You sat in your dens or offices Tuesday, watched the Giants stick four runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and thought, “We’ve got this.”
The players knew better. Anyone who has paid attention to San Francisco playoff baseball knew better. That big first inning was no time to celebrate, but an invitation to pop into the bathroom to make sure your medicine cabinet was stocked with motion-sickness pills.
The Giants won Game3 of the National League Championship Series their way, the nutty way, wasting all of a 4-0 lead, getting one hit from innings two through nine, then beating the Cardinals 5-4 in the 10th on the first game-ending throwing error by a pitcher in the postseason since 1969.
With two on and nobody out, reliever Randy Choate grabbed Gregor Blanco’s bunt to the left of the mound, a good one. As the Giants’ outfielder ran to first, Choate threw the ball wide of the bag and toward the visiting bullpen, allowing Brandon Crawford to coast home from second with the run that gave the Giants a lead of two games to one in the best-of-seven series.
Six more like this one might cause their manager to lose what little dark hair he hast left.
“I’m a little delirious,” Bochy said. “Man, these are hard-fought games. We don’t do anything easy.”
The SF Giants have some good starting pitching. At times it is awesome. Their relief pitching is pretty good too. Their fielding and the unique design of AT&T Park (it’s a pitcher’s dream) keep the team in games by making it difficult to score runs. But you can’t win if you don’t score runs.
The whole team seems to be going through a batting slump.
It would be really nice if the Giants hitters all started knocking out lots of hits, extra-base hits and home runs, but that wouldn’t be Giants baseball.
The Giants never do anything the easy way.
I fell asleep at my desk trying to finish this post.
Here is the part I didn’t finish:
I realize that I have been doing a lot of baseball posts lately. One way or the other that will end for the year in the next few days. In my defense I mainly confine my sports posting to two teams that are in different sports, along with an annual Superbowl post. I don’t post about college, NASCAR, basketball, golf, soccer or hockey.
As I grow older I have learned to appreciate the value of culture. Our genetic heritage makes us human. Our cultural heritage makes us Americans. Baseball is part of America’s cultural heritage. So is football.
Baseball and football are valuable parts of our culture, but they are not essential. You can be an American without loving sports, but you can’t truly be an American without loving American culture.
Show me an American citizen who despises American culture, and I’ll show you a Leftist.