The Pinetar Rag

November 8, 2014

The Irish discover baseball

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcgonnigle @ 8:42 pm

Click here for a short video.

October 29, 2014

Where have you gone, Joe Panik? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you…

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcgonnigle @ 11:55 pm




October 26, 2014

Madison Bumgarner

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcgonnigle @ 10:39 pm

Bumgarner now has a lower World Series ERA than Christy Mathewson.


October 25, 2014

In The Cove for Game 4

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcgonnigle @ 8:23 pm

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My good friend Edward, who lives just outside of San Fran proper, is in The Cove tonight for game 4. It must be amazing. Hopefully, next year, we may get out there.

This 3rd inning is really hard to watch. But you know what? It’s little tiny things. A ball sails into the runner. Belt’s throw makes Craw jump up so they can’t turn 2. The Pitcher-Covers play where the lunge at the ball took Vogey a step off a path he’s taken a MILLION times. This inning could have ended any of 3 or 4 different ways. Yusemero Petit in. Now on that check swing, that’s the 5th time the inning could have and should have ended.

Don’t give up on the Giants just yet. Thanks Ed. Get a Belt Slam out there wouldja?

October 16, 2014

The Giants win the pennant!

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcgonnigle @ 10:38 pm


Panik. Joe Panik.




After the error in left I just felt so bad for him and Bochy left him in because you are NEVER more focused than after you make an error like that. Wonderful.

And Ishi thanking Jesus in his first speech and giving credit to God–I love it! You deserve it, Travis! Wade in it! Thank you!

I was sitting with my boys and before the bottom of the 9th I explained to them that if they lived to be 105, if the Giants win the pennant right here, they will ALWAYS remember it–they will tell their kids and their grandkids. And then it happened. How fun was that?

This takes me back to 2002 when I was at AT&T Park (Pac Bell then) and saw them win a walk off pennant vs the Cardinals. The feeling; the crowd–it was awesome. You could just ride on the energy going out of there. I am not going to get much sleep I don’t think. Man o man, first I score a goal in the charity soccer game and now this!

I recall watching them from up close in Pittsburgh at that remarkable game on May 5-6; 11-10 in 13 innings. I recall seeing them and thinking, “this team is very likely going to be in the World Series….” I just felt it. And they were mowing everyone down early April and May. Just cruising. They are a special team. An amazing team. I have enjoyed watching this team more than any other team I’ve ever seen. Wow.

And the Giants gave my boys 3 balls that day in Pittsburgh and I’ve been waiting to write __________s on them. We’ll see.

And tip of the hat to the Cards–they are young and will be back again and again. They are a class organization. There aren’t any bubble machines in their dugout. Yes, I’m taking about you, Dodgers.


October 9, 2014

Where to now? St. Jeter?

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcgonnigle @ 6:56 pm

Swami is now saying the Giants will win the pennant and it’s freaking me out. I told him to cut it out. I don’t want to be a favorite. I want to be laying in the tall weeds. I want them to be the dog. They were dogs in 2012, 2010 and heck, 1954 for that matter.

Did you ever notice how when the media is gushing about the Dodgers, they never seem to mention that they have the highest payroll in history? I think that’s a material fact, don’t you?

While talking about Saint Jeter, someone asked me who has ever gotten the press he’s gotten? In other words, are there any analogs? I immediately posited that Mattingly was Jeter before Jeter, and still is, in a way, in that he gets all kinds of staunch support as manger of the most expensive team in history, even when they underperform and he makes managerial blunders. The media protects him a fair amount. He was Jeter before Jeter after all and the national media is pretty heavily Yankee-leaning don’t ever forget.

Well, who else? I would put Ripken in that group. His coverage was just way out of proportion to his game. I would also put Reggie Jackson in that category. Notice something about the names? Yep. Three of four are Yankees and that’s no accident. When the Yankees have a good player, the Yankee-centric media just BEATS IT TO DEATH. Of course, there’s the breathless, “what about the streak?”. What about it? Is not getting injured a talent? Did he hurt his team by not taking any time off? It’s a strange thing, a streak.

I liken it to the debate of who is the greatest SP of all time? Walter Johnson, right? But I have a problem with that because Johnson was so freakishly fast, he did most of his 400+ wins withOUT a breaking ball! Is that talent? That you develop? Or is it using what God gave you? I lean towards Grover Cleveland Alexander. By all accounts, he did it with smarts, with guile, with control and not with any particular overmatch attribute. He missed time early on and his records at the Baker Bowl are just out of this world. Besides that, he may have sold games. So what would his record have been? You want Cy Young? You want Mathewson? I get it. For me, it’s those two guys and that issue.

And the ones who will leave the angry comments do not understand, and can not separate the player with the coverage. What I’m talking about is the coverage, not the player. When I’m saying “uncle” because I can not stand it anymore, it’s “uncle” to the coverage–the haigiographic coverage. And the other day, when Bryce Harper was immodest and stared down Strickland and screamed what had to be curses from the dugout after taking him deep, I said to someone, “you know, this kid needs to act better. You’d never see Jeter do any of that stuff”. But, here’s the thing, I could have used any of a hundred players to make that point. Michael Young. Buster Posey. Mark Teixiera. Raul Ibanez. Mel Ott. Turkey Mike Donlin. You get the point. NOT Yaisel Puig. No, not him.

What am I looking forward to in the pennant-series? Well, no Yankees and no Jeter, let’s be clear. No Clayton Kershaw, who is rapidly rising on the list of guys who’s coverage is getting a little much. When a guy gets hit hard in a big spot for the SECOND TIME in TWO YEARS, and the announcers begin making excuses for him (stealing signs etc), then hold onto your wallet. I’m looking forward to one of the most enjoyable teams I’ve ever watched, do their thing. Bring it!

October 8, 2014

We felt a disturbance in The Morse

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcgonnigle @ 10:42 pm


ok, ok, it’s a firm maybe. May The Morse be with you.

October 2, 2014

Oct 2, 1954

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcgonnigle @ 3:52 pm

60 years ago today, the Giants won the world series.  Last night, Joe Panik became the youngest second baseman to ever start a postseason game for the Giants. The 23-year-old bested Frankie Frisch, who was 25 when he started in the 1922 World Series. Panik had three hits. The 1922 Giants beat Babe Ruth and the Yankees in the world series for the 2nd consecutive year.

September 26, 2014

Jeter’s flip play myth

Filed under: Canned Heat — mcgonnigle @ 11:23 pm

Jeter.  I have nothing against him.  He’s a good player.  You can’t be anything less and attain 3000+ hits.  I do get annoyed at the gushing media coverage; the myth that’s been created around him.  If I hear one more time how he “respects” the game…what?  Craig Biggio didn’t respect the game?  Mike Young didn’t?  What a crock!

So how did it get this way?  How did this man get just comical amounts of good press and have a complete  haigiographic narrative written about him?  And what do I mean, exactly?  Well, most Yankee fans will recite the bullet points in the Jeter “lore”.  The 5 rings.  The time he dove in the seats and scraped his face.  The 315′ “Mr. November” home run.  The “Flip Play”. 

Take a look at the flip play.

After the play, Posada told a reporter, “We had him either way”, meaning they had him whether Jeter intervened or not.  How could that be?  Jeter saved the day, didn’t he?  Look again.  The ball would have gotten to Posada much faster had Jeter never touched it!  Go ahead, watch it again: I’ll wait.  That’s right sports fans: he made an easy out into a close-run thing, but he inserted himself into it in such a way that the announcers immediately lose objectivity and begin building the myth of “Jeter saved the day”.  He most certainly did not.  But the story went out that way.  And if you challenge it, you will have people truly angry with you!  I’m sure I’ll get some dopey Yankee comments on this post.  People WANT badly to believe the myth that’s been created around this man.  They want him to be superman.  It’s very important to them that the myth go higher and higher and not be tarnished.  It’s the same myth that has been woven around Andy Pettitte.  Pettitte was tipping pitches and absolutely blew game 6 of the 2001 world series.  Yankee fans don’t want to know this.  It goes against the whole narrative of the core 4.  They don’t even want to believe that he took medicine.  They protected him, calling him a religious man.  I remember the news conference.  He said he would take no PED questions and the media protected him!  They said he was a stand up guy!  So you see the lengths that fans will go to, to protect the myths surrounding their guys.  And writers and broadcasters are fans–don’t kid yourself; most of them are Yankee fans.

In fact, for the bullet points of the myth, I’d say this: he was on the highest payroll team every year of his career except 2 or 3.  Most years, the Yankee payroll was COMICALLY higher than even the 2nd place team.  Yankee fans don’t want people to notice this or talk about it but it is the elephant in the room.  Craig Biggio played for the Astros.  He got one shot at the world series.  If Jeter played in Houston, he’d be Biggio.  He wouldn’t be “the Captain”.  Jeter got gobs of chances to play in the postseason.  Other players did not get that.  Jeter played in New York.  A huge percentage of the writers are Yankee fans and I mean nationally. 

They actively build the myth and they protect it.  The Mr. November home run was a ball barely in the seats in the absolute JOKE of a right field at Yankee Stadium–an out at every other park.  It’s really luck basically at that point.  Ditto Jeffery Maier: it was an out but a fan interfered with it and an ump standing very close didn’t seem to see what happened somehow.  The dive into the seats is a gritty play but that type of play is made by plenty of big leaguers, but they don’t have luck of doing it in the Yankee-RedSox game on national TV and having all the writers gushing about it.  Don’t get me wrong: nice play, but legendary?  Don’t make me laugh. 

The flip play is a COMPLETE fiction–a complete media creation.  The 5 for 5 on his 3000 hit day was pretty cool, but again, the media went just GAGA over it.  The recent walk off hit?  A basic single in a meaningless game.  Pretty much a one-out-of-three proposition.  This does not make him Bobby Thomson, or even Josh Hamilton, putting his team ahead in game 7 of the world series with a homer and then losing all credit because the bullpen couldn’t get three outs party because his manager couldn’t play the outfield in a “no-doubles” defense!

The guy’s a good player but enough already.  ENOUGH!  Yankee fans, you are embarrassing yourselves!

September 10, 2014

Nation in a Panik; Joe Panik, that is.

Filed under: Uncategorized — mcgonnigle @ 12:38 pm

Joe Panik went 5 for 5 last night while Yusimero Petit pitched a 4 hit CG.  But if you turn on MLB channel, chances are, there’s someone gushing about (a) Kershaw or (b) Jeter.

Come here if you want gushing about Joe Panik.


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