Eavesdrops: Luggage can be a pointer of weakness

October 9, 2014 - photo frame

  • San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence warms adult during batting use before Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series opposite a Washington Nationals in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Photo: Ben Margot / Associated Press / AP



The hum from Tuesday’s Game 4 of a Division Series during China Basin:

•Giants players were told not to container their bags and move them to a yard — disastrous appetite for a group one win from clinching. Wouldn’t be a good stage for a guys to assign onto a margin by rows of suitcases firm for Washington. The Nationals were drifting East regardless.

•Sitting with a Giants’ coronet during Game 1 in Washington: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In Game 2: Supreme Court Justice and Lowell High grad Stephen Breyer. “No invitations for a Game 5 in Washington,” pronounced Giants CEO Larry Baer, expecting no follow-up outing to a nation’s capital.

•Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo removed how his 2001 A’s were in a difficulty identical to a Giants’. They indispensable to tighten out their Division Series in Game 4 or fly to New York for Game 5. Santangelo pronounced his group could have been in a improved mental support of mind. It wasn’t about violence a Yankees that day as most as not wanting to be in New York a next. The A’s mislaid both games.

Tyler Clippard walked into a talk room before a game, and MLB central Katy Feeney pronounced a Nationals reliever had an announcement. “After prolonged talks with Matt (Williams), he’s selected me to be a Game 5 starter,” pronounced Clippard, who has done 0 starts in 6 years. Good one. Despite a gag, he was asked to elaborate. “I’ve been watchful my whole life for this opportunity.”

•Why did left fielder Travis Ishikawa take a wrong track to a round that Madison Bumgarner threw divided during third bottom in Game 3? “For a life of me, we suspicion Pablo (Sandoval) held it. No excuses. we messed up,” pronounced Ishikawa, who wouldn’t censure a on-field shadows. “I should’ve been there and done a play.”

•Ishikawa pronounced he satisfied Sandoval didn’t have a round when third-base manager Bob Henley waved home Ian Desmond. At that time, dead catcher Guillermo Quiroz, station behind a bullpen catchers, forked Ishikawa to a ball. Ishikawa pronounced if he’d played it properly, a second runner, Bryce Harper, wouldn’t have scored on a play. Still, it would’ve been runners on initial and third with no outs.

•Props to Hunter Pence, who said, when asked a stress of postseason experience: “Experience is kind of an fleeting thing. … we consider we pronounced that word right.” Nine points for a pronunciation, 10 for a effort. He added, “If knowledge won each series, afterwards a same group would win each year since they have a knowledge of winning it.”

•Just as partner GM Bobby Evans was observant it’s a good pointer that Michael Morse (coming off an ambiguous injury) was on a margin holding swings in a batting cage, a large fella strike a round median adult a left-field bleachers. Another box checked off as Morse creates a box for a NLCS roster. Evans pronounced he’s a picturesque candidate.

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