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MAC702

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Similar to the Official NFL Football thread, which I will make sure is active again when the season starts.

I'll update this OP with everyone's teams so it can be used for ready reference.

MAC702 - Baltimore Orioles
TitanNV - Oakland Athletics
MCD - Los Angeles Dodgers
Gullwing - San Francisco Giants
DLKnives - San Francisco Giants
jim - Seattle Mariners
Koyote - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles
mbogo - New York Yankees
pick_six - Philadelphia Phillies
BW64 - New York Yankees
Cujo - Los Angeles Dodgers
 
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titanNV

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Oakland A's... for the last 20 years. Lots of ups and downs. Surprising the number of ups after the Haas family sold it (Haas was the last owner to actually put money into the team).
 

MAC702

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I always liked the game, but hadn't really learned to appreciate it nor had a personal team while growing up like I did with my grandfather's Seahawks in football. But while in Maryland in the Navy, I went to an Orioles game at the absolutely beautiful then-brand new Camden Yards stadium. They had a Navy night. Cal Ripken was a superstar. I fell in love with baseball and the Orioles have been my team ever since, which is probably one of the worst decisions I've ever made in my life and explains why I drink so much.

These past two years, I've really gotten back into following the sport. I've learned every rule and every nuance, and it has made the sport more exciting then ever before.

I'm still waiting for the DamnYankees implosion my friend promised me this season.
 

MAC702

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Oakland A's... for the last 20 years. Lots of ups and downs. Surprising the number of ups after the Haas family sold it (Haas was the last owner to actually put money into the team).
First no-hitter this year, and against the nearly undefeated Red Sox at the time! Who saw that coming?!

Including today's loss to the Angels (complete bullpen implosion in the 8th) my O's are winless in every single game against the AL West this season so far. Sweeps from Angels, A's, and Mariners; and many of them were very, very close nailbiters. We've yet to play the Rangers, but I will be in Dallas for one of the games first week in August it looks like.

One of the games against your A's, I think it was, our starter Gausman (who also has an immaculate inning this year) pitched a no-hitter through 9 that we lost in extra innings because we couldn't give him any run support. It's been a heart-breaker of a season after fixing our biggest problem from last year: the starting rotation. Now, we drastically improved it, but nothing to show for it because the offense died; the same offense that last year would have been winning games except the rotation would give up more than we could score.
 
#5
Dodger fan. as long as I can remember. last year was fun. jury still out this year but, I enjoy watching or, listening none the less. My grandmother used to listen to Vin Scully on the radio when she was watching me. never looked back. baseball is a wonderful game. I can watch it at almost any level and still enjoy a competitive game.

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MAC702

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My last attended game was last month when the Phillies were at Dodgers. Kenta Maeda was taken out in the second inning and put on the disabled list. The game I attended before that was the month before when the Dodgers were at Diamondbacks. Ryu was taken out in the first or second inning and put on the disabled list. How much will the Dodgers pay me not to attend any more games?

Dodgers made me some money last year. I didn't make many bets on the games but I have one pal who's a die-hard Cubs fan and bet with his emotions. I made a killing on him in the NLCS.
 

MAC702

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When I go to the Dodgers games, I have to be a little careful. My orange Orioles jersey makes me look like a Giants fan at first. Then they wonder who Ripken is for a minute.

It's the same jersey I was wearing at Cashman Field for opening night of the 51s this season. I made the front page of the sports section. The picture was taken when our section was being given free ice cream, and I'm front and center, in an orange Orioles jersey, taking all the attention away from the 51s, Stars, and Mets jerseys all around me. I had no idea a picture was even being taken. I was just standing up and getting my free ice cream from the pretty blonde.
 

Gullwing

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#9
Yes LA would be a great place to carry...

Growing up never really worried going to kings games in sharks gear. Now not so much, but in knight gear
 
#12
ANGELS and DODGERS

One for each league. Many people don't understand, why not root for both? I am hoping for a Freeway Series to go to a tied 7th game into extra innings and then may the best team win.

In the early 1950's, my parents used to take me to Pacific Coast League ANGELS games at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. The same park where the original HR Derby was filmed with the likes of all the stars from the 50's. In 1958, the DODGERS moved from Brooklyn and I began listening to Vin Scully on a new Motorola transistor radio my mother bought for $60. Quite a lot in those days. Of course, 1959 is my fave year, the year the L.A. DODGERS won their first World Series. They played in the Coliseum with a left field “wall” of netting called the Chinese Wall. Wally Moon, a left hander, hit many a HR over this opposite wall thru an inside-out swing of his. They were appropriately called “Moonshots” as they were more like pop-ups, rather then line drive HR's. The DODGERS were not really a team of superstars as the veterans like Snider, Hodges and Furillo were at the end of their careers. However, near the end of the season Maury Wills was brought up to replace 'Popeye' Zimmer and he sparked the DODGERS in a three game series against the not so giants, along with backup catcher Joe Pignatano and even the pitchers chipped in. Wills' stealing of bases was a big help to the DODGERS who did not win the pennant outright as they had to meet the Milwaukee Braves in a playoff. The key plays there were Johnny Logan getting hurt and Felix Mantilla making a critical error when he came in to sub, thus giving the DODGERS entry to play the Early Wynn led GO-GO White Sox. The DODGERS won that series and went on to several others, the last being in 1988 which was also special to me as by then I had a young son with whom I watched the whole series with.

The ANGELS won their one and only series against the a fore mentioned Giants.

I have moved around a little and have settled in Sparks, NV. I still root for BOTH my ANGELS and DODGERS and always will!
 

MAC702

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#13
I might make it to a Mariners/Orioles series this year, but I doubt it now. Just like with the Seahawks, the yuppies have taken over and ticket prices have skyrocketed. I've been watching a lot of Mariners games this year, and found myself rooting for them. It was easy to rationalize, after all. I was 3rd gen from Washington State and the Seahawks are my football team, so I SHOULD be a Mariners fan, right? And I love good games. NO ONE has close games like the Mariners! So then they go to Baltimore and sweep the O's in four straight nailbiters. Grrrrr. Lots of trade history between Seattle and Baltimore, too.
 

MAC702

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#14
We are getting the West coast unsurprisingly well-covered. No Padres fans yet. Las Vegans my age stood a good chance of being Padres fans as when we were kids the Las Vegas Stars were their AAA affiliate before moving to the Dodgers. We even used to get the San Diego Chicken to come to town. This is the last year they will be part of the Mets organization. I wonder what happens next year. I wouldn't think it would be something that would change frequently if at all.

I grew up with the Designated Hitter. It's normal to me. It doesn't bother me. Trying to look at it objectively, I really do appreciate the mastery of the double switch and various tactics to maximize hitting and saving of pitchers, but then all it does it make me realize, why don't they just go to the DH anyway? We are paying pitchers more and more every year, and then risking them on the basepaths. Pitchers in the NL make up 11% of the lineup, yet because we almost always bat them last and use PHs, they get less than 5% of plate appearances anyway, and while it's really cool when they are good at it, the fact is it always makes the news because most of them just aren't. Orioles currently have their ace pitcher Dylan Bundy on the DL because he hurt his ankle running the bases last week in Atlanta. Met's ace DeGrom was on the DL this year from an offensive injury.
 

MAC702

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Where to begin about the DamnYankees? They were supposed to suck last year, experimenting with rookies like Aaron Judge, and what not. Yankees and Red Sox (and Nationals) firing their managers was weird after great seasons. Aaron Boone seems to have not screwed up this year. I'm always looking for a rival to watch games with if you get time to actually watch the games. I'm obviously not a sore loser.

Back when Baltimore's record after the first month was like 6 - XXX; I took some pleasure in the fact that 3 of our 6 wins were winning a series in the Bronx.

SPEAKING OF WATCHING THE GAMES!!!

Are there any f-ing SPORTS bars that actually play SPORTS? I can't find one. I realize I may not get sound for the particular game I'm watching, but EVERY SINGLE "SPORTS" bar in town plays MUSIC instead. Even when the only sport going on is a daytime Cubs game, they look at you like you're crazy if you even ask why they play music instead of the sound for the game.
 

mbogo

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#17
Mac,

Sporting Life on Jones near Robindale plays sports, if they're on and the food is very good. They'll even bring a liitle speaker to your booth so you can listen your game without overlaying whatever is on the P.A.

mbogo
 
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We are getting the West coast unsurprisingly well-covered. No Padres fans yet. Las Vegans my age stood a good chance of being Padres fans as when we were kids the Las Vegas Stars were their AAA affiliate before moving to the Dodgers. We even used to get the San Diego Chicken to come to town. This is the last year they will be part of the Mets organization. I wonder what happens next year. I wouldn't think it would be something that would change frequently if at all.

I grew up with the Designated Hitter. It's normal to me. It doesn't bother me. Trying to look at it objectively, I really do appreciate the mastery of the double switch and various tactics to maximize hitting and saving of pitchers, but then all it does it make me realize, why don't they just go to the DH anyway? We are paying pitchers more and more every year, and then risking them on the basepaths. Pitchers in the NL make up 11% of the lineup, yet because we almost always bat them last and use PHs, they get less than 5% of plate appearances anyway, and while it's really cool when they are good at it, the fact is it always makes the news because most of them just aren't. Orioles currently have their ace pitcher Dylan Bundy on the DL because he hurt his ankle running the bases last week in Atlanta. Met's ace DeGrom was on the DL this year from an offensive injury.

Speaking of the Chicken. When Harrah's Reno opened up their new sportsbook in the building on E. Center St., I went there with two BB cards with his picture on it. He signed both cards and I had my picture taken with him and a lovely showgirl. I have the picture in a magnetic holder on my fridge, both my wife (now deceased) and my fiancée have been tolerant about having it up there. :)
 

pick_six

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Where I grew up, it was a toss up for the Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Me being on the north side of the family, we leaned toward Philly. Even when they suck, I kinda have a soft spot for them. The rich side of the family had rotors, they could get games from both cities.

(You young folk can Google rotors 😎)
 

MAC702

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Orioles stop ANOTHER 7-game losing streak with a nice 8-2 domination of Mike Trout and the Angels today. Everything came together for the same game. Gausman has become a legitimate ace this year after numerous struggles last year. I felt bad they took him out for the 9th inning. He had plenty left in the tank with a 6-run lead, but then maybe we need him to start again sooner rather than later, too. Hope he took it well. He was pissed last year when he didn't get to finish one of the few games he dominated.