That was a pretty interesting World Series that just concluded even though it wasn’t a big ratings winner since the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are not big market teams. To my pal Rogena, a Kansas City native transplanted to South Jersey, sorry about the loss, I know you are hurting. But look on the bright side, Andy Reid has your beloved Chiefs winning again.
Kansas City had to face the most clutch post-season pitcher in history. MVP Madison Bumgarner now has an insane .25 ERA in World Series games. Last night in the Giants 3-2 win to finish off the Royals, he put on an old school show: We are talking way-back old school when there was no such thing as relief pitchers and closers. You were expected to pitch nine innings. So what did Bumgarner do? He pitched his team to three wins, the third coming on two days rest when he pitched five innings of relief and was awarded the victory. He was untouchable, turning bats into toothpicks.
And yes, as a Phillies fan I was annoyed that Hunter Pence, who was such a disappointment as a Phillie, went to the Giants in a trade and turned into a clutch “Mr. October,” batting .444 and being praised as the sparkplug of the team.
Next up, basketball. The Philadelphia 76ers opened the season as expected, with a loss, 103-91, to the Indiana Pacers, coached by Wildwood Crest native Frank Vogel. But you know what, they didn’t look horrible. Yes, they can’t shoot from the outside and they look lost when they are forced to play half-court, but they are young and energetic and played pretty solid defense. The game was only this close because the Pacers were missing three starters but it took the final minutes of the fourth quarter for the Pacers to pull away from the feisty young Sixers.