This is my 500th post! Celebrate with me! Adore Yu Darvish with me!
I had sort of a bad feeling about last night’s NLDS finale. I have kind of a bad feeling whenever the Cardinals are involved. It’s nothing against them personally, it’s just… something against them personally. Recall last year’s Game We Do Not Talk About. (Literally. We literally do not talk about it. If you start talk about it, I will not hesitate to employ techniques like Willy Wonka’s Stickjaw For Talkative Baseball Fans and plugging my ears and singing Total Eclipse of the Heart at the top of my lungs.) Anyway, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach as that game played out and the Nationals completed what people are calling the biggest choke in recent memory.
I’d like to stop right there, though. Yes, they choked. The Nats were the favorite from the NL to go to the World Series and their decision to shut down Strasburg only adds fuel to the second-guessing fire. But it’s baseball. These things happen. There’s a “choke” almost every year and in large part, it’s just bad luck, it’s what happens at the moment and, you know, facing the Cards (kidding, kidding). I’m sure it’s a nasty enough moment for the Nationals organization and their fans. I don’t have much love lost for them myself, but there’s no need to hash and rehash right this moment, either. I’d rather leave it at that.
On to happier things!
The Giants checked out of their hotel in Cinci in the middle of that game and waited in their plane to take off as the game ended. I would personally rather endure a myriad of terrible tortures, such as having my liver eaten out every day à la Prometheus, then spend that extra time on a plane, but to each his own, I guess. Maybe their planes are really nice/equipped with life-size Temple Runs screens or something.
Practically, the outcome was good for us. The Giants have home field advantage locked down the rest of the way and Tim Lincecum’s beanie habit is alive and well. Good news, good news.
Photo from @SFGiants.
Also, how about the omnipresent Ryan Theriot smile? Sadly, no fedora. But the smile will do.