Just One (Sus) Man’s Opinion: Why the Yankees Have Ruined Baseball

So, the New York Yankees knocked out the Indians and have moved on to the ALCS. In doing so the Yankees have effectively killed baseball.

How could that be, you may ask? I’ll tell you. Baseball is in a very weird time right now, where it is looking less and less likely that the mantra of “Just Stay Open” is going to work. Baseball needs something, and last year we got the end of the worst drought in the history of the sport: the Chicago Cubs won the World Series

The Cubs left one team with a legendary losing streak to vanquish. That team is the Cleveland Indians, a team that was so good during the regular season they set a record, winning 22 games in a row!

Did this matter to the “Evil Empire”? Would they recognize that another Yankees pennant could mean the end of anyone outside of New York caring about baseball ever again? Of course not. The Yankees did what the Yankees do: they found a way to ruin everyone’s fun and ruined baseball.

Now, we all have to hope that the Houston Astros recognize that they need to lay down to the Yankees so the Cubs (Assuming they can get the job done tonight) can vanquish the Empire once and for all.

In fact, the bigger story than the Indians ending their drought would have been the Cubs winning two in a row. Nothing would cement the “return” of baseball than the Cubs slaying the dragon of the Yankees. I mean now that the Indians couldn’t get the job done.

But what happens if the Cubs lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Astros take down the Yankees? Maybe we have a great story for the people of Houston, who could certainly use a great end to a terrible year, and the Texans aren’t going to provide it.

That won’t happen, of course. No, somehow, someway, we will have the LA/NY series that everyone will roll their eyes at because of how obvious it will be. Because the Yankees are a blight on the world and the Dodgers are just a less-successful version of the Yankees.

Meanwhile, it’s almost time for us to start thinking about next year, and the Mets are already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. #stillmad

-The Sus-Man

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Episode 117: NBA Expansion, MLB Playoffs, and the (Lack Of) Justice League Buzz

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is hinting about expansion (and shortening the season?!), and the Jerks are talking about it! Plus, the MLB Playoffs begin, a breakdown of the (lack of) buzz around Justice League, and we try and figure out when a game about fighting Nazis became offensive. T2J – Just when we thought we were done talking about current events, they pulled us back in!

Those Two Jerks: Episode 117

Episode 109: Abrupt Transitions

The Jerks break down whether Tim Tebow will get called up to the majors this year, juiced baseballs in MLB, and Mayweather and McGregor’s tour de insults. Plus, all the geeky news from D23 Expo (Tron ride! Star Wars hotel! Marvel land!), the latest on “The Batman,” and a remembrance of George A. Romero and Martin Landau. Comedy, tragedy, gallows humor, poop jokes — we have it all!

Those Two Jerks: Episode 109

Mini-Sode 3: Tim Tebow, Spider-Man and Comic-Con

In this latest mini-sode, the Jerks get a firsthand report on Tim Tebow’s minor league baseball exploits and Chris gets convinced to play fantasy football. Plus, a review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and a discussion of the changing state of San Diego Comic-Con and other comic conventions. It’s deep, it’s contentious, it’s funny — it’s a cornucopia of entertainment!

Those Two Jerks: Mini-Sode 3

Episode 108: Don’t Let It Go to the Scorecards

The Jerks break down the major moves in the NBA, the end of the #NewYorkSuperteam, the backlash from last week’s Tebow blast, and Manny Pacquiao’s shocking loss. Plus, the polarized response to the Jumanji trailer, comic and TV reviews, and Ric’s “scientific” study of Pepsi Fire! T2J – now in crystal clear Sound-O-Vision!

Those Two Jerks: Episode 108

Episode 106: With Apologies to Thunder Dan

We’re back! We hit the ground running with our breakdown of the NBA and NHL final series, Mr. Met’s recent incident, plus our reviews of MegaCon Orlando and Star Wars Celebration Orlando (and conventions in general), and our reaction to Wonder Woman. It’s not the reunion the world needs, but the one it deserves!

Those Two Jerks: Episode 106

Jerks on Games: Out of the Park Baseball 18

Hello, Jerk-O-Philes! It’s the start of a new era here at T2J, and while we’re planning our grand podcast comeback (It will happen, we promise), we’re going to do our best to provide with you with some new content here on the blog, from movie and sports news to reviews, essays and general rants.

We’re kicking things off with a review, of a video game you’ve heard us talk about on the podcast many times before: Out of the Park Baseball. This year’s edition is the 18th iteration of the popular baseball management sim, and, long story short, it’s the deepest, most accessible one yet.

The game returns all of the features longtime fans love, including historical rosters dating back to 1871, historical minor leagues (Manage the real-life minor league baseball careers of “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Michael Jordan, John Elway and others, if you want), full customization, and current 2017 major and minor league teams with realistic scouting and ratings. However, the new features are what make the game really shine.

This year, OOTP Developments (Makers of OOTP Baseball and other sports management sims) not only brought the historical Negro Leagues into the game, but also an all-new challenge mode. If you’re a console “Franchise Mode” nut, this is for you. Challenge Mode helps you learn the game’s intricacies, while also eliminating the ways one could “cheat” by not allowing the player to turn on Commissioner Mode and edit players’ ratings or force trades, etc. Commissioner Mode is still available outside Challenge Mode, if that’s your thing. Instead, it offers an experience that is similar to playing a console game, minus controlling players during the game — this is still a management sim, after all. Developers promise that Challenge Mode will lead to a long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform, which the company plans to unveil as the 2017 season goes on. The game has also added the Arizona Fall League to its minor league system, as well as a “World Cup of Baseball” tournament (think World Baseball Classic).

As someone who has played console baseball games in the past (I’ve recently been playing MLB The Show ’17), this game offers a deeper, much more customizable experience. It even has improved its 3D stadium and player models to make the in-game presentation more fun to watch. If you’re a Franchise Mode junkie, and you don’t mind not being able to swing the bat or throw the ball yourself once in a while, this is your game. If you’re new to sports management sims, don’t be intimidated. OOTP 18 has an upgraded, easy-to-understand presentation, and offers worthwhile help to navigate some of the game’s more arcane rules regarding contracts. OOTP 18 is a must-have for baseball fans, sports stat-heads, or if you’re the type of person who thinks you can do a better job as GM or manager of your favorite team than the real-life ones. It’s available for PC, Mac and Linux systems for $39.99 at OOTPDevelopments.com. You can also get the game on Steam or the Mac App Store.

Full Disclosure: OOTP Developments provided T2J a free copy of the game for us to review.