13) On July 2, 1963, the Giants beat the Braves 1-0 in 16 innings. Willie Mays won the game with a home run. Until Buster Posey’s walk-off in the 17th inning Friday night, that was the latest walk-off HR in Giants’ history.
This would get people fired today: both starting pitchers in that game (Warren Spahn, Juan Marichal) PITCHED THE WHOLE GAME!!!! Spahn faced 56 batters, Marichal 59.
Warren Spahn pitched 11+ innings fourteen times in his career.
12) Umpire Tony Randazzo is a tough human; he worked the plate at the Reds-Giants game late Friday night and he took a beating. Four different baseballs hit him at some point, including one direct shot to the chin of his mask, which knocked him flat for a few minutes, but he continued.
Eventually, the game went into the wee hours and after the 13th inning, Randazzo had enough and left the game, with Clint Fagan taking over, but not until he had called pitches for over four hours. Difficult job.
11) Extra-inning games in San Francisco are odd; the seagulls swoop in off the bay to get their dinner from the trash left in the outfield bleachers, but if the game is still going on, it can make things unpleasant for people still sitting in those bleachers.
No doubt about it, though; extra inning baseball is tremendous. Just better without seagulls.
10) Seattle Mariners’ four best starting pitchers are all on the DL, plus Robinson Cano is banged up. Astros could easy run away with the AL West.
9) Jim Delany is the commissioner of the Big 14 Conference; in 2015, he made $2.4M. The league is making so much money off its TV deals, Delany is set to receive bonus payments that could add up to a total of $20M. Wow.
Funny thing is this: Delany’s $2.4M salary is LESS than what the commissioners of the ACC, Pac-12, Big X and SEC all make. It is good to be one of those guys.
8) Former Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers spent last season on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad; the Cowboys expect him to make the 53-man roster this season as a tight end.
7) One of the problems with interleague play comes with rainouts; lot less places to put a postponed game on the schedule when you only visit that city once a year. It creates lot of day/night twinbills; there are two of those today, in Washington and in the Bronx.
6) Can’t even imagine what it is like to be a NASCAR driver during one of those big wrecks- they’re trained with what to do, obviously, but you see a car’s wheels leave the ground and maybe some flames and it has to be scary as hell.
5) Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1 OT– Senators lost a game 8-5 in Pittsburgh back in December; they’ve won three in a row against the Penguins since then, allowing three goals.
4) Cody Bellinger is a star rookie for the Dodgers now, but he said when he was in high school, he wasn’t recruited by Arizona or Arizona State, even though he grew up in Scottsdale- had he not signed with the Dodgers, Bellinger would’ve played college ball for the Oregon Ducks.
Colorado Rockies TV guys said this: “Maybe that’s why Arizona State is 21-25 this year.”
3) Nationals 6, Phillies 4– Bryce Harper celebrated his new contract with a walk-off HR after Nationals had been rained out the last two days. These teams have a day/night doubleheader Sunday.
2) Cardinals 5, Cubs 3– World Champs are 18-18, in 4th place in a tightly bunched NL Central.
1) Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there (I’m sure tons of moms read this site….lol). Anyway, make sure you call your mom if you can and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.