Last night, the San Francisco 49ers (and the New Orleans Saints) won the award for Best Game of the Year at the ESPYs. I covered that game and saw it live. It was one of the greatest games I have ever seen.
But it wasn’t the best game of the year.
As Mike Klis of the Denver Post points out, Game 6 of the World Series was a whole lot better — and I didn’t even watch the game (I was at a concert).
The fact that the Cardinals scored in the bottom of the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th to stay alive in that game was amazing. The Rangers had the win, but the Cardinals never gave up. That might have been the most exciting game in baseball history.
But then again, baseball is my favorite sport so there is some bias there.
Compared to the 49ers game, the Cardinals had drama and high stakes that was at a whole different level. But as Klis points out, football is king in this country.
The moment right before the no-hitter was broken.
I always watch the A’s games whenever I can. Especially now since I moved out of the Bay and don’t have cable, MLB.TV is my only outlet to live TV on my computer. So I was tuned into last night’s game. With the Rangers in town, I was hoping the A’s would find their groove.
The team did find their groove. Offensively, they exploded and scored 12 times. But the storyline was Jarrod Parker. After six innings, I noticed he had not surrendered a hit. This was the Rangers! The toughest offense in the majors. Then into the seventh, I was nervous. I was studying the pitch count. But I was hoping that he would get it.
Parker was magnificent and I thought he had a real chance at getting it. Unfortunately, he would give up a single to Michael Young and the no-hit bid ended. But he did go eight strong innings giving up that one hit.
To me, that potential moment was magical and it made me long for the Coliseum. I miss home. This moment brought me back home despite the fact I was so far from it.
The demons of Josh Hamilton’s past have been well-documented over the years. His addiction to alcohol derailed him from a promising baseball career early on. Now back in baseball, Hamilton has been open about his pas struggles and has made every effort to avoid any situation that would lead him to relapse.
In 2009, he slipped up and drank. This past Monday, he did it again. Like the first time, he held an open press conference after the fact and today, he had the same thing. Here’s a quote from today’s press conference.
“When I don’t do that off the field (be responsible), I leave myself open for a weak moment. I had a weak moment on Monday night in Dallas, personal reasons with a family member… It was just wrong. I needed to be in a different place. I needed to be responsible in that moment, and i was not responsible. The Rangers have shown nothing but support. I ask anybody watching, listening, pray for me and my family as I go through this difficult time, it’s not easy.”