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is it opening day yet?

Mar. 12th, 2007 | 07:08 pm

I just started watching the Rockies/D-Backs game from this afternoon. Highlights already, Vinny Castilla brought out the line-up cards and they mentioned that Dante Bichette will be in the booth today. Who loves the '90s?

I came here to mention that I need to go pick up a few things tomorrow, so I added baseball scorebooks to the list. I love that I'm going to have live stats, tons of games on tv & radio and all that good stuff this year, but I'm looking forward to picking out a game or two a week and scoring it. Good old fashioned at the ballpark style. The last time I scored a game was in '04 at the Metrodome. Twins vs. Yankees. My dad & I went to the Dome and when the program guy came around, we kind of looked at each other and said "wanna score it?" - Its the little things.

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baseball overload

Mar. 4th, 2007 | 07:15 pm

So I think I'm going to suffer from it this year, in a good way. Here's what I've got going on so far:

Fantasy Baseball - 16 team, 26 man roster keeper league; 1 co-worker (+my dad & step-mom) roto league; the LJ AL/NL mash-up league; 3 yahoo public leagues (all 5x5 roto). I think 6 will be the charm here. So far I've been really happy with all of my drafts (ignore my comment from Saturday's post - I'm starting to like that team)

mlb.tv - I've already shelled out for the premium package. 6 games at once, notification when players I want to watch are up, a bunch of other magic buttons, access to all of 05 & 06 - the only bad thing is that Brewer games are blacked out.

Live Baseball - I'm already in on a bus trip to Miller Park for opening weekend (vs. the Cubs) - My dad will be up in June around my birthday for either the Braves, Marlins or Cubs. My dad is also going on a bus tour of a bunch of parks, including Wrigley this summer - so I may try to meet them down there. Given all the minor league teams in the area, I could easily watch a ton of good baseball in person, but I doubt I'll see as much as I could.

Opening Day can't come soon enough.

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I refuse to do anything productive today

Mar. 3rd, 2007 | 04:15 pm

I had my first random yahoo! fantasy baseball draft today. My team sucks.

I also got in on this league just now. Unlike the 16 team/26 player email draft that's probably going to take 2 months to finish, I had this roster set in about 5 minutes - yowsa:

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right down to the telecaster

Mar. 2nd, 2007 | 08:08 pm

or: summertime & the livin's easy.
or: chinese lookin' girlfriend with big brown eyes.

so, after watching:

and this

I came across this.

I'm getting old. Everyone I know that thought that last one was cool then, still thinks its entertaining. And I swear, we all still look like that. But yes, we all know the first 4 are better performances. Anyway.....

I want to talk to everyone I've ever known.

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All In

Feb. 21st, 2007 | 09:55 pm

So the debate is settled, at least for now. The first stock I'll be investing in is EXP or EXP or if you prefer EXP.

I'm sure not a genius about all of this, but I can't find anything wrong with these guys. They make gypsum wallboard and concrete products and seem to do it well. They're growing, profitable, pay a dividend, have good margins for this kind of industry, they have cash and not too much debt,  and they just seem to keep at it.

The housing downturn killed this stock, though its starting to come back now. (I'd rather it stayed down for another year or 10) But the P/E is still good, the Chairman bought a lot of stock when they were down, the company is buying stock, etc. etc. I can't find a negative here.

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Tonight's Game

Feb. 20th, 2007 | 08:54 pm

I'm watching the Tigers vs. Rangers from 4/6/2006 - knuckleballer R.A. Dickey against the Tigers. 6 home runs in 3.1 innings. All to left field. Its been like batting practice so far. Brandon Inge leads off the game with a bomb. Magglio went deep. 2 from Chris Shelton, 1 from Craig Monroe, 1 from Marcus Thames. Its 7-0 in the top of the 4th. Pull up a chair, we're just getting started here.

And they'd hit 5 against the Royals the night before.

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I'm almost giddy

Feb. 19th, 2007 | 10:14 pm

I know the end result of this game, and its 6-5 heading into the 9th. And I'm still about to pee myself.

This has to be one of the best games I've ever seen. And its going to end with 4 HRs in a row to tie it. A run by the opposing team in the top of the 10th. And a two run homer in the bottom of the inning to win it. In the middle of a pennant race. Too bad the Dodgers are on the winning end.

I remember talking about the results of this one the morning after, but I had no idea how exciting this was. Holy crap, baseball rules.

6-5 SD  top of the 9th, bases loaded, 1 out, Saito in to close. And the craziness hasn't even started yet.

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Feb. 19th, 2007 | 07:08 pm

So I bought my subscription to mlb.tv this weekend and with it you get access to their archive of games in addition to the '07 season, so I've been watching a few games. This afternoon I watched Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter. I remember that ESPN had a game on that night, and broke in and broadcast the 9th so I'd seen the end, but this was fun to watch. I was surprised that retrosheet.org shows 12561 Marlin's fans enjoyed it in person - on TV it looks like there are about 500 in the seats. I could have sworn they were playing in Montreal. Jeffrey Loria, you're so good for baseball.

Favorite moment of the broadcast: A shot of Sanchez sitting by himself in the dugout while the Marlins hit in the bottom of the 8th - picking his nose. And it wasn't just a little rub with his thumb either, he stuck his finger in there a dug around a bit. The camera stuck with it and the announcers did their best to ignore it. Quality TV.

September 6, 2006 - Marlins 2, D-Backs 0

And even though I'll forever hate the Dodgers, I just started watching the game from last year when they hit 4 home runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie a game against the Padres - then  Nomar won it with a walk off jack in the 10th. I'm actually looking forward to hear Vin Scully talk about this bit of craziness. Its the top of the 1st right now, Vin just told me to "pull up a chair, we're just getting started here." - Followed by a Mike Piazza RBI double. He got booed. Love them Dodger fans.

**I had to add this: Vin Scully was just talking about good ol' Alabama born Jake Peavy's love of country music - he rattled off a song by Merle Haggard, 2 by Weezer and a song by Jimmy Eats World. And the funniest part wasn't that only one of those songs was a country song, but that one of the Weezer songs was Hash Pipe. Two words I never would have thought I'd hear coming out of Vin Scully's mouth - Hash Pipe.

September 18, 2006 - Dodgers 11, Padres 10

And speaking of the Padres, I'm thinking about drafting Chris Young in my fantasy league, so decided to watch him pitch a game from last May on Saturday night. Mark Bellhorn was hitting 5th for the Pads. How can you win a division with Mark freakin' Bellhorn hitting 5th even once? Man the NL West was weak last year.

ps. JD Drew sucks.

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there's a place I'd like to be

Feb. 8th, 2007 | 09:28 pm

Where have you gone Galaxie 500?

I don't wanna stay at your party.
I don't wanna talk with your friends.
I don't wanna vote for your president.
I just want to be your tugboat captain.

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stocks I'm looking at today

Jan. 21st, 2007 | 12:41 pm


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