You’re Killin’ Me, San Francisco.
November 1st, 2010 by slangon

I’m just going to stop talking about how I’m utterly shocked that the Giants keep winning. Of course they keep winning. Apparently that’s what they do. Apparently the Giants are the best team ever. Apparently all it took was sticking Cody Ross, Edgar Renteria, Freddy Sanchez, Pat Burrell and Juan Uribe on the same team to turn them into a bunch of winners.

Despite all these San Francisco wins that are piling up and bumming me out, I’m actually pretty intrigued to see the rematch of Game 1, with Lincecum facing Cliff Lee again.

I really have to believe that Lee was just having an uncharacteristically bad night. How can it be that the Giants somehow figured out this guy who otherwise has been eating his post-season adversaries for breakfast? I’m coming to realize that the Giants bats deserve more credit than most people give them credit for, but I still refuse to believe that they deserve that much credit.

Anyway, here’s some Game 5 action from the days of yore.

I always feel slightly bad for Jerry Koosman. He was a really, really good pitcher, but never seemed to get any credit for that since he played along side of Tom Seaver. In 1969, the year the Mets went on to win the World Series, Koosman went 17-9 with a 2.28 ERA and 180 strikeouts. Pretty damn good numbers, right? I’d take those out a starting pitcher any day. But hey, look everybody at what Tom Seaver did. He went 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA and 208 punch outs. Jerry who? I mean, the man even has to share his rookie card with Nolan Ryan. That’s just cold. If it’s any consolation, in the ’69 World Series, Seaver went 1-1 with an even 3.00 ERA while Koos posted a 2-0 record with a 2.04 ERA. Take that, Tom Terrific.

I find it sort of funny in a cruel way that Topps chose to have the title of this card call out that Blue Moon Odom was thrown out at the plate, rather than word it so that it’s more like Johnny Bench tagged out the runner at home. Seems to me getting thrown out at home isn’t really a “World Series Highlight”, whereas making the play at the plate is. What makes the play better (if you like the Reds) or worse (if you like the A’s) is that it happened in the bottom of the 9th and Odom would’ve been the tying run. An interesting coincidence is that the Reds, like Texas going into tonights game, were down in the Series 3-1.

As much as it pains me to point this out as further hope for the Rangers, thanks to this Game 5 win in the 1973 World Series, the Mets were up 3 games to 2 over Oakland, but the Mets ultimately lost the Series. So keep your chin up, boys. Until the Giants win 4 games, there’s still hope.

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