I’ve had a great time in Detroit. I mean, vicariously. Through the Giants. I love their hyper-emotive pitchers.
And their torrential rain storms and orange skies that follow kind of rule too.
(Photo from @hankschulman, which is basically to say I am not responsible for the quality.)
We have a lot to talk about so let’s jump right in…
I called that offensive explosion, didn’t I? I actually said there probably wouldn’t be one. But that meant that the thought crossed my mind when everyone else was just talking about them having no offense. So I kinda-sorta called it. 15 runs, in all. And six shutout innings from Zito after pitching on (short) three days rest and (long) three hour rain delay rest. I can’t say I agree with his rapper choices (Mac Miller? Really?) but hey, if it works for him.
Today was depressing with a capital D. There was the whole hitting with RISP and the whole Pitchers Are Supposed to Throw Strikes thing, too. Then again, this was a happy day- win or loss- because it signals the end of Interleague Play and the Giants taking two out of three left Detroit only half a game back in their division, which is good. My money and heart are still on the Tigers to win the Central. San Francisco finishes the roadtrip with a winning record and a lead in the West. What more can a girl ask for? (I mean, aside from hitting with RISP and strikes and maybe some D&G sunglasses.)
Today was also All Star Sunday. I am appropriately indignant about several players (where is Elvis? I mean, really? Not on the roster?) because that seems to be a mandatory thing about being a baseball fan, but overall fine with the rosters. Ryan’s the starting left fielder and he always promises to put on a good show, the Yankees cleaned up and I am in denial that someone I’ve never heard of beat out Joe Mauer, so all is well in the world.
We also have a special birthday to celebrate- aside from, you know, the country’s birthday tomorrow- and that is the 44th of GM Extraordinaire #5, Brian Cashman! Incidentally, Brian Sabean’s was on July 1st, but I was unaware. So happy belated to him as well. I think I need to make a calendar of GM birthdays. This is unscientific, but they seem to mostly be born in December. This is weird. I need to investigate. Catch y’all later.
p.s. I know I am way too deep in Little League mode when I paste a smile on my face and say “Nice catch, Tiger” after Ryan Raburn’s catch. I needed to remind myself that this is not LL and being nice to the opposing team is not necessary. But that got me thinking that it’s actually a nice gesture they ingrain in the kids, like high fiving the opposing team afterwards, win or lose. The fact that they mutilate that into high fiving their own teammates on the field afterwards at the Major League level has also struck me as strange. Selig, are you listening? Forget about the protecting the catcher rule change. We need a rule change right here.