Game 7 Open Thread

Late, we know, but better nate than lever.

Just one thought: Would this game be even more exciting if the Cardinals didn’t have the advantage of a tenth player behind home plate wearing a black jacket?

We mean, first he hands out two free runs to the Cards by calling an obvious strike a “ball” and then, when the exact same pitch is used against Napoli, it’s suddenly a strike? Oh and that “strike” against Hamilton that wasn’t even in the same zip code as home plate? We’re surprised that he didn’t manage to call one of Carpenter’s pickoff throws to first a strike.

Carryon.

Post Game Recap: In the end, it thankfully didn’t matter. The best team clearly won and they deserved every bit of it. Their drive, their offense and their pitching were nothing short of marvelous to behold, even as a fan of the other team.

The Rangers lost this series because none of the things that had paved the road to the World Series were there when it counted. Our bats were cold and our defense sucked donkey balls. The dreaded Rangers Bullpen never showed up for work, instead we got a series of clusterfarks nowhere more clearly on display than in Game 6 where we had it for the taking no less than twice, only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Couple this with the Cardinals being on fire, never once giving in no matter what the odds and fighting with every fiber of their beings to stay in the game and we got the outcome that every baseball fan in the world deserves: A nail-biting World Series with some truly awesome baseball on display finished off with the win going to the clearly deserving team.

Yes, it hurts to be a Rangers fan tonight, but on the upside this season proves to any doubters that 2010 was no “fluke” and that the Texas Rangers will be the team to watch in 2012.

Thanks for the ride, Rangers, once again, and to the Cards: Congrats. You earned it.

Thatisall.

34 comments

  1. 1
    JakeTheSnake growls and barks:

    I’ve had the horrible feelin’ in my gut all day that, the way they lost last night, there’d be no way to pull it off tonight. Seems to be coming true.

  2. 2
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Uh Oh, I have a feeling that if the Rangers lose the Imperial Dungeon Game Room will be very busy tonight…

    :em06: :em06: :em06:

  3. 3
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Reminds me of a Johnny Carson joke:

    Q: Who are the latest volunteers for duty in Afghanistan?
    A: The 1980 Russian Olympic Hockey team

  4. 4

    it’s the pitching man, Texas pitchers are folding like a bad hand of Texas Hold’em.

    oh and the ump is of the suck

    :em08:

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    readerjp growls and barks:

    Since it’s open thread, there is more Gorebull Warming on the way. A big snowstorm due to hit tomorrow, snowtober, up to 12″ further north.

    Where is Al Gore?

    Maybe he’s at the Occupy Wall St. protest. Today the FDNY and NYPD went into the park and seized all generator and gas canisters. I hope they freeze their asses off – or are blown away by the 50 mph winds.

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    readerjp says:

    Since it’s open thread, there is more Gorebull Warming on the way. A big snowstorm due to hit tomorrow, snowtober, up to 12? further north.

    Gods way of testing the resolve of the occupy whatever street puppets

  7. 7
    Lockpick growls and barks:

    Actually, I think the ump did call one of the pickoff throws a strike. I had to turn off the game in the bottom of the 7th. It is giving me nose bleeds.

  8. 8
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    Gods way of holding auditions for testing the resolve of the occupy whatever street puppets…

    (It’s only the end of October)

  9. 9
    Sir Fresh Sign growls and barks:

    Darn, read that Michael Moore was at the Occupy Oakland site today speaking to the hippies.. how cool would that have been to get over there and get a photo with him while i was wearing my Anti Idiotarian Rottweiler T shirt?!?
    Of course, unlike those at the rally, i had to work. Plus i rarely if ever set foot on the East side of the SF Bay.

  10. 10
    LC FORGER - Racist TEAhadi growls and barks:

    There ya go… Come on up to VICTORY LAND and have a White Castle on me!! :em01: :em07:

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    LC FORGER - Racist TEAhadi growls and barks:

    I’ll even throw in some Ted Drewes’ Frozen Custard for dessert… :em01:

  12. 12
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery says:

    it’s the pitching man, Texas pitchers are folding like a bad hand of Texas Hold’em.

    Nailed it in one, Jaybear.

    The bullpen that has been giving the AL fits all season just didn’t show up for work for the World Series. That and the fact that our bats were unusually cold.
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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC FORGER – Racist TEAhadi says:

    There ya go… Come on up to VICTORY LAND and have a White Castle on me!!

    Thank you, LC FORGER. I’d been looking for a CO for the Texas Rangers’ upcoming deployment to the most frozen, uninhabitable hellhole of a planet on the Outer Rim, but now I need look no further.

    Bring a parka. :em05:
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    Tallulah growls and barks:

    DANG. I was hoping the Texans would win.

    OT, but did y’all see the Occupy Oakland jackass who was injured was a coke addict who founded a website called “IHATETHEMARINECORPS.COM”?

    http://patdollard.com/2011/10/disgraced-iraq-war-veteran-cocain-addict-injured-at-ows-oakland-is-founder-of-ihatethemarinecorp-com-website/

    Meanwhile, here in NYC, we’re expecting snow tonight and a Nor’easter tomorrow (rubs hands gleefully….)

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    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    Before this scrap started, I watched the ALCS and expected the Rangers to feast on us after the rocky inconsistent season we had. They certainly looked better on paper going in. But when the last frame is staring you in the face, all that matters is who blinks. That charity run walk in and Pujols getting beaned make this bitter sweet. Nobody competing at the zenith of sport wants to win like that. Every run on that board should be plated the hard way. Seeing Texas win their Pennant, I know they’re better than that. They deserve a rematch. Send your team back here next fall. And bring Your A game. 115 days until spring training.
    Cheers

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC Spare Parts says:

    That charity run walk in and Pujols getting beaned make this bitter sweet. Nobody competing at the zenith of sport wants to win like that. Every run on that board should be plated the hard way.

    That’s why I’m “glad” that it ended 6-2, because that means that those two charity runs didn’t matter. The Cards would have won 4-2 instead, and I’m really glad for them that the idiot ump didn’t manage to tarnish their well-deserved championship. Your guys earned it, let there be no doubt about that, and I’m happy for them.

    LC Spare Parts says:

    They deserve a rematch. Send your team back here next fall. And bring Your A game. 115 days until spring training.

    You bet! See ya next year! :em01:
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    LC LucysDaddy--Imperial Tire Provider growls and barks:

    Don’t start making travel plans for next October just yet, Sire. The road to the AL pennant still goes through the Bronx. The Yankees will be ready. And with possibly no CJ Wilson, your trek just got a whole lot harder.

  18. 18
    Darth Venomous growls and barks:

    The Yankees will be ready. And with possibly no CJ Wilson, your trek just got a whole lot harder.

    Any team (including Texas) that even thinks about giving Clusterfuck Jackass anywhere near the money he’s wanting, based on this year’s playoff performance, has got shit for brains. This d-bag is no better than a number-three starter in a quality rotation.

    And yes – you can quote me.

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    Greywolf growls and barks:

    As a recently-minted Rangers fan (I got in when they made it to the ALCS this year), I have to say that the single most descriptive statistic displayed on the TV screen during this World Series Game 7 was this:

    In all of the seven-game World Series contests, the Texas Rangers had walked more batters (41) than any team in history.

    That is a litmus indicator of the “needs improvement” factor with our Texas Rangers. The pitching has yet to rise to the level of “world champion” baseball.

    I’m glad they made it to the Series for a second, consecutive year. The 4 to 0 game was a signal accomplishment after the 16 to 7 drubbing. I will be watching next season, and cheering them from my side of the TV screen.

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    LC FORGER - Racist TEAhadi growls and barks:

    His Imperial Vileness sez -

    I’d been looking for a CO for the Texas Rangers’ upcoming deployment to the most frozen, uninhabitable hellhole of a planet on the Outer Rim, but now I need look no further.

    Bring a parka.

    Happy to get volunteered, Sir….. (sotto voce – “Shit!! Dumbass, when you gonna learn to keep your trap shut around the HSIC??)

    Why do I get the feeling that my problem with this lovely, out of the way paradise will be keeping my frozen White Castles warm enough so that it don’t take an hour in the microwave, on HIGH, to heat them up???

  21. 21
    Alan K. Henderson growls and barks:

    Utter collapse after the first inning. David Koresh showed more life.

  22. 22
    LC Darth Scoundrel growls and barks:

    Sorry pound-mates, I’ve been a Cardinals fan since I was a wee tot. Several of the legendary Cardinals came through my hometown on their way to the big leagues (Ozzie Smith being one of the more notable ones). In fact, my hometown high-school mascot is the Cardinals, and I bleed crimson and black.
    It doesn’t happen often, but when the Big Birds get to the Big Game, I gotta pull for them.
    Texas, ya done good. See ya next year.
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  23. 23
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    open thread

    When Government Knows No Limitation: New DOJ Rules Allow More Intrusive Searches

    I was once told by someone involved in a federal investigation not to let any identified federal law enforcement officer into your house without: a) a warrant and b) your lawyer present. At the time, this notion seemed a bit less than cooperative. Shouldn’t law-abiding citizens be able to live their lives free from the fear that our own government would underhandedly manipulate our rights in their pursuit of an investigation? After all, the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution enumerates a limitation on the federal government, one that prevents “unreasonable search and seizure.”

    http://biggovernment.com/fsalvato/2011/10/29/when-government-knows-no-limitation/

    If, for no other reason, Holder’s exit from the federal government will be one of the major benefits of the Obama Administration coming to an end. But for now, as I asked before, who do you call when 9-1-1 is the criminal?

  24. 24
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Since this is an open thread, does anyone know why BC is such an infrequent poster lately?? Is he OK??

  25. 25
    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    There’s no sense in doing any photoshopping when Mikey Moore and Roseann can’t get any uglier. :em05:

  26. 26
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    A little something to cheer up the Emperor:

    ‘Good Samaritan’ Who Shot Mpls Robber Won’t Be Charged

    No charges will be filed against the “Good Samaritan” who shot and killed a robber two weeks ago in the parking lot of a Cub Foods store in Minneapolis.

    That word today from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

    But the sister of the dead robber faces two counts of Aggravated First Degree Robbery.

  27. 27
    LC Random Numbers growls and barks:

    Well, I just got through some post-Rangers catharsis by watching the Stars exorcise New Jersey, so I’m over baseball till spring.

  28. 28
    LC Random Numbers growls and barks:

    LC Light29ID @ #:
    If dead goblins don’t cheer His Majesty up, we are all doomed.

  29. 29
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    LC Gladiator

    But for now, as I asked before, who do you call when 9-1-1 is the criminal?

    His Viciousness might approve of “calling” 1911.

  30. 30
    LC FX Phillips growls and barks:

    The Rangers lose in seven games and the empire goes dark for two days?

    Come on it was just baseball game. An important baseball game but a game none the less.

    When the Phillies bats went silent in early October I was bummed but not to the point of muteness. And they were picked to win it all. A major disappointment and a major blow to the idea that “pitching wins championships”. It was their lack of being able to score 2 lousy runs off a good(Carpenter) but not great pitcher that exposed the overrated nature of their team and the vulnerability of an injured and aging lineup.

    Remember it could be worse. You could be a Cubs fan whose team hasn’t one a pennant since Truman or a World Series since Teddy Roosevelt.

    And keep this in mind it took the aforementioned Phillies 100 years(77 from the advent of the World Series) to win their first world series in 1980.

    The Rangers have only been in existence since 1960(originally the second incarnation of the Washington Senators). So you’ve got time.

    Actually it is a bit ironic that you all root for a team that got it’s start in Washington DC.

  31. 31
    rickn8or growls and barks:

    1LC Gunsniper says:

    Gods way of holding auditions for testing the resolve of the occupy whatever street puppets…
    (It’s only the end of October)

    Never mind this October, where are those assholes gonna be late next October, early November?

    Standing between you and the polling places maybe?

    Or would that be too much to ask for?

  32. 32
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Well this figures and it proves what I’ve always said. The left is a bunch of racist Jew haters. Whenever you hear a leftist say anything against bankers or the rich, just stop them and say , “you mean Jews, right?” This is why they side with anti American radical muslims, socialists and now why armed white neo nazis are siding with them….this is the same thing that happened in Germany in the 1940?s..the economy is bad, people are out of work…so blame the jews…and Obama is encouraging it, because he is a Jew hater as well.

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    Physics Geek growls and barks:

    Some writer on ESPN a couple of years ago penned an article about the “get off the mats and heartbreaking losses”. His point was that teams who won games they had no business winning usually went on to win the series and teams that lost games they had no business losing usually went on to, well, lose. After the double heart attack that was game 6, I only had to watch for a couple of innings to realize that game 7 would likely stay true to form. And then the Cardinals provided me with a completly unlooked for in early September World Series’s championship.

    Going into the postseason, I told some friends that if St. Louis couldn’t win it (and I didn’t expect them to), I’d like to see the Rangers win it. While I’m glad that the Rangers came in 2nd this year, I suspect that they’ll be back in the postseason next year. They’re young and they’re good.
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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Was President Barack Obama too busy watching the “Operation Repo” marathon or something else last Friday night?

    When KMOX host Charlie Brennan asked now-retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa how the traditional call of congratulations from the White House went, La Russa suddenly realized that…it never happened.

    “That’s a good point, I hadn’t really even thought about that,” replied a surprised-sounding La Russa, who can be forgiven for having a few other things on his mind over the past week. “As we were getting into the World Series we had a call from the White House to make sure they had the correct number for my office.”

    But as the wild, champagne-drenched celebration of the team’s 11th World Series title was going on in the locker room, that phone never rang.

    “We never did get a call,” La Russa said.