Eclecticity: Dan Shafer's Web Log : Where author, poet, sports fanatic, spiritual teacher, and dabbler in things Pythonesque and Revolution(ary) Dan Shafer holds forth on various topics of interest primarily to him
Updated: 11/13/02; 1:52:12 PM.


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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

A Great, Battling Win

This was a big win for the Giants. They scrapped back against the scrappers. They beat the Angels' best hot-shot pitcher straight up. And they turn a major DP to end it.

This was a must win for the Giants and I am sooooooo glad they pulled it out.

The Giants probably have a slight edge now because they are likely to win 2 of 3 at home and then get one of two in Anaheim.

Great Series. I think it'll go seven now.

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Giants Go Ahead; Nen About to Appear

Maybe extra-innings won't be necessary after all. Great breaks, good baserunning, timely hitting, and the Giants are up 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth. That leaves the Angels three outs facing Nen.

I agree with McCarver. That last move was stupid and unnecessary. One more run could make a huge different. Nen always likes to make things interesting.

Nail biting time. Again.

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The Power of the Bunt

My wife always asks me why guys bunt in some situations. You saw again in the bottom of the eighth tonight a good reason. Reggie Sanders squaring to bunt distracts Bengie Molina behind the plate, Result: passed ball and the go-ahead run moves into scoring position with nobody out.

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This Could Go On Forever...

Nobody can hit Francisco Rodriguez, so until he gets tired, this could be a very long extra-innings night. Of course, the Giants should have stayed with F-Rod another inning or so. Now they have only Nen left and he can only go an inning or so.

Extra innings, anyone?

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Ridding Ourselves of Excess Walks

I just posted this note over on Dave Winer's interactive outline of the game:

Limit a team to how many times they can walk a hitter in the World Series. If they exceed that, the player gets an extra base for each additional walk. So you can walk Bonds twice. Next time you walk him, he goes to second and all runners move up two bases. Walk him again and it's a three-bagger.

This walk stuff is just silly. I think it makes Scioscia look like a real coward.

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McCarver Has it In For Bonds

I don't know why McCarver feels he has to bring Bonds down every chance he gets. Maybe it's jealousy; McCarver was never a great baserunner. Maybe it's an attempt to make up for his position as a sort of homer broadcaster because he covered the Giants about 20 times this season.

Whatever it is, the criticism he leveled at Bonds' baserunning earlier this evening was just wrong. That ball got to right field so fast and Bonds had so little time to make the decision that he could not have gone to third even if he had done the wrong thing and just planted himself for the tag.

McCarver is one of my favorite baseball commentators, as I've said several times here. But the fact is, sometimes he has blind spots. This is clearly one.

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The Giants are Good at Comebacks

All season, the Giants were great at comebacks and wonderful with two out. So it's clearly far too early to call this one over.

The difference tonight -- and in this entire World Series so far -- is that our starting pitching flat-out sucks. It's the worst I've seen. I mean, you have to give the Angels credit for a power offense but even I could hit some of the crap the Giants' hurlers are throwing up there. It's garbage time.

6:43:51 PM    Add your viewpoint [ comments so far]

Come on, Giants!

These guys are just not in the game again tonight. Half-hearted attempts at fielding. Lazy pitching. Falling behind hitters.

Let's be really clear about something, ok? <b>We cannot out-slug these guys.</b> The pitching has to get it together or this series will be over before the Angels head home.

Glaus is not that great a hitter. He's been killing us. Almost tied with Bonds in the post-season HR department? You gotta be kidding me.

McCarver just said, "The Angels are in a frenzy in this post-season." Yep and playing <i>well</i> above their heads.

Woody has got to start getting ahead of hitters or this one is over.

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Angels Score First, Unfortunately

The pattern so far is that the team that scores first wins. The Angels scored first because Lofton didn't understand the situation on the sac fly. McCarver said Bonds doesn't have a great arm, but it's a helluva lot better than Lofton's. Doesn't anyone remember that Bonds threw out, what? - three or four? - runners at the plate this season.

If Bonds makes that play, it's still scoreless.

Cheap run.

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81% Say Let Pete Back In

The Fox Sports Virtual Manager poll showed 81% of fans who responded want Rose back in the game if he apologizes and admits he was wrong.

Doesn't matter. Non-Commissioner Selig ain't budging, trust me.

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Well, Crap

We can't beat these guys hitting into double plays like that one that ended the bottom of the first. This pitcher doesn't look to me like he's got so much stuff that he ought to be causing this kind of problem.

6:06:09 PM    Add your viewpoint [ comments so far]

Kent an All-Star?

Time we all recognized that Kent is not a post-season player. Bonds never has been until this year but Kent hitting ahead of Bonds makes Bonds less a threat.

It really is probably time for us to trade Kent in the off-season. Or let him go free agent.

This is really pissing me off. The Angels are gutless. Walking him intentionally in the first inning? Bush.

6:02:21 PM    Add your viewpoint [ comments so far]

No Smashes

In the first half-inning tonight, I'm encouraged a bit. Last night, the Angels crushed everything they hit. Tonight, even the single up the middle was a /relatively/ weak grounder. (Not too weak, but not like they were hitting last night.)

Woody is much more difficult to hit hard because he stays on the edges.
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Giants Even Things Tonight, 8-6

I'm not sure it's useful to make a prediction, though I am 3-3 so far.

But what the heck.

I look for the Giants to even things tonight with a win in the 8-6 balllpark.

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Chat With Me!

If you're following this blog as the game unfolds, you can IM with me any of three ways:

AIM where I'm alkaline420 (yep, that Al Kaline) Yahoo where I'm dshafer On Dave Winer's Interactive Outline of the Game at

Go, Giants! (But I'll chat with Angels fans, too.)
5:39:19 PM    Add your viewpoint [ comments so far]

Cal Ripken Wins the 'Memorable Moment' But Rose Hits the Homer

I think we could have picked any candidate for the most memorable moment at random and been right. They were all awesome.

Ripken's amazing streak of consecutive games played was as good as any...and perhaps better than most.

But I had a soft spot in my heart and a tear in my eye -- literally -- for Pete Rose. The man who gave so much to baseball has been banned from coming anywhere near a ballpark until tonight. It took a commercialized "contest" to convince the powers that be to let him back on the diamond. And it seems to me at one and the same time both deserved and hypocritical. Deserved because I just don't buy the idea that Rose has been punished within the constraints of fitting his offenses. He should have been restored long ago. If we ever again have a real commissioner of baseball, maybe he'll get back in.

Hypocritical because, let's face it, you couldn't have left him out of the nominations without incurring a huge storm of controversy, and that's something that folks like MasterCard avoid like the plague. So Pete Rose gets to show up, not because we forgive him but rather because a sponsor insisted.

Still, it's wonderful to see him on the field. He looked sad, didn't he?
5:34:31 PM    Add your viewpoint [ comments so far]

I'm Trying a Different Approach to Blogging the World Series Tonight

Rather than try to do an inning-by-inning report, I'm going to post messages in real time as events and thoughts occur regardless of the pace of the game.

I'm just experimenting with this exciting and malleable new medium. And I'm having so darned much fun even though the audience has, of course, been minuscule.
5:28:39 PM    Add your viewpoint [ comments so far]

Lawrence Lessig Weighs in on OSAF Impact on Software World

This piece by Lawrence Lessig of copyright-defense fame makes some cogent arguments we need to factor into the debate about the potential impact of Mitch Kapor's new Open Source Application Foundation (OSAF) on the commercial market for software.
12:46:06 AM    Add your viewpoint [ comments so far]

Well, That's ONE Way to Put It!

Lots of Web sites trying to contend with the stubborn continuation of certain older Web browsers, Notably Netscape Navigator 4, which is almost undeniably the most screwed-up browser ever foisted off on us, often try lots of tricks to get people to upgrade or at least to understand the problem doesn't lie with the standards-compliant Web site in question.

According to this piece in the Guardian Online, the Daring Fireball site has a somewhat unorthodox but quite direct approach to the problem: insult the user.
12:39:00 AM    Add your viewpoint [ comments so far]

Gimme Back My Apple Decal!

I always liked Apple decals. I put them lots of strange places. This Wired News piece reminded me of those days. The last few Macs I bought didn't have decals in them, I don't think. Or maybe they did but they weren't very interesting.
12:31:23 AM    Add your viewpoint [ comments so far]

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