Clayton Kershaw has the Cy Young Awards and the MVP. Madison Bumgarner has the rings and the World Series MVP. It’s kind of like a Peyton Manning/Tom Brady thing, I guess. Which makes me wonder why I haven’t seen the Very Important Thinkpiece comparing those two that way. I guess Plaschke and Jenkins are involved in some sort of arbitration over who gets to write that first.
Anyway, today the Dodgers and Giants are facing off and their aces are on the hill. At present: advantage Bumgarner. Because he took Kershaw deep a few minutes ago. Video of the dinger at that link. Embedded here later when MLB makes it embedable.
Right now it’s 2-0 Giants, as Hunter Pence also singled in a run. The Giants are, apparently, never losing again.
Oh, and Bumgarner has as many homers on the season as Robinson Cano and Joe Mauer.
It hasn’t been the best year for Jose Fernandez, what with the Tommy John surgery and all. But it’s not like he’s been sitting and watching TV the whole time. He’s been doing stuff:
Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is officially a U.S. citizen. USCIS held a special ceremony at their field office in Kendall Friday morning where Fernandez, along with 140 other South Florida residents, became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
The Marlins presented Fernandez with an American flag that previously flew over Marlins Park. Pretty cool.
Just looked back to see what other players we’ve posted about becoming citizens since the blog launched. I see Robinson Cano and Orlando Cabrera. David Ortiz did in 2008 back when I was writing a personal blog.
No reason. Just think it’s neat. Thanks to Old Gator for the heads up.
Robinson Cano was on third. There was a man on second. There was no one on first. The batter walked to load the bases.
Except Cano, for whatever reason, thought the bases were loaded before the walk and just tried to trot home from third base after ball 4. Watch:
After the game Cano was asked if that was the worst mistake he had ever made:
“I would say yes. I felt in that situation the dumbest guy in the game,” he said. “I wish he’d thrown it into left field. Those are the things that make you embarrassed, being in the game so long and those little things happen in a game. I told the manager, ‘It’s my fault, I should have been paying attention.'”
We should not all be judged by our worst days. But hoo-boy, this one was something.