Well, this has been a crazy week. I’ve been following it all out of one eye and ear because I was at a family event down south – with, y’know, a Rangers-Angels game mixed in – but sitting down to write this, I’m not exactly sure where to start.
There’s Ichiro in pinstripes which has to be acknowledged (yes, the apocalypse is definitely coming. Also, I’m going to be heartbroken when 2012 is over and we can’t make those jokes anymore.) and then there’s Hanley to the Dodgers, which has made a pretty big shift in the division. Personally, I’m of the opinion that Ramirez, as good as he is, is not a game-changer, pun kinda sorta intended. I don’t think the Dodgers are that much better with him and I still don’t think this division is theirs to win, just because of that move. We’ll have to see, of course, if they do anything further and if the Giants make any sort of corresponding move. A lot could still change between now and next Tuesday and it’s also worth noting that a number of the Giants x-factor moves in 2010 happened after the trade deadline; there’s still the whole waivers thing, post trade deadline. (Cody Ross? He was acquired on August 21st. Also, his secret career ambition is to be a rodeo clown. ‘Member that? Bet you didn’t. And, I mean, I didn’t either. Gracias, Wikipedia.)
Across the Bay, the A’s have been crazy good, going 9-1 in their last 10, completing a 4 game sweep of the first-place Yankees and are now beating Toronto 12-0 in the seventh. Say, what? Can you see my shocked face through the cybersphere? No? That’s probably a good thing. Anyhows, I’m not an A’s fan and don’t like Brad Pitt and all that, but I’m rooting for this to go on. It’s loads of fun to watch, no matter how you spin it.
The Giants won the series against the Padres, losing the final game today but pulling off an epicawesome walk-off win last night including the, um, potential Catch of the Year.
Just watch it over and over and bask. I’m not going to write any more because I don’t want to distract you, but before I go, Corey Hart to the Giants? I could live with that. Also, if I hear “[insert lousy team here]are sellers and [insert slightly less lousy team] are buyers!” one more time, I may go stark raving mad. My friends and family might react with, “Go stark raving mad?” Because, you know… I kind of already am.