High and Inside
Another great season has gone by, highlighted by the San Francisco Giants winning their 2nd title in 3 years. The Yanks abrupt exit from the playoffs when they couldn’t hit for squat certainly was a kicker. I honestly am baffled by that. But I think as I’ve said, many, many times, I feel like age has finally caught up to a very old team. The infusion of youth they were hoping for just didn’t materialize, with Mikey Pineda’s future uncertain, prospects Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances either being injured or unable to throw strikes.
Place that with the other numerous injuries they had to the major league talent and you get a listless team that becomes reliant on the long ball to win balls games. Never a recipe for success, especially in the post season. All Yankee fans can do now is hope that some of those injured guys come back and that young talent in the minors starts moving quickly and is ready for 2014, or otherwise that $189MM budget limit is going to look awfully lopsided with old, broken pieces and quadruple A players that Cashmoney finds on the scrapheap.
As for the rest of baseball, it was a fantastic season. Lets start with one of the most magnificent debuts in the history of the game, the immeasurable talent that is Mike Trout. Wow! He came out of nowhere and captured the rookie of the year award. He probably should have captured the MVP, but that went to a well deserving Miggy Cabrera who took home the first triple crown in some 40 years. RA Dickey, what can you say that hasn’t been said. He put together a fantastic year, capping it off with a Cy Young and then getting traded to Toronto. It’ll make that team a lot more formidable. The Giants were within a couple of strikes away from going home, yet kept fighting and clawing their way back. Love that the team did it with big time pitching and small ball on offense.
I remember saying last year, I think the one thing that we as fans have to look forward to is all the youth that has been infused into baseball the last few years. And this year was more of the same, with young guns like Trout, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg and Jayson Heyward all having tremendous seasons. Like I said last year, it’s truly a golden age in the game. Hopefully in a year or two, we’re talking about some of the Yankees young guns too.
Listening Pile: School of Seven Bells – When You Sing
Another of my favorite albums of 2012. This little diddy sounds a whole lot like it could be a b-side from the seminal, Loveless from My Bloody Valentine. And since Kevin Shields seems to be taking his time putting the finishing touches on a follow up to that, I’ll gladly take this.
Atmospheric and filled to the brim with ethereal soundscapes, whistful harmonies, nugaze galore and Benjamin Curtis’ tight production, the entire album, Ghostory is a pleasure to listen to and the culmination of a lot of work. It’s easily their masterpiece and best work to date, despite losing one of the two Dehaza sisters, with Alejandra remaining and shining on her own.