38 Years Between Double Headers……
As I forage on in my attempt to watch the entirety of this double header I’m remembering the first double header I ever attended. And since I can’t remember another one that I went to or saw, today’s will be the second double header that I’ve seen from start to finish. The first one, as many of you know, was the first game I ever went to live. My dad took me to the August 24th, 1975 double header and Halicki threw a no hitter. I just looked that box score up for the first time ever. I can’t remember a single thing about the other game and discovered tonight that the no-no was actually the second game of the day. That completely sucks balls, I have always told people that the first game I ever went to was a no hitter. Here’s the box score, interesting that not only were there no pitching changes but no position changes or pinch hitters either (for the Giants).
Chris Speier is in the Reds dugout tonight…..
So let’s fast forward 38 years and someone try to answer this one: The Giants have called on Kickham and Surkamp for 4 spot starts this year (Kick 3, Surk 1). They have combined to pitch 14 innings in those 4 starts and given up 23 earned runs. That is almost unbelievable failure. Petit came in and went 5.1 innings and 2 ER’s. How is it that the Giants brass came together 4 times and each time picked a pitcher from AAA that could not have pitched worse? Was Petit ever considered to make a spot start? We all know he’s not a prospect but how could the Giants casually pass him by so so easily and lamely pick Kick and Surk? Bad judgement and even worse upper minor league pitching depth…….
Ok, back to finish the bbq, another beer, I’ll take some deep breaths and fire off a few “Serenity now’s” and go back to the couch for Game 2…..