Hello Old Friends
Last night, Tim Lincecum struggled, I mean really struggled. He was walking Dodgers left and right handed. He issued 7 walks in all, tying his career high. Just guessing, but that other 7 walk game must have happened during the horridness of his last season. Timmy found redemption in the end, in the bullpen. Redemption happens for lots of players on Championship teams.
But this year Lincecum finds himself pitching for a contract, and after one night, those 2012 problems remain. It must be easier to get a haircut than it is to fix control issues.
Well Tim made it through 5 innings Wednesday night and he got the “W”. He was more than a little lucky on a few atom balls with runners in scoring position, but dagnamit, maybe he deserves some luck. His final line Wednesday? 5IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 7BB, 4K - not bad when you squint and somehow miss that biggest number. So Tim Winswillcome is 1 and 0 with a 0.00 ERA. Not too shabby!
In fact, Perfect Cain, Madness, and the Freak are a combined 2-0 to start the season, with 19 IP and 0 Earned Runs. In fact the Giants went into the stadium of the Yankees West (more like Red Sox West, but whatever) and won the series. There will be more than a few more of these things, but for 2013, it’s Giants 1 and Dodgers None.
Now isn’t that a nice way to kick off the Giants’ second Title Defence in 3 years? After winning the World Series a couple of times, it can be hard to find a way to get excited for April Baseball. So you know what? Thank the Dodgers for outspending the Pinstripes. Thank them for employing that Beast named Kershaw and thank them for wearing Puke Blue.
You know it’s nice to have a rival.
Friends, Baseball is back and so is this blog. The Giants have their home opener tomorrow and will get their rings. After the jump press Play and Read On.
L’Orange dans Noir
He’s a rapper named L’orange and his production is straight outta the dark and damp city streets of 1940s film. Check out Whin for some beautiful instrumental Trip-Hop.
What do you think?
Fame and Fortune and Everything that Goes.
Readers, do not be troubled with the things that transpired the other night. Heck, don’t be so overjoyed by the election of Kang over Kodos. Ashkon finally released a video for the 2012 Giants just a couple of nights ago. Now that’s reason to celebrate!
You’ll see the video below and I’ll be curious to know what you think of it. This post will be a bit of a memoriam and celebration of the 2012 season, but mostly it will be a look forward to 2013.
Because being a fanatic means that no victory is final. Remember 2011? Let’s hope 2013 is not a repeat of that waking nightmare of a season.
The Giants’ fan base has probably tripled or more since before the first World Series Victory. Bandwagoners, all - but do not disparage them just because you were a fan since Jeff Kent or Will Clark. These new fans know nothing but Championships, and their wallets will open for nothing less. The Organization knows this, I think.
That’s why I look forward to this offseason. I want to see what Baseball’s Premier Organization will do to appease the 1.2 Million fans that showed up of Halloween. I want to see the Giants build up for a repeat of the Joy and Magic that was the 2012 season.
After the Jump, you’ll see three videos - Ashkon’s “We Are the Champions”, a beautiful mashup of the last moments of the the NLCS with Explosions in the Sky, and a mix of all the great moments of the 2012 Postseason.
Mike Krukow said it best when his speech crescendoed,
"We are the Giants! We are San Francisco! We are the Champions!"
Remember to press play and read on.
The Giants Won the World Series! And I just want to dance.
I’ll be writing tonight about the Game and the Game alone. Little to no implications talk or looking back talk; I just don’t have the gumption to write about such things right now. For now it’s Candy Corn and the Midnight Replay for me. Tomorrow I’ll write about those things, maybe. Presently, thanks for reading!
Amid champagne showers, the Giants laughed and cried and jumped and hugged. This team loves each other. They care about each other and they played for one another. Hunter Pence knew the right buttons to push there.
The Giants couldn’t Shutout the Tigers today and that was expected. It’s never easy to sweep a team.
So in the 10th Ryan “I’m the DH of this TEAM!” Theriot lined a single to right to lead off the inning. Then after a bunt by Brandon “Next Year’s Gold Glove” Crawford and a strikeout, Marco “BLOCKBUSTER” Scutaro brought him home.
Sure there were other runs in this game, but the winning run? It was little Frenchie Part Deux and his journeyman replacement who won the game.
I think it’s fair to say that when the Giants win, they win Magically.
How am I going to type any sort of coherent anything anyways? I saw only brief glimpses of the trophy and oh, my God, so Beautiful.
The San Francisco Giants just won Championship number TWO!
After the jump - you know the drill by now!
And they thought they would score in this Series….
Ryan Vogelsong took the mound in the bottom of first inning of Game 3 in the 108th World Series with the apparent temperature hovering somewhere in the low 40s. October 27th, 2012 and on the road. This was as big as it gets.
I wrote after Game 6 of the NLCS about Ryan Vogelsong and his story, so I won’t bore you with it again, but short summary:
Drafted in the 5th round out of college by the San Francisco Giants. Promising prospect, good velocity. Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates as the main name in a package for Jason Schmidt. Elbow injury. Major League failure. Minor League Failure. Japanese mediocrity. Venezuelan Winter league success. Giants sign him to a minor league contract at 34 years old. Revelatory 2011 All-Star Season, led the Giants’ impressive staff in ERA. Two year contract that made him cry. Good start to 2012, but sky-is-falling slump in the late months of the season. Three wins in the 2012 postseason, including one in the 2012 World Series on the road.
Vogelsong didn’t have the stuff that helped him strike out a career-high 9 Cardinals in Game 6, but he did manage to get double plays and pop outs when he needed them in throwing 5.2 scoreless innings last night. The Giants starters how now given up only 2 runs in their last 38.2 innings pitched, for an ERA that’s just ridiculously small.
Tim Lincecum relieved Vogelsong with 2 men on base and ended up completing 2.1 innings with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts, no hits. Dominant stuff; but are we seeing the future?
Sergio Romo closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning, but now I’ve talked about only the pitchers in the opening stanzas. The Giants did score 2 runs, didn’t they?
Well it’s true, they did and I’ll be getting to that. It’s important, however, to focus on the things that will be remembered. In throwing their second consecutive shutout in the World Series, the Giants made some history last night.
After the jump, press Play and read about that. The Giants only need one more win.
Struck by Madness.
The Giants’ run through the 2012 postseason was looking nothing short of magical. Predestined, even. Or blessed. Of course we cannot know that which is predetermined until it has already happened, after the fact, but something about two three-win comebacks from the brink of elimination and an historic night in the first game of the World Series will give any fan an inner confidence.
One thing just hadn’t been right this entire season though - the once-masterful pitching staff had been reduced to just good. Sure, there was Matt Cain’s Perfect Game and great starts for Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner. But Tim Lincecum was the worst National League starting pitcher by ERA and Vogey and Bummy really started to struggle as the season wound down.
Vogelsong returned to dominance in time for the playoffs, but Cain began to falter while Bumgarner got shelled. The Giants got past the Reds in thrilling fashion, but something just wasn’t right.
That is, until Barry Zito took the ball in Game 5 of the NLCS in St. Louis. Zito had pitched horribly to start Game 4 of the Cincinatti series, but Bruce Bochy tabbed him to start the must-win Game 5 because why not? It seemed like an act of faith at the time, and the Giants won 4 consecutive games after Bochy’s choice, outscoring their opponents 28-4 in the process.
The Giants were rolling over the Cardinals, and now the Tigers, like a flood. They had received masterful starts from Zito, then Vogelsong, then Cain, then Zito again. Tim Lincecum was reverting to his old dominance from his new home in the bullpen. The pitching was once again world class; only one pitcher remained in the dark.
Madison Bumgarner got his third chance at success in Game 2 on Thursday night. What followed from the big lefty was nothing short of Madness.
After the jump, press Play and read on.
Swagga like Panda
Ok, Pablo Sandoval made history tonight so I’ll start with that. He became just 4th player ever to hit Three Home Runs in a World Series game. The others? Albert Pujols in 2011, Reggie Jackson in 1977, and Babe Ruth twice in 1926 and 1928.
So what happens when a nationally renowned would-be ubermench takes the mound in San Francisco for the Series? The Giants show their teeth, and more - their swagger.
After the jump Press Play and read on. The Giants beat the Tigers 8-3 in Game 1.