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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Apr 26, 2014, 8:05 AM EDT

Jose Abreu Jose Abreu

They said White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu would hit some home runs, but few expected him to show this much power this soon. Abreu blasted two home runs on Friday night against the Rays, including a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. Abreu’s nine home runs breaks the record for long balls hit by rookies in the month of April. The previous record was eight, most recently set by Albert Pujols in April 2001 and previously held by Carlos Delgado and Kent Hrbek. Abreu’s 27 RBI in the month also ties a record, set by Pujols, for April runs batted in by a rookie.

Oh, and Abreu is tied for the MLB lead in home runs with Pujols at nine, and is also tied for the MLB lead in RBI with Giancarlo Stanton and Chris Colabello at 27.

Abreu got the scoring started for the White Sox in the first inning, driving an RBI single to center to put his team up 1-0 against Rays starter Chris Archer. The Rays stormed back for four runs in the top of the second inning, chasing Sox starter Erik Johnson after 1 2/3 innings.

Abreu brought the score to 4-2 in the third inning with a solo home run to straightaway center field, and the White Sox knotted things up at 4-4 when Tyler Flowers knocked in two runs with a single in the fourth.

The game remained tied at four apiece entering the top of the ninth, but Evan Longoria gave his team the lead with a two-run home run off of Matt Lindstrom to make it 6-4. In the bottom half of the ninth, the White Sox loaded the bases with one out against Rays reliever Grant Balfour when Alejandro De Aza doubled, and Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko drew walks. However, their chances of walking off took a hit when Adam Eaton could only push across one run, grounding into a fielder’s choice at second base for the second out of the inning. The only thing that did was set up Abreu to become the hero. The White Sox needed one run to tie and two to win. With the count 0-1, Balfour threw a fastball on the outer edge of the strike zone, but Abreu drove it to right-center over the head of right fielder Wil Myers and over the fence for the walk-off grand slam, giving the White Sox the 9-6 victory.

The win pushes the White Sox to .500 at 12-12. They have hovered around .500 all season and sit two games behind the first-place Tigers in a three-way tie for second place along with the Twins and Royals.

Your Friday box scores:

Rays 6, White Sox 9

Royals 5, Orioles 0

Padres 1, Nationals 11

Angels 13, Yankees 1

Marlins 3, Mets 4

Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 1

Reds 4, Braves 5

Cubs 2, Brewers 5

Tigers 10, Twins 6

Pirates 0, Cardinals 1

Athletics 12, Astros 5

Phillies 4, Diamondbacks 5

Rangers 5, Mariners 6

Rockies 5, Dodgers 4

Indians 1, Giants 5

  1. unclemosesgreen - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    I apologize on behalf of the management that there will be no Saturday soda. Is it too late to blame Bloomberg?

    Replacement replacement ATH – And That Haiku’d

    Angels 13 Yankees 1

    Time for UYF to brag
    some more about Yankee arms.
    Remember Pujols?

    White Sox 9 Rays 6

    Crazy angry Aussie
    throws a rare walk-off grand slam –
    scoreboard fireworks.

    Royals 5 Orioles 0

    Yordano amazed
    with his nightmare filthy stuff.
    Ubaldo still stinks.

    Tigers 10 Twins 6

    Kevin Correia
    was better with the Giants.
    Miggy’s waking up.

    A’s 12 Astros 5

    A’s are nine and two
    playing away from home – road
    toilets work better.

    Mariners 6 Rangers 5

    Eighth innings rallies
    and near Rodney blowups – the
    bullpens are leaking.

    Red Sox 8 Blue Jays 1

    Here’s late-breaking news:
    Buehrle didn’t turn into
    Koufax overnight.

    Mets 4 Marlins 3

    Triple-A Hitters-
    Night for a grateful Wheeler.
    The Grandy Man Can!

    Braves 5 Reds 4

    Hamilton stole a
    base – but he put it back so
    fast we didn’t see.

    Nationals 11 Padres 1

    Harper hurt his thumb
    while playing the Williams way.
    Good hustle though kid.

    Brewers 5 Cubs 2

    Fun Brew-Crew this year –
    High-T, bat-flippin triples –
    a guy named Scooter.

    Cardinals 1 Pirates 0

    Tough loss for the new
    Sheriff of the unwritten.
    Best fans in baseball.

    Diamondbacks 5 Phillies 4

    Sadly this scheduled
    game had to be played as well –
    someone had to win.

    Rockies 5 Dodgers 4

    The eleventh frame
    outscored the rest of the game.
    Hawkins is some closer.

    Giants 5 Indians 1

    Tim Hudson’s already
    my comeback of the year guy.
    Outman got no outs.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Well done Uncle! Bravo!

    • nbjays - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      Not a bad attempt
      By UncleMosesHaiku
      Please bring back Soda

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        speaking of amusing here is lastnite’s gate numbers for toronto…Now this amuses me to no end

        29,411 (59.7% full)

        Can you say lots of empty seats? You bet you can baby!

    • chill1184 - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Bravo Sir

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Thanks y’all – glad to amuse.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Not half as glad as our virtual village idiot is to nauseate, though.

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Um…shouldn’t you be sleeping off your final late shift? Or have we already lost you to the riverbank?

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      haiku brevity
      is the instrument of choice
      when results are sad

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        I celebrate the Whitmanesque and sing the Whitmanesque
        And what I overrwrite, you shall overwrite, the long unlimbering line
        Iambic pentameter in metastases, for there is much to like about baseball,
        I see great things in baseball which is our game, the American game It will repair our losses
        and be a blessing to us. Haiku is for midgets and triple A lifers…..

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        allow a refuge
        for the mases untalented
        please be nice gator

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        aww that was sweet old gasser, so sweet it gave me gas after I read it. Wait sorry after I read anything by you I feel this urge to pass gas so it must be you.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        I think you might just have a hard time digesting compound sentences, harry.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Well, since our resident illiterate doesn’t even know what a capital letter or diacritical mark is, you can hardly expect him even to know when a compound sentence begins and ends, can you?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        I will tell you what I do know, I know 8 walks in 2 2/3rd innings makes for a long day at the office. Sometimes it even gets your pitching coach ejected from a game, just ask Morrow

    • moogro - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Lol’d like happy
      not Gator, love Johnny and
      uncle to rotate

  2. nbjays - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    OK, I’ll admit it first: dirtyharry guessed correctly that last night would be the night that Buehrle got roughed up. He wasn’t hitting his spots as effectively as his previous 4 starts and, as a result, he got lit up by a Red Sox team that had all their starting regulars in the lineup for the first time this season (and were coming off an embarrassing loss to New York).

    However, I’d also like to see what his prediction was for the Yankees-Angels game, because I doubt it matches up in any way with what transpired. I don’t feel as bad losing 8-1 knowing that the Empire got their butts spanked 13-1.

    And condolences to Aresachaela, who said after the Yanks’ 16-1 loss to TB a week ago “Well I’m sure this won’t happen again so I’ll put this crap in the crap box.” Ares, my dear, I hope the crap box still has some room. :-)

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Harry was watching the Jays so intently yesterday, that he failed to notice the Yankee meltdown. The 39 year old Kuroda had a rough night. He appears to have exceeded his best before date.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        like me, harry has discovered the joy of reviewing game results with his glasses off.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        I see that Hicks did not play last night. After a good spring, he has once again faltered when the games count. Is there any chance that he will be demoted?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        not that i’ve heard, but he’s very much looked the part of an over matched AAA hitter, and fuld had a good game in his place. if he doesn’t get it going by the all star break it wouldn’t surprise me if he got sent down. if so i don’t know if he gets another look. sad.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Kuroda will be fine, Mark Buerhle on the other hand will not be, what you saw lastnite with mark is reality when he pitches in the AL East he’s gonna take a beating time and time again. I have a sense the jays are now gonna start their yearly nose dive, its time, its time…

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        make sure you keep your glasses off harry so you don’t see this:

        yankees runs allowed 110
        blue jays runs allowed 106

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        I think even a tool like you can see we played a tougher schedule up to this point, just a tad. But maybe next you can tell me how the twins are playoff contenders. Can you say delusional? you bet you can!

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        i can not only say delusional, i can be delusional.

        speaking of the jays competition to date, the jays did play the twins who have so far scored 22 more runs than the yankees.

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Can you say “you bet you can”? You bet you can, over and over again, with the kind of mindless monotony one would expect from a moron full of sound bites he picked up elsewhere and has no imagination of his own to speak of.

      • jwbiii - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        B-Ref lists strength of schedule. The Yankees, Orioles, and Blue are tied for the softest schedule in the AL.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      For followers of the Jays such as Harry, there were a couple of interesting comments yesterday. The assistant G. M. implied that 22 year old Marcus Stroman would soon join the rotation. So far this season, he has a 2.18 ERA in Buffalo. He has struck out 26 batters in 20.66 innings. Presumably, Stroman would replace McGowan. McGowan runs out of gas after 60 pitches and the Jays now think that the fatigue is caused by his diabetic condition. McGowan in the pen would be better than either Rogers or Happ. Needing a fresh arm in the pen, the Jays called up Chad Jenkins last night and sent Wagner to Buffalo. Wagner will eventually return.

      If Stroman is called up, I would assume that Aaron Sanchez (2.66era in Double A) would replace him in Buffalo. Daniel Norris (0.95 era in Single A) is ready to replace Sanchez at the Double A level.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        the jays have nothing on the farm that’s gonna help them, year after year they bring up bust after bust from the farm. It’s either pitchers who suck and get hurt all the time or hitters who whiff a TON, hit for a low average and have little power. Good luck with that

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Whereas no doubt the farm from which they trucked you up had already mixed as much as they needed of what you’re full of with the topsoil.

      • vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Here you go again mentioning feces, Old Felcher.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        Gator, I owe you five dollars American. Thanks for nothing, sewerbear.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Vivabear is one of the few people on here who post anything worth while such as myself. So groupofsevenfools you would be wise to sit back and learn from vivabear instead of making a total fool out of yourself. Don’t be a slacker like old gasser that’s no way to spend the rest of your life my son

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        Being parsed in public by a someone professionally qualified to explain what your many problems are and why you have them seem to have driven you to new depths of uncontrollable hysteria, poor virtual village idiot. Rage on, rage on.

    • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      It didn’t need a genius to anticipate that the Beanbags would come in loaded for bear (or bird, as the case may be) after being roughed up by the Borg the previous few nights. And, in poor dim Harry, it didn’t receive a genius, either.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        you didn’t take your meds again today did ya? its easy for me to tell you know

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        As easy as to tell that you thumbed yourself up again, you poor, dimwitted ambulatory inferiority complex.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        I (unlike yourself) don’t even pay attention to the thumbs up or down because I know how important I am around here by the emails I get from people who follow my every move. I am the 2nd coming….

      • nbjays - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        It’s an article of the faith that all dirtyharry posts come with one self-thumbs-up by default. Looks like we are back to that self-affirmation thing I mentioned in another thread.

      • vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Felcher is the only commenter I’ve ever noticed worrying about the thumbs.

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Sewerbear writes that immediately after another commentator mentions the thumbs, and mentions them himself in the process. It must be nice to be so immune to one’s own idiotic contradictions.

        You’ve been around a lot lately, sewerbear. What happened – they catch you getting your thumbs in the coca-colas while serving from the drive-thru again?

      • vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Dont take my observation so literally, Old Felcher. It’s just ur tactic to deflect the fact u have an obsession with the thumbs up and down. Is Felchee’68 back in your gimp room this morning?

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        I treat yuor entire existence, little as it is, as virtual, sewerbear.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        once again groupofsevenfools is putting his foot in his mouth, vivabear has forgotten more baseball then you will ever know. Stop playing the fool

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        This is great. Dumb and dumberer, together again.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      I had no prediction posted here for the Yanks game, but if someone did ask I expected a let down for 2 reasons. #1 we just got down playing in fenway and #2 the angels always play us tough, sometimes a team has your number and there might be no reason for it other then they just do and they have proven that over the years. Back when I was a youngster it used to be texas and seattle when we would go on west coast trips and seattle was horrible then but we couldn’t beat them on the road no matter what.

  3. chill1184 - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Great gritty win by orange and blue and thats why you play all 9 innings

    • nbjays - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      Unless you are the home team and winning… then you don’t. :-)

      But when you do, and stuff like this happens, life is sweet. Nice rally!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        speaking of home team, lets check the gate numbers from the jays lastnite….

        29,411 (59.7% full)

        the night before was even worse, basically what few fans the jays have are already getting sick and tired of this team. I fully expect those numbers to keep going down, lets keep a good eye on them this year!

  4. janessa31888 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    The Phillies totally fleeced us. I don’t even remember the last time Carlos got a win(or a quality start)
    By the way, loved the haiku version of ATH. Great job, unclemoses!

  5. happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    AL Central best
    collide in deathly battle
    a tragic result

    today the sun rises
    a cold revenge it shall be
    a kitten forlorn

    • nbjays - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      I’m willing to bet
      wants to disagree

      Props to Historio for having a handle long enough to fill the middle line of a haiku by itself 😉

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        her smoldering glare
        i feel even now as we talk
        courage i must have

      • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        You know I am the center of things.


    • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      It was Ricky’s turn and I was afraid. Ricky ain’t afraid, but I get afraid for Ricky ever since that time they roughed him up good and he had to leave. I didn’t want Ricky to leave again, so I’m always a little afraid they will make him. But the guy that was throwing tomatoes at us, he made such a mess that no one noticed Ricky at first. But then it happened again and Ricky had to leave.

      I love a good game. I love a good game. The thing about players is they love to play. They never wanna come out. I knew Alex was hurting. Heck, everyone saw he was hurting. He wanted to stay though. I’d call it stubborn, but with players, it isn’t stubborn. They just love to play. So, I went over and told him there’s a game tomorrow and he nodded. I could tell his leg was bothering him, but it was cold out. I didn’t figure it would be so cold tomorrow I said, and he agreed. On my way over to the bench, I said hey to the boss. I kinda nodded Alex’s way, and the boss went over to talk to him in the cold. He signaled the kid to get out his gear then. I hope it isn’t so cold today.

      It’s my damn arm. I know I can do it. In my mind I see myself doing it, but my arm just don’t always cooperate. Things had taken a turn for the worst. The phone kept ringing. Send out Miller. Send out Reed. Why don’t he call for me, dammit! They call for 3-4-5 guys in two innings. But they don’t call for me. Why don’t they call for me? Why don’t they call for Coke?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        verlander is next
        the kitten bullpen is spent
        he cannot go nine

      • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        You are having a lost weekend. Verlander is tomorrow. Today is Sanchez. And the BP is spent. 😦

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        i put the glasses back on and you’re right. not only that, hughes is next to. i need to learn how to do the sad face thing.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Swapped one of our BP guys for a fresh arm from Toledo. Here comes our reinforcement, sah!

  6. Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Steve Chisek seemed to have found the groove in spacetime that ran right down the middle of the plate, the one right out of the Scientific American graphic with the denuded homolosine equal area projection cobwebs in white on indigo explaining relativity effects for the mathematically challenged, because that’s where he served everything last night and the Feesh got well and truly doinked by the Mutts because of it. Combine his predilection for the soft white underbelly of the plate with Mike Redmond’s inexplicable decision not to walk Granderson with guys on second and third and two outs and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth and you wind up with a redshifted record that warped the receding strange attractor itself like spooky action at a distance.

    What’s that you say? Granderson can’t hit his way out of a paper bag this year? Right, but (a) you have a base open; (b) it’s still Curtis Granderson and the guy may be struggling at the moment but does anyone really think he caught Ike Davis’ prion from last year? and (c) was there anyone else in Citifield other than Mike Redmond who, having watched Chisek make nice to every other batter in the inning, didn’t know that Granderson was going to scald the next pitch, and (d) why the hell was Garrett Jones holding no one on first in that situation so that he was a nanosecond too slow to get in front of Granderson’s scalded shot that went right through where he should have been playing? and (e) how do you sleep at night knowing you lost a game to a guy named after a baby cereal?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      The should start a new magazine and call it Snooze and you should be the only writer. By the time I read half of what you write im ready to go take a snooze, who the hell cares what someone’s name is? unfreaking believable

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        It’s easy to be put to sleep when you’re so ignorant and illiterate that everything you read goes over your head. Sleep dulls the pain of realizing what a clueless jackass you are.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM


        in a previous reincarnation i managed group homes for cognitively impaired adults. i regarded the residents as having the same foibles as the rest of this, differing only in being more transparent because of an inability to develop the clever little defenses and disguises the rest of us use. thier unconscious, vulnerable openness was endearing, not repellant.

        the butt chewing you handed vivabear yesterday was accurate and appropriate, but appropriate only because of the disgusting obscenity that vivabear addresses gator with. harry’s put downs are adolescent (sometimes entertainly so), but not obscene.

        like all things, intelligence is relative, and is a tool to be used, not a weapon to be deployed

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        happytwinsfan: it’s too bad Craig already has this job, then. Your background qualifies you to manage this place more appropriately than being a lawyer, that’s for sure.

        However, our virtual village idiot has stooped on many occasions, to which you might merely be too much of a newcomer to recall, to rhetorical ploys which, if not scatological, were despicable enough in their own right. Humor at the expense of the injured, personal insults of a medical or health nature (all based on no information about his targets whatsoever), derogatory comments about parents or spouses, and any number of homophobic slights too. Yes, he’s either an adolescent or a pathologically severe case of arrested development, but if sewerbear is disgusting in his own noisome manner, our virtual village idiot really cuts him no slack in the detestability department either.

      • vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Citation, Felcher?

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Gator beat me to it. Twinsfan, as you’ve probably read, I am also a trained psychological therapist specializing in adolescents, in particular secondary and high school students. So, we do have some insights in common. Without wanting to extend an argument here on this forum, I would say that, although I mostly agree with the points you’ve made, I also think you’re under-assessing the viciousness and mean-spiritedness behind much of Harry’s commentary. I think everyone realizes that he is an adolescent, or, as Gator (I think correctly) assesses it, an adult very sadly arrested in an adolescent level of maturity. However, his vindictiveness is also ugly and not readily excusable, to my way of thinking, by mere issues of immaturity.

        Also, I think it is plain that what Harry and sewerbear (I use Gator’s term for him/it because it happens to be accurate given his behavior) both hate most is precisely Gator’s education and sophisticated sense of humor, as well as anyone else who is clearly better educated, better read, or more intelligent than they probably realize that they are. They pound away obsessively with the same tedious and ineffectual, blatantly juvenile japes and epithets blissfully unaware that it isn’t any particular thing they say that Gator minds – and I am speculating here – as their diminished intelligence as a whole. I don’t think you can dismiss intelligence as a weapon for self-defense while at the same time winking at the deployment – great word! – of stupidity and bile. Neither Gator nor anyone else on this blog who has to put up with the likes of Harry or Sewerbear should feel obligated to behave like Gandhi about it.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        point taken gator. it’s probably correct that i’ve had the good fortune to not have seen previous posts by harry that would make me like to see him gone as i wish vivabear was gone.

        it’s appropriate to attack harry, me, you or whoever when accurate for being obscene, heartless or just mean, but attacking someone for a relative lack of intelligence should go against the grain of a mental health professional’s being, and the rest of us to.

        every time i see someone here called a “retard” or some such, i’m rooting for them to respond with “thank you for the compliment”.

        but then, i suppose i’m sliding into my moralistic butthead mode, again.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM


        it’s clearly established, i have fallen into moralistic butthead mode.

        you’re mostly right, but cannot one deploy intelligence as a tool of defense, not a weapon. as for behaving like Ghandi, shouldn’t we at least try?

        an aside:
        does the mental health field of today still really believe that freudian metaphors hold water?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        escalating into sentimental moralistic butthead mode:

        some of the group homes i managed in the early 2000’s were staffed by recent graduates of cretin durham high, joe mauer’s high school. a few of them were there while joe still was. they told me that there was an overweight, mildy ‘retarded’ girl in the school who was constantly taunted and teased. joe, the super star jock, made a point of having lunch with her everyday to protect her. yeah, that Ghandi stuff is really hard, but not impossible.

        time for me to shut up

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        butt chewing? old slacker? Please!! Vivabear would hand old slacker his a$$ on a platter in any kind of competition, that’s not bragging, that’s just telling you the way it is and as I have proven time after time, year after year on this boards its a couple of things. #1 im right #2 the truth hurts sometimes and that’s why old slacker don’t like me but secretly wishes he was me. Wishes he had my money, my chicks, my body, my life style, instead he is all beatup laying in a nursing home and nobody comes to visit because nobody cares. My guess is someone is probably just waiting for the guy to drop which is kinda sad but you make your bed you lay in it as they say.

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        twinsfan: point taken?

      • vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Happy, not sure what you mean when unsay “butt chewing.” I consider most everything Old Felcher posts on here as inane ramblings, that interest absolutely no one. Its his attempt to make himself feel superior. Its a response to being such a real life failure and social outcast.

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Yes, yes, poor dim Harry, we’ve just had some excellent discussions by a qualified professional about your inferiority complex and the fantasies and delusions to which you so tediously resort in search of relief from them. Carry on. We’re all much better equipped to assess why you are such a pathological liar now.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        hey gator

        i just got back from the saturday grocery expedition and am just now catching up.. i can’t really argue with your points because vivabear and harry are making them so eloquently themselves. there recent posts here remind me of 14 year olds angrily clamoring for attention after having been admonished by their parents.

        forgive me for getting my hackles up. i was thinking back to some of the sweetest people i’ve known he had, literally, the intelligence of a three year old. i agree, there is a difference between being spitefully stupid and innocently unintelligent. i know many people with down’s syndrome who have much to teach vivabear and harry. they did me.

    • vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Felch away.

    • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      @happytwins: Well, I do believe that seven is now ensconced at the foot of whatever kind of tree grows in abundance above a tar sand deposit beside his favorite trout stream so, not being a mental health care professional like he is, I can only answer the question about Freud as a second-person affirmative. For example: If you happen to get snowed in some time in the near future, you could profitably spend your time Googling up other, very current, organizations of practicing Freudians and neofreudians. Me, I’m a Lacanian, which is being a Freudian the way Hugo Chavez was a Bolivarian, whatever that is.

      My own “psychology degree” is ackcherley a psychology and literature degree, not an excuse to practice. It’s probably just as well because, seeing how much cultural critics get wrong as it is, we really shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a human patient. Most of us raise maladjusted puppies, for Buddha’s sake. However, anyone who has taught university students – included an inordinately large number of NFL, NBA and MLB-draft bound students – becomes something of a therapist regardless. It’s inherent in the job. Seven told me he originally got the counseling degree and certification simply because he wanted to get a better handle on his teaching obligations. Bravo to him. If I had been teaching junior and senior high school students I might’ve done the same thing.

      Now, of course, he’s mainly an oil worker (tar worker might be more exact) doing part time teaching and school counselling in a very odd sort of community. But I’ll let him talk about that himself. One thing I can assure you he would say is that in a place where the lifestyle is as challenging and hardy as it is in Fort McMurray, anyone like Harry or sewerbear who behaved publicly towards other people even remotely the way they do online would have been summarily transported out of their junior high schools in a wheelbarrow. Ergo, what they get dished so deservedly here is beaucoup innocuous compared to what would happen to them in real life.

      Anyway, I do agree with you about using words like “gimp” – those words are, indeed, for lowlives like sewerbear, who are in their ignorance either blissfully unaware of how disgusting they are, or are sociopathic enough not to care. Maybe seven has a better handle on which way he thinks sewerbear leans. Again, if he has some time to waste he can warm to that theme on his own. However, I do want to be clear that I don’t necessarily equate stupidity or ignorance with physiological conditions like Down’s syndrome, autism or physical brain damage. Sure, a lot of stupidity can be a function of organic issues but it’s also a largely self-inflicted thing. Ignorance, in particularly, is a remediable condition that, as seven pointed out the other day, some folks are ackcherley proud of and treat as the gold standard by which others should be judged: you’re smarter or better educated than me, so there’s something wrong with you. This isn’t an attitude to be pitied; it’s an attitude to be held in contempt. And there I hold it, no apologies offered.

      • vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Does someone as smug as you, Old Felcher, have any real-life friends? I dont see how you could.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        No he has no friends, only the groupofsevenfools he runs with on here, I wonder if he had any children that lived? I hope not for their sake

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        There’s your citation, sewerbear. I wasn’t going to waste any effort of my own on your behalf, because aside from your not being worth it, I knew that given an opportunity to hit bottom again, your equally detestable moron of a friend would take care of it for me. Seeing the two biggest idiots on the forum holding hands like this is hilarious.

      • vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Stop projecting ur hand holding fantasy onto others.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Ur? You have difficulty spelling simple one syllable words, or are you attempting to make your misspellings consistent with the transparent infantilism of your comment?

      • vivabear - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Groupiedouchebag – ur is a commonly used abbreviation for you are, when ppl communicate electronically. I suppose being such a loser, you’ve never seen it used anywhere before.

      • Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        I agree – commonly used by illiterates and those too lazy to take the trouble to text with the correct spelling. I know that with anyone who didn’t have your issues I might be belaboring the obvious, but this isn’t another smartphone screen at the other end of the soda fountain counter. This is a blog site where correspondents read each other’s comments, usually in English. If you want to message other illiterates or slackers phone to phone that’s your business, but posting in twitter steno is merely an extension of the puerile contempt you generally show everyone else here with your disgusting language and clueless histrionics, just in a simpler, lazier form.

  7. spudchukar - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Runs are so-o-o-o-o over-rated. Who needs more than one to win? Not St. Louis. Rosenthal records save number 7, out of 7 opportunities, while sporting a 5.56 ERA. The Cards are 13-11 with a league low 7 home games just know how to win.

    Home Runs are for showboats. Only Kansas City has fewer, maybe it is the water in Missouri, who knows. All 13 Red Bird wins have been recorded by their starters, who are MLBs best outside of Atlanta.

    So if the Cards ever decide that, you know offense matters, look out MLB. And while the Big League bats will probably come out of hibernation soon, there are plenty of other options in the Minors. Butler, Piscotty, Grichek, Taveras, Ramsey, and Diaz are all tearing up AA and AAA. Anybody need a productive outfielder, who is a quality defender and can run? Anybody?

  8. spudchukar - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Not to sound like our fearless leader, the Bald Domed Lid, a.k.a., Craig, but who the hell is Jean Machi, and why do you have to come from Venezuela to play for the Giants?

  9. spudchukar - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Wow, is the starting pitching in the AL awful. To be more accurate in the AL East and Central. Here is how they currently rate:

    #21 New York Yankees, ERA 4.25
    #22 Houston Astros 4.30
    #23 Boston Red Sox 4.32
    #24 Toronto Blue Jays 4.39
    #25 Tampa Bay Rays 4.45
    #26 Cleveland Indians 4.70
    #27 Baltimore Orioles 4.87
    #28 Chicago White Sox 5.25
    #29 Minnesota Twins 6.32
    #30 Arizona Diamondbacks 6.49 (The only NL team in the bottom 10)

    • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      No Royals? Interesting.

      • spudchukar - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        The Royals are 7th in the MLB among starters with a 3.08 ERA.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Imagine where we would be without Phil Coke…


      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Coke is now in the game.

        / hands histro a hanky

      • spudchukar - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Today’s game was kind of a “walk in the park” for the Twins.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:33 PM


      we’re over 20 games now, a small sample but not an insignificant one. what’s your take on the overall numbers of the central vs the east, or the west which is hard to do because their division stats are so bi polar. when i take a quick, lazy, look, at run differentials, collective wins, etc. i see parity if not a precarious superiority for the central. the marque division of the al?

      is the pitching awful or is the hitting good?

      • spudchukar - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        First off congrats. The Twins are scoring runs, and occasionally getting some decent starts. Hey who knows maybe they can be a .500 team in 2014.

        As to the “marquee division”, not sure where you are coming from. Only the Tigers at “0” run differential (as of this morning) have much to crow about. And the starting pitching in the AL Central is awful outside of Detroit.

        So I say live it up while you can. Eventually the Twins will have to face better pitching, although it doesn’t look like it is coming out of the East. Maybe pitching in the AL is below par, and if so, good for the suddenly offensive Twinkies.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        thanks spud, i regard your opinion to be informationally superior to mine (and most) and always wish to learn from it.

        my feeling is about the same as yours. if this isn’t just an april shoot, the twins could surprise by finishing around 500 instead of 400 or 450 (not “58 – 104” he he). i also don’t think the tigers with that bullpen (cover your eyes histro) will finish much above 500.

        yet baseball is played by actual human beings, and i’m probably being hopefully pollyannish as usual, but i got a funny feeling about this.

        /cues buffalo springfield

      • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Congratulations. You have something to be happy for today. Sanchez is on the DL, so I will be sadtigersfan instead.

  10. APBA Guy - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Tough game for Astros fans last night. After battling back from a 5-1 deficit, the ‘Stros tied it at 5-5 and that score held until the 8th. Deep into their bullpen, Fields’ meltdown was as much about loss of poise as it was lack of command. Donaldson’s 3rd homer in 2 games sounds great, but those ridiculous huge swings only work against league worst pitching. Still, for the A’s a win is a win, and this game held fans in their seats much longer than normal for the Houston team.

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