The San Francisco Giants have an energy and momentum right now that is palpable. We usually only hear of physicists or new-age gurus that talk about the actual weight and physical presence of energy. Quantum physics are two scary words for the uninitiated.....but, right now its really the only thing that describes the "feel" around the Giants right now.
The Giants energy is tangible.
Right now the baseball Giants are collection of molecules operating in a synchronized fashion at a level of perfection rarely seen in sport on the team level. We see specific players get in a zone. Rarely, if ever, do we see TEAMS get in a zone. We are talking about 25 guys....ALL playing at their apex.
I watch a lot of baseball. Its basically my love. Its one of my true loves. Whether I am watching a tee ball game, high school, Legion ball or the big leaguers....its what envelopes me. I have seen a lot of outstanding baseball performances in my day.....The Giants of RIGHT NOW and the Red Sox run of 2004, are the only times I have felt that there was something bigger than sport taking place.
The Giants are a confluence of energy, passion, talent, determination and joy.....its a wave.....and we are all being carried along in its journey
WE HAVE A GAME 7 AND KPAY's MIKE BACA SAYS HE ISN'T TRYING TO JINX THE GIANTS
I wish my baseball picks had to the power to sway games. But, sadly, my choices don't mean a hill of beans in the grand scheme of things. With that said, this Bit o Baca is for those Giants fans who think that there is some kind of method to my madness as I have picked to the Giants to win the NLCS series in 7 games.
As I say in today's Bit o Baca, I would be a fool to pick AGAINST the Giants right now.
CHICO HIGH'S TRAVON REID FENDS OFF PARADISE LINEBACKER ERIK JENSEN
IN FRIDAY NIGHT'S EPIC CHICO AND PARADISE FOOTBALL GAME....WON BY CHICO 36-35 IN DOUBLE OT
It was a classic game with a classic finish. The Paradise Bobcats, playing their third straight emotional game against a high quality opponent. The Chico High Panthers, looking to stand tall against the big, bad Bobcats from the ridge. What we got was one of the best games the North Section has seen in years.
Chico High converts a 4th and 17 for a touchdown in the first overtime and then a 4th and 8 for a touchdown in the second overtime to send their crowd into a frenzy. Chico High Head Coach Jason Alvistur would then go for a two-point conversion in the second overtime. Recognizing his team was physically beaten up, Alvistur in the gutsiest of fashions went for the win. When Daniel Robbins would hit Burak Karatekeli at the goal line, and the referee signaled score.....it was a celebration on the Panther side-line usually reserved for the Almond Bowl. An exhausted Robbins was hugging friends and family at the center of the field after the game. His brow furrowed, in pain, yet his eyes telling the story of a win he will always remember. I saw the disappointment and also the wry smiles of Paradise players, knowing they fought hard, but were beaten by a super-human effort and determination.
As I left the field on Friday night, I could almost sense Paradise's admiration for what Chico pulled off. A Bobcat team that had to play Foothill, Enterprise and Chico in consecutive weeks. Knowing the schedule was bound to take its toll.
Yet, it appeared they had the game won multiple times. In overtime, the Bobcats had a chance to intercept Daniel Robbins three times, yet couldn't corral the passes and let victory slip to the turf. You had Robbins battling a bum ankle and leg cramps, gimping his way through the overtime, virtually willing his team to victory.
Seeing these two teams leave everything they had on the field, you could only feel great for both squads. Sport, in its most raw and simple terms. Two clubs competing at the highest level wanting to win more than a hungry man wants food......What more, as a fan could you ask for ?
Chico High won the game. Paradise won honor in defeat. And, those that witnessed the game had the privilege of seeing it.
THE GIANTS CELEBRATE THEIR HISTORY MAKING COMEBACK IN CINCINNATI
Are you kidding me ? Losing their first two games at home the San Francisco Giants rally to win three straight in Cincinnati. Taking Buster Posey's lead, the Giants held on for a 6-4 win in Game 5 at the Great American Ballpark on Thursday. While Giants fans revel in their joy, those without a vested interest have to tip their caps to an amazing baseball feat......Does it feel like 2010 ? Maybe
THREE OF THE GUYS IN THIS PICTURE BETTER START HITTING OR ELSE........
The joy and happiness of Tuesday's Giants win in Game 3 of their National League Divisional Playoff game in Cincinnati shouldn't mask the fact that the Giants are not hitting. While the game three win was nice, if these Giants don't start hitting, and hitting soon, the season will end.
San Francisco has managed just 5 hits in the last 19 innings of baseball. On top of that Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence are a combined 3-for-36. They are all 1-for-12. While the Reds pitching has contributed to the sub-par numbers, the Giants have got to take better at-bats and find ways to get on base. It is contingent on these hitters, which surround both Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey in the line-up, to find ways to get on base.
Game 3 was great, but if these three guys don't hit....there will not be a Game 5.
THE GIANTS TURN TO RYAN VOGELSONG TO SAVE THEIR SEASON TODAY IN CINCINNATI
For six months you battle, scratch and claw to get into the post-season....and then with just a few rough at-bats or a bad outing here or there....It could all be over. That's what faces both the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's today as they try and stave off elimination trailing in their best-of-five Division Playoff series 0-2.
ITS TIME TO MOVE FROM THE 2009 NORTH SECTION TITLE GAME......IT REALLY IS
Based on conversations I have had with Paradise football coaches I don't see the any lingering affects from the 2009 Division I North Section title game. For those of you who are uninitiated, Enterprise captured the 2009 section title with an improbable and controversial 26-23 win on a cold night at Wraith Field.
Whether you agree with the call by the game officials or not, the result of that game had lasting affects.
First, Enterprise contends that their bus was vandalized when their basketball team came to the ridge several months later as a direct result of that football game. Second, Enterprise cancelled the season series in football with Paradise over concerns for the safety of their fans and players. Third, Paradise fans got a bad rap for being these out of control zealots who were sore losers. And, in conclusion, regardless of who you were pulling for that night, everyone lost.
Paradise lost some respect in the eyes of the peers in the North Section and Enterprise lost the glory that goes with winning a section title since there was such controversy at the end of the game.
I think it is unfair to use a broad brush to characterize the fans of Paradise as these maniacal fans who are sore losers and don't give the 2009 Enterprise kids credit in that game. 99.9 percent of Bobcat fans congratulate the Hornets and thought they played an amazing game that night. The raucous minority was given too much publicity by the local media, myself included and that I believe helped taint the situation. I believe it was unwise of Enterprise to cancel the season series with Paradise. In some respects I think it was cowardly and dismissive. If Enterprise had safety concerns, those could have been ironed out, with a meeting of the minds at both schools. Instead the Hornets decided to stop playing the Bobcats, which I feel added fuel to fire.
Paradise football fans are the most loyal and rabid in the North State. A few bad apples characterized the Paradise fans as bad fans......which couldn't be further from the truth. Paradise puts 3000 butts in the seats at every home game and travels better than any fan base, for any sport north of Sacramento. Its truly "Hoosiers" re-visited.
Sadly the controversial ending to the game meant a tarnished title. Lets put a stop to that right now ! Paradise beat Enterprise 49-13 three weeks before the section title match-up. They held a two score lead late in the third quarter, yet couldn't put the Hornets away. When they had the chance, they couldn't get that extra first down, they couldn't keep possession. When they finally had appeared to win the game, they didn't stay on the field as required by the rules. We can debate whether the officials made the right call penalizing Paradise for illegal participation, after a blocked field goal had seemingly won the game for the Bobcats. We can debate whether the officials should have allowed Coach Trueblood from arguing his case for 20 minutes on the field until he got his way. These are all points of contention that split these schools in the most vociferous of fashions. What can not be debated is Enterprise's mental toughness and Paradise's inability to put the game away. And, lastly, the Bobcats inability to stop the Hornets on a 4th and 24 in the waning seconds......
So, Bobcat fans, its time to move on. Hell, you have won back-to-back section titles (2010, 2011) and have been the dominant program in Northern California for more than a decade. Give the Bobcats of 2009 their due....a great team, one of the best to ever suit up in the green and gold. But, you need to also give, as Coach Rick Prinz has, the Enterprise Hornets their due. An amazing performance, on hostile grounds to win a championship that no one thought they could win. It was a great game and its taken way too long for the remnants of that game to be extricated from the Bobcat conscience......Let tonight be the first step in moving on from that cold November night.
WE SAW ANOTHER RIVETING CHAPTER IN THE GIANT DODGER RIVALRY.....THIS TIME SAN FRANCISCO GETS THE LAST LAUGH
Dodgers and Giants is synonimous with Hatfields and McCoys. Its been a rivalry for more than 100 years. Its storied, bitter and passion-filled. And, rarely does it leave both fan bases happy at the end of a season. In 1951 it was the Giants winning 37 of the final 44 to erase a 13.5 game deficit and win the NL Pennant on Bobby Thomson's SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD
In 1962, the Dodgers and Giants played a three-game playoff again. This time the Giants scored four runs in the top of the 9th inning of the decisive third game to beat the Dodgers 6-4, dealing the Dodgers a memorable defeat during their hey-day.
In 1982, it was Joe Morgan hitting a three-run home run off of Terry Forster giving the Giants a 5-2 lead in a game the Dodgers had to win to force a one-game playoff with the Atlanta Braves. It was crippling blow as the Dodgers were looking to repeat as World Series champions.
In 1993, the Dodgers repaid the favor. as the Dodgers were rebuilding, the Giants were on their way to magical finish. Having won 103 games entering the final day of the 1993 season, the Dodgers would trounce the Giants 12-1 ending their season and giving the title to the Atlanta Braves.
In 2004, Steve Finley would hit a walk-off grand-slam on the next to last day of the season. The slam would give the Dodgers the division and would eliminate the Giants in a walk-off at Dodger Stadium.
And now, 2012 gets its place in the pantheon of great rivalry moments. The Giants were in, and the Dodgers needed a win to force a decisive 162nd game of the season......but the Giants up-end the Dodgers 4-3 in a thriler from Dodger Stadium last night.
In a rivalry of last laughs.....The Giants got it last night. The proverbial cherry on top of the 2012 season. They are National League West winners and they eliminated their hated rivals. Today is a good day to be a Giant
When I played ball we used to call it "getting in your head." Its where your focus turns from the task at hand to some inocuous subject that does not have any relevancy to your success or failure. As the San Francisco Giants get ready for the playoffs and the Dodgers get ready to head home, I get the feeling that the San Francisco Giants "fans" I know, are afflicted with this pre-occupation.
Many are focusing on the Dodgers payroll NEXT YEAR and are not relishing their own division title this season. Giants fans are already in excuse making mode.....explaining how the Dodgers success in 2013 will be tainted by their exhorbinant payroll figures, which could top 200 million dollars.
My message for Giants fans. Quit lamenting what will be, and start enjoying what is. Who knows ? It may be the last champagne you pour for awhile......
THE ROADRUNNERS BEAT MODESTO 45-38 ON SATURDAY BUT ITS NOT ALL ROSES IN
THE LAND OF THE ROADRUNNER
Despite being undefeated at 5-0, the Butte College Roadrunner football team can not play with the lack of consistency we have seen of late. Falling behind 21-6 at Delta and coughing up a 28 point lead at home on Saturday are indications the Roadrunners are far from a finished product.
Head coach Jeff Jordan has been telling anyone within ear-shot that his team is good, but in many respects just getting by. He has not been happy with some of their recent practices and he sees that translation into sloppy play on Saturday afternoons.
There is still time to iron out their issues......Jeff Jordan will make sure of it.