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Not sure when my first game is going to be.  April's booked...maybe May or June :nohurrythisseason:

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Opening Day tix here...doubt I go to many more weekend games unless it's a Summer Concert Series (which they need to beef up in a big way).

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On 3/26/2017 at 0:37 PM, Capella said:

Mallex!

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9 hours ago, Mr. Pickles said:

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I'm a fan. God knows this team can't hit, just let this guy bunt every AB and cause hell on the bases. 

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12 hours ago, gump said:

Opening Day tix here...doubt I go to many more weekend games unless it's a Summer Concert Series (which they need to beef up in a big way).

I may have went to my last baseball game of the year last night in Clearwater. Gorgeous night. I'll probably make it out to a rays game at some point but I just prefer to watch them at home so much more. 

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14 hours ago, gump said:

Opening Day tix here...doubt I go to many more weekend games unless it's a Summer Concert Series (which they need to beef up in a big way).

Thoroughly enjoyed Weezer a couple years ago.

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Nick Franklin DFA. Makes sense as he was probably one of the 6 best hitters on the team. 

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1 minute ago, Capella said:

Nick Franklin DFA. Makes sense as he was probably one of the 6 best hitters on the team. 

:sadbanana:

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Just now, Osaurus said:

:sadbanana:

I don't get it. I mean, it's not like the guy is mike trout but they have so many awful hitters on this team. A switch-hitting MI guy with some pop can't make this team? Come on. 

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2 hours ago, Capella said:

World Champs 

First place! Opening Day should be at the Trop every year...it was electric.

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4-2 after a week! Hey that's pretty good!

few things: 

- offense seems ok. They got dominated a few times but Souza looks a lot better. Really took that giant loop out of his swing. Mallex is disruptive when he gets on. Missed that these past few years. No real complaints with the offense this far. 

- defense looks great. Lot better. Miller looks good at second and Beckham looks sharp at short, which is good, because he can't ####### hit at all. If Duffy ever comes back it will really help things. 

- SP has been solid. Archer looks amazing, but if they are going to compete it seems like Odorizzi and Cobb will have to be more than just ok. Snell just isn't ready yet and Andriese is great in the pen but an awful SP. I wonder how quick we will see Hu or De Leon from Durham if they're in it. 

- it took them to game 11 last year to win their 4th, so huzzah 

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(Forgets about Thursday game) 

Sweeping teams!

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Pretty interesting if they continue to hit like this. 

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On 3/27/2017 at 1:36 PM, Osaurus said:

Not sure when my first game is going to be.  April's booked...maybe May or June :nohurrythisseason:

My goal this year is to catch a Tampa game and a Miami game. 

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3 minutes ago, eoMMan said:

My goal this year is to catch a Tampa game and a Miami game. 

Never been over to Miami for a game, but interested.

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49 minutes ago, Grahamburn said:

Pretty interesting if they continue to hit like this. 

Souza is the first guy in baseball history to get the spring training "he looks great! He shortened his swing!" treatment and it actually is true. 

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14 hours ago, Capella said:

Souza is the first guy in baseball history to get the spring training "he looks great! He shortened his swing!" treatment and it actually is true. 

As long as he doesn't get himself hurt continuing to be a dope on the bases.

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Blake Snell is not good. I don't care what anybody says. Nibbles too much. 

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I don't think he's nibbling.  He honestly doesn't know where it's going.

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Quite the bullpen again this year. Farquhar is one of the worst pitchers I've ever seen and they just keep rolling him out there like he doesn't suck. 

Those first 7 games were fun I guess. 

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KK came by our office today to talk to our national sales group...and take pics in the lobby. Every hot young chick we employ dumped their boyfriends/fiancees simultaneously...until he left an hour later.

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This bullpen is amazingly awful. 

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9 hours ago, Capella said:

This bullpen is amazingly awful. 

The starters need to go deeper. Archer seems to have great command right now but he continues to nibble. Pitch count gets up there. Cash has to go to the dumpster. 

At least they're hitting. 

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Headed to the game today for some reason. 

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3 minutes ago, Grahamburn said:

The starters need to go deeper. Archer seems to have great command right now but he continues to nibble. Pitch count gets up there. Cash has to go to the dumpster. 

At least they're hitting. 

He got chewed by the ump a few times too. That was annoying. I agree though, these guys have to constantly get through 6 or 7. What sucks is I am not sure there is even one reliable arm down there other than colome. 

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Just now, Capella said:

He got chewed by the ump a few times too. That was annoying. I agree though, these guys have to constantly get through 6 or 7. What sucks is I am not sure there is even one reliable arm down there other than colome. 

Hunter has looked pretty good. Stuff wise. Other than him though it's a toss up. 

With Erasmo starting today I can't decide if I should sit close so I can hear Miguel Cabrera's bat or in the left field bleachers to increase my chances of getting hit in the face. 

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Fun game. Great seats for $53 a piece a few rows up on the first base side. 

Erasmo was pumping strikes. I enjoyed watching him and Sucre work. They were definitely on the same page. 

I get pretty spoiled watching the Cubs and Rays play defense all the time. The Tigers are just brutal defensively. 

Also 99% sure I passed Kate Upton in the concourse. Gorgeous 6 foot blonde in a Tigers cap with a police escort. With the wife so I couldn't turn around for a closer look. 

Me: I think that was Kate Upton!

Her: :rolleyes:

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39 minutes ago, Grahamburn said:

Fun game. Great seats for $53 a piece a few rows up on the first base side. 

Erasmo was pumping strikes. I enjoyed watching him and Sucre work. They were definitely on the same page. 

I get pretty spoiled watching the Cubs and Rays play defense all the time. The Tigers are just brutal defensively. 

Also 99% sure I passed Kate Upton in the concourse. Gorgeous 6 foot blonde in a Tigers cap with a police escort. With the wife so I couldn't turn around for a closer look. 

Me: I think that was Kate Upton!

Her: :rolleyes:

Awesome. We saw Longo's playmate wife at a spring game. She is gorgeous. God bless him. 

Good chance Erasmo is better as a starter. Kind of surprised they didn't let him and Andriese duke it out. 

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Upton was in the Tampa airport early evening drawing a lot of attention...same cap, with a boxer that was wearing 5K worth of bling.

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Man they are just amazing at blowing leads 

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On 4/27/2017 at 8:48 AM, Capella said:

Man they are just amazing at blowing leads 

This is incredible. 

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Beckham running away with this SS gig? What happens when Duffy comes back?

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Another blown lead by the bullpen. Amazing. 

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On 5/2/2017 at 0:08 PM, Limp Ditka said:

Beckham running away with this SS gig? What happens when Duffy comes back?

I don't know. He's really playing well. I don't think they can bench him, but this just has to be a hot few weeks right?

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On 5/6/2017 at 8:47 AM, Capella said:

I don't know. He's really playing well. I don't think they can bench him, but this just has to be a hot few weeks right?

Cooling off quickly.  I think he just ran into a few mistakes. 

 

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On 5/6/2017 at 8:46 AM, Capella said:

Another blown lead by the bullpen. Amazing. 

 

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Apparently bullpens are important.

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I know what the score was, but how do you not let Archer polish off that gem?

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4th-best run differential in the AL. :unsure: 

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