1. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Cubs beat Indians for first World Series since 1908

    CLEVELAND — Kris Bryant started to smile even before he fielded the ball. And with his throw to first for the final out, the agonizing wait 'til next year was over at last.

    No more Billy Goat, no more Bartman, no more black-cat curses.

    For a legion of fans who waited a lifetime, fly that W: Your Chicago Cubs are World Series champions.

    Ending more than a century of flops, futility and frustration, the Cubs won their first title since 1908, outlasting the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings of a Game 7 thriller early Thursday.

    They even had to endure an extra-inning rain delay to end the drought.

    "It happened. It happened. Chicago, it happened," first baseman Anthony Rizzo said after gloving the ball for the final out. "We did it. We're world champions. I tell ya, we're world champions. I can't believe it."

    Rizzo put that final ball in his pocket as the Cubs piled up in the middle of the diamond, David Ross got carried off the field by his teammates and Bill Murray partied in the clubhouse.

    And the whole time, blue-clad fans who travelled from Wrigley Field filled nearly the entire lower deck behind the Chicago dugout at Progressive Field, singing "Go, Cubs, Go!" in rain. They held up those white flags with the large blue "W'' on a night many of their forebears had waited for in vain.

    Lovable losers for generations, the Cubs nearly let this one get away, too. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a 6-3 lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying, two-run homer.

    But the Cubs, after tormenting their fans one more time, came right back after a 17-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th.

    Series MVP Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double and Miguel Montero singled home a run to make it 8-6. Davis delivered an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, but Mike Montgomery closed it out at 12:47 a.m., and the celebration was on.

    "I think about so many millions of people giving so much love and support to this team for so many years," said owner Tom Ricketts, whose family bought the team in 2009.
     
  2. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Manager Joe Maddon's team halted the longest stretch without a title in baseball, becoming the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

    "This is an epic game. It's epic. I can't believe we were able to do it — 108 years in the making," Zobrist said. "We did it."

    "They never quit, either," Zobrist said. "They kept coming at us."

    Cleveland was trying to win its first crown since 1948, but manager Terry Francona's club lost the last two games at home.

    World Series favourites since spring training, Chicago led the majors with 103 wins this season.

    The Cubs then ended more than a century of misery for their loyal fans — barely. Bryant, one of Chicago's young stars, began to celebrate even before fielding a grounder by Michael Martinez to third base and throwing it across to Rizzo for the last out.

    "It's the best rain delay of all-time," Rizzo said.

    Zobrist got a Series-high 10 hits, a year after he helped the Royals win the championship. Zobrist was among the players brought to the Cubs by Theo Epstein, the baseball guru who added another crown to his collection. He also assembled the Red Sox team that broke Boston's 86-year drought by winning in 2004.

    From Curse of the Bambino to the Billy Goat Curse, he ended another jinx.

    "We don't need a plane to fly home," Epstein said. "It's fitting it's got to be done with one of the best games of all time."

    Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward had called a meeting during the rain delay, talking to his teammates in the weight room.

    "I just had to remind everybody who we are, what we've overcome to get here," he said.

    While Cubs fans hugged with delight, there was only despair for the Indians, who now have gone longer than anyone without a crown. In the Indians' previous World Series appearance, they were a double-play grounder from winning the 1997 title before losing Game 7 in 11 innings to the Marlins.

    "It's going to hurt. It hurts because we care, but they need to walk with their head held high because they left nothing on the field," Francona said.

    Earlier this year, LeBron James and the Cavaliers ended Cleveland's 52-year championship drought by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to beat Golden State for the NBA title. James and teammates were in a suite, rooting hard, as the Indians absorbed the same blow as the Warriors.

    After defeating San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs, Chicago became the first team to earn a title by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Dexter Fowler homered on Corey Kluber's fourth pitch of the game, and 23-year-old Javier Baez and the 39-year-old Ross — set to now retire — also went deep for the Cubs, who led 5-1 in the fifth inning and 6-3 in the eighth.
     
  3. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Chapman wound up with the win, and Montgomery got one out for his first save in the majors.

    Bryan Shaw, who gave up a leadoff single to Kyle Schwarber in the 10th, took the loss in just the fourth Game 7 that went to extra innings.

    Albert Almora Jr., pinch-running for Schwarber, alertly took second on Bryant's long fly to centre. Rizzo was intentionally walked, and Zobrist slapped an opposite-field double past diving third baseman Jose Ramirez. Montero singled to make it a two-run lead.

    Then in the bottom half, Carl Edwards Jr. struck out Mike Napoli, Ramirez grounded out, Brandon Guyer walked and Davis hit an RBI single. Montgomery took over, and helped set off a wild celebration on Chicago's North Side.

    Even a dedicated White Sox fan could appreciate the victory.

    "It happened: @Cubs win World Series. That's change even this South Sider can believe in. Want to come to the White House before I leave?" President Barack Obama tweeted.

    Twenty-one other teams had won the World Series since the Cubs last were champions. They reached the top again on the 39,466th day after Orval Overall's three-hit shutout won the 1908 finale at Detroit in a game that took 1 hour, 24 minutes — this latest Game 7 lasted 4:24, not including the rain delay.

    Back then, Theodore Roosevelt was president, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states, and the first Ford Model T car was two weeks old.

    The Cubs were last champions when Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance won consecutive titles in 1907-08, until now the only ones in team history. The Cubbies had not even reached the Series since 1945.

    This one was for Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, who never reached the post-season.

    For Gabby Hartnett, Ryne Sandberg and Greg Maddux, whose October runs fell short.

    For Lee Elia and the "nickle-dime people" who spent so many wind-swept afternoons in the Friendly Confines watching loss after loss.

    For Bill Veeck, who planted ivy vines against Wrigley Field's outfield walls.

    For William Sianis, the Billy Goat Tavern owner said to have proclaimed when he was asked to leave Wrigley with his pet during the '45 Series: "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more."

    For Steve Bartman, whose life was upended when he tried to catch a foul ball as the Cubs came apart in the 2003 playoffs.

    And for Harry Caray, who promised viewers after the 1991 finale that "sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series."

    Maddon, hired before the 2015 season, won his first Series title after establishing a loose clubhouse that featured at times Warren the pink flamingo, Simon the magician and the motto: "Try not to suck."

    "It was just an epic battle," Zobrist said. "Just blow for blow, everybody playing their heart out. The Indians never gave up, either, and I can't believe we're finally standing, after 108 years, finally able to hoist the trophy."

    PEN PALS

    This was the first World Series in which no starting pitcher got at least one out in the seventh inning, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The only other in which no starter finished at least seven innings was in 2002, when San Francisco's Russ Ortiz threw 6 1/3 innings in Game 6.
     
  4. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Cleveland's spring training opener is scheduled for Feb. 26 against the Cubs in Mesa, Arizona.
     
  5. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Anthony Rizzo gives World Series-winning ball to owner Tom Ricketts

    Anthony Rizzo caught the final out of the 2016 World Series that ended the Chicago Cubs' championship drought, and he pocketed the ball before the team celebrated at Progressive Field. On Friday, he handed the ball over to owner Tom Ricketts,

    Rizzo explained his reasoning for giving the ball to Ricketts as “a victory for all of us.”

    The ball is estimated to be worth over $3 million, according to Bloomberg. The ball was authenticated after the final out.

    Rizzo also owns the ball that sent the Cubs to the World Series as he also fielded the final out of the 2016 National League Championship series.
     
  6. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434

    • Nationals' Scherzer wins NL Cy Young

      [​IMG]


      Max Scherzer is the National League’s Cy Young Award winner for 2016. The Washington Nationals pitcher beat out a pair of Chicago Cubs starters in Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks for the award, announced on Wednesday night.

     
  7. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
  8. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
  9. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Walker, Hellickson accept qualifying offers
    Mets second baseman Neil Walker and Philadelphia pitcher Jeremy Hellickson have accepted $17.2 million qualifying offers, giving up free agency to stay with their teams.
     
  10. freethinker

    freethinker Pervy Bear

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2009
    Messages:
    22,548
    I am ordering my Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp official cap. I decided not to get the t-shirt, too tacky...

    [​IMG]
     
    1. justpassingthru
      I don't know what was wrong with their former name (Suns). They used to be a minor league affiliate of the Montreal Expo's ....
       
      justpassingthru, Nov 17, 2016
    2. freethinker
      The Bragans family, who owned the team for years, sold them a couple of years ago. The new name was the new owners idea. All his. There are petitions out to stop the change. Who knows? I'm getting a cap while I can.

      I also have a Carolina Mudcats cap...

      [​IMG]
       
      freethinker, Nov 17, 2016
  11. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Sooooo, here we are again with another season upon us so here are scores from opening day:

    Screenshot_10.jpg
     
  12. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
  13. pussy in boots

    pussy in boots ride em cowgirl up

    Joined:
    May 30, 2010
    Messages:
    31,676
    Texas Rangers Odor, first two at bats! HOME RUNS.
     
    justpassingthru likes this.
  14. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
  15. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Screenshot_18.jpg
     
  16. Mr Smith 36

    Mr Smith 36 Porn Star

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2015
    Messages:
    7,050
    Orioles win opener...
     
  17. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
  18. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Screenshot_32.jpg

    The remaining games have later starts.
     
  19. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434

    Morales hits grand slam, Jays beat Rays

    [​IMG]

    Kendrys Morales hit his fourth career grand slam, Marcus Stroman pitched 6 1/3 effective innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Thursday night
     
  20. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked Banned!

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2011
    Messages:
    34,434
    Tebow homers in 1st minor league at-bat
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Of course he did.

    Tim Tebow hit a home run in his first official at-bat as a New York Mets minor leaguer, a charmed start Thursday night for a popular yet polarizing athlete who seems to have a knack for these remarkable moments.

    Playing a sport where many thought he didn't even belong in the batter's box, the former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner launched a two-run drive for the Columbia Fireflies in a Class A South Atlantic League game against Augusta. It was his only hit in five plate appearances.

    "All of my sports experiences helped me for moments like that," Tebow said.

    With a 15 mph wind blowing out, Tebow hit a shot just over the 372-foot sign in left-centre field. He stopped at second base, thinking it was a double — but the ball hit a railing above the fence at the Bojangles Berm, and an umpire twirled his hand to indicate it was a homer.

    Tebow spent an hour in the batting cage before batting practice Thursday with the hitting coach hitting fastballs away to the opposite field. Then on the fourth pitch, he got one.

    "It definitely felt good because that is something we worked on so much today," Tebow said laughing.

    Tebow clapped and pumped his fist in the air as he rounded the rest of the bases in the second inning as the crowd, already going wild, went into a frenzy. His teammates rushed the dugout railing, waiting for him. He laughed when he talked about one of his teammates saying it was the best thing he had ever experienced.

    "Special things happen to special people. And that was a special moment," Columbia manager Jose Leger said.

    The 29-year-old Tebow played three seasons in the NFL, highlighted by a playoff touchdown pass in overtime that lifted the Denver Broncos over Pittsburgh. A two-time national champion at the University of Florida, he left football for broadcasting after the 2012 season.

    Tebow later tried out with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, but got cut in training camp. He then decided to pursue a career in a sport he last played as a junior in high school, signing a minor league deal with the Mets.

    Last fall, in the Instructional League, he also homered his first time up. But in spring training for the Mets, Tebow batted .148 in 27 appearances. He struck out eight times and didn't have an extra base hit or an RBI.

    The lefty-hitting Tebow homered off Augusta lefty Domenic Mazza, a 22-year-old who had an 11-3 career record in the minors after playing at UC Santa Barbara. Mazza was the 666th pick in the 2015 draft.

    In Tebow's second at-bat, he couldn't beat out a slow roller to the shortstop. He struck out the next three times up — two of them looking.

    "There will be a lot of highs and lows in this game. That's why you can't make too much of anything," Tebow said.

    Columbia beat Augusta 14-7, with the Fireflies hitting three home runs.

    Tebow was batting seventh for the Fireflies and starting in left field in a league that typically uses 21- or 22-year-olds early in their pro careers.

    Tebow sort of fits that mould. He hasn't played organized baseball since his junior year of high school. He concentrated on football, winning the Heisman as a sophomore for Florida in 2007.

    He then went to the NFL. In 2011, Tebow lifted the Broncos over the Steelers with an 80-yard TD pass on the first play of overtime. Tebow was traded to the New York Jets the next season, throwing only eight passes.

    But maybe it's Columbia that suits Tebow well. With the Gators, he accounted for seven touchdowns, threw for 304 yards and ran for 120 more as Florida beat South Carolina about 3 miles away at Williams-Brice Stadium 51-31 in the 2007 game that cemented his Heisman Trophy campaign.

    Columbia is embracing the man it once rooted against. Noelle Colligan stood in a line at least a dozen people deep to buy a new No. 15 Tebow Fireflies jersey. She became a Tebow fan watching his march to the 2007 Heisman Trophy. The University of South Carolina student put on the jersey before the game started.

    Then, as Tebow came to the plate, she leaned over and told a friend with the wind blowing out and Tebow's amazing career so far, she just knew he would hit one out.

    "It's just not who he is as an athlete. It's his whole character. It's what he believes. It's the good work he does," said Colligan, who volunteered in February with a local special needs prom put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

    In the Fireflies merchandise shop called The Mason Jar, employees were restocking the racks with the Tebow jerseys well into the night.
     
    FairfaxGuy likes this.