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post #251 of 271
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Originally Posted by Bailey View Post

Well regular season wins don't really mean a lot.  I think the media basically figured the Tigers couldn't lose the two Verlander starts, so then it was just a matter of winning two of the other five games.  (Ironically, now Verlander might not even get to pitch twice.)  I was a little surprised they acted like the Giants had no offense.  And (as usual) they acknowledged one team had better defense but never really seemed to let that factor into their picks.

 

I'd agree with that, except that Detroit was an 88-win team in a bad division for a reason. They would've been one of the worst records to win a WS, so it'd be odd for so many professional analysts to pick them, if not for bias.

 

As much as the Verlander factor, I'm sure they were also blinded by Detroit obliterating The Most Important America's Team and Incarnation of Everything That is Baseball.

 

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Originally Posted by Ben W View Post

Dude, not only is your team about to win the World Series but it will be their second in three seasons.  Let it go and just enjoy the awsomeness. 

 

Oh, I'd be complaining about how crappy and biased most baseball coverage is regardless of whether it was my team they were ignoring. Especially ESPN. It's fun. smile.gif

 

I'm perfectly capable of multitasking!

 

Besides, right now, I'm mostly trying to avoid counting chickens that aren't hatched.

post #252 of 271

Incorrect evaluation is not the same thing as a predetermined bias.  As a fan of the White Sox, I haven't detected a ton of AL Central bias over the years.  Overall, interleague play, as well as the Yankee/Red Sox bias has swung the media to tend to favor the AL as a whole, of course.  So that's part of it.  But I think the media had perfectly legitimate reasons for thinking the Tigers were the favorite. They just happened to be wrong.

post #253 of 271

Giants color commentator Mike Krukow was on the radio today, talking about how the field before game 4 was overflowing with nearly every name baseball writer/reporter (including all of the ESPN regulars). He mentioned that the question every one of them was asking him was, "Who are these guys?!?"

 

Now he was just telling a fun story about the Giants making themselves known in the postseason. But I couldn't help thinking that a national baseball reporter should be embarrassed to ask that question... it's your job to know who they are!

 

As for tonight's game... if Pence and Belt are hitting, it could be a long night for Detroit.

post #254 of 271

If Kuiper said it I'd listen.  Krukow is a few jimmyjacks short of a gutbomb.

 

The Giants may not be filled with heralded names, but almost everyone on their roster is a recognizable baseball player.

post #255 of 271

I like how after that ball went out they immediately flashed to Verlander in the dugout.

 

We get it, you guys think Verlander has no shot of losing... even though he just did a few nights ago.

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I remember the Pirates losing a playoff series, when they had Bonds...Van Slyke sitting on the grass in the outfield after the last out, Leyland in the dugout - when was that, '91?

post #257 of 271
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I remember the Pirates losing a playoff series, when they had Bonds...Van Slyke sitting on the grass in the outfield after the last out, Leyland in the dugout - when was that, '91?

1992, when they knew that was the last game Bonds would ever play for the Pirates and they lost the game in the bottom of the 9th.

post #258 of 271

And then Bonds ended up being the albatross around the Giants' neck for over a decade.  As soon as Sabean didn't have to build the team around him it was the best thing that happened to the team since before they moved.

post #259 of 271
Yeah, that was it...

Grats to the Giants and their fans. Party down, fellas!
post #260 of 271

The Tigers looked so overmatched is this WS, not exactly sure how they swept the Yankess unless of course, NY was that shitty..

post #261 of 271

As I saw the slow motion replays of Theriot's slide scoring the winning run all I could think of was Anya and other Cub fans who are just a tiny bit more bitter tonight.

 

(And I really hope you guys get one eventually.  But maybe not before the White Sox get another.)

post #262 of 271

Well, we got a very tense, well-played final game. That's a strong note to end the season.

 

Practically everyone I know was hoping the Giants would lose 2 so they could win it at home, but I was rooting for this. Win, no torture!

 

The coolest thing about this title for me is how many of the guys who were non-factors in 2010 stepped up and made huge contributions. Romo, Sandoval and Zito were mostly unused in 2010 due to their struggles, so I loved watching them get it done, as all three seem like good guys.

 

I'll start worrying about offseason moves tomorrow, but for tonight... Dynasty? smile.gif

post #263 of 271

My lasting impression of this evening is that Eric Karros is sorely in need of a haircut.

 

But yeah, I love that Zito was actually on the roster and contributed mightily.  And also that Lincecum was a huge lift for the team out of the bullpen instead of disappointing afterthought.

post #264 of 271

Man, what a great time to be a Giants fan.

post #265 of 271
Yeah, I wish the Cardinals hadn't rolled over at the end there. Could have been us pummeling the Tigers. I do feel a bit bad for Detroit though.
post #266 of 271

 

700

post #267 of 271

I imagined Theriot was releasing all the pent up excitement he had for each day that he didn't get to play. It was so over-the-top it was hilarious. Combined with his slide that looked like he practiced it at a water park, and it might have been the funniest big play I've ever seen.

post #268 of 271

I think he kinda looked like MacGruber channeling Jimmy Connors.

post #269 of 271
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Originally Posted by Z.Vasquez View Post

Man, what a great time to be a Giants fan.

 

You said it. It's hard to put this run over 2010, but when you consider all the oddities (Zito, 6-0 in elimination games, 7 straight wins to wrap it up) you almost have to.

post #270 of 271
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What bugs me a little about Theriot is that he was embraced in Chicago then turnd on the fans the 2nd he left.  And now this average at best player has 2 rings.

 

It just blows my mind that he was the DH. 

post #271 of 271
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post

 

You said it. It's hard to put this run over 2010, but when you consider all the oddities (Zito, 6-0 in elimination games, 7 straight wins to wrap it up) you almost have to.


Yeah, in terms of actual play, I'd give the tip to this one, what with the elimination games, the the redemption of Barry Zito, the season-long redemption of Tim Lincecum, Sandoval becoming part of baseball history, etc.

 

But the last one will always be San Francisco's first, and really, to continue with the theme from above, the redemption of the franchise in the wake of the Bonds years.

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