It’s been a long day. Our server was down all day, just like it was for millions of other sites that depend on Hostgator, but this particular website magically reappeared at 12:30 am Thursday morning. Hooray, I get to write a recap!
/yawns for 30 seconds, gets dizzy
I left AT&T Park at 2 am on Wednesday morning after the Giants won 3-2 in 12 innings. The Giants won a similar game later that same day, except it lasted three hours instead of five and the Giants won 2-1 in regulation. So the Giants beat the Dodgers two times on Bruce Bochy’s birthday.
I’m running on a bit of shuteye deficit, so I’ll keep the traditional recap relatively brief and hopefully we’ll keep the weird, delirious thoughts to a minimum.
Ryan Vogelsong and Paul Maholm both had the same job: get through six innings. They both succeeded and ended up with lines that looked awfully similar. They both had quality starts — six innings, one earned run allowed. They both struck out two. Vogelsong gave up one fewer hit and one fewer walk than Maholm, and while he wasn’t exactly blowing the Dodgers away it was surely nice for him to see some good results. Vogelsong got knocked around a bit this spring, and every time it seemed like he was a little too optimistic after his outing, almost like he was trying to convince himself that his days of being a solid starter again were right around the corner.
Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t, but the Giants won a series against the Dodgers with their No. 4 and 5 starters, and Madison Bumgarner pitches Thursday afternoon.
Vogelsong also hit Hanley Ramirez in the hand, and Ramirez looked like a guy who suffered a fracture of some sort, either in his hand or one of his fingers.
Ramirez’s tantrum lasted a while longer, too. It looked painful, so I kept quiet. But when the Dodgers announced the x-ray results on his hand (negative), I figured it’d be fine to post a sarcastic remark on Twitter dot com.
After it appeared by his reaction that amputation may have been his only chance for a semi-normal life, x-rays on Hanley’s hand are negative
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) April 17, 2014
The response was overwhelmingly positive, but there was one person who took umbrage.
@EastBayDodger Probably something like, “Damn, Buster was being really melodramatic.”
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) April 17, 2014
As far as Twitter back-and-forths go, this one wasn’t all that memorable, until I got a ride home.
I usually walk to Giants games, because parking is scarce and I’ll take extra exercise over riding MUNI at every opportunity. But walking home after a night game is a good way to get mugged or see some disturbing activity on the streets of San Francisco, so I’ve taken a lot of cabs home from AT&T. My wife recently clued me in to uberX, which is cheaper and utilizes drivers who aren’t rude, combative or credit card phobic.
So I’m riding home in the back of a Prius, and the driver and I were talking about the game from the night before and how he fell asleep before the game was over. I told him how I stayed through the bottom of the 12th, and it came up that I was covering these games as a member of the media. That’s where I’ll pick up our conversation.
Driver: Who do you work for, Comcast SportsNet?
Me: No, I have a site called Bay Area Sports Guy.
Driver: No way! Are you the one who runs their Twitter account?
Driver: Wow. I read your stuff, I love the media wars stuff you do. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I kind of saw something you posted that I didn’t agree with. I read a lot of your stuff and usually I’m with you, but this one thing …
Me: Uh oh.
Driver: No, it’s fine. Just when you posted that thing about Hanley Ramirez …
My driver’s name? You guessed it — Luis.
The conversation after that was totally amicable. He was annoyed at the time because people were chanting “BEAT LA” (more on that later) after Ramirez got hit by that Vogelsong fastball. I explained that I tweeted that in response to the x-ray announcement, and then we chatted about how Ramirez is an emotional player while I frequently assured him that I meant no harm with the amputation remark.
The lesson here is something I should’ve probably already known: if you’re a jackass on social media, you may end up getting called out by people whose services you kind of need. I was just lucky that Luis didn’t drive me into the middle of the Tenderloin, kick me out of the car and ditch me.
— Good grief:
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised:
— There was a slightly unsettling moment during the game, when an explosion came from the bleachers that was loud enough to hear behind home plate. I saw and heard multiple people who said there was a puff of smoke near the Coors Light area, and apparently the police were on the scene almost immediately. I’m guessing it was an M-80 or something, but it wouldn’t surprise me if security is noticeably stricter on Thursday afternoon, both before and during the series finale.
— Awkward video trio! I posted these on Twitter when it looked like I wouldn’t be able to post a recap.
Tim Hudson yelling “Atta boy, Vogey” during Vogelsong’s postgame interview:
Pablo Sandoval, who went 2-for-4 and drove in the Giants’ second run, smiled in response to Henry Schulman’s questions about his early-season struggles at the plate. But he didn’t look particularly happy.
Sergio Romo was asked before the video starts what pitch he threw to strike out Adrian Gonzalez, and the awkwardness just didn’t quit.