“Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting….”
Just a quick update here, but I just wanted to talk about how remarkable Pablo Sandoval’s three homer game was in Game One of the World Series and how no one seems to be talking about it.
In a feat that has been matched only by baseball greats Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols, Sandoval blasted three shots off the tenacious Tiger pitching staff and slugged his way into the record books. His first inning shot off King Verlander was a surprise, on an 0-2 count nonetheless, and then he did it again. And again.
The Panda hit three shots into the stands on a crisp San Francisco night and yet no one seems to be talking about this performance. Could it be that its luster was diminished because Pujols hit three in a game just last year? Maybe it was because the game drew the lowest ratings of any World Series game in history? Whatever the case, Pablo deserves just a little bit more recognition than he received, but don’t worry, he’ll get it when he takes the World Series MVP trophy off of Mr. Selig’s hands next week.
It’s going to be Panda-monium.
The 2012 season has been a year of surprises. Both the Orioles and the Athletics, teams that were predicted to dwell in the cellars of their respective divisions, made the playoffs. Mike Trout became Superman Reincarnated and is likely to win at least the AL Rookie of the Year, if not the AL MVP. Fernando Rodney discovered what it was like to pitch again, while aces Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay seemingly lost all understanding of the concepts of winning baseball games. However there is still one thing we know, Jason Bay still sucks. But now it has come time for the ultimate conclusion to our eventful 2012 season, as we have reached the Fall Classic.
*cue the dramatic music*
In a matchup that offers little surprise to baseball analysts who had created postseason predictions before the season’s beginning, the San Francisco Giants are set to take on the Detroit Tigers in this year’s World Series. With the first game happening tonight, predictions are rampant among baseball analysts and casual observers of the game. That being said, here are my five startling predictions for the 2012 World Series.
1. Justin Verlander will not be the winning starting pitcher tonight.
-That would be Mr. Overpaid Barry Zito, who will regain his form and allow a total of 2 runs over 7 innings. Verlander will allow 3 but will still be on the hook for the loss.
2. Brandon Crawford will become the Giants’ Derek Jeter, leading the team in hits during the series.
-Move over Marco Scutaro, there’s a new OBP monster in town. Crawford will erupt this series, and I’m predicting about 10 hits from him in total over a course of 22 at-bats.
3. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder will combine to total 4 RBI’s and a .240 BA.
-Miggy and Prince aren’t invincible, and this will be one of those unforeseen situations where in major moments they won’t be able to put the bat on the ball. It will drive the guys at ESPN insane!
4. José Valverde will reclaim the closer role and save one of the Tiger victories.
-Sorry Phil, but I prefer Pepsi. José will save a game, but before he does he will allow one walk and one hit to make things a little more interesting.
5. Giants in 6.
-Trust me, it’s a tough prediction to swallow, but as we’ve seen with this season, anything is possible.
This is the first entry of a 2 part series titled Manoman’s Top 20
I was thinking about doing something like:
The Top Awesome Players That Are Now Playing Today
My Grand Slam Crew of Active Baseball Players
I was even thinking of doing something like…
The 20 Most Spectacular Men That Are Playing the Game of Baseball Today
(thankfully I didn’t go there)
So with that, let’s get on with the list!!!
20. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Always flying under the radar and puts up great numbers at the massive Petco Park.
19.Dustin Pedroia 2B
The “Little Man” had great numbers in 2008 and he won the MVP Award. Even though he is a Red Sox, I like him because he shows so much determination and dediication to the game of baseball.
18. Nick Markakis RF
He is a consistent threat at the plate and makes great plays in the outfield.
17. Grady Sizemore CF
Grady is a great young hitter with 40-40 potential and he is very exciting to watch on the field.
16. David Price SP
David is an amazing young pitcher who is going to be the next Johan Santana. He has electric stuff and is the future ace of the Rays.
15. Jorge Posada C
He is a homegrown Yankee who has played with the club for more than 10 years now. He also provides great leadership and order to the pitching staff and is cool to watch in the game.
14. Ichiro Suzuki RF
I like how Ichiro plays the game and he is practically a guarantee to get on base every time he is at bat. He has gold glove caliber fielding and he is a steals machine.
13. CC Sabathia SP
CC is now in N.Y.C. and with him comes at least 15 victories and a great attitude. I feel like he is one of my “home boys”.
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12. Mark Teixeira 1B
Mark is an up-beat kind of guy that brings his best to the field every game and always has a smile on his face.
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