Wanna blame something for the Giants’ loss? How about Kansas City barbecue?



Jeff Passan of Yahoo drops this nugget in his story about Game 6:

It’s unlikely the Giants will delight in another pregame treat of Z-Man sandwiches from the unparalleled Oklahoma Joe’s barbecue joint, as they did Tuesday afternoon. Fifty of the sandwiches – beef brisket, smoked provolone, two onion rings and pickles with a touch of sauce – found their way into San Francisco’s clubhouse, and whether it was Kansas City’s smoked-meat kings sending some good vibes the hometown team’s way or simply a coincidence that Z-Man consumption coincided with pure lethargy, their presence is no longer welcome.

I know they’re athletes and require a lot of calories in order to make their bodies do what they do, but Christ on a crutch, on what planet does that kind of a meal make sense a few hours before running and stuff is required. I thought I was gonna need a defibrillator after eating one of those the other day.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”