Wednesday, September 10, 2008


The 20,000 or so attendees at Mays Field today were rewarded this afternoon by perhaps the finest game of the season. Down to the last strike, Eugenio Velez turned what had been an utterly awful top of the 9th (back to back blown saves by Brian Wilson) into a moment of pure joy for Giants fans. So what if the team's still 15 games under .500?

We were in Club level 221 as his long triple rolled past the hapless Dbacks -- who are now looking like dead meat on a stick, beaten in back to back games by the skinniest (6-foot-1, 165 pounds) guy in MLB. Adam Dunn misplayed his fly ball in the 3rd into 2 runs; Brandon Lyon gave him a belt-high fattie in the 9th; the Dbacks managed only one run off the immortal Brad Hennessey, who was so bad earlier this year that he got exiled to the minors for 4 months.

The only downside to the Dback beatdown is that the Dodgers benefit. The Dbacks have only themselves to blame -- they could have signed this guy named Barry Bonds, who would have done far more to help their team than Dunn has without having to give up prospects. It's fitting that they've probably gagged away a shot at the postseason. The team and its fans (who can't be bothered to sell out the park at playoff games) have received far more good fortune than they deserve.

The Dbacks may escape anyhow since the Giants have six more games with the Dodgers, including the last series of the season at home. Ray Ratto of the SF Chron theorizes that Lincecum could provide another Joe Morgan moment on Sept. 28.

For those of you too young to remember, this is the glorious game he's talking about.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, the more time passes, the more amazing that game gets. I was incredibly lucky to have been at that game, all of 11 years old. I remember the fever that ran through Candlestick when Morgan hit the bomb. I was in the upper deck three-quarters down the left field line, and the entire stadium was shaking. I also remember watching a Giants fan and a Dodgers fan get into a bloody fist fight up there (I think the Dodgers fan won, actually). I've seen a lot of games over the years, but that is one I will never, ever forget.

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