Be honest. Aren’t most of you secretly hoping for a Dodger/Yankee World Series? After all, baseball is about a whole lot of memories and what better ones to share than those of Ebbets Field and Yankee Stadium. I didn’t come of baseball age until the early 1950’s so I may have a tainted view of what constitutes a valid baseball memory, but believe me, the Dodgers and Yankees are right at the top.
The Yankees have won the most World Series in history and it’s not even close. They’ve
won participated in 40 while their closest contender, the SF Giants (okay New York Giants if you’re an oldie) is second with only 20. But no matter. I have different thoughts on who should even be in the playoffs. Back in those days there was only the American League and the National League. No Divisions. That was it. So the team that won the most games in each league were the Pennant Winners and automatic World Series participants.
And isn’t that the way is should still be? Good grief. It’s bad enough having really bad Division Winners being able to compete for the Pennant. Some teams under .500 can still compete for the Pennant depending on how bad the rest of the division is. And forget about the Wild Card. The only possible reason for having that competition is for gate receipts and MONEY. MLB is good at that. They’re running unbelievable ads during the playoffs trying to get kids, I mean 8 and 9 year olds, sucked into buying MLB products online. MLB.com? That’s what’s happening, reminiscent of Wheaties and Cheerios ads in the old days. Get ’em while they’re young. And that merchandise is expensive. How can the average joe afford to buy this stuff for his kids?
I digress. The teams with the best records in MLB for any given season should be the Pennant Winners for each League and they alone should advance to the World Series. And there should be NO INTER-LEAGUE PLAY DURING THE SEASON. Inter-league play undermines the Divisions. How can you say the best team in any Division is one or the other if they’re all playing each other during the regular season. That’s what the World Series is supposed to determine.
So here it is. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros – 2017 Pennant Winners. That’s the way it should be. (Well, actually Houston was one off from the most league wins but they’re there so we’ll leave it alone.)
World Series winner to be determined.
That Pesky Puig just won’t go away. I was trying to explain this play to someone today, but nothing I could say did it justice. It was just one of those plays dreams are made of. Thanks to Hardball talk here’s an instant replay ….. if MLB will let us use it for awhile and not delete it.
It came in, ultimately, a losing effort. And maybe if he doesn’t make this amazing throw the game ends two innings earlier and everyone gets a better night’s sleep. But you can’t deny the beauty of Yasiel Puig gunning down Brandon Belt at the plate in the 11th inning of last night’s Giants-Dodgers game.
And let’s not ignore Drew Butera — I think it was Drew Butera — positioning himself perfectly to apply the tag without running afoul of the plate-blocking rule:
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Brett & Bruce Bochy
Last night, during the LA Dodgers batting practice, the SF Giants manager Bruce Bochy called his son, Brett, from the bullpen to the mound. It was the first time this has happened in the history of the game, according to the announcers. And it was emotional. Maybe not so much for the father-son pair, but for the fans and teammates and, for sure, this blogger. Brett Bochy was at spring training this year and eyes were on him as would be expected. I never really followed his progress but like most fans hoped he would make it. And that’s true for most rookies. We cross our fingers and toes when they step onto the field and hope they make it, do well, make mom and dad proud. The Giants have had several situations of that exact thing happening this season and it’s special. Just like last night was special. Brett Bochy proved he can hold his own despite the fact his dad’s a major league manager. Good for you kid ~ and good for dad too!
The Giants didn’t have a whole lot worth celebrating in Saturday night’s 17-0 blowout loss to the visiting Dodgers, but there was a pretty cool moment in the top of the seventh inning …
As the Giants’ broadcast team said, that was the first time in major league history that a father had brought in his son from the bullpen, and you can see that Bruce Bochy couldn’t help but smile. Brett Bochy walked the first batter he faced — giving the Dodgers their 15th run — and then allowed a Scott Van Slyke solo home run in the eighth. Brett, a 20th-round pick in 2010, was called up from Triple-A Fresno on September 2.
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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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