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…
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!
Final Four: Dominican Republic, Japan, Netherlands & Puerto Rico.
I was a little discouraged after the USA’s loss to Puerto Rico last night, especially after getting trounced the night before by the Dominican Republic. I felt bad for our players who gave of themselves to the cause of honor and glory for the good old USA. We all watched as some of their own teammates on Team Puerto Rico were bathing themselves in pride and victory, the first time their country advanced this far in the Classic.
The fact that I have tickets to the Finals in San Francisco on Tuesday didn’t help either. I mean who wants to spend the time and money to watch a game that your team isn’t even playing in? Might as well watch it on television. So I’m watching a replay of the 2012 World Series final game, where I knew I could find solace, and headed for the internet to knock off the evening before retiring.
And that’s where I found this amazing article. It changes my perspective on everything about baseball. Now I can hardly wait for Sunday when the playoffs begin. I’m going to start watching these kids very closely, trying personally to find the next all-star rookie from within the ranks of these four teams. Good grief, I might even find a new calling as a baseball scout ~ don’t laugh, it could happen. Well probably not, but it gives me a whole new respect for those who are ~ scouts I mean.
I love the concept. I mean a true “World” Baseball Classic. After all, isn’t that what this is supposed to be about? In trying to promote baseball throughout the world wouldn’t it be a really great thing to have the World Series be just that, an honest-to-goodness world series?
Take a look at this great article and see what you think. I’m inspired. And kudos to Matthew Pouliot for writing it.
Repost from a Matthew Pouliot Article, HardballTalks, March 15, 2013.
Let’s face it: the World Baseball Classic’s uphill climb as an event worth watching wouldn’t gain any momentum if Team USA ran away with it.
That’s why it has to be pretty exciting for MLB to see Puerto Rico advance past the U.S. and join the Dominican Republic, Japan and The Netherlands in the WBC semifinals. While baseball hardly needs a boost in the Dominican and Japan, it’s standing in Puerto Rico and Europe figures to get at least a modest boost thanks to this month’s tournament.
In the short term especially, it’s money more than talent than MLB is hoping to gain from Europe. But getting Puerto Rican kids more interested in baseball would be a nice boon for the league. It’s no coincidence that all of Puerto Rico’s stars on the field Thursday were over 30 years old. The only actual position prospect on the team is the Twins’ Eddie Rosario. And while I like Houston’s Xavier Cedeno as a lefty specialist, none of the pitchers would seem to have grand futures in MLB, either.
Puerto Rico just hasn’t produced much major league talent since MLB put its prospects into the draft. MLB teams can no longer set up there and develop the players themselves, as they’ve long done in the Dominican Republic. A nice run in the WBC isn’t going to undo all of the damage, but it’s a little something to try and build on.
The Dutch island of Curacao is already producing talent and even more kids there could be inspired to pick up a baseball as Andrelton Simmons, Jurickson Profar and Xander Bogaerts hopefully develop into major league stars. Throw in Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop and The Netherlands’ infield could well rival the Dominican group come 2017.
As for the U.S. team, well, this was probably the best way for it to go down; it was competitive yet far from dominant. One imagines that the U.S. players will hear it from the Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in the clubhouse over these next several months. Whether that inspires a few more stars to suit up in 2017 remains to be seen; odds are the 2013 results will be largely forgotten a year from now. But I believe the next WBC will be viewed more favorably by the players. It’s not that we’ve gotten particularly high quality baseball from the teams, but we’ve seen a bunch of very competitive games and boisterous crowds. I think it’s the case that some of the guys who opted out — the Mike Trouts, Bryce Harpers and Prince Fielders — have watched these games and felt like they’re missing out.
Melky Cabrera’s front and center everywhere in the media, but not in the SF Giants front office. Matthew Pouliot on NBC’s HardballTalk wrote a convincing piece recently about the organization not allowing Melky to join the team after his 50 game suspension. The suspension would be lifted about five games into the playoffs, assuming the Giants get there, and it’s looking pretty good they will.
I wrote a testy piece a few weeks ago and the title pretty much sums up my frustration with the mess, “Melky Who? Who Needs Him? Who Cares?” But the fact is, Melky’s record prior to his suspension was .346/.390/.516 in 459 at-bats. The real question is what would his record be after the suspension? There’s only one way to find out. This would be a rest test for the argument that PED’s do or do not allow players to hit better.
If Melky were allowed to play in postseason and kept hitting like before, it could present a convincing argument that PED’s are not responsible for making a batter hit better as many have alleged. Barry Bond’s argument was if 80% of the ball players were using steroids in the 90’s, why weren’t 80% of the ball players hitting better ~ a lot better? Personally, I’d like to see this tested. What could it hurt? Bring Melky back and, if nothing else, use him as a DH when appropriate. I mean, the Giants had no qualms about bringing Guillermo Moto back a few weeks ago and that was after a “100 game suspension”, for a second offense, no less.
This blog has a sophisticated database ~ I found out the hard way 😦 So what do you think? Should the SF Giants bring Melky Cabrera back to the roster after the 50 game suspension is lifted? Your “vote below” means absolutely nothing. I mean it’s not going to change the minds of the powers-that-be. I’m just curious and I’m happy to share the results with you here.
"I was the worst hitter ever. I never even broke a bat until last year when I was backing out of the garage." Lefty Gomez, Yankees pitcher.
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. ~George F. Will.
"Does Pete Rose hustle? Before the All Star game he came into the clubhouse and took off his shoes and they ran another mile without him." Hank Aaron.
More Baseball Quotes!
“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” - Jim Bouton
"I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice." - Casey Stengel
"This isn't a job. This is a privilege, that's what this is!" - Mike Krukow, TV Commentator, on being at the ballpark each day.
"I've found that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats." -Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox owner.
"Derek Jeter's accomplishment puts Pete Rose's hits record in perspective. 3,000 hits is phenomenal. 4,000? Freakish!" - Anthony Castrovince via Twitter
"The best possible thing in baseball is winning the World Series. The second best thing is losing the World Series." - Tommy Lasorda
"You teach me baseball and I’ll teach you relativity.... You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball." - Albert Einstein
"Baseball is a game of race, creed, and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray."
GARLICFRIESANDBASEBALL is written by a long-time fan who simply loves the game. I write my own articles (hence the grammar and occasional misspellings). If I include an article from another source, credit is given to that source and will include links when appropriate. The opinions are my own.