2010 American and National League Championships

October 14, 2010

It’s down to four. Here’s who I want to see in the World Series…Texas and the Giants. Here’s who I think will be in the World Series…Philly and NY. I’m a big Ron Washington fan, a big Clint Hurdle fan, and I love the way the Rangers play. They’re going to have to pitch their butts off though.

And I really love the mash up of misfits that the Giants run out on the field. Obviously their pitching is fantastic, but how that group of position players came together and got this far is amazing. It makes Brian Sabean look like a genius.

Wash was the 3rd base coach for the 1997 A's team I played on...he's solid. I'm happy the Rangers stuck with him and I'm happy he's persevered.

The reality though is New York is New York. Their second string team is probably better than the Giants. And Philly is going to feature Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels on the bump. If I had to bet the farm, I’d bet on these two teams. One thing we can pretty much bank on in both series is that we’re going to see some pitching. The year of the pitcher is going out with a bang.

As a side note, I’ve taken a position with the San Diego Padres as their greater Los Angeles area scout. I feel like I have a pretty good knowledge of the game, but not a whole lot from a scouting perspective. I’m looking forward to learning how to evaluate players and this new chapter in my baseball adventure. See you at the ballpark.

4 Responses to “2010 American and National League Championships”

  1. lewis says:

    Congratulations, on the new job. It sounds like an exciting step, hope you can still keep us informed of the adventure from time to time. Best wishes!

  2. Christine Taylor says:

    Congrats on your new gig! Yeah, I’d like to see the Giants and the Rangers go at it too. Here’s hoping!

  3. lewis says:

    So, what did you think of Posey’s play at the plate yesterday? I thought a fellow catcher took it easy on him. Any thoughts? Also, I didn’t hear much play by play on Texas game4 (so maybe somebody noticed), but watching it sure looked like Molina made an awful lot of great blocks of tough pitches. All I hear from this sort of ‘new age’ stats people is they seem to crucify him (Molina). I sure think he did a hell of a job behind the plate, and that was a great hit too!

  4. Nancy Pugsley says:

    OMG! I totally remember Clint Hurdle. He was a player in Venezuela for a while which I found to be weird, hot, awesome, scary, confusing and courageous. Every time he took the field for the Mets my friends Sally, Candace, Mary Beth, Jo Jo, Lucy and Jax would go into an absolute patriotic fervor. I felt such a connection to him, and we would go to the local Mets bars and wait for him. I would wear my denim skort and Mets halter top, with some tube socks and famolares.

    I would love to contact him. I read somewhere that he loved broccoli casserole, can you please give him this recipe from my Aunt Jax?
    Ingredients

    o 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
    o 2 large onions, diced
    o 6 tablespoons butter
    o 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    o 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
    o 3 tablespoons flour
    o 1 cup heavy cream
    o 1 cup milk
    o 1/2 teaspoon salt
    o 8 ounces swiss cheese, separated
    o 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
    o 2 cups dry pasta noodles

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large casserole dish. Slice mushrooms, separate broccoli, dice onions and cube the raw chicken. Boil the pasta (start next step while it’s cooking), drain and set aside.
    2. Saute chicken and onions in butter until chicken is white, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with lemon juice, add mushrooms and and cook an additional 3 minutes at reduced heat. Transfer chicken and onions to casserole dish, reserving any juices in the frying pan.
    3. Add flour to the juices in the frying pan, cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add cream, milk and salt, bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat and simmer to thicken, still whisking. Add 6 oz Swiss cheese, continue to simmer and stir until cheese melts.
    4. Pour cream sauce over chicken in the casserole dish. Add noodles and broccoli, gently stir to combine. Top with remaining 2 oz Swiss cheese.
    5. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly throughout.

    We live in Hemet now, and knowing that you are with the Padres will ensure many trips to San Diego to see games. it’s only me and Lucy now – Aunt Jax succumbed to a rare hair disease, Candace fell out of a tree, Sally & Mary Beth went to open a chain of chicken shacks in Belize but should be back in the states during the rainy season, and we simply lost touch with Jo Jo.

    Great blog, really excellent and soulful.

    Nancy

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