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Division Serieseses 2012 Discush: GJN

Submitted by on October 7, 2012 – 1:46 PM30 Comments

…Man. They showed that little patch all the Athletics are wearing to honor Pat Neshek's son, aaaaaaand cue the waterworks. That poor family. And then I'm sitting there all, I know there's a game to be won here, but if the Detroit hitters could just…not, until they bring in the next guy?

Rough times for the Cincinnati rotation, too, although they got to Cain and won — that's right, folks, it's your Division Series open thread. Thrills, chills, face-palms, talk about everything right here.

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  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    "A WILD PITCH, AND THEN A HOME RUN!" Okay, Captain Screamballs. It's not like a unicorn wandered into the on-deck circle.

  • Elizabeth says:

    if the Detroit hitters could just… not


  • Sarah says:

    Gio Gonzalez is a mess today. Looks like the Oakland version of Gio.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    Looks they're actually going to play this bad boy in Baltimore. Mud Bowl!

  • Sarah says:

    Where did that random corner of RF at Camden Yards come from?

  • bristlesage says:

    Oakland fan here. The Neshek stuff, I just…it's killer to see and read about; I can't imagine what they're going through. I cried three times this weekend, one when Neshek came off the mound and tapped the patch, once when Coco almost caught that ball that a lot of center fielders wouldn't make it to, and once more when Detroit walked off yesterday. I don't know why I'm taking it all so seriously this time, but everything about the team makes me wish so hard that they were doing better.

    In fact, for me, only one bright spot yesterday, which was the Nationals win.

  • Tylia says:

    What happened to my SF Giants!?! Can somebody please tell me? Because I have no idea. Two beloved pitchers and the relief pitching all took breaks and all the hot bats just aren't anymore? I don't know. Looks like the runaway beer truck crashed early. I stopped paying attention to last night's game after The Reds went up 9-0, so… Damn it.

  • attica says:

    One of the things that struck me about the Yankees in 09 was their uncanny ability to get to every team's closer in really harrowing ways. I don't know why nobody in the stadium ever picked up on my chant "Clo-ser Kil-ler [clap, clap, clapclapclap]!"

    So I was happy to see that tradition revived in the chilly air off Eutaw Street. And I chanted.

  • funtime42 says:

    Still trying to wrap my head around the Reds getting through the season with only 5 starting pitchers – total, all season, 162 games. How does anyone do that? I'm rooting for my guys of course (sorry San Fran) and am hoping the Nationals knock out the Cards because we just do not play them well.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:


  • Sarah says:

    attica – Did you see Joe Nathan in postseason form on Friday night? The Rangers weren't even winning and he was still giving up runs.

    Ichiro is a wizard, folks. That "slide" was the best thing yet this postseason.

  • attica says:

    I like that wickering thing that Joe Nathan does. It makes me smile.

    Also: I do not have any idea what the giant orange fists among the O's crowd signify (Protestant Hulk?), but I fully endorse them.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    Heh. BUCK SMASH!

  • scout1222 says:

    I saw giant orange fists at AT&T Park also earlier this season. The ones I saw had a hole carved in the fist so that one could place one's beverage in it. Hey, it gets chilly up in San Fran, you don't want your drinkin' hand getting frostbite!

  • FloridaErin says:


    Seriously. The Tigers offense is a shy, timid creature and will run and hide at the slightest breeze. DO NOT STARTLE THEM.

    In all seriousness, though, that was freaking heartbreaking, and the sentiment among the Tigers fans I follow on Twitter was that they didn't want to beat Neshek, either. I was completely blindsided by the story due to being at a wedding reception and only following the game through Twitter. Gawd. Pregancy + that story + excitement over postseason baseball = emotional disaster.

    I wish there was a way Oakland AND the Tigers could win, honestly, because I love this Oakland team so hard.

    Final thought: I do still want the Tigers to win, though, and tonight I would like to see them score runs without relying on wild pitches, errors, or other such sheannigans.

    …. DON KELLY.

  • bristlesage says:

    Yeah, FloridaErin, I was kind of sad when the A's drew the Tigers–I've always liked the Tigers, and I'd much rather send home the Yankees, or even the Orioles. I feel a little bad about the Orioles thing, but on the other hand, ANGELOS. God, that guy.

  • FloridaErin says:

    You see? You see what happens when you startle the Tigers offense? Games like last night, that's what happens.

    I mean, seriously, I should not be able to sit on the couch when there's a guy on first with one out, say "They're going to hit into a double play now, watch" and have it, you know, ACTUALLY HAPPEN. MORE THAN ONCE.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    Wait, so you're a Mets fan now?


  • Jan says:

    COCO CRISP! Ceremoniously eating a bowl of Cocoa Krispies to celebrate and then off to work!

  • attica says:

    More Ribbies for Ibbie!

    I think John Sterling should have come up with a better Ibanez homerun call by now. 'Raul is so cool' is lame, and not even in a dippy John Sterling way.

    I have to say — this is a particularly fun post season so far. Lots of excitement!

  • Sarah says:

    Ribbies for Ibbie! That's funny. I have no beef with Sterling's "Raul so cool" call. He doesn't have much to work with, and every player has to have their own call. Remember last year it was "Jesus has been turned loose" for Jesus Montero? He's running out of original ideas and they have to rhyme.

    This postseason is full of excitement. First the As beating Texas for the West, then the Os beating Texas for the WC. The Giants being down 0-2 and now the series is tied. It was a good day for #TeamGame5.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    I'm made so uncomfortable by "Swishalicious" that any other Sterling home-run call is a soothing aural delight by comparison.

  • Sarah says:

    Buster Posey is good at baseball, folks.

  • Kat says:

    I'm doing a happy dance in the school cafeteria/study area. GO GIANTS GO. Now I can turn my attention to rooting for the A's, the better to hope for a Bay Area World Series.

  • attica says:

    These extra innings are. killing. me. Bedtimes won't be mocked!

  • Sarah says:

    Agreed, @attica! Baseball is compromising my health in a lot of ways right now, between late bedtimes and high blood pressure from these nail biter games. Make it stop.

    Also, the schedule is really effed up. Why do the Tigers with their 7th best record in the division get to start at home, with the ideal amount of rest, and now get a day off between LDS and LCS, but whichever of Balt/NYY does not get a day off?

    *shakes fist at Bud Selig and his stupid new schedule*

  • RickyP says:

    I've been a Cards fan all my life, from the cradle. They're going to send me to an early grave with these comebacks, but I'll take them. I'm at work, and I actually went outside because I had to scream after Kozma put us ahead in the 9th. I couldn't believe they did it again.

    Bring on the Giants!

  • Zipper says:

    Cards fan here. Wow. WOW. There was a lot of screaming around here last night (about equal parts panic and joy). Almost cannot believe it. Still reading summaries of the game to piece it back together.

    Congrats to the Nats on a great season!

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    1. Ohhhh, Nats fans. That was hideous. I'm so sorry. (Congrats, Card-igans!) 2. LCS thread is open.

  • FloridaErin says:

    Aw, Nats. I drifted in and out of sleep for the last few innings (as I have for most of the week, unfortunately) and woke up just as the Cardinals were scoring the final two runs. That team cannot be killed. The going theory among the small sample size of Tigers Fans Erin Follows on Twitter is that the Cardinals a) possess dark magic b) are cockroaches or c) are vampires/zombies. I was really, really rooting for the Nats.

    Unfortunately, I also fell asleep during the end of the Tigers game 5. Pregnancy and west coast baseball times don't work well together, ya'll. However, we kept our 6-0 lead, because Justin Verlander. I woke up later to Prince's grinning, goggled face, which was a glorious way to wake up.

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