2020 ALCS: Good vs Evil

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I feel for Dusty. I want him to finally get *back* to a WS as a manager but its tough to root for the Astros right now.

Edit: An astute, amazing, scholarly, wise and magnanimous poster was kind enough to point out my omission above.
 
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It was frustrating but letting those assholes think they were on the verge of a historic comeback, even if they weren't the first team to do it, nicely done Tampa.
 

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It was frustrating but letting those assholes think they were on the verge of a historic comeback, even if they weren't the first team to do it, nicely done Tampa.
I'm on vacation and yet have received three emails from co-workers since the game ended ... all thrilled beyond belief, because our department head is a raging Astros fan who likely is putting his fists through walls tonight.

I couldn't be happier about this result tonight
 

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I'm on vacation and yet have received three emails from co-workers since the game ended ... all thrilled beyond belief, because our department head is a raging Astros fan who likely is putting his fists through walls tonight.

I couldn't be happier about this result tonight
 

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Tampa avoided the collapse, which will only make the Rays stronger in the WS and beyond. Looking at this from an AL East perspective, Yankees were not far behind them in the postseason but seven back over 60 games in the regular season. Tampa’s bullpen edge is decisive. Toronto and Baltimore are getting better. Boston is the wild card, not far from contending if Sale and ERod return in good form.

Right now, I’m rooting for Tampa to win a WS for their “rabid” fan base!
 

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I'm trying to picture how much it would have hurt in 2004 if the Sox lost game 7 to the Yankees. And it would have completely ruined the rest of the year for me. I genuinely don't know how I would have reacted because it would have been so bad, it's hard to quantify because it didn't happen. But it would have been a historic level of sporting pain.

The Astros and their fans feel that today. And it couldn't be more perfect because they have been woeful this year, in their actions with the drums and their response, too. Altuve's career as a fielder might be over, too, because of the guilt making him unable to throw. Poor guy.
 

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I'm trying to picture how much it would have hurt in 2004 if the Sox lost game 7 to the Yankees. And it would have completely ruined the rest of the year for me. I genuinely don't know how I would have reacted because it would have been so bad, it's hard to quantify because it didn't happen. But it would have been a historic level of sporting pain.

The Astros and their fans feel that today. And it couldn't be more perfect because they have been woeful this year, in their actions with the drums and their response, too. Altuve's career as a fielder might be over, too, because of the guilt making him unable to throw. Poor guy.
The Astros don't feel it because they have won a title recently. Winning game 7 would have been a huge bonus. It was a letdown but it was like the Sox losing in game 7 of the 2008 ALCS or something like that.

But losing game 7 in 2004 would have been awful. We didn't really quit in the Sox after 2003, or even after 19-8 (well some people probably would have had the sweep been completed)... but losing game 7 would have probably made a lot of people give up. It would have definitely been more painful than losing game 4, that's for sure. Losing game 4 would have been "easy" by comparison - we'd have been done on the Sox. Losing game 7... I can't even bring myself to contemplate.
 

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The Astros don't feel it because they have won a title recently. Winning game 7 would have been a huge bonus. It was a letdown but it was like the Sox losing in game 7 of the 2008 ALCS or something like that.

But losing game 7 in 2004 would have been awful. We didn't really quit in the Sox after 2003, or even after 19-8 (well some people probably would have had the sweep been completed)... but losing game 7 would have probably made a lot of people give up. It would have definitely been more painful than losing game 4, that's for sure. Losing game 4 would have been "easy" by comparison - we'd have been done on the Sox. Losing game 7... I can't even bring myself to contemplate.
But the Astros will still have the fact that they stole a WS hanging over them. They get no redemption.

But, yeah, it's not quite close to 2004, which was something different entirely. After Game 3, I gave up internally and was sad but it didn't destroy me. If they lost in Game 4, it would have sucked but it wouldn't have been like 2003 and there is always next year. But to be brought back from the brink, to make Game 7 because Schilling(fuck him, obviously) pitched on one leg, and then lose would have obliterated me.
 

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I'm trying to picture how much it would have hurt in 2004 if the Sox lost game 7 to the Yankees. And it would have completely ruined the rest of the year for me. I genuinely don't know how I would have reacted because it would have been so bad, it's hard to quantify because it didn't happen. But it would have been a historic level of sporting pain.

The Astros and their fans feel that today. And it couldn't be more perfect because they have been woeful this year, in their actions with the drums and their response, too. Altuve's career as a fielder might be over, too, because of the guilt making him unable to throw. Poor guy.
It would have completely broken me. God, I cannot even imagine how I’d have felt, especially living in NYC and surviving 2003.
 

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After the 60 game season where divisions all played different schedules, extra teams in the playoffs, and no days off, we're a Dodgers win away from having the teams with the two best records in each league going to the World Series. Kind of funny that all the extra variation didn't end up meaning anything,
 

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I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with fire.
 

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I'm trying to picture how much it would have hurt in 2004 if the Sox lost game 7 to the Yankees. And it would have completely ruined the rest of the year for me. I genuinely don't know how I would have reacted because it would have been so bad, it's hard to quantify because it didn't happen. But it would have been a historic level of sporting pain.

The Astros and their fans feel that today. And it couldn't be more perfect because they have been woeful this year, in their actions with the drums and their response, too. Altuve's career as a fielder might be over, too, because of the guilt making him unable to throw. Poor guy.
I like your theory on Altuve. The tell-tale yip.
 

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After the 60 game season where divisions all played different schedules, extra teams in the playoffs, and no days off, we're a Dodgers win away from having the teams with the two best records in each league going to the World Series. Kind of funny that all the extra variation didn't end up meaning anything,
It’s almost like there’s no actual good reason to keep doing a 162-game season.