As I watched the Detroit Tigers face off against the San Francisco Giants last night, I realized for about the three thousandth time in my life, that baseball is such an incredibly unique game. If you are a fan of the MLB you should be aware that the San Francisco Giants were far from the deadliest lineup in baseball, from the start of the year to the end. Detroit, on the other hand, had the intimidation factor of the Hulk against their opponents. The best pitcher in baseball (Verlander) and a triple crown winner in Miguel Cabrera, to be followed by Prince Fielder, amongst other mentionable studs. I had the Tigers winning it in 7 and boy was I wrong.
One thing that particularly stood out to me last night was in the post game area. I am a Marco Scutaro fan. I liked him as a member of the Red Sox, and I have always admired his passion and efforts in the game. As he approached Erin Andrews to give his post game speech, and let his first words on national television after winning the world series, be that one of his teammates hit him in the head, I was stunned to find out that he had some Dominican accent. Clueless. This is no big deal, but for me, baseball is one of the most American sports of all time and has been known to be America’s past, and I was convinced of Scuataro’s American citizenship. Wrong again I was. Regardless, the Giants made the biggest move of the season in acquiring Scutaro from the Colorado Rockies earlier on. Scutaro showed to be an elite leader and the most clutch player in this year’s post season. He just made himself some serious cash as an aging middle infielder in the MLB.
This all just shows the unpredictability in everything that is baseball. If there is a sport that is difficult to bet on and predict, more so than any other, it is baseball. Need some proof: The Baltimore Orioles made the playoffs! Enough said. The worst teams in the league can consistently upset the best teams in the league. The players range from every location in the entire world (it seems). The MLB is the biggest melting pot of a league and I think it is a very credible attribute for them. David and Goliath matches do not exist in the world of baseball. $150 million payrolls are constantly upset by $50 million dollar ones.
I am obsessed with the uniqueness of the game. For those of you nay-sayers who find the game too boring to be watched, or too long to be taken serious, I say, give it another shot. Baseball is an amazing game, with an amazing history.
Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants who had incredible performances from team members like Marco Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval, Matt Cain, Barry Zito, the entire bullpen and more.