THE SF GIANTS ARE FOR REAL ……. THE TORTURE’S OVER!
SF Giants 2010 World Series Champions!
I had to play this great song one more time! It’s much more appropriate to hear it as the World Series Champions! The SF Giants won the 2010 World Series in 5 games, in grand fashion tonight, beating the Texas Rangers 3-1, behind the outstanding pitching of Tim Lincecum . Here’s some possible headlines I considered:
- Thank you Giants
- Thanks for the ride!
- Torture to Rapture!
- Diamonds in the Rough!
- Beginning of a Dynasty?
- Say Hey!
- I left my heart in San Francisco!
- The Texas who?
- The eyes of Texas are upon us!
- Oh it’s good to be back home again!
Six months ago I booked a 2 week vacation that begins tomorrow! Can you believe this? I mean who in their right mind would have thought the Giants could possibly be playing in the World Series in November? I’ve been on pins and needles all week thinking the Series would go to 7 games, putting it into Wednesday and Thursday of this week, at which time I’d be on the road and in the air enroute to Panama! But the Giants had other plans, (to accommodate me I’m sure), and decided to call an end to this ordeal in Arlington, TX, and come home tomorrow as World Series Champions! The only problem is that the parade is going to be Wednesday 11AM in San Francisco, for those of you who’ll be lucky enough to attend. Unfortunately I won’t be one of them. So hats off to the SF Giants who’ve played their hearts out all season, and have been rewarded mightily with the Championship Trophy! The details of this final game are outlined in related articles below so I won’t get into the nitty gritty but I do want to mention that Edgar Renteria who was mentioned in an earlier blog, and is considering retiring after this season, (say it isn’t so Edgar!) was named MVP of the Series.
A note to the Giants: Whew what a ride and I enjoyed every minute of it. But would you mind next year maybe averaging more than 3 runs per game? I’m getting too old for this stuff! 🙂
Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland
I predicted once the Texas Rangers landed at home on their range they’d be in a comfort zone that would settle them down into playing what they’re totally capable of …… championship baseball. And so they did. It wasn’t a spectacular game, actually I found it rather non plus, but Texas got the job done and that’s what they set out to do. Giants appeared to show up to see what a real Texas stadium looked like and decided to stay for awhile. Maybe today’s game will have a little more action and excitement. Probably the most exciting part of the game for me was the Texas Ranger fans. They showed up to support their Rangers and they did just that, especially after Mitch Moreland slammed a 3 run homer off of Jonathon Sanchez in the 2nd. The Rangers never gave up the lead and beat the SF Giants 4-2. I watched the game again this morning and, all things considered, Jonathan Sanchez didn’t pitch a bad game and Colby Lewis didn’t pitch a great game, good enough to win, but not great. Interestingly, Sanchez is scheduled to pitch the 7th game if necessary and it has all the local pundits in hysteria. No more Sanchez, no way, can’t happen, he’s lost his stuff, 10 lashes, etc. But the edge in this game was the home run by Moreland. Without it, the score’s 2-2. Buster Posey stood by that Sanchez pitch in a postgame interview and said he called the pitch, it was the right pitch to call considering Moreland’s history, but against all odds and logic Moreland nailed it, and that was the deciding factor in the game. It happens. The Texas Rangers needed to win this game and they won it. I love watching post game commentary and interviews and in almost all of them last night, credit for the win was given to, who else? The fans! Don’t underestimate the value of home field advantage. It’s chicken soup for the soul of the players and they know it. Texas had a much
better at home record this past season than the Giants, who also have a great and vocal fan base, but the Rangers also have a stadium capacity of almost 10,000 more than the Giants. Okay, okay, sure the players have something to do with this, but I’m just saying, the fans are the backbone of baseball. That’s where the money comes from folks! And it’s not just the fans that love their teams, the teams love them right back and show their appreciation by …… winning! Just like the Texas Rangers did back home on the range and back in the saddle. Home sweet home!
Posted in A1 Baseball, General, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers
Tagged Arlington Stadium, BUSTER POSEY, Colby Lewis, Jonathan Sanchez, Mitch Moreland, Rangers F.C., San Francisco Giants, Texas, Texas Rangers
Geez, I know, it’s a really bad title, but it is almost Halloween. I thought about “Giants Smoke Rangers“, but with all the San Francisco pot stories and ballot measures promoting the stuff right now, I didn’t like that one either, so here it is ~ SF Giants 9, Texas Rangers -0-. First, let me say, this was a really close game. Close until the 8th inning and then the bottom fell out of the saddle for the Texas Rangers. Up until that time it was a knuckle-grinder and anything could have happened with just one pitch and one hit. As Aubrey Huff said after the game, the score was really technically 2-0, and I agree. It was a wild and crazy 8th inning. Every game in the post season the
Giants have managed to come up with a different hero, so there’s not one really spectacular player that stands out about this team. It’s been like that all year. This time it was Matt Cain, record breaking, torture-ending, masterful Matt Cain. And it was also Edgar Renteria. Edgar Renteria? Who’s Edgar Reneria. See what I mean? No one’s ever heard of the guy, just like you’ve never heard of Cody Ross or Juan Uribe or Tim Lincecum. (Well, maybe Lincecum since he’s a two time Cy Young Award Winner!) I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this game because, to tell you the truth, in spite of my euphoria for the Giants, I felt bad for the Texas Rangers. I felt especially bad for Derek Holland, the young pitcher they brought in in the 8th Inning, who allowed 3 runs and 3 walks before they finally took him out. I ‘m still
pondering why Manager Ron Washington left him in so long. Bochy would have had him out after the first run. The fact is they’re a much better team than what they showed last night and everyone knows it. We’ve all been there with really bad games you just want to forget and get past and move on to the next. But as the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton explained after the game, “Obviously they (Giants) have the momentum right now, but it sort of felt that way even before the first game started”. Next game will be at the Texas Rangers table with fan support behind them and I’m thinking it’s gonna be one of those low scoring, close games again. That’s what the SF Giants are used to. And besides, Halloween’will be here and gone soon and things can get back to normal.
(Note about Matt Cain. After last night’s game, Andrew Baggarly, who’s a beat writer with the SJ Mercury News, said he asked Matt why he hadn’t tipped his cap to the crowd and their wild standing ovation for him, and Matt said “Can’t do it with a runner on base. Just didn’t seem right.” He had just issued a one out walk and there was still work to be done. And that’s why he’s so admired and respected by his teammates and the Giants fans. Matt Cain, a real team player with a lot of integrity. Does your heart good doesn’t it? Just another example of a real class act! GFBB)
Posted in A1 Baseball, General, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers
Tagged Aubrey Huff, Cody Ross, Edgar Rentería, Juan Uribe, Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Tim Lincecum
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Josh Hamilton was named MVP of the American League Championship Series as his Texas Rangers whooped the New York Yankees into submission yesterday and grabbed the AL Pennant for the first time in their long history. When he was asked about the award you couldn’t help but be impressed. Here’s what he had to say:
“I love my teammates. I love them so much. Any of these guys could have gotten this award. I’m happy to have them. At the same time , I don’t want to talk about myself, I want to talk about them! WE are the reason we’re here. The chemistry on the team is something like I’ve never known anywhere. All the guys love each other and we support each other.”
Texas Rangers on winning the ALCS
Manager Ron Washington said basically the same thing, acknowledging this was the best group of players he’s ever worked with. The Texas Rangers chemistry among each other seems to be contagious. Most would agree that the players on any team have to get along with each other, maybe not “like” each other but for sure they have to get along. Sometimes that promotes a winning team and sometimes not, but for sure these guys seem to really and truly “like” each other. This is evident in all the clubhouse interviews, on the field rapport, and articles written throughout this year. I don’t know very much about the Texas Rangers, but I have to be honest here, you can’t help but like these guys, each and every one of them!
Josh Hamilton, MVP
I decided not to write about all the great plays and statistics from this series. They were impressive and you can read all about them in the “Related Articles” below. But if you read my earlier blog about the Yankees and their tea party mentality, you gotta love these guys. This is the first time in their history they’ve won a Pennant and it does my heart good to see a bunch of guys whooping and hollering and jumping around like they really, really appreciate being here. Whatta series and what an accomplishment! Great win for the Texas Rangers. They deserve it!
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Tagged American League Championship Series, Josh Hamilton, new york yankees, Rangers, Rangers F.C., Ron Washington, Texas Rangers, Yankees