The commercials show that they’re doing MLB divisional previews, which I think may be premature, with the Winter Meetings coming up and Spring Training a couple of months away.
If the Giants do not get Mike Stanton, maybe they should pick up free agents Brandon Morrow and Curtis Granderson from the Dodgers.
There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.
― Jackie Robinson, I Never Had It Made
I do miss baseball. As I do every year, after Thanksgiving Day.
I’m gonna play a couple of games of my 1967 San Francisco Giants season replay.
I’m replaying Dwight Gooden’s rookie season in 1984, and I’m up to game #24 of his career: a road game vs. the San Francisco Giants, at Candlestick Park.
The opposing pitcher: Mike Krukow.
On this day, August 17, 1984, both pitchers went 9 innings, with no scoring.
In the top of the 10th, Krukow gave up a 2-run homer to Wally Backman, giving the Mets the lead. Jesse Orosco pitched the bottom of the 10th for the save (his 26th), with Gooden winning his 11th game of the season.
Starting pitching lines:
Gooden: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 12 K
Krukow: 9.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 10 K
I doubt my replay will turn out the same. We’ll see.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by my chosen hobbies.
And that’s just what I touched this weekend.
I also spent a few days following the livestream from Star Wars Celebration Orlando, got a haircut, went to a baseball game, watched the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who, attended a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark with a live orchestra, Easter Brunch with family, and still feel that I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to this weekend.
For example, I didn’t get to play a game of Warfighter or Phantom Leader. Or start watching a couple of shows on Netflix/Amazon Video. Or read comics. Or read in general.
I’m posting this trailer just because. You folks who haven’t started watching this really should start, the last season begins this fall.