Thursday, October 02, 2014

Joe Cool

There have been two unsung heroes for the Giants this year -- Peavy and Panik. They both showed up in late July and get the Giants back on track.

Henry Schulman has a nice sidebar story about Panik's 3-hit night last night....


 In his first career postseason game, Joe Panik remained Joe Cool. The 23-year-old was not fazed by the setting or pressure of Wednesday night’s wild-card game in Pittsburgh.
The 23-year-old became the fourth Giants rookie to have three hits in a postseason game and held onto a Gaby Sanchez popup despite getting whacked in the back of the head by an onrushing Hunter Pence as they converged on the ball, neither able to hear the other’s “I’ve got it.”
“It was so loud out there,” Panik said. “It’s one of those things, if you’re not 100 percent positive, hang in there. If he hits you, he hits you. Just hang onto the ball.”
Panik continues to play well a month after he customarily would have ended his season in the minors. Counting Wednesday, he has played in 148 games for Triple-A Fresno and the Giants.
He said he feels no fatigue. To the contrary: “I feel great. In September a couple of days I felt a little tired. Once you get into this situation, the adrenaline is pumping. Everything feels like you’re moving 1,000 miles an hour.”

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