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Giants Pound Justin Verlander, Take Game 1

October 25, 2012

Picking a signature moment in that game is like picking a favorite child. Which is to say: surprisingly easy.

You might think I’m going with one of Pablo’s three (!) homers, or more outstandingness from Scutaro. Maybe Zito doffing his cap to the mother of all unlikely standing ovations, or Tim Lincecum, ace relief pitcher.

Nope. My pick is the smirk. You know the one. It was the third inning and Verlander had just given up another run. Sandoval, who’d pounded a high fastball into the center field bleachers his first time up, was kung-fuing toward the plate. So Jeff Jones, the Tigers’ pitching coach, decided to pay a visit to the mound. Not the worst idea in the world; even if he didn’t have anything particularly insightful to say, at least he’d quiet the crowd and give Verlander a chance to compose himself. But no. This is Justin Verlander, MVP/Cy Young/Superhuman Lizardman. If he wants a visit from the pitching coach, he’ll fucking summon him with his telekinetic powers. The look Verlander gave Jones said it all: Siddown, man…I got this. 

Turns out, not.

Verlander didn’t have his best stuff working, but it’s not like he was lobbing watermelons up there. The biting curve was biting, the smoking fastball was smoking. The Giants hit good pitches. And, in Sandoval’s case, hit them very, very far.

So get used to it, I guess. The Giants are an offensive juggernaut now. Barry Zito is a big game pitcher. Tim Lincecum is a middle reliever. And we’re three wins away from another parade down Market. Pinch me.

On second thought, don’t.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2012 5:02 am

    Great write up to a game that defied every expectation that I had. I feel like I’m living in some alternate universe. The best, most fun alternate universe imaginable. GO GIANTS!!

  2. ernie sandwich permalink
    October 25, 2012 5:27 am

    the greatest to ever walk the earth, v-loser takes a dump.

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