Found out the Padres and Rockies lost while standing 20 feet away from some “alternative hip-hop” group called The Knux. Made the experience that much sweeter. Apparently The Knux aren’t THAT unknown, their Wikipedia page says they toured in the past with Nas, Q-Tip, Common and The Roots. But I didn’t know who they were, and they put on a hell of a show — even though their DJ rubbed her nose 300 times before the two rappers even took the stage. Of course, these guys have a song called “Powder Room,” so…
Big Boi performed after The Knux, who followed Camp Lo (who have to be getting tired of performing shows in front of people impatiently waiting for them to do this song — oh well, at least they get to boast that something they created is easily in the top 25 if you made a list of the most popular rap songs of all time). Daddy Fat Sacks was excellent as usual, except for one thing: he pulled the rug out from under us and didn’t do an encore.
OK, technically he did an encore. After hastily leaving the stage after allowing his sidekicks to do some song 10% of the crowd had ever heard, he came back and did my favorite song off his new album (well, if not my favorite, the one I was most looking forward to seeing Big Boi perform live), a record that I should’t have to tell you is pretty damned awesome. But after that, we yelled and screamed like the Niners were on defense at the Stick for at least five minutes. Nothing. Then, the lights went up, which is always deflating to a crowd full of people who just expended 200 calories by yelling.
Oh well, Big Boi put on an amazing show (especially his performances of “Players Ball” and “Shutterbug”) while wearing an all-black canvas ensemble that had to weigh at least 15 pounds. Plus, the attendance at the Regency Ballroom was spotty at best. Can’t really blame him for deciding to end the show when he did. Or for wearing a Braves hat.
Speaking of Atlanta, how are the rooks doing?
Current stats: .285/.400/.472, 18 HR, 10 SB, 3.1 UZR/150, 4.6 WAR
Last night:Â The Braves didn’t play yesterday, but the editor from the Braves’ SB Nation site thinks “Heyward is a better rookie than Buster Posey” (said the guy writing a Bay Area-centric sports blog). If you don’t feel like reading the article, it’s pretty much “Heyward walks more (blah blah blah handpicked stats) … Heyward is the best RF so catching doesn’t matter (blah blah blah handpicked stats) … Heyward played longer (blah blah blah why did Heyward’s wrist have to get hurt?).”
Chances of winning NL ROY: 50%
Current stats: .323/.370/.524, 15 HR, 0 SB(!), 21/58 CS, 4.0 WAR
Last night: 2-for-4 with a HR, which apparently was enough to improve his WAR by 0.1. Bonus! And with the Padres losing, the Giants are in first place in the NL West by a half game (the Braves have the same record of 86-67, so they lead the wild card by the same margin).
With all due respect to Heyward, who truthfully is one of the best fielding RF’s in baseball. But even if he is the best, that just doesn’t compare to what Posey’s done defensively in terms of handling the pitching staff (including last night, which featured Madison Bumgarner’s best outing yet). Remember when people wondered whether the Giants’ pitchers would struggle without Bengie Molina, because apparently pitchers don’t mind when shoulder-high fastballs regularly sail past everyone back to the backstop? The Giants seem to have gotten comfortable with Posey handling the hurlers, if September numbers tell you anything:
1.47 ERA, 0.85 WHIP (what?!), 3.98 K/BB, .174 BAA, .495 OPS (what?!?!)
And for good measure, the Giants have the third-fewest wild pitches (3) and stolen bases allowed (4 out of 8 attempts). Remember when opposing teams ran wild against the Giants, and Mike Krukow would defend Bengie Molina by saying something like, “Well, a good release time is 1.2, and Tim Lincecum just had a 1.75”? When was the last time you heard that? Teams just aren’t stealing on the Giants anymore, partly because nobody’s getting on base and partly due to Posey’s arm.
Chances of winning NL ROY: 50%