1 down, 3 to go! Yay for not so hellish traffic (dry weather helps I suppose) also yay uber for seemingly hiring more drivers!
Couple of observations from the park, in TL : DR form since I actually have some catch up work to do...
-Delmon Young, as stated earlier, is probably the worst outfielder in the majors. The difference between him and Blanco is night and day. His throws on the singles from Scoots and Zito were the worst throws I've ever seen. The one on Z's hit landed about 30 ft in front of him and skipped towards home. Which brings me to point 2... (If you didn't see this, seriously google it or something, it's HILARIOUS)
-Zito's Single should've never left the infield if Cabby had any sort of range at all. Anytime there's a runner in scoring position and ball lands in left, they'll be waved home. No question.
-Mrs. made a great point about Verlander during the game. Verlander probably could've eaten more innings for Detroit had this been in an AL city, but no DH forced Leyland's hand, and thus the Giants got to chew up the bullpen a little.
-Detroit, sans Cabrera and Fielder, are every bit the dirt swingers as advertised. Coworker nailed this on the head.
-Valverde's mound antics is really ****ing annoying. It was annoying when he was a Dback, and it's still annoying now. Also noticed he checks the stadium gun after every pitch. Could potentially be a reason he's struggling.
-Loved how Prince Fielder flipped his bat like he hit a 500ft oppo HR, only to have it caught by Blanco... 100 ft short of the fence.
-Giants OF's get some of the worst jumps on flyballs ever, their closing speed makes up for it though. This is not just in this game but something I've noticed throughout the whole year, really evident live.
-Lincecum, filthy. Whatever is in his head that keeps him from starting, fix it please. Because that's the Timmy I know and love. Perfect 2 1/3rd, 5ks.
Some non game related flavor stuff around the park:
-Got dropped off at the park around 245-3, and while I was getting dropped off I literally watched someone raise the price of parking from 80 bucks to 90. Straight up sticker over old price.
-They showed Joe Montana on the Jumbotron in the suites, and guess who he was with... Dunno if their friends, or maybe he was just dropping by to say hello but MC Hammer was in there with him. I thought that was hilarious.
-Seeing Willy Mays and co. throw out the first pitch still gives me chills. Wish I had been around to see that guy play.
-Video/Music guy at AT&T definitely played more Eminem than I was used to. Not sure if I'm just reading too much into it or what... But it definitely seemed on purpose. To the point where I was half expecting a mocking "Cat Daddy" on the big board when Verlander was chased.
-I wanted to post this this morning but didn't get a chance, but a few colleagues were talking about how hilarious it was that Pepsi spent so much for World Series branding and At&t has a Giant coke bottle out in CF. Evidently Pepsi has instructed Fox to limit shots and mentions of the Coke bottle. Did any of you guys notice anything out of the ordinary? Maybe announcers calling it "soda bottle" instead? or differences in how stadium shots were done?
-There was a very audible "AJ sucks" chant near the Fox studio on the way to getting Cha Cha bowls. Yes, Mr. Pierzinski, you are still hated in SF. So are you Eric Karros the Dodger. Now that I think about it... Fox employs every Giant hater known to man.
I'm not as buzzed as I was after game 7, so I'm pretty sure I'm remembering mostly everything that stood out...
Oh and KM, my son wasn't upset there was no rainbow today He actually stayed awake the whole time! Covered his faux hawk with a Panda hat
If there's anyway the Giants can have Kirk Reuter start in this series too that'd be swell... Evidently mid 80's fastballs are the thing now! Kirk Reuter always had that horseshoe where the Giants would score 5-6 runs for him every time.
Maybe Estes is down to 80-85 now too, let's pull him from CSN desk!
Another note: Benito Santiago has aged... considerably. My god he looks twice as old as before and he looked pretty old to start.
To add to Timmy's awesomeness... He definitely gave Cabby a look back and "brush shoulder off" gesture after K'ng him. It was small, but it was definitely there. LOVE IT.
Bum hasn't pitched in a week and a half. Maybe his arm is rejuvenated a bit if it's a dead arm like Franchise speculated.
Not sure how much you are care or whatnot, but just in case...
Look up a YT of Game 4 Start WS last year (figured this would be easy to find) and compare it to his recent starts.
In that WS start and most of his starts this year, his shoulder roll on his delivery is completely "rolling" over and finishing, allowing him to stay on top of the ball and "finish" his pitches.
In his more recent starts he's flattening out a bit, almost "lunging/leaning" with his arm dragging out in his delivery and it's causing his back foot slider to RH's (and other pitches) to hang a bit.
This type of behavior (breakdown of mechanics) is usually caused by fatigue. Bum is a slinging type pitcher and really needs make it a point to stay on top of the ball. This is something 3/4 release type guys do by habit in the first place, they don't typically tend to sit lower in release point (start to submarine) when they get tired because it's a point of emphasis in teaching for the more traditional windups.
I'm probably explaining this really poorly, since it's rushed, but if you watch it closely enough you'll pick up on it. One decent thing about this lockout is the Giants picking up some fans who might just become hardcore for the sport!
Bum is a top 5 lefty in the game IMO, and other than Kershaw there's no one I'd rather have locked up long term. I'm looking forward to seeing that MadBum tomorrow!
After the game lastnight the wife and I went up to coit tower to get a few pictures of it lit up in orange. It was awesome because from up there you could hear people through the city yelling and cheering "Go Giants woooo" then a firetruck honking it's horn and a crowd went nuts. It was amazing to be up there where it was quiet and hear the exhilaration from the people in the city below. It is amazing how an event like this can bring a city together(for the most part).