Articles from October 2010
Hits were scarce for the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers. And then there was Pat Burrell. Pat “The Bat” wore the golden sombrero, turning in an 0-4, 4K performance that included three against starter Colby Lewis, and a final one against closer Neftali Feliz to lead off the ninth.
Against Lewis, Burrell swung through — what felt like — every slider and curveball. He fouled a couple of them off, but it seemed like he was just delaying the inevitable rather than staying alive.
Neftali Feliz made quick work of the Burrell to lead off the ninth with a series of high 90s fastballs. After seeing a steady diet of offspeed pitches from Lewis, he appeared overmatched and unable to adjust to Feliz’s heat.
Burrell joins teammate Andres Torres as the only players to notch a golden sombrero in the 2010 postseason.
The Golden Sombrero presents MLB Look-alikes World Series Edition: David Murphy and Alan Ruck
It helps if you picture Murphy with a full head of hair, or Ruck after an afternoon with a bic.
Still not convinced? Fair enough, let’s go a second round:
The Golden Sombrero presents Rookie Card Corner: Brian Wilson 2006 Topps ’52
Fun Fact: In his MLB debut on April 23, 2006, Wilson actually tore his oblique in the first inning of what would be a two inning effort. Rather than alerting the medical staff, Wilson headed to the locker room where he realized the severity of his injury. Still, he did not inform anyone on the team or staff of his injury. Instead, Wilson said, “Screw it, Red Bull time,” and went out to pitch another inning. Final line: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 K.
Recently, first-team all-Midwest Conference South Division pitcher Ryan Harris wrote his second Golden Sombrero article, where he rightfully rips into beleaguered FOX Sports color commentator Tim McCarver. While I could not agree more with his candid (and rather harsh) account of Joe Buck’s right hand man, I believe that calling baseball games is a difficult job. And while those who have been given the privilege of calling the World Series and still perform poorly deserve every bit of the criticism the heralded Pioneer hurler dishes out, it is equally important to salute those who do the job well game after game, year after year.
There are a select few announcers out there who, by their very presence, make the experience of watching a baseball game on TV or listening to it on the radio more enjoyable. In my June article on this topic, I tipped my cap to Jon Miller, Dick Enberg and Vin Scully, three of baseball’s greatest voices, all of whom I am privileged to hear nearly eighteen games every season while watching my Rockies take on the hated Giants, Padres and Dodgers. In this edition, I look outside the NL West for two other announcers who do more than their fair share to make our game the greatest in the world.