What did the 2010 World Series teach us? It certainly didn’t shine the light on what it takes to win postseason series, because we seem to forget that lesson every time the San Francisco Giants lose in October. Here is a list of what I heard or read over the last 24 hours:
- “Just trying to accept the likelihood of a sweep now.”
- “LOL Giants.”
- “The Cardinals are a never-say-die team too, and they’re better!”
- “The Giants look like also-rans.”
- “Hunter Pence looks like a meth addict.”
- “Oh yeah, THIS team couldn’t use Melky. No way!”
And that was just two Twitter accounts and one radio show. But nobody was accounting for this:
I can’t think of anyone better to vanquish the mighty St. Louis Beltrans. Is Vogelsong at the level where he shouldn’t have to worry about paying for dinners or drinks in San Francisco? Is that still a thing, now that professional athletes can buy and sell everyone in a common restaurant? Regardless, Vogelsong deserves a Bulliet bourbon at the very least. Make it a double.
I was at Game 2, and it was awesome. Great analysis, huh? Hey, when you’re there it’s not a classroom. It’s a place where rally rags reign supreme and big leads lead to cheers. Life is less complicated when the game plays out in front of you.
When you watch the games on television, you can analyze every play, call for robot umpires and kvetch during commercial breaks. In person, the evilness of Matt Holliday’s chop-block on Marco Scutaro (to use an American football term, since Holliday’s body looked like a linebacker’s as it completely enveloped Scutaro’s) is in direct correlation to Scutaro’s reaction afterward.
Scutaro spent some time on the ground, a little more time taking inventory and talking to trainers, and then took his position like nothing ever happened. Clearly something happened, because a couple innings after sticking it back in Holliday’s face with a single the Cardinals left fielder couldn’t handle correctly in the 4th inning, Scutaro left the game.
Is his hip okay? Only an MRI can tell for sure, but the fact that he stayed in the game for several innings after the initial impact is a good sign for both Scutaro’s hip and the future of the San Francisco Giants.
And hey, a certain basement-dweller told you that Ryan Theriot would play a bigger role in this series than we saw in the NLDS. So we have that to hang our hat on.
/Shows self out…
— I’m not sure what else to say about Vogelsong rather than “phew.” That was the most in-control, relaxing start we’ve seen in weeks around here.
— Little did Vogelsong know that the totally anal, borderline insane, completely-locked-in way he prepares for every single Major League start has made this whole postseason thing seem like the regular season.
— Chris Carpenter was lucky to get through four innings. The Giants offense that we saw in the 10 days leading up to the NL West clinch was in full display once again (thanks to Angel Pagan).
— Carpenter also reminded all of us about one of the most annoying things about watching the Giants this season — how many important hits they gave up to opposing pitchers. Carpenter’s double didn’t mean anything in the grand scheme, but the Giants’ kangaroo court must be backed up at this point of the year, to the point where there is a 2-week waiting list for public defenders.
— And to all those people with an axe to grind — get out of here with the Melky talk. Like I said two weeks ago, if Melky’s in, Blanco is out. How often do you think Bruce Bochy would’ve used Blanco off the bench in a non-pinch-running role since he’s (1) not a prototypical power hitter and (2) strikes out too much for Bochy’s liking?
— In other words, after watching Blanco outperform expectations since March, I’m more than happy to watch him play every single inning the rest of the way. His outfield defense might be influencing me heavily here, but doesn’t he seem like a guy whose game translates perfectly to the postseason?
— Yeah, so, Jeremy Affeldt’s going to get the same money from the Giants next year when he hits free agency. Any complaints?
— (Remember, it isn’t your money, and the Giants value lefty setup men more than you do.)
— I’m not sure what was more fun to watch live, Brandon Belt collecting two hits or the way he controls the infield defense. He’s getting J.T. Snow-ish when pop-ups soar into the infield sky. I was one section over from that foul pop fly he caught near the stands, and he looked downright smug when he snatched that ball out of the air with a subtle flick of his wrist.
— Belt aged about 10 years this season, in the best way imaginable.
— My wife and I sat in Sec. 104, the rear end of which (chuckle) is designated for Cardinals friends and family. Lots of Descalso fans left unhappy.
— Scutaro’s throw to first base after Holliday barreled into his knees was more impressive than when he hit Carpenter’s meatball straight at Holliday (who might as well wear an oven mitt on his left hand at all times).
— There is no better time here than October.