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What was Melky thinking?

After Miguel Cabrera’s home run gave the Tigers a bit of life during last night’s World Series Game 3, I was hoping Detroit was on its way to extending the baseball season for at least another day or two. And then Posey went yard in the sixth, and sure the game was far from over, but everyone in the Giants dugout believed they were going to win, and you could sense that attitude just from watching on TV.

That led me to a couple of thoughts: one, the Giants ran away with the NL West after the Dodgers were big-time buyers at the deadline, and if a team I’m not exactly pulling for is going to win the series, I’m glad it’s not a WC2 team—I’d much rather see a team that overcame a lot of adversity and gelled as a group and won its Division carry through and succeed in October.

Unless of course the Cubs had been the WC2 team … then I’d probably keep my mouth shut, but that’s another story.

Anyway, thought two, I wonder what Melky Cabrera was thinking last night?

Personally I think kids in schools all across the country should be hearing lessons taught about Melky all week. You know, teach our kids that there are consequences for dumb decisions, because if ever there was a guy who had absolutely horrific timing for a dumb decision … it’s Melky.

What do you think was going through his mind when Pablo went yard three times the other night? Or when Buster—that being Posey, the NL batting champion—went yard last night? Or when Scutaro came up clutch in the tenth? Or when Romo notched his third save of the series to clinch the title? Or when Sandoval won series MVP honors?

It’d be kind of cool if everyone who was caught using banned substances could be punished this way—I mean, other guys lose 50 games, but Melky lost 50 games, was shunned by his team when he could have returned in the postseason, lost a potential batting title, and to top it off he also lost a World Series ring because he made a bad decision. And now he’s a free agent and you really have to wonder what else he might miss out on because of his poor choice.

Anyway, if nothing else we ought to be telling our kids, “See, there are consequences” … and I really wish I knew what was going through Melky’s mind when his former teammates were dancing in Detroit last night.

“Man, this sucks. Now I know how the Yankees feel.”

This is why I don’t gamble—one, I’d never be able to bet against the teams I want to win, and two, that means yesterday I’d have taken an unbelievable beating as the teams I was passionately rooting for were: Florida over Georgia at the Cocktail Party, OU over Notre Dame in Norman, and of course the Tigers over the Giants in the World Series.

Yeah, ouch … I was 0 for 3 in the games I cared about most.

I was rooting for the Gamecocks to beat the Volunteers, but I was hardly worried about that one because come on, nobody thought it’d be close. And of course not only was the game ridiculously close, but also it was heartbreaking and sickening as a diehard fan of great players and great games to see Marcus Lattimore’s injury. This morning the ESPN website is calling yesterday’s NCAA action a perfect day of football and I’m thinking, no it wasn’t … this guy’s career is in jeopardy, yesterday sucked.

About the World Series though—I’m really disappointed in the Tigers, sure, and I’ll explain that in a minute, but the team I’m most annoyed with is the Cardinals. If the Cards had beaten the Giants, then I’d have been at Game 2 of the Series … see I bet wrong again, I bought my World Series tickets thinking the Cards were going to be there.

Well, whatever.

The reason I’m most upset about the direction of this year’s World Series is I just don’t want to see the baseball season end—at best we’ve got four games left, and then it’s a long cold winter we’re facing. And trust me, I love the NFL, but baseball is my real passion. So I’d like the Tigers to win a couple, keep this thing going. Come on guys, really.

The second reason I’m upset about the World Series has to do with my nephew. The kid’s first year of little league his team was the “Tigers” and they all had caps just like the Detroit Tigers. So that’s how he started rooting for Detroit. He was thrilled when the Tigers swept the Yankees. Thought it was freaking hilarious. Now last night, in a moment that’s about as introspective as a little kid can be I suppose, he said, “Man, this sucks. Now I know how the Yankees feel.” Well my little man, not yet you don’t—because the Tigers aren’t swept yet, but … yeah, getting close.

And lastly, checking out the Elias notes from the World Series it’s hard to believe but the Giants won that game with 12 strikeouts and two runs scored—and the last time a team won a World Series game despite being so inept at the plate was 1972. Also, the Giants have not trailed in 54 consecutive innings going back to the NLCS—and the last time a team’s starting pitchers logged three consecutive World Series starts without giving up more than one run each, which the Giants’ starters have now down vs. Detroit … 1905.