October 2012

THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ARE THE 2012 WS CHAMPS!

The Cincinnati Reds came close to beating the San Francisco Giants. So did the Saint Louis Cardinals. But San Fran beat both and came in to the biggest one, the World Series, and dominated. Matt Cain had a ridiculously shaky start, so in the tenth, Marco Scutaro hit a clutch single and scored Ryan Theriot ( Scutaro advanced to 2nd on the throw.) Sergio Romo caught Miguel Cabrera looking and the Giants won the WS.

WORLD SERIES RECAP

 1 TIGERS 3 GIANTS 8

W ZITO 

L VERLANDER

S ROMO

2 TIGERS 0 GIANTS 2

W BUMGARNER

L FISTER

S ROMO

3 GIANTS 2 TIGERS 0

W VOGELSONG

L A. SANCHEZ

S ROMO

4 GIANTS 4 TIGERS 3 

W CASILLA

L COKE

S ROMO

Ryan, take us 3/4ths of the crown!

The Detroit Tigers got a beat against the Yankees, but practically cannot score a run in the World Series. 2 pitchers, Barry Zito, and Madison Bumgarner shut down the lineups of Jim Leyland. How many runs given up by SF pitchers? THREE! Ryan Vogelsong tries to get the Giants 3/4ths to the World Series championship. Go Giants!

GIANTS 8 TIGERS 3 GAME 1

GIANTS 2 TIGERS 0 GAME 2

THE MAIN PART OF THE DEAL

  MORE ON HEATH BELL…

BELL SEEMED UNBELIEVABLY  COMFORTABLE WITH THE PADRES, AND ALMOST  WON THEMSELVES THE NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST IN 2010. BUT WHEN THE GM TRADED HIM TO MIAMI, HE WOULDN’T SHAKE HIMSELF OUT OF A YEAR-LONG SLUMP. BUT THE FACT THAT HIS OLD MANAGER, OZZIE GUILLEN, WAS FIRED, PROBABLY DELIGHTED HIM. BUT HE’S BACK IN THE WEST. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

Wednesday is set!

For a very long time, fans knew the 2012 World Series-Yankees-Nationals. Actually, the Yankees got swept and the Nationals lost in a 9-7 disappoint in the DS. The 2012 American League Championship Series was less attracting, in a 4-0 Tigers sweep. The National League, on the other hand, was very interesting. It went down to a game 7. The reigning champs couldn’t hit a thing off Matt Cain, and the last out was special. Daniel Delscalso hit a lazy popup to Marco Scutaro at second. Scutaro caught it and the Giants moved on. Later, Scutaro was named the MVP.

THE MAIN PART OF THE DEAL

MORE ON HEATH BELL…

BELL MADE THE ALL-STAR TEAM IN PHOENIX LAST YEAR, DOING A TODD COFFEY STYLE SPRINT OUT OF THE BULLPEN AND SLIDING INTO THE PITCHERS MOUND WHERE BRUCE BOCHY WAS WAITING. BELL SAID THIS IN HIS LAST SAN DIEGO TEAM DAY.  I DO NOT WANT TO BE ON THIS MIAMI TEAM.” ON A TEAM WHERE GOOD PLAYERS WORK TOGETHER TO TRY TO GENERATE WINS, LIKE MIAMI, THEY HAVE A BREAKOUT YEAR AND FALL AND GO INTO THE BASEMENT OF THE DIVISION. BUT BELL IS BACK IN HIS COMFORTABLE DIVISION, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

Game SEVEN!

As the 2012 National League Championship Series shifted to St. Louis, sports writers and fans agreed that the Cardinals would win on their home field. It seemed unrealistic to eventually go down 2-1 and find a way to clinch the title anyways. But under the arms of “underdog aces” Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong, the Giants couldn’t be more dominant. In the LCS, the duo carried two records, unbreakable. Ryan’s record stood at a surprising 2-0, while Barry’s awesome record of 1-0. Look at a Giants jersey. If you stare at it for a couple minutes, you’ll start to think”Wow. This team almost lost the NLDS. And now they’re at a game 7, a win away from World Series contention.” But if you see a Cardinals jersey, you’ll probably think this”This team practically won the series. Already. But I’m ready to see them be kicked out.”

WORLD SERIES NOTES:)

 FOX HAS THE FINAL GAME OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, BETWEEN THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS AND THE SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS STARTING AT 7:45 PM TODAY. MATT CAIN GOES FOR SAN FRAN, AND KYLE LOHSE GOES FOR SAINT LOUIS.

 THE MAIN PART OF THE DEAL
THE BOSTON RED SOX AGREED TO TERMS WITH JOHN FARRELL AS THEIR NEW MANAGER. FARRELL MANAGED THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS IN 2011 AND 2012, AND SERVED AS THE RED SOX’ PITCHING COACH FROM 2007 TO 2010.

THE MIAMI MARLINS, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS, AND THE OAKLAND A’S PARTICIPATE IN A THREE-TEAM DEAL. MIAMI SENDS HEATH BELL TO ARIZONA, ARIZONA SENDS CHRIS YOUNG TO OAKLAND, OAKLAND SENDS CLIFF PENNINGTON TO ARIZONA, AND ARIZONA SENDS YORDY CABRERA TO MIAMI.

THE MAIN PART OF THE DEAL IS HEATH BELL. HE STARTED OFF WITH THE METS IN 2007, GOT TRADED TO THE SAN DIEGO PADRES IN 2009, AND WAS TRADED TO MIAMI IN THE 2011-2012 OFF SEASON.  BELL PERFORMED POORLY AS A MARLIN, AND I GUESS OZZIE GUILLEN WAS DONE TURNING THE BALL TO HIM IN THE NINTH INNING. BELL BLEW LOTS OF SAVES, INCLUDING ONES AGAINST THE CLEVELAND INDIANS AND WASHINGTON NATIONALS. I FEEL KIRK GIBSON WILL FEEL COMFORTABLE USING J.J. PUTZ AS A SET-UP MAN BECAUSE MORE FANS WOULD WANT TO SEE BELL. KIRK ALSO WANTS HIM TO BE A REINVENTED PERSON. HIS FASTBALL/SLIDER COMBO BLURS HITTERS AWAY, BUT IT’S HIS HANGING CURVE THAT HITTERS POUNDED. HE WAS AWARDED WITH THE LEAGUE LEAD IN BLOWN SAVES WITH TWENTY-NINE OF THEM, AND THE GM DAVID STINSON MADE A TEAM SAVING CHOICE IN TRADING BELL.

THE WORLD SERIES IS ROARING DOWN!

After the Yankees defeated the Orioles and the Tigers defeated the Athletics, all eyes were on the not-so-struggling Yankees and rooted for them. If you thought those sneaky Yanks were in the World Series from the start, you’re wrong. Max Scherzer pitched great, and THE 2012 WORLD SERIES HAS THE CABRERA-FIELDER COMBO IN THE DETROIT TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO LETS HAVE A TOUGH CARDINALS VERSUS TIGERS WS!

POSTSEASON NEWS

TIGERS ARE IN 2012 WORLD SERIES, SWEEPING THE YANKEES IN FOUR GAMES.

CARDINALS ARE ONLY A WIN AWAY FROM ENTERING THE WORLD SERIES VERSUS TIGERS.

Pagan’s Package To Pier 34

NLCS game 1 went to ST Louis, but the Giants needed a comeback in game 2 if they wanted to go into the World Series. Angel Pagan hit a solo shot to the San Fran Bay to the east of McCovey Cove outside the ballpark. The Giants kept on adding. They also got to pull off a win as Carpenter was No-Bueno. CS News Yankees 1 Tigers 2 Cardinals 1 Giants 7

One-Zero, and Two-Zero days.

After Derek Jeter tripped on some thingy that badly hurt his knee, the Yankees were thinking Raul Ibanez would step up and Jayson Nix would take over the captain’s position. With a break, not having to face Justin Verlander until game 3, the Bronx Bombers will probably take advantage of their field. In game 1, the Tigers put up a extra-inning disappoint, using Delmon Young as a slugger. Joe Girardi was disappointed after the Yanks’ loss against the Tigers over both weekend days. The St Louis Cardinals, who upset 46,000 fans waiting to go see the Nats in the NLCS. If you beat SF in the game 1, you’ll go great in the CS.

POSTSEASON ‘CS’ NEWS

TIGERS 3 NYY 0

SAINT LOUIS DEFEATS SAN FRANCISCO, BY AN UNKNOWN SCORE.

Eduardo Nunez saves the day!

In past years, shortstop Derek Jeter played through injuries and never wanted to be carried off the field at Yankee Stadium. But on Saturday, he couldn’t fight off this. In the 7th inning, Jhonny Peralta hit a sharp grounder to Jeter at short and then he tripped. On some thingy that could badly hurt his knee, it appeared so. You could hear the emotions through the speaker of the TV.  The Yankee fans showed some support: chanting De-rek Je-ter! The Tiger fans clapped too, because of his major success in the Yankee playoffs. But not chanting. It was an emotional event at Yankee Stadium on Sat. Eduardo Nunez will take Jeter’s place on the postseason roster.

“CS” NEWS

TIGERS 6 YANKEES 4

W DOTEL L PHELPS

On Last Night…And 2012 (by Matt’s Bat’s Dad)

A Guest Post by Matt’s Bat’s Dad:

Standing along the railing on the third deck overlooking shallow left field, the air of victory hung so low over Nationals Park that we could almost taste it.  Or maybe that was just the stale beer that the new friends we made in the cheap seats had been spilling all over themselves all night.  For Nationals fans, victory was not to be ours last night, as the Cardinals pulled off a stunning, unprecedented upset in the 9th inning.

The Nationals started the game riding the momentum from Jayson Werth’s walk-off homer the night before in Game 4 of the NLDS.  The Nats put up three runs in the first off a triple from Bryce Harper and a homer from the face of the franchise, Ryan Zimmerman.  We tacked on another 3 in the third, this time with both Bryce and Beast Mode Michael Morse going yard.  The team had already hit for the cycle, and the Cards’ starter was knocked out of the game after only going 3 1/3.

As good teams do, the Cards chipped away at the 6-0 lead, putting up runs in ones and twos over the Nats’ middle relievers.  Edwin Jackson, pitching from the bullpen, gave up a run in the 7th.  Set up man Tyler Clippard gave up a home run in the 8th, but the Nats put it right back with a score themselves in the bottom of the 8th.  The Nationals went into the top of the 9th leading 7-5: a slim lead but enough to give Nats Town comfort that Drew Storen could shut it down again and seal our trip to the NLCS.

What happened next has already been widely reported.  We were within 1 measly strike from winning the first round of the post-season playoffs…twice.  Fans in the upper deck were high fiving and waiving their rally towels.  Champagne must’ve already been wheeled into the clubhouse.  This was it!

 But it wasn’t.

The Cards scored 4 runs off our closer to recapture the lead and put up their own 2-run margin of error going into the bottom of the 9th.

The air had been sucked out of Nationals Park and no one could believe the epic choke we were witnessing.  The top of our order went down quickly in the bottom of the inning, and the Nationals were handed a 9-7 loss and were kicked out of the Postseason.

This loss will haunt Washington all winter.  Probably longer.  What kind of Mississippi River water voodoo curse has St. Louis placed on Major League Baseball to pull off these ridiculous 2-out, 2-strike come-from-behind wins?  The 9th inning of NLDS final game had all the drama of last year’s World Series Games 6 and 7, where the Cards battled back from certain death in similar down-to-their-last-strike fashion.

Who are these Cardinals with their magical post-season rally squirrels and dropped outfield flies ruled outs (infield fly rule????).  How does a team with a mediocre season record– less than 90 wins on the backs of the lowly Cubs and even lowlier Astros– pull off stunning wins against the team with the best record in baseball?  Two years in a row?!

Much of the Midwest regards itself of Cardinal Nation, and St. Louis is a baseball town.  Over their Bud Lights, toasted raviolis and provel cheese pizzas, St. Lousians (St. Losers?) often can be heard musing about Musial and, oh, what about our 11 World Series rings?  But this streak of improbable wins– it can’t be anything more than just dumb luck, right?–also creates backlash.  Much in the same way people love to hate the Yankees for their winning records they deliver by buying talent in free agent auctions, there are plenty of folks in Dallas, Philadelphia and now Warsh-ington (there is no R in Washington, friends) with an axe to grind.  Yes, you guys won again, but only through the flukiest of flukes.

Turning to the home team….The Nationals’ season exceeded wildest expectations.  Four players named to the All Star Team.  We were aiming for .500, but delivered the winningest record in all of baseball.  We had hoped the new playoff format would win us 1 of the 2 wildcard spots, but instead clinched the National League East Division title.  A team build from home-grown talent and a few shrewd acquisitions.  98 wins earned the hard way.  Next year, with a healthy Stephen Strasburg, a no-longer-a-teenager Bryce Harper, and a full line-up with post-season experience, we will be there again.  This is a team built to win for years through skill.

Our thoughts are with Drew Storen and his family, who, through Twitter and other social media, had become like family to us this year.  I can’t imagine the toll a stunning loss like this takes on the psyche of a 20-something who has trained day-in, day-out for this exact situation.  To be sooooo close, and then to lose it in front of 46,000 fans and millions more on TV.  Nationals fans are behind Dreeeeeeewwwwwwww, and next year when the Nationals in the same situation, we all feel comfortable with Davey Johnson giving him the ball again to close the game.

Finally, after HUNDREDS of innings of baseball experienced live, on TV, on radio, and on computer screens, the Matt’s Bats family can now return to our normal lives.  But it is mid-October, and only a mere 4 1/2 months before pitchers and catchers report and we get to do this all over again!

GO NATS!

Two Out Loss

At 8:37, all teams except the Cardinals & Nationals clinched the CS or packed it’s bags for the offseason. The Nats Bats were hot early, with “season saver” Jayson Werth hitting a leadoff double, Bryce Harper missed a homer by a foot, and Ryan Zimmerman hit a homer. Bryce actually redeemed himself with a bomb into section 144 in right-center. The Big Birds started to chip off in the 6th or 7th, and then they scored 4 off Store in the 9th. We lost, and I am feeling like I want to hit 100 notebooks. In the NLCS, I will become a Giants fan. But only for the NLCS.

POSTSEASON GAME 5’S

VERLANDER SHUTS DOWN A’S OFFENSE, AS TIGERS HOLD UP, 6-0. A’S V. TIGERS, 10/11

BUSTER POSEY HITS A GRAND SALAMI, AND THE GIANTS FEEL GIANT. SF@CIN,10/11

CC GOES THE DISTANCE, WITH HELP FROM CURTIS, IN A 3-1 YANKEES WIN. BAL@NYY,10/12

STORE GIVES UP 4 IN THE 9TH, LOSING DESPITE 3 HR’S OFF WAIN-O. STL@WAS,10/12 
 OUR DREAM SEASON IS FINALLY OVER. AND NEXT TIME THERE’S NATS POSTS WILL BE IN TRADE SEASON. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR READING MY NATS POSTS DURING THE REGULAR SEASON.