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Game 4 World Series Open Thread: Floridians versus Pennsylvanians, 5:35 pm PT
2008-10-26 16:00
by Bob Timmermann

Game 4 beckons with presumably better weather. I'll be watching this game at my brother's place, so I will just be with people in spirit.

Andy Sonnanstine will pitch for Tampa Bay and Joe Blanton for Philadelphia. While neither pitcher is his team's ace, both have pitched pretty well in the postseason. Sonnanstine has won both his starts and has given up five earned runs in 13 innings. Blanton has a win and a no-decision and has given up four earned runs in 11 innings.

Commenter das411 has some photos from his first ever trip to see a World Series game in person.

(Insert Joe Posnanski-esque asterisk) Not having anything to do with the World Series, I went to the Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita on Saturday. One of the sponsors of the races is the Bessemer Trust.

When I checked their website, one of the parts it read:

Ironically, the more wealth one accumulates, the more complicated life can become. Thoughtful planning can help ensure your wealth is a source of satisfaction and opportunity — for you and your family.

I regret being a member of the middle class. I have just enough complications in life to make life difficult. If only I could be in abject poverty. That sounds sweet!

Comments (78)
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2008-10-26 16:12:04
1.   D4P
Floridians versus Pennsyivanians

AKA "Suprisingly medium blue" vs. "Surprisingly dark blue"

2008-10-26 16:18:21
2.   bhsportsguy
I hate sweatshirt wearing head coaches.
I feel better now.
2008-10-26 16:21:26
3.   D4P
Sweatshirt wearing head coaches are the root of all evil. And don't even get me started on sweatshirt wearing, headband wearing head coaches.

2008-10-26 16:26:58
4.   dianagramr
What about managers that wear hats with earflaps?
2008-10-26 16:49:00
5.   Linkmeister
4 I calls 'em prudent.

(A'course, I'm in Hawai'i, where if it gets below 70 we start wearing cable-knit sweaters.)

2008-10-26 17:10:30
6.   Gen3Blue
Hey, here I am watching again, and if Fox doesn't find a way to delay or prolong, I may make it to the conclusion.
2008-10-26 17:17:08
7.   trainwreck
This Anthem performance is infuriatingly terrible.
2008-10-26 17:21:56
8.   Gen3Blue
Philly's own? Patty Labelle's anthem was awful, but I have no complaints because the next generation of overembellishers could make it much worse.
2008-10-26 17:36:53
9.   Gen3Blue
Well Bob, no chance for a hit with RSP yet.
I'm getting interested in HOW the runs score now.
2008-10-26 17:38:12
10.   D4P
How have the teams been able to score so many runs when there weren't runners in a position to score...?
2008-10-26 17:46:20
11.   trainwreck
Andy Sonnanstine had two brain farts on the same play.
2008-10-26 17:46:34
12.   MC Safety
How do you miss that call?
2008-10-26 17:46:57
13.   Gen3Blue
Wow a terrible play and a terrible call on one pitch. I like it. Actually hope no runs score now.
2008-10-26 17:46:58
14.   Lee Corbett
10 solo home runs and home runs with runners at first
2008-10-26 17:48:48
15.   Gen3Blue
Now the game may be considered a farce.
2008-10-26 17:54:49
16.   Bote Man
12 I'm thinking the call where Longoria's glove was halfway up Rollins' bum was to make-up last night's allegedly bad umpiring.
2008-10-26 17:56:08
17.   Bluebleeder87
I wonder if Joe Blanton is the type of pitcher the Rays feast off of.
2008-10-26 17:56:55
18.   trainwreck
I like how no one cares Joe Blanton has pine tar on his hat and rubs his fingers on it all the time.
2008-10-26 17:56:59
19.   Bluebleeder87
he seems to be a lazer straight fastball, curve ball guy so i'm thinking maybe...
2008-10-26 17:58:33
20.   trainwreck
Everyone in the AL feasted on him this year while he was on the A's.
2008-10-26 17:59:22
21.   Bluebleeder87
if I remember correctly, I think Mondi once or twice threw out guys from right field throwing to first base.

how cool is that.

2008-10-26 18:03:47
22.   Bluebleeder87
judging from the quality & velocity of the Rays pitchers pitches, I'm thinking it's gonna be a high scoring game.
2008-10-26 18:04:08
23.   D4P
I think you're allowed to have pine tar on your hat, as long as it extends no further than 18 inches.
2008-10-26 18:05:05
24.   Bluebleeder87
nice 12to6 there.
2008-10-26 18:05:28
25.   Bluebleeder87
up, Rollins stills gets a hit...
2008-10-26 18:11:54
26.   Sam DC
I realize there's baseball on and all, but if you're inclined to this sort of thing, Iron Chef Battle Halloween (on now out east) is really, truly something to behold.
2008-10-26 18:15:15
27.   Lee Corbett
26 what's the theme ingredient?
2008-10-26 18:19:45
28.   Bluebleeder87

i'm amazed by the multi-tasking, & if the food is tasty even better.

2008-10-26 18:19:50
29.   trainwreck
Is it pumpkins?
2008-10-26 18:27:49
30.   Sam PHL
Okay, can we stop with the RISP talk now?
2008-10-26 18:37:10
31.   Bluebleeder87
alright, Crawford.


2008-10-26 18:42:25
32.   underdog
27 Grunka lunka dunkity-gredient
You should not ask about the secret ingredient!


All right, let's go Rays. Keep me awake long enough to watch Mad Men later.

2008-10-26 18:43:19
33.   Sam PHL
Iwamura's having a Furcalesque game.
2008-10-26 18:47:40
34.   Bote Man
33 While fiddling with the TV remote I unmuted it long enough to hear Joe Buck say something to the effect of "...and he made that error right after we were told that Iwamura is a 6-time Gold Glove winner..."

Phillies phans over at the Good Phight claiming Joe Buck is madly in love with the Rays. I wouldn't know. :-)

2008-10-26 18:48:42
35.   Bluebleeder87
I was wondering what had happened to Edwin Jackson...
2008-10-26 18:49:57
36.   Bluebleeder87
bring in Edwin Jackson if anything, he throws harder.
2008-10-26 19:02:50
37.   Bote Man
Maddon must have heard you.
2008-10-26 19:06:16
38.   Bluebleeder87
you gotta be joking...
2008-10-26 19:07:50
39.   Bluebleeder87
watching the repeat (clubhouse) Chase Utley looked confused.
2008-10-26 19:09:59
40.   Lee Corbett
(with cockney accent) Utley confused?
2008-10-26 19:11:10
41.   Alex41592
Andy Messersmith feels better about himself now. Edwin Jackson not so much.
2008-10-26 19:12:05
42.   Gen3Blue
So that was Jackson? I have to admit the Phils look like a bunch of Bluto's with big guts. Even Blanton looked like a big round guy. Now is the time when Popeye(the Rays) would take their spinach. I'm just afraid they may not have spinach resceptors.

At least I like to see the Nat. League beating up.

2008-10-26 19:18:37
43.   Xeifrank
This really hurts so far.
vr, Xei
2008-10-26 19:21:32
44.   Xeifrank
Hard to tell what's going to be a strike or a ball with this ump.
vr, Xei
2008-10-26 19:21:33
45.   Lee Corbett
The Rays are getting beat up on the strike zone
2008-10-26 19:25:08
46.   Xeifrank
When do we change the clocks back? Just noticed my computer is off by an hour.
vr, Xei
2008-10-26 19:26:13
47.   Gen3Blue
This Werth guy is pretty good.
2008-10-26 19:27:05
48.   Linkmeister
46 Nov. 2. But my clock radio auto-switched this morning, annoying the hell out of me as I tossed and turned, trying to get back to sleep. "Whaddya mean it's 5:55am?"
2008-10-26 19:27:41
49.   Linkmeister
Blanton looks a little like Darren Daulton.
2008-10-26 19:29:03
50.   Xeifrank
The Phillies must really hate me.
vr, Xei
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2008-10-26 19:29:58
51.   Bluebleeder87
oh man! the ump.. LOL
2008-10-26 19:32:51
52.   Bluebleeder87
nice enough inning by Jackson, the Rays have to start scoring runs though.
2008-10-26 19:35:16
53.   MyTummyHurts
the strike 3 call by the blue was pretty hilarious...
2008-10-26 19:35:20
54.   Linkmeister
As a member of the generation that Touch of Gray ad is aimed at, I assure you that if I had my way I'd not keep any bit of the gray hair color I currently have.

That is all.

2008-10-26 19:38:47
55.   Alex41592
And that last minute of the last segment is exactly why Fox has ruined baseball on television.
2008-10-26 19:43:41
56.   underdog
Charlie Manuel's PitchinG Carousel is brought to you by Hyundai, Cialis, and Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag.
2008-10-26 19:51:52
57.   Gen3Blue
Why do they have an Ad with the lead singer from Yes or Rush singing "ground control to Major Tom"?
2008-10-26 19:52:16
58.   Bob Hendley
56 - It's not a wheel?
2008-10-26 19:54:15
59.   Gen3Blue
I take it Madson threw that "Madson" change-up?

Ask the milkman--white with foam!

2008-10-26 19:59:45
60.   underdog
Team first, remember, Shane?
2008-10-26 20:01:46
61.   Bob Hendley
Reading international e-mails in the booth. Perhaps I can send one from Mexico and use Mr. Timmermann's eye-gouging bit in reaction to the umps.
2008-10-26 20:02:00
62.   underdog
No error that time for Iwamura! Nicely done.
2008-10-26 20:21:14
63.   underdog
All-righty, then. Time to go do some work until Mad Men is on. Oh well.
2008-10-26 20:21:50
64.   Andrew Shimmin
Jayson Werth is the greatest hitter of his era. I can tell because he raised only his index finger as he circled the bases on that statpadding solo shot.
2008-10-26 20:25:59
65.   Andrew Shimmin
Plunk-a-thon. Ready? Go.
2008-10-26 20:26:36
66.   Eric Stephen
Ryan Howard certainly picked a good time to get blazing hot.
2008-10-26 20:37:59
67.   das411
22 - Bingo.
2008-10-26 20:39:41
68.   das411
Three down, one to go!!!
2008-10-26 20:44:37
69.   Xeifrank
Not that it will be a tall task the way the Phillies are playing, but they better win Game #5 with Cole Hamels pitching. If this series goes back to Tampa Bay @ 3-2, the Rays have a good shot at winning the last two games. Myers and Moyer on the road wouldn't exactly strike fear into the heart of many teams.
vr, Xei
2008-10-26 20:48:40
70.   Xeifrank
Just ran my simulator with Game #5 probables Kazmir vs Hamels. It has the Phillies with a win probability of 61.55%.
vr, Xei
2008-10-26 20:49:16
71.   underdog
69 I feel like I had a similar thought in the LCS re: the Dodgers-Phillies. Became moot.
2008-10-26 20:52:33
72.   Xeifrank
71. Except in that case the Dodgers would've been playing the last two games on the road. In the Rays case, they have the last two at home if necessario.
vr, Xei
2008-10-26 21:05:17
73.   underdog
72 That's true, all hope is not lost. Still, have to get by Hamels first.
2008-10-26 21:09:22
74.   Eric Stephen
Finally getting around to SNL from last tonight, and I'm cracking up at Jon Hamm's John Ham.
2008-10-26 22:34:15
75.   scareduck
Your link to the website is misspelled.

IIRC the Bessemer people gave a talk earlier in the year that I was supposed to go to and never did. It sounds like they have a lot more problems than we do given their $50 billion capital (well, prior to 2007, I bet) they have to invest.

Your assets must be at least $10 million tall to enter the Bessemer threshold of interest:

In case you were wondering.

2008-10-26 22:37:32
76.   scareduck
And, "Pennsyivanians"?
2008-10-26 22:50:30
77.   Bob Timmermann
For posterity, I corrected the misspellings. The i and l look remarkably similar in the font set that is used when I type the headlines.
2008-10-26 23:46:36
78.   bhsportsguy
77 I never thought I would miss MBT at QB.

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