Are you watching the World Series? Chad Dotson 10/19/2011 146 Why? Share this:TweetPocket 146 Responses Doug Gray 10/19/2011 Because I love baseball. CP 10/19/2011 +1 to what Doug said. The small ball is killing me though. per14 10/19/2011 +2 BenL 10/19/2011 +3 I am feeling a bit torn. I’m also watching to root against the Cardinals… but they just brought Arthur Rhodes into his first WS… I would love to see him do well… So confused… ArkansasRedsFan 10/19/2011 I am. I grew up going to a lot of Rangers games. If I have to root for an AL team, its the Rangers. I also want to see the Cardinals fail, but they are hot, and I have a feeling that I will be very angry after this World Series. They are the luckiest freaking team in baseball. CKeever 10/20/2011 I watched because I love baseball. I’m as big of a Reds fan as they come, but for some reason I find myself pulling for the Cards even though I talk smack about the whiners all year. I watched them play so much this year I feel like I know their team really well. I wouldn’t mind seeing them win because they’re in the NL Central either. Maybe when the Reds play them next year and have to hear “defending champs” all the time it might get under their skin enough to motivate them. littleleo1 10/20/2011 Because I love the game of Baseball Ethan D 10/20/2011 No. But I have 2 good reasons. 1) I don’t have a TV. 2) I don’t I’m capable of watching the Cardinals win games or seeing Carpenter’s face without going sinking into depression Aaron Lehr 10/20/2011 Interesting post by Joe Posnanski about the use of the DH. He throws in a little tidbit at the end about TLR… it would almost make me have to like him. http://joeposnanski.blogspot.com/2011/10/to-dh-or-not-to-dh.html ARFoskey 10/20/2011 Because although I am a Reds Fan I also am a NL Central fan. Also, I am glad the cardinals made it so NOW THE REDS HAVE TO MAKE MOVES so their fan base doesn’t disappear for another decade. Plus watching Albert Puljos one last time in a cardinals uniform is a bittersweet thing! earl 10/20/2011 Heck no. I feel sick enough that the Cards made it to the series, I don’t want to see those bums win it all as that is pretty much the ultimate middle finger back to all Reds, Brewers and Cubs fans over their hatred of them. Eh…I feel queasy just typing this out. No matter what happens those bums got a laugh on us Reds fans for now. earl 10/20/2011 Pujols isn’t going anywhere. I don’t see him leaving. The Cards are making money and they will make it happen. Carpenter…eh, maybe not. ArkansasRedsFan 10/20/2011 Go Rangers! They tie it at 1 and head back to Arlington. Although, it kinda made me sick to see how the Rangers won the game. 2 sac flies scored their 2 runs. I could count on one hand how many runs we scored off sac flies this season. Jason in Toronto 10/21/2011 Because I love baseball, the Rangers are a good team, fun to watch and I want to watch the Little Whiny Bitches get beaten! pinson343 10/21/2011 @ArkansasRedsFan: I had the same thought. Once the Rangers got the runners to 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, I knew they were going to win, because Hamilton and Young were going to at least hit sac flies. After the game they both said they were going for sac flies. Hamilton got the right pitch for that, and Young had to drive a tough pitch. The Rangers lineup has speed, power, and yes – situational hitting. I love watching them play. More than speed, they have smart and alert baserunners. When the Reds have a runner on 3rd with less than 2 outs, only Ryan Hanigan is reliable at getting the run in. JustChill 10/22/2011 I am watching solely for the opportunity to see yadier and carpenter cry Dave Lowenthal 10/23/2011 @JustChill: Good luck with that one. Dave Lowenthal 10/23/2011 @pinson343: Is there any truth to that, or is this just your impression? Are there numbers to back up this claim? Dave Lowenthal 10/23/2011 And, by the way, the Rangers are dead team walking. You folks continually underestimate the Cardinals. Myles 10/23/2011 And, by the way, the Rangers are dead team walking.You folks continually underestimate the Cardinals. Not sure, depends on the next three innings. Assuming it ends up 2-2, the Cards have Carpenter and Garcia to win it in six. But then it’s relying on Lohse’s smoke and mirrors in game 7 of a world series? Not sure I’m buying that. ArkansasRedsFan 10/23/2011 And the Rangers tie it up. Great game by Holland tonight. Hopefully the Rangers can go back to St. Louis up 3-2. If not the Cards win it in 6. Myles 10/23/2011 And the Rangers tie it up.Great game by Holland tonight.Hopefully the Rangers can go back to St. Louis up 3-2.If not the Cards win it in 6. So it really comes down to our least favorite pitcher, Carpenter. rightsaidred 10/24/2011 @Dave Lowenthal: Maybe a little premature to call them dead? ArkansasRedsFan 10/24/2011 @Myles: I’d love to see him go down tonight. At least the game is in Texas so we don’t have to hear the WLB fans boo every time he throws one in the dirt and its called a ball. ArkansasRedsFan 10/24/2011 And the Rangers go up 3-2. What a game tonight. This has been one fun World Series. pinson343 10/24/2011 @Dave Lowenthal: You mean numbers to back up the claim about the Reds not getting runners in from 3rd base with less than 2 outs ? I did see the numbers for that in mid-August or so. Ryan Hanigan was 11 out of 12, Votto was well over 50%, the other numbers – for starters – were 50% and below. I did have the impression that Joey’s success rate in that situation fell in September, but I would think remained above 50%. I’d be happy to see updated numbers. pinson343 10/25/2011 Carpenter yelling at Napoli for no reason ? What else is new ? pinson343 10/25/2011 This has been an outstanding World Series, I don’t know why a baseball fan would want to miss it. pinson343 10/25/2011 I really like the Rangers. A deep lineup with power and speed (which is a good thing, with smart and alert baserunners). Outstanding defense, especially on the left side of the IF and the OF. Good bullpen. Not such a strong starting rotation. They still might lose this, but I like them. pinson343 10/25/2011 @Dave Lowenthal: I don’t underestimate the Cardinals, they’ve been a good team since the July trades. They still have a good chance to win this. I know you’re not a Cardinal fan, but congrats in any case on predicting they’d make it to the WS so early on. You seem to underestimate the Rangers. No reason to call them a dead team walking. Dave Lowenthal 10/25/2011 @pinson343: Looks like you’re right and I’m wrong…so far. Thanks to LaRussa. Good lord, did you guys see his explanation for why he left Scrabble in to face Napoli? I could not understand it, and then I especially could not understand it given he brought in Motte after the damage was done. If you’re willing to bring in Motte, I figure, bring him in to face Napoli! Well, he said in the postgame, he wanted to, and told the pen to get Motte warmed up to face Napoli, but, get this…THE BULLPEN COACH MISHEARD HIM AND WARMED UP LANCE LYNN INSTEAD. I’m serious. I simply cannot believe it. This is the world series, and you lose a game out of sheer incompetence? Hell, I’m in favor of it, but man. The Cards sure blew that game, leaving about 435 runners on base and running into outs like they were the Reds. Matt WI 10/25/2011 running into outs like they were the Reds. Yes… it was especially fun to see them send a runner in front of Pujols. That was very Dusty-esque, completly ignorning the intentional walk that would come to Votto, and in this case, Albert. pinson343 10/25/2011 @Dave Lowenthal: Still not over, of course. I’ve always felt that LaRussa is overrated, at least in terms of in-game management. I was totally baffled by the Lance Lynn thing. The Fox tv guys such as McCarver tried to make sense of it by saying that LaRussa was stalling for time. Jason in Toronto 10/25/2011 I love how La Russa got so much praise for the game one win, and has simply overmanaged the rest of this series. I don’t think he’s any more blessed than any of the others. I think of it like Bill Belichick, who is some sort of savant all of a sudden after being a huge wash-out in Cleveland. Managers and coaches don’t necessarily win championships, but guys like Norv Turner, Wade Phillips, Dusty Baker, Lou Piniella, Art Howe, Marty Schottenheimer et al can lose championships. Ron Washington, Joe Maddon, Mike Scioscia…they’re not geniuses, they just know in their current clubhouse how to get the most from their players. MrSaturdayNite 10/26/2011 I’m watching just because I want to see Carpenter cry when they lose. pinson343 10/27/2011 With Freese and Pujols standing right next to him, it was stupid to have Lewis bunt, a good bunt is a sure DP. With the way Garcia is pitching, the Rangers should have more than 2 thru the first 2. pinson343 10/27/2011 Another big drop by Holliday. Another RBI for Napoli. pinson343 10/27/2011 Michael Young is just awful at 1st base. Hard to believe he used to be a SS. pinson343 10/27/2011 Holliday picked off 3rd. I have never seen so many blunders in one baseball game. Still, the Cardinals pick up a run without a hit, again. pinson343 10/27/2011 Ogandi sucks. pinson343 10/27/2011 Ogando, that is. pinson343 10/27/2011 @pinson343: Actually there was an infield hit this time. The Cardinals haven’t hit the ball into the OF since I can remember. pinson343 10/27/2011 Yes, Beltre. The man can play. pinson343 10/27/2011 Third deck for Nelson Cruz. The Rangers can hit. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 No way the Rangers lose this. pinson343 10/27/2011 Hey there, Arkansas. Glad to have some company. LaRussa’s really cussing now. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Yeah, I love how Fox still played that clip when they knew he dropped a GD. Rangers still piling it on. Come on Rangers! ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Washington needs to ride this one out with the Dutch Oven. The Cardinals haven’t been close to hitting him this series. OF course, have a short leash if he starts blowing up. Myles 10/27/2011 Washington needs to ride this one out with the Dutch Oven.The Cardinals havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been close to hitting him this series.OF course, have a short leash if he starts blowing up. After the homer, left him in there and really dodged a bullet… and gives the big boppers one more go-round in the 9th. pinson343 10/27/2011 Holland is impressive. The guy can pitch, run the bases, and field his position. pinson343 10/27/2011 @ArkansasRedsFan: I would definitely stay with Holland. But Washington said something about going with Mike Adams in the 8th, no matter what. Don’t know why a manager would think like that. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Yeah, he is good. So did we just see Pujols’ last at bat in a Cardinals uniform? pinson343 10/27/2011 Maybe, very hard to say. Whether you like or dislike the Cardinals, it’s hard to imagine Pujols in a different uniform. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 He sticks with him. 5 more outs. Man I wish this could be us this year. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 @pinson343: Yep I agree, and as I type Allen Craig just smashed a ball. pinson343 10/27/2011 Good, Holland still out there. I guess Washington was misquoted. Of course, Dusty would put in Masset in this situation to blow the 3 run lead. pinson343 10/27/2011 Oh well, it’s just one run. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 @pinson343: Yeah no kidding, I’d love to see Masset in any uniform that does not say Cincinnati on it next season. pinson343 10/27/2011 Tying run at the plate. Just this situation in Game 6 of the 1975 WS, and Bernie Carbo homered. pinson343 10/27/2011 PS Hopefully Adams does better here than Rawly Eastwick did. Aagh, that should have been the 3rd out ! ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Dangit. This is the kind of crap the Cardinals always pull off. Get the out at 2nd, Elvis. pinson343 10/27/2011 Andrus has a brain camp, another blunder. pinson343 10/27/2011 @ArkansasRedsFan: Easy play for Andrus at 2nd. Unbelievable. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Whew, no harm no foul pinson343 10/27/2011 Whew. The Rangers defense has given the Cardinals so many opportunities, and 2 gift runs. pinson343 10/27/2011 Furcal not the hitter he used to be. Myles 10/27/2011 Would love to see Cruz go deep again. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 @pinson343: Yeah, those 75 WS references are WAY before my time. I know what you are talking about, but I wasn’t even a thought at that point haha. pinson343 10/27/2011 @ArkansasRedsFan: I will never ever forget the Carbo HR, which came after a walk and an IF hit. I had a feeling it was coming. One weakness of the BRM was that Eastwick was a postseason choke. pinson343 10/27/2011 Two run lead doesn’t feel so comfortable. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 @pinson343: Not at all. Especially when Pujols and Berkman are coming up. A 2 run bomb would be nice here. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Well, possibly the conclusion of one of the best World Series in a while. Myles 10/27/2011 If the Cards scored two and it goes extra innings LaRussa’s got no pinch hitters left. pinson343 10/27/2011 Feliz better keep his cool here. I don’t want to watch Albert tie it up, or Berkman hit a walkoff. pinson343 10/27/2011 @Myles: Right. And yet in an All Star Game, he saved Albert for extra innings, rather than give him a chance to win it for the NL with the bases loaded in the 9th. pinson343 10/27/2011 THROW STRIKES !!! ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Yeah, La Russa wasted Jon Jay earlier. HUGE strikeout there. pinson343 10/27/2011 That’s it, 1 down. pinson343 10/27/2011 Berkman the tying run. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Dangit, I know Pujols would get a hit there. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Find it, Feliz! pinson343 10/27/2011 Crap, Feliz. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 A 4-6-3 wouldn’t be a bad thing here. Myles 10/27/2011 Feliz can’t find the plate. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Leave it to Cardinals fans to boo a called strike down the middle. Myles 10/27/2011 Feliz working agonizingly slow. pinson343 10/27/2011 Fools Craig on a mistake pitch. Two down. pinson343 10/27/2011 @Myles: That’s what he does. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Of freaking course. Myles 10/27/2011 wow. one of the biggest choke jobs ever in history. pinson343 10/27/2011 OMG, I thought that was the 3rd out. Cruz should have had it. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Extras. Absolutely fitting for this series. Myles 10/27/2011 Hamilton for the win. That’s what I’d like to see now. pinson343 10/27/2011 They’re saying that was over the head of Cruz. It wasn’t, the ball went just to the right of his glove. ArkansasRedsFan 10/27/2011 Yeah, Cruz played that terribly. Of course it doesn’t happen if Feliz can find the strike zone. pinson343 10/28/2011 @Myles: You called it, Myles !!!! pinson343 10/28/2011 This is one of the most bizarre, amazing games I’ve ever seen, and more to go. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 @Myles: Holy crap. Good call. pinson343 10/28/2011 It can’t be called “one of the greatest WS games” though, because of the horrible defensive play. pinson343 10/28/2011 Again a 2 run lead to protect. It shouldn’t be as hard this time. Who is the Cardinals best hitting pitcher ? pinson343 10/28/2011 I like going to Oliver. I say he saves it. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 It is still one of the best series’ I can remember in a long time. pinson343 10/28/2011 It is still one of the best seriesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ I can remember in a long time. Definitely. Myles 10/28/2011 Oliver doesn’t have it either Myles 10/28/2011 now sacrifice and the big guys get one more shot. pinson343 10/28/2011 A dying quail, can’t believe it. pinson343 10/28/2011 That was a strike, Lohse never pulled the bat back. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 Absolutely terrible call. pinson343 10/28/2011 Great bunt by Lohse and play by Andrus. pinson343 10/28/2011 Theriot’s a pain in the neck, Albert up next, not good. Myles 10/28/2011 now you have to worry about Pujols hitting a three run dinger even if you get Theriot. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 I can’t believe this. Can the Rangers just warm up Nolan Ryan? pinson343 10/28/2011 @ArkansasRedsFan: Nolan Ryan looks like he’s having heart failure. Myles 10/28/2011 putting the winning run to pitch to the guy hitting .409 in the series… but that’s Pujols for you. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 Here we go. Please get freaking Berkman out. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 @Myles: ABsolutely. Washington would have been crucified if he had pitched to Pujols and lost the game. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 Aaaand of course. pinson343 10/28/2011 Holy crap. Myles 10/28/2011 Has this ever happened in series history? A team blowing two two-run leads in the last two innings? ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 Cards are winning it all. They can’t lose elimination games. Myles 10/28/2011 well this does give Napoli a chance to earn that MVP award. 😆 pinson343 10/28/2011 With the no doubles defense against Berkman, the Rangers actually played for a tie (rather than risking a loss on a double). Highly questionable. pinson343 10/28/2011 So now the Cardinals have been down to their last strike twice. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 @pinson343: Yeah, Hamilton catches that ball and the Rangers are celebrating if they are at normal depth. earl 10/28/2011 This game is totally insane. I’m glad I’m not a Rangers fan. I’d be dead living and dying on this one. I really don’t care about the Cardinal fans, they can go eat beans. pinson343 10/28/2011 @Myles: Not that I know of. Definitely not in an elimination game. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 Well at least Westbrook sucks. pinson343 10/28/2011 @ArkansasRedsFan: But he probably won’t have to go for too long. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 Thank goodness Berkman is the slowest outfielder since ‘Nam. Myles 10/28/2011 who pitches after Feldman? pinson343 10/28/2011 @ArkansasRedsFan: Or at the least, Hamilton would have had a play at the plate. pinson343 10/28/2011 Mark Lowe getting loose. Myles 10/28/2011 And Washington stays with Feldman. Bizarre. pinson343 10/28/2011 They just flashed it: Cardinals frist team ever in WS game to come back twice from the 9th inning on. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 @Myles: Nope. I wish he would’ve stayed with him, though. pinson343 10/28/2011 Should have let Feldman stay in. pinson343 10/28/2011 Bad move by Washington. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 This sucks. I have to be at work at 5:45 tomorrow Myles 10/28/2011 un believe able. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 Cards win in 7. No way Texas comes back from that tomorrow. Luckiest team in baseball. pinson343 10/28/2011 Of course. Bringing in Lowe was like Sparky bringing in Pat Darcy to pitch to Fisk. Only Sparky didn’t have a choice when he brought in Darcy. Bringing in Lowe was just not necessary, and just plain stupid. earl 10/28/2011 Krazy…Freese has been a beast in the playoffs. I hope it doesn’t catch on and have him finally live up to that potential next year. Myles 10/28/2011 There doesn’t seem to be any way Texas recovers from this. But I guess that’s why they play the games. ArkansasRedsFan 10/28/2011 Gosh I hate the Cardinals so much. pinson343 10/28/2011 Just reviewed the hilites. On Freese’s game-tying triple with 2 outs in the 9th, Nelson Cruz backed off from hitting the wall. And to catch the ball, he didn’t even have to hit the wall. Of course, there were a whole lot of worse defensive plays than that in the game. But if that play is made, game and series over. Coulda shoulda ….. pinson343 10/28/2011 Not looking good. The pitch to Molina, that was called ball 4 to walk in a run, was just called a strike about 4 times in that inning for Carpenter. It was called a ball to Molina after his theatrics on an obvious strike 2.