I hate writing about games that end up as a complete slaughter because there’s no close drama, no tight rollercoaster of emotions tugging at the fans on both side, no real solid competition. It’s just clearly in one team’s control the whole time, and there’s nothing interesting to write about. Honestly, even when it’s the Yankees that just pummel their opponent, it’s often difficult to find the right angle to make a blog post interesting. Because just saying, “[Random Team] just trounced on [Opposing Team]” without talking about the give-and-take of a normal game is just boring.
I guess all I can say is that you are thus warned… I’m sorry. Blame the Royals.
Yes, the Royals won and tied up the series, but it was more in how they won. Or rather how it was certainly handed to them that made it rather painful to watch. It was the 2nd inning, that was either seen as ridiculously awesome to Royals fans or ridiculously awful to Giants fans. The Giants’ starter struggled a bit in the 1st inning, but not enough to cause much concern for the Giants. And then he just couldn’t seem to find his rhythm in the 2nd. Here’s what happened: single, single, RBI double, strikeout, single to load the bases, RBI single keeping bases loaded, (pitching change), 2-RBI single, 2-RBI double, RBI double, ground out, and foul pop up. Yes, if you kept count with all that, your math would add up to 7 runs for the Royals (on 11 batters).
Ouch is the appropriate sentiment, even if you are rooting for the Royals in this series.
The Royals then expanded that lead in the 3rd with a 2-out RBI ground-rule double, and then again in the 5th on an RBI double, and once more in the 7th with a lead-off solo home run.
And how did the Giants’ offense answer back? Get men on base but don’t let them score. Yes, we go to Game 7 with Kansas City jumping for joy with a big shutout. I’m not going to talk about the negative, so I’ll skip any comments on the entire Giants’ pitching staff. But I will say something about the Royals’ rookie starter — he’s pretty good. In honor of his late friend and cross-state competitor Oscar Tavares, Ventura wrote on his hat that this game (in which he would pitch so well) was dedicated to the memory of his friend. Our prayers continue to go our to the Tavares and Arvelo families during this time of loss.
World Series Game 6: Royals over Giants 10-0, series tied 3-3
Instead of the Yankee trivia bit, I thought I’d shake things up a bit and mention a couple of things in Yankee Universe. First, about halfway between the home towns of the two World Series teams, a slew of young hopeful prospects continue in the Arizona Fall League. If you don’t know what the AFL is, you’re not alone. It’s a special season in which prospects from each team are chosen to participate in an time of extended baseball; they are selected by their team, mostly from the AA and AAA levels. The league is set-up for players to develop and refine their skills and then play in front of scouts, executives, and other team personnel in a game setting. (The Wikipedia overview; and MLB information with current scores and standings.)
The Yankees are represented on the Scottsdale Scorpions (part of the East Division of the AFL, also populated by members of the Mets, Phillies, Pirates, and Giants) by pitchers Caleb Cotham, Kyle Haynes, and Alex Smith; catcher Kyle Higashioka; infielders Dante Bichette Jr and Greg Bird; and outfielders Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge. And though the Scorpions aren’t doing so well in the standings, word from Arizona is that some of these Baby Bombers have already sparked some conversation and interest — Bird, Austin, and Judge.
And finally, earlier this month, thieves broke into the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in New Jersey and stole an undisclosed number of World Series rings and two of his MVP plaques. Berra won the AL MVP in 1951, 1954, and 1955. He won his 10 rings as a Yankees player in 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, and 1962; as a coach with the Mets in 1969; and as a coach with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978. The police are still searching for the thieves, and the case is still open and ongoing.
In the mean time, the Yankees, the Mets, and MLB have supplied the Berra Museum with authentic replicas of the missing items. Fingers crossed here for total recovery and justice served in this case, but in the mean time, it’s nice to know that New York and Baseball still has Berra’s back all these years later. It certainly says a lot for his legacy, impact, and closeness to the game, the city, and the league.
“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” — Yogi Berra