Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Congrats to the Giants & Mike McCormick

Outside of my contest, I haven't really covered the World Series. It's mainly because I was fine with either team winning; I didn't have a dog in the fight. As an O's fan, I'm pretty much used to not rooting for my own team in the playoffs, so I choose a team to cheer for (this year it was the Rays, and that didn't work out) and I can root against the team's I don't really like such as the Yankees, Red Sox & Phillies. Neither the Rangers nor Giants had won a World Series in my lifetime, so I was gonna be alright with the result either way. Now if Barry had still be on the Giants, then I would've been behind the Rangers 100%. 

Anyway, I just wanted to say congrats to the Giants and all of their players and fans. I was watching the World Series parade on the MLB Network today and I'm a little bit jealous, but it looks like a great time. I can't wait til Baltimore has to shut down the city for an Orioles parade again one day.

To salute the Giants, here's Mike McCormick, one of their greatest pitchers of all time, and the only San Francisco Giant who had won a Cy Young award until Tim Lincecum did it in 2008 & '09.

Mike pitched a total of 11 seasons with the Giants over two stints during his 16 season MLB career.  During his years with the Giants, in New York and then San Francisco, he was a two time All-Star in 1960 & '61, won the '67 N.L. Cy Young, led the league with a 2.70 ERA in '60, and wins (22) in '67.  Pretty impressive stuff. 

Mike pitched for the Orioles for two seasons, in 1963 & '64, between his two stints with the Giants.  He wasn't very effective, going 6-10 with a 4.40 ERA, and was actually demoted to AAA Rochester for most of 1964.  The San Francisco air must have helped Mike on the mound or something.

Congratulations Giants!


Anonymous said...

I didn't have a strong rooting interest in the series this year, either. It was more fun to watch than I expected & I'm glad we got to see a team win that hasn't gotten to celebrate in a while.

Play at the Plate said...

I didn't see the parade...big shocker I know. The Rangers had a rally today at the Ballpark for the fans. Many of the players and other team VIPs were there. Unfortunately, I couldn't go.

Orioles Magic said...

I agree Paul, it turned out to be pretty interesting.

PATP-not too surprised you skipped it. It's nice that the Rangers still held a rally, they seem to do things the right way.