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.