Bruce Bochy, Manager 2010 World Series Champions
Something that’s stuck in my craw these past few years is not the fact that Bruce Bochy didn’t win Manager of the Year in 2010 and again in 2012, but that he wasn’t even runner-up. In 2010 he received ONE 1st place vote. And this was after putting together and working with the band of misfits later to be known as the 2010 World Series Champions.
It’s one of the reasons I don’t give much credibility to the members of the Baseball Writers Association who vote on the annual award. West Coast teams are rarely seriously considered by the BBWA for such awards since, the reasoning goes, their games are played after those who vote have gone nighty-night, the games being played late on the East Coast and all. And this isn’t just for the Manager’s award but for the others as well. The 2010 award did go to the San Diego Manager though, and that’s about as West Coast as you can go. But generally it hasn’t been so.
This article just might make a difference, at least it’s a start.
That’s the case for Bochy made by Jonah Keri today over at Grantland. And, thankfully, Jonah doesn’t just play the “count tha rings!” game. Sure, the two World Series rings and a potential for a third matter, but he also looks at what Bochy has done with what he has been given, his flexibility and the extent to which his teams have exceeded expectations and concludes thusly:
That ability to overcome adversity — combined with the data and sheer number of rings he has won — net out something you wouldn’t expect: the conclusion that Bruce Bochy not only has a case as the best manager in the game today, but as one of the greatest of all time. Sounds weird, but it’s true. And that sound you hear is grateful Giants fans hollering in agreement.
A big assist in that assessment comes from Chris Jaffe and his book, which I read and enjoyed…
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Brandon Belt made a comment yesterday about the Dodgers and their incredible 1st place NL West ranking this year, something to the effect, “that’s where they’re supposed to be”. I thought it to be a rather odd comment and did a little research to find that the Dodgers have the highest average salary this year in all of MLB, besting the Atlanta Braves who will undoubtedly be their biggest contender in the playoffs by more than double ~ Dodgers average salary $7,468,882 vs the Braves average salary of $3,095,800.
Personally, I’m cheering for the Braves for that reason alone. Even though my home team is the SF Giants, I’ve never bought into the “Giants-hating-Dodgers” routine that’s prevalent in both ball clubs. But I am a fan of getting those ridiculous obscene salaries in line with what the average Joe can afford to pay at the gate i.e., cut the cost of the tickets in half and halve the players salaries. or something like that. The players would still be making tons.
And I guess I’m still just a little peeved that the Giants, back in 2011, after winning the 2010 World Series and all the profits that go with that, raised the price of their season tickets. I know baseball’s a business but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. Just one fan’s opinion.
Okay, I’ll say it. I’m not ashamed to admit that one of my very favorite baseball moments of all time was the Opening Day Ceremonies on April 5, 2011, following that glorious 2010 World Series Championship win . The game was between the San Francisco Giants and the St Louis Cardinals. So today was just the icing on the cake for me. The same teams were playing, and the championship flag was again being hoisted above the park to remain for the entire 2013 season so that all who crossed our threshold could see what a magical place they had entered.
But today, instead of being at the game, I was watching from my comfortable chair, all decked out in orange and black, with a box of Kleenex and a paper bag (to dispose of the used tissues) nearby. And I did pretty good until they introduced the Cards Manager, Mike Matheny, and the crowd broke into near hysteria in support of this fellow, another of my very favorites. And I lost it, never to fully recover for the rest of the ceremony.
I’m not sure why I was so emotional today, but it probably had something to do with the affection the Giants fans feel for their team, and the entire organization for that matter, but also for anyone who has anything to do with the Giants! The crowd cheered just as loud for each of the St Louis Cardinal players who were former Giants as they did for the current Giants themselves. It’s been a long dry spell, this post, post-season, and finally today, after five months we have our kids back home ready to dance around the mound, and the plate and the field. “It’s the sweetest thing I know of, just spending time with you” ……..as if I was singing the song to each of them individually as they walked out onto the field. Continue reading
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Tagged 2010 World Series, 2011 Opening Day, AT&T Park, best fans in baseball, Championship Flag, classy Cardinals, giants 2011 home opener, MLB, opening day, posey, sf giants, St Louis Cardinals, World Series Champions
“Comeback Kings” The Book
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book; it arrived Saturday and I read it in its entirety Sunday. All of the 2010 World Series “picture books” are in my library so this was a welcome addition. The full-page color photo’s are worth the price of the book and if you live in the Bay Area you’ve probably seen them before in the Mercury News or Oakland Tribune. Good stuff! Back in 2010 Andrew Baggarly, or Baggs as he’s fondly referred to by the locals, was the lead sportswriter and his monument to the season is captured in his book “Band of Misfits”. But Baggs is nowhere to be found in the “Comeback Kings” since he left the organization and is now part of the Comcast group. He’s replaced by Alex Pavlovic and a troupe of other sportswriters who definitely hold their own.
“By the time the Giants were done throwing haymakers, their hands were being fitted for championship rings.”
This is a great line by Pavlovic. Wish I could write like that.
- SF Chronicle “Torture to Rapture” Book
My favorite 2010 World Series pictorial was from the SF Chronicle “Torture to Rapture”. And it’s still probably my most favorite. I’m sure they’ll come out with another for the 2012 season, but for sure the “Comeback Kings” is a great read for those of us who can’t get enough of these kids and quite simply just don’t want the season to end!
I mean what are you supposed to do when your main source of entertainment is put on hold? If you’re Rogers Hornsby, you stare out the window and wait for spring. And that’s just about it folks.
But don’t forget the added bonus this year ~ 2013 World Baseball Classic, March 2 thru March 19 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA.
“Comeback Kings” Bay Area News Group. Published Nov 2012, Available from Triumph Books and Major Book Retailers.
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Tagged 2010 World Series, alex pavlovic, Andrew Baggarly, AT&T Park, Band of Misfits, Comcast, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Mercury News, Torture to Rapture, World Baseball Classic
SF Giants vs. St Louis Cardinals
“Opening Day April, 2011”
On April 9, 2011, I wrote a blog titled “Those Classy Cardinals”. It was opening day, the first league game after the Giants won the World Series, and they were hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. It was a great game and the blog got a record number of views and comments. It was one of my favorites. Here’s a link to that post “Those Classy Cardinals”.
And then again, on November 14, 2011, I published a blog about the young, new Cardinals Manager, Mike Matheny, who had left baseball some five years earlier as a promising catcher with the SF Giants after sustaining a series of concussions. He’d just been named as General Manager of the St Louis Cardinals and he was my new hero. Here’s a link to that post “Mike Matheny ~ Leading by Example.”
“2011 Opening Day in San Francisco”
So there’s just a little bit of irony here as I’m settling in to watch the first game of the race for the 2012 National League Pennant between the SF Giants and the St Louis Cardinals. Who knew? I’ve been anxiously awaiting this series which I projected without a doubt would be between Cincinnati and Washington. But the Giants and Cards have this way of sneaking in and surprising everyone and now they’re the contenders.
“Calm & Cool as a Cucumber”
But, seriously folks, there’s no dilemma here. My home team is the San Francisco Giants (I’m a huge fan), and I really love those Cardinals. And like many true blue baseball fans, I just love to see a really great game no matter who wins and I think I’ve recovered enough after the 2010 World Series to be able to handle this ~ calm and cool as a cucumber.
But I’m not sure. I’ll let you know when it’s over.
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Tagged 2010 World Series, 2011 World Series, Cincinnati, Mike Matheny, National League, San Francisco Giants, St Louis Cardinals, washington nationals, World Series
I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen Buster Posey on a lot of interviews and he’s a really nice guy. The impression one might get from watching this commercial is that Buster’s kind of a self-centered jerk, which he isn’t. So I’m wondering;
- Who writes these commercials?
- Who decides which players get to say what?
- Are they out to get the guy?
- Are they trying to make him look impatient and self-absorbed?
To tell you the truth I’m not a huge ESPN fan (still a little testy over the 2010 World Series treatment they gave us Giants fans) and this little spot doesn’t help much. I’d like to see something that represents the true Buster Posey; something like what Amy G. does on her “Buster Knows Squat” series.
Joey Mauer’s “Head & Shoulders Shampoo” Commercial
I guess we’re all a little protective of Buster Posey here in the Bay Area. I hate to say it but I’d almost rather see him doing some of those Joey Mauer commercials, you know, the Head & Shoulders thing. Not that he has dandruff or anything but it would make him appear more like the really nice guy he is.
Nice Guy Buster
I mean Joey gets to smile in all those shampoo commercials, and I’m sure Buster has just as much to be happy about as Joey. Seeing nice guy Buster Posey laughing and smiling on a national TV commercial after all he’s been through. Now that’s a commercial I’d really like to see. How about it ESPN?
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Tagged 2010 World Series, Amy G., Amy Gutierrez, Buster, Buster Knows Squat, BUSTER POSEY, espn, Head & Shoulders, San Francisco Giants, SportsCenter
Keith Olbermann on David Letterman’s show …..thinking about his next blooper?
Leave it to Keith Olbermann to try to rain on Cain’s parade. I say “try” because I’ve never really cared for him or his opinions as they rarely have relevance to anything, and I wouldn’t have read this one either, except that it got really personal. Personal, in that Matt Cain belongs to all of us fans here in the Bay Area and if you try to disparage him, you disparage us.
Matt Cain, ultimate pitcher!
Olbermann’s contention is that there’s “something wrong with this picture” because in his mind there have been too many no-hitters and perfect games of late, compared to the good old days. Here’s the quote that really got my goat:
“I’m not saying the pitchers are juiced and I’m not saying there will be a mental asterisk placed some day on Cain’s perfect game …….”
But? But what? Truly unbelievable. Where do they get these guys? I mean where did they get” this” guy ~ real sports writers are starting to now proclaim that not only was this a perfect game, but that it just might be the best of all perfect games in the history of baseball.
“Where do they get these guys?”
So what makes an under performing political commentator turned so-called sports writer feel a need to take a stance that’s so off the wall it kept me awake last night? Or am I just being overly protective of Matt Cain and the other Giants who continue to get no respect, even after this feat and the 2010 World Series triumph?
Good grief. I can’t believe I’m wasting a half hour this morning talking about something Obie posted, as though something he writes has any relevance to anything, anytime, anywhere.
In any event, take a look here and decide for yourself. “The Perfect Game Swarm”.