…because for some reason, it got 1994′d—as in the final 3rd of it was mysteriously ABSENT.
Never mind; I’ll simply pull a Bowie Kuhn and re-start from the point of incident.
- I was going to ask you to chime in as to who your Series MVP is so far, until I reminded myself this series is NOT over. We Giants have won NOTHING yet. The Rangers can go off at any time; they just ran into a buzzsaw in Matt Cain. I pressed my friends with whom I watched Game 2 to give Matt a real nickname; one suggestion was “Citizen” after Citizen Kane—emphasis on “K”. A stretch, yes, but it’s the best I’ve got so far.
- Nate Schierholtz—catch of the postseason so far robbing Matt May-Treanor deep into Triples Alley. I feel bad now for wondering why Ron Washington brought inn a left-hander to pitch to the struggling outfielder in Game 1, comparing it to “killing a bug with a blow torch”. Nate got a hit off that left hander, though, shutting my big mouth.
- How about Juan Uribe’s defense at 3rd so far? I regret clamoring for Panda Sandoval to get at least one home start; this is why Bruce Bochy manages the team and I don’t. Panda is a sentimental favorite to succeed but his arm inspires zero confidence these days—after watching him and Fontenot air-mail, short-hop and pull off Aubrey Huff more than once this postseason, Uribe’s 5-star play at the hot-corner was DEEPLY appreciated and the difference between winning and losing. (Panda should get some DH time in Texas, and since almost all of Bochy’s moves and non-moves have worked out, expect him to have an impact.)
- More Uribe: Ozzie Guillen, Uribe’s manager with the White Sox for 5 years—including the 2005 Championship team on which Uribe’s spectacular 9th-inning defense sealed the clinching Game 4 win—is doing commentary for FOX this series. Never one to hold his tongue or give undeserved praise, Guillen had nothing but adulation for his ex-troop: “Juan Uribe is not afraid; he wants to be out there when the game is on the line. Batting or defense, he’s the one you want when the game is on the line.” Most definitely.
- No relation to Ozzie (though they were once teammates in Tampa Bay), Jose Guillen has been revealed to be involved in a federal investigation into HGH shipments—and not in a good way. I always felt the timing of his postseason roster exclusion was fishy; the guy is a seasoned star hitter who’d played hurt all September and, suddenly, not only was he too hurt to play but he wasn’t even traveling with the team. NOW WE KNOW WHY. Can’t say I blame the guy for using HGH; it isn’t tested for and he’s been injury-riddled most of his career.
- I hope, for the sake of his ego, Vlad Guerrero is injured. It’s bad enough the once stellar outfielder played RF worse than some of the girls in my softball league in Game 1. Even worse, Washington replaced him—a Hall-Of-Fame hitter—with a nobody, David Murphy, for Game 2. Hitters of Vlad’s caliber are not benched in World Series for nobodies no matter how lacking their D. Was it not possible to play him 6 innings, then substitute, as the Giants do with Pat Burrell?
- I’d like to clear up a misconception about Vlad and why he was booed in Game 1 by the home crowd: it is NOT (or at least it SHOULDN’T have been) because he helped the Angels beat the Giants in the 2002 World Series. Vlad was still an Expo back then and did not join the Halos until 2004. My guess is because he spurned the interested Giants to sign with the Angels.
- You almost MISS the torturous baseball when it’s not there, huh? Well, given my understandable total lack of faith in the umps (Huff was out by about 2 feet on that Game 1 steal attempt), there’s no such thing as too much cushion. I could never accept a redo of Don Denkinger in the ’85 World Series here in 2010, watching Matt Cain shutting out Texas only to lose 2-1 because of an egregious blown call.
- AT&T Park may have hosted its’ final game of the season (if we fans get our way). As sweet as it would be to clinch a championship at home, we’ll be totally okay if the Giants can swipe 2 of 3 from Texas IN Texas. Giants fans, these first (and maybe only) two home games were unforgettable, and I’m interested in learning what moments in particular will stick out in your mind. Freddy Sanchez’ 3 straight doubles to open Game 1? Guerrero’s pitiful swipe at a line drive to right? Big Game Cain’s ovation upon leaving Game 2? Uribe’s colossal home run in Game 1? Schierholtz’ RCF catch in Game 2? Lincecum’s brain fart running back Mike Young? Edgar Renteria’s 3-RBI game including a formidable bomb to left? The bad throw/pickoff of Kinsler? Two outfielders actually charging Nelson Cruz’ drive into Triples’ Alley? The beards? Other? Fill me and the reading audience in…
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