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The final results are in and I tested negative!  Oh, wait, this is for the fantasy baseball leagues.  Um, yeah, ignore that first sentence.  This year in an unprecedented move of unprecedented size and bubbles.  We’re giving away a hot tub to the Fantasy Razzball winner.  I believe it’s a time machine too! (It is not a time machine and any ability to travel through time probably has something to do with your flux capacitor.)  If you didn’t win this year, don’t worry, there’s always 2011!  (Then 2012 is up in the air, according to the Mayans.)  Anyway, here’s the fantasy baseball league updates:

Overall Razzball Commenters League Winner

Drumroll, please… Nobody Beats the Wiz!  More like, Whiz!  (See what I did there?  Yeah, I’m not sure either.)    Nice showing, Wiz.  The prizes headed NBtW’s way is a trophy from Clay Trophies from our very own commenter, Tony.  An old school, shiny varsity jacket from commenters, Adam and The Real Tom For Real.  And, finally, a phone call of congratulations from a real live celebrity, who may or may not be drunk.  Depends if Wiz chooses Mr. Belding.  Wiz, please put your email in the comments so I can lavish you with prizes.

Overall Fantasy Razzball Winner

The people at Dreammaker Spas were nice enough to donate a hot tub priced at $3,199.  Crazy, you say.  I say, sour grapes because you didn’t win.  Maybe our winner will host the 1st Annual Razzball convention and we can ‘jacuzze’ a little, though it may become painfully obvious how few girl readers we actually have.  Did someone forget to order buns for all of these sausages? That’s me talking at our hypothetical hootenanny.  Neverthehoo!  Our winner is… I Am the Liquor!  Now go take a soak.  You earned it!  (Put your email in the comments so I can hook you up, and if you live in an apartment, get your landlord on the phone because you’re about to put a hot tub in your living room.)

Our leagues came out like this, “Blah blah blah 2nd place blah blah blah 3rd place blah blah blah 3rd place blah blah blah.”  I was in more leagues than I’m recapping, but some were leagues Rudy manned the wheel.  Some we co-managed.  And others are private leagues.  (And, honestly, I got to around 1000 words and started to feel like I was writing the Wikipedia entry for World War II so I pulled up.)  These three leagues I take most of the responsibility for:

20 Team, mixed league, 5×5; host: Not Entirely Sure, 2nd place.

Recap – I blew away the league in pitching.  20 points in Wins, Saves, Ks, ERA and a 19.5 in WHIP.  To say I made all the right moves in pitching is an understatement.  I had Heath Bell, Billy Wagner, Leo Nunez (while he was good), Jonathan Sanchez and Cliff Lee, who I traded right away after he was traded to Texas.  My obvious maladroit (if that’s being used correctly) was my hitting.  Prince Fielder took the junk from his trunk and gave it to me in RBIs.  Ryan Braun had his worst year yet.  Why did I have Johnny Damon on a team?   And Lance Berkman?  Oh, crimey.  Those were the negatives.  The positives:  Kelly Johnson, Casey McGehee and did I mention my pitching?   I also traded Alcides and Beckham for Stephen Drew on July 13th.  I won that trade.  You can look up Drew’s 2nd half stats if you don’t believe me.  I would’ve won the league with 8 more homers, i.e., one decent two-week stretch by Prince Fielder and Braun.  I will now go and get my shine box.

14 Team, mixed league, 5×5; host:  Brandon Funston, 3rd place

Recap – Had an ERA of 2.93 (1st place) and WHIP of 1.18 (3rd place) and a shizzload of Ks (3rd place).  Unfortunately, we only got 8 points from Wins.  As is a recurring theme in my leagues, I drafted F-Her and Jonathan Sanchez and they powered my pitching, except Wins.  Here’s my draft:

Fantasy Baseball Team

Punted catcher and 3rd base, middle and corner infidel and the last four rounds, in retrospect.  (I dropped Bumgarner before he was called up.)  Catching duties ended up going to Napoli; middle infield turned out okay with Desmond, corner infield ended up going to Dunn and the hitting worked out fine.  A 13 in homers, 12 in steals with a 9 in runs as my lowest hitting category.  What really killed me was the Wins and, surprisingly, Saves, where I got a 5.  I’m not bragging when I say I never struggle in saves.  Just couldn’t put the S in SAGNOF for this league.  I lost K-Rod to his ‘Someone Else’s Daddy’ issues, lost Fuentes to an Angels trade and Jenks to a trade I made, Sam I am.  I grabbed Hisanori, Hensley, Madson, Wuertz, League and Gutierrez.  Didn’t matter, I needed 19 more saves to get an extra 5 points and it never happened.  Too bad, so sad.

13 teams, mixed league, 5×5, host: Scott Pianowski, 3rd Place

Recap – Let’s jump right into the draft for this one:

Fantasy Baseball Team

This team’s flaw coming out of the draft appeared to be pitching. In-season, the flaw turned into a little bit of a lot of categories, except HRs and RBIs.  Didn’t finish below 7th anywhere, didn’t win any categories besides the aforementioned ones.  (BTW, all of these Guerrier late round picks were because at the time he was fighting with Rauch for closing duties.  Yeah, he lost.)  Figgy sucked dog balls; I hate him.  Best part of Jason Bay’s season was the concussion.  Slowey lived up to my expectations for John Lackey and I dropped Lackey after about 3 starts.  Obvious value picks were Hamilton, Latos, Dunn, Choo, McCann, Weaver, Ervin and Oswalt.  Biggest pickup you’re not seeing here is Kelly Johnson who had 26 homers and 13 steals on my team.  Jaime Garcia helped too for a few months.  And put that in one hand and coming in third in the other hand and you have two empty hands with carpal tunnel.

  1. DrEasy says:
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    “Maladresse” ?

    I’d say you did very well. A surprising-looking draft in that 14-teamer. Can’t believe Josh Hamilton was available in the 7th round!

  2. Steve says:
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    Even if you paid 20 CENTS for Figgy, I still hate him.

  3. ichirosan says:
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    Well, as a Mariners fan, I guess that’s what I get for starting Smoak as my 1B for the last week of the season. He, plus a pitching change here or there, costed me the spa. I hope he beasts the next 7 years, or I will never forgive him.

  4. JoeC says:
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    Yeah, what was up with Fielder and Braun? 83 RBIs for Prince Veggie? What the hell? Just to put that in perspective, some guys who out-RBI’d the Prince: James Loney (88), Alex Gonzalez (88), Jonny Gomes (87), Gaby Sanchez (85), Juan Uribe (85).

    And 25 home runs for Braun? 34, 37, 32, 25 the last four years… he’s going the wrong direction!

    All that said, I’m thinking these guys could be buy low candidates in next year’s draft? Braun may make it to me at pick #13 (although next year he’ll be that magical hitter’s age of 27, so maybe not), but I doubt Fielder lasts until the final pick of the 3rd round (#39). If he does though, I’ll have to take him. No way that guy has another season like this (I think)!

    Look at me, already planning for 2-eleven!

  5. JoeC says:
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    Oh, and as for your leagues, Grey, I’m just hoping you beat Matthew Barry! That guy bought his sense of humor from Walmart, his schtick is so obvious and shallow. Nothing like the multi-layered humor we get on the Razzball!

  6. I Am the Liquor says:
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    Grey–
    Just wanted to say thanks for having such an awesome blog. Not only do I come here twice a day to get awesome fantasy advice and humor, but I win a freakin’ hot tub?! Oh wait theres more: thanks to your help, I was able to finish in the money in all 3 of my money leagues as well (1/14, T1/12, 3/14). So I’d just like to say thanks for being the man Grey, I couldnt have done it without you. Please find the paypal donation I made for you this morning.

    My email is levin.matt@gmail.com. I’d be glad to host the 1st Annual Razzball convention.

  7. GopherDay says:
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    @I Am the Liquor: You really hit the jackpot this year! Good job!

    Grey, they Mayans don’t predict the world going boom til December 18th, 2012. So our 2012 fantasy baseball season is safe! *whew!*

  8. nyphilsphan says:
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    This honest assessment of your 2010 teams is another reason why you have the best fake baseball blog out there. Unlike other ivory tower ‘perts who copy and paste each others’ predictions or make their position rankings by throwing darts at a board, you give a true voice to this hobby/obsession that so many of us enjoy. The updates and commentary are second to none. This website isn’t a periodical; it’s a broadcast and a real showcase of talent in the new media. Thanks and good luck from a fellow disgruntled Kemp owner,

    Jeff

  9. cain fan says:
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    Hey grey, on the topic of razzball contests I have an idea (well kind of a stolen idea). This year I participated in a fantasy homerun derby (run by homerunderbyus.com) where you pick a team of 7 players whose previous season HR total cannot exceed 183 HRs (only players who hit 16 or more HR are eligible to be chosen). Then the team with the most HRs at the end of the year wins. The league I was in (100 buy in) had 2926 teams with some absurd payouts. I am not saying it needs to be money passed but some of the readership might enjoy it. My squad took 7th at the end of the day for a cool 5500 payout, yes I am bragging. I wasn’t sure if you have heard of anything like this before.

  10. ThE sHiT says:
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    First time I comment after reading only the first 2 sentences… you are freakin hilarious!

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @DrEasy: Yeah, pick 91 ended up being a steal. Bautista probably went at pick 291 though.

    @Steve: Ha… Yup.

    @ichirosan: Damn, you were the one that came within inches of the spa. Sorry, that sucks.

    @JoeC: 2-eleven — I like that. Might need to steal it. Yeah, very disappointing with Fielder and Braun. Fielder does go one season good, one season bad in his career, so there’s that.

    @JoeC: Thanks!

    @I Am the Liquor: Congrats again! Really is pretty cool you won that thing. I’m going to email you now the info.

    @GopherDay: Phew!

    @nyphilsphan: Thanks so much for the kind words, I do notice that no one talks about the leagues they lose.

    @cain fan: Funny you say that, I’ve been trying to think of a weekly contest to do. That doesn’t sound weekly, but it’s an idea. Thanks!

    @ThE sHiT: Ha!

  12. big o says:
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    @ grey :

    re : funston , family & friends league .

    carlos lee called .
    and , since steve had nothing to do with it ,
    he blames his shitty season on YOU .

  13. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Pretty cool how u were honest in a final evaluation of ur teams. But then again, we dont expect anything less than that…

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    @Grey:

    one of my fellow competitors (Planet 10) is a fbb blogger whose name is Ivar .
    Ivar , to my knowledge , anyway, was the 1st to create a Dead-To-Me List .

    should time , and space , allow , i would very much be interested in seeing
    steve’s and your DTM lists .

    as a side note , i found it quite humorous that oliver perez helped the
    mets finish up on a sour note .

    i remain oliver perez-free (12 months and counting) .
    the air is fresh , my skies are bluer , and the grass is green .
    slowly , the bitterness fades .
    i know i have a problem .

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tHe sHiT: I do what I do.

    @big o: Steve’s DTM list is, at one time or another, every player in the major leagues. Ollie Perez is on everyone’s DTM list, he’s not fair game. Figgy would be on my DTM list.

  16. Ashley says:
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    Back to back champs!

    CarGo is my hero.. I had a stacked OF and I remember prior to the season I was shopping CarGo around, saying he had Beltran-potential, but no one would give me anything decent for him. So of course I rubbed their noses in it on the msg board last week.

    I have 2 open spots between Mike Stanton, Cruz, Kinsler, and Ellsbury.

    I’m thinking Ellsbury won’t make the cut because it seems like SB aren’t as much of a premium anymore.. I added Pierre off FA and he did basically what I needed Ellsbury for.

    And I should probably keep Kinsler and hope he bounces back.

    Agreed? So between Stanton and Cruz, who do you like more? I’m leaning Stanton b/c of the raw power and age, and b/c Cruz went on the DL 3-4 times this year.. Don’t trust him.

    So what do you think?? Gracias

  17. Grey

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    @Ashley: Kinsler, Cruz… If you want pure value, but your team will be DL heavy. I’d go that way. Could see Kinsler and Stanton though. Will have a better idea in March, if you can wait.

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    Yep, I can wait. Do you not think Stanton has same overall upside as Heyward?

  19. Grey

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    @Ashley: Different type of players, but could be equally valuable.

  20. The Wiz! says:
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    My email is ian.abovitz@gmail.com. I’m the Wiz, nobody beats me!!!!!!! Thanks in advance for the prizes.

  21. Tony says:
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    hey wiz, i’m finishing up your trophy, i shoulda did it this summer like I said I would last spring, but hey i’m a procrastinator!

    I think grey emailed me and said he was forwarding you or me one or the others info, haha, we’ll get it straightened out. Hopefully you haven’t procrasinated on building the display case to house this beast….

    TONY

  22. HateMcLouth says:
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    I am in total agreement with nyphilsfan. Just a well put together resource headlined by Grey’s great writing. Six months of sports illustrated costs $20, so I’ll send 20.01 on paypal.

  23. Howard says:
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    @Grey Loved the ‘shinebox’ reference. My favorite movie!

  24. VinWins

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    Braun maybe had his worst year, but certainly no disaster. I still rank him has the 10th most valuable hitter this season.

    A-rod at #32, now that was a disaster (for me).

  25. Grey

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    @VinWins: I don’t think either of them were disasters. But I didn’t own A-Rod.

  26. VinWins

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    @Grey: Yeah, I guess disaster is a bit strong. Not that many 1st round draft picks put up 1st round numbers. That’s just the way it is.

  27. Steve says:
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    @Grey: @big o: Hey!

    You’re right though, Grey. My DTM list is a bit of a movable feast. I wonder, though, if it’s more a case of people I wouldn’t draft, rather than people I wouldn’t own. (that said, I don’t feel too kindly disposed towards Bay and Grandy right now)

    Would I draft Figgy? Not in a million effing years. If he was on the wire, would I grab him if I thought he could help my team? Yes I would. Having picked him up, he’d no doubt drain the will to live from me, though…

    Funny thing – I felt pretty annoyed with Verlander after I owned him for about half the year or something – traded him away for Prince (yawn). He was terrible early (as he always is) and then terrible again sometimes when he was supposed to start being good. So to confirm my prejudices I went and looked up his numbers.

    What do you know? He had a pretty good year. Just goes to show…

  28. Grey

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    @Steve: Hehe… Yeah, Verlander wasn’t bad. I completely agree with you on Figgy. After the draft is done, all bets are off on who I would or wouldn’t own. I wouldn’t draft Billy Butler this past year, but after the season begins, I’d own him.

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    I just get the feeling with Figgy, though, that if I owned him, he’d do nothing to help me.

    I almost for got. I’m dark on Jose Bautista right now, too. He was ON THE WIRE in the RCL and I didn’t grab him cos I didn’t trust him.

    And he probably cost me 3rd place in my (stupid) H2H league with that last week of his.

    No blame on my guys of course (emoticon).

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Well, Bautista’s a different case. If you didn’t own him this past year, you can’t own him next year. Be throwing good money after bad. Whereas, Prince Fielder is someone I almost have to own to make up for this year.

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    @Grey: Yeah – probably trust Bautista even less now than when I didn’t pick him up because I didn’t trust him.

    Prince? I think I’ll wait to see what January Grey has to say…

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Got a new book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Have you read it?

  33. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Haven’t so much as heard of it. What’s it like? Looks a little Kavalier and Clay-esque.

    Just about finished Bourdain’s Medium Raw. Enjoying it, although a lot of the food names in it are unfamiliar to me. I have his Les Halles cookbook, which is full of good writing as well as mmmm, food.

  34. Grey

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    @Steve: It’s Pulitzer stuff, man. I’m edumacated. Yeah, don’t know anything about it yet, just got it. Medium Raw was good then? Below Kitchen Confidential but above his others? Rank it please.

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    @Grey: I have to confess that this is the first of his I’ve read, apart from the aforementioned cookbook.

    If I had to take a stab, I’d say that Kitchen Confidential was better. With absolutely nothing else to compare it to, I’d say that in this book he’s maybe thinking OK I’m really a writer now, I’d better start writing like a ‘writer’. But I’d better throw in a whole bunch of F-Bombs so people know it’s still me (I’m not at all prudish when it comes to swearing, but I did get a bit tired of it).

    That said, I’m an admirer of people who are kings in their chosen fields but can also string a few words together and Bourdain is one of those for sure.

  36. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I always thought he was a wee bit overrated, so I’ll probably wait for the soft cover and might just read it in the bookstore on a rainy day, which LA doesn’t get many of.

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    @Grey: Borrow it from the library (emoticon).

    He waxes lyrical about The French Laundry, and I’ve gotta say that having checked out the website, I need to eat there.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I’ve never eaten there. My father has and said it was great. I once dated a French girl who did my laundry, but was nothing to write home about.

  39. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Any girl that does your laundry deserves a little slack – but only so much, I guess.

    Here’s my crazy memory for seemingly innocuous things again, but didn’t you say once your dad had been here?

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: She got a little slacks! Get it?! My Dad went wine tasting in New Zealand and Australia. He’s a big shot. We don’t talk much.

  41. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ah, gotcha.

    Did she get too ‘pressed’ for time?

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: She was a soiled sport!

  43. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You asked her the tough laundry questions.

    And she folded.

  44. Steve says:
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    @Grey: That was a good one, BTW.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: She wanted in the game and off the bleachers, but her clinging stained our relationship.

  46. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nothing like clinginess to deter gents.

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Wow, you win. Well played.

  48. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Back to food – food trucks are a big deal in LA, right? I’m guessing you eat at them a lot?

    Nothing like that in Auckland.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: They are all over. Maybe the proliferation of sushi bars in the 80s or yogurt places is similar, but then again maybe not because the cost of entry is so low. And they seem soooooo easy to operate. I can barely make a PB & J sandwich and I’ve thought about starting one. Used to be last year, they were all good, now I’ll go to one and it will be hit or miss.

  50. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Do the operators have to meet many rules and regulations?

    That’s probably what would stymie it here – all the red tape you’d have to go through. That and we’re a small village compared to LA…

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    @Grey: Hmmmm. Can’t get into Grubstreet – but I can imagine what the article is about.

    I guess Razzball is the fresh, tasty food truck to the bland fare served up at the bloated Chez ESPN chain.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Weird you can’t get in. Yeah, it’s just showing a video of a guy throwing a rock at another guy who was taking his parking spot for a food truck. This will sound ignorant but does NZ have it’s own cuisine?

  53. Grey

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    @Grey: Especially ignorant with it’s instead of its.

  54. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Not really. I’d characterise it more as good ingredients, grown in good surroundings, with its preparation influenced by the Pacific, Europe and Asia.

    There is Maori cuisine (the Maori are NZ’s indigenous people), but it’s not really mainstream.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_cuisine

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Local produce, done well. Nice. You must get good sushi there, right?

  56. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I guess we do. We’re such a narrow country that it never takes long for the fish to get from the boat to wherever it’s sold so it ***should*** always be pretty fresh.

    Possibly not the variety that you have, I suspect. To be honest, while I like sushi, I’m not a rabid fan. I like a couple of pieces as part of a wider Japanese meal (as part of a lunchbox, say), but sashimi, tempura and yakitori are more my go.

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    @Grey:
    Sorry to break the stride here, you guys have a good flow going.

    I decided to randomly join a 16 team H2H keeper. Roster is ok. Regular 5×5 categories. I wanna pick your brain here Grey, which players are for sure keepers? Now, which 7 would you keep?

    I ask because tbh I don’t think this team merits 7 keepers. But oh well.

    C Mike Napoli (LAA – C,1B)
    1B Prince Fielder (Mil – 1B)
    2B Rickie Weeks (Mil – 2B)
    3B Wilson Betemit (KC – 3B)
    SS Marco Scutaro (Bos – 2B,SS)
    OF Andre Ethier (LAD – OF)
    OF David Murphy (Tex – OF)
    OF Jay Bruce (Cin – OF)
    Util Vladimir Guerrero (Tex – OF)
    Util Josh Hamilton (Tex – OF)
    SP Roy Oswalt (Phi – SP)
    SP C.J. Wilson (Tex – SP,RP)
    RP Mariano Rivera (NYY – RP)
    RP Brad Lidge (Phi – RP)
    P Koji Uehara (Bal – SP,RP)
    P Hisanori Takahashi (NYM – SP,RP)
    P Carlos Zambrano (ChC – SP,RP)
    BN Jim Thome (Min – Util)
    BN Will Venable (SD – OF)
    BN Mark Reynolds (Ari – 1B,3B)
    BN Jeremy Guthrie (Bal – SP)
    BN Jair Jurrjens (Atl – SP)

  58. Grey

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    @Steve: For shame, sushi’s wonderful. Makes sense that it would be super fresh there.

    @Eddy: For sure… Fielder, Ethier, Hamilton, Bruce… Then Oswalt, Reynolds, Weeks… Could see switching Reynolds out with Vlad. It’s tenuous in the final three.

  59. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    @Steve:

    that repartee was most enjoyable .
    well done ,
    both of you .

    @Grey:
    re : “Ollie Perez is on everyone’s DTM list, he’s not fair game.”

    there’s NO way you can compare a one-year sting , inflicted by
    chone figgins , on your fragile psyche ,
    to 3 years (2 draft picks , and over 20 drop/adds) of mental anguish
    cast upon me by the most nefarious of all demons …. oliver perez !!
    ((shudder)) .

    when no one else would have him , i took him in .

    and how was i re-paid ?
    with hurtful and unconscionable betrayal after betrayal !

    Sir ,
    your lack of compassion comes as a great shock to me .
    should your insensitivity force me into that nebulous state of recidivism ,
    i should not be held solely responsible .

    pray for me .
    12 months strong .
    and counting .

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: It’s some S & M shizz there, O. You shouldn’t have went back that many times to Perez.

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    @Grey: Maybe it’s the size of the pieces that wear me down. The standard size here is about the size of the circle made by your thumb and middle finger. 6-8 pieces and I’m a bit bored.

    I could eat raw fish all day, though.

    What’s your favourite sushi?

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    @Grey:
    Im wondering on whether or not to keep Reynolds. I mean, he would give me a 3B spot, but god, is he such a drag in AVG. I feel like I could flip him for a SP (apparently we can trade in the offseason) and pick up a random 3B in the meantime.

    Thanks for your input!

  63. Grey

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    @Steve: Spicy Tuna is my litmus test. If that’s good, I like the place. If that roll, which should be the easiest to do, is bad, then it’s trouble. I love yellowtail and salmon. But will eat anything.

    @Eddy: I know, Reynolds is real precarious but I guess it comes down to what you can get in a trade for him. As I said above, I could see even switching out Reynolds.

  64. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    yellowtail is a nice taste .
    urchin is still my favorite .
    somewhere in your family , there must be an uncle , or someone , who
    absolutely raves about the green “stuff” inside of the lobster’s head .
    urchin is similar in taste and texture .

    @Steve:

    any interest in taking over a keeper-team ?
    quiet group …. but pretty hardcore .

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Ha… Yeah, everyone has that Uncle. And he drinks lots of cheap beer. Urchin’s delicious too. I’m having sushi on Thursday. Can’t wait.

  66. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Mmmm, tuna.

    @big o: Could be. Email me the details if you like – sglyon[at]gmaildotcom.

  67. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    out here , it’s all-you-can-eat-sundays …. $20 (dollar extra for urchin) .
    take your woman , sit in a booth or at a table ,
    and not get her money’s worth ,
    or ,
    bring your son , belly up to the bar , observe the process , and scrutinize
    each dish as it’s sent out over the counter .
    3 chefs … one speaks english …. welcomes you , asks about your family .
    and for a $10 tip , you own the joint .
    after getting your fill , go home and try not to fall asleep before the
    early games finish .

    life doesn’t get much sweeter .

  68. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    just sent you an e-mail .
    hope it reaches you .

    btw …. this group met and formulated the league from a most avid group of mock drafters (couchmanagers.com) .

  69. vottomatic says:
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    Grey: Thanks for the assist, I won my league trophy and the cash for the second straight year. Now only about 5 more months til guides start come out again. So now I’m thinkin I’ll keep Votto and Cargo since I got them on the fairly cheap in my auction league this year.

    Congrats to all the winners of their leagues and those who didnt suck one.

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: I find those all you can eat places pretty hit or miss.

    @vottomatic: No problem, congrats on winning!

  71. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    this is east coast casino-city , baby !!

    10,000 asian casino employees in the area
    plus countless visitors from chinatown (both nyc and boston) daily .

    believe me the fish is fresh .

    wanna buy live frogs ?
    black ducks ?
    we have the super-markets , where SOME english is spoken only by
    the check-out girl .
    “you want marbo light ? we have .”

  72. Grey

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    @big o: Have you ever had black duck?

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Nice video.

  74. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Won’t be at all surprised if Old Man Ibanez catches fire during the playoffs.

    To spite us.

  75. Grey

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    @Steve: Wouldn’t surprise me at all. All about the unlikely heroes in the playoffs like Frenchy and Molina.

  76. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Reds really putting the heat on Halladay. If his first playoff start isn’t enough, they pile on the suffocating pressure of a 4-0 lead…

  77. Grey

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    @Steve: Yeah, don’t think anyone’s beating Halladay if the Phils get 4 runs. Oswalt and Hamels are the Reds best chance, and that best chance isn’t the greatest chance.

  78. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Aye – Roy II and Hamels are in a nice groove.

    BTW, not getting email notifications of comments today. Seem to be getting other stuff to my Gmail OK though…

  79. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: @Grey: Perfect game through 4…first to jinx Halladay! Honestly, I don’t really see the Reds beating Halladay at all, so they have to get something off Oswalt and Hamels. Nothing like your playoff opening starter going 1.2 IP, 4 ER!

  80. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Damn, that’s annoying. Chet was telling me he was having a similar problem. His email is also Gmail, I wonder if that’s the issue. You were getting the emails yesterday though, right?

    @GopherDay: Yeah, forgot to mention even if Oswalt and Hamels get hit, I’d prefer them over the Reds starters.

  81. Steve says:
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    @GopherDay: And there ya go.

    @Grey: Could be, but I just sent an email to my Gmail address from my work address and it arrived OK.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: You got email notifications yesterday from this post? Didn’t this happen before? What did we do to resolve it? Do you remember?

  83. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yup, was working OK on this post yesterday.

    Don’t think we did anything. Pretty sure it came right by itself.

  84. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: No hitter now…Ha! I’m just jinxing everything today! My fantasy team would be happy with today’s statline. Hamilton and Victorino stealing bases, Vladdy with an RBI…And that’s only with 2 games!

  85. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hmm. Just got an email notifying me of Gopher’s comment at #88…

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Oh, that’s good news you got Gopher’s. How about this comment?

  87. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: And this one? I don’t subscribe to the comments cuz I don’t really like getting 100 e-mails a day…

  88. Steve says:
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    @Grey: @GopherDay: Yup – emails for both #90 and #91.

    Nice work, Grey. Did you get under the hood and hit it with a spanner?

  89. Grey

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    @Steve: I don’t know what a spanner is, but I did call the hosting company and started crying.

  90. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ah. You probably know a spanner as a wrench.

  91. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: A good sob story always helps things.

  92. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    if you want the spot , i’ll send you the commish’s e-mail ,
    and him , your’s .

  93. Steve says:
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    @GopherDay: That’s a spatula to me – or maybe a fish slice.

    @big o: Yeah – let’s go for it.

  94. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    i guess i’m going to have to have your decision tonight .

    sorry about the rush .

  95. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    cool .

    you’ll be a nice fit .

    e-mails coming .

  96. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: Okay, its a spatula to me too. Its funny because my brother-in-law called it something else…I forgot what, but it sounded funny.

    Have you always lived over there?

  97. Steve says:
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    @GopherDay: Yup. But a long-time interest in US sports.

  98. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: That’s really interesting. Are you native or did your parents/grandparents move?

  99. Grey

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    @Steve: Oh. But what’s a wrench? I’m mechanically disinclined.

    @GopherDay: It’s a padddy whacker.

    @Steve: Halladay has a no hitter.

  100. Grey

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    @Steve: Ah… Yeah, I’m mentioning it because I don’t believe in that sorta thing, plus I wasn’t sure if you had the game televised there and wanted you to know.

  101. Steve says:
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    They’re using up some gas, but the Reds pen has done a pretty fair job…

  102. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, that’s a wrench.

  103. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It’s probably on but I don’t sit near a TV at work anymore. Following it on the web, though.

    @GopherDay: Nah – I’m a New Zealander of several generations’ standing.

  104. Grey

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    @Steve: One down… Wow. What a beast.

  105. big o says:
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    i’m glad it wasn’t cairo

  106. big o says:
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    cool as a cucumber

  107. Steve says:
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    Wow.

  108. big o says:
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    i liked how he made the batter wait for that 2nd pitch

  109. Steve says:
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    So after the second inning, there was like a hit and two walks in total?

  110. Grey

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    @big o: Wasn’t Miguel Cairo a Yankee 3rd base coach?

    @Steve: Yup

  111. big o says:
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    and give phillips credit for digging it out .

    didn’t he have hammy issues , earlier ?

  112. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    i believe that he was .
    maybe a player/coach ?
    or was that last year ?

  113. GopherDay says:
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    Man…Doc Halladay

  114. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: If he’s not running hard in that situation, it’s pretty pathetic.

    @big o: Yeah, I think Cairo was a coach. Maybe I’m confusing him with someone.

    @GopherDay: NAAGP is going crazy.

  115. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Missed the reference…Googled it and got National Association of the Advancement of Ginger People.

  116. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Gotcha…Yeah, haven’t found a red-head I’ve enjoyed more since Lucy from I Love Lucy…

  117. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Roy is a worthy redhead, but he’s no Christina Hendricks.

  118. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: *drools* Do you watch (get?) Mad Men there?

  119. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah – it’s been on here. Never really got into it. Probably need to give it another shot.

  120. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I wasn’t crazy about the beginning of the series, but have gotten into it since and really enjoy it.

  121. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: @Steve: I’ve heard its really good. My sister and brother-in-law really like the show, I never really was interested in it. I may give it another shot though.

  122. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh, it definitely reminds me of my days in advertising (emoticon).

  123. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: It’s worth the shot, but I’d rent the old episodes so you know what’s flying.

    @Steve: Hehe

  124. Steve says:
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    @Grey: And Cuddyer…

  125. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ah, yes, of course.

  126. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The other thing we can expect is for some fantasy-irrelevant reliever to get some crucial outs.

    Boone Logan – come on down!

  127. Grey

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    @Steve: Or eat up outs.

  128. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I may just put it on my Netflix…Its really nice whenever I can just watch them online.

  129. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    did you hook up with DJ ?

  130. Steve says:
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    @big o: Yup. He’s going to sort me out access to the league and thus my team – so I can see what sort of mountain I’ve got to climb ;-)

  131. Steve says:
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    The least Grandy could do is suck in the postseason too.

  132. big o says:
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    c.c. unraveling ?

  133. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Yeah, I just got the Blu-ray thing so I can stream Netflix but haven’t signed up for it yet. I take it’s worth it?

    @Steve: Can’t believe this game is tied, went to have dinner when the Twins were up 3-0. Good ol Grandy.

  134. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I think it is. I have the 1 DVD at a time package that’s really cheap and just put any movies I want to see there. But that lets you stream all their online stuff. You can’t stream any movie, but a lot of them are available to stream. They have a lot of TV shows you can stream instantly and that is REALLY nice. They have all the Office seasons up there right now (except season 6 so far), so I watch those occasionally. I watched all of Arrested Development. I’m not a huge movie guy, but there are lots of movies I like. And from what I can tell you are into a little more obscure stuff and Netflix does have a lot of it.

  135. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Yeah, I’d probably use it more for full seasons of shows because those are the kinds of things you don’t want to wait for a new disc in the mail.

  136. Steve says:
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    A week too late, Tex.

  137. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, that’s what it is really good for. And if you are ever bored you can just browse through the movies online and find a random movie to watch. I’ve done that and have been pleasantly surprised. As you go along and rate movies you’ve seen, Netflix will start suggesting movies for you to watch. I’ve found a couple of good ones this way.

    I use the mail-in DVDs to just put movies I want to see, that aren’t available to stream. If I really want to watch a movie I just run to a red box and rent it for the night.

  138. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: How about a season too late?

  139. GopherDay says:
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    Watch, Tex and Grandy will have monster post seasons and will be drafted high again and will disappoint…again.

    Please no one mention Josh Hamilton as a first rounder….I’ll be having de ja vu to the max and will need serious help.

  140. Grey

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    @Steve: Ha… It’s not post ASB,now I guess it’s postseason.

    @GopherDay: Yeah, I see most movies in the thetater that I want to see, but I could see maybe having them mail me one occasionally. My stupid Tivo has stopped recording with my new video setup which is super annoying.

  141. Grey

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    @GopherDay: Yeah, it’s probably not happening with Hamilton again because of the injury at the end of the year. Think that was a wake up call for people. Though never underestimate people’s intelligence, I think PT Barnum said that.

  142. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Well the way Netflix works is that they constantly send you movies and you update your queue (List of movies to mail you). You see Inception? What’d you think?

    I’ve never messed with Tivo. I have a DVR which does essentially the same thing but with less user interface. It was cheaper and has done its job.

  143. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, no kidding. Someone once said “It’s better to keep you mouth shut and let people think you are an idiot than to speak up and remove all doubt.”

  144. GopherDay says:
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    @GopherDay: That’s what I think about most Yahoo commenters. Seriously those people are like beyond dumb.

  145. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    nice call on # 135

    still suspect your side of the dateline is seeing “stuff”
    before it’s getting to me .

  146. big o says:
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    @GopherDay:

    it’s all about juxtaposition .

  147. Steve says:
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    @big o: Hah!

    @Grey: FWIW, email notifications have actually been pretty sporadic today. Was working for a while then stopped. Then started again etc.

  148. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    are you really going to hawaii ,
    or were you just bull-shitting ?

  149. big o says:
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    these batters are helping kerry wood …. take a few strikes .

    also , these announcers know shit .

  150. Steve says:
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    Slightly limp effort from Wood there…

  151. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    @Steve:
    @GopherDay:

    any doubt that c.j. will out-pitch shields ? ? ?

  152. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: I thought Inception was great. No idea what happened, but that was half the fun, I suppose.

    @GopherDay: Yup

    @Steve: Damn, that’s annoying. I hope it corrects itself.

    @big o: Hawaii? I’m not going to Hawaii. Did I say that?

    @big o: Rays are falling 0-2.

  153. Steve says:
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    Shields! I’d forgotten about him. That prick is definitely on my DTM list.

  154. GopherDay says:
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    @big o: I think he will. It all depends on whether or not Tampa’s bats come alive. If they do and Shields can keep them in the game I think the Rays could win it. But it is really up in the air. I like the Rangers (Coming from Houston there isn’t much I like about the Dallas area, but I do like the Rangers) and I hope they win and go on to face the Yankees. No way the Twins make it past the Yanks. Just not happening. Then it goes to Rangers against the Phillies in the WS. Lee makes the Phills regret trading him, then they remember they have 2 other aces to make up for it, so they win it eventually.

    Option #2: Yankees against the Phillies…Game 7, bottom of the 9th, Roy O comes in relief…against Lance Berkman. An epic “I got traded away from Houston because I’m old” battle ensues.

    Maybe I’m just tired…

  155. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Yeah…I think the end was actually reality. Because if he had spun the top and it didn’t stop spinning he would have freaked before then. Unless he was in the dream and made the top IN the dream. But I agree, the movie was excellent.

    What is your favorite movie? (If that question is too hard give me a couple of your favorites)

  156. big o says:
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    @GopherDay:

    yeah , well even option #2 seems more plausible than my
    “the fix is in theory” , now that the yanks have won game one.

    my theory had the morneau-less twins beating the yanks ,
    girardi getting fired , and then hired by cross-town rivals , mets ,
    opening the door for bobby valentine to get hired as skipper of the
    bronx bombers , by christmas time .

  157. Steve says:
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    MLB.com are normally pretty lame but I like their Doctober headline today.

  158. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    you did .
    but maybe it was used to set up a hypothetical .

  159. Steve says:
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    I remember it now. Grey said “I have as much chance of going to Hawaii as Halladay does of tossing a no-no in his playoff debut.”

  160. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I tried to forget about him. Definite DTM.

    @GopherDay: Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, The Godfather I and II and Rushmore. There’s probably about 100 more.

    @Steve: Ha… No, I didn’t, but I wish.

  161. Grey

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    @big o: Man, Boomer is terrible.

  162. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    besides , what did boomer EVER have ?

    just the cap .

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