The Last Time Your Team Won it All: Baseball Teams

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I got the idea for this post when I was talking to my friend about the last time the Yankees won the World Series. It’s almost going to be nine years, but nine years isn’t that long. If I ever complained about a nine-year World Series drought to a Cubs fan, I would more than likely get a smack in the face…and it would be completely warranted.

However, when I think back to where I was the 2000, it seems like ages ago. The last time the Yankees won it all I was a freshman in High School. It feels like I graduated from H.S. ages ago; forget about actually being a freshman. The bottom line is we all follow our team with one goal: to see them win it all at the end. Don’t get me wrong, you can still enjoy the season, but you are never fully satisfied unless your team is the last one standing. Unless you root for the Phillies, Red Sox or Cardinals, the last time your team won it all can seem like a lifetime ago.

So let’s take a little trip down memory lane and see what life was like the last time your team were World Champions. Sorry to all Washington, Milwaukee, Houston, San Diego, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Texas, and Seattle fans. You need to have won at least one to qualify.

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Hit and Run: In Which Barry Zito’s BABIP Regresses, Right Before Our Eyes!

A.k.a. the “Complete MLB Rundown (To The Exclusion Of Everything Else)” edition. Why? Because I can. Yesterday’s scores presented BBC-style for extra hilarity and confusion.

  • Red Sox 3 – 5 Blue Jays. Sevven sollid innings from Tallet (see what I did there?) provide a lead for Scott Downs to preserve, bringing them back into 2nd place in the mighty AL East. Go Jays!
  • Marlins 7 – 3 Mets. Tim Redding sucks. Josh Johnson doesn’t. Go Fish!
  • Braves 2 – 3 Diamondbacks. There are a lot of 3s today. Eric Byrnes finally does something good; namely, driving in the winning run in the 11th. No, wearing awesome socks doesn’t automatically mean that you’ve done something good.
  • Dodgers 0 – 7 Cubs. Eric Stults fails as Dodgers get shut out for the first time all year. You know, I like the guy, but hey dude, put up or shut up. As in, put up zeros on the scoreboard, or shut the hell up when the reporters interview you and ask why you sucked. Go ahead, say, “I sucked”. David Ortiz did, you can too! Ugh. STULTS. My boy Brent Leach faces 1 batter, records 2 groundouts, because he’s cool like that. Go Dodgers.
  • Twins 2 – 5 Rays. David Price blah blah blah 11 strikeouts blah blah blah 1st Major League win blah blah blah Free Rick Porcello!
  • Reds 5 – 9 Brewers. Some dudes hit some home runs.
  • Tigers 6 – 3 Orioles. Is Luke Scott on steroids? Naw, he’s just in an un-slump.
  • Astros 4 – 7 Pirates. Hey guys, the Pirates just won another game. Meanwhile, the Astros lost another one and are hopelessly out of contention. Kind of like the Nationals.
  • Yankees 10 – 5 Indians. Your first double-digit scoring game of the night was notable only for the fact that CC Sabathia gave up runs. I really hate that guy. Oh, and Nick Swisher (perhaps better known simply as AJ Burnett’s new boyfriend) hit a home run. I’m sure they celebrated in an entirely appropriate fashion that didn’t involve ice cream or maple syrup or leather and chains. No, I didn’t just imply that.
  • Nationals 6 – 9 Phillies. Cole Hamels gets shelled but gets the win anyway. Disgusting. Lidge doesn’t implode, but his ERA is still above 8. Good luck with that, buddy.
  • White Sox 5 – 3 Royals. Gil Meche gets no love from the bullpen. Which sucks.
  • Athletics 1 – 14 Rangers. The average Leverage Index for this game was so low that it actually may have caused a Fangraphs implosion. Seriously, check it out:

  • Padres 7 – 8 Rockies. This game is actually so boring that there’s no proof it happened, so I can’t tell you what happened, although I’m sure if you really want to know you can look it up somewhere.
  • Mariners 4 – 3 Angels. If you’re a Mariners fan, then Jose Lopez is your saviour. On the other hand, if you’re a Mariners fan, then you probably have bigger problems, including the fact that your #5 starter is actually a vampire. That’s my clever way of saying that I sort of have a crush on Jason Vargas.
  • Cardinals 6 – 2 Giants. Zito was doing fine until he gave up 3 consecutive doubles in the 7th. Actually, on a team that didn’t epitomize suckitude, he would’ve had an easy shot at winning this game, except that 1) Albert Pujols is on steroids and 2) The Giants suck, ergo, their bullpen sucks, ergo, their starters don’t win unless they pitch complete game shutouts. Except for that one time, but I’m pretty sure that was an accident. Oh, and Albert Pujols did do something good; namely, he struck out looking on a curveball from Zito that came thisclose to making me scream in delight. (I did actually sort of whimper, but the sexual power of a pitch like that is a discussion for another time. Just watch any Roy Halladay start, or a good AJ Burnett start. You’ll understand.)

Good morning. I know in darkness I will find you giving up inside like me.

Take Us Out To The Ballgame: The Ladies…do Busch Stadium

St. Louis 010 I’ve been to a few stadiums around the country and other than my team’s home, Miller Park, I would put Busch Stadium in St. Louis on the top of my list.

The views are great, the stadium and field are beautiful, and everyone (well, most everyone) was accepting and nice.

Of course, Friday night’s game ended up getting rained out, so we ended up buying tickets to Saturday’s game, which was going to be our off day, over Craigslist on Friday night.

Special thanks to the very nice man who sold us his season tickets for  below face and emailed them to us. It couldn’t have gone smoother.

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The All-Star Break Called… Part Deux

So I’ll admit it, I am a total snob when it comes thinking that the AL is superior to the NL.  I don’t know if its the designated hitter deal, the difference in stadium size (I like my homers in the AL), or the tighter strike zone… whatever it is, I’ve always considered the NL to be the red headed step child of Major League Baseball.  But I set those feelings aside to bring you the All-Star Team of the National League,  Ladies… style.

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Bad Baseball Beards: The True Threat to our National Pastime

Oh, Jayson.  No.

Oh, Jayson. No.

Dear Major League Baseball Players,

We need to talk.

I know we all like to make fun of the old school owners who forbid facial hair, and most of you can probably recite the relevant parts of The Simpsons softball episode by heart.  The baseball season is long, and  required uniforms can make it hard to find an outlet for personal expressions of style other than your hair.  (Or so I’m told by friends who went to Catholic school.)

Still, this beard thing is out of control this season. Minda tried to warn you last year that things were getting a little too scruffy in the chin region, but did you listen?

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Know Your Troy Glaus Replacements

Troy will be sitting for a while.

Troy will be sitting for a while.

The Cardinals’ infield has been a bit of a mess for a few seasons (with one noteable exception of course).  This year, Khalil Greene has stabilized things at short, and we’re apparently turning Skip Schumaker into a second baseman, but the real uncertainty has been at third base, as three different Cardinals (none of them with significant major league experience) compete to fill Troy Glaus’s shoes until his shoulder heals.

After one week of games, each of these three men have started at least once; in five of the seven games at least two of them played the position.  On Opening Day, all three got in the game.  [Note: I'm writing this before Monday night's game.]  But who are these young(ish) men?  What’s a Joe Thurston and where did he come from? (Actual question I asked last Tuesday when I checked the score.)  A primer, after the jump. Continue reading

The Ladies… Gift Lists

Chances are if you’re reading this blog then you are a sports-minded lady. Do you know what to ask for from your family and/or friends? Maybe you have a certain special female  in your life that love sports more than you? Do you know where to start in purchasing her the perfect gift this holiday season?

I thought not. So take a gander at the Ladies… gift lists and get inspired. It’s not all tickets. Someone wants this.

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Meanwhile, 4 1/2 Games Out of the Wild Card …

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Hot man, cool jersey. (Source: profantasybaseball.com)

I think I have shown remarkable restraint in making it to my seventh week before writing a Cardinals post. But can we talk about Albert Pujols for a second?

I know, you say, he’s great.  He’s always great. Next!

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the only player whose baseball card has ever been taped to my computer monitor is having not just a typical Pujolsian great year, but, in many respects, a career year.  And he’s doing it on an elbow that’s apparently being held together with chewing gum and the fervent prayers of the Redbird faithful. Please humor me for a minute while I throw some numbers (and some pretty pictures) at you …

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Monday Morning Baseball Miscellany

Here are some random Monday musings.

>>The Cards dropped 2 of 3 to the Cubs this weekend, but I just can’t be that disappointed about it. We played ‘em tough two games.  We only got blown out in the third game.  I won’t be mad at all if we stay 1-2 in the NL Central all year because then the NLCS Thunderdome between the Cards/Cubs will be that much sweeter.  What concerns me much more than the Cubs right now are the Brewers.  They’ve caught the Cards in the standings and are probably going to snag CC Sabathia from Cleveland, plus they start a 4-game series at home against the lowly Rockies today.  I don’t want this to turn into a 3-team race!  I was happy with a 2-team race!  [foot stomp]


Isn’t this a cool picture?

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Dance! Rookie Wonderland!

The St. Louis Cardinals set a record yesterday.  With Nick Stavinoha starting at DH, they set a season record for starting rookies.  Thus far the Cardinals have started nine different rookies and weirdly enough Colby Rasmus is not one of them.  The nine rookies are: pitchers Mitchell Boggs, Kyle McClellan, Mike Parisi, Chris Perez and Mark Worrell, outfielders Brian Barton, Joe Mather, Nick Stavinoha and Rico Washington.  For my grades on their performances, check out an article here.  For pictures of these Rookie Hotties, just see below.

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Mitchell Boggs

He’s actually much cuter than he looks here.

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The Final Countdown… well, not really

This weekend, weather permitting, the Cubs and Cardinals will have their first of many games this season, and your Ladies… are on top. Of the action. (Hi-yo!) Resident Cardinals fan, Lady Andrea, and Chitown Chick, a Cubs fan who had her first crush on Jody Davis, will liveblog Saturday’s game. We will be using Cover It Live, so come join us!

Andrea’s Note:  I believe the game is being hosted at BUSCH, Chitown.

Chitown’s Note: Sad! Score one for the Cards fans!

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

I Really Brought This On Myself [sigh]

At my other sandbox, we are doing a What If simulated season. Every writer there covers a specific team, so they can draft anybody from the past 25 years of their team. I do not have a specific team, so I get to do a “theme” team and I chose Hotties (natch). In order to get some inspiration for which Diamond Dolls I wanted to draft, I started looking through last year’s Bringing the Heat features. I got to the Toronto Blue Jays, which just happened to be one of the teams that I covered, and what did I find?

That’s right. The fact that my boyfriend now lives in Canada and has swapped redbirds for bluebirds is…all my fault.

*cries*

St. Louis Cardinals Hotties

The day is here! Cardinals Hotties!!! I don’t particularly want to talk about the ups and downs I’ve been going through since the end of July. And that is NOTHING compared to what they’ve been through. Death and injuries, including the fact that we still don’t know if Juan Encarnacion will ever be the same. For today, let’s just focus on hotties. Let’s start with one of my favorite pictures of the bunch. Not only do I love Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina, but they have this cute little handshake celebratory thing they do that I just lurve.


Three hotties, YAHTZEE!

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Thursday’s Hottie Hit n Run: Injured Hottie Edition

Cardinals Hottie Scott Rolen may be done for the season. I’m trying not to fling myself off a bridge, but it’s very disheartening. We’ve come so far in the past 10 weeks. *Sniffle* He’s had cortisone shots in his shoulder, but it just doesn’t seem to be enough. Call-up Hottie Brendan Ryan will most likely take over at 3rd base for the remainder of the season. Ryan was quoted as saying, “I don’t have a choice. We’ve got guys who are banged up. I’m not banged up enough.” Awwwwwww. Furthermore, if anybody sees fit to bring me the heads of Alex Cintron or Hee-Seop Choi on a platter……that would be looked upon favorably. [Andrea's Most Favoritest Player Out for September Stretch]


Proof positive of LaRussa’s Warlock Skills.

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Thursday’s Hottie Hit n Run

Rangers Hottie Jarrod Saltalamacchia did his part in the absolute take-them-out- behind-the-woodshed routing of the Baltimore Orioles by the Texas Rangers last night. This was the first 30-run game by a team since 1897. 110 years, people. What boggles my mind further is that this is the most runs ever scored by a team in a double-header…….before the second game even started! Byrd and Metcalf each had a grand slam. Ramon Vazquez and Salty each had two homeruns and 7 RBIs. Texas Rangers, we salute you! [The Texas Rangers Scored More Runs Than The Total of Each Other Game Last Night ]

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Hump Day Hottie: Rick Ankiel

So, this is today’s Hump Day Hottie. It’s a special one, brought to you by Lady Andrea. Texas Gal is tied up in a closet taking a short vacation and she was brow-beaten into is letting me fill in for her. Today, feast your eyes on my newest baseball boyfriend: Rick Ankiel. If you don’t know the story by now, I’ll direct you here, so as to save space for more delicious pictures. Rick is off to a great start, hitting .318 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs through 5 games. He also seems to have sparked a team that had been looking completely thrashed. Cubs and Brewers, we’re coming for you. Also: Ankiel is hot. I’ve decided Christian Bale will play him in the movie. Feel free to give other suggestions in the comments!


Stripey socks!

 

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Comebacks Are Hot

Rick Ankiel. The bane of the Cardinals’ post-season existence in 2000. He was the Wild Pitch Machine, throwing 9 wild pitches in 2 post-season games. He flitted in and out of the majors in the next couple years until he finally had to give up the pitching ghost. However, he was always a good hitter and this year the Cardinals invited him to spring training as an outfielder. Tonight was his major league debut as an outfielder and in the bottom of the 7th inning, after a pop up and two strikeouts, Rick Ankiel hit a 3-run homer to right field. It was glorious. It was beautiful. He got a huge standing ovation and I cried in my living room. I haven’t wished for someone to hug so badly since October 27th, 2006. Congratulations, Rick! Welcome back.


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How To Make Love To A ______ Fan: The St. Louis Cardinals

cardinals.jpeg We are, respectively, pleased as punch and moderately alarmed to present the third and fourth installments in our How To Make Love To A ______ Fan series. Today we give you St. Louis Cardinals darling Lady Andrea while Rocky Top sweetheart Holly files her dispatch at EDSBS. This continuing malarkey brought to you by the Ladies… in partnership with the mad genius of Every Day Should Be Saturday. Take it away, LA…

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Josh Hancock, 1978-2007

The news has come out of St. Louis that sometime last night Cardinals’ right-handed reliever Josh Hancock was killed in a car accident. There aren’t many details about the crash and I personally find that unimportant because regardless of the circumstances, it’s still a tragedy.

I wanted to do a post and I was at a loss for what to write at first, because Hancock is just one of those guys in the bullpen that comes into the game, throws 10-15 pitches and leaves. You hope he gets ground-outs, you hope he doesn’t give up any runs, but that’s about it. The way LaRussa manages, you might see Hancock just come in for one out and then leave the game, so I was struggling for what to write. Continue reading

Hump Day Hottie: Scott Rolen

I admit, I was a latecomer to the Scott Rolen Party of Hotness. Several of my friends who are Phillies fans swore by his hottie virtues, but I didn’t believe. A certain Cardinal-loving Lady… also spoke of his hottness, and still I wasn’t fully convinced. But after doing a little research (and by that, I mean “looking at lots of pictures of him”) I am here to say: boy is fine. He has the cutest little Indiana-boy grin you ever did see, not to mention a great butt and some nice-lookin’ guns. Also, he is flexible- see the middle picture below for proof. He was Mr. Baseball in high school, but was also 3rd place in the Mr. Basketball title as well (and in bball crazy Indiana, that’s saying something)- so he’s multi-talented. I’m fully converted to the way of the HotScott.

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Baby Scott, back in ’95, with roommate Dan Held

If that wasn’t enough Scotty Ro-Ro goodness for you, follow the jump for a bunch more…

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