Showing posts with label Madison Bumgarner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Madison Bumgarner. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - April 3, 2013



In a jammed packed episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I talk about listening to Yu Darvish's attempt for a perfect game while at Ikea, the futility of Heath Bell and the dominance of the San Francisco Giants.

And I determined which hitters and pitchers owned baseball for the day.

 Sully Baseball Daily Podcast - April 3, 2013
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Madison Bumgarner as interpreted by my son


My son Aidan heard the name Madison Bumgarner during Game 2.

He ran over and got a piece of paper.

He drew the back end of a wolf and a man watering the lawn.

Bum + Gardener.

He's my boy.
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

How did the Giants allow Madison Bumgarner to jump from space today?

Seriously. I thought players had clauses in their contracts preventing them from skiing and playing basketball and things that can risk serious injury.

But today, San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner put all those daredevils to shame with his amazing leap. From a capsule in space, the All Star left hander jumped 128,000 feet, roughly 24 miles from the atmosphere to the ground.

As impressive as the jump was, the fact that he did it on a day where he had a start in the NLCS is mindboggling.

That puts to shame Deion Sanders playing an NFL game and being in uniform for the 1992 NLCS on the same day.

I wonder if Tim McCarver will have harsh words for Bumgarner and his start.

So it was impressive, but a tip from your pal Sully. Next time you jump from space, do it on an off day.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

GIANTS MAGIC NUMBER IS 128


A little more than a month ago, the Giants were 1 game above .500 and seven games behind the Dodgers.

12 days ago, the Giants were 5 games out of first place.

This morning, Giants fans will wake up knowing their team is in first place by themselves.
On the heels of Madison Bumgarner's 1 hit masterpiece, the Giants have climbed into the penthouse by themselves.

Any combination of Giants wins and Dodgers losses equaling 128 will clinch the NL West for the Giants.

Begin the countdown!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Barry Zito... worth every penny
















Of COURSE it would be Barry Zito who threw the first complete game shutout of the season.
Of COURSE it would be Barry Zito who got the Giants first win, NOT Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain or Madison Bumgarner.
Of COURSE it would be Zito's first shutout since 2003.
Of COURSE it would be in Coors Field!
It ALL makes sense.

He wanted the first five years to be shaky to catch us all off guard and kick butt the final 2 seasons.

That's great news for the Giants.
But it would make THIS video instantly obsolete.


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Monday, July 18, 2011

The Javier Lopez - Brian Wilson win total challenge

The Giants very strange defense of their World Series title continued yesterday in San Diego. Once again a starting pitcher (this time Matt Cain) pitched well.

Once again the starting pitcher got a no decision and it went into extra innings.

Once again a reliever got the win.
I am convinced that Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Jonathan Sanchez will continue to put up wonderful numbers... except in the win column.

The Giants are going to win the West. Right now they are tied for the Phillies for the biggest lead in any Division. And the Giants rotation is the only one in baseball that can match up with the Phillies.

But I would LOVE to see the Giants finish the year with their aces winning 12-13 games, thus creating the illusion to those who just glance at the win-loss record that San Francisco's rotation is inferior.

Right now Brian Wilson has 6 wins, just 2 fewer than Cain and Lincecum.
Javier Lopez has 5 wins (including yesterday) and that is one behind Vogelsong.

I want Wilson and Lopez to each get to double digit wins. Preferably more than their All Star pitchers.

Imagine at the end of the year hearing "Brian Wilson led the team with 13 wins and Javier Lopez was second with 12. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain had 11 wins. Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner each had 10."

Then you get to smoke out which commentators are lazy and say "A down year for the Giants starters" etc.

Think that is crazy?
Have you been WATCHING the Giants?
Have you been noticed how many times the announcers say "A great start for [INSERT GIANTS STARTER HERE] but no run support"?
Have you seen how many games end with a mob at home plate after a walk off win?

Have 6 more walk offs go as wins for Brian Wilson... bam! There's 12 wins right there.
5 extra inning wins go to Lopez... and that's 10 for Lopez.

And that's 11 decisions NOT going to the rotation.
Throw in a fluke win here and a vulture win there and they could get up to 12-13 wins.

All that matters to a Giants fan is to pile up wins, no matter how odd they come about.
The Giants have played 15 extra inning games and 38 one run games.

So pile up the wins, Javier and Brian.
Lead the team... and make the other teams feel complacent

It's a hell of a way to defend a title.

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Giants... play a boring game... for my DAD'S sake!


















Look, the heart stopping wins are great, Giants. But it is getting a bit rough on my dad.
EVERY SINGLE NIGHT he has to watch a great pitcher, like Bumgarner tonight, throw a gem with zero wiggle room and wait for late game heroics.

Sandoval's go ahead double was amazing and Crawford's game ending double play was the coolest play of the year because I was convinced it was a game winning walk off hit for the Tigers.

But understand my dad watches every inning.
And tonight he was mumbling things like "We should harness the wind caused by our bats and we'd solve the energy crisis" and kept saying that Bochy has been SENTENCED to the job of Giants manager.

The Giants are defending their World Series title in as exciting a manner as I can remember.
But we have guests coming over this weekend. I'd like to see my dad relax a little.

Thanks a bunch.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

I am jealous of my dad
























He is currently sitting at AT&T Park watching the Defending World Champion San Francisco Giants take on the Cleveland Indians.

Late afternoon game... Madison Bumgarner on the mound... have fun dad.
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Awesome overload at AT&T Park











There will never be a night like this again in San Francisco.

Oh there might be another ring ceremony by China Basin.
And there will no doubt be another "down to the last strike surreal walk off win" for the Giants. So far they have had two in two home games this year.

But there will never be a first ring ceremony again.
Never again will there be a night where Hall of Famers Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry get their first ever World Series rings. (Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda got rings, but those were their second rings. Willie won in 1954. Cha Cha with the 1967 Cardinals.)

And to combine that with the surreal ending and Miguel Tejada basically saying "I want a ring too!" and you have a night that will never be replicated.

The great things about the Ring Ceremony is that it gives the previous championship a final exclamation. Everyone who got a ring (including Barry Zito) never has to wonder if they will ever reach the top of the baseball world. So many Hall of Famers played long and wonderful careers and never got that.

I wonder if the Madison Bumgarners and Buster Poseys, who spent part of 2010 in the minor leagues and won as a rookie, really understood what Perry and McCovey's rings meant.

They each played 22 seasons and never won a Series (although if McCovey's line drive eluded Bobby Richardson, then it would have been a different story.)

So 2010 is over. Focus on 2011.
And if the first few games are any indication, it is going to be nuts.
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

What did YOU do at age 21?









When I was 21 I was finishing up my junior year at NYU, eating too much Chinese food, renting movies at Kim's Video on Bleecker street and sharing a tiny apartment with a guy whose name escapes me right now.

When Madison Bumgarner was 21, he pitched 8 shutout innings in the World Series on the road against an amazing offensive team to put the Giants to within one game of their first World Series title since moving to California.

I am going to make a judgment call and say Madison's 21st year was better than mine.

Can YOU top Madison?

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Not a second guess


Note time and date that I am typing this.
With Cliff Lee pitching less than 5 innings in Game 1, Ron Washington HAS to throw him in Game 4.

As it stands right now, if the Rangers split Games 2 and 3, then they will be handing the ball to Tommy Hunter to prevent it from being a 3-1 hole.

Cliff Lee versus Madison Bumgarner is a mismatch and (assuming Texas wins games 2 or 3) would give the Rangers the best shot at a 2-2 series.

They NEED to do this.

The Rangers can't pull what the Yankees did and let A. J. Burnett and not Sabathia save their season.

Note time and date.
This is NOT a second guess
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Show of hands, Giants fans...

If I told you at the beginning of the NLCS that the Giants would beat Roy Halladay AND Cole Hamels, raise your hand if your would take it.

That if in Game 4, the Giants would face Joe Blanton, who hasn't pitched in nearly a month, and throw Madison Bumgarner, raise your hand if you'd take that.

Now how about if I told you that if EVERYTHING goes wrong in Game 4... they lose 20-0 and are no hit... they would still be tied 2-2 with Tim Lincecum on the mound at home? Show of hands if you would take it.

I expect to see a LOT of hands in the air.

I thought the Phillies were winning in 5.
They've got to run the table to win in 6.

And tomorrow is the ONE TIME the Giants aren't going to face a former Cy Young winner or NLCS MVP on the mound.

Blanton is a decent pitcher with a big heart.
Bumgarner is a solid pitcher with great stuff.

You'd have to favor the home team in that match up.

Hands up if you'd take that.

I know Giant fans shouldn't get ahead of themselves... but isn't cool to be in a situation where they SHOULDN'T get ahead of themselves?

Win tomorrow... then start getting giddy.
The Giants are half way there.

Hands up if you were expecting THAT?
(Mine would NOT be up.)



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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Offensive offense

Well, I already made the "Looks Like I Picked The Wrong Week To Quit..." joke from Airplane.

But I can honestly say right now the Giants need Willie Mays... NOW... at age 79...

He could easily hit 6th on this Giants team.

They've gone into Wrigley Field and scored a run.
One.

If Buster Posey's flyball doesn't clear the wall last night they would have been shut out two straight nights.

Want a scary stat?
In the Giants last 13 games they have scored 38 runs.
That's just under 3 runs a game. Not good for a pennant contender.

Want some scarier numbers?

Those 38 runs INCLUDES the 7 run outburst on September 9th, the 6 run game on September 12th, the 10 run game on September 16th and the 9 run game on Sunday the 19th.

So 32 of the 38 runs were scored in those 4 games.

Ready for some scary division?

In 9 critical "can't really afford to drop a game" stretch run games, the Giants scored a total of 6 runs.

Not per game.
All together.

This September they have lost 6 games where they have held the opposition to 3 runs or fewer.

Chew on that as they fall out of the playoff picture for at least a day and head to Colorado after tomorrow's game.

Bumgarner is on the mound. Hopefully the Giants can have one of their fluke offensive outbursts.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

The Giants are making all the right moves... SO WIN ALREADY!

I've been calling for the Giants to make some key moves since May.

And because the San Francisco front office evidently listens to me, they've been taking my suggestions.

Burrell is a Giant and homering.

Posey has been recalled as has Bumgarner.

And now the Giants took a risk by dealing away a terrific pitch caller in Bengie Molina. But they are putting Posey behind the plate where he should be for the next 10 years and they brought in Chris Ray who should give the bullpen a little depth.

The sum total of all these moves?
A 6 game losing streak.

And not just any losing streak... the last 4 have been to the Dodgers and the Rockies, two of the teams that they are bunched up with in the NL West race.

What the hell? They are improved and yet have dropped nearly a week into the loss column.

Let's pick it up, Giants. You've got 3 more in Coors Field, and I am heading up to the Bay Area this weekend and will spend some time with my dad, the biggest Giants fan I know.

He's happier when the Giants are winning and I want a happy dad.
You've got the pieces... WIN!



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