It's three hours from first pitch. The hell I can concentrate at work. The Tigers are up against a much eviller empire than the one in New York. Time for JV to do his thing. Go Tigers.
(Edit: I removed most of the inflammatory language.)
The Tigers NEED a win today with Verlander on the hill. Especially the way Game 2 went.
I'm still pissed at how that happened. We let the series completely change momentum from 1 swing of the bat
I look at it like this: Now that we've avoided the curse of the sweep, let's take three and not have to go back to Boston. The Sox have yet to figure out our starting pitching.
Papi looked really confused by that Benoit change over the heart of the plate that tied the game.
Benoit didn't exactly start the game.
He certainly didn't end it, either.
What point are you making? He said Boston couldn't figure out our starting pitching and you came back by saying they figured out Benoit, who is not a part of that group.
As dominant as the Tigers starting pitching was in gms 1 and 2, it didn't matter. The series is tied. But congrats on those strikeouts!
I hope we throw three straight CG wins on their asses
It didn't matter? We took back home field advantage without pitching Verlander. Our #3 starter out pitched your ace. And if the Scherzer-Bucholtz match-up goes the same way the next time around (if it gets there), I feel good about our chances.
That's correct. Scherzer's superlative start in gm 2 was wasted. You're aware of how it ended. But I'm not exactly disappointed with how Lester pitched in game 1 and as shitty as the offense played, the tying run was on second for the final out. As for the balance of the series...your confidence is sexy.
It was boston grasping at straws even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile
Good thing they grasped at enough straws to lead the league in runs this year. Which, granted, makes the Tigers starters that much more impressive so far.
You seem very angry, but I am in agreement with your "Go Tigers!" Let's hope they don't need Benoit.
During a meeting this morning, I was sort of drifting between matchup stats and probability predictions - both Massey and TeamRankings are giving the Tigers about 55% for this game, with a median score of 4-3. Regardless, a win today would be nice indeed - a classic JV performance? Sounds good to me.
Pretty hilarious that Red Sox players are whining about Peralta playing when Manny failed multiple drug tests and anyone with half a brain knows that Ortiz took PEDs.
About the fan from Barstool Sports Boston:
It was pure instinct. He did what he thought was right in the heat of the moment. He was making a point. At worst it was a dickhead move. At best he won the game.
I wouldn't advise traveling the interwebs to Barstool sports, I checked the link to the Home Run Angel's post and there's quite the KKK contingent in the comments. Pretty sad to see those sort of remarks in this day and age, especially anywhere outside of YouTube comments.
Or any of those "Sports sites for Men" to be honest.
They're all horrible
Exactly. I hate reading comments on espn, mlive, or any fan site. It makes sports fans look like trash.
The vitriol is a little strong. I read the links but its not so far away from the Malice at the Palace and the question on everyone's mind if we are fortunate enough to win the series is how many days will Detroit burn.
Between JV and Max we cover three games of a potential 5 left. Add 1 for Fister and 1 for Sanchez and I think we'll get to 3 wins.
Boston strong was nice after the bombings..but why does is it so involved with baseball. Its getting old.
Give them their solidarity thing man, as immaterial as it may be. The are victims and they'll give up on it when it doesn't conjure wins.
I don't mind that so much, I only minded when some holier-than-thou columnist (usually a Yahoo one hunting for pageviews) would take fans in (for example) Chicago to task for holding up signs that said things like "Chicago Stronger." Oh, so despicable, they would say. How dare they. IME (and many others as well) if you use it to brag about your sports teams, it's fair game for others. I don't even think it was a lot of Boston folks being offended so much as columnists presuming to be offended on their behalf.
I feel the same as well about the whole phrase... The only way it seems to be used these days is to support Boston sports when it should really be used as a way to remember those who lost their lives or were injured. Also, the fact that companies are making money off of the whole thing as well is really stupid.
I have faith in JV, but why in the hell does Leyland always pull Veras early? Let him get a couple of outs/end the inning, he literally cannot be worse than Porcello od Smyly on any given outting
I was a Benoit supporter but this last month or so has shaken my confidence in him. I have the most confidence in Smyley out of guys in the pen.
As a Yankee fan, I'm relieved that people can finally see through all the the b.s. feel-good "red sox nation" propaganda. That bleacher dickbrain is the true face of the sox fan. And it is why Yankee fans loathe them. For this series...Go Tigers.
The Yanks and the Red Sox have won a shit ton of games over the last 15 or so years. That would be a big reason why people hate them.
And, please, let's play the "pick a random dickhead out of the crowd and make him the face of a group of fans" game. Always a favorite.
I wouldn't have until there started to be other people who stood up for the guy. I don't know how many it takes to start representing a fanbase, but the more "Angels of Fenway" there are, the less anyone can get away with calling it isolated.
Ok. But the next incident at CoPa exposes your logic.
OK. Let me know when racial epithets are hurled at opposing fans at Comerica and internet wackjobs stand up to call the racism justified and then my logic will be nice and exposed. Can't say I've heard of such a thing yet, though.
I will. I'll listen closely. Because Detroit iand racism have never been mentioned in the same sentence. Right?
You shouldn't have gone in this direction with your OP.
Because at some point in the history of the city, racist stuff happened, so nobody's allowed to accuse anyone else of it no matter how racial the comments? OK then.
You're painting the discussion with a far broader brush than you accuse me of doing.
Seriously? You're making broad generalizations about a fanbase based on morons at the park and a shitty blog. Your OP would have fit in nicely at Barstool.
Did the actions of a few fans make the entire Detroit fanbase a "trashy, racist," "moronic prick fanbase"?
Also, the fantastic Oral History from Grantland in case anyone forgot:
What annoys me about Red Sox fans is not so much that their team has won a lot, but that they try to play the underdog card because their team isn't quite as rich as the Yankees.
Yankee fans can be smug, but they don't make any attempt to cry poverty. In the end I find them the more tolerable of the two.
This is pretty common and I tend to agree with you. As a diehard Red Sox fan I hate it when our fans cry poor. I think the Red Sox should always use its financial advantage - market, stadium, tv and history - to its competitive advantage.
However, the Red Sox aren't close to Yankees in salary this year (or any year, for that matter). In fact, the difference between the Yankees and Red Sox in salary is usually the entire salary of many small market teams. This year, the $70 million difference is more than the salary of the bottom six (6) MLB teams. For your reading pleasure:
2013 Rank/Team/Salary $$
1. NYY / $228.99
2. LAD/ $216.3
3. PHILLY / 159.58
4. BOS / 158.97
5. DET / $149.05
Please get a win today. I'm still not over that punch to the gut Sunday night.
I'm at Buffalo Wild Wings at 1:30 on a Tuesday! We need the bats to get off early to rebound from Sunday! JV is looking strong. Bats and bullpen scare me
Does anyone happen to know a decent site to stream it on that isnt in like, you know, Russia? I know you can pay the 4.99 at mlb.com for "alternate views", but I'd like to be able to watch the actual fox feed my last couple hours at work. TBS had an app for a live feed, but I haven't been able to find a similar one for fox.
vipboxonline.eu will have it for sure
Thanks! Working great. Looks like the work day is ending early today.
It's working terribly for me on multiple machines and is also reported as working terribly by a couple of friends in completely different locations. Is anyone aware of anywhere else to watch?
[Not saying you're wrong, and thanks to the previous poster for posting the link.]
There's no MLB.com "Postseason.tv" for the ALCS. Just a radio feed and the "AtBat" app.
The goal was to leave Boston 1-1, they did that. It was so disappointing to see Boston win though when Detroit was a mere 5 outs away from winning and imploded. A 2-0 lead would have been so huge. Regardless, it's a 7 game series and 3 of the 5 remaining games are in Detroit and Boston has yet to show they can touch Detroit's starters.
Let's go Detroit!
Wow...strong Red Sox hate here. Does anyone realize that we have Boston fans here as well? I understand the majority of the board is going to be pro-Tigers, but there's no need to call us a "moronic prick fanbase". It makes you look like a moron, OP.
That said, go Sox!