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Al Forsyth

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May the Cubs be re-haunted by Steve Bartman as their season goes away.  They had their time.  That was a great series last year (except for the end result) and the Yanks - Indians series this year - incredible (except for final result).  The Yankee starters have been amazing this fall. 
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Yeah...ya gotta LOVE a guy that has a candy bar named after him!! hehe...I cannot believe the records he holds are still not broken!! 


http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/longest_standing_records.jsp

It is amazing that, as baseball has gone through so many changes, a man whose last at bat was 82 years ago has stats that still hold up.  

He was also a heck of a pitcher.  
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I love baseball for the history aspect. It’s amazing in this day and age that DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak hasn’t been broken, and no one has batted .400 for a season since Ted Williams in 1941.
I much prefer going to the games in person, hopefully sitting next to old timers talking about long gone players such as Tris Speaker or Honus Wagner.
(Yes, you can guess that I went gaga for the movie Field of Dreams lol)

Don’t know who I’ll cheer for in the World Series. My relatives were cheering for the Cubs while I was pulling for the Astros (guess miracles can happen but assume that the Yankees will get in)

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I love baseball for the history aspect. It’s amazing in this day and age that DiMaghio’s 56 game hitting streak hasn’t been broken, and no one has batted .400 for a season since Ted Williams in 1941. I much prefer going to the games in person, hopefully sitting next to old timers talking about long gone players such as Tris Speaker or Honus Wagner. (Yes, you can guess that I went gaga for the movie Field of Dreams lol) Don’t know who I’ll cheer for in the World Series. My relatives were cheering for the Cubs while I was pulling for the Astros (guess miracles can happen but assume that the Yankees will get in)


Field of Dreams is definitely in my top 5 movies ever.  

Of all the major sports, I agree that baseball's history is the most fascinating.  If you ever get a chance, make the trio to Cooperstown, NY to see the Hall of Fame 
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I love baseball for the history aspect. It’s amazing in this day and age that DiMaghio’s 56 game hitting streak hasn’t been broken, and no one has batted .400 for a season since Ted Williams in 1941. I much prefer going to the games in person, hopefully sitting next to old timers talking about long gone players such as Tris Speaker or Honus Wagner. (Yes, you can guess that I went gaga for the movie Field of Dreams lol) Don’t know who I’ll cheer for in the World Series. My relatives were cheering for the Cubs while I was pulling for the Astros (guess miracles can happen but assume that the Yankees will get in)
The fat lady's not singing yet, Gentizzy - Verlander pitches tonight for the Astros.  He's been pitching as good as ever of late - and that means he's as good as any pitcher out there at the moment.  

I have a soft-spot for Houston this year.

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thanks, bugs!  The Houston Astros made a gesture of history this year, which is baseball's strength--bringing back the orange as worn by many great players in my youth, e.g, Joe Morgan, Larry Dierker, Rusty Staub, Mike Cuellar (yes--!  like Charlie Brown, my favorite Astros were often traded by greedy owner Judge Roy Holfeinz...) Jimmy Wynn (the toy cannon!), Bob Watson (mentioned favorably in 'Ball 4'--became players union rep), what the heck, let's include him: Mr. Author Jim Bouton! who was a fastballer with the Yankees, but a knuckleballer for us; Doug Rader (another red-head like Staub), Jack Billingham (along with Geronomo and Joe Morgan, we liked to make other teams better, so nice of us...), the great Cesar Cedeno, then (reverence please!: JR Richard, Nolan Ryan), Terry Puhl, Enos Cabel, Kevin Bass, Moises Alou, Jose Cruz (!), Mike Scott (why do umps now take away and replace EVERY single ball that spins funny and hits the ground?  Mike Scott! did he scuff?  he did how where sandpaper? where was it?  in his glove?); Art Howe, Phil Garner, Don Wilson (!)--did we have pitching in the dome or WHAT?, Joe Niekro, --then the non-orange period, Bagwell, Bigio, Wade Miller, Jeff Kent, Bergman, Clemens, Hampton, Wagner, etc.

Which is to say, like bugs said, The Astros have history too.

the first baseball game I EVER saw, probably about the time that 'Good Vibrations' was #1, was Astros hosting the Dodgers in the Astrodome.  We were making a transition as a city of honoring the space program over a large black handgun.  no foolin'.  Houston was proud of NASA--but now, it has fallen on hard times as a tourist attraction.  Anyway, Astros v. Dodgers has a nice history too.  We were strangely incongruent geographic, division rivals for many years, and yes, Astro fans by history do not like the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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The Orioles owe a debt to your former owner for Mike Cuellar (RIP), who helped pitch the Orioles to three straight World Series appearances from 69-71.  He was also one of four 20 games winner for the Birds in 1971 (Jim Palmer, Pat Dobson, Cuellar, and Dave McNally).  To show how strong pitching was in 1971, neither of those four 20 game winners won the Cy Young.  It's rare to have four 20 game winners across MLB in a single season, so I know we'll never see four on the same team again.  

It would be interesting to see the Astros / Dodgers rivalry renewed in the World Series.  That spoiled Yankee franchise has had enough championships.  Time for the law of averages to put them in a drought like the one the Cubs had for 100+ years.  
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The fat lady's not singing yet, Gentizzy - Verlander pitches tonight for the Astros.  He's been pitching as good as ever of late - and that means he's as good as any pitcher out there at the moment.  

I have a soft-spot for Houston this year.


Hope you’re right, Bugs. Go ‘stros!

kds, my High School class took a trip to the northeast US around Thanksgiving, 1973. We went to the Baseball Hall of Fame. But back then I was more into football and basketball and while enjoying it the place didn’t have the WOW factor it would have for me now. One day I hope to get back there.

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Hope you’re right, Bugs. Go ‘stros! kds, my High School class took a trip to the northeast US around Thanksgiving, 1973. We went to the Baseball Hall of Fame. But back then I was more into football and basketball and while enjoying it the place didn’t have the WOW factor it would have for me now. One day I hope to get back there.


I've been there twice - both for inductions (Eddie Murray in 2003 and Cal Ripken Jr in 2007).

I'd like to go back one day when it's not an induction weekend, and really have a chance to take my time and explore a little more.  

The first time I was there in 2003, there was some Secret Service around because Former President George H.W. Bush (a big Astros fan) was also enjoying the HOF museum.   I actually got to meet him and get him to sign my admission ticket.  
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Baseball and Beach Boys music:  Two great American treasures...and though both have had their 'issues'...they will remain great treasures for many, many more generations.  Those who follow both know they can be discussed - very passionately - at any time.
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Baseball and Beach Boys music:  Two great American treasures...and though both have had their 'issues'...they will remain great treasures for many, many more generations.  Those who follow both know they can be discussed - very passionately - at any time.


Yep, truly two American icons.  And both have featured characters named Brian Wilson.  
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It was the Billy Goat Tavern curse that was lifted last year...hehe...The Yanks were the ones that repeated last I believe...extremely difficult to do, but the Cubs had a good year![smile]
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courtesy of ultimate-Guitar.com ("It's Trying to Say" written by Brian, sung by  Dennis, from Adult Child) 

using Capo on 1st fret

G                               Em7           Am7                  D7
Oh, I love that simple way people  live from day to day
There's a song inside of you and it gets stronger everyday

                     
D                       G    B7  Em                  Em Em7/D  C  C/B A7
and it's trying to say  to   you "everything will be alright"

D      Bm7    Em7    A7     D    Am7    D
that's what we're trying to say to you


oh, the baseball season's on, get your season tickets now
oh, those athletes work so hard, there's the pitch and the bat goes pow
and it's trying to say to you 'everything will be alright'
that's what we're trying to say to you


Bridge!

G                                                     F/C          C

Batter swings and the ball goes sailin' out in the crowd (out in the crowd)
Roundin' third safe at home and the fans start screamin loud

              D                                 E                       F#                   G#                   A#                 B

Baseball's on....           Baseball's on      Baseball's on  Baseball's on   Baseball's on  Baseball's on!




[back to 1st/G  Em7  Am7  and D7 pattern
and last 2, G, B7 E  Em Em7/D  C  C/B  A7
and D   Bm7   Em7   A7   D  Am7 and D  as above!]


Oh, I love that simple way people live from day to day
There's a song inside of you and it gets stronger every day
and it's tryin to say to you 'everything will be alright'
That's what we're trying to say to you.




THANKS, Mr. Wilson.!
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Yep, truly two American icons.  And both have featured characters named Brian Wilson.  
And they both flamed out at a point...but the one with true gift re-ignited (though his candle was to burn on regardless). 

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And they both flamed out at a point...but the one with true gift re-ignited (though his candle was to burn on regardless). 


Closers tend to have short shelf lives these days.  

And the Brian Wilson for whom this forum is named is lucky in that he's in a craft where you can still be productive late in life.  Not so much with baseball Brian.  
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