The game play is finished, and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. This season has come up short for me twice. The first time when the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs–I wasn’t ready for our season to end. But it did, and I resigned myself to writing about teams I wasn’t as passionate about. The second time was Sunday night when the Mets watched their World Series hopes circle the drain in extra innings, only to have have them sucked down when the Royals scored five runs in the 12th. It was heartbreaking. For real Mets fans I’m sure it was devastating.
But it’s time to dust ourselves off, quit the crying–you know, since there’s no crying in baseball–and take a look at what 2016 has in store for us.
MLB News and transactions in other clubhouses
The Dodgers are going to be shopping for a new manager now that Don Mattingly and the front office mutually agreed to part ways. Donnie Baseball has already been named the Marlins skipper. Sounds like a match made in heaven–the Marlins have just one superstar for Donnie to deal with–Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins former manager–once removed–was Mike Redmond, a former big-league catcher who went to the World Series in 2003 with the Marlins as Pudge Rodgriguez’s back-up. He hired on as the Marlins skipper in 2012 with a three-year contract. His contract was extended to 2017 after the 2014 season, but he only made it half way through May 2015 before he was fired.
The Nationals search for a manager is over–after firing former Giants fan favorite, infielder Matt Williams (third base, short stop), they’ve hired former Giants manager Dusty Baker to take over the helm. I know they want to get to the post-season, but I’m not sure Dusty is the guy to take them there–maybe part way, just not all the way. I’ve got nothing but love for Dusty, but let’s face it, the only memorable thing to happen to Dusty as a post-season manager was the day he brought Darren to the ballpark.
Ok, then there’s also Game 6 of the 2002 World Series–he gave the game ball to Giants pitcher Russ Ortiz when he took him out of the game after six and a third innings of two-hit ball. The Giants were up five runs and they were on their way to shutting out the Angels and winning the series. The way I see it, the Baseball Gods frowned on Dusty’s presumptuous gesture–the Angels rallied, rang up six runs to win Game 6, won Game 7 and took World Series trophy while they were at it. I know, I know, you think I’m crazy. That may be, but I’m superstitious. Makes my chakras shake just thinking about it.
Stay tuned for my next post:
What’s cooking on the hot stove for the Giants?