For the last 3 games (over the last 4 nights), I got to watch things fall apart at the seams for my team. I wrote last week that this series was going to be a battle... Ladies and gentlemen it was. The Cardinals surged out to an early lead in the series, but the Giants battled back, and like the Cardinals last year, as things moved forward in the series seemed destined to win. I hate to say the Cardinals lost focus but in each game a costly error lead to a big inning, and the Giants never looked back. The Giants were making every play, and every ground ball seemed to "have eyes". The Giants were the better team for the last 3 games. Like the series against the Reds, they battled, the fought and clawed their way to the next round... and in this case the pennant. In each of those games, the Giants made a great played that killed a rally. The Giants won this series. Baseball is funny like that, sometimes the ball bounces your way, sometimes it doesn't (Just ask Pete Kozma as he watched a Hunter Pence ground ball make a right hand turn and shoot past him to drive in 3 runs).
This series was how baseball is supposed to played though. They are two tough, gritty teams. They are not teams full of guys who need the limelight, or guys who are more worried about who's in the stands, than on the field. These are teams of guys who went to war with each other. They left it on all the field. They played hard, but even after a very criticized slide, grudges were not held (Holliday got plunked last night, and everyone moved on). There were no guys going to the press using expletives to describe there hatred of the other team... the guys just went out and played. One team just capitalized on opportunities more than the others.
I am proud of the Cardinals, even though games 5, 6, 7 were painful to watch, and I wish the Giants the best... they are facing a very very good Detroit team with a should be MVP in Miguel Cabrera, and a man among boys Ace in Justin Verlander. Detroit better show up though, because this Giants team is not going to give up, not going to go away. They are fighter, and they are winners too.
On a side note, Congratulations to the Indiana Fever, We are proud of you! Hanging a banner in the field house was a long time coming. My Charge to the Pacers is to step up to the plate and hang one in the rafters as well.
Have a great week
-T.O. signing out