Man post-post season is ridiculously boring, isn’t it? Even Jane Heller has been reduced to move reviewing. There could be news if someone would actually do something, but so far there’s just unanswered questions, like…
Congrats to Roy Halladay for winning the 2010 Cy Young Award.
I’m supposed to be preparing for my trip to Seattle. I have tons to wrap up at work, I have packing to do, but I can’t concentrate. How the heck am I suppose to accomplish anything after last night?
I got home in time to see the Yankees win it and watch the post-game hoopla and I got to wondering what it would feel like to have a team you had an investment with in a game like this, win or lose.
“Why not?” ~ Buster Posey
The Giants add another pitcher’s pelt to their wall next to Jimenez, Latos, Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels. Here’s Cliff Lee’s new post-season stats:
|1||2009||NLDS g1||Oct 7||PHI||COL||W,5-1||6||1||0||5||0|
|2||2009||NLDS g4||Oct 12||PHI||@||COL||W,5-4||5||3||3||5||0|
|3||2009||NLCS g3||Oct 18||PHI||LAD||W,11-0||3||0||0||10||0|
|4||2009||WS g1||Oct 28||PHI||@||NYY||W,6-1||6||1||0||10||0|
|5||2009||WS g5||Nov 2||PHI||NYY||W,8-6||7||5||3||3||0|
|6||2010||ALDS g1||Oct 6||TEX||@||TBR||W,5-1||5||1||0||10||1|
|7||2010||ALDS g5||Oct 12||TEX||@||TBR||W,5-1||6||1||0||11||0|
|8||2010||ALCS g3||Oct 18||TEX||@||NYY||W,8-0||2||0||1||13||0|
|9||2010||WS g1||Oct 27||TEX||@||SFG||L,7-11||8||7||1||7||0|
The first time I was up, I wished Posey luck and he wished me luck. Then I looked out at Lincecum and touched the bill of my cap, and he touched his in response.I had as special a relationship with Timmy as I have had with any pitcher. Maybe because he was so young when I began catching him and I became a mentor to him. We have texted since I was traded but I had not seen him or talked to him in person until the game yesterday. I had heard he had said really nice things about me to the press.When he came up to bat for the first time, I stood and told him, “I want you to know that hits or no hits, win or lose, you’re my boy.”“Hey, Be-Mo, I love you.”Then we both got to work.
|WORLD SERIES WIN COUNTER|
I painted all day Saturday.
The wife and I just bought a new house, so my weekends have been
replaced by manual labor in an effort to make the house her own. Labor makes me tired and I almost forgot that
Game 6 was even happening that day, but I managed to wake up and tune in to see
the Phillies score 2 runs off Sanchez in the 1st.
Off to Game 7, eh?
God damn it.
I was tired, it had already been a long day, and the idea of
three hours of torture to cap off my evening did not appeal to me at all. I turned on Star Trek. This will be easier. Captain Kirk always wins, even when he’s in
It started off good.
I managed to sit back, relax and enjoy watching the exploits from where
no man has gone before. But then the
back of my brain started scratching.
“Hey, what if something awesome is happening right now? What if the Giants have hit eight home runs
in a row or something? You’re missing
it!” I brushed it off and kept watching,
but “what if…?”
I cave and flip to the game, “just briefly” I tell myself,
and it’s tied up 2-2. I convince myself
that a tie is worse than losing, and it will probably go 12 innings now just to
get to Game 7 anyway. I flip back to
Trek. Captain Kirk isn’t doing so well
but I’m confident he’ll come through.
I start switching back more frequently. Every time there’s the briefest lull in Trek
action, I use it as an excuse to “let’s just quickly see how it’s going.” Still 2-2.
Over and over again, it’s still 2-2.
Every time I switch back, there’s a new pitcher; Sanchez, Affeldt,
Bumgarner (BUMGARNER?) and it continues to remain 2-2.
By the 8th inning, I’m watching more baseball
than Trek. It was more torturous to not
know what was going on than it was to just watch the torture. UUUU-Ribe hits a home run. Captain Kirk will have to go on without
me. Game 7 gets farther away. Can we hold them?
Lincecum is brought in to try. Lincecum!
One day of rest and coming in to help close? Ridiculously unusual, and I’m not sure if it’s
a great idea, but I’m glad to see him anyway.
He strikes out Werth. But then
Victorino and Ibanez get on base. Oh
no. Then they call in Wilson. Oh no again.
This is too early for him isn’t it?
It’s only the 8th.
They should only bring him in when there’s three outs left, not
five! Double play-YES!
Three more outs and the World Series.
Wilson’s back. Good, it has to be Wilson. Ross Gload grounds out, two more to go. Jimmy Rollins walks, oh no. That’s okay, Wilson always has to have a
little drama, it’s part of his charm. Palanco
grounds out. ONE MORE TO GO. Utley walks.
OH NO. There’s drama and then
there’s drama, Wilson. Ryan Howard steps
up. The crappy Fox announcers talk about
how he hasn’t done anything for the Phillies all post-season. “Thanks for the jinx”, I think to myself, wondering
if this will be the moment where he decides to snap out of his funk and hit one
out of the park to keep his team in the game.
Strikeout! Giants win
the NLCS! World Series bound!
The Giants come rushing off the bench and everyone jumps up
and down as the quietest stadium I’ve ever seen in my life watches their
victory. My wife and mother-in-law were
all watching at this point, and even they commented that it seemed a shame no
one else was celebrating. Were there no
Giants fans there? Probably but
considering the massive sea of red, they must have been few and far between. I didn’t expect fireworks or even applause
really, but man was that moment quiet.
It’s a real shame they couldn’t have won it in San Francisco.
Nothing against the Rangers, but they weren’t officially in
it until the other day and haven’t really been on my radar. The Phillies have been the team to beat since
the Giants made it into the post-season.
They’ve been to the World Series the last two years and have clinched
their division consecutively since 2007 and they were number one in the
National League this year. They were the
hurdle the Giants had to get past as soon as the regular season was done. Hats off to you Phillies, MUCH respect. You didn’t make it easy.
Off to the World Series.
Giants vs Rangers. Posey vs
Molina. “Haven’t won a World Series
since NY” vs “Haven’t won a World Series ever.”
I know little about the Rangers, other than Molina’s been hitting and
Cliff Lee is full of win. I’ll look into
them later. Right now let’s just bask in
the joy of winning the NLCS.
Congrats to Cody Ross for being selected MVP of the
NLCS. You da man!
Didn’t get to watch the game yesterday. Open House night at Little Girl’s school. We went to pizza before it started so I got to see inning three, which was the game changer, so I guess I saw everything I ultimately needed to see.