Congrats to him. Now he can teach our players how professionals hit. By being patient and not swinging at pitcher’s pitches before getting two strikes. Get two strikes and protect. Get 2-1, 3-1 counts and rip.
Back before this World Series started, I said Rangers in 5 (along with #50). I figured that their offense would continue hitting well and their pitching would stifle the Cardinals’. Obviously, I was wrong with that prediction.
What I’m more glad about, though, is that we’re seeing a good, evenly-matched WS. The fact that we haven’t had a Game 7 since 2002 and only two Game 6s (’09 and ’03) since then has made me want it to be at least exciting and not one-sided.
Good to see us actually on the winning side of one of those “all-time” series. Smoltz said something after the Braves lost that 18-inning game to the Astros that he was tired of being on the losing end of the greatest “blankety-blank” games or series.
Maybe I’m just extremely forgetful, but why don’t I remember much of anything from that 1999 series except Ventura’s grand-slam single and Andruw’s walk-off walk? And am I the only person who feels this way? It doesn’t seem so, since no one really talks about this series as an all-time great series. How is such a dramatic series so forgetful?
I guess maybe it’s just that, although the games were very close and there was a lot of late-inning drama, there just weren’t that many walk-offs for such a close series. There weren’t many what we might call signature moments, aside from those mentioned above.
I think it’s because there weren’t many walkoffs and because it looked like the Braves were going to sweep the series when they won the first 3 games. The series wasn’t really close until Ventura hit that homer. That’s when it got going.
I must be rooting for the Rangers. Way to blow 2 2-run leads. Cruz has to make that catch, or know he won’t and field that better. What a terrible play. And then to have the outfield playing so deep in the 9th where any little flare is going to drop in and score the tying run. Crazy. Very Braves-esque.