Monday, October 12, 2009
Game, Set, Match, Season
Rather than provide a link to an earlier post, I start today's by reposting an excerpt from one... well ok, I'll provide the link too... in CASE you care to read the entire thing... thank you in advance for the indulgence.
Fast forward to today, October 12th... our boys have just been swept out of the post-season by an admittedly very good Angels ball club. Ironic as it may be, a Facebook friend and member of the Nation "uttered" those infamous words, "There's always next year"....
I'm not sure why I'm sitting here writing a post today in the "mood" that I am... Shocked but not surprised, simply put, the Angels played better than the Sox - MUCH better. But I never imagined getting swept !!! Yesterday's game epitomized a Nation member's emotional roller coaster...
Historically this most recent heart-break doesn't compare to the '75 series, Bucky Dent's home-run, Bill Buckner's "wickets", or even Pedro being left in against the Yankees... BUT... Paps had NEVER allowed an earned run to score in post-season play... yesterday he allowed 5... 2 runners from Billy Wagner in the 8th and 3 of his own in the 9th.
I can't help but recall how critical I've been about the bullpen AND Paps over the season... maybe sometimes I know more than I know.. DAMN ME !!!!! Yesterday the bullpen gave up 5 runs (+ another inherited runner to score = 6) out of the 7 runs scored by the Halos... the final strand of the rope being cut by Vladi Guerrero...
I'm going to take a different angle today... there are definitely some positives to be had about the season... first it was a very successful season for our boys... 95 wins and a play-off berth... and yesterday in particular, the bats woke up early - Pedey, VMart, Mikey, JD - and carried a 5-2 lead into the 8th.... Clay Buchholz completed his 1/2-season long maturation process and emerged as a true young gun pitching 5+ and allowing (officially) 2 runs.... Daniel Bard entered the contest in the 6th with the bases loaded and no outs... he EXITED the 6th having only allowed one of those base runners to score, and pitched a perfect 7th.
Certainly, these are positives to build on and pointing fingers won't bring back yesterday... we've been here before and I'm sure we'll be here again.... there's always next year... Nuf Ced
Thanks for stopping in for a visit. It's just my opinion, so please PAHDON it. Y'all come back now, ya heah !! Nuf Ced