Thursday, October 30, 2014

1973 Topps Style 2014 World Series Game 7

The Giants beat the Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the World Series last night.  It was an exciting finish to a great World Series. You might even say a great post-season. Both teams were wildcards and had to overcome a single-elimination Wildcard Game, the Divisional Series and the Championship Series just to get here. 

For this card, I could have gone so many different ways. The most obvious choice would be the MVP Madison Bumgarner who came in on relief after pitching a complete-game shutout in Game 5. He ended up pitching 5 more shutout innings and got the Save after earning the Win in both Game 1 and Game 5.

Another choice could have been the "Kung Fu Panda" Pablo Sandoval. In Game 7 he was on base in every plate appearance. He had 2 singles, a double and was hit by a pitch. He scored 2 of the Giants 3 runs and even caught the last out of the series. A foul pop-up with a the tying run on 3rd.

Instead I went with the first call ever to be overturned in the World Series. In the bottom of the 4th Eric Hosmer drove the ball up the middle which was stopped by a diving Joe Panik, who turned out to be "Joe Cool". Panik flipped the ball out of his glove to shortstop Brandon Crawford who turned the double play attempt to Brandon Belt. Hosmer dove into first and was called safe. The Giants challenged the call and it was overturned. After seeing the relay from several angles, it was the right call. But the closeness of this call was really indicative of how close this series was.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

1972 Topps Style 2014 World Series Game 6

In Game 6 the Giants were shelled by the Royals 10-0 forcing a Game 7 in Kansas City. In the 2nd inning the Royals scored 7 runs on 5 singles and 2 doubles driving both the starter, Jake Peavy and relief pitcher, Yusmeiro Petit out of the game.

Mike Moustakas went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. His homer in the 7th ended the longest homerless streak in World Series play since 1945. He homered off Hunter Strickland who also gave up the last World Series homerun 36 innings earlier in the 6th inning of Game 2. This was Strickland's 6th post season homer in just 8 1/3 innings.

Yordano Ventura paid tribute to his AA teammate and friend Oscar Taveras who died in an auto accident . He sharpied RIP O.T. #18 on his cap, glove and shoes. He then went out and pitched 7 solid innings holding the Giants scoreless.

Monday, October 27, 2014

1971 Topps Style 2014 World Series Game 5

Madison Bumgarner dominated the Royals in Game 5. Kansas City was held to only 4 hits, 1 each in the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 7th. Not once were the hitters allowed to advance nor did he give up a single base on balls. The Giants offense continued to take what they were given. The had 12 hits by 8 different players. Only one of which was of the extra base variety. With the series returning to Kansas City down 3 games to 2, the Royals will have their hands full if the continue to hit on all cylinders.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

1970 Topps Style 2014 World Series Game 4

San Francisco scored 11 runs to knot the series at 2 games each. 11 different Giants players had hits last night.  Joe Panik had a big game for the home team with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored and a sacrifice bunt.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1969 Topps Style 2014 World Series Game 3

The Royals took a 2-1 lead in the series on the strength of their bullpen. Brandon Finnegan, who was pitching for TCU in the College World Series 4 months ago, was the Royals #1 pick in the June Draft. He was brought into the game ion the bottom of the 7th with 1 out and Hunter Pence on first. With the Royals clinging to a 3-2 lead, he got Juan Perez to fly out to Alex Gordon in left. He then struck out Brandon Crawford. The Royals then brought in Wade Davis who was perfect in the 8th. Then Greg Holland pitched a perfect 9th. The Royals' All-Star closer got his 7th save of the post season.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1968 Topps Style 2014 World Series Game 2

The Royals' 5-run 6th inning evened up the series and also raised questions about San Francisco's bullpen.  Strickland's fast ball has virtually no movement. He made the jump from AA Richmond to the Giants where he pitched only 7 inning during the regular season. In the post-season he has given up 5 long balls in just 5.1 innings. After the damage was done, Bruce Bochy brought in Tim Lincecum for clean up duty. But Lincecum left the game with stiffness in his lower back. The Giants will try to find answers as the Series moves to San Francisco for Game 3 Friday night.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1967 Topps Style 2014 World Series Game 1

For the 2014 World Series I plan on making a highlight card of each game. I began this last year. For Game 1 I used a 1960 Topps design, Game 2, 1961, etc. This year I picked up with the 1967 design. The Topps World Series cards from 1967-70 used black and white photos. I decided not to go for authenticity. I just think Topps could have used color photos for those cards. After all they had used color photos from 1960-1965.  Here is a link to a recap of last year's World Series Cards That Never Were.


When Hunter Pence went yard in the first inning, I was already thinking about those signs popping up in every ballpark. After he doubled and scored in the 4th my mind was made up. I had already committed to straying from the original 1967 Topps design in that I wanted to use color photos. Now I wanted the card to reflect the kind of signs that follow Pence around. It all began, like many other trends, in New York. A couple fans held up signs that said "Hunter Pence eats pizza with a fork" and "Hunter Pence puts ketchup on his hot dog".  Since then these meme-like ballpark signs have gone viral. They have even spawned their own twitter hash-tag #hunterpencesigns. 

Oh, by the way, the Giants dominated Game 1.  Madison Bumgarner gave up only 2 hits and no runs through 6 and 2/3 innings. With 2 outs in the 7th Salvador Perez homered off Bumgarner to give the Royals their only run. Pence had a 2 run homer in the first, doubled and scored in the 4th and was walked twice. The Royals lost their first post season game since October 23, 1985.  They lost Game 4 of the 1985 World Series to the Cardinals. They went on to win Games 5,6 &7. This Year they won the Wildcard game and swept both the Divisional and Championship Series. The Giants ended the Royals' streak at 11 straight post season victories.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Giants Batting and Pitching Leaders

N.L.C.S. Edition

The Giants host the Cardinals in Game 5 tonight in the NLCS. The Cardinals hope for an I-70 series is fading as they head into tonight's game down 3 games to 1.

The Giants' regular season batting leader, Buster Posey is hitting .295 in the 2014 post season up to now.

Madison Bumgarner led the team in the regular season with a 2.98 ERA. In the post season he has given up only 2 runs in 23 2/3 innings. He as had 3 solid outings. He's won 2 games and lost 1. In the game he lost to the Nationals he went 6 scoreless innings before he gave up 3 runs in the 7th (2 earned).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Royals Batting and Pitching Leaders

A.L.C.S. Edition

Weather permitting, the Royals will be hosting Game 3 of the ALCS versus the Orioles tonight. Last night's match was postponed by rain.

At this point in the postseason, Lorenzo Cain has been hitting .380 with 3 doubles, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He led the Royals in the regular season with a .301 average.

Yordano Ventura was the Royals pitching leader during the regular season posting a 3.20 ERA. He narrowly edged out James Shields who had a 3.21 ERA. Both pitchers had 14 wins during the season. In the postseason, Ventura has yet to get a decision in 3 games.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cardinals Batting and Pitching Leaders

N.L.C.S. Edition

Tonight the Cardinals host the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.

Cardinals first baseman, Matt Adams led the team in 2014 with a .288 average. He had just 3 hits in the Divisional Series but his 3rd hit was a 3 run homer off Clayton Kershaw. That proved to be the final nail in the Dodgers' coffin.

Adam Wainright led the Cards with a 2.38 ERA in the regular season. In game one of the Divisional Series Wainwright got crushed. He gave up 6 runs on 11 hits. He left the game after pitching just 4 and 1/3 innings with the Dodgers ahead 6-1. The Cards would come back to win 10-9 in a 26-hit slugfest. 

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