Well, our socks anyway. Red Sox took the series, but at least we weren’t swept! By the skin of our teeth, mind you, but a victory is a victory.
The wife and kids were out on Friday, which is a rarity but perfect timing in that I got to watch the first game uninterrupted. Right off the bat, the Sox score three runs. But then the Giants catch up in the second and pass them in the third and then get yet another in the eighth. But that’s not enough for me. I know better at this point. It could be 12-1 Giants, and I’d still be wary of the ninth. And it wasn’t 12-1 Giants, it was 5-3 Giants. So I was standing a lot in the end, my palms were sweating and the Sox made Wilson work for that last out. They even had to get one more run in before we finally finished them off. Three innings with loaded bases, ten walks, three wild pitches and we eek out a win by one run. Awesome but TORTURE!
I skipped watching Saturday in favor of taking the family to see TOY STORY 3. Excellent picture, perhaps my least favorite of the three, but maybe that’s because I’ve only seen it the one time so far. I doubt they will make more after this, and you couldn’t ask for a better story for the characters to go out on. I dug it. I didn’t dig that we lost 4-2, however. In a surprise (for me anyway) last minute change, they brought up Madison Bumgarner to start the game, and I think he did okay. Sure, the Giants lost, but he only allowed four runs and pitched seven innings. Pretty good for a rookie. I’d like to see more of him.
Sunday went to my wife’s BFF’s house to watch the game on the big screen. HD is funny in that everyone seems much uglier on TV. Not sure if I want it now or not. The grass was never greener at AT&T park though, I’ll admit that. Great scenery shots on a perfect cloudless day in San Francisco. Aaand we lose again, pretty much the same way we did the day before. The Sox score right off the bat, and then we spend the rest of the game trying to hold them at bay and catch up. Lincecum floundered through three innings before being pulled. Our Golden Boy isn’t so golden these days. He’s 8-3 mind you, but that’s not good enough for a back-to-back Cy Young winner, right? We eek out one run in the first because Andres Torres steals makes it to first when no one else could and then proceeds to steal two bases, ensuring his status as the World’s Fastest Giant. Otherwise, the Giants don’t do much and the Sox take the rubber match 5-1.
So 2-1 Red Sox. Since I had a fairly bad feeling about them coming to town in the first place, I guess I’m happy we at least took one game and avoided a sweep. Can’t deny their all-star status, it was a very exciting weekend with them in town. If I was a jerk, I could say that, while we didn’t win, we at least injured one of their starters in each of the three games. If I was a jerk.
After lunch at the BFF’s house, we moved on to my sister-in-law’s house for dinner where her husband, my father-in-law and I decided to watch the Yankees/Dodgers game, in hopes that at least the Dodgers would also lose, allowing the Giants to keep their second place status. But nope! 5-0 Dodgers. Bummer. Wait..now it’s 5-2 Dodgers. Wait…now it’s 6-6 and going into extra innings. Now it’s the 10th inning and the Yankees take it 8-6! Unbelievable rally, and even more unbelievable that there was a room full of Giants fans rooting for the Yankees. A rarity and somewhat fun. I’m sure the Dodgers are pissed at losing their lead. I wonder if being pissed is a good thing for the Giants today. Will they be tired and sloppy or more determined than ever to make up for yesterday?
Cepeda all showed up to honor one of their own. Congratulations Monte! Sorry we lost on your big day!
Jonathan Sanchez’s no-hitter celebrated its 5 year anniversary on Sunday. Sanchez was the fifth Giant in history to pitch a no-hitter, and he was joined by the other four, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry,
Ed Halicki and John Montefusco. Congratulations Jonathan! Sorry we lost on your big day!
Crazy weekend, full of awesome stuff. I feel like I’m skipping half of it. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve got two rivalries on the west coast playing each others teams.