Darting here and there …
–Dusty Baker may become the first baseball manager inducted into the Hall of Fame on a unanimous sympathy vote.
–On the TBS postgame show in the wake of Washington’s ugly elimination, Pedro Martinez said it looked as if Baker had just had his soul ripped out. Tough to disagree. It was hard to watch his wrapup presser.
–Mercy, no one man should be subjected to this much postseason misery. And with Dusty, you always have to throw in that 103-win year he didn’t even make the postseason, right?
–Is Baker cursed? You be the judge: The Cubs scored nine runs against the Nationals in Game 5 and only two of them scored on a clean hit – Addison Russell’s two-run double in the fifth against Max Scherzer. The other seven involved some sort of voodoo.
–Matt Wieters and Jose Lobaton, meet Salomon Torres, Felix Rodriguez, Mat Latos and Steve Bartman.
–Look, Baker will still make the Hall someday — on merit. Aside from these abnormal postseason disasters, he has all of the qualifications. If nothing else, you have to put your teams in position to incur so much heartache, and Baker’s been to nine postseasons in 22 years with four teams, even discounting that 103-win injustice. Tough to match.
–Bobby Cox only got one title, even with those three stud starters and as many chances as he got. It didn’t keep him out of Cooperstown.
–Washington’s only chance to ever advance in the playoffs may be to play Cleveland, and unfortunately, the can’t-close-the-deal Indians are in the other league.
–We believe the time of game on that Nats-Cubs Game 5 was something like two days, 6 hours and 46 minutes. At least it felt like it. Speed freak commissioner Rob Manfred must have had to go to the smelling salts.
–Think Hunter Strickland did a little riverdance when Bryce Harper whiffed for the final out?
–The Nationals’ collapse aside, how about that postseason for Sean Doolittle? Three scoreless appearances, one hit allowed, four strikeouts and a save. At least Doo did.
–Think About It Dept.: Of the four remaining teams in the baseball playoffs, the Yankees are considered the upstarts, and arguably the most dangerous remaining hitter is 5-foot-6.
–Personally, we can’t wait for the Sonny Gray-Josh Reddick ALCS showdown. One of those guys is going a World Series. guaranteed.
–Since being traded by the A’s in 2015, Ben Zobrist has two World Series rings and is in the running for a third. Some people have all the luck.
–It’s been 36 years since the Dodgers and Yankees met in the Fall Classic, and while we hear you groaning, it feels like time. By the way, 1981 was the one time Dusty Baker went the distance and actually won it all, as a player.
–With NaVorro Bowman’s sad, sudden exodus on Friday, the 49ers now have just one player remaining from that once-great defense who actually played in their last playoff game – safety Eric Reid. Cue the Peggy Lee song: “Is That All There Is?”
–This is going to be such a bizarre game on Sunday, with the Niners going against Washington’s Kirk Cousins, the quarterback they so clearly covet. Don’t knock him around too much, fellas.
–He doesn’t need this advice, but we offer it anyway: Derek Carr, dude, watch your back. And get some of your linemen friends to help you watch it.
–One more game like each of the last three weeks and we’re renaming Amari Cooper “D.B.” But something tells us even if he doesn’t catch that many balls, he’s going to get thrown to a lot.
–The Chargers and Raiders have done enough moving. Wisely, the NFL didn’t move them for Sunday’s game. If the air is too bad, too bad. Just cancel.
–Finally, it’s not the worst thought in the world to cancel or postpone all sporting events in the Bay Area until these terrible, destructive fires in Sonoma and Napa counties are extinguished. It just doesn’t seem right to be playing games at the moment.
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