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GAMEBALL and JOKER ==> GIANTS at PHILS 08/17




After a disappointing series versus the Padres, the Giants get a 6 Game Roadie into fellow Wild Card hopefuls St Louis and Philly……Hoping for 4-2, could live with 3-3, but really just hoping we can avoid a sweep in either city…..

GAMEBALL and JOKER ==> GIANTS at PHILS 08/17

GAMEBALL
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Well, that bat looked pretty nice tonight, with line drive out to Right, a smash single to lef, and a BOMB that answered the Phillies 2 run 6th and pulled the Giants to within a run…… what a random collection the Giants have put together on offense……The Phenom behind the plate, a struggling Panda at 3rd…….and a bunch of vets on the wrong side of 30 that resembles the Island of Misfit Toys more than a playoff lineup…and with what we saw tonight, looks like Jose's bat will be a perfect fit with the Giants despite the square wheels on his caboose…..

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BURRELL
Got off to a quick start with a solo shot in the first to give the Giants a 2 run margin

POSEY
2 hits including a single that setup the Giants first run

CASILLA
With Runzler and Affeldt on the mend, Casilla is making a strong case for keeping a roster spot….and tonight he kept the Giants in the game getting out of the 6th with a runner on 2nd and no one out…..don't look now but that’s his 10th appearance in a row without giving up a run…..15 innings, 5 hits, 4 walks, 10 k's…….
 
BOBBY THOMPSON
What can you say, the biggest most famous Home Run in baseball history……and it beat the Dodgers….

JOKER
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RAY
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Ouch…..so THAT'S the bad Ray…..Chris saw his ERA fatten up quicker that a Retired Tony Gwynn….going from from [sign in to see URL] to [sign in to see URL] in 1 appearance……and he was hit pretty hard…..a couple hard hit balls through the right side. a walk with Victorino dancing of 1st, and then a Double by Ruiz that hit a wall harder than Tom Cruise's career

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RAMIREZ
Dind't do Ray any favors allowing all of Ray's inherited runners to score……and soon, Ramon might have a chance to show one his most valuable attributes…….he has options available (Marco, feel free to double check me, I am doing rules by memory)….and when Runzler and Affeldt return, the Giants are going to need this roster spot….

ZITO
Got an early lead, but wasn't able to hold it…..the big stat of the night is 0 K's……if Zito isn't missing bats, it's not going to be a good night…and he got 4 swings and misses in 91 pitches….4 swings and misses?

URIBE
4 swings and misses…that was an average At Bat for Uribe tonight

PABLO
2 boot in 2 games….

FART IN NOTE
0 for 3 with a boot

HUFF
And the Water Buffalo that stirs the drink……opened up about himself and Pat in ] the Merc…..and then proceeded to go 0 for 4 with 0 for 2 and a DP with runners in scoring position….

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(The fine print: There will be cussing and bad taste. This is written with the heat of the moment feel you may have during the game, with rational thought sprinkled in now and then. This is entertainment folks, sure there is a lot of truth and I am a genius, but this is all about having a laugh and enjoying the ride…….now lets go heckle Jeff Kent when he gets inducted to Cooperstown..)



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It's a common mistake, so I'll try not to be the grumpy old guy telling merkin to get off my lawn, but Bobby Thomson's name has no "p" in it.

So much time has gone by now that those of us raised on Thomson's homer as the coolest thing ever in the history of sports are going to have to adjust to its fading in a world in which video of a walk-off is a nearly nightly occurrence, and where (especially in the south) baseball is what people follow between NASCAR races and while waiting for football.

But for half a century, Thomson was a huge deal, especially to Giants fans. The mule crowd already knows this because we've talked about it so often, but Francis Ford Coppola has Russ Hodges' call of the Thomson AB playing on a radio in the toll booth when Sonny pulls up and has himself a meltdown inning in The Godfather. [Presumably this means Coppola liked the Dodgers, especially since putting a 1951 broadcast on the radio for a scene taking place in 1947 (in the book) means he went out of his way.]

If a pennant race today played out like the NY-BRK 1951 race from August 12 to October 3, ESPN would simply implode (especially with both teams being from NYC). They'd run out of superlatives by about September 20 and from that point on would be reduced to simply going on camera and jerking themselves while the AV geeks competed with each other to dig up the most treacly and emotional music to pair with slo-motion highlights of that day's events.

If you watch the wonderful extended footage from [sign in to see URL] after Thomson hits it out, the celebration is not only unlike anything before it, it's not like anything captured on film AFTER it until much more recent times.

It was electric. And Game 1 of the World Series was the very next afternoon.

I watched the HR and aftermath yesterday for the God-knows-how-many-th time, and it was still a rush.

If you own it or can rent it or can find it on YouTube, check out Ken Burns' treatment of the race and the homer in the installment of his Baseball documentary entitled "The Empire of Baseball." Being a Jackie Robinson fan, he doesn't give it all to us with completely perfect pro-Giants spin, but it's really good.

Lifetime Gameball for Bobby Thomson.
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Thankfully, Thomson's HR happened when the visual media was developed to a sufficent stage to capture and preserve it, which, I think, adds the sense of timeless immortality it has rightfully earned.

Makes me think of other baseball-related events I'd like to see, but never will.

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would have loved to have seen teh 1912 decathlon and pentathlon
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quote:

jdb242424 wrote:

would have loved to have seen teh 1912 decathlon and pentathlon



I'm presuming that Jim Thorpe is the attraction, and he was a baseball player--a Giant, in fact, so that makes it baseball-related, in a typically oblique way.

Ironically, he was stripped of his Stockholm medals where he uttered his famous "thanks, King" because he had played some professional baseball prior.

A travesty that is fitting, because JDB's posts often read like someone running the bases backwards.

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