is not a difficult tradition to develop by the way. So I’ll be tuned to whichever MLB games are being played this weekend.

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This Saturday the local “hated rivals” both head south. NCState to Tally, or Clemson or wherever; and The Fedorians to wherever Miami plays. No one really knows how good NCState might be. An NCState W would NOT shock me.

I’ve asked a number of UNCCH loyalists about Gene Chizik losing “his guru”. They all just grumble and shake their heads. An L versus Miami and this season goes “south” for The Fedorians and its “Shreveport Here We Come”.

Which Duke team will show up in L-ville? Probably doesn’t really matter.Peterson

In case you are still curious…. That ACC decision to move all the championships because of HB2 was ramrodded by the Prez of Georgia Tech…. who also ramrodded the NCAA decision. His name is G.P. “Bud” Peterson. G.P. “Bud” is very ambitious and wants to be NCAA Honcho.  I don’t know if G.P. “Bud” has any personal “gender issues”.

Neither Chancellor Randy nor “Chihuahua” have publicly revealed their votes. Wonder why not? Chihuahua is a very tiny empty suit “from Dartmouth” and who much cares what she thinks about anything. But why won’t Randy reveal his vote? Wonder if BK could get that info for us…. What say you BK?

Oh Oh Oh…. I had a secret rendevous with one of my UNC Admin “deep insiders” recently. I mentioned Chancellor “Chihuahua”. He spewed coffee all over his doughnut. He had not heard me use that. He said “it’s perfect” which of course I already knew. “The coffee / keybord spew” is the highest compliment for us smart alecks.

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Who is this guy “Ben Gazzi” and why did he delete Mrs Clinton’s e-mails?….. CLICK

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BobLee
  • JD Reply
    5 months ago

    The baseball curse is now residing in DC with my beloved Nats. Dusty Baker should have gotten sick and missed game 5 and we might have actually won. How the 3rd base coach Bob Hendley still has a job with the team right now is beyond me. You have one job! When the 3rd basemen is holding the baseball you usually don’t send the runner home. But that’s just my total fanboy uneducated opinion and since I don’t get paid to wave runners home he must have known something I didn’t.

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      “The 3rd base coach” is Baseball’s equivalent of FB’s “Coordinator”… their primary purpose is to be sacrificed to the lynch mob to buy a “hot seat coach” an extra year. Not that Baker is on the hot seat yet. His (DB) history is one of eventually wearing out his welcome at SF, ChiC, Cincy. IF the relay is “off” or the catcher drops the ball, Werth is the daredevil hero and the nameless 3rd base coach remains nameless…. Tuff Bizness. …. So will Trea replace Harper as Nats poster boy?

      • Wolfdon Reply
        5 months ago

        He will if Harper doesn’t regain his batting grove…..

        • BobLee Reply
          5 months ago

          Murphy is the more likely heir apparent but he lacks the “it” factor. Trea has the “every mother’s son” appeal of Kris Bryant and Mike Trout. Instead of their power he has his fleet footedness… and that whole Wheaties box aw shucks thing.

      • JD Reply
        5 months ago

        He already has. He even has better hair LOL. WE LOVE TREA!!!! The idiots put him in centerfield which I knew would come back to bite them. Just because he is fast doesn’t mean he can play a new position with expertise. Ben Revere should have been starting in CF and Trea should have been at SS the day he was called up.

        • BobLee Reply
          5 months ago

          Obviously Nats’ front office is aware of “The Wolfpack Curse” which Philip Rivers labors under as a Charger Lifer. Only Russell has managed to escape The WPC. Did RW’s Wiscy season save him? Trea versus Andrew Miller in a WS 7th game 9th inning mano a mano coulda been fun… huh?

          • JD
            5 months ago

            It would have been awesome because that means the NATS would have actually won a playoff series :-(. Trea is so fast he can steal 2nd base when the other team calls a pitch out. He was only called out on a steal attempt once all season by an umpire. The other 3 times it took replay review. I hate baseball replay. Thanks Jim Joice

  • RaleighJacket Reply
    5 months ago

    As a GT alumnus, I have met Bud Peterson… and his wife. I doubt he has any personal gender issues but if he was leading the effort to move ACC events from NC he has stepped into something that won’t help his ambitions. If so and since he is so sensitive to the needs of the transgendered, the next time I am in Atlanta I will stop by his office and see if his private restrooms in the GT President’s office are open to any gender. What do you think the odds are? Notice that he and the other corporate hypocrites haven’t changed any of their bathroom policies although under HB2 they is it perfectly legal to do so. There would be a riot by their own female employees if they did so.

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      My inside ACC source says Peterson has his eyes on the NCAA Prez job.

  • Bob Reply
    5 months ago

    I have been welcomed and mistreated at most , not all, but most sporting events I have attended at rival stadiums. I go for entertainment and try to ignore the loonies. Many of my most enjoyable moments came when my favorite team lost. The game did what I wanted it to do, it entertained me. I try to think Jimmy V , I laugh a little and cry a little at every game. Later BobLee.

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      The only “mistreatment” I can recall was at Lane Stadium (VaTech) 6-7 years ago. Leaving the stadium after a UNC loss by 2+ TDs a drunk Hokie threw a beer at me because, I suppose, I was wearing a UNCCH cap. Back when I “went to games” I behaved myself and did nothing to attract the wrath of the local lunatics. As for being entertained, the whole “going to the game” experience became such a hassle that “being entertained” never had a chance… but I realize I am in the smallest minority with that POV.

  • Tin Foil Hat Heel Reply
    5 months ago

    Cue the “baseball marks the time” speech from field of dreams. And give me a cubbies-indians matchup as a precursor to our national zombie apocalypse. Cue Vekmams speech ‘cays living with dogs mass hysteria’ frpm ghostbusters. Well maybe not as Trumps about to get thumped like a cantaloupe and it will not be close taking all the p@#$ and vinegar out of the wingnut class who I think were on the verge of out and out mutiny if the trend of a close crooked Hilary win had come to pass. Now I think she breezes home in a manner that will ensure the nutjobs scurry back down their rabbit holes. Trump is so far down the Citizen Kane route that I halfway expect him to add about 200lbs and start shilling for frozen peas two years hence. As for the guru of the coaches box between the pines he’s doing what he can, just need more ill tempered miscreants to make it happen. Fighting Fedorians will play better but the grind of the last few games showed its toll last week and I see this affair going to the U by a hard earned two TD margin. State is going to get eviscerated as will the dookies because in both cases they are stepping up to a different weight class.

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      My goal is to one day completely “get” BOTH a Tin Foil AND a ’68 comment. 🙂 … the equivalent of translating both the Rosetta Stone and Mene Mene Tecum Ufarsum.
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      Turn this one upside down and view it in a mirror and it say “TODD TURNER IS THE ANTI-CHRIST”.

      • Doug Reply
        5 months ago

        Raise you hand if anyone besides me had to look up the mysterious Mene Mene Tecum Ufarsum. I wonder if Jim “Mudcat” Grant knows?

        • BobLee Reply
          5 months ago

          Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego…

  • Mike Bawden Reply
    5 months ago

    Hats off to you, 160 live games!
    Corporate America loves you.

    Cannot stand ANY live sporting events anymore. Except the Premier League. Just because the soccer community will not allow tv to alter games.

    Those of us that used to watch the last out wait on the field as a teammate brought him his glove out from the dugout to start next half of inning IMMEDIATELY, are done with live tv. Schlitz or Brylcream was flashed on the screen, but they never left the field.

    Game was over and we would ride down to Glen Lennox ball field and have plenty of time for our own game.

    I can take only so much of those geriatric miracle pill commercials. They only depress me!

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      In my best Lee Corso voice – Not so fast my friend! I watch “my Cardinals” via MLB.tv for which I pay $110/season WITH NO COMMERCIALS. I can watch every game by every team (except the Nats – “in my market”) and with the team’s “homer announcers”. So, while those lovely Viagra ladies in their blue dresses and fetching voices are enticing, I only see them when I must use ESPN et al as my media of choice. I think there are similar deals for NFL and NBA but I don’t know because, of course, I don’t care.

      • Mike Bawden Reply
        5 months ago

        Ugh! So the airlines have taken a page from cable. Nickle and dime with “packages”.

        Enjoy “first class”. I just stopped flying.

        • BobLee Reply
          5 months ago

          I don’t have any expensive hobbies – golf, fishing, etc. – that $100 I spend for a season of watching baseball brings me many hours of entertainment / enjoyment. Well worth it IMO. But not for everyone.

          • Mike Bawden
            5 months ago

            Not knocking it. When I traveled on business, instead of fancy dinner I would visit stadiums and attend a game. Watched a couple of Cardinal innings from the arch. Then went to MEGA bar at Anhauser Bush. Stored some great memories. Fly over country has a lot to offer. Love the people.

          • BobLee
            5 months ago

            I’ve lived in 3-4 divergent areas of this country. Midwesterners (outside the major metro areas) are – IMO – very similar to “Southerners”. I also like “Texans” a lot. New Englanders I found “interesting” but 3 years there was aplenty. Traveled to SoCal frequently but never lived there. No desire to. No opinion at all on Great Northwest… Wash/Oregon.
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            I “go to” maybe 2 MLB games/year. If one’s company is desirable “the experience” is fine – the stadium, the sounds, smells et al – but I prefer to “watch a game” (FB and Baseball) on HDTV. I am spoiled by the graphics, close camera shots, replays, etc. I get why many so enjoy the “at the game experience”… I’m just not one of that ilk. I can’t justify the expense or the hassles.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    5 months ago

    Well, a pretty good (and well coached) Duke squad played Petrino’s miscreants in the rain. Had it not been for an unfortunate (aren’t they all) penalty for “running into the kicker whilst his leg is still extended” call, who knows. PROBABLY not a Duke W, but it would have been interesting. The Penalty was like most “running into”, trying to block the kick. Did NOT target the kicker. Good show by Duke and Coach Cut…very good. Petrino seems to be doing better in his Sexual Addiction Rehab than the OTHER Arkansasan….WJC. When Arkansas fires you, you have to be really in the bottom 1% of humanity.

    According the Vegas ODDs, put your money on the long suffering CUBS. When the fix is in for HRC, then obviously she and her well oiled, sleazy, money laundering, women demeaning, muck raking (STOP….STOP….they get the picture) organization will take “care of things”. It is written. There will be a WikiLeaks next week where Pedestrian or whatever his name is has done taken care of it and Huma is handling the fiasco. Your heard it here FIRST….

    NOT being a BB afficiado, but wanting ANYTHING on TV but the “NEWS” (I do agree with HRC, Cats dancing is better than CNN and MSNBC), I will probably watch most of the CS and the WS. Good thing that I am not listening to the Blue Jays “Voice of the Jays”. He refuses to say the team name, Injuns….er, Indians. NOW, lest we think that he has recently been influenced by CK, he has refused to call the Braves the Braves or the Indians the Indians since 1992. You gotta think he is dedicated to his cause and, whether you agree or disagree, he stands by his principles. SO, I can cut him some slack….sort of silly, but he is obviously light years ahead of today’s SNOWFLAKES….

    Which causes me to close with the U of FL setting up a 24X7 Crisis Hot Line to calm down students who see Halloween Displays or Costumes that cause them emotional distress or have “triggers” (would HRC packing a piece with a TRIGGER upset them…..it would MOI…) or are consumed with MicroAgressions. With all the stuff going in in FLORIDA (like the PeeWee FB Coach that was executed in front of his team), ONE would think that taxpayer funds could be put to more productive use.

    Keep writing….hope that NCSU does as well (OK BETTER) than Duke did in KY land. Now THAT would be a great event. Last night the announcers said that the Charger’s coach was the happiest man in the USA….the title had just been switched to him from Coach Doeren who wore it with pride all week. PR looked like the OLD PR.

    You are spot on. IF the U has a W and the TCW U record sports the scarlet letter, “L”, then the hat’s hat gonna give him a headache and GC will be ceremoniously (in spirit only) TarHeeled and TP’ed. It would go against the PETA faction should feathers be used…..even in the the fantasy Tar and “Feathering”. That would be a MACRO Aggression…

  • TheCowdog Reply
    5 months ago

    Did I ever tell you that when my disgusting tobacco urge hits, forcing retreat from merry making with friends and family, I dial BL up on the dumb phone? Tis true.

    Half the time I respond in here, I’m on a bench outside an establishment finishing a heater. Thanks. I never get that ostracized feeling.

    Anyway…BK is WRONG, wrong, wrong.
    He should know that Turner is a natural CF, a reverse Robin Yount, if you will. It was there from day one.

    OK. I’m going back inside. Next one I do might be with Tony LaRussa.

    Certainly hope it won’t be with Earl Weaver. He bums ’em, but he was a good conversationalist.

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      Al “Flip” Rosen LIVES!

  • Bob Kennel Reply
    5 months ago

    Too late to make the State-Clemson correction. I’m looking for a closer game than most. Don’t know Chancellor Randy’s vote but don’t think he’s a big HB2 fan.
    Dodgers made proud to date. Last night’s forever game with Nats was quite exciting. I trust closer Jensen because he’s an old catcher. Impressed with Kershaw’s one person relief to close out the game.
    Trea Turner was impressive at the plate and moreso on the bases. Also acquitted himself well in center and at second, neither are natural positions for him.
    Going tonight to NC State’s Fall World Series first game (split squad for weekend series). Avent’s going to have another good team this Spring.
    Go pack (Hope your other reader hasn’t drawn too bad an NC State impression from reading your columns 😉😞😂

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      I can’t imagine why Randy remains mum on his vote. I’m quite sure he was with the majority same as Chihuahua was. When do you envision NCSU going with all gender neutral restrooms at Carter-Finley???
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      That guy doesn’t seem to mind you. I told him you were quite harmless.
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      I don’t see an answer to the “too many pitcher changes” situation especially in MUST WIN situations where there is NO TOMORROW. Trea did VERY WELL… may be the best Caucasian base stealer since Ty Cobb !! If LA does knock out the Cubs, the Cards fan in me won’t mind at all. 🙂

  • Colonel Batguano Reply
    5 months ago

    You don’t pay much attention to ACC football either, do you BLS! State plays at Clemson.

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      OH. I knew it was one of those Whichever Division juggernauts. To your other question- no, not all that much.

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