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Old 09-28-2021, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Free State of Florida
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What is this middle school? no one cares
There's nothing wrong with jumping ship to root for the winning team, enjoy.
Evidently, some here care...thus my answer. I never jumped ship, I'm just a fan of more than 1 MLB team.

I still pull for all the teams from places I've lived...except the Dodger's who deserted Brooklyn...nobody forgave that.

I tend to lose enthusiasm for my former teams after I move away, & they lose all the players who were there when I was there. Obviously, the Dodgers, Tigers, & Cardinals have no players still there from my childhood days, so all I have left are their baseball cards....yep...I still have mine.

All I have left now for rootable players are on the Braves (I moved out of ATL 3 years ago), & the Rays (I just moved to Rays'ville 3 years ago).

I come from a big baseball family, so it in my blood.
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Old 09-28-2021, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Phila & NYC
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I'm a Phillies fan at heart, the only team I get emotional over. But, I do like other teams and go year to year on who I root for once the Phillies are done (which is most of the time).

I'm pulling for the Giants and/or Cardinals this season.

It's entertainment.
Myself as well. Gabe Kapler was far from the problem when managing the Phillies. I always admired his approach and wish him well in the playoffs.
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Old 09-29-2021, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Still a huge Braves fan. Is there a rule that you can't have a AL team and an NL team?

fyi...EVERY place I've lived has had a World Series winner except Columbus Ohio, & Tampa Bay. I consider Venice FLA Rays country.

How about you? How many places have you lived and experienced a World Series win? Do tell.

I was in Brooklyn for the Dodger's win in 1955

St. Louis for 1967 & 1982

Detroit in 1968

Atlanta in 1995

Rays??? 2021?
Sorry, I was legitimately asking. It was actually 2 years ago we exchanged some friendly banter on Cards vs Braves NLDS. Nothing wrong with rooting for anyone. Just couldn’t remember. Good luck to the Rays!


P.S. 1982, 2006, 2011 WS for the Cardinals for me.
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Old 10-01-2021, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Free State of Florida
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Sorry, I was legitimately asking. It was actually 2 years ago we exchanged some friendly banter on Cards vs Braves NLDS. Nothing wrong with rooting for anyone. Just couldn’t remember. Good luck to the Rays!


P.S. 1982, 2006, 2011 WS for the Cardinals for me.
I think the most unique MLB team I ever saw was the; Vince Coleman, Willie McGee, Lonnie Smith, Ozzie Smith, Tom Herr, Andy Van Slyke speed team.

The way they'd manufacture runs out of think air, using team speed was something to behold. They'd purposely try to hit the top edge of the baseball while batting to get a high hopper to beat out at 1st. I've never seen that again since. They routinely scored runs in innings w/o any hits. If any of them reached 1st base, next thing you knew, they were on 3rd by stealing 2 bags. Then, they'd score on a passed ball.

Their defense was so fast, & had so much range, it was very hard to find any holes.

Watching opposing pitchers lose their composure against that speed style offense was so much fun.
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Old 10-01-2021, 11:40 AM
 
Location: USA
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I think the most unique MLB team I ever saw was the; Vince Coleman, Willie McGee, Lonnie Smith, Ozzie Smith, Tom Herr, Andy Van Slyke speed team.

The way they'd manufacture runs out of think air, using team speed was something to behold. They'd purposely try to hit the top edge of the baseball while batting to get a high hopper to beat out at 1st. I've never seen that again since. They routinely scored runs in innings w/o any hits. If any of them reached 1st base, next thing you knew, they were on 3rd by stealing 2 bags. Then, they'd score on a passed ball.

Their defense was so fast, & had so much range, it was very hard to find any holes.

Watching opposing pitchers lose their composure against that speed style offense was so much fun.
Swinging down for topspin and high BAs don't generate big contracts anymore. It's all about launch angles and backspin now. Getting the ball in the air and deep. The art of manufacturing runs is long gone. Everyone knows this now.
I get it though, I don't see the harm in laying a bunt or a nibbler down the third base line away from the shift in late innings of a close game on the line for just one at bat. THey still go for the launch. Every team, not just the big payrolls do it.
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Old 10-01-2021, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Milky Way Galaxy
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Go yankees!
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Old 10-02-2021, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Free State of Florida
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Swinging down for topspin and high BAs don't generate big contracts anymore. It's all about launch angles and backspin now. Getting the ball in the air and deep. The art of manufacturing runs is long gone. Everyone knows this now.
I get it though, I don't see the harm in laying a bunt or a nibbler down the third base line away from the shift in late innings of a close game on the line for just one at bat. THey still go for the launch. Every team, not just the big payrolls do it.
The Rays are still forced to play small ball w/ the line-up they trot out there. I dont see anyone else doing it though. The Rays bunt, hit behind the runners, squeeze, hit and run, & are constantly looking for a free pass. Its fun for me to watch, but get it that the younger fans want upper deck bombs.
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Old 10-04-2021, 06:20 AM
 
Location: USA
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The Rays are still forced to play small ball w/ the line-up they trot out there. I dont see anyone else doing it though. The Rays bunt, hit behind the runners, squeeze, hit and run, & are constantly looking for a free pass. Its fun for me to watch, but get it that the younger fans want upper deck bombs.
With the line-up they trot out there?? Huh, have you even watched? are you sure that's not one of your other favorite teams?jk
Do you have any sources, stats or data to back that?
The Rays launch and pound the ball and strikeout with the best of them. Half the lineup is having career years with homers. They're third in league in striking out.
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Old 10-04-2021, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Free State of Florida
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With the line-up they trot out there?? Huh, have you even watched? are you sure that's not one of your other favorite teams?jk
Do you have any sources, stats or data to back that?
The Rays launch and pound the ball and strikeout with the best of them. Half the lineup is having career years with homers. They're third in league in striking out.
The Rays are tied for 6th for team HR's, but only Brandon Lowe is in the top 16 of the HR hitters. They have depth. Most of their team is NOT swinging for the fence like my other team the Braves.

The Rays payroll is 1/4th the Yanks, 1/3'rd the Dodgers, and much less than any other team that made the playoffs.

They are the best org in baseball by far. EVERY minor league team made the playoffs.

The Boston Red Sox & NY Yankees are overpaid underperformers compared to the Rays...for 2 years in a row.

Does the state you hail from (Connecticut) even have a pro sports team?

Every other team, including yours, (Boston) is looking up to my Rays.
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Old 10-04-2021, 04:25 PM
 
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The Rays are tied for 6th for team HR's, but only Brandon Lowe is in the top 16 of the HR hitters. They have depth. Most of their team is NOT swinging for the fence like my other team the Braves.

The Rays payroll is 1/4th the Yanks, 1/3'rd the Dodgers, and much less than any other team that made the playoffs.

They are the best org in baseball by far. EVERY minor league team made the playoffs.

The Boston Red Sox & NY Yankees are overpaid underperformers compared to the Rays...for 2 years in a row.

Does the state you hail from (Connecticut) even have a pro sports team?

Every other team, including yours, (Boston) is looking up to my Rays.
I'm not there for adolescent style bantering. I live 35 mins from Yankee Stadium (without traffic). The state doesn't matter.
Not Boston, I'm a lifelong Yankee fan, since the age of 5, almost half a decade. Through the thick and thin, win or lose, the lean years, the dynasty years. The early 70s they were the joke of the league. The 80s never saw the playoffs after 81. The early 90's were not good. I saw many jump ship, I never waiverd. Saw 7 WS titles and saw them lose 4. I was there when Thurman caught the final pop up, and 2 decades later when Brosius hit the game tying off AZ in game 5, the night after Tino did the same off the Korean pithcer. I don't control the economics, that's out of my hands. I just love the game.
The Rays are every bit about homers, launch angles, and exit velocity. Their biggest advantage over the division is pitching, there's no question they have excelled there.
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