Baseball Sundays are just the best, aren’t they? The Giants won very tidily in Arizona today, by a final of 7-3 and got loads of hits in the process. 14, to be precise. Is that the best or is that the best? After such an up-and-down couple of weeks, a game that just goes down nicely is an anomaly and a welcome one, at that. Gregor Blanco and Brett Pill were the stars of the show and Barry Zito squeezed out a quality start, too. It is games like these that make you think – or, at least, hope – that the squad can work things out. It may not be neat, but it may work. They are back at .500 with 17 wins and 17 losses and they are six games out from the first place Dodgers. Not terribly shabby for May 13th. I think we may make it out alive, after all.
I am watching the Rangers (hopefully) rip through the Angels on ESPN, so I have to get going, but I would like to leave you with this two Mother’s Day stories. This first one comes from the Giants official blog about former Giant Eugenio Velez and it’s a smile-worthy story.
“Pura Eugenia Vancamper named her son after herself, and they always had a particularly close bond. She knew early on that baseball had a hold on him. When she let her three children choose a toy one day at a store, her older son chose a truck, her daughter a doll and Eugenio, still just a toddler, went straight for the plastic bat and ball. She tried to talk him into a tricycle but he insisted on the bat and ball.”
This story, about Texas’ Alexi Ogando, is also wonderfully heart-warming.
“It took five years for that second chance to come, but it did come, and there came a day last July when Fefa Ogando was not cooking in San Pedro de Macoris. She was riding in a truck through Phoenix streets that were lined with baseball fans. Her son was on the back of the truck during the Red Carpet Parade on his way to his first All-Star Game at Chase Field, and the fans were shouting ‘Ogando! Ogando!’
Fefa Ogando turned to Rangers broadcaster Eleno Ornelas and said, ‘They know my son’s name! I can’t believe it. Thank you so much for talking me into coming here!’”
Lastly, of course, our very own Gregor Blanco dedicated his fantastic game to his mother, who passed away six years ago. Bittersweet, but mostly sweet. A very lovely day around Major League baseball. Totally talking about the mother stories, but did I also mention that Nelson Cruz just hit a grand-slam in Texas? Yes. A lovely day.