NEW LOOK! OF THE DAY: The Houston Astros have officially debuted the new uniforms that they will wear into their debut year in the American League West. The new design is crisp and clean, incorporating the team’s signature star and adding pop to their color scheme. We especially like the orange tops paired with the blue shirtsleeves. Most of all, we like that the Astros are getting a fresh look for their fresh start.
Well-played, gentlemen, very well-played.
But now, baseball season is over. What do we do to pass this time until pitchers and catchers report in February? Do we throw ourselves in football (that we’ve been ignoring while watching the MLB postseason)? Do we pick right up tonight with the NBA (which we will start ignoring once baseball is back)? Do we sit around, trying to figure which free agents are going to end up on which teams? Do we watch highlights from the regular season every night at what is normally game time? Do get lost in the Tumblr tags of our favorite players?
Ugh, a long winter is ahead. But hey, at least the World Baseball Classic happens this year and will feature some of MLB’s faves playing for their home countries and bring baseball excitement back to us a little earlier than usual!
Till then, here’s hoping the GM of your favorite team doesn’t trade your favorite player to a team you hate and instead, makes wise choices and great pickups! That perhaps will be covered here because y’all, we are going to miss the shit out of baseball.
Giants gonna sweep? Tigers gonna find those bats and hit some baseballs where the orange and black can’t catch ‘em? Who will reign, Matt or Max? Will Prince come up in the clutch? Will Pablo Sandoval get more hits? While the Giants turn more double plays? Will Miguel Cabrera send one out of the park? What will Hunter Pence’s bat be named? And how the hell cold is it gonna be!
World Series. Game 4. Tomorrow.
If the World Series was one game, Pablo Sandoval would be the winner.
THAT JUST HAPPENED! OF THE DAY: San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Barry Zito was faced with the daunting task of starting against Detroit Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the World Series. As Verlander surprisingly showed that he wasn’t exactly the Verlander fans have come to know, Zito continued the dominance he’s enjoyed for the majority of his second half of the 2012 season, which included an absolutely fierce Game 5 of the NLCS in St. Louis. But what REALLY made Zito’s nice evening particularly unbelievable? The base hit and RBI he got off of Verlander in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Let that sink in a little bit. Barry Zito, who had just four hits over the course of the entire regular season, got an RBI. Off of Justin Verlander.
Back to your regularly scheduled Game 1, which may or may not include Pablo Sandoval’s fourth homer of the night.
The San Francisco Giants are headed to the World Series for the second time in three seasons, and while it may be easy to say “Oh, they just WENT to the World Series and WON!,” here are a few things to consider about the 2012 National League Champion San Francisco Giants.*
- Of the 2012 postseason roster, only ELEVEN of the players were also on the 2010 World Series roster.
- Of those eleven, EIGHT are pitchers. Included in those eight are starters Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, starter-turned-reliever(for-the-postseason) Tim Lincecum and relievers Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, Guillermo Mota and Sergio Romo.
- That means that only THREE of 2010’s position players are on the 2012 postseason roster.
- Of those three, only catcher Buster Posey was a starter both during the 2010 World Series and the 2012 postseason. Pablo Sandoval, while on the 2010 roster, was not a starting player for much of the World Series and Aubrey Huff has primarily been a pinch-hitter in the 2012 postseason.
- All FOUR of the Giants outfielders—Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco, Hunter Pence and Xavier Nady—are new to the Giants this season or later.
- Both shortstop Brandon Crawford and first baseman Brandon Belt are still in their first full year as Major League ballplayers.
- Relief pitcher George Kontos and backup catcher Hector Sanchez haven’t even gotten their first full year in yet.
- 37-year-old Marco Scutaro and 35-year-old Ryan Vogelsong are experiencing their first World Series of their career.
- After being left off of the 2010 World Series roster following a poor season, Barry Zito is scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the 2012 World Series. Zito pitched one of the best games of his career in Game 5 of the NLCS, bringing the series back to San Francisco.
So don’t worry about the World Series being boring because it’s the same team that was just there two years ago. There’s similarities, sure, but this is a different animal.
*Keep in mind that Bruce Bochy has yet to officially announce his World Series roster but it is pretty safe to assume that with the need for a DH and already having three spare infielders on the bench, the roster will likely stay the same for the final stretch.
Are there really people who think that the Tigers don’t deserve credit for beating the Yankees? That it was just the Yankees sucking that resulted in that win? When they have Miguel “Triple Crown” Cabrera, Justin “I Pitch Complete Game Shut-Outs For Breakfast” Verlander and Prince “I Don’t Need to Run Fast If I Hit the Ball Out of the Park” Fielder? Plus Jhonny “Did Someone Say Gold Glove?” Peralta, Delmon “Leading the LCS in RBIs” Young and Phil “Did Someone Say Finish It Up?” Coke? Among others?
Lack of appreciation of a team getting it done is not becoming to any baseball fan. Being disappointed and frustrated is one thing. Saying a team did nothing to win a best-of-seven series in four games is another.
How many people have a favorite American League baseball team and a favorite National League baseball team? Or at least one in each league that they follow closely? If so, which are they?
NO HITS FOR YOU! OF THE DAY
Last night, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Kevin Millwood was pitching a no-hitter through the sixth inning when he had to leave the game with an injury. The No-Hit Alerts had already been sent through social media, so rather than say “whelp, it just didn’t work out,” the Mariners decided to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless through all nine innings, even without the guy who started the trend. Five of Seattle’s relievers - Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen - pooled their talents, resulting in only the tenth combined no-hitter in Major League history. Now that’s teamwork!