On July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Pablo Sandoval hit a base-clearing triple off Justin Verlander in the first inning to help propel the National League to a victory over the American League in the 2012 All-Star Game.
Three months later, that contest sets the stage for this year’s World Series, which begins Wednesday right here at AT&T Park. First off all, it begins here and not in Detroit because the Giants and the National League won that game. Second of all, it demonstrates that baseball know-it-alls can talk about the Tigers dominating pitching all they want. The Giants proved they can hit Verlander.
Of course, in July in KC, no one knew that the Giants mastery over the Tigers’ ace would be the precursor to this year’s Fall Classic, but that’s baseball for you.
And now here in our beloved City by the Bay, it’s Orange October once again. You remember: signs in all the windows, everyone in a good mood, baseball dominating conversations. Good times. Well, buckle up because here we go again.
Game 1 begins Wednesday night (Verlander vs. Zito) with first pitch set for 5:07 p.m. In fact Game 2 on Thursday (Fister vs. Bumgarner) will also be at 5:07, as will Game 3 on Saturday in Detroit (Vogelsong vs. Sanchez). Sunday’s Game 4, however (Cain vs. Scherzer), is pegged for 5:15. Apparently Fox needs that extra eight minutes to transition from football.
If necessary, Monday’s Game 5 and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s 6 and 7, back here in SF, will all be at 5:07.
As they were in 2010, all games will be on Fox. That’s KTVU channel 2 locally. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver will call the series. If that presents a problem for you, pay attention to the next paragraph.
On radio, all games are on KNBR 680 AM, where you’ll hear the best voices in the business: Jon Miller, Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, and Dave Fleming. If you muted your TV and turned your AM radio up, no one would blame you. Do keep in mind that Fox’s TV broadcast has a significant delay, so you’ll hear each pitch before you see it.
Speaking of seeing pitches, wouldn’t it be great if Fox stopped using its behind-the-plate camera during pitches so we could actually see if they were balls or strikes?
All right, that’s nit-picking. The G-Men are back in the Series and we’ve got late October baseball in SF. How will they be pushed to the brink and have to rally back this time? Can’t wait to find out.
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