Eliminate the Negative

imageI’m buried in confetti and having trouble finding the keyboard. My friend Richard tells me he had to get rid of all the confetti in his room so he could get to his bed. Yesterday when I advised us all to accentuate the positive and celebrate all the good, I didn’t expect that much celebration. I should have–I need to take the next step: eliminate the negative.

Last night’s game was certainly a cause for celebration. Matt Cain pitched a great game. He went 6 innings giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and struck out 4. Affeldt, Romo, and Casilla pitched the 7th, 8th & 9th, respectively, and they were lights out.

Blanco drew a walk in the 2nd, advanced on Panik’s base hit, and came home on an error by Oakland’s left fielder. In the 3rd, Belt drew a walk, advanced to 3rd on Pablo’s base hit, and Posey plated him with an RBI single. The A’s scored on a solo HR in the top of the 4th. In the bottom of the inning, Hunter Pence took it back with a solo HR of his own. The best part about that HR? It landed in the garden where they grow Hunter’s kale. After 4, the score was:
imageGIANTS 3, A’s 1

In the 5 the inning, the A’s pitcher got a cramp in his thumb and their trainer spent over a minute-and-a-half on the field massaging the pitcher’s thumb, hand, and arm. Kruk said “they’re gonna break out the massage table in another 30 seconds.” I thought it was funny. Maybe you had to be there. In the 6th, Oakland scored another run. At the bottom of the inning, they sent out a new pitcher. Panik led-off with a base hit, advanced to 2nd on Crawford’s single and came home on Hunter Pence’s RBI single. Crawford advanced to 3rd on Hunter’s hit and came home on a wild pitch with Pablo at bat. The final score was:
GIANTS 5, A’s 2

I celebrated so many good defensive plays, stolen bases, good pitches, walks, base hits–including Morse’s extra base hit–just too numerous to mention. It was a great night for baseball, a great game for GIANTS fans, but more importantly, it was, as always, great to be a GIANT.

imageThere was absolutely nothing negative about it.



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