Why in the world was Michael Morse warming the bench in the 9th inning Thursday night? Or in the 10th inning? We’re getting used to it really, because there’s always some silly reason you know? Like the DL injuries up the kazoo, just having an off-night, they outplayed us, outpitched us or we just plain stunk up the place.
But Thursday night was different. Michael Morse was a Giant again, something I’ve been waiting for since the day he left. So when he suited up at Spring Training this year there was hope. Hope there wouldn’t be another really, really lousy year like last year. Because now we really didn’t care if we had a really bad bullpen. We had a power hitter. Again.
So the line-up is announced on Opening Day and guess what? Michael Morse isn’t in it. And it’s okay. We’re getting used to it, remember? But Wednesday night was different because he was back wearing a Giants uniform. Ahhh, still hope. And he didn’t let us down.
So Thursday night I would have been really anxious with the score tied bottom of the 9th, but I knew Morse was in the wings and at least this time we had a chance. It would be okay. And we waited and waited and …… still waiting.
So I’m wondering why Michael Morse wasn’t called off the bench in the 9th inning. And I’ll bet there are thousands of other fans wondering the same thing. No big deal. Just curious, that’s all.
Posted in A1 Baseball, A1 Baseball, General, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants
Tagged Boche, bochy, Bruce Bochy, Disabled List, dl injuries, michael morse, mike morse, morse, power hitter, spring training morse
Guillermo Guiroz. Click for MLB Video
Baseball’s unlike any other sport. It’s the only one I know that’s not given time restraints. A one-half inning lasts as long as it takes to get three outs. It could last for only three pitches, or it could go on for hours, or seem like it. Take the fifth inning in last night’s game between the Dodgers and Giants. The Giants lead 5-0 at the beginning of the 5th, and then it all fell apart as the Dodgers scored seven runs, one after the other, on and on and on. I thought it would never end, but finally it did and by the end of the 9th inning the score was tied 9-9, and we were in overtime ~ extra innings.
It’s a fluke that third string back-up catcher Guillermo Quiroz was even on the roster last night. Hector Sanchez is the regular back-up catcher for Buster Posey and had been sent back to the Minors only the day before. So when Quiroz steps up to the plate I’m thinking what the heck’s going on. I mean doesn’t Bochy know it’s the 10th inning? I was already a little perturbed with Boche after leaving Vogey in to get really hammered in the fifth ~ he should have taken him out earlier. So when Guillermo steps up to the plate I turned up the volume and went to the kitchen to do the dishes.
What happened next happens all the time in baseball. In fact, it happened the night before with Buster Posey and was no big deal. Well, it was a big deal, but we’ve gotten a little spoiled with Buster so you rather expect this sort of thing from him.
And it isn’t even that Guillermo Quiroz really smacked the hell out of that first pitch for the game-winning home run. It was what happened after, as he looked out at that ball flying towards infinity, and you knew that he knew it was gone. No doubt in his mind. And when his arms went up in the air and he started towards first base he had a huge smile on his face, yelling something that made you realize that “spirit of victory” that we’ve all heard about so often is more than just a saying …..it’s why we love the game. And we really loved the game tonight.
And to be honest, I was smiling and yelling right along with him. The dishes could wait.
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Tagged BASEBALL, Boche, Bruce Bochy, BUSTER POSEY, Guillermo Guiroz, Hector Sanchez, LA Dodgers, sf giants, Spirit of Victory, Vogey, why we love the game