Originally posted by DMCThe fact is the Angels just assumed they were going to steamroll their way to the title, so Bonds didn't really scare them. It took a good, solid veteran team like the Giants to give them a shot of reality
I find that extremely hard to believe that the Angels thought they were going to steamroll anybody! I think it's fair to say that Bonds scares the crap out of everyone he faces. Some admit and some don't though.
Why yes, Barry DOES scare anybody he faces. I don't think he intimidated our friend, Francisco Rodriguez, because I honestly think the kid doesn't know any better. I mean, this kid's just coming up from Venezuela. I can see the conversation now...
Scoscia: Ok, Francisco, you're going to be pitching to Barry Bonds. Can you strike him out like you strike out everybody else? Francisco Rodriguez: You bet! Uh...who's Barry Bonds? Scoscia: Uh.........nobody! He's...uh...just like everybody else. Yeah...that's the ticket.
Poor, naive little kid.
"See Nash, you can wear any Halloween costume you want to, but you know and I know that you're only half the man that I am - and I have half the brain that you do."
Gee...last year the D'backs won with only 2 "big-time" starting pitchers...and the Angels did it this year with zero.
Still the Giants should have put up more of a fight: Losing to a rookie? Not even thinking about starting Reuter, who already destroyed the legend of Matt Morris and the "best bench ever" in the NLCS? Not giving Jeff and Dusty either a good reason to come back or a nice sendoff?
The only bright spot in all of this is that our younger guys seem to be stepping up. Trumbo and Bourjos are playing pretty well given their inexperience. If something could finally be done with the bullpen, though...