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  1. Matt,

    The first part, in italics, about Ankiel… Is that a quote or what?

    Who heard it? :) Where?

    Sorry, just isn’t clear. It’s CRAZY… but not super clear.

    An excellent summary. Very fun to read.

    – Patrick

    Comment by Patrick — October 9, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

  2. just wanted to say, awesome summary. it was certainly a surreal experience, and, as a braves fan, exactly the kind of improbably scrappiness that has gotten us to the postseason. somehow.

    Comment by evan — October 9, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

  3. My prediction for this postseason:

    A record number of errors, along with the highest Surrealism Index since 1973.

    Comment by Mike B. — October 9, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

  4. I’m curious about the Disaster Trio-did you make that up because they could combine for the ugliest playoff outfield ever? Because in terms of crappy hitting performances, Alex Gonzalez was in his own league over the past three weeks before that big double in the 8th.

    If anything can make Melky Cabrera’s .255/.317/.354 line look good, it’s the .240/.291/.386 put up by Alex Gonzalez as a Brave. Maybe your Disaster Trio needs to be upgraded to a Loathsome Foursome.

    Comment by Bronnt — October 9, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

  5. “Troy Glaus (yes, he’s still alive), who, rather than getting the runner at home, made the daring decision to start the double play”

    The funny part is that Glaus would have had an easier double play if he went 5-2-3. What was he thinking??? Probably “Wow, my back really hurts after trying to bend over for that Renteria bunt”

    Comment by Dave — October 9, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  6. Consider also Brooks Conrad, career .231/.296/.445 slash line. As a 26-year old lifelong Braves fan, this is the most putrid lineup I’ve ever seen us trot out on the field. I imagine this team’s aggregate triple slash line has to be one of the worst for a playoff lineup in the last decade.

    Comment by James — October 9, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

  7. I think the most amazing thing about that game was Rick NOT throwing the bat ten feet over the catchers head every time he attempted a swing. Maybe he’s over it and can be put back on the mound (we can dream…can’t we?)

    Comment by Atom — October 9, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

  8. Ricks only skill is not power……His defense is outstanding, his arm is the best there is, great range also

    Comment by Tomas — October 9, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  9. “and power is probably Ankiel’s only skill (albeit one mostly hidden the last two seasons) at the plate”

    Notice the “at the plate” at the end. I’m all for pointing out mistakes, but be absolutely certain you are correct when doing so.

    Plus, I would hardly call Ankiel’s defense outstanding. Although his arm is fantastic, his reads in CF leave something to be desired, hence his career -9.1 UZR/150 there. In this series alone he has already made one awful play on the Posey triple in game 1.

    Excellent write-up, and Ankiels’s HR was the proverbial cherry on top this surreal Sunday.

    Comment by Lanenator — October 9, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

  10. Agreed, Ankiel’s defense is pretty sketchy as well, and we should include Conrad’s defense at second base as well. As a Giants fan who attended the game last night, standing in the right field arcade for 11 neck-craning innings, I still cannot believe or understand how the Giants lost the game. I still believe we’re up 2-0 and only need to win one in Atl to move on to the Championship series. 95% win expectancy…to Farnsworth shutting down the Giants (although he did his best to try and lose it) and Ankiel hitting a bomb splash hit to win it. So stupid. And if we hadn’t been playing in Pac Bell, McCann had a homerun in the 10th inning, a 410 foot flyout to Nate in Right/Center. Brutal.

    Comment by Paul — October 9, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

  11. Is he an ok baserunner? Bobby often uses him as a pinch runner late in close games, but that doesn’t count for much.

    Comment by Anon21 — October 9, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

  12. This game just adds to an already extensive folklore of inexplicably disastrous Giants performances going all the way back to Willie McCovey’s liner that was caught by Bobby Richardson in 1962 WS Game 7.

    1965: Giants appear to have the NL Pennant well in hand late in September when Juan Marichal decides to club John Roseboro over the head and gets suspended for the rest of the season. The Dodgers run the table over the last 13 games, edge out the Giants and go on to beat the Twin in the WS in 7 games.

    1967: Mike McCormick has a career year winning the Cy Young award, but Marichal contracts a virus during a preseason trip to Japan and has, by far, the worst year out of a run of 8 seasons. The Giants trade Orlando Cepeda to the Cardinals and all he does is win the MVP leading them to a pennant and WS championship. The Giants finish second for the 3’rd consecutive season.

    1993: The Giants win 103 games, but run out of starting pitchers and send out Solomon Torres to face the Dodgers who blow him out 10-0. The Braves win 104 games to take the NL West.

    2000: Giants first season in The Park of Many Names(Pac Bell then). Benny Agbayani hits an improbable HR and the Mets advance rather than the Giants.

    2002: Dusty invites the wrath of the Baseball Gods by giving Russ Ortiz the game ball. Felix Rodriguez throws 8 straight fastballs to Scott Speizio and thinks he might not be looking for a 9’th. We all know the rest……

    2003: Jose Cruz Jr, who had played Gold Glove caliber D in RF all season drops a can of corn to give the Marlins new life. Later, JT Snow tries to score from 2B on a single. I can still see JT ‘s legs churning, but his body not moving, in my mind, over and over again. It’s a visual image that will haunt me for the rest of my life.

    2004: In game 161, the Dodgers end the Giants season with a 9’th inning comeback capped by Steve Finley’s grand slam(a Sac Fly would have won it too).

    Then last night……

    The Red Sox had the Curse of the Bambino and the Cubs still have the Curse of the Billy Goat. I am quite sure the Giants are cursed too, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — October 9, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

  13. Perhaps it’s the “Curse of Juan Marichal beating the crap out of another person with a baseball bat”. That seems to be about where it all began on your timeline.

    Comment by Lanenator — October 9, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

  14. Nah, it started before that with Willie Mac’s ill-fated liner in the WS. Besides, Roseboro and Marichal eventually settled their differences wtih Roseboro publicly forgiving Juan. I really don’t think it’s that. Nice try though.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — October 9, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

  15. I do think the Giants players are aware of the history here, I can tell you the fans certainly are, and it may be creating an extra element of anxiety in key situations that lead to inexplicable gaffes.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — October 9, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

  16. I don’t know about that. Those are two tough throwing angles if you try to go from third to home and then home to first. I think he played it just right based on it being a ground ball to his left. It was a great play.

    Comment by WY — October 9, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

  17. Atlee Hammaker (great guy, though), Candy Maldonado, Ozzie Smith, and the Loma Prieta earthquake come to mind as well…1987 and 1989?

    Comment by Fan of the Panda — October 10, 2010 @ 9:19 am

  18. Oh yeah, there have been many others. Too numerous to remember all of them in one recall session, but the SF Giants history definitely rivals any in baseball for crazy, inexplicable failures at critical moments.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — October 10, 2010 @ 10:03 am

  19. Then again, we do have Jeffrey “Hac Man” Leonard, who is one of only two League Championship Series MVP’s from a losing club…

    And Buster and the Panda, who are about to redeem themselves (Posey for the DP last night and Panda for his season)…

    Comment by Fan of the Panda — October 10, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

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