Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Pat the Bat back in the Orange and Black

He had fewer moments of postseason glory than most of his teammates (the 3-run homer in the loss to Atlanta and a great at bat in Game 1 of the Series) but he turned out to be a fine addition during the regular season with 18 HRs in less than 300 ABs. He killed mistakes.

Andrew Baggarly's story in the Merc-News notes that seven of those dingers either tied the game or put the Orange and Black ahead. He also notes that decisions are due by Thursday evening on which players to offer arbitration --
Giants officials are busy making decisions on their eight arbitration-eligible players, who must be tendered offers before 9 p.m. today, or they will become free agents. Outfielders Andres Torres and Cody Ross, and pitchers Jonathan Sanchez, Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla are locks to be tendered, with pitcher Ramon Ramirez a strong possibility.

Back to Pat the Bat -- I'd have to say one of my favorite moments of the year came on Saturday, July 31 with the Giants trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 8th. Kuo got the first two batters out then hit Buster with a pitch. Torre brought in Jonathan Broxton, who continued his season-long fade by serving up a two-run bomb to The Bat.

And on the following day, Pat started a sixth inning rally off Kershaw with a double; Kershaw walked Rowand intentionally and Renteria tripled them both in for the only runs in a 2-0 Matt Cain masterpiece and the 5th straight loss for the Dodgers.


Anonymous Brian H said...

I was at the July 31 game, my first game at AT&T park! What an awesome day that was and to beat "da bums" in the late Reminds me of the Joe Morgan HR in 82, I was at that game too. :)

8:11 AM  
Blogger Big D said...

Great comment, Brian. I made it to 8 games this year, including the home opener, Matt Cain's one-hitter, Posey's debut, the 3-2 win in extras on Aug. 15 and Game 4 of the NLCS. What a year!

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Brian H said...

I just wish I lived closer. At least by living in Houston I can see the Giants one or two trips a year. Saw two games this year in Hosuton.

6:20 AM  

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