“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers” is a line from Shakespeare’s Henry V. And it’s one of the Giants marketing campaigns this year. As a student of classic literature and a fan of William Shakespeare, I have to admit: I like it.
The line is from the St. Crispin’s Day speech and it’s meant to unite warriors fighting for a common cause and inspire confidence that they will win the day. Like the Giants.
Other baseball teams have huge payrolls and star studded rosters, and the Giants? Well…the Giants have each other. Their “play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back” mentality unites them like a band of brothers.
When the Giants are on, they’re unstoppable. Just like in Wednesday’s game against the Padres. After a heartbreaking one-run loss Tuesday night, they showed up Wednesday with some serious “battitude” and a dialed-in Ryan Vogelsong.
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Vogelsong pitched a gem for six innings, holding the Padres scoreless on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Javier Lopez, George Kontos and Jean Machi–who just returned from a DL stint–twirled one perfect inning each to shut it down.
It’s hard to choose an offensive player of the game. It’s a toss-up between Buster Posey and Andrew Susac. Posey, with the bases loaded in the third inning, fired a rocket into the bleachers for his fourth career grand slam. Susac, Buster’s protege behind the plate, reached on three out of his four at-bats.
Susac scored two runs: one in the third when he reached on a Padres’ error and scored on a Joe Panik sac fly, and one in the fourth when he hit a triple and scored on a Gregor Blanco base hit.
See what I mean? Unstoppable. And those few, those happy few? They made me pretty happy too. The final score was: Giants 6, Padres 0
Notes: I know this is purely sentimental, but it was nice to see Travis Ishikawa back in the bigs. He’s a great Giant.
But it seems like our guys are jumping on and off the DL like hobos on a freight train. It’s downright dizzying. And more than a little worrisome.
The Giants lost one and won one. Tomorrow’s game is the rubber match and we’ve got Chris Heston on the mound. Do I like our chances? Yes, yes I do. But don’t forget—I believe in magic. Do you?