This could easily be the craziest and most-controversial finish to any World Series game ever. Cards lead the Bosox 2 games to 1 with Game 4 playing Sunday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Saturday that legendary left-handed batter Stan “The Man” Musial, a Hall of Famer, passed away at the age of 92. Musial was one of the best hitters to ever play the game. He was a World War II veteran.
Cardinals Chairman William DeWitt Jr. said in a statement that Musial was the “most beloved member of the Cardinals family.”
“We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family,” DeWitt said. “Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball.”
His Hall of Fame biography reads:
After 22 years as a Cardinal, Stan Musial ranked at or near the top of baseball’s all-time lists in almost every batting category. The dead-armed Class C pitcher was transformed into a slugging outfielder who topped the .300 mark 17 times and won seven National League batting titles with his famed corkscrew stance and ringing line drives. A three-time MVP, he played in 24 All-Star games. He was nicknamed The Man by Dodgers fans for the havoc he wrought at Ebbets Field and was but one home run shy of capturing the National League Triple Crown in 1948.
This gives me a chance to tell my favorite baseball joke:
Two old baseball players, Abe and Sol, sit on a park bench feeding pigeons and talking about baseball. Abe turns to Sol and asks, “Do you think there’s baseball in Heaven?”
Sol thinks about it for a minute and replies, “I dunno. But let’s make a deal — if I die first, I’ll come back and tell you if there’s baseball in Heaven, and if you die first, you do the same.”
They shake on it and sadly, a few months later, poor Abe passes on. Soon afterward, Sol sits in the park feeding the pigeons by himself and hears a voice whisper, “Sol… Sol… .”
Sol responds, “Abe! Is that you?”
“Yes it is, Sol,” whispers Abe’s ghost.
Sol, still amazed, asks, “So, is there baseball in Heaven?”
“Well,” says Abe, “I’ve got good news and bad news.”
“Gimme the good news first,” says Sol.
Abe says, “Well, there is baseball in Heaven.”
Sol says, “That’s great! What news could be bad enough to ruin that?”
Abe sighs and whispers, “You’re starting tonight.”
Rest in peace, Stan.
They came together despite crushing injuries and unexpected slumps. They stayed together through a spending spree by their closest rivals and a suspension that rocked baseball but only furthered the resolve within the clubhouse.
On Saturday, the Giants finally got to celebrate together.
An 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park clinched the organization’s second National League West title in three years and set off a wild celebration for a Giants team that brought in plenty of new faces this season but again found the right mix.
“To be successful in this game, it takes a lot of people,” catcher Buster Posey said. “This team is a great example of a lot of different guys getting it done on different nights.”
The Giants trailed the Los Angeles Dodgers by 7½ games May 28 but slowly chipped away. When their eighth National League West title came into view, the Giants started firing on all cylinders. With manager Bruce Bochy preaching the need to “take care of business every day,” the Giants won six straight games to clinch the West, improving to 43-23 since the All-Star break.
“They were relentless,” Bochy said. “We did this the way you’re supposed to, and that’s going out and winning it. We didn’t back in.”
Ten teams enter the playoffs. Nine teams will lose their last game. The Giants will most likely face the Reds while the Nationals and the wild card winner will meet.
I gotta buy a playoff hat.
The SF Giants host the SD Padres tonight at 7:15 pm at AT&T Park. Ryan Vogelsong (12-9, 3.65 ERA) will be pitching for the Giants. The Dodgers vs. Reds game is already underway. Any combination of Giants wins or Dodger losses totaling 3 games and the Giants clinch the NL West Division and go to the playoffs.
What else is happening out there?
The Giants and the Raiders are both on television tonight. One game starts at 5:30 and the other one at 7:15 pm. The Giants are in playoff contention and this is the Raiders’ home opener against division foe San Diego.
I guess I should pray that the Giants don’t go to extra innings.
Y’all keep it down during the games.