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The Houston Astros vs the LA Dodgers in a best-of-seven series.
posted by LobsterMitten (143 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I failed to post this for the first game last night, sorry! But here we are for tonight.
(playoffs thread if anyone wants to go back.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 3:05 PM on October 25 [1 favorite]

I've been an Astros fan since I can remember. I had the Nolan Ryan comic book/biography when I was 4, and am still bitter about the YMCA trip when Tony Eusebio hit one of his (three career) home runs for a grand slam into the bleachers right where we were sitting, to win the game... as we were all in the parking lot "so we'd be back to the Y in time for our parents."

... and I moved overseas last year, so this is my first full baseball season without having seen a game in ... probably 28-30 years.

Go 'stros.
posted by Seeba at 3:33 PM on October 25 [4 favorites]

I'm rooting for the 'stros. they are division rivals of my hapless Mariners, so we see their excellence many times during the season. they have been rebuilt from within from the ground up (with a few additions like Verlander) which is an admirable way to build a club.
posted by OHenryPacey at 3:39 PM on October 25

... damn, I looked it up. Thirty career HRs. And two GSs, neither of which fit my memory.

... I'm not looking up any more, I prefer the memory :^)
posted by Seeba at 3:52 PM on October 25

I live about a 20 minute jog (well, maybe not in this heat) from home plate at Dodger Stadium, and my plan was to buy tickets off StubHub at the last possible second. But, the cheapest tickets yesterday were more than $500 + fees, and today looks only to be slightly cheaper. During the regular season my strategy got me a lot of $15 tickets, but it's not going so well for the WS.

That said, my Dodgers are going to win in 5, but Astros definitely have the best meme this season.
posted by sideshow at 3:54 PM on October 25 [1 favorite]

I'm watching at a bar and there's no sound. Raptly watching Vin Scully not quite throw out the first pitch... what was he saying?
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:16 PM on October 25

Ten minutes after the posted start time, as they go to commercial, without a meaningful ball having been thrown ... I was all set to rant about the start time, but when I went to check it out, ESPN had changed their published time to "delayed".

When did they start televising all the pregame in-stadium material? Start the damned game!

And on preview: LobsterMitten, it was 7 minutes of canned "standup" riffing on how he'd "practiced all week" and now "can't do it, I strained (tore? hurt? Forgot what he said) my rotator cuff, so ooohhh, let's get Valenzuela out of the dugout to do it for me!" (don't get me wrong, I get that this is nice for Dodger fans... but why don't they publish accurate start times?
posted by Seeba at 5:19 PM on October 25 [1 favorite]

We’ve got Larry King behind home plate again. Haven’t seen Mary Hart yet: her seat seems to be empty.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:20 PM on October 25

There she is!
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:21 PM on October 25

He also called for a catcher and Steve Yeager game out.
posted by sideshow at 5:23 PM on October 25

Somehow Fernando Valenzuela looks younger now than he did when he was pitching.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:26 PM on October 25 [1 favorite]

(don't get me wrong, I get that this is nice for Dodger fans... but why don't they publish accurate start times?

Start times have been actuate for everything but the WS.

The NFL-esqe flag on the field never happens, and for the rest of the games the National Anthem/First Pitch aren't televised. So in truth the start was correct, it was just for the start time of TV part.
posted by sideshow at 5:26 PM on October 25

Start times have been accurate for everything but the WS.

Ahhhh, got'cha.

... well, to make it up for the (short) delay, Verlander can pitch a ::redacted for good juju:: and the Astros can find their road bats for me...
posted by Seeba at 5:33 PM on October 25

Shooter McGavin almost got the first hit for the Dodgers!
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:08 PM on October 25

Thanks to that silly supercut, I’m now enjoying Joe Buck’s promos for probably-doomed new Fox shows.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:33 PM on October 25

Yasiel Puig's antics are delicious.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:47 PM on October 25

posted by exogenous at 8:38 PM on October 25 [2 favorites]

Uh, two homers in a row? In the 10th?!? GO ASTROS!
posted by rtha at 8:38 PM on October 25 [1 favorite]

C'mon Astros! Seriously, Altuve.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:39 PM on October 25 [1 favorite]

making up for the brisk short game last night
posted by exogenous at 9:04 PM on October 25 [1 favorite]

I love October!! Come on Astros! Also, poor umpire!
posted by epj at 9:08 PM on October 25

Baseball is my favorite sport because the ball can bounce off umpires and random pieces of architecture and it's all part of the game
posted by theodolite at 9:11 PM on October 25 [2 favorites]

Free tacos!
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:15 PM on October 25 [4 favorites]

I’ve rooted for the Astros since 1988. They’ve never been able to do this before.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 9:16 PM on October 25 [1 favorite]

I am not an Astros fan but I am a Giants fan and so I am therefore an Astros fan.

This is only game 2? And it has already crossed into Bonkers Territory!
posted by rtha at 9:19 PM on October 25 [4 favorites]

Oh, and hats, of course
posted by theodolite at 9:30 PM on October 25 [1 favorite]

Well, that was a super-entertaining game that has wrecked both teams pitching schedules!
posted by rtha at 9:38 PM on October 25

There's no way to explain in plain-text how much yelling and excitement there was in my apartment last night.
posted by Seeba at 6:07 AM on October 26

Oh my god! I've been an Astros fan all my life (been slowly moving north for reasons still unknown to me) and this season has been magical. I am hardcore kicking my body for deciding to get sick this week...I fell asleep at the end of the 7th and missed an all time great game. Shoot it Houston Texas! Go Astros!
posted by holmesian at 7:13 AM on October 26

Wish I could have seen the game, but I was at Blade Runner 2049, which was almost as entertaining. Go Astros!
posted by languagehat at 8:33 AM on October 26 [1 favorite]

Exhaustive video evidence of why Yasiel Puig is at his best when he's declining to swing
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:00 AM on October 26 [2 favorites]

I couldn't resist sharing that Puig article, so put up a post here, in case anyone wants to discuss on the off-day.
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:30 PM on October 26

I wonder if Altuve and Keuchel and Gonzales can remember when they were losing a hundred games a year. That last Puig AB last night is about as tense as you will ever see in a game two.

This is looking good. Go Astros. And thank you Dodgers for smashing the Cubs!
posted by bukvich at 5:55 PM on October 26

Game 3: Go Astros!
posted by rtha at 6:03 PM on October 27

Is there a new thread for game 3, or are we here?

This first inning is fun...if you're cheering for the Astros :^)
posted by Elly Vortex at 6:10 PM on October 27

Darvish is having a very bad no good inning.
posted by rtha at 6:10 PM on October 27

Whoops, second inning.
posted by Elly Vortex at 6:11 PM on October 27

We're here!
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:28 PM on October 27

I wanna give Darvish a hug, but damn how long was that 3rd inning.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:50 PM on October 27

An interesting thought: if the Twins had somehow gotten to the World Series, they would be playing at Target Field right now. In the snow. After two games of 100+ degree weather in LA. It would have been fun...
posted by Elly Vortex at 6:59 PM on October 27

Omg that Puig article.

Go Dodgers.

No no I said GO.... not.....stop..............
posted by Sokka shot first at 8:18 PM on October 27

Seager Turner and Bellinger. This is going to be tense.

I am glad to see Peacock still out there. Crosses fingers.
posted by bukvich at 8:40 PM on October 27

Go Astros!
posted by rtha at 9:08 PM on October 27

McCullers and Peacock were good enough!
posted by bukvich at 9:09 PM on October 27

Nice job by Peacock.
posted by exogenous at 4:43 AM on October 28

Gah! Is that Ted Cruz about 4 back from home plate?
posted by Burhanistan at 5:35 PM on October 28

Upate: yes, second row. Go home, Ted!
posted by Burhanistan at 5:35 PM on October 28

Everybody Knows it is bad luck to walk the leadoff batter.
posted by bukvich at 5:49 PM on October 28

I hope I don't have Lidge nightmares tonight.
posted by bukvich at 7:57 PM on October 28

Great job Giles you overpaid jockass.
posted by bukvich at 8:05 PM on October 28

Well, shit.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 8:16 PM on October 28

We watched the beginning part of the game at our local while drinking drinks and eating smoked fried chicken. When we left, the score was 0-0, and by the time we got home (~15 minutes later) it was 1-1. And now 6-1. Fuck.

But at least I have fried chicken and alcohol in me.
posted by rtha at 8:19 PM on October 28

Listening to the French feed. They said "c'est gameover!"
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:21 PM on October 28 [5 favorites]

I blame Ted. And also maybe that stupid gesture by Gurriel. Both are embarrassing for my city.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:21 PM on October 28

On further review here is how pissed I am at Giles:

I hope Kershaw throws a no-hitter tonight. Only because that will make Giles feel even more like shit. And I hope he feels like shit.
posted by bukvich at 7:38 AM on October 29

A pox on your house, bukvich.

... but damn. I almost didn't mind the first hit in the 9th because the ball didn't bounce on the plate, but ugh. Haven't seen a pitcher look that lost in a long time.
posted by Seeba at 8:05 AM on October 29

Oh I have mellowed at a little since 7:38. But to wake up and my first conscious thought being this is exactly the same as Brad Lidge is extremely unpleasant. I am pulling all the way for Keuchel. If history is a go-by Giles' last act of significance in Houston will be calling an agent and listing his house.
posted by bukvich at 11:07 AM on October 29

I was driving 59 outside the stadium when Pujols hit that HR. My friend and I, listening to the game on the radio, actually looked around to see if the ball made it the extra block. ... and yet I think I'd still rather have Lidge last night.
posted by Seeba at 11:20 AM on October 29

Just remember. The game after Pujols hit that home run, the Astros won the pennant.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 1:43 PM on October 29

Ok let's do this thing.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:22 PM on October 29

I do enjoy Kershaw's motion, like he's kickstarting an imaginary moped.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:48 PM on October 29

Or like he's demonstrating real slow how a person could kickstart a moped.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:08 PM on October 29 [1 favorite]

posted by LobsterMitten at 7:05 PM on October 29

Gurriel is like a whole boy band unto himself.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:08 PM on October 29

Them dingers, man.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:24 PM on October 29

posted by LobsterMitten at 7:30 PM on October 29

ALTUVE!!! 7-7!
posted by rtha at 7:53 PM on October 29 [2 favorites]

Them dingers, man!
posted by Burhanistan at 7:53 PM on October 29

posted by LobsterMitten at 7:55 PM on October 29

People are gonna suffer hearing loss in that echo box.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:56 PM on October 29

This is unbelievable. This is only Game 5. Thank God I do not mix alcohol and watching baseball. If you do you are probably be too drunk to read by now.
posted by bukvich at 8:17 PM on October 29

Never seen such a ridiculous variation in strike zone, and I wouldn't expect it in the World Series. Such a let down, and makes it too emotional in a bad way.
posted by xtine at 8:24 PM on October 29

posted by LobsterMitten at 8:55 PM on October 29

I have run out of words to describe how completely bonkers these games have been.

I am not too drunk only because it's cold in the flat and I am covered in cats, which makes it difficult to get up and get refills.
posted by rtha at 8:56 PM on October 29 [1 favorite]

Morrow may be out of gas. Hasn't he pitched in every game?
posted by bukvich at 8:57 PM on October 29

posted by rtha at 8:57 PM on October 29

posted by Burhanistan at 8:58 PM on October 29

They really really really really want 4 outs from Devensky.
posted by bukvich at 9:29 PM on October 29

I think this game is going to hit the dreaded five hour mark. I don't care. I want to see more Astro home runs.
posted by bukvich at 9:39 PM on October 29

I wonder if the trainer told Verlander to go home and get to sleep.
posted by bukvich at 9:46 PM on October 29

12-12??!? What? This timeline is weird on all possible axes.
posted by rtha at 10:01 PM on October 29

Gah! Houston is gonna be dysfunctional tomorrow.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:02 PM on October 29

Devensky got 4 outs! Also it is 1:00 a.m. on the east coast and there are people who are only watching this game because their boss is making them.
posted by bukvich at 10:03 PM on October 29

I love Gurriel's hair. It is so ridiculous and great.
posted by rtha at 10:11 PM on October 29

The other players like to grab his hair like it’s a troll doll.

And why the fuck wasn’t that a HR instead of a double. End this madness!
posted by Burhanistan at 10:12 PM on October 29

The madness continues!
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:15 PM on October 29

These teams are trying to kill me.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 10:16 PM on October 29

Yay! Extra baseball! I love extra innings!
posted by bukvich at 10:16 PM on October 29 [1 favorite]

Heh, the shot of the crowd before they cut to commercial was full of forlorn faces.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:25 PM on October 29

I suppose there are a lot of non-baseball lovers accompanied by baseball lovers and too cheap to call a cab. And they thought it was a good idea up until about two hours ago.
posted by bukvich at 10:28 PM on October 29

When even Left Coast fans are like "oh god make it stop I have to go to bed I have to work in the morning" you know the game has gone on Too Long.

Of course, all I've done this evening is sit here covered in cats, yelling at the TV. I imagine the people actually playing this game want it to be over more than I do.
posted by rtha at 10:34 PM on October 29

This will either be the longest or second longest World Series game. The longest currently was also in Houston in 2005. Probably a scam by the local food vendors to sell more concessions.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:35 PM on October 29

I was supposed to be done watching another episode of the new Stranger Things by now. This game was already over!
posted by Burhanistan at 10:36 PM on October 29

*muppet arms*
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:40 PM on October 29 [3 favorites]

Boom! Train whistle! Cheering! Fuck outta here!
posted by Burhanistan at 10:40 PM on October 29

That game was three minutes longer than this unabridged audiobook of Dante's Paradiso
posted by theodolite at 10:42 PM on October 29 [2 favorites]

I'm exhausted!

And I just realized that we're going to a 7 pm movie on Tuesday and so I will miss a chunk of the game and I'm kind of... grrrr about that. It's a movie I really want to see! But GRRRRR.
posted by rtha at 10:44 PM on October 29

Astros used seven pitchers and no Giles.
posted by bukvich at 10:59 PM on October 29

...And we've switched the movie to Thursday, so I'll be here with you all, shouting in amazement.
posted by rtha at 11:47 PM on October 29

The Dodgers were up 4-0 and I was feeling pretty good. Then it was tied at 4. Then it was tied at 7 and I had to go to bed.

Then I checked the results this morning and goddamn near dropped my phone.

This series is ridiculous.
posted by Sokka shot first at 7:46 AM on October 30 [1 favorite]

Crazy game, we watched the first hour or so, watched Get Out because Halloween, and came back to watch the rest of the game! It's amazing that I could watch a full movie and still come back for a few hours of baseball. What a game.
posted by Carillon at 10:24 AM on October 30 [1 favorite]

Just when you thought the World Series had gotten crazy enough . . .

Dallas Keuchel: 'Obviously, the Balls are Juiced'
posted by bukvich at 2:56 PM on October 30

Who's here? The trick or treaters have come and gone, now baseball.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:16 PM on October 31

Hello from my antisocial watch party! (Just gonna ride Zwift for most of the game.)
posted by Burhanistan at 6:26 PM on October 31

Remember, tomorrow is free taco day, thanks to overqualified pinch runner Cameron Maybin.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:27 PM on October 31

Wait—there was a guy with a Waldo hat 2 rows behind Mary Hart, behind the plate. He’s gone now.

posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:30 PM on October 31

Wait, it’s a lady. And she’s back now.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:33 PM on October 31

Intentionally walking the leadoff hitter is not in the best practices book.
posted by bukvich at 6:45 PM on October 31

Verlander has thrown 69 pitches in 5 innings. Astros fans have got to like the situation better than the Dodgers fans.

I sort of want to watch another game tomorrow.
posted by bukvich at 6:59 PM on October 31

Are they warming Kershaw?
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:10 PM on October 31

He "only" threw 90 pitches two days ago. Roberts' decisions in this series have not been great. Pulling Hill was dumb even if it worked.
posted by bukvich at 7:15 PM on October 31

I love Gattis but it would have been way more entertaining watching Verlander flail trying to bunt.
posted by bukvich at 7:37 PM on October 31

Musgrove? Hinch has a hunch. That was the 2nd to last guy I thought was going to pitch.
posted by bukvich at 7:56 PM on October 31

The good news is we get another game! Will Roberts or won't he start Darvish?

You would think it would be obvious that he would but you know he wants to start Kershaw.
posted by bukvich at 8:45 PM on October 31

So, game 7! Okay!
posted by rtha at 8:46 PM on October 31

Loud boos for Gurriel in the Ravine, Hill took some time off mound for team spirit. Certainly gave them drive for a game 7, first time in franchise history to play into November.
posted by xtine at 11:34 PM on October 31

starts overture
posted by bukvich at 5:19 PM on November 1

Nice to see the orange jerseys.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:55 PM on November 1

McCullers got an RBI. That fellow must be high as a kite.
posted by bukvich at 6:08 PM on November 1 [1 favorite]

And Darvish is already done.
posted by rtha at 6:09 PM on November 1

Man. Yu Darvish is a good pitcher. I don’t know what happened to him in the World Series. Was he good in the earlier rounds? Could it be a matchup thing, since the Astros are used to seeing him?
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:11 PM on November 1

We need a stats geek to inform us when the last time somebody pitched in all 7 games of a world series. OK google says it was Darold Knowles in 1973.
posted by bukvich at 6:12 PM on November 1

Hey, uh, Lance? Try not to get ejected from game 7 of the World Series.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:35 PM on November 1

I hope we get to see Peacock bat.
posted by bukvich at 6:49 PM on November 1

He got it out of the infield!
posted by bukvich at 6:56 PM on November 1

"The Dodgers finally have the skunk out of the box"!
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:03 PM on November 1

This game is so far from over it isn't funny.
posted by bukvich at 8:19 PM on November 1

It’s louder at the watch party in Minute Maid Park in Houston than it is in Dodger Stadium.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:36 PM on November 1 [1 favorite]

Please don't hit for Morton.
posted by bukvich at 8:46 PM on November 1

Rodger Sherman from the Ringer added Unimpressed Larry King to famous sports photos.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 8:48 PM on November 1

Bottom 9. 5-1. Still super nervous
posted by Huffy Puffy at 8:52 PM on November 1

If I was Hinch I would be warming up Keuchel.
posted by bukvich at 8:54 PM on November 1

But Morton has really been hitting the corners of the strike zone and looking excellent so far.
posted by bukvich at 8:55 PM on November 1

Springer is your MVP and it ain't close. He is the biggest man in Houston since Hakeem Olajuwon.
posted by bukvich at 9:00 PM on November 1 [2 favorites]

Congratulations Houston!
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:01 PM on November 1 [3 favorites]

It’s over! Only took Houston 55 years!
posted by Burhanistan at 9:03 PM on November 1 [2 favorites]

Who's going to ask Altuve and Keuchel and Gonzalez if they can remember when they were losing a hundred games and Darvish was beating them like a drum? Roberts is going to kick himself for not starting Kershaw but he made the right call.
posted by bukvich at 9:04 PM on November 1

Yay Houston!
posted by rtha at 9:26 PM on November 1

And a marriage proposal!
posted by Burhanistan at 9:34 PM on November 1

I'm happy for ex Braves McCann and Maybin and especially El Oso Blanco. Gattis had a hard row to hoe in life, and it's gratifying to see him win a ring.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:49 PM on November 1 [2 favorites]

Ah, been waiting my entire life to see the Astros win a World Series. And what a series! I'm over the moon.
posted by lefty lucky cat at 10:32 PM on November 1 [4 favorites]

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