MLB 2015 Season: Playoffs!

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And can Pete Rose and A-Rod be a permanent thing? They're way more entertaining than anything the NFL studio coverage shows have.

No, no, no. Stick with the International crew!

Blargh.

Great game last night. I was really happy the Hosmer got the chance to make up for his error.

I predicted in the Cards forum I post in that the Royals win this in five. Looks like it is going to be really close, though.

I just don't think the Mets pitching is going to phase the Royals. As a fantasy baseball owner of Jacob Degrom, I'm expecting a meltdown. He is awesome, but really let me down down the stretch.

Lots of tired unhappy people in the office today. One of the most exciting World Series Game 1's for sure, though I'd have preferred a Mets victory.

Can somebody other than Fox please bid on the World Series rights when that contract is up? Please?

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Can somebody other than Fox please bid on the World Series rights when that contract is up? Please?

Maybe they can be part of the Marvel/Disney deal for Fantastic Four

As I pointed out to Tanglebones on Twitter, Joe Buck is 46 years old. So we've lots of years left with him announcing the World Series.

I like Joe Buck. For what its worth, it seems like most people in St. Louis kind of hate him, too.

I think he is funny and does a great job. I really don't understand the hate, at all.

Jayhawker wrote:

I like Joe Buck. For what its worth, it seems like most people in St. Louis kind of hate him, too.

I think he is funny and does a great job. I really don't understand the hate, at all.

He takes a lot of crap here in NY too. Never understood it.

Mets fan here but damn the Royals' hitting has been unbelievable. It just doesn't stop.

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The entire Kansas City area is losing its sh*t right now. There are so many people skipping work/school to join in the festivities tomorrow that they've actually cancelled classes at a lot of area schools.

I'm very much not a baseball fan, but I'm happy for and proud of the Royals' accomplishments the last couple of seasons! I might even buy a commemorative shirt at the grocery store

My Facebook feed blew the hell up last night. I was happy for everyone, and glad that it has made baseball popular in KC again.

My daughter, not really a sports fan, texted me from her dorm in Lawrence last night because she couldn't sleep due to the celebration. Apparently she was sleeping by the time the game was over. Then no one was sleeping.

I was in KC for the '85 win, but I was rooting for the Cardinals, even going to the infamous Game 6. Being in a city that wins a championship is pretty amazing. I've been lucky to have experienced it a few times. I tried to explain to my daughter that this was a rare thing, and to just let the kids blow off steam for the night.

Jayhawker wrote:

My daughter, not really a sports fan, texted me from her dorm in Lawrence last night because she couldn't sleep due to the celebration. Apparently she was sleeping by the time the game was over. Then no one was sleeping.

I was in KC for the '85 win, but I was rooting for the Cardinals, even going to the infamous Game 6. Being in a city that wins a championship is pretty amazing. I've been lucky to have experienced it a few times. I tried to explain to my daughter that this was a rare thing, and to just let the kids blow off steam for the night.

I had a similar experience when I was in college. The Mizzou student body is apparently 80% St. Louisians, and the Cards were making a run in the playoffs. At some point they made a big play, and the entire dorm just went completely bonkers. I'd never seen people get so worked up about baseball!

I have some friends who are die hard Cards fans that were hating on all the "fake Royals fans", but really, it's hard not to get caught up in all the excitement when the local team is doing so well. Although I did have a coworker today asking about the Chiefs Parade.../facepalm

Baseball really is life in St. Louis. That can also make a lot of Cardinal fans really annoying, because we can be pretty judgmental of other fan bases.

KC was a great baseball town, right up until Ewing Kauffman died. He was a fantastic owner, much in the same mold as Auggie Busch was in St. Louis. They didn't own baseball teams to make money, They loved baseball and spent money on their hobby. KC had a fanatic team through the late 70's and well into the 80's, and the team drew really well.

But as gap between major markets and small markets grew in the 90's, Kauffman passed away and left David Glass to run and eventually sell the team to benefit a charity. Two major attempts to buy the team were turned down. One had George Brett and Rush Limbaugh leading a team of investors, and then later Lamar Hunt of the Chiefs, and he turned both down.

At that point I was sure the team was leaving KC. Glass passed up two offers that would have been super popular in KC. Eventually he bought the team himself, and he ran it on a shoestring budget, and the team wallowed in obscurity for years. after moving back to St. Louis I just stopped caring what became of them. Turns out, he decided to invest in the team and hired a great GM in 2007 to rebuild it. The lack of funds still made the rebuild a huge challenge, but damn if they didn't do a great job.

I will tell you that many of my friends that are blowing up my Facebook feed with excitement were mocking the Royals just a few years ago, as Sporting KC, their MLS franchise, was outdrawing them and garnering far more attention. There is a ton of bandwagon fans.

The key for the team now is to keep those fans entertained and interested. KC supports winners really, really well. I love seeing that same excitement for baseball that I saw when the Royals were battling the Yankees in the playoffs for thee straight years (losing each time) in the 70's.

I think the team really blew an opportunity to maximize revenue when they turned down an offer to switch to the NL Central. I was still in KC at the time, and the prevailing sentiment was that St. Louis sucks, and no one wants to play NL style baseball. My thought was that regular visits from Cardinal and Cubs fans would add a lot of revenue and excitement to the team. There are so many St. Louis and Chicago people in town, that it would have helped spark rivalry and excitement that Detroit and the White Sox would never be able to match. I worked in radio on a sports call in show at the time, and it just floored me how short sighted the arguments were.

But the Royals are back, and this team is nowhere near a fluke. It was built based on a longterm plan, and I expect they will be competitive for quite some time.

So KC turned out for a celebration today.

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Holy sh*t, man.

That makes the last three in SF look claustrophobic by comparison. No way you're fitting 800K people near city hall, let alone on the parade route.

New York actually looked the same today, though it wasn't to celebrate (clearly) but instead to commute to work as per usual.

Ex-Cardinals Scouting Director to plead guilty to hacking charges.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/ex-cardi...
MLB said they'll have a comment out later today. Wonder what kind of punishment this will have. I have to believe at least their first round pick, any compensatory picks they may have, and a hefty fine.

Too bad the Astros are in the AL now. This is making for a fun rivalry.

I read a rumor that included in the transcripts was Correa's statement to the judge that he did find Cardinals proprietary information when accessing the site. Won't make a difference in his legal case, but the Astros might stolidly see some minor fallout themselves.

Mostly, I need to listen to the local sports show this afternoon. I'm guessing another segment on what password Lunhow used on the Astros system, which was carried over from his time in St. Louis.

The Cardinals will get dinged, but there is nothing to suggest this was anything more than Correa screwing with Lunhow. The Cardinals believed Lunhow stole their IP when setting up the Astros scouting database, including algorithms and such.

Jayhawker wrote:

I read a rumor that included in the transcripts was Correa's statement to the judge that he did find Cardinals proprietary information when accessing the site. Won't make a difference in his legal case, but the Astros might stolidly see some minor fallout themselves.

It has been confirmed that Correa said this, though I doubt any action will be taken based on his word.

Jayhawker wrote:

The Cardinals will get dinged, but there is nothing to suggest this was anything more than Correa screwing with Lunhow.

If I'm reading this correctly it looks like a lot more than messing with Lunhow. Correa accessed all amateur and international player rankings and scouting reports, as well as transcripts of all their trade discussions..
http://deadspin.com/feds-cardinals-g...

edit - It looks like he accessed the data on multiple occasions, and when Lunhow changed his password Correa went into Lunhow's Astros email account and pulled the new password to continue accessing the Info.

And? He's been charged in federal court, and I said the Cards will get dinged with punishment. Unless there is some info I'm not aware of, this is the case of Correa accessing the database of one team, that he and Cardinal management had a beef with. It's not like filming the practices of opponents or tampering with equipment.

Bill DeWitt, the owner of the team, said at the outset he wanted MLB to also see that the Astros has stolen from the Cardinals. There is no indication that the team is hacking the databases of other teams, nor engaging in a pattern of cheating, nor stonewalling investigations.

So yeah, I find it mostly amusing. Maybe MLB will bring down some hammer, but I suspect the punishment won't be anything major.

What Correa did was wrong and illegal. He was fired and charged with a crime. I'm not seeing why the expected procedures in this case to be a bigger deal than when it broke.