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Well, there you have it folks: The San Francisco Giants are World Champions for the second time in three years, and William Riley (91 points) is your victor in the Third Annual Big League Ballcap Bet. John Heydinger (89 points) gave him a serious run for his money, but fell just short of defending his reign as BCB champion.
Cale Drange took down a respectable third place with 81 points, and for the third straight year, Todd Pitman (70 points) has dodged the Ballcap bullet by siding with the senior circuit—pulling out of last place on the final day of the Bet with five re-pick points thanks to the San Francisco sweep.
Joe Klueh (67 points) eked out second-to-last place with his game four Giants pick—and so for the second straight off-season, the Ballcap Bet crown will find its home on the head of Dave Benanav (64 points). Poor bastard.
Three critical points tonight.
Madison. Em-effing. Bumgarner.
I texted Riley as tonight’s game began. Something to the effect of: “I had Zito on my line tonight, then at the last second thought better of it and switched my pick to Verlander.”
Never go against your gut in the Bet!
Fortunately, Drange snags tonight’s only point, and the BCB standings remain still.
Game Seven starter Matt Cain: Mythbuster.
Sixty years ago today, Bobby Thomson hit the Shot Heard Round the World…
Bobby Thomson… up there swingin’… He’s had two out of three, a single and a double, and Billy Cox is playing him right on the third-base line… One out, last of the ninth… Branca pitches… Bobby Thomson takes a strike called on the inside corner…
Bobby hitting at .292… He’s had a single and a double and he drove in the Giants’ first run with a long fly to center… Brooklyn leads it 4-2… Hartung down the line at third not taking any chances… Lockman with not too big of a lead at second, but he’ll be runnin’ like the wind if Thomson hits one… Branca throws…
There’s a long drive… it’s gonna be, I believe…THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT and they’re goin’ crazy, they’re goin’ crazy! HEEEY-OH!!!”
I don’t believe it! I do not believe it! Bobby Thomson… hit a line drive… into the lower deck… of the left-field stands… and this blame place is goin’ crazy! The Giants! Horace Stoneham has got a winner! The Giants won it… by a score of 5 to 4… and they’re pickin’ Bobby Thomson up… and carryin’ him off the field!
So, sometime during the off-season, these two caps became available—both are eligible Ballcap Bet crowns. Which—in light of a recent story I heard (more on that later)—has me thinking…
Had these two caps been available immediately following the postseason, my head may have caved in having to decide between them. Orange disaster or hideous ring? Orange disaster or hideous ring?
Alas, neither became available until after I had already made my unlikely comeback and placed the order, pictured atop the page.
I received an email from Heydinger about a month ago, and in it, he recounted to me a very interesting, very relevant story. Apparently, he was…
“…playing Ultimate last week and dove to the ground for the disc and the fucking Giants logo came off the cap! Like, it just kind of popped off. You know, the only Giants logo on the whole thing. So now I am wearing a 2010, Halloween-coloured baseball cap, that, ostensibly, only advertises the World Series and has what appears to be a penis on the back. You remember the liquor store worker from Superbad after McLovin drops the six-pack on the ground? That’s how I feel.
Besides that, Cape Town is pretty great…”
—and then he says some crap about going to school with computers, or maps, or computer maps or something. It’s boring.
But I got to thinkin’, and I was like, wait, he’s not technically wearing a San Francisco Giants cap anymore, so—technically—he’s not really wearing a proper Ballcap Bet crown anymore. Hmmm…
Orange disaster or hideous ring? Orange disaster or hideous ring?
In a HUGE comeback, Pitman wins the First Annual Big League Ballcap Bet, by a margin of two.