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Greatest End to the Regular Season Ever?

9/29/11 in MLB   |   amanda85   |   56 respect

In what could be considered the greatest end to a regular season of baseball ever (or in my lifetime), both the Red Sox and the Braves completed epic meltdowns to end their season. To continue the similarities, both teams lost 4-3, had a 3-2 lead going into the 9th and both of their star closers blew the save. I do have to admit that seeing Papelbon be the one to blow the save was extra sweet.

In the 9th inning, Papelbon gave up a ground rule to Nolan Reimold to tie the game. Robert Andino then hit a line drive to left, where left fielder Carl Crawford charged, trapped and then dropped the ball allowing Reimold to score the winning run. While the Orioles did not have much to play for, it had to be a good feeling to crush the play off hopes a division power house.

The Red Sox left the field immediately and soon after entering the club house; their last playoff hopes being a win by the Yankees. The Red Sox fans found them in probably the worst position ever, they had to root for their division rivals in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Within about 5 minutes of entering the locker room, the Rays capped an epic comeback (both in the standings and in the game down 7-0 in the 8th) with a solo home run by Evan Longoria in the bottom of the 12th to propel them to the win and the playoffs.

Boston began September up 9 games on the Rays for the Wild Card. After a dismal record for the month of 7-20, the Rays edged out the Red Sox for the WC by one game.

The Braves began September with an 8 1/2 game lead for the Wild Card. After loosing to the Phillies 4-3 in 13 innings last night, coupled with a blow out win by the Cardinals over Houston, the Braves lost the edge.

Now the Rays will head to Texas to face the Rangers in the ALDS on Friday at 5:07. The Cardinals will head to Philadelphia to play the Phillies in the NLDS starting Saturday.
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10/3/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

I have always been good with that.

10/3/11   |   billywa   |   658 respect

 BDV4U and ML31


As Jess was foolish enough to give me Moderator status and I occasionally do employ it, let's give this argument and sniping a rest, agree to disagree, get back to talking sports, and move on...

10/3/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

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Mis-click on my part. Purely unintentional. Unlike your rants.

What rants?

10/2/11   |   Tiger_Pride2   |   3286 respect

If the Braves would have won, then its probably the best ever, but the Cardinals got in and I hate it.

10/2/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

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Yeah, right....  You need that innocence emoticon again here.  We are where we are because you made a silly comment towards me that made zero sense.  A comment that had no reason to be made to begin with.  And when asked to explain it, you couldn't just do that.  You had to get your little grade school jab in.  The net result is escalation.  Which obviously is what you wanted here.  You got what you wanted and now you are blaming others.  I guess you are just bored this evening...

BTW...  The guy with the thick skin was so rattled he had to flag my post.  Funny and telling at the same time.

10/1/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

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Don't imply that I went after Billy Wa or anyone else with idle threats (or threats of any kind).  You and I both know that was not the case.  Nor do I go about hijacking threads.  I'm flattered you think I have the power to control what other people do or say here but the fact is, I don't.  If someone wants to hijack a thread, they can try but it takes at least one other person to do it.  I ha've been guilty of going along with it.  But that is it.  Just check out what is happening here now...  You came in, stirred up trouble with some weird comment and all I did was ask you to clarify.  Your response stirs things up a bit more.  I keep responding and voila!  Hijacked thread curtesy of BDV4U.

10/1/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

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???   What are you on?  I never went after anyone who agreed with me.  In fact,  I make it a point never go after anyone at all.  (With the possible exception of the dragon guy, who was indeed loads of fun)  Seems to me that since something crawled up your rear enough to cause you to make an innocuous comment I think it is clear who has their "panties in a wad".  Nothing said here supports any kind of "thin skin" on my end.  From what I can tell, you seem to think that a person dishing out a warning to another is an indication of a thin skin.  But then, your line of thinking in this particular thread has been suspect.  So...

You said that I am one (among others apparently but you didn't say that originally) who intentionally is out to stir up threads.  Which is patently false. 

BTW...  A rare bit of cleverness from you here with the "innocent" emoticon.  A  fun way of admitting you were indeed the cause of such antics without actually writing it out.

10/1/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

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You never could take a point, even if were in the form of a frying pan aimed between your eyes! LOL

Even if I went to Alice's Restaurant and pulled out the 8 x 10 colored glossies with the red ink and arrows, etc. you would get it, but I will try and type as slow as possible so you can follow:

Arguments are going to be made on both sides of the Wild Card issue - for and against (are you with me so far?). While 99.9% were dead-fast against it in the 90s, that number has drastically declined in the 16 years since it was implemented. Guaranteed, if Selig does his little +1, his legacy will forever be cemented, along with his shoes at the bottom of Lake Superior - with him still in them!

Like it or not, you have been know to bring gasoline, kerosene AND jet fuel to every discussion you get involved in, along with the C-4 to ignite them, then hose down the concoction with raw diesel, just to muck the thread up. While you have a good point (most of the time), you tend to get verbose and just ramble on, dragging the conversation into some sideshow anarchy.

Now that this thread has been lowered to that level. I bow out, hoping you FINALLY get the original point!

If your point was to make a false claim about how I and I alone am stirring up discussions (again, with absolutely NOTHING to back it up), it was not obvious in any way.  You can type as slow as you like but since your line of thinking was 2+2= red no one could make that connection.  That makes two strikes against you here.  Care to go for three?

10/1/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

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Sure it does, Mr.Ultimate Thin-Skin. Those that you disdain that want, nay LOVE, the wild-card format will argue with you until their dying breath. Meanwhile, those steadfast on your side, will dig into their trenches and toss their hand grenades. All the while, those of us that just love the game for the game sit back and laugh at both sides fighting like a good female catfight, hoping you both end up in the pool, ripping each other's clothes off so we get a cheap skin show! LMAO

Still not following.  I dished out a simple warning.  And you responded by telling me how many bogus titles were won in MLB.  When I asked your point you took yet another dig at me (No big deal) and said you just sit back and enjoy the discussion.  There is still no logical path to follow.  Additionally, it is highly hypocritical of you to refer to me as "thin-skinned".  It is very likely I have the thickest skin of anyone here.  Certainly more than yourself, Mr can't-take-what-he-dishes-out.  That shouldn't bother you though as most of the people here are incapable of taking a fraction of what they dish out.

10/1/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

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Especially since 4 Wild Cards have already won World Championships and the Rays won 9-0 in Game 1 against Texas. LOL

You comment bears no connection in any way to mine.  Did you have a point with it?

9/30/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

billywa wrote:
I'm no fan of the wild card but I must admit, Wednesday night was pretty dramatic and fun.

Was it the best regular season ever?  Not by a long shot.  Let's remember, the action Wednesday night was ultimately a battle for 4th place in both leagues which, other than the last night, lacked the months-long drama and tension of a real pennant race that evolved over the course of the season like those ML31 referenced.  And, just when they actually managed to create some drama and excitement from their lame wild card concept,  leave it to Interim Commissioner for Life Bud Selig to mess that up with his desire to add another wild card next season, which means, if the same thing were to happen next September, it wouldn't matter, as both teams would be assured (deservedly or not) of a playoff spot...

Tread carefully here, sir.  There are many whose thin skin won't allow them to take kindly to opinions or ideas that are not their own!

9/30/11   |   billywa   |   658 respect

I'm no fan of the wild card but I must admit, Wednesday night was pretty dramatic and fun.

Was it the best regular season ever?  Not by a long shot.  Let's remember, the action Wednesday night was ultimately a battle for 4th place in both leagues which, other than the last night, lacked the months-long drama and tension of a real pennant race that evolved over the course of the season like those ML31 referenced.  And, just when they actually managed to create some drama and excitement from their lame wild card concept,  leave it to Interim Commissioner for Life Bud Selig to mess that up with his desire to add another wild card next season, which means, if the same thing were to happen next September, it wouldn't matter, as both teams would be assured (deservedly or not) of a playoff spot...

9/29/11   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21069 respect

The Red Sox had a big meltdown.  Thought they were goin all the way to the playoffs.  Heard they had 20 losses in September.  Ouch!

9/29/11   |   jaysinw   |   4909 respect

ML31 wrote:
Not at all.  The season was over days ago for all intents and purposes. 

Greatest season ender ever?  Obviously 1951's Miracle on Coogan's Bluff.  Giants trail the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games on August 11 only to come back and tie on the last scheduled game.  Then in game 157 the Giants win the pennant on Bobby Thomson's homer.  Awesome.  Something that can never happen today thanks to the wild card.

Giants knocking out the Dodgers on the last game of 1982 was better.  That same year the Brewers and O's went down to the final game.  Fans, Red Sox and Yankees fans particularly, saw better in 1978. 

The list of superior endings to seasons seems endless. 

I have to agree with all that you have written.

9/29/11   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

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Not at all.  The season was over days ago for all intents and purposes. 

Greatest season ender ever?  Obviously 1951's Miracle on Coogan's Bluff.  Giants trail the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games on August 11 only to come back and tie on the last scheduled game.  Then in game 157 the Giants win the pennant on Bobby Thomson's homer.  Awesome.  Something that can never happen today thanks to the wild card.

Giants knocking out the Dodgers on the last game of 1982 was better.  That same year the Brewers and O's went down to the final game.  Fans, Red Sox and Yankees fans particularly, saw better in 1978. 

The list of superior endings to seasons seems endless. 

9/29/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I must say how sweet it was for the Orioles to help eliminate Boston at Camden Yards. After all those years of Red Sox fans invading Camden Yards and generally treating the O's like a doormat, it was awesome to see the O's fight back and punch them in the mouth. That doesn't change that the O's are still terrible, but at least they've stopped folding.

9/29/11   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24937 respect

Thrilling, exhilarating, amazing night of baseball with a sh***ty outcome

9/29/11   |   mrbola133   |   1 respect

amanda85 wrote:
I should note that when I say it might be the "Greatest" end to the season I was referring to: A) How it all came down to the last day, B) how epic the games were (extra innings, rain delays, lead changes), and C) how quickly the Rays and Red Sox saga came to an end within about 10 minutes total.

That being said, I also think it's great that Boston got knocked out. That, however, was not the "great" I was referencing.

love you BYE

9/29/11   |   hclcdestin   |   8560 respect

Scott wrote:

What makes the Red Sox/Rays thing even more surreal is that both teams were literally down to their last strike with the Sox getting the wild card and the Rays falling short.  Instead, in what seemed to happen in a blink of an eye, Papelbon couldn't get Reimold and Dan Johnson hits a pinch hit, solo homerun to send the Rays game to extra innings.  Next thing you know the Rays are pulling off an unbelievable comeback from being 7 runs down in the bottom of the 8th inning to a ALDS showdown with the Texas Rangers while the Red Sox head back to Boston in disbelief.

Ain't it the truth! ENUTROF FO LASREVER ETULSOBA! Papelbon Saved the WORST4 last!!

9/29/11   |   Scott   |   52026 respect

What makes the Red Sox/Rays thing even more surreal is that both teams were literally down to their last strike with the Sox getting the wild card and the Rays falling short.  Instead, in what seemed to happen in a blink of an eye, Papelbon couldn't get Reimold and Dan Johnson hits a pinch hit, solo homerun to send the Rays game to extra innings.  Next thing you know the Rays are pulling off an unbelievable comeback from being 7 runs down in the bottom of the 8th inning to a ALDS showdown with the Texas Rangers while the Red Sox head back to Boston in disbelief.

9/29/11   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 Wow those were some big choke jobs

9/29/11   |   amanda85   |   56 respect

I should note that when I say it might be the "Greatest" end to the season I was referring to: A) How it all came down to the last day, B) how epic the games were (extra innings, rain delays, lead changes), and C) how quickly the Rays and Red Sox saga came to an end within about 10 minutes total.

That being said, I also think it's great that Boston got knocked out. That, however, was not the "great" I was referencing.