Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The beginning and the end

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, who continue to shake the Barry Bonds cloud by defeating the Atlanta Braves (sorry DayF) and heading for a date with the Philadelphia Phillies Buzzsaw in the NLCS.

The final game was significant in that it signaled a welcome mat for a couple of Giants rookies. Madison Bumgarner, rookie (phenom?), who pitched an average 6 innings of 6 hit, 5K ball, but considering this is Madison's first rodeo, and an elimination game, AND pitching against a veteran ace, this one was special.

I really want to say that the Giants hit the pedal when Posey found his way into the every day rotation. Last night Posey was reasonably quiet, but did score the go-ahead run in the 7th to put the pressure on Atlanta.

Of course the end of the series is also bitter sweet as baseball says goodbye to one of the greatest managers in the history of the game.

Hell, Cox was managing when I was a teenager. Back in the days before Internet and satellite sports, I was a Braves fan and followed Bobby as he brought his team to the playoffs EVERY SINGLE YEAR... I will never forget the euphoria when the most unlikely fellow, Sid Bream came rumbling around 3rd and beat the tag to take out the hated Pirates and Barry Bonds.
Have a happy retirement Bobby!

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