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Beat SF, Beat SF, Beat SF, Part Deux

In Montreal, French baseball is toast. In San Francisco, about all that’s left to fry is the sour dough. If Matt Williams is in the vicinity, perhaps a little sour grape compote on top.

Any way you slice it, that’s about the best tasting thing we can dish out right about now. Except for, well, everybody up. Repeat after me. The Giants don’t win the pennant!! The Giants don’t win the pennant!! The Giants don’t win the pennant!!

And this. Uno, deus, one, two, tres, quattro. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, good-bye!! Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, good-bye!!

Who said rubbing it in isn’t good sportsmanship? Go for it, Los Angeles, game over. Seven runs in the ninth inning, Hee Sop Choi, Jayson Werth, Steve Finley, lefty vs. lefty, game freaking over…

Tickets: The publication is making its pair of season loge seats available for the first game of each postseason series that may be played in Los Angeles. NLDS, $250, NLCS, $400, World Series, TBA. Inquire to editor@baseballsavvy.com

To the moon, Alice!!! Here’s an idea for Milton Bradley. Before you star in another of your very own lost episodes, repeat this little phrase to yourself, over and over until the urge passes. “Pins and needles, needles and pins, a happy man is a man who grins.” Worked for Ralph Kramden, and he had a busload of troubles to deal with…

Rhetorical Question of the Week Completely Unrelated to Baseball but still Very Much in Need of Immediate Clearing Up: Which is it, Sudan or the Sudan…?

It’s award time, and time we introduced something new into the vocabulary: “West Coast Bias.” It’s not that we think we’re smarter or anything, but at least we’re awake the extra three hours it takes to form an informed opinion. So, here goes:

AL MVP: Vladimir Guerrero.

NL MVP: Adrian Beltre. Barry Bonds was going to be our very close second until the final week, when he had less hits than either Brent Mayne or David Ross, and his team was eliminated, humiliated, vanquished and disgraced. Take Bonds out of lineup and his team finishes third instead of second. BFD. So he’s a distant second instead of close second. Honorable mention to Steve Finley.

AL CY: Johan Santana.

NL CY: Roger Clemens. Not second place, but a hearty honorable mention to Jake Peavy.

AL ROY: Bobby Crosby, but we’re open to suggestions.

NL ROY: Khalil Greene. Argue and you’re just plain lame.

AL Manager: Ron Gardenhire. Sure, Midwest bias.

NL Manager: Jim Tracy. Very impressive second place, Phil Garner...

From the “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead Department,” it’s safe to say that Larry Bowa is not now, or will ever be manager of the year. Of anything. Not a major league club, not a Little League team, not a Burger King. He needs an entirely new profession, preferably one in which he works alone, like say, Internet baseball contributor. We can pay him peanuts, maybe Cracker Jack…

Best baseball names of 2004: Jung Bong, Coco Crisp, Jimmy Gobble, Wily Mo Pena and Terrmel Sledge. Honorable mention to last year’s winner, the Minnesota pitcher with the silent “h,” Mark Lohse…

Statue for Sandy: We’re in the homestretch with our campaign to enshrine Mr. Koufax in bronze at Dodger Stadium, and hope to announce something during the winter. Next year is the 50th Anniversary of the Dodgers only World Championship in Brooklyn, so there’s extra incentive. If you haven’t yet, please scroll down to photo below and chime in. Vote yes on 32…

When asked about a possible Dodgers-Angels World Series way back when, Bill Rigney said, sure, “If the Dodgers make it.”

Remember, glove conquers all....


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