Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mattingly reflects on ’84 ASG

I somehow only realized three days ago that the 2014 MLB season was in the final week.  I had a lot of catching up to do.

I popped open the MLB At Bat on my phone.  Ya, there are the Nationals, Angels, and Orioles having clinched divisions.  I was pretty much aware of that.

But wait, the Athletics were the #1 Wild Card team in the American League?  I thought they had gone in the toilet?  I had no clue that they were still a playoff team.

And in the National League, I was very clueless about the San Francisco Giants.  I thought they were terrible, but there they were as the #2 Wild Card team.

I’ve missed a lot.

Oh, and the blog was shut down. I was unable to make new posts. After three days of trying to contact WordPress support, I found it was because they have a limit on the number of post-dated posts you can have.  I had gotten up to 100 blog posts “in the can” for this site, and that’s when they apparently shut you down.

So, I’m going to have to do some things a little differently now.

Back to 1984!

One week removed from our post on the ’84 All-Star Game, here’s New York Yankees 1B Don Mattingly reflecting on his favorite All-Star memory.

Watch Donnie Baseball fawn over Rod Carew here: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120628&content_id=34091020&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

1984 All-Star Game

Interested in watching the 1984 All-Star Game?  Of course you are!

As a word of warning, this video is not for the feint of heart. Most of the pitchers in this All-Star Game went – gasp – more than one inning!

Played on July 10th at Candlestick Park and finished in a tidy 2 hours and 29 minutes (!), here were your starting lineups.

American League
Lou Whitaker, 2b
Rod Carew, 1b
Cal Ripken, ss
Dave Winfield, lf
Reggie Jackson, rf
George Brett, 3b
Lance Parrish, c
Chet Lemon, cf
Dave Stieb, p

National League
Tony Gwynn, lf
Ryne Sandberg, 2b
Steve Garvey, 1b
Dale Murphy, cf
Mike Schmidt, 3b
Darryl Strawberry, rf
Gary Carter, c
Ozzie Smith, ss
Charlie Lea, p

On the simulation front, I finished up day 2 of my project and from this point forward should be getting through one of the 88 days per week.  Each of those days is getting a full post-dated write-up that you’ll start seeing down the road.

Oh, and remember when I mentioned how suddenly frequently I had starting pitcher injuries showing up?  Well it happened again the very night after I had posted about it.

So I’ve had a fair share of #1 pitchers in the rotations already go down with injuries which, again, very rare.

I’d also like to take a moment here to give best wishes for recovery to Thomas Nelshoppen of The APBA Blog.  Thomas is a big name among re-players and he’s also an Illinois guy, so those are two reasons enough to support him.

Go check out his blog which has regular updates that will be fun for re-players, specifically those who are APBA users.

NBC’s April 7 Game of the Week

Greetings from southern Wisconsin, where the temperatures have taken a dip.  It’s been in the mid-40s the last two mornings here and football is in full swing, so that must mean baseball is about to go dormant for a while, right?

Not so fast!

My 1984 replay is in full swing, although results are still being withheld until I get the season close to completed.

In the meantime, I’ve got lots of posts already queued up and ready to send off to followers.  Things will be active here.  Don’t worry about that.

There are 88 days in my replay and I’m nearly wrapped up with day 2. Things have been moving a touch slower because of some “behind the scenes” work I’m doing before I can really do some all-out rolling.

The craziest thing happening so far are injuries.  Specially, injuries to pitchers.

I would say that, typically, I seem to have an injury occur to a pitcher maybe once or twice per 100 games.  So far in this project I have rolled about a dozen games and already three starting pitchers have had injuries which will cause them to have a start pushed back.  Bizarre.

Last week’s flashback was the intro for the first NBC Game of the Week for the 1984 season.  (Not to mention a fabulous throwback commercial featuring Boog Powell.)

This week, we present 50 glorious minutes of said game, broadcast on April 7th, 1984.

I believe that nowadays the Fox Game of the Week doesn’t start coming on the TV until we’re already a couple of months into the season, and yet here we have a national broadcast from the first week of the season.

This one in particular pitted the Detroit Tigers (3-0) against the Chicago White Sox (1-1).

On the mound for Detroit was Jack Morris.  The video kicks in at the bottom of the 6th inning, at which point Morris had a no-hitter going.

Did he hang on to finish the job?  Watch on and find out!

NBC Game of the Week Opening

If you despise closers and love blown saves then you will be ecstatic about how the National League games that I have rolled so far have been going.  In 5 games rolled so far, teams have a combined 7 blown saves.

Home team trying to pick up the save?  Count on some runs in the top of the 9th!

Now the away team has the lead and wants to nail it down in the bottom of the 9th?  Get ready for a walk-off!

Yes, no lead has been safe in the NL so far, while the American League games I have rolled so far have been a little bit more wide open.

But we’ll get to that in good time!

In the meantime, here’s the intro from the April 7th Game of the Week between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers.

I have a lot of memories of tuning in for the Game of the Week as a kid.  This was back in those pre-Internet / pre-MLB Extra Innings days when I was just excited by the opportunity to see games involving teams I didn’t typically get a chance to see.

On the call were Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola.

Have a great weekend, everybody!