Results tagged ‘ Giants ’

Down To Willie

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Well, of the trio that comprises the chorus of that famous song, now only Willie Mays remains on this earth, what with the recent passing of Duke Snider.
 
Obviously, comparing those three star outfielders was a buzzy topic in the 1950s, and this article really nails why it was such a hot topic:
 
 
The reason, of course, was that there was no “wrong answer”!  Willie, Mickey Mantle, and the Duke all put together monster seasons.  If you liked all-around play, Mays was your man.  If you preferred the dramatic homers, obviously you’d root for the Mick.  If you liked the solid underdog who just keeps his mouth shut and still puts up great numbers, than the Duke was for you.
 
About the closest I’ve ever come to this sort of “quandary” was in the late 1990s with these three guys:
 
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Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, and A-Rod dominated SS in the American League for quite a few seasons. I was always partially to “Nomah”, but you couldn’t go wrong with any of them.

Congrats, Giants!

imagesCAFJXHFZ.jpgTonight, I want to congratulate the San Francisco Giants on their 2010 World Series championship!

Your team may have had to struggle just to make it to October, but once you got there you rode Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and your veteran leadership (how many World Series has Edgar Renteria starred in?!) all the way to the promised land, even knocking off the mighty Cliff Lee to finish things off.

Savor this night, as you never know when it may come again.  However, this squad (even the bit players) will be immortalized along the facility hallways and organization reunions for all-time.

Very Quick NLDS Thoughts:

Phillies vs. Reds:

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Though the Reds are clearly the “fly under the radar and upset everyone” team, I’ll take Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels in a short series.

Braves vs. Giants:

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The Giants can pitch, but Jason Heyward is a special player and will turn this series to Atlanta. Bobby Cox is also an X-Factor as the best manager in baseball.

Remembering Bobby Thompson

bobby_thompson01.jpgAs a fan of baseball in general, and especially the history of the game, I would be remiss not to mention the recent passing of Bobby Thompson, best remembered as an outfielder for the National League’s New York Giants.

Thompson is, of course, best known for this moment, widely regarded as one of the most exciting in baseball history:

 As Twins fans well know, there aren’t too many more exciting moments than those that happen during a post-162 (or, at that time, a post-154) game.  Although perhaps Ralph Branca would disagree with me…

Thompson wasn’t a spectacular player, but over the course of 15 seasons he compiled 1,705 hits, 264 home runs, a .270 batting average, and was an All-Star three times.  However, all that was overshadowed by one dramatic swing of the bat.

2010 MLB Picks

crystal-ball.jpgMy “official” predictions for the 2010 MLB season (before the season gets too far along and starts to affect my judgement!):

AL East

New York

Boston (Wild Card)

Tampa Bay

Baltimore

Toronto

AL Central

Minnesota

Chicago

Kansas City

Detroit

Cleveland

AL West

Los Angeles

Oakland

Texas

Seattle

NL East

Philadelphia

Atlanta (Wild Card)

New York

Florida

Washington

NL Central

St. Louis

Chicago

Milwaukee

Cincinnati

Houston

Pittsburgh

NL West

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Arizona

Colorado

San Diego

AL Champ: New York

NL Champ: Atlanta

World Series Champ: Atlanta Braves

Questions, comments, rants, profanity-laced tirades?!

MLB Predictions: 2009

1908Cubs.jpgEach year, usually after receiving the Sports Illustrated Baseball Preview issue, I make a complete set of MLB picks.  It’s always fun to look back at them and see how right/wrong (wrong far outnumbering the right!) I was at the end of the season.  Here they are for ’09:

AL East:

Boston

Tampa Bay (Wild Card)

New York

Toronto

Baltimore

AL Central:

Minnesota

Chicago

Kansas City

Cleveland

Detroit

AL West:

Los Angeles

Texas

Seattle

Oakland

NL East:

Philadelphia

New York (Wild Card)

Florida

Atlanta

Washington

NL Central:

Chicago

Milwaukee

St. Louis

Cincinnati

Houston

Pittsburgh

NL West:

Los Angeles

Arizona

San Francisco

Colorado

San Diego

AL Champion: Boston

NL Champion: Chicago

World Series Champion: Chicago

So, after 100 long seasons of waiting, I think this is the year that the Cubbies will finally win the big one.  I just think that their pitching is too good not to make a deep playoff run.

The Big Unit Moves West

rjohnson.jpgWith the Minnesota Vikings making a playoff run, I have spent most of my blogging efforts covering them.  However, I did want to keep things at least somewhat up to date with a relatively big free-agent signing.

About a week ago, Randy “Big Unit” Johnson signed a 1-year, $8 million contract with the San Francisco Giants.  Johnson is approaching 300 wins (he has 296) and 5,000 strikeouts (he has 4,789), and those milestones are likely one of the reasons he is hanging around.

Johnson, predictably due to his large stature, has struggled with various back injuries in recent years, but when he is on his game he can still be dominant and very entertaining to watch.

The Giants aren’t expected to compete in the NL West this season, so Johnson was likely brought in to mentor young pitchers Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, who are promising young stars in Frisco.

I’m glad that the Big Unit is still hanging around…he’s fun to watch!

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