MLB Playoff Gloating, and Some Old Wounds

Rangers and Giants World Series

Did you seriously think I couldn't out coach Girardi!?! What planet are you on?

Is it really going to happen? The two teams I wanted to win could be squaring off in the World Series. I’m always a fan of the underdog, so usually my teams get knocked out just after I decide to root for them. Naturally, it makes me not care much who wins the championship when the teams I don’t care about are in the final series. This year has been different though, and the teams that I’m rooting for, for some reason, are actually winning. It’s like when I get excited seeing one of my bets at halftime correct, only to see said team fail to cover. Maybe, because neither series is over, especially the Giants and Phillies because it’s only a 2-1 series lead, and the Phillies have the pitching and hitting to come back. Plus the Giants seem to have a hard time closing out their opponent, (see the regular season against the Padres). The only reason I feel like that series is a done deal is because my 80 year old grandpa said to me over the phone last night that the Giants would win the WS. Sure, he’s been a big Giants fan his whole life, but MCeezy will vouch for him that if he says it, it will come true! It’s one heart attack win after another for the Giants all season long, so I hope grandpa didn’t jinx them. In the other league, my ALCS prediction was spot on. It’s been awhile since I was able to gloat about a prediction, so here it goes with the things I was right about! The Rangers made the Yankees look old, check. They scored every way imaginable while running all over Posada, check. Ron Washington out coached Joe Girardi by not over managing and getting his players motivated, check. The only thing I didn’t predict was how good the Rangers pitchers would be, and honestly aside from the bullpen meltdown in game 1, they dominated the best hitting lineup in the league. Now that the Rangers are up 3-1 I feel comfortable saying they will be in the World Series. Even if the Yankees somehow shake it off, and win the next two games they will have to face Cliff Lee in game 7. I’d say that means series over anyway you look at it.

Kirk Gibson Still Grinds My Gears

It’s been 22 years since Kirk broke my heart as a young baseball fan with his gimp pinch hit home run off the A’s unstoppable Eckersly. At seven years old, I didn’t think I’d hate his name still 22 years later, but reading about him selling off that historic pinch hit bat making me relive that experience yet again filled me with that same hatred. It’s bad enough they show his fist pumps around the bases every month or two during the season, but having to read about the intricacies of the bat and jersey made me throw up in my mouth a little. Here’s what Gibson said that made me relive one of my worst childhood sports moments,

If you look at the handle on the end of that bat, there’s an ‘x’ because it was a reject. I really only got it because it was so light, I was hurt, so I started to get that ready,” he said. “The cleat marks at the head of the bat where I hit my shoes, there’s indentations at the beginning of the bat. At the end of the bat, it was so deep, there’s really deep indentations, the red ink from the foul balls I hit is on it. You can actually see the spot where I made contact with the ball. It’s preserved very well.”

I can take a little solace in the fact that he is a dick, and many people don’t like him, but it just reminds me that some things you never really get over. I guess holding grudges is part of being a fan. Devastating moment #2 was probably the “Tuck Rule.”

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8 responses to “MLB Playoff Gloating, and Some Old Wounds

  • tophatal

    chappy 81

    Which is more embarrassing at present a Yankees’ fan burying their head in the sand or trying to bury it up their own ass ?

    WS #27 will have to wait ’til next year I suspect !

    tophatal 🙂

    • chappy81

      I think the most embarrassing part about all of this was that the moves they made at the trade deadline didn’t help at all. If they were really serious about winning it all this year, they should’ve made a play for Lilly instead of going for Berkman, Kearns, and Wood! I hope they never get to #27! Bring on the curse of “The Boss”

      • tophatal

        chappy

        I guess this may well be something that Pavano and A J Burnett have in common they’ve been robbing the Yankees blind. Burnett is still owed $20 mil on his four yr $52 million contract . Nice money when you can get it for simply stinking up the joint like a used feminine hygiene product .

        tophatal 🙂

  • tophatal

    chappy

    Any World Series without the Yankees is fine with me and to hell with what the league hierarchy and the advertisers want !

    tophatal 🙂

  • mceezy

    So true on the devastating moments…. I think Jeremy Giambi’s non slide is a distant third. Then I’d throw in Games 6 & 7 of the kings-lakers conference finals

  • By

    Giambi get down! Vlade secure that board! Heartbreakers…

    Thanks for showing us Giants some love Chaps, also if the Giants are lucky enough to prevail over the Phillies, I kind of wanted them to take on the Yanks. Nothing would be sweeter than beating those damn Yankees.

    • chappy81

      Total heartbreakers… I guess the pain from those just never for get those no matter what happens…

      I’d write more about the Giants, but don’t follow them closely enough to do so or I would! Lee will stop any momentum the Yankees will possibly have if they win tomorrow!

  • Chris Humpherys

    I’ve been way off on these playoffs.

    I didn’t give San Francisco the slightest bit of a chance and the Phillies and their starting rotation of H20.

    But they’re one strong Lincecum outing away from making it all the way.

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