The Rockies have been the real surprise team this year IMO. Genuine chance of making an impression in the play-offs. Think the Dodgers will be extremely tough to beat in the NL though.
I wouldn't recommend the Cubs - their fans don't get much to cheer about. 1908 was a long time ago.
There's only one team to support.
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Although I dislike both teams and many of their supporters, a Yankees-Red Sox game always makes for great viewing. Today's game was fantastic. The most scoreless innings in the history of games between the two teams - sounds boring, but I loved it. Great pitching.
A couple of years ago during Spring Training, Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre explained during an interview that he doesn't wear a cup -- a piece of equipment worn to protect one of the most vital areas of your body.
He said he wore one once, but it didn't feel comfortable so he never wore one again and didn't think twice about it.
He was asked if he ever worried about getting hit "there" and he said "no" because he trusted his hands, which always had been quick enough to react to the hot shots hit to him while playing the hot corner.
But in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 14-inning game against the White Sox, Beltre's hands were not quick enough. A ball hit by Alexei Ramirez hit Beltre just below the belt buckle. The 3B jumped high (who could blame him?) as the ball rolled away.
Beltre had the presence of mind to go after the ball pick it up with his bare hand and try to get the out at first base. He ended up with a throwing error -- and perhaps surgery as he suffered a "contusion of his right testicle."
He somehow played the remainder of the game without showing any outward signs of the severe pain he must have been experiencing. Anyone who has been hit "there" knows what I'm talking about.
Beltre shrugged it off, singled in the 14th inning, dove back into first base to avoid a pickoff throw, went to second on a walk and scored the game-winning run on Ken Griffey Jr.'s single to right field.
Only then did Beltre mention that he got hit "there".
He was hurt so bad that on Thursday afternoon he was placed on the 15-day disabled list and might need surgery to repair the damage to his right testicle.
"He's awfully tough. I couldn't even imagine," manager Don Wakamatsu said.
That sounds extremely nasty.
Did anybody just see that?! Dodgers pitcher struck right in the side of the head by a ball right off the bat. It was absolutely crunched! They've got the stretcher out now, don't reckon we'll be seeing him play again any time soon... he's been laying motionless on the mound for at least 5 minutes.
That sounds awful.
David Wright got hit in the head today too and is out for a while with concussion. Seeing him rack up some good numbers was one of the only good things left in the season for a Mets fan.
It's time to choose the team I'm going to support in the postseason...I'm thinking the Giants, if they can get the wild card.
Last edited by _Ed_; 16-08-2009 at 02:52 AM.
Sounds like he's OK.
Originally Posted by mlb.com
That's a relief.
It sounds like Wright is possibly out for the season.
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