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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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  • KenFougere
    started a poll The Bitter Rivals Thread

    The Bitter Rivals Thread

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    'Bitter Rivals' is the longest active running thread in the history of "Baseball-Fever.com".
    In its'
    16th year, it has received over 10,820 posts from 39 Countries and has been read by well over
    3 quarters of a million viewers worldwide!

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    Since July 4, 2002


    Which teams do you feel have the strongest, 'Most Bitter Rivalry' in Major League Baseball today?
    What makes your favorite rivalry so special to you and what do you think is needed to make a rivalry stand the test of time?


    My Personal Opinion:

    "THE" rivalry began over 100 years ago. Ever since it has taken on a life of its own! It starts with the owners, to the front office, coaching staff, players, right down to their fans (past & present). Unlike some other rivalries, these two teams have never relocated to, or from another city since their inception into the league. With the exception of numbers being added to the jersey's back, their basic team uniforms have remained the same since the Titanic sunk!
    I feel no other rivalry can match this historic Boston Red Sox - New York Yankee rivalry.

    Especially when in 2004, the Red Sox made MLB playoff history as the first team ever to come back from a 0-3 games deficit to win the American League Championship Series. Oh, BTW, their opponent was the New York Yankees. That historic comeback enabled them to go on to win their first World Series in 86 years by sweeping the Cardinals. The Red Sox followed up their 2004 Championship with World Series titles in 2007 and 2013.
    To me, this rivalry is not only the best in MLB but in all American pro sports.

    Last edited by KenFougere; 10-13-2018, 12:42 PM.

  • KenFougere
    replied
    Originally posted by YankeeMan View Post
    Congratulations Red Sox Nation -- good luck in the ALCS!


    Thank you my Yankee friend. Come back more often. You were missed.

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  • YankeeMan
    replied
    Congratulations Red Sox Nation -- good luck in the ALCS!

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  • KenFougere
    replied
    Originally posted by YankeeMan View Post
    Dammit... I picked the BoSux in the office pool.
    Hey Spanky, nice to hear from you. You can't imagine how much I wished you were here this season. Especially when we swept you 4 straight and increased the division lead to 9.5 games... (but I digress)
    Why would you, of all people, ever pick MLB's best team to beat your,
    very distant second place team?
    Anyway, I believe in all playoff series, game #3 is pivotal. Whoever gets a 3 run lead first, should win the game...

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  • YankeeMan
    replied
    Dammit... I picked the BoSux in the office pool.

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  • KenFougere
    replied
    Originally posted by epaddon View Post
    It took 14 years but the five-game postseason losing streak is OVER!
    Yes, the Price was not right. Again...

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  • epaddon
    replied
    It took 14 years but the five game postseason losing streak is OVER!

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  • KenFougere
    replied
    Red Sox rally in 9th, win in 10th

    The Red Sox rallied for 3 runs in the 9th and won on Andrew Benintendi's walk-off single in the 10th.


    CLEAN SWEEP! Ya baby!!!!!!





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  • KenFougere
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    What was supposed to be an extended series between two of the sport's best teams has instead been a one-sided affair. The Red Sox have won all three games by at least three runs. Should the Red Sox win again Sunday, it'll be about time to put the Yankees' divisional hopes to bed.

    At that point, the Yankees would trail the Red Sox by 9 ½ games in the American League East. With 52 games remaining after Sunday, the Yankees would have to go on an unlikely tear, as well as have the Red Sox plummet. To illustrate that point, consider that the Yankees can go 36-16 -- that is, play like a 112-win team -- the rest of the way. But, if the Yankees lose Sunday, they'd need the Red Sox to go 24-25 in order to win the division outright. Considering Boston entered Sunday with 34 losses, that outcome is ... well, improbable.

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  • KenFougere
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    Red Sox rout Yankees behind Pearce's four HRs

    Yanks get spanked third straight game. Sox go for the sweep on Sunday.
    Last edited by KenFougere; 08-04-2018, 06:47 PM.

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  • KenFougere
    replied
    Originally posted by epaddon View Post
    New rivalry talking point. Yankee fans say Sonny Gray is worse than David Price. Red Sox fans say vice versa!

    Well, I can certainly understand the NY fans feeling regarding Gray's record against Boston. Prices record against NY is abysmal too. But, if you compare the contacts of both, Price's salary is $30M yearly. Gray's is $6.5M. So I contend that Price sucks on a much higher level than Gray.
    Last edited by KenFougere; 07-02-2018, 05:40 PM.

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  • epaddon
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    New rivalry talking point. Yankee fans say Sonny Gray is worse than David Price. Red Sox fans say vice versa!

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  • epaddon
    replied
    Sonny Gray = Eddie Whitson. A terrible pitcher on all levels.

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  • KenFougere
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    At the halfway mark the Sox finished with the best record in MLB.

    An epic battle for the American League East in the works.


    Last edited by KenFougere; 06-29-2018, 06:56 AM.

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  • KenFougere
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    I think this is going to be a historic pennant race with both teams headed for 100+ wins season. Along with Houston, there could be a 100+ win team that won't be in the ALCS . . .
    1. The Yankees are on pace to win 111 games.
    2. The Red Sox are on pace to win 109 games.
    3. The Astros are on pace to win 107 games.
    4. The Mariners -- yes, the MARINERS! -- are on pace to win 104 games.
    Last edited by KenFougere; 06-20-2018, 06:05 PM.

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