How can you explain Madison Bumgarner and his band of buddies marching to the tune of their own drum after such a pitiful showing following the All Star Break? We knew they were in it because, after all, it is post season and they’ve done it before and in such spectacular fashion. But how many of us truly expected a shut-out against the Citi-Field warriors Wednesday? Not me, that’s for sure.
Looking back on this band of misfits in prior years almost every game and every series had a new hero. Most memorable for me was Sandoval’s three home runs in one game against the unhittable Justin Verlander in a World Series Game 1. And the entire Giants team when they forced the vocal Rangers pitcher, Cliff Lee, to the bench and out of the game before the 4th inning in World Series play, back in 2010.
Last night a most unlikely hero found his way to the spotlight with a 3 run homer in the top of the 9th. Without that hit who knows how long that game would have gone on? Remember the 18 innings against the Nats in the 2014 NLDS? We could have seen that last night. Not likely, but possible. Syndergaard had already taken the bench and Bum was headed there, but ’twas not to be. Conor Gillaspie, tied at $507,500, for the lowest paid man on the roster, became a hero in postseason play, alongside the legend of legends Madison Bumgarnerwhen he smacked his home run out of the park for the only score of the game.
Rough road ahead you say? But of course. How could it be anything else? Chicago Cubs on the horizon? Who cares? This is post season and it’s the Giants and it’s an “even” year.
How can you help but love this Giants team? Best team in MLB the first half of the season and close to the worst the 2nd half.
It’s the stuff baseball’s made of and no one embraces it better than the San Francisco Giants. Let the torture begin!
Posted in A1 Baseball, A1 Baseball, General, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants
Tagged bumgarner, Chicago Cubs, Cliff Lee, conor gillaspie, gillaspie, hero, nlds, ny mets, sf giants, syndergaard
Opening Day at AT&T Park
Not literally. I’ve been on sort of a hiatus these past few months and now itching for spring training, opening day, first pitch, the crack of the bat and baseball season in general. But to be perfectly honest I feel like I’ve been cheating a little here.
I live in the Bay Area and right now there’s something going on that’s taken hold of me and thousands of other non-assuming, “never-wanted-to-be fans-in-the-first-place” fans who’ve been taken off guard, no pun intended. It’s called Warrior Mania and it’s not just about the phenom Steph Curry. Never in a hundred years would I have thought I could sit through an entire pro basketball game. High school, yes, because I was a mom and I had to. But the Pro’s? Forget it. Run up court, shoot, make it. Run down court, shoot make it, and on and on. Boring.
But my grandson Jake, who recently completed his tour of duty in the USMC, is a huge Trailblazer fan. Our commonality has always been sports, mostly college football, some baseball, but sports in general. We took a 10 day baseball trip with Diamond Baseball Tours back in 2004. What a fantastic experience. I’d recommend it to anyone. But I digress.
A few months ago I was surfing channels, looking for the Trailblazer game on the telly so I could carry on a decent conversation with Jake. Didn’t find it, but instead happened upon the last 3 minutes of a Golden State Warrior game. The Warriors were behind by 12 or so, but this short little pip squeak (that’s what he looked like compared to all the big guys) scored two 3 pointers and a few more and they ended up winning the game…….it was shocking this huge rush of adrenaline I experienced! It was exciting and all of a sudden I understood what basketball fans have always known. There’s life after baseball. Not exactly the same. But I’ll tell you this. Friday night when Steph Curry took that 50 foot shot from half-court with 1 second left on the clock before halftime and the ball didn’t even touch the top of the net but instead swished through that little piece of net on the bottom, I was baptized into the world of professional basketball. Hallelujah!
I let out a spontaneous holler that scared the hell out of my little dog. I’ve only had him for five months so I may have to put him on Benadryl when baseball season starts. Or put a sock in my mouth.
So I’m back. I’ve missed writing. I’ve been reading a lot about the National League DH issue and can’t wait to get my hands dirty again!
Posted in A1 Baseball, General, A4 Uncategorized
Tagged baseball season, Basketball, crack of the bat, first pitch, Golden State Warriors, National League DH, opening day, Steph Curry, Trailblazers
The Churro Dog
OMG! The Arizona Diamondbacks have come up with something that might be just as good as garlic fries. And only 1,117 Calories! If I ever make it to Chase Field I’ll sure give it a try.
Here ~ Take a look at the article. Churros, Diamondback Style!
Courtesy of Sportress of Blogitude.
Back in 2011 the Pablo Sandoval reported to Spring Training in Arizona looking much like, well, a Panda Bear, to the chagrin of the powers that be for the SF Giants.
The Panda belongs to the Boston Red Sox now and is no longer the problem of Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants. I get that. But I’ve had so many searches on my blog today looking for for David Letterman’s Top 10 List on Pablo Sandoval that aired last night, I had to dig it up and view it myself.
I never personally cared about Pablo’s weight while he was with the Giants because to tell you the truth it didn’t seem to slow him down much. He wasn’t hitting as well, but he could sure round the bases at top speed when he needed to and he dove and caught most of the in-flight balls and grounders that headed his way towards third base. He never lost the fan base, they loved him, even though the press rode him pretty hard about it.
So now it appears the Panda’s put on another few pounds and it’s going to be interesting to see how the Red Sox organization deals with it. I wonder if there’s a “Panda Pounds” clause in his new contract?
Because, honestly, if he keeps his stats and numbers up, who cares?
Note: This is a re-post of my 2014 Veteran’s Day Blog.
Arlington National Cemetery
“But the mainstay of the big leagues was the reservoir of 4-Fs – males of draft age who had been rejected on physical grounds by the Armed Forces. Not since harem attendants had gone out of style were men’s physical deficiencies so highly prized. Ulcers, hearing defects, and torn cartilages were coveted by team owners.” – Frank Graham, Jr. in Farewell to Heroes (1981)
This and the following list of Hall of Fame Members Courtesy of Baseball Almanac.
|Baseball Hall of Fame Members who Served in the Armed Forces.
Posted in A1 Baseball, General, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals
Tagged Arlington National Cemetery, MLB Veterans, United States, United States Army, United States Navy, Veteran, Veterans Day, Veterans in Baseball
Take a look at Matthew Pouliot’s Hardball Talk take on the 18 inning playoff game between the Nats and the Giants yesterday. Matt’s saying, basically, the Nats would have won if they’d left Zimmerman in the game in the 9th.
Well, this is the most ridiculous post I’ve ever read on Hardball or pretty much anywhere. If only. If only…..woulda, coulda, shoulda. Poor dears. Are you nuts? If only Sandoval had gotten a two run homer in the 3rd. If only Zimmerman had another 3 strikeouts, if only Hudson had pitched a no-hitter. If only Posey had been safe at the plate, ……. yada, yada, yada.
This is baseball and “if only’s” don’t count. The Giants won because they outlasted the Nats. Pretty simple really. Someone had to win.
Now on to Game 3 at AT&T Park and may the best team win. Oh, and by the way, congratulations to the SF Giants for their Game 2 win over the Washington Nats because it’s baseball and someone had to win. In my humble opinion, of course!
Posted in A1 Baseball, General, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals
Tagged AT&T Park, Game 2 Playoffs, Hardball Talk, Matthew Pouliot, National League, Nationals baseball, Pablo Sandoval, sf giants, Tim Hudson, Washington Nats, Zimmerman