The Washington Nationals are 2019 World Series Champions!
What a path they took! Lost Bryce Harper in free agency. They were 19-31 through 50 games. Best record in baseball since May 24th. Beat the Brewers, Dodgers (106 wins), Cardinals, and Astros (107 wins) en route to their first World Series title in franchise history. Outscored 19-3 at home in the World Series. Trailed in 5 elimination games and won all 5. THREE losses since September 20th. 12-5 in the playoffs. What a fucking story. I said Nats in 7 (NBD) but never thought they'd win in 7 by winning FOUR in Houston. Absolutely unbelievable. Greinke was phenomenal right until the end. Real bad break, he was so great, so efficient. It felt like there were two grounders to him an inning. While he wasn't MVP Max Scherzer gave the Nats two gutsy new-age baseball quality starts. 2 runs over 5 IP in games 1 and 7.
What a moment between two guys who have had a lot of playoff heartbreak together.
Of all the big money free agent deals in MLB history, few rival Scherzer's 7 year 210 million. It looks like suuuuch a bargain now. The Nationals have gotten every penny out of him and then some. Two Cy Youngs and World Series. I still can't get over this shit man. Home teams just went 0-7 in the World Series. We may never see that again. What a World Series. What a prediction!
Ryan Zimmerman started the rally in the top of the 9th to put it away. First draft pick in Nationals history is now a world champion. Movie.
Rendon had statistically the clutchest/most clutch postseason ever. Made himself a few extra tens of millions in October.
Howie Kendrick has been the man all October. Series winning grand slam in NLDS. NLCS MVP. Go ahead game 7 homer. You're gonna have a hard time finding many postseason runs better than that.
Then he capped it off with an all time celly!!
The Nationals run was obviously a team effort, but holy shit no team has ever rode two guys more. Talk about getting everything out of your aces. Move over Randy and Curt.
STEPHEN STRASBURG IS WORLD SERIES MVP!!!!!!!!! HOLY MOTHER FUCKING NAR-RA-TIVE!!!!! 2012 HOLY SHIT I LOVE BASEBALL. Soooo fired up. What a game. Yes I won my parlay. Thank you Jake Marisinick!!! (Adam Eaton you're awesome too!)
Down 2-0 going into the 7th and win 6-2, what a beautiful game.
Back to Stras. I've built this blog in the most unorganized way ever. Just keep adding shit. All those caps were right when it was announced. I was fired up. If it wasn't gonna be Max, he's the next guy I wanted to see take it home.
Stephen Strasburg's 2019 postseason will go down as one of the best by a starting pitcher since the playoffs expanded in 1995.
The man the Nats paid instead of Harper won game 7. How perfect is that?
Last but certainly not least, there are so many other guys on this team. Fernando Rodney gets a ring, Trey Turner is cool, I have love for Yan Gomes, Cabrera has had a great career, Daniel Hudson got cut by the g damn Angels, this team has a fucking Dozier on the team. It's almost 1 am and I'm not even a nats fan this is already impressive af. The man I have to address is someone who literally became a man during the World Series. 21 year old Juan Soto. Welcome to the world. He is a STAR.
As you know from reading dol-2019-world-series-breakdown.html I predicted Nationals in 7 before this series even began. Omg would you look at that? Here we are mere hours away from first pitch of Game 7 with the man I predicted winning Series MVP on the mound. I don't know about you? but I am fired TF up and it's not just because I have two units riding on this game. It's Game 7 baby! The two best words in sports. Who doesn't love a Game 7? It all comes down to this.
Now that we have the obligatory game 7 clichés out of the way I present you,,,,,, my blog:
The 2019 World Series has left the highly paying customer (average price from game 6 was $1262) unhappy every night; unless of course they traveled a long way to get there, are a transplant, or bandwagoner as the road team is 6-0. That's right, which means conversely the home team is 0-6! Something that has never happened before in the history of seven game series. Talking all sports; even football.
Of all the potential pitching match-ups in this (starting) pitching rich series Max Scherzer vs Zack Greinke isn't the best, but it is a historic one.
BTW I can't decide/don't know if Game 7 is supposed to be capitalized or not so I'm kinda just going with how I feel in the moment.
With Game 7 looming the question on everybody's mind is will the road warrior trend continue? The roulette guy in me says no. If it does, obviously this would be the first time in the history of 7 game series that the road team won every game. Despite 4 blow outs, the series has been incredibly even with the Astros holding the slightest advantage possible outscoring the Nats 28-27. Both teams have scored in every inning at least once, with the exception of the Nationals in the 3rd inning.
While they say you can throw the regular season record out the door come October, the Astros had a monumentous advantage in that department, winning 14 more games than the Nats in 2019. But in case you haven't watched any of the World Series or follow baseball, the Nationals have been the best team in baseball since May 24th.
However, since Major League Baseball Opening Day was March 28th, 2019 the Nats do not host game 7 tonight.
The way this series has gone they probably prefer that.
Of course the 107 win Astros at home in game 7 would seem like a smart pick. It very well could happen. This team has been the class of baseball all season long. This three year run has seen 311 regular season wins, 2 pennants and as of 6:46 pm 1 World Series ring. In a one game situation anything can happen and with Scherzer's health a question mark if you told me the Astros win 11-2 tonight it wouldn't blow my mind. But G-d man these Nationals are something else. There's the May 24th shit, baby shark, the Wild Card comeback, sweeping the NLCS, and now it all comes down to game 7.
I know baseball has totally changed in the last few seasons, although game 7s have always been an anything goes affair. Neither will likely have the opportunity to get in that much trouble in a game 7, but how on earth can you trust a team starting Zack Greinke in a GAME 7 OF THE WORLD SERIES?
Look, I have my own mental health demons so I know how it goes. I have had panic attacks, I can't talk to girls unless I'm drunk on an app and all that shit nobody likes talking about. Zach Greinke has well documented issues. I really don't feel that bad addressing it here. Even outside of that. The dude is a weirdo. Head case has been thrown around. It sucks. I feel for the guy. But facts are facts. He's also very rich so I don't feel that bad but how can you have faith in this guy tonight? All the pressure is on the Astros, ie him. 107 wins. 2017 champs. They're playing at home. Huge favorites going into the playoffs. There may soon be a narrative they can't win at home in the playoffs considering in 2018 they lost three straight home ALCS games. Only four straight World Series games would be worse. Can he handle it? In four starts this postseason Zack's only gotten past the 5th inning once; a quality start in a 7-0 game one loss of the ALDS. Like I said I don't think he'll really get a chance to get rocked too hard, but this all has to be considered. He's not a guy with great postseason numbers either.
To be fair, it would be extremely Zack Greinke to completely dominate tonight. He's such a weirdo he may not even have it register that it's game 7.
Then there's my guy Mad Max. In game 1 he did just enough to win. 5 innings of 2 run ball. He hasn't pitched since because of a neck injury.
To take a page out of the Nationals book; since 2013 Max Scherzer has been the best pitcher in baseball.
Three Cy Young Awards and no hitters since 2013. While he's no Curt Schilling in October, Scherzer has pitched well and in many cases been a hard luck loser. In 21 postseason appearances (17 starts) he's 7-5 3.36 ERA, 134, 107 IP. I saw him pitch IRL for Detroit in game 6 of the 2013 ALCS. The dude is nasty. He's one of my favorite non-Red Sox in all of baseball. While he likely won't win MVP (unless he pitches a shutout tn) he has a chance to cement his legacy in the all-time conversion. A signature start if you will. With an elite 7 year run bookended by very respectable seasons Old Brown Eye has a shot at Cooperstown. A legendary performance tonight, on the road would do an awful lot for his résumé. If I had to pick one these guys to show up in this spot I'm picking Max Scherzer every single time.
Both line-ups have their fair share of studs.
The Nats have that 2-3-4 of Eaton, Rendon and Soto. Trey Turner is electric and a great shit talker. While he's certainly not who he was pre-2014, Ryan Zimmerman is still a franchise icon. In a game 7 situation he has a chance to truly make D.C. baseball history with a big knock.
The Astros are obviously a fucking wagon. They likely will sweep the major awards this off season. Jose Alutve could get runover by a skateboard and die tomorrow and still make the HOF. Carlos Correa hits fucking 6th. Bregman is likely the MVP. Brantley is one of the best FA signings of all time. They are herbie hancock fully loaded.
With the DH in play the Nats are actually in a better position than if they were at home. I don't think it's any coincidence they are winning games when Asdrubal Cabrera is at 2nd and Howie "best batting average of the last three seasons combined" Kendrick is DHing. 3-0 in Houston averaging 8.33 runs a game, compared to 0-3 1 run a game at home.
In a game 7 anything goes, we may even see Strasburg for a batter or two if that's what it takes. I have chuckie big dick great expectations for this game. In the final World Series of the decade let's hope this game 7 is more 2016 than 2017.
I am on the Nats and the over tonight. Even though I am a gigantic Scherzer fan I wouldn't be shocked if he doesn't make it two times through the line up given his health. Another reason for the over! Then to completely sit on a fence if I somehow missed this game and checked the box score tomorrow and saw 7.1 11 k's and 1 ernie I wouldn't be too blown away either.
Between the firepower of these offenses and the question marks on the mounds for both teams with the over managing due to analytics I love the over like a son who got a football scholarship. When you factor in Dave Martinez literally risking his life getting so angry yesterday after that blown call on the Turner infield single how can you not pick the Nats?
Oh and the road team has won the last three game 7s.
These boys are fucking ready. I picked them to win it all in 2018 and are just a little late to the party. Even I was driving earlier today 5-3 Nats really stuck out to me which would also happen to cash my ticket. I'm saying Nats win 6-4. MVP Juan Soto?
The umps have been fucking dreadful this series, especially behind the plate. While I'm not a robot umps guy, I am a get-it-the-fuck-together-it's-the-World-Series-guy. I just want this to a good game (that ends in a Nationals victory with at least 8 runs scored) Nobody wants to see a Buckner/NFCCG situation.
As you already know after reading my blog from yesterday bill-belichick-becomes-only-the-3rd-coach-in-nfl-history-to-win-300-games.html New England Patriots head football coach Bill Belichick has 300 wins. Making him only the 3rd coach in NFL history to reach that milestone.
While the Patriots don't like to celebrate individual achievements, Bill would be the first to tell you this is a team accomplishment that would not ever be possible without the players.
Many of his players were asked about Belichick's 300th victory after the game yesterday. I bet some may have even been asked about it again today.
Linebacker/boogeyman Dont'a Hightower had this to say in congratulations to Belichick's 300th win.
Now, we all say stupid stuff, especially in the heat of the moment. You'd think I work at pop copy with how often my foot is in my mouth. â
You know when you're a kid and don't understand how literally anything actually works? When you think $100 can buy a car? I feel like that's what Dont'a is doing here with the number 300. Don't get me wrong, 300 can be a big number sometimes. If you are in possession of 300 pairs loaves of bread that's far too many for one person to ever have, unless they are partaking in some sort of grilled cheese cook-off. If you have 300 pairs of children's shoes you probably helped commit genocide. To really put things in perspective, Alanis Morrisette once had 10,000 spoons and only needed a knife.
Sometimes, 300 is nothing. Fucking NOTHING. Especially when it comes to amount of times doing
If you've been alive for less than a year you've woken up 300 times. Bam! There's one thing right there. Oh you gotta go to sleep, right? There's another 300. Are you over a year old? Oh sick, we're having a conversation right now, so let's multiply. You've been alive for at least a couple years. How have you managed to survive this long? Did you eat food? You did, awesome.. More than once a day? Okay cool. Now that didn't just stay inside your body forever did it? Oh no it didn't? You made poo-poo and pee-pee? Yep. Okay there's another. Did you go to school? No, way? Me too. You've probably read over 300 pages in your life then, Just barely, I know. So you said you went to school. Before 2017? You did? Okay so you've said the Pledge of Allegiance wayyyy more than 300 times. Did you make it to 13 years old? You did? Congrats. You've jerked off at least 2,000 times and with jerking off comes clean up. Another 1000+ times. Now speaking of clean up, you've been showering throughout all this shit, right? Okay thank God. Assuming 3 a week (which is way too low) we're hitting 300 in two years easy. While were on cleaning don't think I forgot about the poo-poos and the pee-pees. You wiped, right? Oh thank God. another 300+. Now let's go back to that eating thing. After all that's where the poo-pee starts. Do you hate yourself? Oh you don't, well look at you Mr. Perfect. Well a lot of us do, so let's just throw in pints of Ben and Jerry's while we're at it to be safe.. Did you go to college? Yes, okay so over 300 beers too. Did you graduate? You did? Congrats so 300 adderall. Maybe you're a linebacker in the NFL? Oh you are? That's incredible. Barely anybody is. Guess what, you have over 300 tackles in your career too.
I could keep going and say most people have sent far more than 300 texts in their life, or sang the wrong words to Blinded by the Light by Manfred Mann. I could keep going but I've already drove this shitty topic to the ground and we get the point. I just hope Belichick takes 30 seconds to bust High's balls about this ridiculously inaccurate assessment on life statistics. Speaking of...I used to say I was going to keep track of all the beers I drank in college and that lasted about two nights. I am just fascinated by the idea of stats of my own life, and I used to say it was never possible although with google, facebook, Russia, our government, and Alexa that is probably no longer the case :(
Tame Impala released two songs "Patience" and "Borderline" way back in March and April. Seems like a past life. If you had told me it was actually in January I would've believed you. They weren't like promo tracks for a movie soundtrack where no album is expected to support the tracks. Nope. Just two new songs for world to hear in early 2019. A new album in the same calendar year would've seemed like a pretty safe bet. When they did SNL it felt inevitable. I guess "Patience" was just Kevin Parker foreshadowing? Now it's basically November and there is finally news thanks to Tame Impala's IG.
After some perfectionism and overall weirdness the news is finally out. New Tame Valentine's Day 2020. While I'm a little disappointed it's so far from now, I guess it'll be cool to have something to look forward to after the Patriots win the Super Bowl again. I think it'll be Seattle.
You're about to get some Tama Impala references fucking Horatio Cain'd down your throat here so I suggest you just throw on your shades and Let It Happen.
Kevin Parker finally made up his mind on a release date. I guess a 2019 release was not meant to be. Life is moving, can't you see? Well let me tell you this...The Moment this album is available, cause I'm a Man, I'll Eventually get around to buying it.
Although Parker added another trimester of wait time, at least we now have a due date. February 14th, 2020. Valentine's Day. The jokes right themselves, but I'll Be Above it.
I mean, bravo, dozo.
A third track off of The Slow Rush was released today coinciding with the album news entitled "It Might Be Time".
It's a bummer the new album is not going to be released for another 108 days I'm beyond excited to know it's actually coming. Tame Impala is one of favorite bands and when I start releasing the "Best of 2010's" line of blogs in the upcoming weeks you'll be seeing plenty of them. There was a brief period in time where I was like maybe Kevin Parker was just going to do samples for Theophilus London and chill. Great to see he intends on making music for us until he dies. Hopefully that is long after I'm gone.
P.S. Like all blogs I was on giphy looking for gifs (obviously) be careful around Tame Impala gifs. It's a web you can get stuck in for hours if you're not careful.
After weathering the storm against the Cleveland Browns 27-13 the New England Patriots are 8-0. Despite question-marks surrounding the offensive line, receiving core (both WR and TE) and running game the Pats are undefeated halfway through the regular season. A majority of the credit can go to the greatest QB of all-time at 42 years old doing what he needs to do (11 TD 4INT) with this potentially all-time great defense behind him. In the rare chance you get into the red-zone against the Patriots, you still likely aren't scoring.
With the win coach Bill Belichick becomes the 3rd coach in NFL history to amass 300 victories.
At only 67 years old and 48 wins behind Don Shula for the all-time lead, the question isn't will Bill Belichick become the all-time leader?....it's when will he?
Worst case scenario, including the playoffs this Patriots team will win 4 more games. They could theoretically win as many 11. I still don't think 19-0 is happening...But I mean 17-2 could? Either way...at this pace there's a chance Brady could be the QB for win 348; especially if he plays until 45 like he's said he wants to.
In a year celebrating the 100 year history of the NFL, as the biggest history buff in the NFL it's fitting this is the season Belichick joins this elite club. Only Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324) have more wins.
Here's the GOAT on #300
Holy full circle. First coaching win was as Browns head coach against the Patriots. 300th win he's coaching the Patriots against the Browns. I really hope he gave a speech to those guys after the video ends.
I fucked up the numbers. Something I rarely do!! Shula has 348 wins not 328. I had the number without postseason wins. Fixed the numbers but left basically everything else. That makes my claim of Belichick definitely surpassing him a little less likely. If I was a betting man (I just so happen to be one) I'd still say he eventually breaks the record.
To achieve the shot, Warwick resident Zach Bacon rolls the first ball very slowly, and with lots of spin, down the lane.
Once that ball gets going, Alex Lefebvre, also of Warwick, throws the second ball down the side of the lane and it hits all but two corner pins.
By the time the lane resets, Baconâs ball hits the remaining two pins for a spare.
âThat first ball has to be at the perfect speed, sometimes, he will do it and it wonât make it down the lane, other times it hits the gate and bounces back to you or goes in the gutter. It is just about the speed and hopefully, that second ball knocks down the right pins,â said Lefebvre said in an interview with GoLocalProv.
Lefebvre adds that it did not take them very long to achieve the shot.
âThat was only the third time we tried that shot that night, we have done it before in years past, and the funny thing is that Zach had done earlier in the night,â Lefebvre said.
He added, âWe goof off like that, its something that we have done before and try different stuff just to see different reactions and different ways we can try stuff."
As of Wednesday, the video has more than one million views on Instagram and six million views on Tik Tok.
Lefebvre is a 2018 graduate of the University of Rhode Island and currently works at Liberty Mobility.
Bacon studied at the Community College of Rhode Island, and used to work at Langâs.
This has got to be the most impressive feat in bowling since Roy Munson's snagged a $500,000 trojan deal. The creativity, the timing, the execution. What more needs to be said? It's incredible. Yeah I gasped. Still can't believe they played it off so cool.. saying they've done it before multiple times. Phhff.. Sure, guy.
Normally, I would call bullshit... but I shit you not I actually know who Zach Bacon is. That's Rhode Island, ba-by! I briefly worked w/ him at Federal Express a couple years back. Really nice guy. One of the few normal people in the warehouse. Let me tell you there are some creatures handling your mail as we speak.
Long story, short...I believe they've done this before,but holy shit man that's gotta be something you keep to yourself. Right? I don't know what you really have to gain saying that you've done this before? Maybe to gain cred in the trick shot community? idk. I just feel like it makes the story way better. Can't lie, hearing they've done it before kinda takes a little shine off the diamond. Still cool.
I am a huge bowling guy, my late grandfather bowled a perfect game. I've bowled a perfect game in Wii bowling. But I also kind of suck. V inconsistent. I'll go 91, 163, 68, 84 in a night. So I've done my fair share of fucking around on the lanes while 64 pins behind my buddies. Let me tell you there is no thrill like a trick shot that involves timing the gate. Other than committing an actual crime, there is no quicker way to get every eyeball in the bowling alley glaring into your soul like you stole mail from a children's hospital. The bowling ball hitting it at any speed sounds like a fender bender. Okay, like a potty training 2 year old screaming to his mom...I'm done! Trying to do shorter blogs. S/o these two guys for getting their 15 seconds of fame. Gee, what a wordsmith that Alex is. âWe goof off like that, its something that we have done before and try different stuff just to see different reactions and different ways we can try stuff." He'd fit right in at DOL. I could use a second writer.
I hate to be Mr. Poopy Pants but I don't love this trade. To paraphrase a tweet I sent out when the news broke.
When I think of Mohamed Sanu, I think touchdown passes and saying "we bout to put 40 something on they ass" before taking part in the biggest collapse in the history of the Super Bowl (American Football Championship Game)
Here is an actual tweet of mine with that very clip!
Clearly they saw enough when they didn't allow a point for the final 27 minutes of the game.
I should mention to people out there like my mother who may think "well aren't touchdown passes a good thing?"
Of course they are, mom but I don't mean touchdown passes as in he catches them. Au Contraire. Sanu only has 25 in 110 career games. Nothing special. While TDs by no means tell the entire story of production for WR, (To Sanu's credit he's brought in over 70% of his targets 3 of the last 4 years and the year he didn't he was at 69.8%) Touchdown receptions are ideally what you're looking for from pass catchers. Here I'm talking passy-boys, the throws, passing touchdowns.
Mohamed Sanu has done the passing touchdown thing 4 times in his career.
God aren't people who talk about sports like that the fucking WORST?!?
Sanu, a former HS QB is 7/8 passing for 233 yards and 4 TD in his career. Good for a perfect passer rating (158.3)
Before I go any farther, not only is passer rating the dumbest stat ever that no football fan truly understands and makes zero sense with 158.3 being perfect, but "former HS QB" when talking about basically any skill guy in the NFL is the step-brother of "he's a former basketball player" when talking about 40% of the TE's in the NFL. The Antonio Gates Clause if you will.
Okay, back on schedule.
This is a very cool feather to have in your NFL cap, I'm not trying to make it a slight. Walter Payton threw 8 career touchdowns.
But this is a 30 year old WR in the 4th year of a 5 year 32.5 million dollar deal we're talking about. Best case scenario Sanu attempts what 2 passes this year? For a 2nd rounder! Already kinda pricey. Granted since we're in year four it's not like they owe him that entire deal but to me this price is a little, high even though I have zero idea what he's due. I still feel like Bill got fleeced here just because Sanu is literally the perfect Patriot. He's not only versatile with his passing abilities, but he also went to Rutgers; which to Bill Belichick is the football equivalent of an Oxford degree. Cant rule out feeling bad for their incontinence either! What's a 2nd rounder to a Super Bowl ring?
To me it comes down to this. A 2nd rounder for a guy WR who's first five highlights you think of him are all passes is too fucking much. I know that isn't exactly the most precise analytical analysis, but that shit matters. Call me old fashioned, but when my team acquires a WR I think it's best when the guy is known more for his receiving ability. It'd be like if your surgeon's best skill was drumming.
It's just the whole second round price tag thing. Maybe it's a Patriots premium? Just feel like you can get a lot more than Mohamed Sanu for a second rounder. I know he's a head case so maybe this example sucks, but the Raiders traded a 3rd and 5th for fucking AB. (Sidenote I know I haven't blogged nearly enough lately, and that I've been saying that for two years, but holy shit man if the Patrs just held on to AB. IDGAF they gave up on the dude way too quickly.)
Now this could very well be a great deal for the Pats and I could look quite dumb. What the Pats have on their side is that 2nd rounder for them is basically a third rounder since it'll be after pick 58. With their shitty draft history maybe this is better than another Jordan Richards? But a second rounder, man? When you see the Emmanuel Sanders deal it's like pouring Karkov on an open wound. I know Sanu doesn't need to Calvin Johnson here for the deal to a "success" and in a perfect world he's the 4th option. I just think it's too much for g-d Mohamed Sanu. Mohamed, as which we all know is the most common name on earth (Superbad, 2007) is the first player in Patriots history named Mohamed (I am completely guessing but feel safe assuming here despite what we all know assuming does) (oh man I assumed again)
It cannot go unsaid this guy was on the 2016 Atlanta Falcons. Now the Patriots literally won a Super Bowl this calendar year with a member of the 2016 Falcons on their roster (Adrian Clayborn) so it's not a huge deal, but if given the option I'd pick guys who wasn't on that team. They just have that loser stench that cannot be washed off, even in an oatmeal bath. Bill probably just sees it as added hunger. Sanu was on the biggest culprits of over-confidence in the defeat. I've watched that Mic'd up at least 60 times and enjoyed every second of him looking like an absolute fool every time. Taylor Gabriel tried to warn him! If you thought that 60 was hyperbole you should change your name to Chris Stapleton because baby you were wrong.
As we approach the final World Series of the 2010's *** :( *** I'm still getting used to this whole Houston Astros are the class of the AMERICAN LEAGUE thing. I know they've been in the AL since 2014, but I'm a Rhode Islander. I still call a Rite Aid, that is now a Walgreens "Brooks".
I'm just saying these things take time! It's just strange to see the 'Stros as an AL powerhouse. It's like if the Dolphins became 2x NFC champs.
For the second time in three years those American League Houston Astros are representing the junior circuit in the Fall Classic. In 2017 they defeated the Dodgers in 7.
Taking on the tall task of facing off against the Astros and their vaunted pitching staff is the Washington Nationals and their vaunted pitching staff. They also have a history (now) of beating the Dodgers.
The two clubs have the most expensive (and well-decorated) tops of their rotation in Major League Baseball.
The Nationals 2019 story is as 18 year olds with no brain say "a movie".
After losing franchise icon Bryce Harper in free agency to division rival Philadelphia it looked as if the Nationals were going to be in the bottom of the National League in 2019. After a less than ideal start through 50 games the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers were both 19-31. One ended up in the World Series, the other won less than 50 games.
As for the rosters of the two clubs... it appears we already have a formatting war on our hands! Positional breakdown vs. hitters and pitchers. WHO YA GOT??
In a day in age where we are eliminating dare I say too many labels I prefer the Nats set-up. S/o to the Stros though for saying men instead of people.
The Astros have the clear edge in experience. Eight players on their World Series roster already own Astros World Series rings from 2017. Okay sure, twist my arm, I'll list them. Correa, Bregman, Springer, Gurriel, Altuve, Verlander, Harris and Peacock.
The Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos) have the oldest roster (average age 31.1) in baseball while also having a mix of young, exciting talent. Looking at you Juan and Trey. They also have a Yan because why not? Fuck Bobs, right? That being said this franchise has never appeared in the World Series and up until 2019 never even won a playoff series (while in D.C.) . The Nats also happen to be 7-0 in their navy blues; so everything else is null and void until further notice.
Here are few baseball tidbits as we get closer and closer to first pitch.
-Teams with home field advantage in the World Series are 13-6 since 2000.
-The Astros won 107 regular season games; Nationals won 93.
-Bryce Harper is not on the Nationals anymore.
-The Nationals swept the NLCS. Since 2000 teams that swept their LCS are 0-5 in the World Series.
-The Houston Astros would be playing in their 3rd straight World Series if it they didn't lose four straight
ALCS games to the Boston Red Sox in 2018; the last three of which were played in Houston.
-Juan Soto turns 21 years old on October 25th. He has not been legally allowed to drink throughout the Nats postseason run.
-The Houston Astros were originally called The Houston Colt 45's from 1962-1964.
-The Washington Nationals were originally called the Montreal Expos from 1969-2004 and if it wasn't for the 1994 players strike they likely are still there today.
-Ryan Zimmerman is the first draft pick in Nationals history.
-AstroTurf was first introduced in 1964.
-As of 2019 the Washington Nationals do not have a playing surface named after them.
-Washington, D.C. has not hosted a World Series game since 1925.
-Bubble gum was invented in 1928 by Walter Diemer.
-Gerrit Cole has not lost a start since May 22nd, 2019 (his 11th start of the season)
-He's 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in the playoffs and starting game one.
-The Nationals have 6 days rest since winning the NLCS; The Astros have 2.
-The first night World Series game wasn't played until 1971.
-In 1973 Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich traded families during Spring Training.
-Justin Verlander is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in 5 career World Series starts.
-The team with the worse regular season record is 25-24-1 in the last 50 World Series (2013 both teams were 97-65)
-Jose Altuve can walk until a coffee table
-Since 2000 wild card teams have won the World Series five times; 2002 Angels, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox, 2011 Cardinals, 2014 Giants.
-During the 2010's the New York Yankees went 0-4 in the ALCS and missed the World Series for entire decade for the first time since the 1910's.
-Houston's Justin Verlander, Washington's Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez were all members of the 2013 Detroit Tigers starting rotation.
-David Ortiz hit .688 in the 2013 World Series after the Boston Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 2013 ALCS.
-Nationals player Gerrado Parra is one of only two players in MLB to wear #88 in 2019 (Indians pitcher Phil Maton is the other)
-And lastly this
On paper the Houston Astros should win this series in no less than five games. I mean they are a fucking juggernaut; Cole and Verlander are the closest thing we've seen to 2001 Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. 107 wins. 2017 World Series champs. Monster line-up. Multiple future Hall of Famers.
âThe Nationals do not have history on their side. Like I said in my baseball tidbit section not too long ago teams that swept their LCS are 0-5 in the World Series since 2000. When it comes to rest vs. rust it seems like anything over 3 days turns into rust. I also am a huge roulette guy so it could be time that this red turns black. I do think this Nats team is more 2014 Royals than 2007 Rockies, but this will be an uphill battle.
If you like starting pitching than this is the series for you. I for one am pumped to see the two teams with fantastic rotations still playing opposed to these bullpen teams. Shows baseball in October is still about the big horse and man oh man do these teams have horses. Max Scherzer technically has dogs; dogs with heterochromia iridum just like him. What a fucking stud. Anybody can pick the favorite. NATITUDE IS BACK BABY!!! WHO CARES ABOUT THEIR GROSS BULLPEN?!
NATS IN 7!!!!!!!
MVP: MAX SCHERZER
On October 6th I was doing what I do most Sundays; watching football and losing money. Fuck you Phil Rivers (it kills me to type that).
With the ridiculously unbalanced schedule of 10 (TEN) 1 pm games and two 4/4:25 pm games I was stuck watching the Packers-Cowboys game like most of America in the 4:25 pm slot.
As a blogger, when I'm not avoiding daylight, smoking reefer in my mom's basement or disappointing my father I'm watching sports. I like sportz and I don't care who knowz. Now that I have YoutubeTV I can pause live TV to take pictures and videos of my screen. You see, getting a picture or video of something funny or notable during a live sporting event is one of the easiest ways to get a viral tweet.
Maybe someday like the Strokes, amirite?
If you were staring at the tv screen instead of your phone on Sunday you too would've seen President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Ellen DeGenerous and Lindsay Bluth spending their Sunday afternoon in Jerry Jones' famous luxury box.
Other notable moment's from Jerry's box:
Obviously it was a big deal. I mean we're here right now and caused such a stir that Ellen had to address it on her fucking show.
If you didn't watch the video Ellen mentions that she was invited to the game by Charlotte Jones, daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and explains the whole day.
It's definitely not a foursome you would expect to see together on the links. I saw it in real time Sunday and tweeted it out. I just thought it was a funny group. You don't expect to see these people together. Lamb and Tunafish. Okay, I'll spell it out for you. Ellen is on the Mount Rushmore of famous lesbians (Rosie O'Donnell, Billie Jean King and Elenor Roosevelt complete it) and George Bush is a Republican with a v well-grown track record of being anti-LGBT, despite the fact his VP literally has an alphabet person as a daughter. Very hypocritical, I know!
Sadly, internet law clearly states these groups must hate each other like poison, no questions asked. Because of that, her action of sitting in a box at the Cowboy's game with someone who does not agree with her on everything did not go over well on twitter dot com. On GD #internationalLesbianday of all days!
Like all things there are basically two schools of thought. People who majored in the Iraq War and will not allow any sort of respect for George Bush to stand. Classic he said, they/them said.
Then there's the people who either see the beauty in this moment. That people with differing viewpoints aren't letting that stop them from living their life. That what makes us great is the ability to look past our differences. SLASH the hypocrisy of the left.
It's the perfect 2019 story and one that could not go unaddressed on DOL. I could not agree more with Ellen's sentiment even though I do see the complexity of this situation. I love these losers on twitter trying to be all self-righteous about Ellen sitting next to Bush. Like they would make a scene? It's like the same people who say "fuck fill in the name of a famous person" then ask them for a picture together the second they ever see them IRL. I know there is a big difference between Yankees and Red Sox fans being friends and offering an assistant coaching job on your son's little league team to the new child molester who just moved down the street that you met when he told you about said molesting as is legally required. But this has to be the one of the most ridiculous fake outrage things I've ever seen. Even if all the war criminal stuff that I should know more about is true asking her to make a scene in public and refuse to sit next to someone she considers a friend is such an awkward, uncomfortable ask out of somebody in a social situation. You do what we all do, take your lumps and move on.
I am by no means a Bush guy (in more ways than one) and still haven't fully ruled him out for knowing about 9/11 beforehand. George Bush is responsible for a lot of terrible things and even more terrible songs but at what point does this left-right divide stop? This is so much bigger than Ellen and W. This whole way people interact now because of Trump broken brain syndrome is not okay! It doesn't fix anything. It's just a merry-go-round of name calling and finger pointing. How are we supposed to get anything done if we refuse to talk to someone because of the color of their tie? Rings a bell of sorts.
It only makes things worse. Yelling at someone for associating with someone you disagree with isn't going to solve fucking anything. I tell the kids I see everyday how much easier their lives will be if they are just nice to people. It has never worked, but I keep trying. I will leave you with this. If you are mad at someone for saying be nice to EVERYONE, regardless of who they are, well then friendo you can kindly climb a Red Wood Tree and practice your cannon ball technique.
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