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Go Giants!!!!
We are ORANGE inside…
Comments and observations:  Well, the boys from S.F. now have a historically significant edge in the 2012 World Series.  Despite a tremendous pitching effort by the Detroit #3 pitcher (Anibal Sanchez), Detroit scores no runs and the Giants get their second shutout on the way to a 2 to 0 win and a 3 to 0 lead in the Series.  To put this in perspective, NO team has EVER come back to win the World Series after trailing 3 to 0 in games played.
There are four games left if the Series were to go to the full seven.  To lose at this point, the Giants will have to play .000 ball (lose 4 of 4), while the Tigers will have to play 1.000 ball (win 4 of 4).  To add more perspective, both teams are .500 ball clubs, so a change of this magnitude, while not impossible, is extremely improbable.  The odds are the Giants will win one of the next four and the Series.  Simplistic, but probable.
At this point, the question is can the Giants sweep (win game 4 to close out the Series)?
As mentioned in my prior blogs about the 2012 Series, it is difficult for a team to win three in a row let alone four in a row.  While I certainly want the Giants to sweep, it seems likely that the baseball gods will favor Detroit and the Tigers will win the next game.  If that happens, I would expect the Tigers to wallop the Giants and really run up the score.  At that point, Detroit brings in its best starter for Game 5 and if they can pull out that win, the Series will return to S.F. for the final two games and we have the potential for a Series for the ages.
More likely though, is S.F. starts our best pitcher (Matt Cain) in Game 4 and the Giants close out the Series with a four game sweep.  Four-0 or 4-1, the Giants still take the Series after facing the team with the best pitcher and the best hitter in baseball!!!
Go Giants!!!!
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Today I’ve added the poem: “Don’t Quit” to my Poems page.  To be honest, I thought I’d added way back when I added “If” to the Poems page, but I stumbled upon “Don’t Quit” today and went to see if it was there and it wasn’t, so I’m correcting this error.
I first read this poem MANY years ago (back in the early 1970’s), and copied it into my journal.  Over the years, I’ve seen it on posters and T-shirts and most recently on web sites.  I have it as “Author Unknown” and many web sites refer to it this way.  I have noticed a number of sites claiming their father, mother, Grandma or whatever wrote the poem, but I’ve never seen any proof of authorship and I guess, there is none or it would have been provided by now.  I find a certain sadness in people wanting to believe their relative wrote this. Even if they wrote it out in their own handwriting, that is not “proof”.  After all, it appears in my handwriting, in my journal, from back in 1972, and that doesn’t mean I wrote it.
Anyway, it’s a beautiful and inspirational little poem and I hope you’ll take a few moments from your day to lift your spirits…
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I don’t like people who like me because I’m a Negro; neither do I like people who find in the same accident grounds for contempt.
  —  James Baldwin
From: “Notes of a Native Son
[Or in my case, American / Irish / Hispanic / employed / Catholic / etc…  And yes, I realize I remain a Catholic by choice and employed by necessity.  —  KMAB]
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