Three Jacks and the Giants Are Going to Kansas City!

The Rookie

Joe "ballgame" Panik hits 2-run blast in 3rd inning off Adam Wainwright to put the G-Men ahead 2-1.

Joe “ballgame” Panik hits 2-run blast in 3rd inning off Adam Wainwright to put the G-Men ahead 2-1.

The Pinch Hitter

Michael Morse comes off the bench to hit an electrifying solo shot in the 8th off of Pat Neshek to tie the game 3-3!

Michael Morse comes off the bench to hit an electrifying solo shot in the 8th off of Pat Neshek to tie the game 3-3!

The Castaway

Travis Ishikawa jacks Wacha for a three-run walk-off homer in the 9th inning and the Giants are in The World Series! Just like the ending to a movie.(The Natural) ;-)

Travis Ishikawa jacks Wacha for a three-run walk-off homer in the 9th inning and the Giants are in The World Series! Just like the ending to a movie.(The Natural) ;-)

SLAMMED! SMOKED! BELTED!

Bandon Crawford's Grand Slam sinks Pirates in 2014 NL Wild Card Game!

Bandon Crawford’s Grand Slam sinks Pirates in 2014 NL Wild Card Game!

Hunter Strickland  thows 100mph fastball past Nats Ian Desmond in NLDS Game 1. "Throw him the heater Hunter!" Hunter Strickland throws 100mph heater past Nats’ Ian Desmond to end bases-loaded jam in NLDS Game 1.

Brandon Belt HR in 18th inning crushes the Nats and crowd in D. C.

Brandon Belt HR in 18th inning crushes the Nats and crowd in NLDS Game 2. That ball was crushed!

What “Beat LA!” Looks Like…

The Giants outlasted and Dodgers in LA last night 5-2 in 13 innings. It was a a grueling pressure-packed win. Jake Peavy was dealing and so was the bullpen. Gregor Blanco was the man…
BEAT LA! never looked better. (hehe)
Peavy Snuffs LA
Giants Beat LA 5-2 in 13 inningson 9-22-14

So much of baseball is played between the ears…

…and there’s much more to the game than meets the eye. Which is why Roger Angell (for my money) is the best baseball writer of all time. From his astute antidotes and intelligent insights to a grand grasp of the old ballgame and it’s place in American history. Mr. Angell’s writing turns his love of baseball into newfound understanding and a deeper appreciation of the game for his readers. And he’s been writing about baseball for over 50 years! So, I’d like to extend a heartfelt “thank you!” to Mr. Angell for all the joy his prose has brought to Mudville and beyond over the decades.

Also, congratulations to the 93-year-young New Yorker writer for receiving the sport’s highest writing honor, the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, in Cooperstown last month as part of the MLB Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Richly deserved.

Roger Angell and Andy in Central Park

Roger Angell and Andy in Central Park

Going to wait ’til the midnight hour…

… and the 14th inning to win an all-hands on deck marathon in Philly last night. Brandon Crawford’s bases-loaded double scored three runs in the 14th and the G-Men held on for what may prove to be a watershed victory in the 2014 season. All of this wouldn’t have happened if not for Buster Posey’s clutch game-tying HR in the 9th. His dinger was the first HR given up by Paplebon all season! And speaking of firsts, Timmy came in to record the 1st Save of his career in the 14th. Oh what a night, and ballgame in Philly!

Buster's solo shot ties game in the 9th. Giving the Giants hope and Phillies closer Paplebon his first blown save of 2014.

Buster’s solo shot ties game in the 9th. Giving the Giants hope and Phillies closer Paplebon his first blown save of 2014.

Timmy the closer! The Freak gets 1st career save. And he joins Sandy Koufax as the only pitcher to record a no-hitter and save in the same season.

Timmy the closer! The Freak gets 1st career save. And he joins Sandy Koufax as the only pitcher to record a no-hitter and save in the same season.

 

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