God bless the Giants. For a day, at least. The Cardinals are all universe in win-or-go-home games, but the Giants have won five straight elimination games in their last two post-season series. I also prefer Matt Cain in tonight’s game over Kyle Lohse. We’ll see what happens at 7pm CT on FOX.
- More humorous background on that Kerry Wood/Andre Dawson State Farm commercial, this time from Andre’s perspective. How did he do it, and how has it impacted his life (seriously). Dawson actually suggested a different version of the commercial, which was shot, but not used:
In that version, Dawson actually steps through the ivy, “Field of Dreams”-style, as Wood pulls him out.
“What year is it?” a blinking Dawson asks, just as he does in the final version.
Wood tells him it’s 2012.
“Have the Cubs won yet?” Dawson asks.
At this point, Wood looks at Dawson and sadly shakes his head. Both men slump their heads in abject disappointment, at which point Dawson steps back into the ivy.
- Funny, but you can understand why the Cubs probably didn’t want State Farm to use that one. I assume it’ll be an extra on the Blu-ray.
- Chris Jaffe offers his “day-versaries,” noting that it’s been 40,000 days since Three Fingers Brown made his debut, and 10,000 since the Ferris Bueller game at Wrigley Field. There are a bunch of other notable dates in history in each of those pieces.
- Tim Souers with a look at the Cubs’ Halloween candy selection.
- Brett Jackson and other Cal baseball alumni took on the 2013 Cal team and lost 5-3.
- Baseball America looks at some of the top performers in the Arizona Fall League so far (no Cubs), and also some of the Rule 5 eligible players who are playing in the AFL, and are likely to be rostered before the Rule 5 Draft (no Cubs).
- This isn’t directly on point right now, but you can put it in your back pocket for future use, because I’ve always liked this system: it’s John Sickels’ grading system for prospects. It includes his definitions of “A” prospects, for example, versus “B” prospects. I like to use those grades, so it’s worth a look.
The MLBullets at BCB, understandably, focus on the NLCS.