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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 28 October 2020 at 11:47am | IP Logged | 1 post reply



What a series - we might have gone to game seven if Tampa Bay didn't pull
their pitcher. Playing the pitcher stats used to be Dave Roberts' favorite game,
so I feel for the Tampa Bay fans.

It has been so much fun to watch this team go through the weird pandemic.
There is so much talent on the team that we ran the risk of having the egos
bump into each other, but they all found a great groove by working as a true
team.


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Ryan Maxwell
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Posted: 28 October 2020 at 11:57am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Exactly my thought: Roberts would have done that in the last two WS and been shredded for it.  I'm happy for the team, their fans, & my wife!  And screw all the jealous jerks out there saying there's an asterisk attached to this championship. 
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 28 October 2020 at 2:56pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I spent my whole life hating the Lakers. I hated LeBron in the early part of his career through his time with the Heat until maybe the year before he broke through against GS when he suddenly stopped disappearing in big moments and became a clutcher, dominant player. My heart will always be with the Celtics and part of me can't stand that LA has caught Boston in total championships (though 5 were won in Minneapolis... just sayin') so it is odd for me to admit that I actually enjoyed the Lakers' title run this year.

Combine that with the Dodgers' championship (particularly the stirring comeback vs. Atlanta) and LA winning two titles in about three weeks takes a small part of the sting out of the nonsense this year has dished out. Speaking of such, I am a huge Justin Turner fan like everyone else but his whole positive COVID-19 test subplot is a shocking footnote to a storybook ending. I sure hope nobody winds up getting infected from his on field celebration after testing positive and breaking quarantine but judging by the photos I've seen, I wouldn't be surprised if some people wind up with it. Either way, I imagine there will be consequences from MLB and there really should be... happy the Dodgers won and I get the exuberance of that moment but Turner was sitting and standing inches from many players with no mask on for significant stretches despite just testing positive and I have no idea if they had any idea of his status. Love Turner but if these reports are true that was thoughtless behavior on his part.
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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 30 October 2020 at 12:32pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply



What Turner did was unsettling, and an immediate reminder of how the US is
not prioritizing science in a pandemic as quarantine fatigue sets in. I don't
think the MLB has been as razor sharp themselves - they were playing in Texas
with the roof closed for weather after players complained about the wind.
They should have been playing in southern outdoor stadiums with better Fall
weather. And mask use was sloppy as staff and coaches needed to spit, for
God's sake! And why are they pulling Turner in the eighth inning? I'm sure
they pulled him when they knew, but there are only two teams playing - this
leads me to believe their testing was probably not very efficient to begin with.

Ultimately, it's good that it happened - we need a high profile figure to come
forward and say you can't ignore the pandemic, even if you win the World
Series. Once again, baseball is a metaphor for what we are struggling with on
a societal level -- see pretty much every hour of Ken Burns' BASEBALL for
further examples.





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Rick Senger
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Posted: 05 November 2020 at 10:14am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

When I google the Dodgers I see no suggestions that anyone has tested positive (yet). It's been over a week but under two so it's still possible but if they stay negative, I think Turner's consequences will be far less serious than a very public positive case like higher risk cancer survivor Dave Roberts, who was around Turner for a bit post-game, both maskless.
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 06 November 2020 at 7:33pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

In my personal opinion, Turner's punishment should involve him being fined his portion of the winners' bonus, due to the circumstances. 


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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 07 November 2020 at 3:17pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply


No punishment from MLB, and JT apologized. It's over and the Dodgers won
the World Series, that is until Trump's lawyers file a petition on behalf of Tampa
Bay.

The MLB should also apologize for sloppy enforcement, but this is just another
misstep from a management team that doesn't really have it together.


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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 08 November 2020 at 8:32pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Turner wasn't punished because his teammates encouraged him to come out, and two officials approved it. Information that wasn't widely known beforehand.




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Rick Senger
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Posted: 09 November 2020 at 1:06pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Fair enough Brian, but at the very least he still should have worn a mask the whole time. I don't like that he was maskless mere inches from Dave Roberts for a while.
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Bryan Eacret
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Posted: 09 November 2020 at 6:24pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Five people in the organization have now tested positive. 
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 10 November 2020 at 11:34pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Bryan, at least it appears none are from the players' playoff bubble who might have been exposed that night on the field. Don't know if Turner was near any of the five, though.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 10 November 2020 at 11:37pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Oy. Now it's nine. link
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