So you wanna be a MLB pitcher. Sometimes you just have to start from the ground up. Literally. Here’s a truly inspirational story that will warm the heart of any youngster with his dreams in the baseball clouds. Written by one of my favorite sportswriters, Andrew Baggarly, or “Baggs” as he’s fondly called, this one’s about a minor league groundskeeper who just wanted to be part of the show, or at least near it. His name’s Jake Smith and you can’t tell me every SF Giants fan in the country won’t be crossing fingers and toes hoping he’ll make it big-time. Maybe they’ll make a movie about him some day, but for now he’s perfectly content to be assigned to a SF Giants farm team, where ever that might be. Somewhere. I mean, Jake Smith? Really? Sure sounds like a ballplayer name to me.
Credits to San Jose Mercury News and Andrew Baggarly.
Bums Error to 3rd
Photo Courtesy JEFF CHIU/AP
Classy guy this Madison Bumgarner. I read the article this morning from Baggs about why in the world Bumgarner, with his 20 straight games – no- runs stat this year, would throw the ball away with such purpose and intensity ending in such disastrous results.
This article explains it well. Evidently his catcher, Buster Posey, yelled “three, three, three” at him and since Buster calls the shots and usually knows best, Bum instinctively threw it to third, or at least threw it AT third. When asked what Buster was yelling at him, he refused to incriminate Buster, instead saying you’ll have to ask Buster about that.
In the end Bum’s classic response; ” Doesn’t matter. He didn’t tell me to throw it to left field”. Class act you say? And I’d say you’re probably right. And now on to Game 4.
It was the play that changed the series. After the first two Nationals reached in a scoreless game in the seventh inning Monday, Wilson Ramos dropped down a bunt. Madison Bumgarner grabbed the ball and then immediately whirled and threw wildly to third. Pablo Sandoval couldn’t make the grab, the ball got mixed up in the bullpen down the left-field line and both baserunners came around to score, putting the Giants in a 2-0 hole. Asdrubal Cabrera went on to single Ramos in from third to make it a 3-0 game. The Nationals ended up winning 4-1 to stay alive and send the NLDS to a Game 4 on Tuesday.
But you probably already knew all of that. What you might not have known was that catcher Buster Posey was at the root of the whole mess.
As can be heard in the video, “three” is yelled before Bumgarner even picks up…
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“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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