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  • A few 2-9 teams did reach the World Series, after all. ^
    The Evil Empire shall strike back again!
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    • Hey, how'd that $111m #18 guy do the other day? Against the old #18, I mean?

      Gee, I wonder how the Evil Empires are doing against the 1st place Birds?
      Please read Baseball Fever Policy and Forum FAQ before posting. 2007-11 CBA
      Rest very peacefully, John “Buck” O'Neil (1911-2006) & Philip Francis “Scooter” Rizzuto (1917-2007)
      THE BROOKLYN DODGERS - 1890 thru 1957
      Montreal Expos 1969 - 2004

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      • Mariners-A's
        Mariners-Angels
        Mariners-Rangers

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        • ^^ thumbs up, baby!
          Where is everybody? What, we stopped zinging each other? Sheesh.

          Just don't tell Ken.
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          Montreal Expos 1969 - 2004

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          • Originally posted by Mattingly View Post
            Hey, how'd that $111m #18 guy do the other day? Against the old #18, I mean?

            Gee, I wonder how the Evil Empires are doing against the 1st place Birds?
            Nice to see you haven't lost that famous tongue-in-cheek humor . . .
            Ken Fougère

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            • I'm here
              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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              • Originally posted by VTSoxFan View Post
                It's a long season, Ken. Don't scuttle the ship just yet.
                I know, (pause to catch my breath) I know....
                Last edited by KenFougere; 04-16-2011, 08:26 AM.
                Ken Fougère

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                • Originally posted by KenFougere View Post
                  Nice to see you haven't lost that famous tongue-in-cheek humor . . .
                  Hey, what are friends for?

                  Now then, how is that April World Series going? Let's see, you've won 3 games already, so I guess you'll win just 1 more this month and celebrate winning the Big Dance?
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                  • Originally posted by Mattingly View Post
                    Let's see, you've won 3 games already
                    Ya, we're on a roll baby.
                    Ken Fougère

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                    • Ah, the Bombers will be just fine. I see first place, 90 wins at least, and a Red Sucks choke!

                      It's the Mets and White Sox I'm more worried about.
                      The Evil Empire shall strike back again!
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                      • Originally posted by BaronSamedi View Post
                        Ah, the Bombers will be just fine. I see first place, 90 wins at least, and a Red Sucks choke!

                        It's the Mets and White Sox I'm more worried about.
                        Ah, a displaced New Yorker no doubt . . .
                        Ken Fougère

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                        • Originally posted by KenFougere View Post
                          Ah, a displaced New Yorker no doubt . . .
                          The Evil Yankee Empire is everywhere. Remember when the Yanks played Tampa Bay ... in JAPAN? The love the pinstripes down there, which is why the Yanks wore these, despite being the road team batting 1st.

                          Hey, spiffy up those unis (and get a few more wins), and you too can get similar top-shelf treatment. Oh, my bad. Beantown's supposed to win it all this season. I kind of forgot about those after seeing the results.

                          Sorry.
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                          THE BROOKLYN DODGERS - 1890 thru 1957
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                          • Originally posted by Mattingly View Post
                            The Evil Yankee Empire is everywhere. Remember when the Yanks played Tampa Bay ... in JAPAN? The love the pinstripes down there, which is why the Yanks wore these, despite being the road team batting 1st.

                            Hey, spiffy up those unis (and get a few more wins), and you too can get similar top-shelf treatment. Oh, my bad. Beantown's supposed to win it all this season. I kind of forgot about those after seeing the results.Sorry.
                            Oh gees. It seems we're, (Bitter Rivals forum), are back on this year.

                            OK. It's going to be a bumpy ride . . . .
                            Ken Fougère

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                            • Just busting your chops, Ken. I'm sure that you guys and gals should win at least 70 games soon. Between now and mid-September, I mean.
                              Or you folks could ...

                              *runs & hides*
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                              • Originally posted by Mattingly View Post
                                Just busting your chops, Ken. I'm sure that you guys and gals should win at least 70 games soon. Between now and mid-September, I mean.
                                Or you folks could ...

                                *runs & hides*
                                I know you're busting' them. That's what we do best.
                                Win 70 games? Gee, that's awfully nice of you . . .
                                Ken Fougère

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