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World Series game 7 drinking game

Okay, here are the rules. Hope you’re all ready!

Take a drink whenever:

  • Someone is intentionally walked. Take a second drink if the pitcher who threw the IBB doesn’t do anything else.
  • Someone attempts a sacrifice bunt, successful or not. Take a second drink if the bunter had a 2011 OPS+ greater than 100. Third drink if it’s better than 130.
  • Someone commits an error. Take a second drink if the error allows the go-ahead run to score. Take a third drink if it’s in extra innings.
  • There’s a pitching change. Take a second drink if this isn’t the first pitching change this half-inning. Finish the bottle if the wrong pitcher comes in.
  • A pinch hitter comes in who has a 2011 OPS+ worse than the hitter he’s replacing.
  • Someone is caught stealing. Take a second drink if the steal wouldn’t have helped anyway.
  • The batter calls for the hit-and-run and then doesn’t swing.

Good luck surviving the night, everybody! Oh, one one final rule:

  • If the Cardinals win, drink until your heart stops.

October 28th, 2011 Posted by | Baseball | no comments

World Series thoughts

I’ve been quiet lately. I know it. But that doesn’t mean I’m dead! Though if I am dead, I’m clearly in Hell, since somehow the Cardinals are one win away from a goddamn world championship, which I do not appreciate thank you very much.

On that subject. You seen that game six? Wow. I’m not sure which was more impressive: the bad management, or the bad defense. Get this: Rangers had the bases loaded in the sixth inning, and their pitcher coming up. So R. puts a dude in the on-deck circle to pretend like he’s pinch-hitting, but nobody’s fooled, because it’s his backup catcher. We all know he’s just hiding his real pinch hitter so drunken master T. La Russa wouldn’t be able to overmanage for it. And then, as expected, Torrealba goes back to the dugout, and out comes… Colby Lewis. The pitcher.

R. Washington you mad idiot genius, how on earth could you fuck this one up? This is the easiest decision any manager ever has. Bases loaded, sixth inning, pitcher coming up. By which I mean American League pitcher coming up. Here are Colby Lewis’ career batting stats:

.188 / .188 / .250 / .438, 14 OPS+. That’s in a whopping 17 PA. Sure, Mitch Moreland ain’t great, but you’d take him over that with the bases loaded, yeah?

Now watch this. Do you see that right there? Do you see Nelson Cruz just being Manny on that play? He loafs after the ball for a while then tries to make a dramatic leaping grab and just misses it. It looks to me like he was showboating; it he’d just, like, run over there he’d have caught it easy, but for whatever reason he stopped short and then tried a leap.

That was with two outs. In the bottom ninth. If he makes that catch, the Rangers win the World Series.

Would you believe the Rangers blew two more leads after that? Unreal. I’m with Cameron on this one.

October 28th, 2011 Posted by | Baseball | no comments