Sunday, December 30, 2012

You've come a long way, baby

That was a pretty silly ad slogan back in the late 1960s for some kind cigarette for women. For some reason, I think it was Virginia Slims ....

I was surfing around the blogroll and checked out China Baseball Baseball, which had an interesting point  in a post written by Gregory Wong shortly after the World Series win by referencing the Opening Day lineup of 2008 -- 

Dave Roberts LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .667









   Daniel Ortmeier PH-1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000









Rich Aurilia 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000









   Erick Threets P 0 0 0 0 0 0











Randy Winn RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000









Bengie Molina C 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 .500









Ray Durham 2B 3 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .250









Aaron Rowand CF 3 0 2 0 0 0 .667 1.333









Jose Castillo 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000









Brian Bocock SS 1 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .667









Barry Zito P 0 0 0 0 0 0











   Fred Lewis PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000









   Merkin Valdez P 0 0 0 0 0 0











   Keiichi Yabu P 0 0 0 0 0 0











   Eugenio Velez PH-LF


As I said, Gregory Wong has a fine post 

Here's the end of it --  All you really need to remember is this was a championship team that once featured an infield with Charlie Culberson, Emmaneul Burriss and Brett Pill. 


For now, let me just reiterate my favorite memory from the season. The Giants were down 2-0 to the Reds. Bronson Arroyo had just 1 hit the Giants. The Reds had 3 chances at home to eliminate the Giants. In game 3, Homer Bailey carried a no hitter into the 6th inning, and also 1 hit the Giants. With the score 1-1 in the 9th inning, Aroldis Chapman struckout Pablo Sandoval to send the game to the bottom of the 9th inning, where the Reds could win the series with just one run.



The final 3 games of that series provided the most exciting, nerve wracking, vomit inducing innings of baseball I’ve ever watched. So many little plays that could have gone either way completely changed the series. Zach Cosart and Scott Rolen, two of the most best Reds defenders, made critical fielding blunders. Brandon Phillips inexplicably tried to advance to third from first on a wild pitch. After game 2, Marty Lurie was criticizing the Giants for not coming out of the dugout to thank the fans for a great season. In retrospect, it would be hilarious if they did that.


Less than 3 weeks later, the Giants swept the Tigers to capture their 2nd World Series title in 3 years. Soak this one in a while.

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