Thursday, October 23, 2014

World Series Game 2: This Pitcher Is a Pipe Bomb

When Gregor Blanco hit his leadoff home run to begin this little shitshow, I was on the bus, listening to the MLB app, which cuts in and out, at least on the 5L, but was on when Blanco hit the opening HR.  Me and one other guy wearing headphones both fist pumped and said "YES" at the same time.  It was a great beer commercial moment.  We should probably be friends now, Guy On The Bus Who Also Fist Pumped.

That was pretty much the last good thing that happened.  Also, I got some feedback from the public after that about how I had questioned Blanco's leadoff skills, but leadoff guys are supposed to get on base, not hit home runs, so I stand by it.

The game goes on.  It's 2-2 when Peavy leaves.  Machi comes in and promptly gives up a run-scoring single to Billy Butler, who looks exactly like what you'd expect someone named Billy Butler to look like.  Then Javi Lopez gets an out.

Then shit went seriously south.

Hunter Strickland is a conundrum, a pitcher who can throw 100 miles per hour, which is good, but who also has a demonstrated propensity for giving up home runs in the postseason, which is very, very bad.  He gives up a 2-run double, then the expected home run.  Let's see what happens next.

Oh my.  That's doesn't look good at all.

Here's a closeup of Strickland yelling:

(Clip via Vine user or Viner or whatever they call themselves Ryan Pizzuto)

As you can see, some believe that Strickland said "Get in the dugout boy," which would be a very bad thing to say.  But my team of forensic lip readers have determined that what he ACTUALLY said was "THAT'S NOT SK8ER BOI," a reference to April Lavigne's 2002 hit, because Strickland heard Omar Infante's traditional home run chant, which is to sing "Sk8er Boi" as he rounds the bases, and recognized immediately that instead of "He was a skater boy, she said see ya later, boy," Infante was singing "He was a skater boy, she said he's a hater, boy," which is completely wrong.

Despite this lyrical brouhaha, one fact remains: if we see Hunter Strickland anywhere near the field of play for even 3 seconds at any point during the rest of this World Series UNLESS the Giants are up by 15+ runs, Bruce Bochy should be institutionalized and/or fired.  Hunter Strickland should be a hazy memory from here on out.  By the end of this thing, we should be scrunching up our faces and saying "Strick...Strickman? Strickfan? I don't remember."  The FBI should be looking for him before this is done.

That's all.  The Giant don't have the capacity to come back from 5 runs down so it was over. It was never going to be a sweep.


Stephen said...

Strickland has provided 28% of the homeruns the Giants have given up this postseason. I haven't run the numbers, but I'm pretty sure he hasn't pitched that many of the innings.

They really shouldn't let him pitch anymore this Series.

Mingalingadingdong said...

Ahmed Fareed's tweet last night said it perfectly: "The rare baseball tiff where both fan bases are mad at the same guy." And now the whole world is calling Strickland a racist. Can we just trade him now?

The only good part of the sixth inning was how Perez responded with a shrug, like "why are you talking to me?" Sidenote: how much would you pay to see Posey knock out someone in one of these scuffles instead of his usual "calm down, everyone" response?

I agree re it was never going to be a sweep. Unless Bumgarner could pitch every game, and never get tired or injured because his body super recharges like the Terminator robots.

Have you checked stubhub today? Prices have gone down more than $100 since yesterday...

TK said...

S - Strickland has pitched 5.1 innings, considerably less than 28% of the total postseason innings.

Ming - Yeah, no one's real happy with HS right now. Posey is about as likely to knock someone out as to bring a fifth of Jack out to the plate with him.

It does look like the tickets are down a bit. I bet they drop more Friday during the day.

Stoney said...

I think he said "I can't choke down this poi." I can sympathize with that.

Civic Center said...

My last name is Strickland so let me personally apologize for all my ancestors and Southern fuckwad relatives, none of whom I have ever met.

Anonymous said...

I made the mistake of looking at Hunter Strickland's instagram (that's my version of caring about sports). There's this:

Even better, he's an avid participant in whatever the hell this is (NSFL):

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