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Liveblogging: NLCS Game 1: Cards vs. Giants

Having no credentials that I should be doing so other than that I really like baseball and wanted to do it (and test out a liveblog plugin), I’m currently liveblogging the game.

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Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:40

All done now – more heart-stoppage tomorrow night.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:38

*EXHALE*

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:37

I love that Romo has like the junior version of Wilson’s beard.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:36

As I was saying.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:35

I’ve been following this team for too long in that I’m *still* not confident that they have won this game.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:30

If Lynn is a one-trick pony, Motte is a no-trick pony. It’s his one real weakness.

Oh, that and he gives up tho occasional whale of a home run ball.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:29

I’ll be busy holding my breath while I wait for the last three outs.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:28

Pitchers know Jay doesn’t hit the fastball well. This isn’t the first AB he’s had this postseason where he didn’t get anything off-speed.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:25

Hunter Pence has crazy eyes.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:22

The orange bill on the Giants cap makes them look like ducks.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:21

I do think the Andre Dawson gag in the State Farm commercial is pretty good.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:19

Eternal question: Is Berkman traveling with the Cards?

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:17

Both Boggs and Lynn could use a hairstylist.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:16

If you are at AT&T Park it takes an insane amount of optimism to think that a ball hit to right is going to be a home run.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:15

I may or may not say anything while Boggs is pitching – I’m too busy trying to calm my nerves.

Two balls is a great start, though.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:13

Larry the Cable Guy doesn’t really have a Southern accent.

Sorry to shatter your illusions.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:10

High Sock Sundays.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:10

I don’t think it’s inaccurate to say that the Cards have the most dangerous bottom of the order in baseball right now.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:09

Two bad takes; one bad swing. Freese runs either hot or cold.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:07

So if you are batting and Sandoval is on third, wouldn’t you try to push everything you could his way? He’s not the most athletic defender in history.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:06

Is it just me, or is Allen Craig more or less a bat murderer? I think I see him break more bats than anyone else.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:04

AT&T Park has an oddly compelling asymmetry.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:02

Ah, Mitchell Boggs. No Cardinals pitcher has struck as much fear into me since Izzy. Every time the guy gets up there I start flop sweating.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:01

They aren’t up right now, but I pointed out to my wife earlier tonight that if you look at the Cards’ middle infield, just a year and a half ago it would be a group of “who dat”s.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201222:00

This liveblog plugin is pretty awesome – and props to my work colleagues for putting it together. I’m thinking I might do Game 2 over Twitter for some more interactivity. It’s harder for people to spread the word or reply to you when you use this. It’s very unidirectional.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:58

I wonder if they can find Cubs fans’ dignity in the ivy, too.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:56

Buster Posey still looks like he’s about 12.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:56

Why does Sandoval wear his shin armor on the *inside* of his front leg?

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:54

THE PANDA HEADS – THEIR EYES FOLLOW ME WHEREVER I GO

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:54

That was a beautiful splitter, too.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:53

Mujica’s beard is truly amazing. Like a finely crafted work of art.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:52

“Our new phone is so awesome that people don’t wait in line to buy one.”

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:51

I don’t approve of phone PDA,

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:50

The addition of this song to baseball games is high on my list of things that annoy me.

Sing the anthem, sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

(As a note, nothing against Tony Bennett. More power to the guy that he’s still killing it.)

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:48

How does singing “God Bless America” honor the *troops*?

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:48

WAIT WHAT

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:47

OK, Buck/McCarver are back to talking about weird stuff that doesn’t matter. That’s more like it.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:46

And the fans continue to test the baseball gods by booing their ex-player.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:44

In case you are thinking “hey, why are all of those Giants fans in jackets – aren’t they in California?” – I’ve been to AT&T Park. It really does get that cold there when the sun goes down.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:42

If all of these new cars have “economy” buttons, that make your gas mileage better when they are on, why don’t they just have that magic mileage boost on ALL THE TIME?

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:41

I really don’t get Matheny’s pitching management.

It takes him about twice as long as it should have to bring in the first sub, and now he’s in turbo-TLR mode, burning through relievers like they are going out of style.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:39

Thinking this because of Rosenthal a bit, but is anyone else really freaked out by Hunter Pence’s disturbingly flesh-colored beard?

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:37

Pagan has *two* of those corded necklaces on because one’s worth of snake oil magnetic field whatever just wasn’t enough.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:37

I think this is the most I have heard Buck/McCarver talk about the actual game that’s happening rather than completely useless crap.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:36

I guess instead we’re just going to waste a walk on him.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:35

I’d bean Theriot just out of boredom.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:34

I would be perfectly OK with the rest of the game being exactly this boring.

Boring doesn’t score runs and take away your lead.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:33

This is always the Cards’ MO; has been for a while. Lefty pitching has never really been a priority.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:31

Two things about this game and the turn of fortune:

1. Cards fans should know and recognize that we’re not the only team that can pull this kind of crap. Never feel safe about a lead.

2. It’s clearly shifted the momentum. The Cards had Bumgarner beat and feeling out of it; now all the Giants club has the swagger back and the fans are feeling it. The Nats never really did that – they were always vulnerable.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:29

So the thing about Lance Lynn’s inning from hell: every pitch the Giants ripped on was located in almost exactly the same place. He’d been solved, but Lynn is kind of a one-trick pony on the mound anyway.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:26

Descalso and Kozma: WONDER TWINS POWERS ACTIVATE

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:25

Can we all just agree that Aaron Rodgers is the pro athlete with the *weirdest* endorsements? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stranger spread of products.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:23

I’m watching the broadcast on Fox and reserve the right to comment on the weird commercials and/or how annoying I am finding Tim McCarver.

Ryan Markel 14 October 201221:21

So I’m a bit late to the party, joining in the 5th inning.

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