2009 World Series Preview / Goodbye Coach Mallard

October 28, 2009

Fasten your seat belts, this series has the makings of a classic.  I can’t remember two more evenly matched teams butting heads. Here’s how I see it position by position….

Starting pitching – For me, Lee and Sabathia are almost a wash (making tonights game a treat). I’ll take Pettitte over whomever is Philly’s #2 guy – Martinez or Hammel. I’ll give a slight nod to Burnett over Martinez or Hammel  too.     Edge:  Yankees

Bullpen – I’ll take Rivera over God, much less Lidge. As for the rest of the set up crew I’ll give the nod to the Yankees…barely.      Edge:  Yankees

Catching – Well, you’ve got the hitting of Posada (and occasional defense of Molina) vs. the defense and scrappy offense of Ruiz. If you know anything about me, this is a no-brainer…Ruiz wins.   Edge:  Philly

First Base – Tough one for me especially since Teixeira isn’t hitting too much lately and Howard has been amazing. That being said, I’m gonna go with Tex and his defense and potential offense.  Edge: Yankees

Second Base – Another tough one…I think I’ll take Cano because Utley’s Steve Sax imitation on his double play turns scares the hell out of me (I hope not, but it looks like he might have a mild case of the yips.)   Edge:  Yankees

Shortstop – Is it the range and speed of Rollins or the offense and intangibles of Jeter? Gimme Jeter please.   Edge:  Yankees

Third Base – My ultra keen sense for the obvious tells me A-Rod.  Edge: Yankees

Left Field – Even though I’ve really enjoyed the way Johnny Damon is playing, I’ll take my man Raul Ibanez over just about anybody.  Edge: Philly

Center Field – Same thing. Even though I’ve enjoyed the way Melke Cabrerra has played, I’ll take the Flyin’ Hawaiian Shane Victorino.    Edge:  Philly

Right field – No brainer…and it’s not because Swisher is stranding runners like none other. It’s because, like Ibanez, I’ll take Werth’s game over almost anybody. He’s the man.  Edge:  Philly

Bench – Both are good, but I’ll take Stairs and Dobbs.  Edge:  Philly

Managers – I’ve gotta say, Manuel’s style has really grown on me. It turns out that underneath that country bumpkin demeanor is a man with a tremendous touch for the game. His decisions have been spot on for me, he doesn’t panic, I think he really knows hitting, and I love the way he seems to treat his players. I don’t know Girardi well, and we all know not to judge a book by its cover, but he seems a little too military/uptight for my taste. That being said, I think he’s good and I love his hitting coach Kevin Long.  Edge:  Philly

Intangibles – Boy, I really like both of these teams. For the first time in a very long time, I like the Yankees grittyness and swagger (Swisher and Teixiera have rubbed off.) Even A-Rod is sliding into home plate hard, running catchers over, and giving more than his tired cliches when interviewd. Philly is my favorite team to watch though. I love the way they run the bases, the loosey goosey way they play, the way Ruiz catches, the way Manuel manages, and they have the best mascot in the game.  Edge:  Philly

Pick – Philly in seven.

I don’t mean to bring the mood down, but I need to recognize the passing of a great baseball man, Ken Mallard. Coach Mallard was an old school character of the game, an underground baseball legend, and a staple to the southern California baseball scene. He headed the Estancia high school baseball program from around 1970 till 1994. His tough love and contributions to the game will be missed.

Baseball mourns the loss of Coach Ken Mallard at age 76.

Baseball mourns the loss of Coach Ken Mallard at age 76.



4 Responses to “2009 World Series Preview / Goodbye Coach Mallard”

  1. Royce the Cherokee says:

    Well done on Coach Mallard. If you played baseball in North America since 1970 somewhere, somehow, through somebody you got some of his influence.
    I think some where in your archives after the signing of Ibanez, Brent and The Cherokee picked a possible Phillie repeat?!?!
    Talked to a guy who was in camp with them a year or so ago and says no team he has ever been around has more fun from manager down or plays harder than the Phightin’ Phils.
    They remind me of the Fresno State squad that won all the marbles a few seasons ago. In 7 games 7 different guys may beat you.

  2. Royce the Cherokee says:

    p.s. Hey Brent, was it my eyes or did hip hip Jorge not draw leather on atleast two pitches last night?

  3. sstoerck says:

    Very sad to hear about Coach Mallard.

  4. Brent Mayne says:

    Yep, I do believe we did pick the Phils to repeat…and yep, Jorge did whiff a couple pitches.

    It looks like the Phils are having a blast.

    B

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