Or hope Prince Fielder and Cabrera (a combined 3-for-19 at the plate in this series, a .158 batting average) awake from their slumber as the Tigers’ string of zeros hit 18 innings.
BLANCO GAMBLE PAYING OFF
Gregor Blanco had some time between Major League at-bats.
Blanco had a pinch-hit double for the Kansas City Royals in the 12th inning Oct. 3, 2010, in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
On April 6 of this season he pinch hit for the Giants in the bottom of the ninth in a 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
During the 549 days in between, he spent the 2011 season with the triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers before the Royals dealt him to the Washington Nationals, who sent him to the triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. He managed all of 40 hits. Not 40 with Omaha or 40 with Syracuse. But 40 total. That’s it, that’s all.
Granted free agency by the Nationals on Nov. 2, 2011, the Giants signed him as a minor-league free agent.
This season, Blanco had 96 hits for the Giants, including 27 after Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for using performance-enhancing substances.
In the post-season, Blanco had 10 hits (in 45 at bats, .222 batting average) before tripling in the first run of Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday. He had two doubles, a triple, a homer and four runs batted in heading into the contest.
Like Ryan Vogelsong, who pitched in Japan from 2007-10 and turned in 5 2/3 shutout innings in Game 3, Blanco was signed by wise Giants general manager Brian Sabean.
UP, UP AND AWAY
Took the San Francisco-Philadelphia US Air shuttle en route to Detroit.
The flight attendant mentioned she was nearing retirement and planned her hope was to visit all 30 Major League parks.
So you like baseball?
“My son has played right field for the Los Angeles Dodgers the last seven years,” she said.
Nice to meet you Mrs. Ethier, Andre’s mom.
“My name is Priscilla, but people call me Penny,” she said.
Penny told stories about meeting Dodgers owner Magic Johnson in the final homestand at Dodger Stadium, a trip her son Andre will take their family on this off season, how in 1989 young Andre watched the World Series on the big screen on Max’s in Glendale, Ariz., and said “mom when I play in the Series you can sit in the dugout,” and how wonderful a man Hall of Famer Vin Scully is.
Penny became a flight attendant so she could fly to her son’s games when he was in the Oakland Athletics’ minor-league system (10 games with class-A Vancouver Canadians in 2003) and in 17 months she’ll have her 10 years in and can fly anywhere for free.
In 1984, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was a backup catcher for future Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams’ San Diego Padres, who lost the World Series to the Tigers in five games at Tiger Stadium.
“I have great memories of being in the World Series, not real good ones on how it came out,” Bochy said. “But what a thrill for any player, and of course myself, when you get to the Series for the first time. We had split in San Diego, then came here and they beat us here.”
Kirk Gibson decided matters in Game 5 with an upper-deck homer off Rich (Goose) Gossage, while both teams were trapped inside the park as people outside celebrated.
“We had a tough time trying to leave here, it got a little crazy. But overall, great experience, good time here. And a tough way to go out of it, after going 1-1 at home and getting swept here, and of course the big home run that Goose gave up there, that’s getting a lot of attention. But great time for me, I got one at-bat, and I was thrilled that Dick put me in there.”
Bochy pinch hit for Bobby Brown with one out in the ninth and singled.
COMING A LONG WAY
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle was elected the first female president in the 104-year history of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at Saturday’s meeting.
In addition to Slusser, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was elected vice-president, putting him in line to become the BBWAA’s first black president in 2014.
Slusser, 46, has worked for the Chronicle since 1996 and has covered the Athletics since 1999. Slusser’s board has an international flavor with Gaku Tashiro of Sankei Sports, the first Japanese member of the BBWAA board, and Montreal-born Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times as the outgoing president
Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune and David Lennon of Newsday are also on the board.