Monday, October 04, 2010

Congratulations, San Francisco Giants, 2010 National League Western Division Champions by Paul F. Etcheverry

This one's for the sweet swings of Baseball Hall Of Famers Willie "The Say Hey Kid" Mays, Willie "Stretch" McCovey, Orlando "The Baby Bull" Cepeda and early 1980's San Francisco Giant Joe Morgan, as well as the latter day sweet swings of Barry Bonds, Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell, Matt Williams, Jeff Kent and Ellis Burks.

For relief ace Stu Miller getting blown off the mound by the ill winds of Candlestick Point. For Steve Bedrosian and Rod Beck staring down the opponent a la Goose Gossage, and Robb Nen hitting triple digits on the radar gun. For left-handed relief aces Mike Jackson, Al Holland and Craig Lefferts.

For brilliant and unorthodox Hall Of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry, artistes on the mound. For John Burkett, Jack Sanford, Rick Reuschel and Kirk Reuter, who could roll out of bed and pitch 6-7 quality innings like clockwork. For the devastating sinker of Bill Swift. For Dave Dravecky, who rehabbed from cancer surgery to teach a "how to pitch in the big leagues" master class at Candlestick Park.

For Robby Thompson and Jose Uribe turning those double plays, Bobby Bonds, Brett Butler and Darren Lewis patrolling the far regions of the outfield, Willie Mays and Jack Clark throwing runners out at home plate from the warning track, Kevin Mitchell catching a ball with his bare hand.

For the baseball characters: Bob Brenly, John "The Count" Montefusco, Jeffrey "The Hacman" Leonard, Don "Caveman" Robinson and many more.

Big time congratulations to the 2010 National League Western Division champions! To paraphrase a great comedian, Jackie Gleason. . . How sweet it is!

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