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The Atlanta Braves group-hugs the World Series 2021

I began watching tonight’s game in the fourth inning and the Braves were in the lead with 3 to the Astros’ 0.  It still felt like either team could win it until sometime in the sixth inning when the Braves increased their lead to 6.  By the seventh inning, when that score went up again to 7, the probability of the Astros tying the game decreased significantly.  It felt a bit like being a football fan and knowing that the team you’re cheering for is going to win because they’re up by at least two touchdowns and maybe a field goal and there’s only two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

It’s so great to see men group-hug and blink away happy tears.  Oh yes, the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 7 to 0 in Game 6 and won the World Series.

It feels so good to see other people that excited and euphoric.

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Suspense Pastoral

I’ve been watching the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros swing it out in the World Series and noticed an element of baseball game play that I’d never before contemplated.  Compared to other team sports, the rhythm and suspense of baseball game play in relation to scoring is that no matter which team you root for, you can be more hopeful that your team can keep the lead or shrink the score gap.  There are nine innings after all.  Ninety-five minutes into a baseball game and you’re not even at the fifth inning yet.  There’s a more fluid stop-and-go of “plays” that lessens the sense of fiendish urgency to score points (in contrast to football, which consists of a much more blatant stop-and-go of plays and feeds into the o-m-g-we-are-losing energy).

Moreover, unlike the rapidly changing points in basketball, baseball’s scoring fluctuates in moderation (nevermind that the Astros took quite the lead against the Braves in Game 5 of the World Series and in a short period of time).  Though the game play is slower than that of futbol and hockey, the players have an easier time hitting balls, running bases, and making homeruns.  In other words, watch a baseball game for forty-five minutes and both teams would likely have at least one or two runs.  Watch a futbol or hockey game for the same amount of time and you’re lucky if one team made one point.

It’s easier to passively watch baseball too.  One can mute the game and knit a pair of gloves without feeling as though one is missing anything that cannot be seen on the screen.  Although I have muted Falcons’ games in the past (and other football games), there’s inevitably a part of me that wonders if something illuminating is being imparted by the commentators in relation to a play or a penalty.  Speaking of the Atlanta Falcons, they did not beat the Carolina Panthers on Halloween.  They lost 19 to 13, aka, three field goals or one touch down.  After skimming the scoring summary, it turns out that the Falcons missed a field goal in the bottom of the third quarter.  Even if they’d made that field goal, they would still be down by three points going into the end of the fourth quarter.  So, unless someone pulled a TD out of their elbow before the two-minute warning, they wouldn’t have won anyway.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

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Pic cred: Lesly Juarez, unsplash

World Series 2010 Game 5: Giants moonlight bays the Rangers

I kept a star in San Francisco, cupped to a wheel, she shines for me.   Like the luminosity of intergalactic memories, the San Francisco Giants have shined thrice already in the World Series.  Out-pitching and out-batting the Texas Rangers in three of four games thus far, the Giants were out to cradle the entire crown in Game 5.  Broadcast on Fox, the first inning began with Cliff Lee pitching for the Rangers and continued with Tim Lincecum pitching for the Giants.  Both teams displayed defense mettle through 4.5 innings.  It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth that the Rangers got their first base hit of the evening (courtesy of Michael Young).

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Five innings came and went with no score.  Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum were that good.  Offensive prowess was on the wane until Giants infielder Freddy Sanchez got a base hit.  Giants catcher Buster Posey then almost hit another homerun (Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz caught the ball against the back wall).  Cody Ross and Juan Uribe of the Giants both got base hits.  Two batters later, Edgar Renteria knocked Lee’s ball out of the park.  The Rangers still had a lot to give as Nelson Cruz hit a solo homerun.  San Francisco 3 and Texas 1.  Neftali Feliz replaced Cliff Lee as pitcher in the eighth inning.  Brian Wilson took on pitching duties for the Giants in the ninth inning.

SILKY SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES!!!!  SAN FRANCISCO WINS THE WORLD SERIES!!!

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Pitchers for the Giants were Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson.

Pitchers for the Rangers were Cliff Lee and Neftali Feliz.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The National Anthem was performed by Charley Pride.  It sounded very light and peppy, and yet slow like honey.

2.  Joe Buck and Tim McCarver served as narrators again.  Buck wore a black suit, a white and light blue striped button-down shirt, and a blue paisley tie.  Wow.  McCarver wore nearly the same outfit–only with a dark navy, cube-patterned suit, and a solid light bluish-gray tie.

3.  Cliff Lee reminds me of actors Anthony Perkins and Josh Hamilton.

4.  I want to braid Tim Lincecum’s hair–after it’s freshly shampooed.

5.  Former President and First Lady sat just behind home base.

6.  In the top of the seventh inning, with Cody Ross on third and Juan Uribe on second, a camera cut to Tim Lincecum with a Gatorade towel draped around his head.  He looked like he was hiding.  C’est mignonC’est tres adorable.

7.  Mollie Corbett sang “God Bless America.”  Her husband is in the air force (?).  She has a comforting voice.

Click here for the Giants’ roster and here for the Rangers’ roster.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Read more about this game here.

Read about Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4.

World Series 2010 Game 4: Giants hose down the Rangers

Being back in the Lone Star State was advantageous for the Texas Rangers as they defeated the San Francisco Giants 4 to 2 in the third game of the World Series last night.  Would Texas be able to reprise their victory in Game 4 or would San Francisco have something else in mind?  Televised by Fox, the Giants went to bat first and demonstrated a modicum amount more offensive spirit tonight than yesterday.  Their defense was spot-on when it was the Rangers turn to bat.

The Rangers demonstrated defensive confidence in the second inning that the Giants mirrored right back.  Infielder Freddy Sanchez made an incredible backwards leap of a catch (followed by backwards roll) in the bottom of the inning.  The top of the third inning saw the Giants put two runs onto the scoreboard (via outfielder Andres Torres and infielder Aubrey Huff).  San Francisco 2 and Texas 0.

Alexi Ogando had to leave pitching duties for Texas in the sixth inning due to an injury of some sort (pulled muscle?).   Darren Oliver replaced him.  The Giants got another run in the stop of the seventh inning when an Andres Torres hit enabled Edgar Renteria to get home.  San Francisco 3 and Texas 0.  Giants catcher Buster Poesy increased his team’s lead with a solo homerun in the top of the eighth inning.  San Francisco 4 and Texas 0.  Final score.

Pitchers for the Giants were Madison Bumgarner and Brian Wilson.

Pitchers for the Rangers were Tommy Hunter, Alexi Ogando, Darren Oliver, Darren O’Day, and Derek Holland.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Lyle Lovett sang “The Star Spangled Banner” with an accompanying cellist.  He wore a World Series jacket and looked severely dehydrated.  His version of the National Anthem was rather somber.

2.  The first pitch was thrown by former Presidents George Bush and son.  They rode in from the left gate.  Dad wore red and son wore blue.  Nolan Ryan served as catcher.  Barbara Bush was taking pictures with a digital camera.  Laura Bush sat next to her.  George W. actually threw the ball; his father stood back and watched.

3.  Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were commentators.  Buck wore a beige suit jacket, a lavender button-down shirt, and a navy-lavender diagonally striped tie.

4.  Andres Torres got himself to either second or third base in the top of the third inning.  Aubrey Huff hit the ball out of the park, and that produced the two runs.

5.  One of the spectators was dressed like a Jack Nicholson Joker with Heath Ledger hair and makeup.  Another spectator was dressed like Elvis, the latter years.  Another spectator was wearing a Captain America costume.

6.  Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa nearly did a split in the bottom of the fourth when he stretch to catch Freddy Sanchez’s throw (to get Michael Young out at first).

7.  HOLY SAN MARIANAS TRENCH!!! In the top of the sixth inning, upon returning from commercial break, the telecast went to the press box where Joe Buck was pointing out the Halloween decor.  He also made a reference to Hamlet!  There was an off-screen skull and Buck remarked, “You can even say ‘Alas poor Yorrick, I knew him well, Horatio.”

8.  For me, the suspense in baseball results from both the pitching and the batting when there’s someone on a base.  Every time the batter strikes out, doesn’t bother, or some other scenario that prevents him from hitting the ball, it makes me think of a football team’s inability to get another set of downs.

9.  4 Troops sang “God Bless America” in the middle of the seventh inning.  They should’ve done it acapella.

Click here for the Giants’ roster and here for the Rangers’ roster.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Read about Game 1; read about Game 2.

World Series 2010 Game 3: Rangers rewind the Giants

Detour: FL @ UGA in overtime 31-31.  Would the Gators kicker Chas Henry be able to make the thirty-seven yard field goal to win?!  Yes!  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Retour: And now back to the regularly scheduled blog post.
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The first two games of the World Series took place in San Francisco.  The third game unfolded in Arlington, Texas. Would home field be a boon or a bust for the Rangers?  Broadcast on Fox, the Giants were at bat first.   Good gourde!  Rangers Vladimir Guerrero nearly hit the a Jonathan Sanchez ball out of the park.  Giants outfielder Pat Burrell was able to catch it.  The second inning was progressing rather uneventfully when Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a homerun, sending himself and his two teammates through to home.

The third and fourth innings were scoreless.  The fifth inning featured an amazing double-play by the Giants (courtesy of Juan Uribe and Freddy Sanchez) in getting two Rangers out at second and first bases.  Shortly thereafter, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit the ball into the stands.  Texas 4 and San Francisco 0.  Guillermo Mota replaced Jonathan Sanchez in the bottom of the fifth inning.

It became apparent in the seventh inning that home field was a boon for the Rangers…and then Giants outfielder Cody Ross hit a homerun.  Texas 4 and San Francisco 1.  Jeremy Affeldt took over pitching in the bottom of the seventh.  Andres Torres hit a homerun in the top of the eighth inning, bringing the Giants point deficit to two.  Darren O’Day replaced Colby Lewis as pitcher.  Ramon Ramirez replaced Affeldt in the bottom of the inning.  The ninth inning saw Neftali Feliz on the mound for the Rangers.  The Giants had moments of offensive shine but it wasn’t sufficiently resilient.  Texas would be taking home bragging rights tonight.  4 to 2.

Pitchers for the Giants were Jonathan Sanchez, Guillermo Mota, Jeremy Affeldt, and Ramon Ramirez.

Pitchers for the Rangers were Colby Lewis, and Darren O’Day.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Chuck Morgan was the public address announcer.

2.  Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem.

3.  Joe Buck and Tim McCarver returned as commentators.  Buck wore a navy suit, a white and very thin, dark-striped shirt, and an orange-silvery horizontally striped tie.  It looked like an orange creamsicle!  Or a cremesaver.  Yummy.

4.  Nolan Ryan threw the first pitch of the game.

5.  Colby Lewis is tall!  He’s ambidextrous too.

6.  Former el Presidente and First Lady were sitting next to Nolan Ryan (just behind home base).

7.  In the top of the second inning, the camera cut to a medium shot of Giants pitcher Matt Cain leaning against the front bar of the dugout.  A law enforcement agent was standing in the corner; a pair of sunglasses sat atop his forehead.  He was chewing something.  I couldn’t tell if it was gum or other things that would require spitting.

8.  Mitch Moreland likes to bite his nails.

9.  Are Jonathan Sanchez’s eyebrows naturally dark or did he experiment with eye liner?

10.  The cast of Raising Hope was in the house.

11.  Freddy Sanchez nearly got hit on the head by a Colby Lewis 76mph curve ball in the top of the sixth inning.

12.  Ron Washington was chewing hot pink gum!

13.  Did one of the commentators say that Benghie Molina would get a ring no matter what team won?

14.  Actress Martha Plimpton sang “God Bless America” in the middle of the seventh inning.  Wow, she’s a bass.

Click here for the Giants’ roster and here for the Rangers’ roster.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Read about Game 1; read about Game 2.