Monday, December 29, 2014

A tribute to Scutaro

Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles has a nice piece about Marco Scutaro, posted on Christmas Eve just after Scutaro underwent spinal fusion surgery. Here's part -- 

It's too early to write a post mortem, but not too early to have a Appreciate Marco Scutaro Day.
The Giants have built a grand tradition of "OH NO OH NO HELP WE NEED A SECOND BASEMAN phew guess we just won the World Series", but Scutaro was the second baseman most directly responsible for a World Series win. Not only did he have the 14 hits in the NLCS, but he had the game-winning RBI in the World Series, too.
(An aside: Do you remember how awful he was outside of the NLCS? Seven hits in 36 at-bats between the Reds and Tigers series. No, you remember him getting 14 danged hits in the NLCS.)
Some players with more plate appearances as a Giant: Manny Trillo, Mark Carreon, Ramon Martinez. Willie McGee has almost twice as many. Those aren't exactly lifelong Giants. Most of them are blips who came and went before we could process it. Yet even though they were all around for longer, it's Scutaro who will forever be a part of Giants lore.
Forget the postseason stuff for a second, or at least pretend to. I like the guy. I really, really enjoyed watching him play baseball, but I also enjoyed his quiet, kid-in-the-back-of-the-class persona. Mind you, it's the kid in the back of the class who makes the most amazing snarky comments once a week. He's funny, charming, and cool. Just a delightful baseball player.

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