Rays ALDS Wandering GameThread

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It was easy to root for the Rays because the players are hard to hate and VORP is good people, but I don't think I can do Houston. Probably have to root for Team Asteroid for that one. Hopefully the White Sox can pull it off.
I usually just root for a mid-air collision of the two team planes. Asteroids do a lot of collateral damage.
 

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I honestly find it hard to have almost any sports hatred these days with so much genuine evil around. I root, sometimes I root hard, but once it’s done, I really don’t care, no matter the results.
 

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From Kulpa’s Wiki page:

Kulpa was head-butted by Carl Everett of the Boston Red Sox in 2000 during an argument about the location of the inner boundary of the batter's box. Everett was suspended for 10 games and fined.

Working first base in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series (his first World Series as an umpire), Kulpa controversially called St. Louis Cardinals hitter Matt Holliday safe after Holliday grounded into what would have been the second out of a routine double play in the game's fourth inning. Kulpa claimed that Holliday had arrived at first base prior to the tag from Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli, although replays subsequently proved that Napoli had indeed tagged him out by a full stride, prior to Holliday's stumbling across the base and falling.[1] Kulpa later told a pool reporter after the game that he was aware Napoli had tagged Holliday, but he thought Holliday's foot was already on the base. He did not ask for a second opinion.[1] When the game ended, Kulpa reviewed the play on tape and admitted he should have called Holliday out. The Cardinals went on to win the game 16–7, and eventually won the Series in seven games.

On August 12, 2013, he ejected Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski for arguing a ball three call during pitcher Yu Darvish's bid for a perfect game against the Houston Astros. The perfect game was broken up moments later on an ensuing ball four pitch to Astros batter Jonathan Villar.[2]

During the 2nd inning of an Astros-Rangers game on April 4, 2019, after a low pitch from Mike Minor outside the strikezone to Tyler White was called a strike, the Astros dugout expressed displeasure at the call, to which Kulpa responded back. After a short conversation with Astros manager A.J Hinch, Kulpa proceeded to stare into the Astros dugout while Minor was on the mound ready to pitch. After Hinch told Kulpa to "Look over there", Kulpa proceeded to eject Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron. On the following pitch, after no further provocation by the Astros dugout, Kulpa again stared at the Astros dugout, leading to Hinch telling Kulpa "You can't keep doing it". Kulpa responded with "I can do anything I want", before ejecting Hinch from the game.[3] Kulpa would later interrupt Astro's pitcher Gerrit Cole's warm-up pitches before the 4th inning after having instigated an argument with Cole and Astro's catcher Max Stassi, after Cole began walking to the dugout after a potential 3rd strike that was instead called a ball by Kulpa.[4]

On April 8, 2021, Kulpa made a controversial call as the home-plate umpire of a game between the New York Mets and the Marlins. The game was tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the bases were loaded for the Mets. Michael Conforto of the Mets went up to the plate. The controversy ensued after a pitch thrown by closer Anthony Bass hit Conforto. Kulpa, however, ruled it to be a hit by pitch, even though the pitch was a strike, and Conforto seemed to lean into the pitch. The Mets walked off and won the game. Kulpa later talked to reporters and admitted that he made the wrong call. Both managers of the teams commented on the call. Don Mattingly, manager of the Marlins, remarked: "Kulpa knows it was a strike. He couldn't go backwards in his mind. Honestly, he's probably feeling bad. To be honest with you, I bet he feels awful." However, Luis Rojas, manager of the Mets, commented that Conforto did not intentionally lean in, claiming: "I looked at the replay ... I don't think he leans, but that's kind of how he moves his hands. Even throwing to him in batting practice, he does that on pitches in."[5] [6]
 

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The thing that struck me about the 2 ridiculous back to back strike calls on Wander in the 1st was that it kind of seemed intentional. Like a "welcome to the show, rookie" type of thing.
 

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I agree, Kulpa’s history is that he seems to seek out attention. staring into dugouts, etc. how does a guy with his history get to umpire in the playoffs? He came into MLB during an umpire walkout in 1999. Did he ever earn his job? Having said that, considering his history with the Astros, he should be in the ALCS rotation.
 

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I honestly find it hard to have almost any sports hatred these days with so much genuine evil around. I root, sometimes I root hard, but once it’s done, I really don’t care, no matter the results.
I don't want to hear this. We need you on that wall. Root against the Sox like you mean it.
 

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Man I have a hard time believing that his calls favored Boston by 1.1 runs. He was pretty terrible early on but after the first seemed to become more consistent. How do they calculate the “run favor”?There wasn’t a real moment where I thought one team was benefitting more than the other so to see it +1.1 for bos seems odd to me… but I’m not biased or anything. :eyeroll:
 

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Man I have a hard time believing that his calls favored Boston by 1.1 runs. He was pretty terrible early on but after the first seemed to become more consistent. How do they calculate the “run favor”?There wasn’t a real moment where I thought one team was benefitting more than the other so to see it +1.1 for bos seems odd to me… but I’m not biased or anything. :eyeroll:
They use count-dependent run expectancies.

https://community.fangraphs.com/the-effect-of-umpires-on-baseball-umpire-runs-created-urc/
 

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Prior to the draft being instituted in 1965, amateurs were free to sign with any Major League team that offered them a contract.

Shockingly, wealthier teams such as the Yankees and the Cardinals were able to stockpile young talent, while poorer clubs were left to sign the rest of the talent after those two teams poached them away, much like the NHL back in medieval times when the Montreal Canadiens signed all the Canadian talent, imagine them winning all those Stanley Cups, what are the odds?

What two teams have the most World Series wins; Yankees and Cardinals.

The game is better today with more teams getting a shot to win it all.
 

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Prior to the draft being instituted in 1965, amateurs were free to sign with any Major League team that offered them a contract.

Shockingly, wealthier teams such as the Yankees and the Cardinals were able to stockpile young talent, while poorer clubs were left to sign the rest of the talent after those two teams poached them away, much like the NHL back in medieval times when the Montreal Canadiens signed all the Canadian talent, imagine them winning all those Stanley Cups, what are the odds?

What two teams have the most World Series wins; Yankees and Cardinals.

The game is better today with more teams getting a shot to win it all.
And yet, the Dodgers, Astros and Red Sox keep showing up in October. The Dodgers are the new Yankees. The Yankees are the old Dodgers from Brooklyn.
 

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We all have trouble falling asleep sometimes, but that only makes BEDtime sweeter once it finally comes. This section will be back in March.
 
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