The (fake) baseball season (and the real one too, I guess) officially ended today! Here are the final standings going into the playoffs:
Here are the batting/pitching leaders:
Such a cool moment.
That is all.
So the Mets officially got eliminated from playoff contention today.
But we can still live for the chance that Alonso beats Judge’s rookie home run record. He’s so close!
The Canadian League leaders have been determined! Still waiting on a few in the National League, though.
All the simulation pitchers are getting hurt, so it’s probably a good thing the season is almost over.
TEAMS ARE GETTING ELIMINATED FROM CONTENTION
HEARTS ARE BEING BROKEN AS WE SPEAK
Also, Simulation Jose Reyes got his 2,000th hit.
We’re starting to see some teams eliminated from contention! It’s sad. Poor Vancouver. Hamilton’s killing it, though.
OH GOD FAKEBALL
That is all.
The number of baseball-related posts has been increasing over the past few years, huh? If you’ve known me from high school or college, you know I’m not really into sportsball. Take the Vandal football games, for example. I really didn’t pay attention to the football at all because I didn’t care; I was just there for the marching band experience.
But baseball is different, and I figured I’d take a few minutes to explain why (in case you’re wondering why the hell there are so many baseball posts when I’d really never talked about sports before).
Let’s do it!
My mom used to watch the Braves a lot when I was a young kid (she liked their announcers). I don’t remember too much from my first few elementary school years (apart from coos and other miscellaneous nonsense that doesn’t matter), but it seems like my mom had baseball on every night during the season. I was too young to really understand it (or at least I didn’t seem to care enough to try to understand it past the basic premise), but the sound of a baseball game (and that freaking tomahawk chop chant the Braves fans do) triggers serious nostalgia for me.
Apart from my grandparents being obsessed with Mark McGwire during his steroid home run era and that one year that the Mariners were good, I never really watched much baseball after that. I didn’t know the teams, I didn’t follow who won the world series, I didn’t really even think about it much.
Fast forward a whole bunch to 2015. Nate and I started living together in June of that year. He’d expressed that he liked baseball and I told him I liked it too (even though I was definitely not up on current baseball news/players/etc. and I definitely didn’t have the knowledge of the game that he had). So at some point he decided to get a subscription to MLB TV so that we could watch the Mets (his favorite team).
But it wasn’t really until the 2016 season where I really got into it. I started to know the game better (thanks mostly to Nate, haha). I started to know the players and become invested in them. I got more familiar with the teams, leagues, and the general competition.
Now I love it. I love all the stats. I love all the weird little things that can happen in a baseball game. I love how long the season is and how that means that there are so many opportunities for teams to hit winning or losing streaks. I’ve got, of course, my favorite players.
Plus, it’s something I enjoy watching and discussing with Nate. I can also watch and enjoy it while still having my music blasting on my headphones, so that’s always a plus.
I don’t know. I just really like it. It’s exciting to me.
(Apologies, though, to anyone who reads my blog who doesn’t like baseball, haha.)
We’re getting down to the end of the season!
There have been like seven squabbles this past week, haha. Lots of suspensions. But Simulation Robinson Cano got his 300th hit, so that’s neato.
More fakin’ with the baseball type stuff. WOO!
Now we’re starting to see a little more separation.
Also, Simulation Cespedes is hurt again. KEEP HIM OFF THE RANCH
Simulation Cespedes’ foot is broken, which is the pinnacle of this game being a fantastically realistic simulation of actual baseball action. Simulation Nimmo got Rookie of the Month for July, though, so that’s cool!
The Gold and the Blues are having a rough time of things. Too cold and too rainy, respectively, I guess.
They’re all still relatively close, given how deep we are into the season. It’s probably because the talent is so equally spread out, as opposed to the freaking Yankees having everyone.
So I bought Out of the Park 20 because it was on sale and now I’m screwed because now I’m addicted to the baseball card game that’s built into that version and oh god I’m going to have to alternate between OOTP 18 for my Canadian simulation and OOTP 20 for cards and life is all baseball all the time and oh god
Things are starting to separate a liiiiiittle bit more.
Simulation Scherzer is out for the season with a torn flexor tendon in his elbow and I am Simulation Sad.
(Did I use that title last year?)
I love the All Star Game, yo. I don’t remember if Nate and I watched it the first few years we watched baseball together, but I know we watched it last year. This was after they’d removed the rule that the winning league gets home field advantage in the World Series, which meant that the players could take things a little less seriously and make it more fun. They mic’d up some of the players, which is what they did this year as well.
It’s cool to see so many talented players all at once. Super fun! Hooray for McNeil, Alonso, and deGrom!
Simulation Curtis Granderson got his 300th home run.
Simulation Jake Arrieta and Simulation Rich Hill both pitched complete game shutouts.
The All-Star Game happened! The National League beat the Canadian League 5-3.
I had seven consecutive sub-14-minute miles on my walk today.
I AM MADE OF SPEED
Here is baseball.
Hahaha, what the hell, Victoria?
And Simulation Cespedes is hurt. Because of course he is.
Vroom! Calgary’s still holding on.