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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Scutaro Powers Giants Past Cards to Win NLCS MVP - NYTimes

Two questions. Why can’t the Red Sox get winning players like Scutaro? Why did I stay up to watch the whole game when I had to get up so early this morning?

Update: Commenting fixed. Jim

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2012 at 06:36 AM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awards, giants, marco scutaro, tigers, world series

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   1. Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2012 at 09:27 AM (#4280412)
Commenting fixed.
   2. Dale Sams Posted: October 23, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4280420)
Scutaro (1.9 WAR) for decent reliever and .7 WAR
Youkilis (1.1 WAR) and 5 mill for practiclly nothing
Mike Aviles (2.0 WAR) for a manager
Josh Reddick (4.5 WAR) for a reliever (-.6 WAR) and a platoon player (.5 WAR)
Jed Lowrie (2.1 WAR) for a reliever (-.6 WAR)

"Ben, most people would turn you away
I don't listen to a word they say"
   3. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 23, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4280430)
Great to see Marco succeed. He's an easy player to root for. It's cliched but guys like Scutaro who do the little things; hit and run, bunt, solid unspectacular defense are just easy to root for.
   4. RJ in TO Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM (#4280441)
Scutaro was an absolute pleasure to watch in his time in Toronto. As Jose said, he seemed to do all of the small things well.
   5. dr. scott Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM (#4280450)
Been watching Marco since he was with the As 5-7 years ago. Favorite moment was down by 1 to the Yankees in the 9th early in the season in 2006. Rivera on the mound. Everyone assumes the game Is over and then.... Walk off. my new Girl Friend (now wife) and another friend of mine were rooting for he yanks the whole game and really pouring it on.... They went speechless as the stadium woke up for the first time that game. Fun stuff. Thanks Marco!!
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4280452)
Scutaro was an absolute pleasure to watch in his time in Toronto. As Jose said, he seemed to do all of the small things well.


That first inning hit and run last night was a treat to watch.
   7. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM (#4280461)
Great comeback by the Giants and it'll make the World Series more tolerable, but man, I cannot recall a less interesting seven-game series. Five of the seven games were blowouts and one of the other two (Game 1) wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates.
   8. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4280470)
I'm not 100% certain but I don't think the tie run came to bat after the fourth inning of any of Games 4-7.
   9. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4280471)
Didn't pay a whole lot of attention to what seemed to me to me a whole lot of negative (or at least "meh") reaction on BBTF when the Giants acquired Scutaro; I just knew he was performing perfectly adequately for the purposes of my fantasy team.

Good for him.
   10. Ray (RDP) Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM (#4280474)
So we have Marco Scutaro as the latest magical postseason tooth fairy.
   11. phredbird Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4280476)
Why did I stay up to watch the whole game when I had to get up so early this morning?


you're lucky. the game ended by 8 pm out here. i had all night to stew about it.
   12. Spahn Insane Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM (#4280487)
So we have Marco Scutaro as the latest magical postseason tooth fairy.

Well, better him than David Fecking Freese.
   13. Ravecc Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM (#4280489)
Scutaro is 37? I remember when he was a wee lad of 26 introducing himself to Bobby V. He’s got himself a nice career for someone who kept getting waived and traded for scrap.

I’m happy for Pagan. He’ll always be my little angel. (Although last night I saw a disturbing resemblance to Wilson Valderrama.)
   14. tshipman Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM (#4280490)
So we have Marco Scutaro as the latest magical postseason tooth fairy.


Scutaro's been a hitting machine ever since he came over to the Giants.

Total line with the Giants, including playoffs:
.360/.380/.467 in 321 PA's.

Clearly it's not sustainable, but it sure has been fun while it's lasted. I realize that you probably don't believe in players being hot or seeing the ball really well, but right now Scutaro is as locked in as any hitter I've ever seen. Every time he comes up he's spraying line drives.

As evidence: he only has 15K's in his 321 Giants PA's. All of a sudden, he's peak Joe DiMaggio playing 2nd base.
   15. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: October 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4280491)
As evidence: he only as 15K's in his 321 Giants PA's. All of a sudden, he's peak Joe DiMaggio playing 2nd base.

He's only struck out once in 48 at bats this post season. In 40 years, he can write his own Gene Tenace-like remembrance of this postseason.
   16. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: October 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM (#4280499)
In 40 years, he can write his own Gene Tenace-like remembrance of this postseason.


Without, one hopes, the death threats.
   17. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: October 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM (#4280505)
I'll always be a huge fan of Scutaro thanks to his double against the Twins in the ALDS with the "MARCO" "SCUT-A-RO" chant.
   18. jingoist Posted: October 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM (#4280539)
I imagine Mr Treder is smiling quietly to himself after this surprising comeback from being down 3 games to 1.

Scutaro and the Panda were very entertaining to watch during this past series; hopefully they and the remainder of the Giants lineup will put up a similar effort and resulting numbers against the Tigers.

   19. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: October 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4280567)
Been watching Marco since he was with the As 5-7 years ago. Favorite moment was down by 1 to the Yankees in the 9th early in the season in 2006. Rivera on the mound. Everyone assumes the game Is over and then.... Walk off. my new Girl Friend (now wife) and another friend of mine were rooting for he yanks the whole game and really pouring it on.... They went speechless as the stadium woke up for the first time that game. Fun stuff. Thanks Marco!!


I'll always be a huge fan of Scutaro thanks to his double against the Twins in the ALDS with the "MARCO" "SCUT-A-RO" chant.


These are two of the best live baseball moments I've ever seen (though I'm pretty sure the HR against Rivera was in '07), and because of them Marco will always have a special place in my heart - even if it hurts a little seeing him do it for the guys across the Bay.
   20. Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM (#4280574)
Marco! Scutaro!

One of my faves.
   21. dr. scott Posted: October 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM (#4280581)
Pap. You are correct. That was 2007. I was not at that game. I was at the 2nd game in 2006. Scutaro just got a walk off single, and it was against Scott Procter, not Rivera. It was the day after Zito opened the season with a 15-3 loss to the Yankees. Now my memory of the crowd not being in it seems odd as it was a tie game for the last 3 innings, but I do remember it being kind of dead. Odd.

Looks like my reading about the walk off homer against Rivera a couple of years ago was enough to convince me that was the game I saw.
   22. rufus was here Posted: October 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM (#4280595)
Scutaro is featured in this decent movie about minor league players:

A Player to be Named Later

(Spoiler alert: He makes the big leagues.)
   23. Padgett Posted: October 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM (#4280611)
This is the Scutaro game from April 15, 2007. Note that he was down 0-2 to Rivera, with two outs. Rivera tried to come inside again but missed a bit and Scutaro -- batting .050 at the time -- just turned on it, and hit it off the foul pole in left. Amazing finish.
   24. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: October 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM (#4280622)
That may have been the single most shocking thing I've ever seen. More so than Aaron Boone off Wakefield. I really, really thought that the Yankees had that game won and this middle infielder whose name I had been mispronouncing up until then couldn't possibly hit a homer.
   25. I Am Not a Number Posted: October 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4280624)
Scutaro walking and stealing second on the same play: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=5111035

(Sorry, having trouble linking. Preview mode doesn't like my use of the A HREF tag.)
   26. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: October 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4280629)
This is the Scutaro game from April 15, 2007. Note that he was down 0-2 to Rivera, with two outs. Rivera tried to come inside again but missed a bit and Scutaro -- batting .050 at the time -- just turned on it, and hit it off the foul pole in left. Amazing finish.

This was the best thing I ever saw in person at a major league game. Had great seats down the 3b line.
In my memory, there's an instant of silence as the whole stadium held its collective breath - and then the rattle against the foul-pole fence-grid thing - and then MADNESS.
   27. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: October 23, 2012 at 02:11 PM (#4280693)
I wish he and Zito would have had this type of series against the Tigers in 2006.
   28. Wilson Posted: October 23, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4280704)
I had no memory at all, until looking at Scutaro's bb-ref page, that he was the PTNBL in the first big Richie Sexson trade (going with Sexson from CLE to MIL for Bere, Wickman & others). He's been around a lot longer than I would have guessed.
   29. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: October 23, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4280723)
I wasn't too happy when he went to the Giants - I thought he was perfect for the A's (this was pre-Stephen Drew)and wished Beane had brought him home instead of seeing him go across the Bay. But overall I'm thrilled he's back in the Bay Area and if Giants fans can get a good Marco! Scutaro! going in game 1, all will be forgiven.
   30. Padgett Posted: October 23, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4280734)
I had no memory at all, until looking at Scutaro's bb-ref page, that he was the PTNBL in the first big Richie Sexson trade (going with Sexson from CLE to MIL for Bere, Wickman & others). He's been around a lot longer than I would have guessed.
I believe the traditional response to that is: "Free Marco Scutaro!"
   31. Walt Davis Posted: October 23, 2012 at 09:09 PM (#4281131)
Ahh, sounds like some of you had a Bellhorn moment.

I've probably never been happier for a player than for Bellhorn in the 2004 postseason. No particular reason but a minor personal fave, a TTO player, and a Ken Phelps all-star. He'd had a good year for Boston but was getting eaten alive a bit in the playoffs -- through game 5 of the ALCS he was hitting 129/289/194 with 14 K in 31 AB. There were grumblings about how this type of player might work in the regular season but would get eaten alive in the playoffs.

Then in game 6, his 3-run HR turns a 1-0 lead to a comfy 4-0 lead and the Sox win.
In game 7, he hit another HR -- the game was over by then but it was a HR.
In game 1 of the WS, he hits a game-winning 2-run HR in the 9th.

He finished that postseason with the rather ludicrous line of 197/397/447 with 17 Ks (and 15 BBs). A TTO hero with an extreme TTO line with 2 massive hits on the biggest stage. Perfect.
   32. JJ1986 Posted: October 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM (#4281202)
I had no memory at all, until looking at Scutaro's bb-ref page, that he was the PTNBL in the first big Richie Sexson trade (going with Sexson from CLE to MIL for Bere, Wickman & others).


I never knew that. I thought he was a Mets signing.
   33. Jim Wisinski Posted: October 24, 2012 at 03:58 AM (#4281284)
My favorite Marco Scutaro moment is being at a Rays game quite a few years ago and, in the empty stadium it always was for that kind of matchup in those days, a couple guys playing Marco Polo with his name across Tropicana Field.
   34.     Hey Gurl Posted: October 24, 2012 at 04:26 AM (#4281286)
his hitting line with the giants still smacks my gob. I think I dropped him from my fantasy team a week before when he was hitting like 240 and as a 37 year old iI figured he was done. you'd think I'd learn something over the years.

Also second the above. loved scutaro on the jays. would trade escobar for him in a heartbeat even considering the age gap.
   35. villageidiom Posted: October 24, 2012 at 06:31 AM (#4281288)
Why can’t the Red Sox get winning players like Scutaro?
An LCS-MVP-caliber 2b? They already have one. There's some other guy they traded away before the season to the Rockies, who got replacement level offense and poor defense out of him for 4 months at $4 million. Can't remember his name.
   36. Steve Treder Posted: October 24, 2012 at 06:50 AM (#4281289)
I imagine Mr Treder is smiling quietly to himself after this surprising comeback from being down 3 games to 1.

Wrong. Insanely cackling for all to hear.

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