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And That Happened: World Series Edition

Oct 28, 2010, 5:55 AM EST

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Giants 11, Rangers 7: I’m trying to remember a sloppier World Series game, but I’m comin’ up empty. At least if you don’t count the earthquake.

The big story today is obviously Cliff Lee, who saw his postseason ERA climb from 1.26 to 1.96 in the space of a couple hours. Then there are the six errors (Pfun Pfact: none were on Juan Uribe or Edgar Renteria, who actually played some pretty spiffy defense out there, amazingly enough). And the fact that the Giants felt they had to bring in Brian Wilson with a seven run lead. And then there was Juan Uribe’s bomb and Freddy Sanchez’s doubles.  All interesting in their own right.  But the thing that still stuck in my mind as I went to bed last night was Vlad Guerrero in right field. It was ugly and it was sad and I hope we don’t have to see it again.  Give me Murphy, Ron Washington. Hell, even give me Francoeur.  But if I have to see one of my favorite players embarrassing himself out in the field again, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to handle it.

As for the series, I know we live in the age of “Everything That Just Happened Is The Most Important Thing That Has Ever Happened,” but it’s one game. An encouraging one, no question, if you’re the Giants. A punch to the nose, no question, if you’re the Rangers. But it’s a best of seven here. The Rangers were down 0-1 in the ALCS following a somewhat shocking loss.  They didn’t need two Cliff Lee victories in that series either. Still lots of baseball to be played.

Here’s hoping it’s played much, much better by both sides.

  1. Jonny 5 - Oct 28, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    This has got to please some Philadelphia pitching very, very much. Timmy almost blew up the game early on, and then he held fast. I think the shock of seeing SF pick Cliff Lee apart killed the Rangers Offense more than Timmy did. It was as if SF took the first page from GWB’s war on Iraq and used it against his Texas Rangers. Shock and Awe was the name of the game, leaving Cliff Lee and the Rangers looking, well, Shocked and awed.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 28, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    WOW!! Just saw the score. 11-7 Giants? I guess Cliff Lee loses his crown as the greatest postseason pitcher of all time. Oh well. In more important news, the Sixers got bombed by the Borg last night, and they basically look like a intramural squad. 30 wins would be a miracle this year for them.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 28, 2010 at 10:17 AM

      I’m sure there’s an NBA blog out there somewhere for you to lurk in…

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

      I don’t know if that is more important–it is the Sixers, after all–but I sure as hell would say it would be much more predictable. (But the team that stuffed them the night before lost to the King-less Cavs, so what does THAT say?)

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